Chris Ward

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Here’s The New Bad News About Franchises

Do your due diligence or you might buy into a system that turns over franchise owners faster than you can count.<p>The notion that franchises are a guaranteed path to success should already have been put to rest. Success rates aren't measurably bigger than other types of startup businesses. Some legal …

Franchising

Start Now: A Step By Step, Tough Love Guide To Saving For Retirement In Your 20s

As Stuart Ritter instructed new T. Rowe Price hires on the retirement savings options available to them, a woman in the back of the room at a recent orientation started pounding on the table in front of her. The 53 year-old told her mostly 20-something colleagues that after she graduated from …

Masters of Small Talk Never Do These 10 Things — Do You?

Have you been in the situation of needing to make conversation with people you did not know well? Weddings, cocktail parties, and business …

Public Speaking

Google's 11-Step Guide to Interviewing

A easy-to-digest guide to help interviewers distinguish the strong candidates from the weak ones.<p>Have you read <i>How Google Works</i> yet?<p>Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and Google adviser Jonathan Rosenberg published <i>How Google Works</i> a few weeks ago. It's full of insights, including a chapter on finding …

Employment

10 states where foreclosures are soaring

The property market is improving and foreclosures are falling — except in these 10 markets.<p>Some 317,171 U.S. properties had foreclosure filings in …

Real Estate

Why The Collaborative Economy Is Changing Everything

You may have heard of the collaborative or sharing economy- the concept is quite simple. Consumers are able to get what they need from each other instead of always going to large organizations. This includes good such as baby toys and wedding dresses to services such as web design work or ride …

The 10 Highest Paying Entry-Level Jobs in America

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It's graduation season and hordes of educated youth will soon be in competition for the limited number of entry-level jobs …

Employment

Cups: A Coffee Startup Taking on Starbucks

The Israeli startup just launched in New York City, offering a $45 monthly subscription for unlimited coffee.<p><i>This story first appeared on Slate.</i><p>Each day, millions of customers flow through Starbucks stores in more than 60 countries. It has over 200 locations in Manhattan alone, which explains why …

Coffee

7 Meaningful Questions to Gauge Employee Happiness

The secret is not to ask once a year if employees are happy, but to assess their likes and dislikes in a frequent, trustworthy manner with focused questions.<p>When was the last time you read an article praising annual employee reviews?<p>Chances are, it's been a while. Most organizations now realize …

Employee Engagement

8 Things Really Efficient People Do

Everyone wants more time. Efficiency is one way of adding minutes or hours to your day. Here are eight tips effectively used by the most efficient.<p>Most everyone would like to be more efficient. Just think, you would spend less time doing the things that you don't enjoy and more on the things that …

Time Management