The Million Dollar Dog: Pet Industry Gold Mines

Money has gone to the dogs – but in a good way. According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), Americans spent about $62.75 billion on their furry, feathered or finned friends, including dogs.

Dog business

The APPA note that 54.4 million homes have pets. That means that even if home included only one person, over 54.4 million customers are looking to make their pets’ lives fun and healthy.

Why the Increase in Dog Ownership?

The APA do frequent surveys of American households to see what is new in pet trends. In 2013, they noted that dog ownership hit an all-time high of 56.7 million homes.…

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The Baby Boomer Business Continues to Grow

Conventional wisdom has long held that when it comes to making money on a product, it pays to market it to young people. In our youth-obsessed society, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Baby boomer

Companies typically focus on younger demographics not only because they could become customers for life but because they tend to be more tech-savvy and more willing to try new things. As the baby boomer generation enters its golden years, however, a major shift is occurring.

Baby boomers rule!

In 2015, there were more than 75.4 million baby boomers alive in the U.S.–and they aren’t done buying things. According to the AARP, in fact, as of 2013, the U.S.…

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Corporate Billing Errors Cost Consumers Millions

Some corporations process customer billing in-house, but others pay 3rd-party services or even outsource their billing to foreign lands in order to save money. No matter how corporate billing is done, it’s a mistake to think that billing today is computerized and accurate.

Billing errors

Companies of all sizes make mistakes; even a single missed keystroke can wind up over-charging customers. Sometimes errors in the system go on unchecked for months, and wind up costing customers millions of dollars.

Telecom Errors

Cable TV, phone, internet, and so on are essential services today. However, there are some common telecom billing errors that customers should watch out for.…

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17 Small Business Dilemmas and Its Solutions for Budding Entrepreneurs this 2017

Startups face a lot of challenges. Sadly, some don’t triumph over these challenges and end up closing down. We are here to help new entrepreneurs by taking into account 17 of the most common small business challenges, and how these problems can be solved.

Small business challenges

1. Thinking of the right business

Coming up with the right business idea is on top of the list of the challenges that new entrepreneurs safe. This is also perhaps one of the biggest, if not the biggest, challenges there are. It is hard to think of a business that you will have to commit to, and one that will survive.…

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How To Deal With A Debt Collection Agency?

In recent times, ignoring creditors’ phone calls and failing their continuous attempts of setting the debts has become a massive issue. Though a majority of individuals do not ignore creditors intentionally but yet it seems like you are making a big mistake by avoiding them.

Debt collector

If you’ve been recently contacted by a debt collection agency for the first time, you may worry that this can happen again anytime in upcoming days. After all, those big long pending bills and lack of the time to pay it, is such a combination that one can never take lightly once the matter goes to a collection agency.…

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Top 5 Habits of The Best World Leaders in History

The idea of being “successful” is indeed a matter of personal judgment. There are timeless truths and habits that helps one achieve success, regardless of one’s personality or industry he/she works in, or a point in history.

Mark Zuckerberg

photo credit: Wikipedia

The world’s top leaders and professionals employ unique ways to boost their productivity. Then be it Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg, Mahatma Gandhi or Barack Obama there are 5 simple habits that sets them apart from the crowd and makes them the best in their craft. Many of these can be easily integrated into our daily lives.

Here’s how:

1. They have their priorities clearly defined

Instead of gossiping with people, successful world leaders tend to invest heavily on learning new concepts or grooming a new skill.…

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4 Can’t Miss Plugins for Ecommerce Entrepreneurs

Whether you’re already running an ecommerce website or just beginning to build your first online store, it can be frighteningly easy to be inundated by the amount of plugins available for your website. Finding the best plugins for your website is absolutely critical, because having too many plugins can represent an increased security risk for your website, and having too many plugins can slow down your website dramatically.

eCommerce site

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We’ve scoured through many of the top plugins for ecommerce websites so that you don’t have to, and will present here our top picks for ecommerce entrepreneurs. Sure, there are more plugins out there in the sea, and plenty of them add value: but if you want to be absolutely certain that your website has a strong start, these plugins are absolutely essential.…

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Project Derailed: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Commercial Construction

The majority of commercial construction projects are rarely straightforward and offer plenty of opportunities for cost overruns and other potential problems which could prove a setback when you are working to a deadline.

There are ways to avoid the stress and financial implications associated with an unexpected derailment of your project.

Worker at a construction site

Here is a look at how to manage expectations and build a strong team, the importance of budgeting, and why you need to address legal compliance issues as a priority. There is also an overview of negotiating a fair price and bringing all the components of the project together.

Harmony within the project team

There are going to be a number of different key people and companies who need to be able to work together and work as a team when it comes to commercial building projects.…

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The Habits of Successful CEOs Revealed

If you’re tired of coding websites for a living, and have dreams of someday running your own corporation, you’re not alone. Most people would love to be a CEO.

Bill Gates

Bill Gates – photo credit: DFID – UK / Flickr

However, not just anybody can be a CEO, and not just any CEO can be successful. What is it about a successful CEO that stands him or her apart from others?

According to research by Russell Reynolds Associates, “willingness to take calculated risks” is a top attribute that leaders have and many non-leaders lack.

Bill Gates is the perfect example of this.…

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How to Get Influential Bloggers Blogging About Your Brand

According to a Nielson survey from just over a year ago, 83% of all online consumers polled from 60 countries say they trust recommendations from their peers over those made by brands themselves. This presents a challenge for brands who have or plan to rely mostly on costly paid advertising methods to spread the word about their brands.

Content media

This reality is doubly true for established offline brands seeking to improve their web presence. However, it’s really only a problem for those who aren’t willing to pivot and find other, more niched-down branding sources. Namely, the most influential of online peers: ie., Bloggers.…

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