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The 75+ Best Apps for Small Business: The Ultimate List (Updated for 2018)

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There are a ton of great apps out there that can help your business hire faster, communicate with your employees easier, and even generate more revenue for your business. But within this enormous sea of apps, as a small business, how do you even know where to start? To solve this problem, we have … mobile hiring mobile recruiting popular popular technology technology

100+ Job Boards For Job Seekers and Recruiters (Updated for 2018)

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Welcome! We did a lot of work to find you the best job boards, and this is a long post. If you want the quick and dirty, here are our Top 10. Top 10 Job Boards Rank Job Board Category 1 Indeed Big Job Boards 2 ZipRecruiter Big Job Boards 3 Dice Technology and … best job boards niche job boards popular

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Luck Reunion: Growing from a Party at Willie Nelson’s Ranch to a New Kind of Music and Content Company in Luck, Texas | Matt Bizer and Ellee Fletcher

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Did Bill Murray really climb through the window of Willie Nelson’s chapel during Luck Reunion? This is the 100th episode of Small Business War Stories, and this is the perfect way to celebrate, with an episode recorded at Willie Nelson’s ranch. Matt Bizer, Ellee Fletcher (Willie’s grandniece) and I talked about the music business, Willie and his family, how artists make money in the 21st Century, and how Luck Reunion is creating a new kind of music and content company.

Jester King Brewery: Making Farmhouse Ales in the Heart of the Hill Country near Austin, Texas | Jeffrey Stuffings

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Jeffrey Stuffings left his job as an attorney to make farmhouse ales, a specialty form of beer in the Texas Hill Country right outside of Austin. He shared the formation story of his iconic brewery, and gave some amazing business tips and ideas, such as how to really unleash your mind with just a piece of paper, a pen, and a cup of coffee. This is a great episode with lots of stories and wisdom from the front lines of starting a business.

5 Reasons CFOs Invest in Talent Development

In 2021, many of your competitors will invest in talent development software. If you make the right decision, invest in the right software, and if your organization is willing to use it, you can realize five decisive competitive advantages. To see those advantages, download Paycor’s latest guide, 5 Reasons CFOs Invest in Talent Development.

Coco Coquette: More than a Wig Shop in Austin, Texas | Allyson Garro

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Today on Small Business War Stories we are joined by Allyson Garro of Coco Coquette, a wig and makeup shop in Austin, Texas. In 1999, Allyson lived in New Orleans, working at a wig shop and as a burlesque dancer. It was there where she discovered her passion for extreme costuming and all things glittery and transformative. She then moved to Los Angeles to further her education in fashion design and went into wardrobe for film.

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Two Hives Honey: Bees and The Business of Honey in Austin, Texas | Tara Dawn Chapman

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Tara Dawn Chapman went from being a CIA agent to cold-emailing a bee farm. The email included her squat and deadlift numbers (beekeeping is hard work!). The rest, as they say, is history. Tara launched Two Hives Honey by putting hives in people’s backyards. She then partnered with the hosts by harvesting the honey while teaching them beekeeping. Always wanted to know about bees? Are you interested in a badass female entrepreneur making her vision happen? Tune in!

Merlin’s Hide Out: Sharing the Spirit of the Wild West Through Buffalo Hide in Thermopolis, Wyoming | Barb Heinze

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On today’s episode we are joined by Barb Heinze of Merlin’s Hide Out, a shop that specializes in customized, handmade, real buffalo hide products. Barb and her husband Merlin have been in this business for 17 years. It all began when Merlin wore out a pair of beaver leggings and decided to fix them himself. He hunted the beaver, tanned the hide himself and fixed his leggings successfully.

DIY Pete: Inspiring Others Through Do-It-Yourself Projects in Bozeman, Montana | Peter Sveen

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On this episode of Small Business War Stories, we are joined by Peter Sveen, founder of DIY Pete. His company creates content that helps others get inspired and learn to build projects. In his personal life, Pete began receiving lots of questions from friends about how he built things and tips for DIY projects. This lead to Pete documenting tutorials, creating PDFs of plans, and making DIY videos.

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Santa Fe Stoneworks: Making Stone Inlay Knives as a Family Business in Santa Fe, New Mexico | Bill, Anna, & Miles Wirtel

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On today’s episode we are joined by Bill, Anna & Miles Wirtel of Santa Fe Stoneworks , a company that creates fine handcrafted stone inlay knives. Bill began working in this industry 40 years ago and over time Anna and Miles eventually found themselves working at their father’s business. Bill had them start at the bottom and work their way up, and that’s exactly what they have done.

5 Tips to Advance Your Career as a Technical Recruiter

Just as the tech industry revolves around innovation, so does technical recruiting. To advance their career by attracting top candidates in a competitive landscape, modern recruiters must commit to actively adapting and advancing their hiring strategies. This step-by-step guide is designed to provide technical recruiters with tips and tricks to achieve tangible results that accelerate their recruiting efforts—and career.

Action Advertising Agency: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Small Business Facebook Advertising | Casey Carroll

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Casey Carroll is really, really good at Facebook ads. And it can be a complicated, overwhelming world. In this episode, we dissect how to figure out what is important for you to get started with Facebook ads for your small business. By the end of the episode, you will have a six-step guide that you can follow to tackle this seemingly daunting task. You are good at learning things…learning this will transform your business! Listen to the podcast: Subscribe to Small Business War Stories.

How to Stay Awake at Work: 45+ Ways to Stay Alert All Day

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It’s 2:30pm and your eyelids are very, very heavy. You swore hours passed since the last time you glanced at the clock at 2:15pm. How are you ever going to stay awake at work? We have all been there, in the afternoon slump when your forehead seems like it is magnetized to your desk … how to stay awake at work

40+ Companies Share Their Secrets to Remote Work Success

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Remote work has many advantages over a traditional office-work environment. There’s less distractions, everyone can setup their work environment to suit their needs, and for young companies, it’s a great way to keep operating costs low. However, remote work also presents some unique challenges. When we took Proven completely remote earlier this year, the … remote work

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Durango Soda Company: Making an Impact with Craft Soda in Durango, Colorado | Dan Aggeler

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Today we are joined by Dan Aggeler, co-founder of Durango Soda Company, the makers of Zuberfizz. Dan Aggeler and Banden Zuber began home brewing in college and eventually became commercial brew masters. Using that brewing knowledge, they noticed the demand for craft products and came to the idea of craft soda. They decided to … podcast small business war stories

Extending the Reach of HR: Supporting and Sourcing Remote Talent

Speaker: Karen Lim, Alliance Academy

The concept of Global HR is becoming more common as more companies become permanently remote. As companies expand their talent-bases beyond borders, HR reps will bear the responsibilities that come along with it. Adapting to different cultures, distances, and legal implications whilst preserving core company values is essential. Once you can do this, the world becomes your oyster. Join Karen Lim of Alliance Academy, and learn to thrive in a remote-first mindset.

MeasurementMarketing.io: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Digital Marketing for Small Businesses | Chris Mercer

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Mercer is the man! You’ll be really impressed by his story of constant reinvention and learning, but that’s not all. Mercer will help you understand how to start demystifying online marketing, so you can start really making your marketing work for you. We had a fun talk, but more importantly, I learned a lot, and so will you. Listen to the podcast: Subscribe to Small Business War Stories. iTunes. Stitcher. RSS Feed.

Are You Checking References? (15 Critical Questions to Ask)

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Do you check references before making a hiring decision on a candidate? If the answer to this question is “no”, then you need to stop what you’re doing and read this post. Even when you find an applicant with a shining resume who gives a perfect interview, it is critical follow up with references! References can … hiring references

The Ultimate Guide to Getting Your Business UNStuck | Barry Moltz

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Barry Moltz has started three companies, written six books, and done innumerable articles and radio shows on small business. It’s fair to say he has learned a thing or two about how to help small businesses! Today we discuss the main 5 reasons why businesses get stuck, and how to address each one. We also talk about various aspects of starting and running a business, including mental health, reading financials, and how to keep it all together as well as possible.

Legal Job Boards: The 7 Flat Out Best Places to Hire Legal Talent

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Everyone knows about the bog job boards like Monster, LinkedIn, and Craigslist, but there are lots of alternatives to find and hire great talent. A simple Google search will show you that there are a ton of great legal job boards out there, but we have distilled that huge list down to the 7 flat out … job boards

2021 Recruitment Strategies: Work Smarter Not Harder

Hours spent sourcing. Constantly checking different recruiting channels. Sifting through a sea of resumes. There’s no denying that the current hiring landscape is fragmented, complex, and full of frustrations. As you plan for 2021, take a moment to reflect on your current strategies and evaluate how you can work smarter, not harder in the new year. Download our guide where we break down different stages of the recruitment journey—and share several potential paths to hiring success.

GoRuck: Building an Iconic Brand Based on Community | Jason McCarthy

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On today’s episode we are joined by Jason McCarthy of GoRuck , an American brand with Special Forces roots that is aiming to change the world. As a former Special Forces Operator, Jason originally began GoRuck to create go bags, bags prepped with essential items to prepare for emergencies. Not only did he create quality bags, but the company grew into something with a much larger impact. GoRuck now creates gear and apparel as well as hosts events, build teams and strengthens communities.

Meow Wolf: Creating an Immersive Art Experience in Santa Fe, New Mexico | John Feins

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Today we are joined by John Feins of Meow Wolf , a New Mexico based arts and entertainment group that established in 2008 as an art collective. In 2011, they put together a larger installation at the Center for Contemporary Arts that gained much more attention than expected. This led them to create a permanent exhibition, formed out of an empty bowling alley.

The Very Best 75+ HR Blogs To Follow in 2018

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Download the FREE PDF of all 75+ HR Blogs No, I’m ok for now, thanks. Often misunderstood as meddlers or curmudgeons (see poor Toby from The Office), HR professionals are an essential part of a business. And this list of the 75+ Best HR blogs will guide you through the workings of the modern-day … hr blogs

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Digital Marketer + Wizard Academy: Building Your Brand’s Character and Using Cutting Edge Small Business Digital Marketing Tactics | Ryan Deiss

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Today we are joined by Ryan Deiss of of Digital Marketer in Austin, Texas. Wow…I got to sit down with Ryan Deiss! Ryan is one of my personal influences and one of the foremost digital marketing experts in the world. We talk about how to build your brand as a comic book or movie character, and how that builds the foundation for everything you communicate to your customers. Then we go into specific tactics to increase your conversion from prospect to new customer.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

18 Ways to Make Your Company The Best Place to Work

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We have all seen articles on the best places to work. What makes these the best places to work ? A common misconception is that the companies that offer the most money are the best places to work. However, as anyone who has ever held a job before knows, money is not the only thing that makes the world go around. . Many companies are zeroing in on what makes their employees actually happy.

Posting Jobs on Craigslist (The Full Job Post Pricing Guide)

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Is posting a job on Craigslist free? Sorry, but the answer is no. Craigslist has long been known for its ease of use, universality, and its unchanging interface. And, up until recently, Craigslist only charged job posters in a few dozen geographic locations. Times have changed. Posting a job on Craigslist will cost you. … craigslist

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How Much It Costs to Post a Job Online (The Dirty Truth)

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There are plenty of excellent online job boards out there. Some of them boast millions and millions of job seekers searching for the perfect opportunity. While this is great news for an employer looking to hire, it can be just a little overwhelming and costly. Yes, there are many great job boards out there, but … job boards

The Small Business War Stories Podcast

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Subscribe to Small Business War Stories iTunes Stitcher YouTube RSS Feed 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 30-45 minute show recorded in … podcast popular podcast small business war stories

How To Create A 100% Virtual Onboarding Experience

Speaker: Workbright

Are you struggling with virtual onboarding? Whether you are making the switch to remote work or biding your time until you can get back to the office–you need a solution that works. Check out our webinar on Thursday, May 20th at 2 PM E.T. for more information.

Shinesty: Building a Company on Outrageous Fashion in Boulder, Colorado | Chris White

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Today we are joined Chris White, CEO and Co-founder of Shinesty , a company that creates outrageous clothing for theme parties, costume parties, and general ridiculousness. Throughout law school, Chris found himself selling apparel for fraternities and discovered that the more ridiculous the shirt- the better it sold. As school continued, Chris was given some advice: To be successful, you should be doing something that you’re good at and that crosses over with something you love.

Colorado Highland Helicopters: Mountain Flight Education and High Altitude Rescue in Durango, Colorado | Brandon Laird and Dayle Morningstar

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This week we are joined by Dayle Morningstar and Brandon Laird of Colorado Highland Helicopters , a family owned and operated business that provides flight instruction, search and rescue, photography and reconnaissance. Brandon learned to fly in California but was drawn to the mountains, eventually leading him to Durango as a Care Flight pilot. This is where he met Dayle and together they noticed a need for both instruction and rescue service in Durango.

Tibeb Leatherworks: Leather Goods with a Soul, from Ethiopia to Santa Fe, New Mexico | Joshua Gebreyes

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On today’s episode we are joined by Joshua Gebreyes of Tibeb Leatherworks. Joshua is an architecture student interning from Ethiopia, who is crafting beautiful leather-bound journals and wallets using Ethiopian fabrics and prints. Joshua, 4 friends, and his brother began by making leather goods for themselves, but eventually decided to start crafting them to be sold. They combine their passion for Ethiopian culture, architecture, and design to create stunning leather products.

Recspec: Running a Design Studio and Art Gallery in Austin, TX | Laurel Barickman

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Today we are joined by Laurel Barickman of Recspec , a design studio and art gallery in Austin, Texas. Laurel began teaching herself Photoshop and editing techniques when she was fourteen years old. By the time she went to college, she felt she knew enough about design and decided to major in film. While in school, she was a designer for her university and was able to gain real-world experience in design.

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Adapting, Evolving and Staying Competitive in a Disrupted Economy

COVID-19 continues to shape the way we live and work. Organizational success depends on workforce wellbeing, and employee needs are varied and constantly changing. It’s clear that a more flexible and strategic approach to total compensation is required to create a better path forward. The 2021 Q1 Gallagher Better WorksSM Insights Report: The Path Forward explores and how employers can balance workforce expectations against organizational goals. Discover how you can review and implement new technologies, develop updated and forward-looking strategies, and evolve your employee value proposition to create a more engaged and resilient workforce.

The Perfect Laundry Attendant Job Description

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A Laundry Attendant is responsible for providing a constant supply of clean linens for the entire hotel. Laundry attendants also may be responsible for cleaning guests’ personal items if the hotel offers a cleaning service. For personal items, a laundry attendant must follow specific instructions for laundering and drying. The laundry attendant job description … job descriptions hiring

How to Write Effective Job Posts (27 FREE Awesome Tricks That Work)

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Spending time and money on writing job posts can be a drag. Many employers set out to write a job post only to find out they are using the same boring job ads over and over. Unsurprisingly, they get the same low number of lackluster job applicants responding to theses job ads. That’s where we … hiring job descriptions job posts popular hiring popular job descriptions

The Top 25 Best Applicant Tracking Systems (Updated for 2018)

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Hiring can seem like a daunting process, but it doesn’t have to be! Ideally, your company’s hiring process should be as efficient and effective as possible – and an applicant tracking system can make that happen. Applicant tracking systems are known for streamlining the hiring process through handling recruitment needs electronically. They process resumes submitted by applicants and can automatically filter them based on given criteria. . Now, which ATS should you be using?

FLASH! The Things You Should Have Asked Your Business Lawyer | Mat Sorensen

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Today we are joined by Mat Sorensen, a business attorney at KKOS Lawyers, a best-selling author, and a national speaker and expert on self-directed retirement accounts. This week on Small Business War Stories, Mat gives his advice on where to start your business, which type of legal entity to set up, properly documenting your business structure … podcast small business war stories Uncategorized

5 Ways Talent Development Makes Your Company Unbeatable

As an HR leader, your goal for talent development is to create an environment where everyone is motivated and supported to achieve a shared vision of success. By investing in the right software, you can realize five decisive competitive advantages. To see those advantages, download Paycor’s latest guide!