Friday, October 31, 2014
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The business world is filled to the brim with ambitious entrepreneurs, million-dollar ideas and interesting stories, so the challenge is cutting through the noise to gain notice.

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Instead of keeping a constant connection to smart devices, many professionals might benefit from taking time to chill, move and unplug.

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A Google search reveals that launch life can be compared with virtually anything.

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Companies need not search through scary amounts of emails and attachments to find a valuable client communication.

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Crowdfunding is the sweat equity of financing. Every company, no matter how small, can succeed but it requires a lot of work.

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While at times GIFS get a bad rap, if used correctly they can punch up your content and differentiate your blog from others.

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Consider these elements to keep your website fresh.

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If you have a dream of a new product and fall into one of these three scenarios, Quirky might be a good platform for you.

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Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic crashed during a test flight at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California.

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Your old inventory, like the undead, will haunt your shelves. Free yourself with these five methods.

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Leverage the skills you have into some side income. Teach a course. Do something you know.

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A recent survey of 12,000 people revealed the companies they think are the most genuine, and the characteristics most important to them.

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Under the framework, Internet service providers would be classified as an information service for consumers but a common carrier service for websites and content sites.

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Forget about doing a major overhaul of your life. Just try these strategic approaches.

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Raising money is an intricate web of objective fact, blind faith and calculations about whether you stay in control of your venture or hand it over to investors.

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The device would allow for radical personalization in terms of both functionality and aesthetics.

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If you're seeking money for your startup, you should be prepared to address potential issues that may face your business.

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Make sure your staff understands what's expected on your social media platforms.

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Understanding how we listen helps us forge stronger connections and solutions.

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A millennial explains that building a great reputation is not a project for Day 1 at a new gig. Rather, bear down on the work or the assignment. The rest will follow.

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The IFA plans to file a request with the National Labor Relations Board to disclose the reasoning behind deeming franchisors 'joint employers.'

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Learn why documenting your processes is just as helpful for startups as it is for established businesses.

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Once burned, twice shy doesn't apply. Amazon's not tapping out of the smartphone market just yet.

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The wind is howling, it's getting darker earlier, and homes are decorated with scary looking creatures. And, you know, being an entrepreneur can be kinda scary.

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The actor is apparently 'being eyed' to play the Apple co-founder in the still untitled Danny Boyle directed film.

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The billionaire's penchant for playing dress-up has served as an effective marketing tool.

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You'll need to tap your determination, persistence and trust to reach success, but there will be many barriers in the way.

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There's more to being lean than cutting costs.

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Tim Cook, in acknowledging his homosexuality, perpetuated a politically charged myth about gays in the workplace.

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Howard Schultz calls the coffee giant's plans to deliver food and drinks "ecommerce on steroids."

Sat, 01 Nov 2014 02:00:00 -0500

When I was in my twenties I soaked up business knowledge. I listened carefully when the leaders in my company spoke. I knew their soft spots and sensitivities because I was the company's HR manager. I knew that there were certain situations where they needed my help, but the rest [...]

Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:58:00 -0500

New York City Jeweler TraxNYC knows how to market expensive watches with a lot of bling. This year, the jeweler partnered with NBC’s America’s Got Talent. The show's host, Nick Cannon wore the jeweler’s $180 K Diamond Rolex Sky Dweller on-air and it sparkled brightly during the show’s finale at [...]

Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:19:00 -0500

Are we alone? Or is the galaxy teeming with other intelligent species? And if the latter, where the heck are they? These are questions that have perplexed scientists for generations. And they remain open for debate. But Brian Cox, Britain's leading celebrity physicist (if you don't know him, imagine a cross between [...]

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:23:00 -0500

This week’s Android Circuit highlights a number of stories including the Note 4 vs the iPhone 6 Plus, the Droid Turbo's confirmed specs, Lenovo completes its Motorola purchase, Samsung confirms drastic drop in profits, Android Lollipop is on show, Xiaomi's rising market share, Microsoft's Health Band, and a preview of the Nexus 9.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:46:00 -0500

I wrote a blog post sharing fifteen questions to ask your next boss at a job interview. People started writing to our office immediately after the blog post went up. They asked "Isn't it impertinent to ask such questions on a job interview?" No, my darling. It isn't impertinent. If you're going [...]

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:37:00 -0500

Chances are you have heard of Airbnb, the company that lets you rent lodging and accommodations directly from other people instead of staying at a hotel. Based in San Francisco Airbnb has one of the most unique offices I have seen. Upon entering their headquarters you find yourself in a [...]

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:48:00 -0500

Wave goodbye to Windows 7 and Windows 8 purchases.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:09:00 -0500

Great ideas can take root at any age, including your college years. Perhaps your role in an on-campus activity inspired you to create an events management firm, or your experience as an intramural sports captain encouraged you to pursue an idea for a health club. When I began Varsity Tutors, I [...]

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:59:00 -0500

Are you facing reality when it comes to your money situation? Here are 8 quick ways to tell.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:19:00 -0500

On October 17 of this year, investigative journalist Mubasher Lucman was banned for life from television in Pakistan. The case was taken up suo motu by the judiciary and found that Mr. Lucman maligned the judiciary egregiously enough to merit a lifetime ban from appearing in any capacity on television. As he says, [...]

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15 Reminders for Chaldeans Leasing or Renting
By Rita Abro :: Monday, May 4, 2009 :: 20789 Views :: Article Rating :: Living & Lifestyle, Business & Finance

California, USA – “You have to know your rights.  Otherwise they may take advantage of you when you rent from them,” says Khaloud “Kelly” Heso, a property manager in Orange Grove Townhouse and Apartments in a small town outside of San Diego, California.  “I once worked with a company that taught us not to share renter rights with the tenants.  I could not work for a company that operated in that way, so I left and came to Orange Grove.” 

Chaldeans should know what their rights are when renting and you don't have to be expert in landlord-tenant law to protect yourself. Chaldeans are reminded to review their rights when renting or leasing and to always read the agreement before signing the dotted line.

Laws that protect both landlord and tenant have become so complex that understanding your rights can be difficult. Since landlord-tenant law varies by state, the key is knowing your rights -- preferably before you even sign your rental agreement. Understanding your state law and the terms of your lease are your best guarantees against future problems.

15 common renters' rights all Chaldeans should know:

Although Chaldean renters' rights vary by region, many are similar and predictable. Here's a sample of rights likely to be addressed in your state's landlord-tenant law:

1. The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to deny housing to a tenant on the grounds of race, color, sex, religion, disability, family status, or national origin.

2. Residential rental units should be habitable and in compliance with housing and health codes—meaning they should be structurally safe, sanitary, weatherproofed, and include adequate water, electricity, and heat.

3. Many states limit the amount landlords can charge for security deposits. For Chaldeans in California the amount is 2 months' rent (unfurnished); 3 months' rent (furnished). Add extra one-half month's rent for waterbed.  In Michigan and Arizona the amount is one and one-half months' rent. In Nevada is 3 months and Illinois there is no statutory limit. 

4. A landlord should make necessary repairs and perform maintenance tasks in a timely fashion, or include a provision in the lease stating that tenants can order repairs and deduct the cost from rent.

5. A landlord must give prior notice (typically 24 hours) before entering your premises and can normally only do so to make repairs or in case of an emergency.

6. Illegal requirements in a rental agreement (section counter to state law) are usually not enforceable in court.

7. If a landlord has violated important terms related to health, safety, or necessary repairs, you might have a legal right to break your lease.

8. If you have to break a long-term lease, in most states landlords are required to search for a new tenant as soon as possible rather than charging the tenant for the full duration of the lease.

9. Damage or security deposits are not deductible for "normal wear and tear." Some states require that a landlord give an itemized report of any deductions.

10. Most states require landlords to return refundable portions of a security deposit within 14 to 30 days after the tenant has vacated the premises, even in the case of eviction.

11. Landlords usually can't legally seize a tenant's property for nonpayment of rent or any other reason, except in the case of abandonment as defined by law.

12. Landlords are legally prohibited from evicting tenants as retaliation for action a tenant takes related to a perceived landlord violation.

13. A landlord cannot legally change the locks, shut off (or cause to have shut off) your utilities, or evict you without notice; eviction requires a court order.

14. If a landlord makes life so miserable for you that it forces you to move, it may be considered "constructive eviction," which is usually grounds for legal action.

15. In many states, it's illegal for a lease to stipulate that the tenant is responsible for the landlord's attorney fees in case of a court dispute.

Chaldeans should protect themselves.  Before you move in, tour the premises with your landlord, and note and photograph any existing damage. When you move out, if your landlord withholds part of your damage deposit, ask for an itemized list of charges and the reason for the charges. If there's a discrepancy between this list and the one you made before moving in, let the landlord know immediately. Keep copies of all correspondence with your landlord, as well as dated records of phone and in-person conversations.