7 Problems Preventing Widespread Use of Cryptocurrency

Unless you’ve been completely unplugged from the internet and media for most of 2017, it’s likely you’ve read and heard much more about cryptocurrency than ever before, or like many people discovered cryptocurrency for the first time. Bitcoin’s skyrocketing price and concomitant breathless media coverage have rapidly increased awareness, curiosity, and chatter about cryptocurrency. Yet […]

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Bitcoin Mania: Assessing Cryptocurrency’s Future Growth Potential

Bitcoin’s skyrocketing price — zooming 1,600% from $1,000 at the start of 2017 to $17,000 by early December 2017 — dramatically increased awareness and interest in cryptocurrency and blockchain. Media coverage spans the gamut from fanatical to cautionary to incredulous. Google searches for “bitcoin” reflect the rapidly increasing curiosity and FOMO: The breathless media coverage […]

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12 People Principles for the Best Hiring Decisions

Hiring wisely is one of the keys to building a successful business, and also one of the most challenging. Many owners and hiring managers don’t know how to assess talent; many others dread the hiring process altogether. To make smart decisions, you need to adopt the role of a professional head coach or talent scout. […]

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How to Provide Great Employee Benefits with Less Burden

Employee benefits are a critical component of operating infrastructure for businesses of all sizes. While critical, benefits can be a distraction, a source of disgruntlement and strife, or even the bane of existence for businesses of all sizes, especially for small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) without the personnel and bandwidth to handle the administrative burdens. […]

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How to Boost Productivity in Noisy Offices

Workplace environmental conditions — light, temperature, and sound — influence productivity, creativity, and collaboration. In offices, noise (unwanted sound) is inseparable from workspace design and layout. Smart management of noise and layout can maximize productivity and well-being. What’s the optimal noise level for office productivity? Noise level is measured by decibels (dBA), ranging from whispering […]

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How to Boost Productivity and Happiness via Office Lighting

Thoughtful employers and managers seeking to enhance team productivity and well-being should assess and revamp numerous aspects of the office environment. Like temperature, informed changes in lighting can generate both increased productivity and higher employee satisfaction. Natural light is best “Light has an enormous effect on our physical and mental well-being,” said Stanley Felderman of […]

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How to Choose an Auditor

Many small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) are required by bankers, lenders, or investors to have their financials audited (or reviewed). This requirement presents SMB owners and managers with a question: how do you select an auditor? Begin by asking fellow business owners and managers which auditors they use and recommend. Once you have a list […]

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How to Get Reassuring Financial Statements for Less Money

Small and Mid-Size Businesses (SMBs) seek to keep overhead costs low wherever possible, and financial reporting is no exception. While publicly traded companies must provide audited financial statements, no such requirement exists for private companies. Given the cost, it’s unsurprising companies forego reporting and audits unless required to do so by bankers, lenders, or investors. […]

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How to Overcome Two Fears Preventing Top Talent from Saying “Yes”

Young companies — even those growing fast and reaping favorable buzz and media coverage — can find it surprisingly hard to recruit needed talent. It’s not for lack of a compelling business plan or product; rather, it’s rooted in human psychology. Fortunately, you can apply discoveries from behavioral economics to improve your recruiting results. People are not […]

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