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How to Ask for a Raise — and Actually Receive One

According to a recent PayScale survey of over 160,000 employees, only about 30% of people who choose not to ask for a raise experience a salary increase. By contrast, of those who do ask for a raise, just over 70% are successful. The bottom line is, to earn more money, you’ll probably have to ask for it! While a conversation about what you earn can be stressful, the right approach can make a big difference. Here’s how to get ready to ask for a raise. I still get a sinking feeling in my stomach

Best Sites for Job Hunting

Job hunting is something almost all of us will do at some stage in our adult lives. In fact, according to recent Gallup research, roughly half the working-age people reading this article right now are actively looking for a new job. This is particularly startling when you think of the pachydermatous (our word of the week) persistence the job hunting process entails. We’re talking about the boring grind of getting your resume up to date and polished to a high shine; the daily possibility of rejection via gloomy emails that begin with phrases like “we regret to inform you”; and of course there’s the colossal energy-suck of preparing for interviews. There’s just no avoiding it: finding a new job is work!

4 Consulting Firms That Support Work-Life Balance

Most employees appreciate the importance of balancing their professional obligations against the time they need to enjoy life outside the office. But work-life balance is more than just a buzzword. According to the American Institute of Stress, nearly 80% of US professionals report feeling stressed by their work. Studies on family conflict show that added work pressure exerts a significant negative influence on happiness at home, and poor work-life balance correlates to chronic health condition

Are Videos Still The Hottest Social Media Trend?

Every day, viewers watch more than 1,000,000,000,000 hours of YouTube content. That’s one billion hours spent watching everything from cats being cute to how to get that perfect smoky eye shadow look. If that wasn’t a staggering enough number of zeroes, YouTube is only one social media channel among a vast videographic zoo of options, each offering their own unique spin on sharing content down the barrel of a video camera. So where did it all begin? How are trends in video social media evolving

You Should Find A Franchise Business With Monthly Recurring Revenue

Starting a franchise offers several advantages over going it alone. You inherit a sales & marketing model. You walk into a business where there’s a body of knowledge about what works and what doesn’t. You get the luxury of not starting from scratch. But let’s face it. You’re also walking into uncertainty. Finding ways to fill in the blanks and combat the unknown is one of the first big challenges you’ll face as you set out on your own franchise story. A franchise with recurring revenue option

5 Money Making Home Business Ideas for 2019

Dec 19, 2018 (Heraldkeeper via COMTEX) -- More people than ever are working from home. By 2020, up to a third of the world's working population may be earning the majority of their income from the comfort of their home. Want in on that action? Well, there's good news and bad news. The bad news is that home-based work is unlikely to simply fall in your lap. It'll take work, planning and possibly a little bit of short-term financial risk to transition your income-source for telecommuting work.

How to Maximize A Holiday Party on a Limited Budget

Whether you love them, hate them (or regard them with complete indifference), holiday celebrations are an undeniable reality of many company cultures. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas — when the silly season hits, work life can seem like a relentless parade of tinsel, paper plates and sensibly casual slacks. Which begs the question, why do we do it? Do these celebrations serve a deeper purpose? Or are they best simply gotten rid of when the company budget gets tight? Most importantly, if we d


How Trade Finance Works: A Basic Guide for import/export Businesses

In our interconnected world where instantaneous global communication is taken for granted, it’s easier than ever to do business anywhere in the world. However, while the opportunities are plentiful, the process of buying and selling internationally is not without its risks and complications. There are many variables at play, with volatile exchange rates, cash flow problems and economic uncertainties all posing their own unique challenges.

Disruption And Change - How Unique Perspectives Can Change The World

Everyone is different. This is hardly a controversial or revolutionary observation. Unless you happen to live on some island somewhere conveniently populated with genetic clones of yourself, sooner or later you’re going to stumble across someone with different opinions. However, somehow the simple fact of difference seems to cause a lot of disturbance in this mixed up world of ours. Different opinions and perspectives are disruptive. They’re destabilizing. Of course, they also happen to be the

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B2B Franchise Indoctrination Series

My name is Marc Bailey. I’m the founder of Home Technology Pros. I wanted to drop you a quick note to personally welcome you into the HTPro fold. This is probably also a good moment to give you a little more information about who we are and why HTPros is a bit different from a run-of-the-mill tech company. At HTPros we aren’t about encouraging our customers to kit their homes out with just any smart home product. Sure, all those technological bells and whistles are impressive, but if they don’t make your life more productive and enjoyable, what’s the point?