Travis Esquivel is an engineer, passionate soccer player and full-time dad. He enjoys writing about innovation and technology from time to time.

Make money on YouTube: Reality or myth?
Jul13

Make money on YouTube: Reality or myth?

As YouTube remains one of the most popular social platforms in the world, lots of people turn their attention to the profit that it can possibly give. Making money on YouTube is no myth. There’s no secret that being a significant personality on YouTube can make a good income. However, it is not that simple to make money from blogging only. So many people still have jobs and use YouTube as a platform for an additional source of income. Here we want to share with you, what are the powerful instruments to make money on YouTube. Keep an eye on your metrics There are a few significant stats that make monetizing happen. These are subscribers and watch time. To generate revenue, you need to have at least a thousand subscribers on your channel, and a watch time that equals no less than four thousand hours in one year. That means that you have to be very attentive to your views. The easiest way to increase your watch time is to gross some of those. In order to outrun the competitors from your niche, you can buy, for example, 200 YouTube views on trustworthy sites like VideosGrow.com. This is not a big purchase, even when you are at the start of your career, but it allows you to turn the interest of more users to your channel. Don’t buy too large numbers, always make your growth organic. In order to become an influential persona on YouTube, you have to concentrate on […]

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What Does a Virtual Assistant Do?
Jul13

What Does a Virtual Assistant Do?

A virtual assistant is today’s go-to source for online and offline business assistance all over the globe. But have you ever asked yourself what a virtual assistant actually does? In this article, we will discuss the different kinds of virtual assistants and what they typically do. What is a Virtual Assistant? A virtual assistant is, simply put, an assistant who works remotely. That doesn’t really define what they do, though, so let’s dive deeper into the meaning of this type of role in business. An assistant generally provides professional support services in various areas of a business (and virtual just means that they don’t work in your physical office). These areas can be administrative, technical, creative, financial, marketing – you name it, there’s a virtual assistant out there who does it. Take note that the term “virtual assistant” has the unfortunate connotation of basic-level skills. This is a misnomer that has caused a lot of issues within the freelance community. While some virtual assistants indeed perform either basic tasks or various tasks at basic levels, others specialize in certain areas and have mid- to expert-level skills in those areas. Virtual assistants are usually broken down into two categories, each with their own types of tasks. Common Tasks for a General Virtual Assistant A general virtual assistant can wear many hats within your business and is valuable for their flexibility and adaptability. This is the type of virtual assistant you need to hire if you have several smaller tasks that you […]

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Top 7 startup business tips
Jul13

Top 7 startup business tips

Starting a business can be difficult, especially if it’s your first. Did you know that as much as half of businesses fail within the first three years of starting? This statistic looks scary, as there are a few things you can do to make it to that 40%. Today, we’ll share our top startup business tips on how to make sure that you’re prepared to meet the challenges that come with it. Tip 1: Find a good mentor Note: a good mentor, and not any, that doesn’t understand the value of your start-up. At this stage, solid and grounded advice is needed, with actionable steps. In the volatile world of business, a mentor is like a safe island in the middle of the stormy sea. So how do you find that type of mentor? Well, networking & honest communication is the answer, which leads to the next of our startup business tips. Tip 2: Network I’m sure most people and businesses understand the value of networking and making new connections, as well as strengthening existing ones. It can open so many doors if you know the right people, so get your business name out there and introduce yourself to others. A good way to do this is through local business events, even the smallest towns have these, so it’s worth a go. Communicating with like-minded people who have their own business will expose you to new ideas & their own stories which can be extremely valuable. In the end, don’t […]

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European Commission’s proposal shines light on European money laundering
Jul13

European Commission’s proposal shines light on European money laundering

Last month, the European Commission proposed a new set of guidelines to fight money laundering in Europe, including the creation of a new authority to police financial crime. The Commission sent an action plan to each of the European Union’s 27 governments and called on a unified front against money laundering. Critics of the plan say it is short on specifics, but acknowledge it will bring the issue of widespread financial crimes forward and make it more difficult under an increased spotlight. The Commission called for “an integrated system” to be put into place, but added that it must first assess the possible impact of such a system. The Action Plan outlines the Commission’s proposal to achieve a more harmonized set of EU rules, better supervision, and improved coordination among domestic Financial Intelligence Units. One influential EU lawmaker told the media called for the creation of a new agency not part of the European Banking Authority. “To fight money laundering in the financial system effectively, competences must be streamlined in a stand-alone EU anti-money laundering body,” said Markus Ferber, a German who leads on financial matters for the largest political grouping in the European Parliament, the European People’s Party. Any EU-level supervision could be run out of the European Banking Authority or done by “a new, dedicated body”, the Commission said. Recent court cases have revealed the dire need for greater oversight of European money laundering. Among the cases receiving the most buzz is a $4.2 billion lawsuit brought by […]

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Financial Regulators and the Disdain For Crypto-Based Financial Instruments
Jul13

Financial Regulators and the Disdain For Crypto-Based Financial Instruments

Regulators are one of the most important parts of any system. The financial system is no different, and American financial regulators are amongst the most sophisticated in the world. For decades, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CTFC), and several other sister organizations have dedicated their effort and resources to ensure that companies playing in the financial industry are made to follow the rules. Essentially, they build a level playing field for everyone to operate and ensure that new concepts get scrutinized with the appropriate level of seriousness. Significant Performance Leading Up to This Point Over the past decade, cryptocurrencies have shown to be the most interesting financial innovation in the world. Assets that started off as simply tools for making transactions or paying for services have become a full-blown financial phenomenon, with many institutions getting in. The crypto boom has brought about an interesting financial renaissance. Last year, Bitcoin was crowned the best-performing financial and investment vehicle of the past decade – beating out the stock market, U.S. equities, bonds, and even alternative assets like gold and oil. There was a lot of hope for this year to be even better, although the coronavirus pandemic has forced a lot of that potential to get stalled in a way. Institutional Interest Surging Still, there is a segment of the market that is so far refusing to budge – institutional investors. High net worth individuals, companies, and conglomerates are buying into Bitcoin in their […]

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