Should You Look into a Potential Candidate’s Social Media Before Hiring?

by / ⠀Startup Advice / March 2, 2013

When looking at a candidate for hire, there are more tools available now than ever before for determining if that candidate might be a right fit. With a myriad of social media sites with which candidates engage regularly, from LinkedIn to Facebook to Twitter, there is a lot you can learn about your future hire even prior to an interview. In fact, according to an article on Monster.com,…

Recruiting Executive Talent For Your Startup? 8 Hiring Tips

by / ⠀Startup Advice / February 28, 2013

QUESTION: WHAT’S ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU HAVE FOR ENTREPRENEURS WHO ARE JUST STARTING TO HIRE C-LEVEL TALENT? Question by: Ashley 1. WHAT’S IN A RESUME? “Intelligence, cultural fit, and an ability to work with the team are the most important factors that you should consider when interviewing C-level talent. Don’t be dazzled by their accomplishments. A resume should be one of the last items that you look at.”…

Small Business Hiring – The Basics

by / ⠀Startup Advice / February 13, 2013

As your small business grows hiring the right employee could be one of the most important decisions you make.  Before you start posting help wanted ads though, there are a few things you should consider. Budget First off, take a look at your budget.  It is no secret that small businesses, more specifically start-ups, have limited budgets and cash flow.  If you cannot afford to bring someone on,…

The Value of a Liberal Arts Education in Today’s Job Market

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / November 5, 2012

The Great Recession of the last four years has led many students, parents, and pundits to question the value of a college education. How will paying, at times exorbitant, tuition costs possibly benefit our next generation of leaders? It’s a fair question, as prices on nearly all goods and services rise and incomes, at best, maintain. Well-known college dropouts, like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, as well as…

Hiring: Picking the Right Resume

by / ⠀Startup Advice / October 17, 2012

If you are currently hiring for your start-up that means either two things have recently occurred; you recently lost someone or you realized you’re missing someone you need on your team. What follows these two scenarios is probably a job posting through whatever medium has proven to be useful for the company in the past. A job posting usually brings on applicants with applicants then comes resumes. Mission…

The Quick, Dirty and Complete Guide to Consultants for Your Business

by / ⠀Startup Advice / August 9, 2012

Consultants (a.k.a. independent contractors) are a cornerstone of the global economy. Even though consultants seemingly carry “less” regulation vs hiring employees, make no mistake there are legal pitfalls and best practices that you should know about. Hiring Independent Contractors Who Should Really Be Employees Hiring consultants is much cheaper and easier than hiring employees. As a result, employers are tempted to hire people as contractors even though they…

Pros and Cons of Hiring Consultants For Your Startup

by / ⠀Startup Advice / May 15, 2012

As more and more startups are finding, it is getting increasingly difficult to find and retain quality engineers. Some engineers are hopping onto the next project, which they hope might become the next Pinterest or Instagram. Some engineers are more interested in pursuing their own ventures or joining a company at a stage where they can be off more value. Others pursue their own ventures for no reason…

How To Hire the Best Employees For Your Young Startup

by / ⠀Startup Advice / May 10, 2012

Hiring your first staff as a young entrepreneur and business owner is crucial to determining how far you go with growing your company. You have certain challenges as a young business owner looking to hire great talent to work for you. The earlier you know of these challenges and how to overcome them the better for you. What possibly could be the challenges you will likely face as…

How to Bootstrap Your Startup Using Freelancers

by / ⠀Startup Advice / April 28, 2012

Funding is costly: A lot of startups seek funding from early stage investors too early.  Every round of funding (especially the first!) is going to dilute your precious ownership.  Accepting $20,000 from angels for 30% of your company may help in getting you off the ground but it may not be the best thing for you and your co-founders’ pockets when the time comes to exit. How can…

Are Freelancers the Future of Work?

by / ⠀Startup Advice / October 26, 2011

A recent article in MSN’s Business on Main discusses how small business are not hiring like they used and never will hire that way again because of freelancers. Freelancers have become an integral part of every business and provide businesses with talented help but with greatly reduced costs. It’s also easier than ever to work with freelancers because of the online tools that are available today to collaborate…

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