Saturday, April 22, 2017

Make Pancakes

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"When I get the chance to make my favorite breakfast on the weekend, I often choose to make pancakes." -  Marcus Samuelsson

Friday, April 21, 2017

A Small Business Guidebook for South African Entrepreneurs

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Before Nokwazi Mzobe started her consulting agency Matoyana, she spent eight years at two Fortune 500 multinational companies operating throughout Africa and the Middle East, where she developed and honed her business skills.

She is now sharing her wealth of international experience with the new crop of ambitious South African entrepreneurs in her new book, The Small Business Handbook.
Mzobe says her book is far from being a typical business publication. It is more of a guide, covering 17 critical business-related topics. These include the role of social media in business as well as finance and best practices. She says the book is easy to understand and can be referenced on a daily basis to provide inspiration and practical advice.
Read more here.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Hidden Danger of Cross-Border E-Commerce

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E-commerce is growing, particularly in China, but with it comes risks from cyber attacks.  The Asia-Pacific region is facing unprecedented threats in terms of complex cybercrime and fraud attacks.  China was revealed as the most-attacked country in the region, with the findings showing that cross-border transactions are fueling the high attack rates.
One issue is the ever-increasing amount of sophisticated spear phishing attacks, in which fraudulent e-mails mimicking those from trusted sources are sent to people to get them to reveal information.
Read more here.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Living on a Container Ship With Music by Enya

What an amazing portrayal of merchant vessels cruising the world.  I could not help but tune out the decent accommodations and only focus on what it takes to move products from one country to another.  Fascinating!  Worth a watch.

Here's what one crewman said:
Personally I think life is too easy and too safe.  I think a good storm would make me feel alive personally.  Family is most likely never going to happen for me. So that doesn't matter, but like you [other commenters on the site) said.  Every job has ups and downs, nothing is ever perfect.  But if you can find something that feels right, you are doing ok. :)

Monday, April 17, 2017

Today in Global Small Business: Challenges to Running an E-Commerce Business

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What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:

Saturday, April 15, 2017

There Is No Place in a City That Can't Be Better

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"There is no place in a city that can't be better. There is no toad that can't be a princess, no frog that can't become a prince." -- Jaime Lerner

Friday, April 14, 2017

Small Businesses That Go Global Are Poised for Growth

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A new analysis from London-based research consultancy BDRC Continental said small businesses that go global will be especially poised for growth.
According to the data, more than a third of SMEs surveyed in the first quarter of 2017 reported growth over the past year, and nearly half said they were planning to grow. The businesses with a global view, though, are even more likely to see success, researchers found, with 52 percent of exporting SMEs planning to grow — up from 41 percent in Q4 2016. The figure is even higher — 67 percent — for businesses that both import and export.
Even with Brexit, there is little change in levels of concern among international SMEs with regards to the economy and political uncertainty.

Read more here.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Is the U.S. Still the Center of the Universe?

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According to American cyclist and small business owner Jonathan Vaughters for Business Insider, President Trump needs to clean up his act if small businesses are going to thrive -- at home and abroad.

So how are Americans perceived abroad?
Ideally, the answer to this question is given by all Americans individually, but the president of the United States, for better or worse, defines how Americans are perceived. The president is the leader looked to for direction by the West. Like it or not, how the president is perceived is how we are perceived, and that can make life easier or harder for Americans doing business abroad — most notably small businesses.
Learn more about what Jonathan has to say here.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

How Women Can Easily Serve Up Global Growth For Their Businesses

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There’s no question that exporting presents difficulties for men and women business owners alike — from finding customers and getting paid to shipping products to unfamiliar locations thousands of miles away.
But what if I [Laurel Delaney] told you that I have the secret sauce that women entrepreneurs can use to foster global growth for their businesses in a simple, engaging and affordable manner?
I won't keep you waiting any longer.  Read more here.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Global Mobile Studio

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In a global mobilized economy, Facebook aims to help small businesses become large and local businesses become global. We are investing to create simple solutions to help small businesses grow in today’s mobile economy.

For example, Facebook’s Mobile Studio ...
is a new way to show businesses how easy it is to create great ads using only a mobile device. All businesses can improve their creative, and ultimately, the efficacy of their ads with mobile apps and tools—and with Mobile Studio, they’ll learn to do them in minutes. 
These tips should help bring small businesses to life without eating up time, energy or resources.

Read more here.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Today in Global Small Business: How to Succeed by Yourself and Become a Digital Nomad

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What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:
  • Young entrepreneurs at Southern Methodist University emphasize international connections.
  • Looking for a better U.S. economy and better global economy -- find it here.
  • How to set up your first online store.
  • Tips for breaking into the Asian market.
  • Stay aware -- you never know where your next breakthrough idea will come from.
  • How to succeed by yourself and travel the world as a digital nomad -- someone actually did it.