4 Spending Regrets of the Pandemic

The current COVID-19 pandemic has caused upheaval across all facets of life. Things that we all normally took for granted, like the kids going to school, summer vacations and freedom to travel wherever we want all were curtailed. Many households were also negatively affected financially. Many people lost their jobs, and many others had their incomes cut. 

The change in circumstances also caused changes in spending habits, and not always for the better. In this article, we’ll look at people who shared some of their spending experiences during the pandemic. Listen to their stories and think of your own situation, and then we will also look for ways that we can improve.

Buying the same things everyone else wants

First, it was toilet paper and hand sanitizer — no matter how much money you might have had, in March and April it was just about impossible to get either Read the rest

If You Want to Succeed, Plan to Fail

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Have you ever heard the maxim, “Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst”? As an , that’s exactly how you should operate.

Nobody ever expects to fail, but if you’re not prepared for it, you could be in for a rude awakening. And if you do succeed, you’ll be that much more able to manage risks down the road. 

What does planning to fail look like? These five steps can save your bacon — and boost your .

1. Have a savings safety net

Putting up safety nets protects you personally, regardless of what happens to your business. The best place to start is your emergency savings account.

Experts often suggest setting aside six months of living expenses. The better advice, however, is to think about how much cash you might

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Legendary Georgetown Coach John Thompson Jr. Dies at 78

Legendary Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson Jr., who helped grow Big East basketball in the 1980s, has died at 78.

Thompson won the 1984 NCAA National Championship and took the Hoyas to three Final Fours in the 1980s. The players Thompson coached during his career include Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famers Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo, and Allen Iverson, who thanked Thompson during his Hall of Fame induction speech.

“This is a person that, when I came to college—I was 18—helped me to grow,” Ewing, the current Georgetown coach, said according to ESPN. “Even though my mom and dad were always there, he was always a person I could pick up the phone and call if I had a problem or if I had a question.”

The Big East legend is known as a pioneer for kicking the door open for a generation of minority coaches. … Read the rest

How to make data-driven decisions using Google marketing tools

This post was originally published on Oct. 4, 2018 and was updated on August 31, 2020.

When it comes to marketing, data allows your business to tell its story in the most effective way possible. Google marketing tools help businesses operating in virtually every sector to extract, analyze, and optimize data to make the right marketing decisions.

With technology changing at a lightning-fast pace, business owners and operators need a set of tools that deliver simplicity, as well as promote brands by referring to data.

How to make data-driven decisions using Google marketing tools

Too much data can overwhelm the savviest business owner. Google marketing tools present data in easy to understand terms that you can use to attract the right target audience and then build your loyal customer base.

To help with that goal, we’ll be looking at the following:

  • Insights to make data-driven decisions.
  • Case study for Google
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4 Tips for Women to Feel Empowered About Their Finances

Women bear the responsibilities of maintaining a household, family demands and chasing career goals while also making room for personal aspirations. As daunting (and tiring) as it may seem, the resilience of women shines through the work we commit to each and every day. While things often fall off and add to our daily to-do lists, we can’t afford to let our financial future slip away because of competing priorities. Use the tips below to reignite, re-boost and re-energize your thoughts and actions as it relates to your finances.

Set clear, reasonable goals

When was the last time you’ve had the opportunity to sit down and update, reset or create new goals? Even if this activity has to be divided into a few days or different time intervals, dedicate some time to think about where you want to be financially. What’s most important to you? As women, we have a Read the rest

How This Black-Owned Luxury Luggage Pivoted When Coronavirus Shut Down Travel

Every frequent flier knows the importance of finding the right luggage. For women travelers, and especially those of us who are constantly packing and unpacking for business trips, getting everything we need into one bag that we’d actually want to carry can be a challenge.

Sonja Salmon lived those frustrations firsthand as she criss-crossed the globe for work, from her home base in Toronto to Bermuda, London, Hong Kong, and Switzerland. In 2014, she traded in her day job as a high-flying finance exec to start Ebby Rane, a line of luxury luggage named after her two grandfathers—who were both entrepreneurs in Jamaica.

Black Enterprise caught up with Salmon to talk about what it’s like as a woman designing luggage for the way women travel, and what happens to your business when travelers around the world are grounded.

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Tips for The Average Joe

Things to Consider When Buying a Home Insurance

Home insurance is good for you as a homeowner since it helps to insure the building and the possession that you have. The policy will help you to cover some of the standards perils that can happen to your house and this can be physical damage to the building such as a tree fall or a car accident hitting the house or having your valuable goods in the house stolen. While many of the homeowners tend to think that price of the policy that you are going to take for your home protection should only be based on the price but the truth is, as much as you would consider the price since you will be using that figure in paying of premiums, there are many more things that you need to consider when buying the insurance for your home. Highlighted in … Read the rest

What Research About Can Teach You

How to Hire a Good Locksmith

Locksmiths work with windows, cars, safes, and doors, among others. They install, fix, and change locks in cars, residential buildings, and commercial buildings. In addition, they provide services to people who get locked out. Locksmiths’ qualifications differ, the reason you need to carefully vet those you list so as to choose the best. Below is a list of some factors you should consider when hiring a locksmith.

Check whether a potential locksmith operates 24 hours. The locksmith you want to settle for should be available round the clock. What if you find yourself unable to get into your house or car late at night? In case the locksmith you choose have specific working hours, you are exposed to the risk of robbery. However, a locksmith who works 24/7 will be of more help no matter what time you need them.

Ensure you check affordability. … Read the rest