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30 Amazing Startup Business Ideas That’ll Make You Money in 2018

” /> With so many startup business ideas in 2018, it can be hard to figure out which is worth pursuing. You’ll want to create a store in a niche that’s not only profitable but also great for the long-term. You may notice that a lot of the business ideas on this list have been growing in popularity recently. While jumping on a new trend can sometimes be risky – it can also be highly rewarding. Some of the ecommerce business ideas on this list have always been popular for a long time making it more competitive but less risky. However, all the niche examples on this list will help make you money. Also, I helped put together this new video that outlines 10 new online business ideas that’ll make you money in 2018 – feel free to check this out as well: Post Contents #1: Selfie Drones – ...

Google is adding DRM to all Android apps, but it’s for the right reasons

Metadata will be added to application files when they are digitally signed and built. That’s a lot of letters to say DRM. Earlier this week, Google quietly rolled out a feature that adds a string of metadata to all APK files (that’s the file type for Android apps) when they are signed by the developer. You can’t install an application that hasn’t been signed during its final build, so that means that all apps built using the latest APK Signature Schemewill have a nice little chunk of DRM built into them. And eventually, your phone will run a version of Android that won’t be able to install apps without it. What the hell? DRM? Why? DRM is why Netflix used to only work on approved phones. But it doesn’t have to be used for evil. We can relax (for now). We ...

Cannabis Supply Shortage Coming To California

California Prepares for New Cannabis Regulations, Anticipates Supply Shortages With only 28 labs licensed to test all of the weed in the Golden State, officials expect a dearth of properly-tested pot once California’s final legalization regulations kick in on July 1st. by Zach Harris California cannabis businesses have only two weeks to bring all of their products up to final state complianceand sell off any stock of untested pot. But even after six months of preparation time, a number of Golden State ganjapreneurs are still entering the regulatory transition unprepared, leading some experts to predict a few weeks of dirt-cheap pot shop fire sales before a summer of dispensary price hikes and product shortages. When California enacted its adult-use cannabis retail market on January 1st, 20...

Jack in The Box Says Wages Are Behind the Increase in Taco Prices

Signage is displayed outside a Jack In The Box Inc. fast food restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. Jack in The Box Inc. is scheduled to release earnings figures on February 22. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg Taco Tuesday just got more expensive, at least for diners in the Golden State. Jack in the Box Inc. says its franchisees have hiked taco prices at some locations due to wage increases taking hold across California. The San Diego-based fast-food chain is largely concentrated there, where the minimum pay was raised to $11 an hour this year for large employers, compared with $10.50 a year ago. Tacos used to be two for 99 cents at Jack in the Box. Some menus now list two for $1.29, and a customer’s online petition is looking to reverse that. “We did a...

Chase axes perk from its Sapphire Reserve card—why your issuer could do the same

Issuers are quietly scaling back some of their perks after the fanfare surrounding their cards’ release Price protection can help consumers save big, especially on pricey items. Price protection can help consumers save big, especially on pricey items. Chase’s Sapphire Reserve card just got a little less generous. Chase JPM+1.94% is no longer offering price protection as a perk on its Sapphire Reserve card, the company announced earlier this month. That perk — which allows cardholders to be reimbursed for purchases they make, if the item can be found for cheaper at a different retailer — will no longer be offered, starting Aug. 26, 2018. At least a few consumers expressed their dissatisfaction with that on Twitter. At least a few consumers expressed their dissatisfaction with that on Twitte...

‘We’re in a bind’: Ad agencies see freelancer rates rise quickly

California agencies are starting to feel stifled by a new ruling that makes it harder to classify a freelancer as a freelancer, but there’s another issue ad agencies face: rising freelancer rates. Agencies are finding that freelancers are becoming costlier as project-based work becomes the cornerstone of agency work. The rising freelancer costs can be seen across all types of agency work — from strategists to developers. Because the industry is choked of talent, some agencies have no choice but to meet freelancers at their pitch. Yet the consequences of doing so are not ideal. In some instances, it might result in agencies pushing up their own rates for clients, making them less competitive in the market. Or, because freelancers can come in to help on a variety of projects such as retainer...

Facebook and Google hit with $8.8 billion in lawsuits on day one of GDPR

On the first day of GDPR enforcement, Facebook and Google have been hit with a raft of lawsuits accusing the companies of coercing users into sharing personal data. The lawsuits, which seek to fine Facebook 3.9 billion and Google 3.7 billion euro (roughly $8.8 billion in dollars), were filed by Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems, a longtime critic of the companies’ data collection practices. GDPR requires clear consent and justification for any personal data collected from users, and these guidelines have pushed companies across the internet to revise their privacy policies and collection practices. But there is still widespread uncertainty over how European regulators will treat the requirements, and many companies are still unprepared for enforcement. Both Google and Facebook have rol...

Why It Makes Perfect Sense for Netflix and Amazon to Buy Up Movie Theaters

It’s time for some M&A in the theater space. Netflix (NFLX – Get Report) reportedly has shown interest in buying movie theaters. It makes perfect sense. Netflix, or Action Alerts Plus holdingAmazon (AMZN – Get Report) , will buy a national chain of movie theaters, busting the entire tickets, concessions, new movie release paradigm. The theater is not dead, it just has not evolved to today’s market, and the only way it can is with M&A from outside. The new model will be an incremental subscription and it will super-powered by data, mobile apps and a combination of owned and leased content. The big screen will turn into an experience again. Here’s a deep dive into the industry. The Issue with Current Movie Paradigm… The largest issues with the ...

4 business trends that are booming right now

4 Business Trends That Are on Fire Right Now If you study historical business trends, you’ll notice that they evolve, shift, disappear, and emerge from year to year. By recognizing the ebbs and flows, you can better prepare your organization for the future. Keep an Eye On These Trends By definition, a trend is “a general direction in which something is developing or changing.” As such, your business can’t afford to ignore the trends that are emerging in and around your industry. If you do, you’ll end up becoming irrelevant and obsolete. How you respond to each of the following trends will differ depending on a unique set of circumstances and factors. At the very least, make sure you’re aware of their presence and how they could affect your business in the coming months and years. 1. Machin...

6 Cannabis Industry Trends Shaping the Future of Pot

One trend the cannabis industry should anticipate is the arrival of large-scale traditional agriculture in the growing scene. Photo Claire Benjamin ECONOMICS 6 Cannabis Industry Trends Shaping the Future of Pot Cannabis industry trends aren’t always easy to pin down in the fast-changing climate of legalized cannabis. These six trends, however, are supported by a preponderance of evidence, which makes them likely to play out in the future. By Mike Adams The so-called Wolves of Weed Street predict the cannabis industry will grow into a monstrous $75 billion industry by 2030. This estimation is around $25 billion more than originally forecast, according to the latest figures from New York investment analysts Cowen & Company. There is just so much happening right now within the cannabis se...

How Blockchain Will Disrupt the Future of Social Media Influencers

Opinion: Consumers will be rewarded with transparency and genuine content By Segun Onibalusi Blockchain will put an end to the problematic advertising revenue issues for influencers ikachan999/iStock Are you ready to find out how blockchain, the emerging digital currency, is set to rock the world of social media influencers? Before we go any further, consider this: Influencers can shift a brand’s image from obscurity into the limelight. With the right tactics, they have the power to grow your brand and double or triple sales beyond expectations. How? They’re highly engaged on social media, have established audiences and are the authorities in their industries. The bottom line is, when an influencer spread the word about a company, it grows. In essence, they entice consumers to jump on the ...

25 Do’s and Don’ts to Make Your Small Business More Profitable

Small businesses can struggle with profitability for a number of different reasons. They keep prices too low. They focus more on big picture ideas than real consumers. They have way, way too many expenses. The list goes on and on. But even if your business doesn’t make a lot of money early on, the goal should eventually be to sustain operations and earn a profit. In order to accomplish this, you need to follow a specific set of do’s and don’ts. To learn more about some effective methods for improving profitability, Small Business Trends recently spoke with Sam Pillar, CEO of scheduling software provider Jobber. Here are some top tips to help you earn more and cut out excess expenses. Advertisement How to Make More Profit in Your Small Business Do Calculate the Exact Costs for Your Business...