Wine in the USA


Wine business USA

The US drinks more wine by volume than any other country in the world, with a huge 3,073.5 million litres consumed in 2016. The volume is predicted to rise 4.9% by 2020 and will be worth $38.6 billion USD, so it goes without saying that the US wine market is a huge industry, so much so, grapes are the highest value fruit crop in the USA and represent 32% of all non-citrus fruit produced.

The USA accounts for 10% of the world's grape production and 5% of the global grape acreage. The USA also produces around 8% of the world's wine, and exports globally. There are almost 8,000 wineries in the US.
By far the biggest wine producing state is California. Out of the 806.45 million gallons produced in the US in 2016, 680.27 million gallons were produced in California. California is home to the world renowned Napa Valley, a 2044 squared kilometre region close to San Francisco. While the name is known all over the world, it actually only produces around 4% of the wine in California. The most produced wine in the region is Cabernet Sauvignon, which takes up about 40% of the wine production.
US wine is exported all over the world. In 2016, US wine exports earned a record $1.62 billion USD. 90% of these came from California which increased in value by 18% in the UK. By 2020, The Californian Wine Institute predicts that it will achieve $400 million USD in UK sales. The rise in value of the US dollar is creating some challenges for exporters from the US as demand in Europe is decreasing as the US dollar aligns with the value of the Euro. That said, the European Union is in the top five importers of US wine, alongside Canada, China, Japan and Mexico. The wine exportation from America was worth 4.8% in 2016 of the world export total ad is one of the fastest growing wine exporters in the world after New Zealand, Hong Kong and China.
The USA was the top importer of foreign wines in 2016 with a total of 17.7% of global wine imports. This was an increase in 9.3% from 2015. The most popular countries to import wine from are Italy, France, Australia, New Zealand and Spain who are all world renowned wine growing countries. There was a substantial decrease in imports from South America as imports from Argentina were down over 20% and Chile were down over 15% from the previous year.
Wine is also very important for the US tourism industry. People travel from all over the world to experience a tour of the Napa Valley for other wine regions, and every year there are 30 million winery visits which provide over 50,000 jobs for American citizens. Package holidays revolving around wine tastings and locations in America are available from all over the globe, and regions such as the Napa Valley are world renowned amongst wine experts and enthusiasts and this results in a huge tourist income.
The economic impact of the top ten wineries in California are worth $71.2 billion USD alone, followed by New York which has an impact of $13.8 billion USD and Texas with $13.1 billion USD. While California steals the spotlight, the rest of the country is still contributing a substantial amount.
The largest consumers of wine are millennials and baby boomers, which has seen a change to the marketing in wine and a tilt in trends, such as an increase in consumption and interest in prosecco, rose and sparkling wine. The most popular wines are chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and blends of red wine. Sangria is also becoming more popular, although consumption is heavily weighted in the warmer months. Millennials are a key group to economic growth, and their growing interest in the wine industry has many positive effects for wine and is leading it towards a bright future.
With over 550,000 locations in the US that sell wine including such diverse places as car washes, bookshops and movie theatres, the US wine industry is massive and ever expanding. Wine sales are increasing both internally and externally, in numbers and in value, and the business is set to have a very strong and prosperous future.


Advice for Job Seekers

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Money matters might push you into taking a job you don't want, but you might want to hold out for something better if you want to propel your career forward.
There are also some traditional advice to find a job that will help you boost your possibilities. According to Teri Hockett, the chief executive of What's for Work, a career site for women, “pursue your passions,” “leverage your network,” “tailor and tidy up your resume,” “do your homework,” and “dress for success” are “foundational aspects to job seeking that are timeless.”
David Parnell, a legal consultant, communication coach and author, agrees: “Much of this has been around long enough to become conventional for a reason: it works,” he says. “If you take a closer look, things like networking, research, and applying to multiple employers are fundamental ‘block and tackle' types of activities that apply to 80% of the bell curve. They hinge upon casting a broad net; they leverage the law of averages; they adhere to the fundamentals of psychology. It's no wonder they still work.”
Some of it “does get old and overused, because job seeking is as unique and creative as an individual,” says Isa Adney, author of Community College Success and the blog “When you ask any professional who has achieved some level of greatness how he or she got there, the journey is always unique, always varied, and rarely cookie-cutter. Most have, in some capacity, followed their passion, used their network, and had a good resume--but those things are usually part of a much bigger picture, and an unpredictable winding path. Instead of always following the exact by-the-book job seeking formulas, most were simply open to possibilities and got really good at whatever it is they were doing.”
Searching for a job can be exhausting which might entice you to just take any job you can get to get back the hours you've put on searching for a job. Although this means you are not constrained by the motions of job searching, you'll be held to the new expectations of being the new person on the team.
It's only when you are passionate about your job that you don't feel burnt out. Being passionate about one's career means you are going to give it everything you've got because you are excited about it and happy to take on a new challenge.
If you are not under financial stress, you might want to consider taking some time off from searching for jobs. During that time you can reconnect with what you've been sacrificing, you'll have renewed energy to put it towards finding the right role for you.
If you are not on a rush to get a job, you might want to hold out for something better because if you don't like your job, you'll start dreading it and your productivity will decrease. Sooner or later, you'll need to start looking for a new job. Before applying to a job, ask yourself if you'll be excited about doing it in the future?
If you've passed the test so far, ask yourself if the job posting will improve your career. Is there potential for growth? Although it might be a job you like, it might also be one you are overqualified for or one you've done before or there are no opportunities to move up the ladder, and therefore, it is not going to help you move up the ladder or learn new skills. Unfortunately, no matter how much you like this job, it is a dead end and you'll lose motivation along the way.
If you only qualify for a job that will not get you the position you want, you might want to consider taking a class or doing an internship to fill in the gaps, so later on you can apply to the job you want.
If nothing else works, you might also want to try something new. “Times are always changing and while it's always good to follow the basic advice, we also have to get rolling with the times,” says Amanda Abella, a career coach, writer, speaker, and founder of the Gen Y lifestyle blog Grad Meets World. “For instance, group interviews are making a comeback, we've got Skype interviews now, or you may interview in front of a panel. All this stuff didn't happen as often before--so while the same basic stuff applies, we have to take into account all the new dynamics.”


Jobs created iPhone out of disdain


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Apple's iPhone is a beloved useful tool in this generation. This revolutionary phone inspires high-mindedness, genius and foresight. The birth of the iPhone, however, had little to do with any dignified feeling. On the contrary, Steve Jobs invented the iPhone out of disdain.

According to the iPhone's co-inventor, Scott Forstall, the origin of Apple's smartphone project are in founder Steve Jobs‘ disdain for Microsoft and a grating social interaction with a particular employee of the software giant. If it wasn't for Steve Jobs‘ hatred for the latter, Apple may have never created the iPhone.
“Steve hated this guy at Microsoft,” Forstall said at an event at the Computer History Museum, which celebrated the 10th anniversary of the release of the first iPhone. During the talk, Forstall recounted the story of the birth of the iPhone.
“The iPhone had a very circuitous route. We'd been working on a tablet project,” Forstall said. “It began because Steve hated this guy at Microsoft.”
“First thing is, they're idiots,” Jobs would say after interacting with this guy. Apple's founder was not referring to Bill Gates, his friend and rival who founded Microsoft, but to an employee Jobs hated. The unnamed Microsoft executive, who was supposedly the husband of a friend of Job's wife Laurene Powell Jobs, continuously bragged about Redmond-based company's plans for tablets and styluses.
Since the two couples ran in the same social circles, they would often end up at the same parties and functions. After every social interaction with the Microsoft executive, Jobs would return in a bad mood. Forstall said: “Any time Steve had any interaction with the guy, he'd come back pissed off.” His disdain for this Microsoft employee who wouldn't stop showing off drove Jobs to decide to beat them.
The turning point came when the Microsoft executive over dinner said how Microsoft was going to change the world with its Tablet PC software and stylus, that the software giant had “solved computing” with it, and that Apple should just license it. After putting up with this bragging, Steve Jobs lost his patience and, as recounted in Walter Isaacson's Jobs biography, said: “Fuck this, let's show him what a tablet can really be”.
Tablet PCs were smaller and lighter than laptop computers and included touch displays. What drove Jobs angry - and what made the employee's comment so annoying - was that Tablet PCs would work only with a stylus. Although iPads have Apple Pencils today, Jobs famously hated styluses. After the interaction between Jobs and the Microsoft employee over the weekend returned to the office on Monday and let out “a set of expletives,” according to Forstall who recounted Jobs as saying: “First thing is, they're idiots. You don't use a stylus.” Jobs argued that styluses are counterintuitive anyway and people lose them. “We're born with 10 styluses,” Jobs said.
That is how Jobs got Apple working to outdo Microsoft developing a touchscreen device of its own that would not rely on a stylus but only on the tap of the fingers.
The development effort focused on building the iPad - a tablet-sized multi-touch prototype on which you could move photos with your fingers. This effort was codenamed “project purple.” The Apple team were focused on building prototype multitouch displays.
During this project, Apple identified that smartphone were becoming a threat to its iPod business and, therefore, focused on developing what would later become the iPhone in 2004. A turning point also came when Jobs visited a coffee shop and noticed that many people in the shop where using their cellphones but they didn't seem happy about it, according to Forstall. This way Jobs identified an opportunity.
Forstall recounted Jobs saying: “Do you think you could take that demo that we're doing with the table and the multi-touch and shrink it down to something small enough to fit in your pocket?”
Although it was a difficult task to shrink the size of the device from the larger ones developed at the beginning of the project, once the project was complete, Forstall saw that Jobs was a visionary and he was right about this idea as well.
"There was no question," Forstall said. "This is how phones need to be made."


Entrepreneurs Grade Point Average


Entrepreneurs Grade Point Average

According to a study of 700 American millionaires found that their average Grade Point Average (GPA) was just 2.9. A Boston University researcher followed valedictorians and salutatorians into adulthood. Although the researcher found that most did achieve traditional markers of success, none of these students who graduate at the top of their high-school class revolutionized the world.

Accordingly, these academic high achievers - everyone who graduated from college with an average GPA of 3.6 - went on to earn a graduate degree in most cases and half them landed in top-tier professional jobs.
“But how many of these number on high-school performers go on to change the world, run the world, or impress the world? The answer seems to be clear: zero,” said Eric Barker in his book Barking Up the Wrong Tree, where he cites the Boston University research.
While these top students generally become successful, they rarely achieve the kind of success that alters the course of History. Students who struggle with formal education, however, are more likely to get there. To be clear, a study of 700 American millionaires found that their average GPA was just 2.9.
According to Barker, this phenomenon is due to two different factors. The first one is that while “schools reward students who consistently do what they are told”, life rewards people who shake things up.
The Boston University researcher, Karen Arnold, explained: “Essentially, we are rewarding conformity and the willingness to go along with the system.” Top students basically found out what the teachers were after and delivered it consistently, but they didn't search their own way.
While top students are used to playing by the rules, world's most influential thinkers and leaders have come up with an out-of-the-box solution to some political or scientific issue. Being an expert on something that is already working well never made anybody famous. Instead, leaders have come up with a new approach or a new invention that has revolutionized the world, not to conform with what is already there.
According to Barker, “in school, rules are very clear. In life, rules are not so clear. So a certain amount of not playing by the rules is advantageous once you get out of a closed system like education.”
The other reason is that while schools reward being a generalist, the real world rewards passion and expertise. Barkers explains that although you might be fascinated in some particular subject in high school, eventually you'll have to move on to another subject. On the contrary, things work differently in the career world. There you have to focus on one particular domain and you are expected to excel at it.
As high school doesn't allow intellectual students who enjoy learning to follow their passions, that is why the struggle with the education system. One successful entrepreneur once said, “if I had a 4.0 at graduation, it stood for the number of parties I went to the night before rather than my GPA.” Instead of trying to please other people, entrepreneurs follow their passion or look for something that fascinates them and then focus on that opportunity. That explains the high dropout rates among entrepreneurs.
According to Barker, “Valedictorians often go on to be the people who support the system - they become a part of the system - but they don't change the system or overthrow the system.”
This study doesn't meant that if you were a top student, you won't achieve big time success. What you might learn from this study is that following rules doesn't work in the real world the way it does in high school. To be able to succeed, you have to take risks and persevere. While entrepreneurs love risks, they like to control the outcome. Great entrepreneurs focus on removing as much risk from their endeavor as possible and they only take risks that are worth it, where they feel they have an advantage and they can influence the outcome. You need to bet to win, not to take unnecessary risks. It's not about a leap of faith or the thrill of gambling, but of investing in something new that is calculated to get good results.
Although entrepreneurs must have self-discipline to maximize their resources, entrepreneurs must challenge the system but they need to do this with excellent execution skills.


Google shows job postings


Google shows job postings


They do say that Dr. Google knows it all, and now it even helps you find a new job. The search giant has launched a new feature that allows users to search relevant job postings and lists them in results. As you soon as you search for a job in the U.S. version of Google, you'll see such results immediately. you just need to search for “jobs near me” or something similar.
Users in the U.S. can search for a term like “teaching jobs” or “jobs in the area”, and Google will display listings from sites like Monster, LinkedIn, WayUp, DirectEmployers, Career Builder, Glassdoor and Facebook. The company provides a variety of filters to narrow down results by title, category, date posted and type.
After filtering down jobs by a number of different criteria, there will be reviews and ratings of the employer from trusted sites next to a description of the role. If job seekers are logged into their Google account, Google will also show you how long your commute would be from home, and allow searchers to turn on alerts to receive email notifications when new jobs become available.
Before creating this job list, Google has to remove all the duplicate listings that employers post to all these job sites. Google will link you to the one with the most complete job posting. Then, its machine learning-trained algorithms sift through and categorize them. The search results use a form of artificial intelligence that categorizes and lists the job postings from all the different sites. Once jobs match your profile and you choose one, Google will direct you to the job site to start the actual application process. “We hope this will act as an incentive for sites to share all the pertinent details in their listings for job seekers,” said a Google spokesperson.
As to the job application process, Google doesn't involve itself in the process itself. The application process is handled by the website Google directed you to.
"With this new experience, we aim to connect Americans to job opportunities across the U.S., so no matter who you are or what kind of job you're looking for, you can find job postings that match your needs," said Nick Zakrasek, product manager at Google.
This new capability places Google in competition with, which is a popular search engine - with over 200 million unique visitors each month - that compiles job postings from different websites. Whether it poses a threat to, it is obvious it doesn't threaten other websites that match the job postings with the searcher's experience. LinkedIn and WayUp, for instance, suggest positions that matches the user's profile.
Rather than a competitor, this project is about collaboration. LinkedIn, Monster, WayUp, DirectEmployers, CareerBuilder, Glassdoor and Facebook are some of the partners Google is working on for this project. The search giant has helped websites by instructing them on how to make sure that their job posts come up in Google.
This new search results are part of the “Google for Jobs” initiative at the company, aimed at matching job seekers with employers. Although they do provide a service to job seekers, the search giant is not trying to compete with websites like Monster or LinkedIn as it has no intention of letting employers directly post job openings on its search engine, according to an interview Nick Zakrasek - Google's product manager for this product - gave to TechCrunch. “We (Google) want to do what we do best: search. We want the players in the ecosystem to be more successful,” said Zakrasek. Anything beyond that is not within Google's scope of action, he added.
In the interview, Zakrasek said: “Finding a job is like dating. Each person has a unique set of preferences and it only takes one person to fill this job.”
Google's statements were backed up by's CTO Conal Thompson, when asked how this cooperation with Google will change the competitive landscape for job sites. “Google's new job search product aligns with our core strategy and will allow candidates to explore jobs from across the web and refine search criteria to meet their unique needs,” he wrote. “Yes, as with anything, there will be some challenges and adjustments to existing job posting sites; the biggest perhaps being for those that are currently driven by SEO.”


Career Advice for Millennials


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Recent research from Bloomberg predicts that Gen Z-ers will account for 2.47 billion people of the 7.7 billion inhabitants of planet Earth this 2019 - that is 32%, and surpasses the 2.43 billion figure for Millennials for the first time.

From the world of arts to politics, social habits, careers, and food, the generation of millennials has heavily impacted every aspect of society. Technology and internet have played key roles in the evolution of this culture, represented by people born from the mid 80s until the early 2000s. Now that this generation is at their prime, they are changing the rules of the game in society.

Studies show that millennials are more likely to own a mobile phone and a laptop, which increases the interconnectedness of this demography despite geography, culture and religion. According to the Huffington Post, the millennials, “With their unprecedented access to data and education, will be a driving force toward either cultural integrity and globalization” which means that this culture has to be taken into account as they are the future, they are the ones who hold the leader roles and they represent the work force.
In their careers, millennials focus on a work-life balance, social consciousness, production of meaningful work, finding a creative outlet and immediate feedback to encourage productivity and purpose.
Millennials, however, need guidance in their careers. Although they might want to revolutionize the workplace, they are still some cards on the table they need to play. Here are some tips for millennials in their careers:
First of all, think of your career as a series of experiences. Millennials are always eager to get immediate compensation. They are used to posting something on social media and getting feedback right away. They are used to shopping online with a few taps on their phone. They are used to immediacy and thus they want to get recognition as soon as they enter the workforce. This is not the way careers work, however, and it takes time. The way to think of your career is a collection experiences whether you stayed with one employer or worked for 10, or you had a bachelor's degree or a master's degree or diversified your expertise. The gist of it all is that you need to view your career as a learning path and you have to be a lifelong learner. This is a way to get compensation out every job you had or course you took because you focus on how this has enlightened you. This experiences expand your knowledge and expertise.
“In the past, people were willing to work for a boss; today they want to work for a mentor,” said Mike Maughan, head of brand growth at global insights at Qualtrics. “It goes back to the idea that they're looking for career trajectory.”
Never settle for a job that doesn't motivate you!
They might accuse millennials of being self-entitled and of having job-hopping reputations, but the thing with millennials is that they need gratification that goes beyond covering their monetary needs. They need to be passionate about what they are doing to feel content. Therefore, don't settle for a job that gives you any less; otherwise, you'll never be happy.
When you graduate, you are going to feel a lot of pressure to get any job to pay the bills and that won't last long if you do, according to research. Besides, companies are not interested in having someone that is only there to make money when they could hire someone else that is actually passionate about what they are doing and they are going to give it all they've got.
Motivation can do great things. When you are passionate about your job, you are not in the office just to see the hours pass, but you actually try to do your very best and it comes naturally because you enjoy it. That is the best way to propel your career forward.
Once you get the job you want, focus on making a big impact right away. This will get the company to pay attention to you and give you their support. As you are more involved in the company, you'll get more projects, more responsibilities and you'll start mastering your job, landing better projects and proving yourself. This, in turn, will increase your pay, title and you'll get the best gigs.
Whether you succeed or fail, if you take risks, you'll learn and this is a good way to move forward. If you do manage the situation, you will improve your confidence and improve your reputation. These days being an entrepreneur is the way forward and taking risks will make you look better in the workplace and will allow to become successful. No entrepreneur has ever said they've never taken a risk in their life. 

Career Advice by Experts


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You might have heard tons of career advice such as “do what you love,” “always be the first one and the last to leave,” or “go the extra mile.” That sounds great in an idyllic world but they are forgetting something: nobody cares about your career more than you do. While you might think that giving it all you've got will automatically propel your career forward, this is not usually the case. You cannot wait for others to recognize and reward your brilliance. That is why you must keep looking to improve your possibilities and that will make you valuable to anyone around you. Here are some pieces of advice that will get you moving to start Jan 2019 in the right way to build a solid career:

If your boss is not a good leader, try to find a mentor, someone who are good at their job and get them to lead you. Try and learn as much as you can from them, ask for advice and watch how they work, so you take what you can from it and make some progress.
"When you want to learn some skill, look around for someone who is already good at it. Then just watch what they do, and copy it. Find what works for you, and modify it to your own abilities and style." - John Caprani.
"In a new job, accept those first few invitations to lunch or happy hour. If you decline them, for whatever reason, they will stop, and you may find yourself an inadvertent outsider." - Laura Cooke, marketing communications director.
"Try to make the next person's job down the line easier. For example, if you are working on a project that goes through different hands, see what kinds of things you can do on your end that will make the process flow easier for the next person who performs the next step." - Richard Gary Butler, artist and writer.
Richard Gary Butler also quoted Stephen Covey‘s best seller The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People. “Learn the art of sharpening the saw or the axe, before you begin the job at hand. In all our jobs, there are various tools that we use through the process. Proper maintenance to all these tools, including the tool of oneself, will make the job flow easier and you will be more productive. Trying to do work with inadequate tools or ones that require maintenance, will make the job harder and less productive.”
"Don't look too busy. I've seen smart and dedicated employees fail to get promoted, because they have taken on too much, working too hard, and appeared too frazzled. If you appear stressed, people will think you aren't prepared to take on more, and you'll miss opportunities for new and innovative projects." - Mira Zaslove, product manager at Cisco.
Always take the high road and avoid hallway conversations about your boss and how ineffective he is.
“Never, ever cook fish in the office microwave.” - Ryan Harvey, institutional investment consultant.
“As you move up, your future success depends on doing unassigned work and responsibilities. Anyone who made it past the hiring process can do the assigned job at the company, but it takes a lot more to deliver value to the company that wasn't assigned or even thought of." - Victor Wong, CEO of PaperG.
"Understand when people see you check your phone at every call, then don't answer when they call, they then know you put them on a low priority." - Mike Leary, psychotherapist in private practice.
"Help others even if there is no direct benefit to yourself. It takes so little energy to answer questions, provide referrals, open doors, etc., for people who need your help, even if doing so offers you nothing immediate in return. Your efforts will be rewarded in the future in wholly unexpected ways." - Scott Wainner, entrepreneur, founder at Fareness.
"Entitlement is a career killer. Focus on staying grateful and working hard rather than feeling that things are owed to you. If you do this you will look for opportunities without falling into the entitlement mindset that many people fall into. This will help you build the habits necessary to succeed." - Scott Miker, author, speaker and small business advisor.
"The network of people you know who leave your current company are often times more valuable to you than those with your company." - James Schek, published writer.
"The weaknesses that you're unaware of will hurt you the most. This is your blind spot. You must determine your hidden weaknesses and work to overcome them, and you're going to need the help from others to do this." - David Osborne, published writer.
"Ask your boss what his biggest problem is, and make it go away." - Victoria Backaitis, published writer.
"Don't just look up - look laterally as well, because people with diverse experience usually progress faster than people with more experience." - Vikrant Vaidya, technical lead (consulting) at Jaguar.
Richard Gary Butler also gives traditional advice like making yourself visible to your managers: “To increase your value and make yourself more visible, do more than what is expected of you, go the extra mile, and do this with enthusiasm. If you only do what is expected of you and nothing more, you are just another employee. But if you go beyond expectations, you bring value not only to yourself, but to your company. Your manager will also enjoy having you on the team.”
But then he gives more interesting advice: “Learn and apply the value of proper interpersonal skills. In all of life, especially on the job, we are in contact with people. How we treat those we meet every day, or even intermittently, will determine your true success.”


7 Apps for Start-Ups


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From media consultant to marketing manager, customer service and specialist, small business owners need to be able to manage many different fields to maximize the business's productivity. As it can get confusing managing all these aspects, it's good to have apps that help you become a better entrepreneur. While some of these apps are free, some require a monthly fee but it's worth it.

Evernote will help you get organized. You can collect pieces of information from the web, tag them so you can find them easily, and then embed pictures, tables, audio and video. With this app, you can access all of your business content with a few taps on your phone wherever you are and on all your devices.
Evernote helps you get organized as the app helps you sort out your company information into separate notebooks; for instance, business docs, coupons, flyers, insurance info, receipts and expenses. Once you've had them organized, you can even share them with your business partners or staff. In the folder of expenses you can save bills and receipts you have previously scanned with the app.
This app is an accounting software created for small businesses with fewer than 10 employees. Wave will turn you into a financial expert and accountant in not time. If you have problems sorting out your finances, this is the app for you. It tracks sales and expenses, manages invoices, pays employees, scan receipts and generates reports. It's like having an accountant but without having to pay for one and being able to directly manage everything yourself.
This app allows you to customize your expense/income categories, and then you can see them in a graph. You can also take a picture of your receipts and turn them into complete accounting transactions. The app also generates accounting reports and invite the people you trust, like business partners, assistants and accounting professionals, to help you manage books.
This app is a time tracker. This app helps you see how you spend your time so you can maximize your productivity. It allows you track projects, view graphs, export time sheets and sync your output with several other project management apps.
As you log your hours, you see how you spend your time and you get an overview of the hours spent on different tasks and projects. The project Dashboards allow you to keep track of which tasks take the most time and how profitable your projects and clients are. The dashboards also allow you to find out who are your most productive team members.
One reviewer said that Toggle is “easy to get team started tracking their time. Toggle has a browser extension, desktop app and mobile app to make sure there's no excuse to not track what you're doing. I also like how ‘real time' all the apps are. When I start a timer, it is started across all the apps and I can interact with the timer wherever is easiest at the time whether it is the mobile, browser or desktop app. The design is also great and easy on the eyes. The pricing is amazing for startups too, it's free for pretty much anything.”
When asked what business problems they are solving with the product, the reviewer said: “A new team doing new things and we're trying to understand where our time is going. Using Toggle has begun to help us get a handle on our time allocation for customers and projects. It's great for transparency! It's great for transparency! It's great for transparency!”
This is a great app for small business with small teams. With a database boasting professionals in all fields that can work as freelancers, Upwork allows small business to hire freelancers per project. All they have to do is post a job on their platform and then you'll be automatically matched with the right freelancer for the job. “Hiring freelancers allows businesses access to sharply-honed skills that simply aren't available elsewhere,” said Upwork CEO, Stephane Kasriel.
This app allows you to browse freelancer profiles, reviews and proposals, interview them and then hire them immediately. The platform allows you to chat, share files and collaborate with just a few taps on your phone. You can even make payments with it. This app allows you to browse freelancer profiles, reviews and proposals, interview them and then hire them immediately. The platform allows you to chat, share files and collaborate with just a few taps on your phone. You can even make payments with it.


Best Freelance Websites to find Jobs


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Nowadays it is not strange to become a freelancer. In fact, the digital nomad lifestyle keeps growing. Indeed, freelancers make up 35 percent of the U.S. workforce. People who work off-site are in demand since they help companies meet their business goals. Freelancers are useful for companies as they don't require contracts that other employees do. Besides, they are hired for project, which maximizes their productivity. They are not getting paid per hour, out of which they might spend time on social media, and they are not paid for holidays or sick leave.

Whether you are looking for another source of income, more professional development opportunities or like the freedom freelancing offers, you just need to get out there and find these opportunities to start earning money.
If you are wondering where to find these opportunities, here's a list of websites where you can find freelance job opportunities. Before you shop around these websites, try to establish a portfolio of past work.
With over 1.5 million clients, Upwork is the most popular freelance job site on the Internet today. From short to long-term projects, hourly or per project work, and both expert-level and entry-level projects, the website suits everyone regardless of where they are in their career. When you first start out, they take a 20% part of your earnings, but this will decrease as you get more experience.
This is a great website for beginners as it allows you to make a profile right away and gives you payment protection. Upwork has been praised for representing the ultimate informal workplace communication, employing social media tools and cloud-based applications to encourage productivity. This reduces search friction, maximizes productivity and efficiency, and, therefore, benefits the economy as a whole.
Also highly popular, Guru is a good alternative to Upwork as it doesn't charge you Upwork's high service fees. Over a million freelancers use this platform to find both fixed and hourly jobs. They just post their profile and the website has a feature that matches new job opportunities with your experience and what you are looking for.
Apart from allowing you to apply to freelance jobs, Freelancer also features contests for freelancers to compete and prove their skills. Although the website is relatively new, it already has a huge base of users; as there are so many customers and clients, it is an excellent place to showcase your abilities and get more jobs.
Unlike the other websites, Toptal targets seasoned freelancers. Even though the website has a meticulous screening process, once you pass it, you get access to meaning projects with huge clients (including JPMorgan, Zendesk, Airbnb, etc) and fair compensation (no low-bid contests).
We Work Remotely
This is the ultimate job board for freelancers. Jobs include customer service, programming and more. Despite offering jobs in all areas - which traditionally require an office - the website showcases freelance jobs only.
Onsite is an invite-only platform that requires you to provide work examples to be considered for admission. Once you are in, however, you'll have access to a large marketplace of fantastic freelance opportunities.
This platform allows its users to submit a project idea they want to take off. The website then assigns a project manager and matches them with “experts” to make it happen. The site allows you become one of these “experts” and benefit from the job opportunities.
You might have seen Indeed while searching for a job. The reason why Indeed is all over the place is because the site compiles data from job opportunities around the Internet all in one place. The website's reach is so massive, you might be able to get over a thousand job opportunities on one go.
With that name, you already know they kept freelancers in mind when they built this platform. The site allows you to set up your profile, set your rates and apply for job postings on the sites.
Skip the Drive
The database includes remote and telecommute jobs in business, accounting, web development, human resources, customer service, engineering and more.
Working Nomads
The site offers a list of freelance jobs that get sent straight to your inbox. They had freelancers in mind when they built this website so everything you find on its database will be relevant to you.


Amazon-Whole Foods deal


Whole Foods

Giant Amazon acquired Whole Foods and, subsequently changed the world of everyone in the business of selling, supplying or hauling groceries.

With its $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods, has become one of the major players in the U.S. grocery industry. The move could also turn into profits for food manufacturers, other supermarket chains such as the nation's largest by market share, Kroger, and for the biggest seller of groceries in the U.S. which is Walmart. The online seller getting into the world of groceries could also create a challenge for companies that deliver groceries, including Fresh Direct and Peapod.
“Once Amazon is a player in the industry, anything can go,” said Joe Agnese, senior food retailing analyst at CFRA. “The big threat is what else they can do. Now that they have a retail presence with (more than) 400 stores, long-term they can expand on that threat. They can (bring) pricing pressure. They could bring down prices and everyone would have to match them or lose share."
Over the years, Amazon has explored new markets and introduced online shopping to new areas of business such as books, electronics, clothes and household items. Amazon has changed the world of retail by offering the opportunity to customers of buying these products online for less money and then getting delivered them to their doors. As online shopping is more efficiently than buying from a bricks-and-mortar shop, Amazon entering these areas of businesses meant the demise of smaller shops as well as big household names.
The empire doesn't end in the acquisition of Whole Foods. “I don't think that this will be the last of Amazon's purchases,” said Rafael Romero, vice president of Florida-based real estate firm CREC's retail division. “They fully recognize that brick and mortar and online retailing is all retailing and you need both.”
Amazon's success in every retail industry is thanks to their research of the market and adaptation to the market. Thanks to Amazon's expertise in crunching customer data, they are ready to attract new markets. Amazon also means the future as the new generations are more used to shopping online, and Amazon is already a giant in this area. The new generations are used to using their smartphones and with a few taps on their phone they buy something they want.
“I think it's a great idea,” Trish Wichmann of New York said about Amazon's reputation for speedy service. “(Consumers are) used to texting. We're used to instant gratification. That's what we want. I think industries are trying to do that.”
Thanks to Amazon's ability to crunch the numbers, they know what customers want and they are ready to offer it to them. That is why the big food stores that haven't adapted themselves to the new day and age, or they haven't done market research, are catching on. Amazon knows how to use technology to target its customers. For instance, they pay attention to a customer's shopping history and they use that make suggestions for new purchases. This way they keep their customers shopping while Amazon grows and grows.
"Amazon is smart about mining data. They own data like Saudi Arabia has crude oil. Data is going to become only more (important) for those in grocery store business," said Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst at
As Amazon continues to grow and has already create its own brand, food manufacturers and producers have to catch up as well unless they don't want to be swallowed by the giant online seller.
If Amazon does indeed get to monopolize this area of businesses, they will also be able to control the price of it. There would be no competition so they will have immense power. "If Amazon is able to gain the kind of scale they want in this space, they'll be very tough in commanding a price," Hamrick said.
If Amazon cuts Whole Foods' high prices - which is likely to do - mass retailers now selling groceries as well as supermarkets need to gear up and become more competitive in order to keep their customers.
With new competition entering the market, Walmart's era might be over. For almost three decades, Walmart has been the biggest threat to the supermarket industry and ever since the chain began to add profitable clothing, it has also been competing up against clothing retailers. Apart from Amazon entering the market, Germany's Lidl and Aldi have entered the market and with their varied products and low prices, they have created an extremely competitive environment. Times are changing and traditional businesses have to gear up in order to survive.


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