It is easy to conclude that the main difference between non-profit and for-profit corporations is how the word 'profit' figures into their set goals and overall operation. The most common terms used to describe the difference between the two, however, have much to do with their reason for existence. The differentiating line between them tends to blur as each increasingly operates more like the other.

Many for-profit organizations are now including a social dimension into their operations. A lot of non-profit organizations, on the other hand, are starting to see the advantage of using more corporate methods of handling day-to-day operations. At first glance, the challenges that are inherent in running a non-profit organization may not be readily seen. The main challenge is staying true to the mission and vision, while ensuring that the organization remains 'profitable' enough to remain alive to accomplish its goals.

Africa has long been lagging behind other continents in terms of infrastructure development. For this very reason, a growing number of investors from around the world have been showing interest in the region. Given its present situation, Africa holds great potential for development in the energy, water, transport, and ICT sectors - if only the right resources, funding, and support groups are present. Individuals like Samuel Best-Koufie, Chairman of Global Merchant Capital Limited, are spending an immense amount ...

People often have preconceived ideas of what a leader looks like, how a leader acts and speaks, and everything else that comes with the package. Do leadership roles belong only to a select few, or are they up for grabs to anyone? Essentially, it is a combination of both. No one holds the monopoly of leadership, but it will usually fall on the hands of those who measure up.

So what will it take for one to become that influential leader at work that all else cannot help but follow?

One person who strongly believes that communication is a key factor to becoming an influential leader at work is Alan Paperny, who holds an impressive career in the legal world and has brought inspiration to many. Paperny is a Chief Legal Officer with nearly two decades of experience in leading a broad range of legal functions for organizations across a range of industries. According to Paperny and other experts, the following qualities are critical aspects of becoming a powerful and influential leader at your workplace.

When it comes to making it in today’s economy, the real estate industry is having to be just as innovative as any other. The people who own and manage real estate agencies are finding creative ways to tap into the full potential of their region and entice new home buyers.

The recent recession posed many challenges from which the nation is slowly bouncing back after several hard years. Home sales went through a dry spell for much of this period, trying to survive a slump that caused businesses to close up shop.

Recently, home sales have improved and and mortgage rates remain comfortably low. Real estate business managers are striking while this iron remains hot (or at least reasonably toasty) and keep the sales rolling in.

In the real estate market this year, it remains mostly a buyer's market. Although values have been picking up in the past year, many homes are still available at decent prices with mortgage rates also continuing to hang low.

All of this supports a strong market for people who buy and sell homes at a profit. It’s also a great opportunity for contractors to build some steady income working with such buyers.

What is flipping?

“Flipping” a home means a buyer purchases a residential structure with the intent to resell it at a profit after a short amount of time. The profit is often used to purchase other homes to be sold in the same manner.

In order for the buyer to sell the home at a decent markup, he or she must put more value into the home to justify it. This may involve remodeling and upgrading the structure not only to boost the curbside appeal but to raise the value for the next homeowner, who is more likely to settle on the property as a new home.

The real estate market in 2014 will offer multiple business opportunities for Realtors, commercial buyers, and investors. Investors may may have to accept the reality that the wonderful bargains that were available during the height of the recession are largely gone; but that doesn’t mean prices have returned to their 2007 peaks.

There are still good deals to be had for buyers who are patient and smart; they just may be harder to find. Real estate agents should cheer the news that depressed prices are no longer driving down their commissions; they can probably expect to close many more sales in 2014, if they play their cards right.

So far, however, commercial property sales continue lag behind residential deals, although there’s a possibility that might improve by the end of 2014.

How investors can adapt in the current environment

The back inventory of foreclosed homes has significantly decreased, which has caused home prices to rise in regions where they have been depressed for the past few years. Fewer distressed owners means fewer short sales, so investors have to work harder to spot houses that offer the potential for a big profit.

There will probably be fewer-fixer uppers on the market in 2014, but easier lending rules should still provide enough incentive for investors to compete for the ones that do show up on with a sales tag on them. Some areas across the country have been slower to recover than others, and that offers investors a chance to capitalize on lower prices, as long as they’re not tied to a specific state.

It seems like it's been forever that businesses - no matter what size - have been saying that times are hard. Money-saving measures are imperative. Unessential costs should be dropped. While things have been picking up a bit for some businesses, the fact is that a business owner always welcomes any money-saving measure. As a business owner, you might want to consider using a VPN service, as it does have money-saving benefits for your operations. Do you want to know just how you can take advantage of this service?

When you hear the word “business”, most likely, one of the things you immediately associate with it is money. This is a natural, almost instinctive, reaction. After all, business does promote money – it needs money for capital, it generates money for profit, and it also loses it. Money, therefore, is essential in every stage of a business’ life cycle. The bottom line is: you need money for business. Assuming that you are set in putting up your business, and that you already have a business plan ready to be executed, it is safe to say that you are confident enough in your capacity to shell out for the capital. You have probably signed a loan agreement with the bank already, or you have sleeping investments that you would like to instead use for the purpose of opening up your business. You may even have a rich relative who is interested in funding your dream business project, effectively becoming your investor as well. Regardless of where you get the money from to get your business running, what is more important is your ability to keep this money circulating enough to continue breathing life into your business.

Is oil on the way out? In terms of our global business infrastructure, the answer is emphatically: "No." In terms of the ecological reality of dwindling fossil fuel reserves, the answer is emphatically: "Yes." There's been a lot of lip-service paid to the concept of,"Making Your Business Energy Friendly." But realistically--and to most business people this may not sound realistic--we need to switch to hydrogen fuel or solar energy in the next 25 years or get ready to face a world that's not only dry of petrol for our vehicles, but also devoid of the key material used in making plastics. ...

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then is a video worth a million words? Pinterest and Instagram have been on the rise for some time as mediums to get your message across, and many business's have adopted those channels as line-items in their marketing campaigns. Video is an essential element of your marketing mix in 2014. There are a lot of reasons for that, but the main one is that competition for attention on the internet is increasingly fierce. If you can't get your message across to the extent that you've hooked a visitor within the first few ...