Dear J.T. & Dale: For the better part of a year, I’ve been looking to move on from the military. Visiting job fairs and meeting with recruiters, I’ve been told that I should be getting jobs in the $85,000-$100,000 range. However, when companies call me up for a preliminary interview, the…
While family-owned businesses provide a powerful force in the U.S. business economy, owners are easily compromised when relatives who work together cause problems for the business.
Dear J.T. & Dale: I just got engaged! However, I’ve been at my company for only six months. We are getting married in the fall and wanted to take a two-week honeymoon. Even if I save every vacation day, I won’t have enough earned time to take the full two weeks. What can I do? — Julie
Are workplace conflicts sapping productivity from your small business?
Dear J.T. & Dale: I have a 17-year-old daughter who has been unable to get a job due to the fact that everywhere she inquires, she is told that the minimum age at that establishment is 18. Since when can’t a teenager get a job? I hope you can solve the mystery. — Judy
A home office offers lower overhead, a much shorter commute and the chance to be more productive than your competitors.
Dear J.T. & Dale: I have a 17-year-old daughter who has been unable to get a job due to the fact that everywhere she inquires, she is told that the minimum age at that establishment is 18. Since when can't a teenager get a job? I hope you can solve the mystery. — Judy
The upside of freelancing is that your schedule and income are up to you. The downside, as many clients of SCORE have found, is that you are the only one responsible for finding your own work.
Dear J.T. & Dale: I was hired last year, along with several other people. We all work in a department that is expanding quickly. I’d really like to get a promotion, so I reached out to my boss and asked what I might be able to do to better position myself for one. She gave me some sugges…
Need a loan for your small business but find the task daunting?
Dear J.T. & Dale: I am looking for a new job. In a recent interview, the employer asked if I could start right away. I told him I would need to give my current employer two weeks’ notice. (That’s what my parents say I need to do.) However, when I said that, he looked disappointed. The ne…
Dear J.T. & Dale: It would be great if you could write about how to deal with bullying by management. Once the economy went down, the bullies came out in full force. — Nick
Don’t confuse advertising with public relations.
Dear J.T. & Dale: I was working at a startup company. The company wasn’t producing enough revenue, and the investors insisted they cut costs. So, they let me go. But I’m the only one (at this point). How can I explain that to potential employers? I wasn’t part of a huge layoff, so my fea…
Do you know the type of business you want to start? Are you planning to expand? Is your business in trouble and you need help to fix it?
Dear J.T. & Dale: Could you clarify what employers are looking for when they do a background check on someone they want to hire? I’m asking because I have a 21-year-old son who has some drug arrests on his record. — Ashley
Building a small business can be lonely. Wouldn’t it be great to have another brain to pick, a willing ear to listen and someone to point you in the right direction?
How do you answer “what business are you in?” in less than 60 seconds?
Dear J.T. & Dale: I got a new job a year ago. I like this firm and had hoped to be with it for a while, but a promised raise never materialized. My father’s advice is to bite the bullet and defer my financial obligations while I gather the experience for a stellar résumé. Should I wait, …
Got writer’s block when it comes to getting your business plan down on paper? Tim Berry, a guest blogger on the Small Business Administration community blog (http://tinyurl.com/l6hjzjg) suggests these five ways to get past your block: