Moving to where the jobs are

photo credit: Koshyk In today’s guest post from Forbes, an interactive map showing where people are moving to and from, county by county across the US. Thanks to @BeckyMcCray for sharing it with me.

Profitable creativity or touchy-feely crap?

photo credit: Andrea Costa Photography Jobs. Politicians talk about them. Some own businesses that have created jobs. The trouble is, it’s not just any-old-job that needs creating. According to author Richard Florida, 45% of US jobs today are service-sector jobs. In other words, often low-paying jobs as retail sales clerks, customer service staff, food prep […]

Do you offer a recession anxiety warranty?

photo credit: Furryscaly Remember the outrageous 7/70 bumper-to-bumper warranty Chrysler introduced back in the early 1980s when they introduced K-cars? At the time, Chrysler’s quality problems were front and center reasons to avoid buying their cars. Likewise, major car manufacturers limited long-term warranty coverage to the engine and powertrain (ie: transmission, axles and such). Iacocca […]

Apple’s Dirty Little iPhone Secret

Mac sales are off 3%. What will Apple do??? It’s not just the Mac, Microsoft just had their first quarterly decrease (6%) since they went public 23 years ago, blaming it on slow PC sales. It’s the recession. It’s the economy. People aren’t buying computers anymore. <PAUSE> Let me take you away from Katie, Brian […]

Which of these four types of businesses do you own?

photo credit: smlp.co.uk Scott McKain, author of Collapse of Distinction, is also the author of today’s guest post, where he talks about the four different types of businesses as categorized by today’s economy. Which business is yours?

Are you dead weight in a “Man Overboard” Economy?

photo credit: Johnny Shaw What gets thrown overboard before a ship sinks? What gets thrown out of a plane that is struggling to stay in the air, or that appears to have less fuel than it needs to reach land? Answer: Dead weight. IE: Everything that isn’t absolutely necessary. If you’re an employee, what are […]

The valuable assets your competition is giving away

photo credit: onohoku I‘ve always been amazed that a large company can lay off 20,000 or 30,000 workers and not fail soon after. These days, layoffs of 5,000 to 20,000 are regularly in the news. In January 2009, 241,749 people were laid off across the U.S. â?? and that likely only counts the firms large […]

George Bailey and Darwin on the economy

photo credit: s-a-m Jeane Vogel is an artist in St. Louis, a non-profit consultant and a long-time friend. Oh and now, a guest poster here at Business is Personal.  A few days ago, she wrote this gem entitled “George Bailey, meet Darwin“.  If you read only one thing this weekend, make it be this.

How are you preparing for a long business winter?

All around Columbia Falls, people are cleaning up their yards, picking up and storing canoes and such so they won’t get snowed on; and getting firewood cut, split, stacked and covered as winter approaches. All the signals are there. The cool weather is already here, often dropping below freezing at night. Most of the leaves […]

The person *really* in charge of the economy

Depending on what you do for a living and, perhaps, what political party you prefer, the economy might be bad, good, great, lousy or so-so in your eyes. If you listen to whoever is writing John McCain’s speeches, you might believe that the fundamentals of the economy are strong and recent bounces in fundamental numbers […]