425 Business Column
425 Business Column
The hottest new perk for employees on the Eastside isn't an onsite chef, free massages, or even puppy daycare (yes, all those perks do exist here). These days, employees are seeking a workplace that will provide them with long-term work-life balance.
During an extremely warm and sunny afternoon last September, when I should have been at Juanita Beach Park or at a happy hour, I found myself sitting in the home office of a bankruptcy attorney in Sammamish. I had finally crunched the numbers: There was no way in I-405 hell I could pay off my loans and credit cards.
One year ago, I was in Las Vegas to celebrate my birthday, opting for a dry-heat celebration this trip around the sun instead of yet another day of dashing around Bellevue in heels dodging rain (or, if I'm oh-so-lucky, snowflakes).
We've all, at some point in our careers, been involved in or witnessed a workplace romance (or, at the very least, had a crush on a coworker). Many folks, from CEOs at scrappy startups to neurosurgeons at the best hospitals in our region, have, at one point, dated someone they work with.
The thought of starting a new job is almost always exciting. For me, it's like the first day of school. There's the thrill of wearing the new clothes you just bought. The hope of making new friends. A fresh routine to add some excitement to your life.
Creating a company with a good friend or like-minded business partner is common, and allows you to both call the shots and make decisions that have a direct impact on your startup's future. Unfortunately, a startup founded by two people can be a tough sell.
In celebration of National Small Business Week (May 4-8), The UPS Store launched a new campaign called Small Biz Salute, which recognizes small business owners for their hard work in their communities, as well as connects entrepreneurs to expand their networks, celebrate and support one another.
If you get paid every two weeks, you're in luck: thanks to a weird calendar glitch, you'll get an extra paycheck this year. If you live paycheck to paycheck, you know what a huge difference this extra cash can make to your budget.
In summer 2014 I was renting a luxury high-rise apartment in downtown Seattle, head-over-heels in love with my now-husband ... and also barely home. As editor of a tech blog based in San Francisco, I spent every other week in the Bay Area, leaving my apartment - and its gorgeous view of the Puget Sound - empty.
Even though I tend to wake up around 6 a.m, when it comes to getting writing done, I work best in the late afternoon and evenings. I use my mornings for administrative work, email, social media, and any other trivial task that doesn't require too much brain power.