2 days ago

Renting out your own car for cash

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Neil St. Clair owns a BMW 5-series and if you want, he'll let you drive it for $15 an hour or $75 a day.

St. Clair -- like thousands of people -- doesn't actually need his car all the time, so he's decided to take advantage of a new peer-to-peer car sharing service that allows him to rent his car out to strangers and defray his ownership costs.

"With monthly payments and insurance, I was in the black last month," he said. "Basically, I have the car for free."

He made about $700 in May, he said, his first month using the site.

But for St. Clair and a lot of others, it's not just about the money. They like the fact that their unused car is do

7 days ago

Cricket Fans Visiting South Africa For The Ipl Should Check Name Changes Of Provinces & Cities

Cricket fans coming to South Africa for the IPL tournament from 18 April - 24 May should understand that they have a good chance of being confused and lost if they attempt to navigate their way around SA. This is due to the abundance of new names for certain provinces, town & cities.

Firstly, the former four provinces that make up South Africa are now divided into nine. Some of the changes include (former name / present name in bold):



Transvaal / Gauteng, Northern Transvaal / Limpopo, Eastern Transvaal / Mpumalanga.

Limpopo, named after the magnificent river that creates its northern border, lies adjacent to neighbouring countries Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique and it is for this reason that it is steeped in culture and heritage. Here there are many archaeological sites that document early advanced civilisations, including the Mapangubwe World Heritage Site where gold figures dating back thousands of years have been discovered. This area is also home to the rain queen - the Modjadji who it is believed has the power to bring rain to the land of her people.

To add to visitors'' confusion, many of the towns and cities now have new names, as the following alphabetical list shows:

Warmbaths / Bela-Bela, Durban / Ethekwini, Louis Trichardt / Makhado, Nabomspruit / Lephalale, Nystroom / Modimole. Potgietersrus / Mokopane, Ermelo / Msukaligwa,

Messina / Mussina, Pietersburg / Polokwane, Pretoria / Tshwane.

"To avoid making costly and time consuming mistakes when travelling, one should make use of a reputable transport company or tour operator," advises Robert Wilson, CEO of Magic Marketing and travel in South Africa . net. "Thinking that you can merely hire a car and start driving around is not the way to go as the maps you read are quite likely to show old names and directions. A much better plan is the study the geography of SA on the internet before you travel and use operators who know the country and the customs."

The IPL matches are schedule to be played in eight venues: Bloemfontein (Free State Province), Cape Town (Western Cape), Durban (Kwa Zulu Natal), East London (Eastern Cape), Johannesburg (Gauteng), Kimberley (Northern Cape) Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape) and Pretoria (Gauteng) and teams are: Rajasthan Royals, Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knightriders, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers.

As tickets are limited, it is also advisable to book your match tickets and tour packages as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Opinion by Robert Wilson

CEO, Magic Marketing.co.za & Travel in South Africa.net

Specialist Tour and Transport Operators, Johannesburg, South Africa

By: Robert Wilson in South Africa

Article Directory: http://www.articledashboard.com

Robert Wilson is the CEO of Magic Marketing & Travel in South Africa.net. His Advertising and Marketing career was excellent grounding for specialising in the Tourism Market as a Tour and Bus Operator in South Africa.



Before working as a Tourism consultant, Robert earned a Master's degree in Truck Marketing (MBA) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2 weeks ago

Cricket Fans Visiting South Africa For The Ipl Should Check Name Changes Of Provinces & Cities

Cricket fans coming to South Africa for the IPL tournament from 18 April - 24 May should understand that they have a good chance of being confused and lost if they attempt to navigate their way around SA. This is due to the abundance of new names for certain provinces, town & cities.

Firstly, the former four provinces that make up South Africa are now divided into nine. Some of the changes include (former name / present name in bold):

Transvaal / Gauteng, Northern Transvaal / Limpopo, Eastern Transvaal / Mpumalanga.

Limpopo, named after the magnificent river that creates its northern border, lies adjacent to neighbouring countries Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique and it is for this reason that it is steeped in culture and heritage. Here there are many archaeological sites that document early advanced civilisations, including the Mapangubwe World Heritage Site where gold figures dating back thousands of years have been discovered. This area is also home to the rain queen - the Modjadji who it is believed has the power to bring rain to the land of her people.

To add to visitors'' confusion, many of the towns and cities now have new names, as the following alphabetical list shows:

Warmbaths / Bela-Bela, Durban / Ethekwini, Louis Trichardt / Makhado, Nabomspruit / Lephalale, Nystroom / Modimole. Potgietersrus / Mokopane, Ermelo / Msukaligwa,

Messina / Mussina, Pietersburg / Polokwane, Pretoria / Tshwane.

"To avoid making costly and time consuming mistakes when travelling, one should make use of a reputable transport company or tour operator," advises Robert Wilson, CEO of Magic Marketing and travel in South Africa . net. "Thinking that you can merely hire a car and start driving around is not the way to go as the maps you read are quite likely to show old names and directions. A much better plan is the study the geography of SA on the internet before you travel and use operators who know the country and the customs."

The IPL matches are schedule to be played in eight venues: Bloemfontein (Free State Province), Cape Town (Western Cape), Durban (Kwa Zulu Natal), East London (Eastern Cape), Johannesburg (Gauteng), Kimberley (Northern Cape) Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape) and Pretoria (Gauteng) and teams are: Rajasthan Royals, Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knightriders, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers.

As tickets are limited, it is also advisable to book your match tickets and tour packages as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.



Opinion by Robert Wilson

CEO, Magic Marketing.co.za & Travel in South Africa.net

Specialist Tour and Transport Operators, Johannesburg, South Africa

By: Robert Wilson in South Africa

Article Directory: http://www.articledashboard.com

Robert Wilson is the CEO of Magic Marketing & Travel in South Africa.net. His Advertising and Marketing career was excellent grounding for specialising in the Tourism Market as a Tour and Bus Operator in South Africa.



Before working as a Tourism consultant, Robert earned a Master's degree in Truck Marketing (MBA) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2 weeks ago

Get office space - cheap - for your startup

Melissa Thompson, veteran of a string of startups, recently launched an online counseling service called TalkSession out of her New York City apartment. Based on that experience, the Columbia MBA advises: "Don't code where you cook!"



Working from her apartment was "purgatory," she says. "We had to get creative, but having more professional space has made us tremendously more productive."

How do you find an office without busting your budget? Thompson, a former Goldman Sachs trader, offers five ways to get a desk outside your home:

1. Find a "foster office." Plenty of big companies have empty office space these days. "Ask around among your friends who work in large office buildings," Thompson suggests. "We've had three different foster offices so far." At one of her earlier startups, she bartered her tech skills -- mostly "basic help-desk stuff" -- for free cubicles, Wi-Fi, and access to a conference room.

2. Ask your local government. "Cities want the intellectual capital and youthful vibe, not to mention new jobs, that startups bring," Thompson notes. "So find out whether there is government space you can borrow." You might even propose starting a business incubator that other entrepreneurs could use, too.

3. Befriend a hotel manager (or two). A quiet corner of a hotel lobby can be a good spot for a client meeting, and "they often have 'business centers' -- with Wi-Fi, copiers, and so on -- that are empty during the day," Thompson says. Hotel staffers often don't mind your using these as long as you stay out of paying guests' way, she adds.

4. Look for a desk-for-a-day service. More firms lately are getting into the business of matching small companies with excess office space. A service called PivotDesk (www.pivotdesk.com), for instance, now operates in New York, San Francisco, Denver, and Boulder, Colo. Other rent-a-desk services operate in just one location, like Indy Hall (http://indyhall.org) in Philadelphia and NeueHouse (www.neuehouse.com) in New York. To see if something similar is happening near you, Google "shared office space."

5. Planes, trains, and buses. "I welcome out-of-town meetings," says Thompson. "The train from New York to Boston or Washington gives me four hours each way with few distractions -- mostly because no one's popping in."



CNNMoney (New York) First published May 13, 2013: 9:18 AM ET

2 weeks ago

Cricket Fans Visiting South Africa For The Ipl Should Check Name Changes Of Provinces & Cities



Cricket fans coming to South Africa for the IPL tournament from 18 April - 24 May should understand that they have a good chance of being confused and lost if they attempt to navigate their way around SA. This is due to the abundance of new names for certain provinces, town & cities.

Firstly, the former four provinces that make up South Africa are now divided into nine. Some of the changes include (former name / present name in bold):

Transvaal / Gauteng, Northern Transvaal / Limpopo, Eastern Transvaal / Mpumalanga.

Limpopo, named after the magnificent river that creates its northern border, lies adjacent to neighbouring countries Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique and it is for this reason that it is steeped in culture and heritage. Here there are many archaeological sites that document early advanced civilisations, including the Mapangubwe World Heritage Site where gold figures dating back thousands of years have been discovered. This area is also home to the rain queen - the Modjadji who it is believed has the power to bring rain to the land of her people.

To add to visitors'' confusion, many of the towns and cities now have new names, as the following alphabetical list shows:

Warmbaths / Bela-Bela, Durban / Ethekwini, Louis Trichardt / Makhado, Nabomspruit / Lephalale, Nystroom / Modimole. Potgietersrus / Mokopane, Ermelo / Msukaligwa,

Messina / Mussina, Pietersburg / Polokwane, Pretoria / Tshwane.

"To avoid making costly and time consuming mistakes when travelling, one should make use of a reputable transport company or tour operator," advises Robert Wilson, CEO of Magic Marketing and travel in South Africa . net. "Thinking that you can merely hire a car and start driving around is not the way to go as the maps you read are quite likely to show old names and directions. A much better plan is the study the geography of SA on the internet before you travel and use operators who know the country and the customs."

The IPL matches are schedule to be played in eight venues: Bloemfontein (Free State Province), Cape Town (Western Cape), Durban (Kwa Zulu Natal), East London (Eastern Cape), Johannesburg (Gauteng), Kimberley (Northern Cape) Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape) and Pretoria (Gauteng) and teams are: Rajasthan Royals, Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knightriders, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers.

As tickets are limited, it is also advisable to book your match tickets and tour packages as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Opinion by Robert Wilson

CEO, Magic Marketing.co.za & Travel in South Africa.net

Specialist Tour and Transport Operators, Johannesburg, South Africa

By: Robert Wilson in South Africa

Article Directory: http://www.articledashboard.com

Robert Wilson is the CEO of Magic Marketing & Travel in South Africa.net. His Advertising and Marketing career was excellent grounding for specialising in the Tourism Market as a Tour and Bus Operator in South Africa.



Before working as a Tourism consultant, Robert earned a Master's degree in Truck Marketing (MBA) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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2 weeks ago

TCF Bank Introduces ZEO Prepaid Card and Cash Services for Consumers



WAYZATA, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TCF National Bank (TCF Bank), a subsidiary of TCF Financial Corporation

(NYSE: TCB), today announced the introduction of ZEOSM, a

suite of products that provides choice, convenience and control to

consumers who want alternative ways to manage their money. Available

today in all 342 TCF branch locations, ZEO helps consumers choose the

money-management solution that best meets their needs with the guided

expertise of TCF relationship

3 weeks ago

Semi-Retirement Jobs With Great Benefits

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue

By Nancy Collamer

If you're thinking about working part-time during retirement, you've likely heard that finding good, flexible jobs with benefits like health insurance, dental coverage and 401(k)s isn't easy.

That's true. But what's also true is that some part-time, semi-retirement positions come with other types of benefits that are terrific and often fun.

Those perks can prove even more valuable than the income from the part-time paychecks. (I'm talking about more than the weekly free pound of coffee Starbucks' part-time baristas can take home, though that's