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The 11 Highest-Paying Jobs in America

 More than two-thirds of the 25 highest-paying jobs ranked by Glassdoor this year are in one of those three fields.

Topping the list for the third straight year is physician. The study shows that the median base salary for physicians has fluctuated in recent years. In 2015, the median base salary was $212,270. It dropped to $180,000 last year, and this year it increased to $187,876.

All of this year’s 11 highest-paying jobs have a median base salary of more than $109,350. That’s a slight decline from a year ago, when all of the top-paying jobs had median base salaries in the six figures.

“With nearly half the list comprised of jobs in the tech and healthcare industries, this report reinforces that higher salaries are found in America’s fastest job-creating sectors, which require higher education and in-demand skill sets,” Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor’s chief economist, said in a statement.

These are the 11 highest-paying jobs in 2017 and their median base salaries:

  1. Physician: $187,876
  2. Pharmacy manager: $149,064
  3. Patent attorney: $139,272
  4. Medical science liaison: $132,842
  5. Pharmacist: $125,847
  6. Enterprise architect: $112,560
  7. Physician assistant: $112,529
  8. Applications development manager: $112,045
  9. R&D manager: $111,905
  10. Corporate controller: $110,855
  11. Software

7 Tips for Building an Effective Business Website

 Creating a website isn’t especially difficult with the many website creation tools available. Whatever software you choose, keep these design principles in mind.

In 2016, OuterBox reported that more than 62 percent of shoppers made purchases using their cell phones, and the 2016 stats show that over 90 percent of shoppers use their smartphones even while in retail stores for comparing prices and looking at product reviews. Further, 40 percent of consumers will go to a competitor if they have a bad experience with a mobile website.

“If you plan on running a successful eCommerce website, or any website, you absolutely must cater to mobile users,” wrote Justin Smith, CEO of OuterBox, in his company blog.

You need to have a domain name that describes your business or is your company name. You can even have multiple domains that point to the website. To learn more about what makes an effective domain name, read our article on choosing the best domain names.

Tips to Be a More Mindful Leader

 Mindful leadership simply means that you are highly aware of what’s going on around you, said Richard Jolly, adjunct professor of organizational behavior at the London Business School.

“It involves the ability to pay attention to your environment, both within the organization and in the broader business environment,” Jolly told Business News Daily. “(It means) being present to what is happening in the moment … (and) listening carefully and nonjudgmentally. Mindful leaders are collaborative and able to cope with high levels of uncertainly and complexity without getting overwhelmed.”

Kim Bassett, president and CEO of Norwood Hospital, noted that the ability to tune out the constant flow of distractions on any given day is an essential quality for mindful leaders.

“Leaders are responsible for taking a lot of data in various forms and turning this information into decisions,” Bassett said. “We are in constant communication with others through email and text messages. Mindful leaders do not let all the constant distractions interfere with their ability to prioritize what issues are most important and will receive their full attention.”

7 tips to Use Facebook for Business

While the basics of setting up a page and posting to your business page are relatively straightforward, there are a lot of nuances to managing your page that could help you make the most of your Facebook presence. Here are 7 powerful ways to make your page more robust and engaging.

A key component of branding is consistency. As such, you should be sure you select a @ username that reflects your business. Of course, your ideal pick may not be available, so think of ways that you can get as close to your brand as possible. If you run the Acme Widget Company, maybe you could go with @acmewidgetco. Or even better, @acmewidget.

Remember that whatever you pick will be a part of your custom Facebook URL — shorter is better so it can fit on business cards or other promotional materials.

While Facebook keeps a pretty consistent look across the entire interface, you do have some freedom in how your page looks. You can choose from several templates that have certain tweaks to better match the type of page

7 Best Photo Editing Apps

Smartphone and tablet cameras are better than ever, turning Average Joes into instant professional photographers. Still, smartphone and tablet snapshots are far from perfect. Photos can come out looking flat, dull or otherwise lifeless. Whether you share photos on social media or use them on your website or online store, a quick editing session with a photo editing app can make a world of difference in attracting customers with beautiful works of art.

To help you wade through the sea of photo editing apps available at app stores, here are some of the best for iOS and Android.

Sometimes, your shot is picture perfect — except for that one little blemish, glare or unwanted object. If you simply need to touch-up a photo, check outTouchRetouch.

TouchRetouch lets you quickly and easily remove all sorts of elements from a photo, such as shadows, lights, people, buildings, wires, spots in the sky, backgrounds and more. All you have to do is highlight areas you want eliminated by tracing it with your finger, and then tap Start. TouchRetouch does all the hard work for you.

The app also lets you

7 Ways to Improve Work-Life Balance

When you exclusively work from home, physical boundaries between work and your personal life can feel virtually nonexistent. Even if you’re organized, it can still be difficult to successfully manage your career and a household in the same space, especially if you’re raising a family, too.

While it may not be possible for home-based business owners and workers to completely draw the line between personal and professional, there are ways to better integrate the different facets of your life. Experts provided some tips for better work-life balance when you work at home.

When you work in an office, part of your normal routine includes changing out of your pajamas and into work-appropriate attire. Though it’s tempting to work in your favorite PJs, it may not be the best option for productivity.

“It helps if you get dressed as if you are going to work,” Lisa Chui, VP of finance and HR at Ubiquity Retirement and Savings, told Business News Daily. “You don’t have to wear a suit or heels, of course, but don’t stay in your pajamas, either. Dressing in clothes that you would wear outside of

7 Ways to Give a Kickass Business Presentation

Experts shared their best tips for creating and giving a killer presentation that will engage your audience and help you land the sale.

“A good business presentation … has one main point and everything is structured around that point. It doesn’t rely heavily upon PowerPoint or slides filled with text, and it allows time for discussion and asking questions.”

“No secret sauce, tech or gimmicks. What makes any presentation engaging and effective is to put the bottom line up front and then provide whatever backup data may be needed. I’ve seen many presentations where the story is dragged out and tension is built, as if the person was trying to make a movie. But … people are busy and need to deal with the issue and then move on.”

“Focus more on what you will say and how you will say it rather than on having the coolest slides. Not everything you say should be on your slides. No more than three sentences per slide. Present

Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Diversity Training

Despite the attempts some employers are making to build awareness of cultural differences in the workplace, their efforts may not be having the type of long-lasting impact they are hoping for, new research finds.

A study recently published in thePsychological Bulletin found that, while many employees gain an initial increase into cultural awareness after training, their thoughts on diversity tend to revert over time.

The researchers found that in order for diversity training to be successful, it needs to be mandatory, delivered over an extended period of time, integrated with other initiatives, and designed to increase both awareness and skills.

In addition, employers should vary up how the training is presented. The study’s authors discovered that employees responded more favorably to diversity training when it used several methods of instruction, including lectures, discussions and exercises.

Kate Bezrukova, one of the study’s authors and an associate professor in the University of Buffalo’s School of Management, said diversity programs have the greatest impact when they are delivered as part of a series of related initiatives, such as mentoring or networking groups for minority professionals.

“When organizations demonstrate a commitment to diversity,

The Top 7 Workplaces for Women

As gender equality continues to take the spotlight in workplace issues, more women are seeking job opportunities with companies where they’re most likely to receive equal pay and treatment.

InHerSight, a workplace ratings and matching site for women, collected user ratings data on 27,000 U.S. companies across five main categories: equal opportunities for men and women, salary satisfaction, maternity and adoptive leave, top leadership, and management opportunities for women.

While InHerSight used its data to rank the best workplaces in each category on a five-point scale, the top 7 workplaces for women overall include:

  1. Title Source (4.6)
  2. Procore Technologies (4.4)
  3. The Boston Consulting Group (4.2)
  4. The Motley Fool (4.0)
  5. Netflix (4.0)
  6. Facebook (4.0)
  7. NetSuite (3.9)

According to Ursula Mead, CEO of InHerSight, female representation in leadership and management opportunities for women, as well as equal opportunities and salary satisfaction, are strong predictors of women’s satisfaction at work.

Last year, several high-profile companies announced improvements to their parental leave programs, so maternity and adoptive leave became a highlighted factor for InHerSight. Mead hopes that trend continues in 2017.

“The great news about many of these larger companies is that they’re always hiring, and often hiring for a

6 Creative Ways to Show Employee Appreciation

Anyone can perform a task at work knowing the end result is a salary. However, passion and hard work often stems from affirmations employees hear from their boss or manager. Workers don’t just crave a paycheck — they want recognition, verbal appreciation and encouragement.

Of course, it’s easy to say “thank you” or “good job” and be done with it; but there are countless ways to show your support and respect for your employees. Business News Daily asked business owners and experts to share the best ways to make your employees feel more appreciated.

“[Put] the power of recognition and reward in their hands. I use apps and programs like YouEarnedIt to give my employees the power to give each other kudos for good work done. I let my team members choose their reward, too, because not everyone wants a cash bonus or a gift card.”

“It could be done as a request to share. When we let people know we value what they have to offer by asking if they’d share their story, tips, methods,

6 Best Apps for Business Travel

Instead of managing every aspect of your business trip, why not let your smartphone do some of the heavy lifting? The right mobile apps can help you get where you need to be, comfortably and on time. And when you get there, they can make it easier to track expenses, meet remotely and be productive on the go. Here are our picks for the smartphone apps that no road warrior should leave home without.

Available for: Android, iOS, Windows Phone

There’s no better way to keep track of your travel expenses than the Concur smartphone app. Concur makes it easy to snap a photo of each new receipt in seconds, so you can ditch the paper. From there, you can add a new “quick expense” with just a few taps, with the ability to go back in and add details to each entry later. And if you did lose track of your receipt, Concur lets you import data from credit cards. Once your trip is done, the apps lets you fire off reports to your manager for reimbursement.

Available for: Android, iOS, Windows Phone

There are dozens

Tips to Maintained Company Culture

The core principles and business practices of a company are an essential part of its DNA. The work a company’s founder or founders do to develop and instill these values are a critical component of what makes a business successful. When a founder passes away, it can be a pivotal juncture for the company, and how leaders react to this loss can have a profound impact on the businesses success moving forward.

Capriotti’s faced this very situation early this year when our founder, Lois Margolet, passed away. The day of her passing was a sad day for me personally and for everyone in the company, but it was also an occasion to reflect on the amazing foundation she laid for us to build on.

We’ve grown considerably from the original Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop Lois opened with her brother in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1976. Even as we expand beyond 100 franchised locations, however, the values she established with the first location — preparing our food fresh daily and using quality, all-natural ingredients — are still at the heart of what we do.

The first

7 Challenges for Entrepreneurs Woman

Entrepreneurship was once considered a man’s domain, but the tide has shifted: More than 9 million U.S. firms are now owned by women, employing nearly 8 million people and generating $1.5 trillion in sales, according to 2015 data from the National Association of Women Business Owners.

“While the numbers are growing, there are still too few female investors and startup entrepreneurs, which can make it more challenging to raise capital and find mentors,” said Megan Smyth, CEO and co-founder ofFitReserve. “Network and you will discover that there are plenty of women and men who are eager to advocate for and mentor female entrepreneurs.”

Although more women are embracing entrepreneurship, they often face challenges not typically shared by their male counterparts. To shed light on some of these disparities, female CEOs spoke with Business News Daily about the key challenges women entrepreneurs face and how to overcome them.

Most female business owners who have attended networking events can relate to this scenario: You walk into a crowded seminar and can count the number of women there on one hand. When women entrepreneurs talk business with primarily male

You Need to Know About Job Searching

Searching and applying for jobs is nothing like it used to be. Gone are the days of physically handing or mailing in your resume and waiting for a call about the position. Now, nearly all job search communications happens electronically. Since the employer isn’t likely to see your face and interact with you until you’re invited in for an interview, the paperwork, and the way you follow up, must be on point.

From applying to jobs to following up after an interview, here’s everything you need to know about successfully landing a job in the digital age.

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Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) sift through resumes to determine whether a hiring manager sees your application or not. There is a way to craft your resume for submission for an online application to ensure it will make it past any ATS.

According to Michael Krikheli, co-founder of ZipJob, the use of ATS software has risen dramatically over the last few years. Krikheli suggests crafting your resume to be adjusted not just for the company, but also for the applicant tracking systems. Here are a few tips for

5 Key Customer Service Mistakes

Given that customer service is so important, it is valuable to know some of the most common customer service mistakes. Customer service experts lent their expertise to Business News Daily and shared how to avoid them.

Just because it can be automated does not meant it should be, and it also does not mean the automation will automatically translate into cost savings.

Don’t automate just because you can. Avoid erasing all personalization and direct contact with the customer. When possible, provide a variety of different communication modes, as some customers prefer online chat while others want to talk to a person over the phone.

“Give them that option. Don’t force customers to use frustrating phone trees,” said Dana Brownlee, founder of consulting firm Professionalism Matters.

Assuming you know what the customer wants, instead of listening to the customer, is a big mistake.

“Teach listening skills throughout the organization, especially to (customer service representatives),” said Brownlee. “Develop processes that ‘force’ CSRs to really listen to customers – get rid of CSR scripts.”

7 Best Apps for Business Collaboration

There is no shortage of choices when it comes to collaboration software for your business. It’s essential, as most have moved on from the antiquated method of sending file attachments back and forth or scheduling endless conference calls.

From real-time document editing to synchronous chat, it’s time to leap into the 21st century of work. Here’s a short guide of some of the most trusted and popular solutions for helping businesses get things done. Each of the options has a trial or limited free version, with upgrades available for the entire feature set.

Most of the working world has moved to Slack. It helps your team stay connected through a series of chat rooms, and throws in a bit of fun with an easy way to add in GIFs. Another key feature is the ability to invite freelancers to your organization, while granting them limited access so they’re not privy to all the inner workings of your business.

Google Apps has grown up and is ready for businesses of all sizes. G Suitegets you the standard fare of Google Docs, Drive, Calendar and, of

The 7 Best Jobs for Persuaders

To help those looking for work, CareerBuilder and Emsi compiled the 7 best persuader jobs the labor market needs based on their current number of jobs, growth over the past seven years and high annual salaries. All of the positions on the rankings have more than 200,000 current jobs and average annual salaries of at least $88,000.

Nearly all of the jobs on this year’s list are leadership positions and require at least a bachelor’s degree. Of the 7 best jobs for persuaders, eight have a manger title.

This year’s 7 best jobs for persuaders are:

  1. Operations managers: Operations managers form policies, manage daily operations and plan the use of materials within a business. There are currently 2.25 million operations manager jobs in the U.S., making it the 11th largest occupation group in the country. There are nearly 250,000 new operations manager jobs since 2011. Operations managers earn between $68,000 and $151,000 a year.
  2. IT managers: IT managers plan and coordinate computer-related activities, determine company IT goals and implement computer systems to meet those goals. There are currently 366,000 IT managers in the U.S. There are 56,000 new IT manager

6 Tips for Success With Public Relationship

According to Landor Associates, 45 percent of a brand’s image can be attributed to what it says and how it says it. Furthermore, 75 percent of consumers cite brand awareness as a major influencer in making their buying decision, and consistent brands are worth 20 percent more than those who aren’t consistent.

How you create and deliver your company’s message matters to consumers looking for your brand.

“Public relations can provide legitimacy for a business, and that’s especially important for an SMB that may not have a lot of brand awareness,” said Amy Bryson, the vice president at Airfoil Group, a marketing and public relations firm.

Bryson notes that if a media influencer or third party validates a company, product or service, it demonstrates credibility, which is great for brand building.

“A positive article, review, blog post or social media endorsement is a great asset to promote across a company’s own social channels so that business is searchable and findable,” she said.

As with any decision making in business, you need to consider how the task should be planned and executed. CEO and chief publicist at Three

What Small Businesses Should Expect as Monetary Policy Changes

To find out more about what the Federal Reserve’s impending changes mean for the economy at large, and for your business and investment portfolio, Business News Daily spoke with economists who are keeping an eye on the U.S. central bank.

Since the financial crisis of 2008, the Federal Reserve dramatically lowered the interest rates at which banks borrow money. Low interest rates incentivize borrowing and spending, and debt is far cheaper to acquire.

The low rates are intended to kick-start a sluggish economy by encouraging consumers and businesses to continue buying and investing, rather than clutching their pearls during a crisis. The Fed achieves this boost by increasing the size of its balance sheet by buying securities from banks, such as U.S. treasury bonds, thus injecting more cash into the economy. The interest rate was held down near zero for years until Dec. 2016, when the central bank began to gradually raise rates. According to the St. Louis Federal Reserve Economic Data, the Fed Funds Rate stood at 0.66 percent in February.

In addition to holding down the interest rate, the Fed

Best POS Systems 2017

Your POS system is the lifeline of your operations. But choosing a POS system can quickly become overwhelming. So we did the leg work for you to help you find the right POS system for your business. From traditional POS systems (POS stands for point of sale, by the way) to iPad POS systems, we asked around and did the research so you don’t have to.

The best POS system is affordable and easy to use, and should also do more than just accept payments and process sales. It should come with additional time-saving features such as inventory management, staff management, marketing tools, customer data gathering, task automation and other capabilities that make it easier to run and grow your business. The vendor should also provide dedicated solutions for your type of business and offer 24/7 customer support.

Vend has everything you need to run and grow a brick-and-mortar store. Beyond processing transactions, Vend also comes with features to help you run your business, save time and boost sales. This vendor also has dedicated solutions for different types of stores in a wide range of industries. Whether you run a