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Tips for Transitioning From the Military to the Civilian Workforce
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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates.

Here is the reality: at some point or another, we all get off of the military train. While a bit harsh, I believe in speaking the truth, even if it stings a little. Despite this fact, the chief complaint I received while working with transitioning veterans was that they do not feel prepared for the road to civilian life. Sure, you will go through transition classes, meet with transition counselors, and practice going on job interviews, but what if you could do more? What if I were to tell you there are things that YOU can do right now that would help ease the transition and help you get ahead of the curve. Things you could do where you aren't waiting on anyone else. Interested? I thought so...

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How Do I Find a Good Financial Advisor?
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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates.

Finding a good financial advisor can feel like a really intimidating process. Maybe you think you don’t have enough net worth to merit needing an advisor. Or you don’t feel like you can actually afford an advisor. After all, you’re trying to make money, not spend it. Maybe it’s just the thought of handing over the reins on your personal fortune a stranger. However, at some point in your life, it might be necessary to seek out the expertise of a financial advisor. If the process of finding a good financial advisor seems daunting to you, then simplify it by educating yourself on the basics and breaking it down into a few actionable steps. You’ll feel more confident in the advisor you chose, knowing you’ve done your research.

 

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Invest in America's Future: Tips to Help New Parents Become Financially Savvy
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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates.

With all the joys that come with expecting your first child is a lot of new stress. Considering all the responsibilities that come with a baby, this is no surprise. However, you would be surprised at how few parents plan ahead on some key elements. Perhaps one of the most important and often neglected aspects of childrearing are your finances. Coming up with a financial plan is crucial to relieving stress while raising a child, especially if you’re a small business owner or serving in the military.

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Is Ecommerce A Viable Option For Your Small Business?
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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates.

There’s no denying that ecommerce is big business. In 2017, it was responsible for $2.3 trillion in sales worldwide, and is expected to reach $4.5 trillion by 2021.

In the US alone, ecommerce represents almost 10% of ALL retail sales and that number is expected to jump by nearly 15% every year

Faced with statistics like these, setting up an ecommerce store seems like a logical step for every small business! However, just because the opportunity to take your business online is there, it doesn’t automatically follow that it’s a good idea for you.

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When You Should Outsource Accounting For Your Small Business
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By StreetShares on July 26, 2018

As a small business owner, do you find that controlling every aspect of your business single handedly is becoming a hard nut to crack? One crucial area for small businesses that often gets overlooked is accounting because, let’s face it, for many small business owners, accounting isn’t the most exciting topic. However, accounting doesn’t just have to be a necessary evil. Smart business owners know that when the time comes, outsourcing their finance and accounting needs can provide some major benefits. We’ll explore when and why you should consider it.

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Why Your Small Business Needs a Great Logo
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In this digital age of getting bombarded by marketing from all angles, you may not even notice logos anymore. They’re so ingrained into our culture that some brand marks have become part of cultural aesthetic, taking on lives of their own outside of their brand’s marketing materials.

But if you’re not a huge international corporation, you may think your logo isn’t important. Don’t let it be an afterthought! Imagine the market is like a dating app and your business’ logo is your profile picture. For better or for worse, people will judge based on that first impression, regardless of how amazing your business is once you actually read its profile. A great logo will make prospective customers more likely to “swipe right”- which means more conversions and brand loyalty for your business!

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How This Veteran Entrepreneur Brewed $30 Million From Coffee And Passion
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Evan Hafer, CEO of Black Rifle coffee and former Green Beret (EVAN HAFER)

This article originally appeared on Forbes.com on April 5, 2018. See the original publication here.

The best entrepreneurs are like a good cup of coffee: fresh, strong, and bold.

Army Green Beret turned coffee brew master, Evan Hafer, is exactly that. As the CEO of Black Rifle Coffee, Hafer says they’re selling freedom, one cup at a time.

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How to Give HR a Good Reputation
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By StreetShares on July 20, 2018

HR always seems to get a bad reputation. Some have a problem seeing how Human Resources adds value, while others think it’s little more than a clerical job. In the eyes of many, it looks as though HR just sides with management and fires people. That’s mainly the case because in some workplaces, the only time employees see someone from HR, bad news soon follows. Improving HR’s reputation can seem to be a difficult task, but there are simple ways of accomplishing it.

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Taming The Red Bull: Navy SEAL Joins 5-time Entrepreneur to Disrupt $65 Billion Energy Drink Market
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Sean Matson of Strike Force Energy. SEAN MATSON

This article originally appeared on Forbes.com on June 21, 2018. See the original publication here.

In running StreetShares, I get to meet great entrepreneurial teams. One thing I've noticed is that military veterans-turned-entrepreneurs have a unique tenacity and skillset. They apply what they learned in combat and they win in entrepreneurship.

But the best “vetrepreneurs” also have a secret ability: they possess the humility to understand that they don’t know everything, and they need to partner with more experienced entrepreneurs to win.

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5 Ways to Write the Perfect Email Subject Line
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So you have a database of fans and customers who have happily opted in to receiving email communication from you- congratulations! Winning those leads is only half the battle, though- it’s now up to you to craft emails that contain not only interesting and valuable information for your customer base, but subject lines that will entice them to open those emails up- and hopefully then buy from you or spread the word about your great products!

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