7 Small Business Goals for 2013 (via Grasshopper.com)

January 7, 2013 | Posted in Business and Professional, Career, Education, Life | By

Goals 2013

The New Year is officially here, and with it comes New Year’s resolutions. By now, you probably have your market and performance goals for your business well-defined, but consider these seven meta-goals to help you reach those other benchmarks.

1. Delegate One Task Each Day

While planning your work each day this year, choose one task to assign to an employee or assistant. Most business owners fail miserably when identifying what they can and should delegate. This practice will help you learn.

2. Jettison 20% of Your Mass

Consider this weight loss for your business. Whether it’s furniture you don’t use, stock you can’t move, junk in the back room or an entire department, figure that roughly 20 percent of the stuff in your office is unnecessary and costs you money each day. Lose it.

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Forget discouraged, 3 million workers hopelessly unemployed (CNN Money)

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) By Annalyn Kurtz

Employers may be hiring, but there’s another big problem with the job market that isn’t being tracked as closely: the hopelessly unemployed.

An often overlooked number calculated by the Labor Department shows millions of Americans want a job but haven’t searched for one in at least a year. They’ve simply given up hope.

They’re not counted as part of the labor force, the official unemployment rate, or the category the Labor Department refers to as “discouraged workers” — those who haven’t bothered to look for work in the last four weeks.

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