Posts Tagged ‘employees’

“Being the leader” is the hardest part of the job to many, if not most, resale shopkeepers. We may be self-motivating…. but when it comes to motivating others, we have a lot to learn.

But that’s the thing: being a boss is a learn-able skill! I love this break-down of leadership styles. Each of us needs to be each of these, at different times and even, sometimes, with a different support staff.What kind of leader re you in your consignment shop?

Graphic from Billzipponbusiness.com


There are thousands of blogs and web sites about being the best possible leader of your crew; I suggest you start your education with this resale industry-specific Double Product for the Professional Resaler.

Team Work: Staffing your Store from Too Good to be Threw

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PLUS Resource List:
Your Employee Manual

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After all, some Auntie Kate messages are, ahem, Too Good to be Threw!

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where you can visit a gently-used, blog post in case you missed it the first time. It’s even better the second time around.

Staffing is always a challenge in any sort of retail, but even more so in resale retail. But it could be slightly less of a challenge if (more…)

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I don’t have statistics on this, but I strongly suspect that start-up consignment, resale and thrift stores which planned from the beginning to have funds available for support staff, have

fared better, grown faster, and profited sooner

than start-ups which relied solely on the owner working her or his butt off.TGtbT.com says wouldn't it be nice if "working my butt off" was like, for real?

So tell us: did your shop open with just yourself working? Did you feel constrained in your operating hours?

When did you add staff, and what difference did it make in how your business operates and your bottom line?

If you are still, one or more years into your business, working by yourself and/or relying on temporary fill-in help from friends and family, what are your plans for increasing cash flow enough to add a staffer or two or twenty?

Or do you feel that you prefer to be the sole staffer in your shop?

I look forward to your comments!


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151106 digital overloadDoes this sound like you… or your staff?

when we’re tempted to procrastinate, diversions are only a click away… knowledge workers in the United States waste 25% of their time dealing with their huge and growing data streams, costing the economy $997 billion annually.

If so, this Harvard Business Review article may motivate you to re-think that “always-on” Internet connection in your shop’s workstations.

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There’s nothing worse than working with new hires who JUST DON’T GET your sense of humor. They may be wonderful talented folks, but believe me, your (more…)

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How to decide whether to fire a new employee, on the TGtbT.com blog, AuntieKate.wordpress.comFretting over whether the wisest course of action would be to keep working with… or dismiss… a new employee?

As you may know, all my employees were hired on a trial basis, where (as I put it) “We’re (more…)

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Looking for help in your consignment or resale shop? Here’s some signs to help (or at least lighten your burden…)

Ned some awesome help in yourconsignment shop? TGtbT.com loves this approach!

Finding good employees can be a challenge, says AuntieKate.wordress.com, the blog for professional resalers

Ah yes, those workers who don't wnt to really work...


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