Posts Tagged ‘hiring’

A Contrarian View: Hire Well, Nurture Carefully, Fire Prudently

Mike | July 29th, 2013

Much has been written on the “Steve Jobs” school of human resources. Jobs was an uncompromising believer in hiring the most talented team possible and believed equally in firing folks at will. That was all well and good for the most valuable company in the world, where an endless stream of applicants lined up at […]

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Lean Business: Freelancers for ALL My Friends!

Mike | March 25th, 2013

This year a great deal of my blogging focus has been on the struggles many small businesses have with capacity. In the business context capacity can refer to the physical space a company resides in, or the manpower available for a company to leverage. There is another aspect of capacity that is equally important and […]

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Lean Business Tips: Hiring Contractors for Fun and Profit(ability)

Mike | January 28th, 2013

We write often about ways small business can reduce expense, increase productivity, and operate more efficiently through a lean approach to marketing, technology, and operations. Today I want to write briefly about a strategy we have used to very good effect when hiring new workers: outsource. When we hear that word, we typically envision massive […]

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Small Business and Startup Tips: Hire and be Human

Mike | November 12th, 2012

Last week ago I discussed a great yiddish word in one of my posts and today I want to share another. This is a word many of you may already be familiar with, and that may even inspire some of you in how you live your life. The word is mensch and it describes a good […]

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Dear Applicant, Part 2: The Thirds

Mike | July 23rd, 2012

I wrote a post last year on how job applicants can improve their chances with a prospective employer, and today I wanted to explore this in a different way. In spite of the dismal state of the U.S.  economy and the job market (particularly for younger people) there are many, many companies that are hiring […]

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Tips for small business: Negotiating With the New Recruit

Mike | May 7th, 2012

Last year, I wrote a couple of posts about the process of hiring new employees and what applicants can do to help. Recruiting and hiring can be one of the more painful aspects to running a small business, but job applicants can go far to ease the process for those doing the hiring and, at […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Hireology

Amanda | July 21st, 2011

With temperature highs steadying at a cool and comfy 100 degrees this week in Chicago, it’s too hot to bother with lengthy, clever intros.  So, I’ll just cut to the chase:  this week we’re featuring the website Hireology.com. Hiring new employees can be tricky– both Mike and Ross have covered this topic extensively in the […]

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Don’t Delegate Until You’ve Done It

Ross | June 8th, 2011

Many startups fail because their leaders focus on doing things right, instead of doing the right things. They hire employees who can effectively execute tactics (do things right) but who have difficulty figuring out what needs to be done (doing the right things). But how can you decide the right things that need to be […]

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Tips for small business: Dear applicant, please show me what I need to see

Mike | March 7th, 2011

Last week I wrote about the pain many small businesses experience when hiring new employees: the effort involved, the cost, the time and the risk. I suggested 10 things employers can do to ease the load and make the process smoother, less risky, and (hopefully) more successful. Today I want to speak to the job […]

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Start-up Tip: Surround Yourself With Smart People

Ross | August 25th, 2008

Mike and I stated working on crowdSPRING in the summer of 2006. We incorporated the company in May 2007 and launched the crowdSPRING marketplace in May 2008. We’ve learned many important lessons along the way. In some ways, our experience is typical of other start-ups. In other ways, it is not. I want to share […]

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