Martin Gjorgjievski

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Tips For Finding And Working With Creative Freelancers

Everyone with a creative job has probably had to consider the idea of outsourcing specific parts of a project in order to make their workload a bit lighter. We try to avoid outsourcing creative work at my company for a number of reasons, but there have been times when we simply had to do it.<p>We’ve …

Employment

Bull Markets Last Five Times Longer Than Bear Markets

Don’t fight the market. That would be my New Year’s resolution to America’s hardy band of investors. Don’t fight the market because up markets in stocks last far longer in length than down markets. Over time the bulls have it all over the bears according to the facts of history as recently …

Stock Markets

2015: Investing In An Accelerating Recovery

The economy is growing at a respectable 5%. Unemployment is down to 5.8% — a level that used to be called full-employment — and the price of oil has dropped to 5 year lows. A lot of people don’t believe it, but it looks to me that we are in the third inning of a good old fashioned recovery. …

Investing

Understanding Circle Of Competence And Knowing The Edge Of Your Competency

<i>“You don’t have to be an expert on every company, or even many. You only have to be able to evaluate companies within your circle of competence. The size of that circle is not very important; knowing its boundaries, however, is vital”.</i>- Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)<i>“It’s not a competency if</i> …

Investing

Are You Forgetting The 'Experience' Part Of The Customer Service Experience?

One of my secrets for creating a superior experience for today’s customers is my unauthorized Jetsons Approach To Customer Service. Here’s a brief recap of the futuristic Jetsons Approach:<p><i>Today’s customers want you to identify and offload service tasks that can be done better electronically than by</i> …

Customer Experience

Grading Pharma In 2014: 17 Drug Companies Ranked

Last year I gave grades to 16 large-cap pharmaceutical companies. It only seemed right to do it again. I’ve given letter grades between F and A+ to all pharmaceutical companies that have market capitalizations above $50 billion (now there are 17, one more than last year). It’s like high school with …

Biotechnology

Why The Next Billion Dollar Companies Will Come From Europe

Six months ago entrepreneur Alex Depledge closed a $6 million Series A round for her British-based company Hassle.com, an online platform that connects buyers with trusted cleaners.<p>Since then the UK market has been flooded with competition, including two from heavily-funded US companies, one of …

Startups

Looking For An Earnings Surprise? Look At The Earnings Announcement Date

Are you looking for a stock that might beat the next earnings announcement? Next time, take a look at the number of days between the earnings announcement and the earnings announcement date.<p>At the annual Allied Social Science Associations conference in Boston, Oliver Dessaint from the Rotman School …

Wall Street

There’s a Tinder for jobs

For everyone who says looking for a job is just like dating, well, app developers think so, too.<p>There are at least two apps in the US right now that let job seekers and potential employers treat the search process like the matchmaking app Tinder treats prospective dates—swipe right if you like the …

Employment