An excellent keyboard, affordable price point and long battery life make Toshiba’s new Chromebook 2 an enticing option for business users. The 2015 laptop has been updated with a better display and better performance than last year’s model, but Toshiba didn’t touch the low $329 price tag.
A top-notch keyboard might be the ChromeBook 2’s defining feature. It offers an impressive 1.53mm of key travel, providing a comfortable typing experience on par with premium business laptops like the Lenovo ThinkPad T450s.
The Chromebook 2’s excellent longevity is its other standout feature. It ran for 10 hours and 5 minutes on our battery test, beating out the Samsung Chromebook 2 (9:34) and Acer Chromebook 13 (8:08). That’s good news if you need a notebook that can easily last through long business flights.
Other hardware highlights include a stunning 13.3-inch, full-HD display that’s roomy and sharp enough for screen-intensive productivity tasks, and a lightweight 2.97-lb. design that makes this laptop more portable than competing Chromebooks. Under the hood, it runs on a zippy 1.7-GHz Intel Celeron 3215U processor with 4GB of
The main and unchangeable from all the trade secrets in the forex market – the profit margin depends on the duration of the transaction. To profit grew significantly, it takes time. Here the same rules apply as in real life – to carry out a large number of cases in one day is impossible. If … Continue reading “The main and unchangeable from all the trade secrets in the forex market”
The main and unchangeable from all the trade secrets in the forex market – the profit margin depends on the duration of the transaction. To profit grew significantly, it takes time. Here the same rules apply as in real life – to carry out a large number of cases in one day is impossible. If you initially building its tactics on the fast transactions during minor fluctuations, you consciously restrict opportunities for growth of their capital. The level of loss is always possible to ask for the transaction, and the position will be closed automatically and you will not lose more than the plan. Learn more about trading tips for success.
There are several types of transactions in the foreign exchange market.
Futures contracts for the supply of currency. Currency futures are a form of purchase and sale transactions in the foreign exchange market at a price fixed by the time of the transaction with the delivery (execution transaction) on a certain date.
Swap – a transaction in the currency market, involves the simultaneous sale and purchase of foreign currency for the same amount, but with different value dates (date of execution of the deal).
Spot – a transaction in the currency market,
Writing a business plan can be tricky and time-consuming, but it’s a crucial step if you’re starting a new business. Not only is a business plan helpful if you’re looking for investors, but it can also be a great structural resource to help guide you and remind you of your business goals. So how do you create an efficient business plan that meets your needs? Here are five expert tips.
Make sure your business is viable
Before you start writing your business plan, you need to make sure your business idea or product is actually desirable to your intended customer base.
“Many entrepreneurs come up with a great idea without stopping to think if they are solving an actual problem for a group of people,” said Jenny Leonard, CEO of digital agency Never North Labs. “You don’t want to spend months or even a year working on developing a business or product idea only to find out nobody cares or even wants it.”
Leonard said you should spend some time researching your customer base by actually speaking to people your product or business idea would target.
“You’ll quickly find out just by talking to
No matter what industry you’re in, design — the look and feel of your website, logo, social media profiles, marketing materials, etc. — is an important tool to help you hook customers with a great first impression. As a small business, this can mean the difference between gaining an edge over your competitors and turning customers off completely. That’s why it’s so crucial to invest the necessary time and resources in a visually pleasing, well-designed brand presence.
Business leaders and branding experts weighed in on the importance of design for small businesses, and what to consider when creating visuals for your company.
Why design matters
According to research from Missouri University of Science and Technology, a person’s eyes take just 2.6 seconds to focus on a specific element of a Web page when it loads. From there, the viewer quickly forms an opinion based on what he or she has seen, so it pays to influence that opinion with a smart design, said Adriana Marin, a graphic designer at Shutterstock. [Building a Business Website: A Small Business Guide]
“People have [feelings] about your company based on the experiences that they have had with a brand,”
6 Simple Ways to Improve Your Work-Life Balance Today
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Everyone wants a healthy work-life balance, but it seems that few are able to achieve it. Some even say that true balance is unattainable, because it doesn’t exist in the modern world — smart devices ensure that workers are connected to the office 24/7, eradicating the line that once existed between “home” and “work” time.
“Smartphones are the modern professional’s biggest blessing and biggest curse,” said Lewis Howes, entrepreneur and author of “The School of Greatness” (Rodale Books, 2015). “Because of them, I can work from anywhere at any time and be really efficient with my downtime. However, there’s [also] no stopping me from working ’round the clock.”
With no clear boundaries, work-life balance does appear to be a goal that’s just out of reach. However, as many experts on the subject have pointed out, balance isn’t about building an impenetrable wall between your personal and professional lives, but finding ways to connect and integrate the two. [The Best 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance]
In their speaking series CEO Real Talk, entrepreneurs and business experts Garnett Newcombe and Kay Woods frequently cover
Working on a 12-inch laptop doesn’t feel so cramped when you have a supersharp 4K display. That’s what you get in Toshiba’s Satellite Radius 12: a compact, powerful work machine with high-enough resolution for serious productivity. A versatile folding hinge that lets you use the device like a tablet is just a bonus.
Unfortunately, a few glaring weaknesses limit the Radius 12’s business potential. Its battery life is too short, and its keyboard and touchpad were victims of some odd design choices. But can strong performance and a brilliant display make this $1,299 notebook worth the money?
At 2.93 lbs., the Radius 12 is noticeably more portable than rival 12-inch hybrids like the ThinkPad Yoga 12 (3.52 lbs.). That makes Toshiba’s laptop the more attractive pick for commuters and frequent travelers who don’t want to lug a heavy machine around. On the other hand, the Radius 12 is heftier than many standard 12-inch laptops, including the HP EliteBook Folio 1020 (2.68 lbs.) and the MacBook (2.03 lbs.).
Size aside, the Radius 12 looks every bit as sleek and professional as its premium price tag would suggest. I love the glossy look of the lid,
In this paper, we identify characteristics of Spanish franchised chains that favor the adoption of an internationalization strategy and those that have a negative influence from a resource-based perspective.
Data used were drawn from Annual Franchise Guidebooks published in Spain for 2005. Various independent variables were taken into account and the final sample included 316 Spanish franchised chains. In order to detect relevant differences between chains with some degree of internationalization and those that only operate in the Spanish domestic market, we conducted a discriminant analysis to discover which of the independent variables contributed significantly to
Using U.S. Census Bureau special tabulations, we follow a cohort of small (single-establishment) firms formed in 1992 and a cohort of fast growers to 2002 to track their employment changes. Explorative findings showed growing firms as generally a constant share of the economy with a minor business cycle effect, growing firms outnumbering decliners, new firms not growing much, and fast growers in a given year tending to revert to the mean in the following year. The findings are presented as an opening statement, but are far from final salvo into the discussion of small-firm growth.
Market orientation (MO) and entrepreneurial orientation (EO) are correlated, but distinct constructs. MO reflects the degree to which firms’ strategic market planning is driven by customer and competitor intelligence. Entrepreneurial orientation reflects the degree to which firms’ growth objectives are driven by the identification and exploitation of untapped market opportunities. When modeled separately, research has reported direct effects of both constructs on firm profitability. When modeled simultaneously, however, the direct effect of EO has disappeared. This has led some scholars to postulate that EO is an antecedent of MO. The results of this study contradict this presumption and
Economic growth in the United States has historically bypassed many minorities and low-income communities. Some researchers and community advocates assert that the deterioration of these communities is in part caused by financial institutions’ redlining and neglect. To rectify the situation, the government introduced the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) for the purpose of encouraging banks and saving institutions to become more socially responsible and help meet the credit needs of communities in which they are located.
The CRA was the government’s response to bank lending discrimination. However, when passing the Act, Congress was equally concerned with reversing