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Why the best approach to voice marketing might be nothing at all

Seemingly overnight, capable voice recognition joined forces with artificial intelligence and machine learning to push voice-enabled experiences to the forefront of business thinking. But before brands leap into the fray, they need to recognize where and when to invest in the new technology. For …

Amazon Echo

I stopped trying so hard to save money — and doubled my net worth

I was working low-paying contract jobs doing fundraising and program coordinating for nonprofits, and didn't have the income for even the smallest of life's luxuries. (I'd often cast longing glances at my favorite expensive brand of Greek yogurt while in the supermarket.)<p>If I made purchases, it was …

IMF: World economy is picking up speed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The world economy is picking up momentum.<p>The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday raised its forecast for global growth to 3.6 percent this year and 3.7 percent in 2018. For both years, the outlook is up 0.1 percentage points from the IMF's previous forecast in July and would …

The Critical Differences Between Cash Flow and Profit

Even if you're not an accounting expert, misunderstanding cash flow and profits is bad for business. Here's a crash course.<p>Kirk W. McLaren is an Entrepreneur's Organization (EO) <i>member in Washington, D.C. and CEO of</i> Foresight CFO<i>, a strategic financial management and accounting services firm that</i> …

Top 10 Tax Audit Triggers

The IRS watches for these flags<p>Updated June 29, 2018<p>Studies have shown that sitting down to prepare a tax return can actually raise some people’s …

Tax Preparation

8 Lending Terms That Every Entrepreneur Must Know

The more you understand the lexicon of small business loans before you start your search, the better you'll be able to secure the right loan for you.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you’re just beginning your hunt for business financing, you’re likely knee-deep in …

Personal Finance

LeBron James Criticizes Maximum Salaries In NBA, Says Steph Curry Is Worth $400 Million

Steph Curry signed the most lucrative deal in NBA history in the first few hours of free agency. Rival LeBron James doesn’t think it’s nearly …

19 ways to save big-time on your wedding

First comes love, then comes paying for the wedding.<p>Weddings cost an average of $35,329 nationally — excluding the honeymoon — according to The Knot’s 2016 Real Weddings Study. That’s the highest reported average cost since the survey began in 2006.<p>But you’re not obligated to spend that much, and …

This Is the Best Time to Start a Business

New research shows companies that were started right after the financial crisis had a higher survival rate.<p>The best time to start a business may be right after companies crash and burn. That's the finding of a researcher at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.<p>Companies founded from …

5 Expenses That Shock First-Time Homebuyers

Americans are an optimistic sort. Take this recent study from Bank of The West, which found that 85 percent of millennials are confident they’ll …

'Sneakerheads' fuel athletic shoe reselling market

INDIANAPOLIS -- Special shoe releases from footwear companies such as Nike are fueling a massive resale market that is creating business opportunities for people who are plugged into "sneakerhead" culture.<p>Sneakers even have their own stock exchange — an online marketplace called StockX — where you …

Shoes

How to fund a small business without risking your retirement

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>Launching a business at any age is an exciting undertaking. But starting one can also be …

The State of AI, Machine Learning, and Accounting

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Paying off debt vs. down payment on a home

Dear Dave,<p>My husband and I are in our 50s, and we have just $12,000 to pay off before we’re debt-free. We’ve paid off almost $70,000 in debt in the last two years. We would like to buy a house soon, but we know we also need an emergency fund. It would take us almost a year to build up an emergency …

The Great Management Reset Focuses on Timeless Principles, Not Trendy Buzzwords

<b>The Great Management Reset: 27 Ways to be a Better Manager</b> isn’t about the latest trends in leadership or the newest buzzword in the ever-growing …

NBA Finals 2017: Warriors vs. Cavaliers Game 2 Odds, Prop Bets, Predictions

The Golden State Warriors looked like one of the best teams in NBA history on Thursday night as they easily defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-91 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals in front of a raucous home crowd.<p>Golden State is now just three wins away from being the first NBA team to go undefeated in …

5 Ways to Pay for Your Child's College Tuition | Investopedia

Paying for college is a big financial concern for parents and students. Thankfully, I’m on the other side of this with my two boys and thought I’d …

How to Get Started as a Professional Wedding Photographer

As entry-level DSLR cameras have become more affordable, many people have turned into hobbyist photographers. The popularity of social media apps has …

Reached your savings goals? Here’s what to do next

You created an emergency fund, and built it up so it covers three months of living expenses. You paid off your high-interest debt. You funnel 15% of your income to retirement.<p>That’s good work. But, um — now what?<p>Push yourself beyond basic savings goals by taking on these steps.<p><b>Check your budget</b><p>If …

Zucchini Noodles With Oil-Free Roasted Pistachio Pesto [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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10 Places to Get Free Motion Graphics for Your Company’s Videos

Using motion graphics is a great way to bring visual appeal and enhance the success a corporate video. Motion graphics are essentially a succession …

Get Started: Government small business contracting slips

CONTRACTING GOAL<p>The federal government gave a slightly smaller portion of its contracting dollars to small businesses in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, and also didn't meet its goal for contracts with women-owned businesses.<p>The government surpassed its goal of giving 23 percent of overall …

U.S. new home sales drop 11.4% in April, the most in two years

U.S. sales of new homes last month registered the biggest drop in more than two years.<p>The Commerce Department said Tuesday that new home sales skidded 11.4% in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 569,000. It was the biggest monthly drop since March 2015. Economists had expected a more …

Ready to Repair Your Iffy Credit? Here's Where to Begin.

Real talk first: Unfortunately, there's no quick fix. Repairing your credit is a long road, and it can certainly be stressful—especially if you've …

Improving your company's brand: Why brick-and-mortar still matters

<i>With technology increasingly intertwined with all aspects of business,</i> CNET@Work <i>can help you -- prosumers to small businesses with fewer than five employees -- get started.</i><p>Five years ago, I was consulting for a small, local credit union looking to outsource its website development to a professional …

Hate automatic software updates? You're not alone

SAN FRANCISCO – Grit your teeth and let your computer update itself. That’s the advice of security experts, who say consumers should welcome those updates because they serve a crucial purpose highlighted by the victims of the WannaCry ransomware attack.<p>In the case of the massive cybersecurity …

Cyber-attacks

Pulse Survey: Family Business - TAB Corporate

This is a high-level summary of our key findings from the March 2014 Small Business Pulse Survey. This survey concentrated on topics facing Family …

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Buying My First Home In My 20s

Growing up, it seemed like home ownership was the step to “official adulthood.” As soon as I had a steady corporate job and a little bit in savings, I embarked on the pathway of home ownership at 23. Now over 20 years later, when I talk to young people looking to buy their first home, I tell them …

Home Ownership

How to Survive on One Salary

Salaries & Wages