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It took way longer than I expected to buy a house from start to finish

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When I left Seattle in June to buy a house in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, I had no idea that it’d be September before I had the keys to a house in my hands. 

It took me about four months to find the right place. As a first-time homebuyer, I had no idea what to really expect from the process until I was in it. And shopping in a newly hot market during a pandemic certainly added to the timeline. I didn’t expect it to take months, and the fact that it took so long made it difficult to plan my living situation and budget while I looked. 

As a first-time homebuyer,

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LA’s IT chief explains how city workers went from a ‘unilaterally hated’ security system to Zscaler after 48,000 employees had to start working remote

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Ted Ross is the chief information officer for the city of Los Angeles
  • Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, only 120 of the city of LA’s 48,000 employees were working remote
  • It fell on CIO Ted Ross and his team to support a quick transition to telework, as well as enable the government to use digital tools to help control the spread of the virus. 
  • Among other products, Ross tapped popular cloud security software Zscaler to enable workers to access their desktops remotely on whatever device they choose. 
  • “We’re looking at longterm telework solutions,” Ross told Business Insider. 
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Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, only about 120 of 48,000 Los Angeles city government employees were working remote.

It was a struggle to even get to that point, according to chief information officer Ted Ross, and required,

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MetLife said to start process to sell P&C business – Inside P&C (NYSE:MET)

MetLife (MET +1.8%) reportedly started a sale process for its P&C business with a potential price of $3B-$4B, a price that “seems reasonable for a personal lines business with a solid track record,” say KBW analysts Ryan Krueger and Meyer Shields in a note released late Thursday.

Refers to article in Inside P&C.

The KBW analysts note that the business “never seemed like a complete strategic fit despite MET’s worksite distribution efforts.”

They see Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A +1.3%) (BRK.B +1.0%), Travelers (TRV +0.4%), and Hartford (HIG +0.7%) as potential acquirers.

Allstate’s (ALL -0.2%) pending acquisition of National General “probably precludes another major deal,” they wrote.

Among non-publicly traded companies, State Farm, Liberty Mutual, Farmers, Nationwide, and American Family could be interested.

Regarding a potential sale’s effect on MET: “Assuming a $3.5B sale price, $3.2B of after-tax proceeds, $2B-$3B of incremental share repurchase, we

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Brian Mitchell says a fast start is key for Washington against the Cardinals

B-Mitch says a fast start is key for Washington against the Cardinals originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Though the Washington Football Team’s Week 1 win over the Philadelphia Eagles was memorable and impressive, the NFL is a “what have you done for me lately” business. That means come Sunday, all that will matter is how the team performs against the Arizona Cardinals.

Arizona itself is coming off an impressive win against the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers and houses a formidable defense and a talented offense led by quarterback Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins. Week 2 will be anything but easy.

For Washington to leave the desert 2-0, former player and current NBC Sports Washington analyst Brian Mitchell believes three things must happen.

The first relates to the Burgundy and Gold’s talented defensive front. Receiving a lot of hype prior to the season, the unit delivered in Week

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How to start a business in Nevada, part 7: The marketing plan

Mikalee Byerman
Published 12:01 p.m. PT Sept. 17, 2020


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You’ve learned a metric ton about starting your business in our recent installments: We’ve covered business planning, company description, market analysis, competitive analysis, management/organization description and breakdown of products/services.

Now we’re at the ominous-sounding “marketing plan” step, which I promise should not inspire thumb-sucking and cold sweats. In fact, if you do a basic search on your favorite engine, you’ll discover countless tips about developing a marketing plan — including the fact that a good one includes anywhere from four to 267 “fundamental elements.”

More: How to start a business in Nevada, part 1: Writing a business plan

More: How to start a business in Nevada, part 2: Creating a company description


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Carrollton-based flooring firm set to start new headquarters campus

A growing North Texas flooring contractor is making plans for a new headquarters in Carrollton.

Pennington Commercial has been in business for five years and has outgrown its current location on Hutton Drive in Carrollton.

The building will be almost 40,000 square feet and will be located at 2052 McKenzie Drive near Valwood Parkway.

Designed by Blackbird Studio Architects, the project will include office, showroom and warehouse space.

Construction is set to start on the project next month, said Pennington CEO Jackie Pennington.

“I’ve been working on it for more than year,” Pennington said. “We are out of room.

“We have another warehouse in Irving.”

She said the new headquarters will have a library and resource center for contractors, designers and other industry professionals.

“It’s going to be like a WeWork for commercial contractors,” Pennington said. “It’s the first time anything like this has been done in the state of

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Houston business leaders say it’s time to start thinking about slowly reopening

Bringing back employees to offices, reopening bars and increasing capacities at restaurants and retailers should be on the table, but businesses need to proceed with caution, a panel of business leaders said at a University of Houston webinar on Wednesday.

Bringing back employees to offices, reopening bars and increasing capacities at restaurants and retailers should be on the table, but businesses need to proceed with caution, a panel of business leaders said.

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Bringing back employees to offices, reopening bars and increasing capacities at restaurants and retailers should be on the table, but businesses need to proceed with caution, a panel of business leaders said.

The first reopening in May happened “too fast,” Bob Harvey, CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership, said, but now that COVID-19 cases are on a downward trend, it’s time to begin reopening discussions again.


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A lot will depend, however, on reopening schools for in-person instruction.

“How can we reasonably talk about bringing people back into the office if people still have children at home they’re trying to provide

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9 Reasons to Start an Online Side Hustle in 2020

It was just after the World Trade Center fell to terrorist attacks on 9/11 that I first started my online business. Times were tough then and times are tough now. I wasn’t sure if I could make it work but, while my business has gone through several big changes over the years, I haven’t had to be back in a cubicle since then. Going online with my business ventures was the best decision I ever made. 

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It’s offered me freedom and flexibility that I would never get working in the corporate world.


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What I’ve found is that during tough times, lots of people look for ways to make some extra cash in order to put food on the table or put money back into savings. Just like I did in the wake of 9/11. 

Fortunately, there are many more options than there

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How to start a 6-figure side hustle as a copywriter

  • Stefan Georgi is a freelance copywriter who made $638,030 in 2019 through gigs writing sales ads. 
  • In an interview with Business Insider, Georgi shared what brought him to pursue a side hustle, and how he grew a freelancing gig into a six-figure business in five years. 
  • The 34-year-old recommended that copywriters ask their clients for feedback and data results on how their ads performed online. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.


Stefan Georgi was first introduced to his six-figure side hustle idea in 2011 in Las Vegas, through a fling, and right after his dad died from Stage 4 cancer.

Unlike others who may ease into the freelance life, Georgi’s career change was sudden. When his dad got sick, Georgi quit his job as a summer camp instructor in Marble Falls, Texas, and moved back home to San Diego. For five months in his mid-twenties, he was looking for

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Should I start a business in 2020? COVID sparks new startups

Entrepreneurs are carpe dieming it through 2020: A new survey of 428 entrepreneurs by JustBusiness found that more than 1 in 5 entrepreneurs are starting businesses that were not planned before the pandemic. Surprisingly, treacherous industries and in-person business models are not deterring entrepreneurs:

  • Nearly 40% are launching into industries facing tough times, including accommodation, food services, retail, and arts/entertainment/recreation
  • Nearly 70% will have an in-person component to their businesses, despite huge consumer shifts to virtual products and services

For entrepreneurs who had projects in the works last year, the pandemic has put on the brakes: Nearly three-quarters have delayed their launch dates due to the outbreak, and most have been forced to alter plans. Some watched investor funding disintegrate as states closed their sectors, while others repurposed their startup funds for household necessities.

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Overall, entrepreneurs are decidedly making lemonade: A third said that they’re motivated

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