Thursday, August 21, 2014
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Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:30:00 -0500

To err is human, entrepreneurs included.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:15:00 -0500

Don't let these common roadblocks slow down your startup's progress.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Staying competitive following Amazon's announcement of its first mobile card reader, Square unveils new features.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Jim Koch launched the Boston Beer Company from his kitchen table in 1984. Now, 30 years later, the leader of the craft brewing movement is doing more than $700 million in sales. Here’s what he learned about starting up.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:30:00 -0500

An entrepreneur's passion must be tempered by one question. Will anybody buy the product?

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500

A few basic things that can take your newsroom from pretty good to great: mobile optimization, multimedia, speed, and a few other features.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:30:00 -0500

No one can be certain what social-media gambit will go viral but the mania for dumping icy water on each other offers helpful pointers.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:00:00 -0500

Execute these low-cost strategies to get your business off the ground immediately.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:30:00 -0500

Affordable, streamlined and closing in on 1,000 locations – can Chris Rondeau turn Planet Fitness into a mega-chain of McGyms?

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0500

Ready to share insights on a topic you're well versed in? You may fortify your company's reputation as well as your personal brand.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:30:00 -0500

If there is one thing that holds people back each day from achieving high levels of success, it is fear. Here are a few ways to get past this emotion.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:00:00 -0500

People working remotely can save an entrepreneur time. It's up to you to screen and manage them to suit your needs.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:30:00 -0500

Don't let scary headlines keep you from pursuing opportunity overseas. Arm yourself with information and some basic precautions.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:03:00 -0500

Blake Mycoskie will keep a 50 percent stake in the social-good shoe startup he founded.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:00:00 -0500

Big, splashy, entirely-original ideas are great but entrepreneurs do something important, and prosper, just making life easier for people.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:45:00 -0500

The law grants executors precisely the same access to digital information as they would possess for comparable physical documents.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:30:00 -0500

Tracking your progress is important to self-improvement, but beware letting others be the referee.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:12:00 -0500

Users can now use videos shot outside of Vine to use on their account.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:12:00 -0500

The physical act of turning pages may help us recall plot events, a new study finds.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0500

If you're looking for new customers, look no further than the people already using your product.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Used improperly, the web can be a black hole -- one in which you dump tens of thousands of dollars without results.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:15:00 -0500

It's the bane of your work life. That crucial idea you have isn't being heard by a particular someone. Here are some tips on how to follow up.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:00:00 -0500

When a valued employee leaves, it upsets the team and feels like getting dumped. But turnover happens when you hire smart, talented people.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:30:00 -0500

Banish awkward office buzzwords and use these instead.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:15:00 -0500

It's just like obscenity. You can recognize jerks but the definition is hard to put into words. It's even harder to keep them out of your business.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:00:00 -0500

While executives and marketers rely on a whole lot of applications, software services and platforms to seal the deal, they may be underutilizing this secret weapon.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:43:00 -0500

Up until now, your timeline was limited to tweets and retweets from people you follow. But that's all changing.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:43:00 -0500

Uber's recent hiring is a wakeup call to those idealistic enough to believe they don't need to fight City Hall.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:30:00 -0500

Recruiting top performers for your company can multiply its success.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:18:00 -0500

The ridesharing company has released a feature that allows third-party companies like Trip Advisor, Starbucks and United Airlines to embed the Uber service into their own mobile applications.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0500

When entrepreneurs just need to bring on temporary employees for short-term projects, what is the best approach -- 1099 or W2?

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0500

"People don't get rich by tip-toeing in with $100 investments all over the place."

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:42:00 -0500

Lemonis Fischer's $6.5 million bid for the cupcake chain went unchallenged by the public, meaning the final sale of the company is less than a week away.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:30:00 -0500

Collect as much information as you can on your target market so you can create a rich statement and experience.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

With his startup SwiftKey, Jon Reynolds is breathing new life into the act of typing on a keyboard.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

With his startup Kiip, Brian Wong is connecting consumers with brands by rewarding engagement.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

With his startup Everlane, Michael Preysman is cutting out the middleman markups from high quality fashion.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

With her startup Getaround, Jessica Scorpio is connecting individual car owners with renters.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

How they did it, and how you can, too.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:47:30 -0500

AlleyNYC and Rapp are connecting startups with big businesses.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:30:00 -0500

If your company culture hasn't yet embraced the power of social media, it is at risk of getting steamrolled by competitors. Here are four tips on staying in the game and building a more social business.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:00:00 -0500

When things get tough, look to these three tips.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:30:00 -0500

Chief financial officers increasingly are the executives charged with setting the stage for growth.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0500

It all comes back to communication.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:30:00 -0500

San Francisco-based Cruise Automation has created a new gadget that gives any car self-driving capabilities.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:00:00 -0500

What if you die? What if you want to take a year-long sabbatical to Africa? Training and succession planning can ensure your company’s long-term survival.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:30:00 -0500

No company can succeed in executing its bold strategies if the basics aren't being taken care of. Here's how to make sure you stay on track.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500

The better your site structure, the better your chance of higher ranking in the search engines.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:30:00 -0500

In this issue, we celebrate our Young Millionaires. These are the faces and the inspiration of tomorrow.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:30:00 -0500

Here's why Colleen McKenna became a Welcomemat Services franchisee after a 25 year career in PR and communications.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:00:00 -0500

Business owners and employees can increase individual and organizational capacity and agility by focusing on these five key elements.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:30:00 -0500

Some of the words of wisdom that guide my personal life have proved to be just as useful in the office.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0500

Companies need to think deeply about their products and services to shape their profiles to enlist customer support

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:30:00 -0500

Just ask Target, General Motors and the Veterans Affairs Department

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:00:00 -0500

Considering launching a business? Remember this: You can phase in pursuing your entrepreneurship bid while still keeping that day job.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:30:00 -0500

Complex purchases aren’t so much about a product or service as they are about an outcome, a trajectory, a solution or a promise. To gain the right offer from a vendor, ask the right questions and look in the right places.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:00:00 -0500

To take your operation to the next level, consider these powerful questions.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:30:00 -0500

An entrepreneur devoted to innovation and protection of intellectual property lets loose about patent trolls and the patent system that enables them.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:05:00 -0500

Kids already use Gmail and they're obsessed with YouTube. Now Google wants to make it legit, as in legal.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:04:00 -0500

David Plouffe, President Obama's former campaign manager and White House adviser, will now oversee global branding, communications and policy for

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0500

Licensing is a potentially lucrative path for product development and marketing but also a complex, often fraught, partnership.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Thinking about quitting your job and going into business all by yourself? Read this first and reconsider.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:00:00 -0500

There is nothing like a few meetings with insincere, boastful investors to encourage your embrace of the lean startup strategy.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:45:00 -0500

Ballmer said he plans to devote much of his attention to the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, which he recently bought for $2 billion.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:30:00 -0500

Whether you see it or not, culture is a big deal for several reasons, including your employees' satisfaction.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:26:00 -0500

Google's YouTube appears set to take on Spotify and Pandora.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:05:00 -0500

The COO of Lyft is leaving the company, taking his entire operations staff with him.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:00:00 -0500

Grow your first-time customers into loyal brand followers with these techniques.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:30:00 -0500

How you can cast aside your writer's block and write more prolifically.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:29:00 -0500

The Coolest -- a cooler that comes equipped with a rechargeable blender for mixed drinks, a smartphone charger and other goodies -- is currently the second most funded project in the crowdfunding site’s history.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:23:00 -0500

It's called Swing Copters, and it looks just as frustratingly difficult to play as Flappy Bird.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Gender bias holds back women in their careers but also keeps men at work instead of with their families. Each person must decide, how much more is there to life than making a living?

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:48:00 -0500

As Google celebrates the 10-year anniversary of its IPO, here's a look at the challenges that lie ahead.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:30:00 -0500

If you want to find the best keywords for your business, avoid these all-too-common missteps.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:15:00 -0500

Do it right, and a trade show can lead to more funding, new customers and lots of buzz.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

While many people may jump on the stealth-mode bandwagon, often they are doing so for the wrong reason. Here are the two times when founders should consider stealth mode.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:35:00 -0500

Getting screwed is part of the game, but it doesn't have to happen as often as it does.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:30:00 -0500

If your employees don't feel recognized for their work, don't get proper feedback and are overworked, your office will soon turn toxic.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:15:00 -0500

True to his ways, the former Microsoft CEO knows how to get the crowd riled up.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:00:00 -0500

Conferences can either be a complete waste of time or very productive. Make sure your time at these events is well spent with these three steps.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:30:00 -0500

No business can afford to ignore this trend. Consumers today are plugged into multiple channels and served with content at every turn.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0500

A leader's personality can have a huge impact on company culture. Make sure your leadership style isn't contributing to a negative work environment.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:30:00 -0500

Some things to consider before you jump to the other side -- you know, the one where the grass is always greener.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Online marketing and SEO expert Neil Patel explains how this listing format can help you rank better in search results.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:30:00 -0500

The list of people willing to receive your marketing messages is a fundamental business asset that you can grow with steady effort.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500

How many times have you attended unproductive meetings or meetings you don’t even know why you are there for?

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:30:00 -0500

There is nothing more powerful than goal clarity when it comes to the process of achievement.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:30:00 -0500

After 19 years as a professor at the University of Portland, Dr. Mind Hsu turned his hobby of tutoring into a second career.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:00:00 -0500

The frustrating barriers to living legally in the U.S. are keeping out entrepreneurs eager to launch businesses and hire American workers.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0500

Successful entrepreneurs hire for the long run -- not just for today -- avoiding the temptation to settle for people who aren’t 'A' players.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:30:00 -0500

Don't break the hearts of your clients by pretending to offer something better than what you really have.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:00:00 -0500

Free trade agreements and millions of newly prosperous overseas consumers have opened large foreign markets to even the smallest companies.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:30:00 -0500

The foundation for a strong personal brand is seeing yourself as others do and sincerely living your values.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:00:00 -0500

The is no formula for posts that go viral but you can resonate with your audience consistently.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:30:00 -0500

The last thing you want to do is cause your visitors to quickly leave your website, especially if it is due to something avoidable.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0500

Writing a book is maddeningly difficult but selling it is an even harder job.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:30:00 -0500

If you want to move beyond others’ preconceived notions about you, ask yourself these questions.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:00:00 -0500

New companies are cropping up to meet the demand for software developers and programmers.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:00:00 -0500

Managing your boss is easy when you hear screaming as a cry for help and recognize egomania as insecurity.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:59:00 -0500

Oh, no! Favorites now appear in your Timeline like retweets. Here's why it doesn't matter.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:30:00 -0500

As companies scale, most businesses prefer to promote specialization and functional expertise in their employees. Like cogs in a well-oiled machine, each person is assigned a specific and finite area of focus, thereby eliminating redundancy within a company’s structure. This, in turn, will maximize the efficiency of the company as [...]

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:38:00 -0500

Despite of its lack of innovative features, the PlayStation 4 continues to outsell the Xbox One and Wii U.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:44:00 -0500

Struggling to find a job that's a good fit? It might be open--but not being advertised.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:00:00 -0500

It's not all about the frequent flier miles and great paycheck.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:01:00 -0500

Just because the auction of the Buffalo Bills is having a tough time drawing bids above $1 billion two years after the Cleveland Browns sold for $987 million, and just weeks after the National Basketball Association's Los Angeles Clippers were sold for $2 billion, doesn't mean the National Football League [...]

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:59:00 -0500

The Green Bay Packers take the top spot on our list of The NFL's Best Fans.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:59:00 -0500

The bigger a company gets, the harder it is to innovate and move quickly. But don't tell that to Marc Benioff and the team at Salesforce.com, which continues its reign as Forbes' Most Innovative Company for the fourth straight year. By size, Salesforce barely resembles the company that went public a [...]

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:25:00 -0500

GreaterGood brings visibility, funding, and more to over 141 charity and nonprofit partners worldwide

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:57:00 -0500

When Calvin Harris topped last year’s Electronic Cash Kings list with a stunning $46 million in annual earnings, it seemed symptomatic of a bubble in the burgeoning EDM scene. But since then, the only thing that has popped is the income of the world’s highest-paid DJs.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500

VideoThe Internet is alight with the Ice Bucket Challenge, a silly joke that's being shared on social media by billionaires. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg dumped a bucket of ice on his head. He was followed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who, in a playful video, built a contraption to do [...]

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15 Reminders for Chaldeans Leasing or Renting
By Rita Abro :: Monday, May 04, 2009 :: 19168 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.