Earlier everything was simpler, selling depended on a mixture of boots on the ground and the circulation of ads and hard copy marketing materials. In this way most small businesses were restricted to selling locally. Insurance was therefore set up based on a domestic business model. That’s all about it. Today a website can bring in customers from anywhere with access to the internet. Indeed, with SEO services working overtime, your business can be on top of the Google rankings and sell around the world. Everything that can limit you is your ability to supply the goods to meet demand. Except once you sell across national borders, a whole raft of legal problems can arise not the least of which is how to get paid. Good to know, the federal government has produced a solution. It’s called the Export-Import Bank of the United States. This is designed to keep jobs in the US by providing private export financing and help to foreign buyers to purchase from US suppliers. In 2012, the Bank approved a total spend of $35.8 million, of which just over $6 millions went to very small businesses. It’s estimated this has preserved at least a quarter-million full-time jobs. (more…)
In the world of capitalism, people invest in resources that generate a return. In this case, they buy a fleet of vehicles and, when people want to go places, they come along and buy time in one of the vehicles. Once you have paid for a vehicle and covered administrative, storage and maintenance costs, all other revenue is profit. But here’s an interesting fact. If you look across America, there are millions of passenger vehicles that are only used for a few hours a week. The rest of the time, they sit unused in a garage or in the yard. This is a massive resource of unused capital, i.e. each owner has money tied up in he vehicle but, so long as it’s sitting in the garage, it earns no return. Welcome to the world of peer-to-peer carsharing. The theory is wonderful. Individual owners rent their own cars out to others in exactly the same way as car rental companies. For this to work, owners indicate where their vehicles are kept and the hours they are available. Local people then pay to drive these vehicles. (more…)
For sure, there are individuals who prefer Bing, but the majority of people around the world rely on Google to tell them what they need to know and find the things they want. Among search engines Google has achieved a dominant position. Yet, curiously, it sits in the middle and never seems to accept it’s accountable for whatever people use it to find. In this regard Google is a little like the gun manufacturers who make the product and blame the people for the way it’s used. Looking at the broader picture, of course, there’s nothing to worry about. Observing its annual report on the top trends in searches, Google revealed the people in 2012 were obsessed by Whitney Houston, tried to learn how to do it Gangnam style, and were curious about the extent of the damage following Superstorm Sandy. These tendencies are no more as the usual interest in suicide, destruction and the latest dance moves, not forgetting Felix Baumgartner who, somewhat remarkably, has become the first person to break the sound barrier without the use of a vehicle. If you want to do the same, all you have to do is climb 24 miles up into the Earth’s stratosphere and jump back down. Regretfully, there can be a darker side to the way the searches work.
Despite the many treatments that exist to try and stave off visible hair loss, there are plenty of great examples out there of powerful bald role models. If you’re deciding whether or not to commit to going totally bald, here are a few great acts to follow.
Bruce Willis is so tough, it almost makes you want to shave your hair off just to look like him. Whether outsmarting bad guys or helping a kid who sees dead people, no one looks at Bruce Willis and thinks “If only he’d get a toupee.” Mr. Willis is inarguably one of the top role models for wearing your baldness with pride. (more…)
Though many people are still trying to deny the fact that there’s something going on with the global climate, the violent acts of nature that have manifested only during the last couple of years are more than enough to convince any skeptic in the power of nature. Floods, windstorms, earthquakes, wildfires, hurricanes tornadoes – we’ve seen too much of those recently, and it’s not a problem of a particular area. Nearly all parts of the USA have been affected by at least one natural disaster of a large scale during the last several years. And the usual aftermath of such events is calculating losses. Each natural disaster costs millions and even billions of dollars for the insurance companies to cover, and even more losses are left on the hands of those who didn’t get proper insurance in the first place. Do you want to make part of those people? (more…)
It isn’t just adults that need auto insurance. Auto insurance policies are needed by teen drivers as well, but many teens are now having to look for ways to help their parents pay for their insurance premiums because the teen driver car insurance rates can be rather steep. While helping financially by getting jobs during the summer is a good thing, another way for you to help ease your parents’ worries is for you to learn practical things on how to take care of your car. This includes learning how to jumpstart a dead battery, to not texting while driving, to changing a flat tire.
For many a responsible teen drivers, the question of whether they should stay under their parents’ auto insurance policy or buying their own comes into play. Sharing a policy with your parents is a good idea because your parents are able to get lower rates that are usually unavailable to teen drivers. Things like owning a house or being married are factored in one’s auto insurance policy. While looking for the cheap car insurance quotes is a good idea, gathering information on car insurance quotes alone will not suffice if you really want to make a good decision on whether you should get your own policy or not. Another good thing about staying under your parents’ policy is the discount that they can get from having multiple vehicles enrolled under one insurance policy. (more…)