5 simple accounting tips for DIY small business owners



Don’t worry: You can run a small business even if math isn’t your strong suit. 

Accounting and bookkeeping can be a daunting task even for experienced business owners, but there are a few simple strategies and slick tech solutions that can keep your company’s finances in working order. 

Check out the videos below to learn how other entrepreneurs approach tracking finances, and get inspired for your own ventures. 

Keeping accurate books 

Bookkeeping doesn’t start and end with sales figures.

Separating your business expenses 

Resist the urge to combine your personal expenses and your business expenses. Read more…

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The 3D-modeling software shaping Singapore’s future is straight out of a sci-fi film



When you envision three-dimensional city models that you can navigate, explore and alter in virtual reality, there’s a good chance the first thing that comes to mind is a video game, or a sci-fi movie that takes place many years in the future.

These technologies are hardly far-fetched, however. Today, there’s real, practical application for such 3D-modeling software — and it’s helping shape our cities.   

Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE platform, for example, is just such an innovative tool. The technology influences how urban planners, architects and government officials plan for the future.

Singapore is one of the forward-thinking cities using the technology in innovative ways. A compact island state, Singapore faces numerous challenges as its population expands. The city-state’s temperatures, for example, can be unbearably hot during certain times of year — but designing for improved wind flow throughout the city can help keep residents comfortable.   Read more…

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Expectations vs. reality at the office Christmas party



Ah, the annual office holiday party. It’s the perfect opportunity to cut loose with your coworkers, blow off steam and let your colleagues finally see you with your hair down.

It’s also a social situation that lends itself to embarrassing snafus, awkward conversations, wardrobe malfunctions and some super awkward next-morning run-ins at the watercooler.

Below are a few things you’ve been quietly hoping will happen at this year’s office party, but who are you kidding? We all know how this will turn out.

Office gift giving… 

Expectation: This year’s Secret Santa exchange will finally yield something you can actually use. Read more…

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How to repurpose high-tech gadgets when you’re way, way out of range



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When people find themselves stranded in the wilderness, they need to get creative with how they use the resources at their disposal while they try to survive the elements. Innovative wilderness hacks are staples among the participants in HISTORY’s hit survival show Alone. The series follows the day-to-day lives of survival experts as they try to last as long as possible in Patagonia, Argentina — so they know a thing or two about making the best out of an extreme situation.

While the hardcore survivalists on Alone aren’t allowed to bring any technology with them when they’re dropped into treacherous and remote locations, odds are you would at least have your smartphone on you if you ever found yourself stranded with no signal. Read more…

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Creating opportunity and excitement for STEM careers



The impact that technology has on our lives is incredible — it has changed the way we communicate, has created improvements in our health and has revolutionized the way we understand and interpret our world.   

As opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) continue to grow, so do the possibilities. In fact, a recent analysis of 26 million job postings found that nearly half of all the jobs in the top quartile in pay require some coding knowledge or skills. That number will only grow larger in the years to come. By 2018, 51 percent of all STEM jobs are projected to be in a CS-related field.     Read more…

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