4 Creative Cost Reduction Tips for Startups

Saving money on your business overhead is like putting money directly into your pocket. As a small business owners are always looking for ways to make the most of their budget so they can classify as much of their revenues as possible as profit. As you probably know, cash flow is what is going to keep your start-up above water. To get more cash flow, you need to either sell more or cut back on expenses, and when you do not have a large book-of-business, cutting back is the most practical option.

Every business owner knows the basics of reducing overhead, but sometimes it takes a bit of creativity to reduce spending without compromising business solvency.
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Working at Home: What They Never Tell You.

Employees used to see the option of working from home as some sort of gift, bestowed by the management for hard work and sacrifice. A day at home meant a day of sleeping in, watching trashy tv and, maybe, calling in with a made up list of all the things you accomplished while at home. Then the next day you pay for your twenty-four hours of debauchery by making up all the work you missed, cursing yourself for not actually doing anything while at home.

That’s no longer the case. Thanks to the wonders of online hyper-connectivity, now your boss can actually check in with you at any time, be it through e-mail or Skype, and ask to see exactly what you’ve been doing all day. And, sadly, watching a Maury marathon and making a chocolate shake doesn’t count as work. Despite this, many people still see the option of working at home as the easier route. Most business writers will just tell you to find a nice quiet corner, away from distractions so you can get some work done and let things rest at that. But there are some things that people just don’t warn you about… Continue reading

Four Ways to Completely Ruin A Skype Interview

Our CEO Deborah Sweeney wrote her Four Tips for Skype Interview Success over at the Forbes Blog last week, so we decided to write a response looking at the four ways to utterly ruin a Skype, or other video based, interview. Interviews via webcam are a fairly new thing, and most people have simply transferred what they would typically do in a phone based interview to their video interviews.

This guy is not being all that he can be.

But what if this interview is for a job you don’t want? How do you make sure you adequately scare away any potential employers and mark your Skype username as one to avoid at all costs. Well… we first off recommend you don’t try to scare away employers. A simple no will suffice if you choose to look for other avenues of employment. But, in the spirit of fairness and equality, here is our tongue-in-cheek response: four ways you can completely ruin any Skype interview. Continue reading