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Stocks week ahead: How resilient is the US consumer? | CNN

Worries about an economic slowdown are running wild on Wall Street. Despite concerns about inflation, higher interest rates from the Federal Reserve, supply chain issues and geopolitical turmoil due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Covid outbreaks in China, American consumers continue to do what they do best: shop until they drop.

Retail sales rose at a healthy 0.5% clip in March when compared to February and were up 6.9% from March 2021. Economists are expecting that the strong trend for retail lasted into April as well. The government will report retail sales figures for April on Tuesday. Forecasts are calling for a 0.7% jump from March levels.

In other words, experts don’t think negative headlines and recent market turmoil slowed down consumer spending.

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What time is the Blood Moon lunar eclipse? | Live Science

A Blood Moon total lunar eclipse will occur this weekend, and here’s when to watch it.

The sun, moon and Earth will align Sunday night for a total lunar eclipse on May 15, which occurs when the Earth moves into place between the sun and the full moon. As a result, the Earth casts a giant shadow across the lunar surface, giving the moon a striking reddish hue — which is why lunar eclipses are also referred to as blood moons.

Sunday’s full moon is also considered a supermoon, meaning it looks bigger and brighter than usual because it’s at the closest point to Earth in its orbit, also known as perigee.

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How to Rebrand Without Losing Your Audience | businessnewsdaily.com

Learn how to change your company identity while maintaining your customer base.

  • Rebranding your company can involve updating your design, mission and name.
  • Before tackling this endeavor, consider your strategy and motivation for rebranding.
  • Engage your current customer base throughout the process.
  • This article is for small business owners seeking to rebrand.

Rebranding can take many forms, from renaming your company to implementing a new business model. While these changes are taking place, businesses must still work to connect and communicate with customers.

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15 Ways to Increase Mental Focus and Stay Sharp | How To Focus | Lifehack

Do you feel like you’re busy all the time and that the days are getting shorter? Are you constantly overwhelmed and can’t seem to quite make your deadlines? Is the amount of time you’re able to concentrate diminishing?

If you answered yes, you’re lacking mental focus which is holding you back from your full potential.

In fact, according to a Harvard study, we spend about 47% wandering our mind.

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How overtime pay went from labor right to a rarity | Fast Company

While in the White House, Barack Obama had ambitious plans to expand overtime pay to millions of American workers who didn’t receive it, seeking to revive the New Deal promise of a fair wage for a fair day’s work. He was partly inspired by a single mom working at a sandwich shop in Tucson, Arizona.

Elizabeth Paredes was 23 and raising a 3-year-old boy in 2015 when she concluded it was unfair that she didn’t get paid time and a half for the extra hours she put in as an assistant manager at Baggin’s Gourmet Sandwiches. She was working at least 50 hours a week at the deli chain but still wasn’t earning a higher wage for those overtime hours, leaving her struggling to pay her rent, buy groceries, and afford childcare. Paredes went to her manager to complain, but she says he replied with the words: “That’ll never happen.”

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Starting a Business from Scratch Taught Me Lessons | AllBusiness.com

They lie! “They” being whoever tells you it is easy to go from zero to hero in six months!

Let me introduce myself. I am Candice Bernardoni, a bespoke shoe designer based on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. As a former wealth coach, I have helped hundreds of clients reach their personal and financial goals, and today I create glamorous and comfortable designer shoes for women. My unrivaled passion and enthusiasm for creating my business not only captures my clients’ attention but also encourages them to “own the room” in all aspects of life.

The reality of starting a business from scratch looks a bit like this…

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Why You Need TikTok in Your Small Business | Small Business Trends

When people ask where they can find me on social media, I say, everywhere except TikTok”. But now I realize that so many small business owners are using videos on TikTok (and you don’t need to know how to dance!) in their marketing strategy.

The growth of Tik Tok statistics as a social media platform are nothing short of amazing. According to Sprout Social:

  • TikTok has over 1 billion monthly active users. (This is similar to Instagram and Twitter only has 330 million per month.)

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Workers are Seeking or Planning to Seek New Jobs | business.com

Public health crises past and present have caused labor shortages that ripped out and reworked the fabric of society. The Great Plague liberated serfs, the Spanish Flu brought women to the workplace, and COVID-19 is empowering modern employees to redefine work-life balance and find roles that fit their lifestyles.

In upending the economy, the coronavirus also reshaped views of the workforce. Hourly earners were finally seen as essential and many office workers logged in from home, while government assistance allowed millions to reconsider their employment status. Many workers delayed their returns to the office or quit their jobs to seek more favorable terms as part of The Great Resignation.

Now low unemployment and rising wages have made good workers harder to hire. Our new research into what American workers need to stay on the job revealed a workforce in turmoil, with many employees dissatisfied and actively looking for new positions. Specifically, our study of workers and job seekers found:

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Next Motorola Razr could get rid of the offbeat chin design | Digital Trends

Motorola Razr devices have been known for their offbeat design language. The original Razr sold so well that Motorola retained the name for its first foldable smartphone lineup. Now, the company seems to be planning to get rid of the design that set the Razr apart from the plethora of smartphones on the market.

According to a new report by 91Mobiles, Motorola is all set to unveil the next-gen foldable Razr. It is said to be a big upgrade both in terms of design and internal hardware. Up until now, Motorola has stayed away from packing a flagship system on a chip in its foldable smartphone, but things are all set to change now. As per the report, the upcoming Motorola Razr will be offered in two variants: one powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and the other by the yet-to-be-launched Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus chipset.

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Why Crypto Trading Bots Are Going To Be A Hit | The Startup Magazine

Unless you’ve been living in a cave deep in the mountains for the past decade or so, there is a good chance you’ve likely heard of cryptocurrencies. You might not have ever traded in it or even considered it, but you’ve at least heard of Bitcoin or another popular currency. While this might be the case, you’ve likely noticed the increased talk surrounding cryptocurrencies.

Heck, you’ve probably not only noticed it being mentioned on the news and in the exchange markets, but you’ve probably noticed that a lot of physical retailers have now converted their stores to trade in the currency. Don’t worry because there is still ample opportunity to get in on the huge market and take advantage. Crypto trading bots are the best place to start.

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