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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The 10 Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs in the U.S.

Smaller cities beat out the big hubs in this year’s study of the U.S. cities with the youngest entrepreneurs. February 10, 2020 3 min read Starting your own business is often seen as a pipe dream for people in the early stages of their careers — something they do when they’re older and have more financial stability. But some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, among them Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs, started their companies when they were teenagers or in their early twenties. Some serial entrepreneurs tell stories of the companies they started as kids; startup savvy  has been one of their defining characteristics since they were young.  If you’re a young entrepreneur interested in starting a business, one of the first things you’ll likely think about is where to headquarter it. Where are tax policies business-friendly? Where is the cost of living low? Where is there […]

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15 Success Secrets From Female Founders With $1 Billion Companies

What it took to get them to a unicorn valuation. January 30, 2020 10 min read Venture capitalist Aileen Lee coined the term “unicorn” to describe startups worth more than $1 billion in 2013, and in the following years it’s become a part of the business world vernacular. And as VC firms pour money into promising startups, achieving a unicorn valuation has become increasingly less rare.   Tech data research company CB Insights puts the total number of unicorns in the world at 445, and the number of female-founded companies among them is growing: In 2019, 21 female founders’ companies achieved unicorn status. That statistic sounds promising considering women only receive about 2 percent of VC funding, but don’t be fooled: Just 4 percent of companies that achieved unicorn valuations in 2019 were founded by women, according to Crunchbase.  Despite the issues at play here, there’s no denying that achieving this valuation […]

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9 Big Brands That Are Headquartered Where You Least Expect

Some of the country’s biggest companies aren’t anywhere near Silicon Valley or New York. January 24, 2020 7 min read In the U.S., there’s no denying that San Francisco is the undisputed king of tech and New York is the undisputed king of finance. Apple, Google and Facebook all call the Bay Area home, and most of the country’s biggest banks are headquartered in Manhattan. There are a few notable exceptions (Seattle holds Microsoft and Amazon, for example), but as a general rule those two cities have a reputation as epicenters of business. But as the cost of living in big cities continues to rise and remote working becomes more prevalent, smaller cities like Boulder, Colo. and Cincinnati are establishing themselves as regional tech hubs. And for these companies (some household names, some you might not have heard of), small cities and towns have been key to their success. In […]

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