5 American cities ask for ‘responsible tourism’ pledge | Fast Company

Tourism pledges are all the rage these days, with countries like Palau, Iceland, and New Zealand, and destinations like Big Sur and Hawaii, all asking tourists to stop and think about the place they are visiting and the impact they may have there. It’s all an effort to slow over-tourism and lessen the environmental impact of a steady stream of visitors to beautiful, delicate natural places. Now a consortium of western U.S. cities have teamed up for their own version, a conservation program called “Pledge for the Wild,” which launched this week.

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Renovations That Don’t Add Resale Value To Your Home | Forbes

While your home is the place you live, it’s also the most expensive investment that most people will ever make. And when you’re trying to re-sell, the wrong renovation can have a long term cost you probably didn’t think about at the time.

The number one mistake sellers make when renovating, says Broker Alex Lavrenov of Warburg Realty, is only considering their own taste and needs within the home and choosing renovations that do not provide any value or benefit to the future homeowner.

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Trust Your Gut: How All Business Owners Can Harness the Power of Instinct | AllBusiness.com

If you’ve read any of my articles, you know that they are often inspired by my life. My current inspiration (if you can call it that) is dating. I just ended something because my instinct saw red flags. In the past, I’ve ignored these to my detriment, so I’m pretty proud to be seeing them before I get hurt.

But your gut doesn’t just tell you about potential “creepazoids.” It can tell you a lot about your business . . . if you’re willing to listen.

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Cheat Sheet for Mastering Google My Business | Small Business Trends

According to a study from Go-Globe, 18 percent of local searches lead to a sale within one day. And what do people normally use to search? That’s right — Google. So if you want people to find your local business in their searches, you need to make your business really easy to find on Google.

Google My Business is the search engine’s local business listing platform. You can create a profile that pops up right in the search page so people don’t even have to visit your website to get the information they need to visit you, including your address, phone number and hours of operation.

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Worried About How Faceapp Is Using Your Photos? Here’s How To Delete Your Data | Digital Trends

Are you concerned about how FaceApp is using your photos? If so, there’s a way to remove your data from the app — but it might take a while.

The face-filter app has dominated social media over the past few days, but it’s come under fire for its terms of service which allows its Russia-based developer to use photos run through the app for commercial purposes. FaceApp now says it will delete user data upon request.

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Successfully Convert Your Leads With These 9 Tips | Business

Industry experts share insights to help small businesses capture lead opportunities.

  • Audience research helps you generate leads and create a conversion plan.
  • Persistent follow-ups are important. Researchers say that 80% of sales require five follow-ups after the initial contact.
  • Pay attention to more than just the content on your business’s website. SEO, keywords and calls to action often point leads in the direction of a sale.

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World’s largest underground bike parking center nears completion | New Atlas

Rotterdam-based studio Ector Hoogstad Architects is behind the creation of the world’s largest bicycle parking center. The enormous project is part of a grand scale redevelopment of the Utrecht Centraal Railway Station in the Netherlands and boasts an innovative layout that manages the flow of both pedestrians and cyclists.

The user-friendly project includes the construction of a multi-story bicycle parking hub, which caters for a world record capacity of over 12,500 bikes. The project, which started construction in 2017, is set to reach completion later this year and is an example of how cities can accommodate a growing number of cyclists.

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Moving To An Office On A Budget? How To Make Funds Appear Like Magic | The Startup Magazine

Moving into an office requires taking on significant expenses you might not want to incur until you become profitable. However, when your business requires an office to operate smoothly, it’s non-negotiable. According to Fundera, office space is one of the top fourteen small business startup costs, and runs between $100-$1,000 per employee per month.

If you’re on a tight budget and don’t have excess capital to throw at an office, use the following strategies to generate the funds:

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Education publisher Pearson to phase out print textbooks | BBC News

The world’s largest education publisher has taken the first step towards phasing out print books by making all its learning resources “digital first”.

Pearson said students would only be able to rent physical textbooks from now on, and they would be updated much less frequently.

The British firm hopes the move will make more students buy its e-textbooks which are updated continually.

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Tesla’s New Pricing Scheme Proves Simpler Is Better | Inc.com

Tesla has streamlined its pricing on the Model S and Model X. And there’s something to be said for that.

The car company on Tuesday removed the Standard Range versions of its Model S and Model X, effectively eliminating the two cheapest versions of its popular cars. The move means the base model Model S now jumps from $75,000 to $79,990 and the base model Model X now costs $84,990, up from $81,000.

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