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Business management skills you need to have

When you are the manager of a business, there are several skills you need to master in order to lead the company in the right direction. Business management skills are often learned over time even though you likely have some that have been mastered already but you will need to start building upon these skills if you hope to become a goo manager. Here are some of the key areas you will need to focus on if you would like to become a great business manager:

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Bookkeeping tips for new businesses

accountant37004113.jpgOpening a new business is exciting but it is also full of its fair share of risks. When you open a new business, you are now in charge of wearing several different hats, one of which is bookkeeping. Bookkeeping is essential to a small business as one simple mistake can ruin your business. It is important for you to take the time to understand how to keep your financial records accurate and to use a method that works for your company. Most businesses use a program like QuickBooks or Peachtree. Both are simple and easy to use and can accommodate just about any type of business.

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Bookkeeping tips

accountant37004762.jpgWhen dealing with your financial records, it is important to have quality bookkeeping software. Purchasing a program like QuickBooks will allow you to track your income and expenses and prevent multiple financial problems for the company like missing payments, forgetting to invoice customers, tracking your deductible expenses, etc. Here are some basic bookkeeping tips that will allow you to keep accurate records and provide your customers and investors with the best information and service possible:

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Effective networking

ladyoncomputer30349375.jpgGetting to know the needs of your customers is one of the best ways you can boost your credibility. Effective networking comes from listening to your customers and trying to incorporate their ideas and suggestions into your workplace. You can network each and every time you leave the office and you bump into anyone that could potentially become a customer to your business. To help you learn how to network with your customers, here are some tips:

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The art of office organization

manrelaxingatdesk30846571.jpgAn organized office is a productive office. When employees can find everything they need in order to do their jobs, it eliminates confusion in the workplace and everyone will be able to get along better. Organizing your office will not take a lot of time and the benefits will be long-lasting. Here are some different things you can try if you would like to organize your office:

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Simple ways to make your business flow now

businessmeeting30393267.jpgIf you feel like your business is unorganized and you are not getting high productivity levels out of your employees, there are some things you can try that will help. Here are some simple was to make your business flow smoothly.

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How to manage your business office

groupofcoworkers32012584.jpgOne of the most qualities every business office needs to have is organization. Having a smooth-running office can be crucial as to whether your business succeeds in the long-term.If chaos has crept into your business it is probably spreading throughout every aspect of your company. While disorganization and confusion are hard to deal with the bottom line is that they are just bad for business. It is important to keep in mind that while every business will have different needs there are certain qualities that apply to everyone.Here is what you need to know about how to manage your business office-

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Smart ways to find success

businessmeeting30396676.jpgWith the invention of the internet and all the web sites that have come with it, business managers have a handful of different responsibilities. What may have worked for you 10 years ago probably won't work as well now. Customers expect instant service and they expect only the best, even if they pay very little. A manager must be able to keep up with the times and lead the way for their employees, even if their employees may have recently come out of college and know more about technology.

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Making the most of your business strengths

highfives10054971.jpgSo much of the business world revolves around fixing problems and making sure that other people are getting what they need.In fact, many businesses and the idea of business is based on solving problems in general and making life easier for others.But all too often, business managers forget that sometimes focusing on weaknesses and problems inside the business can be self destructive and hurt even more than it helps.Here are some ideas about making your business better by focusing on your strengths.

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How to manage people better

groupofcoworkers32012584.jpgBusiness management involves a number of different traits and roles. As a manager, you need to learn how to deal with several different personalities and find a way to blend them together to create a productive work environment. Learning to manage people is a hard job; we have created some simple suggestions that will help you learn how to manage people.

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How to keep your best employees

portfolio71367089.jpgOne of the hardest roles as a manager is learning how to find good employees and then finding a way to retain employees. The average employee will stay with a company for about 3-5 years. It will be difficult to learn how to retain employees, especially when times get tough and you need to start looking for different ways to scale down the amount of money you spend on payroll and other expenses.

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Handling cutbacks

accountant37004036.jpgOne of the worst responsibilities you have as a manager is handling cutbacks. It is terrible to let a person know that they no longer have a job with your company and no matter how delicately you try to put it, someone is going to be hurt. Cutbacks aren't too bad if you have some employees that are underperforming but it can be quite painful if you have to lay off some of your best employees due to budget cuts and a bad economy.

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Features of human resource management

office23648847.jpgHuman resource management focuses on an organization's most important assets, which are its employees, but it does not do so in a simple manner. There are many different features that are included in the human resource department, but all of the features deal with a specific aspect of the employees. Human resource management actually refers to the processes that are involved with managing all of the people in the business, which includes employing and training employees, but also refers to monitoring their progress and rewarding them for their performance.

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Expanding your business

contractor30905267.jpgKeeping your business alive and functioning can be a challenge in any economy.Expanding business and improving your business can be even more difficult.But there are things that can be done regardless of where you are in your business to expand and make things run better.Here are some ideas of things you can do to expand your business.

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Eight major leadership theories

businessmeeting26246912.jpgHere are eight different leadership theories that your business can use.

Number one: Great Man Theories
This theory actually assumes that a person's capacity for leadership is inherent.

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Direct mail tips

debt39160349.jpgCreating a name for your business in any industry can be incredibly difficult. One way to let your customers and your competitors know you exist is to engage in direct mail marketing. Direct mail can get expensive so one of the most important things to recognize with direct mail is to get a good mailing list.

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Different business management roles

businesslunchen32174886.jpgBusiness managers are responsible for providing the company and the employees of their company with the information, skills and motivation to carry out their jobs to the best of their abilities.The top level of management is responsible for setting the corporate mood through their management style, people skills and approach to meeting various corporate business goals.There are many different responsibilities that must be filled if a business is going to be successful.In smaller businesses, one person will likely assume a number of different management roles.In larger organizations, there may be an entire group of managers who are responsible for their specific role within the business.Below is a list of some of the most important management roles in business as well as a brief explanation of the responsibilities that each manager takes on.

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Developing leadership skills

business41865609.jpgSome people believe that leaders are born. While this statement may be true some of the time, you can learn how to become a good leader by working on some of the skills a good leader needs. Here are some tips to help you become a good leader:

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Contributing to your team

coworkers23120152.jpgCombining multiple personalities and teaching them how to work as a team can be challenging. Everyone has their own opinions and ideas as to how certain things should happen within a company and it isn't easy to help individuals learn how to work as a team.

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Business management tips

buisnessmeeting26238539.jpgGood business managers work their way through the day while successful business managers know that there are tips that will help them accomplish their goals.These tips can help you better utilize your time in order to be successful and show your boss how indispensable you are to their company.Here are some Business Management tips-

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Business management 101

groupofmenatlunch30338711.jpgIf you are trying to choose a career or perhaps get onto a different career path you may be wondering if Business management if for you.It is important to realize that Business Management is a wide ranging field with lots of diversity but there are certain basic principles that apply to almost every aspect.Here is a brief overview of Business Management-

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Business management tips

businessmeeting26668277.jpgIn this article we'll look at things you can do so that you can focus on the key issues so you can be the best business manager.

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Building your business identity

copyright9951803.jpgAny small business manager knows the importance of working hard to establish their own business identity. Since small businesses are typically bombarded with a number of different challenges, establishing a business identity is one of the best ways to gain credibility in your customer's eyes.

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Benefits of time management skills

clock63312045.jpgEvery business is focused on the bottom line; they want to increase their profits as much as they can. One of the best ways to get the most profit out of your business is to use effective time management skills. Using effective time management skills is important for every business because it can increase their profits, but it also helps businesses meet any deadlines that they set throughout the year. Having effective time management skills leads to the success of your business, but it also provides your business with many other benefits.

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All about Business Management to-do lists

emptychairs30393444.jpgIt seems like everyone today has a to-do list yet somehow there never seems to be enough hours in the day to accomplish everything on the list.Business managers are not exempt from this problem.If you are a good manager you may find yourself spending a great deal of time making your list but find that it is really of little use to you.Refining the way you list tasks that must be accomplished during the day can go a long way toward achieving more objectives. Good managers make these lists and successful managers know how to use them.The first thing that is important to realize is that making a "things to do list" is not enough. You have to rank the items on your list and you have to know which tasks are more important so you can focus on them. Then as a final step you have to allocate resources to those items, measure your progress, and reward yourself for your successes. Here is a breakdown of what you need to know about Business Management to-do lists-

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Title: 10 things you can do to be a better manager

businessmeeting30392878.jpgThose who wish to succeed in business are always looking for ways to improve their management skills.The following list includes 10 things that can help you become a better manager-

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What's training good for?

graphpresentation16486405.jpgWhen you originally hire an employee, you typically put them through a rigorous training program of at least a week. This training should include all the information they could ever possibly need to properly perform their job duties. Unfortunately some employers do not see the benefits of enrolling their employees in a longer training program and they don't see the point of training them later on down the road.

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The long-term effects of downsizing

contractor30905267.jpgDownsizing is emotionally draining on everyone, especially managers. While it may be easy to pick out which employees you are going to lay off, dealing with the after-effects is going to be extremely challenging and sometimes frustrating. Most managers just focus on the immediate needs that happen when you go through the downsizing process and they don't think of the long-term effects of downsizing.

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The importance of training

charttwo30340387.JPGWhen it comes to building a successful company, you need to begin with the training of your employees. If you don't give your employees enough training, they will be unable to handle all of their job responsibilities and different situations that will arise in the workplace. Taking more than a week or two to train your employees is one of the best ways to give them enough training so they can become a successful employee.

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Succession planning help

businessmeeting30381062.jpgWhen top executives and leaders of companies decide to move on to bigger and better things, the employees left behind need to learn how to adapt to new management styles along with assuming new roles and responsibilities. Succession planning is the process of training personnel and developing smooth organizational systems so that your employees will be able to easily step into new roles when leaders leave the company.

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Open-Book Management

folder22474997.jpgEveryone looks for the ideal management style that will allow them to give their employees a career that is filled with desire and a commitment to the company. Quite often companies hold back the finances from their employees and they only show them bits and pieces of the puzzle. While this can work for some companies, other companies are adopting an open-book management style. This article will explain some of the information you need to learn about open-book management.

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Office organizing tips

businessmeeting33030104.jpgOffices can quickly become cluttered with stacks of paper, pens, keyboards, staplers, and a handful of other things. If you aren't working on keeping your office clean and organized all the time, it can quickly become cluttered and this can decrease your productivity.

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How to conduct a meeting

businessmeeting26252755.jpgNo matter how much time you spend planning a meeting, it's not going to be successful without a few simple tools that will help you manage the meeting. If you would like to conduct successful meetings, here are some helpful suggestions.

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Annual report writing tips

accountant37004036.jpgAn annual report is a great way to market your business. Nonprofit organizations use annual reports to find new donors and to demonstrate your businesses accomplishments to your existing donors. Writing an annual report can be difficult so to help, we have created a simple guide that includes some of the basic things you need to include in your annual report:

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Methods used for crisis management

clip71731932.jpgIn any organization, the only method of crisis management that is used to deal with a crisis is a crisis management plan. Being that this is the only method used to handle a variety of crises it is important that you create an excellent crisis management plan.

The crisis management plan that you create for your business is going to be used to ensure that no matter what crisis your business faces your business is still going to be able to continue with its normal operations during the crisis period. Since your business will need to operate as normal as possible during the duration of the crisis it is important that you create the plan ahead of time and prioritize the business functions, the most important business functions should be identified first that way they can be handled first.

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Managing employee conflicts

manconferencetable30341271.jpgConflicts happen in any human relationship. And when people work together day after day they will develop some type of relationship and will likely experience conflicts some time during their relationship. Here are some tips to help business owners and managers manage their employees' conflicts.

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Learning to manage your time effectively

ladyonphone30745252.jpgEffective time management is important for a manger to do his/her job. If you do not properly manage your time, you can find yourself missing deadlines, forgetting meetings, and double booking yourself.

If you don't already use a calendar to help you manage your time, you should get one. Online calendars are a great way to keep you on schedule as most of them have automatic alerts that are sent out before an appointment so you do not forget it. The other nice thing about online calendars is that you can sync them with your cell phones and PDA's, devices that every manager needs to have in today's busy world.

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How to keep employees focused on their work

overworkedwoman23649135.jpgSince employees are an essential part of any successful business it is important to make sure they are good employees. One crucial characteristic of a good employee is for the employee to be focused on their work. Here are some ways for business owners and managers to help keep employees focused on their work.

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Guidelines that will help you make successful business decisions

happyman19220291.jpgManagers are in charge of making important business decisions that can impact the future of the company. From the hiring of employees to the purchasing of raw goods, managers must learn how to make successful business decisions if they want to keep their job. Here are some guidelines that will help you make successful business decisions:

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Five steps to the theory of constraints

groupplanning26668223.jpgThe Theory of Constraints is a management philosophy that was introduced by Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt in 1984. The key assumption to the theory of constraints is that organizations can be measured and controlled by variations of three different measures. The three different measures that are used is the money that is generated by sales, the company's operating expenses, and the inventory of the business.

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Finding great assistant managers that support you

busfriends30396999-1.jpgManagers can become successful if they surround themselves with talented people that can support them and help them do their job. Assistant managers will be one of your most important hires. An assistant manager is there to help you get your job done effectively and to make sure the business is running smoothly. They can handle some of the mundane tasks that you may not have time to get to. In order to find a good assistant manager, you need to interview several candidates. You need to keep your eye open for an individual that possesses natural leadership skills, understands the importance of business communications, and has strategic planning skills that can help you do your job better.

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Dealing with personality conflicts

businessmeeting26668277.jpgEvery business will have its ups and downs that are caused by a number of different things, personality conflicts are just one of the things that can cause problems in an office. When you are put in charge of managing so many different personalities, it is impossible to please everyone and no matter how good of a job you do there are going to be times when people are going to criticize you.

To help you deal with personality conflicts, make sure everyone at the office understands the importance of getting along with one another and working as a team. No matter how much they hate one of their co-workers, they still need to learn how to get along with them because you are all in it together to accomplish the same thing. It's not going to be easy but with hard work, you can make even the most difficult personalities get along.

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Conflict resolution strategies in the workplace

perparingforboxing33338232.jpgConflict in the workplace is something that occurs naturally, but that doesn't mean it needs to be ignored. If your workplace has too much conflict, it can cause numerous problems over time. In fact, conflicts in the workplace are directly related to bad attitudes and poor performance. No matter what type of conflict there is in the workplace the worst thing that you can do is ignore the conflict and hope it goes away on its own. If you choose to ignore the conflict most likely, what will happen is that the problem is going to get worse.

Here are some conflict resolution strategies that you can use in the workplace to help deal with the conflict rather than ignore it.

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Being effective at the top

lawyer37472724.jpgAnyone that has been promoted to a higher position within a company must follow certain guidelines if they wish to be effective at the top. The guidelines for an effective manager are as follows:

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Dealing with personality conflicts

businessmeeting26668277.jpgEvery business will have its ups and downs that are caused by a number of different things, personality conflicts are just one of the things that can cause problems in an office. When you are put in charge of managing so many different personalities, it is impossible to please everyone and no matter how good of a job you do there are going to be times when people are going to criticize you.

To help you deal with personality conflicts, make sure everyone at the office understands the importance of getting along with one another and working as a team. No matter how much they hate one of their co-workers, they still need to learn how to get along with them because you are all in it together to accomplish the same thing. It's not going to be easy but with hard work, you can make even the most difficult personalities get along.

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Professional team counseling

businessmeeting26668385.jpgGetting a business up and running is difficult enough in and of itself, but then getting a team of workers to buy into your ideas and start implementing them as your own is something else entirely.It takes a lot of dedication to make a business team successful and sometimes requires the help of someone else.Here is some information about hiring a professional team counselor to help you develop your team into what you want them to be.

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Getting different personalities to work together

handshake30395603.jpgWe have all been born with different personalities.Because we all have different personalities, we all have developed varying strengths and weaknesses.This variation of skills, experiences, and attitudes makes for a wonderful and sometimes challenging team dynamic.We have all had experiences meeting people who compliment our personalities. On the other hand, you can likely recall those individuals who did not compliment your personality; in fact, you may recall some folks who completely rejected your personality.What is most unfortunate is if we must be made to work with the individuals with whom we simply cannot relate.

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How to plan, implement, and monitor project activities in a way that equals success

If you have decided that a business process management system is right for your organization, you face two major challenges. The first challenge is modeling your business applications and systems and the second is finding a business process management system that fit's the specific needs of your business. To help ensure you choose the right solution for your organization, you must first understand the options that are available to you.

Your first step is to determine the scope of your process management needs. To help you make this determination there are some questions to answer such as what are the most critical processes? How many of those processes are human-centric vs. system-centric? How complex is the IT infrastructure? Should achieving service-oriented architecture be part of the overall strategy? And what are the short-term and long-term process needs? Be sure to involve both business users and IT managers early on in the scope definition and BPM suite evaluation and selection process. Their involvement is critical to the success of any BPM project.

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Bringing lean into your total organization


All businesses should strive to bring lean into their total organization. A lean business will enjoy greater success, happier customers, a reduced amount of wasted resources, and a commitment to continually improve.

So what exactly is lean
? A lean organization is one that reduces waste throughout the entire process of delivering a product or a service to a customer. By focusing on each step of the process as a whole, it is easier for a business to identify wasteful activities and processes between each step, allowing them to eliminate them and save time and money. This in turn makes the process more productive, resulting in more satisfied customers.

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How to appropriately share expectations


There are a lot of different things that you will want to take make sure that you know how to do when you are in a management position. One thing that you will want to make sure that you know how to do correctly is to know how to appropriately share expectations. If you do not know how to share expectations correctly people will not know what you expect. Here are some ways on how to appropriately share expectations.

The first way on how to appropriately share expectations is to make sure that you let them be known. If you do not let people know up front what your expectations are there is a chance that they might not know exactly what your expectations are and they will not be able to meet them. You will also want to make sure that you share your expectations without coming a cross like you are being to micromanaging.

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A guide to goal setting

bikerace19288371.jpg Every business manager or business needs to have a goal. There are many ways to set goals and many reasons why people set goals. Setting goals for your business gives you something to aim for in the future for your business. Goal setting will help other employees to know how the business wants to move forward and will then be easier for them to help attain those goals. A guide to goal setting can help you, your business and any of your employees for your business.

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A guide to business management organization

womanwithmessydesk23649027.jpg In order for a business to run smoothly and perhaps more efficiently you need to have some sort of organization in place. Business management organization is needed in all businesses so that the business can run more smoothly. When a business has a good organization it is easier for any employees to go to the right person with any concerns they may have. Office standards and procedures will be followed better when a business has a good management organization.

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Keeping on top of paperwork

One of the most important things that you are going to need to do as a business owner or manager is to make sure that you stay on top of your paperwork. Keeping on top of your paperwork includes your accounting, personal records, and any other paperwork that your business might run across. The main reason that keeping on top of your paperwork is so important is because the paperwork is a huge part of your business, especially when it comes to filing your taxes. If you go to file taxes and you don't have all of your paperwork you might not be able to lower your taxable income at the end of the year as much as you could if you had all of your paperwork in order. And if you don't keep all of your paperwork in order if you ever get audited you will probably end up in trouble because you need to keep things documented in order to prove that they happened.

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