Chris Penttila is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist who covers workplace issues on her blog, Workplacediva.blogspot.com.
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Hired the ultimate intern from hell? Here's how to avoid making the same mistake twice.
Intimidated by eBay? Don't be. For nearly half a million entrepreneurs, it's a great place to build a business.
You've invested a lot in training your employees, so see if you're getting what you paid for.
Nonprofits are reaping the rewards of starting for-profit ventures.
Don't worry if you have an employee who's not a team player--it is possible to deal with loners in a way that makes everyone happy.
Learn the tricks for getting in tune with today's 5 hottest consumer markets--and watch as your profits begin to levitate.
Economic crises are trickling down to entrepreneurs. How are they fighting back?
Is your business anchored down by a stale sales plan? Learn how to navigate the 5 biggest sales challenges facing entrepreneurs today, and get back on course.
Just how effective are puzzle interviews when it comes to singling out the best candidates for a job?
When you're looking for new hires, temps may not be as temporary as you might think.
Evaluating Your Idea
Jumping on a hot trend at just the right time can be a great way to launch a business. But how can you tell if a trend has enough staying power to stake your startup on it?
Consumers want to make their markin more ways than one.
Learning to Lead
You may be the boss, but that doesn't mean you can't let your employees teach you a thing or two.
Employees' hidden star qualities might be just the thing to put your business's name in lights.
If you want happy, harmonious employees, it's time to kick those workplace cliques to the curb.
Is image really everything when it comes to your business? Listen as entrepreneurs and experts sound off about whether branding is crucial for success, then decide for yourself.
Motivation and Retention
Get blase employees motivated about their jobs, and they'll really take care of business.
Compensation and Benefits
If you can't afford to offer employee benefits on your own, why not join forces with a PEO?
Want to get an idea of how prospective employees may perform on the job? Use a situational interview, and take them on a test run.
Chambers of commerce will have to rethink their programs-or risk losing Gen X entrepreneurs.
It's more important than ever to show customers you'll keep their information private.
Managing your creative employees can be a challenge, but doing it well is crucial to your business.
Make no mistake about it: When it comes to employee relations, silence is not golden.