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  • For some reason, many people get confused when they visit this site and think we book travel or run tours. Quite honestly, I've considered running my own tours and we've now launched a partnership where we can sell travel too. It's not as easy, nor as glamourous as you might think though. Being a successful tour operator takes loads of time and energy as well as a bit of luck. Most of all though, as fun as it might sound to show people around your favorite places... it is still a business. Let's take a look at some things you need to know to become a successful tour operator!

  • While some startups simply need a computer and a whiteboard to get started, there's a whole industry of makers out there that are able to start producing manufactured products too. This is quite literally a revolution that will put Americans back to the leadership position we once had in manufacturing since even a small startup operator can buy a CNC machine and create prototypes as well as finished products with a bit of work. While most of you probably know what to expect when shopping for a computer, a notepad, and pens... how much is a CNC machine?

  • While some people think of payday loans as a predatory practice, the reality is that it is a saving grace for many folks out there. This is true for lower income folks but also true for professionals as well who have sudden needs for cash and have already tapped their savigns accounts. Let's take a look at what payday loans are and how they can help if you have bad credit and need cash now.

  • Everyone at this point has experienced the frustration of no longer being able to dine in at your favorite restaurant or bar. It is even more frustrating for some of us who saw locations open again... only to be closed back down a few weeks later. What many people don't understand is that this costs THOUSANDS of dollars to re-open and if they are forced to close again it means money just thrown out the window. Here's a look at some of the expenses a business might face during this time and why we should all be forgiving of paying a bit more for our favorite foods.

  • Love driving, long road trips, big engines, and the freedom of virtually never having to go sit in a cubical ever again? The trucking industry booming and while it's not an easy lifestyle, you can make a solid living while seeing new parts of the country. Here are some tips and advice for aspiring long haul truck drivers.

  • Starting a new business can be one of the most exciting things in life. It's the start of something new where you're in charge and the future has yet to be decided. Unfortunately, the reality is that most businesses fail in the first few months or years and there are generally a few common reasons why this happens. Here are five deadly mistakes to avoid when starting your business...

  • A few months ago the folks at Autonomous sent me one of their Standing Desks and a great new office chair too. It was an interesting challenge trying this out since initially, it seemed to be more of a gimmick but then quickly proved to be something valuable that frankly should be the standard, instead of being perceived as an expensive luxury.

  • Accidents can happen anytime and anywhere. And even if you're working in an office that's supposed to be safe from any and all hazards, you're still at risk of slipping a disc or wounding yourself.

  • Persuading the boss for a pass to work from home can be a tough nut to crack. Their instinct will almost instinctively force a ‘no’ from their lips but if they took the time to think about it for a little bit longer they might just find that having you working from home more often is a solution that just might benefit everyone.

  • Many of you are entrepreneurs or aspiring business mavens looking for the "next big thing". In fact, while creating that big idea is the way to make the big bucks, there's another pathway that can help you get started fast. By partnering with a wholesaler it will allow you to focus on building your supply chain, marketing funnel, and industry knowledge first. Then, if you see more money you can take things to the next level by leveraging that experience and start manufacturing your own product. A great way to get started is with reselling energy supplements. While this has gotten a bad name from some in the past, there's still loads of money to be made. Let's take a look.

  • I go to a lot of trade shows and I get a ton of swag from openings as well as just random companies looking to send me stuff. What most brands don't 'get' is that the most common stuff just gets put in a box or worse, simply thrown away. While you might think that re-usable shopping totes are the rage, let's look at some different items that are actually useful and that means a long life reminding your target about your brand. Here's some tips that you can use to help make the smart decision when selecting swag items for your next promotion!

  • Blogging can be a lot of fun... but it's also a lot of hard work. While it's easy to dismiss people who constantly share amazing photos of them doing incredible things, it's a business. Luckily, I've learned a lot over the past decade and here are some of my tricks and advice that I'd pass on to anyone looking at blogging as more than just a way to share their random thoughts with others. If you are looking to succeed and get all the fun "perks" then you need to work hard. Here's how you can make that happen!

  • I generally don't get much stay in where I stay when traveling. Most of my travel arrangements are made by someone else and since they are paying I generally don't care as long as it's safe, clean and comfortable. That being said however, certain things make my stay that much better. A good desk space, a comfortable chair, plenty of USB and power outlets and good - easily accessible food options that aren't over priced. In the past, none of that would have described Marriott's core brand and absolutely nobody would have described it as stylish. For me personally, the Marriott brand wasn't "bad" it was just old and out of touch. Through pure luck though, this year I've had the chance to stay in several different Marriott locations at different parts of the country and it's clear that the brand is back in a good way!

  • I was lucky. My parents saved up for me to go to college and I had help from my grandparents, too. Now that I’m faced with looking at getting a Master’s degree, the situation is different. I have little cash available, so graduate school loans are something I’m looking at to help me take the next step with my education.

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  • There are a lot of great men out there developing interesting new business ideas and to many, working in the "sex industry" seems like a dream. For Daniel Becker though it was something that he arived at by leveraging traditional e-commerce expertise and simply following the money. Don't worry though, this isn't just some seedy strip club or video studio - Daniel created a store focused specifically on the male customer and helping them connect with various items specifically designed for the male customer. We think that's pretty cool so let's learn more about how and why he created The Enhanced Male!

  • Years ago I had a startup idea that others told me was golden... I had clients pre-booked and I even had an industry association willing to help promote the new company. All I needed to do was present our concept publicly at an upcoming trade show, meet with people in person and start signing contracts. The only hitch is I was short on cash. Since this was a "sure thing" I looked at my credit card as a way to float the $5-10,000 startup costs. It would only be a month or two till I could pay it off I thought. Unfortunately, due to issues with my partner the company disintegrated at the show and I was left holding the bag for all those costs. Poor business planning, poor financial management, and bad luck for sure. More than a decade later I still have the scars from that decision. While I couldn't have prevented what happened, I could have improved the recovery process by consulting a company such as Lexington Law to help repair and restore my good credit faster.

  • There is a sense of freedom that comes with being behind the wheel and thankfully a lot of well paying jobs involve driving. I started thinking about this while on a press trip to Flint Michigan earlier this week. While walking around the historic GM Assembly plant where the original Corvette was built and now Sierra and Silverado HD trucks are born it struck me that these guys on the line really love building trucks. There's a sense of pride that comes across while talking with most auto workers that doesn't happen at other businesses. I know a lot of you guys are also passionate about cars. So, it got me thinking... What are some of the best jobs for car lovers? Keep reading to find out!

  • It's becoming increasingly more important, especially to younger workers like the millennial generation; changing your career so that you have an adequate work-life balance is becoming more important than the actual job itself.

  • Recently a friend of mine retired from the Marines and was looking for a new career. He tried sales and the skills he learned in the military were good for that - but he wanted something more rewarding. If you are looking for a new career, your search may be motivated by something more than just money. Even for non-veterans, many of us reach a point where we need something new in our lives. Something that is more rewarding than your average job. If this is the case, you might be struggling to pick the one that is right for you. There are many rewarding jobs out there, it is just a case of narrowing it down to the one that suits you and your family best. So, let’s look at what some options that are looking for more male applicants.

  • We’re often told that to achieve our dreams we need to eat, sleep, and breathe according to them. We need to make major sacrifices and commit time, money, and energy in pursuing our goals. However, with responsibilities, like bills and a family, it isn’t always possible to do that. You can’t just quit your job to persue another career, because you need money and stability. With that in mind, here are six things you should do follow your dream career while still working full-time.

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