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Job satisfaction levels are a key determinant of how an organization keeps its best staff in today's human resource landscape. It may not be possible for growing businesses to compete with multi-million-dollar revenue companies. Instead, there are alternative ways leaders can make employees feel that the business cares for their well-being and future. If you are an HR leader today, presents some new and innovative employee benefits to consider.


Sponsoring Their Education

Your organization should encourage its employees to envision the path they would like their career to take. To ignite growth, employers should allow employees to take academic leave to pursue courses related to their work.

Alternatively, the organization can provide employees with flexible working hours to take a part-time or online graduate program. Online programs allow employees to figure out a healthy work-life balance. Able organizations should sponsor or subsidize the cost of short courses and degrees for their staff. For instance, an engineer who wants to pivot to more administrative work can take a Master of Business Administration graduate degree to gain accounting, financial analysis, data analysis, entrepreneurship, and management skills.

Giving Education Benefits

Education benefits show an employer's investment in its staff's professional development. You can structure these benefits in different ways, including tuition reimbursement and scholarships for deserving applicants. All employees pursuing any self-development course should be eligible for education benefits. While some employees may afford to take time off from work to focus on education, others may prefer a self-paced online degree to complete their coursework at a moderate pace.


Staff Coaching

Staff coaching helps employees identify and work toward goals related to an aspect of their work or personal life. An organization can cover coaching sessions for its staff members as part of the compensation package. Employees check in with their coach regularly, so they stay on course toward their goals. People aiming to rise in leadership benefit immensely from coaching as it grows their self-awareness, helping them to work on weaknesses and use their strengths better.


Extra Perks

There are lots of other perks that can serve as great incentives, like gym memberships, time off to volunteer, donation matching, and assistance with student loans. If you’re looking for something with a more local flare, consider tickets to local theaters and museums, as well as some LA Dodgers tickets to help build a sense of community.


A Robust Benefits Package Sends the Right Message

The nature of an organization's benefits packages says a lot about how important the staff members are to it. For wellness, employees should not worry about losing income by taking their vacation days. Encourage people to set aside time for personal care by making paid vacation and personal days standard.



Your organization should also be creative about improving the health insurance coverage for employees so that customizations your employees genuinely care about are included. For instance, offering vision care plans is useful for employees working long hours in rooms with artificial light. Staff members also place a lot of importance on dental care, and therefore organizations should strive to have this benefit in their insurance plans.


Let All Benefits Work Together

The various benefits that your organization uses to reward its staff members should work in congruence and send a consistent message that it cares about its employees' wellness, development, and productivity. Take time when designing the employee benefits package at your organization — expensive does not always mean better. Instead, each item should have a specific impact on the minds and attitudes of the target beneficiaries.


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Updated: Dec 17, 2021

In the U.S., there are about 30 million small businesses. 80% of new businesses survive for the first year, which can be an encouraging statistic for aspiring entrepreneurs. To start on the right track, new entrepreneurs should know what are the best small business options, how to plan, and how to get started.

Below, inDtv | inDspotlight Television® shares some insights.

 

Beginner Businesses for Entrepreneurs


In the world of small businesses, some company types are easier to start than others. When you have an idea, you can never know for sure how much you will make or the kind of work you have to put into it.


However, certain industries have a higher chance of profit and tend to be easier to start from scratch:

● Landscaping

● Personal training

● Creative crafts


Landscaping businesses can range from simple lawn mowing and clean-up tasks to hedge trimming and planting new flowers. Marketing a landscaping business can be as simple as making up flyers and a nice

website.


If you have a penchant for health and exercise, why not offer to coach others? You can lead personal training sessions from your home over the internet or one on one at other people's homes.


Craft businesses can include any goods you want to make. Jewelry, handmade baskets, blankets, and clothing are only a few ideas for craft businesses. With websites like Etsy and Amazon, it is easy to sell your products online.


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Preliminary Work for Your Business


A business plan sets up your startup for success. Think of your business plan as the blueprint for your company. You should include the reason for your company, your strategy for opening the business, and your marketing ideas.

According to the experts, you should understand your consumer base from the beginning. Market research helps reduce your overall risk. Collect key information about your demographic, such as age, income, and interests.


Before your ideas leave paper, make sure you have the financial freedom to start a business. If you have debts, try to alleviate them as much as possible.


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Ways to Bring a Business to Life


Most entrepreneurs require funding to get off the ground. Term loans are among the most traditional forms of financing. Banks tend to have the most desirable rates but are also the most difficult to receive financing from. Some people look to alternative lenders or seek SBA loans instead. An SBA loan comes from a bank, but the Small Business Administration backs it.


Along with your entity formation and formally naming your company, consider creating a DBA or "doing business as" name. A DBA can serve as an alias for your company for promoting new products that may not clearly fit with your initial image. DBAs are not required, but they allow you to have more flexibility with the different types of products you sell. You can also use a DBA if the domain for your business was already taken.


To streamline your business and ease your burden, look into software that can help in the future. Accounting software allows you to be more efficient in monitoring your cash flow, filing taxes, processing payroll, and keeping your books up to date. If you often send reports as PDFs, you can even use a free and easy PDF compressor to make these files easier to email.

Finally, other ways to streamline include using project management apps like Trello or Asana. You can also automate social media posts through tools like SocialPilot or Hootsuite. These days, you can even access design tools that allow you to make a stunning business logo.


If starting a small business is a dream of yours, you can make it happen with the right amount of planning and foresight. Knowing the basics of how to write a business plan and find funding can make a big difference in creating a successful company.


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