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Beyond WordPress: Choosing the Right CMS for Your Business

WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS). As a matter of fact, some statistics suggest that it powers around half of the websites on the Internet. Moreover, its popularity is well-deserved. WordPress is a highly functional system that almost anyone can use to create just about any kind of site. However, you might feel that you want to move on from WordPress and create your … [Read more...]

Beyond WordPress: Choosing the Right CMS for Your Business

WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS). As a matter of fact, some statistics suggest that it powers around half of the websites on the Internet. Moreover, its popularity is well-deserved. WordPress is a highly functional system that almost anyone can use to create just about any kind of site. However, you might feel that you want to move on from WordPress and create your … [Read more...]

Mastering All the Basic Ins and Outs of DIY Car Fixing

Whether your company owns a fleet of vehicles or only a single company car, you might need to do some DIY car fixing from time to time. After all, as the owner of a small business, you do, indeed, wear many hats, don’t you? Then, too, you might just want to have DIY car fixing skills for your own personal ride. Car owners tend to feel proud of their vehicles, after all. Moreover, they often … [Read more...]

The Closer: End of Week Charts — 10/5/18

Looking for deeper insight on global markets and economics?  In tonight’s Closer sent to Bespoke clients, we recap weekly price action in major asset classes, update economic surprise index data for major economies, chart the weekly Commitment of Traders report from the CFTC, and provide our normal nightly update on ETF performance, volume and price movers, and the Bespoke Market Timing … [Read more...]

The Bespoke Report — Stumbling And Bumbling

While the economy is on good footing and the overall backdrop is reasonably positive for stocks, there’s reason to be a bit cautious. EPS estimates have been rising sharply this year relative to history, and that process may be completing. While it’s not certain that the bar being set by analysts is too high, stocks have gotten a tailwind from stronger earnings estimates all year; if … [Read more...]

6 Things You Can Do to Make Your Business More Profitable

Being profitable is what your business is all about, right? However, increasing your company’s profitability is easier said than done. About 90% of all startups fail within the first five years of their operation, largely because they’re not profitable. However, if you have a good idea and you’re willing to work hard, it is possible that you can make your business a success. Here are … [Read more...]

Golden Youth: Students Who Started Successful Businesses

It is never too early or too late to start your own business. For example, check out these inspiring stories about five golden youth. These young entrepreneurs are busily running their own businesses and earning six figures a year, all while still going to school. RELATED ARTICLE: 7 SUCCESS TIPS FOR STUDENT ENTREPRENEURS The Making of a Successful Young Entrepreneur There are plenty of ways for … [Read more...]

The Closer: End of Week Charts — 9/14/18

Looking for deeper insight on global markets and economics?  In tonight’s Closer sent to Bespoke clients, we recap weekly price action in major asset classes, update economic surprise index data for major economies, chart the weekly Commitment of Traders report from the CFTC, and provide our normal nightly update on ETF performance, volume and price movers, and the Bespoke Market Timing … [Read more...]

Take the Fear out of Science Class: Tutoring for Success

Photo by Kaboompics.com from Pexels As the owner of a small business, you understand that your business does not exist in a vacuum. For one thing, you must continue to take care of your personal responsibilities as well as those which pertain to your company. For example, do you have a child who needs some help with a science class? When children get into the upper levels of science, such as … [Read more...]

The Bespoke Report — Buyers Strike

The End of Summer Hangover.  The end of Labor Day weekend, when schools are back in session and summer starts to wind down, is always a tough time of year. After a summer of nice weather, swimming, hiking, outdoor sports, and hopefully even a vacation, Tuesday morning after the three-day Labor Day weekend can be rough.  This year was no exception, and it was reflected in the performance of US and … [Read more...]

Your Digital Marketing Agency: The Ultimate Guide

If you’re looking to learn about digital marketing agencies, look no further. That’s because this guide will tell you everything you need to know. We’ll talk about the roles, the work, and what you can expect as a client. In short, this guide to your digital marketing agency is here to help.   RELATE ARTICLE: MARKETING FOR NON-MARKETERS: GET GOOD AT IT BY LEARNING TO LOVE IT What Is … [Read more...]

Best Sector This Earnings Season — Consumer Staples?

As noted in our prior post, the average stock that has reported earnings this season has gained 0.52% on its earnings reaction day.  Below we break down the average earnings reaction day change by sector this season. As shown, Consumer Staples stocks that have reported have averaged a huge gain of 2.09% on their earnings reaction days this season.  Coming into this quarter, Consumer Staples was … [Read more...]

How to Write a Business Proposal: 6 Simple Steps for Beginners

A business proposal is critical in the expansion and growth of any small business. However, if you’re a beginner you might be wondering where to start. It’s critical to note that business plans differ from business proposals. To be clear, a business plan functions as an overall plan for the business itself. A business proposal, on the other hand, is intended to invite new business into the … [Read more...]

The Closer: End of Week Charts — 8/3/18

Looking for deeper insight on global markets and economics?  In tonight’s Closer sent to Bespoke clients, we recap weekly price action in major asset classes, update economic surprise index data for major economies, chart the weekly Commitment of Traders report from the CFTC, and provide our normal nightly update on ETF performance, volume and price movers, and the Bespoke Market Timing … [Read more...]

Could Trustpilot Be the Customer Review Program for Your Online Company?

Whether you’ve recently launched an online business or have been running one for a while, you surely know that reviews are important not only for attracting new customers, but also for building a strong brand reputation. However, have you ever stopped to consider that a methodical customer review program could boost your profits? As a matter of fact, there are multiple benefits that come from … [Read more...]

The Bespoke Report: Hanging in There

We’ve just published our weekly Bespoke Report newsletter, which is available to subscribers across all three of our membership levels.  You can read it now by choosing a membership option and starting a two-week free trial at this page.  Looking at the S&P 500’s chart right now, it’s sitting right in the middle of a “DMZ” zone with former resistance at 2,800 to … [Read more...]

701 Video Ideas Infographic Plus 5 Tips for Better Brainstorming

Brainstorming YouTube video ideas can be tough. And if ideas aren’t coming to you, that can eat away at your motivation. In order to save you time and energy, and to help you stay enthusiastic about YouTube, filmora.io created both an infographic with 701 YouTube video ideas and the free 701 Video Ideas eBook. Scroll down to find the infographic. Plus, below are five tips that can help you … [Read more...]

The Closer: End of Week Charts — 7/20/18

Looking for deeper insight on global markets and economics?  In tonight’s Closer sent to Bespoke clients, we recap weekly price action in major asset classes, update economic surprise index data for major economies, chart the weekly Commitment of Traders report from the CFTC, and provide our normal nightly update on ETF performance, volume and price movers, and the Bespoke Market Timing … [Read more...]

How to Make Money as a Freelance SEO Writer and Marketer

Search engine optimization (SEO) is an ever-evolving market. And many people want to learn how to make money as a freelance SEO writer and marketer. However, if you want to start an SEO multimedia agency, take the time to read this article for a few tips on mindset, marketing, and sales. RELATED ARTICLE: 5 STEPS TO HAVING THE BEST SEO MARKETING STRATEGY FOR YOUR BUSINESS To Be Successful, Maintain … [Read more...]

The Closer: End of Week Charts — 7/13/18

Looking for deeper insight on global markets and economics?  In tonight’s Closer sent to Bespoke clients, we recap weekly price action in major asset classes, update economic surprise index data for major economies, chart the weekly Commitment of Traders report from the CFTC, and provide our normal nightly update on ETF performance, volume and price movers, and the Bespoke Market Timing … [Read more...]

How to Create a Blog: A Simple Guide for Beginning Bloggers

This post is written for beginning bloggers, so we’re going to start at the very beginning. A blog is a kind of website that focuses on written content. Each entry is called a blog post. The word “blog” is a hybrid of the words “web” and “log.” From a personal perspective, a blogger writes. Their writing allows bloggers to connect directly with their … [Read more...]

What’s Driving Performance During This Rally?

The average stock in the S&P 500 fell 2.91% in January, but the average stock is up 5% since then. So which stocks have led the way higher, and which ones are underperforming? Below we have run our decile analysis on the S&P 500 to find out. To run the analysis, we break the S&P 500 into deciles (10 groups of 50 stocks each) based on various stock characteristics like market cap, … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday Bull?

On Monday, you'll likely hear lots of talk about the 6th birthday of the current bull market that began on 3/9/09. But keep in mind that unless we make a new high on Monday, the bull market won't actually be six years old. Right now the top of the bull market is the closing high from this past Monday (3/2), and the bull market won't officially be six years old until it takes out those highs. One … [Read more...]

Historical Bull Markets for the S&P 500

In this week's Bespoke Report, we published the table below ahead of Monday's six-year anniversary of the S&P 500's 3/9/09 bear market low. As we noted Friday, the bull market will have to celebrate its sixth birthday retroactively unless a new closing high is made on Monday. The generally accepted measure for a bull market is a rally of at least 20% that was preceded by a decline of at least … [Read more...]

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