Maybe this column should be called “quirky tips” instead of “quick tips,” because I can’t resist sharing some of the interesting and offbeat jottings from my notebook. Hopefully you can embrace the oddities and spin an idea or two into a colorful summertime business feature. First off, my ears perked up the other day when [...]
Covering personal finance is part journalism and part counseling. Pamela Yip, reporter and columnist for the Dallas Morning News, is here to make sure you don't go into it unarmed.
Already 2014 is about half over and the Fourth of July holiday is speeding toward us like a runaway locomotive. It’s the make-it or break-it bellwether for many summer tourism businesses and particularly interesting this year because the Fourth falls on a Friday, making for an automatic three-day-weekend for many workers. According to Orbitz, many [...]
The annual salute to dads comes up June 15, and like all traditional and manufactured holidays and observances, marketers are not shy about using it to spark consumer spending. My e-mail inbox is clogged with frantic exhortations from national chains pushing grills, apparel, retro beer posters, tools, cheese-and-sausage packs and other delights for Pop — all [...]
The recent $15-per-hour minimum wage rule established in Seattle is creating a lot of buzz, and I’ve been brainstorming ways that business writers nationwide could localize the issue. As NBC reports, the Seattle law will phase in over time starting next April, and will include exceptions for teen workers. It trumps San Francisco’s minimum wage [...]
Headlines say “Teens still face a tough jobs market,” and other reports over the past couple of months have advised high school & college students – and anyone seeking seasonal employment this year – to apply early and often. I’ve seen more “Now Hiring” signs this spring than in several years, but some procrastinators may [...]
It’s the peak of springtime and that ringing sound you hear is the peal of wedding bells – and the cha-ching of revenue echoing in the daydreams of wedding industry vendors. Add to the mix the imminent marriage mania surrounding Kim Kardashian and Kanye West‘s vows, along with more Federal court victories for gay marriage, [...]