What is a small business?

Small businesses, explained

 

According to the US Small Business Association (SBA), a small business is a privately-owned and operated business with a small scale of trade and a small number of employees, depending on the industry. A small business can be an LLC, partnership, or sole proprietorship. There are...

 

Work-life balance

Work-life balance

 

A work-life balance involves a lot more than simply dividing working time and personal time equally. The concept is often viewed as a philosophy that determines many aspects of a person’s life. In order for it to succeed, both employers and employees must make an effort to create...

 

Job Interview Tips

Interview tips for making a great impression

 

You’ve made it past the application process and the initial screening and you’ve been invited to an interview. It’s normal to be nervous, especially if you have limited experience in selling yourself. There are a few unwritten rules that apply for all interviews. As soon as you...

 

Types of taxes in the US: an overview

Types of taxes in the United States

 

Keeping track of taxes in the US isn’t exactly a piece of cake. There are so many types of taxes that it’s difficult to know which ones apply to you and your business. If you don’t file your taxes correctly with the IRS, it could result in penalties, which could cost your...

 

CRM tools: customer care made easy

CRM tools: software for customer care

 

Customer care is one of the corner stones of a successful company – whether you are running an online store or offering bank accounts. Even smaller companies can benefit from the use of CRM tools, which help to organize customer- or buyer data. These software systems automate and...

 

Business plan creation

Writing a business plan: here’s how to plan your venture

 

Before a business idea can be implemented, it is necessary to create a business plan. This serves as the founder’s roadmap, and summarizes all necessary information about planning and finances. However, the business plan is also highly relevant for investors as well as potential...

 

Personnel management – tasks, functions, and goals

Qualified employees are a decisive factor when it comes to determining success for a company. The prerequisite for success is a functioning, strategic system of personnel management. As an essential component of personnel management, personnel administration is responsible for the smooth running of administrative and routine tasks within human resources. Personnel management pursues the central...

What is there to know about the capacity to contract?

Regulations around individuals’ capacity to contract look at who may act in legal transactions and who may not or only to a limited extent. In this way, persons unable to contract are to be protected from unknowingly damaging themselves or others. Whether a person has the capacity to contract depends on their age or mental health. But what is the capacity to contract, what changes at which age...

Legal breaks at work – what employees are legally entitled to

Regulations on working hours are one of the most important arrangements between an employee and employer. But how much break time are employees entitled to? How does the law define breaks and are there any exceptions? Which breaks are paid for and which aren’t? Answers to all these questions can be found in this article.

Creating a work schedule with Excel: a guide

There’s a sale in the store. Large queues at the counter. Hardly any staff to be found. Apparently, there was a misunderstanding about the work schedule: two employees didn’t show up because they had lost theirs. The solution? Go digital. With Excel, you can easily create a work schedule and send it as a PDF file to your employees’ smartphones. But how does this work?

Communication at work: What do you have to pay attention to?

A productive working atmosphere can only be created when colleagues talk to each other in a friendly, constructive way. That’s why good communication is so important at work. If everyone, from managing directors to interns, communicates properly with each other, a company can be more successful than its competitors. What contributes to good communication in the workplace?

Conflict management – a way out of the crisis

Conflict management can be a useful tool for every company. Despite the best of efforts, most companies will likely experience conflicts of varying seriousness between employees. These conflicts must be resolved as quickly as possible, and in a way that will satisfy all parties. How can you best achieve de-escalation? What types of conflict are there? We provide the answers.

Interview tips for making a great impression

You’ve made it past the application process and the initial screening and you’ve been invited to an interview. It’s normal to be nervous, especially if you have limited experience in selling yourself. There are a few unwritten rules that apply for all interviews. As soon as you know these, you can begin to fully prepare yourself for your interview. We provide helpful tips on how to prepare for an...

Job application follow-up e-mail: template and sample

If you have sent a job application, you will usually have to wait a while to hear back. When is it worth asking about the status of your application? Depending on the employer and the position’s closing date, it will be time sooner or later to send a follow-up e-mail after the application. We explain how this should be done and what needs to be considered.

What are advance taxes?

Advanced tax payments need to be estimated and paid four times a year. But who needs to make these payment and who is exempt? How do you estimate how much you have to pay? The answer to these questions can be found in this accountancy article - make sure you don’t land in hot water with the IRS.