16 tips to earn client referrals and create raving fans

If you have freelanced or owned your own business for any length of time, you know how difficult it can be to create a constant, steady stream of qualified clients who are happy to pay you what you’re worth. From marketing and social media efforts to networking and advertising to strategic …

A rock casually used as a doorstop for decades is actually a $100,000 meteorite

Next time you prop open your door with a makeshift doorstop such as a stone, you might want to give it a closer look. David Mazurek, a lucky man from Michigan, did just that and it really paid off. After finally investigating the rock he’d used as a doorstop for …

This Credit Card Comes With No Fee and a 7% Interest Rate. Here’s Why It’s the Best of 2018

With the Federal Reserve steadily raising short-term interest rates, credit card rates have been going up too. The good news: There are still some attractive options out there for people with good credit looking for low APR credit cards. As we’ve noted before, credit unions come in with some of …

Workplace aliens, always the coffee, bullshit asymmetry and some other stuff

I’ve sometimes highlighted how our perceptions of the workplace are subject to an apex fallacy. The daily consumption of narratives about wellbeing, agile working, coworking, campuses, tech palaces and ‘cool’ design can obscure the fact that most people don’t experience this stuff in their daily lives. They work in mundane …

8 ways to give back to your local community as a small business

You don’t have to be a large corporation with a budget in the millions in order to look for ways to give back to your local community. Even businesses of one can build philanthropy into their models and use their business as a tool for contributing to society. Before we get …

What to include in your shipping policy for your retail business

When setting up a shipping policy for your eCommerce or retail store, it helps to follow the leaders: Look at what the big players are doing and take a page from their playbook. There’s a reason companies like Amazon, Walmart and Target are all fighting — and winning — the …

This ‘Prolific Form of Cybercrime’ Is Coming for Your Tax Return

April 15 may seem like it’s a long way away but it’s never too early to get started on your taxes. Rest assured, scammers are already working on them. You’re probably familiar with tax identity theft, aka tax refund fraud, which the Federal Trade Commission dubbed the largest and fastest growing …

Everything You Need for Your Home Office

Working from home, especially if you’re running your own business, is the ultimate illustration of freedom. However, with the privilege to set your own schedule, an extreme amount of self-discipline, motivation, and an exceptional work ethic are required. To truly enjoy the flexibility that accompanies the job, you’ll need the …

How Mobile Technology Is Changing the World of Investing

Smartphones have become an invariable part of our daily lives. We utilise these handy gadgets to check our email, to monitor our bank accounts and to obtain the latest weather forecasts. It therefore makes perfect sense that smartphones are now enjoying a pronounced presence within the world of online investing. …