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Everything you should know before hiring private contractors for your business

Hiring independent contractors instead of employees can save you 15 to 30% on payroll taxes and benefits. Maskot/Getty Images Hiring private contractors can be tricky when it comes to properly filing taxes and worker's comp insurance. If a contractor functions like a full-time employee, misclassifying them which invite hefty penalty fees. If you operate in multiple states, adjust your policies to follow the state with the strictest laws. Jessica Stuart learned the hard way the risks ...
Tags: Small Business, Abc, Montana, Trends, Strategy, Washington Dc, Warning, Hiring, Independent Contractors, Stuart, Nordic, Inc, Baton Rouge Louisiana, Locke Lord, NPI, Contributor


6 tips to make work meetings more productive and valuable

If meetings interrupt your progress, try asking which meetings actually add value to your team. Hinterhaus Productions/Getty Images If you lead meetings at work, it's important to ensure they're concise and make the most of everyone's time. Provide an agenda, clarify action items to stay on track, and recap what needs to get done. Check in with your coworkers to ask which meetings they think are the most valuable and productive. If you are like most business owners, you start ...
Tags: Productivity, Trends, Strategy, Time Management, Meetings, Nordic, Inc, Contributor, Inc.com, David Finkel, Contributor 2021, Focus At Work, Hinterhaus Productions Getty Images If


How to create a business LinkedIn page to boost your company's credibility

Creating regular content and having an aesthetically pleasing page can boost your company's LinkedIn presence. kyonntra/Getty Images In order to create the best LinkedIn page for your business, aesthetics are key. Posting regularly and interacting with comments with keep your followers interested. Plan your content calendar in advance to be ready for relevant holidays or industry events. If you own a business, you should own it on LinkedIn. You need a business page to help market your ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Small Business, Trends, Strategy, Linkedin, Content Creation, Nordic, Contributor, Inc.com, Business Advice, LinkedIn For Business, Amy George, Contributor 2021


3 things you should discuss at every mentoring session

Mentorship sessions can be more effective when focusing on areas of improvement. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images David Finkel is a business author and CEO of Maui Mastermind, a business coaching company. If you're a business mentor, Finkel suggests regularly checking in with your mentee to help them grow. Focus your advice on what needs improvement and create action items for future meetings. As a business coach for more than 25 years, there is a lot to be said for learning how to tap into y...
Tags: Advice, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Teaching, Lessons, Mentorship, Nordic, Mentor, Casey, Finkel, Contributor, Inc.com, David Finkel, Maui Mastermind, Contributor 2021


Employee burnout is on the rise - here's what companies can do to help

Battling burnout should be a top-down approach. Westend61 via Getty Images Nearly 70% of US workers reported their burnout got worse during COVID, according to a survey from Indeed. Companies can help by encouraging employees to prioritize rest and put their well-being first. When leaders normalize unplugging and taking time off, employees are more likely to do the same See more stories on Insider's business page. Earlier this year, like so many other companies, my workplace heard lou...
Tags: Wellness, Work, Advice, US, Trends, Strategy, Burnout, Bumble, Nordic, Contributor, Inc.com, Time Off, Katie Burke, Contributor 2021, Getty Images Nearly


How to strengthen your self-confidence and personal leadership skills at work

Solidifying your personal values is critical to developing leadership skills fizkes/Getty Images Business leaders should prioritize their personal development with as much focus as they support their employees. To strengthen self-leadership, be confident in your own judgement and solidify your personal values. Be a lifelong learner, and celebrate small successes to build team confidence. See more stories on Insider's business page. Most business leaders focus first on providing guida...
Tags: Elon Musk, Leadership, Steve Jobs, Trends, Strategy, Teamwork, Tesla, Confidence, Nordic, Don, Contributor, Inc.com, Martin Zwilling, Self Reflection, Contributor 2021


How to have difficult conversations at work without being confrontational

Having difficult conversations with coworkers can be challenging. There are ways to make the conversations effective Morsa Images/Getty Images Having difficult or sensitive conversations with coworkers can be stressful. To keep the tone productive rather than confrontational, approach the meeting with trust and compassion. Prepare what you want to say, listen openly and with empathy, and ask questions to reach a compromise. See more stories on Insider's business page. All of us have b...
Tags: Trends, Strategy, Nordic, Difficult Conversations, Contributor, Inc.com, Communication Skills, Martin Zwilling, Conversation Skills, Contributor 2021, Roberta Chinsky Mauson Mauson


3 things you should know about every person you manage at work

Knowing three key characteristics about your employees can help them grow in their careers. Luis Alvarez/Getty Images Business coach and author David Finkel says there are three things every manager should know about their workers. Managers should get to know their employees' individual personality styles to better meet their needs. Ask whether they prefer hands-on or hands-off instruction, and what you can do to help them be more productive. See more stories on Insider's business ...
Tags: Work, Trends, Strategy, Development, Manager, Growth, Nordic, Employee, Myers Briggs, Contributor, Inc.com, Kolbe, David Finkel, MMPI, Luis Alvarez Getty, Contributor 2021


4 changes employers can make this fall to keep stressed parents and caregivers in the workforce

A employer-sponsored childcare stipend can help alleviate the stress on working parents. Julian Stratenschulte/picture alliance via Getty Images Sarah Mauskopf is CEO of Winnie, a marketplace for daycares, preschools, and childcare. She says employers can do more to support parents who've been balancing work and childcare. Create a plan in case they need time off on short notice, and be understanding to changing childcare needs. See more stories on Insider's business page. Last ...
Tags: Work From Home, Parenting, Trends, Strategy, Childcare, Delta, Winnie, Nordic, Don, Inc, Contributor, Inc.com, Working Parents, JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE, Contributor 2021, Sarah Mauskopf


Workers are reporting increasing levels of stress - here are 3 things employers can do to help

Stress can come from many sources, but one of the most common is being overwhelmed at work. Maskot/Getty Images A recent Gallup survey revealed that employees are experiencing more stress at work. High levels of stress can hurt productivity, and offering time off isn't enough to undo burnout. To help employees relieve stress, check in on their needs and work to streamline their workflow. See more stories on Insider's business page. Employees are more stressed in their jobs than t...
Tags: Work, Work From Home, US, Trends, Strategy, Stress, Mental Health, Stress Reduction, Vancouver, Nordic, Gallup, PTO, Contributor, Inc.com, Frances Frei, WFH


4 actionable ways to foster a more inclusive and creative environment at work

Leadership development happens with the entire team. Luis Alvarez/Getty Images Effective leadership comes down to communication and community building. Practicing these skills daily is a great way to becoming a better leader. When a leader is intentional with their choices to cultivate an inclusive environment, everyone thrives. See more stories on Insider's business page. Some people are born strong leaders and spend much of their careers becoming more conscious of what they already...
Tags: Work, Trends, Strategy, Nordic, Inclusion, Inc, North Star, Heidi Zak, Contributor, Inc.com, Work Environment, Creative Culture, Contributor 2019, Luis Alvarez Getty


4 pre-pandemic habits to leave behind when going back to the office

Leaders should consider leaving behind office "norms" that no longer fit into the post-pandemic structure. nd3000/Getty Images Work and the workplace office structure has evolved as a result of the pandemic. Leaders should consider making changes post-pandemic to be more supportive of employees. Long meetings, long commutes, and pressure to work when sick should be left behind. See more stories on Insider's business page. As the pace of vaccinations accelerates and states loosen mask...
Tags: Work, Office, Trends, Strategy, Workplace Culture, National Bureau of Economic Research, Nordic, Inc, Contributor, Inc.com, Katie Burke, Contributor 2019, Post-Pandemic Life


Here's why leaving more slack in your days can actually make you more productive

Slacking can help increase the quality of your work and the amount that's completed in that day. Westend61 / Getty Images Having an over-packed schedule leaves little room for pivoting or making changes if needed. For maximum productivity, slacking off - strategically - is the key. Slacking will help you stay sane and get more done over a long period of time. See more stories on Insider's business page. Elon Musk plans his days in five-minute increments. Tim Cook gets up at 3:45 a....
Tags: Productivity, Elon Musk, Trends, Strategy, Work Life Balance, Tony Robbins, Tim Cook, Nordic, Work Advice, Inc, Jessica Stillman, DeMarco, Christine Carter, Contributor, Inc.com, Contributor 2019


5 employee retention strategies to keep working mothers - and all caretakers - from feeling burned out

The flexibility to work from home is one great way to keep mothers and caretakers on staff long-term. Getty Images The pandemic has upended how we work, and employers have found creative ways to retain hard workers. Parents and other caregivers need more flexibility to manage their jobs and their families at the same time. Employers can help by looking at their employees' lives holistically and making adjustments. See more stories on Insider's business page. During the depths of th...
Tags: Trends, Strategy, Case, Philadelphia, Cto, Priceline, Nordic, Employee Retention, Inc, Working Mothers, MacGregor, Goldstein, Contributor, Inc.com, StrongSuit, Scott Case


What to do during a new hire's first 90 days to increase retention and job satisfaction

Note your new hire's passion and find a way to have them align it with your company's vision. Inside Creative House/Getty Images A company's onboarding process should ensure new hires stick with the company for the long haul. In the first 90 days, new employees should shadow veteran colleagues to acclimate more seamlessly. Build trust with new hires by allowing them to manage projects as part of their onboarding process. See more stories on Insider's business page. When yo...
Tags: Trends, Strategy, Onboarding, Nordic, Inc, Contributor, Inc.com, Contributor 2019, Raj Jana, Hiring Best Practices, Inside Creative House


6 strategies startups can use to decrease their chances of early-stage failure

It's best to get honest reviews from real customers before investing too much into a startup. filadendron/Getty Images Startup expert Martin Zwilling says only about half of businesses with employees survive at least five years. Entrepreneurs who are too optimistic about their success may overlook failure patterns. They need to test, grow, and revamp their products and services consistently for maximum success. See more stories on Insider's business page. Almost every entrepreneur ...
Tags: Startups, Business, Trends, Strategy, Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Steve Ballmer, Ibm, Failures, Team Building, Nordic, Inc, Procter Gamble, HBS, Harvard Business School, Contributor


ClassPass founder Payal Kadakia on how her Indian American heritage inspired her to create a $1 billion business

Payal Kadakia launched ClassPass as a service to search for fitness options, but it has expanded into much more. powerofforever/Getty Images Payal Kadakia is an entrepreneur and founder of ClassPass, an app and subscription service for fitness classes. Growing up she says she thought she had to separate and hide her dual identities - American and Indian. She was inspired to create a space to celebrate both of her cultures, and it became a billion-dollar business. See more stories on Insid...
Tags: America, Entrepreneurs, Trends, Strategy, Tech, Women In Tech, Nordic, Alvin Ailey, Inc, WOC, Bain Company, Gujarat India, Contributor, Inc.com, Payal Kadakia, Kadakia


5 ways to make your marketing and branding more memorable

Marketing should be exploratory and dynamic to capture the interest of the new generation of customers. Carlina Teteris Modern customers respond better to marketing that's more personalized and interactive. Customers tend to advocate for brands they have great relationships with via positive experiences. This type of marketing helps businesses build loyal and recurring customers. See more stories on Insider's business page. As a business consultant, I often have to remind small-bu...
Tags: Business, Marketing, Trends, Strategy, Customer Experience, Harvard Business Review, Branding, Nordic, Dunkin Donuts, Inc, Contributor, Inc.com, Marketing Strategies, Martin Zwilling, Contributor 2019, Carlina Teteris Modern


How to attract investors and raise funds for your business during the pandemic, according to an angel investor

A founder may go through various iterations of their business, but it's their determination that sets them apart for investors. Mavocado/Getty Images Active angel investor Heidi Zak says early-stage investors are still making deals during the pandemic. A founder's business needs to make sense for investors to get on board; dedication is key. Before trying to raise money, show that your business model is profitable and sustainable. See more stories on Insider's business page. In...
Tags: Startups, Trends, Strategy, Investing, Rome, Fundraising, Silicon Valley, Angel Investors, Nordic, Inc, Heidi Zak, Contributor, Inc.com, Contributor 2019


3 habits that separate good leaders from great leaders

As a leader, reframe your approach to work if you find yourself becoming too complacent. Morsa Images/Getty Images Chief people officer at HubSpot, Katie Burke, says great leaderships means improving how things are done. When the opportunity to build on something arises, take it and make it better. Being a good leader also means being vulnerable, asking for feedback, and reflecting on mistakes. See more stories on Insider's business page. Regardless of industry or field, there's o...
Tags: Leadership, Advice, Trends, Strategy, Management, Nordic, Abby Wambach, Don, Inc, Brian Halligan, Business Strategy, Leadership Skills, Contributor, Inc.com, Katie Burke, Contributor 2019


Use these 3 lessons from the pandemic to build a stronger crisis plan for your business

During a crisis it is important to communicate with your employees first. pixelfit/Getty images Business crisis plans are important for unforeseen circumstances such as this pandemic. Being forced to change routines exposed a lack of preparedness in many institutions that needed to pivot. Keeping abreast of new technology and communication techniques can help strengthen future crisis plans. See more stories on Insider's business page. When I help a client communicate during a crisis o...
Tags: Business, Trends, Strategy, Crisis Management, Nordic, Inc, Contributor, Inc.com, Business Advice, Pandemic, Contributor 2019, Amy George


5 qualities investors look for from a startup founder to commit to their business

Investors will not work with founders who are unable to deliver on their promises. Eva-Katalin/Getty Images Startup founders should analyze their strengths and weaknesses before approaching investors. Investors are looking for founders who can move from idea to execution and build strong momentum. Founders need to be honest about what they're capable of doing and where they need support. See more stories on Insider's business page. Sometimes, good things are easy to see in others b...
Tags: Startups, Leadership, Trends, Strategy, Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Steve Ballmer, Founders, Investors, Nordic, Inc, Ballmer, Contributor, Inc.com, Martin Zwilling, Startup Founders


The first 3 people you should hire when starting a business, according to a recruiter

Having a go-getter employee is important at an early stage startup. Skynesher/Getty Images Staffing expert Mandy Gilbert says startups shouldn't try to save money by hiring junior employees first. New businesses should instead invest early in senior-level employees to help maximize growth. Creative candidates and go-getters also make great early hires because they're eager to take on challenges. See more stories on Insider's business page. As a lifelong recruiter, starting my ...
Tags: Google, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Strategy, Startup, Recruiting, Employees, Nordic, Inc, Business Strategy, Contributor, Inc.com, Contributor 2019, Mandy Gilbert


4 ways businesses can better attract and recruit new talent

Recruiters should go beyond LinkedIn to source potential employees. SDI Productions/Getty Images Office culture is important to people in their job search, says employee engagement and diversity expert Bernard Coleman. Businesses can attract new talent by proving they care about what matters most to future employees. Coleman believes recruiters can source better talent by expanding their search pool and engaging with those that's right for their company. Visit the Business section of Insid...
Tags: Jobs, Trends, Strategy, Recruitment, Zillow, Black, Glassdoor, Nordic, Coleman, Inc, EVP, Contributor, Inc.com, Diversity and Inclusion, Bernard Coleman, Contributor 2019


How to choose between an in-person, hybrid, and remote work model for your business post-pandemic

Companies can decide to have employees work entirely remotely or predominantly in person. VW Pics/Getty Images The pandemic has forced organizations to rethink the office work structure. Post-pandemic, many leaders will have to decide what's the best work model for their businesses — in-person, remote or hybrid. The future of work requires careful planning for both business leaders and their employees. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. After about a year of working re...
Tags: Work, Business, Trends, Strategy, Remote Work, Netflix, Upwork, Nordic, Don, Inc, Contributor, Inc.com, Robert Glazer, WFH, Contributor 2019, Reid Hastings


7 key strategies for scaling from a solo entrepreneur to a successful business leader

Teams thrive when they have a higher purpose and long-term goal. Getty Images Entrepreneurs should adjust the mindset of doing everything solo to building a team to grow their business. A culture of learning from failure is key to becoming a successful business leader when scaling a startup. Fine-tuning the business' purpose is important for entrepreneurs becoming team leaders. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. As an adviser to many startups today, I still see that mo...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Business, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Strategy, Nepal, Honduras, Jeff Bezos, TOMS Shoes, Nordic, Don, Inc, Blake Mycoskie, Contributor


10 ways to manage stress and stay calm under pressure as a business leader

Overloading your mind with too many to-dos can lead to burnout and emotional outbursts. Maskot/Getty Images Business leaders can use certain techniques to minimize stress and burnout at work. Managing your daily workload, practicing delegation, and scheduling downtime can help reduce anxiety. Building supportive professional relationships can also help leaders avoid being short-tempered and prone to outbursts. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. One of the most valuable...
Tags: Leadership, Trends, Strategy, Work Life Balance, Stress, Stress Management, Business Leaders, Nordic, Don, Inc, Contributor, Inc.com, Martin Zwilling, Contributor 2019


3 questions to ask yourself before deciding to join a board of directors

Before joining a board of directors, business leaders should consider how they'll fit into the existing structure. Yoshiyoshi Hirokawa/Getty Images Joining the board of directors of a company is a investment that requires serious time and mental energy. Just like looking for a job, any board you join should be the right fit for you as a business leader. Consider the commitment required, who you know on the board, and what you can contribute before accepting a board member offer. Visit ...
Tags: Business, Leadership, US, Trends, Strategy, Linkedin, Canada, Nordic, Inc, Executives, NACD, Contributor, Inc.com, Board of Advisors, National Association of Corporate Directors NACD, Contributor 2019


8 strategies for finding success and personal fulfillment as a small business owner

Finding personal fulfillment is key to being a successful business leader. Klaus Vedfelt/Getty Images Equating success in business with making money can often leave entrepreneurs feeling burned out and unfulfilled. When leaders instead develop businesses they're passionate about, they're more likely to enjoy pursuing tough goals. Having a higher purpose, finding personal enjoyment, and celebrating milestones is key to creating life and work satisfaction. Visit Business Insider's homepage ...
Tags: Amazon, Work, Business, Happiness, Success, Trends, Strategy, Harvard, Kardashians, Jeff Bezos, Diddy, Mentorship, Nordic, Don, Inc, Contributor


3 tips for managing rapid startup growth, according to Peloton cofounder Graham Stanton

Peloton's fast growth required the company to reinvent itself repeatedly. Courtesy of Peloton New startups should be prepared to adjust and reinvent quickly as they grow. Peloton cofounder Graham Stanton says some of these rapid changes may move the company away from its initial business idea, and that's OK.  Don't get bogged down in the details, Stanton advises, and look to your fans for inspiration on what to do next. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Peloton cofoun...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Facebook, Opinion, Trends, Strategy, Founders, Nordic, Don, Inc, Stanton, Cedar, Peloton, Contributor, Growing A Business, Inc.com