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YBN :Τα σχέδια για την επέκταση από το Κατάρ μέχρι της ΗΠΑ

Μία από τις πιο δραστήριες οργανώσεις νέων της Ελλάδας, η  Youth Business Network φαίνεται να έχει βάλει πολύ υψηλά τον πήχη σχεδιάζοντας την επέκταση της , από το Κατάρ μέχρι τις ΗΠΑ .Τα στελέχη της αλλάζουν το ένα αεροπλάνο μετά το άλλο και κάνουν διεθνείς επαφές για την εξασφάλιση επενδύσεων στην Ελλάδα , την δημιουργία θέσεων εργασίας , την παροχή εκπαιδευτικών υποτροφιών από διεθνή ινστιτούτα του εξωτερικού αλλά και την δημιουργία  ενός forum νέων επιχειρηματιών με ειδικούς τεχνοκράτες .

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Ιδρύθηκε πριν από τέσσερα χρόνια από μια περιπέτεια των ιδρυτικών στελεχών της , Νίκο Κωστόπουλο και την Μαρία Αραμπατζή στην Kastamonu της Τουρκίας στα πλαίσια ευρωπαϊκού προγράμματος που παρακολουθούσαν σε συνεργασία με το Πανεπιστήμιο της Άγκυρας .Βλέποντας το κενό που υπήρχε στον χώρο της μη τυπικής εκπαίδευσης στην Ελλάδα , αποφάσισαν   όντας νέοι που είναι ενεργοί στην κοινωνία  να απευθυνθούν και σε άλλους  δημιουργικούς νέους .Όπως δηλώνουν σε συνεντεύξεις τους,  σκοπός τους είναι η προώθηση κουλτούρας δημιουργίας θέσεων εργασίας αντί αναζήτησης αυτών . Πως θα το πετύχουν αυτό  ,μα φυσικά ενημερώνοντας και εκπαιδεύοντας νέους επιχειρηματίες και  φυσικά φέρνοντας του σε επαφή με καταξιωμένους επαγγελματίες που μπορούν να τους βοηθήσουν .

Ο πρόεδρος της οργάνωσης Νίκος Κωστόπουλος , νέος επιχειρηματίας και απόφοιτος του Δημοκρίτειου Πανεπιστημίου Θράκης είναι στέλεχος σε πληθώρα μη κυβερνητικών οργανώσεων στην Ελλάδα και στην Ευρώπη , ενώ είναι το άτομο που εξασφαλίζει μέσω του Lobbying τις διεθνείς συνεργασίες της οργάνωσης . Πως στην ηλικία των 23 καταφέρνει να εδραιώσει συνεργασίες με εταιρικούς κολοσσούς , αμερικάνικα ινστιτούτα και επιχειρηματίες της Μέσης Ανατολής , ο ίδιος μας το εξηγεί στην δύναμη που αντλεί από το ανθρώπινο δυναμικό της οργάνωσης .Συνοδοιπόρος σε αυτό βρίσκεται η στενή του συνεργάτης Μαρία Αραμπατζή , πολιτικη επιστήμονας και υπεύθυνη ανθρώπινου δυναμικού στην YBN , η οποία προσπαθεί να αξιοποιήσει τους ανθρώπινους πόρους της οργάνωσης όσο πιο αποτελεσματικά μπορεί .Στην ερώτηση που της απευθύναμε , πως μπορεί η οργάνωση να προσελκύει πενήντα ως εκατό εθελοντές σε κάθε εκδήλωση απαντάει πως σημαντικό στοιχείο είναι η επιβράβευση που προσφέρουν στους εθελοντές ,είτε αυτή μεταφράζεται με δωρεάν συμμετοχή σε διεθνή συνέδρια είτε εταιρικά δώρα που προσφέρουν οι χορηγοί  της YBN

 

Ο πρόεδρος της οργάνωσης Νίκος Κωστόπουλος με την υπεύθυνη Ανθρώπινων πόρων Μαρία Αραμπατζή

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Έχοντας στο ενεργητικό τους , την διοργάνωση μεγάλων συνεδρίων όπως το RestartBalkans που έχει βραβευθεί διεθνώς ,το Greek Turkish Economy Forum ,η ακαδημία της YBN διοργανώνει σχεδόν μηνιαίες εκπαιδεύσεις νέων έχοντας στείλει νέους σε Βρυξέλλες , Μιλάνο , Βερολίνο , Κωνσταντινούπολη , Κύπρο  , Ουαλία μέχρι και το μακρινό Ταλίν της Εσθονίας .Υπολογίζεται πως πάνω από 500 νέοι έχουν επωφεληθεί από τα σεμινάρια της YBN δηλώνει ο υπεύθυνος σεμιναρίων της οργάνωσης Άγκελος Κασκάνης , πλέον υποψήφιος διδάκτορας του ΔΠΘ . Συνεργασία υπάρχει και με την Ευρωπαϊκή ένωση  μας ενημερώνει διεξοδικά η Υρώ Χατζηαθανασίου που αναλαμβάνει την διοργάνωση κοινοτικών προγραμμάτων Μάλιστα το επόμενο δίμηνο θα φιλοξενήσουν είκοσι νέους από όλη την Ευρώπη οι οποίοι θα εκπαιδευτούν στις δομές διαχείρισης κοινωνικών εταιρειών

 

Μέσω των Ευρωπαϊκών Προγραμμάτων έχουμε βάλει στόχο να γνωστοποιήσουμε  στους νέους το ισχυρότατο εργαλείο που ονομάζεται Δια βίου μάθηση .Σκοπός  μας είναι να καταστήσουμε την Ελλάδα ανάμεσα στις πιο δραστήριες χώρες της ΕΕ  που ασχολούνται με εκπαιδευτικά προγράμματα , καθώς  η εκπαίδευση μπορεί να μας προσφέρει ένα καλύτερο παρόν και ένα ακόμη καλύτερο αύριο δηλώνει η κα.Χατζηαθανασίου

Αριστερά ο Α.Κασκάνης και δεξία η trainer της οργάνωσης Υ.Χατζηαθανασίου

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Η επόμενη ερώτηση μου εύλογα θα είναι που βρίσκονται τα χρήματα για όλα αυτά τα προγράμματα ;

Η Βιβή Κωστοπούλου , υπεύθυνη οικονομικών της οργάνωσης και η Ελευθερία Τζανακούλη υπεύθυνη χορηγιών  μας κοιτάνε και χαμογελάνε . Θέλει πολύ τρέξιμο μας εξηγούν και το παν είναι οι δράσεις σου και η ποιότητα αυτών ώστε να πείσεις ιδιώτες και μη ,χορηγούς να σου παραχωρήσουν πόρους ,είτε αυτοί είναι υλικοί είτε οικονομικοί  .Μάλιστα τα στελέχη σύντομα θα ταξιδέψουν στο Κατάρ κάνοντας επαφές με χορηγούς για την επέκταση της οργάνωσης .Κομβικό σημείο είναι η ίδρυση της YBN Τουρκίας που προσελκύει χορηγούς από την Μέση Ανατολή !

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Αριστερά η Ελευθερία Τζανακούλη και δεξιά η Βιβή Κωστοπούλου με τον Craig Holland Dixon συνεργάτη της οργάνωσης από τις ΗΠΑ

Τέσσερα τα κομβικά σημεία στην Ελλάδα με κύριο  ΣΤΗΝ ΑΘΗΝΑ  που έχουν αναλάβει η  Χριστίνα Χριστοφόρου και ο  Γιάννης Γαλανάκης , η Θεσσαλονίκη που διευθύνει ο Μάρκος Στεφανίδης , η Κομοτηνή με την Ιωάννα Τσιούρη και φυσικά την Ξάνθη που αρμόδιος είναι ο Δ.Γιαννακούδης

 Η προσπάθεια διεύρυνσης των μελών της ΥΒΝ είναι συνεχής. Καθημερινά από τους φίλους και τους συναδέλφους μας βρίσκουμε ανθρώπους έτοιμους να χτίσουν τα γερά θεμέλια της νεανικής επιχειρηματικότητας με θέληση να τα πετύχουν δηλώνει ο Γιάννης Γαλανάκης Screenshot_9

Στην YBN ετοιμάζουμε εκδηλώσεις πολιτικού και κοινωνικού ενδιαφέροντος σε συνεργασία με το κίνημα Students for Liberty που θα πραγματοποιηθούν μετά τις γιορτές. Είμαστε σε  επαφή και οργανώνουμε ήδη την πρώτη μας εκδήλωση που θα έχει ως  θέμα τα οικονομικά αποτελέσματα της αποποινικοποίησης των ναρκωτικών . Ενώ έχουμε ρίξει στο τραπέζι άλλα 3 μεγαλύτερα event που θα αναλύουν καίρια οικονομικά ζητήματα .Παράλληλα η YBN έχει φιλόδοξο σχέδιο προώθησης και στην συμπρωτεύουσα πραγματοποιώντας μεταξύ μας συναντήσεις κατά τακτά χρονικά διαστήματα, στις οποίες θα γίνεται εποικοδομητική συζήτηση θέτοντας προβληματισμούς , σκέψεις, απόψεις κτλ για την πολιτική και οικονομική επικαιρότητα στις οποίες είναι όλοι ευπρόσδεκτοι , δηλώνει ο Μάρκος Στεφανίδης 

Αριστερά η Χ.Χριστοφόρου με την Ζωή Ταμπάκη (μέλος του διοικητικού της Αθήνας , ο Μ.Στεφανίδης , η Ι.Τσιούρη και ο Δ.Γιαννακούδης

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Όπως μας ενημερώνει η υπεύθυνη δημοσίων σχέσεων Ευθυμία Παπαγιάννη η οργάνωση αριθμεί παρουσία σε έξι χώρες Ελλάδα ,Τουρκία ,Ιταλία ,Κύπρο ,Ρουμανία και Βουλγαρία ενώ στα άμεσα πλαίσια είναι και η εξάπλωση στις ΗΠΑ , ο βασικός λόγος άλλωστε της επισκέψεως τον ερχόμενο Φεβρουάριο στην Washington DC

Η κα.Παπαγιάννη δηλώνει πως η δουλειά της είναι μια συνεχής πρόκληση ,αλλά οι ευκαιρίες που δίνονται στους νέους είναι η κινητήριος δύναμη της παρόλο που της στερεί σημαντικό χρόνο από την προσωπική της στιγμή .

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Το διοικητικό συμβούλιο της οργάνωσης πλαισιώνουν η Μαρία Βαρλάμου , η Δήμητρα Σωτηράκη και ο  οι οποίοι ως νεότερα στελέχη εκπαιδεύονται και σύντομα θα αποκτήσουν το δικό τους χαρτοφυλάκιο !

Invest in the Philipines

The Philippines is one of the more dynamic markets in the global economy. Its general macroeconomic outlook improved significantly in recent years and the country has made promising headway towards more sustainable and equitable economic development.

Our natural pool of talents and culturally adaptable human resources position the country as the most value-for-money destination for investments in the Asian region. We place high-value on education that equipped our labor force with world-renowned technical competency and English proficiency.

Our generally liberalized policy environment and strategic logistics access point in ASEAN + 3 gives us that competitive edge.

Bright spots in the economy include BPO, tourism, mining, agriculture, bio-fuels and renewable energy, and infrastructure. The Philippines is endowed with rich and diverse natural resources that provide seemingly unlimited opportunities.

With national economies and supply chains becoming more and more intertwined, we strive to expand and strengthen international investment agreements with capital-exporting countries to safeguard investors against economic volatilities and hedge against risk.

The government is well aware of the need to focus on total investor-related solutions to nurture investments. Going from strength to strength, the country’s comprehensive strategy to attract capital inflows integrates secure and predictable economic conditions with business-friendly policies.

More than just a location, investing in the Philippines is about making that strategic business decision.

 

The Philippines provides investors with various opportunities especially in the following sectors:

  • Manufacturing
  • Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing
  • Tourism
  • Agribusiness
 

Steps in Establishing a Business in the Philippines

Choose a Business Structure

You may set up your business under several organizational structures known as single proprietorship, partnership, corporation, branch office, representative office, regional headquarters, or regional operating headquarters.

Register a Business

Submit the requirements and follow the procedures to start-ip your business.

Acquire Visa for Foreign Management and Personnel

Foreign Nationals seeking to work, do business and/ or invest in the Philippines may apply for work authorization and or the appropriate visa provided for under the Philippine Immigration Act as amended or some other special law.

Apply for Permits, Licenses, Clearances, etc.

Secure the documents necessary for your business.

Investors Aftercare

The primary thrust of the Investors Aftercare Program is to understand the investor’s priorities, whether it be to find a solution to address current business concerns, or to expand into more profitable business ventures.

The Investors Aftercare Services Department (IASD) implements the aftercare program which delivers the most current investment policies and programs to the investors. Instead of waiting for the investors to seek assistance, our aftercare team reaches out to discuss value propositions and resolve business-related concerns.

 

 

10 Awesome Foods to Transform How You Look and Feel Everyday

“Let food be thy medicine”, Hippocrates.

It has been proven beyond shadow of a doubt that the foods we eat can strongly influence our health and play key roles in either raising or lowering the risk of disease.

Simple, effective, low-cost lifestyle changes such as improved diet have been proven as or more effective than drugs and surgery for both prevention and treatment of medical concerns in many people.

When you incorporate a healthy diet, with regular exercise, and proper supplements, you can totally transform the way you look and feel.

Studies also show that a healthy diet, along with other lifestyle approaches, can help ward off a number of chronic, age-related conditions, including heart disease, bones, and joint problems, cognitive decline, and even some types of cancer.

It all begins with a choice; a mindset shift.

You don’t like the way you look? Then make a decision to become the best version of yourself possible, not just for you, but also for those who care about you.

After doing some research, I have found 10 foods that can help you improve health and vitality and may even offer protection against a wide range of conditions, including cardiovascular disease and cancer.

1. Salmon

Salmon

Rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids. These essential fats help counteract chronic inflammation and have also been shown in studies to protect against cardiovascular disease and provide benefits to support optimal mental health.

Salmon is delicious broiled, backed, poached, or lightly grilled.

Sockeye (red) salmon is particularly good choice because all of it is wild and it has lower concentration of environmental toxins than other species.

2. Garlic and Onions

Garlic and Onions

Garlic and Onions possess allicin, which is responsible for many health benefits as well as the pungent scent given off by garlic and onions.

Allicin’s antibacterial and antiviral properties have been shown to help fight infections like colds, flu, stomach viruses, Candida yeast, tuberculosis, botulism, and H. pylori, the bacteria responsible for peptic ulcers. The odor causing elements in onions actually kill a variety of mouth bacteria, especially when consumed raw.

Garlic and Onions are natural substitutes for salt, providing a sodium-free flavor packed with antioxidants benefits. You can use garlic as an effective home remedy for colds. A clove or two a day is recommended for people who suffer from chronic or recurrent infections.

Bad breath? No problem. Chewing some fresh parsley after eating garlic helps minimize the odor.

Garlic and Onions are best eaten raw, as they lose most of their medicinal value when they are cooked or dried.

3. Olive oil

Olive Oil

Olive oil contains mostly monounsaturated fat, which lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Olive oil contains a unique anti-inflammatory agent, oleocanthal, found to be as effective as ibuprofen. Olive oil contributes to increasing concentrations of osteocalcin, which contributes to healthy bone formation.

Top quality extra virgin olive oil has a natural peppery finish and a deep aroma of grass and artichoke.

4. Flaxseed

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Flaxseed is high in fiber content making it good for digestion. Also, it protects against common conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, and diverticulitis, as well as colorectal cancer.

The abundance of lignans in flaxseed have also been linked to a lower risk of breast and prostate cancer and to milder menopausal symptoms.

Sprinkle ground flax on cereals, salads, and cooked vegetables, or mix it in shakes and nut butters to add a sweet, nutty flavor to meals.

2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed has about 4.5 grams of total fiber, 3 grams of omega-3s, 3 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat, and less than 6 grams of carbs, and about 80 calories.

5. Chia

Chia Seed

Chia is very rich in precursors of omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than flaxseed. And it has another advantage over flax: Chia is so rich in antioxidants that the seeds don’t deteriorate and can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid.

Insects don’t like the chia plant, so it’s easier to find organically grown varieties.

You can mix seeds in water and add lime of lemon juice and sugar to make a drink known in Central America as “chia fresca”.

You can sprinkle ground or whole chia seeds on cereal, yogurt, salads, or grind them and mix them with flour when making muffins or other baked goods.

6. Turmeric

Turmeric

Turmeric is a culinary spice that spans several cultures. It is a major ingredient in Indian curries, and gives American mustard its yellow tone.

In a review of 700 studies, respected ethnobotanist James A. Duke, PhD, concluded that turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effect against several chronic, debilitating diseases.

Turmeric contains a number of constituents that block the formation of beta-amyloid, the substance responsible for the plaques that slowly obstruct cerebral function in Alzheimer’s disease.

You can add turmeric to curries and sti-fries. Also, you can try turmeric tea, a staple from Okinawa, the island nation with the world’s longest average life span.

To make turmeric tea at home, bring 4 cups of water to a boil then add one teaspoon of ground turmeric and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the tea through a fine sieve into a cup, and add honey and/or lemon to taste.

7. Ginger

Ginger

Ginger not only adds zing to meals but has a number of remarkable medicinal properties as well. Clinical studies suggest that the spice may help reduce nausea and vomiting related to surgery, morning sickness, and motion sickness. Ginger also acts as a natural anti-inflammatory that’s worth considering for conditions like arthritis, as well as for sore throats and congestion.

8. Broccoli

Broccoli

Broccoli is high in vitamin C, carotenoids (including lutein), and fiber, as well as several nutrients that appear to have anti-cancer and immune-boosting properties. Among these are sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol (I3C), a substance that has been shown to block the growth of cancer cells.

People who eat a lot of broccoli have lower rates of cancer than those who don’t. Regular consumption of broccoli has also been linked to a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and reduce incidence of aggressive prostate cancer.

The best way to cook broccoli is to steam or stir-fry, otherwise, it loses beneficial compounds by 30% after only 5 minutes of cooking.

9. Blueberries

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Half a cup of blueberries is equivalent to the antioxidant power of 5 servings of peas, carrots, apples, squash, or broccoli.

Anthocyanins, the pigments that make blueberries blue, are responsible for their antioxidant properties. Blueberries are also good source of fiber; you’ll get about 3 grams in one half-cup serving.

Like cranberries, blueberries may help protect against urinary-tract infections because they contain substances that prevent bacteria from adhering to bladder walls.

Fresh, frozen, and dried blueberries are all equally beneficial, and heating or cooking blueberries won’t affect the amount or quality of antioxidants they contain; in fact, cooked blueberries may provide a higher content of beneficial phytonutrients.

10. Black Beans

Black Beans

Beans are great sources of protein, potassium, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc, plus they have the highest antioxidant levels of all legumes, thanks to their content of anthocyanins, which give their dark tone.

Beneath their skin, black beans have a light, cream-colored flesh with an earthy, almost mushroom-like flavor that complements both Latin American and Caribbean cuisine.

When shopping for black beans, always look for dried organic black beans which give you more control over sodium and allow you to cook them in ways that minimize digestive issues.

Soak dried beans overnight in water, then drain and replace the liquid with fresh water for cooking.  Remember, one of the best strategies to achieve and maintain vibrant health is to follow a diet that incorporates fresh whole foods.

What other organic non-processed foods do you know that offer optimal health benefits? 

Education Is Good, But What Kind?

Education is good. It is good in a different way and for different purposes than you might have thought. College is necessary. It is needed for the advancement of technology, humanity, and to make sure we live like humans. There is no better indicator of societal advancement than the level of education the masses receive.

The conventional wisdom that investing in a college education is the best way to guarantee a better financial future is true. But here is the biggest problem with a college education:

No matter what you go to college for, you won’t learn to be financially independent, and you won’t learn how to make money.

Even medical doctors are being sent out to start their own practices without having more than a few hours of instructions on how to actually run their practice so that they can enjoy it and make money in the process. As a result, there are quite a few medical doctors whose practices don’t make it in the market economy.

In college, you won’t learn money management, financial freedom, financial intelligence, and business savvy. What you do learn is how to become a highly functional “ant” in the job-based economy of the western world. We learned about finance in theoretical concepts that had absolutely no application to making money for ourselves. We were taught about micro- and macroeconomic concepts of how national economies compete against each other. With all that, however, we did not learn much at all about how we could take these concepts and make money with them on our own.

That’s why I say that school is the worst place to go to learn how to make money. They don’t teach you what you need to know about that subject.

You need education that you can actually apply, that helps you succeed in life—particularly financially. You need an education that teaches you how to deal with money. I’m not talking about just any type of education; I am speaking of a specific kind of education.

If you want to be financially successful, you must learn:

• How to invest

• How to tell a good investment from a bad one

• How to make more money in your life in—and outside of— your job

• How to find ways to invest in the stock market without the risk of losing money (there are strategies for that)

• How to outsource cheaply the things in life you don’t enjoy so that you can spend more time on doing the things you do enjoy and which bring you forward personally and financially

• How to get more than the 1–2 percent that banks offer on your deposits in a safe way. For example, there are ways to get 12–36 percent on your money in government-guaranteed investments, like tax liens

• How to find cash flow investments that will give you Forever Cash for, well, ever!

If you are the entrepreneurial type and want to start a full-blown business, you also need to educate yourself on:

• How to manage a business by the numbers

• How to hire the right people

• How to run businesses remotely without having to be there every day or even without having to live close by

• How to do marketing for your company

• How to find opportunities at every corner and how to tell which opportunity is a good one

• How to keep your cost under control

• How to have a strategy that works for your business and how to implement that strategy

When you have that kind of education, even just the first part of the list I just gave you, you are prepared to take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves. Unfortunately, this kind of knowledge is not being taught in a “regular” college. But you can find it. You can learn it.

An excerpt from Forever Cash: Break the Earn-Spend Cycle, Take Charge of Your Life, and Build Everlasting Wealth by Jack Bosch

 Jack Bosch is the author of Forever Cash: Break the Earn-Spend Cycle, Take Charge of Your Life, and Build Everlasting Wealth. He is an entrepreneur, nationally recognized speaker, and wealth mentor who became a cash and Forever Cash millionaire through real estate investments and online business.

Why You Shouldn’t Hire Family to Work at Your Start-Up

I’m going to make a statement that will surely make me the most unpopular person at my next family reunion: whatever you do, don’t hire your family to work at your start-up. Managing a start-up is a rewarding experience, and the workplace might even come to feel like your second home—which is exactly why you shouldn’t factor family into the equation. While guiding your company through thick and thin, you’ll see some huge successes, and you’ll also have to traverse some rocky terrain. Often times, tapping family for help might seem like an easy solution, especially because they no doubt understand how excited you are about what you do. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you should involve them. Here’s why:

Are your family members the most qualified for the job, and best positioned to help grow your company? Probably not.

To run a successful startup that can scale quickly, you need to hire a staff with complementary skill sets and approaches to business. The people you hire should be specialists in their field and capable of moving your business forward in ways that you can’t. If hiring family is on your mind, then you likely won’t be open to bringing in the true best candidate for the job. While you might have nothing but the best intentions at heart, don’t put yourself in an awkward situation by hiring a family member who’s not quite the right fit over a more qualified candidate. As your company might not initially have a large staff on its payroll, everyone involved has to be an asset. That being said, be sure that each and every employee has a vested interested in your company for reasons beyond bloodline.

Keep your business well-defined.

Another derisive issue is the potential for favoritism, whether it’s real or perceived. More importantly, family involvement may undermine lines of authority already set within your company. Don’t put yourself in the position of favoring a family member over your other employees, and remember that you have to keep all of your employees in mind. If you hire family, you run the risk of muddying the workplace water by upsetting the chemistry of your staff. Furthermore, your employees might become irritated if your family member naturally reports to you rather than their manager, which will breed discontent.

Really, it’s simple: unless there’s compelling business reason to do so, don’t partner with family members. Hiring them could not only strain your business relationships, but also your personal relationship with them.

Lastly, you deserve some time off once in a while, Mr. (or Ms.) CEO. The start-up lifestyle is all-consuming. You already know that. But when you finally do get the chance to take a breather, you want to enjoy it. It might be hard to take a true, refreshing break if a family member you often see is also your employee.

How will family members factor into adversity at your start-up?

It’s not abnormal for an entrepreneur to go through several start-ups before finding success. Adversity is commonplace – and sometimes, even failure. If there’s a key kernel of entrepreneurship advice that you should remember, it’s this: your personal identity isn’t tied to your business, even if it feels otherwise. The business world is only one sphere of life, with the other sphere containing everything else, including family. If your family is involved in or close to your venture’s failure, it could cause undue stress on your relationships, and will likely make it harder to move on. Further, if your company faces a bout of adversity, you want your family’s support, not their involvement.

Don’t move unnecessary mountains.

Family in the workplace inevitably comes with baggage that you don’t necessarily want to carry – especially when your mind has to be a million other places. In order to make the best decisions for your company, eliminate variables that might cloud your judgment and expertise. After all, if you have family on the brain then your business mind might become clouded, and like good weather, it’s best when clear.

Having been on both sides of the start-up investment scene—seeking investment for his ventures and as an angel investor himself—Alan Lobock recently launched Worthworm to solve one of the biggest challenges young companies and their prospective investors face: pre-money valuation. Alan co-founded SkyMall in 1990, the company whose shopping catalog is found in the seat-back pockets of almost all U.S. commercial aircraft.

5 Tips to Launch Your Workday the Right Way

Of all the challenges we face during a busy workweek, getting up ready to take on the day is sometimes the toughest of them all. Many of us don’t have a natural, chipper bounce in our step in the morning, so we rely on coffee, protein bars and/or cold showers to shock our senses into work mode. But there has to be a better way, right?

While we encourage the healthy consumption of your favorite morning blend, there are some other things you can do to get yourself going in the morning.

Plan ahead.

Before kicking off your bunny slippers and hopping into bed, take a quick look at the calendar to see what’s on tap for tomorrow. Knowing whether you have a major meeting with your boss first thing in the morning, or if the day is fairly clear sailing, will help you sleep easier and stay organized. It will also give you a chance to make sure you’ve got everything you need next to the door so that if you’re running late, you won’t leave any important or necessary paperwork sitting on the kitchen table.

Set the alarm…across the room.

Some of us wake up at the drop of a pin, but a lot of people sleep through alarms, hit snooze just plain sleep through the loud dinging of even the most obnoxious alarm. If you’re using your phone as your alarm, plug it in across the room, turn up the volume and head to bed. (This will also keep you from the temptation of opening up Words with Friends in the middle of the night at the first inkling that a restless night is upon you.) If all else fails, you might have to take desperate measures by investing in the alarm clock that runs away.

Eat breakfast.

Your mom, the bus driver, significant other and everyone under the sun has pestered you about this for years, but it’s time to start listening (and eating). Studies have shown that although 93% of Americans think breakfast is the most important meal of the day, only 44% actually eat it daily. Skipping breakfast will not only kill your productivity, but chances are it will have you consuming more sweet and salty snacks throughout the day, making you feel sluggish and tired.

Dress the part.

This might come as a huge disappointment, but research has shown that dress-down days decrease productivity and quality of work. So whether your office is a Hawaiian shirt kind of place or suits and ties only, go the extra mile to dress your best so you’ll feel like taking on the day inside and out. If you usually sport flip-flops, considering busting out those dress shoes to see how snazzy and inspired you feel at work. Test the waters and give it a try!

Get to work early.

The thought of showing up to work before everyone else might seem a bit daunting, but consider the benefits. Not only will you avoid a rough commute, but chances are you’ll get the first cup of coffee, your to-do list mapped out without distraction, and even send a few emails sent off and tasks completed before your coworkers infringe on your productivity.

Nobody said getting up and skipping into work was easy or fun, but there are plenty of ways to make it a little bit easier on you and anyone else who might have to interact with you during those early hours of the day. If you get started right, the rest of the day will fly by with productivity and creativity in tow.

Sam Brandes is a FastUpFront Blog contributor and business author. FastUpFront helps your small business grow. Click for more information or to visit our site.

The Leading Trends in Contemporary Web Hosting.

The pace of technological advancement continues to intensify in 2013, as innovation and software evolution contributes towards the development of more streamlined business processes.  This is particularly noticeable in technology led industries and practices, where trends are often fleeting and difficult to distinguish during their infancy.

Take web hosting, for example, which is crucial to every e-commerce venture and yet often underestimated as a fundamental business concept. In addition to this, it is also something that is driven by changeable trends, many of which may seem unfamiliar and fairly unimportant to those who are not in touch with the markets course.

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3 Leading Trends in Contemporary Web Hosting

With this in mind, what are the 3 key trends that influence web hosting in 2013? Consider the following: –

·    The Need for a More Comprehensive Service: Historically, web hosting was a simple and singular service that provided blank text documents for coding. This is no longer the case, however, as technological advancement has triggered rising demand for a more comprehensive level of service. As a result of this, today’s consumers tend to demand diverse content management systems that allow for the creation of functional and aesthetically pleasing websites. In the quest to stand out from their market rivals, online business owners are becoming increasingly discerning in their choice of web hosting providers.

·    The Rise of Codeless Design: This follows on neatly to the single most significant web hosting trend in 2013, which is the integration of codeless design. This principle enables web hosting firms to allow their customers as much creative freedom as possible during the design process, so that they are able to customize their website fully without compromising your need for convenience. The recently designed Adobe Muse software has helped to facilitate this option for online businesses, as it affords designers the option of creating interactive and visually engaging websites without the use of complex and restricting code.

·    The Need for High Bandwidth and Graphic Performance: While the written word remains one of the most persuasive tools for online websites, high quality video and graphics are becoming increasingly influential marketing and sales tools. Now that the power of audio visual material has been fully appreciated by marketers, there is a huge drive among web designers to create a multimedia format for their sites. This requires web hosting firms to deliver high bandwidth graphics and videos to their customers, so that businesses can engage their target audience without compromising loading speeds.

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The Last Word in Contemporary Web Hosting

While the majority of web hosting trends fail to stand the individual tests of time and evolution, there are some that will continue to have an impact on the market for the foreseeable future. Whether you operate a small, independent venture or an international corporation, the employment of a knowledgeable and high quality web hosting firm is something that can deliver outstanding long term results.

Work vs. Life: How to Achieve a Better Balance

Work. Life. It’s the war of the worlds. At least, it seems like it. You work all day, and it never seems like you get a break – even when you kick your feet up on the coffee table at home. You’re stressed out, and you’re not getting good sleep. You seem to get sick more often than usual. You don’t like where your life is going and you haven’t even hit 30 yet. Here’s how to realistically achieve that often-elusive work-life balance.

Set Priorities

Define what you actually want to do, not what you think you should want to do. When you start thinking in terms of “should,” you start feeling guilty that your actual wants don’t match up with what you should want. This is about your life and your values. Follow what you actually value.

5 Lessons Learned From Firing My First Client

Earlier this year, I had the displeasure of having to part ways with a client. While it cost me some money, the lessons I learned from letting the client go are priceless. This was the first and only client that I ever made the decision to stop working with, and I’m hoping that I never have to do it again. I won’t reveal the name of the client for obvious reasons. For the purposes of this article, I’ll just refer to them as Company X.

1: Don’t underestimate your value

When I initially started off as a freelance writer, I wrote for next to nothing. I figured I had to earn my stripes and build up my reputation before I could start charging the prices I actually deserved. Also, I had always done freelance writing in addition to a regular 9-5 so the money wasn’t a huge issue in the beginning.

However, after I began working with Company X, I soon realized that the value I was bringing to the table far outweighed the amount of money I was charging. Now before I take on a job or quote a price, I thoroughly examine the value I am contributing. When you know how much value you offer and can clearly explain it to a client, they should have no problem paying what you’re worth. Company X didn’t see it that way, which is one of the reasons I had to let them go.

The ABCs of Blogging: 26 Tips To Inspire Your Best Post

Attention

Grab the attention of readers by crafting a thoughtful (and even witty) title for your posts. The best titles are those written after the post has already been written.

Break Out

As long as you continue looking within the blogosphere for ideas and creativity, you’re limiting yourself. The best posts are inspired from real life. Read magazines, talk to friends, see a movie, get out in the real world and live. You’ll be surprised by what sparks your best ideas.

Creativity

Find creative ways to reinforce your point, whether its through the use of analogies, metaphors, imagery, or supplemented with images or infographics.

Do

Show, don’t tell. People are attracted to posts that show you’ve done something or that you can provide testimonials and first-hand experience on something. They can’t, however, relate to a person who’s never been sky-diving to tell you why you should go sky-diving.