Each week, OPEN Forum's editors round up the most compelling entrepreneurial news and advice from our contributors and others. Here are this week’s highlights:
For many, cluttered space and a cluttered mind go hand-in-hand. But with all of the hustle and bustle that is your workday, how are you supposed to find the time to organize? It’s simple: you need to make time. Having an organized workspace—whether in the office or on the road—can increase productivity, and your mood. Not sure where to start? These professional organizers can help jumpstart your office space makeover.
You may be aware of the American Jobs Act President Obama proposed, but do you know what it means for your business? Barbara Weltman outlines five ways the act may work in your favor. Some of the perks? Tax holidays for employers and workers, tax incentives for hiring the unemployed, and more.
Let’s face it; sometimes it really does come down to who you know. Whether you’re looking for new opportunities, new investors, you name it…having a good reputation is key. And it all starts with networking. Don’t just shove your business card into someone’s hand and hope they reach out someday. Instead, engage with the people around you by asking good questions and showing you actually care about what they have to say.
The interview process is far from a walk in the park. It requires time, patience, preparation and keen eye for the right type of person. But as much of a time suck as it is, interviewing is unavoidable, and something that deserves your attention—unless you’re not concerned about ending up with a bad hire. Don’t make a snap decision. Instead, be thoughtful and avoid the big no-no’s—you won’t regret it.