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Small Business Link Roundup For May, 2018

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Here are some of the best articles we found in the month of May:


8 Books Every Manager Should Read to Become a Better Leader

It is okay to admit that managing other people is challenging. It requires monitoring multiple emotional energies, personalities and preferences while also caring about yourself. Even people with years of training and experience struggle.

The good thing is that you do not have to figure it out by yourself. There are helpful resources to improve your managing skills. Among the most useful are the books written by people who have studied what it takes to manage well. They have written about some of the best managers and their tactics. Here are eight books based in fact and science to help you become a better leader and manager immediately..(read more here).


The Ultimate Guide to Hiring The best Candidates For Your Small Business

Recruiting the best candidates for your small business doesn’t have to be difficult if you develop and implement good processes and systems to hire right from the beginning.

The average cost-per-hire is $4,129, while the average time it takes to fill a given position is 42 days, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) new Human Capital Benchmarking Report

According to Jörgen Sundberg, CEO of Link Humans, an employer branding agency – 75% of hiring is because of employee turnover.  Whether you are hiring your first employee or your 100th employee, you should develop strategic plans to hire great employees and prevent turnover. (read more here).


6 Impressive Ways to Lead Without the Title

No matter what position you have, leadership skills are valuable. Smart people know that to survive you have to lead, even if you don’t have the title (yet). The truth is, during the span of your career, you will not always have the title, but if you learn and acquire the following skills, they should give your leadership career the jump start it needs:

Cultivate a great mindset: having a good attitude is a great skill. If you can show enthusiasm and positivity no matter what your job is, people will notice. On any given day, many things can go wrong, but it’s the person who stays above the fray that is appreciated and respected.

Consistently be supportive: when it comes to showcasing your inner leadership, teamwork is essential. if you insist on having your own way or controlling others, your career will run into a wall. The people who are supportive, adding value, always looking to serve others, those are the leaders who are indispensable. Always try to have the attitude of, “What can I do for you?”. (read more here).


The 8 Most Popular and Effective Uses of Video Marketing

A custom video is a terrific tool to help companies and brands accomplish their short- and long-term business goals. Whether your aim is to drive traffic, educate a current or potential customer, or share a glowing testimonial, video is one of the fastest and most engaging ways you can possibly interact with your customers, short of a face-to-face conversation.

There are too many uses to count, but I’ll share a few of the most popular video marketing types we produce for Sparkhouse clients to give you a sense of this format’s versatility.

Product-centric videos focus on an innovative new product soon debuting or just released, where you have the keen ability to “show and tell.” Use a product video to explain your complex product in a simplified way that builds enthusiasm, highlights the benefits and demonstrates how the item works. Carry through with an overall theme of how your product intends to make the customer’s life better. Inspire viewers by painting a picture of a certain lifestyle and showing how your product can serve as the perfect accessory. (read more here).


5 Tips to Maximize Your Productivity 

When you are an entrepreneur especially when you first start your venture the only thing you have is time. Every minute is precious yet so many of us waste it on tasks that are not important or we think they are important but reality is they do not have a big impact on our business.

It’s essential to maximize your productivity as much as you can to achieve your goals because let’s face it nobody gets more than 24 hours in a day.

Here are 5 tips to maximize your day:

Develop morning routines: having morning routines is essential in setting the tone for the rest of your day. Things like positive self-talk and affirmations may seem silly when you start doing them but have a huge impact on your life. The Pacific Institute (the company founded by Lou Tice) describes affirmations as positive, emotionally charged, present-tense statements describing a desired end-result. They are what you want to be and do – not what you don’t want or are trying to change. Even if you don’t use affirmations, try positive self-talk about what you need to do and what you would like to achieve for the day. .(read more here).


If you missed last month’s roundup, we had some great articles featured:

[Small Business Link Roundup for April]



Author: Raya Khashab

Raya is the CEO and co-founder of ezClocker. She is passionate about customers and building products that change the way people run their business. She is also a big supporter of the startup community and helping people achieve their dreams.

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