Dear Lifehacker, Dear SS, Advertisement As you know, starting a business involves researching and considering so many factors, such as legal requirements, pricing, competition, and so on—but thankfully there are also a great many tools at our disposal now to help write a good business plan. Essential Elements of a Good Business Plan Whether you decide to use business planning software (more on that in the next section), a template, or create your own informal document, good business plans include the same basic general information that cover all aspects of your business's operation and success: Executive Summary: An overview of your company or "the business idea". Basically, the who, what, where, when, why, and how of your business. It's the section you might want to write at the end, and the most important one that summarizes why you think the business will be successful and what your business is all about. Company Description: This section should answer: What products … [Read more...] about How Do I Create a Business Plan?
Tyra Banks is everywhere in the news right now. That's because tonight the latest "cycle" of America's Next Top Model makes its debut. The season boasts new judges and mentors — fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone, male model Rob Evans, stylist Johnny Wujek, blogger BryanBoy, and some kind of Miss J. replacement named Jonte — and a new theme: College. As has been widely reported, Banks chose this theme because of her recent (and highly publicized) involvement with Harvard University. Advertisement Banks even found a way to reference Harvard in this new ANTM promotional interview with The Hollywood Reporter, which asked whether the changes in the show came about at the request of the network. In explaining that an unnamed T.V. executive called her, Banks said, "I got pulled out of a class at Harvard," to take the phone call. "Even though I went to business school, it was my boss that gave me a big lesson about rejuvenation and making something that's been around a long time … [Read more...] about Tyra Banks Needs to Stop Lying About Going to Harvard Business School
After the owner of a pizzeria said last week that he wouldn’t cater a gay wedding, a group of Yelpers took action, using their reviews to bring down the business. Not customers unhappy with the service, but social justice protesters reviewing the business based on ideology. And it’s not just an isolated case. With the passing of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week, any potentially discriminatory business became a target for civil rights groups. Memories Pizza was forced to close its doors, mostly because of the public demonstrations that swamped the storefront. But it was the Yelpers who managed to swiftly and completely damage the business’ online presence, netting national media attention. Advertisement First, the photos on the business’s Yelp page took on a surprising change in content: And then the reviews, well, let’s just say they weren’t really about the pizza anymore. Advertisement Within days, Memories … [Read more...] about Yelp Vigilantes Are Organizing Against Businesses in the Name of Justice
Toys “R” Us has re-opened its doors, launching the first of two new stores planned for the holiday season after closing 800 of them last year. You might think, great, it’s time to become a Toys “R” Us kid again, but I’d keep thinking like a grownup for a bit longer. The first new Toys “R” Us store opened on November 30 at the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus, New Jersey. The 6,000-square foot space is designed for experience play, with rooms dedicated to popular toys and brands, like Toys “R” Us website. Advertisement But here’s where things get strange: Toys “R” Us doesn’t seem to actually own what it’s selling. Instead, the former toy giant has become a marketplace leasing out space to different brands where they can promote and sell their own goods. That’s not all: The Toys “R” Us website is powered through Target. Every single toy and product we clicked on at the … [Read more...] about Toys ‘R’ Us Is Open for Business Again, But There’s a Bizarre Catch
The yodeling Walmart boy is pure concentrated country bliss in pint-sized form. After spur-jangling his way into the world’s heart through a short video that has now gone as viral as that good ol’ fashioned Spanish Flu, he has almost instantly become established in the firmament of the internet. It’s hard to remember a time when we ever lived without the oldest little boy ever captured on videotape. Advertisement Fortunately for all of us, the stiff-backed, boot-tapping country bar jukebox is well aware of just how potent his image has become. Recognizing that, in this moment, America needs to remember that the true heart of the nation is a small blond child singing his way to fame amidst the aisles of a corporate giant’s “Spill Clean-Up Section,” young Mason Ramsey has set up shop on social media. Armed with guitars, cowboy hats, and belt buckles big enough to topple his miniature frame, Ramsey (who helpfully shares his aliases so we know who … [Read more...] about The yodelin’ Walmart boy is open for business