Category: Business

How To Stay Fit While Running a Booming Business

Throughout your life, you’ve always prided yourself on being the kind of person who could balance being strong and healthy with all of your responsibilities. No matter what was going on in your life–whether you were busy dating, or acing exams, or applying for funding for your business–you always made time for runs in the morning and watched what you ate. But recently, you’ve been losing track of your health. Business is good, business is booming, in fact. It’s a great feeling, to be running a business that’s going well, but it means that your time is constantly occupied. Whether you’re staying up late designing a logo for your newest app, or traveling all over the city to meet potential partners, your business is your life.

But you don’t want to lose track of your health. You’re looking for creative ways to keep working, while at the same time staying fit. So if you’re ready to take that step, here’s how to do it.

Stop drinking 

One of the easiest ways to cut calories out of any diet is by cutting out alcohol. Especially if it’s something you turn to when you’re stressed or busy, you’re probably consuming more than you realize. Did you know that a pint of lager can contain up to 180 calories, the same amount as a slice of pizza? Sure, drinking is fun, and an easy way to let off steam–but if you did it in other ways, like going for a run after work, you’d burn calories instead of consuming them.

In the business world, there’s pressure to drink sometimes. So if you need to drink a glass of wine at dinner with a client, or have a whiskey on the rocks with a business partner while discussing finances, that’s fine. It’s more about cutting alcohol out of your life in general. Obviously, if you suspect you have a drinking problem, it’s worth quitting entirely. American culture is quite understanding of this issue, and it is unlikely that colleagues will pressure you to drink even when they are.

Work out in small segments of time 

For an ordinary person, handling the usual responsibilities of life, it’s already hard enough to make time for the gym. And even though Planet Fitness had more than 10 million members in 2017, you know that most people join only for January, and rarely go the rest of the year. The problem is, it’s not just discipline that’s required for going to the gym, but time. The drive back and forth, plus the workout, plus showering, can end up taking one to two hours out of your day. And when business is booming, you don’t have time for that.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t work out. Instead, you have to work out in small segments of time. Save the long workouts for the weekend, and use some of these 20-minute workouts recommended by Men’s Journal to fill up small gaps of time when you’re free. If you need some guidance, get a digital coach, and if you’re traveling all the time for work, think about joining ClassPass. This program allows you to work virtually anywhere in the US, and it offers a variety of classes for anyone who quickly gets bored of routines.

Cook in bulk, and have backup food 

Another easy way you can lose track of your health is by eating the wrong kinds of foods. There are always temptations at the office, and if you’re staying late, it’s easier to order Chinese takeout or a pizza than wait to get home at 11 p.m. and eat dinner then. The best way to avoid this is by cooking in bulk. Choose once or twice a week when you cook something healthy, freeze it, and take it to the office with you. You can even keep a few backups in the freezer for emergencies–just make sure it’s not fish if you plan on microwaving it!

Additionally, have some power bars and high-protein snacks like jerky in the car or your jacket pockets so that if you’re always on the go, you won’t have to succumb to whatever high-calorie snacks are available at an airport or gas station. Adult obesity rates in 2017 exceeded 35 percent in five states, 30 percent in 25 states, and 25 percent in 46 states–which goes to show how easy it is to put on weight in the US. By keeping a stash of healthy foods with you, and staying hydrated, you can fight off temptation, looking good and feeling healthy.

By using these strategies, you can stay fit–even if you don’t have much time for it. What other ways do you stay healthy without losing too much time?

Online Trade: Alibaba and “The Amazon Effect”

There are three factors that determine the growth of the online trade sector:

  • The financial transactions are carried out more and more through the digital with the mobile phone;
  • The spending capacity is increasing;
  • You use more and more Internet to make purchases of any kind.

Having said that, there are two actors who are playing the screenplay: Jeff Bezos and Jack Ma.

Each with their own personal stories, from countries of origin and different cultures, however both very determined to grow their own “business idea”, even if, as we will see, with different strategies. We have already told their adventures, but now we will discover how their strategic visions translate into different corporate choices.

We are talking about two behemoths that together capitalize over a trillion dollars (about half of Italy’s gross domestic product). Amazon is present with its platform in North America, Europe, India and lately is making major investments in Australia and Singapore; In India and Australia we also find the presence of Alibaba, which has a predominant and undisputed position in China.

The first observation is that until now they have avoided competing with each other, concentrating on different geographic areas of interest. Will this also be the case for the future? It seems no, in fact, in the markets of Australia, Singapore and India are both presenting. We start from the region that has the largest growth rate, India. The Business Bank Morgan Stanley expects that online trade will grow from the current value of 15 billion dollars up to 200 billion dollars in 2026. The two multinationals have adopted different approaches to establish themselves in the Indian market: While Amazon focuses on the management of new brands and the strengthening of the Platform with Investment plan recently announced of 3 billion dollars, Alibaba Invested in payment systems through PAYTM, managing to diversify with other investments in the entertainment, media, food, logistics, games, Web services and on-demand delivery – all the markets represented in the WeChat app Tencentr. How this huge market will be divided we will find out in a few years.

Australia is particularly interesting because despite 88% of the population (25 million inhabitants) uses the Internet, but only 7% of the total of their purchases is made via online. There is still a lot of room for growth considering that this percentage in America is almost 10% and in China we are already at a value of 20%. Reaching a leading position in this part of the world means that every half-point earned is worth in terms of turnover an increase of 1.5 billion dollars.

Singapore, despite being a small region of 6 million inhabitants (just under Switzerland), has a per capita income among the highest in the world and 82% of the population uses the Internet. An interesting “laboratory” where the two giants of e-commerce are already challenging, from the latest data it would seem that Alibaba has the best at least in terms of page views.

Investors in the stock market are certainly not missing in this last year, as the chart testifies:

The economic news related to the two companies are increasingly frequent. The latest concerns the interest, which translated into the thought of Jeff Bezos means investment, in the banking sector: Amazon will issue credit cards, will offer payment services and will grant funding to small businesses.

This news is very worrying about the banks. This concern could be justified, given that the bank Goldman Sachs coined the competition created by the latter as an “Amazon effect” in the online trade sector, causing such an important price reduction to reduce the Inflation rate (excluding oil prices) of 0.25%. We’ll see if these online trade giants consider financial services merely a tool to maintain the trust of their customers and consequently to collect more advertising revenue, or to become a new way of “banking”.

5 Simple Women for 5 Wealthy Men

It is common thought to believe that the companions or wives of famous people are models or women with charm. Not all celebrities think the same way: there are really many men, in fact, who have chosen to have women with simple, hand-held and unknown to the many. Maybe the beauty went to the background?

Here are the wives of five business men who have made the world speak not for beauty but for their simplicity.

Priscilla Chan

The first woman in question is Priscilla Chan, wife of Mark Zuckerberg, the creator and the current CEO of Facebook. The two have known each other since the Harvard times and in 2011 have joined in marriage. As you can see, the young woman does not stand out for beauty and style but prefers a casual and sporty look. I mean, two simple guys.

Astrid Menks

Nothing glaring for Warren Buffett’s wife, Astrid Menks. The couple joined only in 2006, one year after the disappearance of the entrepreneur’s first wife. Although the spouse left him as far back as 1977, Buffett had decided not to break the union with a divorce. In the meantime she met Astrid, a simple waitress of a well-known fast food. And immediately it was love. The two began right away to live together and lead a simple life.

Melinda Gates

From a computer science you can not expect a whimsical and complex look. Melinda Gates met Bill in the 1980s at a Microsoft conference, a company designed by the same partner. The woman, despite her sobriety and work as a clerk, has conquered the big tech. The two joined in marriage in 1994.

Mackenzie Bezos

A simple and modest-style writer, Mackenzie met Jeff Bezos, the creator of Amazon, in 1992. The two joined in marriage in 1993 and from that moment they were no longer left. A lover of casual, the woman does not stand out for particular beauty.

Carolyn Persson

The wife of Stefan Persson, founder of the H&M clothing chain, is a very elegant but discreet woman. According to some estimates, Stefan is the richest man in Stockholm, but once again it was not the beauty that hit the soul of the Swedish entrepreneur.