The Small Business Huddle

A blog with expert advice, tips, and guides to help you reduce operational costs, increase productivity, and keep your employees engaged and happy.
Team Chat Apps

Top 8 Team Chat Apps For Your Business In 2021

Whether it’s at work, at home, or work-from-home, using live chat for instant communication became the main way people interact day-to-day, and it makes perfect sense. Why? Because chat is immediate, quick to transfer and receive information, mobile-friendly (unlike emails), supports all media types, is easy to operate, and usually requires no training to start […]

Mobile Workforce Management in 2021: The Full Guide

Mobile Workforce Management in 2021: The Full Guide

The workforce, as we all know it, is changing. Especially the mobile workforce. The men and women who don’t sit behind a desk Monday to Friday, 9 to 5. They’re driving trucks to deliver goods and packages. They’re emergency responders and healthcare workers. They’re teachers, restaurant owners, construction workers, manufacturing personnel, and more. And in […]

Top 8 Software Solutions for The Events Industry

Top 8 Event Management Apps for 2021

Creating, organizing, and planning events sounds like a dream job for many people. Instead of sitting in an office and doing routine work in front of a computer, event planners are super lucky. They get paid for realizing their creative potential, meeting many new, interesting people, visiting nice places, and having so much fun… If […]

Using Google Calendar For Scheduling Employee Shifts

Using Google Calendar For Scheduling Employee Shifts in 2021? Think Again!

First, let’s make it clear. We’re not saying that using Google Calendar for shift planning and employee scheduling is impossible — it’s not.  In fact, we were inspired to write this blog after one of our customers showed us the lengthy process they went through to create their employee schedule in Google Calendar and how […]

Beauty Salon Management

8 Tips For Running a Successful Beauty Salon in 2021

Famous for being a very stable and strong industry, beauty salons were hit hard in 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis. But this industry proved its usual resilience and the total 2020 revenue of the cosmetic and beauty industry in the U.S. is only slightly less than in 2019. “I am ready to save on […]

20 Must-Have Free Small Business Tools to Run Your Business

20 Must-Have Free Small Business Tools to Run Your Business

Change. It’s all around us. From the way we buy groceries to the way we wake up in the morning or even the way we communicate with family members – things are different. In business too. If you’re a technophobe, all this talk of change has beads of sweat starting to appear on your forehead […]

Minimum Wage by State: 2021 Guide

Minimum Wage by State: 2021 Guide

Since 2009, business owners and managers haven’t had to deal with changes to the minimum wage per state. However, this is all set to change, and in all 50 states.  The Department of Labor announced that more than 20 states were set for a change to labor laws and that increases in the minimum wage […]

Top 10 Timesheet App Solutions in 2021

Top 10 Timesheet App Solutions in 2021

Timesheet management. There are no two words that cause managers of all company types and sizes to run for the hills. (Well, apart from planning and distributing the job schedule!) And it makes sense. Timesheet management is exhausting. It’s time-consuming and has so many moving parts that you feel like you’re always playing catch up […]

How to Create a PTO (Paid Time Off) Program For Your Business in 2021

How to Create a PTO (Paid Time Off) Program For Your Business in 2021

Before you hire a new employee, you should already have a paid time off policy in place. This policy plays a huge part in attracting new hires, boosting engagement and productivity, and is embedded in the company culture. Now, you aren’t required to offer paid time off however, more than 60% of small business employees […]

internal communication trends 2020

Internal Communication Trends 2021: Everything You Need to Know

In the last decade, the way people communicate has changed dramatically. Gone are the days of penned letters, dial-up phones, emails, instant messaging, bulletin boards, etc. Now, communication is expected to happen at the tap of a button and on-the-go. But how does that translate to a company’s internal communication?  Internal communication is all about […]

Top 5 Apps For Gen-Z Employees To Be More Productive

Top 5 Apps For Gen-Z Employees To Be More Productive

“Generation Z expects wifi and 4G as basic needs, the same as an expectation of running water and electricity for older generations.”- Anonymous In 2019, the first graduating class of Generation Z started its professional journey and entered the workforce. Boomers, in all probability, will retire over the next ten years, and Millenials will take […]

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