Businesses that cater to consumers’ fears for the future are reporting “robust sales,” writes OPEN Forum contributor Mark Henricks. 
"Doomsday may or may not be looming ahead, but it’s never been disadvantageous to be prepared," says David Sanders, owner of Atlanta-based e-commerce business Doomsday Prep. (He should know — his sales go up with every new season of AMC’s zombie survival hit The Walking Dead). 
Read more on OPEN Forum, “Dystopian Businesses: Profiting From Depressing Visions of the Future”

Businesses that cater to consumers’ fears for the future are reporting “robust sales,” writes OPEN Forum contributor Mark Henricks. 

"Doomsday may or may not be looming ahead, but it’s never been disadvantageous to be prepared," says David Sanders, owner of Atlanta-based e-commerce business Doomsday Prep. (He should know — his sales go up with every new season of AMC’s zombie survival hit The Walking Dead)

Read more on OPEN Forum, “Dystopian Businesses: Profiting From Depressing Visions of the Future

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Save your eureka moments. These note-taking apps are at your fingertips.
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10 Tips For Young Entrepreneurs
“The last 6 years have taught me many valuable lessons in life and business. I now have a handful of businesses in different industries and a clear path for future growth and success. Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned as a young entrepreneur.”

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10 Tips For Young Entrepreneurs

The last 6 years have taught me many valuable lessons in life and business. I now have a handful of businesses in different industries and a clear path for future growth and success. Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned as a young entrepreneur.”

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Need a simple tool to create a fantastic data visualization? Here are 30.

There have never been more technologies available to collect, examine, and render data. Here are 30 different notable pieces of data visualization software good for any designer’s repertoire. They’re not just powerful; they’re easy to use. In fact, most of these tools feature simple, point-and-click interfaces, and don’t require that you possess any particular coding knowledge or invest in any significant training. Let the software do the hard work for you. Your client will never know.

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fastcodesign:

Need a simple tool to create a fantastic data visualization? Here are 30.

There have never been more technologies available to collect, examine, and render data. Here are 30 different notable pieces of data visualization software good for any designer’s repertoire. They’re not just powerful; they’re easy to use. In fact, most of these tools feature simple, point-and-click interfaces, and don’t require that you possess any particular coding knowledge or invest in any significant training. Let the software do the hard work for you. Your client will never know.

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Though it has its detractors, Google Glass has a few apps that would be perfect for small-business owners, writes OPEN Forum contributor Barry Moltz.

1. Speech Helper: Dump those PowerPoint slides and the handheld notes, and maintain eye contact with your audience. Use this small prompter in Glass to go through the presentation without either of these visual aids. Another application, Glassentation, works in a similar way.

Read the four other apps (and five apps he would like to see) on OPEN Forum.
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Though it has its detractors, Google Glass has a few apps that would be perfect for small-business owners, writes OPEN Forum contributor Barry Moltz.

1. Speech Helper: Dump those PowerPoint slides and the handheld notes, and maintain eye contact with your audience. Use this small prompter in Glass to go through the presentation without either of these visual aids. Another application, Glassentation, works in a similar way.

Read the four other apps (and five apps he would like to see) on OPEN Forum.

Flickr user: lawrencegs

Two new bills winding through Congress would allow businesses to keep writing off up to 100 percent of equipment purchases up to $500,000 per year.

Two new bills winding through Congress would allow businesses to keep writing off up to 100 percent of equipment purchases up to $500,000 per year.

wired:

If ever your favorite Hollywood characters are in need of freelance work, they’re going to need a great business card, right?.

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Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question, collected the provocative questions top designers, tech innovators, and entrepreneurs ask themselves to spark creativity. Read more>

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Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question, collected the provocative questions top designers, tech innovators, and entrepreneurs ask themselves to spark creativity. Read more>

Before You Hire Your BFF, Read This

The familiar edict “friends and money don’t mix” exists for a reason. How many of us have heard stories of friendships gone sour after going into business together? These five steps could help you keep your friendship intact:

  1. Never do a 50/50 partnership, at least not at first.
  2. Set a clear distinction between business and personal matters.
  3. Make expectations crystal clear. 
  4. Prepare for strong emotions.
  5. Decide if it’s worth losing your friendship. 

Via OPEN Forum’s “5 Steps You Need to Take Before Hiring a Friend