Bringing Remote Associates Back to the Office

July 28, 2021 by First Federal Bank

The pandemic isn’t over yet, but the widespread rollout of vaccines and loosening of state restrictions means things are returning to normal. If your business adjusted to the challenges of the past several months by allowing employees to work from home, it may be time to consider bringing your team back together in the office. 

Topics: Trending, Small Business, Entrepreneurship, COVID-19

Signs An Employee is Preparing to Leave

July 21, 2021 by First Federal Bank

You’ve put a lot of work into making sure you have the right team for your business. However, your employees might leave to pursue better opportunities or move to new places. Here are some signs an employee might be ready to quit, so you can be prepared:

Topics: Small Business, Entrepreneurship

Understanding Social Media Algorithms

July 16, 2021 by Courtney Blackburn

When it comes to marketing your company in this day and age, social media can be a valuable way to reach your customers. Unfortunately, too many small business posts and pages languish ignored on major platforms. While many factors can impact success, it helps to understand the algorithms that social media platforms use to prioritize some posts...

Topics: Technology, Small Business, Entrepreneurship

Tax Differences Between Corporations and LLCs

July 07, 2021 by David Brewer, CPA

You want to ensure you set your business up properly from the start. Choosing the right entity can be one of the most important decisions you make. Corporations and limited liability companies have many differences worth weighing, including how the money earned is taxed. Paying taxes on profits is part of running a business, but how much you...

Topics: Small Business, Taxes

Does Your Website Need More Content?

July 02, 2021 by Courtney Blackburn

When it comes to marketing your small business, it’s often said content is king. And it’s true — by adding quality blog entries and pages to your website, you can build your brand, boost your website’s relevance, and attract new leads. Here are a few reasons to consider investing in content for your website:

Topics: Small Business, Entrepreneurship, Marketing

Comparison Shopping as a Business

June 18, 2021 by First Federal Bank

Does your business need products or services from an outside provider? To get the best quality for the best price, you’ll most likely want to circulate a request for information (RFI), a request for proposal (RFP), or a request for quote (RFQ). These documents are essentially the business-world version of comparison shopping. Using them the...

Topics: Small Business, Entrepreneurship

What is a Competitive Matrix?

June 16, 2021 by First Federal Bank

When you’re starting a new business, analysis is key to getting off on the right foot. That holds particularly true if you’re entering a field with established competitors and looking to make your mark. A great tool to get your business up to speed and put it in a position to compete is a competitive matrix.

Topics: Small Business, Entrepreneurship

6 Signs an Employee Is Ready for Leadership

June 09, 2021 by First Federal Bank

Promoting an employee to a leadership role is an important decision. But is that employee ready for it? How do their current skills and experience translate into management potential? Here are a few of the top signs that an employee is ready for leadership:

Topics: Small Business

How to Use Social Media to Make Money

June 07, 2021 by First Federal Bank

Social media platforms are more than just a tool to update your relationship status, share cat pictures with friends, and post political memes. By giving you a potentially limitless audience, social media also offers significant money-making opportunities. These are some of the top ways you can use social media to bolster your income:

Topics: Small Business, Entrepreneurship, Social Media

Should You Give Your Employees Bonuses?

June 04, 2021 by First Federal Bank

Rewarding your employees for their hard work is crucial for keeping morale — and productivity — high. These days, many employers are forgoing the traditional model of raises in base compensation in favor of bestowing merit or holiday bonuses.

Topics: Small Business, Entrepreneurship

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