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The power of peers

We’ve all heard the expression ‘it’s lonely at the top’, and indeed many CEOs often find themselves dealing with a myriad of issues and challenges in isolation. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. One clear way that CEOs and entrepreneurs can help shape the odds in their favour is by joining a peer group. Well put together and managed peer groups can provide a safe haven for CEOs to come together and support each other, helping them to better navigate the sometimes choppy waters of the world...

7 common tax mistakes startups must avoid

According to the Kauffman Index on startup activity, there has been a 10% increase in the rate of new entrepreneurs in the US in 2015. That translates into more than a half million new business owners each month.With the formation of that many new startups, there are bound to be quite a few businesses making tax mistakes. We want to help this year’s crop of new business owners avoid the most common pitfalls of accurately keeping track of their taxes. To keep you from making the same mistakes as ...

Portuguese entrepreneurs celebrate 30 years of ANJE

The Portuguese Association of Young Entrepreneurs (ANJE) is one organisation that certainly does a great deal to help shape the odds in favour of its country’s young entrepreneurs.Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, ANJE recently hosted a two-day event to mark the special year and invited four leading global entrepreneurs and public speakers from the US – Rahfeal Gordon, Leo Bottary, Ryan Foland and Alfredo Coppola – and the Portuguese Minister of Economy Manuel Caldeira Cabral – to shar...

Increase productivity through contractors with benefits

 Why hire a contractor?As the economy improves, managers are challenged with matching the right skills to fluctuating market needs. Since the use of contractors allows companies to engage talent quickly and flexibly, the “contingent workforce” is growing exponentially. For many Next Step clients, having a pool of qualified contractors address requirements “just in time” provides a strategic advantage.Attracting and retaining contingent workers According to the Freelancer’s Guild, one-third ...

An essential habit for enjoying life more

As I write this latest post from the comfort of my room at an award-winning design hotel here in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, not only are my thighs feeling the effects of endless hours of walking under the fierce sun since I fed my hunger with a bowl of congee (a popular Asian rice porridge dish) for brunch, but my mind can’t help but reflect on how amazing today was.It was one of those days where a rough plan of what I wanted to get done (and in hindsight, perhaps packed a bit too ti...

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