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Jumpstart your business game with these strategic suggestions
Firmology
In the race to financial independence and fulfilling the modern dream of leaving the 9-5 job, more and more of today's generation is celebrating entrepreneurship than ever before. The idea of becoming one's own boss has led to today's myriad of startup companies. However, the competition is fierce. Starting, maintaining and leading a business to financial success is heavily demanding — more so than that 9-5 job you're dreaming of forever leaving behind. So how do you make things easier for succeeding in your small business plans?
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Are you breaking the law? 6 tips for hiring right
Fox Business
For small businesses, a successful hiring process depends on more than just finding the best talent. In addition to uncovering which candidates have the most to offer, the best hiring practices are those that ensure all the company's legal bases are covered throughout the process, said Charley Moore, founder and executive chairman of Rocket Lawyer. With a recent Rocket Lawyer survey showing that employment issues are among the top five legal concerns affecting small businesses, Moore offers six tips for managing the hiring process from the first candidate interview to the official signing of the offer letter.
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4 tips for accurate cash flow forecasting
Fox Business
Cash flow forecasting is, hands down, one of the most important things your business should be doing. In short, its how your company can predict your annual profits vs. your end-of-year debt. It also allows you to get a clear glimpse of where you are making the most and see who you owe money. It will help you set your financial goals for the next year. So how do you go about setting up your cash flow forecasting? Here are 4 tips on how to do so (and make it as accurate as can be).
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5 steps to clearer marketing and business writing: The Bob Vila edition
By Joe Latta
Clear, straightforward business writing can do a lot: get you hired, get you promoted, save you time, make you money and save you money. Lots of money. Think I'm exaggerating? Think again. Researchers at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., found that using a clear writing style would save the U.S. Navy alone $27 million to $75 million annually in time wasted reading and rereading. That's a lot.
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How to implement and manage successful change programs
Small Business Trends
In today's organizations, the rate of change has never been more rapid or more constant. Whether the change is a small one, like the implementation of a new system, or a much bigger one such as a company takeover or merger, the way that change is managed makes all the difference to its success or failure. Good change management training is essential for supporting leaders and managers to effectively drive change throughout their organizations.
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4 tips to make meetings more efficient
Small Business Computing
Have you ever sat through a meeting that was so unorganized that you spent the whole hour thinking you'd rather poke pencils in your eyes? So many meetings lack the simple basics like preparation, an agenda and a desired outcome. Are we all just meeting to meet, and if so why? There's got to be a better way, and I challenge you to make your meetings more efficient for everyone's sake. Let's review four ways that you can do that.
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Is coffee good for you?
Fresh Cup Magazine
The health reports on coffee have been all over the map as of late. In July, a study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that subjects who drank two to four cups of coffee each day were 50 percent less likely to commit suicide. The next month, the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings published a study online that linked heavy coffee consumption to a higher death risk in those younger than 55. While health news related to coffee usually alternates between "good for you" and "bad for you" with each ensuing report, at least one recent study has linked coffee drinking with positive results.
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Here's the secret to making amazing double-strength cold brew coffee with next to no effort
Business Insider
The Business Insider office recently got into cold brew coffee and the simple recipe will help you make some of the best, most aromatic and caffeinated joe you've ever tasted. Never heard of cold brew coffee? It's basically what you're getting out of your office coffee contraption, only the caffeine is weaponized and it doesn't taste like crap. It's also easier, cheaper and remarkably tasty. So it's actually nothing like what you're getting out your office coffee contraption.
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'Ground' breaking research taps into coffee's energy for bio-fuel
The News Record
University of Cincinnati researchers discovered that caffeine might not be the only useful source of energy found in coffee. Qingshi Tu, a doctoral student in environmental engineering at UC, came up with the idea of using coffee grounds as an alternative energy source after learning about Starbucks' initiative to become more environmentally friendly.
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What happens when your coffee maker is designed by mechanical engineers
Pando Daily
Coffee snobbery is alive and well. Case in point: A few days ago an engineer and a designer out of an incubator in the redwoods of Santa Cruz launched a Kickstarter for a new slow drip cold coffee brewer. Talk about niche market. But apparently, not as niche as one would think, because they've already raised $14,000 to fund it, with no press or marketing efforts. 245 people browsing Kickstarter came across their project and really really wanted a cheaper slow drip cold coffee bougie. Excuse me, I meant brewer.
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What does your coffee reveal about you?
PsychCentral
The type of coffee you order may reveal more about your personality than you think. Clinical psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula recently conducted an observational study of 1,000 coffee drinkers. The survey assessed numerous common personality styles and psychological traits including introversion and extraversion; patience; perfectionism; warmth; vigilance; sensitivity; and social boldness, among others. What did the survey reveal about different coffee drinkers' personalities?
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First lady urges Americans to 'Drink Up' more water
Convenience Store News
First Lady Michelle Obama and actress, director and producer Eva Longoria have joined the Partnership for a Healthier America to launch an initiative that will encourage all Americans to drink more water. This first-of-its-kind program, called "Drink Up," is supported by the American Beverage Association and major bottled water suppliers, including Nestle Waters North America and hint Water.
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Uganda: Farmers seek law to govern coffee
AllAfrica
Coffee farmers have asked Parliament speed up the formulation of a law to regulate the coffee sector. The call was made by the chairman of the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises Gerald Sendaula at the fourth convention of coffee farmers across the country at the UMA show grounds.
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7 simple tips for documenting your important business procedures
Forbes
Entrepreneurs don't generally like structure, and in your startup or small company, implementing formal written procedures may even seem counterintuitive to driving the creativity you want. Yet procedures are essential. They maintain control, ensure consistency, enable training of your growing staff, avoid issues with legislative regulators and authorities, demonstrate due diligence and even keep you, your employees and your company out of the press. In some cases, written procedures may even be a legal requirement.

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Coffee or tea? Something hiding in your trash could help save both from climate change
Think Progress
To adapt to the changing climate, tea experts recommend increasing the shading in tea plantations, using organic manure and changing traditional watering systems. Some also recommend switching to hardier, more climate-resistant tea breeds. But mitigating climate change can also part of the solution. And this is where coffee grounds could come in.

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Birds protect coffee crop
Scientific American
The yellow warbler may not pull a perfect latte, but it turns out it's a friend to coffee drinkers all the same. Research in Costa Rica shows that hungry warblers and other birds significantly reduce damage by a devastating coffee pest, the coffee berry borer beetle. A study found that insectivorous birds cut infestations by the beetle Hypothenemus hampei by about half, saving a medium-sized coffee farm up to $9,400 over a year's harvest — roughly equal to Costa Rica's average per-capita income.

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Bubble tea: If you want to make it from scratch, you'd better plan ahead
The Washington Post
It's approaching 5 a.m., and the thoughts racing through my sleepless head are not suitable for a newspaper section whose favorite four-letter word is food. I'm on my third attempt at making bubble tea, and my tapioca pearls, after lounging in a large low-heat pot for more than four hours, have finally deigned to turn translucent and slightly gray. The problem is, they're still nowhere near the shade of black required. Personally, I'm ready to beat them black and blue and call it a night. How did I find myself in this kitchen nightmare?
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Camomile plants: From pretty flowers to homegrown tea
Los Angeles Times
In summer, when the camomile is in full bloom and harvesting has begun, the gardeners at Stanford Avalon Community Garden in South L.A. let a portion of the field go to seed, ensuring a harvest down the line. Most of the gardeners here are from Mexico, where té de manzanilla (camomile tea) is about as common as Coke on restaurant menus. In Europe, where camomile originated, the apple-scented flowers go back to the Middle Ages. It is the European ginseng, say some, extensively researched and included in the pharmacological record. Even people who don't believe in herbal remedies often will turn to camomile tea as a natural healer for an upset stomach or insomnia.
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Fair, but not fair enough: Beyond Fair Trade coffee
Pacific Standard
With the possible exception of sugar, coffee has historically created more suffering per acre than any other global commodity. Even with the gradual end of slavery and the colonial contracts that underwrote plantation brutality, the quest to grow enough coffee to keep the world caffeinated remained an agricultural endeavor marked by economic marginalization and chronic exploitation. Today, the legacy endures.
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