Thursday, October 23, 2014
Top Entrepreneur News

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:00:00 -0500

Give your startup some inspiration by modeling it after a successful enterprise. This will help you explain your business to outsiders and provide insights for future direction.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:30:00 -0500

While social networking sites have made the task of finding potential customers easier, be sure you're targeting the right people in the correct manner.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:00:00 -0500

To get a clear picture of what you're doing well and what you can do better, skip the big data and high-rent consultants. Your customers will tell you, if you just ask.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:45:00 -0500

Many sellers push hard to close the year and ultimately come up short. But there are a couple ways to minimize fire drills.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:30:00 -0500

Female founders seeking funding for their firm should review these four tips. Otherwise they could lose out in the competition for financing.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:00:00 -0500

With the devices becoming more accessible and affordable, businesses are being built on the rapid designing, prototyping and manufacturing of products.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:52:00 -0500

The most important thing you can do as a boss to keep talented staffers on board is to make sure they are enjoying their days and feel appreciated.

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

The Great Recession panicked many business leaders into rash moves that weakened their companies. Make adjustments but don't abandon what built your brand.

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

There is a time when you must fall madly in love with the product you want to bring to market and a time to coolly determine if anybody else will.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:44:00 -0500

Thinking they were eating snacks from a new organic restaurant, these food experts couldn’t stop singing McNuggets' praises. And, it was all caught on tape.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:15:00 -0500

Find the diamonds in the rough, the talented folks who might not fit the classic mold. These individuals can have potential for tremendous growth, for themselves and their employer.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:12:00 -0500

Successful executives may have vastly different leadership styles, but they share very similar mindsets.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:00:00 -0500

Hiring people you know and trust can be very beneficial to an entrepreneur and her venture. But if not done correctly, it can spell disaster.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:45:00 -0500

She built the Spanx brand starting out with just $5,000 in savings and no experience in retail or manufacturing.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:30:00 -0500

Just like entrepreneurs living in Silicon Valley, founders in developing countries need one important element to thrive.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:24:00 -0500

A full 43 percent of employees are distracted for a sizeable chunk of the workday. Here’s what’s getting in the way of getting work done.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:15:00 -0500

Deter your company from meeting the fate of those unfortunate enterprises that have vanished. Keep renewing product offerings.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:06:00 -0500

The new name and branding will be rolled out in the next coming weeks, beginning with France.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:00:00 -0500

The intricacy and spontaneous organization of flash mobs epitomizes what modern workplaces strive for.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:00:00 -0500

From Taco Bell to Dunkin Donuts, fast-food giants are innovating heavily as they look to take a bigger bite of the market.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:57:00 -0500

Individual franchisees can decide whether to charge customers for putting a foam cup around a plastic cup of iced coffee.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:30:00 -0500

The young energy of recent grads can prove a good match for brand-new startups.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:02:00 -0500

Why you should add your company data to Apple Maps and how to get it done fast.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:00:00 -0500

If someone had a bad experience, chances are they are going to talk about it. Here are five tips to craft a strategy to respond.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:30:00 -0500

Even if the temperature is getting colder outside, retailers are preparing for a hot quarter. Here are five tips to make sure your company will succeed during this holiday season.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:12:00 -0500

More secure than a two-step verification code, a physical key helps hacker-proof your Google account.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0500

Send business-trip sleep issues packing.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:58:00 -0500

Silence speaks louder than words, and static sells more records than a song.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:30:00 -0500

There's no separating yourself from your business when you're an entrepreneur. Use that to your advantage.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:27:00 -0500

'Late night shopping may never be the same again,' the homeware retailer warns.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:58:00 -0500

VideoMath is one of the hardest subjects in school, which is why owning a graphing calculator seems like a necessity for students. But what if you could use your smartphone to solve equations by pointing the camera at the problem in your textbook instead of using a graphing calculator? That [...]

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:23:00 -0500

Five super-rich Mexicans currently own luxury superyachts, with Tsumat, recently purchased by millionaire businessman Alfredo Chedraui Obeso, outshining her peers due to her extraordinary lavishness.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:00:00 -0500

"Liz, you're not going to believe this," says my friend Anna, a marketing consultant. "Someone called me today and asked me the most ridiculous question." "What question?" I asked her. "This guy asked me what percentage of my clients increase their sales by twenty percent or more within three months of working [...]

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:39:00 -0500

When people ask me what my all-time favorite shows are, I can't say I'm a hipster with a particularly original list. I love The Wire, Breaking Bad, Arrested Development, and a host of other programs universally regarded as excellent. But one sneaks on that list that might not appear on [...]

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:56:00 -0500

Determining human behavior through colors dates back thousands of years to the Egyptians who holistically embraced the power of color for cures. Some of their findings, written on papyrus, dating back to 1550 BC conclude: Black: Life and rebirth Purple: Healed skin ailments Orange: Increased energy Yellow: Purification Red: Increased circulation while stimulating body/mind Today, this power holds true in [...]

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:16:00 -0500

By David Cearley Gartner, Inc. Gartner’s top 10 strategy technology trends have the potential for significant impact on organizations in the next three years. While this doesn’t mean adoption and investment in all of the trends will occur at the same rate, companies should make deliberate decisions about them during the next [...]

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:32:00 -0500

Is what you’re doing at work today really the best thing for both your company and for you? Spare a few moments to gain some work perspective. You might discover you’re making some fatal mistakes, or even fourteen of them.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:22:00 -0500

VideoI was performing my thrice-daily ritual of perusing iTunes when a piece of art caught my eye. It was a Polaroid photo of a girl that brought me right back to the 1980s. Coincidentally, it was the cover art for Taylor Swift’s new album, 1989, which launches at the end [...]

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:00:00 -0500

Three things have helped me succeed as a first-time entrepreneur. The first is luck and the second is my co-founder, Dan. The third? Soft skills. In this post, I’ll outline six soft skills that will help you succeed as an entrepreneur, why they matter and where you can learn more about each skill.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:06:00 -0500

If you're a woman who's spent any time at all in the corporate world, you might recognize yourself in Ruzwana Bashir's story. Before cofounding travel site Peek, British-born Bashir spent the formative years of her career in the relative boys clubs of Goldman Sachs and Blackstone. At the latter, Bashir, now [...]

Latest News & Information

Current Articles | Archives | Search

15 Reminders for Chaldeans Leasing or Renting
By Rita Abro :: Monday, May 4, 2009 :: 20563 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.