Avoid the top 7 tech mistakes most small businesses make

There was a time when small-business people did not have to be geeky or tech savvy.

How quaint.

Especially now, in this COVID-19 world, it is vital that anyone owning, running or working in a small business be as smart about technology as they are about business.

That is sometimes easier said than done.

Here are the most common tech mistakes that small businesses make, and how to avoid them.

1. Looking small

Of all the great things the internet has brought to small business – and the ability to sell anywhere, anytime is just for starters – maybe best of all is that there is no need to ever look small again. You may be small offline, but online, you can look every bit as big as your biggest competitor. If your website and social presence aren’t top notch, you are leaving money on the table.

2. Lack of

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NYC Sets Checkpoints; Florida Cases Top 500,000: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — New York City will set checkpoints at key entry points to make sure travelers from 35 states or territories with high Covid transmission rates fill out forms to enforce state quarantine rules. Florida’s case count topped 500,000.

Johnson & Johnson will supply 100 million doses of its experimental Covid-19 vaccine to the U.S. The U.K. agreed to invest $18 million in a Scottish vaccine-manufacturing plant, while Moderna Inc. said it has received $400 million of deposits for its potential Covid-19 shot.

The global death toll from Covid-19 surpassed 700,000, data from Johns Hopkins University showed. China will speed up approvals for rapid-turnaround coronavirus test products, while a key Japanese minister warned a major new virus wave is coming.

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The Morning Rundown: Today’s top headlines

At least 100 people were killed and 4,000 injured in the “colossal” explosion that swept through Beirut on Tuesday. Meanwhile, schools seeking alternatives to remote learning plan to move classes outside, and polarizing conservative Kris Kobach lost the GOP primary for a U.S. Senate seat in Kansas.

Here’s what we’re watching this morning.

Beirut in state of emergency after blast as death toll rises

A huge rescue effort was underway in Beirut on Wednesday after much of the city was buried by rubble from a massive explosion Tuesday afternoon.

At least 100 people were killed and 4,000 injured, the secretary-general of the Lebanese Red Cross said. Those figures look set to rise with hospitals overwhelmed and victims still trapped underneath debris.

It wasn’t yet clear what ignited an estimated 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate that had been stored in a warehouse at the port for six years without “preventive measures”

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a shrinking list of top contenders

Washington (AFP) – As the rumors and leaks fly, analysts are working overtime to predict who Joe Biden will pick as his running mate for the November 3 elections — a choice that could produce the first female vice president in American history.

While history suggests that the Democrat’s pick will probably have a minimal impact on voters’ intentions, some analysts say it could make a crucial difference in helping mobilize black voters or those in Midwestern states who tipped the 2016 election to Trump.

Biden, who leads President Donald Trump in most polls, committed himself earlier to choosing a female running mate and is expected to announce his pick soon.

Now, in the wake of the historic wave of black anger against police violence and systemic racism unleashed by the death of George Floyd, pressure has grown on the 77-year-old Democrat to choose an African American as his Number

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Five top tips for managing your personal finances during coronavirus

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Time to make a plan.

When it comes to money, coronavirus has split the nation. Financial stress dominates for many of the 9.5 million employees on furlough, potentially facing unemployment as the scheme unwinds, and for those whose small businesses have been disrupted or whose finances were already precarious before the crisis. By contrast, if you are one of the lucky ones whose income has been uninterrupted, you may have found that your spending has dropped and, as a result, you might have been able to pay off debts and even build up your savings.

Whichever camp you fall into, here are some ways to weather the pandemic storm and plan for your financial future.

1. Saving

With the Bank of England base rate slashed to 0.1%, the returns on savings accounts are at record lows. But the government needs your money. Pre-coronavirus, National Savings & Investments (NS&I), the

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Internet star Gabbie Hanna says YouTube has fostered a toxic environment where drama channels are encouraged to take down top creators

Gabbie Hanna's career as a Viner turned YouTuber took a dark turn over the past year.
Gabbie Hanna’s career as a Viner turned YouTuber took a dark turn over the past year.

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  • Internet personality Gabbie Hanna recently stoked controversy by fighting with friends, drama channels, and YouTube itself before deactivating her Twitter and Instagram accounts.

  • Hanna, who has over 6 million YouTube subscribers, also became a TikTok meme when users turned one of her rants into a sound bite.

  • In an interview with Insider, Hanna discussed her recent controversies, her mental health, and her relationship with YouTube.

  • Hanna said the platform had fostered a toxic environment where drama, commentary, and “tea” channels are incentivized to repeatedly tear down top creators.

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Before her abrupt disappearance from the internet, Gabbie Hanna seemed as if she were living the influencer dream.

After beginning her online career in 2014 on the TikTok predecessor Vine, Hanna transitioned her audience to YouTube, where she

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An App to Stay on Top of Your Spending

When you aren’t keeping track of where your money is going, it’s easy to fall into unhealthy financial behaviors like overspending.

That’s why it can be helpful to use a budgeting app that gives you greater awareness of your spending habits.

Clarity Money is a personal finance app that not only tracks your spending, but also encourages you to save more of your hard-earned cash.

We’ve researched what this app has to offer and how it provides you with insight into your financial health. We’re laying out the pros and cons in this Clarity Money review so you can decide if this app is right for you.

What Is Clarity Money?

Clarity Money is a budgeting app created by venture capitalist and entrepreneur Adam Dell in 2016 and acquired by Goldman Sachs in 2018. It’s part of the banking giant’s Marcus by Goldman Sachs line of financial products.

Clarity Money

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Top back-to-school gear: Tech Support

Welcome to Tech Support, a segment where I, Dan Howley, serve as your intrepid guide through the sometimes confusing, often frustrating, world of personal technology.

Here, I answer all of your most pressing questions about the various gizmos, gadgets, and services you use in your everyday life.

Have a question of your own? Reach me on Twitter at @danielhowley or email me at

Now, on to your questions. This week’s dilemma:

‘What back-to-school tech does my kid need?’

We’re halfway through the summer, and that means the back-to-school season is in full swing. And with many schools expected to start the school year with remote learning as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, students are going to need new tech more than ever.

We’re talking laptops, Chromebooks, and routers to help get work done, and a few other gadgets for the inevitable down time.

Here’s the gear you’ll

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Essential Advice From Three Top MBA Gatekeepers

As the final MBA admission decisions get made, from applicants who pulled off the waitlist in the last minutes before fall classes to the final granting or rejection of deferral requests, everyone can agree it’s been a remarkably uncertain and stressful time.

After test centers closed, it took weeks for the online version of the GRE and then the GMAT to be taken at home. Many business schools extended their application deadlines and provided candidates with greater flexibility over tests and recommenders. And scores of admitted international applicants found it difficult, if not impossible, to get student visas in time to come to the U.S. for the start of their MBA programs.

At the third annual MBA Summit, sponsored by the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, the chief MBA gatekeepers of three highly selective schools met to discuss MBA admissions during the pandemic and beyond. How … Read More

What can we learn from Netflix’s all-time top 10 movies?

Netflix’s once heavily guarded vault of secret statistics has slowly opened up over the last couple of years, a gradual juicy reveal of viewer habits with some major caveats.

Related: Clicked back to life: how Netflix is reviving forgotten film flops

While the streamer still refrains from subscribing to any official, independently measured ratings service, such as Nielsen, tweets and company updates have shared the numbers behind particular success stories and more recently the site added film and TV specific top 10s, updated every day. But the platform still only shares data when it’s positive and the data is based on a viewer now only watching at least two minutes of a title (compared with the previous measurement of 70%).

This week after a quarterly earnings call, the site’s 10 biggest ever original film hits were revealed to Bloomberg, an intriguing dump of information that tells us as much about

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