This Week’s Small Business Technology: Cars Made from Tequila? Sign Me Up!

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Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 – Ford will soon be making cars with tequila.

Yes, you read right. According to this report, Ford has teamed up with tequila maker Jose Cuervo to “explore the use of agave plant byproduct to develop more sustainable bioplastics to employ in Ford vehicles.” The company’s aim is to create more durable parts while reducing weight, energy consumption and the use of petrochemicals.

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Why Is This English Supermarket Selling School Uniforms for £3.75?

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OK, it’s actually not an English supermarket. Lidl is a German supermarket chain with stores all across Europe and the U.K. The store is definitely not high end. There’s one located near my father-in-law’s flat in Northwest London and when you go in there you’ll see lots of discounted, no-name items being sold to lots of people that do not speak English as a first language. It’s cheaper stuff for people on a budget and Lidl has carved out a niche as an affordable supermarket in the U.K. serving this market. Nowthey’re selling school uniforms for the unheard of price of £3.75 (about $5.00). Why and how? Read More…

11 Silly Words in Your Twitter Profile That Make You Look Like a Complete Tool

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Twitter is a great social media service that you can use to find, engage and grow a community of potential customers. But if you’re going to be on Twitter and use it for business then do us all a favor and keep your Twitter profile professional. All I want to know about you on Twitter is what you do for a living. That’s it. I’ll figure the rest out when I get to know you better. Unfortunately, many people use all sorts of silly words to describe themselves in their profiles and they are doing themselves no justice. Words like these…

1. “Sherpa.”

I had to look this word up to find out what it means and I’m pretty sure it means “a guide on mushrooms.” Sorry, you are not a “guide.” You are not a visionary. You’re just a dude on mushrooms. And you’re as blind as the rest of us. Sherpa is a word that Bono would probably use in a conversation. So here’s some very valuable advice: in order to avoid looking like a complete and utter tool, don’t ever use a word in your Twitter profile that Bono would use in a conversation. Read More…

Small Business Tech This Week: Make Money with Pokémon Go, and Vine Is on the Decline

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Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 – Pokémon Go is upending digital marketing.

The hit mobile game is taking over the world. There are millions of players. Nintendo’s stock has gone through the roof. And it’s having a huge effect on small businesses.

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3 Technologies That Will Immediately Reduce Your Overhead

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There are a few things guaranteed to happen in the next couple of years. We will have a new President in 2017. Darth Vader will be in the next Star Wars installment. Rick will definitely not be the one killed by Negan when The Walking Dead returns in the fall. And there will be another recession. Absolutely, positively, guaranteed.

You can prepare for all of these. Study the candidates. Revisit The Empire Strikes Back (Vader was at his best there). Say good bye to Maggie (hey, don’t blame me – that’s TV Guide’s prediction). And keep your overhead low. Read More…

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