Monthly Archives: August 2019

Should You Start a Business Without a College Degree? | Business News Daily

Entrepreneurship can be a great way to financial freedom, but building a successful business takes a lot of time, hard work and perseverance. Many young workers are left wondering when they should start a business and what education is required to do so.

A college degree is not required to start a business, but it certainly helps. College not only teaches students educational topics that can be helpful in starting a business, but also soft skills, like how to be lifelong learners.

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Positive and Negative Reinforcement: Which Is More Effective? | Lifehack

It has been said that rarely am I short of words, and yet this article I’ve re-written 5 times, why?

It’s not as if I have a lack of thoughts on this subject. It’s not as if I don’t spend my days enabling people to communicate powerfully and get what they want in life. So why the rewrites?

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Twitter blocks state-run media ads after Hong Kong discord | Fast Company

Leadership at Twitter stated today that they want to “protect healthy discourse and open conversation.” To that end, they are no longer accepting advertising from state-controlled news media entities. This comes on the heels their discovery of 936 accounts inside China that were “deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement on the ground.”

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Why You Should Never Borrow Someone Else’s Charging Cable | Forbes

We’ve all been there. Your smartphone or tablet is low on power and you’ve left your charging cable at home. There’s no harm in borrowing one from a fellow passenger in the airport departure lounge or from your hotel’s front desk clerk, right?

In 2019, that would be a huge mistake, say cybersecurity experts.

“There are certain things in life that you just don’t borrow,” says Charles Henderson, Global Managing Partner and Head of X-Force Red at IBM Security. “If you were on a trip and realized you forgot to pack underwear, you wouldn’t ask all your co-travelers if you could borrow their underwear. You’d go to a store and buy newma underwear.”

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How Self-Employment Affects Your Personal Finances | AllBusiness.com

Are self-employed people better off financially?  Four out of five self-employed people surveyed in the QuickBooks Self-Employed 2019 Personal Finance Survey say they were “financially motivated” to become an entrepreneur. But is the financial side of self-employment all it’s cracked up to be? Find out how self-employment affects your personal finances. Here’s what the survey found.

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HIPAA Violation Penalties Could Have Major Financial Impact on SMBs | Small Business Trends

One of the most personal types of data is medical information. And when it comes to protecting this information, the government doesn’t give anyone wiggle room to make excuses.

Armed with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has settled millions of dollars against violators.

The financial impact of HIPAA violations is especially burdensome on small businesses. This is why small firms have to take increased precaution to ensure they are not violating any HIPPA regulations. Whether you’re providing healthcare directly or support services, you are equally liable under HIPAA.

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Niche: Required or Overblown for Your Consulting Firm? | David A. Fields

You’ve undoubtedly received plenty of advice to position your consulting firm in a narrow niche. Of course, you’ve also been advised to coat your daily diet with chocolate. (Maybe the latter advice was only from me, but it still counts.)

Niche, chocolate. Is either one really necessary?

Absolutely! Let’s look at some examples, a few benefits, and a very rough rule of thumb for consulting firm niches.

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Influencer Marketing May Be Losing Its Influence | Business

“How to take a pic worthy of an Instagram influencer,” OnMilwaukee reported last week. “We asked Dallas influencers to explain what or whom they are influencing,” posted the Dallas Observer the same day. A few days later, Olivia Jade, beneficiary of the Operation Varsity Blues college admissions scandal, announced she’d be leaving the University of Southern California to become a full-time influencer.

At this point, it’s safe to say that influencer marketing is no longer the secret sauce it once was. There’s also some indication that the power of influencer marketing has peaked.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Review: A Weekend With A Giant | Digital Trends

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is in my hands. That’s hands — plural — because this is a hulking beast of a phone. Not just in size, but also in features.

I’ve only been using Samsung’s latest for a little more than two days, so consider this review a work-in-progress. I’ll be adding to it as the week goes on, and will have a final verdict as the August 23 launch date draws near. Until then, here are my thoughts so far.

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3 Small Business Expenses That Add up Quickly | The Startup Magazine

As a small business owner, you know that it takes money to make money—and unfortunately, sometimes it takes more money than you’d think. From paying your employees to managing your utility bill, there are a lot of small business expenses that can quickly eat away at your take-home revenue if you’re not being proactive about it.

If you’re not sure how to evaluate your small business expenses or optimize them, look no further. In this article, we’re going to call out those expenses that tend to add up quickly and give you tips to help you regain financial control of your small business.

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