Sat.Jan 20, 2018 - Fri.Jan 26, 2018

Amazon's High Tech, Checkout Free Grocery Store Opens Today

Small Business Labs

Amazon opened their brick and mortar, cashier-less store of the future today in Seattle. Called Amazon Go , it looks like a very high-tech version of a 7-11 convenience store. It has a selection of salads, sandwiches and beverages (including beer and wine), ready-to-eat meals, produce and meats.    Recode has a very nice photo tour of the store , which is where the picture below comes from. To get in and out of the store you need to pass through a subway-like turnstile.

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What’s the Biggest Blocker Holding You Back in Your Job Search?

Practically Perfect PA

It’s that time of year, when we start reflecting on what we have achieved, question if we are on the right path and possibly asking ourselves if we are adding value or creating an impact in any way. Even if it’s just on a small scale. Now normally I’m not a big advocate for choosing […].

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How to Choose the Best Site for Online Casino Games

Dumb Little Man

Online casinos are fun. They can help you pass time, double your money, and earn points without the need to spend on gas and drive all the way to a casino. They can even lessen your anxiety and stress. Now, despite all the great things you hear about online casinos, not all of them can give you the best experience. In fact, if you fail to find the right one, you can end up falling victim to identity theft and fraud.

2018 141

How Do I Increase My Brand Value? PART 1

Office Dynamics

By Anel Martin. Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room” – Jeff Bezos. I have to thank Jeff, as I have not found a better way to explain personal brands in all the years I have been exploring the subject. There are a few things we need to understand ( from my point of view and experience ) when it comes to brand: Your brand already exists (whether you know it or not). Your brand has value attached to it (actual financial and opportunity based benefits).

2018 151

Euromonitor's Top 10 Global Consumer Trends for 2018

Small Business Labs

Euromonitor International recently released their 2018 Top 10 Global Consumer Trends list,  which are listed in the chart below. We found all the trends interesting, but we especially liked two trends that we also follow closely - the shift to access over ownership and the rise of entrepreneurship. Key quote from the report summary: Consumers of all ages want and need less.

2018 159

Podcast 087: Design thinking, part 2

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ? Stitcher ? Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play. You can leave a review here! This is Podcast 87 and it’s about the other three stages of design thinking: ideate, prototype and test. This carries on from the previous podcast. Ideate means coming up with ideas to address the problem you identified in phase 2. This is the time to go wild and think up as many ideas as you can. There are lots of ways to approach this and to get your creative thinking going.

2018 100

6 Apps That Can Make You More Productive

Dumb Little Man

If you want to be productive, the first thing you have to do is break free from your bad habits and focus on implementing powerful changes to your lifestyle. There are a couple of tools that can help you with that, but the best one is probably your smartphone. It’s that one device that rules most of your day so it’s only practical to use it to start your behavioral changes. Here are some of the best productivity apps you can download today. Way of Life.

2018 137

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Romancing the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

According to research by Chris Larsen, a professor at the University of Colorado, the median income for romance authors has tripled during the e-book era. The chart below, from her article  Shades of green: What gig economy workers can learn from the success of romance writers,  shows how romance writers have seen their income increase even as the income of other authors have declined.   Larsen's articel was originally published in The Conversation.

2018 154

3 Ways to Set Meaningful Career Goals

On The Job

A recent survey by Accountemps finds that 93% of workers say that goal setting is important to their on-the-job performance. Makes sense. But here's the part that doesn't make sense: While 51% say they talk to their managers about their goals -- 11% never even bring up the subject. I'm pretty sure that most managers are not mind readers (despite the fact they seem to know when to call a meeting at the exact minute you're trying to leave work early).

2018 118

What Happens If You’re A Passenger In An Uber Accident?

Dumb Little Man

Travel has recently undergone quite a revolution and Uber is one of the most visible trends to have sprung up in the past decade. The rideshare app allows individuals to request rides from nearby drivers through their phones. It’s much cheaper than conventional taxi services and often much quicker due to the proximity-based matching system and state-of-the-art GPS technology. Despite those features, however, Uber is not free from criticism and its drivers are not infallible.

2018 115

3 Types of Redundancy to Avoid

Daily Writing Tips

Redundancy in a sentence is annoying, and it is also a nuisance. Conveying information in more than one way, or by repeating wording, is consciously or subconsciously distracting to the reader and contributes to compositional clutter. Note in the discussions and revisions following each example how the sentence in question can be improved by deleting such infelicities. Like Smith, Jones also owns a family-run business.

2018 63

Putting A Bow On 2017 & Unwrapping A New Year

My EA Career

In Australia we are about to enjoy our first public holiday for the new year and it feels like I’ve taken almost the entire month of January to get onboard with the fact that it’s 2018!

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Why You Keep Getting Overlooked at Work

On The Job

Take a minute and look at what you're wearing right now. Are they the same clothes you wore in college? Or similar enough that you could have worn them in college? Now, take a look at your work area. Do you still have the beer mug you won in a chugging contest sitting on your desk -- along with your calendar of "Hottest Fire Fighters Ever?" The reason I ask is because people often wonder why they're not getting ahead at work. They work hard, but don't seem to get chosen for the key projects.

2018 109

How to Get Flawless Skin: The Best Tips You Should Know By Now

Dumb Little Man

Your skin gets exposed to harsh conditions every day. There’s pollution, UV rays, dirt, and harsh weather conditions. If you don’t take care of your skin the right way , you can end up with a lot of skin issues, like acne, wrinkles, and sunspots. So, how to get flawless skin? On this article, you will learn ten easy beauty tips to keep your skin smooth and elastic. Do regular cleansing.

2018 109

3 Examples of Confusion Caused by Missing Words

Daily Writing Tips

In each of the sentences below, omission of a small but key word muddles the statement’s meaning. Discussion after each example explains the problem, and a revision to each sentence provides a clarifying solution. Some organizations still look at privacy and security as a cost/benefit equation, rather than an issue that could create long-term damage.

2018 58

3 Ways To Get More For Your Money When You Start A Business

Small Business CEO

It’s one thing to run a business and it’s another to grow your business. The difference between the two is the use of the Pareto Principle, better known as the 80-20 rule. According to this principle, 80 percent of your results will come from only 20 percent of your efforts. Since the aim of every business is to increase profits, a person who runs a business focuses on marketing and sales.

2018 72

Undoing Things with Alison Stratten


On this episode of the podcast, I’m joined by Alison Stratten of Unmarketing. Alison is a writer, marketer, podcaster, parent and also a fellow Canadian. I had a great time talking with her. Here are a few highlights from the show: The line between personal information and business marketing. The roles of work and family. Alison’s story. How the Stratten’s work behind the scenes. Relevant Links: Unmarketing: Stop Marketing, Start Engaging. Unmarketing | Facebook.

2018 46

How to Reduce Expenses When You Live In An Expensive City

Dumb Little Man

Living in a high-cost area has its perks. There’s a lot of high paying jobs, which means you have a lot more opportunity to earn. And since things can cost more, you’re less likely to consume them. This translates to lower living standards. Of course, those ideas don’t apply to everyone and not all people can live well in an expensive city.

3 Cases of Misuse of Dashes

Daily Writing Tips

In each of the following sentences, dashes are erroneously employed, resulted in confused sentences. Discussion following each example explains the problem, and one or more revisions illustrate solutions. When driving long distances—know that children get restless. A dash is not applicable when one clause naturally follows another.

2018 53

4 Ways to Optimize Your Business Landing Pages

Small Business CEO

Business landing pages need to pop. Consumers and clients are very picky, and who can blame them when there are so many options at their disposal? Statistics show that 81% of shoppers do research online before making a purchase, 22% of businesses are happy with their conversion rates, and 72% of consumers who did a local search visited a store that was within 5 miles of their location.

2018 70

Time to Get Organised!

Three Shots Ahead

I began the year staring down in hopelessness at the pile of receipts, books and papers falling off their supposedly organised piles, melting into a collage of admin that hadn’t been touched during the month long frenzy of busyness also known.

2018 52

Personal Line of Credit: From Basics to Benefits

Dumb Little Man

Even in a fluctuating financial market, you can always find a way to avail credit and access funds. The catch lies in choosing the right lender or financial product. If you are looking for a relatively flexible option with a lower interest rate, consider a personal line of credit. What is a Personal Line of Credit? A personal line of credit allows the borrower to use only the money he/she needs. Its variable rate of interest is typically lower than the interest rates on fixed loans.

2018 107

Punctuation Quiz #25: Possessive Apostrophes

Daily Writing Tips

One use of the apostrophe is to form the possessive case of nouns and indefinite pronouns. Add apostrophes to show possession as needed in the following sentences. All my friends and I gather at the Joneses house every Christmas Eve. We celebrated JFKs life on the fiftieth anniversary of his death. Everyones opinion is important. Carol and Janettes room is to the left of my room. Philip didn’t understand my directions to the store. Answers and Explanations.

2018 50

How to Start Your Investment Portfolio Construction

Small Business CEO

Starting an investment portfolio can be an intimidating task. Whether you are planning to monitor and trade regularly or set up a one and done growth portfolio, the amount of time it can take to set up a solid plan for growth with your money can shake even the most stedfast of us. Although it can be intimidating, setting up a stock portfolio is a great way to build your wealth over time, and can even be the reason you never “work” again.

2018 69

Things to Do Without Internet: How to Make Your Internet Snow Day Better

Dumb Little Man

Remember snow days? You’d wake up, turn on the television, and wait to see your school’s name scroll along the bottom of the screen. Seeing your school’s name followed by “Closed” or “2-Hour Delay” was probably the best feeling. It meant being able to lay around in your pajamas, play video games or go out with other neighborhood kids.

2018 120

Business Taxes That Small E-Commerce Businesses Should Be Aware Of

Small Business CEO

Managing taxes for your business is, well, taxing. It involves a lot of paperwork and several receipts, all of which you need to properly sort out and file. Even if you’re running a small business , taxes are still part of your responsibility, and this same goes for small e-commerce businesses. Are Online Businesses Required To Pay Taxes? One common misconception is that selling online does not involve paying taxes.

2018 66

Gratitude and Congratulations

Daily Writing Tips

Gratitude and congratulations , along with some other words with the element grat and associated with giving thanks, are related. Such words, and a couple of disguised cognates, are listed and defined in this post. Gratitude , and the other words discussed here, derive from the Latin adjective gratus , meaning “pleasing” or “thankful.” Gratitude is the state of being thankful, and a synonym for thankful is grateful.

2018 43

How to Keep Your Business Safe From Cyberthreats

Small Business CEO

If you think your company is too small to be vulnerable to cybercrime, think again. It’s not just big companies like Target and Experian that face cyberthreats to information security and assets. Companies of all sizes are vulnerable. But, unlike Target and Experian, your small business likely doesn’t have the resources to recover from a data breach or other cybercrime. Sixty percent of small businesses that suffer a cyberattack are forced to close their doors within six months as a result.

2018 59

3 Steps to Choosing the Best Website Hosting Plan for Your Small Business

Small Business CEO

As a small business owner, you have to make many decisions when it comes to how to set up and run your business. You have to decide where you’ll be located, what you’ll sell, how much you’ll charge, and what type of customer you want to serve. Well, one of these decisions also involves choosing the best website hosting plan for your company’s online presence. If you’re not sure what that would be, not to worry.

2018 55

The Culinary Tastemaker – 10 Tips For Effective Hospitality Management

Small Business CEO

Whether you’re new to the business of hospitality management, or looking to improve and develop your rapport with staff and customers, there may be factors you’re overlooking or unsure of approaching. The following 10 tips are aimed at making your management (and your business) more effective – without leaving any passive-aggressive notes. Look The Part (Without the Cost).

2018 52

The Rise of Do-It-Yourself Home Business Security

Small Business CEO

Running a home business? If so, then home security is even more important for you. Not only protecting your personal well-being, but you also need to protect your business’ continuity. Indeed, it’s essential for peace of mind. It doesn’t matter if you live in a normally safe neighborhood. Unwanted, nefarious intrusions can happen anywhere, at any time. For a long time, folks have been relying on security companies to guarantee their protection.

2018 52

The Power of Anticipation

Small Business CEO

As a professional you experience a multitude of problems on daily basis. If you don’t know how to handle all the pressure, then you’ll break. So, what should a professional do? Read on. Just try and be present” is something people with anxiety and stress hear an awful lot. It’s not bad advice, but it’s also a little vague. No one really says what “being present” means. If it means moving forward with your life even in the face of adversity, then that’s a good thing to tell people.

2018 52

4 Skills to Master for Improving Business Processes

Small Business CEO

Business owners often look for ways their companies can improve. After all, nothing is ever perfect and the more your company evolves, the more likely it is you’ll succeed long-term. Fortunately, improving your business doesn’t mean you have to make drastic changes. There are small skills everyone in your company can learn to help improve your business processes. Start by focusing on these often-overlooked business skills. Problem-Solving Skills.

2018 50

Tips on How to Make Your Small Business Stand Apart From the Rest

Small Business CEO

Owning your own small business has many benefits, but they are benefits only awarded to the few willing to put in the work to receive them. With seemingly so many willing to at least attempt the feat, it is difficult to make your business stand apart from the rest in a beneficial way. It’s rather easy to grab the spotlight for failure. It happens every day. With that in mind, below are a few ways you can build a solid foundation for years of dedicated customers and progressively growing profits.

2018 50

Outsourcing Marketing Functions: 7 Things Chief Marketing Officers Should Consider

Small Business CEO

While outsourcing exists in every nook and cranny of various industries, it is the B2B marketing sector, which is rapidly expanding with its aid. However, for the chief marketing officers (CMOs), outsourcing functions need more thought that you could imagine. We’ve seen copious examples of this with the outsourcing commercials. And at present, it has expanded to digital content creation, analytics and so on and so forth.

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