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Going Local: 4 Ways Great Businesses Serve Their Communities

It’s easy for budding entrepreneurs to waste time racking their brains for a business model that’s completely original. And sometimes innovation doesn’t pay off. For example, for every flourishing Dell Technologies there’s a DeLorean that conspicuously fails. The best businesses often keep it simple. That is, they focus on providing the goods, services and entertainment the people in their neighborhoods need most. So if you’re thinking of going local with a startup, here are 4 ways great businesses serve their communities.

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Put Your Life Insurance Knowledge to the Test with Health I.Q.

If you’re like many Americans, your life insurance knowledge likely includes the fact that life insurance is a safety net. You understand, in other words, that it helps protect your loved ones from financial hardship if the unthinkable should happen to you. If you’re a small-business owner, your life insurance knowledge may even include the understanding that life insurance is especially important for you and your family. But how much do you actually know about life insurance? Seven out of 10 Americans quizzed by the Life Insurance and Market Research Association, or LIMRA, failed a 10-question basic life insurance knowledge test. This lack of understanding may explain why 37.5 million Americans have no life insurance. As a matter of fact, Americans are under-insured in this category by roughly $12 trillion.

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How to Take Your Business to New Heights of Success in 2018

Your professionalism shows up in the services and products you offer to your customers. And ultimately, it is your professionalism that will lead to your business’s success. If you have committed to making 2018 the year in which you take your business to new heights of success, we have a few recommended strategies for you here.

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Tips to Help You with Growing Your Startup in 2018

If 2017 saw you finally launch the startup of your dreams, you have probably spent recent months working on fine-tuning your processes, getting as many customers as possible, and sorting out your finances. However, it’s important to think about ways to keep growing your venture, so you can start to achieve your goals ASAP. To help you do this, read on for tips you can follow today and over the year.

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Some Tips That Can Help You Join the Freelancing World

Have you ever imagined yourself having a full-time freelancing career? Or maybe you are looking for a little extra cash on the side. No matter what your reason is, being a freelancer has its rewards. However, it also has some serious challenges. The thing with freelancing, though, is it will only reward you based on the amount of effort you put in. To help you get started with your freelancing, we’ve come up with a few tips on how to be successful as a freelancer.

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The Fundamental Components of a Car Sharing Business

Car sharing is hot right now. In fact, the car sharing business is so hot that many car manufacturers are afraid that the traditional model of car ownership is about to collapse. Between 2010 and 2015, the total annual revenue for car sharing businesses doubled. Before 2024, experts believe it could increase another 34 percent to $16.5 billion. It’s safe to say that now’s a good time to get into the business of car sharing. Fortunately, running a car sharing company isn’t much different from running any other business. Here are the steps you need to start your own car sharing business.

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Cisco CCNA Certification and Training: An Overview

If you’re an IT professional who’s looking for your next career move, consider going for a Cisco CCNA certification. That’s because a Cisco CCNA certification will position you for a career in the fast-growing and lucrative field of computer networking. Employers complain of a scarcity of professionals in this sector, and global market research bears them out. What’s more, if you’re a CCNA-certified networking professional with an entrepreneurial bent, you’re sure to find small businesses that would readily—and lucratively—contract for your services on an as-needed basis. So what are you waiting for?

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PPM Software: What Is It, and Does Your Business Need to Use It?

Project portfolio management (PPM) is an often-misunderstood component of business planning and overall strategy. It is similar in name to project management (PM). That’s why many new entrepreneurs and managers mistake the two for being comparable. However, PM refers to the process of allocating resources to and effectively executing individual projects. In contrast, PPM is the process of determining which projects to take on. Additionally, this process includes allocating the right project managers to be responsible for each project. It also includes organizing timelines, predicting profitability, and keeping all processes in line with the company’s overall goals. The question is, do you really need PPM software to accomplish the responsibilities of a project portfolio manager?

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How to Use Sales Incentives to Leverage Your B2B Marketing Efforts

If you haven’t already integrated a sales incentives program with your B2B marketing efforts, you could be missing some important opportunities for sales. To find out more, read on.

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Optimizing Your Profits in the Forex Market with an Online Trading Account

As a Forex trader, you might be wondering if you can make massive profits in the Forex market. You’ve probably heard stories about people who have gotten rich with Forex trading, and you wonder if you could do the same. Well, the actual fact of the matter is that you can make a good living by trading in the Forex market. However, many people have discovered that a conservative strategy that leads to consistent profits is ultimately better than aiming for enormous riches. Read on to find out more.

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Surf the Cryptocurrency Wave with Your Own Cryptocurrency Business

Some say the cryptocurrency phenomenon is the wave of the future. You could ride that wave to riches by starting your own cryptocurrency business. 

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Dreaming of a Windfall? Would That Really Make You Happy?

Lots of people dream about winning a big windfall. As a matter of fact, many entrepreneurs go into business with the idea of making lots of money. But what would you do if, say, you were to win big with the lottery? Would you retire early and live a life of luxury for the rest of your days? Take a trip around the world? Give money to family members? Donate to your favorite cause?

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American Power and Gas CEO Talks about Energy Conservation

Energy conservation has become a controversial topic in the geopolitical space. Nearly everyone talks about it, and a lot of people are working to conserve energy. However, reports indicate that we continue to waste energy. American Power and Gas, a quickly growing energy company, is working hard to help people understand the importance of energy conservation. The company works to provide Americans with renewable energy at affordable prices. Its CEO, Tom Cummins, spoke to us about the venture and the importance of preserving energy. Here’s what he had to say.

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Your New Business Can Be About More Than Just Making Lots of Money

You might think you can’t have much of an effect on society’s problems, especially if you run a business of modest proportions. The problem is, if everyone thinks this way, no one will step up to the challenge. But you could be that business leader who changes your customers’ lives for the better. You can do this by providing more than just the goods and services you offer for a fee.

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3 Ways to Make Big Savings in Your Small Business

Starting out with your small business can be an exciting but stressful time. Generally, any new venture requires a lot of time, capital, and passion to get it off the ground. A lack in any of these departments can land you in all kinds of trouble. The time and passion aspects of building your small business are central to your own work ethic. However, making sure your cash flow is in the best possible situation can sometimes be a little difficult for anyone new to entrepreneurial circles. It may be difficult to keep on top of your cash flow at a time in business that is notoriously volatile. Nonetheless, there are ways to make sure you are doing everything you can to keep costs down and profits up when you’re starting out.

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The Best Ways to Remove Time Stamps from Photos in 2018

Let’s say you have some photos on your phone that you want to use in some Facebook ads. The only problem is, they all have time stamps on them. This article will give you some solutions for getting rid of time stamps.

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Want to Start Working From Home? Now Is the Perfect Time to Move

Americans are increasingly working from home. More sophisticated communications technology and greater acceptance from mainstream workplaces make this possible. Last year, more than 43 percent of American professionals reported spending at least some time working from home. That number is expected to rise continuously over the next several years. If you’re currently in a traditional work environment, or if you’re working from home only part of the time, this could be the year you fully transition to remote work. If it is, you have a critical opportunity on your hands. You could move, and now is the perfect time to do it.

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Learning the Advanced Features of Your Premium Trading Platform

Learning all the ins and outs of advanced trading tools is not an easy task. However, begin with demo trades until you have a better feel for the market and learn to use the tools available to you. Then, focus on developing your trading skills and mastering the advanced trading tools in your premium trading platform. Before long, you’ll realize that you have become a true trading professional.

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Rideshare Drivers Share Information in Online Networks

Ever since the advent of Uber and Lyft, rideshare drivers have been complaining about employment issues. This was partially due to marketing by Uber and Lyft that exaggerated the incomes drivers could expect to make. Add to this the facts that drivers are self-employed and that calculations for drivers’ expenses were complex and difficult to understand, and you have some pretty disgruntled drivers. On the other hand, when rideshare drivers find a way to share a few driving tips and share stories from everyday experience, you have a great algorithm for creating a helpful information network. This is exactly what happened when hundreds of blogs, vlogs, forums, and groups started to appear online and created a dialogue among themselves that’s also open to the public.

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The Changing Nature of Innovation Funding Is Affecting R&D Tax Credits

The United Kingdom faces a productivity conundrum. Once one of the most powerful economies on the planet, the UK has seen its productivity and economic growth lag behind global peers in recent decades. A government report in 2015 pointed out that labor productivity in the UK had nearly flatlined since 2007. The country’s productivity was 17% lower than the G7 average. And it was also 31% behind the US, 28% behind Germany, and 27% behind France in terms of productivity. Stagnant productivity growth has a negative effect on real incomes and living standards across the country. This issue is now at the core of the government’s economic plans. Economists suggest a simple remedy for this problem: innovation.

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