In my experience (at least with the small businesses I’ve worked with), a business plan is often considered an “unimportant” waste of time, and many small business owners forego creating one. The truth, however, is that a Business Plan can be incredibly beneficial for a business. Not only can a business plan create a “Guide” for a company and its employees, but a good plan can also be taken to the bank in order to try and raise funding for a small business. It can attract investors as well, and it … Read More →
I just started my new job today, and it’s perfect. It’s a small company with only a few employees, most of whom are never in the office – they all work “in the field.” Also, there’s a receptionist, so I won’t have to be constantly answering the phone (thank goodness for that). The receptionist is very friendly, and I can tell that she’s looking forward to having another woman in the office. Most of the other employees are men – all the better for … Read More →
Another day, another dollar…or at least, another stolen dollar.
Well – I’ve had my own company for about two weeks now and I’ve made a couple thousand dollars skimming off the deposits. The boss hasn’t noticed. As far as he’s concerned, all of the invoices are paid, and I’m doing my job incredibly well. In fact, I just passed the three month trial period, and the boss gave me a $0.50 an hour raise. When he told me that, I felt like saying, “Really? A … Read More →
Today was payday – the second since I’ve been here. I figured it was about time to test the Double Payday Scam – to see if my boss would actually catch me.
So, I started the day by doing the Payroll. Just like two weeks ago, I created and took all of the paychecks to the boss to sign. He signed them, with only the occasional request to see a corresponding timecard…then he signed mine without question.
There I was, minding my own business, when in walks the boss with a receipt. On the receipt are stamped the letters C.O.D. It was from one of our vendors that apparently hasn’t been paid in so long, they’ve changed our account from credit to C.O.D.
“What is this, Betty?” the boss asked me. “Why has ABC Hardware turned our credit account … Read More →
Today I got an intriguing email. The email was a confirmation from PayPal. It said that we had spent $150 on an online order. Since the company does not have a PayPal account, I knew it was a scam – a Phishing Scam, where some con artist is trying to get access to our account. When you click on the links in the email, … Read More →
Today the boss went on vacation and guess what he gave me…the Signature Stamp. I couldn’t believe it when he handed it to me. I think my smile was from ear-to-ear. Doesn’t he realize how stupid it is to give me the signature stamp?
“Are you sure you want to give this to me?” I asked all innocent like. In the back of my mind, I was already calculating how much money I might be able to get now that I had this new stamp.
“Of course. I trust you,” he told me with an amused little smirk.
I got a new credit card today. Well, technically, I got a new “company credit card” today. When the boss wasn’t around, I went ahead and called his credit card company and told them we had lost his company card and needed a new one. They asked me for all of the usual identifying information – social security number, mother’s maiden name, address, phone, account number, etc. – and of course, I gave the guy on the other end of ORRead More →
Well, it’s been a little over a week, and I would say I’ve got “the lay of the land.” Apparently, the Owner wasn’t kidding when he said he’d be out of the office a lot. I have yet to actually see him in the office for more than an hour a day. He comes into the office in the morning to give his field guys their daily assignments, then he talks to me for about 10 minutes before he too heads … Read More →