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10 Questions to Ask Before Family and Friends Become Business Partners

10 Questions to Ask Before Family and Friends Become Business Partners | Business Improvement |
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Family businesses often need to bring in additional people to help manage and grow the business, and usually this recruitment involves bringing other family members or close friends of the family into the business, but unless it is done properly, this type of recruitment can lead to serious problems.

The key to successfully bringing new business partners into a family business, requires deliberate stepping back and then carefully thinking about the business requirements, using a series of questions that will help to determine if the person under consideration, is a good or bad fit for the business.

This excellent article, suggests that relationships with family members or friends in a business situation can be tricky to navigate, and it provides 10 questions to ask as part of any such recruitment process.

Randi Thompson's curator insight, February 21, 2013 9:13 AM

Before you jump into a business with family members or friends...make sure that you answer these questions, and get the response in writing!

Craig Slepsky's comment, February 26, 2013 10:17 AM
This can help guide you with who you can and can't hire to help run a family business.
Central-Business-District's comment, February 26, 2013 5:58 PM
This is a must read if you star a business wit partnership
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Topic Introduction

Topic Introduction | Business Improvement |

This topic is a large collection of professionally filtered, quality business improvement advice, prepared for the owners and managers of small to medium sized business enterprises in the English speaking world.

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This topic is fully searchable. Simply click on the funnel symbol in the tool bar and enter your search term or phrase, or alternatively scroll down the extensive list of key words to find the closest match to your query.

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Social Media Approach Every Small Business Should Be Using

Social Media Approach Every Small Business Should Be Using | Business Improvement |
Are you a small business owner looking to expand your online presence? Here's a social media approach every small business should be using.
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Social media can be a challenge in more ways than one for many business owners. Conflicting advice abounds and time pressures makes following any advice difficult for those with limited social media experience. Having a structured approach to getting any business a reasonable level of social media exposure is a key element to success in this arena. Following the approach outlined in this article, will deliver far more, than most hit or miss attempts to gain social media traction.

Mike Allen's curator insight, November 20, 8:21 AM

well worth a read but more inspirational than "How to"

thomas junillon's curator insight, November 24, 4:48 PM

article très complet : recommandé.

Pour mettre un oeuvre : juste besoin d'un peu (beaucoup) de temps !

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20 Ways to Manage Your Time Better

20 Ways to Manage Your Time Better | Business Improvement |
Start with small tasks
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As a business owner, you need to make the most effective use of your time, in order to maximise the returns from your business for the effort expended. Time management tips abound everywhere, but a great collection such as this one, does not turn up every day. Apply most of these in your business and watch it thrive.

Saadia Asif's curator insight, November 15, 2:23 AM

As entrepreneurs, time is both our enemy and our friend. But it is reassuring to know that we are not alone. Here are a few great tips to help you manage time and be more effective in how we work.

Adele Taylor's curator insight, November 15, 6:47 PM

Some excellent tips on managing your time better.  Matches with an old saying that if you want something done give it to a busy person!

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10 Tips for Building a Successful Business

10 Tips for Building a Successful Business | Business Improvement |
After celebrating the 50th anniversary of the largest architecture firm in the world, Gensler told attendees at Dodge's Executive Outlook Conference how he created a thriving work environment for his growing staff.
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It pays to take note, when someone who grew their business from 3 employees to over 5000 employees and over 50 years created the largest business of its kind in the world, offers advice on how to build a successful business. The tips offered are all solid tips that can be applied by anyone to any business. Great advice for start-ups and business owners who have not seen the level of success they had hoped for in the time they have been in business.

Jeremy Barton's curator insight, November 10, 12:55 AM

This makes sense

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24 Tips for a Killer Business Communication System

24 Tips for a Killer Business Communication System | Business Improvement |

Whether you’re a solopreneur working from home or a growing business with a full-fledged office and staff, your business communication system is what gives you access to your customers, suppliers, and anyone else you might need to contact.

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In business, if your communication system is not up to speed, it effectively acts as a handbrake on future growth. The key to a good communications system is selecting the one that most matches your current needs and which provides for up-scaling as the need arises. As not all businesses are up to speed with what is currently available technology wise in communications systems, the information in this article, will be  useful for many.

Jeremy Barton's curator insight, November 4, 9:02 AM

This applies to big and small businesses

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Working with a Business Coach

Working with a Business Coach | Business Improvement |

When deciding to work with a business coach, it’s important to understand how the process works and whether or not, you’re ready to work with a business coach.

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A business coach is a combination of mentor, guide, strategist, motivator, devil's advocate, and business advisor. Those offering business coaching services need to be able to perform all of these roles effectively to be successful. Those wishing to engage the services of a business coach, need to choose one that understands and can demonstrate effectiveness in these roles, but more importantly they must be able to firstly determine if they can work with a business coach. Good coaches will quickly determine if you are capable of working with them, but less experienced business coaches may not, and the result will not be good. This article provides a means of determining if you are actually able to work with a business coach. 

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Jeremy Barton's curator insight, November 6, 12:53 AM

What more can I say

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Why You Should Make Social Media a Key Part of Your Business Strategy

Why You Should Make Social Media a Key Part of Your Business Strategy | Business Improvement |

11 reasons to make social media a part of business strategy. 

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Social Media can no longer be regarded as a passing fad by business owners as it has now well and truly entered the mainstream of effective marketing tools. Unfortunately, many business owners still resist actively utilising the power of social media to grow their businesses and assist them to remain relevant in this fast moving digital age. Those who are still resisting implementation of social media marketing for their businesses, should a have a close read of this article, to determine the real cost of not utilising social media platforms to attract, engage with and support customers and clients.

Nicolle Hugo's curator insight, October 22, 10:49 AM

Social Media is here to stay business should take this more serious #socialmedia #strategy

John Norman's curator insight, October 22, 7:15 PM

If your still having doubts about making Social Media part of you business strategy then this article will help you make up your mind.

elfindrain's comment, October 26, 2:04 AM