lInflation continues to hit small businesses hard. Some 85% of small business owners respondents expressed concern about inflation, while 67% have raised prices in response to inflation, according to data from MetLife and the US Chamber of Commerce.
Although fears of a recession have persisted for some time, toptecheasy.com Contributor Rohit Arora writes that there is always inflation, so small business owners should be prepared. This is how Main Street can survive rising costs and an impending recession.
Many companies are cutting unnecessary costs and inventing new ways to generate revenue. However, sometimes the best time to sell things is when the world is falling apart. So does Simplify Asset Management, which sells insurance against bear markets. Paul Kim and David Berns co-founded Simplify Asset Management, which markets publicly traded funds that protect portfolios from disasters such as stock market crashes and interest rate spikes.
While the 23-strong company is not yet in the black, Kim expects it to be soon. “ETFs are like a movie studio,” Kim told toptecheasy.com. “You’re looking for a blockbuster to fund the company.” He won’t admit to praying for a catastrophic bear market in stocks or bonds, one far worse than anything we’ve had, but such an event would likely deliver that blockbuster, he writes. toptecheasy.com senior associate William Baldwin. Read more about the company here.
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How Bill Gates-backed Republic Services turns garbage into a lot of money
Garbage was the ultimate commerce business until a young McKinsey consultant saw how Republic Services could transform itself into a profit machine by pricing all kinds of garbage at a high price. Now he is CEO of the better-performing junk giant, which achieved $11.3 billion in revenue in 2021 thanks to its 198 landfills and 71 recycling centers and collection routes in 41 states.
Key Quote: “Trash is worth so much more than we ever thought.” – Jon Vander Ark, CEO of Republic Services
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