The Top Entrepreneurs of the Last 100 Years, top entrepreneurs.#Top #entrepreneurs

The Top Entrepreneurs of the Last 100 Years

Updated: August 03, 2009

There s no better way to kick start business planning than by taking a look at the playbook of the top entrepreneurs of the last century. Let the following business leaders inspire and motivate you with their words and actions.

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When was the last time you evaluated the performance of your current contact center and the software you are using? The results may be frightening! If it’s been awhile since you invested in contact center software, there is a good chance that your needs have changed or that there are better options available now. Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to determine if you need an upgrade or not. more

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The wrong phone system could be haunting your business – and we’re talking about problems more serious than ghosts and ghouls. From increased costs to issues with scaling, we’ve identified seven important ways that a less than ideal phone system could be holding you back. You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference this can make to your bottom line too. more

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An in-house fax server gives an IT department centralized management and monitoring over the entire enterprise’s faxing. This can help your company track usage and better maintain records for auditing and record keeping. However, there are serious drawbacks that come with utilizing an in-house fax server solution and these range from security to cost-prohibitive pricing. more

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As an IT manager, maintaining physical fax servers and infrastructure is not a high priority. However, fax capability remains a business need simply because chances are your industry is dependent on its security. What if there was a way to reduce the amount of time spent handling fax complaints and maintaining physical servers? And this way took into account security, cost savings, and freed up your IT resources. Would you be interested? more

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Adopting a CRM platform early offers many advantages, including the fact that it increases the odds of long-term success. While the cost of CRM software used to be prohibitive for most small businesses, this is no longer true. Cloud-based solutions have made the pricing much more competitive, and as many as 87% of companies now rely on them for their CRM software. more

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Top 10 undergrad business programs in the U, top business schools.#Top #business

Top 10 undergrad business programs in the U.S.

(Poets Quants) What’s the best undergraduate business program in the U.S.?

If you believe U.S. News World Report‘s annual ranking, it’s Wharton, hands down. If you think Bloomberg BusinessWeek would have a better clue about what makes a great business program, you would probably be surprised that Wharton doesn’t even make its top five. BusinessWeek prefers Notre Dame University’s Mendoza College of Business.

We’ve come up with a new way to look at the best programs, combining the results of the two most closely watched rankings of the undergraduate experience with a new and important wrinkle in the analysis: a university’s overall national rank in the annual U.S. News list. After all, a student who majors in business at any of these schools will be taking far more courses outside the business school during the four years he or she is enrolled in an undergraduate program. So the school’s overall reputation should be as important as the quality of the business program.

Using this composite methodology, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School comes out on top, with a significant lead over the two schools that have tied for second place: Cornell University’s Dyson School and Notre Dame. The University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Business comes in fourth, while Washington University’s Olin School rounds out the top five. Many of the first-tier programs are well known. The business schools at UC-Berkeley, the University of Michigan, Emory University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Carnegie Mellon University complete the top 10.

Four of the top 10 undergraduate programs in business are at public universities. That’s largely because many of the best-known private schools that grant MBA degrees, such as Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Harvard Business School, Columbia University, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and Dartmouth Tuck to name a few, do not have undergraduate business programs.

Wharton’s clear win is not surprising. The school boasts one of the most respected, and selective, undergraduate business programs in the country. The University of Pennsylvania has a 12% acceptance rate, and it doesn’t break its statistics down by school—though the rumors are that Wharton is harder to get into than Penn. A veritable Who’s Who of America’s Corporate Elite have waved hefty job offers at the roughly 650 students in the class of 2014, making freshly minted Whartonites among the most richly paid business undergraduates in the world.

With more applicants seeking a place in business programs throughout the U.S., it s also getting significantly tougher to get into a top undergraduate program. Average SAT scores at many of the highly ranked schools have risen steadily in recent years. At the Wharton School, average SATs are up 22 points to 1466 in the past three years alone (we’re using the older scoring method in which a 1600 is a perfect score, not the current 2400). That’s considerably higher than the overall average of 1050 for SAT test takers.

Demand is really growing at a higher rate at this point, says Lori Rosenkopf, vice dean and director of Wharton s undergraduate business program. Certainly, if we look at our own trends in terms of just pure applications over the last decade, we’ve seen an almost continuous rise, with the exception of the economic crisis of 2008. For the current application cycle right now, we’ve had a 13% increase in applications. I think it represents this understanding more generally that business translates through many spheres.

The Poets Quants system tends to diminish anomalies in any one ranking, a common problem with statistical analysis. Those odd effects lead to some fairly divergent results between the U.S. News and Bloomberg BusinessWeek rankings. While Wake Forest University’s business school is ranked No. 11 by BusinessWeek, for example, U.S. News puts it at No. 34. And while U.S. News gives UC-Berkeley’s business school a highly impressive No. 2 ranking, BusinessWeek ranks the same school at No. 15.

There are even more dramatic differences among other schools. Consider Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business. U.S. News has it at No. 72; BusinessWeek gave it 19th place. That’s a difference of 53 places. Then, there is MIT’s prestigious Sloan School of Management. U.S. News has it in a three-way tie for second place, behind only Wharton. Shockingly, however, the school failed to make this year’s BusinessWeek ranking at all. The year before, MIT fell out of the top 10 to 19th place largely because Sloan has fewer than 125 undergraduate business majors, about 2% of its undergraduate student body. Other schools have thousands of students studying business. “For a potential employer looking specifically to hire a large number of business majors, this isn’t enough students to make a campus visit worthwhile,” explained the publication.

Why are such dramatic differences so common among the two ranking systems? The inconsistencies can be chalked up to significantly different ranking methodologies. U.S. News’ results are entirely based on the magazine’s survey of business school deans and senior faculty, many of whom vote on the basis of a program’s reputation, not its true quality. They are asked to rate the quality of all programs they were familiar with on a scale from 1 (marginal) to 5 (distinguished).

The BusinessWeek methodology is much more complicated and inclusive. It is based on surveys of students, employers, and schools. The student portion of the survey alone includes 44 questions about teaching quality, access to faculty, school facilities, career services, and more. The corporate recruiter survey was completed by 301 of the 922 surveyed employers, a response rate of 32.6%. An attempt to size up a school’s academic quality, using such factors as average SAT scores for the latest entering class and the ratio of faculty to students, is also used based on both school- and student-provided data.





Entrepreneurs Resources and Advice, top entrepreneurs.#Top #entrepreneurs

The Beginner’s Guide to Entrepreneurship

Getting started with entrepreneurship can be a bumpy ride, especially if you re striking out on your own for the first time.

From determining whether or not entrepreneurship is really right for you, to uncovering your strongest passions, finding the right type of business for your skill sets and learning how to help solve meaningful problems for your audience, there s a lot to learn.

However, at the end of the day, there s no better way to learn than to just get started.

Entrepreneurship: How to Determine Whether or Not It s for You

To start determining whether or not entrepreneurship is right for you, ask yourself these questions:

  • What s your tolerance for risk?
  • Do you prefer a steady paycheck or potentially unlimited earnings in exchange for risk?
  • Are you ok with taking on a multitude of different responsibilities each day?
  • If you have a business idea already, are you truly passionate about it?
  • Do you have the support of other stakeholders in your life?
  • Are you a good decision-maker?

If you feel confident in taking on the risks, rewards, and responsibilities that come along with starting your own business, let s keep going. If you re having second thoughts, that s ok—talk it over with friends and family, gather their feedback and consider pausing on your business ambitions if it s not the right time.

How to Discover Your Passions and Turn Them Into Profits

If you hope to stand any chance of success in the world of entrepreneurship, your reasons for going into business need to be pure.

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Sure, turning a profit and eventually earning more income than your day job affords you is a great reason to start your own business, but simply exploiting a market opportunity you ve identified won t last for very long.

When you pursue a business opportunity that you re not genuinely passionate about, the temptation to give up in the face of your first (inevitable) failures will become an increasingly appealing option. By solving a problem you care deeply about, you re aligning your goals with the success of the people your business will be helping—which makes you much more likely to push past any obstacles that come your way.

More importantly, you ll be setting yourself up for long-term success in entrepreneurship.

Here s How to Discover Your Passions

If like most people, you re not exactly sure what your strongest passions are, or which ones have the most potential to create a lasting business, start by asking yourself these questions:

  • What are your favorite hobbies?
  • What s the best part of your day?
  • What do you love doing?
  • Which topics could you enjoy writing an article about?
  • What do you like talking about with friends and family?
  • What are your strongest skills?
  • Are there any topics you re an expert on?

By carefully examining how you choose to spend your free time outside of your 9-5, you ll get a glimpse into the different topic areas that you have a genuine interest in. We tend to fall in love with doing the things we re good at—so do a personal SWOT analysis to determine your greatest strengths and strongest skills as an entrepreneur.

Next, you ll need to think critically about whether there s overlap between any of your interest areas and your current strengths.

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Therein will lie the best path for starting to turn your passions into profits.

For example, if you love running either competitively or for exercise, and your friends often come to you with questions about what type of running shoes they should buy, where they can find the best running trails in your city, or which upcoming races they should sign up for, that s evidence that your community already views you as an authority on running.

The next step on the path of entrepreneurship is to formalize a business model—and specific problem you want to solve within your strongest interest area.

Deciding Which Type of Business Idea Is Best for You

If you re not sure which type of business will suit you best, start by reading through this diverse list of small business ideas that spans across dozens of industries and see if anything gives you inspiration.

Once you have the general topic area you want to build a business around while keeping your day job, evaluate which of these types of popular businesses will be best for your existing skills, strengths and lifestyle goals.

1. Services

If you have a set of skills that are in high demand, such as web development, graphic design, writing, content marketing, or otherwise, choosing to go out on your own as a freelancer, consultant or building an agency are all great ways to build a service-based business around your interests. Leverage your existing professional network to land your first paying clients by tapping old co-workers, catching up with acquaintances, reconnecting with former classmates and ask if they know of anyone who could use your services. Nail your first projects, create a portfolio to highlight your best work and grow through referrals for as long as you can before turning to cold outreach.

2. Physical Products

If you ve got an idea for a physical product you want to bring to life, whether it s writing a book, manufacturing the next great iPhone accessory or something else entirely, at the end of the day physical products need to be shipped from door-to-door. After building your product, having an eCommerce website will be a must, so that you can market your products to an online audience.

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Partner with other companies that reach the audience you want to sell to by forging joint promotions, distribution agreements and marketing partnerships to keep growing from there.

3. Digital Products

From writing and selling eBooks to teaching online courses, making graphic design templates, running an online magazine, producing online workshops, training seminars and more, a digital product-based business can be attractive for many reasons. Once you create your product, it can live out in the marketplace for years—accruing more sales and boosting your bottom line without the need for major updates if you find the right niche and figure out the best marketing strategies for reaching your audience.

4. Blogging

Choosing to start a blog and build your authority within your interest area can easily be one of the best investments in your future as an entrepreneur, even if it s not your primary business model right away. Begin by writing about topics you have a passion for, start sharing with others in your community that have the same interests and spread out from there. Decide how you re going to monetize the traffic coming to your blog, dial in your promotion tactics and you ll be on the fast track to increasing your income with each visitor to your site—especially if you begin offering digital products to your new audience.

5. Podcasting

Podcasting can be a great way to make money once you build your listenership into the thousands per episode. Get started by recording a few episodes talking about different issues and challenges you ve found within your interest area, capture some interviews with other experts in your field and begin promoting the first few episodes to other people you know that share your interest. Then you ll be ready to approach sponsors and start selling advertising space on your podcast.

What Comes Next?

Diving into the world of entrepreneurship requires taking a lot of action every single day. Get out there and start connecting with people who share your interests and challenges.

Then, learn how to solve their problems, determine how to best reach a wider audience with the same struggles and start spreading out to help more and more people as you grow.





Top 10 Business Schools for Undergraduates, top business schools.#Top #business #schools

Top Business Schools for Undergraduates

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If you re interested in studying business, check out these top business schools first. Each has impressive facilities, professors, and name recognition. I ve listed the schools alphabetically to avoid the arbitrary distinctions often used to decide who should be number 7 or 8 in a top ten list. That said, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania consistently claims the top spot in national rankings.

Even if you re not 100% sure that business is right for you, realize that all of these programs are at large universities where you can change majors fairly easily. In fact, some of these schools require students to take a year of liberal arts and sciences courses before admission to the business program.

If you re thinking of going on for an MBA, also know that an undergraduate business degree is by no means a prerequisite. The critical thinking, writing and math skills at the heart of a liberal arts education can serve you just as well, if not better, than a more narrow pre-professional degree.

Cornell University

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Located in Ithaca, New York, Cornell University has several excellent options for undergraduates interested in business and management, and the university frequently places high on rankings of undergraduate business programs. Students can choose from the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, the School of Hotel Management, and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. The Dyson School is housed within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Both Dyson and ILR are part of Cornell s state-funded unit, so tuition will be lower than it is for the School of Hotel Management. Prospective students need to designate which school they are applying to on their applications. Hotel Management is generally thought to be the best program of its type in the country. Cornell is part of the Ivy League, and it frequently ranks among the top universities in the country.

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Emory University – Goizueta School of Business

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The Goizueta School of Business gets its name from Roberto Goizueta, former president of the Coca-Cola Company. The school is on Emory s main campus in the metropolitan Atlanta area. This highly-ranked school offers its students exchange opportunities with the Cass School of Business in London. The Goizueta curriculum builds upon a two-year liberal arts and sciences foundation. Students, both transfers and from within Emory, can apply only when they have attained junior standing. A minimum of a B average in pre-business courses is required for admission.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Sloan School of Management

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The Sloan School of Management, located on the Charles River in Cambridge, frequently finds itself on top-ten lists of undergraduate business schools. The Sloan School offers bachelor s, master s and doctoral degrees, and undergraduates can often take classes with graduate students. There is no separate admissions process for the Sloan School—students who have been accepted to MIT simply declare Management Science as their major at the end of freshman year. In 2008, MIT launched a new minor in Management Science. The mathematically-challenged should think twice before considering Sloan—the school has an unusually strong emphasis on quantitative analysis.

New York University – Stern School of Business

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Located in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, New York University s Leonard N. Stern School of Business is a great choice for the ambitious student who wants a top program in a bustling urban environment. The Stern School of Business is highly competitive with a significantly lower rate of acceptance than NYU as a whole. Unlike some other undergraduate business programs, the Stern School is a four-year curriculum — students must indicate their interest in business on their initial application to NYU.





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The New York Times

At Google X, a Top-Secret Lab Dreaming Up the Future

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — In a top-secret lab in an undisclosed Bay Area location where robots run free, the future is being imagined.

It’s a place where your refrigerator could be connected to the Internet, so it could order groceries when they ran low. Your dinner plate could post to a social network what you’re eating. Your robot could go to the office while you stay home in your pajamas. And you could, perhaps, take an elevator to outer space.

These are just a few of the dreams being chased at Google X, the clandestine lab where Google is tackling a list of 100 shoot-for-the-stars ideas. In interviews, a dozen people discussed the list; some work at the lab or elsewhere at Google, and some have been briefed on the project. But none would speak for attribution because Google is so secretive about the effort that many employees do not even know the lab exists.

Although most of the ideas on the list are in the conceptual stage, nowhere near reality, two people briefed on the project said one product would be released by the end of the year, although they would not say what it was.

“They’re pretty far out in front right now,” said Rodney Brooks, a professor emeritus at M.I.T.’s computer science and artificial intelligence lab and founder of Heartland Robotics. “But Google’s not an ordinary company, so almost nothing applies.”

At most Silicon Valley companies, innovation means developing online apps or ads, but Google sees itself as different. Even as Google has grown into a major corporation and tech start-ups are biting at its heels, the lab reflects its ambition to be a place where ground-breaking research and development are happening, in the tradition of Xerox PARC, which developed the modern personal computer in the 1970s.

A Google spokeswoman, Jill Hazelbaker, declined to comment on the lab, but said that investing in speculative projects was an important part of Google’s DNA. “While the possibilities are incredibly exciting, please do keep in mind that the sums involved are very small by comparison to the investments we make in our core businesses,” she said.

At Google, which uses artificial intelligence techniques and machine learning in its search algorithm, some of the outlandish projects may not be as much of a stretch as they first appear, even though they defy the bounds of the company’s main Web search business.

For example, space elevators, a longtime fantasy of Google’s founders and other Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, could collect information or haul things into space. (In theory, they involve rocketless space travel along a cable anchored to Earth.) “Google is collecting the world’s data, so now it could be collecting the solar system’s data,” Mr. Brooks said.

Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder, is deeply involved in the lab, said several people with knowledge of it, and came up with the list of ideas along with Larry Page, Google’s other founder, who worked on Google X before becoming chief executive in April; Eric E. Schmidt, its chairman; and other top executives. “Where I spend my time is farther afield projects, which we hope will graduate to important key businesses in the future,” Mr. Brin said recently, though he did not mention Google X.

Google may turn one of the ideas — the driverless cars that it unleashed on California’s roads last year — into a new business. Unimpressed by the innovative spirit of Detroit automakers, Google now is considering manufacturing them in the United States, said a person briefed on the effort.

Google could sell navigation or information technology for the cars, and theoretically could show location-based ads to passengers as they zoom by local businesses while playing Angry Birds in the driver’s seat.

Robots figure prominently in many of the ideas. They have long captured the imagination of Google engineers, including Mr. Brin, who has already attended a conference through robot instead of in the flesh.

Fleets of robots could assist Google with collecting information, replacing the humans that photograph streets for Google Maps, say people with knowledge of Google X. Robots born in the lab could be destined for homes and offices, where they could assist with mundane tasks or allow people to work remotely, they say.

Other ideas involve what Google referred to as the “Web of things” at its software developers conference in May — a way of connecting objects to the Internet. Every time anyone uses the Web, it benefits Google, the company argued, so it could be good for Google if home accessories and wearable objects, not just computers, were connected.

Among the items that could be connected: a garden planter (so it could be watered from afar); a coffee pot (so it could be set to brew remotely); or a light bulb (so it could be turned off remotely). Google said in May that by the end of this year another team planned to introduce a Web-connected light bulb that could communicate wirelessly with Android devices.

One Google engineer familiar with Google X said it was run as mysteriously as the C.I.A. — with two offices, a nondescript one for logistics, on the company’s Mountain View campus, and one for robots, in a secret location.

While software engineers toil away elsewhere at Google, the lab is filled with roboticists and electrical engineers. They have been hired from Microsoft, Nokia Labs, Stanford, M.I.T., Carnegie Mellon and New York University.

A leader at Google X is Sebastian Thrun, one of the world’s top robotics and artificial intelligence experts, who teaches computer science at Stanford and has developed a driverless car. Also at the lab is Andrew Ng, another Stanford professor, who specializes in applying neuroscience to artificial intelligence to teach robots and machines to operate like people.

Johnny Chung Lee, a specialist in human-computer interaction, came to Google X from Microsoft this year after helping develop Microsoft’s Kinect, the video game player that responds to human movement and voice. At Google X, where he is working on the Web of things, according to people familiar with his role, he has the mysterious title of rapid evaluator.

Because Google X is a breeding ground for big bets that could turn into colossal failures or Google’s next big business — and it could take years to figure out which — just the idea of these experiments terrifies some shareholders and analysts.

“These moon-shot projects are a very Google-y thing for them to do,” said Colin W. Gillis, an analyst at BGC Partners. “People don’t love it but they tolerate it because their core search business is firing away.”

Mr. Page has tried to appease analysts by saying that crazy projects are a tiny proportion of Google’s work.

“There are a few small, speculative projects happening at any one time, but we are very careful stewards of shareholders’ money,” he told analysts in July. “We are not betting the farm on these.”

An article on Monday about Google s secret engineering lab erroneously attributed a distinction to Sebastian Thrun, a leader at the lab. Though Mr. Thrun developed a driverless car, he was not the first to do so. Others, including the German engineer Ernst Dickmanns, have done pioneering work in developing the robotic automobile.





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The Top 3 best tips, tricks, and tactics from today’s most successful entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs like John Lee Dumas, Amanda Steinberg and Pat Flynn discuss the Top 3 things they think you should know.

Stephanie is incredible!

So excited for The Top 3. Stephanie is such a loving, down to earth, intelligent business woman. I admire her drive, passion and commitment to be an empowering leader.

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Whenever I think of female entrepreneurs”, I always know Chic CEO and Stephanie Burns will have the answers my Geek Girl audience and I need on these podcasts. Stephanie is a professional that cuts through the bull – and gives you the resources and tools to succeed with “The Top 3 . Make the time now to listen and succeed faster – or don’t listen and make the mistakes your business cannot afford right now.

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If Britain is to continue to prosper amid the spreading shockwaves of the great China economic slowdown, it’s going to need all the help it can get from its energetic army of entrepreneurs. Happily our 10th MT survey of Britain’s Top 100 Entrepreneurs and family businesses shows that in the last five years, from the depth of the downturn until last year, the nation’s self-made businessmen and women have been performing heroically, growing their operations, taking on staff and generating much-needed cash for both their local economies and the country.

So our Top 100 have seen staff numbers shoot up by nearly 85,000 in the last five years to over 164,000. This near-107% rise is much sharper than in previous years, justifying the view that our best entrepreneurs are the economy’s real job creators. And job creation is one of the crucial measures we use in ranking our Top 100.

The other of course is turnover growth, reflecting the economic activity they generate. This year our 100 entrepreneurs had a total turnover of 26.35bn, up from 12.898bn five years ago.

This represents a 104.3% increase – great news for UK plc, but perhaps a note of caution should come here. This is the first time since we started doing the Top 100 that the overall growth in employment has been greater than the comparable growth figure for turnover. It may help explain why the British productivity record has been so lamentable in recent years, with an 18% lag behind our competitors. Quite simply the entrepreneurs collectively are not getting as much out of each staff member in output terms.

But behind the macroeconomic numbers are some pretty impressive individual performances, none more so than this year’s number one – the Arora brothers (pictured) of discount homewares chain B M. Simon, the Cambridge-educated ex-McKinsey man, and his younger brother Bobby, who has a market trader’s nose for a bargain and pricing, have in the last decade built up a group that is now the envy of the discount retail world, valued by the stock market at around 3.2bn. More importantly for UK plc, in the last five years, B M’s remorseless expansion has seen its staff numbers jump by over 200% to 19,462. That must be a welcome boost in its Merseyside heartland where it has its headquarters.

This is matched by their track record in growing sales, up by 206% in the same period. But they are not alone in this respect. Our joint second place entries, 32-year-old Nitin Passi of the Missguided online fashion group and the Coates siblings – Denise and John – through their Bet365 online gaming operation, are just as effective when it comes to expansion. Passi has invested in a new headquarters in Manchester which, with all the trappings of an internet operation, is regarded as the coolest in the city. He reckons it will motivate his growing staff to make Missguided a 1bn business in five years. Few would bet against him, or the nine others from Britain’s thriving Asian business community who make our list.

Excellent progress this may be, but sadly we can’t say the same about the number of female entrepreneurs in the Top 100. There are 17 women listed, but only two, including Denise Coates of course, make the top 20. Last year’s celebrity winner, fashion entrepreneur Victoria Beckham , has not produced any new accounts and so cannot be considered this time around.

There are of course some fabulous women entrepreneurs who have developed businesses of the scale to make it into the Top 100, including Chrissie Rucker of the White Company, Margaret Barbour and Vivienne Westwood . But despite having trawled Companies House for the accounts that provide the underpinning of our research, there are just not enough. Perhaps this is a deficiency which the current crop of twentysomething female entrepreneurs like Kathryn Parsons of Decoded and Smruti Sriram of Supreme Creations will address in future lists – after all, the wealth which is one of our core criteria typically takes many years to accrue.

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In the meantime, the aforementioned Bet365 founder and co-CEO Denise Coates is our highest placed woman and flies the flag ably for women in business. A bookie’s daughter, she certainly knows a good bet when she sees one. Coates has masterminded a near doubling of profits to over 400m in the Stoke-based firm’s latest accounts. And her business acumen extends to looking after her employees, too – she plans to turn what’s left of Josiah Wedgwood’s famous Etruria Works into a children’s day nursery, a facility bound to be welcomed by the firm’s working parents.

The north-south divide may be ever-present, but encouragingly there are a fair crop of regional entrepreneurs working to close it. The South West has 14, the North West 13 and Yorkshire 12.

But the South East still remains top, with 33 names. Encouragingly for the government’s efforts to re-balance British business towards manufacturing, the march of the Top 100 makers is going at full tilt. Thirteen of the Top 100 are industrialists of one sort or another, with another 21 in high-tech sectors like the internet, software, telecoms and computing. They include Sir James Dyson of the ubiquitous bagless vacuum, whose firm is rapidly moving into new markets. Smaller but growing steadily are the likes of Melett, built up by Ian and Nicola Warhurst, which makes turbocharger repair kits for cars, and exports 90% of its output, with a growing market in China.

One of our measures of how well our entrepreneurs are doing comes from a valuation of their stake in the business and other assets, based on the stock market values if quoted or in line with those values for those who run a private company. Such valuations, of course, come with many caveats but serve as a rough and ready guide. Collectively the Top 100 are, by our reckoning, worth 24.5bn, a whisker below last year’s 25bn total.

This may reflect the general fragility of markets worldwide at present. But the one fact that unites all our 100 is their demonstrable record of success. They are the best hope for Britain to enjoy a sustained recovery with more jobs – and more prosperity – to come.





Best Business School Programs (MBA) – Compare Rankings, top business schools.#Top #business

Best Graduate Business Schools (MBA)

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Choosing the right MBA program is a complicated decision that will continue to affect your career long after graduation. Our list includes only AACSB accredited schools as this is the most respected accreditation agency when it comes to business schools.

While it is critical to select a program that specializes in the area of business you want to study, be sure to consider the reputation of the school as well as the network of contacts you will build while you are there. For example, if you are interested in quantitative investing, then you might want to look into the MBA program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. If entrepreneurship or venture capital is your passion, then you may want to apply to the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Both of these schools have stellar reputations for their programs in those specific concentrations, and their respective networks of contacts will continue to aid in the development of your career for years to come. It is also important to pay close attention to the Smart Rank, which weighs important factors for the institution. Additionally, it is beneficial to consider the average salary for graduates. While this should not be the single determining factor, it can help you make a decision once you have narrowed down your choices.

Read the following sections for more information on the various factors to consider when choosing a business school. Once you are ready to start researching, head back to the search results page and use the different filters to find the best business school for you.

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Our Smart Rankings are based on the most important factors in the quality of a business school institution and are determined by rating each school on these factors.

GMAT and GPA of incoming students indicate the quality of the student body, which generally translates to the quality of the business school. We also include the average amount of previous work experience the entering class has and the acceptance rate (lower generally indicates higher quality).

It’s important to know that when you finish your MBA, you’ll be able to land a job with a decent salary, so post-graduation salary is taken into account when determining rankings.





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Read about good schools that offer online business degree programs. See school, program, and ranking information for the top places to study business online.

These top-rated schools offer online business programs. Programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels.

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
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  • Business Finance
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  • Business Marketing
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  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development
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  • Information System Management
  • International Business
  • Sales and Merchandising
  • Specialized Sales

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Online business programs usually include some on-campus requirements. Many programs are geared toward professionals who have previous business training or work experience and are looking to continue their employment while earning an advanced degree. Indiana University – Bloomington, Boston University and Arizona State University (ASU) have earned accolades from publications such as U.S. News World Report for their business schools. Each university offers online master’s degree programs in business. Online dual degree options are also available.

Indiana University – Bloomington, IN

Indiana University is a public research institution. The university’s Kelley School of Business tied at 22nd among the best national graduate business schools as ranked by U.S. News World Report in 2017. In the same year, the magazine also ranked the university itself tied at 86th among the best national universities.

The Kelley School of Business offers various graduate-level distance-learning programs, including several Master of Science (MS) programs in areas such as finance and strategic management as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA). The MBA program can be completed in as little as two years, and the MS programs can be completed in just over one year. Students take online courses and participate in one or two 1-week, in-residence sessions in Bloomington.

Arizona State University – Phoenix, AZ

In 2017, U.S. News World Report ranked ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business tied at 35th among the best graduate business schools in the nation. Among the business school’s offerings is an online MBA program. Students may choose an emphasis in marketing, finance, supply chain management or international business. Dual degree programs allow for completion of an MBA as well electrical engineering, industrial engineering and legal studies degrees through distance learning. MBA programs require an on-campus orientation session to meet students, faculty and staff.

Boston University – Boston, MA

Boston University’s Questrom School of Business was tied at 41st among the best business schools in the country, according to U.S. News World Report. The school was also tied at 39th in national universities. Online courses are taught by the same faculty who teach on campus.

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Other schools that offer online degrees in business include:

  • Located in New York, NY, CUNY Graduate School and University Center has a Bachelor of Science (BS) program in business and an MS program in business management and leadership available online.
  • Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL has online graduate study in business available through a general MBA, real estate MBA, hospitality and tourism management MBA and MS program in management information systems or risk management and insurance.
  • Northeastern University in Boston, MA has more than a dozen online programs related to business offered, including bachelor’s and master’s degrees and undergraduate and graduate certificates.
  • Southern New Hampshire University in Hooksett, NH has a wide variety of business-related associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs offered online; online graduate offerings include MBA and international MBA programs with several possible specializations.
  • University of Baltimore in Baltimore, MD has a BS in Business Administration degree completion program and an MBA program available online.
  • University of Florida in Gainesville, FL offers an online BS program in business administration that focuses on general business fundamentals.
  • University of Maryland – University College in Adelphi, MD has 44 online business programs available, including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, business minors and undergraduate or graduate certificates.

These schools offer many different options for business programs for students to consider when choosing a program. These include specializations and degree levels.





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One variable to consider is whether you should opt for an online program. College Choice’s ranking of the top online business degrees can help you decide for yourself.

College Choice’s easy-to-digest rankings pages helps you make informed comparisons between a range of schools. Gaining the knowledge and expertise necessary to thrive is easier than ever using this handy list. We’re here to help you find, get into, pay for, and excel in your studies. The power is in your hands to meet the ever-evolving challenges of the business world.

Should I Get a Business Degree?

A business degree is a valuable commodity these days. According to Census Bureau data in 2011, 59 million people hold a bachelor’s degree. Twelve million of these graduates majored in business-related fields and were most likely to find full-time and year-round jobs. Without a doubt, this is a strong option for those wanting to work for a corporation or start a new business.

The top undergraduate business schools are always looking to keep up with the markets. There is a direct correlation between training before entering the workforce and success in a business field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012, 69% of employers with more than 100 workers offered full-time jobs to interns!

What Kind of Business Degree Should I Get?

An undergraduate degree in business will provide you with a generalized knowledge of the business world. From there, you can specialize in areas such as accounting, human resources, and management. A few emerging trends outside of the traditional business fields may also be a good fit for your interests and career desires. A bachelor’s degree in Business could lead to further education opportunities such as a master’s in management or an MBA.

How can I Earn a Business School Degree?

Top traditional schools and online colleges are paying close attention to the needs of students. Flexible schedules and adaptable coursework create learning environments for people around the world . Seventy-seven percent of academic leaders believe that learning outcomes in online courses are the same or superior to a face-to-face education.

Perhaps you’d like to get a business degree but are already working and have commitments to family. Don’t rule out the digital degree programs offered by the best business schools. A growing number of accredited institutions offer digital degrees alongside traditional programs. Students of all stripes now manage work and school while new career opportunities blossom.

What Can I Do with a Business School Degree?

Job growth rates in business-related fields are ticking upward every year. By 2020, The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job growth rates for the following for fields look promising: Financial Analyst positions (23%), Medical and Health Services managers (22%), Human Resource specialists (21%), and Accountants and Auditors (16%).

What are the Best Business Schools?

Accreditation, student feedback, and return on investment are critical factors when considering a business school. Accreditation depends on a school’s student/faculty ratio, graduation rate, entrance exam scores, reputation, and endowment. Student feedback range in nature and come from a variety of online sources.





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778 Frenchtown Rd., Milford, NJ 08848

Delaware River Tubing has been providing family fun to New Jersey residents and beyond since 1987 and they’re not stopping anytime soon! Delaware River Tubing is the perfect place to take the entire family for a day on the Delaware River. There is an activity for everyone in the family! Whether you want to relax on a tube all day, Kayak down the Delaware or try Canoeing it’s all available! Perfect day trip in New Jersey for everyone in your family and all of your friends! Don’t forget to visit the famous hot dog man!

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1 Jeremiah Lane, Pittstown, NJ 08867

Nestled in the hills of beautiful Hunterdon County, Beneduce Vineyards offers a Winemaking Club (make your own barrel at a real winery and vineyard!), Wine Tastings and Sales, and Vineyard Tours. You can also join them every week for their “Group Therapy” Happy hour with live music on their beautiful stone patio or inside their Tropical Oasis- a converted greenhouse with indoor stone patio and fruit trees during colder months! Please contact Justen Beneduce at (908) 251-2526 or [email protected] to learn more about their Winery, Winemaking Club, or Private Events.

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222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07305

What s new at Liberty Science Center? Amazing experiences! Try the Infinity Climber hanging gym where you can climb up to 35 feet high on 64 small platforms if you dare! Challenge your navigational skills in the pitch-black Touch Tunnel maze, and then walk across a steel beam 18 feet above the floor in the Skyscraper exhibit. Check LSC.org for show times to catch the stunning two-million-volt Nikola Tesla Lightning Show. The traveling exhibits change several times a year and include options for scientists ages 2-8 to adults. Isolate plant DNA; enjoy mini experiments with roaming science presenters; see live action science shows; and in the summer months, go wild on the outdoor Wildlife Challenge obstacle course. Children ages 2-5 will love I Explore, the gallery just for them no big kids allowed! And LSC has the nation s largest IMAX Dome Theater with constantly changing family-friendly films. See LSC.org or Facebook.

110 Schanck Road, Freehold, NJ 07728

The City of iPlay America is New Jersey s best place to GET INSIDE THE FUN! Come in and enjoy the spectacular array of more than 250 exciting video and skills games in the massive arcade. Check out thrilling attractions like Cosmic Battle 2-Level Laser Tag, 4D Theater, indoor Go Karts on the Pine Belt Speedway, Bumper Cars, Skyscraper, Boardwalk, Mini Bowling, the Freedom Rider spinning coaster and the largest indoor high-ropes course in New Jersey! Plus, there s a variety of additional rides and attractions just for younger children like Jump Around, Dizzy Dragons spinning ride and the thrilling Happy Swing! iPlay America also has terrific concerts for all ages, celebrity Meet Greets and amazing events. And best of all, it’s ALWAYS FREE to enter! It s YOUR Ultimate Everyday Getaway!

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk Top new business ideas

300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Located in beautiful Point Pleasant Beach New Jersey, Jenkinson s Boardwalk has attractions for people of all ages. It features white sandy beaches, fun games, mini golf courses, aquarium, arcades, thrilling rides and exciting attractions. From cotton candy and ice cream to pizza and healthier options, you can find exactly what you are craving along the boards! The Aquarium is home to a wide range of amazing animals from sharks and penguins to parrots and monkeys and many more interesting creatures that will make for a fun and exciting marine life experience.

Jenkinson’s Aquarium Top new business ideas

300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Jenkinson’s Aquarium is located on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. The whole family will love the exotic exhibits such as Atlantic Pacific sharks, Parrots, Penguins, Monkeys more! Explore the world of penguins up-close and watch the animal feeding times throughout the day. The kids will love the touch tank for a hands-on experience with live animals ranging from a sea star to a sting ray. The aquarium is open all year for your convenience, closing only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year s Day. If you would like information on the aquarium, educational workshops, Outreach Program, birthday parties or rentals, please call 732-899-1212.

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800 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751

Seaside Heights, NJ is waiting for you this summer! Don t miss a visit to Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach Waterpark in the heart of the Jersey Shore. It s two great parks in one convenient location in the center of town. Casino Pier offers some of the best attractions at the Jersey Shore, including the brand new Hydrus Roller Coaster and Ferris Wheel. Test your putting skills on the 36-hole multi-level Smuggler’s Quay Adventure Golf Course. Want a thrilling experience? Try the SkyCoaster, Super Storm or Shore Shot! The Wacky Roof-Top Mini Golf, the Classic Arcade, the Sky Ride, Games of Skill and Chance and more will entertain your family all summer! Be sure to try the numerous mouthwatering delights from the Pier Grill and Food Stands. Just across the street, is Breakwater Beach Waterpark. Let the little ones splash away in the safe, soft clean toddler area while the bigger kids take on the thrill slides. Test your senses with the ALL NEW Aqua drop free fall! A 50 foot speed slide where the floor drops out from under you at the starting platform. Or take the twists and turns of a serpentine body slide as you wind your way above the lazy river! Tired of slides? check out the Wave Pool where you can experience the Jersey Shore without the sand! A day of fun in one place!





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If Britain is to continue to prosper amid the spreading shockwaves of the great China economic slowdown, it’s going to need all the help it can get from its energetic army of entrepreneurs. Happily our 10th MT survey of Britain’s Top 100 Entrepreneurs and family businesses shows that in the last five years, from the depth of the downturn until last year, the nation’s self-made businessmen and women have been performing heroically, growing their operations, taking on staff and generating much-needed cash for both their local economies and the country.

So our Top 100 have seen staff numbers shoot up by nearly 85,000 in the last five years to over 164,000. This near-107% rise is much sharper than in previous years, justifying the view that our best entrepreneurs are the economy’s real job creators. And job creation is one of the crucial measures we use in ranking our Top 100.

The other of course is turnover growth, reflecting the economic activity they generate. This year our 100 entrepreneurs had a total turnover of 26.35bn, up from 12.898bn five years ago.

This represents a 104.3% increase – great news for UK plc, but perhaps a note of caution should come here. This is the first time since we started doing the Top 100 that the overall growth in employment has been greater than the comparable growth figure for turnover. It may help explain why the British productivity record has been so lamentable in recent years, with an 18% lag behind our competitors. Quite simply the entrepreneurs collectively are not getting as much out of each staff member in output terms.

But behind the macroeconomic numbers are some pretty impressive individual performances, none more so than this year’s number one – the Arora brothers (pictured) of discount homewares chain B M. Simon, the Cambridge-educated ex-McKinsey man, and his younger brother Bobby, who has a market trader’s nose for a bargain and pricing, have in the last decade built up a group that is now the envy of the discount retail world, valued by the stock market at around 3.2bn. More importantly for UK plc, in the last five years, B M’s remorseless expansion has seen its staff numbers jump by over 200% to 19,462. That must be a welcome boost in its Merseyside heartland where it has its headquarters.

This is matched by their track record in growing sales, up by 206% in the same period. But they are not alone in this respect. Our joint second place entries, 32-year-old Nitin Passi of the Missguided online fashion group and the Coates siblings – Denise and John – through their Bet365 online gaming operation, are just as effective when it comes to expansion. Passi has invested in a new headquarters in Manchester which, with all the trappings of an internet operation, is regarded as the coolest in the city. He reckons it will motivate his growing staff to make Missguided a 1bn business in five years. Few would bet against him, or the nine others from Britain’s thriving Asian business community who make our list.

Excellent progress this may be, but sadly we can’t say the same about the number of female entrepreneurs in the Top 100. There are 17 women listed, but only two, including Denise Coates of course, make the top 20. Last year’s celebrity winner, fashion entrepreneur Victoria Beckham , has not produced any new accounts and so cannot be considered this time around.

There are of course some fabulous women entrepreneurs who have developed businesses of the scale to make it into the Top 100, including Chrissie Rucker of the White Company, Margaret Barbour and Vivienne Westwood . But despite having trawled Companies House for the accounts that provide the underpinning of our research, there are just not enough. Perhaps this is a deficiency which the current crop of twentysomething female entrepreneurs like Kathryn Parsons of Decoded and Smruti Sriram of Supreme Creations will address in future lists – after all, the wealth which is one of our core criteria typically takes many years to accrue.

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In the meantime, the aforementioned Bet365 founder and co-CEO Denise Coates is our highest placed woman and flies the flag ably for women in business. A bookie’s daughter, she certainly knows a good bet when she sees one. Coates has masterminded a near doubling of profits to over 400m in the Stoke-based firm’s latest accounts. And her business acumen extends to looking after her employees, too – she plans to turn what’s left of Josiah Wedgwood’s famous Etruria Works into a children’s day nursery, a facility bound to be welcomed by the firm’s working parents.

The north-south divide may be ever-present, but encouragingly there are a fair crop of regional entrepreneurs working to close it. The South West has 14, the North West 13 and Yorkshire 12.

But the South East still remains top, with 33 names. Encouragingly for the government’s efforts to re-balance British business towards manufacturing, the march of the Top 100 makers is going at full tilt. Thirteen of the Top 100 are industrialists of one sort or another, with another 21 in high-tech sectors like the internet, software, telecoms and computing. They include Sir James Dyson of the ubiquitous bagless vacuum, whose firm is rapidly moving into new markets. Smaller but growing steadily are the likes of Melett, built up by Ian and Nicola Warhurst, which makes turbocharger repair kits for cars, and exports 90% of its output, with a growing market in China.

One of our measures of how well our entrepreneurs are doing comes from a valuation of their stake in the business and other assets, based on the stock market values if quoted or in line with those values for those who run a private company. Such valuations, of course, come with many caveats but serve as a rough and ready guide. Collectively the Top 100 are, by our reckoning, worth 24.5bn, a whisker below last year’s 25bn total.

This may reflect the general fragility of markets worldwide at present. But the one fact that unites all our 100 is their demonstrable record of success. They are the best hope for Britain to enjoy a sustained recovery with more jobs – and more prosperity – to come.





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There s no better way to kick start business planning than by taking a look at the playbook of the top entrepreneurs of the last century. Let the following business leaders inspire and motivate you with their words and actions.

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When was the last time you evaluated the performance of your current contact center and the software you are using? The results may be frightening! If it’s been awhile since you invested in contact center software, there is a good chance that your needs have changed or that there are better options available now. Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to determine if you need an upgrade or not. more

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The wrong phone system could be haunting your business – and we’re talking about problems more serious than ghosts and ghouls. From increased costs to issues with scaling, we’ve identified seven important ways that a less than ideal phone system could be holding you back. You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference this can make to your bottom line too. more

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An in-house fax server gives an IT department centralized management and monitoring over the entire enterprise’s faxing. This can help your company track usage and better maintain records for auditing and record keeping. However, there are serious drawbacks that come with utilizing an in-house fax server solution and these range from security to cost-prohibitive pricing. more

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As an IT manager, maintaining physical fax servers and infrastructure is not a high priority. However, fax capability remains a business need simply because chances are your industry is dependent on its security. What if there was a way to reduce the amount of time spent handling fax complaints and maintaining physical servers? And this way took into account security, cost savings, and freed up your IT resources. Would you be interested? more

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Adopting a CRM platform early offers many advantages, including the fact that it increases the odds of long-term success. While the cost of CRM software used to be prohibitive for most small businesses, this is no longer true. Cloud-based solutions have made the pricing much more competitive, and as many as 87% of companies now rely on them for their CRM software. more

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Multi-level marketing (MLM) has continually been on the rise, and numerous top MLM companies are poised for explosive growth in 2016 and beyond. MLM is a pretty basic concept – it pays out on a “multi-level” basis. You get paid based on your level in the company, and commissions are generally passed up through levels to the top.

In order to find success with any of the top MLM opportunity, it comes down to finding a company that is the right fit for you. There is a lot to consider in the decision-making process. How long has the company been around? What is the compensation plan like? Is it an opportunity that you can feel passionate about? The answers to your questions will ultimately determine your future.

The choices are many, and we re here to help. Browse our listing of the best MLM companies in 2016 to help narrow your search.

AdvoCare was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Plano, Tex. Backed by the latest science, AdvoCare provides innovative nutritional, weight-management, sports performance and skin care products to help you reach and maintain your nutritional goals – lose weight, gain muscle, increase energy, improve wellness, enhance skin and more.

Founded in 1978, Forever Living Products is a multi-billion dollar MLM company with a presence in over 150 countries. Forever Living manufactures and sells dozens of exclusive, beneficial wellness products based on aloe vera. According to Forever Living, aloe enhances the body, inside and out, and its products ranging from age-defying facial treatments to delicious, antioxidant rich drinks.

Founded in 1972, LegalShield sells pre-paid legal services. Their network consists of 50 independent provider law firms that service these pre-paid legal plans. Legal Shield markets identity theft protection and restoration plans. Legal Shield services are also sold as an employee benefits for small and large businesses.

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In 2003, Thirty One Gifts was founded by Cindy Monroe who felt there was a need for women who didn’t have time to visit gift shops and boutiques. Thirty-One Consultants offer totes, purses, thermal bags, and organizing items at home parties, catalog parties and online. Invest in this MLM for just $99 and receive the Enrollment Kit which includes $400+ worth of new products and business supplies – everything you need to successfully start your business.

Founded by Dr. Myron Wentz in 1992, USANA develops and manufactures high-quality nutritional supplements, healthy weight management products and self-preserving personal-care products. For just $30 you receive the Business Development System, which has everything you need to get started with this MLM.

For more than 125 years, Avon has been a beauty leader creating products that customers love. Avon is one of the world s largest direct sellers with more than $11 billion in annual revenue and over 6 million representatives in over 100 countries. Avon products include beauty, fashion and home products and feature their brand names Avon Color, ANEW, Skin-So-Soft, Advance Techniques and Avon Naturals.

A group of health care and business professionals founded doTERRA Earth Essence in 2008. They shared profound personal experiences with the life-enhancing benefits of essential oils, and the MLM s first offering of essential oils – 25 single oils and 10 oil blends – was then introduced. In addition to new oils and blends, product offerings include nutritional, spa and healthy living products.

With more than two million Independent Beauty Consultants in 30 countries throughout the world, Mary Kay gives women the opportunity to achieve their potential in a company with global sales of $2.5 billion. A Mary Kay Beauty Consultant is like an advisor who is focused on helping her customers look and be their best through its products.

Scentsy is a party plan MLM company offering a variety of home and personal fragrance products, including a popular line of scented wickless candles and decorative ceramic warmers. Scentsy Independent Consultants sell products through home parties, fairs and shows and online. For just $99, you can get a starter kit with everything you need to launch your new business.

In 1993, Gary Young began cultivating lavender, peppermint, melissa, clary sage and many other herbs. Fueled by a growing demand for pure essential oils, Young Living designed and built the largest, most technologically advanced distillery for the production of essential oils in North America.

Founded in 1998 by Carl Daikeler and Jon Congdon, Beachbody is the creator of the nation s most popular fitness and weight loss solutions including P90X, INSANITY, Brazil Butt Lift, Slim in 6, Turbo Jam and Hip Hop Abs. Beachbody programs combine challenging DVD-based workouts with easy-to-follow diet guidelines, nutritional supplements and the 21-day cleanse known as the Ultimate Reset as well as an unparalleled customer service and peer-support system.

Founded in 1980, Pampered Chef is a direct seller of high-quality kitchen tools. Pampered Chef s Independent Consultants help guests try products, prepare and sample recipes, and learn quick and easy food preparation techniques and entertaining tips. The Pampered Chef s product line of more than 300 items includes cookware, cutlery, cookbooks, stoneware and pantry products.

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The Top 10 Best Small Business Blogs for Entrepreneurs in 2015

As a small business owner myself, I know how important it is to stay up-to-date with the ever changing trends that the business world throws at us.

Because I watch very little TV, and rely heavily on the internet for keeping up-to-date with the news, it s somewhat obvious that I d also use the online medium to learn, consume and also produce and market my own content. Bloggers (and increasingly, podcasters, as well as video producers and many are wearing all three hats!) have the ability to express themselves in somewhat ‘real time’, and in an evergreen way, by keeping their content fresh, and sharing their opinions with the world.

However, in the world of business blogging there s a lot of noise. A lot of content marketers are gagging to get your attention, and with only so many minutes a day to devote to learning and consuming content (personally, I put aside around 30-45 minutes daily), you’ve got to be very strict with who’s content you make time for.

This is the reason why I’ve put this list together. This collection are the best small business blogs I know of right now. My personal favorite / go-to people in the world of small business blogging and online business building. Individually they strike a chord with me enough to keep me coming back for more, together they act as an ever-growing encyclopaedia of business brilliance.

Note: These blogs are listed in no particular order of preference, or influence.

Chris Brogan s Blog

Chris is the only repeat awardee on this list, from last year. I ve known this man for several years and he has continued to deliver quality, helpful, thoughtful and inspiring content to every business owner wise enough to tune into what he has to say. I m assuming (heavily!) that you re one of them!

Must Read: Dear Podcaster Chris lays it down in true Brogan fashion. Letting podcasters know exactly how to approach expert guests, record with them and the importance of respecting their time. This SO needed to be said!

Smart Passive Income

It s no secret that Pat and I are very close friends. Known for being the crash test dummy of online business he s launched and grown several business, meaning you can learn what works and what doesn t, directly from watching him. We recently started a new partnership together, 1-Day Business Breakthrough. too!

Must Read: And They Thought I was Stupid – In this post from early 2014 Pat reflects on his decision to starting podcasting and what it s done for his brand along with the 468 comments on the post itself!

Gary Vaynerchuk s Blog

In 2010 I picked up a copy of Crush It! by Gary and became an instant fan. Since then I ve had to chance to have him on the podcast twice, as well as hanging out in the US a little together. Ballsy, to the point and with a BS detector like I ve never seen before, he s an influencer in every imaginable way.

Must Read: Cloud Dirt: How I Do Business – This is a fantastic short film that Gary and his team produced to explain how he feels about business today and why he doesn t focus on anything that won t bring him closer to his goals.

Amy Porterfield s Blog

I often refer to Amy as the Queen of Social Media . But, she has become so much more than that in recent years. Now focusing on everything from list building to product marketing, Amy is paving the way for other entrepreneurs in a crowded space that needs to hear it like it is. She s simply awesome.

Must Read: 3 Strategies to Rapid List Building – I often say that the health and overall success of your online business is directly tied to your email list. This post (and podcast episode) is compulsory consumption for everyone!

Entrepreneur on Fire

Talk about taking the bull by the horns! John Lee Dumas hit the scene a couple years ago and hasn t looked back. In 2014, along with his partner in crime (and life!), Kate Erickson, he turned his podcasting empire into a thriving million dollar entity something rarely seen in the online infomarketing world.

Must Read: 2014: The Year in Review – John and Kate (some would say the real boss at EOFire!) had a remarkable year. In this post they show you exactly how they did it, along with warts and all! Great annual review write-up.

Copyblogger

Copyblogger have long been a guiding light in the very dark tunnel that is content marketing . Brian Clark and his team are still leading the way, with decisions such as cutting comments from their blog, deleting their Facebook page and reinventing content publishing by developing the New Rainmaker platform.

Must Read: Why Copyblogger is Killing its Facebook Page – With social media changing at a drastic pace, sometimes equally drastic decisions are required. Copyblogger shows you the facts behind this big decision.

Convince Convert

It s not one of the top ranked social media and content marketing websites on the internet for no reason! Jay Baer and his team consistently publish amazingly thought-provoking and inspiring entrepreneurial content. Whether it s a blog post, podcast, or an episode of JayToday TV subscribe now.

Must Read: Can You Build a Content Marketing Super Brand – I said thought-provoking for a reason. This ll get ya thinking! A deep dive into Jay s mind as he discusses the in s and out s of developing your own super brand.

Marie Forleo s Blog

I do not know Marie. We ve not met, and other than a few brief social media exchanges, we ve never even spoken. But, boy, oh boy can this lady market the hell out of herself and everything she stands for. Want to build a personal brand? Watch what Marie does, rinse and repeat. She s simply awesome.

Must Read: Can t Turn Off Your Bizself? 2 Quick Steps to Flip the Switch! – In this video (she vlogs, instead of blogs) Marie discusses the importance of switching off as an entrepreneur, and gives us a couple of great tips to get started.

Duct Tape Marketing

John Jantsch is an all-star, old school marketing player that has continued to deliver the marketing and sales goods over and over again. His team produce a blog that s a mix of his experience, coupled together with the new in s and out s of online marketing all thrown into one.

Must Read: How to promote Every Piece of Content Your Create – I loved this birds-eye view of how John and his team cross promote their content archive. This shows you the power of on-going marketing for older content.

Michael Hyatt s Blog

When I think of Michael Hyatt, I think of a Leader s Leader . With over two decades of experience in the publishing world, he has since taken online entrepreneurship to a whole new level with his blog, podcast, products and membership communities. He s a one-man leadership, walking talking workshop!

Must Read: Advice to First Time Authors – This is about as real as advice gets. It s short, sharp, to the point and timeless. Michael s take on everything from finding an agent to considering self publishing is must-read material.

Don t Forget THIS Blog, Too!

Along with these awesome bloggers, podcasters, online video producers and all-round content marketing rock stars, please don t forget to continue to tune into this blog and my podcast on a regular basis. I promise you lots of content to help you become the most productive and profitable entrepreneur possible.





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Five top business ideas that made millions

This piece was first published on January 29, 2008.

According to Paul Graham, investor and founder of Y Combinator, the best way to get a winning business idea is to not think of any. Instead, you should be looking at which problems you can solve.

“The very best start-up ideas tend to have three things in common: they’re something the founders themselves want, that they themselves can build, and that few others realize are worth doing,” Graham said in a blog post in November.

“Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, Google and Facebook all began this way.”

Now that the working year is well underway, there will be plenty of unfulfilled employees wracking their brains for that one business concept that will make them their fortune.

Here are the stories of five great ideas that actually managed to blossom into highly successful businesses:

1. Innocent Drinks

Friends Adam Balon, Jon Wright and Richard Reed appeared to have been pretty well set after leaving Cambridge University.

Two became management consultants. One moved into advertising. They all made good money and lived comfortable lives in London.

But there was a shared nagging feeling that there was a bit more to life. On a snowboarding holiday in 1998, the trio did little else than throw around ideas for a new business.

They realised there was a gap in the market for a new type of smoothie product, one based on natural ingredients and overtly ethical values.

After spending six months blending different combinations of fruit at home, the trio set up a stall at a music festival to test the concept.

The decision whether to continue was left entirely in the hands of consumers. A sign above the stall read “shall we give up our jobs to make these smoothies?” One bin read ‘Yes’, the other ‘No.’ Customers would make their judgement by throwing their empty bottles in either bin.

Happily, ‘yes’ won. Balon, Wright and Reed went on to write and re-write their business plan 11 times, before being turned down by a succession of potential investors and banks for funding.

A desperate email with the subject line ‘Does anyone know anyone rich?’ was sent to everyone the founders knew, resulting in Maurice Pinto, a wealthy American businessman, pitching in £250,000.

Innocent Drinks made its first million in turnover in its second year and now sells around two million smoothies a week, commanding a 75% market share in the UK. In 2009, Coca-Cola took an 18% stake in the company for £30 million. A year later the beverage giant paid £65 million for a 58% stake.

Reed says: If you re 70% sure about an idea then go for it. Because if you wait till you re 100% confident in business… you ll never make a decision, you ll never get anywhere.

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At last investors can put the 2015-16 financial year behind them and concentrate on 2016-17 when Australian companies are expected to start lifting profits once more.

Better still, while the year just ended may have been lacklustre overall for listed companies – and a good deal less than lacklustre for some – the recent reporting season has thrown up several stocks that warrant placement on shareholders’ radar screens.

The year to June 30 was “not great” for corporate profits, in the words of Shane Oliver, head of investment strategy and chief economist at AMP Capital.

Earnings per share tumbled about 8 per cent, driven by a 47 per cent slump in resources profits and a 4 per cent decline in bank profits.

Credit Suisse analyst Richard Hitchens notes that revenue growth was “very hard” to come by, while the trend for cost cutting dried up, taking a toll on margins.

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But this year should be a better story.

As Oliver notes, across the market as a whole profits are expected to rise about 8 per cent, thanks to the improved outlook for the resources sector, higher commodity prices, improved supply conditions and cost cutting.

Several companies whose top line is dependent on the health of the Australian economy complained that the drawn-out election campaign dented consumer confidence in the June quarter, which should augur well for the current year.

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Business Card Printing Reviews

Why Use Online Business Card Printing?

The top performers in our review are Elite Flyers. the Gold Award winner; Jukebox Print. the Silver Award winner; and 4Over4. the Bronze Award winner. Here’s more on choosing a service to meet your needs, along with detail on how we arrived at our ranking of 10 services.

While everything is going digital these days, a good business card is still a viable way to get your business noticed. The more flashy, innovative and creative your card, the less likely it is to be tossed into the proverbial pile of business cards and forgotten. While there are many business card printing services to choose from, the companies we reviewed stand out with their large selection of design tools, superior quality, and various printing and finishing options that help you create a custom business card that stands out from the rest.

In addition to business card printing services, be sure to check out our reviews on business card scanners that you can use to scan cards to a desktop program for easy access later on. While all of the business card printing services on our lineup offer other promotional business items and office supplies, our review of online printing services delves into more detail about the quality and vast selection of promotional items you can purchase from these companies. For more information about these companies, read our articles on business card printing services and other business-oriented services.

While both offset printing and digital printing create quality products, a good rule of thumb to remember is that offset printing is preferable for specialty colors and for applying certain finishes, such as gloss and ultraviolet (UV) varnishes. Digital printing is a good option for small projects.

Using an online design tool, you can either create your own business card designs, use a pre-designed business card template or choose from a variety of themed business cards to use as your own. After you have created a card that represents your business, you can view a proof of what the finalized cards will look like and then order them from the printer. Each service offers a variety of paper types, finishes and printing options.

Business Card Printing: What We Evaluated, What We Found

When choosing an online business card printing service, consider the service’s printing process, design tools and selection. These features greatly influence the quality of both the service and the product you will receive.

Print Quality
For our evaluation, we compared sample business cards from each of the services on our lineup, noting the quality of the ink, paper strength, finish and selection available from each company.

All of the companies sent a variety of business cards, ranging in paper type, weight and finish. Some even sent samples of other print materials. We evaluated a standard cardstock business card with a high-gloss finish. We assessed the ink quality of those cards, awarding business cards with deep and vivid colors a higher score.

The best business cards have finishes that make them stand out, such as gloss, UV spot finishing and foil stamping. We looked at a standard business card printed on 14-point cardstock with gloss coating and awarded the services that offered the most durable, shiny and high-quality images a higher print-quality score.

While our top-rated business card services offered the best quality, the difference in the quality of the ink, paper or finish from one company to the next was minimal.

Quality of Service
To determine our overall quality of service score, we evaluated how easy it was to navigate the company’s website, the online design tools it offers as well as customer service before, during and after our cards were shipped.

Most of the websites are easy to navigate and offer several business card designs you can browse through. However, we found that some services do not display any designs on their website. Instead, you have to open the design tool and browse through stock images or designs to see what types of business cards you can create. These services also typically charge an additional fee to use those designs and stock images.

Each service has an online design tool you can use to either design your own business card or personalize a pre-existing one. However, our top-rated business card services, such as GotPrint. offer superior design tools with advanced features that help you make high-quality business cards.

If you prefer using your own design program, each of the business card services on our lineup give you the option of uploading your finished project for printing. Each service has its own file formats it accepts. These requirements can be found on our matrix, on the service’s website or by contacting its support personnel.

When reviewing online business card companies, we considered the turnaround time, or how long it takes for your cards to arrive after you place your order. Most companies offer a 24-hour turnaround time for rush orders. However, orders generally take a few days to ensure every detail of your card is perfect before it goes to press.

We awarded companies that sent confirmation emails about our order and shipping details a higher score, since this was not standard. There were several companies we had to contact for updates about our order since they did not send out confirmation or shipping emails. Some orders took several weeks to arrive.

Our hands-on testing is designed to simulate typical, real-world experiences with business card printing services. For our tests, we evaluated the sample business cards each company offers and used the design tool to customize others. The companies had no input on our testing methodology, and our rankings are not shared with them prior to publication.

What Else Is Important in Selecting a Business Card Printing Service?

In addition to the quality of the service, the final product and the turnaround time, you should consider the selection of cards each service offers. While some companies offer cards with vivid colors, it’s not enough to compensate if they do not offer a variety of paper types, shapes, finishes or card features.

Selection
We looked at the selection each service offers, including paper type, finishes, shapes, paper weight and whether the service offers specialty cards. With most services, you can choose from a variety of materials linen, cardstock, magnet and plastic. Some online business card companies, specifically MOO. have custom services to print on specialty materials, such as metal and even food items.

Finishing Options
While the type of material you print your business card onto makes a big difference in distinguishing your card from the mundane, each service also offers finishes you can apply to your card to help it stand out. We found that spot UV coating helped emphasize logos and made the business cards pop. Our award-winning services, as well as MOO and Vistaprint. offer several finishing options to bring your designs to life.

Paper Weight
Business cards need to hold up to everyday wear and tear. Lighter-weight cardstocks can be flimsy and fall apart easily. Using a heavier cardstock not only makes your business cards more durable, it sets them apart from the standard card. The best business card services give you several weights you can choose from. In addition, they offer specialty shapes so you can create round, square and oval business cards.

Our Verdict Recommendations

We found minimal differences between the quality of the business cards we reviewed. However, there was a significant disparity in the usability of the design tools, card selection and customer service between the best business card printing services and average services.

Elite Flyers exceeds other printing services both in the quality of business cards it offers and its customer service. It offers a wide selection of paper types and finishes to make your business card stand out. It has an easy-to-use design tool so you can either create your own design or customize a pre-designed template. We found the service not only processed and shipped our order quickly, but they were helpful with any questions we had.

Jukebox Print and 4Over4 offer a large selection of high-quality business cards. You can select from a variety of paper types, finishes and even specialty shapes to help you create a unique business card. Both services’ design tools are easy to use and allow for advanced customization.

GotPrint serves as an affordable option. Not only is this service more affordable than all of the other printing services, it offers a good selection of paper types, finishes and shapes. We found the service offers high-quality prints and helpful customer service.

Contributing Reviewer: Jessica Stone





Top Ten Social Media Sites for Business Networking #investing #in #stocks

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Top Ten Social Media Sites for Business Networking

Top ten social media sites for business

Social media is becoming more powerful today than it was at its inception and as such there are now more social media sites out there than ever before. There are tons of sites that are geared toward certain jobs, areas, and age groups. It helps to understand event marketing definition to be able to move forward in the right direction. Business can benefit now more than ever from social media as more and more sites are becoming business friendly. Small business networking sites and business related networking sites can really give your business a boost. Here are ten sites that are incredibly useful to businesses across the board.

This site is a group of dedicated entrepreneurs and business professionals that are dedicated to helping one another succeed with helpful information, tips, and tricks. Communication on this site is key and can help lead to worthwhile and useful business contacts and information that can help any business go from hum drum to successful in a matter of months.

This site is a networking site that allows professionals to post resumes, talk with one another, and build valuable connections. This site is perfect for both starting business professionals and those that have some experience under their belt.

Business networking groups like this one allow entrepreneurs, designers, programmers, and so much more. The site works to bring professionals from all walks and genres together to create a truly diverse and interesting work place. The site is mainly geared toward those individuals that are starting new ventures and need both support, advice, and information.

This is an online community and marketplace where ideas can be exchanged, worked on, and fabricated. It was created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs that are interested in starting new ventures and just need that little extra push in the right direction. E.Factor is a type of experimental marketing.

This site was founded as a way for business professionals to get in contact with other professionals. The site works to partner small business owners and entrepreneurs that may want to invest. This is also a great place to share ideas and build valuable business connections. This site and many others like it are called event marketing agency.

This is an online community created by Entrepreneur.com that is geared toward connecting entrepreneurs to one another. The site works to create lasting connections and allows users the chance to talk with one another, share ideas, and network over a large area.

This site encourages mutual success through a vast network of entrepreneurs, business people, and small business owners that can help encourage and offer information for others. This site is a great opportunity for new business owners or those with an idea to start the process of owning their own business. Every new business should be on this business networking sites list.

This site is an ultra enhanced address book that allows users to stay in contact with one another and truly be part of a community. There are tons of great features that make this site great for anyone with a plethora of contacts that needs a succinct and organized way to store, work with, and use their current contacts while gathering new contacts.

This site allows users to organize themselves according to profession, location, and former jobs to help others find one another. This site is great for connecting with other users by being able to simply search to find users that have similar interests and past references.

Business networking sites like Linkedln offers businesses the chance to become acquainted with other business professionals. It offers users the chance to peruse thousands of profiles, find potential employees, other professionals, and even business partners. This site is great for those that want tons of information at their fingertips. Being a business does not mean that you have to completely get out of social media. Social media offers businesses a chance to share their interests, knowledge and more.

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Canada s Top Small & Medium Employers (2016) #service #business #ideas

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About the Competition


PolyCello employees inspecting equipment and product quality in the company’s blown film extrusion lines

Background

Now entering its 4 th year, Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers is an editorial competition that recognizes the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that offer the nation’s best workplaces and forward-thinking human resources policies. Canada’s SME sector is tremendously important to the nation and is responsible for:

  • over half of the nation’s gross domestic product;
  • almost 90% of the private-sector labour force; and
  • over three-quarters of the new jobs created in the past decade.

Our 2016 winners were announced in a special magazine published in The Globe and Mail on March 29, 2016. Read the press release issued the same day, announcing this year’s winners.

Selection Process

Employers are evaluated by the editors of Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers using the same eight criteria as our national competition :

  • (1) Physical Workplace;
  • (2) Work Atmosphere & Social;
  • (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits;
  • (4) Vacation & Time Off;
  • (5) Employee Communications;
  • (6) Performance Management;
  • (7) Training & Skills Development; and
  • (8) Community Involvement.

To determine eligibility, the Top 100 editors adopted the SME definition used by Statistics Canada, limiting the competition to private-sector commercial organizations with under 500 employees.


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Editorial Partner

The Globe and Mail is our editorial partner on the Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers competition. Each year, the competition winners are announced in a special magazine published nationally in The Globe and Mail. Our editors’ detailed reasons for selection are published on our job search engine, Eluta.ca click an employer’s name below to read why each of this year’s winners was chosen. Publishing detailed Reasons for Selection is an important feature of our competition: it provides transparency in the selection of winners and “raises the bar” so that other employers can discover and adopt initiatives that work well at other SMEs.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered a “Small or Medium Enterprise”, your company must: (a) have less than 500 employees worldwide, including employees at any affiliated companies; and (b) be a commercial, for-profit enterprise, i.e. non-profit organizations don’t meet the definition.

2017 Competition

Applications for our 2017 competition will be available early in 2016. Our 2017 winners will be announced in a special magazine in The Globe and Mail early in 2017. To receive an application for next year’s competition, employers should join our mailing list:

Editorial Conference

To learn more about the competition, we invite you to join us at the Top Employer Summit. our annual editorial conference on the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. This event lets you discover the latest best practices from winners, meet competition organizers and editors, and hear inspiring stories from world-class speakers – all presented in a commercial-free format. The conference is Canada’s largest annual event for senior-level HR professionals.

Scalar Decisions employees at the company’s 10th anniversary party

The Little Engines of Growth

There are big differences working for Canada’s Top Small and Medium Employers

Jason Leung knows the difference between working for a big corporation and for a Small and Medium Employer. Really, it gets down to that little word “big”.

Leung used to work in sales, based in Vancouver, for one of the world’s largest soft-drink companies. Now he works in a smaller city for a much smaller company that makes food for small and medium sized friendly creatures.

Petcurean Pet Nutrition, which produces premium pet food in Chilliwack, B.C. is a fast growing company in a fast growing category. It has operations in many of the same countries around the world that the soft-drink company does. But it still has only 64 global employees.

Talk to Leung, who is now an Export Manager, about the workplace culture. “At my old company, it was almost a competition among employees about who was working the longest, who was working the hardest, who was doing the most out there. It was just show off, show off, show off. But here they really promote work-life balance. It feels like family.”

Then there is the challenge of getting something done. “Here, no door is closed, no one says, that’s not my department, don’t talk to me,” says Leung. “At my old company, I’d see it all the time. You’ve got to go through the ranks, talk to your senior manager, the senior manager talks to another person who talks to the person you really need. Here, I just walk into the general manager’s office myself.”

Millions of Canadians share Leung’s kind of workplace environment, although their company may not have made the list of Canada’s Top Small and Medium Employers. Some 90 per cent of the private-sector labour force is employed by a SME (commonly pronounced Smee, like Captain Hook’s sidekick). SMEs are credited with creating over 75 per cent of new jobs in Canada in the past decade.

And this little engine of growth often works on quite different principles from the big locomotives. Leung’s account of the contrasts he found between a soft-drink giant and a pet food SME is echoed 3,200 kilometres away in a tech company in the Waterloo region. “Generally people who come to us from large organizations are very familiar with structure and going through channels,” says Dan Latendre, Founder and CEO of Igloo Software, which employs just over 90 people in Kitchener, Ont. “Whereas here, we’re all about agility and innovation if that’s a great idea, why aren’t we acting on it?”

Latendre believes in a “flat”, non-hierarchical style of organization that can be surprising to people who come from big companies. “They’re very aware of chain of command,” he says. “Here it’s, hey, we’ve formed a project team, let’s get this project done. You may have me, as CEO, in the project along with other people. But we all work for the project manager, and we all have tasks to get done. Which kind of blows people’s minds, that they’re working directly with the CEO.”

To some people, notes Richard Yerema, Managing Editor for Mediacorp Canada, which compiled the SME list, working for a small company means trade-offs a more family style atmosphere and more agility, perhaps, but fewer benefits than at a big outfit. But the 100 companies on this 2016 SME list are proof that sometimes you can have it all. Benefits are often competitive with those of much larger firms.

Take Petcurean. Its Human Resources Manager, Cari McClelland, joined a year ago and found a benefit plan that included prescription drugs, a maternity leave top-up, long-term disability and, after staff asked for it, vision care.

“For a company our size to carry that extensive a benefit package is not the norm,” says McClelland, an experienced HR professional. “I’ve been amazed at the willingness of our leadership to say, ‘let’s look at it if we can do it, we’ll do it’.”

Yet many such benefits are becoming the norm at Canada’s Top SMEs. Yerema says that nearly half of the employers on this year’s list provide some form of maternity leave top-up the additional payment that brings a new mother’s Employment Insurance benefit closer to her original salary for a certain number of weeks. “That is quite an accomplishment,” says Yerema. “Ten years ago, even many large companies weren’t offering it.”

At Igloo, too, Latendre offers benefits that his staff say are equivalent to those of large tech companies they’ve worked at, such as BlackBerry. They also get stock options, offering the promise that the company’s success will benefit every employee.

And that may be another part of the attraction of the Small and Medium Employer. Along with the friendly atmosphere, the quick decision-making and the pot-luck get-togethers, there’s the idea that this small upstart might one day become the most successful software company or pet food company in the world. “SMEs capture the imagination for a lot of people,” notes Yerema. “What would it have been like to be the fifth person hired at Google?”

By Berton Woodward
From the official announcement magazine for Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers, published on March 29, 2016 in The Globe and Mail.




Top Music Business Schools – Music Business Degrees, Colleges & Programs #business

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Not everyone who works in the music industry is a musician or a vocalist. In fact, without the many people who handle the business side of the industry, many performers would never succeed in their chosen career. People who attend music business school manage the financial, legal and logistical aspects of the industry, which makes it possible for artists to concentrate on the creative aspects of their career. The demanding music business is highly competitive, and requires as much time, effort and dedication as crafting a career as a performer.

The curriculum of a music business degree blends musical knowledge with business acumen. Students may learn just as much about accounting and entrepreneurship as they do about music theory and harmony. It is precisely this type of unique blend of subject matter that makes it possible for students to succeed in the modern music industry. The highly competitive nature of this field makes earning an appropriate degree absolutely indispensable. Some colleges are offering music business degree programs on campus, but with increasing demand for flexibility, an increasing number of these schools are providing students with the chance to earn a music business degree online.

Before choosing a music business school, it’s important to ensure that it has received the appropriate accreditation. Institutions that have received the National Association of Schools of Music accreditation are a good choice. Additionally, prospective students should look for schools that have earned the approval of an educational organization that has received official recognition from the federal Department of Education. Accreditation by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, or ACICS, or another regional accrediting body demonstrates that a college offers an academically rigorous program with well-qualified faculty members.

Associate’s Degree in Music Business

This two year degree option provides students with an opportunity to explore how business and creativity intersect. This music business degree is suitable for students who are performers and for those who have no musical experience. Curricula are typically designed to provide students with the basics of business and marketing along with exposure to music theory and concepts. Most programs also require the completion of general education credits. Usually, several electives related to the major are selected by the student, with these electives supporting the student’s chosen specialization. Common concentration areas include production of music, music marketing and disc jockey techniques, among others.

Prerequisites for entering an associate’s degree program typically include earning a high school diploma or GED. Many institutions require students to fill out a basic application form before being accepted. Once in the program, students can expect to enroll in courses like:

  • Accounting Principles
  • Introduction to Music Theory
  • Introduction to Business
  • Music Industry Entrepreneurship
  • Recording and Mass Media in the Music Business
  • Studio Music Recording
  • Computers and Technology in the Music Industry
  • Music Production
  • Introduction to Marketing

A number of career possibilities may open up for someone who holds this degree. Among them are:

  • Disc Jockey
  • Session Musician
  • Music Marketing Assistant
  • Assistant Manager for Artists
  • Promoter
  • Broadcast Production

Bachelor of Science: Music Business

With four years of intensive study and training, people who hold a bachelor’s degree are ready to hit the ground running in the music industry. This type of music business degree provides the student with a more complete overview of the industry as a whole, and allows more time for the student to develop particular areas of interest. Accordingly, students will get to select many electives that support their area of specialization while also gaining a broad based general education that will serve them well in their career.

Basic prerequisites for entering a music business degree program include a high school diploma, SAT scores and an application form. Depending upon the school, other materials, like an essay, may be required for admission. After enrollment, the student will find that a wide variety of classes are available to them. Among them are:

  • Introduction to Music Business
  • Introduction to Music Marketing
  • Trends and Strategies for the Music Business
  • Aural Skills
  • Music Theory
  • Principles of Business Management
  • Business Law
  • Introduction to Recording Studios
  • Music Publishing
  • Intellectual Property and Copyrights
  • Recording Techniques
  • Launching an Entrepreneurial Music Business
  • Introduction to Songwriting

Much of the curriculum depends upon the student’s particular areas of interest, which allows individuals to craft a degree program that is particularly well suited to enable them to enter one of these careers:

  • Business Manager for Artists
  • Record Label Executive
  • Entertainment Attorney
  • Recording Engineer
  • Music Editor
  • Publisher
  • Promoter
  • Public Relations Executive
  • Recording Artist

Masters in Music Business

Students wanting to acquire advanced business knowledge that is firmly rooted in an artistic atmosphere may choose to pursue a Masters in Music Business. The curriculum at most universities uncovers the structure of the modern music industry so that students may understand it completely and be better prepared to deal with its ever changing environment. Whether students decide to study on campus or online, they may have to complete an internship and an in-depth research project in order to graduate.

Prerequisites to enter one of these competitive programs typically include an undergraduate degree and a satisfactory score on the GRE. Letters of recommendation, work experience and essays or interviews may also be required. Approximately two years of full time study are usually needed to complete all degree requirements.

In most programs, students complete music business courses like:

  • Principles of the Music Business
  • Emerging Music Markets
  • The Music Industry and the Law
  • Concert Management
  • Artist Management

They may also take business courses such as:

  • Management and Leadership
  • Financial Accounting
  • Business Ethics
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Business Law

Earning a Masters in Music Business degree is an excellent way for motivated students to really kick start their career. They will build industry contacts while also adding valuable experience to their resume. When they complete the degree, they may be qualified to hold positions like:

  • Owner of a record label
  • Top supervisor at a talent management firm
  • Managing executive at a publishing company
  • Music business teacher in a variety of academic settings
  • Concert Promoter




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Most articles offering advice regarding profitable business ideas include lists of startup ideas like becoming a personal shopper, a consultant, a pet sitter, a virtual assistant, an interior designer.

This is not that kind of article.

Let’s go in a different direction. Here are my favorite ideas–ones you can still easily do this year, even though we’re well into 2016–that can save time, save money, and streamline your professional and personal life.

The goal is to do less, so you can achieve more:

1. Downsize your to-do list.

A to-do list with 20 or 30 items is not just daunting–it’s depressing. Why start when there’s no way you can finish?

Try this instead. First create a wish list: Use it to write down all the ideas, projects, tasks, etc. that occur to you. Make it your “would like to do” list.

Then pick three or four items off that list that will make the most difference. Pick the easiest tasks to accomplish, or the ones with the biggest payoff, or the ones that will eliminate the most pain.

Make that your to-do list. And then get it done.

Then go back and pick three or four more.

2. Get rid of one “permission.”

You probably don’t think of it this way, but everything you do “trains” the people around you how to treat you. Let employees interrupt your meetings or phone calls because of “emergencies” and they’ll feel free to interrupt you any time. Drop what you’re doing every time someone calls and they’ll always expect immediate attention. Return emails immediately and people will always expect an immediate response.

In short, your actions give other people permission to keep you from working the way you work best.

A friend set up an “emergency” email account; he responds to those immediately. Otherwise, his employees know he only checks his “standard” email a couple times a day and they act accordingly.

Figure out how you work best and “train” the people around you to let you be as productive as you possibly can be.

3. Eliminate one report.

You’re not reading most of them anyway. And neither are your employees.

4. Eliminate one sign-off.

I worked at a manufacturing plant where supervisors had to sign off on quality before a job could be run. Seemed strange to me–we trusted the operators to ensure jobs met standards throughout the run, so why couldn’t we trust them to know if a job met quality standards before they started running?

You probably have at least one sign-off in place because, somewhere along the way, an employee made a major error, and you don’t want the same mistake to happen again. But in the process, you’ve reduced the amount of responsibility your employees feel for their own work, because you’ve inserted your authority into the process.

Train, explain, trust–and remove yourself from processes where you don’t belong. (The same premise works at home, too.)

5. Fire your worst customer (or worst employee ).

You know the one: the high maintenance, low revenue, nonexistent-profits one.

Start charging more, or providing less. If that’s not possible, fire that customer.

6. Eliminate one expense.

Right now, you’re spending money on something you don’t use, don’t need, or don’t want. But since you buy it. you feel you have to use it. I subscribed to a number of magazines (because subscribing is really cheap compared to buying at the newsstand).

Great–but then the magazines show up. Then I have to read them. If I don’t, they sit around making me feel guilty.

So I dropped three or four. I don’t miss them.

Often the biggest savings in cutting an expense isn’t the actual cost; it’s the time involved in doing or maintaining or consuming whatever the expense represents.

Pick one expense you can eliminate that will also free up time and effort. Your bottom line and your workday will thank you for it.

7. Drop one personal commitment.

We all do things simply because we feel we should. Maybe you volunteer because a friend asked you to, but you feel no real connection to the cause you support. Maybe you have a weekly lunch with some old friends but it feels more like a chore than a treat. Or maybe you keep trying to learn French just because once you started you didn’t want to feel like a quitter.

Think about one thing you do out of habit, or because you think you’re supposed to, or simply because you don’t know how to get out of it–and then get out of it. The momentary pain–or, in some cases, confrontation–of stepping down, dropping out, or letting go will be replaced quickly by a huge sense relief.

Then you can use that time to do something you feel has real meaning.

Or just take a break.

8. Optimize your lunch.

You already make enough decisions. What to have for lunch shouldn’t be one of them.

Pack tuna and a small salad. Pick something healthy, something simple, even something you can eat at your desk. Save the decision making for what’s really important.

As a bonus, you’ll lose a little weight and feel a little better.

9. Carve out consistent time to sit and think.

Most small-business owners spend a lot more time reacting–to employee issues, customer requests, market conditions, etc.–than they do reflecting.

Eliminate 20 or 30 minutes of reacting time by creating a little quiet time. Close your door and think. Better yet, go for a walk. Exercise does more to bolster thinking than thinking does; walking just 40 minutes three days a week builds new brain cells and improves memory functions.

And don’t worry that something bad will happen while you’re gone–most of the time the issues you “avoid” will solve themselves.

10. Remove one willpower drain.

We all have a finite supply of willpower. Resisting temptation creates stress and eventually exhaustion.

And then you give in.

But if you don’t have to exercise willpower, you don’t drain your energy. Say you keep a bowl of candy for customers at the front desk. Every time you walk by you’re tempted to grab a piece, but you stand firm. Resisting tires you out, though, and in time you’ll be more susceptible to the candy’s charms.

Get rid of the candy altogether. Then you don’t have to use any willpower at all. Pick something you have to resist–food, wasting time, Web browsing, checking social-media accounts–and eliminate the temptation.

Discipline depletes. Discipline is exhausting. Stay fresh by removing the need for discipline altogether.

11. Remove one category of decisions.

Instead of making serial decisions, try making just one: Decide who will decide.

Say you regularly need to decide whether to expedite shipping due to work-in-progress delays. Instead of being the go-to decision maker, pick someone in the organization who will make those decisions. Provide guidance, parameters, and advice, and turn that person loose. Then, check in periodically to see if they need more direction. That way, you get to spend time figuring out how to eliminate the delays instead of dealing with the repercussions.

Almost every decision you currently make can be taken over by people you trust. How will you learn to trust them?

Teach, train, guide, verify–and in time you will give your employees the authority and responsibility they not only earn, but deserve.

The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.





Top 10 business apps for iPhone #cheap #business #insurance

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Top 10 business apps for iPhone

Introduction

When Apple launched the iPhone. many people in the business world including Microsoft’s CEO at the time, Steve Ballmer sneered at it. It didn’t have a keyboard, was expensive, and didn’t even have 3G in its original form. A lot has changed since then, and the numerous updates and tweaks that Apple has made have turned it into the perfect on-the-go smartphone for business.

The App Store is the main driver behind the surge in productivity on Apple’s mobile devices, but it has become very crowded 1.5 million apps, at the last count and finding exactly the right apps can be difficult.

Which is exactly why we’ve compiled this list of the best and brightest apps for doing business on the iPhone.

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Microsoft Office

Microsoft brought the Office suite Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, and so on to the iPhone (and iPad) several years back, and the apps have been getting better and better ever since.

The suite, which is broken down into separate apps, initially needed an Office 365 account to do many tasks like editing documents but that has since changed and Office is now the best way to create, edit, and distribute documents on an iPhone.

Everything syncs to the cloud and documents created on a Windows PC or Mac can be opened and edited seamlessly. It’s the best of the best for productivity and even beats out Apple’s own iWork suite.

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Google Docs

For those who want a more Google-y experience or, most likely, rely on Google services the company has a good set of apps for the iPhone which do pretty much what you’d expect.

The Google Docs app, which is free and does not require a subscription, can be used to edit, export, and view documents (among other things), making it the perfect way to interact with Google’s productivity software.

The Docs suite is incorporated into one application which can be used to create word, spreadsheet, or presentation documents. Google has worked hard to make it as smooth and seamless as possible and the results are impressive.

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Wolfram Alpha

The Wolfram Alpha app is a mobile version of the website and it can be used to do almost any task. Unlike Google, which can add, subtract and so on, Wolfram Alpha can work out dates, times, food, complex mathematical equations, the weather and so on. The list is endless .

The app costs 2.29 ($2.99 in the US, which is just over AU$4) there is also a subscription option which adds extra utilities and is a valuable asset if you need to quickly work out something obscure, like how many days away a specific date is or the physical properties of white pine wood .

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Adobe Reader

Having a dedicated PDF reader can come in handy and Adobe does it best. The Adobe Reader app, which is free, can be used to make edits and comments on PDFs, and much more.

The software can also be used in conjunction with an Abode account, which adds various high-end features like the ability to export files into different formats. Apple does provide a PDF reader in most apps, such as Mail, but having a third-party app can come in handy if you look at, edit, and receive a lot of them.

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Genius Scan

Speaking of PDFs (see the previous slide), one of the iPhone’s biggest flaws is not being able to create them from an image. Luckily, Genius Scan a free app has you covered.

The app has various different options and offers guidance on the best settings camera position, lighting, and so on for creating crystal clear PDFs, which can then be sent via text, email, or another messaging app, or exported to Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, or elsewhere.

Genius Scan can also organise PDFs within the app by tags, titles, and so on, making it ideal for creating and then storing large volumes of documents.

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Gmail

With more than 400 million users, Gmail is a goliath. Apple does offer support for the service in its own Mail app, but many users like having the Google-made app itself installed mainly because it comes with a number of considerable added benefits.

The biggest advantage of using Google’s own app is that it integrates directly with other Google services, like Docs or Calendar. Invitations can be answered right within the app while Google+ posts for those who actually use Google+ become interactive inside Gmail.

The app has the full range of achieving, tagging, labelling and categorisation features you’d expect, and is quite simply much better than Apple’s built-in client.

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Slack

Slack. the enterprise messaging app, has over three million daily active users, and is spreading to more and more workplaces around the world as companies move past email, which is now seen as slow and hierarchical, for a friendlier solution.

Having Slack on the iPhone is a big bonus and can help with staying in touch on the move, which is essentially what the app is designed to do.

Private and team chats are kept intact, notifications sync between devices, and even the read messages go across, which is especially useful if your team works around the globe and you often wake up to hundreds of new missives.

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MailChimp

MailChimp is useful for anyone who wants to distribute an email newsletter to a number of people. The service, which launched in 2001, sends over 10 billion per month on behalf of its users and is free for anyone who doesn’t have a massive mailing list.

The iPhone app, which is a free download, does many of the same things as the desktop client but in a miniature format. Lists can be checked, created, edited and emails sent to recipients. Analytics for emails who opened it, where, and so on can also be viewed, giving valuable insights on-the-go.

For those who manage a mailing list via MailChimp, the iOS app is a good thing to have installed on your device.

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Things

Good to-do list apps are in high demand as the iPhone becomes more and more ingrained into our daily lives. Setting a reminder for long- or short-term goals, tasks, and objectives is an easy way to keep track of everything.

Apple recently beefed up its iOS-based offerings with a new Notes app, which features tick boxes, and a refreshed Reminders app. While these two efforts are good they don’t come anywhere near Things. which has apps across the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Things is, essentially, the king of all to-do apps with a list of features that is too lengthy to go into fully, but starts at simple cross-device syncing and ends somewhere around creating tasks that are labelled and repeat every other week. For people with lots to do, Things can’t be beaten.

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Pocket

Saving articles for offline use is handy in so many ways. Commuting, for example, is far more tolerable with a lengthy piece from The Atlantic, London Review of Books, or any other publication that is saved offline and therefore not subject to a spotty internet connection.

Pocket can also store videos and has the ability to sync, tag, and search the full text of any article if you get the monthly subscription option.

While Pocket may not be a business app in the truest sense of the word, it’s a valuable addition to any iPhone and makes the commute or any other travel time, or perhaps your lunch break much more interesting.

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The UTD Top 100 Business School Research Rankings – Naveen Jindal School

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Research Rankings Overview

The UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management has created a database to track publications in 24 leading business journals. The database contains titles and author affiliations of papers published in these journals since 1990. The information in the database is used to provide the top 100 business school rankings since 1990 based on the total contributions of faculty.

Additionally, the database can also be searched by:

  • Any journal or combination of journals between the time period 1990 to date to get a ranking of schools
  • School name to see a list of publications by a school for any combination of journals and time period between 1990 to date
  • Author name to see a list of publications by an author for any combination of journals and time period between 1990 to date
  • Key phrase in article name to see a list of publications containing that phrase for any combination of journals and time period between 1990 to date

The Jindal School of Management maintains and keeps this website current to provide timely data on research productivity in leading research journals across major disciplines in business schools. The school has worked hard to ensure data integrity, but as with any project of this type where the affiliation data is not always clear, some errors may exist. If you spot an error, please send us the corrections at Top 100 Admin.

List of Journals

The Accounting Review

Journal of Accounting and Economics

Strategic Management Journal

Methodology

UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management provides a tool to study research contributions based on publications in 24 leading journals in major business disciplines. The database contains author and affiliation information on all papers published in these journals since 1990. Authors affiliations are recorded at the time of the paper publication.

A single-authored paper results in the school of affiliation being credited with a score of 1. If there are multiple authors from different schools, each school gets a score of p/n, where p is the number of authors from the same school and there are a total of n authors on the article. If an author lists multiple affiliations, each of the schools that author is affiliated with gets a corresponding scaled score. For example, if one of the n authors lists m affiliations, each school that author is affiliated with gets a score of 1/nm.

The database can be searched by any period between 1990 to the current year for any combination of journals, resulting in aggregated scores for schools. This provides a clear picture of contributions from each school for the selected journals and time period. One can also search the database by school names, author names and key phrases in the title.

The Jindal School of Management also provides a ranking of the top 100 schools in North America and worldwide based on publications in all 24 journals for the last five-year time period. The school also provides links to prior rankings starting with the period 2000-2004.

Disclaimer

Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, the nature and diversity in which author affiliation information is provided in the journals sometimes make it hard to categorize and report the information accurately. UT Dallas Jindal School of Management has attempted to verify information using the web when possible.

While searching for articles, author names are provided in the search results. They are not listed in the sequence specified in the published paper. Also note that when information on authors is provided, if the same author is listed twice, it indicates that the author has listed multiple affiliations.

If you believe there is an error in the information provided, please send specific information to the administrator.

The Naveen Jindal School of Management appreciates your input to this ongoing research effort.





How to design a business card: 10 top tips #green #business #ideas

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How to design a business card: 10 top tips

A well-designed business card lends legitimacy to your business, and can make you stand out from the crowd of competitors. Check out our top tips on how to make a lasting impression.

Although we re working in paperless offices more and more, the humble business card is still a mainstay of business. If you haven t got a card you can give out to prospective clients or collaborators, you re missing out on a key marketing opportunity.

Not all business cards are created equal, however. We live in a world where the average small business can design their own cards and order them from well-known online printers for under 20. These cards tend to be of an inferior weight, and typically use twee clipart to relate themselves to the business being advertised.

What this means is that there are a lot of poorly designed business cards out there! This is both a challenge and an opportunity: to stand out you need to create a design that looks fantastic, and helps you differentiate yourself. If you can make it tactile and feel pleasant in the hand, you ll be well on your way. Create an effective card and you can elevate your business above your competitors before the prospect has ever seen your website!

So, with all that in mind we ve brought together 10 of our top tips for creating effective, innovative business cards .

01. Use good design principles

It might seem obvious but it s worth reiterating that a business card is a piece of printed material like any other. Because of this, the basic principles of paper-based design apply to business cards:

  • keep all your key copy at least 5mm from the trim edge
  • work at 300dpi for best image reproduction
  • ensure you maintain a minimum size for your typography to maintain legibility
  • design in CMYK unless you re working exclusively with spot colours

Many designers also find it helps to use a grid to lay out their cards, as this can help you to achieve the right hierarchy of information as well as ensure your alignment is sound.

02. Get creative within the constraints

There are a couple ‘standard’ sizes for business cards, depending upon where you are in the world. One typical example is 55x85mm, although you’ll see many other sizes quoted on the web. Working within this tiny canvas you can still get creative with the space: start by considering the key information you want to include, which will typically be a name, phone number and email address, then work your design around presenting this information in a creative way.

03. Avoid common pitfalls

There are some common pitfalls to designing business cards that it helps to be aware of. The first and most obvious is to ensure you provide a bleed as specified by your printer. This is commonly 3mm, but can be 5mm so check! Just as important is to avoid using a straightforward border around the entire of the card, as this will show up any misalignment in the trim if the card isn’t perfectly cut.

04. Use special finishes

This example features a UV spot to highlight fret positions, on the reverse of a guitar tutor s business card

An instant way to add impact to your business card, and make it stand out from the crowd, is to use a special finish. Special finishes include the likes of foil blocking, spot-UV and metallic inks, and can add significant cost to your print. What they offer, however, is the opportunity to make your card more tactile, visually impressive and memorable.

Different printers offer different options for finishes, so speak to them to find out what they can do for you, and don t be afraid to go to a specialist if your usual printer only offers straight four-colour print.

05. Cut into your card

This card, designed by Phil Jones, Ryan Coleman and Jeff McCullough for Yoga One, shows how some creative thinking with die-cuts can result in a fun and memorable card

A great way to make your card unique is to use a die-cut process to remove elements from the card stock, leaving a void. You can either use a die to change the shape of your card (by rounding the corners, for example), or you can cut shapes out of the centre.

Dies are expensive to create the first time, although increasingly printers are offering laser-cut options that make it economical to create a die-cut look on shorter print-runs. There are some amazingly creative examples on the web, and when combined with creasing you can use the process to create architectural features in your card design. Also, don’t overlook letterpress as an option.

06. Use unusual materials

This card is constructed from a printed circuit board, and works as a USB device. When plugged in, it provides additional information about the owner

Most business cards are printed on card stock. This is the most cost-effective option for printing your cards. If you re willing to get a little more creative, you can print onto all sorts of different materials including transparent plastics, metals, wood and even slate.

Here dog treats have been used as a business card material, allowing the card to serve two purposes simultaneously

Keep in mind that cards need to be portable, and easy to file away in a pocket or briefcase, but get creative with your choice of stock material and you’ll instantly stand out from everyday business cards.

07. Make it useful

This business card designed by Emily Berry converts into a handy chair that can hold your phone upright on a desk

One of the problems with paper is that it s everywhere. Some people hold on to every bit of paper they receive, while others are far more ruthless and recycle at the first opportunity. To avoid the risk of being recycled, make your business card work as more than simply a calling card.

This card was designed by Jamie Wieck and includes a seed that sprouts after a few days of soaking

Some of the most memorable designs incorporate function as well as form. Examples include business card that act as a holder for hair clips or turn into a miniature armchair for your mobile.

08. Make your own

Breakfast Creatives cut up old cereal boxes to form their own, brand-relevant business card design. Credit: http://breakfastcreatives.co.uk

If you re feeling creative, why not make your own business cards? You can find letterpress kits on eBay at reasonable prices, allowing you to convert any card stock into your own business card with ease. This is a time-consuming but very satisfying way of expressing yourself in a card!

09. Recycle old cards

These cards were made by hand out of business cards, christmas cards and screenprints that went wrong. Credit: http://designbyif.co.uk

Old business cards, postcards or packaging can be repurposed and given a new life as your business card. Recycling is both environmentally sound and can allow you to express your creativity in new and exciting ways. There are some fantastic examples on the web to get your creative juices flowing. The process can be as simple as getting some stickers printed, or as complex as hand-illustrating over the top of each old card to suit the recipient.

10. Double-check your artwork

This tip applies to every bit of print work you do, but it s so crucial it s worth repeating. When sending your artwork off to the print shop, make sure you ve double-checked every single detail. There s nothing worse than getting back your cards and discovering you missed a typo in the email address or name. Check twice, print once is a a well learnt adage!

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Top 10 best business desktop PCs (August 2016) #business #hosting

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Top 10 best business desktop PCs (August 2016)

Plus a handy buying guide

While workforces have become far more mobile, there is still a need for the traditional office desktop PC. It remains the most cost-effective computing device as it’s easily maintained and has the most powerful solutions available on the market.

Despite the drop in laptop prices and increase in mobile processor power, there are still distinct advantages to running desktop systems in an office environment, which is why the desktop remains the most popular form-factor for computer systems.

Speaking of form factors, the desktop PC has evolved significantly over the past three years beyond the monoliths that mid or mini-towers are.

The range of available desktop systems is as wide and varied as business needs themselves, ranging from a few off-the-shelf units for an SMB to the deployment of thousands of basic desktop PCs and everything in between.

The types of desktop PCs

A recent development in the desktop PC world has been a modest diversification of the system case. The typical business PC comes in a mini-tower box, which is probably best sited under or next to your desk.

But if space is at a premium, a smaller case would be a better choice. Dell, for example, delivers its Optiplex models in mini tower, ‘thin’ desktop and ‘compact’ small form factor sizes, each model offering the same computing power but in a different case.

Three other formats that have grown in popularity are:

[1] All-in-one. otherwise known as AIO, which combine the monitor with the base unit. The move to power-efficient components, the falling price of LCD panels and the ubiquity of touch functionality make AIO an increasingly popular choice for businesses. The all-in-one PC essentially resembles a slightly larger than normal LCD display that contains the processor, hard drive and memory built-in to the screen casing. The end result is a very elegant, clutter-free desktop PC.

[2] Ultra-small form factors. otherwise known as net tops or mini PCs, which borrow a lot of their designs (and components) from laptops. They are essentially laptops without a screen, input peripherals and a battery.

[3] HDMI dongles which have been inspired by tablets and smartphones and often share parts with the latter. These are usually used for display signage or in niche markets. They are usually not powerful enough for most tasks but things are likely to improve by the end of 2016.

Top 10 best business desktop PCs in the UK

To help narrow down your search for the ideal system for your business, here are Techradar Pro’s top 10 business desktop PCs in no particular order.

1. Zoostorm 7260-3041

The cheapest desktop PC going

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Top 5 Health Insurance Options for Small Groups in 2016 #online #business

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For many employers and brokers, the Affordable Care Act can feel like a moving target. However, for small groups with fewer than 50 employees who are not mandated to provide health insurance, the options for small group health insurance are clearer.

In 2016, small groups have five main options for health insurance:

Individual Health Insurance (with or without a defined contribution allowance)

Private Small Group Plan

1) Individual Health Insurance (with or without a defined contribution allowance)

The first option is a relatively simple approach, yet it achieves results: allow employees to purchase individual health insurance coverage, either through the public Marketplace or through a broker. Employees may select from any carrier and plan available, and eligible employees may access discounts on their premiums via the individual health insurance tax credits.

If the small group would like to contribute to employee’s premium expenses, they can use defined contribution allowances to reimburse employees for the non-subsidized portion of their premium. (This is still allowed as long as the employer goes about it the right way .)

Additionally, defined contribution allowances can be allocated by job criteria (e.g. $300/month to managers and $200/month to entry-level). For many small groups, this is the most cost-effective solution because the small group can contribute any amount and, on average, individual policies cost less than small group plans.

Brokers are generally involved to facilitate the setup of the defined contribution allowances (usually, via an online software provider), sell the individual policies to employees, and be a consultant for the small group. The ideal business for this solution is a small group who is priced out of group health insurance, not eligible for group health insurance, wants to start offering health benefits for the first time, or who doesn’t have the administrative capacity to administer a group health insurance plan.

2) SHOP Marketplace

The SHOP Marketplaces are public state- or federally-run exchanges which sell small group health insurance policies. The SHOP Marketplace could be a good coverage option for employers with 50 or fewer employees if they can meet certain requirements. For example, in Massachusetts employers participating in the SHOP must contribute at least 50 percent of the premium amount, employers with 1-5 employees must have 100 percent of the employees enrolled, and employers with 6-50 employees must have at least 75 percent enrolled.

For eligible small groups, the SHOP Marketplace gives access to the small business tax credits which are generally only available through the SHOP. Brokers registered with the Marketplace can help small groups select and purchase the plan, just as brokers would with private small group plans.

3) Private Health Exchange

Like defined contribution, the term “private exchange” is one of the biggest buzzwords of the past few years. With a private exchange the small group gives employees a set contribution to use towards a menu of plan options. The plan options can be individual- or group-based. Private exchanges are a type of a defined contribution strategy.

Brokers can offer a private exchange option to small groups by working with a defined contribution or private exchange provider. Numerous entities ranging from startups to new divisions of leading insurance companies have been created to offer new private health exchanges and companies like Walgreens are adopting this approach. If you’re a broker, see: How to Offer a Private Health Exchange in 3 Steps .

4) Co-Op

Joining a co-op for health insurance is a more traditional approach for small groups. The idea is the co-op increases buying power and spreads the risk to a larger group. Each co-op is structured differently, and whether the co-op offers better insurance rates than the small group could get on the open market or SHOP depends on regional insurance underwriting laws and the co-op itself.

5) Private Small Group Plan

Purchasing a private small group plan is also still an option for small groups. Small groups may find more options and carriers to choose from on the private market as compared to the SHOP, where some states only have one or two plans to choose from. Read more small business health insurance trends here.

The Future of Small Group Health Insurance?

Every day I hear from small business owners and their brokers about the challenges of a traditional small group health insurance plan – with the primary challenge being cost. As such, it is not surprising to hear that only half (54 percent ) of small and medium sized businesses do not offer traditional insurance today.

Which is why I’d argue that #1 (individual health insurance with defined contribution allowances) and #2 (private exchanges paired with individual health insurance) are the best health insurance options for small groups in 2016.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2013 under the title, “Top 5 Health Insurance Options for Small Groups in 2014.”

Do you agree or disagree? What questions do you have? Leave a comment below.





Top Franchises #austin #business #journal

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Your Guide to Top Rated Franchises


  • Equitimax Insiders Circle

    Equitimax Insiders Circle is probably the most exciting opportunity in the country right now as it offers you an opportunity to increase your income working part time or full time.


  • Sing Your Name

    Join the worlds leading personalised children’s gift company and reap the rewards as well as offering fun and education. Minimum cash required £2,850,


  • Mail Boxes Etc.

    Mail Boxes Etc. is a one-stop high street store. Click here to read about this great franchise opportunity.


  • Rainbow International

    This globally-loved franchise is expanding. Seize the chance to work with the world’s leaders in fire and water disaster restoration. This franchise has revolutionised the industry.


  • Puncturesafe

    Distribute PunctureSafe’s high quality tyre sealants to businesses and vehicles owners in your own exclusive operating territory.


  • EmbroidMe

    EmbroidMe is the world’s largest diversified customised embroidery and promotional products franchise.


  • F45 Training

    Addictive, cutting-edge exercise program F45 Training is offering new franchise opportunities.


  • Driving Miss Daisy

    Run a transportation business in your area for the elderly, children those with disabilities.


  • Whelan Pest Prevention

    Whelan Pest Prevention provides a necessary, niche service, meaning we are always in demand.


  • Payrolls Direct

    No payroll experience required! You market and sell our payroll services to clients – and we do the numbers.


  • énergie fitness for women

    Join the booming women’s health and fitness market. Offering a complete franchise package with expert support.


  • Husse UK

    £10,000 Start-up Support from Husse – the global leader in Pet Food home delivery service.


  • Tubz Brands Vending

    Taste the SWEET smell of success with our market leading Franchises.” The No.1 Tower Vending Franchise in the UK.


  • MOBALPA Kitchens

    A premier designer and manufacturer of kitchens and bathrooms.


  • Suit the City

    Join our bespoke tailoring franchise if you are a keen business person with experience in sales marketing.


  • FACILITAS

    Help people to stop smoking in 90 minutes with our proven soft laser therapy treatment! Huge demand, affordable investment.


  • Betterclean

    Run a profitable management business in the commercial cleaning sector.


  • Nationwide Cleaners

    Start your own domestic cleaning franchise with a MONEY BACK GUARANTEE* and earn up to £60,000 per year!


  • Go Media

    Sales marketing franchise with high-value web business solutions building long-term income.


  • Visiting Angels

    Visiting Angels is a US leader in the home care industry – now expanding worldwide.





  • Top 10 Online Business Opportunities to Make Money #best #online #business #ideas

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    Top 10 Online Business Opportunities to Make Money

    Great ways to increase your income directly from your private computer

    Money makes the web go around. Whether you’re on a mission to find a new source of income or just looking to increase your paycheck with a side gig, the internet can offer a variety of solutions for you to choose from.

    With such a great selection it’s easy to get lost. And although trial and error is a method we usually would recommend, it’s probably not a good idea to invest time and resources on experimentation when something so crucial as your income is at stake.

    The solution? Research, and fortunately for you we can save you time with that. Below is a list of 10 online business opportunities that have a high potential for generating profit. Read through and consider which of these options might work for you.

    1. Teach Online Classes:
    Your expertise and knowledge can be very useful to you when you start your online business. Whether you’re a certified chemistry teacher or a knitting master, you can create an online course and charge students for access to the study material.

    2. Do Affiliate Marketing:
    On the web, affiliate marketers are people who promote various online services and receive a commission for making sales. Many online services have an affiliate program Wix.com has one as well! This type of business is especially worthwhile if you already have a blog or a website set up and can simply start working on promoting your affiliate goods.

    3. Write for Pay:
    If you happen to be a gifted writer, your skills could be valuable to a huge variety of target audiences, from companies that need tech manuals, to college applicants who need help writing their resumes, or small businesses looking for good newsletter content.

    4. Design Wix Websites:
    You have no idea how many times we’ve seen this pattern a person in need of a website creates one using Wix’s web publishing platform, is very pleased with the process and the outcome, publishes the website and then receives offers from friends and acquaintances to design a site for them as well. The idea behind Wix is that everyone can create websites, but not everyone has the time or the will to do it, so why don’t you step in and fill the need? Check out WixEd. our very own online course where Wix users can become certified web designers and start their own business in web design.

    5. Open an Online Consulting Agency:
    Provide professional and specialized observations based on your field of expertise health and wellness, finances, law and more. Here you can choose whether you want to work solely online or combine face-to-face service with your digital one.

    6. Use Your Research Skills:
    The internet created a neverending source of data. Companies searching for business intel, an individual interested in family genealogy or an author in need of background material do not always have the ability to search this vast pool of knowledge with a fine-tooth comb. In these examples and others, they would prefer to hire someone to perform online research. Might that someone be yourself?

    7. Get with the Retail Program:
    With online sales continuously on the rise, selling products to web shoppers is definitely a worthwhile path to follow for business purposes. Using Wix to create your own online store. you can set up a retail business with minimum effort and costs. We even have a guide that can help you choose the best products for your online store.

    8. Offer Text Editing Translation Services:
    It’s the most straightforward process you can imagine. A customer sends you a text for proofreading, literary editing or translation purposes, you do your work and send them a document back. This kind of hassle-free operation will leave you plenty of time to focus on promoting your service.

    9. Become a Social Media Marketer:
    Small business brands and professional freelancers often require help with promoting their work on social media platforms. You can train yourself to understand the fine art of social media marketing and offer to either take over their social marketing efforts or to provide consulting services on the matter. The Wix Blog will provide you with an abundance of reading material on how to market on social media .

    10. Create Custom-Made Art or Music:
    If you want to support yourself as an independent artist without having to take on an office job or wait tables, why don’t you use your talent to make extra money? You can offer people from all over the world the option to commission illustrations, caricatures, sculptures, video art, designed candles, custom-ordered songs or anything that your creative force is able to produce.

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    UK entrepreneurs top 100: From Richard Branson to Edwina Dunn, these are

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    UK entrepreneurs top 100: From Richard Branson to Edwina Dunn, these are the most influential business founders in the UK on social media

    Richard Branson, Victoria Beckham and Brent Hoberman all made the cut (Source: Getty, Official LeWeb Photos on Flickr)

    Emma Haslett, Harriet Green

    Whether you re an aspiring entrepreneur or have spent years building a business, you could do worse than to hear the stories of those who ve been through it all before.

    So we ve put together a list of the UK s best and brightest at building businesses to get you inspired – from those who are near the beginning of the process, to some of the UK s most experienced entrepreneurs.

    Our entrepreneurs list is based on active users of Twitter and their Klout scores, which takes into account various metrics from Twitter, Facebook. Google Plus, LinkedIn. Instagram, Foursquare and Wikipedia.

    This list is no longer being updated. It was last updated on Friday 15th July 2016.





    Britain s Top 100 entrepreneurs #loans #for #business

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    Britain’s Top 100 Entrepreneurs 2015

    This year’s top spot on our list goes to Simon and Bobby Arora, who’ve built their bargain homewares chain B M into a billion pound success story. They are joined by entrepreneurs in everything from aviation and drinks to soft toys and software.

    If Britain is to continue to prosper amid the spreading shockwaves of the great China economic slowdown, it’s going to need all the help it can get from its energetic army of entrepreneurs. Happily our 10th MT survey of Britain’s Top 100 Entrepreneurs and family businesses shows that in the last five years, from the depth of the downturn until last year, the nation’s self-made businessmen and women have been performing heroically, growing their operations, taking on staff and generating much-needed cash for both their local economies and the country.

    So our Top 100 have seen staff numbers shoot up by nearly 85,000 in the last five years to over 164,000. This near-107% rise is much sharper than in previous years, justifying the view that our best entrepreneurs are the economy’s real job creators. And job creation is one of the crucial measures we use in ranking our Top 100.

    The other of course is turnover growth, reflecting the economic activity they generate. This year our 100 entrepreneurs had a total turnover of 26.35bn, up from 12.898bn five years ago.

    This represents a 104.3% increase – great news for UK plc, but perhaps a note of caution should come here. This is the first time since we started doing the Top 100 that the overall growth in employment has been greater than the comparable growth figure for turnover. It may help explain why the British productivity record has been so lamentable in recent years, with an 18% lag behind our competitors. Quite simply the entrepreneurs collectively are not getting as much out of each staff member in output terms.

    But behind the macroeconomic numbers are some pretty impressive individual performances, none more so than this year’s number one – the Arora brothers (pictured) of discount homewares chain B M. Simon, the Cambridge-educated ex-McKinsey man, and his younger brother Bobby, who has a market trader’s nose for a bargain and pricing, have in the last decade built up a group that is now the envy of the discount retail world, valued by the stock market at around 3.2bn. More importantly for UK plc, in the last five years, B M’s remorseless expansion has seen its staff numbers jump by over 200% to 19,462. That must be a welcome boost in its Merseyside heartland where it has its headquarters.

    This is matched by their track record in growing sales, up by 206% in the same period. But they are not alone in this respect. Our joint second place entries, 32-year-old Nitin Passi of the Missguided online fashion group and the Coates siblings – Denise and John – through their Bet365 online gaming operation, are just as effective when it comes to expansion. Passi has invested in a new headquarters in Manchester which, with all the trappings of an internet operation, is regarded as the coolest in the city. He reckons it will motivate his growing staff to make Missguided a 1bn business in five years. Few would bet against him, or the nine others from Britain’s thriving Asian business community who make our list.

    Excellent progress this may be, but sadly we can’t say the same about the number of female entrepreneurs in the Top 100. There are 17 women listed, but only two, including Denise Coates of course, make the top 20. Last year’s celebrity winner, fashion entrepreneur Victoria Beckham. has not produced any new accounts and so cannot be considered this time around.

    There are of course some fabulous women entrepreneurs who have developed businesses of the scale to make it into the Top 100, including Chrissie Rucker of the White Company, Margaret Barbour and Vivienne Westwood. But despite having trawled Companies House for the accounts that provide the underpinning of our research, there are just not enough. Perhaps this is a deficiency which the current crop of twentysomething female entrepreneurs like Kathryn Parsons of Decoded and Smruti Sriram of Supreme Creations will address in future lists – after all, the wealth which is one of our core criteria typically takes many years to accrue.

    In the meantime, the aforementioned Bet365 founder and co-CEO Denise Coates is our highest placed woman and flies the flag ably for women in business. A bookie’s daughter, she certainly knows a good bet when she sees one. Coates has masterminded a near doubling of profits to over 400m in the Stoke-based firm’s latest accounts. And her business acumen extends to looking after her employees, too – she plans to turn what’s left of Josiah Wedgwood’s famous Etruria Works into a children’s day nursery, a facility bound to be welcomed by the firm’s working parents.

    The north-south divide may be ever-present, but encouragingly there are a fair crop of regional entrepreneurs working to close it. The South West has 14, the North West 13 and Yorkshire 12.

    But the South East still remains top, with 33 names. Encouragingly for the government’s efforts to re-balance British business towards manufacturing, the march of the Top 100 makers is going at full tilt. Thirteen of the Top 100 are industrialists of one sort or another, with another 21 in high-tech sectors like the internet, software, telecoms and computing. They include Sir James Dyson of the ubiquitous bagless vacuum, whose firm is rapidly moving into new markets. Smaller but growing steadily are the likes of Melett, built up by Ian and Nicola Warhurst, which makes turbocharger repair kits for cars, and exports 90% of its output, with a growing market in China.

    One of our measures of how well our entrepreneurs are doing comes from a valuation of their stake in the business and other assets, based on the stock market values if quoted or in line with those values for those who run a private company. Such valuations, of course, come with many caveats but serve as a rough and ready guide. Collectively the Top 100 are, by our reckoning, worth 24.5bn, a whisker below last year’s 25bn total.

    This may reflect the general fragility of markets worldwide at present. But the one fact that unites all our 100 is their demonstrable record of success. They are the best hope for Britain to enjoy a sustained recovery with more jobs – and more prosperity – to come.

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    Top 7 best business mobiles in the UK in 2016: top smartphones

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    Top 7 best business mobiles in the UK in 2016: top smartphones for work

    Impressive security features

    Not premium build quality

    When the Priv launched, it took a lot of analysts by surprised because of radical step involving the OS. BlackBerry had finally decided to embrace Android and re-introduce the keyboard (albeit a slide out one) on a flagship handset. It is, as techradar’s John McCann candidly puts it, the mullet of the smartphone world. “It’s still business in the front, but now there’s a party in the back too. It will divide opinion, but this is the best BlackBerry in years,” he added. The device will appeal to those who wants the security halo associated with BlackBerry with the ubiquity of Google’s Android. Overall, it remains a stunning piece of kit, and probably one bound to become a classic.

    3. BlackBerry Classic

    For those who yearn for the golden age of BB OS

    Great messaging capabilities

    Old-school QWERTY keyboard

    Square screen not for everyone

    Pretty hefty phone

    There are still BlackBerry fans out there and the Canadian company unveiled the Classic to please them all. An old-school QWERTY keyboard, a familiar operating system and user interface, a design that doesn’t age and the enterprise-grade security are all on the feature list of this smartphone. Sure, Android might well have the upper hand when it comes to market share and the sheer number of applications but BlackBerry provides with yet another attractive alternative when it comes to business smartphones. It runs BlackBerry OS 10 with a square 720×720 pixel touchscreen display, a touchpad and up to 22-hour battery power.

    4. Samsung Galaxy S6

    A secure and compelling offering for BYOD aficionados

    Disappointing battery longevity

    With every iteration of its Galaxy S series, Samsung edges towards the business user. The S6 (and its partner the S6 Edge) saw the inclusion of Microsoft Office Android applications as well as Samsung’s own mobile device management container solution, Knox. The latter provides military-grade, multi-layered mobile security. Siloed personal and work partitioning containers (Knox Workspace) means that employers can separate work and personal life in a near seamless way. Great for BYOD aficionados. Samsung also wisely scrapped the plastic finish for a more upmarket design that blends glass and metal.

    5. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

    A more productive way to be mobile

    Oodles of power

    Some will find it too big

    Since the Note 5 is not officially available in the UK, the best Android-based device with a pen remains the Note 4, still a very capable device. Multi-tasking is part of the parcel of business these days and what better phone to handle this than the Galaxy Note 4 with its stunning QHD (better than full HD) 5.7-inch display, 3GB of RAM and serious power inside. A great battery life and expandable memory have always been key Galaxy Note features, but you can now add a more premium design to that list. A metal frame runs round the circumference of the handset, and while the rear is still plastic it’s a big step forward for Samsung and it’s a welcome addition. The S Pen has been given a boost with greater accuracy, making handwriting and multi-tasking even easier. Snap two apps side by side on screen if you want to up your efficiency even more.

    6. Apple iPhone 6S Plus

    The alternative business smartphone

    Bright and vibrant screen

    3D Touch has definite potential

    Supersized smartphones are all the rage these days, even Apple has one, and if the Cupertino firm’s styling and iOS heritage appeals to your business then check out the excellent iPhone 6S Plus. Its 5.5-inch display is one of the best on the market and the A9 processor that powers it regularly ranks amongst the most powerful in smartphone-dom. It supports more LTE bands than most smartphones and its enclosure is made of the same grade of aluminium alloy as used in the aerospace industry. Add in Siri and a bunch of other innovations (like Touch ID and 3D Touch) and you have a very capable business phone, one whose profile was raised by Apple’s close collaboration with IBM.

    7. Lenovo K80M

    A handset which boasts sizzling bang for buck

    Great value for money

    Plentiful RAM and storage

    No local warranty

    Some pre-installed bloatware

    This smartphone is worthy of a special mention on this list as a business phone for a number of reasons. It is built by Lenovo, the biggest PC manufacturer on the planet, one who also owns Motorola as well. It’s shipped directly from China which is a novel but growing shift in the way products are purchased. It has a headline-grabbing 4GB of RAM, same as most desktop PCs, and 64GB of storage. Despite these specs and a quad-core Intel CPU it retails for a fraction of what similar smartphones will cost over here. Sadly though, because it doesn’t have a local warranty you will need to send it back for repairs.

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    Top 5 Things to Pay Attention to When Giving Corporate Gifts #business

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    Top 5 Things to Pay Attention to When Giving Corporate Gifts

    As the CEO of a small business, one of your main concerns is ensuring your employees know they feel appreciated. Aside from the frequent verbal praise you hopefully provide, the occasional gift can go a long way to making an employee feel valued.

    Yes, you probably have a small office with a few coworkers if you’re just starting out but there will be a birthday, anniversary, or some extraordinary job done where gift giving is going to be expected. Giving a gift in the workplace can sometimes be tricky, but follow these simple rules to make sure your gift leaves a happy employee.

    Get your budget in line.

    Even if you’re giving a gift to a family member or friend, how much to spend is always one of the hardest things to figure out, and it’s even more difficult when coworkers are involved.

    Always consider the reason of the gift. If you’re congratulating someone on a job well done, a $15 American Express gift card may be fine. If you’re celebrating a promotion or engagement, something a little more substantial may be appropriate.

    Conduct research.

    Before you do anything at your company, it’s either tested or researched thoroughly, right? In the same way, think about the person who you’re giving the gift, too and make sure you won’t give them anything that will offend them.

    Examine their desk and see how they have it decorated. You should be able to find something that fits within their idea of a great gift. Are they fanatics about a sports team? Do they Starbucks on their desk every morning? Even though the best gifts come from the heart, remember that it’s okay to ask for help if you can’t figure out a great gift.

    Gift for special occasions.

    As the CEO, you’ll have plenty of opportunities throughout the year to give gifts to employees on special occasions. Whether you’re buying flowers for Secretary’s Day or get well soon gifts for a co-worker, it’s much easier to match a gift to the occasion than to buy one blindly.

    Attach a handwritten note.

    It’s easy to shoot off an email or copy and paste a typewritten note into a custom electronic card, but a handwritten note will make a much stronger impression. Remember one important thing about the person to whom you are writing and mention it in the note for maximum effect.

    Deliver the gift personally.

    Assuming your office and the gifts are small enough, deliver each gift you have purchased to each individual personally. Much like the handwritten note, it will create a much stronger impression when your gift is delivered in person. Plus, you can also use this time to catch up briefly with each of your employees.

    Erin Leigh is a freelance writer for The Serious Teddy Bear Company, a gift basket company for every occasion, from teddy bear birthday gifts to employee and manager gifts. She’s a self-proclaimed gift giving expert and strives to find the perfect gift for any occasion.

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    11 Top Profitable Business Ideas for 2016 #business #games

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    Most articles offering advice regarding profitable business ideas include lists of startup ideas like becoming a personal shopper, a consultant, a pet sitter, a virtual assistant, an interior designer.

    This is not that kind of article.

    Let’s go in a different direction. Here are my favorite ideas–ones you can still easily do this year, even though we’re well into 2016–that can save time, save money, and streamline your professional and personal life.

    The goal is to do less, so you can achieve more:

    1. Downsize your to-do list.

    A to-do list with 20 or 30 items is not just daunting–it’s depressing. Why start when there’s no way you can finish?

    Try this instead. First create a wish list: Use it to write down all the ideas, projects, tasks, etc. that occur to you. Make it your “would like to do” list.

    Then pick three or four items off that list that will make the most difference. Pick the easiest tasks to accomplish, or the ones with the biggest payoff, or the ones that will eliminate the most pain.

    Make that your to-do list. And then get it done.

    Then go back and pick three or four more.

    2. Get rid of one “permission.”

    You probably don’t think of it this way, but everything you do “trains” the people around you how to treat you. Let employees interrupt your meetings or phone calls because of “emergencies” and they’ll feel free to interrupt you any time. Drop what you’re doing every time someone calls and they’ll always expect immediate attention. Return emails immediately and people will always expect an immediate response.

    In short, your actions give other people permission to keep you from working the way you work best.

    A friend set up an “emergency” email account; he responds to those immediately. Otherwise, his employees know he only checks his “standard” email a couple times a day and they act accordingly.

    Figure out how you work best and “train” the people around you to let you be as productive as you possibly can be.

    3. Eliminate one report.

    You’re not reading most of them anyway. And neither are your employees.

    4. Eliminate one sign-off.

    I worked at a manufacturing plant where supervisors had to sign off on quality before a job could be run. Seemed strange to me–we trusted the operators to ensure jobs met standards throughout the run, so why couldn’t we trust them to know if a job met quality standards before they started running?

    You probably have at least one sign-off in place because, somewhere along the way, an employee made a major error, and you don’t want the same mistake to happen again. But in the process, you’ve reduced the amount of responsibility your employees feel for their own work, because you’ve inserted your authority into the process.

    Train, explain, trust–and remove yourself from processes where you don’t belong. (The same premise works at home, too.)

    5. Fire your worst customer (or worst employee ).

    You know the one: the high maintenance, low revenue, nonexistent-profits one.

    Start charging more, or providing less. If that’s not possible, fire that customer.

    6. Eliminate one expense.

    Right now, you’re spending money on something you don’t use, don’t need, or don’t want. But since you buy it. you feel you have to use it. I subscribed to a number of magazines (because subscribing is really cheap compared to buying at the newsstand).

    Great–but then the magazines show up. Then I have to read them. If I don’t, they sit around making me feel guilty.

    So I dropped three or four. I don’t miss them.

    Often the biggest savings in cutting an expense isn’t the actual cost; it’s the time involved in doing or maintaining or consuming whatever the expense represents.

    Pick one expense you can eliminate that will also free up time and effort. Your bottom line and your workday will thank you for it.

    7. Drop one personal commitment.

    We all do things simply because we feel we should. Maybe you volunteer because a friend asked you to, but you feel no real connection to the cause you support. Maybe you have a weekly lunch with some old friends but it feels more like a chore than a treat. Or maybe you keep trying to learn French just because once you started you didn’t want to feel like a quitter.

    Think about one thing you do out of habit, or because you think you’re supposed to, or simply because you don’t know how to get out of it–and then get out of it. The momentary pain–or, in some cases, confrontation–of stepping down, dropping out, or letting go will be replaced quickly by a huge sense relief.

    Then you can use that time to do something you feel has real meaning.

    Or just take a break.

    8. Optimize your lunch.

    You already make enough decisions. What to have for lunch shouldn’t be one of them.

    Pack tuna and a small salad. Pick something healthy, something simple, even something you can eat at your desk. Save the decision making for what’s really important.

    As a bonus, you’ll lose a little weight and feel a little better.

    9. Carve out consistent time to sit and think.

    Most small-business owners spend a lot more time reacting–to employee issues, customer requests, market conditions, etc.–than they do reflecting.

    Eliminate 20 or 30 minutes of reacting time by creating a little quiet time. Close your door and think. Better yet, go for a walk. Exercise does more to bolster thinking than thinking does; walking just 40 minutes three days a week builds new brain cells and improves memory functions.

    And don’t worry that something bad will happen while you’re gone–most of the time the issues you “avoid” will solve themselves.

    10. Remove one willpower drain.

    We all have a finite supply of willpower. Resisting temptation creates stress and eventually exhaustion.

    And then you give in.

    But if you don’t have to exercise willpower, you don’t drain your energy. Say you keep a bowl of candy for customers at the front desk. Every time you walk by you’re tempted to grab a piece, but you stand firm. Resisting tires you out, though, and in time you’ll be more susceptible to the candy’s charms.

    Get rid of the candy altogether. Then you don’t have to use any willpower at all. Pick something you have to resist–food, wasting time, Web browsing, checking social-media accounts–and eliminate the temptation.

    Discipline depletes. Discipline is exhausting. Stay fresh by removing the need for discipline altogether.

    11. Remove one category of decisions.

    Instead of making serial decisions, try making just one: Decide who will decide.

    Say you regularly need to decide whether to expedite shipping due to work-in-progress delays. Instead of being the go-to decision maker, pick someone in the organization who will make those decisions. Provide guidance, parameters, and advice, and turn that person loose. Then, check in periodically to see if they need more direction. That way, you get to spend time figuring out how to eliminate the delays instead of dealing with the repercussions.

    Almost every decision you currently make can be taken over by people you trust. How will you learn to trust them?

    Teach, train, guide, verify–and in time you will give your employees the authority and responsibility they not only earn, but deserve.

    The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.





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    Business Top Stories

    Airbnb regulation concerns

    Sat Sep 03 12:20:21 EST 2016

    A former Tasmanian Liberal minister calls on the Government to back away from regulating the so-called sharing economy.

    Does Australia need lemon laws ?

    Sat Sep 03 06:03:59 EST 2016

    Legal groups are calling for Australia to introduce what is known as “lemon laws” to cover faulty products, including new and used cars.

    BHP boss blasts tax

    Fri Sep 02 23:31:30 EST 2016

    BHP Billiton executive Mike Henry launches a stinging attack on WA Nationals Leader Brendon Grylls’ proposed mining tax.

    Govt funding to board members

    Fri Sep 02 19:48:14 EST 2016

    WA’s Arts Minister approved film funding worth around $1.7 million over three years for production companies owned by members of the Screenwest board.

    ARENA funding

    Fri Sep 02 18:37:45 EST 2016

    Doubts in continued funding to ARENA lead to a two projects being suspended in NSW and WA.

    ASX lower amid US rate hike fears

    Fri Sep 02 18:30:45 EST 2016

    The local market closes three-quarters of a per cent lower, ending a week of losses.

    Overseas funded unit boom

    Fri Sep 02 17:27:29 EST 2016

    An analysis of the banking regulator’s data by UBS shows that foreign banks are the driving force behind the latest phase of the east coast apartment boom.

    Samsung halts exploding battery phone sales

    Fri Sep 02 17:27:29 EST 2016

    Samsung confirms it will halt the sales of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after multiple reports of exploding batteries.

    Plans for Uber

    Fri Sep 02 17:16:54 EST 2016

    NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner says he will not change his mind on introducing Uber to the jurisdiction.

    Melania Trump sues news outlets

    Fri Sep 02 15:31:23 EST 2016

    Donald Trump’s wife Melania sues two media outlets that alleged she worked as an escort in the 1990s.

    Tale of two rate cuts

    Fri Sep 02 14:44:05 EST 2016

    When the Reserve Bank cut interest rates by 25 basis points in May, most home borrowers saw the full benefit, but it was a very different story in August.

    CommSec s penalties, refunds

    Fri Sep 02 14:00:30 EST 2016

    CommSec, the brokerage arm of the Commonwealth Bank, pays $700,000 in infringement penalties and voluntarily refunds $1.1 million to more than 25,000 clients.

    Hotel booking shake-up

    Fri Sep 02 13:04:20 EST 2016

    The competition watchdog has reached a deal with travel sites Expedia and Booking.com to allow hotels to provide cheaper rates to customers booking on the phone or through walk-ins, but not on the hotels’ actual website.

    RBA s club MIT

    Fri Sep 02 10:47:07 EST 2016

    The dominance of graduates from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at the Reserve Bank is further entrenched with the appointment of Guy Debelle as the new deputy governor.

    Hydro leak unresolved: Treasurer

    Fri Sep 02 10:38:48 EST 2016

    Treasurer Peter Gutwein says he is considering his next move over the apparent leaking of a Hydro Tasmania document.

    US markets flat

    Fri Sep 02 08:33:29 EST 2016

    Wall Street finishes flat, with weak oil prices and sluggish factory activity data limiting the markets’ gains.

    Cape Canaveral explosion

    Fri Sep 02 00:10:03 EST 2016

    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral in Florida during a test, destroying it and its payload.

    Apple tax bill crap

    Thu Sep 01 19:32:13 EST 2016

    A $19.2 billion back tax bill served on Apple by the European Union is “total political crap”, CEO Tim Cook says.

    Manta ray controls sought

    Thu Sep 01 19:14:36 EST 2016

    Researchers from Murdoch University call for tighter controls over the manta ray tourism industry at Ningaloo reef in Western Australia’s north-west.

    Market close

    Thu Sep 01 17:22:06 EST 2016

    Australian shares close modestly lower as figures showing retail sales remained flat, while business investments fell in July.

    Ausgrid exception not rule

    Thu Sep 01 16:48:04 EST 2016

    Former Liberal treasurer Peter Costello says the Ausgrid takeover rejection should be the exception to the rule, as Chinese investments have “transformed the living standards of every Australian”.

    Chinese cargo ship released

    Thu Sep 01 15:50:00 EST 2016

    A Chinese cargo ship which was arrested and then detained by Australian authorities for more than a month is now free to go.

    Chinese manufacturing stagnates

    Thu Sep 01 14:21:13 EST 2016

    Both official and unofficial measures show China’s once-booming manufacturing sector remains stagnant amid weak global demand.

    Manufacturing slump

    Thu Sep 01 14:04:43 EST 2016

    A downturn in food and beverage production drives a slump in Australia’s manufacturing sector in August, sending a key measure of activity to its lowest point in more than a year.

    Business investment falls

    Thu Sep 01 12:07:35 EST 2016

    Business investment tumbles another 5.4 per cent in the June quarter to be down more than 17 per cent over the year.

    Business

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    Top 10 Low Overhead Cottage Industry Small Business ideas #business #school #rankings

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    Are you planning to go home based while earning a significant sustainable income? If yes, then below are the top ten low overhead cottage industry ideas you can start today .

    Starting a small business from home is cool. At least, it gives you the freedom to work anytime you want—from anywhere and at any point in time. I am going to be really conversational in this post, so I want you to play along with me.

    A cottage industry can include anyone who’s working from home selling or offering product or services. In this present age, you can make a full living operating your own cottage business right from home Without mincing words, bellow are eleven super cool, money making cottage industry business ideas:

    Top 10 Low Overhead Cottage Industry Business ideas

    What You Need to Consider Before Starting a Cottage Business

    Though, starting a home cottage business sounds like a good idea. Of course, it’s profitable and flexible but there are many things you have to put into consideration before starting. I suggest you take your time to test the waters before going fully into the business…

    Are you good at writing or designing? Or, do you love soap making, editing or completing surveys. There are lots of cottage businesses you can start but you need to first review your talents, and identify what you like doing!

    Exclusive Cottage Business Ideas…

    Content mills like iwriter, Elance and Guru.com are looking for professional writers to help with content writing. 3years ago, while building my online business, I worked as a freelance writer on iwriter.com and generated a monthly profit of $300 — $500. For content writing, you should have a portfolio and samples to prove to clients that you are worth hiring!

    Seriously, there’s so much money to be made online. This young boy: Bamidele Onibalusi generates a monthly profit of $5,000 working from home, spending just 5 hours daily, writing articles… With content writing, your possibilities are limitless. You too can quit your day job and start earning $8,000 writing just like Tom Ewer .

    Tip: Remember, no one is born a great writer. Practice makes perfect. Join writing portals like Constant Content, Ehow, Squidoo, Blogging.org and Yahoo’s associated content to start earning today!

    Are you good at teaching Mathematics or playing musical instruments or you have a talent in teaching different foreign languages. If you answered YES to the above question, then you can actually make money by starting a tutoring business

    People are willing to pay to learn how to speak Chinese, type, dance, sow, cook, write or prepare foreign foods. If you are good in any of these topics, you could start up a blog or market yourself in your local newspaper.

    People who are willing to learn these things will gladly pay you as long as they get the value for what they paid for. To get started, you can offer to teach for free to build reputation. Don’t start out big. Offer tremendous value and don’t expect to charge much. You could offer to teach someone to speak Chinese Language for a measly fee of $50.

    Otunba Akin Alabi, the CEO of Nairabet visited China recently for business and was handed a flier by a Chinese dude. He wanted to trash the flier immediately but he tried to be polite. When he was about going into the elevator, he looked at the flier and was amazed at what he saw:

    “Learn To Speak Chinese Fluently in Just 2 Weeks!’’

    Now I love that. That young Chinese dude must be a smart cottage businessperson. He was offering a service that teaches foreigners how to speak Chinese! He knew they were foreigners who’re dying to learn Chinese, and would pay anything to learn it.

    3. Start Making soaps

    Are you good at making soaps? Or do you have flair for soap making. You can make a living by making soaps. All you need to do is to promote your soap business and collaborate with gift baskets companies to provide them with scented, soaps.

    Other Cottage Industry ideas to Consider

    You don’t need to be an experienced English speaker to start a proofreading business. Publishers are in need of talented proofreaders. You can actually make a living off editing if you understand the basic rules of spelling Grammar and punctuation. You can join Elance.com and Freelancer.com to get started. Or, set up a website and rank organically in the search engines.

    As a final note, I am quite sure you have many home business ideas. Just remember this: an idea without corresponding action is dead. So start a low-cost cottage business that you can manage from home and I will see you at the top.

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    The UTD Top 100 Business School Research Rankings – Naveen Jindal School

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    Research Rankings Overview

    The UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management has created a database to track publications in 24 leading business journals. The database contains titles and author affiliations of papers published in these journals since 1990. The information in the database is used to provide the top 100 business school rankings since 1990 based on the total contributions of faculty.

    Additionally, the database can also be searched by:

    • Any journal or combination of journals between the time period 1990 to date to get a ranking of schools
    • School name to see a list of publications by a school for any combination of journals and time period between 1990 to date
    • Author name to see a list of publications by an author for any combination of journals and time period between 1990 to date
    • Key phrase in article name to see a list of publications containing that phrase for any combination of journals and time period between 1990 to date

    The Jindal School of Management maintains and keeps this website current to provide timely data on research productivity in leading research journals across major disciplines in business schools. The school has worked hard to ensure data integrity, but as with any project of this type where the affiliation data is not always clear, some errors may exist. If you spot an error, please send us the corrections at Top 100 Admin.

    List of Journals

    The Accounting Review

    Journal of Accounting and Economics

    Strategic Management Journal

    Methodology

    UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management provides a tool to study research contributions based on publications in 24 leading journals in major business disciplines. The database contains author and affiliation information on all papers published in these journals since 1990. Authors affiliations are recorded at the time of the paper publication.

    A single-authored paper results in the school of affiliation being credited with a score of 1. If there are multiple authors from different schools, each school gets a score of p/n, where p is the number of authors from the same school and there are a total of n authors on the article. If an author lists multiple affiliations, each of the schools that author is affiliated with gets a corresponding scaled score. For example, if one of the n authors lists m affiliations, each school that author is affiliated with gets a score of 1/nm.

    The database can be searched by any period between 1990 to the current year for any combination of journals, resulting in aggregated scores for schools. This provides a clear picture of contributions from each school for the selected journals and time period. One can also search the database by school names, author names and key phrases in the title.

    The Jindal School of Management also provides a ranking of the top 100 schools in North America and worldwide based on publications in all 24 journals for the last five-year time period. The school also provides links to prior rankings starting with the period 2000-2004.

    Disclaimer

    Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, the nature and diversity in which author affiliation information is provided in the journals sometimes make it hard to categorize and report the information accurately. UT Dallas Jindal School of Management has attempted to verify information using the web when possible.

    While searching for articles, author names are provided in the search results. They are not listed in the sequence specified in the published paper. Also note that when information on authors is provided, if the same author is listed twice, it indicates that the author has listed multiple affiliations.

    If you believe there is an error in the information provided, please send specific information to the administrator.

    The Naveen Jindal School of Management appreciates your input to this ongoing research effort.





    Top Ten Social Media Sites for Business Networking #business #invitations

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    Top Ten Social Media Sites for Business Networking

    Top ten social media sites for business

    Social media is becoming more powerful today than it was at its inception and as such there are now more social media sites out there than ever before. There are tons of sites that are geared toward certain jobs, areas, and age groups. It helps to understand event marketing definition to be able to move forward in the right direction. Business can benefit now more than ever from social media as more and more sites are becoming business friendly. Small business networking sites and business related networking sites can really give your business a boost. Here are ten sites that are incredibly useful to businesses across the board.

    This site is a group of dedicated entrepreneurs and business professionals that are dedicated to helping one another succeed with helpful information, tips, and tricks. Communication on this site is key and can help lead to worthwhile and useful business contacts and information that can help any business go from hum drum to successful in a matter of months.

    This site is a networking site that allows professionals to post resumes, talk with one another, and build valuable connections. This site is perfect for both starting business professionals and those that have some experience under their belt.

    Business networking groups like this one allow entrepreneurs, designers, programmers, and so much more. The site works to bring professionals from all walks and genres together to create a truly diverse and interesting work place. The site is mainly geared toward those individuals that are starting new ventures and need both support, advice, and information.

    This is an online community and marketplace where ideas can be exchanged, worked on, and fabricated. It was created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs that are interested in starting new ventures and just need that little extra push in the right direction. E.Factor is a type of experimental marketing.

    This site was founded as a way for business professionals to get in contact with other professionals. The site works to partner small business owners and entrepreneurs that may want to invest. This is also a great place to share ideas and build valuable business connections. This site and many others like it are called event marketing agency.

    This is an online community created by Entrepreneur.com that is geared toward connecting entrepreneurs to one another. The site works to create lasting connections and allows users the chance to talk with one another, share ideas, and network over a large area.

    This site encourages mutual success through a vast network of entrepreneurs, business people, and small business owners that can help encourage and offer information for others. This site is a great opportunity for new business owners or those with an idea to start the process of owning their own business. Every new business should be on this business networking sites list.

    This site is an ultra enhanced address book that allows users to stay in contact with one another and truly be part of a community. There are tons of great features that make this site great for anyone with a plethora of contacts that needs a succinct and organized way to store, work with, and use their current contacts while gathering new contacts.

    This site allows users to organize themselves according to profession, location, and former jobs to help others find one another. This site is great for connecting with other users by being able to simply search to find users that have similar interests and past references.

    Business networking sites like Linkedln offers businesses the chance to become acquainted with other business professionals. It offers users the chance to peruse thousands of profiles, find potential employees, other professionals, and even business partners. This site is great for those that want tons of information at their fingertips. Being a business does not mean that you have to completely get out of social media. Social media offers businesses a chance to share their interests, knowledge and more.

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    Top 5 Green Business Ideas for Aspiring Eco-entrepreneurs – Green Entrepreneurship #register

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    Top 5 Green Business Ideas for Aspiring Eco-entrepreneurs

    Green businesses are gaining popularity as more opportunities arise for eco-entrepreneurs to invest in. This business is mainly driven by the demand of consumers who are interested in purchasing goods and services that incorporate eco-friendly manufacturing processes. In fact, most of the services and products being offered today have been greened. Thus, if you are looking to start a business that is geared towards saving water, energy and other resources, you simply cannot run short of sustainable ideas.

    There are numerous green business options that you can venture into on a part-time basis and with a small investment. Whether you are interested in a part-time or a full-time green business, here are top 5 ideas that eco-entrepreneurs can invest in and join the green business revolution:

    1. Green App Development

    If your preference is working in the technology world, you can still make a contribution to the green revolution through the development of apps that promote a green living ideology through proper waste management and recycling. Generally, apps that offer information on what to buy and how to recycle waste are quite popular.

    Green app development is quite promising in terms of income generation as its potential is not about to exhaust in the near future. Besides, existing businesses can also consider developing apps that are branded, as there is room for winning more customers for your products and services as well as cementing their loyalty.

    2. Waste Management/Recycling Business

    Recycling is a great step towards ensuring that toxic waste does not end up in the landfills. An electronics recycling business is a great area as old computers, mobile phones, fax machines as well as outdated television sets can be used to produce items that can be used elsewhere. You can also consider offering a pickup service for such electronics and deliver them to recyclers at a fee even though you may not offer actual recycling services.

    3. Manufacturing of Green Products

    This is another leading business idea that has continued to top the list of green business ideas. You may want to consider manufacturing vegan, organic or herbal soaps, lotions, shampoos as well as other cosmetics whose demand has continued to grow. One of the reasons why these products are preferred is because they have few or no side effects as opposed to chemical-based personal care products. Thus, you can manufacture different kinds of safe and natural personal care products and then market and sell them locally.

    4. Green Consulting

    Setting up a green consultancy is another good green business idea. This is because more and more businesses as well as individuals are looking to go green even though they do not have adequate knowledge on where to begin. Thus, as a consultant you can develop a concrete action plan for them after looking at their environment and making an analysis of the environmental weaknesses and strengths.

    Homes and businesses that are consuming more energy than they need for cooling or heating can benefit from green advice. In addition to consulting, you can also consider adding a green event management service where you will see to it that every area of the event is executed in a manner that is environmentally friendly.

    5. Energy Efficiency Auditor

    Being able to determine the amount of energy you use at home and sticking to it is a great step in ensuring energy efficiency. Unfortunately, not so many people understand the value of this. This is why you will do really well if you set up an auditing agency that oversees that business owners are determining how much insulation they need, know when the bulbs are due for a change as well as the kind of programmable thermostats they need.

    There are endless opportunities when it comes to green business ideas so you need to identify the area that you are passionate about. Also make sure that you are well skilled in your chosen area before setting up your recycling business if you want to make the difference you desire.

    Erich Lawson is passionate about saving environment by effective recycling. He has written a wide array of articles on how modern recycling equipments can be used by industries to reduce monthly garbage bills and increase recycling revenue. You can learn more about environment savings techniques by visiting Northern California Compactors, Inc blog

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    Top 10 Online Business Opportunities to Make Money #carpet #cleaning #business

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    Top 10 Online Business Opportunities to Make Money

    Great ways to increase your income directly from your private computer

    Money makes the web go around. Whether you’re on a mission to find a new source of income or just looking to increase your paycheck with a side gig, the internet can offer a variety of solutions for you to choose from.

    With such a great selection it’s easy to get lost. And although trial and error is a method we usually would recommend, it’s probably not a good idea to invest time and resources on experimentation when something so crucial as your income is at stake.

    The solution? Research, and fortunately for you we can save you time with that. Below is a list of 10 online business opportunities that have a high potential for generating profit. Read through and consider which of these options might work for you.

    1. Teach Online Classes:
    Your expertise and knowledge can be very useful to you when you start your online business. Whether you’re a certified chemistry teacher or a knitting master, you can create an online course and charge students for access to the study material.

    2. Do Affiliate Marketing:
    On the web, affiliate marketers are people who promote various online services and receive a commission for making sales. Many online services have an affiliate program Wix.com has one as well! This type of business is especially worthwhile if you already have a blog or a website set up and can simply start working on promoting your affiliate goods.

    3. Write for Pay:
    If you happen to be a gifted writer, your skills could be valuable to a huge variety of target audiences, from companies that need tech manuals, to college applicants who need help writing their resumes, or small businesses looking for good newsletter content.

    4. Design Wix Websites:
    You have no idea how many times we’ve seen this pattern a person in need of a website creates one using Wix’s web publishing platform, is very pleased with the process and the outcome, publishes the website and then receives offers from friends and acquaintances to design a site for them as well. The idea behind Wix is that everyone can create websites, but not everyone has the time or the will to do it, so why don’t you step in and fill the need? Check out WixEd. our very own online course where Wix users can become certified web designers and start their own business in web design.

    5. Open an Online Consulting Agency:
    Provide professional and specialized observations based on your field of expertise health and wellness, finances, law and more. Here you can choose whether you want to work solely online or combine face-to-face service with your digital one.

    6. Use Your Research Skills:
    The internet created a neverending source of data. Companies searching for business intel, an individual interested in family genealogy or an author in need of background material do not always have the ability to search this vast pool of knowledge with a fine-tooth comb. In these examples and others, they would prefer to hire someone to perform online research. Might that someone be yourself?

    7. Get with the Retail Program:
    With online sales continuously on the rise, selling products to web shoppers is definitely a worthwhile path to follow for business purposes. Using Wix to create your own online store. you can set up a retail business with minimum effort and costs. We even have a guide that can help you choose the best products for your online store.

    8. Offer Text Editing Translation Services:
    It’s the most straightforward process you can imagine. A customer sends you a text for proofreading, literary editing or translation purposes, you do your work and send them a document back. This kind of hassle-free operation will leave you plenty of time to focus on promoting your service.

    9. Become a Social Media Marketer:
    Small business brands and professional freelancers often require help with promoting their work on social media platforms. You can train yourself to understand the fine art of social media marketing and offer to either take over their social marketing efforts or to provide consulting services on the matter. The Wix Blog will provide you with an abundance of reading material on how to market on social media .

    10. Create Custom-Made Art or Music:
    If you want to support yourself as an independent artist without having to take on an office job or wait tables, why don’t you use your talent to make extra money? You can offer people from all over the world the option to commission illustrations, caricatures, sculptures, video art, designed candles, custom-ordered songs or anything that your creative force is able to produce.

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    Top 10 Ways to Advertise on a Budget #business #current #events

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    10 Inexpensive Ways to Advertise Your Small Business

    Banner ads and print ads can be expensive. And they are not necessarily the best way to advertise your small or mid-size business. So to find how to get the greatest return on your advertising investment, Small Business Computing surveyed small business owners. Here’s what they had to say.

    10 Inexpensive Ways to Advertise Your Small Business

    Banner ads and print ads can be expensive. And they are not necessarily the best way to advertise your small or mid-size business. So to find how to get the greatest return on your advertising investment, Small Business Computing surveyed small business owners. Here’s what they had to say.

    Invest in Google AdWords

    Google AdWords and PPC [pay-per-click] can give you crazy amounts of traffic if you are tight with your campaign and run niche ad groups,” explained Andrew Riker an SEO specialist at WordStream. “Focused, long-tail keywords that are specific to your industry will cause the highest possible click-through rate and in-turn conversions.”

    Riker adds that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a lot of traffic. “A small daily budget—$10-$20/day—can provide you with a large amount of traffic and in turn qualified leads, as long as the ad is relevant,” he said. If you’re new to AdWords or just want to keep up with the latest tips and info, be sure to check out Inside Adwords . Google’s official resource blog on all things AdWords.

    Try Facebook Ads

    “We tried print ads and banner ads, but for our money Facebook Ads provide us with the most focused consumers,” explained Chris Knollmeyer, Web manager for Carolina Rustica. “Being able to target specific demographics lets us pinpoint people we have not reached yet and provides us with a platform to reach out to them. This kind of targeting allows us to minimize extemporaneous clicks from consumers [who are] just browsing or searching for information and gets us the most for our money.”

    “Facebook ads have definitely been the most successful overall,” concurred Megan LaBant Abrahamsen, the owner of Blue Star Bazaar. “I can set a small budget (less than $10 per day) and target specific customers – [by] age, gender, education and interests similar to my product categories.”

    Even if people don’t immediately make a purchase because of the Facebook ad, many of them wind up “liking” her business, she said, which lets Blue Star Bazaar create a database of potential customers.

    Get your Facebook Ads tips direct from the source: Facebook for Business .

    Look into StumbleUpon Ads

    “One of the best ways to advertise and get traffic to your website is by using StumbleUpon Ads ,” noted Chris Wise, the online marketing director at CustomerRave. “They cost as little as $0.05 a click, so for $5 you can get 100 unique visitors to your site. While the bounce rate is more often than not higher when using these ads, it’s a great way to advertise contests, giveaways and big promotions,” he said.

    And if the content you are promoting proves to be popular and receives a lot of “likes,” you will start receiving free traffic from Stumbles, which can go on for months, even after you have stopped advertising.

    Get Published Online

    Another great way to advertise your business is to “submit articles on topics your customers may be interested in to reputable websites, such as Ezinearticles.com . Articlesbase.com . or TheFreeLibrary.com ,” said Matthew Kostanecki, a marketing specialist at Archon Systems.

    “In exchange for the content, they allow you to include a couple of back links to your website. Not only does this provide you with potential traffic and leads to your business, it also helps establish you as an expert in your related field,” said Kostanecki. Can’t come up with a subject to write about? He suggests asking your customers about their biggest pains and problems.

    Donate Products or Volunteer Services to a Worthy Cause

    “I got the equivalent of $1,000 in advertising by building the website for the Rhode Island Rally for Recovery ,” explained Benjamin John Coleman, founder of The Origami Bonsai Company. And his investment of time really paid off—resulting in $5,000 in new business. That’s because when other vendors who participated in the Rally saw what a great job his company did building and maintaining the Rally website, they hired Coleman to help them with their websites.

    Cultivate Bloggers

    Find influential bloggers in your industry and ask them to review your product or service,” suggested Daniel Weaver, the president and owner of Daniel’sPromise. “Many will be happy to do so if you give them free product for them to use.”

    That’s what Juppy, the maker of the Juppy Baby Walker, did. “When we started out, our company we didn’t have a lot of cash on hand to spend on advertising,” explained Mayra Sotelo, the COO for Juppy. “So we decided to seek out mom bloggers who would review The Juppy Baby Walker. This worked out great for us… because there is no better [endorsement of] our baby walker that fits in a purse than by a real mom who loves our product.”

    And if you can’t find a blogger who will review and write about your product for free, there are also bloggers “who will write about your site/product/company in exchange for a fee,” noted Mike Scanlin, CEO of Born To Sell. And even with a fee, that kind of endorsement is typically more effective and less expensive than a banner ad.

    Claim Local Listings on Google Places, Yahoo Local and Bing Local

    “You’d be amazed at how many small businesses forget to sign up for services like Google Places, Yahoo Local, and Bing Local even though it’s free!” explained Mandy Boyle, the SEO manager for Solid Cactus. “Claim your local listing, fill out the information and take advantage of people searching for businesses in your area,” she advised.

    Use Community Sites and Local Directories

    Leavy uses a site called Quentin’s Friends . an invitation-only network where members can post recommendations and offers for their products and services for a very small fee. “The service is location-specific, so my ad is going out to thousands of people who are specifically in my geographic area, New York,” she said. And Leavy’s return on investment has been an impressive 6,500 percent.

    Link Up with LinkedIn Ads

    If you own a B2B company, a good way to reach your target audience is through LinkedIn Ads . “We are a small business and our target market is small business users,” explained Damian Raffele, vice president, marketing, AnyMeeting.

    LinkedIn Ads has worked well for the company, because it allows them to target a specific audience by geography, demographics, job title or LinkedIn Group. “Being able to target users who belong to specific LinkedIn Groups…allows us to design ad copy that is tailored for them, which has resulted in great conversion rates, providing us with a great ROI on our marketing spend.”

    Distribute Flyers

    “If you have a small business that focuses on a particular area, flyers are a great way to advertise,” said Nathan Letourneau, co-founder of CampusBooks4Less. And they needn’t be expensive. Chances are you have someone in your company, or a friend or family member, who can help you design the flyer inexpensively (or for free) – and you can print the flyer in house or find an inexpensive printer.

    As for distribution, “hire some high school or college students and have them put the flyers on parked cars, attach them to house entry doors and distribute them inside area businesses (to employees and on any bulletin boards, if allowed) and apartment complexes,” he advised. “We saw huge increases in traffic after having students distribute flyers on parked cars in our target areas.”

    While not every method will work for every business, each advertising strategy is inexpensive enough that you should be able try a few to find out what works for you. Also, many of the sites mentioned, such as Google AdWords and Facebook, periodically offer advertising credits or discounts, which small business owners should use to their advantage.





    Top 15 Most Popular Business Websites #start #a #business #ideas

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    Top 15 Most Popular Business Websites | September 2016

    Here are the top 15 Most Popular Business Sites as derived from our eBizMBA Rank which is a continually updated average of each website’s Alexa Global Traffic Rank, and U.S. Traffic Rank from both Compete and Quantcast .“*#*” Denotes an estimate for sites with limited data.

    1 | Yahoo! Finance
    110 – eBizMBA Rank | 75,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | *50* – Compete Rank | *170* – Quantcast Rank | NA – Alexa Rank | Last Updated: September 1, 2016.
    The Most Popular Business Websites | eBizMBA

    2 | Forbes
    136 – eBizMBA Rank | 65,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 83 – Compete Rank | 165 – Quantcast Rank | 159 – Alexa Rank | Last Updated: September 1, 2016.
    The Most Popular Business Websites | eBizMBA

    3 | MSN MoneyCentral
    138 – eBizMBA Rank | 60,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | *100* – Compete Rank | *175* – Quantcast Rank | NA – Alexa Rank | Last Updated: September 1, 2016.
    The Most Popular Business Websites | eBizMBA

    4 | CNN Money
    148 – eBizMBA Rank | 58,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | *250* – Compete Rank | *45* – Quantcast Rank | NA – Alexa Rank | Last Updated: September 1, 2016.
    The Most Popular Business Websites | eBizMBA

    5 | WSJ
    204 – eBizMBA Rank | 42,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 221 – Compete Rank | 172 – Quantcast Rank | 219 – Alexa Rank | Last Updated: September 1, 2016.
    The Most Popular Business Websites | eBizMBA

    6 | Google Finance
    211 – eBizMBA Rank | 40,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | **180** – Compete Rank | **241** – Quantcast Rank | NA -Alexa Rank | Last Updated: September 1, 2016.
    The Most Popular Business Websites | eBizMBA

    7 | Bloomberg
    258 – eBizMBA Rank | 28,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 271 – Compete Rank | 161 – Quantcast Rank | 341 – Alexa Rank | Last Updated: September 1, 2016.
    The Most Popular Business Websites | eBizMBA

    8 | CNBC
    383 – eBizMBA Rank | 27,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 312 – Compete Rank | 189 – Quantcast Rank | 649 – Alexa Rank | Last Updated: September 1, 2016.
    The Most Popular Business Websites | eBizMBA

    9 | Fool
    388 – eBizMBA Rank | 26,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 187 – Compete Rank | 141 – Quantcast Rank | 837 – Alexa Rank | Last Updated: September 1, 2016.
    The Most Popular Business Websites | eBizMBA

    10 | BusinessInsider
    415 – eBizMBA Rank | 23,500,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 314 – Compete Rank | 712 – Quantcast Rank | 218 – Alexa Rank | Last Updated: September 1, 2016.
    The Most Popular Business Websites | eBizMBA

    11 | MarketWatch
    428 – eBizMBA Rank | 19,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 437 – Compete Rank | *288* – Quantcast Rank | 560 – Alexa Rank | Last Updated: September 1, 2016.
    The Most Popular Business Websites | eBizMBA

    12 | BusinessWeek
    597 – eBizMBA Rank | 18,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 485 – Compete Rank | 450 – Quantcast Rank | 856 – Alexa Rank | Last Updated: September 1, 2016.
    The Most Popular Business Websites | eBizMBA

    13 | FT
    631 – eBizMBA Rank | 17,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 186 – Compete Rank | 632 – Quantcast Rank | 1,076 – Alexa Rank | Last Updated: September 1, 2016.
    The Most Popular Business Websites | eBizMBA

    14 | IBTimes.com
    650 – eBizMBA Rank | 16,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 652 – Compete Rank | 112 – Quantcast Rank | 1,187 – Alexa Rank | Last Updated: September 1, 2016.
    The Most Popular Business Websites | eBizMBA

    15 | SeekingAlpha
    921 – eBizMBA Rank | 15,500,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 830 – Compete Rank | 1,035 – Quantcast Rank | 897 – Alexa Rank | Last Updated: September 1, 2016.
    The Most Popular Business Websites | eBizMBA

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    Five top business ideas that made millions

    This piece was first published on January 29, 2008.

    According to Paul Graham, investor and founder of Y Combinator, the best way to get a winning business idea is to not think of any. Instead, you should be looking at which problems you can solve.

    “The very best start-up ideas tend to have three things in common: they’re something the founders themselves want, that they themselves can build, and that few others realize are worth doing,” Graham said in a blog post in November.

    “Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, Google and Facebook all began this way.”

    Now that the working year is well underway, there will be plenty of unfulfilled employees wracking their brains for that one business concept that will make them their fortune.

    Here are the stories of five great ideas that actually managed to blossom into highly successful businesses:

    1. Innocent Drinks

    Friends Adam Balon, Jon Wright and Richard Reed appeared to have been pretty well set after leaving Cambridge University.

    Two became management consultants. One moved into advertising. They all made good money and lived comfortable lives in London.

    But there was a shared nagging feeling that there was a bit more to life. On a snowboarding holiday in 1998, the trio did little else than throw around ideas for a new business.

    They realised there was a gap in the market for a new type of smoothie product, one based on natural ingredients and overtly ethical values.

    After spending six months blending different combinations of fruit at home, the trio set up a stall at a music festival to test the concept.

    The decision whether to continue was left entirely in the hands of consumers. A sign above the stall read “shall we give up our jobs to make these smoothies?” One bin read ‘Yes’, the other ‘No.’ Customers would make their judgement by throwing their empty bottles in either bin.

    Happily, ‘yes’ won. Balon, Wright and Reed went on to write and re-write their business plan 11 times, before being turned down by a succession of potential investors and banks for funding.

    A desperate email with the subject line ‘Does anyone know anyone rich?’ was sent to everyone the founders knew, resulting in Maurice Pinto, a wealthy American businessman, pitching in £250,000.

    Innocent Drinks made its first million in turnover in its second year and now sells around two million smoothies a week, commanding a 75% market share in the UK. In 2009, Coca-Cola took an 18% stake in the company for £30 million. A year later the beverage giant paid £65 million for a 58% stake.

    Reed says: If you re 70% sure about an idea then go for it. Because if you wait till you re 100% confident in business… you ll never make a decision, you ll never get anywhere.

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