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Best Ways to Keep Employees Motivated Besides Money

Servant leadership can be a major motivating factor for better performance than just higher pay. In addition, everyone responds to praise, recognition, and a positive culture.

Provide supportive leadership:

Leadership is one of the key factors in employee motivation. Supportive leaders collaborate closely with employees. Trust and having a listening ear are great incentives for keeping employees focused. The best leaders serve as examples for others, holding themselves to extremely ambitious standards of personal accountability. Servant leadership means recognizing that a leader's expectations influence how employees see themselves - those you consider unlikely to succeed most often will fail within their jobs. You can help to create work conditions for increased productivity just by starting from the assumption that your employees are both skilled and dedicated individuals with a need to feel valued.

Empower your staff:

Every employee needs to know that he or she are uniquely an individual person. No one wants to feel like a faceless, interchangeable pawn within the organization, so make sure all the members of your workforce are provided opportunities to express themselves. Open communication is vitally important.

Create a positive environment:

Since many working professionals spend most of their waking hours at the office, the work environment should be a place that puts employees at ease while encouraging productivity. An important step toward creating a happy and productive workspace is to encourage employees to share the information and knowledge, which for a servant leader usually means more listening than talking. People should be allowed to admit their mistakes without fearing humiliation. Employees can also benefit from being given new and more challenging assignments that take them out of their comfort zones.

Encourage teamwork:

From the soccer field to the battlefield to the boardroom, nothing is better at keeping an individual focused and responsive than belonging a good team. Through teamwork, employees learn to trust each other and to look beyond themselves. Employees want to win in both life and within their work. Teamwork helps an organization to grow by having a larger pool of talent to overcome obstacles and serve your customers more effectively.

Recognize & reward:

Remember that the carrot, not the stick, is most likely to get the best out of your staff. It does not take much, an employee of the month plaque, a gift card for their favorite coffee shop to create real motivation - especially when recognition takes place in front of the group. Both recognition and providing rewards on a regular basis remind employees that they are genuinely appreciated.
Knock out boredom:

Routine and boredom saps motivation and reduces individual productivity. To maintain motivation within our company, it is important to keep things lively and new. Avoid routine by allowing employees to explore and be inventive. Try to think creatively to put a new spin on old tasks. Make sure that the most repetitive tasks do not always fall on the same people. Schedule short breaks so that employees get away from the mundane.

Eliminate dissatisfaction:

For many if not most employees, motivation is directly tied to job satisfaction. It is obvious then, that servant leadership needs to do everything possible to eliminate such sources of dissatisfaction such as uncertainty about the future, intrusive supervision, and excessive work rules. Just knowing that leaders are aware of problematic areas and is working to address them can help keep employees from losing sight of what they enjoy most about their work. A franchise like Executive Image Building Services operates with servant-based leadership. This encourages franchise owners to build successful businesses.

By Ray Jackson
Executive Image Building Services
Executive Image Building Services
How to Create Small Business Budgets

Starting a small business is a dream for many, small business is an important part of our economy. Businesses with fewer than five hundred employees account for two-thirds of net new jobs in the U.S. and generate 44% of economic activity nationwide according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Creating budgets is an important process for a new business.

Creating a simple two-part budget can help your new business have a good prediction on how much money you will need to operate your company. You do not need to be an accountant to create a simple financial budget. A franchise like Executive Image Building Services will help you outline your future expenses and get started turning your business dream into a reality.

Here are key points:

Startup versus an operating budget

How much money do you need to spend to create your legal entity?

How much money will you need to keep on hand once you are up and running?

You can create one concise budget document that includes both your startup expenses and ongoing operating expenses. To better track how much money it will take to start up a business, you can create two separate calculations to be combined into one single budget later.

Creating a startup budget helps you understand how much money you will need to borrow or have on hand before you open your doors. Once you have that number for items like legal expenses, insurance, equipment, franchise fees and working capital, you will then want to calculate what it will take to keep your company running.

Creating an operating budget lets you see how much you will need to spend in a specific period, such as bi-weekly, monthly, or yearly to make your service operate profitably. These will be general costs to run a company, such as payroll, supplies you use, and supplies used in service to your customers. This will let you see how much you will need to generate in revenue or sales each period to first break even—and then make a profit.

Sample startup budget expenses:

Your startup costs include several expenses common to most small businesses, such as:
•Local business license
•Phones/Internet
•Insurance
•Post Office box
•Business cards and stationery
•Website/ professional email
•Brochures, business cards
•Incorporation fees (if you incorporate)
•Professional fees (accountant, lawyer, graphic designer)
•Office furniture, equipment, software, and initial supplies

This will help you to have a better understanding of how much money you will need before you open your business. If you use credit to launch your company, the interest you pay on a loan or credit card debt is part of your startup expenses and should be included within your budget.

Post-launch operating budget

Most small-business owners hope to operate their company using customer sale income from the very beginning to pay their bills. It usually takes months for a service-based business to start generating enough customer revenue to pay the regular monthly bills. Even if customers from the very beginning of your startup call you for service, you will still need to spend money or credit to start your business.

Once you start your business, you will have ongoing expenses which are part of your operating budget. These are expenses that are necessary to keep running your business daily.

Sample operating expenses:
•Rent
•Phones and Internet
•Office utilities (lights, heat, air, water)
•Insurance
•Advertising and telemarketing
•Employee wages and time keeping expense
•Professional fees for payroll
•Office supplies

For example, if you start a cleaning business, your expenses will include the costs to service each customer, including the cost of the chemicals and supplies to provide the cleaning, i.e., mops, buckets, carts, cleaning cloths, cleaning chemicals. In addition, there are expenses for transportation to and from customers’ buildings.

Paying off startup expenses

Although many of your startup expenses will not occur again once your business is fully established, you may want to pay startup expenses using revenue you generate after your business is successfully established. You can do this by deciding how soon you want to repay your startup costs.

For example, if you spend $30,000 on starting your business, you can add a $1,000 per month overhead expense to your annual budget. That $1,000 monthly expense will not appear in subsequent annual budgets. Alternately, you might want to pay off your startup expenses over a thirty-months. To pay off a $30,000 startup investment, you would divide $30,000 by 30 months and add a $1,000.00 to your monthly overhead expense within your planned annual budget.

How soon you should pay off your startup expense depends on the following: how long you may carry debt expense, or how soon a lender or an investor wants a payback.

Keep things simple

As you research how to create a small business budget you will come upon terms and phrases such as “fixed vs. variable expenses,” “general and administrative costs,” These are important concepts for people running a business or those launching a large business. If you are just researching what it will cost you to start a business and what it will take to operate the business, keep things simple at first. A franchise company like Executive Image Building Services assists in lowering startup costs and shares many of the common expenses related to a business startup.
Determining startup and operating expenses in advance will help a business owner make a much more informed decision regarding whether you should start a business before risking your hard-earned money.

Take on reasonable risks

Many small businesses fail in less than one year and a sizable percentage fail during their first five years of operation. Determine in advance how much money you can afford to lose and close your business when you hit that number. Seek advice from other successful business owners. Look for business concepts that have a long history of success and are in stable or growing industries.

By Ray Jackson
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