Top Headlines: Blowback from AB5 and What to Expect when Hiring Zoomers

Companies big and small are using freelancers more than ever. And because they are classified as independent contractors, they don’t have full employee rights. In this week’s roundup, one of the articles looks at the blowback of the passage of California Assembly Bill 5 (or AB5) from freelancers and other independent contractors. The California Trucking Association, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Press Photographers Association some of the organizations suing the new law. And as more states are looking to pass similar bills, […]

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This Company Says It’s the Airbnb of Boats

GetMyBoat, is a startup that calls itself the “Airbnb of Boats.” This app lets interested people rent boats in many different countries. Small Business Trends contacted Val Streif, marketing manager for GetMyBoat, to find out what makes this enterprise successful. He started by making some big claims. “GetMyBoat is the world’s largest marketplace for boat rentals and all types of bookable experiences on the water,” he writes. “It is a platform with a mobile app so boats can be rented on-the-go while you’re traveling, all over the […]

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1 in 4 Companies Say Social Media is the Worst Place to Recruit Talent

One in 4 companies (24%) say that social media is the least effective method of recruiting. 80% of businesses believe that interviews are an essential way to hire the best talent. However, 21% of companies say they regret relying on interviews alone in the hiring process, and instead say they had wished they had also tested candidates’ skills. These recruiting statistics were unveiled by a new survey compiled by Clutch, which surveyed 505 full-time employees in the US. Clutch’s research sheds important light on what companies deem […]

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How I went from having zero video experience to building a following of over 10 million on Facebook by creating my own content

Dhar Mann is an entrepreneur with more than 10 million followers on Facebook and best known for his motivational videos. He had no experience in filmmaking before launching his Facebook videos, but he figured out how to gain followers and views through analyzing data and trying different content styles. Mann said the most important thing to do is find and tell your unique story, even if it feels uncomfortable to share. Click here for more BI Prime stories. When I posted my first “motivational” video on Facebook […]

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1 in 3 People Say a Simple Business Card is Best

One in three people believe a no-frills business card works best. This means a business card with a straightforward design that conveys only essential information. Four in 10 people say their perception of a business has been negatively impacted by the quality or design of its cards. Online printing specialists Instant Print unveiled these statistics as part of recent research compiled by the company. The study involved 2,000 adults working in different industries. The company surveyed these people about their thoughts on business cards. Cost Effective Marketing Business […]

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Pompeo Visits Ethiopian Co-working Space Promoting Entrepreneur Liberation

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Ethiopia this week trumpeting a message of entrepreneurial liberation. Pompeo Visits Ethiopia On Wednesday, Pompeo spoke at the African Union, addressing government and business leaders from across the continent. He also visited blueSpace, the country’s first co-working space for entrepreneurs and gig workers and home to Small Business Trends’ new Ethiopian office. While he stressed what it will take in Africa, and Ethiopia specifically, for more American companies to invest there, he said the true economic liberation comes from within […]

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I'm the founder of a $60 million VC fund. Here are 3 important steps you need to take to cold pitch an investor to fund your startup.

Yubo Ruan is the founder and general partner of 8 Decimal Capital. Ruan says although most of the founders he backs are from referrals, he considers candidates who send good cold emails, pinpoint a big issue, and demonstrate how they plan to fix it succinctly. He says it’s more important for nascent startups to find a good investor who can help them overcome hurdles than it is to get a lot more capital. Click here for more BI Prime stories. Though venture capitalists are investing almost $75 […]

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