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.

The Most Common Employee Scheduling Problems and Their Solutions

It started out just being you. Things were hard but at least they were simple. But now, you got a fully grown business to run. With budgets, vendors, and most of all, employees. Most business owners will tell you that there’s no greater impediment to growth than your employees. It’s not to say that your […]

Internal Communications App: An Instrument of Change & Innovation

Change, growth, scale – these words have become defining characteristics of a modern economy obsessed with change. Technology has changed the way we work and the way we think about work. It has propelled companies to grow faster than ever before. However, the fast pace of technological progress has also left a graveyard of companies […]

Portable Employee Benefits: Here’s Why They’re In Demand

When you ask someone what they do for a living there’s typically no longer a standard response of ‘plumber’, or ‘electrician’ or ‘doctor’. There is a proliferation of slash usage, particularly among young people. Slashies are people that don’t describe themselves by their day jobs alone. They have various side hustles, which means they could […]

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8 Most Recommended Cargo Vans by Professionals (and 2 to Avoid)

For many companies, vehicles are the workhorses, carrying tools, equipment, and workers to jobsites, day in and day out. As such, the company van is a core purchase that defines the kind of work you carry out, the types of customers you serve, and the sorts of employees you hire. The size and versatility of […]

How to Get More Online Reviews for My Home Contracting Business

Google the term “home contractors”. Actually, don’t. We did it for you. In the US alone you get over 34 million search results. Splitting it up to HVAC contractors (646 million), home electricians (almost 73 million results) or plumbers (160,000,000) only makes it worse. With so many contractors out there how can a homeowner choose, […]

10 Most Recommended Construction Cost Estimating Software Solutions

To every business there’s a lifecycle. For construction companies , your business lifecycle starts with the cost estimate. As the starting point for all construction jobs, the cost estimate has direct impact on everything that will follow. An estimate that is clear, concise, accurate (as can be), and on time will have a direct effect […]

The Complete HVAC-R Industry Salary Survey for 2018

The future of HVAC-R will be a very exciting (and green) one. Regardless of your job title, HVAC-R is becoming a more technological industry, which requires a new skill set. Wi-fi thermostats are just the beginning. The HVAC tech of tomorrow will still need to know how to connect a mixing valve but they’ll also […]

8 Ways to Optimize Your Employee Shift Scheduling and Avoid Being Another RyanAir

Employee shift scheduling should be a breeze, right?! You don’t want scheduling to take up much of your time but it still does. Your average manager spends 3.14 hours a week making up the employee schedule. Even major brands and large corporations get massive scheduling migraines, and have been known to make million-dollar errors in […]

5 Reasons You Need to Choose Connecteam

Over 6,000 companies worldwide use Connecteam to improve accuracy of their timesheets and customer invoices. Timesheets produced in Connecteam deliver payroll clean of buddy punching and payroll errors like rounding up or inaccurate overtime. Here are 5 more reasons you should be using Connecteam: 1. We got you covered with all the features on your […]

7 Must Have Apps for Carpet Cleaning Companies

When starting a carpet cleaning business there are a lot of things to consider. Should I franchise? How do I choose my location from which to operate? Which tools do I need to buy? How can I attract customers? All these are very valid concerns and you will no doubt encounter them more than once […]

How to Prevent Losing Tools on the Job Site

Have I ever lost tools on the job?! Let’s just say it’s a good thing I don’t need a pen to write this blog post or it would have never been finished. If you’re like me, you’re no stranger to the lost pen, screwdriver, wrench (spanner for you lot in the UK) or worse. Actually, […]

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