By Jaclyn Tersigni Special to the Star Mon., Oct. 1, 2018 Keo Williamson and Julie Phokeo ran their small business for about a year without staff. Summer is the busiest season for Grinning Face, the sisters’ non-dairy gelato shop in Toronto’s Cabbagetown neighbourhood, and they knew they needed extra hands. Hiring for the first time was an eye-opening experience. “We discovered in our early days that sometimes people interviewed well. They were friendly and personable, eager to learn and communicated clearly,” Williamson says. “But, to our surprise, performed inadequately on the job.” For small-business owners — and especially first-time business owners — hiring for the first time is both exciting and daunting. Needing to add staff is evidence of success, but the wrong hire can be detrimental to that success, costing owners both time and money. “They don’t look into the candidate deeply enough,” says … [Read more...] about How to hire the right staff for your small business
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MANILA -- Finding good sources of funding is a critical step in starting a business. Budding small and medium business owners can choose to avail of business loans from the government, banks, or private lenders. There are several kinds of business loans that suit different business requirements. Before you apply for one, it’s best to have an idea of the types of business loans available to you. Know more about them below. For more finance tips, visit MoneyMax.ph. … [Read more...] about News What is the Best Type of Loan for My Business?
source Discord Among gamers, the hip way to chat with friends is not via Skype, Slack or TeamSpeak, but Discord, a relatively new messaging app that’s starting to surge in popularity. Discord was specifically designed to serve the gaming community. The app, which offers text messaging and voice and video calling, allows gamers to communicate and strategize with friends mid-game. But it’s lightweight and streamlined, so it won’t fill up their computers’ hard drives or bog down their processors. The app has benefitted from the boom in online, team-based video games such as Fortnite Battle Royale, Overwatch, and League of Legends. But it now now hosts hundreds of thousands of online communities. While many are focused on gaming, you’ll find ones dedicated to other interests as well. Here’s everything you need to know about Discord: Discord has started to take off with gamers. source Discord Discord … [Read more...] about Everything you need to know about Discord, the new “Skype for gamers”
MULTIMEDIA Kara Santos Posted at May 07 2018 05:12 PM | Updated as of May 07 2018 05:15 PM Powdery white sands, uncrowded shores and crystal blue waters greet visitors at Dahican Beach in Mati, Davao Oriental. Locals and tourists who have come here would love to keep this 7-kilometer stretch of beach surrounded by coconut trees a secret for as long as they can. But the word is quickly spreading about this hidden gem, drawing weekend crowds from all over mainland Mindanao, Cebu and Manila. Popular with surfers, skimboarders and beach bums, Dahican Beach offers a simple, unspoiled slice of paradise with a stunning crescent-shaped coastline. With Boracay’s closure, locals are wary of the growing popularity of their beach and the possible influx of tourists. The local government is doing its best to protect and preserve the area since it’s also a sanctuary for sea turtles (pawikan). In fact, the name “Dahican” is derived from “dahik,” the word locals … [Read more...] about News The search for the next Boracay: Mati, Davao Oriental
PHUKET: When it comes to starting your own business, it’s easy to get lost in the details. However, there are a few necessary steps you can’t let fall between the cracks. These are the last three crucial steps (see part 1 here and part 2 here). As a business owner (or prospective owner), you have to obtain the appropriate licences and permits. Different fields in every country are different when it comes to licensing requirements. But it’s your job to figure out which one is specific to your business. To that end, enlist the help of the local business community and small business agencies – people love talking about their business and themselves. Ultimately, it’s up to you to find out what the necessary certifications really are. These can vary based on your visa type, country of origin, proprietary conditions and the amount of money you are willing to invest into your new enterprise. As an employer, you’ll have certain responsibilities. Firstly, you … [Read more...] about Biz Chat: Tips for establishing a start-up (part 3)