Uber Won’t Let California Drivers Set Their Own Prices Anymore After Rider Cancellations Increased 117% | Forbes

Uber will no longer allow drivers in California to set their own prices after rider cancellations increased 117% over the past year, the latest change to Uber’s service following the passage of Proposition 22, which made ride-hailing drivers independent contractors.

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4 Low-Cost Digital Marketing Tactics for Startups | AllBusiness.com

Starting a business is not an easy task. The idea of being your own boss and calling the shots is something many of us desire and long for, but making it a reality is no walk in the park. Being an entrepreneur comes with many risks and challenges.

Marketing is a critical aspect of a new business; however, successfully executing a marketing plan is a challenge faced by many startups. And no matter how great your products and services are, without the right marketing strategy, the chances of reaching your potential customers and generating profits are incredibly low

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Soundproof Wall Panels for Your Home Office Studio | Small Business Trends

Whether it is a loud neighbor, next door office, or you just want to create a quieter environment, soundproof wall panels can dampen the noise for you. With the right acoustic panels and sound absorption materials, you can deaden and dampen sounds in your environment.

If you have a small business with multiple offices one of the best ways you can individualize each room is by soundproofing them. And the good news is you can now find affordable and decorative soundproof wall panels that are easy to install.

While there are many options in the marketplace, the choices in this list provide the best panels across different materials, capabilities, and styles. Remember these are ready-made panels. If, however you want to get custom panels there are many companies that will provide the service.

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Thinking of opening a physical location? Here’s a look at initial restaurant start-up costs| Food Truck Operations

Opening a restaurant is your dream, but is it something you can afford?

Just like any big investment, most people require financial assistance in the form of a bank loan to afford the startup costs. We’ll help you weed through the individual costs of starting a restaurant so you can create a reasonable budget and acquire the funding you need. We also include ways to save on the cost factors.

How much does it cost?

The median cost of opening a restaurant is $275,000 or $3,046 per cover for a leased space, according to a recent survey. This number jumps to $425,000 or $3,734 per cover with an added land purchase. Numbers like this can be slightly deceiving because there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. The cost of your restaurant will be affected by a number of factors, including the location of your business, your restaurant concept, and whether you choose to lease or buy your space.

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What Is a Bridge Loan and How Can Businesses Use It? | business.com

Bridge loans are a form of short-term funding intended to help your business buy assets or complete projects.

A bridge loan is a form of short-term financing that is designed to help a company meet its obligations until it secures a long-term business loan. This type of business loan is commonly used in commercial real estate and other transactions where timing is key and businesses need to secure funds quickly in order to take advantage of an opportunity.

When a business takes out a bridge loan, it uses the proceeds to purchase or improve assets, or to finance its own operations. Then, once it secures long-term financing, it uses the funds from the new long-term loan to pay off the bridge. Businesses use bridge loans (which often carry interest rates several points higher than conventional long-term financing) to fill short-term funding gaps. These include asset purchases, such as real estate, equipment, and inventory.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPad Could Do | Digital Trends

The iPad is becoming an increasingly versatile tablet. Between the branching out of iPadOS from iOS and the fact that Apple has been leaning into the iPad as a kind of laptop replacement, the iPad has a lot to it. In fact, I’ve actually been using the iPad Pro as a replacement for a laptop for over a year now, and while I still have a Mac Mini that I use for the bulk of my work, I’ve learned a lot about iPadOS and how to get the most out of it.

Interested in getting more out of your iPad? Here are 10 things that you probably didn’t know your iPad could do.

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Three Big Reasons Why You Should Be Careful of Hard Money Loans | The Startup Magazine

Hard money loans are a form of collateral-backed loan that real estate assets secure. Those who have the necessary collateral can obtain them, even if they don’t have good credit. What makes it strange is that the lender doesn’t rely on you to pay the loan back. That’s why your credit doesn’t play a significant role in the process.

Your hard money lender will base your loan primarily on how much your collateral is worth. For example, if you default on your loan, they will take possession of the property you used for security. Let’s find out more about what hard money loans are and how they work.

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Covid: Trials to begin for return of England mass events | BBC News

The government is to trial a series of measures in England, including Covid passports, to allow the safe return of sports matches, events and nightclubs.

Passes would show if a person had been vaccinated, had a recent negative test, or natural immunity.

Trial events in the coming months will also explore how ventilation and testing before and after could help crowds return.

Any use of passes would be “time-limited”, the sports minister has said.

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This CEO Changed His Feedback Style–and His Company’s Revenue Grew Almost 1,500 Percent | Inc.com

Would you rather be feared or loved? For three years, Dan O’Malley opted for the latter–and every day, he says, he failed his employees a little more.

The founder and CEO of Numerated stumbled onto that epiphany by accident: The four-year-old Boston-based startup, which helps banks and credit unions automate their processes, went into crisis mode in March 2020, when the Small Business Administration launched the Paycheck Protection Program. It turns out, when your entire 55-person team is working 20-hour days for weeks on end (to help banks process roughly $250 million in forgivable small-business loans per hour), you don’t have time to mince words. You do, however, start to bond with the people around you down in the foxhole.

That was the secret sauce, right there. “I didn’t have the time to be worried about how people would take the feedback. I just had to give it,” O’Malley says. But brutal honesty can be jarring, and can elicit defensive reactions, so he added a personal twist. He’d start with a short warning: “This is probably going to come off rough, and I don’t mean it that way.” And after detailing exactly what went wrong, he’d ask: How can I help? What do you need to fix it?

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Amazon addresses pee bottle denial tweet | TechCrunch

Amazon kicked off the holiday weekend by backtracking slightly on a social media offensive that unfolded in the waning days of a historic unionization vote. The earlier comments reportedly arrived as Jeff Bezos was pushing for a more aggressive strategy.

Along with taking on Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, the Amazon News Twitter account went toe to toe with Congressman, Mark Pocan. The Wisconsin Democrat cited oft-reported stories of Amazon workers urinating in bottles in reaction to comments from Consumer CEO, Dave Clark.

“You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you?” the account asked. “If that were true, nobody would work for us. The truth is that we have over a million incredible employees around the world who are proud of what they do, and have great wages and health care from day one.”

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