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Small Business Owners Work Long Hours…But Get Little Done

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When you’re a small business owner, Parkinson’s Law (“Work expands to fill the time available”) definitely applies. However, you’re not the only one who feels buried under a nonstop avalanche of work. Some 84 percent of business owners work more than 40 hours a week, according to a recent survey from The Alternative Board, and about 10 percent “continuously overwhelmed” by their workload. I’m truly impressed that 90 percent of business owners don’t feel continuously overwhelmed, especially considering the average business owner in the survey reports having only 1.5 hours of uninterrupted, highly productive time per day. (Sounds about right!) [...]

7 Best Startup Business Idea In 2017

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Starting up your own business can be a big risk but can pay off huge if your idea takes off. There’s no way to guarantee a startup will be a success, but starting a business in a hot, in-demand industry may dramatically improve your chances. Related Link: The Early Traits Of A $100 Million Company Coming up with an idea is just the first step in a long and difficult process of building a successful startup, but you’ve got to start somewhere. Here are seven areas to consider for your startup business. 1. Artificial Intelligence Obviously if you don’t have [...]

The 8 Least Productive Tasks Business Owners Do (And How to Never Do Them Again)

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By Sujan Patel Set SMART goals…. Work according to your circadian rhythm…. Learn to prioritize your top three to-do items and tackle them before anything else … The web is full of productivity advice for entrepreneurs. And while these tips, when implemented appropriately, can be incredibly helpful, there’s a corollary that’s missing. What about the things business owners should not be doing with their time? Your to-don’t list is just as important as your to-do list. Here are eight items that belong on it: 1. Shuffling past-due items on your to-do list Have a task you keep putting off, but are never [...]

4 tips to help small business owners to reduce their overhead costs

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Business expenses and outgoings can eat into your profits and in some cases you can end up spending more money than you make. As such, it is a good idea to do everything you can to keep costs down and maximize profits. Here are a few ways you can do this even as a new business. 1. Always shop around Whether you are buying equipment or products to sell at profit it is important to try and get the best deal available. Can you buy any of the equipment you need refurbished or used? All kinds of items can be [...]

Tips For Starting A Small Adult Day Care Business

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Many elderly and disabled adults are forced to spend most of their days alone, because they do not have family or friends. An adult day care service is the perfect solution for these individuals, plus in many cases government assistance is available to pay for the expenses. If you are looking for a new career niche that will offer amazing rewards, you should consider an adult day care center. Below, you will discover several tips to help get you started turning your business idea into a reality. Choosing A Location It isn’t unusual for people to operate a small adult [...]

The Benefits Of Owning And Operating A Family Business

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Many people dream of starting their own business and when they do, it often turns into a family business. Mom and pop businesses have been around since the beginning of time, with most of them being handed down to an offspring or sibling, when the original owners retired. In order for a family business to be successful, every member or almost every member of the family must be involved in the operational processes. Below, you will discover several benefits of owning and operating a family business. United For One Common Goal Sometimes within the workplace competition can be a good [...]

Master the Art of Online Sales with These 20 Tips

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So you’ve established a website offering products or services for sale. You have a great selection and a good-looking website — but your sales are still flat. This is a problem for plenty of online businesses. But there are ways to overcome those sales slumps and grow your business online. Gary Shouldis of 3Bug Media shared some of his top online sales tips in an email interview with Small Business Trends. Check out some of the highlights in the list below. How to Increase Online Sales Establish a Plan Early According to Shouldis, not having an actual plan in place [...]

Best Small Business Ideas for Students in 2017

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The following are some useful jobs for college students or college graduates who want to earn money by starting a small business with little or no investment. (Newswire.net -- July 5, 2017) -- It is no secret that college students struggle to find jobs. Graduate students have a hard time these days obtaining a good job that pays enough money to cover their expenses. The following are some useful jobs for college graduates or college students who want to earn some money by starting a small business with litlle or no investment. These small business ideas will work well for college [...]

10 Tax Penalties – and How to Avoid Them

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As if taxes weren’t enough, the IRS can add interest and penalties for certain action you may take or fail to take. There are over 150 civil penalties in the Internal Revenue Code. Tax penalties can be costly and they’re not tax deductible. Here is a roundup of some tax penalties that can impact small businesses owners and what can be done to avoid them. Tips on Avoiding Tax Penalties for Your Small Business 1. Late Filing Penalty for Tax Returns April 15 may be seared into your brain as tax day, but it’s not the deadline for all returns. S [...]

Tips For Small Business Success

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Different kinds of people have been able to start and run successful businesses. There are various traits and attributes that are similar among thriving business owners. New entrepreneurs often wonder about whether or not they can succeed. Successful entrepreneurship begins with passion. Passion In order for any entrepreneur to be able to accomplish his or her goals, a passionate approach is essential. The desire to turn your concept into a profitable business that adds value to people’s lives will keep you moving forward in pursuit of your goals. When you have this type of passion, you will spare no effort [...]

The Steps to Become an Entrepreneur in Your 50s or 60s

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I was a small business owner building sound systems and providing DJ entertainment. Then, after a decade and a half, I dove into the 9 to 5 corporate world, managing databases, developing websites and creating corporate communications. These days, after a layoff and with my kids almost through college, I’ve begun my second act as an entrepreneur, using my writing skills to help clients form creative communications strategies. This time around, I have a firm grasp on the number of hours I’ll be putting in — and I’m ready. And I’m far from alone. According to the U.S. Small Business [...]

Best 6 Tips for Turning Customers Into Salespeople

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Your customers are some of your greatest assets. Not only do they directly drive revenue in terms of repeat purchases, but they can also indirectly drive revenue in the form of selling your brand to other people. Do you know what it looks like to turn your customers into an extension of your sales team? 6 Tips for Turning Customers Into Salespeople It’s expensive to sell, but it’s impossible to be successful without making a commitment to actively put your products in front of customers and encourage them to purchase. And while it’s important that you have salespeople on your [...]

5 Common Self-Employment Blunders | TheSelfEmployed.com

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Being self-employed brings self-fulfillment, freedom, financial rewards, and sometimes the ability to work in your pajamas from home. However, all those things get put at risk when you make costly mistakes. So, hold on to your house slippers and check out these five self-employment blunders that you ought to avoid. 1. Failing to Budget and Track Finances Create a budget that accounts for regular, ongoing expenses and also allows you to set aside money for emergencies. As you draw up your plan, remember that you want income to exceed expenses to ensure you’re not just getting by, but in fact, [...]

What is Gamification and How Can It Help My Business?

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Gamification is a business tool representing a whole new direction for achieving the goals you have set for your company. But small businesses have been shying away from it because of the emphasis on large, global enterprises deploying the technology. That’s too bad because gamification is a tool small businesses can easily implement to create innovative programs allowing them to compete with large brands. So What is Gamification? The simplest definition of gamification is:  a process for integrating game mechanics into something that already exists to motivate participation, engagement and loyalty. This can be almost anything, from your website to social [...]

Best 5 Tips for Seasonal Hiring

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While some businesses may have already hired extra staff for the summer, others are still in the throes of interviewing and reference checking. Hiring seasonal workers can be a stressful task for a business owner, but using these five tips can make it easier. Tips for Hiring Seasonal Employees 1. Create a Clear Job Description Focus on writing a job description that presents your company in a favorable light and provides a clear, accurate description of job duties, says Jennine Rochlin Leale, founder of HRPro Consulting Services LLC. This can help you avoid hiring what could become a disgruntled, unproductive [...]

Can Your Company Actually Afford a Small Business Loan?

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By Carl Faulds When you’re seeking financing, particularly financing to power growth, it’s all too easy to overlook one important question: Can your small business actually afford the borrowing? Here are steps to take to determine whether your small business can afford a loan. Calculating your debt service coverage ratio To understand what you can borrow, you first need to know what you can afford to repay. In turn, this will require you to calculate your debt service coverage ratio (DSCR). Put simply, the DSCR is the ratio of cash you have available to service debt (which could mean repaying [...]

3 reasons why the ‘best’ business ideas too often fail miserably

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PHOTO Segway: Optics of riding rather than walking looked lazy. PHOTO COURTESY OF CITY SEGWAY TOURS Courtesy of News and Experts We’ve all heard the expression “innovate or die.” But there are endless examples of companies that made cutting-edge ideas a priority, yet their can’t-miss products – and sometimes the businesses themselves – died untimely deaths anyway. “People often don’t realize that a product can be smart and work well, and still fail when it hits the marketplace,” says Mayur Ramgir (mayurramgir.com), president and CEO of Zonopact Inc., a software development firm that specializes in innovative business solutions. Don’t get him [...]

Apply These 10 Techniques to Improve Your Business Handshake

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Making a good impression in any small business is about getting off to a good start. A handshake is very often the first contact you’ll make with a prospect and you need to get it right. Denise Dudley is a career guru, author of Work It!, Get In , Get Noticed, Get Promoted and a behavioral psychologist. Small Business Trends spoke with her about the rules for shaking hands properly and how to leave that first impression that works. Rules for a Business Handshake Stand Up “Handshaking is always better if you can do it when you’re standing,” Dudley says. [...]

A Guide For Developing Content For Social Media Platforms

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Social media is everywhere. We are wired in to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and live by our devices day in and day out. While there are a range of potential concerns that come with social media, there is plenty of good that can be done through this powerful medium. With its personal reach into our lives and our willingness to share and expose parts of ourselves, social media is, for many of us, part of our identity. As businesses and people concerned with behaviour change it’s vital that we’re leveraging this powerful tool to enhance our ability to make a [...]

7 Marketing Mistakes That Startups Should Avoid

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Marketing is the lifeblood of any startup, but it’s not always a walk in the park. In fact, marketing mistakes are often unavoidable, especially in the early stages of your business. While there is no surefire method to marketing success, there are plenty of mistakes you can avoid to improve your chances of building your brand. 1. Hiring an in-house staff early on Being careful with spending and staffing is extremely valuable, especially early on in your company’s development. What you don’t need are any superfluous expenditures when you’re just starting out, and that’s exactly what an in-house marketing staff [...]

25 Basic Marketing Strategies for Beginners

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Not every small business has a marketing budget like the bigger companies. More often than not, entrepreneurs don’t even have a lot of extra time to get the word out on their goods and services. These basic marketing strategies for novices have been designed to fill that gap. Basic Marketing Strategies Optimize Your Content Keywords attract clients. They need to be placed in strategic locations in the text on your website. Make sure they work with the topics your customers are searching for. Advertise Online Facebook Ads and Google Ads work great. These are cheaper than print, television and radio [...]

Secrets of Swagger Shows How to Craft a Distinctive Brand

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Usefulness Content Freshness "Secrets of Swagger: How to Own Your Cool in Life and Business", by TicketCity founder Randy Cohen, is a fun and entertaining read about the fundamental elements of personal and business branding. Using examples from his own company and the lives of big-name celebrity brands (Lady Gaga, Oprah Winfrey, Ari Emanuel, etc.), Randy Cohen demonstrates how business can develop their own brand of "cool" (aka "swagger") by embracing communication, creativity, courage, charisma, and more. Written by a business owner in the entertainment industry, Secrets of Swagger: How to [...]

10 Ways to Increase Your Chances of Entrepreneurial Success

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Being a successful entrepreneur takes more than just a great business plan. You have to build great habits, stay inspired and use the best strategies for your business idea. For more on how you can increase your chances of small business success, take a look at these tips from members of the online small business community. Build Successful Habits If you want to be successful, you need to build the right habits and routines. And it can help to consider the routines of others who have found success. This post by Dipti Parmar of E2M Solutions features an interview with [...]

These Are the Best and Worst States to Start a Business in 2017

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What is the best state to start your new business. Is it a big city? A thriving suburb? A bustling little rural community? How about North Dakota? A new study carried out by WalletHub looked at 50 states using 20 key indicators to determine “2017’s Best and Worst States to Start a Business.” And it found North Dakota to be the state with the best business environment for startups. The worst? That dubious distinction belongs to the Garden State, New Jersey. The Methodology WalletHub deployed the services of eight distinguished professors from universities such as Colgate, DePaul, Georgetown, Purdue, and [...]

Sexism is the new clickbait. Find another route to internet fame.

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It's becoming all too easy for brands to use sexism as low-hanging fruit to go viral. Time after time, we rise to the bait, giving the brands exactly what they set out to achieve — internet fame. In some ways, it's reassuring to see a brand getting dragged for sexism. The fact that people will readily call BS on companies objectifying women and reinforcing outdated gender stereotypes is a sign of hope and progress. For some brands, getting dragged for sexism is a dream-come-true; a chance to go viral; to be the name on everyone's lips, or tweets, even if [...]

The 4 Major Components of Business Growth & Profit-Building Success!

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Your business can be broken down into 4 segments or component parts. I call these as the 4 MAJOR COMPONENTS of a business. Through extensive research and study of the most successful businesses worldwide, I have likewise determined that there are 4 common focal points found in a successful strategic plan for Business Growth and Profit-Building. These common focal points, or 4 MAJOR COMPONENTS, are interrelated and can be made to fit together like the pieces of a puzzle. When you clearly identify them in your own business, and then strategically harness their power to function cohesively, the 4 MAJOR [...]

12 Super Simple Money Management Tips for Your Personal Finances

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The best financial advice tends to apply to pretty much everyone. You don’t need a spreadsheet of pros and cons and complex scenarios. What you need is a rule of thumb. There’s no shame in using one-size-fits-all advice. A study of West Point cadets, for example, found teaching rules of thumb was at least as effective as standard personal finance training in increasing students’ knowledge and confidence as well as their willingness to take financial risks. Researchers found money rules of thumb were more effective than teaching accounting principles to small business owners in the Dominican Republic. Here are a dozen shamelessly simple [...]

Critics think ‘Thimbleweed Park’ nails the spirit of ’80s adventure games

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There's a new Ron Gilbert adventure game and you can play it now. Don't ask who he is. If you don't know, just go play Maniac Mansion. And The Secret of Monkey Island (plus its sequel). Gilbert helped create both of them, along with a string of other classic adventure games. His latest — co-created with Maniac Mansion collaborator Gary Winnick — is called Thimbleweed Park and it is a Kickstarter darling. The game's crowdfunding campaign kicked off in 2014 with a $375,000 target that had nearly doubled by the time it ended — with $626,250 pledged. Two and a [...]

SpaceX launches and lands previously flown rocket in huge step for space travel

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SpaceX did it.  For the first time in its history, the Elon Musk-founded spaceflight company has relaunched a previously flown Falcon 9 booster.  Oh, and they landed it back on Earth again. This rocket, which flew a payload to orbit in April 2016 for its first flight, launched at 6:27 p.m. ET, coming back in for its second landing on a drone ship in the ocean about 8.5 minutes later. This was the ninth successful rocket landing for SpaceX.  "We just had an incredible day today," Musk said during a live broadcast of the launch. "The first reflight of an [...]

The Three Levels of Planning

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There are three levels of strategic planning: Corporate, business, and functional. Strategy may be planned at each level, but the plans for every level of an organization should align to insure maximum unity of effort. Without alignment, departments and functions will be working at cross-purposes, and the overall corporate strategy will be less effective. Here is how strategist view each of the three levels of strategic planning: Corporate level: Planning at this level should provide overall strategic direction for an organization, sometimes referred to as the "grand strategy." This is a concise statement of the general direction which senior leadership [...]

7 Tips for Scaling Your Sales Operation for the Future

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There’s nothing easy about scaling your B2B sales team for the future. Aim too high too fast, and you could end up like the leaders of the recruiting app WePow: burning through hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and being forced to lay off 80% of the sales department. Aim too low, and you’ll risk missing out on numerous opportunities for growth in a primed market. So while it’s not an easy proposition, there are some strategies that can make the endeavor simpler. By having a plan for scaling that’s built around a logical and data-driven structure, you can create [...]

Uber driver picks up her boyfriend’s other girlfriend and then sh*t really hits the fan

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Welcome to a sordid tale of modern romance. We begin with Twitter user @Msixelaa who spends her days as an Uber driver. Recently, she blessed us all with a wild Twitter thread detailing how she picked up a woman from the airport, and it turned out the rider was her boyfriend's other girlfriend.  Twitter is calling her #UberBae and sweet internet, we've hit viral gold.  So I drive for uber why I just pick this girl up and drop her off to a dick appointment and the dick appointment was my mans house 🙃 — Msixelaa (@Msixelaa) March 27, 2017 [...]

If this is the future utopia Elon Musk wants, be very afraid

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Neural lace: it sounds like something a cyborg might wear to a wedding, but it's also yet another future technology Elon Musk has added to his eccentric potential inventions list. Just one problem with that: the fictional sci-fi series that coined "neural lace" doesn't suggest we'll have a fine time with such brain implants — and it also represents exactly the kind of future that Musk himself has said he's trying to avoid. The Tesla, SpaceX and Solar City founder has already inspired testing of the high-speed Hyperloop and quietly put thousands of potentially self-driving cars in users' hands. Musk [...]

Twitter’s new replies are a total nightmare

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Leave it to Twitter to spend almost a year testing a new feature only to have everyone instantly hate it. That's what happened with the service's latest update, which changes replies so they don't count against the platform's 140-character limit. On its face, that sounds like a good thing — you're able to get a few extra characters in for the actual tweet, rather than wasting space on users' handles. But, once again, Twitter's execution missed the mark — despite the fact they've been testing the feature for almost a full year. Now when a user replies, the handles are [...]

Why Your Small Business Should Hire a Virtual Assistant

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There’s a common misconception that virtual assistants are some kind of “luxury” only affordable by the big companies to outsource projects that require less management but are considered an overhead. Actually, the other way around seems to be true as more and more freelancers and small companies resort to hiring virtual assistants as a solution to the limited time they have available. By the point where business is stable, small business owners realize that, even though they’re doing well, they don’t have much time to be creative and take their dream further. Some entrepreneurs think that a physical assistant will [...]

Republicans who voted against internet privacy got paid out

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Cash rules everything around D.C.  That's hardly a new revelation, but it's worth revisiting after Congress recently voted (twice) to gut important data privacy regulations that would have forced your internet provider to at least ask your permission before tracking you across the internet and selling that information to the highest bidder. Trump is expected to sign the bill into law soon, ensuring your data will no longer be yours and that internet service providers will be able to make a ton of money off it. Great news.  But how the hell did we get here? The easy answer: Money. [...]

What is Kik Messenger and How Can You Use it for Your Small Business?

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Kik Messenger is a Canadian-based instant messenger for mobile devices. Commonly referred to as Kik, the app has effectively differentiating itself from the rest of the competition earning a growing user base. What makes Kik standout and makes it loved by its users is the privacy. The app’s business model, which requires no phone number, has earned Kik a base of more than 300 million registered users. These users are able to register with simply their email address, date of birth and chosen username. To date, Kik is the only mobile messenger service to allow such a simple signup with [...]

Taking a Risk | The U.S. Small Business Administration

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By Linda McMahon, SBA Administrator Published: March 30, 2017 Updated: March 30, 2017   Entrepreneurs know that every small business starts with taking a risk. We have an idea for a product or service, but even the best ideas require a leap of faith. Whether it is our money or time or the security of working for someone else, we put ourselves on the line when we pursue our goals. When that risk succeeds… simply put, it’s empowering. Yet research shows women are more risk-averse than men. Are we missing out on empowerment, too? I was proud to represent the U.S. Small [...]

The Five Components of a Business Strategy

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Can you define exactly what makes up a business strategy? Some people say no, but we think you can. In fact, we believe a valid business strategy has five components: Your company's current or desired core competencies A description of how you will differentiate vs. competitors The industry or industries in which you intend to compete The initiatives you plan to implement in the areas of marketing, operations, information technology, finance and organizational development A financial forecast that shows how your plans will meet stakeholder requirements over the next 3 to 5 years Let's look at each of these components. [...]

Your college email account may be one of millions for sale on the dark web

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If you've ever had a college email address, your information may be sitting on the dark web. Image: Rodrigo Abd/AP/REX/Shutterstock By Colin Daileda2017-03-30 22:02:33 UTC Imagine you're walking down a highway when you suddenly find the keys to a vault full of personal information. Now imagine you find nearly 14 million keys and vaults, all belonging to people who went to or worked at a college somewhere in the U.S.  That would be insane — but that is, in digital form, what a March report published by Digital Citizens Alliance says the group has found on the darker side of [...]

PPC Pitfalls to Avoid as a Small Business Owner

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Online advertising has given businesses of all sizes a chance to compete in the market. Before this tech time, only businesses with big budgets were able to advertise. Small businesses can now promote their products or services with just a small budget, and they are able to increase it as they grow and see results. In addition, online advertising has provided a clearer attribution platform. We can know if our PPC or display ads are working based on conversion data. We can also know how many people see our ads with impressions and even know how many of those people [...]

North Carolina votes to replace one anti-trans law with another and everyone is obviously outraged

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When Democrat Roy Cooper ran for governor in 2016, he made one promise to his constituents: that he would work to repeal HB2, North Carolina's notorious anti-trans bathroom law. Cooper has struggled to make good on his promise as Republicans in the state legislature opposed repealing the law. On Thursday, Republicans and Democrats came together to vote for HB142, just before the deadline it had been given by the NCAA, which is boycotting the state. LGBTQ groups are calling the replacement law a "scam." It appears the bill was pushed through in an effort to lure back the basketball association, [...]

7 Steps Small Businesses Can Take to Offer Fast and Free Shipping

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By the summer, eBay will be offering three-day delivery on 20 million items with no cost to customers. Any shipping charges from the online retail giant arriving late will be refunded and those items can be returned for free. Customers will also be able to receive a $5 coupon toward another purchase when eBay’s new shipping policies take effect.  Competitors like Amazon have lowered their non-Prime free shipping threshold to $35 dollars adding to the trend that’s putting pressure on small businesses and entrepreneurs. Statistics report that 95 percent of Americans shop online at least once a year. Over half [...]

What’s up with the song in the new ‘Game of Thrones’ trailer?

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It's a little on-the-nose for a show about a powerful chair to use the song "Sit Down" in a trailer, but that's what Game of Thrones did to us with the latest taste of Season 7.  The song, by British rock outfit James, plays over slow-motion footage of Cersei (Lena Headey), Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), and Jon (Kit Harington) seating themselves in turn at the Iron Throne. For reference, the original "Sit Down" video is...nothing like this promo: It seems an unconventional choice, but the lyrics are more Thrones-y than you'd think: I sing myself to sleepA song from the darkest [...]

The 7 Principles of Business Integrity

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If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters. -- Alan K. Simpson If I were to ask you what attribute is the most influential in regard to the success of a business, would you know immediately which one is the most important? Based on my many years as a business owner and entrepreneur, I have discovered that at the very top of the list is the distinguishing quality of integrity. Without integrity at the helm of a company, a business is usually short-lived. In fact, when business integrity is present throughout the deepest [...]

One Quarter of DIY Web Builders Don’t Know Where to Begin

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A new survey from a business research firm finds that 23 percent of DIY web builders have a hard time finding the tool that best suits their needs. The research was published by Clutch, a company that blends the techniques used in traditional B2B research with a customer review service. They surveyed 307 users of DIY website builders to get their opinions on the goals, challenges and obstacles faced by small business owners looking to build their own sites. Selecting a DIY Website Builder Can Be Challenging Jenna Seter is a content marketer and business analyst who published the article. She [...]

An exhaustive breakdown of how the new ‘It’ trailer compares to the original

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Pennywise: then versus now. Image: universal pictures/warner bros./mashable composite By Sam Haysom2017-03-30 16:55:42 UTC 2017 is fast on its way to being a very, very good year for Stephen King fans. We've already got the long-awaited adaptation of The Dark Tower coming this summer, and now we also have our first teaser trailer for Andrés Muschietti's It remake to get excited about. And what's the point in having a teaser if you can't obsessively break it down, frame-by-frame? In a cathartic effort to forget about the 5+ months we have to wait before the film's actually released, we've been through [...]

How to Avoid Procrastination in Your Small Business

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Whether it’s putting off that next deadline or waiting to start up your company in the first place, procrastination is the small business owner’s mortal enemy. So how can you be sure that you’re not delaying important projects longer than needed — for whatever deeply rooted reason. Here members of the Small Business Trends community share some of their own solutions — and in one case the fact that the search for a solution is ongoing. Tips on How to Avoid Procrastination Consider the Old Fashioned To-Do List “I’m old fashioned, I make to-do lists,” says David Leonhardt, President of [...]

‘Ghost in the Shell’ has nothing to say about technology or humanity

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For a movie that centers around a remarkable scientific achievement – the kind that seems both radical and inevitable in real-world terms – Ghost in the Shell has disappointingly little to say about technology, humanity, or how they intersect. For the uninitiated, Ghost in the Shell is set in a future Tokyo, where cybernetic enhancements have become commonplace. Scarlett Johansson plays Major Mira Killian, who represents the next step in that evolution: following an accident that destroyed her original, human body, her brain has been implanted into an entirely synthetic body, in the first successful procedure of its kind. Or [...]

Real Estate Marketing Ideas That Attracts Listings & Gets Properties Sold Fast

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Implementing effective real estate marketing ideas is very important if you want to be successful. It doesn't matter if you are selling a small home or a large building that could be used for various types of businesses. Chances are you have though about various real estate marketing ideas that people have used in the past. Some of them may work for you but others won't. You need to make sure you don't get yourself too wrapped up in any one real estate marketing idea though. Should that happen you may find that you are having a hard time moving [...]