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9 Top Free Resources for Business Start-Up

9 Top Free Resources for Business Start-Up

Nowadays, business start-up costs can end up being very costly. It is a good thing that the internet has tools that are available to help start-up a business. There are many different online resources that you can use to help you with your set-up and guide you all the way through to the marketing process. Here are 9 online start-up business resources and each resource is free of charge, which is more of a reason for potential entrepreneurs to try it out.

Business Planner Templates

If you are not sure if your business concept is a good idea financially, there are online resources that provide free downloadable templates for business planning. These templates will help you effectively format your plans so that you can get your business plan ready for financial applications.

9 Top Free Resources for Business Start-Up

Starting Costs Estimator

There are also websites that provide online calculators to help you work out your business start-up costs. By entering the initial expenses, capital, start-up stock, short-term assets and long-term assets, the business starting costs calculator could show you an estimate of how much you might need for your business plan.

Business Link

You could also check out links provided by government sources for business support and information about the rules and regulations that your business will be operating under. You can also access government services and case studies that are related to the same business concept as the one in your business plan.

Domain Checker

There are various online tools to check the availability of a domain name such as Domain Checker. They can help you to check if your prospective domain name is available or not. All you have to do is enter the website name into the search box and hit enter to begin the search. The tool would automatically give you information about the availability of the domain name, whether it is available with , .com or .net.

Survey Monkey

To give your business start-up the edge that it needs, you could conduct surveys with online resources that can provide you such services. With this tool, you can effortlessly conduct surveys for market research and decision-making.

Namechk

If you already have a business name picked out, you can see if it is available in social networks and social bookmarking sites by using a social network name checking program. Within seconds, you can easily get information about which URL and nickname is available as well as other choices that are related to it.

Hootsuite

The internet has several different social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. Managing all of these profiles individually can turn out to be very difficult. This website has a free service where you could set up a professional profile with up to five social networking logins so that you can easily promote your business.

LinkedIn

Network online with LinkedIn. You can create your own profile and accumulate contacts through this business networking site. It is a good way of accessing knowledge, opportunities and insights

DropBox

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The Link Between Wealth and Breeding

The Link Between Wealth and Breeding

ONE of the paradoxes of human biology is that the rich world has fewer children than the poor world. In most species, improved conditions are expected to increase reproductive efforts, not reduce them, but along with economic development, country after country has experienced what is known as a demographic transition: fertility (defined as the number of children borne by a woman over her lifetime) down from about eight to near one and a half. That number is so small that even with the decline in child mortality that usually accompanies development, it is not possible to sustain the population.

The collapse of this reproduction is very worrying because it comes along with an increase in life expectancy which shows that, by the middle of this century, populations in the most developed countries will not only shrink (unless they are supported by enormous historical levels). immigration) but also that the number of retirees supported by every working age person will increase significantly. However, if Mikko Myrskyla from the University of Pennsylvania and his colleagues was right, things might not be that bad. A study they just published in Nature shows that along with development, the demographic transition is reversed.

The Link Between Wealth and Breeding

Dr. Myrskyla sees the world as it was in 1975 and as it is now (or, at least, as in 2005). He compared two things. One is the total fertility rate (the number of children to be born by a woman in a particular country during her lifetime if she experiences an age-specific fertility rate observed in that country during the calendar year concerned). The other is the human development index for the country. HDI, a measure used by the United Nations, has three components: life expectancy; average income per person; and education level. The maximum possible value is one.

Back in the 1970s, no country approached any. Of the 107 places the researchers saw, the best was Canada, with a HDI of 0.89. However, in 2005, things improved. Two dozen of what is now 240 countries have HDI above nine – and something extraordinary has happened. Back in 1975, a graph depicting fertility rates for HDI fell when HDI rose. But in 2005, the line had a kink in it. Above HDI 0.9 or higher, appears, producing what is known in jargon as a “J-shaped” curve (even though it is a mirror image of the letter J). As the graph shows, in many countries with very high development rates (around 0.95) fertility rates are now approaching two children per woman. There are exceptions, especially Canada and Japan, but the trend is clear.

MB: Shocking! The trend is clear, when countries or even households become more advanced and financially stable they have lower fertility rates. Why is more than that our human psychology works in an irregular way; households must want more children because they can afford it no less. I am sure there are a number of explanations for why this phenomenon occurs; but I feel there is a big factor … Read the rest ...