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07/22/2018   Seattle PI Business
ROME (AP) — Jeep executive Mike Manley will be the new CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles after longtime leader Sergio Marchionne's health suddenly deteriorated following recent surgery. The announcement after an emergency board meeting Saturday marked the end of the Marchionne era, which included the turnaround of failing Fiat, the takeover of bankrupt U.S. automaker Chrysler and the spinoffs of the heavy machinery and truck maker CNH and supercar maker Ferrari. Fiat Chrysler said Marchionne, 66, is "unable to return to work" due to his health.
07/22/2018   WSJ Business
The Farnborough International Airshow in England this past week highlighted technology of the near future, including autonomous aircraft and urban flying vehicles that don’t need an airport.
07/22/2018   Reuters Business
German industry groups warned on Sunday, before European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker meets U.S. President Donald Trump this week, that tariffs the United States has imposed or is threatening to introduce risk harming America itself.
07/21/2018   WSJ Business
Family members have long been the backbone of the nation’s long-term care system. But smaller, more far-flung families mean fewer of these unpaid helpers to attend to the rising population of elderly Americans. “Are you really my daughter?”
07/21/2018   WSJ Business
With its deal to acquire entertainment assets from 21st Century Fox, Disney is close to snaring popular properties including ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Avatar.’ Here is a look at marquee Fox properties and what Disney might do with them.
07/21/2018   WSJ Business
In the escalating trade fight between the U.S. and China, both sides are targeting plenty of products they don’t actually import from one another.
07/21/2018   WSJ Business
Some big U.S. multinationals are being partially audited by Chinese accounting firms U.S. regulators can’t check.
07/21/2018   New York Times Business News
Sergio Marchionne, who masterminded Fiat’s acquisition of Chrysler, is leaving for health reasons. His replacement is Mike Manley, head of the Jeep and Ram truck brands.
07/21/2018   Reuters Business
The United States sought to woo Europe and Japan with free trade deals on Saturday to gain leverage in an escalating tariff war with China but its overtures faced stiff resistance from France at a G20 finance ministers meeting dominated by trade tensions.
07/21/2018   Reuters Business
Japan should be careful about recent remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump on currencies and might need to convince Washington its monetary easing is not aimed at weakening the yen but beating deflation, a finance ministry official said on Saturday.
07/21/2018   Reuters Business
Fiat Chrysler named on Saturday its Jeep division boss Mike Manley to take over immediately from Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne, who is seriously ill after suffering major complications following surgery.
07/21/2018   Reuters Business
Fiat Chrysler (FCA) said on Saturday that boss Sergio Marchionne, 66, would not be returning to work because he was gravely ill.
07/21/2018   Reuters Business
Sergio Marchionne bowed out on Saturday as one of the auto industry's most demanding and tenacious chief executives, his health in crisis after a career in which he rescued Fiat and Chrysler, two of its most storied brands.
07/21/2018   WSJ Business
Facebook said it was suspending analytics firm Crimson Hexagon while it investigates whether the firm’s government contracts violate Facebook policies.
07/21/2018   Reuters Business
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV's new chief executive Mike Manley, who has overseen the effort to turn Jeep into a global brand, now plans to carry out the parent company's strategy unveiled last month, the company said Saturday.
07/21/2018   WSJ Business
Hollywood’s longstanding say-anything, do-anything culture is rapidly turning into one where the wrong words can kill careers.
07/21/2018   WSJ Business
Congress abandoned a bipartisan attempt to undo President Trump’s deal with Beijing to save Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp.
07/21/2018   WSJ Business
Fiat Chrysler appointed a new chief executive Saturday in an unexpected move to replace the ailing Sergio Marchionne, who has led the company for nearly a decade.
07/21/2018   New York Times Business News
Ram Badan Singh, one of the last street hawkers of newspapers in New York, is weathering a serious slowdown with help from his fans.
07/21/2018   New York Times Business News
Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, said that the administration would not interfere with the decisions of the Federal Reserve or move to manipulate the value of the dollar.
07/21/2018   Reuters Business
The chief executive of Airbus said he was open to a merger of his firm's jet fighter business with that of BAE Systems , the Sunday Times reported.
07/21/2018   Seattle PI Business
ROME (AP) — Jeep executive Mike Manley will be the new CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobile after longtime leader Sergio Marchionne's health suddenly deteriorated following surgery, the company announced Saturday. Marchionne, a 66-year-old Italian-Canadian, joined Fiat in 2004 and led the Turin-based company's merger with bankrupt U.S. carmaker Chrysler. Manley, 54, had been heading the Jeep brand since June 2009 and the Ram brand from October 2015 and has been with the company since 2000. The announcement, at the end of an emergency board meeting Saturday, marked the end of the Marchionne era, which included the turnaround of failing Fiat, the takeover of bankrupt U.S.
07/21/2018   Seattle PI Business
ROME (AP) — The Latest on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Jeep executive Mike Manley, who replaces the ailing Sergio Marchionne as the head of Fiat Chrysler Automobile, had been one of Marchionne's closest collaborators at the group. Manley in a previous role had been responsible for product planning and all sales activities outside of North America. Manley took over management of the Jeep brand in 2009, just after Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy protection. At the time, the all-SUV Jeep mainly was a U.S. brand, where annual sales languished at around 232,000. By 2017, though, sales had nearly quadrupled to more than 828,000 as Americans snapped up all-wheel-drive SUVs.
07/21/2018   New York Times Business News
Some in China are building a future that isn’t quite ready. Still, the exuberance may be a good thing, as useful products find their place and bad ones disappear.
07/21/2018   Reuters Business
The health of Sergio Marchionne, long-time boss of carmaker Fiat Chrysler (FCA) , worsened on Saturday and he has been replaced as chief executive by Mike Manley, the head of the firm's Jeep division, FCA said in a statement.
07/21/2018   Reuters Business
Luxury sports carmaker Ferrari said on Saturday it had appointed board member Louis Camilleri as its new chief executive, replacing Sergio Marchionne who is seriously ill.
07/21/2018   Reuters Business
Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne is to be replaced permanently at the helm of the global carmaker as well as Ferrari after suffering serious complications from surgery, sources said on Saturday.
07/21/2018   Reuters Business
Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has named Mike Manley, the head of the carmaker's profit engine Jeep, as its new chief executive, replacing Sergio Marchionne who had to step down after serious complications from surgery, a source close to the matter said.
07/21/2018   Seattle PI Business
WASHINGTON (AP) — With President Donald Trump intensifying his rift with U.S. trading partners, economists are growing more doubtful that any deal that might benefit American workers and companies is in sight. Instead, many analysts say they expect the Trump administration to impose more tariffs on China and potentially other key U.S. trading partners. With those nations almost certain to retaliate, the result could be higher prices for Americans, diminished export sales and a weaker U.S. economy by next year. In an interview with CNBC that aired Friday morning, Trump renewed his threat to ultimately slap tariffs on a total of $500 billion of imports from China — roughly equal to all the goods Beijing ships annually to the United States.
07/21/2018   WSJ Business
The president’s unorthodox approach to economic policy could harm some U.S. industries with tariffs, but it also includes concrete plans to maintain America’s technological edge.
07/21/2018   New York Times Business News
Two decades ago, a new approach to power delivery led to blackouts. Now the state is considering another energy makeover: a regional electric grid.
07/21/2018   Reuters Business
U.S. President Donald Trump's tariffs will lead to a drop in prosperity in Germany this year and are likely to cost Germans up to 20 billion euros ($23.44 billion), the head of German think-tank IMK said.
07/21/2018   Reuters Business
Big companies in the United States from Amazon.com Inc to Toyota Motor Corp and Alcoa Corp are working to counter the effect of the Trump administration's trade policies and to head off new tariffs.
07/20/2018   Reuters Business
Japanese firms are likely to pursue stakes in the country's first casino resorts, after parliament on Friday enacted a law smoothing the way for large-scale gambling - a business expected to generate billions of dollars in revenue.
07/20/2018   New York Times Business News
Transit advocates fear that unrealistic hopes for new technology — and how soon it’ll get here — could lead cities down the wrong path.
07/20/2018   New York Times Business News
The star producer reveals the eight shows she plans to make for the streaming service, which wooed her away from ABC with a nine-figure deal.
07/20/2018   New York Times Business News
As it prepares to list shares on the Nasdaq, the fast-growing online marketplace has been hit by a complaint that it allows sales of knockoff diapers.
07/20/2018   New York Times Business News
James Gunn wrote most of the tweets before 2013. They resurfaced after he criticized President Trump on Twitter and far-right provocateurs searched his social media history.
07/20/2018   WSJ Business
The number of Americans claiming new unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in nearly five decades.
07/20/2018   WSJ Business
President Trump continued his criticism of the Federal Reserve, saying higher rates hurt the U.S. economic expansion, and accused China and Europe of manipulating their currencies to hurt the U.S. on trade.
07/20/2018   New York Times Business News
Mr. Coates was hired at The Atlantic in 2008. He became famous for his sweeping essays about systemic racism in the United States.
07/20/2018   Reuters Business
Chinese importers of the livestock feed sorghum feasted on tabbouleh salad and chipotle tortillas made with the U.S. grain at a Texas barbecue this week, as farmers try to woo buyers in the middle of an escalating U.S.-China trade war.
07/20/2018   WSJ Business
The Chinese president wrapped up three-day meeting in U.A.E with flurry of business agreements, bolstering economic ties with a key ally of Saudi Arabia, just as Beijing is emerging as a critical partner for an increasingly isolated Iran.
07/20/2018   New York Times Business News
An Arizona woman said a pharmacist denied the prescription in April. The pharmacist is no longer employed by the company, a CVS spokesman said.
07/20/2018   New York Times Business News
Now that information on obscure objects can be found on the internet and hobbyists can connect online, someone’s trash can become someone else’s treasure more easily.
07/20/2018   New York Times Business News
Ms. Guilfoyle, who recently revealed that she is dating Donald Trump Jr., had been at the network for 12 years.
07/20/2018   Reuters Business
U.S. lawmakers cut measures from a defense bill that would have reinstated sanctions on China's ZTE Corp, abandoning an attempt to punish the company for illegally shipping U.S. products to Iran and North Korea.
07/20/2018   New York Times Business News
The president turned his ire on the American central bank, as well as trading partners that are fighting back against his tariffs, in a series of Twitter posts.
07/20/2018   Reuters Business
U.S. stocks ended slightly lower on Friday as escalating trade anxieties driven by U.S. President Donald Trump's latest tariff threats against China offset a string of robust earnings led by Microsoft.
07/20/2018   New York Times Business News
Thousands of women have sued the company, claiming that the device has caused severe harm, including perforation of the uterus, hemorrhaging and death.
07/20/2018   New York Times Business News
If you think that raising your hand for tasks you’re not really into will pay off at some point in some way, think again.
07/20/2018   New York Times Business News
Corporate earnings are the strongest they have been since the financial crisis. So why aren’t stocks higher?
07/20/2018   New York Times Business News
In Washington, D.C., a new venture from the Langham hotel scion Katherine Lo.
07/20/2018   Seattle PI Business
___ Trump heightens China tariff threat with no deal in sight WASHINGTON (AP) — With President Donald Trump intensifying his rift with U.S. trading partners, economists are growing more doubtful that any deal that might benefit American workers and companies may be in sight. Instead, many analysts say they expect the Trump administration to impose increasingly more tariffs on China, Europe and others key U.S. trading partners. ___ Japan's Abe: US auto tariffs will cost US jobs, harm economy TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has warned the U.S. that higher tariff on auto imports would backfire and harm not only America's jobs and economy but also devastate the global economy.
07/20/2018   New York Times Business News
Swing Left, a Democratic political action committee founded after the 2016 election by three relative novices, resembles a Silicon Valley start-up more than a traditional political organization.
07/20/2018   Seattle PI Business
U.S. stocks inched lower Friday as bond yields jumped, a shift that helped banks but hurt companies that pay big dividends. The dollar fell after President Donald Trump said China is manipulating its currency. On Friday: The S&P 500 index slid 2.66 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,801.83. The Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated 6.38 points to 25,058.12. The Nasdaq composite shed 5.10 points, or 0.1 percent, to 7,820.20. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks slumped 4.50 points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,696.81. For the week: The S&P 500 added 0.52 points. The Dow rose 38.71 points, or 0.2 percent. The Nasdaq lost 5.78 points, or 0.1 percent. The Russell 2000 gained 9.73 points, or 0.6 percent.
07/20/2018   Seattle PI Business
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks inched lower Friday as bond yields jumped, a shift that helped banks but hurt companies that pay big dividends. The dollar fell after President Donald Trump said China is manipulating its currency. Companies including Microsoft and Honeywell rose as investors were pleased with their quarterly reports, but General Electric stumbled. Stocks wobbled all week as investors reacted to solid company results as well as heightened trade tensions. The S&P 500 index was virtually flat for the week while the Russell 2000 index, which is made up of smaller companies that do more business inside the U.S., rose 0.6 percent.
07/20/2018   Reuters Business
The U.S. dollar weakened, long term Treasury yields rose and stocks closed mostly lower on Friday after President Donald Trump complained again about the greenback's strength and about Federal Reserve interest rate rises.
07/20/2018   Seattle PI Business
HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. decreased by eight this week to 1,046. At this time a year ago there were 950 active rigs. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 858 rigs drilled for oil this week and 187 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, New Mexico gained four rigs and Ohio and Wyoming each increased by one. Texas lost five rigs, Oklahoma decreased by three, Louisiana lost two and Alaska, North Dakota and West Virginia each decreased by one. Arkansas, California, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Utah were unchanged. The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981. It bottomed out in May 2016 at 404.
07/20/2018   Seattle PI Business
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday: Microsoft Corp., up $1.87 to $106.27 The technology company had a strong fiscal fourth quarter as its cloud computing business kept growing. Skechers USA Inc., down $6.98 to $26.27 The shoe company's quarterly forecasts fell far short of Wall Street estimates. State Street Corp., down $6.87 to $85.87 The financial services company said it will buy Charles River Development for $2.6 billion. General Electric Co., down 61 cents to $13.12 The industrial company had a solid second quarter overall but said its power business is still struggling. Honeywell International Inc., up $5.59 to $153.
07/20/2018   Reuters Business
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he was ready to impose tariffs on all $500 billion of imported goods from China, threatening to escalate a clash over trade policy that has unnerved financial markets.
07/20/2018   Seattle PI Business
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Stocks are ending slightly lower on Wall Street but still managed to eke out a small gain for the week. Higher bond yields drove down prices for high-dividend stocks like utilities and real estate companies Friday. PG&E fell 1.9 percent and Simon Property Group lost 2 percent. Companies that rely on consumer spending also had a rough day. Cable TV and entertainment company Comcast lost 1.8 percent and Best Buy gave up 2.4 percent. The S&P 500 index fell 2 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,801. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 6 points to 25,058. The Nasdaq composite fell 5 points, or 0.1 percent, to 7,820.
07/20/2018   New York Times Business News
High winds tore through the area on Thursday evening, and the tourist boat capsized and sank to the bottom of the lake.
07/20/2018   Seattle PI Business
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook said Friday that it has suspended Boston-based analytics firm Crimson Hexagon while it investigates how it collects and shares Facebook and Instagram's user data. Facebook has been facing increased scrutiny over how third-party firms use its data since news broke in March that data firm Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed user data. The Wall Street Journal first reported that Facebook had suspended Crimson Hexagon. The newspaper says among the firm's clients is a Russian nonprofit with ties to the Kremlin. "We don't allow developers to build surveillance tools using information from Facebook or Instagram," said Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice president of product partnerships.
07/20/2018   WSJ Business
For the first time in six years, the portion of U.S. workers offered health insurance through their employer has risen, a sign a tighter labor market is prompting businesses to offer more generous benefits.
07/20/2018   WSJ Business
Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging service is making it harder for users to forward content after the spread of rumors on the app led to mob violence and the killing of more than 20 people in India.
07/20/2018   WSJ Business
Oil producers are ordering more equipment and lining up drilling rigs for later this year, according to top industry executives, indications that international activity is picking up.
07/20/2018   Seattle PI Business
The Latest on rising trade tensions following comments by President Donald Trump (all times local): _____ 11:50 a.m. White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney is defending President Donald Trump's comment lamenting the Federal Reserve's action to raise U.S. interest rates. Mulvaney says he's sure most presidents have had similar thoughts about Fed actions, adding: "There's nothing non-factual or inaccurate about it." Mulvaney tells Fox News Channel that Trump "is not the first president, nor he is he the first Republican conservative or Democrat who is frustrated that every time things seem to getting a lot better (economically), the Fed tries to pump the brakes.
07/20/2018   Seattle PI Business
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's space agency is confirming that federal security agents have searched two of its daughter operations, following a report that their workers were suspected of treason for cooperating with the West. The respected business newspaper Kommersant reported Friday that a criminal case for treason had been filed in connection with the alleged passing on of information about Russia's hypersonic rocket development. The searches were confirmed by space agency spokesman Vladimir Ustimenko to state television, but he said further information would have to come from the Federal Security Service. Kommersant, citing unnamed sources, said the searches involved hypersonic rockets.
07/20/2018   Seattle PI Business
DETROIT (AP) — Federal safety investigators are looking into complaints that engines on some Ford Escape vehicles can overheat and suddenly stall while being driven. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted on its website Friday that it has 40 complaints from consumers about stalling, including two alleging that the engines caught fire. The investigation covers about 127,000 Escape small SUVs in the U.S. from the 2013 model year that have 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines. Investigators will determine the cause of the engine stalling, how often the problem happens, which vehicles are affected and whether a recall is warranted.
07/20/2018   WSJ Business
In one generation, manufacturing districts have flipped from Democratic strongholds to Republican ones. The swing is remaking both parties on issues from trade to social policy—and could shape the midterm elections.
07/20/2018   Seattle PI Business
HELSINKI (AP) — The Nordic region's largest telecoms operator, Telia AB, said Friday it has agreed to buy the broadcasting and streaming operations of Swedish publishing company Bonnier AB to gain a foothold in the television and entertainment business. The 9.2 billion kronor ($1 billion) deal to buy Bonnier Broadcasting includes Swedish TV4 channel, streaming service C More and Finnish MTV channel. CEO Johan Dennelind said the deal would help Telia access a wide range of media content and described the acquisition as "a natural next step" to complement Telia's core business in Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
07/20/2018   Small Business CEO

While everyone dreams to turn their financial goals into reality, it is disheartening to know that 65 percent of Americans, according to CNBC, save little to almost nothing towards achieving these goals. Little does anyone in the ‘65% club’ realize the danger that this financial irresponsibility puts them in. Undesirable situations such as having no workable budgets, rising debt rates and having little to no funds to offset a huge emergency are becoming the norm.

Gamification for achieving financial goals

The truth is, however, that not everyone can exercise the same level of financial responsibility. Sometimes all it takes is some motivation to get you started.…

07/20/2018   Seattle PI Business
SINGAPORE (AP) — World stock markets fell sharply Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to put new tariffs on all Chinese imports, escalating the rhetoric in a trade war that could hit global economic growth. KEEPING SCORE: From being up slightly earlier in the day, European indexes were trading lower. Germany's DAX fell 0.5 percent to 12,622 while France's CAC 40 dropped 0.7 percent at 5,377. Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.3 percent to 7,661. U.S. indexes were poised to open lower, with S&P 500 futures down 0.2 percent and Dow futures 0.4 percent lower. TRUMP TALK: Trump told the TV channel CNBC he was ready to exchange tariffs with China until all of China's exports to the U.S.
07/20/2018   Seattle PI Business
BEIJING (AP) — China's central bank is allowing its tightly controlled currency to drift lower against the dollar, a move that could help Chinese exporters cope with U.S. tariff hikes but also might reignite an outflow of capital Beijing spent months trying to stanch. On Friday, the yuan dipped to a 12-month low of 6.8 to the dollar, off by 7.6 percent since mid-February. The slide comes amid a deepening U.S.-Chinese tariff fight that prompted suggestions Beijing might weaken the yuan to help exporters. But financial analysts say while trade tensions rattle investors, the decline has been driven mostly by China's slowing economic growth and the diverging direction of U.S. and Chinese interest rate policy.
07/19/2018   Seattle PI Business
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday cast aside concerns about the Federal Reserve's independence, saying he was "not happy" with the Fed's recent interest rate increases. Trump told CNBC in an interview: "I don't like all of this work that we're putting into the economy and then I see rates going up." Last month, the Fed raised its benchmark rate for a second time this year and projected two more increases in 2018. Its rate hikes are meant to prevent the economy from overheating and igniting high inflation. But rate increases also make borrowing costlier for households and companies and can weaken the pace of growth.
07/19/2018   Small Business CEO

A new survey published by a learning management systems company has found the stunning benefits of gamification in the workplace. The report published by TalentLMS was prepared after surveying nearly 400 employees in the age range of 18 to 69 years with a mean age of 36. Here are a few key findings from the survey.

Learning through gamification

Impact of gamification on productivity

One of the primary objectives of using gamification is to improve employee engagement and overall productivity. The TalentLMS study found that an overwhelming 87 percent of surveyed participants believed that gamification has helped them improve productivity at work. This is a near eight percentage points jump up from a similar survey conducted in 2014 when 79% of the participants responded in the affirmative.

07/19/2018   Seattle PI Business
SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets wobbled Friday on signs that China and the U.S. were preparing to impose more tariffs on each other's products. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 lost 0.5 percent to 22,652.42 and South Korea's Kospi dropped less than 0.1 percent to 2,281.69. Hong Kong's Hang Seng slipped 0.6 percent to 27,858.02. The Shanghai Composite Index edged 0.1 percent lower to 2,769.06. Australia's S&P-ASX 200 bucked the regional trend, adding 0.4 percent to 6,286.00. WALL STREET: U.S. indexes finished mostly lower. The S&P 500 index lost 0.4 percent to 2,804.49 on Thursday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gave up 0.5 percent to 25,064.50. The Nasdaq composite dipped 0.4 percent to close at 7,825.30.
07/19/2018   WSJ Business
Congress is poised to strengthen the procedures for vetting both foreign investments in the U.S. and overseas transactions involving cutting-edge American technology.
07/19/2018   Seattle PI Business
WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump spent part of Thursday listening to more than a dozen teens talk about their best practices for being civil online. The first lady made the short trip to Microsoft's Innovation and Policy Center in Washington as part of a nationwide child well-being campaign she launched this year called "Be Best," which includes teaching children and youth to be good citizens online. The 15 students from across the country participate in Microsoft's Council for Digital Good and provide ideas and feedback for policy work the computer software maker does on the issue of youth-centered online safety.
07/19/2018   WSJ Business
Luxury brands that have long relied on fur and animal skins to drive sales are scrambling to impose animal-welfare standards on their supply chains.
07/18/2018   Small Business CEO

Have you been thinking about turning your photography hobby into a sustainable business? You might be surprised to discover that it’s a fairly simple transition to make. The popularity of the internet and social media has opened up entirely new opportunities for freelancers. So if you want to transition from hobby photographer to freelance photographer, there’s no better time to get started.

Freelance photographer

Leverage Social Media

One of the easiest ways to grow a freelance photography business is to use your favorite social media platforms as a marketing tool. Instagram is the most obvious platform to start with because it revolves around photography.…

07/18/2018   Small Business CEO

Forbes.com reported in 2017 that “the one-year survival rate for [small] businesses hit 79.9% in 2016,” and that “about half of all establishments survive five years or longer, and only one-third survive 10 years or more.” In order to stay afloat in such a competitive environment, making wise purchases for your small business is an absolute necessity. This is especially true as you decide which physical space best suits your needs.

Office space

If you are currently searching for a property that accommodates your small business, see which one could be the best fit.

Shared office space/co-working

Considering the purchase of property for your small business?…

07/18/2018   Small Business CEO

The cost of renting office space has spiralled over the past year. In 2017, the global flexible office market has grew by over 18% and this growth has continued to soar in 2018. Recent research has revealed New York City to be the most expensive place in the world to rent a desk, with San Francisco, Chicago, Sydney, Los Angeles, and London rounding off the top six.

Spacious office space

With rising office space costs, it’s becoming increasingly important to ensure you’re only renting the space your business needs. According to analysis by Philips Lighting, businesses around the world can save a total of £1.11 trillion in reduced office costs, by simply reducing the number of empty workspaces and meeting rooms in their offices.…

07/17/2018   Small Business CEO

The workplace of tomorrow will probably look like your living room or home office. Or maybe even a local coffee shop. It will look like anything except an office, whether it’s a traditional one with cubicles or the modern one with lots of open space.

Remote working

Remote working is one of the most important business trends this year. It is also one of the things employees want from their employers the most, along with increased bonuses.

Remote business or team setups can be very rewarding. “From the beginning I’ve been designing the dream job, in fact Cloud LGS was born in a coffeeshop.…

07/17/2018   Small Business CEO

The economy has been improving for nearly a decade now and unemployment has sunk below its natural rate. This means that there really are no more excuses. If you have a dream of launching your own business, now is the time.

Entrepreneur using digital technology

Entrepreneurship will never be easy in any economy. It takes passion, dedication, hard work, long hours, and an understanding that the struggle may last for years before paying off. But if you really want to take the plunge, it’s time to stop talking and start acting.

Fortunately, there are many reasons that make the modern, digital age the best time ever to achieve your goals.…

07/17/2018   Small Business CEO

As a business owner you must surely understand and appreciate the appeal of marketing effectively. In fact, when you run a modern brand, the whole essence of your company is built on the way you market the business. Without the right kind of marketing there is no way for the business to thrive and grow. You can have the best product or service in the world, but if you don’t market properly how can you hope to make any sales?

Digital marketing

That is why you have to do as much as you possibly can to ensure you market the company effectively. There are a lot of things to keep in mind if you are serious about marketing the brand properly and driving it forward.…

07/17/2018   Small Business CEO

In today’s business industries, it is vital that you have a plan in place to build an extensive and effective web presence for your organization. Communication and socialization happen on a largely digital scale in modern society, so it is important to tap into the mainline of information flow.

Building a web presence

Building a business website is a great step towards building an online presence, but there is so much more you can do to take a more active role in the expansion and marketing of your business. Here are a few ways to build a more effective web presence, and share the joy of your organization with the masses.…

07/16/2018   Small Business CEO

There are many different phases and stages of a business. If you can’t figure out how to work through all of them, of then there isn’t much chance of you having a completely independent entity that exists over time. That’s why you need to look at each of those phases individually even while you are doing your initial planning.

Busy business development team

There is the startup phase. There is the period where you have to figure out how to keep your business going. Once established, you have to become more competitive. Also, it’s essential that you remember that you always need to flex with the times rather than being too static about how you approach different business challenges.…