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Plenty of situations and circumstances can strike fear in the hearts of small business owners. There’s the potential for sagging sales and the reality of having to handle multiple roles. Also, there are the complexities of managing a staff of employees. Regardless of industry, most small businesses actually reside in the people business. Which makes it even more ironic that one of the most significant sources of dread among small business owners doesn’t even involve people. It’s the fear of automation and a hesitance to trust “the cloud.” As technology has evolved and cloud-based opportunities became increasingly available, the savviest of small business owners realized that the right move is to welcome automation, not fear it. If you’re someone who still isn’t sure if automation is for you, keep reading. We’ll explain automation and the cloud, why there’s nothing to be afraid of and how automation can improve your business.

We all tend to throw the term “heartbroken” around with regularity. We use it to describe the end of a relationship when we lose a loved one, and even when we’re sad about our favorite team losing. However, you don’t often hear someone say they’re heartbroken over their work/life balance.—but it turns a lot of people actually are.

Basically, bosses that serve as a source of stress are literally breaking the hearts of their employees. An international study conducted by Sweden’s Karolinska Institute found a connection between leadership behavior and the prevalence of heart disease. So, as a leader, what can you do to make sure your employees are happy and productive? Here are a few quick ways to ensure your employees enjoy a healthy work/life balance and a positive company culture.

In September 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the median number of years that wage and salary workers had been with their current employer, was just over four years. What does this all mean? It means the workplace is now a jungle gym. Gone are the days of 50-year employment tenures with one company. Today’s workforce understands that growth and advancement come from outside their own organization, and they’re not afraid to make a move.

This job-hopping often places the employer in a bind. The employee shuffle can result in a loss of productivity and time as the recruiting and onboarding process can be lengthy. Also, realize that an employee will think outside of their salary when it comes to overall satisfaction at work. Beyond things like free coffee and foosball tables, office design and amenities have become an increasingly important part of the equation. If you’re struggling with employee retention, here are three easy ways to design your office for success and employee satisfaction.

There are about 30 million small businesses in America today and these companies are as diverse as the American economy as a whole. Ranging from restaurants and auto-body shops to construction and renovation firms, hair salons, and home repair businesses, they account for 48 percent of all U.S. jobs. You might say that small business IS big business. But even though they employ fewer workers and often focus on a local or regional customer base, small businesses are subject to the same forces as large corporations. Large businesses usually have an established customer base and steady cash flow to keep them afloat during periods of change. Small businesses often do not. They need to be nimble and responsive when it comes to marketing their company, developing customer relationships, and keeping records. Here are some of the best practices for small businesses entering 2020.

Paperwork has long been a mainstay of the business world. Documents, reports, contracts, bills, invoices, protocols. It's a never-ending list, and it all eventually turns into skyscraping stacks of files. Those files cost businesses a surprisingly steep amount of time and money to produce, store and keep track of. Businesses and their executives are becoming increasingly aware of these costs, and many are setting their sights on paperless operations. In fact, according to Device Magic, 80 percent of small-to-midsize businesses (SMBs) want to cut paper processes out of their workflows. Because they have fewer employees and less large bureaucratic structures in place, small businesses are in a unique position to embrace a paperless business model. Here are a few reasons why the paper-based processes are costing your business more than you know.