Business owners must become masters of certain business skills to be successful in the marketplace. Whether you have a wealth of experience behind you or you’re about to launch your own startup, here are five business skills that every business owner needs to master in 2019.
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The most successful companies are those that value soft skills in their leaders. But what is it about soft skills that brings about success? And what, exactly, are soft skills anyway?
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Let’s face it. There’s always going to be some level of chaos in a startup. However, that doesn’t mean chaos has to run rampant. Manage business processes from your startup’s earliest days and you will master the art of startup survival.
impact investing
Amid bleak reports about the future of our planet, more and more people are looking at how they can do their bit to help build a more sustainable future. Impact investing provides one way.
yield curve
Of the last nine recessions, the bond yield curve correctly predicted nine of them (or ten, if you count the economic slowdown in the mid-’60s). There isn’t any other economic indicator that has that success ratio. So when people talk about a bond yield curve inversion, investors usually pay attention.
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If you’ve been struggling with building your business, or if you've had a recent failure, you might feel as if entrepreneurial success is well beyond your reach. But before you give up, read this post and allow yourself to get newly inspired.
financial markets
Learn more about the financial markets by seeking out and watching the films recommended here.
successful founders
If you’ve long been dreaming of joining the ranks of successful founders, read on. We’ve culled some of the best advice from the world’s most successful entrepreneurs. What's more, we hope this post gives you the clarity and motivation to forge ahead and follow your dreams.
worst small businesses
While many successful small businesses are born from great business ideas, a passion, or a hobby, it usually takes a lot of hard work, perseverance, determination, and drive to start a business and keep it going. Here are some of the best and worst small businesses to start in today's economic climate.
trade war
The US-China trade war has done more than just ruffle a few feathers in recent months. For Asia-Pacific traders and producers, the idea of an ongoing long-term trade war is becoming a reality. Moreover, the situation is unlikely to ease off for at least a few years. So we spoke to Deepesh Patel at Trade Finance Global (TFG) to ask him what this trade war means for international trade. We wanted to know how trade flows could change. Read on to find out more.
Betting
America has an interesting relationship with betting and other gambling. Placing bets and playing games of chance is perfectly legal in some states. However, in others it’s effectively outlawed. To understand the current state of play when it comes to the business of betting in America, it’s important to look to the past. Here’s an overview of how attitudes toward and acceptance of gambling have changed over time.
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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?
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.
Why do crypto markets go through such sweeping up-and-down cycles? Understanding the problem is 50 percent of solving it. In the wake of a pretty rough week for the cryptocurrency market, most of us are still just trying to put the pieces together. Many are still trying to figure out how crypto managed to lose roughly $300 billion in less than 2 days. What do you think was the biggest reason the crypto markets took a beating this week?
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Fears about an upcoming Brexit migration crackdown plague a number of sectors in the British economy, including the fast-moving consumer goods sector, or FMCG. The food industry in particular is warning that a Brexit workforce shortage could have a catastrophic effect, leaving as many as a third of its businesses no longer viable. Moreover, the entire fast-moving consumer goods sector faces a rapidly approaching workforce shortage and skills gap.
Rents for commercial spaces continue to rise for various reasons, and the increase cuts across all communities. However, local businesses in lower-income communities are the worst hit. Local governments have a role to play in protecting the interests of small business owners. Here are some strategies that cities can implement to keep commercial rents affordable for local businesses.
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Source: www.techcrunch.com The On Demand Food Co., "Sprig" Shuts Down It is important to realize that just because you have a solid idea, and lots of capital behind you, sometimes things don't go as planned. Here is...
Why have you chosen to become an entrepreneur? Is it that the 9-t0-5 lifestyle doesn’t agree with you, that your creative energies wither and die when you are forced to work in a cubicle? Do you just want to be your own boss? Or is it that you are determined to do the work you know in your heart you are meant to do, no matter what it takes? Learn more about the upside and the downside of entrepreneurial qualities here.
Here is a great article for Millennials everywhere. It discusses how millennials have had it easier than previous generations and explains why. It also has 9 Financial Tips Millennials need to be aware of.
Anyone who grew up before the 2000s has probably heard their fair share of jokes about Skodas, and how prone they were to breakdowns. Anyone who grew up after the 2000s would probably raise an eyebrow at that. The company, which has a history in both bicycle repair and arms manufacturing, has performed one of the most dramatic turnarounds in quality and reputation in the history of the industry since it became a VW subsidiary and has become one of the most well reputed brands in the UK—a rival to the likes of Audi—to the point that the Skoda Yeti was rated the best car overall in 2013 by Auto Express.