Youngest in Your Family? You’re More Likely to Be Self-Employed, Study Finds

These days, it seems like youngest children are the ones who have all the fun. Recent studies have found that youngest children are more likely to have a whole suite of personality traits — from being funnier and more relaxed to being more social and creative. Now, you can add a couple more qualities to that list: being more entrepreneurial and with a bigger appetite for taking risks. According to a fascinating new study by Swedish and American academics and published by the National Read More

How to Sell Your Products on Alibaba

Alibaba may have started off as a modest B2B company in 1999, but today, the international commerce company’s claims to fame includes a U.S. IPO that exceeds Google, Facebook and Twitter combined; more than $7.6 billion in Q4 revenue; and over 443 million annual active buyers. Alibaba can be a great channel by which to break into international markets and expand your global presence. Getting started is easy, but to make the most of your Alibaba engagement and see a boost to Read More

How to Throw a Company Meeting People Actually Want to Attend

Twice a month, my colleagues and I gather at our Utah office for a company meeting. The meetings have a casual, fun atmosphere, but make no mistake — a lot of people go to a lot of trouble to ensure that they run like clockwork. We take pains to get it right because we’ve found a formula whose rewards are simple but powerful: greater company unity, a shot in the arm for the culture and a clearer understanding of where we’ve been, where we are Read More

The Secret High-End Credit Cardholders Share: They Want to Look Cool

Advertiser Disclosure Just like the clothes you wear, the car you drive and the home you live in, the credit cards in your wallet are a status symbol. And, as one new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests, looks matter when it comes to what’s in your wallet. A team of researchers conducted field tests on the behavior of urban, upper middle-class bank customers in Indonesia. Their findings were presented in the summer of 2017 as part of Read More

How to License NASA Tech for Your Business

NASA may be the star of air and space exploration and innovation, but in recent years, they’ve been making it easier for tech entrepreneurs here on earth to harness many of the agency’s patented technologies. To do this, they’ve tackled one of the major problems entrepreneurs face … paperwork. Small business owners end up wasting a lot of time on tedious tasks (perfect example: they spend an average of 33 hours searching for business financing). Obtaining licenses, particularly from government-run or affiliated agencies, Read More

8 Credit Card Lifehacks You’re Not Using Often Enough

Advertiser Disclosure Hacking used to be an obscure term that was used mostly by computer geeks to describe unauthorized access to a computer system. But somewhere along the way, the word evolved to include all sorts of tricks that were discovered to make our lives easier. One of the best ways to employ these so-called lifehacks is with our credit cards, as their intricate rules, terms and conditions are especially ripe for creative workarounds. Here are eight credit card lifehacks that Read More

Video: The Unique Way Nav Solves for Small Business

Despite the outsized role they play in the economy, it’s damned hard to run a small business in America. Nearly half of all startups are forced to close shop within five years. These are people who work their tails off, sacrificing for their employees and families, often pouring personal savings into their business. In many cases, they simply run out of money. Nav is on a mission to help more of them succeed. It’s one of the reasons we were Read More

7 Ways to Use an iPhone to Grow Your Business

Advertiser Disclosure The advent of the smartphone completely revolutionized how businesses run around the world. Now you have a small computer in your pocket that you can use to communicate and stay connected no matter where you are. Last year, Apple hit a major milestone with more than 1 billion iPhones sold since their inception — now that’s market share. Here are seven ways to use an iPhone to grow your business. 1. Stay in touch with existing customers. One Read More

9 Weird Regulations That Could Impact Your Business

When running a business, you have a lot to worry about. Between dealing with business finances, credit scores, and actually running your business, you may not have taken the time to read local and state laws that may impact your business. Make sure your business is compliant with all local laws, no matter how silly they seem. Here is a list of some local regulations we were able to dig up that may impact your business. 1. Computer repair requires Read More

OptBlue: The Program That’s Encouraging Businesses to Accept American Express Cards

Advertiser Disclosure During my time in merchant services, I have routinely run across merchants that have opted to not accept the American Express card from their customers, due mainly to a couple of complaints: Higher cost of accepting the card compared to Visa, MasterCard and Discover. The fact that they had to apply for the card through American Express separately, which required a separate statement along with a host of rules/requirements that were confusing to most merchants. American Express chargeback Read More