Brooke Chaplan

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Versatile: 3 Tips for Making Your Employees Extra Efficient
August 03, 2018
In any business, the human resources are the most vital to ensuring the business’s success. At the same time, human resources have a tendency to be less efficient than a computerized or robotic equivalent.

Cheap Company Launch Party Ideas for New Entrepreneurs
September 29, 2016
When starting a business, you want to be sure to get things going on the right foot. Having a launch party can be the perfect way to introduce the world to your company, but for a startup with a small budget, the idea of investing in a big bash may be daunting.

Tips for Taking the Stress Out of Your Ground Shipping
September 23, 2016
Ground shipping is the process of transporting products by land, either by train, truck, bus, or car. While ground shipping has undergone a series of refinements over the past several decades, it remains a stressful task for the millions of workers involved in day-to-day shipment, from delivery truck drivers, to warehouse pickers and packers.

Bringing Business Around: Should Your Company Form an LLC?
September 16, 2016
There is more to running a business than simply selling your products or services to customers. You have to think about the legal ramifications of your business structure as well as the tax implications of how you choose to organize your company. When is it in your best interest to form an LLC? If you are thinking about going this route, here are some things to consider first.

Tips for Streamlining the Manufacturing Process without Breaking the Bank
August 26, 2016
All manufacturers want to streamline the production process. Fortunately, there are several ways to lower the cost of doing business and making sure your products are processed correctly. Along with streamlining the production process, your employees can increase their productivity.

Five Office Upgrades Your Clinic Should Consider Investing In
August 22, 2016
When setting up a new clinic, there are a number of upgrades you can make in order to enhance the experience for your customers and employees. Investing in these upgrades does increase your initial costs at first, but most will pay off due to the enhanced productivity and customer experience they provide to your staff and patients. Health care is an industry that continues to grow and expand with new technologies so be sure to take advantage of the ones you can.

Main Street Storefronts: How to Appeal to Customers and the Community
August 18, 2016
Walking through a quaint or stunning Main Street is always a treat. Whether it’s in your hometown, or in a new place, seeing a town from its bet angle is usually achieved on Main Street.

Skills All Good Warehouse Managers Should Have to be Effective
August 11, 2016
Today’s leaders in warehouse operations face many challenges, many of which are unique to modern business life. Modern warehouse managers will need a variety of skills that their counterparts a few generations ago could not have imagined.

Workplace Rewiring: Steps to Help Your New Employees Adjust
July 29, 2016
Introducing new hires into the workplace is always an exciting time. But ensuring that new employees are able to adapt to their surroundings and adjust to the workplace environment more quickly, easily, and with greater success is never a concern that should be left to chance.

What Your Manager is Probably Forgetting about Workplace Safety
July 12, 2016
In today's workplace, safety should be the top priority, but according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 3.7 million people were injured in workplace accidents in 2014.

What You Need to Know Before Starting an Online Business
June 20, 2016
From stay-at-home moms to entrepreneurs with plenty of capital, you hear a lot about starting an online business and the right ways to go about it. While some people may make it sound as easy as setting up an Etsy shop, there are actually a number of steps you need to take before you start your business on the web.

Budgeting Tips for Your Business’ Biggest Expenses
June 09, 2016
No matter what your business does, the competition in your market can make things tough. This is especially true if you own a small business or are trying to get off of the ground. Things are hard enough trying to make your new business financially solvent while simultaneously growing it.

What Trade Shows Can do for Expanding Your Business
June 08, 2016
Trade shows continue to play an important role in helping to expand a business, despite the growth of the internet and online marketing. You might think focusing your marketing efforts in the virtual world is all you need for success, but expanding and really networking requires a little broader reach in marketing.

What it takes to Plan for a Healthy Future for Your Business
June 01, 2016
The planning stages of starting a business are the most important to pay attention to. Proper planning allows you to sneak a peek into the future and find out where you stand in relation to similar companies.

How to Make Your Human Resources Department Human Friendly
May 31, 2016
Human resources is the fulcrum of all business activities in any company. It's the first encounter applicants and new employees have with your organization, and is instrumental in developing their entire careers and the workplace culture. Business owners must strive to make their human resources department as human-friendly as possible to maintain a good image and leave a good impression. The following are some steps to help you achieve that goal.

Tips to Keep Your Factory Running at Peak Levels
April 11, 2016
A factory is only as good as the people and equipment that run it. To keep yours running at peak levels, the best solution is to hire quality professionals who understand how to operate and maintain the machines that keep it going. How do you find the right people and equipment to get the most for your money?

What Investors Like to See in Your Business Plans
April 04, 2016
You may have the next big idea, but finding the money you need to make your business idea a reality can be a tough endeavor. Investors are very prickly when it comes to their money, so understanding how they look at your business is the key to gaining their confidence. Let's take a closer look and see just what investors want to see when it comes to your business plan.

How to Step Up Your Security without Blowing the Budget
March 31, 2016
A small business owner has a huge investment in their own business and finding the right security and protection for it is key. The business assets can be protected with security systems, software programs, surveillance cameras, key systems, locks, and passwords. When you understand what each system is in place for, you can choose the best options for your business.

Gaining Growth: How to Handle Your Rapidly Expanding Company
March 29, 2016
It's a problem many new entrepreneurs would love to have, but managing a company that is growing at breakneck speed can be the challenge of a lifetime. If you happen to be running a rapidly growing business, we hope for your sake that this is a promising harbinger of your future business prospects.

Time Management Tips for Professionals Taking School on the Side
February 26, 2016
One of the best decisions a working professional can make is going back to school to learn more, and improve their skill set.

What to Know About Your Company's First Time Offering Benefits
February 19, 2016
Business owners who are offering benefits to their employees for the first time often have many questions. Learning more about typical benefits packages, exploring the options that different providers are able to offer, and creating a more accurate estimate of the true costs the company can expect to pay are all important concerns.

Risky Business: Tips to Minimize Your Company's Biggest Hazard
February 12, 2016
There are many risks and hazards associated with running a business. Some can result in the utter destruction an enterprise, while others merely drain company resources. All of these hazards deserve your attention because, in the early stages, it's difficult to differentiate between the two. The following tips will help every business owner think like a risk manager, and minimize their company's biggest hazards.

Financing Failures: Why so Many Startups Can't Survive
November 25, 2015
Have you ever dreamed of starting your own business? Every year thousands of people fulfill their dream of becoming an entrepreneur only to encounter unforeseen obstacles that cause their venture to fail. In fact, 90% of startups fail within their first year. Learn why it’s so hard to start and sustain a successful business and how you avoid some of the common pitfalls.

Five Tricks to Help Your Business Get Ahead in the Field
October 05, 2015
Research shows that while 83% of businesses are still operating, the rest close because of inadequate cash flow, poor sales, and a lack of business loans. Operating a business can be difficult because of unstable market conditions, limited resources, and cut-throat competitors. If you’re looking to get a lead over others in your industry, here are five tricks to help your business take the reins.

Company Location: Steps You Can Take to Succeed in a Bad Area
September 03, 2015
Oftentimes small companies are forced to choose a less than desirable location for their business because of limited financial resources. However, even the priciest or most trafficked locations don’t guarantee success. Below introduces five steps your business can take in order to commercially succeed in a less than ideal area.

Opening Up: Connecting with New Employees
August 24, 2015
One of the most exciting experiences for anyone entering the workforce is to get the call saying they've got the job. There's nothing like gainful employment and the feeling of a fresh, new start. But, what happens after the first few days?

Tricks are for Kids: Brand Building Taken from the Pros
April 16, 2015
Whether your business is a multi-million dollar conglomerate, or a small, local retail store, branding is critical to the success of the company. Branding is a word that has been tossed around quite a bit over the past few years, yet many business owners are still unsure what exactly branding is when it comes to promoting their company. These tips from branding professionals will help you create quality branding for your company.

Six Smart Business Model Designs in Healthcare
March 27, 2015
Health care is slowly transforming into one of inclusivity for everyone, no matter their age, race, or gender. Little by little, new business models are showing us the possibilities of what health care can truly become. These advancements are some of the most successful in making healthcare work around the country.

Company Coffer: How to Better Chart Basic Expenses
October 17, 2014
Without carefully tracking expenses, businesses can quickly spend more than they can afford. In most situations, businesses will need to stay on a tight budget to maintain profitability. By charting basic expenses on a routine basis, your finances can be managed before they become a problem. Modern charting tools are able to give businesses immediate feedback on how they are progressing toward their budget goals. This will take a look at how businesses can better chart their basic expenses.

How you are Hiring Wrong: Ideas to Streamline the Process
September 29, 2014
If you have a business and hire employees, you probably understand the importance of hiring the right people. When the wrong employees are selected, profitability can be severely undermined, as productivity declines. Most importantly, hiring can also be a laborious process that distracts decision makers from important business management activities. This article will take a look at what you can do to streamline the process of hiring employees.

Casting Your Net: Ways to Expand Your Small Business
August 22, 2014
As a small business owner you may desire to expand your operations, but don't know the best ways to go about it. You probably did a lot of research as you started your business, including counsel from experts and the books. It took time, money, and effort to get the business off the ground, and now that you have survived the beginning and experienced some success, you want more. Here are some ways for small businesses to expand and get more networking done.

Business Busts: 6 Things Your Company Can Do Without
August 20, 2014
Running a company requires you to make a lot of tough decisions about where and how to dedicate your budget, change your marketing, and produce your services. It’s a full time job. But, chances are, you’re making a complex job more difficult by trying to keep these aspects of your business.

Business Saver: Top Ways to Save Money as a Company
July 30, 2014
Understanding how to save money as a company when you are managing a business is essential to maintain success, and the ability to appeal to visitors who come to your site. Knowing how to save money is a way to stay ahead financially, while also giving you the ability to maintain the business growth at all times. Understanding some of the top ways to save money as a company can help you to go in the right direction with any business plans you have in mind.

Finishing Touches: Keys to Providing a Professional Office Space
June 11, 2014
As a business owner, you understand the important role your office space plays on company image. When clients and colleagues visit your space, they will form an opinion about your company based on the quality of your space, its cleanliness and other factors. You want to put your best foot forward for all of your clients, and you can accomplish this goal when make a few finishing touches to your décor. In fact, there are a few keys to creating professional office space that you can use for fabulous results.

Business Preparation: How to Keep Your Company Secure
May 29, 2014
Security should be a top concern for all companies. Poor security could lead to loss of proprietary secrets, stolen financial information, and even vandalism of equipment. Every part of a business needs to be protected. Several tips will help to keep a company secure.

5 Great Business Investment Ideas You May Not Have Heard Of
May 23, 2014
Business investments are a great way to make money and have something that will provide you with a lasting income throughout many years. Choosing an investment that feels right to you is important in being successful at the avenue you have chosen. While there are many ways to invest in businesses that are commonplace, there may be some that you have never even heard of. These investment opportunities are a great way to leave the beaten path of business investments and break into something that is extremely unique to you and the way that you do business.

Entrepreneur Insights: What New Businesses Can Expect When Financing
May 21, 2014
Many great businessmen have written books explaining that you can start businesses without putting in any of your own money. This wisdom has been expressed in the work of Robert Kiyosaki who wrote the Rich Dad series of books and Donald Trump, who is well-known for making deals while putting his reputation, rather than his money, on the line. What is omitted from these men's work is that Trump inherited $100 million, providing him with the kind of collateral and contacts that bring the world of very high financed borrowing, and that Robert Kiyosaki has never once proven to have made money outside of entertaining books about investing. Knowing this, we must consider the following essentials to financing a new business.

Business Trips: Ideas to Make it Fun and Productive
April 25, 2014
Any time you are planning for an upcoming business trip, incorporating a few ideas to make it both fun and productive can help you to get more enjoyment out of any time spent working, regardless of where you are located, or your objectives for the day. Implementing a few tips and tricks to make your time spent on a business trip more fun and productive is a way for you to have more fun while still having the ability to maintain your work ethic at all times.

Best Ideas for Giving Your Business a Recharge
April 15, 2014
In a lagging economy, it can be easy for any small business to feel the pressure to become better. Perhaps your business could use some additional clients or enhanced profitability. Whatever the case may be, there are some ways in which you can improve your business and help it become competitive once again. Here are some tips you should consider for giving your business the recharge it needs.

Greater Globalization: How You Can Easily Expand Your Company's Reach
April 14, 2014
As an innovator, you share your ideas, products and services with people all over the world. As an entrepreneur, use globalization to expand the limits of your business. The efforts will not be simple, but your profits will increase significantly. Apply several techniques that are proven to expand the reach of your company. Marketing and expanding the reach of your company doesn't have to be rocket science.

Signs Your Business is Floundering and How to Turn it Around
March 31, 2014
Is your business in a downward spiral? Are your expenses getting higher than your profits? What do customers and employees say? These, and other signs indicate that you are not just having a bad day, or going through a temporary business downturn, but that your business is actually floundering. While it is easy enough to lose heart, it may not be too late to turn things around again. In fact, with the right steps a floundering company, even one on the verge of bankruptcy, may be able to turn things around again.

News in Money: How Businesses Are Changing to Increase Figures
March 28, 2014
Businesses are constantly evolving to keep up with savvy customers, a challenging economic environment, and ruthless competitors. Here are some of the ways that businesses can boost their revenues and profit margins. All are based on perceived value, proper use of communication methods, customized products/services, and how one can improve relevant skills.

Modern Companies: How Businesses Are Becoming More Diverse
March 26, 2014
Fact: by the year 2050, 19 percent of U.S. citizens will be immigrants versus 12 percent today. Fact: the Baby Boom generation will result in an explosion in the elderly population, while other age segments decrease. Fact: in order to be positioned as a viable business in today’s economy as well as one poised for future growth, diversity is essential. Have businesses become more diverse in the global economy?

Tricks of the Trade: Secrets Your Company Can Use to Get Ahead
March 04, 2014
Finding tricks and secrets to use in every profitable industry can seem like an impossible task, though with the availability of the internet, you should be able to find a wide range of information to help your company. Make the right steps to get ahead of the competitors, learn about the different ways that you can promote your business, and find creative ways to get involved in every aspect of your business.

Five Things Your Company Should Spend Less On
February 21, 2014
You've cut discretionary spending. You've reduced your overhead. You've even gotten rid of the free coffee in the break room. But what if you're still spending too much for your business to survive? How can you cut costs without affecting productivity and efficiency? Here are five things that deserve a date with the chopping block.

Company Retreat: Best Places to Try in 2014
February 19, 2014
Many employees strongly dislike the idea of a company retreat. They dread the corny trust building activities and exercises used to boost morale, and often the time schedule for the retreat is set by your boss or someone else, meaning your entire time on the trip is mapped out. Don't fall into the common trap of a boring company retreat. They should be as much about fun and relaxation as they are about team-building and bettering the company. If the location of the retreat is awesome, the rest will follow. Like realty, it is all about the "location, location, location!"

Financial Firsts: How to Budget Your Business Right
February 14, 2014
Starting a new business is always a huge step, no matter what industry you are involved in. While many focus on the ideas for their business, finding a location, hiring employees, and formulating a business plan, they ignore budgeting for their business. Creating a budget for your business is the most important step, for it creates the platform to ensure short and long term financial success.

The Gifts that Count: How Businesses Can Show Their Appreciation
January 16, 2014
The key to having happy customers is to show them a little appreciation every once in a while. A lot of people forget that their business wouldn't exist without their customers. Showing them appreciation is thoughtful, and can go a long way in keeping your customers loyal to you and your company. While it may seem expensive, there are still budget-friendly ways to show your customers just how much you care

How to Get a Handle On Your Human Resources Department
December 03, 2013
An inefficient human resources department could mean the difference between high levels of growth or profit, and poor performance. A human resources department that can’t meet the demands of employees, can’t hire quickly enough, or can’t recruit successfully could poison the entire company top to bottom. Don’t let that happen to your company. Here are three tips on how to get a handle on everyone in your human resources department.

Five Tips to Fit into a New Work Environment
November 29, 2013
Filling a position at a new company brings about socially interactive changes within a person's daily routine. Fitting into a new social circle on a professional level takes a bit of adaptation on your part, as well as a great deal of observation as to how a business works within. Finding your niche in the social circle is not always the easiest thing to accomplish, but provided here are five innovative ways to do so with a bit more ease.

Five Ideas for Making Your Office Your Own
November 11, 2013
Everyone has to work, there is no doubt about that. And considering you are at work for eight hours a day, it only makes sense that your workplace should be somewhere that you can enjoy and feel comfortable in. However, many people fail to make their office feel good to them. Here are five ideas for making your office your own, which will hopefully make you enjoy your time more while at work.

Funding Your First Business: What You Should Expect to Pay For
October 25, 2013
Many people dream about starting their first business and with good reason. It can be rewarding and a way to do something you love. But there are many things to consider, much of them financial. When starting out you should have a good idea of what you will need to pay for and how.

Five Tools Your New Company Needs to Thrive
October 14, 2013
Developing a new business is a challenge even for a successful entrepreneur. Time, labor, and budgets are factors that can be hard to control. Before you find employees and customers, find the right tools and strategies. There are five tools that your new business needs to survive.

5 Essentials of a Successful Small Business App
October 08, 2013
Apps play a large role in today's business world. People rely on apps when they wish to perform daily tasks, or learn something new while they travel, and a business owner knows that a business must have an app. If a business wishes to create one and share it with the community, the information below may help.

Working From Home: How to Stay Organized and On Track
October 04, 2013
Struggling with self-discipline while you work from home? Working from home can be extremely rewarding, but admittedly it can be hard to focus at times. Here are a few tools, toys, and supplies to keep you focused and on the job even if you are doing it all in your pajamas.

Giving Back: Ways to Show Employees Your Appreciation
September 26, 2013
The employees of a company are a major asset to any business. The performance of your employees has the potential to increase or decrease profit. Showing appreciation to your workers increases morale, and prevents high turnover rates. Consider these great gifts to show your employees how much you appreciate their efforts.

Business in Transition: Tips to Keep on Top of Things
September 20, 2013
As changes occur in a locality, businesses find they must also make changes. When a locality becomes too heavily inundated with similar businesses, a business owner seeks a location that has less competition. Business transitions are inevitable. Transition means detailed planning and organization to avoid prolonged interruptions to daily transactions. Ideally, a small business transition should be accomplished in a single day with a smooth recovery of operations. For larger businesses, the transition process may be more complex.

Money Management: Better Business Ideas for Your Accounting Department
September 17, 2013
One of the most important, yet frequently undervalued, aspects of any business is the accounting department. When it comes to making smart uses of money, businesses should place more value in the services that they can provide, and should look for ways to make the departments more effective and efficient. There are several things that all businesses can do to make their finance and accounting departments work more efficiently.

Something For Everyone: Office Parties Everyone Can Enjoy
August 29, 2013
If you have recently been left in charge of planning and setting up for an office party, whether it be for a birthday, retirement, or any other special event, you may find yourself feeling a bit lost as to where to begin. This may be especially true if you have never thrown an office party before. Fortunately, there are some simple tips that you can keep in mind to ensure that you get the party successfully planned without breaking too much of a sweat in the process.

Generational Gaps: How to Deal with Family Business Situations
August 23, 2013
Each decade brings with it amazing progress in technology and changes to social norms, and these differences may prove difficult for some families, and family businesses in particular, to handle. Tempers may flare, and issues may develop from generational gaps that exist within a family business. Understanding how to work together and diffuse tense situations helps ensure the survival and growth of a family's livelihood.



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