SMART goals

How to achieve more by setting SMART goals

 

Have you heard of SMART goals, but you’ve never used an organised and effective method for setting objectives? We’ll explain the advantages of SMART goals, how to use the technique for your personal and business goals and what to watch out for with this method. Because, like all...

 

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)?

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) explained

 

Neuro-linguistic programming, NLP for short, is a collection of tools and models designed to facilitate and strengthen communication in various areas of life and work. The goal is to better understand oneself and others, and to make positive changes. We will tell you exactly what...

 

Cost of sales method

The cost of sales procedure in the context of profits and losses.

 

The profit and loss account (P&L) is also called an income statement. All general ledger accounts are summed up with expenses subtracted from the income to leave a profit or loss amount for the period, which is usually one financial year. Daily operating expenses are summarised...

 

Skype Interview

Skype Interview Tips: How to Prepare for a Skype Interview

 

A Skype interview can be a perfect solution in a world of work that’s increasingly benefiting from employee mobility. However, it’s important that no personal habits sneak their way into a Skype interview with a future employer. If you consider all the technical and formal...

 

Setting up an online store: The basics

E-commerce: the basics

 

If you’re planning to set up an online store, you have a lot to consider. Amongst other things, your checklist will include applying for a business license, developing a concept, and calculating your finances. But don’t despair! A host of e-commerce programs and optimisation...

 

Double-entry accounting, explained simply and briefly

Double-entry accounting simply explained

 

Double-entry accounting or double-entry bookkeeping is an essential part of the accounting system. Lots of entrepreneurs have a hard time with bookkeeping, when in fact it should be a boon and provide a detailed overview of your finances. Double-entry accounting isn’t an...

 

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding

 

Crowdfunding is a way of raising funds for a project using an online campaign. It’s a popular way of financing, especially for private individuals and startups. Usually private individuals are addressed directly. Four main crowdfunding models have been established, which differ...

 

Job reference: structure, content and examples

As an employer, you will likely be asked to provide work references for employees when they leave their job. Do you know the difference between a simple and detailed reference? Do you know what the key elements are? Do you know what your legal obligations are? This article will answer all of those questions, as well as provide you with tips and examples for writing a good job reference for...

How to write or understand job references

Generally speaking, you are under no legal obligation to provide a job reference for an employee if they ask you for one. If you do make a reference as an employer, you must be fair and accurate. How do you write a job reference that is fair and accurate for a terrible employee? Does this put you at risk of being sued? Read on about how to write and understand fair job references, without putting...

OX App Suite by Open-Xchange

Looking for a new office solution? The OX App Suite offers many functions that are similar to those of Microsoft and Google, but also has data protection in mind. The app suite enables you to work together on documents, distribute files via cloud storage, organise emails, and always have important addresses on hand. The Open-Xchange software package provides users with everything they need in...

Bring your own device (BYOD) – the digital trend with pitfalls

In the party scene, you’ve probably heard of “BYOB“ or “Bring Your Own Beer” where guests are expected to bring whatever they want to drink. The term “BYOD” therefore also sounds quite positive. “Bring Your Own Device” means you have the comfort of working on your own laptop instead of having to get to grips with the devices provided by the company. Mobile workplaces have now become the norm....

The LinkedIn summary: Profile examples

Having a perfect profile on LinkedIn also means having a summary that’s authentic, interesting, and informative. The LinkedIn summary is an introduction to your profile and gives readers a first idea of who you are. So that you can make a positive first impression, we have summarised the best LinkedIn profile summary examples. Get inspired with our examples and tips!

Thank-you email after an interview: Templates and examples

Friendliness is never wrong: With a nice thank-you email after an interview, you can leave a good impression on the personnel manager or future employer. A short, friendly message can give you a competitive advantage. While other applicants sink into the crowd, here’s how you can make yourself stand out with a simple emaill, this article shows you how.

Due diligence: definition and history of precautionary risk assessment

By definition, due diligence is pretty much risk assessment undertaken with great care. Anyone who buys a company, or has shares in a company or in real estate, should carry out due diligence procedures to protect themsevles from unpleasant legal or financial consequences. Although this examination can sometimes be complex and expensive, failing to do so and paying the price later is usually more...

Soft skills: definition and lists

Soft skills are all those skills that make you stand out as a worker, but seldom appear on certificates or help you achieve qualifications. Your soft skills are relevant to employers for lots of different reasons: How well can you work with people? How do you deal with stress? Here’s a list of soft skills that are useful in your job and tips on how to develop them.

Performance reviews: this is how to make the most of them!

Performance reviews should consist of more than just pragmatic feedback from HR or bosses. Both employees and their bosses can benefit from open and honest performance reviews. In order for this to succeed, it makes sense to prepare well, and to have a guideline for orientation. Here we introduce the most important facts about employee reviews, as well as helpful tips and examples.

The PDCA cycle: more success with the Deming cycle

Continuous improvement and continuous learning: with PDCA, you ensure sustainable changes in both work and private life. The model, also known as the Deming cycle, helps to improve all possible situations – through an iterative, cyclical, and controlled process. How do you apply PDCA correctly?


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