9 in-demand skills to add to your resume (and where to learn them)

It’s a developer-eat-developer world out there. If you want to stand out from the pack, you’ve got to show potential employers that you are well-versed in the latest and greatest trends and technologies. These 9 skills are often mentioned in job post requirements, and mastering them will give you a good shot at beating those fools just touting their college degrees.

1. Master the intricacies of Microsoft Excel

Excel is pivotal to financial roles, sure, but knowing how to write complex formulas, create reports, and automate processes could also help you work smarter and speedier in most positions. Find out how spreadsheets can improve your life with eLearnExcel. The CPD-certified diploma you’ll earn is a recognized achievement that will prove that you’re more than just talk. A lifetime subscription gives you 24/7 access to eight courses and more than 280 lessons.

2. Build your own site with WordPress

WordPress is one of the most popular platforms for website publishing, and one that many employers will ask you about—so get to know it with the 2017 WordPress Hero Bundle. It includes seven expert-led courses covering everything from monetizing your site to building your own plug-ins.

Pay what you want to get a sample of this bundle. Beat the average price to get all seven courses.

3. Learn to speak Spanish

Putting your bilingual abilities on a resume can certainly make you stand out, but it can also provide unique career opportunities for those who want to travel or work abroad. If that sounds like you, you’ll want to enroll in this Spanish mastery course ASAP. It covers four levels of instruction —beginner, elementary, intermediate, and advanced — via 109 hours of lectures and videos.

4. Take a crash course in product management

Whether you’ve got a product management gig, or you just need to learn how to shepherd big ideas from concept to launch, this product management course could help you navigate this increasingly vital skill set. Its 13 hours of content covers key decision-making, defining new products, building a business case, and lots more.

5. Conquer your fear of public speaking

Everybody knows that one of the most common fears people have is public speaking. It falls right next to sharks and spiders. All the more reason to master it, then. This Instant Public Speaking Master Class will teach you valuable strategies for coping with anxiety, developing an authoritative voice, and crafting strong job interview skills.

6. Get artsy with Adobe Creative Cloud

The Adobe suite of apps is pretty much the industry standard for creatives, but you don’t need to be a graphic designer or videographer to put it to good use. This Adobe Creative Cloud Essentials Training Bundle can help you add universal skills like photo retouching, typography styling, and video editing to your repertoire — or take you into advanced territory like poster design or illustrating caricatures.

Buy now: A $1,197 value for only $29.

7. Understand site numbers with Google Analytics

The truth is, you can create a great product, devise a brilliant marketing strategy, and spend tons on advertising, but if you don’t know your audience, it can all be for naught. That’s why professionals use Google Analytics to learn how users engage with a site and what keeps them coming back. Stay in the know by enrolling in this Google Analytics Mastery Course, which provides seven modules covering conversion tracking, report generation, and lots in between.

8. Become an SEO guru 

The entire e-commerce ecosystem lives and dies by Google’s search algorithm. Smart companies optimize every stitch of their content to be palatable to the Google crawlers, but it can be difficult to know exactly what those bots are looking for. Wield that sacred knowledge with the Complete SEO Course. With more than 122 lectures and 15 hours of content, it’ll school you on Google’s standards and can help you increase any website’s search rank (and customer base) exponentially.

9. Learn how to code

Knowing even the most basic coding skills is like having the keys to the secret locked doors of the internet. Coincidentally, many of those doors lead to high paying jobs, so it would behoove you to work on those web dev chops, post haste. That’s where the Complete Web Developer Course comes in. With 28 hours of instruction on HTML, JavaScript, MySQL, and more, it can help give you the skills needed to build impressive websites — and an undeniable resume.

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If You Teach Your Child These 3 Languages, You’ll Basically Be Raising a Future CEO

Hint: It’s not English or Spanish!

Learning different languages can be wildly beneficial for children in terms of development and cultural exposure, but with so many languages to choose from, which is the best for your child? A new study has narrowed it down for you.

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The Centre for Economics and Business Research and Opinion conducted the study in partnership with Heathrow airport. Experts analyzed how language can impact children’s lives and the role it plays in everyday life. They also determined which ones tend to lead to the best career opportunities as an adult.

“We believe that language learning is hugely beneficial for children’s development and it’s a real investment for the future,” said Antonella Sorace, professor of developmental linguistics and director of bilingualism matters at Edinburgh University.

The study involved a survey of 2,001 parents with children under the age of 18, along with another survey of more than 500 business leaders.

So which languages took top spot? Results indicated that children should be learning French, German, and/or Mandarin if they want to be successful within the next 10 years and maximize their employability. Proficiency in a second language opens the door to new markets for businesses and allows them to create new relationships with prospective partners.

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Aside from being able to speak another language, the academic and interpersonal skills that can be gained from learning a new language are important as well. “Children who are exposed to different languages become more aware of different cultures, other people, and other points of view. They also tend to be better than monolinguals at multitasking and are often more advanced readers,” said Sorace.

A vast majority of parents surveyed in this study (85 percent) believe it is important for their children to learn a second language, and about one in four believe it will enhance their child’s career opportunities and boost employability. However, 45 percent of parents surveyed admit that their child or children cannot speak a second language.

If you want your child to stand out from the crowd as first-tom job hunters, brush up on the habits of parents of successful people—and, of course, make sure they learn one of the three success languages!

7 Steps To Money Success

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We all desire a self-defined level of financial comfort. For some, this might mean having the ability to pay the bills and have no debt. For others, the dream of elaborate mansions and fancy cars stoke their imagination. In a world where many navigate a rocky financial landscape with little to no financial knowledge, the challenge of attaining financial comfort can be difficult or impossible—leaving far too many simply wishing for happy outcomes. There’s a stark difference between wishing and putting plans into action.

The challenge exists for planners and consumers alike to develop a thoughtful, meaningful and values-based plan that is understandable and approachable. There are vagaries of financial decisions because so much depends on future events.

  • What will the markets do?
  • Where will interest rates be?
  • Will I have significant health costs?
  • What will be the cost of college in 16 years?
  • How much will I really need in retirement?

It’s little wonder why there is so much difficulty and confusion in trying to pin down all these variables.

Before you throw up your hands in surrender, it is vital to consider, decide and plan—simply because not doing so puts in you in an undefinable jeopardy. If you have been hitting the wall, unable to make important decisions, change, and improve your life (financial and otherwise), you will be thrilled to know that help has arrived.

Robert Goldmann has published a book “Act From Choice” (Clarity Publications, LLC) a self-management handbook to help you turn thoughts into action in a way that is positive, approachable, and foundational. This book is a guide for real action. It offers a step-by-step approach for improving your life using methods that work.

We are creatures of habit. Some of those habits are good; we brush our teeth, take in good food, get sufficient exercise and sleep. Some habits—not so good. We skip items that need our attention, and we have figured out how to bury the urgency. We need to understand where our habits help us and where they create roadblocks on the route to achieving our desires. “Act From Choice” brings the reader through these habitual impulses and sets the stage to understanding the concept of self-management—defined as the setting for the action of taking control of your life.

In this mind-blowingly complex topic, Robert Goldmann explains it simply and approachably for everyone to pick up and work towards a more empowering life.

The idea is simple: We make choices constantly; what to eat, what to buy, what to save, where to go—but when you inject the idea of choice, we turn up the amplification on the fact that our mindfulness in making decisions can pilot us to greater life satisfaction and happiness.

Robert’s Seven Steps from his book are:

  1. Identify what it is you do, and how you do it.
  2. Pick an objective for what you want to do instead.
  3. Identify the considerations that motivate you.
  4. Decide whether to commit.
  5. Commit to an action.
  6. Train your awareness.
  7. Plan.

The most wonderful aspect of this work is that every step of this guide has been considered from all angles and offered to the reader with kindness and humanity that will assist you in all aspects of life.

Money is one aspect of the bigger picture of life’s confusions and complexities. We stand in the way of our true happiness and success by allowing our unconscious habits to rule our actions and thereby our outcomes. Whether it is about your finances or your life, “Act From Choice” will help you if you’re willing to look inside and make active decisions and hold the truths close to your heart. I know you want to. I know you can.

Building the Perfect CBD Hemp Oil Routine

Building the Perfect CBD Hemp Oil Routine

Often we discuss the importance of finding the right CBD hemp oil product for you on our blog, carefully explaining the differences between each product in our store.

But what if there isn’t one perfect product for your needs? What if your ideal hemp oil routine pulls from several of Kannaway’s CBD products? We can help you build a custom CBD hemp oil regimen from our diverse line of products that best fits your lifestyle.

Before recommending products to our Brand Ambassadors and their customers, we ask them how many milligrams of CBD they want to take each day. This number will give you an ideal CBD level to shoot for as you choose your products. However, we always suggest you start out with a lower number and work your way up to the daily CBD intake you desire. This will help you dial in the routine that will work best for your individual needs.

While some of our customers prefer to take a single serving from our hemp oil products each day, either in the morning or in the evening before bed, many others prefer to use our CBD hemp oil products all through the day. The main advantage of an all day CBD hemp oil routine is the ability to keep a level of CBD in your system through the day, rather than having a peak and valley approach to your CBD regimen.

Regardless of how you choose to achieve your daily CBD number, Kannaway provides only safe and reliable, Triple Lab Tested™ products to you and your family.

Ways to Mix Kannaway Hemp Oil Products

A popular mix n’ match routine for customers is the large and small option. These customers take one or two large servings of CBD from one of our Premium Hemp Oil products, like our oral applicators or MCT liquids. Customers will then use one of our lower potency products, like our Rev!ve AM spray-top tincture or our HempVAP® hemp oil vaporizers in between larger servings of CBD in order to augment their cannabinoid levels through the day.

Other customers prefer a frequency approach, using equal sized servings of CBD all day long. For this approach, you might choose a single product like our Premium Full-Spectrum or Pure CBDLiquid, to take several times a day, such as with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You could also select to use multiple products, like our Premium Full-Spectrum capsulesChocolate Energy Chews, and more at intervals through the day to maintain a constant level of CBD in your system.

By taking advantage of Kannaway’s complete line of CBD hemp oil products, you can discover a hemp oil routine that works with your needs and maximizes your daily CBD number. Learn more about Kannaway’s popular hemp oil products on our news feed, or shop our online store to find your favorite products.

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Job Openings Are at Record Highs. Why Can’t Middle-Class Americans Find Work?

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A man sells clothes on the street because he can’t find a job — despite a high level of job vacancies. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Jobs, jobs, jobs — this is what we’ve been promised for years now. Job creation and economic growth were a lynch-pin topic for President Donald Trump, who has promised jobs to those in economically disadvantaged areas. Those promises helped win him the White House, despite the fact that the unemployment rate was below 5% upon his inauguration. But we know a lot of people are still struggling.

Millions of middle-class Americans are still out of work, despite the fact that we have the highest number of job vacancies on record. The latest economic reports show as of June 2017, there are more open jobs in the economy since the turn of the millennium. That means there are jobs out there, but for some reason people aren’t getting them. Why not?

There’s a complicated mix of reasons. Some people have grown so despondent that they’re permanently out of the workforce. Others aren’t qualified for jobs in the new growth industries, such as tech or health care. And some people did the math and found they’d be better off on government assistance than working a job that pays peanuts. Plus, some employers — many of which are complaining about a lack of qualified, dependable workers — aren’t willing to put more skin in the game.

So why can’t Americans who want jobs find them, despite millions of openings? To get the answer, we have to first dig into the economy’s anatomy.

America’s job openings

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Job vacancies and job openings are exactly what they sound like — open jobs waiting to be filled. These positions represent needs from employers, and as such, employers advertise them as jobs to be filled. As mentioned, these openings are at the highest levels on record, which goes back to the year 2000 when the government started keeping track.

The number of openings is sourced from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary. The data, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, show as of April 2017, there are more than 6 million job vacancies in the U.S. economy. There are still more people out there who are unemployed — 6.9 million — but the 6 million figure is a signal of economic strength.

Compare that to July 2009 (deep recession), when there were around 2.4 million openings, for some perspective. But why, if there are so many openings, are employers unwilling to dip into the pool of 6.9 million unemployed people?

The ‘skills mismatch’

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The answer, it seems, is a “skills mismatch.” What does that mean? In a nutshell, those unemployed Americans out there don’t have the required skills or experience to be successful in the open positions. For example, an out-of-work coal miner is going to be a bad fit for a Silicon Valley tech company — probably for several reasons.

A report from Reuters says the skills mismatch is the primary motivator behind slower hiring. But is that truly the case? Or are employers reluctant to bring on more workers for another reason?

Reluctance to raise wages …

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The skills mismatch is a very real issue. But a much more obvious issue is the fact that many employers are reluctant to pay workers more. Labor, like any other commodity, is subject to the rules of the free market. When there’s a shortage (as there appears to be right now), prices go up. But businesses don’t want to increase spending, and as a result they are allowing positions to go unfilled.

It’s not merely a matter of not being able to find quality employees. It’s that businesses are reluctant to pay more for them.

… Or offer training

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If you have millions of workers who don’t have the skills needed to fill your positions, one option is to train them. But that’s something fewer and fewer businesses are offering these days. More jobs than ever require college degrees, and many entry-level positions expect you to come in with some sort of certification or experience. This, of course, is at odds with the “entry-level” designation.

What we’re seeing is an offloading of training costs from businesses onto workers. This makes sense, logically, from an employer’s perspective. But when everyone’s trying to avoid training or educating? You’re left with a growing skills mismatch.

Employers still think it’s a buyer’s market

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If employers are unwilling to pay more for trained applicants, train potential workers, or do anything to help close the skills gap, then what do they expect? The problem is rooted in the fact that businesses were able to get away with paying people considerably less in the post-recession period. Because jobs were scarce for so long, people were willing to work for smaller salaries. It’s the reversal of what we’ve already mentioned. When labor was in high supply, it could be purchased for cheap.

But now, there’s a shortage of labor because more people have jobs or don’t want them. It’s making it harder to attract workers with the right skills, leading many businesses to throw their hands up and say it’s impossible to find decent applicants.

The key point: There’s a labor shortage at prevailing wages

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The fulcrum point of all of this is many employers simply aren’t offering attractive enough compensation packages to get the people they want. Yes, there’s a skills gap out there. But even that can be solved with high enough incentives.

What we’re seeing is there’s a labor shortage at the current wage levels. So if wages were to go up, we’d expect to see more people enter the workforce or be incentivized to earn the necessary degree, certification, or training to get the skills employers are looking for.

That brings us to another question: Where and what are these positions employers can’t seem to fill?

Where are the jobs?

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A nurse works in an Indiana hospital. | Mike Simons/Getty Images

As a report from Pew Research says, the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary doesn’t include state-level data. As a result, we can’t determine what specific states have more openings than others from that report alone. But we can look at regional numbers, which show the South and Midwest are where the most open jobs are.

“The South had the most job openings in April of any region — nearly 2.2 million — though the openings rate there (3.9%) was slightly below that of the nation as a whole,” Pew’s report said. “The Midwest had the nation’s highest regional openings rate (4.4%), followed by the Northeast (4.1%); the rate in the West lagged behind at 3.6%.”

As far as what types of jobs are going unfilled, Pew’s data show it mostly comes down to two specific industries: professional and business services, as well as health care and social assistance.

‘Full employment’

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A construction worker hammers away. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

With the unemployment rate at sitting at 4.3% (as of June 2017), we’ve hit or come close to “full employment.” This is a term used by economists to describe a period during which everyone who wants a job has one. The remaining 4.3% of unemployed are “structurally” or “cyclically” unemployed. There is always going to be some people in the economy who aren’t working for one reason or another. Perhaps they were laid off, quit, or are seasonal workers.

Full employment is a good thing typically. This is one of the reasons the labor market is tight and why employers are having a hard time finding workers (at the wages they’re offering). What does it mean for you, the average American? Theoretically, it means you’re due for a raise.

The good news? There’s pressure on wages

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A cashier rings up a customer’s purchases at a Walmart. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

When the labor market is tight and employers can’t get people to work for the wages they’re offering, what are they supposed to do? The answer is to offer higher wages — and keep raising them until people start to bite. If we’re sitting at or near full employment, we would expect to see this “pressure” on wages produce raises. We’ve seen some evidence of that but not as much as we’d like.

The problem, it seems, is a lot of employers are willing to let the 6 million unfilled jobs sit there rather than offer higher wages to fill them. That is why we’re seeing the discrepancy — why we have a record number of job vacancies and why we have millions of unemployed people who aren’t interested or, as employers say, aren’t qualified.

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Mark Wahlberg wanted to meet his daughter’s boyfriend — and the kid came prepared 6 hours agoRandee Dawn TODAY

Dating Mark Wahlberg’s 13-year-old daughter Ella comes with a catch: You have to pass muster with dad first.

And when dad is an A-list actor with serious action credits on his resume, you gotta come prepared.

Fortunately, as Wahlberg related on “The Graham Norton Show” recently, that’s exactly what one of Ella’s prospective beaus did!

Wahlberg explained to Norton that, after Ella said she was dating someone new, he told her, “I want to meet this kid.'”

“‘I want to meet him, and then you can hang out with him in a safe environment,’ and she was like, ‘What’s a safe environment, dad?'” he continued.

He noted that with a 13-year-old, “everything is the attitude.”

So the prospective boyfriend comes over to the house. “And he one-ups me,” said Wahlberg. “He brings his mom!”

Game, set, match.

Ella has definitely got her dad’s sass — last September you may remember she appeared with Wahlberg on a radio show and challenged him to rap. And he did, causing lifetimes of embarrassment!

Wahlberg has three other children: Michael, 11, Brendan, 9 and Grace, 7 with his wife Rhea Durham, whom he wed in 2009.

Back to the boyfriend vetting: Wahlberg noted pretty quickly that the young man was pretty savvy in the ways of parents.

“The genius thing is he was so sweet and [my daughter] is like steamrolling me all the time and he’s seeing it, like she’s being rude to me and she’s being mean to me and [he’s] like, ‘If you’re not nice to [your dad], he may not want to be around you,'” he recalled.

As it turned out, the young man was “a keeper” and “really nice,” he said. “I’m like, OK, the perfect scenario is to find one boy that she’s with forever … but I don’t know if she can hold him down,” he laughed.

Hey, that is the risk, dads: That your daughters might be able to play your dad games better than you expect!

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Juneteenth 2017: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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June 19, 2017, is Juneteenth Independence Day and commemorates the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865 and throughout the Confederate South. Juneteenth is a portmanteau of “June” and “nineteenth” and commemorates the date when the Union General Gordon Granger arrived at Galveston Island, Texas with 2,000 troops to establish a federal presence in Texas and officially free slaves in the once Republic.

Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day.

Texas was the last to hear that the Civil War was over because it was very isolated geographically. In fact, the Army of the Trans-Mississippi did not surrender until June 2, 1865 despite the Civil War being declared over nearly a month earlier on May 9.

Here’s what you need to know about Juneteenth:


1. It Started With the Emancipation Proclamation

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Abraham Lincoln made slavery illegal with the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, which became federal law on January 1, 1863. With the Emancipation Proclamation all slaves in rebel states were declared free, and any of the Confederate States denying this new freedom to its black citizens were considered to be in rebellion with the Union.

However, Texas was very far from any military engagements during the Civil War and was still considered frontier land in many people’s minds. Because of this, Texas slave owners ignored the Emancipation Proclamation and only slaves that were able to escape were able to enjoy the newly promised freedom, usually by somehow getting to northern lands.

The Emancipation Proclamation also helped spike African-American enrollment into the Union army, greatly contributing to Union campaign successes against the Confederate States.


2. Union General Granger Declared All Slaves Free in Texas

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Even when the Civil War was declared over on May 9, 1865, many Texans did not know because of their geographical isolation. In fact, the Army of the Trans-Mississippi, a major Confederate army with soldiers serving mainly from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Indian Territory, and Confederate Arizona, did not surrender until June 2, 1865.

On June 18, General Granger arrived at Galveston Island, Texas with 2,000 Union troops. The following day he delivered “General Order No. 3”, which declared the total emancipation of slaves. A New York Times article from July that year published his orders:

The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, “all slaves are free.” This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.

The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes, and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts, and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.


3. Granger Helped Rebuild Texas

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After enacting General Order. No. 3, Granger was put in charge of the Department of Texas. PBS writes:

When Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger issued the… order, he had no idea that, in establishing the Union Army’s authority over the people of Texas, he was also establishing the basis for a holiday, “Juneteenth” (“June” plus “nineteenth”), today the most popular annual celebration of emancipation from slavery in the United States. After all, by the time Granger assumed command of the Department of Texas, the Confederate capital in Richmond had fallen; the “Executive” to whom he referred, President Lincoln, was dead; and the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery was well on its way to ratification.

Granger continued to serve in Texas until he was given command of the District of New Mexico, where he served until his death on January 10, 1876 in Santa Fe.


4. June 19th Is the Day Slaves Were Told They Were Free

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Many people wonder why Juneteenth ended up being the most celebrated day in relation to the Emancipation Proclamation. After all, there were other of viable dates:

  • September 22, 1862: The day Lincoln delivered the Emancipation Proclamation
  • January 1, 1863: The date the Emancipation Proclamation was supposed to take hold
  • January 31, 1865: Passage of the 13th Amendment by Congress, abolishing slavery

However, the answer may lie in how the former slaves were treated. A slave quoted in Haye Turner’s essay about Juneteeth said:

‘…the 19th of June wasn’t the exact day the Negro was freed. But that’s the day they told them that they was free… And my daddy told me that they whooped and hollered and bored holes in trees with augers and stopped it up with [gun] powder and light and that would be their blast for the celebration.’


5. It’s Not a Federally Recognized Holiday

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Juneteenth is not a federal holiday, but 43 of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia recognize it as either a state or ceremonial holiday.

Typical celebrations associated with Juneteenth include public BBQs with readings of the Emancipation Proclamation along with the singing of slave spirituals.

Juneteenth 2017: Best Quotes About Emancipation From Slavery

On June 19 we commemorate the freedom of slaves after the abolition of slavery in Texas and the Confederate South. Here are the most inspirational sayings about Juneteenth.

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Campbell’s Sales Slump Shows Healthy Food Trend Entrepreneurs Should Watch

Campbell’s Sales Slump Shows Healthy Food Trend Entrepreneurs Should Watch

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Adapting to Trends Boosting Expectations for Slumping Campbell's Soup

Campbell’s Soup released their quarterly earnings decline and sinking sales figures Friday, and warned that the company’s 2017 sales figures could take a dive as a result.

The company recently boosted its advertising campaigns, but Reuters reports that a decline in consumer demand for condensed soups, broths and juices hurt sales. Campbell’s shares fell over 5 percent Friday morning, and the company is now predicting its overall sales to be down about 1 percent.

Net sales fell from analysts’ original expectations of $1.87 billion to $1.85 billion. The company earned 59 cents per share, missing analysts’ predictions by 5 cents.

However, it isn’t all bad news for the soup conglomerate, as the company raised its adjusted profit expectations for 2017 from $3.00-$3.09 per share to $3.04-$3.09.

The decline in sales for high sodium products like condensed soup may not come as a surprise to those paying attention to sales trends for organic products. These trends tend to go hand-in-hand with consumer preferences for healthier alternatives to mass produced foods.

Some 58 percent of consumers prefer organically grown food to conventionally farmed alternatives. Consumer demand for fresh, organically produced food continues to show exponential growth, rising nearly every year by double-digit percentages, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Organic food is available in over 20,000 stores across the U.S., including nearly 75 percent of conventional, chain grocery stores.

The trend to turn to organic food is largely due to consumers’ concerns regarding their heath, the environment and the treatment of livestock, the USDA reports.

Is Adapting to Trends the Answer?

Campbell’s Soup has tried to break into the organic, healthy market, creating its own fresh food unit in 2015 to sell vegetables, refrigerated health drinks and salad dressings. Despite the effort, however, their business isn’t booming, and is plagued with troubles after a less-than-stellar carrot harvest and a protein shake recall hurt sales figures.

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50 Handmade Business Ideas You Can Start From Home


50 Handmade Business Ideas You Can Start From Home

There are plenty of home based business ideas out there. But if you’re looking for something that will let you exercise your creativity and work from home with supplies that are easily attainable, then a handmade business might be for you. Here are 50 handmade business ideas that you can do right from your own home.

Handmade Business Ideas

Greeting Card Maker

Design your own greeting cards from home using paper, stamps, stencils and your own artistic talents. Then sell your creations online.

Beaded Jewelry Maker

You can also design and create your own jewelry using beads and other supplies you can easily pick up online or at a local craft store.

Dressmaker

If sewing and making larger garments is more up your alley, then you can also create your own line of dresses or other clothing items to sell online.

T-shirt Designer

Even easier, you can sign up for an account with an online service like CafePress or Redbubble and upload designs that you can have printed on t-shirts and other products.

T-shirt Customizer

Or you can get more creative and actually customize t-shirts with names or other items for specific customers.

Scented Candle Maker

Candles are also popular products for people to purchase on sites like Etsy and Amazon. You can purchase some basic supplies and make your own scents and designs right from home.

Toiletries Maker

Likewise, you can mix a few basic ingredients, along with scents and other customizable materials, to make handmade soaps, lotions and other hygiene products.

Abstract Painter

If you’re more visually inclined, you can start your own at-home painting studio and sell your original creations online.

Illustrator

Or you could make a living selling illustrations to customers online.

Letterer

People will also pay for artwork that features calligraphy or other artistic lettering. Or you could even offer this as a custom service.

Print Seller

For those who create any sort of visual art, from paintings to illustrations and more, you can also print out copies of your work to sell online at more reasonable prices.

Custom Portrait Artist

You can also offer custom artwork to online customers who want portraits drawn or painted of them or their families.

Graphic Designer

For more tech savvy entrepreneurs, you can also offer a variety of different products that you design using your computer or other tech tools.

Paper Goods Seller

Paper goods like invitations and notecards can also make for popular handmade products that people can purchase online.

Handbag Maker

You can get really creative with different materials and styles by designing your own line of handmade bags and purses.

Hat Designer

Or you could make hats out of yarn, fleece, fabric or other materials.

Scarf Maker

Scarves can also make for great handmade products to sell online.

Hair Accessories Designer

If you want to make a larger variety of products, you can create a line of hair accessories ranging from small pins to decorative headbands.

Tie Dye Artist

Tie dye is a popular method of decorating anything from t-shirts to fabric shoes. You can experiment with different colors and patterns in your home or yard and then sell the products online.

Custom Embroiderer

You can also customize a variety of different fabric based products by starting your own online embroidery business.

Cross Stitch Artist

Cross stitch is a similar artform to embroidery. But it can be a bit more involved. You can sell cross stitch hoops and other pieces of handmade art using this technique.

Knitter/Crocheter

If you’re more of a knitter, you can create a variety of different products to sell, ranging from scarves to large blankets. And you can do the same with crochet.

Plush Toy Maker

Or you can make kids’ toys from fabric, stuffing and a variety of different materials that you can find at regular craft stores.

Clay Sculptor

Sculpting is another popular method of making handmade products. You can buy clay and other materials that don’t require a kiln or any other specialized equipment, so you can make your finished creations right from home.

Studio Photographer

You can also start your own creative business as a photographer, taking pictures in a home studio or even your yard and then selling them online.

Picture Frame Maker

Then you can also sell handmade frames that you create from plastic, wood or other materials. Or you can even have customers send you photos or artwork so that you can create a custom frame around it.

Tech Case Customizer

Tech accessories like phone cases are in high demand right now. So you can purchase plain versions and then decorate them using various supplies.

Basket Weaver

For more old-fashioned entrepreneurs, you can also start your own business by selling baskets online that you weaved by hand.

Gift Basket Service

Or you can start your own store that sells gift baskets with handmade baskets and other products inside.

Yarn Spinner

You can also sell products that people can use to make their own handmade items. With a few pieces of equipment and materials, you can spin your own yarn and then sell it to crafty customers online.

Fiber Artist

Or you can use yarn, wool and other fibers to make woven wall art that you can sell as a finished product.

Quilter

If you’re interested in creating larger handmade products, you can make your own quilts with fabric, fiber and a sewing machine.

Pattern Maker

For seasoned sewers and knitters, you can also create unique patterns that you can sell to other crafters online.

Scrapbooker

If you want to help people preserve special memories, you can start a scrapbooking business where you offer patterns or even custom pages.

Stencil Artist

Or you can design stencils and similar products that scrapbookers can use to make their own creations.

Rubber Stamp Maker

Similarly, you can carve stamps out of rubber and sell them to scrapbookers or other creative minded customers.

Bead Maker

Or you could make beads out of clay, glass or a variety of other materials and sell them to jewelry makers.

Natural Dyer

If you sell any kind of natural fiber or fabric products, you can dye them using items you may already have in your kitchen, like avocado skins and turmeric.

Book Binder

If you want to sell books or journals, you can actually create your own covers and binding using basic materials from any craft store.

Wood Carver

Large wood products like furniture might be a little too involved for many home-based entrepreneurs. But you can carve smaller products like knick knacks out of wood with just a few supplies.

Candy Maker

You can also make your own candy products right in your own kitchen and then package them for sale.

Alterations Service

If you want to start a handmade business that’s more service oriented, you can offer to alter clothing and other items for customers who send their items right to your home.

Ornament Maker

For more festive entrepreneurs, you can also design and craft your own custom holiday ornaments to sell during the season.

Doll Clothing Designer

If you want to make clothing but work with smaller pieces of fabric and other materials, you can make clothing to fit popular dolls and then sell those pieces online.

Pet Accessories Maker

Or you can make clothing and accessories made for dogs, cats and other pets.

Online Gift Shop Operator

If you want to make a variety of different products, you can actually start your very own online gift shop with all of those different categories accounted for.

Ebook Author

For seasoned crafters, you can actually write your very own book with instructions or ideas and then publish it as an ebook online.

Eguide Seller

Or you can create smaller craft related eguides and sell them on your website.

Online Course Creator

For more in-depth instructions, you can make online courses dedicated to your craft of choice.

Handmade Blogger

Or you can start a blog about your handmade business and make money through ads, affiliate links or other methods.

In Honor of Fathers Day, 25 Travel Accessories for Men

25 Travel Accessories for Men


25 Travel Accessories for Men

If you’re in the market for some masculine travel accessories, you’re in luck. There are plenty of different products out there that work great for male business travelers. Here are 25 of them.

Travel Accessories for Men

Lifewit Men’s Leather Briefcase

25 Travel Accessories for Men - Lifewit Men’s Leather Briefcase

If you’re taking short trips and mostly just need to transport your work gear, an over-the-shoulder bag like this leather briefcase might work just fine. This leather bag retails for between $130 and $300.

Renwick Shoulder Bag

25 Travel Accessories for Men - Renwick Shoulder Bag

This shoulder bag from Renwick offers another classic option for business travelers. It retails for $17.99.

CaseCrown Laptop Bag

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This CaseCrown messenger bag offers another option. It’s made specifically for laptops and comes in a few different sizes, starting at $29.99.

Kopak Slim Business Backpack

25 Travel Accessories for Men - Kopak Slim Business Backpack

Or you could opt instead for a backpack to hold a variety of different items. This slim model is made specifically to fit most laptops, but can also hold some other belongings. Price starts at $36.99.

Targus Rolling Bag

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You could also go for a rolling bag like this one from Targus. It’s sized to hold laptops and other items. And it retails for $44.95.

HSEOK Laptop Sleeve

25 Travel Accessories for Men - Targus Rolling Bag

While you travel, you’ll need a way to keep your laptop protected. This HSEOK laptop sleeve features a masculine design and starts at $16.99.

Rivacase Tablet Case

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Likewise, a tablet case like this one from Rivacase can be essential if you travel with a tablet device. This product starts at $14.90 and comes in a few different sizes.

ProCase Tablet Stand

25 Travel Accessories for Men - ProCase Tablet Stand

You might also find it helpful to have a stand for your tablet so you can easily work on the go. This ProCase tablet stand is made for Samsung tablets and retails for $17.99.

RAVpower Portable Charger

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This portable charging station will allow you to charge your devices even on the go. The product starts at around $20 and features a sleek, masculine design.

Treblab Connectivity Headphones

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If you need to do any video or voice chatting while you travel, some good headphones with a built-in microphone can be a big help. These start at $39.99.

Philips Noise Cancelling Headphones

25 Travel Accessories for Men - Philips Noise Cancelling Headphones

Or if you just need to drown out the distractions around you, consider some noise cancelling headphones like these from Philips, which retail for $114.95.

Roll Up Electronics Organizer

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To store all of your electronics without taking up a ton of space in your suitcase, you could use something like this roll up organizer from Patu, which starts at $12.99.

MLMSY Toiletry Bag

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For all of your shaving supplies and other toiletries, consider this hanging toiletry bag from MLMSY. It comes in a more masculine style than many other toiletry bags and costs just under $13.

Squeeze Pod Toiletries

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Or if you’d rather just purchase the travel sizes of the toiletry products you need, these squeeze pods offer a simple solution at $12.99.

Travel Bottle Set

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You might also find a set of travel size, TSA approved bottles like these helpful. This set is fairly masculine and costs $16.95.

Parker Travel Shave Kit

25 Travel Accessories for Men - Parker Travel Shave Kit

Or you could go with a dedicated shave kit like this one from Paker that retails for about $100.

AmazonBasics Garment Bag

25 Travel Accessories for Men - AmazonBasics Garment Bag

If you need to travel with a suit or other garments that you need to keep wrinkle-free, a garment bag like this one for $7.99 can be a huge help.

LapGear MyDesk

25 Travel Accessories for Men - LapGear MyDesk

If you need to get any work done while on a plane or waiting around the airport, a lap desk like this one can be a big help. This LapGear product starts at $16.99.

ProCase Travel Case

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You could also use a multi-purpose case like this one to hold toiletries, electronics or any other number of goods. This ProCase organizer starts at $11.99.

Waterproof Travel Pouch

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If you plan on doing any hiking or exploring while you travel, having a small case like this one to hold your essentials can be a big benefit. This one starts at $8.99.

Travel Portfolio Bag

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A portfolio bag like this one can provide another option for keeping your phone, wallet and other important items easily accessible while traveling. This one ranges from $9.99 to $21.78.

Caseling Travel Storage Case

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Or if you need a case that’s really durable, this Caseling product has a hard exterior to protect your breakable goods. It retails for $14.99.

Master Lock Luggage Lock

25 Travel Accessories for Men - Master Lock Luggage Lock

No matter what types of accessories you choose, you’re going to want to make sure they’re all secure in your bags. So you might want to purchase a TSA approved lock like this one from Master Lock, starting at $6.98.

Accuweight Luggage Scale

25 Travel Accessories for Men - Accuweight Luggage Scale

You’ll also want to make sure that your bags don’t exceed any airline weight limits. And this Accuweight luggage scale, priced at $6.99, can help.

Travelmate Neck Pillow

25 Travel Accessories for Men - Travelmate Neck Pillow

This memory foam neck pillow can help you make your travels more comfortable as well. It retails for $13.65.

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