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Should You Go To College, Is It Worth It? – Infographic

With more and more of the population earning advanced degrees, you should think about ways to utilize your college degree choice to help you stand out from the crowd. Is your degree going to help you learn skills that are valued in tomorrow’s economy? America needs nurses, physician’s assistance, engineers, problem solvers, global thinkers, entrepreneur more than lawyers and art history majors. Labor markets are increasingly global. You will want to think about jobs where you compete with others based on knowledge skills rather than physical skills that can be done cheaper elsewhere. Think ahead about how your degree will make you valuable to the future economy. Is your field going to be reduced to computer algorithms, automated robotics, or an outsource workforce? If so, you may find it harder to win desired positions throughout your career.

75% of Americans think college is too expensive. While scholarships, grants, and loans make it possible for millions, your loans may become too much for you to handle if you struggle finding a job coming out of college. Thinking about your desired college’s reputation, the value of the specific degree you are planning on starting, and the job opportunities that are going to exist around that major in the future will help reduce the chances of a loan default.

Your goals with going to college can be personal development, learning unique and desirable skills, networking, and yes even earning that diploma required for many higher paying jobs. This will help make a college education worth it. We wish you good luck on this journey.

Source: degreejungle.com

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Where Are The Most Social Small Businesses – Infographic

As the November elections approach, politicians will likely focus on several key issues, including job creation, particularly for small business owners. The small business sector represents 65% of the economy — and owners of these businesses are wise to the importance social media can play in promoting their businesses.

Radius, a company providing sales intelligence for the small business market, released a report ranking cities based on the social media usage of its small business owners.

San Francisco tops the list of places with the most socially connected small businesses, with Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., coming in second and third, respectively. Overall, West Coast cities ranked higher than those on the east coast, with New York coming in seventh and Boston not even making the top 20.

But some East Coast and Midwest cities are making strides to stand out on social media:

Grand Rapids, Mich., (29%) and Oklahoma, Okla., (28%) have the highest percentage of SMBs with Facebook pages.
Buffalo, N.Y. (20%) and Rochester, Minn., (20%) have the highest percentage of SMBs with Foursquare check-ins.

Small businesses in the top 85 U.S. cities are ranked according to the Radius Social Index, which is comprised of social media presence and daily deal activity. Radius monitors and collects information from more than 15 million small businesses in the U.S. and measure the activity of those businesses on major social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Yelp and daily deal activity.

“It’s important for small businesses to utilize social media to engage with customers, develop higher awareness, identify and attract new customers, which can all directly impact the growth of their business,” CEO and founder of Radius, Darian Shirazi tells Mashable. “Being on the social graph also allows for other companies to be more efficient when working with them, since they will better understand the business and be able to offer a wider variety of services.”

Source: Mashable.com, Radius

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The Importance Of The Big Mac – Big Mac Index – Infographic

The Big Mac index was developed by The Economist several decades ago to measure the Purchasing Power Parity of nations in a simpler and easier way for people to understand and to set the bar for costs in that nation by which they can measure and compare.

Source: This infographic design was published on o5, Recipes For Life

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Freelancing – The Pitfalls – Infographic

Let’s get one thing straight: Freelancing is not easy. While it offers fantastic benefits — flexible hours, more control and creative independence — there are still plenty of risks involved with striking out on your own and running your own business. And while the economy struggles to recover, freelancing poses pitfalls.

According to the infographic below, compiled with information from MastersDegree.net, a surprising 80% of freelancers have dealt with a client who ultimately didn’t pay for work that was completed. Average losses totaled $6,000 — quite a hefty chunk of change to lose…Read More

Source: Mashable.com, MastersDegree.net

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The Impact Of Small Business On The Economy – Infographic

If you’re living in the Austin area, it’s pretty hard to ignore the influence and strong presence of small, local businesses. It seems that most streets in Austin have at least a few clothing stores, restaurants, or music shops that are unique and entirely their own. Small businesses obviously aren’t a new development and they’re prevalent all across the U.S., but after looking at today’s infographic I was surprised to learn just how prevalent (and influential) small businesses today are…Read More

Source: Business News Daily

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U.S. Innovation Economy at a Crossroads – Infographic

If you ask an average American whether they’re happy about the sluggish economic recovery, many would answer with a resounding “no.” Put the same question to a startup owner in the white-hot technology sector, however, and you’ll probably get a much warmer response.

About 72% of startups reported optimism about the economy this year in a study conducted by Silicon Valley Bank. Compare that to the 71% of Americans who rated economic conditions as poor and 58% who said their own economic condition would be better off a year from now in a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, and you’ll discover there’s an above-average optimistic tone amongst the startup community…Read More

Thumbnail image courtesy of iStockphoto, lisegagne

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The Space Economy – Modern Gold Rush – Infographic

Asteroid mining is now being touted as the next frontier for minerals and with big name backers such as James Cameron and Google it could be the next gold rush. Planetary Resources hired us to create an infographic for them explaining how these asteroids rich in minerals and ores will be harvested. The Space Economy…

This infographic design was published on Forevergeek.com

Source: infographiclabs.com

U.S. Jobless Claims Drop; Productivity Falls – Bloomberg

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Warren Buffett Rebuffs Gold – Does nothing for any Economy

Warren Buffett hit the nail on the head. Gold is a useless investment. It just does nothing for anyone and does not produce anything. If everyone would invest in gold rather than in the economy, we all would still throw stones at each other. If it ever comes down to it that gold becomes a currency, we will all wish it would go away. Until then, it is a speculation tool and helps those with an “me first” attitude to sleep better.

Buffett rebuffs gold, but inflation says ‘buy’ – ETF Adviser – MarketWatch.

 

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