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CJ Woodruff discusses his experiences with *realistic* long-term weight loss goals and how different kinds of dieters can be successful over the course of their lives, citing a ton of research along the way.
Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint, folks. But the most common theme is tracking your caloric restriction, however you make it work, over the long course of time!
CodeNEXT’s transect zones aren’t going anywhere, city officials say. But they may get new names in an effort to simplify the types of zones included in the final version of the development code rewrite.
AT&T’s $49-billion acquisition of DirecTV took a whopping 432 days to win government approval, eventually earning clearance from the Federal Communications Commission with a list of conditions.
Now 251 days since the Dallas telecom giant declared its intent to purchase content monster Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) for $85.4 billion, the process could finally be turning toward the point in which the two sides discuss the same type of conditions.
Bob Quinn, AT&T’s senior executive vice president…
Vista Equity Partners LLC has taken a majority stake in PayLease, an online payments and billing provider for the property management and HOA industry.
PayLease, which was founded in 2003 and is based in San Diego, California, serves more than 4,500 property management companies nationwide.
In a statement, PayLease officials said the cash injection from Austin-based Vista Equity will support its accelerated organic growth as well as help back potential future acquisitions. The amount of Vista Equity’s…
I spend all day, every day, talking about money. As both a personal finance freelance writer and the founder of a company that hosts financial literacy events in Austin for women, money is sort of my life.
I started my company, Bravely, in January of 2017. Bravely has no investors, no grants, and no partners. Bravely is 100% funded through money I have personally saved.
I first had the idea for Bravely in March 2016. At the time, I was binge-reading stories of female entrepreneurs. I read about women who had managed to claw their way to the top of the business world were like it was my job. I wanted what they had — a business that provided for me, and meant I could afford the lifestyle I dreamt of living.
Much as I read, I noticed a common thread about all the articles. None of them spoke to the financials of how did these women funded their lives while starting a business.
Where did they get the money to pay rent while they ran their clothing empire out of their bedroom? How much upfront cash did it take to start that baby product company, and where did that cash come from? How did they meet investors? Did their partner pay the bills while they spent 18 hours a day on their passion project? What were the financial realities of having started a business?
That’s when the seed for Bravely was planted. I wanted to create a platform where women could learn from other women in business. There needed to be a place where a woman could go to find the hard numbers on what it’s like to start a clothing company, as well as tools to pay down her student loans. I wanted to see actionable advice for women to get their money right. I felt like it didn’t exist anywhere and so I figured: I can do that.
Now let’s remember — I’ve never held a full-time job. I was working as a freelancer and part-time caterer when I decided to pursue this idea. I’m still in both of those positions today. I didn’t have to walk away from a high-powered, well-paying job to start my company. There was no uprooting my life to start my company. All I needed was an LLC, a new website and domain name, and a name for the company.
In Austin it costs $308 to start an LLC without a lawyer’s help. I had a personal finance blog that I’d written for two years. In December 2016, I sold that blog for a few thousand dollars and used that money to start my business finances. I also saved an additional $1,500 into that business account. I use my old blog’s hosting plan for my new website, which I paid for in 2016. I paid a lawyer $900 to create contracts for my events and terms of service for my website.
In total, I started a business for around $1,450. (I don’t include internet as a start-up cost, as I would pay for that regardless.)
I’ll also mention that I live with my long-term boyfriend. We don’t share money and split all costs 50/50. I have to meet my half of rent and utilities each month — he won’t be covering any expenses for me as I pursue Bravely. I also don’t receive any support from my mother, or any other family member.
In 2015, I paid off all my student loans, so I’m debt-free. This makes things a little easier. I can funnel more personal money into Bravely since I don’t have to make a debt payment. When I made the decision to create Bravely, I started saving right away. I crunch the numbers as I saved over the first month, and created the company after saving for three months.
Still, my personal finance priorities sometimes feel in opposition to my business finance priorities. I want to contribute to my retirement accounts (an IRA and a solo 401k), but each time I sock a dollar away there, I’m taking a dollar from my business. Building a personal financial cushion while also building a company is very difficult.
Sometimes I wonder if I’m insane to have started a business with such a small amount of capital. I’m still focusing primarily on personal savings goals too. Am I shooting myself in the foot by saving for retirement instead of building my business cash reserves? Is it crazy to start a business by myself, when I still have to cater to pay my bills? Am I taking my earning potential and throwing it down the drain by striking out on my own, instead of finding a traditional job?
Ultimately, I’m doing something that I love, and that I believe in. I know that there is a need for what Bravely does, and I’m thrilled to be the one who fills that need. Working on Bravely gets me excited, which tells me I’m doing the right thing.
Vista Equity Partners CEO Robert Smith will be a keynote presenter at a conference in Austin aimed at nonprofit leaders.
Smith will join Social Solutions Global CEO Kristin Nimsger for a keynote fireside chat at the Impact Summit, set for Sept. 27-29 at the Omni Austin hotel. Learn more about the event here.
“We are thrilled to have Robert with us. As an engineer, inventor, and software investor, he will offer attendees his unique approach to solving problems, mobilizing data, and focusing on…
A major component of CodeNEXT — Austin’s huge revamp of its land development code and permitting process — may go away.
City planners, according to the Austin Monitor, are thinking of ditching so-called transect zones from the draft plan. Within the 1,130-plus pages of the draft CodeNEXT, perhaps the most significant update would have been a shift away from "Euclidean" zoning toward what’s known as "transect" zoning. Going the transect route would have been is a major departure from how zoning…
Mike and Robert taste test both flavors of NutraKey’s powdered multi-vitamin / mineral Envie. Flavoring is great on the pineapple mango and ok on the wildberry. But, some of the nutrient forms used aren’t up to snuff in our opinion.
Good option to pick up if it’s on sale somewhere though.
One analyst sees a bright future ahead for Apple Inc. eyewear.
Loup Ventures’ Gene Munster, a well-regarded Apple watcher, believes so-called Apple Glasses will cut into iPhone sales by 2020. In a blog post this week, Munster said iPhone growth will peak in 2019 and the device will steadily decline in sales following the launch of Apple Glasses.
"We expect iPhone revenue to grow at 15 percent in FY18 (essentially the next iPhone cycle) and account for 64 percent of revenue," Munster said. "We…