What to Expect When Traveling This Summer

July 2, 2020 7 min read Given the events of the past several months, chances are good you know someone who’s cancelled a summer trip to a far-flung locale and traded it for an RV adventure (just look at country singer Miranda Lambert). Or maybe you’re going on a road trip to visit family or camping at a state park or simply doing a staycation.  After months of stress and economic uncertainty, Americans still want a semblance of normal from their summer, and that means many are trying to figure out a way to travel safely. Since March the U.S. Travel Association and MMGY Travel Intelligence have been conducting surveys on how Americans feel about travel, and though the majority don’t plan to travel in the next six months for business or leisure, 40 percent do plan to, according to MMGY’s June report. Sixty-seven of those travelers plan to do […]

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How the Behavior of Job-Seekers Has Changed Since February (Infographic)

Jobvite’s annual Job Seeker Nation Report found sharp changes in survey responses between February and April. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! June 29, 2020 1 min read Sometimes it’s hard to believe that a few short months ago the stock market was riding high and unemployment was a mere 3.5 percent. Now, three months into social distancing and lockdowns, Americans’ job prospects have taken a dramatic turn.  Recruiting software company Jobvite puts out an annual report on the behaviors, views and preferences of the modern workforce, and its 11th edition of that report comes amid a global health crisis that’s causing soaring unemployment rates and job insecurity.  Related: 10 Job Search Tips to Help You Find Your Best Opportunity Every Time In this year’s report, Jobvite looked at data from two surveys — one done in February and a second in April […]

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How This Tech CEO Is Leading His Company Through Racial Unrest

June 17, 2020 6 min read Travis Montaque founded his company on the core principle that the way we communicate today fundamentally discourages people from showing empathy. When we can hide behind keyboards or phones, we’re more likely to say things we don’t really mean or misconstrue messages. His company, Holler, aims to change that through its interactive gifs and stickers, which can be integrated in everything from dating app conversations to Venmo payments.  Because the core mission of Montaque’s company is helping a wide range of people share a common language and communicate in new ways, the events of the past several weeks have made him think about the role his company — and tech in general — can play in the conversations about racial injustice happening on a national level. But, Montaque is also a black CEO in the predominantly white world of tech, so this feels even […]

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Here’s What Your Daily Schedule Should Look Like for Maximum Productivity (Infographic)

The science-backed reasons you should do certain tasks at certain times of day. June 15, 2020 2 min read Hundreds of articles have been written about why having a set daily routine is one of the best things a founder, CEO or aspiring entrepreneur can do. Setting aside intentional time to complete certain tasks each day requires discipline just like building a company does. We pore over the daily habits of presidents and CEOs and sometimes even try to recreate their schedules to see if they work for us as well. And with so much uncertainty of late in our families, businesses, cities and the world at large, stability in our home routines can make us feel more stable overall.  If you’ve never been able to stick to a daily routine, this infographic from small business credit agency Headway Capital could provide some insight about where to start. It breaks down […]

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How to Protect Your Small Business From Cyber Attacks Right Now

An annual report from Verizon found one type of breach makes up 30 percent of attacks on small businesses. Here’s what you need to know. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! June 9, 2020 5 min read For 13 years, Verizon has released its annual Verizon Business Data Breach Investigation Report, or DBIR, a comprehensive look at more than 150,000 incidents that gives business owners insight into trends in cyber attacks. As expected, the 2020 report took on more meaning: Unprecedented numbers of professionals are working from home, and small- and medium-sized businesses without clear data security policies in place are particularly at-risk right now. “Employees are dispersed and on different devices, and you don’t know what they’re doing. This opens up vulnerabilities like never before,” says TJ Fox, SVP and president of Verizon Business Markets.  The exhaustive 120-page report breaks down […]

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Will Remote-Work Policies Lead to a Bay Area Exodus? (Infographic)

Nearly half of Bay Area residents surveyed in a new report said they’ll move if their jobs are permanently remote. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 28, 2020 2 min read As Americans adjust to a work-from-home reality, tech companies are taking a stereotypically progressive stance on making those policies permanent. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said earlier this month that 50 percent of Facebook employees could permanently work from home in the next decade, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told its employees they can work from home permanently unless their jobs require physically going to the office.  So the next question those companies’ employees will likely ask themselves is natural: Why would I stay in the Bay Area if I’m not going into the office? Long the epicenter of tech in the U.S., the Bay Area has become prohibitively expensive for […]

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5 Games to Play on Your Next Virtual Happy Hour

Need to avoid (yet another) awkward silence? Be prepared with one of these games next time. May 6, 2020 5 min read Despite some states re-opening for business, it looks like most Americans will be following social distancing guidelines through the summer (and potentially into the fall). One silver lining of this situation is that people are using the opportunity to catch up with long-lost friends and family on virtual calls and happy hours.  My extended family actually started doing monthly virtual trivia nights long before we all started social distancing, which we’ve of course continued through the quarantine. I’ve also done game nights with other groups of friends from around the country.  Related: Running Out of Things to Say On Zoom? This Communication Expert Wants to Help. During a time that no one really has exciting news to share, playing a game can be a good way to spend time […]

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An Exercise-Bike Company and At-Home “Botox” Business Had Nothing in Common

April 30, 2020 11 min read It was the summer of 2018, and Pasha Chikosh was winding down his finance career and suddenly found himself with more time to exercise. He started frequenting cycling studios around his home city of Boston and quickly found two favorite instructors.  “They had a combination of charisma, energy, humor and the ability to push you,” he says. “I thought they were so incredible teaching 20, 30, 40 people that they needed to have some kind of national presence.”  He knew there must be other cities with independent cycling studios employing these types of instructors, so he started thinking about how he could build a product that would give them access to a national audience. A year and a half of research and development later, he was ready to launch Stryde, an at-home exercise bike and app that partners with studios around the country to […]

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45 Ways to Master Slack While You’re Working From Home

Tricks, shortcuts and hacks to impress your boss and colleagues. April 22, 2020 2 min read As a large portion of office workers do their jobs from home, virtual tools to help them connect with colleagues are becoming more popular than ever. From Zoom, to Google Hangouts, to Slack, employers are looking for the most efficient ways to maintain team unity and stay in touch during this time.  Already used by more than 12 million people around the world every day, Slack is becoming even more valuable as stay-at-home orders drag on. With its easy-to-use interface and ability to send quick messages to individuals, groups or an entire organization, Slack is particularly helpful to remote teams, especially ones with many global offices. It’s used by more than 600,000 organizations in 150 countries.  Related: 5 Tips and Tricks You Need to Know About Slack Of course, like any app, Slack has a […]

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This Percentage of Small-Business Owners Think They’ll Never Recover (Infographic)

The number is concerningly high. April 14, 2020 2 min read  As the global health crisis continues its spread across the U.S., millions are newly unemployed, businesses are shuttering for the foreseeable future and uncertainty is high. Hit particularly hard by this crisis are small-business owners, many of whom are far short of the cash they’d need to weather the storm.  Although loans from the federal government are available to help small-business owners stay afloat, a survey from online loan platform Lending Tree found that people aren’t confident these measures will help them in the long term. In a survey of 1,200 business owners, nearly half have shut down temporarily, and 71 percent are worried their businesses will never recoup the losses from this crisis.  Related: 8 Ways Business Owners Can Take Advantage of the Federal Stimulus Package Nearly half (47 percent) of business owners have taken on new debt to […]

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Are Virtual Games, Workouts or Happy Hours Most Popular Right Now? (Infographic)

Doodle has tracked a nearly 300 percent increase in this type of virtual meeting. April 8, 2020 2 min read Virtual meetings are now the norm for many people working from makeshift home offices, but the same technologies we use to keep in touch for work are now also being used for personal socializing. With most people across the U.S. in their third or fourth week of social distancing, we’re turning into a nation of virtual party planners. Instead of meeting up with friends for post-work drinks or attending multiple birthday parties every weekend, we’re planning get-togethers on Zoom or arranging “car parades” for our kids’ classmates’ birthdays.   Related: 5 Workouts You Can Do at Home for Free Right Now Online meeting planner Doodle released a new report on just how popular these virtual parties are becoming, and there are three types that are taking the lead: virtual games or trivia, […]

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3 Financial Steps Small-Business Owners Should Take Right Now

An industry expert shares how to secure cash flow and keep operations running during difficult times. April 3, 2020 5 min read The nation’s small businesses are struggling, and there’s no clear picture of when the current crisis will be over and things will be back to normal. It’s a tough situation for any company to be in, and even a $2 trillion stimulus package won’t be able to alleviate the worries for many small businesses yet.  Ben Richmond, U.S. country manager for accounting-software platform Xero, shares the three financial steps small-business owners should take to get their companies in the best possible position. Read on for his tips.  Optimize cash flow “We’re in unprecedented times,” Richmond says. “Businesses will really need to put their soft skills to use. A lot of the techniques they need to use — which I’ll call ‘peacetime tactics’ — they need to apply in […]

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5 Workouts You Can Do at Home for Free Right Now

Want to establish an at-home workout routine but don’t know how? Try these five resources. March 31, 2020 5 min read As gyms across the country are deemed “nonessential businesses” and shut down for the foreseeable future, the number of virtual fitness resources is exploding. For some, that means purchasing expensive stationary bikes with virtual classes instead of attending a daily indoor-cycling class. But a $2,200 Peloton bike is simply too expensive for most Americans, especially when there are so many free options available right now.  “The irony is that many people are probably exercising more now than they would otherwise, because they have nothing else to do,” says Jennifer Cohen, an Entrepreneur contributor, and founder and CEO of No Gym Required.  Related: 10 Things Healthy People Have in Common If you’re lucky enough to have a home gym, take advantage of this time to actually use it. But you don’t […]

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8 Trustworthy Tips on How to Stay Physically and Mentally Healthy Right Now

Tune out all the conflicting coronavirus information and key in on this selection of advice from credible medical experts. March 25, 2020 7 min read To slow the spread of COVID-19, doctors and pandemic experts have been clear about what needs to be done: Stay inside if you can, wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water, keep a distance of at least six feet from people when you’re out of your home and avoid large groups and unnecessary travel.  It sounds simple, but panicked people are doing everything from bulk buying enough food to feed their family for months on end, to buying dangerous supplements claiming to “protect” them from the virus, to spreading text and Facebook messages with fake advice on how to prevent themselves from getting infected.  Instead of buying into the hype, read on for eight reasonable tips from credible medical experts on what you […]

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When’s the Best Time to Schedule a Meeting? It Depends Where You Live (Infographic)

A study from Doodle found major regional differences among people who are scheduling mealtime meetings. March 12, 2020 3 min read Time-wasting meetings get a bad rap among some office workers (including Elon Musk), but there’s no denying that taking time out of your day to nurture business relationships can be beneficial to entrepreneurs. Setting aside time to meet with clients visiting from out of town or to show a loyal client that you appreciate them is an easy way to deepen those connections.  But not all clients are the same, and when they might want to meet could actually depend on where they live in the United States. Meeting scheduling company Doodle looked at nearly 200,000 meetings across 135 territories from September 2018 to August 2019 to see if it could find some commonalities among when people choose to meet. The results contain some interesting tidbits. In big cities, dinner […]

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6 Signs to Look for If You’re Worried Your Workplace Environment is Toxic

A new study found six commonalities among unhealthy workplaces. March 4, 2020 2 min read If you’ve ever worked for a company with a toxic office culture, you know how much it can impact your day-to-day life. Instead of finishing your work and leaving it at the office each night, you spend the evening responding to more emails, overthinking every interaction you had that day and complaining to your friends or family about how difficult your job is. It’s frustrating, bad for stress levels and can even make you a less productive employee.  Related: Why Hustle Culture Might Be Toxic to Your Business There’s a difference between the normal little annoyances that happen at every job and the kind of workplace toxicity that permeates every area of your life. Emtrain, an online HR and harassment training company, surveyed more than 40,000 employees to find out what the  common factors in […]

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I Tried 6 Gmail Productivity Tips to Make My Time Spent on Email More Efficient

These tricks help streamline your inbox and make dealing with a mountain of emails easier. February 27, 2020 7 min read There are few sights more discouraging than returning from a long-awaited weeklong vacation to find your work email inbox has hundreds — or even thousands — of unopened emails. Regardless of whether you’re the type who can’t stand having one unopened email, or the type who can happily ignore 20,000 unread messages, chances are that email causes at least some stress in your life. An often-referenced 2012 McKinsey study found that workers spend around 28 percent of their working days on email, and articles about how to make your email habits more productive abound.  I’m someone who can’t stand to have even one unopened email at the end of the day, so I was eager to find new ways to make my inbox work better. I decided to test […]

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The Best Cities for New Small Businesses (Infographic)

A new study looks at where young businesses are thriving. February 26, 2020 2 min read Starting a business is an inherently risky endeavor, especially when headlines and statistics tout findings that around 20 percent of small businesses fail within the first year and 50 percent within five years. But those prospects can change dramatically based on where you headquarter your business.  A recent study from online business loan site LendingTree found that certain cities in the U.S. are better places to start new small businesses than others. To determine the rankings, LendingTree looked at the data it has from companies applying for loans and studied the percentages of businesses that were profitable, the percentage less than six years old, the percentage with less than $1 million in revenue and the percentage with fewer than 250 employees across U.S. metro areas.  Related: Infographic: The 10 Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs in […]

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4 High-Growth Startup Industries for Entrepreneurs in 2020

See the cultural trends that are leading to big business ideas this year. February 18, 2020 3 min read After an entrepreneur comes up with a business idea, one of their first tasks is to figure out a logo and how they want their brand to look. And because many entrepreneurs lack design skills, they often turn to platforms with template designs like Canva or PicMonkey, or to companies like 99Designs and Design Contest — which connect new businesses with freelance designers who enter “contests” in the hope of landing new clients.  Because 99Designs has so much insight into young companies in the process of creating logos and building brands, they have a bird’s eye view on what industries will likely grow in the coming years. They share these insights in an annual list on high-growth startup industries.  Related: 4 High-Growth Industries for Entrepreneurs in 2019 (Infographic) The company bases the results […]

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25 Billion-Dollar Companies You Haven’t Heard Of

February 13, 2020 2 min read When people interested in business see the word “unicorn,” companies like Uber, Airbnb and SpaceX come to mind. Those brands are constantly in the news, and their valuations are astronomical. But for every flashy unicorn startup that becomes a household name, there are dozens more that stay relatively unknown to people outside their industries.  To better understand how people think about billion-dollar companies, McGuffin Creative Group surveyed 4,000 people to determine which unicorns had the highest and lowest brand awareness. Generally, it found that companies with higher valuations had higher brand awareness, but there were some exceptions to that rule. Juul Labs, for example, has a $50 billion valuation and 36 percent brand awareness.  Related: 15 Success Secrets From Female Founders With $1 Billion Companies But among the brands that scored less than 10 percent awareness, there were some interesting takeaways. People who live in […]

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