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Why 'Instant' Tax Refunds Are A Terrible Idea

As tax time looms closer, online ads spruiking an “instant” or “same day” tax refund have likely caught your attention. When it comes to tax returns, now is better than later, right? However, the truth is that many so-called “same day tax refunds” are anything but. In fact, it could be a decision that leaves you thousands of dollars out of pocket. Here are several reasons why these “deals” are best avoided.

Manage Your Priorities, Not Your Time, To Get The Important Work Done

Your to-do list is crammed full and you only have so many hours in the day. How can you ever get it all done? For starters, stop trying to figure out how to fit everything in. Instead, focus on the high-priority tasks that matter.

What All Great Public Talks Have In Common

As the head of TED, Chris Anderson has listened to a lot of talks in his lifetime, and he’s identified the one thing that makes a public talk truly spectacular. In his video, Anderson shares what that is and four tips you can implement to improve your own presentations and public talks.

ELSA Is A Pronunciation Coach For Non-English Speakers

iOS/Android: Pronunciation can be tough when trying to learn a new language. ELSA is an interactive language app that helps non-native English speakers learn the language based on their pronunciation.

Give Yourself Time And Space Nurture Your Creativity As A Small Business Owner

Whether you’re in the business of selling paper or own a modest graphic design firm, small businesses rely on creativity to thrive. As a small business owner, you need to allocate time and energy to support that creativity. Here’s how you can do this.

Android Apps For Chrome OS Are Here, And They're The Future Of Both Platforms

Google just made the entire library of Android apps available to Chromebook owners — but for now, just the Chromebook Flip. After trying a few, my Flip is now one of my most useful devices. There are still some rough edges, but in the near future, you’ll have a much more reason to buy a Chromebook.

YakYak Is A Desktop Client For Hangouts With A Dark Mode And Notification Options

Windows/Mac/Linux: If you want a desktop version of Google Hangouts, you have plenty of options, including an official option from Google, but the Google route doesn’t work super well and requires Chrome to run. YakYak is a desktop client for Hangouts that works like a regular desktop app.

10 Sports Metaphors Used In Business, And Where They Really Came From

Sports lingo permeates many aspects of life, especially the business world. You’re probably heard them around the office, things like being “down for the count” or some project being a “slam dunk”. Here are the etymological origins of those popular sports phrases and, for the uninitiated, what they really mean.

What Might A 'Brexit' Mean For Australia?

On 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom will vote in a referendum on whether or not to withdrawal from the European Union — a scenario popularly known as the “Brexit”. While these happenings are half a world away, the outcome could have political ramifications around the globe — including Australia. Monash University’s Ben Wellings investigates.

Look For The Right Information, Not Just More Of It, To Make Better Decisions

You probably think that the more information you have, the better the decisions you make will be. This isn’t always the case. In many cases adding more information can make your decisions worse if it’s not the right information.

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