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3 things to consider when choosing a property management company

By Ryan Colquhoun
 

A property management company can take a tremendous amount of pressure off your day-to-day as a landlord. If you’re in the...

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Your year-round property maintenance checklist

By Ryan Colquhoun
 

In order to make sure your property looks and functions its best all year, it’s important to make sure to keep up with basic property maintenance tasks.

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How to prepare your rental for new tenants

By Ryan Colquhoun
 

If you’ve secured a new tenant, there is no doubt you are eager to move them in and start collecting rent. However, it’s important to make sure you have fully prepared the property for your new tenants in order to ensure a...

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3 mistakes to avoid when hiring your first marketing director

By Steve Wolgemuth
 

There comes a time in any business’s growth trajectory when the question comes up, "Should we hire a marketing director?"

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How should you be preparing for the new year?

By Kellie Boysen
 

Ideally, business owners and human resources personnel have already begun the task of preparing their HR initiatives for 2017.

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What should a landlord do when a sole tenant dies?

By Ryan Colquhoun
 

In my last post, I focused on the improvements made to laws by...

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Your quick guide to successful video marketing in 2017

By Steve Wolgemuth
 

If your business’s 2017 marketing plan doesn’t have a video content strategy, you might want to reconsider. According to Google, online video is quickly becoming the preferred form of content for web users and, by 2019, is...

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4 steps for managing the inevitable inept employee

By Kellie Boysen
 

Good leaders can manage a variety of people, even those they would rather just fire.

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When is a property 'abandoned'? How to handle abandoned tenant property in a rental unit

By Ryan Colquhoun
 

Over the last four years, the Pennsylvania legislature has taken steps to help landlords handle abandoned tenant property.

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3 things Google says local businesses must focus on in 2017

By Steve Wolgemuth
 

On November 11, two Google representatives visited central Pennsylvania and spoke to 30 of YDOP’s clients during a half-day workshop. Google’s purpose was to help these...

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How the cloud keeps your employees safe during snowstorm season

By Bill McMillan
 

Even if the stress won’t stop piling on as 2016 comes to a close, the holidays are here, and it is time for even business owners to unwind.

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Begging for lawsuits? Stupid things supervisors say

By Kellie Boysen
 

It is vital that all company managers and supervisors are properly trained. Even basic training on how to handle sticky situations as they arise could help your company avoid a disaster.

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Evictions: 3 steps for handling every landlord's horror story

By Ryan Colquhoun
 

There are few, if any, landlords who do not have an eviction story. Among landlords, stories about evictions are passed around like terrifying urban legends — they induce anxiety much more than they inform. We regularly have...

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3 reasons your business isn't growing

By Steve Wolgemuth
 

Every week, I meet business leaders who confess their lack of confidence in allocating marketing resources. Meanwhile, they want to grow market share. If that sounds like you, it may help to focus on one of these three problems:

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New EEOC requirement: What employers need to know

By Kellie Boysen
 

In late September 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission published a revised EEO-1 form. With the implementation of this new form, private employers and federal contractors with 100 or more employees are now required to report...

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Tenant screening: Best practices go beyond the rental application (part 4)

By Ryan Colquhoun
 

A great deal of consideration goes into a custom tenant screening process. In previous parts of this series, I have reviewed

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Major attacks will keep hitting vulnerable electronic systems: Are you prepared?

By Bill McMillan
 

On Oct. 21, a major attack on a company providing infrastructure to a number of major websites rendered them inaccessible. The outage was so big it prompted people to search

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Cloud-computing for small businesses: It's vital

By Bill McMillan
 

Computer systems are not about to get less important to businesses.

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Increase employee engagement without spending extra money

By Kellie Boysen
 

Employers know that better productivity, better customer service, increased profitability, lower turnover rates and improved safety within the company are directly correlated with their ability to keep employees engaged. All of these...

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Are you ready for Google's next big change?

By Steve Wolgemuth
 

A few months from now, you’re relaxing in your living room over Christmas break. You are surfing the web. You decide to do a Google search for your company’s products or services. You discover something terrible.

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Who runs the world?

By Renee Moro
 

In the words of Beyoncé, "Who runs the world? Girls!"

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Tenant screening: Best practices go beyond the rental application (part 3)

By Ryan Colquhoun
 

In parts 1 and 2 of this tenant screening series, I reviewed key elements of our...

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Politics hurting productivity this election season? 6 ways to address it

By Kellie Boysen
 

Employees spend a large portion of their week at work, so naturally they are going to bring with them topics of discussion from outside the workplace.

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Are you branding like it's 2017?

By Steve Wolgemuth
 

Have you, as a business leader, made plans to keep pace with your customers’ expectations? Or are you being held back by old-school thinking and misplaced marketing efforts?

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5 ways to avoid rental real estate investment heartache

By Zack Wiest
 

Owning rental real estate can be very rewarding, and it’s not uncommon for investors to enjoy 16 to 22 percent annual returns from their portfolios.

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Tenant screening: Best practices go beyond the rental application (part 2)

By Ryan Colquhoun
 

While there is not an ironclad tenant screening process — even if a variety websites claim to provide such a service — a strategic screening process can be implemented to yield far more successes than failures.

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5 tips for social media recruiting

By Kellie Boysen
 

When it comes to scouring for talent bases in order to recruit candidates for jobs or advertising, social recruiting is a valuable new tool. Numerous social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest and many...

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5 questions leaders forget to ask digital marketing agencies

By Steve Wolgemuth
 

Selecting an internet marketing partner for your business might be new territory for you, but by remembering to ask these five questions, you might avoid some expensive and time-consuming problems down the road.

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Your computer is not just at your desk — it's everywhere

By Bill McMillan
 

You’re probably reading this at your work computer right now. You have to be at work, in front of your monitor, to access the programs and the data you need to do your job — or so you think.

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