How to Start a Business: A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Start a Business

How to Start a Business

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people across the country take a leap of faith and start their own business. This path requires a lot of hard work, and many end up failing. But for those who survive, the rewards of entrepreneurship are well worth the obstacles they face on the road to success.

Think you’re ready to start your first business? Here’s a step-by-step overview of what you need to do to make it happen.

Brainstorm ideas

Every new business starts with an idea. Maybe there’s something you’re really knowledgeable and passionate about, or perhaps you think you’ve found a way to fill a gap in the marketplace. Wherever your interests lie, it’s almost guaranteed that there’s a way to turn it into a business

Once you’ve narrowed your list of ideas down to one or two, do a quick search for existing companies in your chosen industry. Learn what the current brand leaders are doing and figure out how you can do it better. If you think your business can deliver something other companies don’t (or deliver the same thing, but faster and cheaper), you’ve got a solid idea and are ready to create a business Plan

“Businesses don’t start with simple ideas,” Silverstein told Business News Daily. “They start with problems to be solved [and] opportunities to do something better. Know your solution and your customer inside and out. Ensure you are passionate about what you are starting because you will be spending all your time with it.”

Build a business plan

Now that you have your idea in place, there are a few important questions you need to ask yourself. What is the purpose of your business? Who are you selling to? What are your end goals? How will you finance your startup costs? All of these questions can be answered in a well-written business plan.

A business plan helps you figure out where your company is going, how it will overcome any potential difficulties, and what you need to sustain it. A full guide to writing your plan can be found here, but these are the basic sections you will need to cover:

What your business is about and how you will accomplish your goals.

Your extended goals, and how you will fill your market’s needs.

Your research on your target market.

Organization and management of your company.

Your service or product line, including copyright information and R & D activities.

Strategies for market penetration and growth.

Estimated costs and funding request (if you need financial assistance).

Assess your finances

Starting any business has a price, so you need to determine how you’re going to cover those costs. Do you have the means to fund your startup, or will you need to borrow money? If you are planning to make your new business your full-time job, it’s wise to wait until you have at least some money put away for startup costs and to sustain yourself in the beginning before you start making a profit.

While many entrepreneurs put their own money into their new companies, it’s very possible that you’ll need a little bit (or a lot) of financial assistance depending on the type of business you’re starting. A commercial loan through a bank is a good starting point, although these can often be difficult to secure. If you are unable to take out a bank loan, you can apply for a small business loan through the Small Business Administration (SBA) or an alternative lender like Kabbage, OnDeck or CAN Capital.

Startups requiring a lot more funding up front may want to consider venture capital. This is money, usually in the amount of several million dollars, provided to a fledgling company by a firm or business with the expectation that the backers will have a hands-on role in running your business. Alternatively, you could use an angel investor, a private individual that will provide up to about $1 million for a project, or launch an equity crowdfunding campaign to raise smaller amounts of money from multiple backers.

Using a home equity loan or a small business credit card to finance your startup is a viable solution, but it isn’t recommended. A credit card is best used as a means to keep your business on course, or to make big-ticket purchases you wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. Personal finance author Eric Tyson told Business News Daily in a previous interview that entrepreneurs using credit cards should carefully compare interest rates and financing terms, and strongly advised keeping business and personal cards separate from each other.

You can learn more about each of these capital sources in our guide to startup finance options.


Determine your legal business structure

Before you can register your company, you need to decide what kind of entity it is. Your business structure legally affects everything from how you file your taxes to your personal liability if something goes wrong.

If you own the business entirely by yourself and plan to be responsible for all debts and obligations, you can register for a sole proprietorship. A partnership, as its name implies, means that two or more people are held liable as business owners. Danielle Wilson, president and CEO of air ambulance transport company Aero Jet Medical and sister company United Medevac Solutions, said these two are the easiest types of businesses to form, and the only difference is the number of people contributing resources and sharing the profits and liabilities.

If you want to separate your personal liability from your company’s liability, you may want to consider forming a corporation. This makes a business a separate entities apart from its owners and therefore, corporations can own property, assume liability, pay taxes, enter into contracts, sue and be sued like any other individual, Wilson said. If you decide to make your business a corporation, you’ll need to choose C or S. The main difference between these is the income taxing, with an S corporation owner only being taxed on a personal level.

One of the most common structures for small businesses, however, is the limited liability corporation (LLC). This hybrid structure has the legal protections of a corporation while allowing for the tax benefits of a partnership. Wilson noted that any lawful business can form an LLC, with the exception of businesses in banking, insurance or a few other specific professional service operations.

Ultimately, it is up to you to determine which type of entity is best for your current needs and future business goals. More details about the different business structures are outlined on the SBA website.


Register with the government and IRS

To become an officially recognized business entity, you must register with the government. If you are registering as a corporation, you’ll need an articles of incorporation document, which includes your name, business purpose, corporate structure, stock details and other information about your company. Otherwise, you will just need to register your business name, which can be your legal name or a fictitious “Doing Business As” name (if you are the sole proprietor) or the name you’ve come up with for your company. You may also want to take steps to trademark your business name for extra legal protection.

After you register your business, the next step is obtaining an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service. While this is not required for sole proprietorships with no employees, you may want to apply for one anyway to keep your personal and business taxes separate, or simply to save yourself the trouble later on if you decide to hire someone else. The IRS has provided a checklist to determine whether you will require an EIN to run your business. If you do need an EIN, you can register online for free.

Regardless of whether or not you need an EIN, you will need to file certain forms to fulfill your federal and state income tax obligations. The forms you need are determined by your business structure. A complete list of the forms each type of entity will need can be found on the SBA website. You can also find state-specific tax obligations there. Some businesses may also require federal and/or state licenses and permits in order to operate. You can use the SBA’s database to search for licensing requirements by state and business type.

Silverstein also advised entrepreneurs to consider their intellectual property, and be absolutely certain that they own it before going ahead with their business.

“Things like legal structure are simple and can be changed later,” Silverstein said. “If you are working with other people, be sure you understand who really owns your concepts and ideas, familiarize yourself with the basics of the patent laws that have changed dramatically over the past few years [which is] now a first-to-file system.”


Build your team

Unless you’re planning to be the sole proprietor and employee of your business, you’re going to need to hire a great team to get your company off the ground. Joe Zawadzki, CEO and founder of MediaMath, said entrepreneurs need to focus on the “people” element of their business with the same attention they give their product.

“First-time entrepreneurs [tend to] focus on product-market fit,” Zawadski said. “It’s critical, to be sure, but your product is built by people. Identifying your founding team, understanding what gaps exist and [determining] how and when you will address them should be top priority. Figuring out how the team will work together … is equally important. Defining roles and responsibility, division of labor, how to give feedback, or how to work together when not everyone is in the same room will save you a lot of headaches down the line.”


Brand yourself and advertise

A great startup idea won’t do you any good if people don’t know about it. While there’s still a lot of value in word-of-mouth advertising, you’re going to need to do more than just tell your social circles that you’re starting a business. Before you start selling your product or service, you need to build up your brand and get a following of people ready to jump when you open your literal or figurative doors for business.

A company website and social media profiles are practically essential for any small business in today’s world. Create a logo that can help people easily identify your brand and be consistent in using it across all of your platforms. Use social media to spread the word about your new company. You can even use it as a promotional tool to offer coupons and discounts to followers once you launch. Be sure to keep these digital assets up-to-date with relevant, interesting content about your business and industry as well.

Once you’ve fleshed out your business’s product and brand, Zawadski recommended getting out into the market and testing your product to get feedback from real customers.

“Sell the MVP [minimum viable product] and be honest about what it is, and what it isn’t, Zawadski said.  Once you have your first few clients, work with them to find the common truth in your customer base.”

For more information on creating an effective marketing plan for your business, visit our guide here.


Grow your business


Your launch and first sales are only the beginning of your task as an entrepreneur. In order to make a profit and stay afloat, you always need to be growing your business. It’s going to take time and effort, but you’ll get out of your business what you put into it.

Collaborating with more established brands in your industry is a great way to achieve growth. Reach out to other companies or even influential bloggers and ask for some promotion in exchange for a free product sample or service. Partner with a charity organization and volunteer some of your time or products to get your name out there. There are also a lot of great tech tools available to help small businesses reach the next level of growth.

Starting a business can be risky and challenging, but armed with the proper tools and information, you put yourself on the path to entrepreneurship.




Toxic Sadie Swimwear – Runway – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015



One thought might have permeated your brain as the final night of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim kicked off Monday: “My gosh, I hope the supply of shimmer powder holds out just one more evening.” Seriously, some of these girls have been walking the runway so slicked, gold-flecked and bronzed, the flash of multiple cameras could result in them looking like the glow-in-the-dark aliens. Toxic Sadie Swimwear – Runway – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015



But nobody should panic; perhaps Vincent Longo (official makeup sponsor of the Mercedes-Benz shows at The Raleigh) had more of its Golden Goddess Deluxe Body Powder air-dropped in, so the models glistened as all swim models in Miami should, and the final night offered up plenty of scintillating options.  Five designers — Mia Marcelle, Sauvage,Aquarella, Toxic Sadie and Aguaclara — pooled their resources to produce a successful (albeit long, at more than 60 looks) show. Among the highlights: Sauvage is always an ultra-sexy line, but designer Elizabeth Southwood still managed to top herself with a fantastic metal-plate bikini top that ranked high on our favorites for the week’s metallics trend, while another trend (neon) was key to Javier Madrigal’s Aquarella collection, as he worked DayGlo tones in colorblocked bikinis and monokinis.




And at Toxic Sadie, designer Erin Thomas proved that high-waisted bottoms can also reveal plenty of skin, as she crafted a look that employed straps where fabric should be, bringing a whole new dynamic to a silhouette that continues to dominate swim conversations.Alas, the group presentation turned out to be the best of the night, if only because it wasn’t filled with “Wait, what?” kind of moments. If only the same could be said for the two shows that followed, A.Z Araujo and Minimale Animale (I really wanted to like the latter, largely because we all just loved saying the name). First, with respect to the Brazilian-born, New York-based Araujo: It’s not that I don’t appreciate the idea of putting real women on the runway; I embrace that, actually, after looking at what seems like MILES of perfectly-toned model flesh over the course of five days. So please, put all the “regular-sized” and plus-sized women on the runway that you want, I applaud that. What rankles me is when I’m watching pieces that are either poorly done or just have no place on a runway: I can view khaki shorts or white pants on a shirtless guy in a multitude of locales (especially in South Beach), so they’re not of any use on a swim runway, while the same can be said for some leopard pieces that just seemed, shall we say, Kardashian-level cheap. If I sound disappointed, it’s because there were pieces here I really liked, namely some panné-velvet paisley looks, such as a bikini with a high-neck top tied with a bow that looked positively YSL-esque paired with a side-tied bottom, all of which proved some real thought lived in this collection. More in this direction, Mr. Araujo, and we could be really excited.

Minimale Animale - Backstage - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015

And then, sigh, Minimale Animale: Girls in moto helmets either topless or in totally sheer triangle tops; that’s my memory of this show from Los Angeles-based designer Cassandra Kellogg. Those photos will play well in Europe, but what I got from it was a plethora of black and white suits, but mainly bottoms, and definitely S&M-driven. I would add “minimalist” as an adjective for the show’s sleek styling, but all those straps on the monokinis firmly sent us into dominatrix territory. Sure, it was titillating (pun intended), but all the love in the world from Sports Illustrated (who has indeed featured suits/bottoms from this label) won’t transfer to major sales.



The night, and the week, closed on a sublime note, however, with some fantastic looks from the Bali-produced Indah line. This Indonesian collection was undeniably sexy, even as it offered a wealth of chic cover-ups featuring maxi dresses in leopard, camel crochet knit or a chic white with cut-outs at the sides. An ultra-bare bikini mixed a teal velvet triangle top with a tiger print bottom, while long fringe descended from a bronze triangle top, dripping onto a tribal-print maxi skirt. Here was a show that combined design and sensuality; it didn’t hit you over the head any less than the previous two shows, but as the week wrapped up, it was a terrific tutorial on how to dress the body well in as few inches of fabric as one might conceive.

Top 10 Attractive Female Celebrities in USA

The USA, the land of Hollywood, most attractive female celebrities, Victoria’s Secret angels, and Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition supermodels. As Los Angeles is practically the entertainment capital on the planet, it is just organic that all of the prettiest girls in the world would flock to this city inside the hope of getting discovered because the subsequent massive star.
Here, we have gathered 10 of the most beautiful, attractive female celebrities (in no particular order), the sort of celebrities who brighten the day with their smiles … among other things. Nevertheless, you could be fairly certain that these ladies would often stay inside the mix in whatever list you may discover. So this is really a list from the top ten loveliest celebrities in America.

The Top 10 Most Attractive Female Celebrities in America.

Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes-The Most Attractive Female Actress

Eva Mendes-The Most Attractive Female Actress

The American actress, model, singer, and home-ware and fashion designer. She’s a gorgeous woman who refuses to fix what others may see as flaws — “I have the hugest overbite. It’s so big, my older brothers and sisters used to call me “Bugs.” I looked like a bottle opener. But I’ve never fixed my bite because it’s one of the things that makes me me…My best feature is my big hips. I’ve got some nice childbearing hips, and I feel very proud of them. When I was younger I thought they were too big. I wanted to be slimmer. But now I totally embrace them.”

Charlize Theron


Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron


She’s an Academy-Award-winning actress. Her Oscar-winning performance in “Monster” was called “one of the greatest performances in the history of the cinema” by critic Roger Ebert. Plus she’s passionately committed to helping the people of her native South Africa — her foundation provides health services for some of the poorest regions of the country.So, that’s why everyone love her.




Her hips don’t lie — and neither do her multiple music awards. The perky Colombian singer has a single on the sexiest hips ever. She has had various awards for her music, and she uses her fame to superior use by working for charities that benefit young children. She recorded the theme song of the 2010 World Cup of football (it is actually time for Africa). Why we love her? Her music alone would be enough to make us happy. Add in her tireless work for children’s welfare and education and we’re smitten.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

You either laugh, cheer her on or both while watching her as Mrs. Smith on “Mr.and Mrs. Smith”. The gorgeous Angelina is on the most attractive female celebrities in USA.
As much as she loves kids, we should love her for that alone. She’s the right-hand woman of actor Brad Pitt, but she is a business woman and philanthropist all her own. Outside of acting, her charity work includes UNICEF, ONE Campaign and UNHCR.

Jessica Alba.


Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

Ever since “Dark Angel,” she’s known how to kick ass and take names. Plus she’s committed to her charity work, even offering to work for free if producer Bob Weinstein would make a hefty donation to Amfar.
She has been called a s.x symbol. She appears on the “Hot 100″ section of Maxim and was voted number one on’s list of “99 Most Desirable Women” in 2006, as well as “Sexiest Woman in the World” by FHM in 2007. In 2005, TV Guide ranked her # 45 on its “50 Sexiest Stars of All Time” list. Despite her relative inactivity, possibilities are she would remain as one on the most attractive female celebrities in America.

Salma Hayek


Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek

Who wouldn’t know her? Plenty of roles on screens both big and small. The Mexican actress is not only gorgeous, but funny as well (did you catch her on 30 Rock?), passionate about improving lives (she’s an anti-domestic violence advocate), and smart as a whip. Who wouldn’t love her? She has starred in hit motion pictures, her functionality has been noticed by the Academy Awards when she starred within the movie Frida in 2002, and she got herself a wealthy husband.

Megan Fox

Megan Fox

Megan Fox

She is sensible, beautiful and most attractive female in US. She’s the go-to geek-bait hot babe, and has appeared on countless magazine covers. She is regarded a contemporary s.x symbol, and readers of FHM and Maxim magazines certainly agree. Guys will constantly wonder what Brian Austin Green has that he was capable to hook up and marry Fox.
This quote from The Times of London, when the reporter asked her if she considered herself a role model: “It depends on what your idea of a role model is. If your idea of a role model is somebody who’s gonna preach to your kids that s.x before marriage is wrong and cursing is wrong and women should be this and be that, then I’m not a role model. But if you want your girls to feel strong and intelligent and be outspoken and fight for what they think is right, then I want to be that type of role model, yeah.”

Adriana Lima

Adriana Lima

Adriana Lima

She’s one of the hottest Victoria’s Secret angels… and so much more. The Sports Illustrated magazine’s swimsuit edition supermodel is each and every teenage boy’s dream. Her images happen to be almost certainly pinned up in millions of college dorms about the country. Guys go wild for her, but Lima has managed to keep a level head in spite of all the fame and adulation. She’s deeply committed to her Catholic faith, often bringing a bible to read backstage at fashion shows. And contrary to the stories you hear about models gone wild, Adriana publicly talked about saving herself for marriage. She’s now married to Serbian Marko Jarić, and gave birth to daughter last year.

Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce Knowles

Where you know her from: Music, movies, awards shows…. where haven’t you seen her? She’s the wife of rap star Jay-Z. She was also given the title as People’s 2012 World’s Most Beautiful Woman. Here, so many reasons to love her, but mostly because “Single Ladies” is a song we’re almost glad will be stuck in our heads for the rest of our lives. She’s also no stranger to charity work, with Survivor Foundation being the most well-known for her contribution to Hurricane Katrina victims.

Scarlett Johansson


Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

The blonde bombshell toped the list of most attractive female celebrities. The multi talented Scarlett Johansson broke big with Lost in Translation and hasn’t slowed down since. She’s a star who doesn’t starve herself, doesn’t advertise her personal business, and stays out of the tabloids. Plus, she’s about to kick Iron Man’s butt as the Black Widow! She is a bankable star. Definitely beautiful from whatever angle you look at her, literally and figuratively

The government wants our car Communication

Car Communication

Car Communication

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is throwing its weight behind vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication systems. After years of experimentation and a real-world trial in Ann Arbor, MI the government is (almost) ready to make peer-to-peer networking a required safety feature on all new cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that it’ll “begin taking the next steps” towards implementing V2V, though, what those steps are is still somewhat shrouded in mystery. One major detail left to be ironed out is when exactly these new safety standards will go into effect. The agency is currently finalizing its analysis of the data gathered during the Ann Arbor trial, which it will then use to build a regulatory proposal.


For those that don’t know, V2V systems allow cars to share information about their position, speed and heading with each other and alert a driver when there is potential for danger. That could be a car speeding through an intersection ahead or a truck in your blind spot when trying to change lanes. While there is potential for integration with automated collision avoidance technology in the future, initially the DOT will be focused on passive systems. If you’re concerned about the government having yet another avenue through which to track you, breathe easy. The data passed between vehicles includes no personally identifiable information. In fact, it doesn’t even identify the car — it only contains basic safety data. In addition to that, the NHTSA envisions multiple layers of security and privacy protection to ensure vehicles are sending and receiving reliable data


The Apple iCup Concept Would Keep Your Coffee Warm and Stylish

Apple Warm Coffee Cup

Apple Warm Coffee Cup


Vancouver designer Tomislav Zvonarić offers up this “office coffee cup concept design.”


As you can see, his iCup is imagined as a very Apple-influenced beverage holder, but would presumably work with liquids that do not include the visage of Steve Jobs.

Apple Warm Coffee Cup

Apple Warm Coffee Cup

As for the cord, at first I thought the idea was that perhaps users could download their email into their morning joe and drink it. But I gather it actually would lead to a power source that would heat the saucer.


“The idea,” Zvonarić writes, “is just to keep your coffee (tea, milk, etc) enough warm as long as you need while you work. So it’s not about ‘something new,’ but it’s only about having some fun and even more about love of design and the Apple brand!”



Best, Worst Celeb Baby Names of 2013

Kim Kardashian With Baby

Kim Kardashian With Baby

What’s in a name of baby? A baby by any other name would be just as cute.

Still, poor baby North West. Her name was voted the worst baby name of 2013 by more than 5,000 BabyCenter members. It’s not her fault her name is name is a compass point. Then there’s poor Cricket. Her (his?) name got voted the second worst. But because his parents are Busy Philipps & Marc Silverstein and not Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, he (she?) was able to escape the top honors. Because having the name Cricket seems more of a burden than North, no matter what the poll results said.

Best celebrity baby names of 2013, according to BabyCenter

Everly (Channing Tatum & Jenna Dewan)

Autumn James (Jennifer Love Hewitt & Brian Hallisay)

Noah (Michael Bublé & Luisana Lopilato)

Luna Encinas (Penélope Cruz & Javier Bardem)

Elijah Joseph Daniel (Elton John & David Furnish) and Winnie Rose (Jimmy Fallon & Nancy Juvonen) (These two tied for #5!)

Worst celebrity baby names of 2013

North (Kanye West & Kim Kardashian)

Cricket Pearl (Busy Philipps & Marc Silverstein)

Bear Winslet (Kate Winslet & Ned Rocknroll)

Ace Knute (Jessica Simpson & Eric Johnson)

Axl Jack (Fergie & Josh Duhamel)

Are Barack and Michelle Obama heading towards divorce?

Are Barack and Michelle Obama heading towards divorce?

are barack and michelle obama heading towards divorce?

are barack and michelle obama heading towards divorce?

Different sources are claiming that the presidential couple is going through a severe marital crisis. “Michelle went mad because of the photograph with the head of the Danish government. Barack sleeps alone at night,” the reports state. There has been no official confirmation to the rumors.

According to some reports in Russia and the United States, Barack and Michelle Obama are going through a severe marital crisis, which reached its peak after distorted photographs were taken of Obama with the head of the Danish government during the memorial ceremony of Nelson Mandela.  There is no official confirmation to the rumors.

One report in the United States claims that Michelle was furious with her husband because of the picture taken with the Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, which documented that they were sitting very close to each other and joking together during a ceremony commemorating the life of Nelson Mandela after he passed away.  The images that caused a storm also included British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The First Lady reportedly claimed following the photograph incident that she was humiliated in front of hundreds of millions of people in the world that watched the ceremony.  The report alleges that she yelled at her husband because she is “tired of it” and it is difficult for her to absorb such a humiliation because of his actions.

Other reports claim that the couple has been sleeping in separate rooms in the White House since the incident and that Michelle turned to a divorce lawyer to handle the matter, in order to ensure that she will receive half of their shared property.  An official in Washington even appraised that the couple will end their relationship and that it appears like a “sure bet.”

These days, Michelle and Barack Obama are on a family vacation in Hawaii for the Christmas holiday.  Today, they even visited US troops on the island, which might pour cold water on the rumors about them getting a divorce.  However, another source claimed that Michelle is waiting for her husband to end his second term in order not to damage his political career and then she will implement the separation process



Kate Upton Sizzles At Sports Illustrated Party In Plunging Black Dress

NBC And Time Inc. Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

NBC And Time Inc. Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue



NBC And Time Inc. Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

NBC And Time Inc. Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

NBC And Time Inc. Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

NBC And Time Inc. Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

It’s clear to see why Kate Upton is one of Sports Illustrated’s favorite swimsuit supermodels.


The 21-year-old turned heads as she stepped out for NBC and Time Inc.’s 50th anniversary celebration of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood Tuesday (Jan. 14). Upton looked stunning in the black dress with a plunging neckline and gold piping, accessorized with simple diamond jewelry, as she posed for photos on the red carpet.


The New York Post’s Page Six spilled details of the blond beauty’s feature in the 2014 issue. She was reportedly photographed in a bikini in “zero gravity space.” Wearing a silver swimsuit, she supposedly looked like “something out of ‘Barbarella,'” the 1968 sci-fi flick starring Jane Fonda.


Upton wasn’t the only stunner in attendance Tuesday night. Christie Brinkley, 59, wowed in an LBD, while Heidi Klum opted for a red leather trench coat. Other famous faces included Chrissy Teigen, Tyra Banks, Marissa Miller and Ireland Baldwin.

Top Internet Tips & Tricks

You don’t need the http:// portion of a web page

When typing an Internet address you do not need to type http:// or even www. in the address. For example, if you wanted to visit Computer Hope you could just type and press enter. To make things even quicker, if you’re visiting a .com address you can type computerhope and then press Ctrl + Enter to type out the full  address.

Quickly move between the fields of a web page

If you’re filling out an online form, e-mail, or other text field you can quickly move between each of the fields by pressing the Tab key or Shift + Tab to move back a field. For example, if you’re filling out your name and the next field is your e-mail address you can press the Tab key to switch to the e-mail field.

Tip: This tip also applies to the buttons, if you press tab and the web developer has designed correctly the button should be selected and will allow you to press the space bar or enter to push the button.

Tip: If you have a drop-down box that lists every country or every state you can click that box and then press the letter of the state or country you’re looking for. For example, is a drop-down box of States in the United States you could press u on the keyboard to quickly scroll to Utah.

Use Internet search engines to their full potential

Make sure to get the most out of every search result. If you’re not finding what you want try surrounding the text in quotes. For example, if you were searching for ‘computer help’ this actually searches for pages that contain both computer and help and not necessarily pages that have computer and help next to each other. If you search for “computer help” with the quotes around the search query this will only return pages that actually have computer and help next to each other.

Tip: Many new computer users also don’t realize that in every search box you can press enter instead of having to move the mouse button over to the Search button.

Know your Internet browser shortcuts

There are dozens of different shortcut keys that can be used with Internet browsers. Below are a few of our top suggested Internet browser shortcuts.

– Pressing Alt + D in any major Internet browser will move the cursor into the address bar. This is a great way to quickly enter an Internet address without having to click the mouse cursor in the address bar.
– Hold down the Ctrl key and press the + or – to increase and decrease the size of text.
– Press the backspace key or hold down the Alt key + left arrowto go back a page.
– Press F5 to refresh or reload a web page.
– Press F11 to make the Internet browser screen full screen. Press F11 again to return back to the normal view.
– Press Ctrl + B to open your Internet bookmarks.
– Press Ctrl + F to open the find box in the browser to search for text within the web page you’re looking at.

Try Alternative Browsers

Most computer users use the default browser that comes included with the computer, with Microsoft Windows this is Internet Explorer. There are several great alternative browsers that are all free to download and use and may have features your current browser does not include. Below are a few of our favorites, try one or try them all.


The Difference between Android and IOS Developers

Difference Between Android  and iOS developers

Difference Between Android and iOS developers

When the iPhone was introduced in 2007, and later when the iPhone SDK (now iOS SDK) was introduced in 2008, Apple explained how it was all based on a similar foundation to OS X, and even named the new frameworks Cocoa Touch, reflecting the Objective-C Cocoa frameworks of the Mac. There were and are differences, to be sure, but that core similarity not only made the iPhone, and later the iPad, instantly familiar to existing Mac developers, it made it interesting.

The Mac, though its market share was never large, especially when compared to the well over 90% marketshare of Microsoft Windows-based PCs, had always attracted an incredibly talented, incredibly dedicated group of developers who cared deeply about things like design and user experience. OS X enjoyed not only the traditional Mac OS community, but the NeXT one as well. That talent share always felt disproportionate to the market share. Massively. And a lot of those developers, and new developers influenced by them, not only wanted iPhones and iPads, but wanted to create software for them.

iOS attracted non-Mac developers as well, to be sure, and game developers, and inspired a slew of brand new developers as well. However, when you take a look at some of the best and brightest apps on the App Store – Twitterrific and Tweetbot and Letterpress and Screens and Omni Focus and Fantastical and Vesper and on and on – they come from people with a background at Apple or on the Mac. And they come from people with no interest, at least thus far, in writing for any other platform. They come from people who self-identify, take pride in, and have considerable passion for being Apple developers. (And that doesn’t include any of the Apple-made apps, like iWork and iLife, which are among the best in mobile and, of course, iOS only.)

Android, by contrast, uses Java for its primary development kit, which lowered the barrier of entry for developers experienced in Java. And unlike Cocoa on the Mac, the heritage of Java developers isn’t in killer design or experience, but in server-side tools and, frankly, cross-platform interfaces that people had to use rather than chose to use. Talented, brilliant perhaps, but nowhere nearly as many with the same cultural investment as Mac developers. You’ve got your Pocket Casts, your Press, your DoubleTwist, to be sure, but nowhere nearly the same depth on the bench.

So, when talking about raw market share size and trying to figure out at what point the math favors Android-first development, much as John Gruber of Daring Fireball has repeatedly pointed out that not all users are created equal, not all developers are created equal either.

Which rings numerically true, but experientially false. People – developers – aren’t just numbers. They have tastes. They have biases. If they didn’t, then all the great iPhone apps of 2008 would have already been written for Symbian, PalmOS, BlackBerry (J2ME), and Windows Mobile years earlier. If they didn’t, then all the great Mac apps would have been migrated to Windows a decade ago.

Mobile isn’t desktop, and 2014 won’t be 2008, but it’s hard to imagine at least some of the same forces that applied to desktop and the early days of mobile won’t also apply now and into the future. Hell, even Google’s iOS apps sometimes get the best features first, and the better interfaces to this day.

The iPod touch has been called a gateway to the App Store – the lowest cost way to be able to run iOS apps. Android, however, is increasingly becoming the gateway to smartphones. Thanks to low prices, people for whom price is the most important feature, who don’t care about a smartphone other than when their contract is up and it just happens to be the next free-from-the-carrier phone, Android’s market share has exploded.
Today, iPod sales are way down, and Android sales are way up. That’s why, today, a less expensive iPhone 5C could be vastly more competitive than the iPod touch as the gateway to the App Store.

And if more people are buying iPhones – especially the so-called “next billion” customers getting smartphones for the first time – that’ll be a huge boon to developers.

It won’t be, “oh, Android has more units on the market than my favorite platform, so I guess I’d better make apps of it”, it’ll be “oh, my favorite platform now has more units on the market”. It’ll be how Mac developers likely felt when iOS started to take off.

Add to that iOS 7, which could change the expectations of what a mobile app can look and feel like come this fall, and it may not even be a question of can those kinds of apps go to Android, let alone first, but at all. Created by those talented, dedicated, passionate Apple-centric developers, they’ll look like the future, in a world of very suddenly not-so future looking competitors