Want to make some money on the side? Not the illegal can’t-report-it-to-the-tax-man-sort, but the legitimate kind? Well, if you’re looking to add some extra coin to your bank account it looks like General Motors has just the thing. The American auto maker announced this week that subscribers to its OnStar in-vehicle service will be able to rent their cars out for…you guessed it, cold hard cash.That’s right, now you can turn your idle ride into a four-wheeled ATM. By partnering with RelayRides, an online car-sharing marketplace that launched in Boston in 2013, GM says owners of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac have the potential to earn “hundreds of dollars per month” by taking advantage of the new streamlined peer-to-peer car sharing service.Through Onstar’s proprietary API, developers at RelayRides were given access to various OnStar services, including the ability to locate and a remotely lock/unlock the vehicles. Customers picking up a … [Read more...] about Rent and ride: GM allows OnStar customers to rent out their wheels
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Though Apple continues to be coy regarding business-minded tweaks to the next iPhone, slated for unveiling next week, enterprise users have plans of their own: They want the iPhone--even if the IT department's still a bit wary.Related ArticlesiPhone 3G: What CIOs Wanted vs. What They GotHow Apple's New Smartphone Measures Up to CIO Wants, Needs10 Reasons IT Should Not Support the Apple iPhoneBlackBerry or iPhone: Which Horse Will You Back?RIM co-CEO Lazaridis on the iPhoneA Tech Chief Reviews the Apple iPhoneA Closer Look at BlackBerry's Market Share Gain Over the Apple iPhoneIn light of the expected release of Apple's second-generation iPhone at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference next week in San Francisco, we asked a group of CIOs and IT directors about the features that they most want to see in the new device to help make the smartphone more "enterprise friendly."Not surprisingly, 3G support and internal GPS made most of their lists, but at this point these features are … [Read more...] about iPhone 2.0: What CIOs Want to See in Apple’s Next-Gen Smartphone
Heartland Payment Systems figured it was in pretty good shape when it took out a $30 million cyber insurance policy. Unfortunately, the credit card transaction processor was the victim of a massive data breach in early 2009 that resulted in losses estimated at $145 million. The insurance company did pay Heartland the $30 million, but the company was on the hook for the remaining $115 million. The data breach quizSo, is cyber insurance worth it? Is it right for your company? What type of coverage should you get? How much is enough? And what are the gotchas to watch out for?The first point to understand is that standard business insurance does not cover data breaches or almost any other loss involving data. Standard insurance covers tangible losses and damage. Data isn't tangible.For that distinction you can thank American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Co. vs. Ingram Micro Inc., a U.S. District Court ruling in Arizona in 2000. The court said that a computer outage caused by a … [Read more...] about Got Cyber Insurance?
Opening a franchise is a great option for any aspiring entrepreneur who wants to own a business, but also have brand recognition and support.While some well-known franchises are notoriously expensive, owning a successful franchise doesn't have to cost millions – some only cost a couple thousand dollars. Here are more than 50 franchise opportunities with minimum initial investments ranging from $500 to more than a million. Jump to… 1. $10,000 (or less) to $24,999$25,000 to $49,999$50,000 to $74,999$75,000 to $99,999$100,000 to $249,999$250,000 to $499,999$500,000 to $999,999$1 million + Editor's note: Considering opening a franchise? If you're looking for information to help you choose the right one, use the questionnaire below to have our sister site provide you with information from a variety of vendors for free: Cruise Planners: Cruise Planners is the nation's largest home-based travel agency business. Travel agents work from home and sell packages such as … [Read more...] about 50+ Franchises For Every Budget
Perhaps the most terrifying part of starting a new business is wondering how and if you’ll be able to provide health insurance for yourself and your employees. New health care legislation is expected to make it easier for small businesses to afford health insurance for the short term. However, finding the right insurance company can still be a challenge.If you decide to purchase small group health insurance , the first thing you should do is check with your state to determine the laws regarding what you are required to offer to your employees. While you are most likely not obligated to offer health insurance if you have fewer than 50 employees, you may find that having a health insurance package allows you to attract higher caliber employees.Offering health insurance does not mean that you are required to pay for it in its entirety.Most small businesses share the cost of health insurance with their employees and deduct the employees’ contributions from their … [Read more...] about How Do I Buy Health Insurance for My Small Business?
Starting a business is, by its very nature, a challenging endeavor, and achieving entrepreneurial success under any circumstances is a great accomplishment. But some startup founders have more obstacles to overcome than applying for a bank loan or learning how to market a product. These seven entrepreneurs defied incredible personal odds — including serious diseases, extreme injuries and even blindness — to start their companies. Patrick Bet-David (PHP Agency)Like most entrepreneurs, Patrick Bet-David's childhood strongly influenced his views on pursuing opportunity — but not in the way you might expect. Born in war-torn Iran, Bet-David fled the country with his mother in the late 1980s. They then spent two years in a refugee camp in Germany before immigrating to the United States when Bet-David was 12. After struggling in every school subject but math, Bet-David joined the army after high school. He served as a member of the 101st Airborne Division for several … [Read more...] about Tragedy to Triumph: 7 Entrepreneurs Who Beat the Odds