Third-party parts and components for Apple products can vary in quality, says Kyle Wiens of iFixit, with repair shops operating in a "completely free market where there are no standards." He recommends independent shops, saying that customers need to take care with selecting one.
Instagram has posted strong user growth and boasts a huge number of daily active users, making it a potentially lucrative platform for brands. Carlos Gil, CEO of Gil Media, explains how to make use of the social network by discussing the purpose of hashtags, Stories tools and location tagging.
Referencing her own experience as an entrepreneur, Ashley Hampton discusses how small businesses can tap into the insights data can provide. It's important to perform a monthly analysis of revenues and expenses, drill into customer information and create processes to handle repetitive tasks, she writes.
Small-business owners seeking loans have to be prepared to navigate a maze of complex banking terminology, writes Megan Tyler. She offers definitions for six terms, including APR, factoring and merchant cash advance.
Employee turnover can be especially painful for small businesses, but these companies can use a variety of tactics to boost retention. Entrepreneurs offer several tips, including giving employees opportunity for advancement, offering feedback and explaining why the work matters.
Lila Owens spent a decade working for her family's real estate business after college before pursuing her passion by opening Cupcakin' Bake Shop in Berkeley, Calif., in 2014. Owens is now leasing a second space, and she plans to expand her business and her product line.
The number of computer science graduates is rising but not as fast as demand, and retail provides a growing number of new tech job opportunities, Sam Berndt writes. Retail tech jobs pay as well or better than similar posts in other industries, many are located in areas with low costs of living and the positions offer a chance to play key roles in retail's digital transformation, he writes.
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