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Yes, there are differences between employment agreements and contracts and it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into with either one. The main difference between the two is that employment agreements reflect an at-will employment relationship; meaning the employer can fire the worker for any reason or no reason at all, as long as...
As a small business owner, who you choose to hire can make or break your business and creating a hiring process will save you time, money, and possibly your reputation. For this podcast I interviewed Valencia McDuffy, Sr. Human Resources Manager at DHL to see what advice she has for small business owners looking to hire...
It seems like every few months one major business magazine or another publishes a list of what characteristics a person must have to become an entrepreneur. Some attributes I agree with, some I don’t, so I decided to make my own list! These five characteristics have helped me immensely in my own entrepreneurial quest: The...
Lessons from Cuba #5: Find the Problem, Offer the Solution   One tried and true way to stay in business is to offer a solution to a problem. It may be a problem your consumer is aware of, or one they don’t even know they have. In Cuba, I saw so many innovative ideas used...
Lessons from Cuba #4: Relationships Matter If you’ve ever been to Cuba, you know and understand (at least I hope) that community and family are very important pieces of Cuban culture.  People work together to help each other survive. In business, whether you have a business partner or external support, you are working in a...
  Lessons from Cuba #3: Simple is Often Better What do they say? K.I.S.S. Keep it simple, Stupid! I hope you’re not offended, but it’s true. Make your business plans simple and watch them come to fruition. The more complicated they are, the more noise gets in the way of your end goal. Check out...
If you are a restaurant owner or manager, you know just how challenging managing your employees can be.  There seem to be over a million laws to follow on top of hiring workers that may be with you for 2 year or a mere 2 days. In large part, restaurants and bars are easy targets for...
Lessons from Cuba #2: Reinvent, Reinvent, Reinvent! Do it just like Cuba! We’ve all heard about the classic cars in Cuba and taking a picture in front of a classic car is on nearly everybody’s bucket list.  But, have you ever thought about why these classic cars as so popular across the tiny island? Without the...
Lessons from Cuba #1: Values are More Important Than Money I just touched down after my second visit to the beautiful country of Cuba. I first went to Cuba 10 years ago through a study abroad program and quickly fell in love. After 10 years I can say without a doubt that no love has been...
Welcome to the very first episode of Ask Asha! The Business and Legal Podcast for Aspiring Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners.  I am excited to talk to you about your business ideas and legal concerns and I cannot wait to share our tricks of the trade with you. If you have questions or topics you want...