Start a Small Business

Start a Small Business

ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT STARTING A BUSINESS? In December of 2016, the Small Business Optimism index exploded upwards in a fashion not seen since 1980 and everyone’s eyes (if they haven’t already) should be turning towards small business in the United States. Will we...
Social Media Influence

Social Media Influence

AN UNUSUAL CAREER OPPORTUNITY. Do you have a friend or family member who prioritizes blogging, tweeting, or posting videos above doing homework, attending family dinners, or going out? It’s possible they’ve recognized an economic opportunity you haven’t considered:...
What Is The Economic Value Of Housework?

What Is The Economic Value Of Housework?

WHO COOKED ADAM SMITH’S DINNER? It’s the title of a new book and an interesting question about the value of housework. The New York Times offered two answers: “The first is ‘self-motivated economic actors.’ As Adam Smith himself famously wrote, ‘It is not from the...
Where Do Average Wages Stretch The Furthest

Where Do Average Wages Stretch The Furthest

WHAT ARE YOUR WAGES WORTH? We’ve written about The Economist’s Big Mac Index, which is a lighthearted way to gauge whether countries’ currencies are at the correct levels – just compare the price of a hamburger in each country. At the start of the year, you could buy...
Is a “Gig” a job, or just an odd-job?

Is a “Gig” a job, or just an odd-job?

How do we weigh the trend towards the “Gig” employment in the employment statistics? A recent article in The Economist examined the “gig” economy. You know, people selling crafts online, offering their services as taxi drivers, renting their cars and spare...
Traffic Congestion is Soo Bad…

Traffic Congestion is Soo Bad…

How Bad Is It? It’s so bad, the average American spends the equivalent of about five vacation days sitting in traffic every year – and that’s just the tip of the traffic congestion iceberg. As it turns outs, the Great Recession had a silver lining – less traffic and...
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