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No Frills, Effective Small Business Hiring | Workology

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on April 12, 2017

Let's face it.

Small business hiring can be a real pain.

As business owners, we have 500 things to do each day with only 24 hours available to get them done. Dealing with finding new employees can be a real drag on top of your regular work load.

Small businesses often lack the bells and whistles available to larger entities. We can sometimes get ourselves into trouble with not having a standardized hiring process or not being well versed in HR law.

To help sort out some of these issues, today on Small Business War Stories, we talk with HR extraordinaire Jessica Miller-Merrell of Workology. We discuss the bare minimum you should be doing to hire effectively as a small business owner, what pitfalls you should be aware of, hiring contractors versus full time and much much more.

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The Dying Art of Typewriter Repair | Duncan Munoz Business Machines

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on April 5, 2017

Recently, there's also been a renewed interest and fascination with analog media. Young people are rediscovering vinyl records, cassette tapes, and even typewriters.

But even outside of those interested in antiques and nostalgia of a past era, typewriters are still more widely used than you might think. 

The New York Police Department still relies heavily on typewriters. There's also those of us that prefer the limits imposed by a typerwriter. You're not going to accidentally press a button and send a document to your entire company on a typewriter. No one can hack into your typewriter and steal your private information. 

But typewriters are complex works of art and as such, they need maintenance and repair. Yet the number of people with the knowledge, skills and desire to fix these machines is rapidly dwindling.

To dive deeper into the dying art of typerwriter repair, today, on Small Business War Stories, we talk with Steve Munoz from Duncan Munoz Business Machines, the last surviving typewriter repair person in Central Texas.

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How to Post a Job on Monster - The Complete Guide

Posted by Guest Post on April 4, 2017

Monster is a Goliath in the world of online job boards, and for good reason.

It was created in 1999 by The Monster Board and Online Career Center who were two of the most popular career websites way back in 1999 -- and Monster is still hugely popular nearly two decades later. For those Generation X’ers, this was the same year that The Matrix was released.

Monster is reputed to be one of the employment websites with the highest traffic, according to Alexa. Currently it is ranked as the 1,367 most visited website on the Internet. It’s typically listed by the media as one of the top three job board sites, along with LinkedIn and Indeed.

In what follows, we walk you through the steps to post a job to Monster, but first, a little history.

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Opening a Gym (and How to Succeed) | Featuring Flagship

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on March 29, 2017

The fitness industry is exploding.

One in five Americans are heading to the gym or at least have a gym membership. Fitness trends like Crossfit, Soul Cycle, pilates and yoga are now mainstream and available in most cities.

More and more folks are quitting their 9 to 5 and chasing their passions by jumping full steam into the fitness industry.

However, starting a gym is not just about passion. The bottom line is, it's still a business and most small businesses fail within the first 18 months.

How do you insure that your gym succeeds and does not become a statistic?

Can you turn your passion into a financial success?

To help us answer these questions (and more), we talked to Brian Hassan of Flagship Athletic Performance, a successful gym enterprise in San Francisco. Brian has succeeded by combining his business background with his passion for fitness and he has tons of awesome advice for anyone flirting with the idea of opening a gym.

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How to Dissolve a Business Partnership Peacefully | Featuring Joe Mellin

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on March 22, 2017

Let's face it:

There are a ton of challenges with starting a business, especially if you have never done it before.

That's why having a business partner with complimentary skills can be so helpful. Someone to help you stay focused, bounce ideas off of and ultimately shoulder the load.

However, what happens when that business partnership fails? Can you stay friends? How do you dissolve a business partnership peacefully?

To explore these questions, we talked with Joe Mellin, who use to actually be my original business partner.

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The Soap Making Business and Sustainability | Featuring Zen Soap

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on March 15, 2017

For those of us that grew up in the 90s, it's hard to talk about making soap and not think about Brad Pitt's role as Tyler Durden in the movie Fight Club.

However, that's the perfect setup for today's episode of Small Business War Stories.

We talked with Chris Cabiya, of Zen Soap, who is also a practitioner of Jiu-Jitsu. Chris is now in his second year of operation as a small business owner. 

Chris combines his passion for Jiu-Jitsu, a vegetarian diet, and his concern for the environment to create a high quality sustainable soap products.

We talked to Chris about how he got into the soap making business, why sustainability is important to him, and what advice he has for anyone starting a new venture.

Check it out:

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Teaching Jobs: The Ultimate List of Education Job Boards

Posted by Caileen Kehayas on March 13, 2017
 

Teaching jobs are arguably some of the most important jobs in the world. 

By connecting the right educators to the right teaching jobs, everyone wins.

We compiled this list of some of the best resources for educators to find one another. This list includes job boards that specialize in K-12 teaching jobs, college and university teaching jobs, and teaching opportunities abroad. 

Whether you are an elementary school teacher looking for a position at a new school, or a teaching assistant looking to get a new college teaching job, we have the resources for you in this list! 

 

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How to Start a Massage Therapy Business | Featuring Mantis Massage

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on March 8, 2017

There's a growing demand for massage therapy as more and more of the general public have accepted that massages help improve overall health.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the growth rate of massage therapist will be 19% through 2018.

Although a tremendous amount of both classroom and real world training goes into become a licensed massage therapist, there is not a lot of training about how to start your own massage business and how to make it a success. 

Being a great therapist does not necessarily translate directly to being a great business owner.

To help us dissect the ins and outs of starting a massage business, on today's episode of Small Business War Stories we talk with Kyra Gerhard of Mantis Massage.

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Making a Living in Music | Featuring Austin Vintage Guitars

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on March 1, 2017

Making a living in the modern music business has changed dramatically.

In the late 90s, free downloading services, like Napster, were considered a dangerous threat to the music business.

In many ways, to survive, the music industry has had to reinvent itself. Services like Spotify and SoundCloud help people discover new music and helps unknown artists get their music heard.

The Internet has also had a dramatic effect on the retail side of the business. Budding musicians can now turn to online sites to purchase musical instruments.

With these rapid changes in the music business, how can a musical instrument store prosper? How can you make money as a performer in this new digital age? Ultimately, how you can make a living in the modern music business?

In today’s episode of Small Business War Stories we tackle these challenging questions and more with Nick Boettcher from Austin Vintage Guitars and performer in band The Reverent Few.

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The Perfect Professional Resignation Letter (Free Sample Template)

Posted by Caileen Kehayas on February 28, 2017

So, the time has come for you to move on to a new job.

There are many reasons an employee might leave a job.

Some employees resign because they are unhappy, because they have grown all they can at a role, or simply because they have been offered a new positions they cannot refuse.

Whatever the reason for your resignation, it is time to pen your resignation letter.

Yes, it is 2017.

You could send a simple text saying “SRY NOT WRKING HERE N E MORE.” with a deluge of both smiling and frowning emojis.

You can write an email saying with the proverbial “Peace Out!

The worst thing you could do is quit like Scarface.

Penning a letter of resignation might be the most difficult thing you have done to date. However, if you are dedicated to your career, writing a resignation letter is not only the right thing to do; it is crucial to the forward movement of your career.

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