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22 Entrepreneurs Share Their CEO Nugget

If you could hop into a time machine, what would you tell your younger business self? What are the biggest lessons learnt since you started entrepreneurship? This is one of our favorite questions here at CBNation. 

Here’s what CEOs would tell their younger business selves.

#1-Help careers succeed

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Patricia Suflita Wilson

Make it an on-going goal to acknowledge and encourage talent, and when you are in a management position – make it a goal for subordinates as well. A good leader should be measured in part, by how many careers they have helped succeed. And acknowledge wherever you see it – not just on your team or in your company. Your encouragement might just be the boost someone needs to advance in their career. 

Thanks to Patricia Suflita Wilson, P.S Think Big


#2- Focus on what you like doing

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Moritz Schmittat

What I’ve learned over the past 10 years is that a career should never be an aim or a goal, a successful career is a result of dedicating your energy towards something that inspires you. To me success is nothing that you can actively pursue, instead, it’s something that happens along the way and it requires effort, endurance, ideas and also luck. I would tell my younger self to never focus on who I’d want to be but solely on what I’d like to do – and if everything goes well success will come by itself.

Thanks to Moritz Schmittat, Moritz Schmittat Photography!


#3- Follow your passion

Photo Credit:
John James 

The first thing I would tell my younger self is to follow my passion. I would let my skills take me wherever they may instead of taking what society perceived to be a safer, more secure route. I started an e-commerce business from my college dorm room back in the ’90s and used it to fund my journey through medical school. So why was I still aiming to be a doctor if I was turning such profits as an entrepreneur? Well, it was the pursuit of medicine that felt safe at the time, so I spent seven years finishing med school and my family practice residency. Thankfully, I eventually walked away from a medical career to chase my true passion for entrepreneurship. I’m proud to say I’ve had a great career as an entrepreneur as I’ve raised more than $100 million in venture capital. Today, I don’t regret the decision to walk away from medicine in the slightest. The only thing I can say is that I did it seven years too late! 

Thanks to John James, Engine E-Commerce!


#4- Trust your instinct

Photo Credit: Zondra Wilson

I was always worried if I was making the right decision for my business. In the beginning, I was extremely stressed. To make matters worse, I would take the advice of motivational speakers, business executives, friends and family who didn’t hesitate to tell me what they would do if they were me. I was so confused. What I’ve learned is to go with my gut. My instinct has never let me down. I stopped inviting people to offer information about my business and decided to pray and allow God to guy me in my decision making. 

Thanks to Zondra Wilson, Blu Skin Care, LLC


#5- Think possibilities

Photo Credit:
Michael Minter

Don’t listen to what other people say. Don’t think that you can’t do it. Don’t fear. You can do whatever you dream. You can be your worst enemy if you listen the fear voice that comes inside of you. Some things are going to work, some are not. With the way the world is now, you can do anything. Even if everyone is saying, No – it will never happen. Honestly: just screw them. Check them out of your mind and go for it. 

Thanks to Michael Minter, Mintco Finanial


#6- Don’t sweat the small stuff, it’s all small stuff

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Sharifah Hardie

I recall being so worried and stressed over jobs. Whether I would keep it or lose it. Homes, cars, material things. After being laid off over 7 times, being homeless, divorced twice and losing it all you realize that at the end of the day none of those things matter and you don’t hold on to things as tightly as you did before. Now I have reinvented myself and I am happy to have things but I am just happy simply to be.

Thanks to Sharifah Hardie, In The News PR!


#7-Consider that change is constant

Photo Credit:
Paul Hammond

To build a sustainable company, you can’t be satisfied with the status quo. Challenge yourself and your team to look ahead. Build a company that addresses the future needs of the market, not just today’s. 

Thanks to Paul Hammond, VirtualPBX!


#8- Delegate and build relationships

Photo Credit:
Bob Gold

Most CEOs forget the Golden Rule: All Business is The Business of Relationships. That means strong communications, value propositions, and 360 engagement with customers. The second rule of business: The Definition of Leadership – A Leader sets and agenda and asks for help. We must delegate and trust. 

Thanks to Bob Gold, Bob Gold & Associates!


#9- Learn how to sell well

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Alex Altuhov

Selling is so important in business and in life. When learning to sell, you learn how to see things from the other person’s perspective and find common ground. Once you’ve done that, you’re now able to persuade them to see it from your point of view and in the end, compel them to take the action you would like them to take that in some way, will be mutually beneficial to the both of you. Notice I said “mutually beneficial” and not just beneficial for yourself. The thing about sales is that it’s not about manipulating people to do what you want them to do for your own personal gain, it’s about getting them to see why what your offering is beneficial to the both of you. This is why I say sales is important in life and in business because everything we do pertaining to people is, in some way or another, sales. 

Thanks to Alex Altuhov, HandyKith!


#9- Don’t obsess over your decisions 

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Tony Ellison

Like every entrepreneur I made tons of mistakes in my early days. When I started my company in 1994, e-commerce was in its infancy. Many companies came and went with the .com boom. When you watch companies rise and fall all around you while you struggle to get your own footing, it can be extremely nerve-racking. I spent countless nights lying awake overanalyzing strategies and overthinking almost every decision that came across my desk when I didn’t need to. I could have saved myself a lot of anxiety if I trusted my instincts more. My advice to budding entrepreneurs, especially in spaces that are new and emerging is to trust your education, expertise and instincts. Overthinking leads to you doubting yourself and often times making choices based on fear rather than a well thought out and innnovative strategy. 

Thanks to Tony Ellison, Shoplet!


#10- Don’t fear falling

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Aleksandra Scepanovic 

Enjoy rocking the boat and don’t fret about falling off on occasion. Know that things – including the ones you may deem crucial – will change, and often. Welcome the opportunity and celebrate even the smallest of victories ahead of new changes. The road ahead of you will be everything and anything but monotonous, so buckle your seatbelt, Dorothy! 

Thanks to Aleksandra Scepanovic, Ideal Properties Group!


#11- Several things

Photo Credit:
Stephen Troy

Looking back on my long career, I see so many opportunities I missed that passed my way. I would tell my younger self, keep studying, take a front row seat, keep questioning what you know, and be more aware of what is happening in your community. Be prepared to recognize opportunities and seize the moment with both hands. Warren Buffett said it best, when it’s raining gold, go out with a bucket, not a thimble. 

Thanks to Stephen Troy, AeroFund!


#12- The worse can come to the worst

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W. Wilson, Sr.

Don’t assume that everything will work out. There are many things over which you have no control, especially the economy. I used to tell myself, “I’ll think of something.” That may work in high school or college, but it does not work in business. Always recognize that worse can come to worst.

Thanks to W. Wilson, Sr., Welcome Group, LLC


#13- Walk away

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Sam Beasley

If I could speak to myself at anytime between 1984 and 2001 (I was manager of a large mental health agency) I would say “Walk away. You’ll never make any real money as long as you are working for someone else.” I walked away on 9/11/01 in reaction to the WTC bombings. I am truly sorry it took such a tragic event to trigger my leaving, but I’ve never been happier or more successful than I have been since that terrible day. I always understood that I was a job-creator vs an employee, someone who paid salaries vs drew a salary working for someone else. I now encourage my own employees to tell me if they have visions of further education or creating their own companies. As employees or future peer owners, I am their biggest ally. I can’t go back and speak to myself, but I can and do tell future entrepreneurs to cut the ties and take a risk. It’s how the future is created. 

Thanks to Sam Beasley, Wealth and Well-Being!


#14- Don’t be frustrated if plans fail

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Hasara Lay 

It is great to make long term plans for your career and business, but don’t be frustrated if they don’t work out. Sometimes these plans fall apart because they are not the best path for you. You might need to try a few different things. There will be a few successes and even more failures, but you will learn from them all. And give yourself a break when things fail, because they are just pushing you out of your comfort zone into a place where beautiful things happen. 

Thanks to Hasara Lay, Catexplorer!


#15- Set things up properly from the start

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Ryder Meehan

My best advice to my younger self would be to set things up properly from the start, even if that means additional cost and outsources. For me, this would have been things like creating the corporate entity on day one, keeping clean financials with a company credit card and not reconciling costs from my personal card, and creating a shared company login, not linked to my personal email. There are plenty of other examples of poor process that ended up costing me a lot more time and expense than doing it correctly from the start. To be fair to my younger self, I didn’t know what I didn’t know! So being part of a mastermind group or having an advisor might also be a good idea.

Thanks to Ryder Meehan, Upgrow!


#16- It’s okay to say no

Photo Credit: Liz Theresa

I’d tell my younger entrepreneurial self it’s OK to say no! In fact, it’s healthy to not want to do every project, work with every client, and do everything. It’s normal! If we say yes too often, we’re giving in to our inner people-please which can do our mindset some serious damage. 

Thanks to Liz Theresa


#17- Hold on till your vision becomes reality

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Jordan Wan

My co-founder and I started CloserIQ in April of 2014. We’ve bootstrapped our team to more than 20 full-time employees and have remained 100% self-funded and growing rapidly. Here’s one thing I would say to my younger self: Swimming upstream against market norms and peers who doubt your vision can be very difficult, and requires perseverance. But when your business finally clicks and your vision starts to become reality, your achievements will feel magnified and you will see that your career has purpose. 

Thanks to Jordan Wan, CloserIQ!


#18- Don’t be afraid to invest in knowledge

Photo Credit: Jacqueline Gilchrist 

When you’re starting a business with little capital, it can be difficult to justify an investment in courses and programs. While there’s a lot of free information online, sometimes this information is free for a reason. You need to be willing to invest in paid courses so you can gain the knowledge that’s going to make you and your business stand out.

Thanks to Jacqueline Gilchrist, Mom Money Map!


#19- Avoid lifestyle creep 

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Mark Ortiz 

I’ve been an entrepreneur for over ten years now, and the biggest mistake I’ve made in my earlier days was succumbing to lifestyle creep. As my businesses continued to grow, my day to day personal expenses increased as well. I kept upgrading on apartments, cars, and toys. This was a grave mistake because it meant less money to re-invest into my business, and if  my business was on a downturn, it would difficult to scale down my personal expenses as quickly. So what I would tell my younger self – prioritize on scaling your business, not on scaling your lifestyle. 

Thanks to Mark Ortiz, ReviewingThis


#20- Seek out advice and expertise

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Mike Thorne

Time has been a very good teacher to me. Starting a business isn’t easy, but if I could go back in time and sit myself down, I’d emphasize how important it would be to seek out the advice and expertise of others. I’d start by telling myself not to get involved in trying to administer the business; hire a bookkeeper immediately so I could focus on revenue-generating activities. It’s important to understand how to delegate, and it’s something that can be overlooked in all the excitement and commotion of a new business. It allowed me to focus harder on what I can do for the business and taught me to utilize the talents of others. Alongside that, I’d tell myself to build a team of mentors who have already been down the path I was going. Learning from mentors allowed me to be able to minimize mistakes and fast forward my company’s growth. Seek out mentors, embrace their knowledge, and delegate to your team early; these tips are indispensable to any business.

Thanks to Mike Thorne, JUSTJUNK!


#21- Share your smarts

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Lorrie Thomas Ross

Go on record educating your clients and employees on the best moves to make. You are the most helpful when you share what you know and speak up for what’s right. When you believe in yourself, others will believe in you too! Even if the client or your colleagues don’t want to hear it, they will 
respect you in the long run for sharing your smarts. 

Thanks to Lorrie Thomas Ross, Web Marketing Therapy, Inc.!


#22- Do the opposite

Photo Credit:
Joshua A Scheinker

If I had a time machine to go back 20 years, I would remind young Josh to buy straw hats in the winter…I would remind him that when everyone is running for the hills that you needs to do the opposite…and I would for sure tell him to never follow the trends….find out what everyone else is doing and do the opposite! 

Thanks to Joshua A Scheinker, Scheinker Wealth Advisors!


What would you tell your younger business self? Tell us in the comments below. Don’t forget to join our #IamCEO Community

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Top 5 Benefits of Remote Working

Remember when working remotely was seen as an excuse to get away from work? Well, things have changed quite a lot since then.

The workplace has experienced a sharp culture shift over the last couple of decades. In that relatively short space of time, remote working has moved from a rare employee perk to a valuable productivity trend — and that trend is rising steadily.

Data released from the US Census found that 5.2% of workers, equivalent to 8 million people, worked at home in 2017. This number is up from 5% in 2016 and 3.3% in 2000.

Why are so many people working remotely?

It’s partly thanks to massive developments in mobile technology and wireless Internet connectivity. Although not every job can be performed remotely, it has quickly become apparent that employees and entrepreneurs need not travel to a central office environment in order to work productively; in many cases, work can now be completed in alternative locations such as the home, in coworking spaces or cafes, on the train, and in other ‘third place’ locations.

As for the swift acceleration of this trend, it’s largely due to the overwhelming positive attributes of remote working.

5 Remote Work Benefits

A remote working policy provides valuable opportunities and benefits for business owners, but more importantly, for the workforce too.

Here’s an overview of the 5 top remote working benefits:

  1. Staff are more productive. One of the key reasons entrepreneurs switch to remote work is to gain more productivity from their workforce. This fascinating two-year study by Stanford professor Nicholas Bloom and Chinese travel company Ctrip found a productivity boost among telecommuters equivalent to a full day’s work. Reason being, work-from-home employees worked a true full-shift (or more) as opposed to arriving late to the office or leaving early.
  2. Remote work improves morale and happiness. Productivity is rooted in personal wellbeing. A happier, fulfilled person is more likely to put in additional effort for your company — but fulfillment isn’t always related to pay or promotion. Giving staff the opportunity to work flexibly equates to better work/life balance, more time with the family, and less commuting, which saves your employees time and money.
  3. It’s cheaper. A remote work policy doesn’t just save on commuting costs, it also reduces business overheads. Fewer people in the workplace means less office space, which cuts the cost of the lease along with heating and cooling rates, lighting, and other expenditures. Thanks to remote work capabilities, some companies have now replaced their office rental with a virtual office agreement; this enables them to keep a commercial mailing address with access to meeting rooms and day office rental, without the long-term commitment or cost of a full-time office.
  4. It enhances talent recruitment and retention. Millennials and up-and-coming Generation Z value flexibility in the workplace. Companies that embrace remote working are seen as in touch with their employees’ needs and are more likely to attract skilled workers from further afield, given the reduction in travel.
  5. Flexible working reduces attrition. In addition to employee retention, flexible work is known to help reduce attrition in the workforce. In the Ctrip example mentioned above, there was a 50% decrease in employee attrition along with fewer sick days during the two-year experiment (and the company also saved almost $2,000 per employee on rent by reducing their office space).

Employees that are given the opportunity to work flexibly are often eager to prove the success of their remote working arrangement by working longer hours, delivering higher quality of work and being ‘better citizens’.

How to Manage a Remote Team

Like any business process, certain rules and regulations must be put in place to help your remote work policy run smoothly. These tips will help you put the right processes in place to create a successful remote working culture in your business.

  1. Set clear expectations. You won’t be working in close proximity to your team, so you must tell them what you expect of them. For instance, do you expect remote employees to work 9-5? Can they start or finish earlier? What’s the protocol for lunch breaks? How do you stay in contact during the day? Whatever you expect of them, make sure they’re fully aware and where necessary, make it part of their employment contract.
  2. Talk regularly. It can be isolating to work at home. Keep up regular communication but don’t rely too much on email; inboxes easily become swamped, leading to stress and missed messages. Talk over the phone and schedule video calls to discuss projects or tasks in more detail. For quick day-to-day queries, messaging apps such as Slack are a great way to check in.
  3. Document regular processes. Documentation becomes a whole lot more necessary when there’s distance between you and your team. Remember, remote workers can’t simply turn up at your desk to ask a question, so it’s worth documenting certain tasks or procedures to provide guidance along the way.
  4. Take project management online. Rather than constantly pinging your remote team to ask for project updates, use an online centralized project management tool such as Asana to check in on certain tasks. It assigns tasks, sets deadlines, and sends timely reminders too, which means less person-to-person chasing.
  5. Share documents online. Rather than sending amended documents back-and-forth, shared online documents can be stored securely in the cloud and are a boon for instant feedback. Google Docs is the obvious choice; it’s intuitive and lets multiple people work on the same document simultaneously.

All things considered, a remote work policy can dramatically improve your company culture. It takes time and practice to get it right but countless studies and real life examples show that it’s worth the effort. What other remote working tips do you swear by? Get in touch and let us know!

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Top 10 Most Promising Jobs In The US Right Now

After a solid completion to 2018 with 312,000 jobs added to the economy, conditions stay useful for job seekers searching for new opportunities. That is the reason economists say now is the ideal time to exploit the new-year hiring spree before a potential slowdown happens.

The least paying job on this list is a customer success manager, which has a middle base salary of $88,500 per year. All different positions on this list offer middle salaries of $100,000 or more.

We at CEOWorld magazine have researched many surveys and reports to get you the most promising jobs in the USA this year. Let’s take a look at below 7 most promising jobs, alongside the top skills needed to fulfill each role:

Site Reliability Engineer

  • Middle base salary: $200,000
  • Employment opportunities (year-over-year growth): 1,400+ (72%)
  • Career success score (out of 10): 9
  • Top skills needed: Software Development, Linux, Python, Cloud Computing, SQL

Enterprise Account Executive

  • Base salary: $182,000
  • Employment openings (year-over-year growth): 1,000+ (62 percent)
  • Career success score (out of 10): 9
  • Top skills needed: Cloud Computing, Salesforce, Solution Selling,  Sales Management, Software-as-a-Service,

Podiatrist

  • Industry: Health care
  • Salary: $127,740
  • Unemployment Rate: 1.2 percent

Individuals with arthritis, calluses, arch problems, diabetes and different ailments that influence their ankles and feet seek treatment from podiatrists. These lower-extremity specialists may perform surgery, recommend shoe inserts and give advice about step by step instructions to keep feet healthy.

These experts need to earn a 4 year Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from one of nine authorize institutions.

Data Scientist

  • Base salary: $130,000
  • employment opportunity (year-over-year growth): 4,000+ (56 percent)
  • Career advancement score (out of 10): 9
  • Top skills needed: Data Mining, Data Science, Data Analysis, Python, Machine Learning

Obstetrician and Gynecologist

  • Industry: Health care
  • Salary: >$208,000
  • Unemployment Rate: 0.5 percent

Storks get all the acknowledgment for the diligent work gynecologists and obstetricians do bring new life into the world. These specialists jump into action when pregnant women start giving birth, preparing for and supporting with delivery. But that’s not all they do. Gynecologists and Obstetricians give medical consideration to ladies throughout their lives, typically identified with the reproductive system. Numerous ladies visit their OB-GYN specialists every year for cancer screenings, regular physical checkups, and tests related to sexually transmitted diseases.

After earning medical school degrees and undergraduate, gynecologists and obstetricians need quite a long while of residency training.

Product Manager

  • Base salary: $121,000
  • Employment openings (year-over-year growth): 10,268 (29%)
  • Career success score (out of 10): 8
  • Top skills needed: Product Development, Product Management,  Cross-Functional Team Leadership, Product Marketing, Engineering.

Information Technology Lead

  • Base salary: $121,000
  • Employment openings (year-over-year growth): 1,400+ (141%)
  • Career success score (out of 10): 9
  • Top skills needed: Technical Support, Business Process Improvement, Information Technology, Business Analysis, Troubleshooting

Product Marketing Manager

  • Salary: $134,000
  • Employment opportunity (year-over-year growth): 1,891 (30%)
  • Career advancement score (out of 10): 8
  • Top skills needed:  Product Management, Digital Marketing, Product Marketing, Cross-functional Team Leadership, Product Development

Machine Learning Engineer

  • Salary: $182,000
  • Opportunity (year-over-year growth): 709 (96%)
  • Career success score (out of 10): 8Top skills needed:  Python, Data Mining, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science

Cloud Architect

  • Salary: $155,000
  • Employment opportunity (year-over-year growth): 1,700+ (88%)
  • Career success score (out of 10): 8
  • Top skills needed: Cloud Computing, Amazon Web Services, Software Development, Solution Architecture, Linux

Scrum Master

  • Salary: $103,000
  • Employment opportunity (year-over-year growth): 2,000+ (67%)
  • Career advancement score (out of 10): 8
  • Top skills needed: Agile Methodologies, Scrum, Software Development, Software Development Lifecycle, Business Analysis

Enterprise Account Executive

  • Middle base salary: $182,000
  • Opportunity (year-over-year growth): 1,000+ (62%)
  • Career advancement score (out of 10): 9
  • Top skills needed: Cloud Computing, Solution Selling, Salesforce,  Sales Management, Software-as-a-Service.

Looking for a new, more promising gig? Don’t wait, start looking out for the right opportunity according to your skills.

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Had a Great App Idea? 4 Steps to Take Next

Coming up with an app idea is easy; it’s figuring out what to next that can be tricky. The good news is that when you have the right strategies in place, it’s easier than you think to turn your idea into a downloadable, useable app.

To make sure that your app is ready to go, it’s important to keep several priorities in mind. It’ll require some time and energy, but with the right amount of dedication, you can be well on the way to getting started with the app business you’ve always wanted.

#1. Understanding the Risk:

First of all, it’s important that you’re fully aware of all the risks involved. After all, building an app isn’t just a fun hobby. It’s a business idea that is going to need a lot of time, money and dedication. So, the first thing that you need to think about is just how committed you are to your idea and making it work. Starting out with a new app startup comes with a mixture of high rewards and risks. It certainly has the potential to be a life-changing decision, but at the same time, it could contribute to significant financial and time losses if you don’t fully understand the risks involved before getting started.

#2. Making Your App Stand Out:

With over two million apps currently available on the App Store, there’s no denying that it can be difficult to get discovered. So, it’s vital that you understand what makes your app unique if you want to achieve long-term success. Your app may not be the first of its kind, but it should definitely have a unique angle that means you stand out from the competition. Consider what your end user needs or wants, and how your app can provide a solution. Think about any other solutions that are available to come up with ways in which your app will stand out.

#3. Finding a Developer:

Once you’ve decided, the ways in which it’s going to stand out and have a solid business plan in place it’s time for the fun to start. You’ll need to find app developers who understand your project and can deliver the results that you’ve envisioned. For example, there’s Appetiser who offer a free consultation for anybody who’s got an app idea; taking advantage of this is wise since it gives you the chance to speak to developers beforehand and get a feel for working with them before you get started.

#4. Get Funding:

It’s crucial that you are realistic when it comes to the costs involved with app development; it’s not uncommon for basic apps to incur costs of $10-15k, with more complex projects coming in at significantly more. Approach your funding just as you would with any other business – consider a loan from your bank, small business funding, angel investors, or even crowdfunding. When coming up with a budget, consider factors such as post-launch updates, legal issues, and paying employees or freelancers.

What’s your app idea? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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Top 10 Ways For Women To Wear Denims

Denim jeans, denim jackets, denim jumpsuits, denim caps, denim shirts, denim skirts! Denims look dapper, both on women and men, and are so versatile!

With denims, you can always be creative and here we are going to show you the best ways of exactly how to do that!

Here are our top 10 ways for women to rock denims and become the fashion diva of their group without the slightest effort!

Denim jacket with your long skirt

Replace your usual jacket, shrug or kimono, and wear a denim jacket instead! You’ll be surprised to find out how good the two match with each other. With a denim jacket, you could also wear a cute polka dot sundress and watch it do wonders to your look!

Denim on denim

Denim on denim look has been controversial in terms of fashion, and we think there is nothing wrong with wearing denim on denim, only if you know what you’re doing! Keep it cropped: For a baggy yet still-in-tact look, get a couple of high-waisted jeans and pair them with a crop trucker-style denim jacket to make an all-out fashion statement.

Getting layered up

While layering starts feeling like a second job, all you feel like doing in these sort of situations is toss on a pullover. Make it somewhat less agonizing by including some denim over it and you’ll see yourself wonderfully turned into a street style star, without any real effort!

Pair it with shorts

When the summers are coming up but you’re just not ready to sacrifice your sleeves yet, fret not! Denims will come to your rescue. You can pair up your shorts and a nice top with your denim jacket and look trendy without having to feel cold!

Pair it with your Maxi Skirt

Maxi skirts look awfully trendy when you pair them up with a white top. You know what makes the overall look more complete and stylish? A dapper denim jacket; or you can simply do with just a white top.

Sleeveless Denim Jackets

Sleeveless denim jackets can be paired up with almost all types of legwear! Leggings, palazzos, jumpsuits, pants, and even jeans! You’ll never be out of options for mix and match when it comes to sleeveless denim jackets.

Skinny White Jeans

Skinny white jeans have infinite potential, and an endless beauty! Wear your skinny white jeans with a comfortable tucked in tee, or a tank, and wear a nice denim jacket on top to make the baggy-to-skinny ratio just right. This look is a favourite when it comes to wearing a casual college outfit.

Off the shoulder

Denim has never looked cooler with this super trendy off-the-shoulder look. The secret to preventing it from sliding off is easy! Just close one of the buttons at the bottom and leave the rest open to flaunt your dress underneath. Florals, sundresses, or a long slip dress, all of them are feminine and the denims will ensure that it doesn’t go over the top.

Waterfall denim jacket

This season, “Waterfall” denim jacket is all the rage, and for good reason! This is a style that is getting up to speed in all sections of outerwear. From overcoats to shrugs, they are all sought after. Cascade denim coats look just as extraordinary as well, particularly when you pair them with shorts or tights. Pair it with outfits that are recessive and take a backseat, and leave the focus on the jacket.

The Classic

Keep it straightforward with the ageless white tee. At the point when the change from winter to spring feels like a drag, you’ll have this timeless pair to always look forward to—the most faithful denim with a white tee.

Be it your daily college outfit, or your casual party attire or your go-to clothing for a date, there is no attire that denims can’t make their way into!

And now that you know of the best ways to rock those denims wherever you go, we can’t wait to see you do exactly that and become the style icon of your group, without really investing in anything expensive. You go, girl!

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Top 5 Movies That Will Bring Out The Traveler In You

Have you, at any point, found yourself motivated to head out to the far-flung cities and countries ever since you saw it in a movie? Today, we share out the list of the most baffling movie locations, the ones that made you google about the shooting location and arrange a trek before the movie even makes it to the end.

And if you are searching for some motivation to pack your bags and travel to someplace aesthetic, you’ll unquestionably discover it in these movies mentioned below! These are by far the most extraordinary travel movies that will be making you get you out of your seat and book an outing.

Into the Wild- Alaska, America

“You will see things and meet people and there is so much to learn from them.” ― Christopher Johnson McCandless

This staggering genuine story of a top understudy and competitor who deserts all that he has and catches a ride to Alaska to live in the wild will likely remain with you until the end of time. Motivating story and mind-blowing scenes of Alaska, if you choose to watch only one film from this list, make it this one! This ultimate ‘leave everything and travel’ film is incomprehensibly both wanderlust-inducing and a cautionary tale about recklessness and appreciating what you have.

Lost in Translation- Tokyo, Japan

“Everyone wants to be found.”

A movie full of travel moments you’d wish to encounter yourself — singing karaoke in a private stay with friends until the day breaks, walking through a temple in the woods and coming across a traditional wedding and running through the crowds at Shibuya Crossing. This movie helps you understand the practical aspect of travelling in a city where you’d be lost in translation, both figuratively and literally. You shouldn’t miss watching this movie!

The Darjeeling Limited- Darjeeling, India

“I love the way the country smells. I will never forget it. It’s kind of spicy.”

After the death of their father, three American brothers voyage through the engulfing and enchanting land of Darjeeling to reform their family bond and meet their mother, narrating an emotional tale with zesty comedy and making it a humorous watch. With all the maddening hustle and drama, travelling by train could not have been pictured in a better way.

Letters to Juliet- Verona, Italy

“Life is the messy bits.” 

‘Romeo and Juliet’ is one of the finest works of Shakespeare where romance and comedy are well tuned. Set in the modern era with the tinge of Shakespearean ideas and the fascinating land of Italy where lovers are bound to unite and reunite. A heart-warming movie which will tingle the traveler in you to ride across vineyards and stand below Juliet’s balcony to express your love in a letter on her wall! It celebrates Shakespeare’s finest and the most well written heroine, Juliet and her undying love for Romeo.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel- Rajasthan, India

“First rule of India: there’s always room.”

What happens when a decrepit hotel dreams to host British tourists and is successful in doing so?
The Indian hotel hosts the seven retired people who decide to outsource their life in a seemingly exotic India. The enticing advertisements and luxurious façade of the hotel turns into a life altering experience for them when they share their escapades with one another. The enriching culture and glamour of the Pink City is enough for any traveler to backpack through the boroughs of Rajasthan.

Traveling is indeed a soul feeding, self-awakening and a lifetime experience that helps one grow through the adventures of life, which enriches your mind, body and soul. It’ll leave you with breath-taking views, adventures and snippets away from the everyday hustle.

A vacation is a time to leave that aspect of you at home and reconnect with the inner child who needs to play, dance, skip and sing. Experience what difference a walk along the beach, a dip in the deep ocean, sailing by the reefs, lying under the shining stars or a scream from the mountain top can make! So plan your trip today; It’s time to ignite the travel bug and get, set and travel!

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Tips For Moving Your Office Quickly, Efficiently, and SANELY

Preparing for an office relocation?

While most business owners are excited to move their company to a new home, it isn’t easy. You’re likely dreading all the time you’ll have to spend getting things ready and are worried about potential damages to your equipment during the move.

Despite all this, the sooner you get started preparing for your relocation, the faster you’ll get through it.

Here are four office relocation tips from Steinway Moving & Storage, a leading commercial and residential moving company in NYC for over 90 years.

1. Donate or Sell Old Office Equipment

Part of the relocation process involves downsizing on the equipment or furniture that you no longer need. Instead of taking the same outdated equipment with you to the new location, take the time to sort out what you will sell or donate.

Getting rid of these items will cut your packing time in half. Then, when you do get to the new location, you’ll be able to have your newly purchased equipment delivered.

2. Get Started Early

There’s no way around it: packing takes time. Whether you’re trying to move as you run your company or you’ve shut down specifically for the relocation, it’s likely that you have a tight deadline with which to take care of all your packing needs. And if you go over your timeline, you could lose valuable time.

With an office move, much of your time will be spent organizing and sorting through documents, equipment, and similar items, so it is important that you start this process as soon as possible.

Starting several weeks to months ahead of the day you have to move everything should give you ample time to get everything ready.

3. Label Everything Correctly

Whether you’re packing your belongings for a home or office move, it is equally important to label all of your boxes. Making sure to label the boxes as you pack will help you keep track of everything as you go. Clearly labeled boxes will help your moving company pack the trucks as strategically as possible.

Once the boxes are safely off of the truck and at your new location, the labels will make unpacking even easier. Labels describing what is in each box and what room they belong in will allow you to make quick work of the final step of your moving process.

4. Keep Your Equipment Safe

An office move can be particularly nerve-wracking due to the amount of expensive equipment involved and the potential damages. Fragile items like computers, scanners, printers, and similar equipment can easily be damaged if handled incorrectly.

Take some of this stress by asking your moving company to pack your equipment for you.

Hire an Expert

Expert movers will know exactly how to pack each item to ensure your office relocation is as stress-free as possible.

Your office relocation doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. By applying these tips to your upcoming move, you’ll be able to experience the most efficient move of your career, and avoid costly delays to your business.

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From Founder-CEO to CTO or CSO: Key Protections in Succession Planning when you face the Founder’s Dilemma

Are you the founder or co-founder of a successful startup in tech, e-commerce, life science or other areas of the innovation economy? Chances are that at some point, you may become a victim of your own success.  You may be asked and even pressured to let a “professional” CEO take your place at the helm, and you would then step aside to fall back to take a CTO or CSO position in what had been your company.

A well-known Harvard study showed that by the time ventures were three years old, 50% of founders were no longer the CEO; in year four, only 40% were still in the corner office; and fewer than 25% led their companies to IPOs. (See Noam Wasserman, “The Founder’s Dilemma”, Harvard Business Review). 

This article discusses how and why this situation that Wasserman has called (and I, in this article, also call) the “Founder’s Dilemma” occurs, and then goes on to offer advice to the founder CEO who will transition to the CTO or CSO role:  what key protections to seek for yourself and for the company you built. 

“Founder’s Dilemma”:  You can be a victim of your own successful launch

This Founder’s Dilemma only arises for successful founders. You’ve had a successful launch.  You’ve attracted angel or VC investors which is not easy to do.  Now the question comes – who will lead the company in the scale up to the next level? 

There are famous founder CEOs who led the launch and were able to lead the scale up and IPO as well, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and others. Yet, famous as they are, these founders who could successfully transition to lead the scale up are the exception, not the rule.  

Why?

As the founder who conceived of the idea and began developing it into a product, you have the passion of a true believer to build the startup team, to make those first sales, and to not only sell employees, customers and suppliers on your product, concept or technology, but to sell investors as well. You were the best person to lead the company’s launch right through to hitting the first milestone of completing initial product development. But once that milestone is reached, the company’s challenge changes to selling the product to the market. The CEO’s priority now is scale-up:  to create and manage a growing organization, with marketing, sales, HR, production, legal, regulatory and other functions, and to manage not only your executive suite, but also the Board, investor relations and new capital raises as well.

Many founder CEOs, whose passion, vision and willingness to take risks have brought initial success to their startups, are not equipped with the required skills for this stage of the company’s growth. As a result, when you seek funding from venture capital investors at this stage, they often condition funding on commitment to hire a professional CEO who has a track record in scaling ventures to liquidity.

You can lose your position as CEO and many of your rights as founder. You can become a victim of your own successful launch. The next sections of this article discuss managing the process so that it does not happen to you.

Protect the Company with Board, Investors and Successor CEO

The first level of protection when facing the Founder’s Dilemma is protection of the company.  You do that in three ways – smart selection of the Board of Directors, selection of the right investors and “owning” the selection process for the successor CEO.

When you step down from the CEO role, you are letting go of much control of the company. To ensure the continued success of the company, you should build a strong board that includes independent directors who are knowledgeable in your company’s industry and market. Even as investors’ preferred stock terms exert a level of control, it’s best to have an independent majority of industry representatives who can empathize with you, the founder CEO, and a minority of VC members of the board who can offer input but not control the direction of the firm.

When deciding to take investment from venture capital investors, you should not focus only on valuation, but spend time evaluating past investments in the field, experience and judgment. Even if the investors want a professional CEO, what input will the founder have? What will be the composition of the board? You should read the signs to be assured of mutual respect.

Investors usually recognize that the founder is very central to the company and losing him or her completely could be very disruptive for the company. So, the founder usually remains on the board, or may even be Chairman, to continue his/her influence on corporate strategy. When the founder CEO’s technical expertise is needed, he or she may also take on the role of CSO or CTO. This can put the new CEO in the difficult position of both “reporting” to the founder-chairman and having that same founder-CTO as a direct report. If you are in this situation, you will need to carefully manage the relationship to avoid disruption to the company.

As founder CEO, the third area of Company protection when you face the “Founder’s Dilemma”, after building the Board and wise choices of investors, is making sure you have a key role in the choice of the successor CEO, the “professional CEO”.  

The professional CEO should have proven ability to sustain infrastructure and organizational growth, to communicate, interface, harmonize and energize investors, directors, the media and other parties.  As the founder CEO, you want to be a big part of the selection process and feel a sense of confidence that you can work with the person chosen and that the person chosen has a realistic understanding of where the company is now, and shares with you and the Board a vision of where he or she wants to take the company and again conveys to you the ability and experience that he or she can take you there.  

Thus, even though you are very attached to the company you created (it’s your baby!) and probably enjoy much respect and influence there, it is in your interest and all the other stakeholders to embrace this succession process, to be part of it, rather than fight it, and if you can get the right successor, by all means bring him or her in to the benefit of all concerned.

Protect Your Interests with Key Contractual Terms

The other level of protection when facing the Founder’s Dilemma, is protection of yourself.  You also need to protect yourself – to assure legal and contractual protections for your post-CEO position as CSO or CTO. When should you seek protections? As soon in this process as possible. When the Series A or Series B investors condition funding on hiring a successor CEO, you need to set the executive employment terms for your own protection.

The basic protections to seek with succession include the following;

When you bring in outside investors, your shares are diluted. To protect your own equity position in the company and to stay on top and be involved in company direction and strategy, you should seek to retain a seat on the board. If that cannot be accommodated, you could seek observer status on the board.  

With new investors coming in who will seek a professional CEO, you should arrange to have an employment contract for your new CTO or CSO position that provides basic protections in case the new CEO does seek to clean house and you face termination. Your CSO or CTO employment agreement should have protections in the case of termination by the employer and give you the right to quit for good reason and trigger your severance. Founders are frequently underpaid during the early stage of the startup. The employment terms should also include salary and benefits compensation to address this underpayment.

After working as CSO or CTO for some time, you may choose to leave the company but continue to contribute your expertise on a part-time basis. Such post-employment paid consulting can be written into your employment contract as well.
When you seek investment to help grow your company to its full potential, you share power and control to maximize everyone’s financial gain. At the same time, you should protect your own stake in the gain as you step down from CEO to the new role for you as CSO or CTO.  To address the “Founder’s Dilemma”, both careful succession planning to protect the company and ensure its continued success, as well as strong contractual terms to protect your own interests are needed in this endeavor. Don’t let others take over your company and leave you with next to nothing! An executive employment lawyer with experience working with startups can help you to better assure you keep the benefits of all the hard work and cash that you’ve put into your startup you’ve successfully launched and want to see go to the next level.

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Sunglasses You Can’t Afford to Miss this Summer

When heat blazes around, sunglasses are no longer a luxury but a necessity. The delicate skin under the eyes need a lot of protection from UV light and that’s where sunglasses come into rescue. Moreover, sunglasses are also an essential style statement and add much attitude to an outfit. With so many options around in the market, here we bring along some timeless as well as contemporary sunglass models which cannot be missed:

Wayfarer

These timeless sunglasses is not just a trendy investment, but a permanent one. It goes along well with every formal outfit as well as suitable for driving purposes as well. Ray-Ban offers this fantastic piece which is quite durable to use.

Woody Wonder

The retro trend of thick wooden glasses is back again this year. This not only gives an earthy look to the wearer but also frames the face perfectly. Try out a wooden thick frame with polarized lens for the additional pampering for your eyes.

Aviators

These majestic sunglasses never go out of trend. The delicate frames define the feminine nature quite appealingly and also give a petite look. They go perfectly well on a tomboyish outfit featuring a leather jacket and skinny trousers as well.

Cat- Eye

The feminine look definitely gets enhanced with this classic cat eye shaped glasses. They define the eye shape quite beautifully and also give the wearer a sublime look. Try either a solid color like black or brown or even a tiger print to give it an additional pep.

Inspired by Beatles

The classy round glasses of the lead singer of Beatles John Lennon is an instant favorite for all those musical souls. These glasses were heavily followed by many other rock musicians later and the trend still continues to rule the roost. Get the best out of this round shaped glasses by using a silver frame for that magical look.

Tinted Thrill

Being another wonderful retro style, tinted glasses are a must-have during the day out at a beach, or a long bike ride. Arriving in varying colors such as sea green, or classy blue- tinted glasses are a must-have piece in your purse!

Pretty Pearl

White has become the hottest color all of a sudden with many fashion bloggers choosing accessories like watches, sneakers and even scarves in this color. The white framed glasses gives an authoritative look and also commands power.  Most importantly, they are amazing to look at!

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How to turn customers into Ambassadors by mastering Customer Appreciation

Smart businesses are becoming very aware of the need to optimise their customer service and customer experience (CX); those who have unshakable customer loyalty can withstand the unexpected and inevitable business hurdles that can occur. We live in a dynamic and complicated world where consumers have more choice at their fingertips than ever before and the ability to stand out from the competition is a constantly moving target.

For most the idea of delivering a standard customer satisfaction is still their belief to maintaining loyalty. However the market has changed and a new measurement of expectation is emerging. Satisfaction as a measurement is assessing the ability to deliver what customers are paying for and what they expect, it’s a head connection. Delivering a standard of satisfaction needs to be viewed as “opposed to what, 80% satisfied?’ you’re no more than a transaction. Satisfaction is just the starting line in the race of customer loyalty.

If you’re not remarkable you’re not memorable, and if you’re not remembered you have to spend money getting them back. The most expensive part of customer acquisition is the first sale, every time they come back their acquisition cost gets cheaper. It’s knowing how to cause repeat business that will optimise margins.

If you think about the word Appreciation and the people you appreciate there is a heart connection and also a greater level of emotional connection. In business this is the new strategy to optimise customer loyalty, you have to discover WHY your market appreciates you.

Satisfaction is measured with stock, delivery, price, convenience, etc. Appreciation is measured with friendly, helpful, understanding needs, trust, communication. It’s easier for a competition to match with satisfaction than it ever will be with appreciation. Satisfaction is often a process driven metric, Appreciation is a culture driven metric. We are loyal to people because of how they make us feel, safe, supported, trusted, helpful, friendly, business is exactly the same.

Your team culture and training need to be focused on achieving customer appreciation, and you must understand what defines your own standard of appreciation. Appreciation is individual to every business, don’t ever settle for generic drivers of customer appreciation. Appreciation will define with clarity the identity of your business from an independent market perspective, those who determine your future success, your customers.

Customer Appreciation delivers the highest KPI’s possible in business. It clearly defines, repeat business, referrals, wallet share, value for money, and massively reduces the risk to future customer revenue. From over 500,000 phone interviews using the Net Promotor Score the data is compelling:

  • Appreciation 91% assurance on repeat business whereas Satisfaction is only 48%
  • Appreciation 4:1 ratio on referrals whereas Satisfaction is only 1:1 ratio
  • Appreciation on value for money is all about experience whereas Satisfaction on value for money is all about price
  • Appreciation on wallet share is exclusive supply whereas Satisfaction is about price

The hidden benefit of achieving customer appreciation is the positive impact it has on the team dynamics. When customers appreciate you, they treat you like a valued friend, they care about you, they go out of their way to support you, in many ways they need you to be there for them and therefore ensure your success.

The secret weapon behind achieving customer appreciation is a distinction that’s often missing in a business, you either have it or you don’t. It can’t be taught, yet all leading businesses have it.

The distinction is: Your drive and desire to enhance yourself and your business in every respect to operate at an optimal level to be No.1.

The path to market dominance is never made by those who accept the status quo or who are content with ‘satisfied’. Only those with drive and desire to be the best they can be even attempt to achieve the standard of appreciation.

Different isn’t always better but better is always different, Customer Appreciation defines both with clarity.

The Verdict

Customer Satisfaction is a price driven economy, a very fragile and unforgiving market place to operate in. Customer Appreciation is a value driven economy, a very secure and predictable space from customers who genuinely want you to succeed.

True Customer Appreciation creates an “Unshakable Emotional Connection” to your business that ensures you have the most powerful advocates who will go out of their way to support you.

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Source: CEOWORLD magazine
Author: Darrell Hardidge