How to Create A Business Website in 6 Easy Steps

Whether you’re starting a new business or growing an existing business, you need a website. Today’s consumers expect businesses to have websites. They consider a website to be a sign of a reputable business. They want the convenience of learning more about a business whenever they want… and without having to talk to anyone. You simply can’t afford not to have a business website. The problem is that many business owners are intimidated about setting up their own website. We’re here to put your m...
Tags: Small Business, Sales, Domain Registration, Web Hosting, Web Developers, Website Design, Small Business Website Design, Visual Branding, Website Set-up

2019 2020 401k 403b 457 TSP IRA FSA Contribution Limits

[Updated in August 2019 with projections for 2020.] Retirement plan contribution limits are adjusted for inflation each year. After inflation pushed up both the 401k/403b/457 contribution limit and the IRA contribution limit in 2019 by $500, by my calculation some of the contribution limits will go up again in 2020 while some will stay the same as in 2019. Before the IRS publishes the official numbers in October, I’m able to make my own calculations using the published inflation numbers and the ...
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Model #3 – Platforms and Ecosystems

Five Models For Sustainable Growth Part Three of a Five-Part Series The past few weeks we’ve been discussing business model innovation – a topic many of you have asked about. The first two posts covered Accelerators and Incubators (here) and Premium, Personalized, and Service-focused models (here). Today we look at Model #3 – Platforms and Ecosystems. Platforms create value by enabling direct interactions between producers and consumers. Platforms differ from traditional ‘pipeli...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Business, Ge, Strategy, Model, Zynga, Innovation, Tencent, App Store, Growth, Corning, FarmVille, Walmart Nike John Deere, Alphabet Amazon Apple Facebook Microsoft Alibaba

Effective Leadership Begins with a Strong Foundation

Guest post from Tabitha Laser: What is leadership?  Since joining the workforce more than 25 years ago, and serving as a leader for numerous organizations, it’s apparent that leadership means very different things to different people.  Simply put, leadership is the art of inspiring, motivating, empowering, supporting, and assuring a group of people to act towards achieving a common goal.  Unfortunately, the term is often confused with management, which can be defined as the process...
Tags: Leadership, Culture, General Mills, Tabitha, Dan McCarthy, Strong Foundation, Tabitha Laser, BP 3M

Comparing the Risk Profiles of Independent Workers vs. Traditional Job Holders

One of the clear findings from the MBO Partners State of Independence study series is that, on average, independent workers (freelancers, independent contractors, the self-employed, etc.) and those with traditional jobs have different risk profiles.  Simply put, independent workers are more comfortable with the risks associated with being independent than traditional job holder are. They're also are more willing to accept these risks in return for greater work autonomy, control and flexibili...
Tags: Sales, Freelance, Gig Economy, Self-employment, Independent workers, MBO Partners State

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