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Nicole Martin is the Founder of HR Boost, LLC., a shared services consulting firm based in Chicago’s north suburbs. She is a best-selling author who’s been featured in Forbes and Fast Company magazine. She’s become the ‘go-to’ source for companies looking for a full turnkey HR department at a fraction of the cost it would take them to do it on their own. Nicole’s redefined what ‘outsourced HR’ means.

In recognition of her professional excellence and community involvement, Nicole has been honored by multiple organizations. She was named a “2016 Enterprising Women of the Year Champion” by Enterprising Women Magazine and was afforded the “Influential Women in Business Award 2014” by The Daily Herald Business Ledger.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Why Nicole Martin’s No Fear Negotiation for Women book is an indispensable tool for women in business
  • How Nicole kept her growing business running while she took time off to have a second child
  • What HR outsourcing can do for an organization, and what HRBoost’s initial process looks like
  • When should you consider HR outsourcing, and how will you know when it’s time for an in-house HR Manager?
  • How HRBoost helps with hiring, recruiting, and company culture in measurable ways
  • How to create bonuses that encourage teamwork and shared goals
  • Nicole describes the emotional, year-long journey she took after someone offered to invest 100,000 dollars in her company

In this episode…

We’re in the midst of a talent emergency, and if you aren’t aware of the problem, you’re already behind the curve. Outsourcing your HR might sound scary, but it can bring your business up to speed, help energize your workplace culture, and solve real problems for your company now and down the road. If you think HR is just about hiring, you might be surprised at how much more it actually entails.

Learn more about demystifying HR on this Inspired Insider Podcast episode with Dr. Jeremy Weisz and his guest, Nicole Martin of HRBoost. They talk about the evolving needs of HR, how outsourcing HR can help your business, and the process involved in hiring an in-house HR manager. Plus, Nicole offers some tips for inspiring teamwork in your company culture through unconventional incentives.

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Episode Transcript

Jeremy Weisz 0:19

Dr. Jeremy Weisz here, Founder of where I talk with inspirational entrepreneurs and leaders. And, you know, I always like to point out Nicole some of the fun other guests I’ve had on, and there’s been a lot of them like, Nicole Martin, I’ll introduce in a second from HRBoost, but there’s been some amazing Chicago entrepreneurs, Ross Gordon, check out the interview I did with him. He started Catch Co. and if you like fishing, he sends a box to your door they’ve gotten in Bass Pro. And all over the country. Andrea Herrera of Boxperience if you are looking in this virtual world, like how do you which kind of ties into this conversation, Nicole, which is like how do you appreciate your staff? How do you appreciate your clients in this virtual world? Well, she creates like a custom box that you could send to people also in Chicago land and Ethan Austin’s sort of GiveForward, which is one of those kind of donation platforms for different medical conditions for people and check out that many more on And before I introduce today’s guest, this episode is brought to you by Rise25, Rise25 we help businesses give to and connect to their dream 100 relationships. And we do that by helping you run your podcast. You know, Nicole, for me, the number one thing in my life is relationships. And I’m always looking at ways to give to my best relationships profile that people I admire their thought leadership. And I’ve seen no better way over the past over a decade to bring people on my podcast and share what they’re working on. And their life’s work with other people. So if you are a business and you’ve thought of, you know, this podcasting thing sounds great. Well, it is great. I mean, there’s so many reasons why it’s great. If you’ve thought about it, you want people have done it for you know, over 10 years, you can check out, and, you know, email us with any questions that you have today’s guests, what’s that Nicole?

Nicole Martin 2:15

I will, I will cool, I love the energy behind that. I think that it’s meaningful and rewarding. You know,

Jeremy Weisz 2:21

I love is not just in I was talking to another person who said you know, I would podcast if no one was listening just because it’s it’s personal development. It’s it’s so much more than just how do I you know, have an audience or anything like that it’s really a platform, even if it’s an audience of one I remember I interviewed someone the other week, and just an amazing, amazing agency owner who sold his business and then now does consulting. And I personally sent that to 15 agency owners. I’m like, you need to listen to this episode. And they’re all high level, like CEOs, founders, and they all like, Sure, yeah, listen to it. And the same thing goes with Nicole’s episode today. Because everyone, you know, we were talking about before we hit record about kind of just the mental health of people in this environment and and always like, what’s the most important thing in the business is the people. I mean, you can’t do anything without your people. And so this is why this particular interview I was really excited about and Nicole Martin is Founder of HRBoost. She is a five time best selling author has been featured in Forbes Fast Company magazine. She’s a go to source and full turnkey HR department for a fraction of the cost of what it would take for you to do it. If you hired someone full time on your staff. And she’s redefined what outsourced HR means. And you you know, Nicole, I want you to tell people about your book. And you know, people can check out more on, but thank you for joining me.

Nicole Martin 3:55

Absolutely, no, I love the two-way exchange of podcasts. And I always say yes to these kinds of things, because I enjoy meeting people like Jeremy who are in my backyard, right? And I think that, just like you said, having the connections and the relationships, I always find it fascinating who you can meet and how you can benefit one another in time. So it’s an honor to be here.