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How do I write a business plan for a startup service company?

I would like to write a business plan. The business I have in mind will be a service provider. Many guides to writing business plan that I have found seem difficult to use for such a business model. There will be little profit in this company, because the salaries of the employees will take up most of the takings. Picture something a bit like an agency with contractors, only the employees will be full-time employees and paid a salary, and then assigned to projects commissioned by customers with whom the company will contract. [more inside]
posted by Erinaceus europaeus on Sep 11, 2016 - 3 answers

Help finding an SF Bay Area recruiting firm with a marketing focus

I've been thrown into a project to help find local (SF Bay Area) recruiting agencies that focus on filling marketing positions. I would really appreciate any and all referrals based on successful experience in filling an open marketing position.
posted by j2thep on Aug 31, 2016 - 2 answers

DIY Gift ideas for engineer employees?

Hi all! I am a start-up founder and engineer, and am looking for some ideas to build/make something for my awesome and hardworking engineer employees for the holidays. My google-fu fails to find what I need. [more inside]
posted by TessaGal on Nov 25, 2015 - 23 answers

How can I hire people in Europe to do software support for my U.S. firm?

I manage a small team of software support people based in the West Coast United States. Now I'd like to hire one or more people based in Europe (I'm thinking maybe Berlin, Germany or Stockholm, Sweden) who would do the same thing (and whose hours would line up better with our European clientele). I've begun to do some research into the logistics of employing a German in Germany (just for starters) but I feel like I'm not getting far. Have you done this? What works best? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Professional on Nov 19, 2015 - 6 answers

Sources to check number and kind of employees a corporation has

What are all the different things I could look at to check to see if a corporation is being honest about how many and what kinds of employees it has? [more inside]
posted by dios on Jun 9, 2015 - 8 answers

I have to lay people off (while hiring). Help me be a good human.

I am a new boss at a small company and our business model recently changed. I have to hire about 10 new people — and layoff about 10 current staffers. The moves are to bring on the new skills we need for this new era. How can I do this kindly, respectfully, and in a way that sets up the team members who are staying with us for success after this rough period? [more inside]
posted by amoeba on May 22, 2015 - 28 answers

Modern Union Activity and Corporation Responses

I'm doing some background research for a writing project and I'm looking for material related to recent burgeoning union activity, particularly in the fast food and retail sectors. [more inside]
posted by smithsmith on Feb 11, 2015 - 5 answers

Miserable Coworkers

I need advice and coping strategies to deal with coworkers who are rude to clients. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Feb 6, 2015 - 12 answers

How do I handle an emplyee who walked out, then tried to change her mind

Employee H was incommunicado over the weekend, having sold all her belongings and skipped town, leaving me with a minor mess to handle. She left her work phone and company keys on her desk for me to find today, and planned on giving me no notice, or anything. [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody on Nov 17, 2014 - 74 answers

Settling for a lateral career move to leave a failing company??

I've been working at a medical supply company since May of 2013. Since the middle of this year, the company has slowly deteriorated for the following reasons: High turnover rate as 17 people have left us within the past 2 months. HR manager and IT director were laid off. Our payroll manager and financial comptroller have left the company for greener pastures. We have lost more than 50% of the contracts with facilities that used to refer patients to us. There's lots of talk that the company may close down going into 2015. The high turnover is demoralizing thus I went job hunting everyday. I recently got a job interview at a place that is 3.3 miles away from home rather than 15 miles for my current work place. I did not get the position that I interviewed for. The vice president picked someone else despite the manager's recommendation for me. However, the manager offered me another position available and took the offer. It's an entry-level position that's only a dollar more than what I currently make. I was hoping to get the other position that paid 3-7 dollars more since I had relevant experience and a recent Bachelor's degree in Health Admin. Did I make the correct decision in accepting the first job offer after multiple applications? I really wanted to get into a hospital, but the competition is very fierce and hiring process takes awhile. I was afraid to go down with a sinking ship therefore I had to take a quick bite on the opportunity.
posted by tnar23 on Nov 6, 2014 - 13 answers

How to give employees unwelcome news

Half of my team makes widgets and half of my team makes sprockets. Next week, I need to tell my widget-making employees that we are cutting back on widget production and ramping up sprocket production -- they will start making sprockets 25-50% of the time. How do I make this unwelcome (but needed) change in job responsibilities suck less for my team? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2014 - 7 answers

A question about insurance.

If I go from part-time to full-time, is my employer (small business owner, <20 employees) obligated to offer me health insurance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 4, 2014 - 10 answers

What's the best scenario for free-lunch-at-the-office-day

Does your office provide you with a free lunch with any sort of regularity? If so, how does it happen, either from the perspective as a lunch-eater or as someone who sets it up? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Jul 5, 2013 - 29 answers

Working with employee cynicism

How to work with employees who don't like what you're doing, but won't work towards making things better? Specifically vocally negative long-term employees who think they know it all, but refuse to share their wisdom beyond flat-out complaints because it's "not their job"? [more inside]
posted by tzb on Apr 4, 2013 - 38 answers

Help my husband improve employee morale and learn to be a great manager.

Help my husband improve employee morale and learn to be a great manager. [more inside]
posted by picapica on Nov 8, 2012 - 10 answers

Legal requirements for firing someone from a retail job in Ontario...

I run a retail business in Toronto, Canada. It's an independently owned business--like a mom and pop store. I need to fire someone because he's incompetent and his presence actually makes more work for the other staff. I have emailed and texted with this staff member (who has worked with us for 13 months) regarding his considerable transgressions but we do not have "paperwork" or "forms" in the traditional sense. His work never improves. What exactly do I have to do to fire him without worrying about legal issues? Two weeks pay? Three? Does the firing need to be written in addition to verbal or is just verbal fine? What's the best way for me to cover my ass? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Civilian Review Committees for Federal Employee Decisions

How does the idea of a civilian review board for previewing the firing and disciplinary actions of federal managers against civilian employees sound? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Sep 7, 2012 - 7 answers

How do I handle an employee appropriating clients?

How do I handle an employee appropriating clients? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Apr 13, 2012 - 26 answers

How can I decline a raise request, yet still maintain employee morale?

Small business owners: Is it possible to turn down a request for a raise from employees, yet maintain workplace morale? On the flip side, have you been turned down for a raise, but stayed in your position? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 - 42 answers

I think I love my staff. Literally. Help.

How can I deal with romantic feelings towards an employee to maintain both my sanity and business? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2011 - 19 answers

Who provides benefits for small businesses?

Our small business (2 principals) is looking to grow by bringing on our first employees and we need to get a benefits package together and we're looking for advice. Looking for recommendations for benefits providers for small businesses. Would like a one stop shop (broker?) if that makes sense. But any advice on hiring your first salaried employee appreciated. [more inside]
posted by bitdamaged on May 4, 2011 - 6 answers

I'm looking for employee gifts that are scalable and they can personalize

Do you have any cool or unique "gift certificate" ideas in the $10-30 range? These are for my employees -- I like gifts they can personalize and/or order on their own, but a bit more creative than an iTunes or Amazon GC. [more inside]
posted by johnchristopher on Jan 10, 2011 - 15 answers

How can I get my subordinates to reply to e-mail consistently?

How do I get my subordinates to reply to my e-mails? I work remotely, but they don't. I need to know that they've read what I send them. Details about work situation below. [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Oct 25, 2010 - 61 answers

Should our chain company shut down unofficial employee pages on Facebook?

Should our chain company shut down unofficial employee pages on Facebook? Any case studies or examples of others actions? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum on Jun 2, 2010 - 8 answers

Employees and metrics and ops, oh my!

How do I become a rockstar store manager? [more inside]
posted by mornie_alantie on Apr 28, 2010 - 12 answers

I'd like to pay my friends while making money for myself. Halp?

Help me figure out how to pay people in our new company. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Mar 23, 2010 - 3 answers

Do not associate with employees outside of work

What is the legality of signing a mandatory company agreement to not associate with non-management employees outside of the workplace?
posted by Brian B. on Dec 20, 2009 - 16 answers

Is my new tardiness policy fair?

I am seeking feedback on the fairness of a new tardiness policy I instituted at my company. I own an IT services firm that also has a retail storefront (the more traditional computer repair shop model). We have had a situation with chronic tardiness, to the point where on a recent Saturday, at three minutes before opening, I was the only one there (whereas four people were scheduled that day). I have now instituted what I believed to be a fair and generous policy, and some don't like it as they say it is too strict. Please read on for the policy... [more inside]
posted by titans13 on Nov 28, 2009 - 62 answers

How to be a good "new boss"

I am your new boss. How can I get our relationship off to a good start? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2009 - 33 answers

I want to hire someone to turn on my air conditioning too

Who are the world's largest employers? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on Feb 23, 2009 - 20 answers

The EB Games Employee Manual

I read that there was a 'leaked' copy of the EB Games employee handbook floating around the web a few years back, and it explained in some great detail about how to talk to customers and to push really hard on getting people to pre-order and so on. Despite my best efforts, I can't get Google to show it to me. Does anyone have a link to it (or a saved copy they're able to send me)? Also, as a side question; why do EB Games and similar video game retailers push so hard to try and get you to pre-order stuff? What's in it for them, other than a potential sale once the game is released?
posted by Effigy2000 on Dec 4, 2008 - 16 answers

How do I set up a Remote Working Hub?

I have been asked to set up a “Remote Working Hub” to allow employees to work away from the office. Where can I go for more information? Does it work? [more inside]
posted by SarahM on Sep 19, 2008 - 5 answers

Enough with the Calvins wizzing on the Ford/Chevy logo.

Asking for Mr. Oflinkey: Where can he find reliable statistics about how many Americans are employed by various auto manufacturers (Honda, Toyota, Ford, etc.). This should not be limited to manufacturing jobs. He is seeking this information to answer a larger question: Does buying American-made cars really make much of a difference anymore?
posted by oflinkey on May 1, 2008 - 4 answers

How do I stay objective with an annoying/tedious/high maintenance employee?

How do I stay objective with an annoying/tedious/high maintenance employee? (More information inside) [more inside]
posted by icollectpurses on Mar 26, 2008 - 17 answers

What, if anything, should I do about the possibly unethical and definitely scummy behavior of my boss?

What, if anything, should I do about the possibly unethical and definitely scummy behavior of my boss? [more inside]
posted by Mimzy on Mar 3, 2008 - 14 answers

How many people are involved in building the Shuttle?

About how many people, including contractors and their employees, are involved in building the space shuttle? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Jan 25, 2008 - 7 answers

How to deal with nattering nabobs of negativity?

How do I reverse the negative attitudes of my employees? [more inside]
posted by Joey Michaels on Aug 22, 2007 - 39 answers

What form of advertising should I use?

I am 19 and starting a small IT business in orange county, CA. I have 3 medium size clients that use me regularly, and I've taken on my first employee part time recently. But I just had my first month where no one needed IT work done, because I'm too good of a job! And this indicates to me that I need to do some proactive advertising. What is the best method of advertising to get my company's name out there? [more inside]
posted by thegmann on Sep 3, 2006 - 10 answers

How can I find out the intellectual manpower of the U.S. Department of State?

How can I find out the intellectual manpower of the U.S. Department of State? [more inside]
posted by kittyprecious on Feb 3, 2006 - 8 answers

Wanted: gift ideas for employees

What should I buy my employees for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by cyniczny on Nov 30, 2005 - 38 answers

alternative to stamps.com

Is there any online postage-printing site that doesn't require a monthly fee? I mail books periodically and I'm at least 15 miles from the post office. [more inside]
posted by craniac on Apr 18, 2005 - 9 answers

Web-based Scheduling Solutions

Any suggestions for a web-based employee scheduling solution that allows people to submit vacation requests and personal preferences? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by mert on Apr 21, 2004 - 2 answers

Help with small business tech resources

Can someone recommend a book or a resource for the small business owner, especially in regards to tech/eCommerce? Not a tech book, but something that can clue me in to 'businessy' stuff like advertising, accounting, employee issues, etc? [more inside]
posted by skallas on Mar 12, 2004 - 3 answers

I am signing an NDA what to look out for

My employer is going to be asking me to sign a new NDA in the near future. The original NDA that I signed nine years ago has a lot of holes. Anything in particular I should look out for in the new NDA? Should I be concerned about it at all? (Yeah, I know YANAL.)
posted by maurice on Jan 23, 2004 - 11 answers

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