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Learn to be a skillful photographer

Learn to be a skillful photographer

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Taking a photo on your phone seems like a relatively simple thing now. Indeed, it’s got this way because phone manufacturers have added a whole heap of artificial intelligence into your smartphone to do the “heavy lifting” for you.As an example, taking an up-close photo will have your phone automatically switching to the wide-angle or macro lens. Taking a shot of the countryside could mean that the white balance or ISO is adjusted. All of this, done in the background and without you knowing.However, most smartphones also have a range of pre-built filters and a “Pro” mode too. This will give you a lot more range, and you can be more expressive with your shots. We’re talking more than just a few “fun stickers” placed on the phone. Instead, you can express your creativity and make a uni...
10 Important Lessons Small Businesses Can Learn from 2020

10 Important Lessons Small Businesses Can Learn from 2020

Breaking News, Business, Learning
There’s no way around it — 2020 was tough for businesses. But if your company has made it through this crazy year, there are certainly lessons to be taken away. Below, members of the online small business community shared their biggest takeaways. And you may even learn some important lessons heading into 2021. Consider Niche and Hybrid Events This year has certainly changed the landscape for the events industry. Even after the pandemic, it’s likely that in-person events won’t go completely back to normal. So it’s up to businesses to adapt. In this Marketing Land post, Kimberly Dutcher discusses the possibility of niche and hybrid events gaining traction. Learn from These 2021 Content Marketing Predictions Though much has changed in 2020, it’s likely that content marketing will remain a p...
Why You Need a Prepaid Debit Card Even If You Have a Bank Account

Why You Need a Prepaid Debit Card Even If You Have a Bank Account

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Many people think prepaid debit cards are just for people who don’t have a bank account. After all, checking accounts usually come with a debit card that can be used just like a credit card. Why would someone with a bank account need a prepaid debit card? Why You Might Need a Prepaid Debit Card for Business While prepaid debit cards are useful for those without a bank account, the following benefits apply to everyone. Private transactions When you need to make a private transaction, a prepaid debit card is the best solution. Technically, you can also use cryptocurrency, but not every merchant accepts crypto. You don’t need a specific reason to keep your purchases private. Maybe you don’t want advertisers to know what kind of groceries you buy, or you may want to buy controversial product...
7 Productivity Hacks from 7 Successful Entrepreneurs

7 Productivity Hacks from 7 Successful Entrepreneurs

Breaking News, Business, Learning
Many successful entrepreneurs, including founders of multi-billion dollar companies, got to where they are through a combination of unique idea generation and hard work. Naturally, most of us aspire to achieve something similar—even if we can’t hope to replicate that scale.That’s one reason why I like to read and discover some of the unique productivity hacks, habits, and behaviors that helped those successful entrepreneurs achieve their status. I’ve listed some of my favorites below. Productivity Hacks from Top Entrepreneurs Try these interesting productivity hacks from some of the most successful entrepreneurs of our era: 1. Elon Musk: Schedule your day in 5-minute intervals Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, uses time blocking to schedule his day in intervals as small as 5 minu...
12 Considerations When Creating Your Business’s Pricing Structure

12 Considerations When Creating Your Business’s Pricing Structure

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Prices can make or break a business, and deciding what to charge for a particular good or service can depend on a lot of variables. Finding the “sweet spot” for your pricing takes a bit of market research and a lot of trial and error, especially for new entrepreneurs. Sometimes your approach to pricing structure can even change over time, evolving to account for further information you may learn in your journey as a business owner. That’s why we asked 12 entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) the following:“What’s one consideration you make when deciding on the pricing structure (and actual price) for your product or service, and how has it changed from when you just started out?”Here’s what YEC community members had to say. 1. Per-Unit Costs “When I started out, I’d tak...
10 Holiday Sales & Marketing Tips for Small Businesses to Finish 2020 Strong

10 Holiday Sales & Marketing Tips for Small Businesses to Finish 2020 Strong

Business, Learning
If you’re a small business owner or marketing team of one, you may be worried about the COVID-19 pandemic dooming your holiday season sales.After all, how are you supposed to finish the year strong when many people are still unsure about leaving their homes and shopping in crowds?The answer: You learn how to evolve your holiday sales and marketing strategies.Despite another wave of surging cases, consumers are approaching the holidays business as usual. A staggering 82% of consumers say they’d pay more to safely shop local, and that’s just the beginning, so there are still plenty of ways to rack up online sales and in-store pickups.Read this guide to find more 2020 shopping statistics, plus the 10 best strategies for boosting sales in this unprecedented holiday season. 10 Holiday...
10 Tips for Working With a Marketing Agency

10 Tips for Working With a Marketing Agency

Business, Learning
There are many good reasons to work with a marketing agency. You might be interested in establishing a presence with an unfamiliar marketing strategy. You might be eager to see better results on a campaign that’s been dwindling. You might even be interested in saving money, paying an agency to manage your campaign rather than hiring a marketing manager full-time.Whatever the case, your results are going to depend on the relationship and rapport you’re able to build with your marketing agency—and that means you’ll have to put in some work. How to Work With a Marketing Agency These tips will help you work with a marketing agency more effectively.Choose the right partner. Your results will be dependent on your ability to choose the right digital marketing agency. This means you’ll nee...
5 Proactive Measures Companies Can Take Against Malware Attacks

5 Proactive Measures Companies Can Take Against Malware Attacks

Learning, Technology
Malware — shorthand for malicious software — is a code or program designed and deployed by cybercriminals to infect your computer systems in order to damage, disable, or exploit your company.Hackers create malware to attack your business and try to:Steal, encrypt, or delete sensitive information, such as passwords or customer data Hijack and modify core system functions Monitor your activity without permission Blackmail or extort money in the form of ransom Inject spam or forced advertisingOf all the data breaches, 28% involve malware according to Verizon.What’s more, stats suggest that 58% of malware attack victims are categorized as small businesses, the average cost of a malware attack on a company is $2.4 million, and 34% of businesses hit with malware took a week o...
10 Tips to Help Small Businesses Increase Revenue Without Spending a Ton

10 Tips to Help Small Businesses Increase Revenue Without Spending a Ton

Business, Learning
Small businesses often have to spend money to make money. But not every entrepreneur has the resources to spend big. That’s why it’s so important to choose the right small investments. Whether you’re putting in time or money, you need to get the most possible bang for your buck. These tips from the online small business community can help you make the most of your investments. Improve Revenue with These Sales Tools If you want to earn more money in your business, increasing sales is a necessary step. Luckily, there are tools that can help you reach your desired numbers without dramatically increasing costs. Ada Durzynska lists some of them in this GetResponse post. Choose These Free WordPress Themes for Effective Content Marketing Content marketing can be a cost effective way to communic...
RoWrite2 – A cool smart notepad you didn’t know you needed

RoWrite2 – A cool smart notepad you didn’t know you needed

Learning, Technology
This looks pretty cool and, coming from the people that brought use the Flexpai smartphone, it should be.This is basically a writing pad. Sheets of paper, a pen, a nicely presented folder. Everything you expect. However, whatever you jot down will instantly get digitally scanned and stored. This is the RoWrite 2 and you can go and buy one for £119.99.To the video!https://www.coolsmartphone.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/rowrite2-en.mp4 It captures, stores and shares whatever your write. Best of all, it’s regular paper – no weird sensation for your hands, just doodle as you normally would. The clever Royole sensors allow it all to bend just like a regular notepad and now it’s 50% lighter than its predecessor. Smaller too, and an improved 30-day battery life. Not bad.Looks-wise it’s...