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Another FREE ebook

6 Oct

The Science of Happiness: 

How Psychology Reveals the Secrets of Longevity, a Healthy Life, and Positive Emotions
By Pavlo Skuratovych

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Another free book I think May benefit a lot of my readers. I’ve enjoyed it for the start. Let me know what you think folks, hit the comments.

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A startup backed by a record-breaking fundraising round wants to become your finance, career, and lifestyle hub

5 Dec

Mike Cagney, the chief executive of online lending startup SoFi, is nothing if not ambitious.

Source: A startup backed by a record-breaking fundraising round wants to become your finance, career, and lifestyle hub

Infographic: How to Keep Your Creativity Flowing

21 Feb

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Must-Have Free (or Almost Free) Apps for Growing Businesses (Via LinkedIn)

24 Aug

Must-Have Free (or Almost Free) Apps for Growing Businesses

Small businesses can have big problems — but not always the big budgets needed to solve them.

In the early days of my company, we were always on the lookout for affordable technology that would make our jobs easier. Unfortunately, poor user interfaces and inadequate support meant most business apps were often more trouble than they were worth.

Over the years, however, I’ve found a few that I truly can’t live without. These five are easy to use, cloud-based, and scalable, so that they’ll grow along with your company. Best of all, each app has a free or nearly free version for businesses just getting off the ground.

1. Zendesk

Zendesk simplifies and streamlines customer service. The app consolidates all customer communications — email, social media, websites, and even phone — into individual “tickets” that your entire team can access and respond to. You can automate standard responses, store customer histories, and create product forums where customers can interact and answer each other’s questions.

Zendesk offers a special “Starter Plan” for up to three users for $20 per year. Regular monthly plans start at $24 per user.

2. Google Drive

File-sharing is a critical part of a growing business, and Google Drive makes it nearly foolproof. Multiple users

can collaborate in real time, creating, editing, and commenting on documents in the cloud. Revisions save automatically, and, most importantly, you can access your documents from any device. All of this represents a huge productivity leap over the old-fashioned approach: attaching documents to emails and sending endless iterations back and forth.

Individual users get 15 GB of free storage. Monthly business plans start at $5 per user and include 30 GB of storage.

3. Evernote

Say goodbye to sticky notes. Evernote is an indispensable vacuum cleaner-style app that sucks up all of the random data you encounter on the Internet and in your real life. Whether it’s excerpts from websites, photos, voice memos, documents, or handwritten scribbles, it all gets stored and organized in the cloud as individual “notes.” These notes can then be sorted, tagged, edited, and even shared with colleagues. All of this information is in turn accessible across all of your devices and automatically synced.

Individual users can upload up to 60 MB of content per month for free. Evernote Business ($10 per user per month) offers 1 GB per month.

4. MailChimp

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While social media has proliferated, old-fashioned email marketing remains a critical way to reach clients and build connections. MailChimp is a no-nonsense, intuitive tool for creating email lists and keeping track of which customers are opening messages and clicking on links. You can easily import contacts and even segment your lists so subscribers receive only relevant emails. MailChimp also includes basic A/B testing features, for comparing which subject lines and send times work best.

Free users can send up to 12,000 emails per month to up to 2,000 subscribers. Unlimited plans start at $10 per month.

5. HootSuite

Disclaimer: HootSuite is my company, so I’m not impartial. But I’m also not the only one who thinks it’s a valuable tool. Seven million people and thousands of small businesses use HootSuite to manage their social media communications. A web-based dashboard lets you access dozens of social networks in one place. You can set up streams to monitor keywords and specific followers, as well as access detailed analytics reports showing who’s reading and responding to your posts.

HootSuite’s free plan allows tracking for up to 5 social profiles. The $8.99 per month pro plan offers tracking for up to 50 profiles and advanced analytics.

All of these business apps have stood the test of time and have healthy, growing userbases, which means they’ll be around for the long haul, with regular updates to keep things fresh. Apart from being mobile-ready, they also integrate seamlessly with desktop browsers. Google Chrome users, for instance, can add extensions that boost the functionality of all of these apps, enabling you to save web content directly into Evernote as you browse, for instance, or instantly share URLs on social media with HootSuite’s Hootlet. (Google has compiled a very handy list of the best small business apps for Chrome here.)

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Improvised Visual (Dream) Wall

29 Jun

Porsche 911 Club Coupe

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Need More Time On Those Taxes? 6 months extension- FREE

15 Apr

Need more time to file?
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3 MINUTES WITH KEVIN JACKSON of THEBLACKSPHERE.NET

1 Apr

3 MINUTES WITH KEVIN JACKSON(INTERVIEW #1 IN A SERIES).

If you have followed my work on other sites then you know I love interviews. Sitting with leaders and entrepreneurs expands not only the minds of my readers but myself as well.
And with my new series I aim to raise the bar. Without further ado:

Today we spent our time with Kevin Jackson,
A man well ahead of the curve.

-Where you from?
Originally Texas, but I have lived all over, including China, a short time in France. Presently I live in St. Louis.

-Age?
49.
-Tell my readers exactly what you do-  Businesses you own, ventures, products, etc-
I am a former management consultant. I have two Amazon best-selling books, and host a syndicated radio show out of Tampa, FL.

What brought about theblacksphere.net?
I was frustrated politically, specifically with how black people were being used as political pawns.

-Give my readers a brief synopsis of your three blacksphere projects and tell us which you are most passionate about?
Changing things in the black community. Our Forever Families project gets over 100 kids adopted each year, as whole siblings units. We have a radio project that will build character in the black community. And finally we have a pro-CHILD project that focuses on the sanctity of life.

-I enjoyed your mission statement, please break it down in part with your vision as stated on the site?
My vision is to create more black CEOs. I am achieving this by explaining to black people that we are not victims, we are VICTORS! It’s a tough love approach, but it’s necessary.

-What needs to change in politics immediately?
We need to End Identity Politics. The idea that “color” is the reason somebody can or cannot make it is ridiculous.

-Who did you vote for in the last two elections?
McCain and Romney.

-How did you build your sites popularity and success?
I think if you are true to yourself and your vision really addresses who you are, you can be successful…if you’re relevant. I don’t shoot for temporary success, but success that can sustain itself. The only way to do that is to be true to your message, and fearless in delivery and defense of the message.

-What are your thoughts on social media? Social media has changed and will continue to change the world.

-Do you believe in it’s power?
Absolutely. It can certainly help make a person, again, as long as the person works it correctly, and isn’t looking for 15 minutes of fame.

-What made you embrace your position?
I have seen people gain followings methodically, and with proper messaging obtain rabid supporters.

-What keeps you in this position?
I can see our constant growth, and that’s encouraging.

-What are your secrets to success? Incrementalism and steadfast work ethic. I have also assembled an amazing team of supporters.

-If I gave you a million dollars what or whom would you invest in?
If I were selfish with it, I would likely put it in becoming self-sustaining, i.e. a small farm where I grow everything, have running water, etc. I think we spend far too much on the bare necessities, which are getting more and more expensive. Unselfishly I would continue to do things for kids, just amp it up a bit.

-Advice for my readers?
Be critical thinkers. Don’t believe everything you are told and do the research. Don’t be so dogmatic in a position that you are not willing to look at the other side of things. If blacks did this, there would be no Tiger Woods, because “black people don’t like golf.” We tend to classify things as “white” because we have never done it. Open your minds. The mind once expanded never regains its original shape.

-Your definition of success?
When you know who you are, truly know who you are, that is success.

-What’s your hobby?
I’m an avid martial artist, and continue to train some elite athletes and my youngest son. I love music, and play piano poorly.

-Any projects you’d like to promo?
Just follow my work, KNOWING that I want America to be a place where people can achieve their dreams, unencumbered. I will be promoting some fun project, i.e. a short comedy tour, and I have been asked to put together a sketch comedy show.
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