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Nearly 3 in 10 workers worldwide are self-employed
Gallup
Eighteen percent of all adults worldwide — or 29 percent of the global workforce — reported being self-employed in 2013. But rather than a positive sign of proactive entrepreneurial energy, high rates of self-employment can often signal poor economic performance. The self-employed are three times as likely as those who are employed full time for an employer to be living on less than $2 per day.
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Keys to success: New opportunities for women in business
Business 2 Community
Small business advocate Katie Vlietstra details the progress made by women business owners in recent years in a story for The Huffington Post. But, she notes, there is still the often-quoted estimate that women still make just 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. So she lauds the efforts by Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington state, who recently introduced the Women’s Small Business Ownership Act of 2014.
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Pinterest images that receive the best engagement
Small Business Trends
Pinterest can be a powerful marketing tool, particularly for visual brands. But there are some types of images that lead to more engagement, clicks, and purchases than others. An infographic released by Ripen Ecommerce outlines some of the most successful types of images on the site.
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US consumers pare spending as income growth slows
Reuters via CNBC
U.S. consumer spending unexpectedly fell in July as savings rose to their highest level in more than 1-1/2 years, a sign that households remain cautious despite an acceleration in economic and jobs growth. The Commerce Department said consumer spending dipped 0.1 percent last month, the first decline since January, after an unrevised 0.4 percent gain in June.
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5 life lessons for the young entrepreneur
The Huffington Post
Don't let anyone define your potential.This is perhaps the most important life lesson that a young entrepreneur starting out should learn. It is so easy for others to discredit your ideas, talent, capabilities and vision before you've even had the opportunity to make your mark.
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3 powerful new ways your business can use social media
By Emma Fitzpatrick
The longer social media thrives, the bigger the role it will play in companies. Today, 81 percent of businesses both small and large are using social media. Out of those, 94 percent use it to communicate marketing messages. But this year social media should be more than just an outlet for your business's marketing messages. Read on to learn three new ways your business can use social media.
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Filling out the W-9 Form
Investopedia
If you work as a freelancer or independent contractor, most of your clients should ask you to complete IRS form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification. This form helps businesses get key information from their vendors in order to prepare information returns for the IRS. Businesses have to file information returns using form 1099-MISC whenever they pay a freelancer or independent contractor a total of $600 or more through the year.
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Need a low-cost marketing strategy? Go guerrilla
FOX Business
While it may get under the skin of your competitors, guerrilla marketing has the potential to pay off in a big way. One example of how guerilla marketing can benefit a business is Beats by Dre, a headphone manufacturing company started by hip-hop artist Dr. Dre in 2009. The London School of Marketing recently analyzed the rapid rise of Beats by Dre and found that guerrilla marketing has helped the business grow to a multi-billion brand in just five years.
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The 4 E's of exceptional entrepreneurship
Entrepreneur
The hardest part about being an entrepreneur isn't coming up with the next genius idea (although it does help), as many people might assume. Don't get me wrong, creativity is important, but once your product hits the market you need a strategy to keep that good idea spreading and sustaining its net worth.
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