Beyond WordPress: Choosing the Right CMS for Your Business

WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS). As a matter of fact, some statistics suggest that it powers around half of the websites on the Internet. Moreover, its popularity is well-deserved. WordPress is a highly functional system that almost anyone can use to create just about any kind of site. However, you might feel that you want to move on from WordPress and create your … [Read more...]

Mastering All the Basic Ins and Outs of DIY Car Fixing

Whether your company owns a fleet of vehicles or only a single company car, you might need to do some DIY car fixing from time to time. After all, as the owner of a small business, you do, indeed, wear many hats, don’t you? Then, too, you might just want to have DIY car fixing skills for your own personal ride. Car owners tend to feel proud of their vehicles, after all. Moreover, they often … [Read more...]

The Closer: End of Week Charts — 10/5/18

Looking for deeper insight on global markets and economics?  In tonight’s Closer sent to Bespoke clients, we recap weekly price action in major asset classes, update economic surprise index data for major economies, chart the weekly Commitment of Traders report from the CFTC, and provide our normal nightly update on ETF performance, volume and price movers, and the Bespoke Market Timing … [Read more...]

The Bespoke Report — Stumbling And Bumbling

While the economy is on good footing and the overall backdrop is reasonably positive for stocks, there’s reason to be a bit cautious. EPS estimates have been rising sharply this year relative to history, and that process may be completing. While it’s not certain that the bar being set by analysts is too high, stocks have gotten a tailwind from stronger earnings estimates all year; if … [Read more...]

Golden Youth: Students Who Started Successful Businesses

It is never too early or too late to start your own business. For example, check out these inspiring stories about five golden youth. These young entrepreneurs are busily running their own businesses and earning six figures a year, all while still going to school. RELATED ARTICLE: 7 SUCCESS TIPS FOR STUDENT ENTREPRENEURS The Making of a Successful Young Entrepreneur There are plenty of ways for … [Read more...]

The Closer: End of Week Charts — 9/14/18

Looking for deeper insight on global markets and economics?  In tonight’s Closer sent to Bespoke clients, we recap weekly price action in major asset classes, update economic surprise index data for major economies, chart the weekly Commitment of Traders report from the CFTC, and provide our normal nightly update on ETF performance, volume and price movers, and the Bespoke Market Timing … [Read more...]

Take the Fear out of Science Class: Tutoring for Success

Photo by from Pexels As the owner of a small business, you understand that your business does not exist in a vacuum. For one thing, you must continue to take care of your personal responsibilities as well as those which pertain to your company. For example, do you have a child who needs some help with a science class? When children get into the upper levels of science, such as … [Read more...]

The Bespoke Report — Buyers Strike

The End of Summer Hangover.  The end of Labor Day weekend, when schools are back in session and summer starts to wind down, is always a tough time of year. After a summer of nice weather, swimming, hiking, outdoor sports, and hopefully even a vacation, Tuesday morning after the three-day Labor Day weekend can be rough.  This year was no exception, and it was reflected in the performance of US and … [Read more...]

Your Digital Marketing Agency: The Ultimate Guide

If you’re looking to learn about digital marketing agencies, look no further. That’s because this guide will tell you everything you need to know. We’ll talk about the roles, the work, and what you can expect as a client. In short, this guide to your digital marketing agency is here to help.   RELATE ARTICLE: MARKETING FOR NON-MARKETERS: GET GOOD AT IT BY LEARNING TO LOVE IT What Is … [Read more...]

What’s Driving Performance During This Rally?

The average stock in the S&P 500 fell 2.91% in January, but the average stock is up 5% since then. So which stocks have led the way higher, and which ones are underperforming? Below we have run our decile analysis on the S&P 500 to find out. To run the analysis, we break the S&P 500 into deciles (10 groups of 50 stocks each) based on various stock characteristics like market cap, … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday Bull?

On Monday, you'll likely hear lots of talk about the 6th birthday of the current bull market that began on 3/9/09. But keep in mind that unless we make a new high on Monday, the bull market won't actually be six years old. Right now the top of the bull market is the closing high from this past Monday (3/2), and the bull market won't officially be six years old until it takes out those highs. One … [Read more...]

Historical Bull Markets for the S&P 500

In this week's Bespoke Report, we published the table below ahead of Monday's six-year anniversary of the S&P 500's 3/9/09 bear market low. As we noted Friday, the bull market will have to celebrate its sixth birthday retroactively unless a new closing high is made on Monday. The generally accepted measure for a bull market is a rally of at least 20% that was preceded by a decline of at least … [Read more...]

Bespoke’s Model Stock Portfolio

At the end of each week's Bespoke Report newsletter, we publish an updated snapshot of our Bespoke Model Stock Portfolio. Below is a snapshot of the portfolio with sector weightings and performance numbers included, but the individual stocks are blocked out. Interested in seeing the actual stocks that make up the Bespoke Model Stock Portfolio? Sign up for a 5-day free trial to our Bespoke Premium … [Read more...]

Bespoke’s Model Stock Portfolio: 3/13/15

The Bespoke Model Portfolio gained again this week and is now up 8.7% year-to-date. To gain access to the portfolio, simply sign up for a 5-day free trial to one of our subscription services. You'll find it at the end of our just-published Bespoke Report newsletter. You can sign up today using our "End of Winter" special to get a 10%+ discount on your new membership. Simply enter "spring" in the … [Read more...]

S&P 500 Higher or Lower from Here?

The market managed a nice gain to end the week and is now up solidly in April. So which way will the market head from here? Please take part in our Bespoke Market Poll below by letting us know whether you think the S&P 500 will be higher or lower one month from now. We'll report back with the results on Monday before the open. Have a great weekend! On a side note, be sure to sign up for a … [Read more...]

Sam’s Club Rolls Out New Services for Small Business Owners

Sam’s Club has made an effort to bolster its business amid increasing pressure from rival Costco.With a goal of increasing loyalty of small business owners, the chain, a subsidiary of Walmart, is offering five new services for small business owners, which it claims can save members up to $2,300 per year:1. Identity Theft: Provided by LifeLock, members will save up to 25 percent on annual … [Read more...]

The 10 Best Cities to Live in as an Entrepreneur

At the end of last year, NerdWallet did some thorough research in order to identify the best places for entrepreneurs to live in the United States. In determining these cities, they took several factors into consideration, including cost of living, networking opportunities, the state of the local economy and the ability to secure investment. Let’s take a look at which cities stacked up on top. … [Read more...]

An Inexpensive and Intuitive Way to Get Into Mobile Apps

There can be no doubt that mobile apps are one of the most exciting business opportunities out there. With a captive consumer base that can purchase your creations at the click of a button, it’s no wonder that countless entrepreneurs are flocking to the mobile app business.You’ve probably read all about the phenomenon of Flappy Bird, which was gripping the world at the end of last year and the … [Read more...]

Own an OsteoStrong Franchise

OsteoStrong is a new natural way to achieve strong bones, better balance, stronger muscles and pain-free joints and back. The OsteoStrong franchise opportunity is perfect for anyone interested in natural, wellness-based systems seeking to own their own business.Founder and President Kyle Zagrodzky started OsteoStrong with the idea that he wanted to help people in a way that was beneficial to all … [Read more...]

Could Affiliate Marketing Work for Me?

Business opportunities come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. One that you may have heard a lot about, especially nowadays, is affiliate marketing. Whether you’re looking to expand your current business, or you’re looking to get your start as an entrepreneur, affiliate marketing is something that you need to know about and understand.So, what is affiliate marketing, exactly? We’re going to be … [Read more...]

Emerging Trends for Aspiring Entrepreneurs to Explore

One of the best ways that you can start seeking out new business opportunities is by envisioning where the future is heading. Now, you don’t need to be a crackpot futurologist to figure out the latest trends, but you should, at the very least, be keeping a close eye on what new businesses and technologies are beginning to emerge.Just ask yourself from time to time what’s capturing the public … [Read more...]

Should You Start Your Next Business With a Friend?

It’s a situation that many young entrepreneurs find themselves in — surrounded by other likeminded individuals, often friends, who want to go into business with them. Of course, in many cases these individuals have never worked together before. They only know one another through different social settings, and may, in some cases, simply be lifelong friends.At first, it seems like a great idea, … [Read more...]

The Shoe That Grows Is Making a Difference

Not every invention can lay claim to changing millions of lives for the better. But there is a very special one that has done just that.The Shoe That Grows in the brainchild of Founder and Executive Director Kenton Lee. While living and working in Nairobi, Kenya in 2007, one day he noticed a little girl who had shoes that were way too small for her feet. That’s when it hit him. What about a shoe … [Read more...]

What to Consider When Hiring Staff

Is your startup beginning to get some wind behind its sails? Is it getting harder and harder for you and the other founders to stay on top of everything? Then it’s time to bring on staff.Depending upon your previous professional experience, it’s entirely possible that you may have a very limited understanding of what goes into the hiring process. This can cause problems with startups, as brining … [Read more...]