Product Review: MindSalt – Time Tracking and Project Management Software

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MindSalt
A new member in the growing market for time tracking and project management software, MindSalt offers an all-in-one solution for small to midsize businesses. Users can track timesheets, report expenses, and manage projects using MindSalt’s online interface.

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3 Surefire Ways to Ensure Your Employees Meet Deadlines

Deadline
Are you a business owner? Are you about to take on a new project? Are you hoping to sign new contracts and attract new clients? Is meeting deadlines part and parcel of day to day life in the office? If so, you’re probably looking for innovative, effective ways of making sure you meet client’s needs. Here are three surefire ways to ensure your workforce is up to the job.

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How to Build Dream Employee Team by Outsourcing Non-Essential Tasks

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My name is Nathan Hirsch.  I have been in E-commerce for 6+ years and my entire approach to business changed when a friend of mine introduced me to remote workers.  I have spent the last 8 months working on my second company, FreeeUp.com, with the goal of helping everyone tap into the great advantage of outsourcing.

If you are an entrepreneur, you most likely have over 100 hours of work that needs to or could be completed each day.  While this is not possible alone, it is possible to build a team of online freelancers on a smaller budget who can strategically tackle all of the work on your business’s plate.

In this article, you will learn how to safely build this team from the ground up.  If you are trying to scale your business, it is important that you can build your dream team.

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3 Types of Waste You Must Avoid to Build Profitable Business

Waste
Waste is a problem in every type of business. If you are to succeed as a small business owner it is imperative that you keep a close eye on the waste and avoid it as much as possible. Now there are number of different wastes that can occur in small business. Understanding them and finding ways to avoid them is a task every business owner needs to undertake.

First, let’s think about the problem with waste. Waste means that you’re paying for something but you’re not getting the benefit from it. Essentially, it’s just a massive drain on your company. If you allow wastes to keep developing in your business model, you’ll be missing out on huge potential profits. Now, let’s look at the three primary types of wastes that every business is likely to encounter and what you can do about it.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Conduct Effective and Efficient Business Meetings

Meeting
Here is a startling fact that you may not know – Businesses in U.S. lose approximately $37 billion in salary cost as a result of meetings! This is equivalent of annual revenue of some of the largest companies in the U.S. Imagine the money that companies can save just by avoiding, or at least being effective in, those meetings.  Ask any professional about his opinion on the meetings he has to attend as part of his job and more than likely you will hear lots of complaints. According to Atlassian, employees on an average attend 62 meetings per month. Nearly 50% of those meetings are considered waste of time by employees attending those meetings!

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5 Must Have Functionality in Time Clock Software for Better Efficiency

Time Clock Software
Time clock software can incorporate a lot of different functions and nuances that make the system efficient for the business. Not only can digital methods be time saving, but they can also offer a great deal of security and versatility for the human resources department of the organization. With all of the available add-ons that could be available, what are some of the most powerful functions that can make the web time clock worth the investment?

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20 Work-life Balance Hacks for Small Business Owners

20 work life hacks for small business owners
Work-life balance is not something that is on top of mind for many entrepreneurs and small business owners. After all, when you have customers expecting immediate response, employees asking for help, vendors waiting for payments, all at the same time how can you even think about taking time off from work. Life can wait until you have established your business. Once you have put the business on the right path you can go back to enjoying the life, right? Wrong. Let’s face it. When you are running a small business will there ever be time when you will not need to take care of this?

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5 Must Have Project Management Skills for Every Business Leader

5 must have project management skills
Project management is a must have skill for small business owners as well as managers and executives of large companies. Anyone can dream up new projects without much effort. Only those who can execute those projects stand to succeed in their endeavor. History is rife with examples of projects, large and small, that have either failed or overrun their time and budget because they were not managed well. The managers in charge of these projects did not possess and exhibit necessary skills required to take them to the finish line.

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4 Essential Tips to Increase Productivity in Small Business

4 ways to increase productivity
Whether you’re a small business owner, aspiring entrepreneur or hard-working professional, the battle to constantly produce good work is ongoing. Maybe it’s the monotony of workloads or effort we put forth to get better, but seasons of high productivity seem to come and go. If you’re stuck in a slump, you’re not alone. Millions of professionals struggle to meet expectations every day. Luckily, the parade of employees and entrepreneurs hoping to boost their output has led to helpful tools and strategies.

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How to Make Best Use of Downtime in Small Business

How to make best use of downtime in small business
Every business undergoes a lull at some point. Even the most trailblazing, rip-roaring successes either see a period of plateau in the sales figures, a drop off in engagement online, an unexpected downtime or a hush in the office.

But don’t panic.

Quite periods can be caused by a variety of factors – seasonality, block holiday periods, geo-political changes, strikes, illness, market uncertainty, recessions – you name it.

The fact is – it happens; it’s part of the cycle.

It can be incredibly frustrating, primed as you are with all that energy ready to channel into your business, only to be denied when you try and side-step the inevitable.

But, knowing their inevitability, you can prepare for these periods with a strategy of how to use them productively and constructively.

Here are some little nuggets to think about when that next low wave rolls in.

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