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How to Start a Manufacturing Business | Featuring Tecovas

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on February 1, 2017

Let's face it, when we think about startups, we think about social network giants like Facebook and Twitter or on-demand companies like Lyft or Eat24.

We don't think about the manufacturing business. 

However, companies like Warby Parker, Bonobos, and today's podcast guest Tecovas is starting to change that perception.

They are all part of the "hardware renaissance".

It's no longer about the cloud, it's about physical products. 

These companies are disrupting the manufacturing industry by leveraging technology to manufacture top notch products for fair prices that they sell direct to consumers, circumventing distributors and stores.

In today's episode of Small Business War Stories, learn more about how Tecovas in Austin, Texas is changing the way high quality cowboy boots are produced and sold.

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The Small Business War Stories Podcast

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on January 25, 2017
 

Small businesses are the soul of America. This is where they tell their stories.

We want to showcase how our stories bind us; how America is more united than it sometimes feels.

Small Business War Stories is a weekly 30 minute show recorded in person with small business owners. We discuss different topics and get the triumphs, struggles, and funny stories from our guests' everyday lives.

Hosted by Pablo Fuentes, CEO and Founder of Proven, the leading small business hiring tool.

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How to Build a Brand | Featuring Home Slice Pizza

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on January 25, 2017

A recognizable brand is one of the most valuable assets a business can have. 

Brands with a die-hard following are the envy of every other business out there. These evangelical fans tell everyone they know about the business and share their love online.  

They become that brand's ambassadors and free marketing engine.

But how can you build a brand like this?

Find out how Austin, Texas's Home Slice Pizza did just this with no paid advertising!

This and more in the first episode of Small Business War Stories. 

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Maximize Your Indeed Job Postings (The Ultimate Guide)

Posted by Guest Post on January 19, 2017

These days the most effective way of finding the perfect applicant for your job opportunity is to use sites that make the process simple both for the employer and the potential employee.

Once you have crafted a compelling post that will entice a job seeker you need a site that can deliver applicants en masses.

Indeed for employers is a user friendly site that offers a simple process for posting your job opening.

Currently Indeed is ranked as the world’s #1 job site drawing over 200 million visitors monthly from over 60 countries and covering 94% of global GDP. Those are impressive statistics.

Job seekers have free access to millions of jobs listings. Job seekers get to upload their resumes and the site boasts some of the highest quality resumes online. The biggest benefit for employers is that they pay for postings or ads by click instead of having to fork out a large upfront payment that could run into the hundreds of dollars.

Your job post can show up in three different ways on Indeed via:

  • free job posting
  • organic search
  • sponsored job posting

We’ll take you through the steps for all three options below.

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40+ Best Small Business Podcasts on the Planet

Posted by Sean Falconer on January 17, 2017

Business podcasts are a fantastic way to learn new tips and tricks on a wide range of subjects from business experts.

As a whole, podcasts have absolutely exploded in the past few years.

According to Apple, there are over one billion podcast subscribers to over 250,000 different podcasts!

That's amazing and also pretty overwhelming.

With all this choice, what should you listen to?

Well, if you're a small business owner or entrepeneur, then we have some great suggestions for you.

Here is our list of the absolute best small business podcasts on the planet.

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Anatomy of The Offer Letter (Free Sample Template)

Posted by Caileen Kehayas on January 10, 2017

You have found the perfect hire.

The interview process is complete, you've called references and you've done all the research necessary. You are confident that, finally, you have found the perfect person to add to your team. 

When (finally!) making an employment offer, you first need to compile an offer letter.

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Employee Engagement Ideas: Creating a Magnetic Culture

Posted by Guest Post on November 1, 2016

What is great company culture? Free food? Extra vacation? Flexible hours?

Employers spend more than $720 million on employee engagement ideas every year, yet only 30 percent of the workforce is actively engaged.

That’s because it takes more than “stuff” to truly engage team members.

PeopleMatter recently partnered with workplace culture guru, Laurie Ruettimann, who is also an HR strategist, writer and published author, for a webinar to talk about what it takes to build and develop a culture that helps you find and keep happy, passionate and loyal people.

Laurie says creating a magnetic culture really boils down to six key employee engagement ideas:

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Recruiting Software: The Ultimate List (90+ Awesome Tools)

Posted by Will Zimmerman on October 18, 2016

There is a lot of hiring and recruiting software out there.

And, if you’ve ever tried to find recruiting software to make your hiring process easier, you’ve probably noticed there are thousands of different tools to pick from.

Furthermore, there are many different types and classes of recruiting software. Do you need an applicant tracking system? A job board? A careers page builder? Or one of the many others?

It can be confusing, which is a shame because the right recruiting software can save you tons of time, money and can help you find great employees.

Fortunately, today you’re in luck!

We did the research and broke down over 90 of the most popular recruiting tools for small business employers so that you can find the recruiting tool you need to hire effectively.

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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet to an Effective Recruitment Strategy

Posted by Guest Post on October 4, 2016

Recruiting managers face a lot of challenges.

From looking for the right talent, to ensuring that they stay put, it is a lot of planning and implementation. But what is most nerve-racking is  planning a replacement strategy for talent loss.

Often, the immediate response to someone resigning is to frantically start looking for a replacement, all within the notice period. But it is difficult to find people who can match the skill sets of your best talent.

How can one easily find the same talent with the same set of experiences? 

Attrition rates are only going up now that millennials are forming a major part of the workforce. Millennials are beginning to be known as the job-hopping generation.

One way to get out of such a situation is by devising an effective recruitment strategy, a strategy that helps hiring managers  tackle high churn rate. But again, this is no piece of cake!

There is no rulebook to blindly follow here, as every organization is different and so are its needs for talent. Adding to this, the job market also keeps changing, and so do the preferences of candidates. The recruiting process depends on a variety of factors, each of which will affect your practices as a hiring manager.

To help you get started, here is a cheat sheet of the most effective and successful recruiting tactics:

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30+ Free Job Posting Sites to Hire on a Budget

Posted by Sean Falconer on September 20, 2016

Let's face it, hiring can be really expensive.

Not all of us can afford recruiters and high-priced job boards

Even if we can, no one wants to waste money investing in a new job posting site without at least testing it to make sure it is going to deliver.

That's why we have put together this awesome list of the best free job posting sites.

All of these job boards and hiring tools are either completely free, have free tiers or have a free trial.

Use the filters below to find the right combination that suits your hiring needs!

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