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  • Reasons Why You Should Be Investing In Gold IRA
    beneficial in many aspects talk to an expert about the available opportunities first Related Topic Gold IRA Ultimate Guide for Retirees A Must Read for Retiring Baby Boomers Shrinking money in the bank The money that you keep in a bank account to safeguard your financial future keeps shrinking in value because of many factors including the fact that the government has to keep printing more money to clear it s debts Therefore keeping your money in the bank is not an excellent way for safeguarding your financial future Investing in real estate and stocks has it s own challenges thus the wrong decision to make in terms of safeguarding financial future Gold outperforms Stock market Investing in gold IRA is great considering that gold has outperformed the stock market for a long time from as far back as 1971 Since 2006 the price of gold has risen and fallen to around 35 100 per kilogram In 2006 a kilogram of gold cost around 15 000 Between 2011 and 2012 the price of gold reached a peak of around 58 900 Despite the fall in price from 2013 to 2015 gold IRA investments are the best at guaranteeing financial future compared to stock market Why gold prices fluctuate Credit pixabay com The diversified portfolio has a small position in the gold market For some investing in gold means holding gold coins Some speculators buy gold contact futures on the commodity exchange Future contracts are risky because you are betting that the price of gold will go higher in the future The contract requires a relatively small up front payment but there can be daily fluctuations that require you have funds to to cater for fluctuations Under a free market economy the price of gold just as it is the case with other commodities will rise and fall When it comes to gold the fluctuation in prices is often because of the following factors Central bank buying considering that these institutions have never been net sellers of gold but have become net buyers of this commodity since 2009 Currency debasement since the price of gold always goes up when that of the US dollar drops The safe haven that gold provides during periods of economic uncertainty around the world Gold IRA Rules If you are considering opening a gold IRA you must realize that although gold IRAs are subject to the general IRA rules they are also subject to a special set of rules that apply specifically to precious metals IRAs Basically the special rules applicable to gold IRAs exist because the IRS does not normally allow collectibles as an investment in an IRA and the IRS s definition of collectibles specifically includes metals and coins So if metals and coins are not permissible IRA investments how can precious metals IRAs even exist Fortunately the IRS has made an exception to the collectibles rule to allow specific types of metals and coins as permissible IRA investments Gold coins approved for Gold

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  • 3 Start-ups Changing The Landscape Of 3D Printing - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    printer with natural ingredients We d all probably love to eat homemade crackers fresh locally sourced pasta or create healthy snackables for our kids but the reality is that daily life is so busy we usually end up buying the boxed stuff It s packed with preservatives but the alternative is making cheese crackers from scratch Well with the Foodini you pack in your fresh ingredients and set the 3D printer to work creating your fresh noodles crackers or any variety of labor intensive creations and go about your day When you re ready for fresh food you wouldn t have time to create at home yourself it s right there with the 3D printer It s a smart idea with healthy fun implications 3D Body Oxford Performance Materials Perhaps the most exciting of the 3D printing options is that of organ printing This could totally revolutionize the medical industry Amputees could print the most customized prosthetics possible Doctors could print out medical prototypes with ease in their own practices Already the medical advances of 3D printing are being put to use with companies like Oxford Performance Materials which was founded in 2000 purely to make use of new biomedical raw materials and 3D printing application In partnership with donations from the Foundation for Orthopedic Reconstruction Oxford used their patented OsteoFab technology to help reconstruct a woman s face The OsteoFab is a polymer material 3D printed implant that helps bone and tissue to adhere and re grow when implanted into humans Think of it like the anchor the vine is able to climb and grow around 3D printing is already changing people s lives today as advances continue the medical implications are staggering for entrepreneurs and patients alike 3D News 3Dprintingindustry com With so much going on in 3D

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  • How MyCrowd Is Creating Efficiencies For Entrepreneurs And Freelancers - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    into the average entrepreneur s workflow experience Like most innovations this came through personal frustration Matthew founded Overstat which was sold to Tealeaf which was later acquired by IBM So he was no stranger to the start up work environment and the need as a small business for freelance talent He and co founder Kirk met through work together at Tealeaf and being entrepreneurs themselves they were often frustrated with the freelance hiring process When I was working on my past start ups I found there was something inherently clunky about having to go to a website log in and search for the talent I needed For instance if I was in my Gmail account and got an email about logo design revision I would have to open a new browser log into the freelance site find my designer and summarize the changes or needs That took up time and took me out of my workflow So when he and Kirk designed MyCrowd an important feature to them was to make a browser extension that would allow MyCrowd to nest in the browser toolbar and be accessed as a dropdown over any website or application entrepreneurs were working in already No need to leave the page you re on just click the drop down browser extension send off the task or make the note and go back to your work It s a feature that helps save time and frustration Matthew understands the challenges and rewards of outsourcing as needed projects to great freelance talent and the process of being an entrepreneur altogether His own words of advice to other entrepreneur s looking to start their own innovative company would be to keep a laser focus There are lots of ideas but you re going to need the drive and

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  • How Writing a Book Can Help Market Your Business - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    idea that people turn only to the Internet for information isn t true Writing a book works to market your business Let s look at two success stories Stephen Covey is one of the most influential financial experts and he is author of several international bestsellers including The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People which has sold over 20 million copies His other books include First Things First Principle Centered Leadership The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families The 8th Habit and The Leader In Me How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness One Child at a Time Since writing these books Covey has raised his visibility increased his credibility positioned himself as a peer to established authorities taught established complementary streams of revenue and built new social and professional networks Another example is Suze Orman American author financial advisor motivational speaker television host and author of The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom which has led her to Oprah Orman switched gears in 1987 when she resigned from Prudential and started her own business Suze Orman Financial Group After going out on her own she wrote smash hits such as You Earned it Don t Lose it 1999 The Courage to be Rich 1999 The Road to Wealth 2001 and The Laws of Money The Lessons of Life 2003 She gave away gave away copies of her book Women and Money for free after appearing on the Oprah Show in February of 2008 which generated almost two million downloads These leaders demonstrate that anything is possible and writing a book feeds your business in a very healthy way So now that you are convinced and the wheels are turning in your vibrant entrepreneurial mind how does one get started Set a deadline Setting a deadline and sticking to it is necessary Just like any other business task approach writing a book as a responsibility that takes time and effort make time for it and allow for minimal distractions What is the purpose and goal of your book You have to start somewhere develop an idea and stay on topic Writing down the purpose of your book and revisiting it often will keep you on task Create an outline An outline is like a road map that will get you from the origin to the destination Organizing your book is key and there are a lot of sources on line to help with creating an outline Start writing Flush it out create your voice and just get writing A simple tip Write how you speak Be authentic and be yourself don t try to sound like someone else Don t get hung up on each and every word that s what an editor is for Now that you have produced a rough draft it s time to start re writing Producing a book of high quality will represent your business in the best way Focus on the details and make sure you have stayed on point Share it

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  • Shark Tank Water Bottle | Define Bottle Creator Carter Kostler
    him What gave you the idea to create them and how did you transform that idea into a business I wanted to come up with a healthy natural way for people to hydrate when on the go The first thing I did was create a few sketches of my idea and presented it to my parents Fortunately they thought it was a great idea and supported going forward with the idea We went through a lot of work such as finding an industrial designer to bring my idea to life and having to work with a patent attorney to make sure my idea was not already patented I felt like it really became a business when we had product and I was up late fulfilling orders It was great seeing the orders come in and knowing that there were customers out there that wanted to order a product that I invented What has been your biggest challenge in getting started with Define Bottle How have you overcome it Manufacturing has certainly been our biggest challenge When we received our first shipment the bottles were defective and I was really disappointed We worked with our industrial designer to find a new manufacturer and now the bottles are perfect There are a lot of highs and lows when you own your own business It is a constant roller coaster and you really never know what the next day will bring I would say that is one of the best and worst parts of being an entrepreneur you never know what is around the corner Another challenge has been learning to balance a business and still be a kid I have had to make a lot of sacrifices in order to make Define Bottle successful but fortunately my friends and family are really

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  • Spring Forward With 3 Organizational Tips Every Entrepreneur Needs - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    s nothing worse than looking for a document from last month and having to search through a cabinet or file with documents dating back to 1988 Also if the documents are things that can be shredded get rid of them Don t be a paperwork hoarder Old phone bills utility bills and other non essential documents especially ones that could be replaced from printing an online duplicate like bank statements or credit card statements should be shredded to maximize space Keep the files and paperwork you actually need properly organized and stored and you ll save a lot of time in the year ahead Update Your Software Programs How many versions behind on software updates are you Running the latest software for your website platform Smartphone computer operating system email and anti virus security is key to business productivity During the incredibly packed days Entrepreneurs will often skip the updates to save time No one likes to sit and wait for an update and its restart when you re in the middle of a working sprint However all that outdated software can cost you Important security updates that get skipped leave you and your system vulnerable Smartphone and operating system upgrades that are missed will leave you with incompatible documents or lagging response times Don t risk getting behind with all your software updates Batch task this process and devote an hour to updating all your platforms to their latest system updates It ll save you time and effort in the long run Create Or Update Desktop And Email Folders You know that a stack of incorporation papers and invoices in a pile on your desk is a bad business idea so you ve created filing systems to organize and protect your important documents Are you applying that same logic

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  • 10 Steps to Making a Profit Buying and Selling Websites - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    site is 12 to 18 times the monthly profit average for a moderately small site which is valued around 50 000 or less For example a purchase price would range from 12 000 to 18 000 for a site generating 1 000 a month If you can spot growth potential you could pick up a real moneymaker but it truly depends on the site and the seller and doing your homework Some of the most popular places to find websites for sale are Website brokers FlippingEnterprises com Wesellyoursite com etc Website marketplaces Flippa com Bizbuysell com WebsiteBroker com etc Forum marketplaces Experienced People net Warriorforum com websites for sale section Digital Point forums etc Directly from buyer Google search and email contact or people you know Here s a screen shot from Flippa com 5 Conduct quick due diligence Being able to spot red flags by knowing what to look for will save you an enormous amount of time and work More likely than not as you work your way through the listings you ll find a lot of unworthy sites and will relinquish them to your trash filter When you find a site that sparks your interest ask yourself the following questions for a quick due diligence Why are they selling it Dying niches borderline services and products are red flags that you ll want to keep in mind Can they provide revenue and traffic documentation Google analytics is a trusted platform that will give proper insight to how much traffic the site has generated and look for evidence that the website URL comes from the claimed source Can you trust the seller We would all like to think we are good judges of character and can spot a shady deal but to avoid any blunders do a Google search on their name and look through at least four pages of results as well as looking at their account feedback and history 6 Conduct thorough due diligence The site has made it through the initial due diligence and now you need to look deeper into specific details Moving forward focus on these four digging details Traffic analytics Analyze any slow periods of traffic as well as peak traffic What are the site s main sources of traffic Is there a wide range of sources or has it relied solely on one or two main sources Check out the referring sites and note if the seller owns them Be sure to ask if the links will remain in place after the sale Revenue proof One way to get revenue proof is to get the URL channel reports for Google Adsense Speak to the seller A lot can be determined by speaking to the seller on the phone Facetime or Skyping with them Establishing a rapport will reinforce your buying decision and better help with negotiations should you decide to make a purchase Speak to a professional At this point you might want to bring in a third party to assist

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  • 5 New Year’s Resolutions All Entrepreneurs Should Write Down! - Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs
    be business all the time as reported in the New York Times John Trougakos an assistant management professor at the Rotman School of Management describes mental concentration as being similar to a muscle After sustained use it becomes fatigued and tired and needs a rest period in order to recover So don t be afraid to take breaks regularly You should aim to take breaks in increments such as a twenty minute reprieve every two hours Spend that break doing something that involves little to no thinking So take a walk do some stretches or read a celebrity blog Constantly Challenge the Status Quo Challenging the status quo is good for business for a few reasons it shows leadership it leads to innovation it s imperative for improvements and it is the cornerstone of new ideas All business leaders have challenged the status quo some more than others Think of it this way if Steve Jobs didn t push the status quo there would have never been Apple and I would be typing this article on a Commodore 64 Focus on Having Fun For too long it has been believed that fun and business were polar opposites forces that acted like two beta fish constantly attacking each other until there was only one victor Yet the new way of thinking has started to see fun as an ally of business rather than an enemy Research appears to back this According to the New Zealand Herald Kenexa an IBM company set out to measure the organizational performance of New Zealand s top businesses Of the employees who took place in the study 70 percent agreed that their company was a fun place to work These employees also agreed that employees who had fun at work were more likely to be engaged

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