Guest Contributor: Christine Sato
The largest generation in U.S. history has changed the way we look at business and finance through their entirely different values and perceptions of what is important in the world today.
Millennials have embraced a wide range of lifestyles that has shifted the traditional models of what it means to be an adult member of the United States society.
Basically, what was important to their parents, most likely holds little to no value to the millennial or at the very least, ranks much lower in their list of priorities.
Let’s look at three ways these shifting values influence the world of business and finance. Continue Reading…
Millennials love to give, in fact, Generation Y has even been hailed by some as the most charitable generation.
According to Achieve’s Millennial Impact Report, 84 percent of millennials made a charitable donation, and 70 percent spent at least an hour volunteering.
Despite being one of the most cash-strapped and indebted generations in American history, millennials have proved their generosity is not economically governed.
As we enter into the “Giving Season”, as my fundraising colleagues call it, here are a few tips regarding charitable donations and gifts that can assist you in celebrating the season: Continue Reading…
“It takes money to make money,” was a business adage I seem to recall rolling my eyes at as a college sophomore.
Well turns out, that while it doesn’t take millions of dollars to get a business going, it does require some resources.
But Hannah – I’m broke!
If you’re a like most millennials post-Recession, access to hundreds of thousands of dollars isn’t exactly something you have as an option…
I’ve been there too.
Not only do you need funds to get your business idea off the ground, but you also need some cash (also known as “working capital”) to keep your start-up afloat for the first few months of operations. Continue Reading…
Blogging is one of the top media platforms in today’s digital world.
It’s replaced many traditional forms of media, such as magazine subscriptions and industry journals. Instead of relying on media conglomerates to provide us with informative and inspirational content, millennials are turning to blogs – and their favorite bloggers.
While there are thousands of “top” bloggers on the ol’ interweb, here are my 15 all-time favorite millennial bloggers: Continue Reading…
As the economic landscape continues to dally in recession state, and commercial lenders are reluctant to bank on unproven startups, entrepreneurs are turning to their community to raise the funds necessary to turn their dreams into reality. Through crowdfunding platforms such as Indiegogo, Kickstarter, Fundable, etc., entrepreneurs are able to request donations, exchange “perks” for funds, acquire lending, or offer equity in their startup venture.
This community oriented funding approach is rapidly taking the place of traditional business financing, providing entrepreneurs with a viable opportunity to not only raise start-up capital but also establish a customer base before they even open their doors!
Here are three reasons every startup should consider crowdfunding:
Entrepreneurship isn’t easy.
It doesn’t always turn into an overnight success; instead, it’s often characterized by endless sleepless nights and gut turning “oh god” moments.
Your employed friends don’t exactly “get it” – the 100+ hour work weeks, the cash flow “issues”, and the overall pain of hinging your future on your own idea. What the…?
Starting my own business, I was immediately struck by how many areas of “normal” life were affected or eliminated by my entrepreneurial status.
All the financial advice I’d received went out the window when I was no longer drawing a salary. My ability to buy or even rent a place to live got super complicated, and the employment benefits I’d so taken for granted – health insurance, life insurance, 401k – were gone.