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Doing the Right Thing!

For several decades, home care “companions” have provided care to elderly individuals. The employers of these workers (whether privately employed by the family or employed by a third-party Home Care Agency) were not required to pay overtime (nor minimum wage in some states). This has been known as the “Companion Care Exemption” because these workers were exempt from federal wage and hour law as defined by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The effect of this exemption has been to keep wages low, thereby making overall care costs more affordable. However, worker advocacy groups have argued that many senior care…

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Small Business Forecast: 2014

An entrepreneur’s spirit is optimistic. It would have to be in order to start a business. After all, who starts a business with the attitude to fail? Not an entrepreneur, that’s for sure. So, it may not come as a surprise that small business owners have very high hopes for 2014. With the economy making a significant comeback, entrepreneurs are putting their best foot forward, with their focus on a brighter tomorrow. According to The Wall Street Journal  , the economy is showing favorable signs for small businesses; with the employment rate in November at the lowest it’s been in 5 years, and the…

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How To Use LinkedIn For Business

Small businesses can truly set themselves a part from the competition by optimizing LinkedIn effectively. Increasing brand awareness, searching for and discovering exceptional talent, innovative and creative advertising opportunities, collaborating with other business owners, entrepreneurs and industry experts for resources and advice, leveraging new business deals, and networking are all valuable tools at the disposal of entrepreneurs. What are a few simple and most impacting ways to utilize these tools to their fullest potential? We have a few ideas for you: Using keywords in your company’s profile page . This tip is especially handy for job seekers and business seekers. Choosing the appropriate key…

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What it takes to own a FirstLight Home Care Franchise Business

If you are reading this blog post, then I am going to assume that you probably have an interest in FirstLight Home Care.  Or maybe you are just exploring the various franchise opportunities that are available to you. I will be upfront with you…FirstLight Home Care and franchising in general aren’t for everyone.  This is why we have a rigorous award process that ensures that it’s a good fit for BOTH sides.  Therefore, I’d like to share with you today what I feel it takes to own a FirstLight Home Care franchise business. So, without further ado, here are some of the…

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How To Find The Right Franchise Business For You

Prospective franchisees pose some really excellent questions to me.  I hear many of the same questions again and again.  Because I believe that others can benefit from the answers, I have started to share these Q&A with our Facebook followers on a weekly basis.  A couple of weeks ago, I posted a question and answer on our Facebook page regarding the tough subject of finding the right franchise business for you.  It’s a question that keeps rearing its relevant “head” because it’s such an important one.  It is a question that all future franchisees should ask.  So, I’d like to reiterate…

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