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Sales Growth Metrics and KPIs
It’d be hard to overstate the importance of the sales growth metric because it is tied directly to revenue and profitability. Growth is the drumbeat by which all organizations march. When performance declines, pressure mounts on the sales organization to deliver results. Conversely, a high percentage growth in sales is cause for optimism for all stakeholders such as executives, the board of directors, and shareholders. …Learn More
6 Tips To Finding And Hiring Freelancers For Your Small Business
If you’re a micropreneur like me, you might have stumbled upon a little secret that helps you do more in your business: freelancers. When you run a business, you may not need (or be able to afford) a full-time staff, and that’s where hiring outside help is such a boon. You only pay the freelancer for the services they offer or the time they work, and it’s usually an affordable way to service more customers and offer more to them.
I’ve been working with freelance writers, editors, and designers for about 10 years, and, as a result, I’ve been able to grow my content marketing firm much faster than I could have if I had handled all projects on my own. I’ve worked with highly skilled freelancers—and some not-so-professional ones—so I want to share some tips to help you ensure that you hire the best ones for your needs. …Learn More
Current Economic News:
New home sales rise to 11-month high in February
Sales of new U.S. single-family homes increased to an 11-month high in February and sales for January were revised higher, suggesting that lower mortgage rates were starting to lift the struggling housing market.
The Commerce Department said on Friday new home sales rose 4.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 667,000 units last month, the highest level since March 2018. January’s sales pace was revised up to 636,000 units from the previously reported 607,000 units.
Economists polled by Reuters had forecast new home sales, which account for about 11 percent of housing market sales,increasing 1.3 percent to a pace of 620,000 units in February.
Recession Checklist Has More Than One Item, Curve Skeptics Say
The inversion of the U.S. yield curve has unleashed exasperation among some investors who say the recession indicator is shot.
The three-month to 10-year curve has reliably inverted before a downturn. That’s because weakening expectations for growth and inflation raise demand for long-term securities, driving their yields below those on shorter maturities.
While the flattening curve has stirred talk of recession for the past couple of years, skeptics warn that its signal is jammed. Their view is that central-bank policy has kept yields artificially low since the crisis, while negative rates in Europe and Japan stoke demand for U.S. assets.