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Setting Smart Management Goals

You can find all kinds of goals in all kinds of organizations. Some goals are short-term and specific (starting next month, we will increase production by two units per employee per hour [more…]

Exposing Cover Letter Myths

Your cover letter is a first impression to potential employers. If you expect to be a successful job seeker, you'll want to know how to attract positive attention with your cover letter, while avoiding [more…]

Ten Qualities of an Effective Team Player

If you were choosing team members for a business team in your organization, who would the best team players be? Assuming that people have the right technical skills for the work to be done, what other [more…]

Understanding Accounting Methods

Officially, there are two types of accounting methods,which dictate how the company's transactions are recorded in the company's financial books: cash-basis accounting and accrual accounting. The key difference [more…]

Grabbing Attention with Your Cover Letter's Opening Line

Learn to write openings that fire up the reader and move the reader along without wasting tons of time. Interviewers are overloaded — whole days are a blur for them, and they have no spare minutes to decipher [more…]

Giving Constructive Feedback

Performance feedback can be given two ways: through constructive feedback or through praise and criticism. Don't fall into the trap of giving praise and criticism on employee performance. [more…]

Five Tips for Better Resume Writing

First the good news. You do not have to be William Shakespeare to compose a solid, well-organized, professional-looking resume. All you need are the ability to express your ideas in proper English and [more…]

Deciding between Cash-Basis and Accrual Accounting

Before you can start recording business transactions, you must decide whether to use cash-basis or accrual accounting. The crucial difference between these two accounting processes is in how you record [more…]

Reading Consolidated Financial Statements

Most major corporations comprise numerous companies bought along the way to create their empires. The financial statement reflects the financial results for all the entities it bought as well as the original [more…]

Constructing a Press Kit

A press kit is a collection of written materials designed to introduce an expert or a company to the media. Often these materials are contained in an attractive folder and accompanied by a cover letter [more…]

Choosing a Budget Method

A budget is nothing more than a written estimate of how an organization — or a particular project, department, or business unit — will perform financially. If you can accurately predict your company's [more…]

Rookie Teaching Technique: Choosing a Seating Arrangement

Deciding how to arrange your seats isn't as difficult as you may anticipate; the shape and size of your classroom usually dictate how your classroom must be arranged. Before you get to the business of [more…]

Creating a Purchase Order in QuickBooks

A purchase order serves a simple purpose: It tells some vendor that you want to purchase some item. In fact, a purchase order is a contract to purchase. [more…]

Zooming In on Cover Letter Anatomy

In case you've forgotten or never learned the parts of a job letter, review these building blocks. [more…]

Staffing Your Restaurant's Kitchen

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. You've heard this idea related to business a million times. Like all those other endeavors and enterprises, a restaurant can't run well or long without the [more…]

Sending a Thank-You Letter after a Job Interview

How much do post-interview thank-you letters really impact hiring decisions? When they're canned, flat, and boring, interviewers may see them as a snore. But when you're in a classy field of candidates [more…]

Recording a Sales Receipt with QuickBooks Simple Start

You record a sales receipt when a customer pays you in full for the goods or services at the point of sale. Sales receipts work similarly to regular invoiced sales [more…]

How to Succeed in Your Home-Based Business

Although no one can guarantee that your home-based business will bring you the fame and fortune you hope it will, if you work hard, price your products and services right, and keep your customers satisfied [more…]

Obtaining a Liquor License for Your Bar

Every bar that serves liquor must have a license to do so. Different agencies regulate the process in different states. Make sure you start the process of getting your license early in the timeline of [more…]

Understanding What Employers Want in a Cover Letter

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conducted the SHRM Survey on Cover Letters and Resumes.The survey was faxed to randomly selected members of the Employment Management Association [more…]

Avoiding the Cardinal Sins of Resume Writing

Take some time to ponder the following pitfalls of resume writing, and do your best to avoid them in your own resume. [more…]

Conducting Effective Business Meetings

Every business, whether it has 2 employees or 2,000, has meetings as a regular part of getting things done. Although employees can communicate with one another in an organization in many different ways [more…]

Acquiring Kitchen Equipment for Your Restaurant

New York has the Bowery. Chicago has Restaurant Row. Most major cities have this kind of restaurant supply street. Whether the products are new or used, you'll likely buy it here. If you're not located [more…]

Improving Your Inflection on the Phone

When you deal with customers over the phone, you have a whole new set of etiquette rules. The minute you pick up the phone, body language disappears, and your tone of voice and the words you use become [more…]

Planning Your Basic Bar Drink Menu

Most bars are fully stocked bars, so patrons can order their favorite cocktails, such as a gin and tonic, Crown and Coke, or margarita. But many bar owners create specialized drink menus to steer patrons [more…]

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