7 tips for combatting employee burnout

The working environment of the past 2 years has brought the concept of burnout to the forefront. Unexpected work-from-home situations, juggling the new normal, and mental fatigue have all contributed to the issue. Recognizing employee burnout and having a plan to address it will ensure you retain employees and keep your company healthy. 1. Ensure everyone takes their time off In an attempt to appear as though they can handle…  Read more

Business Update – September 13, 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Stocks start the week strong Stocks climbed Monday as Wall Street made its final moves ahead of a high-stakes report expected this week. It’s hoped that the report will show that inflation has slowed. Peloton shakes things up Peloton CEO Barry McCarthy made some dramatic moves on Monday in…  Read more

How to manage payroll effectively

Payroll is one of those things that starts out simply enough. You start your business, hire a few employees, and things tick along pretty well. It’s straightforward enough to keep everything in line at first, but what happens to most companies is… they grow! This is a great thing, but it also means that payroll becomes more complicated. As such an important aspect of your business, it’s important that payroll…  Read more

Business Update – September 7, 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Union organizers beat Amazon A federal labor board hearing officer has blocked Amazon’s attempt to scrap a historic union win at a warehouse on Staten Island, New York. Eurozone inflation hits all-time high Experts say the worst is yet to come in the eurozone, where inflation hit a fresh…  Read more

How to choose the best investments for you

The world of investing is daunting for many people. There’s so much to learn and a lot of terminology that isn’t part of the everyday lexicon. Dividends, EPS, historical returns… and what exactly is an NFT? But once you’ve mastered the basics and the language of investing, there’s another question at play: how do you choose the right investments for you? Of course, the goal of investing is to grow…  Read more

Business Update – August 31, 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Government tries to help those left out of student loan forgiveness The Education Department is exploring strategies to do something to help the nearly 5 million people whose student loan debt forgiveness was “overlooked”. Former students who borrowed under the FFEL program are excluded from the loan forgiveness program,…  Read more

Business Update – August 31, 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Government tries to help those left out of student loan forgiveness The Education Department is exploring strategies to do something to help the nearly 5 million people whose student loan debt forgiveness was “overlooked”. Former students who borrowed under the FFEL program are excluded from the loan forgiveness program,…  Read more

Bookkeeping tips for creative business owners

There are many reasons why bookkeeping is important for any business, but creative business owners may find they struggle with this critical task. After all, there’s a lot to do in a day, and staring at long lines of numbers may not be at the top of your “ideal activities” list.  But bookkeeping doesn’t have to be scary. There are some simple things you can do to take the pain…  Read more

5 signs you have cash flow issues

Whether it’s for personal use or for your business, cash flow is important. The movement of money in and out keeps everything running smoothly, and you have to know where you stand. But what if it seems that your cash flow isn’t really, well, flowing? If it seems that you’ve tightened your belt in every area and still coming up short, you might have cash flow issues. Here are some…  Read more

Business Update – August 23, 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Stock futures fall ahead of economic symposium Fears of aggressive interest rate hikes returned to Wall Street this week as stock futures fell. Investors are anticipating a volatile week as the Fed holds its annual Jackson Hole economic symposium. Home showings and deals are down as mortgage rates lower…  Read more

8 ways to run more effective meetings

Meetings are often a source of contention in the workplace. Have too few meetings and people feel disconnected. Have too many meetings and people feel that their work is being interrupted. Meetings that are too short might not accomplish enough, while those that are too long lose people’s attention. With some planning and preparation, you can easily turn your meetings into a productive, pleasant experience. Your attendees will come away…  Read more

Business Update – August 17, 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Stock futures flat after modest gains Opening another uncertain week, stock futures were flat after modest gains on Monday. Energy and financials initially dragged markets down, but later in the day, consumer staples, communication services and consumer discretionary stocks rallied. IRS announces interest rate increases that will apply to…  Read more

Business Update – August 17, 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Stock futures flat after modest gains Opening another uncertain week, stock futures were flat after modest gains on Monday. Energy and financials initially dragged markets down, but later in the day, consumer staples, communication services and consumer discretionary stocks rallied. IRS announces interest rate increases that will apply to…  Read more

How to use your website to attract quality staff

Most companies need a website to conduct their business, but it’s also a critical piece of the puzzle in attracting amazing team members. Here are a few things you can do to make sure your website is always making a great impression, so you can attract great people to join your team. 1. Think of your website as your storefront These days, your website is the online face of your…  Read more

Business Update – August 10, 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Payrolls increase in July The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday that hiring in July was far better than expected, with payrolls increasing by 528,000. The surprising number is a sign of strength for the jobs market. Workers in only two industries making wages in line with rising…  Read more

Business Update – August 10, 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Payrolls increase in July The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday that hiring in July was far better than expected, with payrolls increasing by 528,000. The surprising number is a sign of strength for the jobs market. Workers in only two industries making wages in line with rising…  Read more

How cloud-based bookkeeping makes your business more efficient

Hopefully when you start your small business in Michigan, you have money coming in and going out. It doesn’t take long for most business owners to realize that tracking the flow of money takes up a lot of time and energy.  Large companies often have in-house accountants doing all that work for them, but a small business doesn’t have that luxury. That’s where cloud-based bookkeeping comes in. It’s a huge…  Read more

What is lifestyle planning and how does it affect my finances?

When you think of financial planning, you probably imagine ways to increase your wealth, such as making a budget, reviewing what’s coming in and going out, and creating a plan for how to make the most of your money. You may think of investing in stocks or bonds, or of starting a retirement fund. Perhaps you think of saving for a major expense, like a home or education for your…  Read more

Business Update – August 3, 2022

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Gold makes steady gains early in the week A weaker dollar and a dip in US Treasury yields boosted demand for gold on Tuesday amid mounting worries of an economic slowdown. American manufacturing rates slip New numbers from the Institute for Supply Management show that manufacturing pace dipped in…  Read more

5 ways outsourcing payroll can help you

When you start a business, you’re typically your only employee and payroll is about as simple as it gets. But as you grow, you hopefully find yourself in the position of needing to take on more employees. Before you know it, what was once a very straightforward task becomes a giant undertaking that’s sucking up most of your time. This is when it makes sense to outsource your payroll. While…  Read more

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