• What Do Employers Say or Do to Tardy Employees?

    A chronically tardy employee can wreck havoc on a small business. You may be relying on one or two people each shift; if one person is late, your business may not open on time or you may end up with one late employee and one disgruntled on-time employee. It's critical to address chronic lateness directly and consistently.

  • Systemic Perspectives in Business Organization

    Systemic perspective is looking at an entire organism of an operation, entity or business in relationship to its environment. For example, a plant is made of roots, stem, leaves, flowers and seeds. Each part is a vital necessity for the plant to survive. That survival depends on the surrounding environment as well as its own parts. Systemic thinking, or a systemic perspective, is reviewing not just a problem or challenge in isolation, but in the context of its surroundings.

  • e-Commerce & Product Pricing Strategy

    Pricing strategies depend on product mix. Product mix, also known as product assortment according to BNET Business Dictionary, is the "variety of product lines that a company produces, or that a retailer stocks." Product mix in e-commerce comprises four factors, just like brick-and-mortar retailers: length, breadth, depth and consistency. Length is the number of items in a product line; breadth is the number of product lines; depth is the variety of products in a line; and consistency is the relationship between products and customers or end users.

  • What Does the Gross Volume of a Business Mean?

    The Department of Labor uses the gross volume of a business to impose regulations and interpret the rules that apply to the business. The Code of Federal Regulations defines the annual gross volume of a business for application of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Few deductions apply in calculating the gross volume of a business.

  • The Importance of Promotional & Marketing Strategies

    Owners of small and medium-sized businesses need to be keenly aware of the importance of promotional and marketing strategies. Promotional and marketing strategies help your organization utilize the skills of your employees and stakeholders and can help you develop creative approaches to sales and customer service.

  • How to Download Microsoft Office Picture Manager

    Microsoft Office Picture Manager is a photo organization and management software that allows you to view, edit and share pictures with family and friends, so installing it can be beneficial if you have photos stored on your computer. Picture Manager can be installed as a stand-alone application or together with the entire Microsoft Office suite. It is included in all the Microsoft Office suites – Student, Business and Professional editions.

  • How to Calculate Apartment Occupancy Rate

    Occupancy rate describes the percentage of available apartments that are occupied with rent-paying tenants. This important metric illustrates how well you are managing your apartment business, or it could indicate an unfavorable local market for which you need to adapt. Low occupancy rates could indicate a problem with pricing, appearance of the building or units, or marketing. High occupancy rates point to a solid customer base with the potential to raise rents. When calculating occupancy rates, consider year-round rentals, so you capture seasonal variations that fully represent your business.

  • How to Close Caption Flash Files

    Adobe Flash Professional includes a closed caption utility that allows you to embed captions in Flash videos. To use this utility, create an XML file in which you can specify the words to be displayed, how you want them formatted and the times they are to be displayed in the video. You can also embed a caption button in the file to allow anyone watching the video to turn captions on or off as needed.

  • How to Unhide a Tagged Photo on Facebook

    If a Facebook user posts a picture of their friend and tags their friend in the photo by adding their name to the picture, the photo will automatically appear in the friend's photo album and on the friend's timeline. Users can hide these photos -- as well as any other activity -- from their timeline, which essentially prevents it from being viewed by other Facebook users. If you've accidentally hidden a tagged photo on your timeline, you can easily unhide it.

  • How to Deal With an Employee Disappointed About a Promotion

    After you reviewed your options and weighed the qualifications for promoting an employee, you may confront a disgruntled employee whom you passed over in favor of another. This is where you need to assert your leadership and people skills. Timing and constructive dialogue will serve your purposes to keep tempers from flaring and causing turmoil in the company. Help your employee understand your reasons. Guide her toward acceptance by giving her substantive responses to the question, "Why?"

  • How to Start a Small House Cleaning & Lawn Business

    Many people desire the freedom and independence of owning their own business. Before you can make that dream a reality, you need to decide whether to buy a franchise, purchase an existing business or start your own firm. The following guidelines will help get you started on your quest for success.

  • License Steps to Start An E-Commerce Business

    An e-commerce business is usually operated online, often as a home-based business. In the state of Texas, there are separate licenses and permits required based on the type of business. Since an e-commerce business generally involves selling tangible goods, specific occupational licenses or permits may not be required unless the business sells food or pharmacy-related products. According to TexasOnline however, a Texas sales tax permit is required if your e-commerce business sells products to people within the state.

  • How to Print Addressed Postcards From Excel

    If you want to print your own addressed postcards, you need to be able to print each name and address automatically. Downloading or creating a postcard template is relatively easy; getting Word to print names and addresses in order, automatically, is more difficult. You need an Excel spreadsheet containing at least two fields: names and addresses. You can then use the Merge feature to merge the contact data with your postcard template and print one postcard for every name and address.

  • Examples of Social Media in the Food & Beverage Industry

    In a slow economy with high commodity costs and rising grocery prices, many companies in the food and beverage industry have begun to look at more cost-effective ways to market their brands. Many smaller and middle-market businesses have turned to social media to compete with larger, more successful companies.

  • Differences Between Monetary & Fiscal Policy

    Through the use of various market and economic strategies, monetary and fiscal policy seek to influence macroeconomic success, including full employment and the optimization of business investment and production. Small businesses should pay special attention to changes in monetary and fiscal policy. These changes can expand or restrict access to the credit market, to additional capital funding or they can increase costs related to doing business.

  • What Happens When the Gross Profit Margin Is High?

    A high gross profit margin is one of the best indicators that a company is in good financial health. It is the ratio of gross profit in a given period to revenue, and it is used as a measure of profitability. A high gross profit margin indicates your company is efficient in the manufacturing and distribution processes.

  • Format for SWOT Analysis

    SWOT analysis may sound like a technique only large companies use, but owners of businesses of all sizes -- including small and early stage companies -- can benefit from applying its principles during the course of the business planning process. SWOT is an acronym for a company's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats -- four ways of viewing your company's position in light of its current competition and the business environment in which you operate. Strengths and weaknesses are internal aspects of your business. Opportunities and threats are external or environmental factors.

  • Team-Building Ideas for New Employees

    In today's competitive job market, it has become critical to recruit and retain talented and highly motivated employees. One way to ensure that a new employee is satisfied working for a new company is to highlight team spirit through fun team-building activities during or shortly after orientation. The faster a new employee gets acquainted with his colleagues and work environment, the sooner he can get focused on his daily job tasks.

  • How to Improve iPhone Reception at Home

    When you own a business, you can't afford to ruin conversations with customers and clients because of a poor iPhone signal or dropped calls. Low-quality reception may lead to client frustration, as well as lost sales or other business opportunities. Bad reception can be caused by poor service-provider coverage, a low battery or even the way you hold the device. If you're working from home, you can improve your iPhone's reception with a few tweaks and tricks.

  • How to Make Two Layer Images Into One in the Pixlr Editor

    The Pixlr online image editor supports the use of layers, which allow you to work with separate parts of an image without affecting other parts. The separate layers can then be combined into a single image by using the Merge feature. Parts of a layer with no image information are transparent, so when combining layers the one layer becomes the background of the other layer. You can merge two layers from the same images or even layers from different images.



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