European Map of the Best Start-ups to Follow in 2018

Contributed article in our entrepreneurial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Start-ups or emerging companies are businesses in the construction phase and generally related to technology but there are also many from the travel sector and food industry. Given their potential for revaluation, they are usually supported by venture capital funds. Europe is the home of some of the most important and prominent start-up nurseries on the planet. Cities such as Berlin, Stockholm or London are the ideal ecosystem for this type of companies.

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But more and more in all corners of the continent show up these types of companies. Ireland, with Future Finance, or Denmark, with Trustpilot, are examples of countries with a technological start-up that has exceeded 100 million dollars of valuation to date.Continue reading

3 UK Startup Hacks from Diverse Sectors

Contributed article in our entrepreneurial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

There are now five million UK self-employed workers and recent rises in their numbers account for more than half of the nation’s growth in employment. Some of these workers operate in the ‘gig economy’ where they perform services like food delivery. But the new wave of British self-employment also includes entrepreneurs in sectors as different as traditional trades, education and advertising. So if you’re thinking of being your own boss, take a look at these three UK startup hacks from diverse sectors.

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Most Brits call carpenters joiners — and if you’re time-served in this trade, creating your own company is a natural next step. Continue reading

The Benefits of Starting a Business in Kuwait

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

When starting a business in the Middle East region, it’s difficult to know what country will be the most suitable. Entrepreneurs worry about access to good employees, capital through local banks, and other considerations that can cause many sleepless nights.

Here are four of the main benefits of starting a business in Kuwait.

Friendly Culture

The first thing that is noticed and often surprises people who have little experience in the Middle East region is how the culture is so welcoming. People are friendly and open to new people visiting or moving there. While Islam is the religion in Kuwait, it is studied and practiced through a modern lens and is far more progressive than often seen or experienced elsewhere.

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The Rise of the Circular Economy

Contributed article in our sustainability series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

What is a Circular Economy? This term is epitomized in the “recycle” symbol of an arrow going around in a circle. In a world where resources are dwindling, circular economy is the potential answer to concerns about energy, about landfill use, and social responsibility. The term refers to eco-friendly behavior, which is potentially beneficial to everyone involved.

To learn more, checkout the infographic below created by the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Online MBA program.Continue reading

Getting Started with Capital Gains Tax

Contributed article in our business series from “Thirty Six Months”. Enjoy! – Kimberly

We’ve covered a lot of investment related topics here at Thirty Six Months. In the previous post, I talked about how to exit an investment. Here, however, we’re going to focus on the capital gains tax. According to Villanova University and its MSA program online, capital gains tax is the tax you pay on the gain in investment. The tax is paid when you choose to sell the investment and pocket the gain. If you’re investing in the stock market, for instance, the profit you make when you sell your shares is taxed.Continue reading

Online Trading as Interest Rates Cut

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Contributed article in our global business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Savers in the UK face challenging times ahead with the Bank of England cutting its base rate. Long-term investments such as pension funds have been devastated by the change in rates. In fact, pension fund deficits have increased to about £26,000 per household in the UK. There are a few options available to those who wish to consider alternatives to returns on their investments, and one of them is online trading.

Online trading is becoming increasingly popular. One reason for the rise in its popularity is the virtual trading platforms that some broker houses provide. These virtual platforms simulate the real market and offers the man on the street a chance to become familiar with trading. The user is then exposed to real-life practices without real-life risk and thus begins the user’s path in online trading. Continue reading

VPS vs Dedicated Hosting: Which is Best for You?

VPSContributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

There are many options for you in the world of web hosting, and sometimes when you have lots of options, it’s hard to figure out which one is going to suit you best. Hosting services can be put into four categories:VPS (virtual private servers), dedicated hosting, shared hosting and managed hosting. With all that choice, which type of hosting should you be using? Here’s a look at the two most popular methods of web hosting; VPS and dedicated hosting, to help you decide which one is best for you.

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3 Critical Steps for Leading Your Business into New Markets

leadershipContributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

With the recession now said to be safely behind us, many businesses are venturing out into new markets. Some are expanding locally while others are spreading their wings farther afield to foreign lands where there is virgin territory for their products and services. If you are a company director charged with leading your business into new markets, the following three steps are critical.

1. Give Your Team a More Localised Insight

When branching out into a whole new market, some people on your team may not understand the differences in language and culture. Continue reading

Digital Nomads & The Remote Work Revolution (Infographic)

Contributed article in our business series. (Originally posted here.) Enjoy! – Kimberly

Back in 1990 barely anyone classed themselves as a freelancer or telecommuter. Sure there were independent contractors, but computers and the internet were almost exclusively an office based phenomenon, and those that did have cell phones could literally only make phone calls.

When AOL made home internet connections more viable, when email took off, and laptops and computers became faster and more versatile, the first remote office workers emerged. 15% of the working US population fit this mold by the early 2000s, and in 2015 this number is around 30%. This directly correlates with faster internet speeds, the use of software and apps, and the rise of mobile technology. Some experts likePieter Levels predict 14% of the entire world population will adopt some kind of digital nomad lifestyle by 2035!

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