Making Time for Professional Development When Owning a Business


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Whether you’ve been a business owner for years, or you’ve just begun your journey into entrepreneurship, professional development is likely one of the last tasks on your mind. With so many business needs pulling you in multiple directions, it can be easy to forget to spend time developing yourself.

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Kotak Mahindra Bank Debit Cards, Credit Cards users alert! Update on making payments, bills



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Kotak Mahindra Bank on Wednesday announced that its VISA debit and credit cardholders can now make payments via the Google Pay mobile app. Using a process called tokenisation that hides sensitive card information, Kotak customers can now link their Kotak debit and/or credit card to Google Pay and then seamlessly and securely digitally transact using their mobile phones across different payment platforms.

“Not only is this process highly secure, but also very convenient as cardholders now do not need to enter their card information for every transaction, transforming the end-user experience,” Kotak Mahindra Bank said.

“Under this value proposition, Kotak customers can now use their Kotak VISA debit and/or credit cards to make payments virtually via Google Pay. Put simply, sensitive card information such as the card number, expiry date, CVV etc. is replaced with a ‘token’, and this token gets used for processing payments

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Former NSW MP Daryl Maguire tells ICAC he didn’t report ‘cash-for-visa scam’ because he was making money

Former NSW MP Daryl Maguire has told a corruption inquiry he did not report his involvement in a “cash-for-visa scam” because he was making money.

The former Wagga Wagga MP is accused of using his position in Parliament to benefit himself and his related business associates.

Within half an hour of questioning in NSW’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), Mr Maguire admitted to using his parliamentary office and resources to conduct various business dealings, including receiving thousands of dollars in cash at his office as part of the visa scam.

He also admitted to acting as a shadow director for a business known as G8wayInternational, as well as using his parliamentary staff, resources, mailing system and even the parliamentary library for the business.

Mr Maguire said those business interests were not disclosed as they should have been in line with his obligations as an MP.

Later, he told the hearing

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Will Joe Biden Raise Taxes on People Making Less Than $400,000? Trump, GOP Criticize Proposal

Nonpartisan tax groups and critics of President Donald Trump alike have rebuked a repeated claim by Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, that Joe Biden intends to raise taxes on “82 percent of Americans.”



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McDaniel’s false claim Sunday prompted Biden staff and supporters to highlight that Biden’s proposed tax plan promises never to raise taxes on any American who makes less than $400,000 per year. McDaniel shared on Twitter a Sunday interview in which Biden campaign co-chairman Rep. Cedric Richmond reiterated that middle-class Americans will not be hit with new taxes. McDaniel dismissed Richmond’s statement and instead pointed toward

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The Ultimate Guide To Starting A Side Hustle Part 5: Making Money

At this point, you most likely know what you’d like your side hustle to be. You’ve narrowed down your niche, looked into the feasibility of it, set expectations with your loved ones and defined what systems need to be created. Now it’s time to look at the money. 

Making money is thrilling when you start a side hustle. Generating a dollar out of thin air, instead of going into a job is exciting, and not always so easy. Here are a few things you will want to keep in mind when it comes to making money in your side hustle.

Define What You’re Selling

The first thing you need to do is define what you’re selling. Because you’ve already narrowed down your niche, you know who you will be serving – so now

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These small-business owners are still making it work, coronavirus and all


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In the frantic days of late March, as the coronavirus panic burst forth and cities and towns began to impose lockdown orders, MarketWatch spoke to four small-business owners from around the country.

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All four were successful, and most were planning some form of expansion in what then seemed like a booming economy. Yet even as early as March, these owners had already tasted some of the new normal and pivoted to other business strategies.

Each knew the hard part still lay ahead.

In early October, we reached out again to to see how they’ve made it through. There have been more downs than ups over the past few months, but amazingly, all four owners expect their 2020 business to be not far off what they’d anticipated before the virus hit.

Each expressed a sense of being lucky, and of watching the disparate economic

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A chief investment strategist explains why making short-term bets ahead of the election is a risky strategy



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  • A Charles Schwab chief investment strategist explained why making short-term bets ahead of the election is a risky strategy.
  • In the span of the last 30 election cycles, there have been a range of significant impacts on market performance that had “little-to-no relationship” with the incumbent party in the White House, the strategist, Liz Ann Sonders, noted.
  • Considering the multitude of market outcomes in every election cycle, she said “the economy impacts elections more than elections impact the economy.”
  • Investors looking for clear connections between the election and market performance cannot expect easy answers, she said.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Betting on election outcomes is risky as history makes it clear that the relationship between politics and the stock market is varied and absent of consistency, according to a chief investment strategist at Charles Schwab, Liz Ann Sonders.

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5 Tips for Making Money in Cheap Stocks



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First, let’s get something straight. The definition of penny stocks is entirely subjective. What I think constitutes a risky penny stock, you might feel is a robust, thriving enterprise.

Therefore, before I answer the question of whether you can make money in penny stocks, I’m going to explain what I believe is the best definition of a penny stock. From there, I’ll tackle the five rules investors should follow to be successful in trading cheap investments like penny stocks.

The Definition: Merriam-Webster defines penny stock as “a usually unlisted highly speculative stock usually selling for a dollar or less.” Hence, the penny-stock moniker. Others are more liberal in their interpretation of what constitutes a penny stock.

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10 books to read to start making real money from your side hustle

  • Many people are trying to start a side hustle during the pandemic, as rising unemployment and reduced hours are pushing them to look for creative, independent ways to make money.
  • But the desire to simply survive isn’t enough to make it as a professional side hustler, experts say.
  • Those who’ve successfully transitioned into working for themselves share with Business Insider the 10 books that helped them find success on the side. 
  • Whether it’s how to’s or a personal account of finding motivation, these books offer practical advice and actionable steps on transforming your passion project into a lucrative source of freedom. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Thanks to the coronavirus, unemployment is way up and so are new side hustles. Millions have been thrown out of work or seen their hours cut, and according to a host of surveys, many are responding by finding creative, independent ways to

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