By Rieva Lesonsky

We won’t be discussing trends today—the day before Thanksgiving. You’ll have enough to digest in the next few days; I don’t want to add to your burden.

As I’ve written before, President John F. Kennedy once said, “We must find the time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”

For all of us that’s obviously our customers and clients. But you know that. It’s just as important to be grateful to the people who’ve helped you get where you are today.

If we’re honest, that list should be long. Friends and family of course. But don’t forget your support team: accountants, lawyers, web designers and others. Has someone helped you raise money? Write a business plan? Did you turn to your local Small Business Development Center or SCORE office to get help?

And please don’t forget your employees—without them most of us would truly be lost.

Amidst all this, don’t forget to thank yourself. It’s been a rough few years for many businesses, but many recent surveys say a lot of you have had a good year, and are feeling optimistic about 2015. So give yourself a pat on the back for having the temerity to push through the obstacles and the courage to keep striving toward your goals.

As for us here at SmallBizDaily, we’re thankful to you. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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taxi

 

Uber is making headlines lately, but not in a good way. While CEO Travis Kalanick has been known for his “antics” from the very beginning of the taxi service app’s existence, Pando Daily’s Sarah Lacy recently called out the whole organization as prime example of trickle down misogyny. For those of you who haven’t been following along, the TL;DR is that Lacy believes the misogynist attitudes of the men running Uber are translating into dangerous conditions for women who use their services.

 

Whether or not you agree with her conclusion (and I personally am still on the fence, considering the statistics on assaults in regular taxis), the subsequent actions of Uber senior vice president Emil Michael are simply unimpeachable. Michael reportedly suggested that Uber hire investigators to unearth “dirt” on journalists who dare take the Uber name in vain and Sarah Lacy in particular was mentioned as a target of that smear campaign.

 

Doxxing journalists and bloggers or spreading salacious rumors about their personal lives because they’re being mean to your multimillion dollar company is wrong no matter how you look at it and plenty have people have responded to Uber’s refusal to apologize or ask Michael to step down by deleting the app. It’s a classic tactic employed by socially conscious folks throughout the years: if you don’t agree with a company’s politics, then it may be time to stop using their service.

 

However, the convenience of Uber’s service can be a hard drug to give up, especially in cities like San Francisco, where taxi service is notoriously bad. Luckily, there are plenty of Uber competitors out there for people who are no longer interested in supporting a company run be assholes.

 

While Lyft is the probably the most famous ridesharing app, people interested in a more professional driver should check out Flywheel. Mashable reports that the taxi app recently raised a $12 million Series C and that their founder isn’t scared to take on Uber, calling them “an army of mini assholes.”

 

Unlike Uber or Lyft, Flywheel uses licensed taxi drivers who undergo strict background checks. Rather than create a whole new fleet of (inexperienced) drivers like the two more famous apps have done, Flywheel is aiming to unite the fractured group that is professional cabbies. They’re also committed to providing speedy service, knowing that above anything else, users want to get where they’re going – fast.

 

While it’s currently only available in San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, Daytona Beach, Orange County, and Modesto, Flywheel has the potential for growth across the rest of the country because, as one reviewer in the App Store put it, it provides “easy, same no-hassle rides as Uber, but with professional drivers and not-a-douchey company.

 

Users who are tired of Kalanick’s misogyny and Michael’s threats should check out Flywheel and see how it compares. Remember, folks: When it comes to shaping startup culture, the biggest leverage you have is your downloads.

 

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When the weather is cold and the skies are dark and cloudy, it’s easier to feel down and despondent. If you struggle with gloomy feelings during the winter, it’s good to know that there’s help and hope available to you without a prescription depression drug. Of course, you’ll want to check with your physician before making any changes to your health regimen.

Spring is Around the Corner

Some people start feeling down just as soon as the first cold, cloudy day rolls in. Don’t let this happen to you! To stay happy and peaceful during the winter, focus your time and energy on things that bring you joy.

See the beauty that the winter months have to offer. If you’re really struggling to see any beauty at all in the gloom of winter, all you need are a few simple ideas to jump-start your thinking in a positive direction.

Consider these tips to help you gain a more positive mindset during winter:

1. Buy a sun lamp. A sun lamp gives you the light you need even when it’s gloomy outside and works much better to help your mood than just turning on all the lights in your house.

2. Take a vacation. Travel to somewhere sunny and warmer each winter, even if only for a couple of days. Looking forward to your annual getaway will lift your spirits during the time before you go, too.

3. Get outside. When the sun does come out, even if it’s otherwise cold, take advantage of it. When your body is deprived of sunlight, it has a harder time making vitamin D. If you can get some sun, though, you’ll feel better and you’ll be better able to make it through until spring arrives with its longer, sunnier days.

4. Find activities that bring you joy. Read that book you’ve always wanted to read or engross yourself in a new TV sitcom that comes on in winter. Perhaps learning to ski or snowboard can bring you the mental and physical benefits of exercising while also finding a way to enjoy the winter weather.

Depression is Treatable – Even if it’s Only Occasional

It’s important to treat depression. If your feelings of depression run deep, you may want to talk to your doctor about the kinds of treatment options that would be best for you. If you’re only getting bummed out and unhappy during the winter, though, focusing on strategies that work during the winter is the best way to shake those winter blues.

You can choose to be joyful. Focus on the things that matter to you and make you happy. Winter is only a season, and you’ll have spring, summer, and fall to do all kinds of great things outside in the sunshine. Remember, anything you can do when it’s dark outside, you can do on a gloomy winter day.

If you have hobbies that lend themselves to indoor activity, you’ll have more to keep your mind occupied as you move through the winter. The cold days will pass more quickly if you have something to do to occupy your time, and spring will arrive before you know it.

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By Rieva Lesonsky

Several weeks ago I first told you about how I fell a little bit in love with the Officejet Pro X HP sent me to review. To recap, the Officejet Pro X claims to be the “world’s fastest desktop printer,” and I have no reason to doubt that claim. The printer prints a page faster than I can get from my living room to home office—and it’s hardly a big house. (The official stats say it prints up to 70 pages a minute.)

I have yet to have to refill the paper tray, which holds 500 sheets of paper (with an optional tray that holds 500 additional pieces). The printed pages are crisp and clear—this inkjet clearly behaves like a far more expensive laser printer.

This is a thrifty device as well. Printing a page will cost you about 50 percent less than printing with a laser, and the ink, which comes in uber-large cartridges, will last through 6,000 printed pages—9,000 for monochrome printing.

Every printer I’ve owned since my business went virtual has lost connection with the router and I’ve constantly had to reconnect the device. With the Officejet Pro X, that has yet to happen. My original infatuation with the Officejet has turned into full-blown love. We’ve had weeks and weeks of connected bliss. Essentially, this printer rescued me from a series of dreary printer relationships.

Speaking of bliss, I want to share the joy. Check back next week to find out how you can win an Officejet Pro X.

 

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ireformat

 

The recruitment field is full of inefficiencies and startups worldwide are rushing to fill the gaps. From finding the right to talent to managing the inevitable and forth to collecting payments, being a professional recruiter is a constant juggling act.

 

iReformat is aiming to make at least one act in that circus a little more manageable – the formatting and reformatting of resumes. Think about it: we all have different types of devices, different software that we use, and different preferred file types. While a potential recruit may spend painstaking hours putting together a resume in Word, the potential boss may only use Pages.

 

The recruiter, then, has to spend time converting the file from Word to Pages, all while making sure all of the formatting stays the way it should. Then, if they want to send the same recruit over to another potential boss, that boss prefers PDF. The whole process has to be repeated again and again, a Chinese water torture of seconds building into minutes building into hours taken out of the recruiter’s already busy day.

 

With iReformat, that whole process is reduced down to a few clicks. Instead of potentially hours of work that it would take to put it all together themselves, recruiters can use the templates provided by iReformat to create easy to read, standard resumes almost instantly. This frees them up to focus on attracting top talent and presenting them in the best light possible.

 

iReformat is also totally reasonably priced. For people who are doing just a little bit of hiring – up to 10 resumes per month – it’s totally free. For recruiters who send up to 1000 resumes a month, the cost is $.50/per resume. And then for those who are super stars, iReformat offers an “enterprise” solution that includes unlimited resumes, users, templates, and priority email and phone support. For that big boy, just give them a call for pricing.

 

On top of all that, iReformat is committed to exemplary customer service. New customers get 15 days for free and they have a no questions asked downgrade policy. They also have no problem providing their customers with all of their data in CSV or Zip files – all you have to do is ask.

 

Recruiting is a fast pace, intense, difficult job. Recruiters looking to make their days that much smoother should consider hopping on board with iReformat and remember: those minutes spent reformatting add up.

 

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iReformat | Flazingo Photos

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