Author: Jeanna Smialek

Payments just got a lot easier in China

A few months ago, I got out of a taxi upon arriving at my hotel in Beijing. As mainstream credit cards are uncommon and rarely accepted here, I handed the driver cash. I couldn’t speak Chinese and he couldn’t speak English. He shook his head fiercely refusing the payment and pointed to his phone. He…
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Mada Seghete reveals why she will ‘never ever’ celebrate a funding round

When a start-up raises money, it shouldn’t necessarily be seen at as a good thing, according to the co-founder of tech unicorn Branch. Mada Seghete, Branch’s head of strategy and market development, said that though getting funding is a “necessary” step for new companies, it comes at the expense of a team’s ownership in their…
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How to Know If Franchising is Right for You As A Newbie Entrepreneur

When you are just starting out in the business world, it can seem daunting at times. In order to be an entrepreneur and run your own business successfully; you need to have drive, determination, and vision. These will help you stay above water through the hard times. But you also need a great concept and…
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How Technology Is Changing The Finance World

It’s hard to see the forest with all those trees in the way. We’re currently going through a revolution that’s larger, arguably, than the industrial revolution. The internet and the rise of technology have transformed the way we live — how we talk, how we work, how we go about our daily business, and, yes,…
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How to Get Funding for a Business

Most healthy businesses need business financing at some point. Startups have to deal with starting costs and ongoing businesses have to finance growth and working capital. Deciding to take on some kind of debt is quite common. In this article, we’ll take a quick look at the big picture, and then talk through options for…
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Top 5 Cryptocurrencies in 2019

The rising popularity of cryptocurrencies over the past years have sped up their creation and growth. New traders and investors may easily be confused by the sheer number of currencies available. This guide aims to help you invest in some of the best digital currencies available. 1. Bitcoin You’ve probably heard of Bitcoin before hearing…
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Six Countries to Open an Offshore Company

Below is a list of six countries, some of which are known as tax havens, where investors can consider opening an offshore company: 1. Belize a country that offers stability along with a very attractive tax regime or, better said, no taxes for companies. The Belize International Business Company (IBC) is a flexible and advantageous…
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Writing a Funding Proposal

If you are already familiar with the ubiquitous project brief and would like to try something new, here’s an idea. Why not try writing a funding proposal. A funding proposal is used to request funds by providing a compelling case for the proposed project. The main difference is the focus on the goals and objectives…
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Gender Gap When It Comes to Paying Credit Card

Americans — especially women — are feeling less secure about their finances today than just a few months ago. Overall, cardholders are paying their balances in full less often and feeling less confident about doing so in the future than at any time in the past year, according to a monthly credit card confidence survey…
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Surf And The Art Of Investing

About this time every summer, I get a deep longing to be on the beach. Catching up on vitamin D, fresh ocean air and maybe pursuing some small surf are top priorities. If I can get a few days in like this over the summer, I’m a happy guy. And since I can’t get my…
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