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Yahoo Small Business Introduces Website Design Service

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

Yahoo Small Business Website Design Service

Yahoo Small Business has unveiled its Website Design Service catering to small businesses. The service provides the design, build, and management of professional websites for small business owners.

Yahoo Small Business Website Design Service

It is expected to lessen the burden on small businesses from learning how to build and manage websites on their own to using the WordPress platform. The new service will provide the design, engineering, copywriting and support services required to create, build, launch and manage a website.

Includes All the Bells and Whistles of a Professional Website

The tools offered by Yahoo Small Business include drag-and-drop website building tools where you can choose from 150+ themes to customize and publish your site. In addition to these capabilities, Yahoo is also providing hosting services. This is a sticking point for many DIYers who have to find their own hosting company.

As part of the package, clients can regularly request content updates and additions to their site including updating security plug-ins. The content is also reviewed for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) before and after launch, which can help the site get higher page rankings and increase organic traffic.

Kush Shrivastava, managing director of Yahoo Small Business, highlights why this service is so important in the emailed press release. Shrivastava goes on to say, “With Website Design Service, small business owners don’t need to spend extensive time or money learning how to code or optimize for search rankings. Yahoo Small Business will handle the heavy-lifting to deliver the world-class website they need to effectively connect with their customers.”

Yahoo Small Business offers an easy step-by-step process that includes consultations with an expert designer. The consultation includes brand goals along with website production, content assets, regular monitoring and maintenance.

Site Tools

One of the challenges in creating your own site is the technical aspect. And if you are not tech-savvy, it can be a problem. Yahoo has overcome this challenge by making tools small businesses can readily use.

It all starts with a large selection of domain extensions so you can customize your name with industry-specific URLs.

After you create and publish your site, you can start selling your products and services online. The eCommerce feature lets you create stores with shipping integration, inventory management, credit card processing and live insights. Additionally, you will get apps to help your business grow.

As a small local business getting discovered by customers is a challenge, both in the real and digital world. Yahoo will solve this problem by listing your business on 70+ local directories from a single dashboard. This is going to allow your customers to find your site easily.

Last but not least, you can create a business email to match your domain name for added credibility and professionalism.

Cost

The Website Design Service includes two offerings. There is a standard package that provides a professional site with basic functionality and light content updates. The premium package offers advance features and capabilities, including accepting reservations or appointments, issuing quotes, customer login and more. Both offerings come with SEO reporting and regular content updates along with mobile optimization.

Yahoo has three pricing options. The Starter package comes with free tools to get business and personal websites up and running. The Basic package starts at $4.99 and includes YSB Insights as well as domain and email for small businesses.

The Professional package is available for $9.49 and includes e-mails for your employees and extra storage space for your data.

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This article, “Yahoo Small Business Introduces Website Design Service” was first published on Small Business Trends

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BP’s Looney takes oil major into energy transition

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

New chief must spell out group’s strategy amid climate-change pressure

National Grid open to giving up managing UK’s electricity

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

Company has faced questions over role since August blackout that hit 1m homes and businesses

Wow! U.S. Freelancer Earnings Approach $1 Trillion

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

Freelancing in America 2019

With the lure of being independent, flexible working times, freedom to choose projects and a chance to experiment with their craft, more Americans are freelancing. And in 2019 their earning is set to hit the $1 trillion mark.

Freelancing in America 2019

According to the Upwork  Freelancing in America: 2019 study, 57 million Americans are now freelancing. By the way, this represents 35% of the total U.S. workforce. Regarding the earnings, it’s almost 5% of the U.S. GDP,  which is more than the construction and transportation industries combined.

What is more, being a freelancer is now a viable career choice. This is what Caitlin Pearce, Executive Director of Freelancers Union, explains in the release. Adding, “More than one in three Americans are freelancing.”

Freelancing Becoming More of a Long-term Gig

The study reveals many freelancers now view freelancing as a long-term career choice rather than a temporary gig. The share of those who freelance full time is up from 17% in 2014 to 28% this year.

Skilled services are the most common type of freelance work, with 45% of freelancers engaging in programming, marketing, IT and business consulting. Freelancers doing skilled services earn a median rate of $28 an hour. This is 70% more per hour than other workers in the US economy.

Driven by a stronger labor market, 60% of freelancers say they are freelancing by choice, up from 53% in 2014. And it is providing opportunities for more people. This includes 46% of the respondents who say they wouldn’t be working at a traditional job. This is the case for 43% who have health issues. If not for freelancing opportunities, 1 out of 5 of those with health challenges say they couldn’t work.

Future prospects

Freelancing is luring more younger generation workers who like the work/life balance it gives them. More than half or 53% of Generation Z Americans are freelancing, with millennials adding another 40%. And when it comes to the future of freelancing, people are optimistic.

A whopping 91% say the best day for freelancing are ahead, a 14% increase from 2014. They are optimistic because of technology advances (77%) and more professionals (64%) are taking freelance work. The increased diversity is going to make freelancing a practical career path for those choosing to work this way.

However, there are challenges in the segment.

Freelance Challenges

Freelancers and non-freelancers share similar concerns, such as fair pay, retirement funds, access to affordable healthcare and a healthy savings account.

When it comes to debt, including college loans, freelancers (46%) are more likely to have these financial responsibilities. It goes down to 36% for non-freelancers.  And regarding income, 59% of freelancers feel like they live paycheck-to-paycheck, while it goes down to 53% for non-freelancers.

Skills and Training

The reason freelancing is growing is because of all the available talent globally. And the talent pool is growing as more experts, professionals and even people with general skills start working this way.

However, 89% of the freelancers in the survey say they wish they would’ve been better prepared for it. And surprisingly, 52% of them say they would replace their college education with something tailored for their current job. But they are willing to make up for it by training to upgrade their skills.

Considering freelancers are responsible for upgrading their skill sets, it is not surprising 54% of them have taken action to do so. The rate jumps to 64% for skilled freelancers who train themselves to further improve their capability.

The Survey

This survey was carried out by Edelman Intelligence on behalf of Upwork.  A total of 6,001 U.S. working adults over the age of 18 took part online between June 7, 2019 – July 3, 2019. Of those, 2,117 were freelancers and 3,884 were non-freelancers.

Take a look at the infographic below for more on the survey.

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Freelancing in America 2019

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This article, “Wow! U.S. Freelancer Earnings Approach $1 Trillion” was first published on Small Business Trends

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Blow for Iran as Chinese oil group pulls out of flagship gas field project

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

Exit of CNPC spells further hit to economy already being damaged by US sanctions

Meditation App Helps Small Business Owners in the Legal Profession

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

Meditation App for Lawyers

Attorneys have complex legal documents to prepare, lawsuits to win, not to mention a small business to run. So no one should find it surprising lawyers belong to one of the most stressful professions out there.

Independent lawyers and small law firms function essentially as small businesses and face fierce competition. This comes particularly from other law firms. So the stress of carrying out their duties and responsibilities as a lawyer and running a business can seem immense.

That’s why one attorney took it upon himself to create a comprehensive meditation app. The app specifically targets lawyers and other professionals in the high-stress legal profession.

Meditation App for Lawyers

The Legally Mindful app aims to help lawyers improve their overall health and well-being. It focuses on a regular mediation practice. And through this app helps attorneys perform more creatively and successfully in their work.

Attorney Gary Powell created the app. Powell currently serves as general counsel for an international, natural-based chemical firm in Cincinnati. But before that he worked in a private litigation practice for 35 years.

Powell noticed a marked improvement in his overall wellbeing and outlook after he embarked on a regular meditation ritual. So he decided to share his method with others working in the high stress job environments.

Powell refers to Legally Mindful as a “passion”. Recently he spoke of the inspiration behind the app.

“After practicing meditation for about 15 years and trying different methods, I felt like it was time to share what has worked for me and help others in the legal profession.

Attorney Launches App to Help Others Relieve Stress

“With sound-assisted meditation, I discovered that I can use the tools I’ve learned and developed over the years to make my work more efficient and productive, and I can carry a more focused and creative mental state into my daily life, which allows me to listen better, think creatively, and respond more effectively. And I am confident that Legally Mindful can do the same for others,” Powell commented.

Powell took his own experiences of meditation and carried out comprehensive research on the practice. He wrote his own guided meditation exercises. They aim at addressing specific issues lawyers and other professionals in the legal profession face.

Powell mapped out meditation exercises to help de-stress lawyers. They focus on relaxation and stress release and emphasize gratitude and compassion. These steps can help improve an individual’s overall happiness and perspective on life.

Powell also worked on a non-guided exercise aimed at improving concentration and focus at work.

With attorneys, the prospect of a forthcoming meeting, task, presentation, or event, becomes extremely daunting. It creates a high degrees of stress and anxiety.

Product Aims to Make Attorneys More Relaxed

Powell worked to help those in stressful environments become more relaxed and less anxious about forthcoming event. He introduced an exercise where lawyers can take their work with them while in a deep meditative state.

The lawyer’s Creative Space exercise enables those using the app to take work-related issues with them into a deep, creative space. Powell designed it to help them explore new solutions.

By the same token, the Meeting Room exercise helps business owners and professionals positively visualize a forthcoming presentation, meeting or other feared event, to help bring on a desired outcome.

The app uses advanced sound technology, which combines brain wave frequencies to provide a more focused meditative state and thereby improved brain coherence and mental functioning.

Despite the Legally Mindful app being designed with lawyers and those working in the legal profession in mind, meditation can be utilized to the advantage of anyone.

As Powell notes:

“While the app is targeted to those in the legal profession, regular practice of the exercise can benefit anyone.”

Running a small business in any capacity is not without its stresses. Taking advantage of apps and designed to encourage meditation and mind and focus exercises could prove beneficial, not just to lawyers, but anyone running their own business where they find themselves juggling multiple tasks and faced with presentations, meetings and other unavoidable tasks they might be dreading.

Image: LegallyMindful/YouTube

This article, “Meditation App Helps Small Business Owners in the Legal Profession” was first published on Small Business Trends

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President Radev: We Need an Operational Plan to Cope with Migration Pressure

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

The enlargement towards the Western Balkans shouldn’t be neglected by the EU, Bulgaria’s President Rumen Radev and Austria’s head of state Alexander Van der Bellen agreed at a meeting in Vienna. President Radev reminded that Bulgaria firmly supports and has accelerated the process of EU integration of the Western Balkans, but insists that the countries which become EU members must not bring unsolved neighbour relations to the union.

If the EU does not pay attention to the Western Balkan countries, a political vacuum will be created that will be filled by others, which is not in favour of the EU, Austria’s President Alexander Van der Bellen pointed out. Presidents Radev and Van der Bellen also discussed the migration topic at their meeting. This topic remains a serious challenge for the EU, President Radev said. Rumen Radev added that he had indicated the need for an operational plan a long time ago, especially for the countries with a land border where the risk of increased migration flow is highest, so that the EU can deal with sudden crises.

However, such plan has not been developed until now, President Radev went on to say. The Presidents of Bulgaria and Austria called for a revival of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region and for more active cooperation between the Danubian countries.

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Turkey to Lunch an "Air and Ground Military Operation" in Syria any Moment Now!

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

At any moment, Turkey could launch an “air and ground military operation” east of the Euphrates River in Syria, where Washington and Ankara plan to establish a security zone. This was stated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Reuters reported.

“We have made our preparations, we have completed our operation plans, given the necessary instructions,” Erdogan said, adding that Turkey will carry out air and ground operations and they will start as soon as possible, “today or tomorrow,” he said. 

The US has agreed to establish a security zone along Syria’s northern border with Turkey, but Ankara has said several times that it is not satisfied with the progress made on the issue and threatened earlier that a military operation would be launched in the region.

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PayPal Is Leaving Facebook’s Cryptocurrency Union

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

PayPal’s global payment system is pulling out of the Libra Association, created to launch the future Facebook cryptocurrency of the same name.

PayPal was one of the 28 corporate members of the association. All founders were expected to invest a minimum of $ 10 million to fund the operating costs of the project. However, these investments have not yet been made. This week The Wall Street Journal reported that Visa, Mastercard and other financial partners in the association are also in the process of reviewing  their participation after a government response. They have received letters from the Treasury asking for a full review of their anti-money laundering programs and how Libra’s digital currency will fit into them. However, when member companies of the association asked Facebook for information on these issues, they did not receive detailed answers.

So Mastercard and Visa have reconsidered participating in Facebook’s cryptocurrency.

PayPal, however, is the first partner to take a radical step away from the project. “PayPal has made the decision to forgo further participation in the Libra Association at this time and to continue to focus on advancing our existing mission and business priorities,” a spokeswoman for PayPal, Amanda Coffee, wrote in an email on Friday. Withdrawing the company could mean the association is beginning to break up, observers commented.

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Bank Office in Sofia – Robbed

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

BGN 185,000 were stolen from an office of a bank located in a hypermarket on Europe’s Blvd. in Sofia , BNR reported.

According to initial information, the money was stolen from a safe during on of the employees’ breaks in the bank branch. The robbery was reported at 4.20pm yesterday.

The case is being investigated. Police officers are mobilized. In the meantime, the Ministry of Interior is also launched a search.

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