Great Work Life Get That Promotion, Earn More, Feel Fulfilled & Deepen Your Relationships Thu, 29 Jul 2021 12:04:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 6 Tips That Will Help You Get Hired Quickly Thu, 29 Jul 2021 11:43:00 +0000 Job hunting can be a challenging and emotionally draining process. You can end up knocking on hundreds of doors, attending dozens of interviews, and getting rejected at each turn. The following tips from professional human resource managers can accelerate your chances of getting hired.

1.    Network to create connections

Today, most job offers come from within prospects’ networks on social media or physical workshops. Experts say that your network is your net worth, so you shouldn’t wait until you are on a job hunt to create new connections. Build a personal brand on social media and let everyone in your network know what it is you do. Do not be afraid to display every small win on LinkedIn or Facebook; your next employer might be looking.

If you are jobless or seeking a change, always feel free to communicate to relevant connections on social media platforms such as LinkedIn. Thanks to the broad internet connection, you can secure remote or freelance job offers from overseas employers.

2.    Get relevant certifications

There are millions of people with a higher education degree, and you have to look for ways to stand out from the other applicants. Employers look for those with certifications in relevant soft skills such as basic computer programs, leadership, communications, and safety skills. Fortunately, there are hundreds of online courses that offer training on relevant soft skills.

For instance, a safety training certificate can increase your chances of being hired regardless of your sector or industry. Emergencies occur everywhere, and as much as employers are looking for candidates with relevant skills for the job, your ability to respond to emergencies can be an added advantage. Click here to see what safety training certificates could boost your CV and hiring opportunities.

3.    Up your interview game

Most candidates miss important job opportunities by turning up unprepared for job interviews. The rule of thumb is to turn up on time, have your resume on hand, and do prior research on your prospective employer. During the interview, be confident, honest, and sharp.

4.    Create a personal cover letter

A great cover letter can be the key to landing the job you want. Your cover letter should be unique to the prospective employer. Most candidates make the mistake of having a single cover letter for all job applications. Instead, try to personalize your resume to suit the job application at hand while focusing on their requirements.

5.    Communicate after the interview

Sending a thank-you note after the interview can leave a great impression on your potential employer, but post-interview communication doesn’t end there. It is wise to keep your communication channels open after the interview. This doesn’t mean that you should be asking for feedback every day, but rather, you should be ready to provide additional information promptly when requested.

6.    Keep applying

Keep your positions open when waiting to hear back from your previous interviewer. There is no harm in applying for other opportunities. Learn from your previous mistakes and correct them with each application.


You may get rejected many times before you secure a job, but that shouldn’t be a reflection of your capabilities or work ethos. HR professionals attest that the jobs sector is saturated with talent, and it might take more effort and time before you can get hired, but if you do it right, it might be sooner than you expect.

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32 Strategic Interview Questions To Ask Candidates (2021) Thu, 29 Jul 2021 02:53:57 +0000 I reached out to scholars, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and hiring managers to find out what are their favorite and most interesting questions they like to ask interviewees. Not only that, but they have also provided the reasoning and thought behind the questions.

Situational, behavioral, and even lines of disruptive questioning are all included. As this article contains a great depth of knowledge, please use the table of contents below to jump to a question that interests you. The downloadable pdf is here.

32 Strategic Interview Questions To Ask Candidates (2021)
32 Strategic Interview Questions To Ask Candidates (2021)

1. When is it okay to bend the rules?

For example, when I ask, “When is it okay to bend the rules?” The answer should be “never.” If someone says they would make an exception for a reason, I would go ahead and say to myself; this is probably not someone I should hire. If they say, “Only if the leader allows this,” that would be the only other reason I would consider that applicant. I like to ask situational questions pertaining to a person’s character because I don’t want people coming into the job thinking it is acceptable to bend the rules or be unethical. I want someone that is loyal and trustworthy to my company. This answer is very important because it can directly reveal if they will be honest.

2. What would you do in a difficult work situation?

For my second question, “What would you do in a difficult work situation?”; From the answer, I would expect to learn whether or not they will have patience, wisdom, and leadership skills in handling difficult questions. Some people answer nervously on the spot or might not be able to think of an answer, in which case, I can ask them to give me an example of where this might have happened, so they will be able to answer easier. I can then use that example as the substance for making my final decision. Character is so important.

A lot of people can be trained in certain positions at your workplace, so if their degree doesn’t necessarily match what you’re hiring for, that shouldn’t be as big of a deal, depending on how intricate the job is. When hiring, finding someone with good character is like finding gold. Of course, you obviously want to factor in intelligence, as well. However, everything else, as far as job training, usually can fall into place with someone with good character and moral standards.

3. You’re behind schedule, a client or employee needs your help, how do you respond?

Lastly, for my third question, “If you’re falling behind and client or employee needs you to help them with something, how would you respond?”; I would expect to learn how the potential new hire will handle working under pressure, but most importantly, their willingness to put others before themselves. I would hope for them to say they will help someone out no matter what kind of pressure they are under.

I would have to say that these are my three favorite questions to ask. Finding out certain characteristics of the potential new hire beforehand is not always something that is done. However, it’s probably one of the most determining factors for me because it gives me some foresight on what kind of worker they will be.

Aside from being the founder of the calendar productivity tool Calendar, John Rampton is an entrepreneur, investor, and startup enthusiast. 

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4. How would you deal with a difficult coworker?

Looking at the big picture, behavioral questions look for examples of things you’ve experienced in the past, while situational questions are seeking examples of how you would do something given a specific scenario.

How would you deal with a difficult coworker?  In this situational question, the interviewer is attempting to find out if you have the ability to diffuse and prevent potential drama among team members. A good answer would be – “I would refrain from engaging in harmful activities such as gossip and negativity and remain positive in all dealings with that individual. If the situation became difficult to manage personally, I would seek advice from my supervisor on what to do specifically.”

5. How do you influence others to work with you?

In this behavioral question, the hiring manager wants to know how collaborative you are and how you influence people to work with you to accomplish common goals. Give examples of what you’ve done and how you were able to get others to go along with your leadership. If you’ve never been a lead on a project, discuss specific team activities or examples from leaders you’ve followed that you would emulate given a chance to lead a team.

Tom McGee Tom McGee, GM/VP Sales & Marketing Division for executive search firm Lucas Group

Start an interview with open questions, then move to more specific questions.
Start an interview with open questions, then move to more specific questions.

6. Tell me about yourself?

As a former hiring manager at two different ‘Fortune’ ranked companies before entering academia and eventually becoming a tenured management professor, I regularly used open-ended questions of this sort at the beginning of an interview. And since there’s really no right answer, it’s generally a low-stress way to relax applicants and get them talking.

But while there may not be any right answers, there are definitely subjects that wise candidates would avoid during an initial interview. For example, if an applicant is recently divorced and is now the primary caregiver for an elderly parent with Alzheimer’s disease or has two pre-school toddlers at home, those would generally be topics to avoid during that first interview. So given that caveat, what is a potential employer really looking for? In a single phrase, hiring managers are searching for organizational fit.

As a general proposition, organizations seek people who can help them grow stronger. Thus, they want folks who will solve problems, not create them.

So as much as possible, I looked for applicants who discussed the relevant transferable skills and related work experience that they could bring to a particular job, a work team, and the overall organization. Further, answering while weaving in the notion of enjoying challenging work and the sense of accomplishment gained for a job well done also earned high marks during my evaluations.

But, on the other hand, I always expected the whole truth: folks who over-embellished important facts were routinely discovered down the line since my organizations (like most, these days) did thorough reference checks and background investigations!

Timothy G. Wiedman, D.B.A., PHR Emeritus Associate Prof. of Management & Human Resources (retired), Doane University

7. How would your previous employer rate you from 1-10?

Our favorite line of questioning is the following:

  1. Will your previous supervisor or boss provide you a reference?
  2. If yes, what would they say about you and your work performance?
  3. How would they rate you on a scale of 1-10?
  4. What, if anything, would they say you could have done to get to a _____ (next highest number)?

This line of questioning has several uses. One, can they even get a reference? If yes, great. If no, why? No usually indicates an issue and definitely something I want to know about before considering hiring someone. I don’t care how many HR policies are in place to prevent me from learning something of substance about this candidate; if they were a rock star, their previous supervisor would want me to know. Bosses like helping their former superstar employees succeed and do well, so there’s really no reason the answer to this question should ever be a no if the candidate is worthy of a second look.

Secondly, probing about what the supervisor would say about their work performance and how they might improve digs into the candidate’s emotional intelligence and ability to take another person’s perspective, which usually translates well on the job in any interpersonal situation. It also challenges them to consider their weaknesses in front of an interviewer whom they’ve typically been trained to only speak of their successes and accomplishments.

This is a tough spot but brings up the chance to learn about the candidate’s values, sense of humility, and how realistic or practical they might be.

It’s really one big question and can elicit a lot of information about their experience, their achievements, and about who and how they are as a person all at once.

Founder and CEO of The Hire Talent, Fletcher Wimbush, has interviewed over 8,000 applicants.

8. What kind of sound do you think describes you?

Our favorite personality question by far is, “what kind of sound do you think describes you?” The question immediately stumps most applicants at first, and it’s one where you can’t throw out a canned or rehearsed answer. It’s open-ended enough for applicants to show their personality (words can count as sounds too! One applicant just said “driven.”) but also a strange enough question where people really need to think about their answer.

9. Can you teach me something in 5 minutes?

A more technical interview question we ask is, “teach us something in 5 minutes”. It allows the applicant to demonstrate how quickly they can think on their feet while also giving us some insight into their knowledge base and what’s “at the forefront,” so to speak. We find it’s a much better gauge of professional and personal interest – lots of applicants have taught us some really cool things such as origami or a quick rundown of Gaussian distribution.

Michael Sheen, Hiring Manager: inteliKINECT 

10. What do you value in your work relationships?

No one comes into an interview saying they’re a terrible team player.  This question gets people thinking and talking. I’m looking to see what relationships they choose to talk about as well – managers, peers, clients, etc.  The answer draws out true insight into how they play well with others.

11. How would you explain your career to your parents?

There are two things I’m looking for in this answer:

  1. The ability to take something complex and make it simple.  This is a good measure of their ability to communicate clearly with others.
  2. An understanding of what they view as the core of their work and whether it aligns with the core of the role I’m recruiting for.

Lisa Barrow is the founder of Kada Recruiting, a digital and creative recruitment agency. Also former Director of Client Adoption at

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12. What is your ideal culture to work in?

I frequently ask interviewees what their ideal culture to work in is. What I expect to learn from this answer is to see if the potential employee would be an ideal fit within the company.

13. What would you change if you could go back?

I also like to ask candidates about a particular action they took in the past that they would change if they could go back. The reason I ask this question is that I am interested in finding out a person’s experiences. While a resume will often boast the candidate’s achievements, I prefer to discover the potential employee’s grit in overcoming diversity and challenges.

Steven Azizi Business Owner – Miracle Mile Law Group 

14. What isn’t on your resumé?

What isn’t on your resumé that is important for me to know?

My favorite question for interviewees: What isn’t on your resumé that you feel is important for me to know?

The goal here is to find any synergies that might be overlooked if a candidate has tailored their resumé to the position. For a smaller company, this can be incredibly helpful because you might need generalists to help the company grow at first. I asked this during our most recent round of hiring, and it provided extraordinarily helpful information on two occasions.

One candidate pointed out that they had a passion for video editing and had been practicing on their own for the past several months. While this wasn’t directly related to the position, the management team had recently expressed interest in expanding our video marketing capabilities, and that skill could be very valuable to the team. Another candidate prefaced their response with “I know this is going to sound cliché, but…” and described that they were a hard worker. They were right – it did sound cliché at first, but after considering the tone of our interview up to that point (and the fact that they were the only candidate that made that claim), it left a lasting positive impression.

Tony Mastri – Hiring Manager, MARION GroupTwitter

15. What is the worst conflict you’ve managed?

What’s the worst conflict you’ve managed between two subordinates or work colleagues? How did you resolve it?

A great candidate will actively work to manage through conflict on their teams. If they’re able to find a way to mitigate negative feelings or behaviors, they do, and if they can’t, they assist team members in coping to the best of their ability. The right candidate isn’t afraid to enlist the help of their boss in monitoring and improving team dynamics and can provide thoughtful input to help resolve the situation.

Dealing With Conflict Questions Help You Understand A Candidates Charachter
Dealing With Conflict Questions Help You Understand A Candidates Character: kabaldesch0 / Pixabay

16. How you run meetings?

How you run meetings? Has it changed in recent years?

A great candidate will have a basket of tools and tricks that they have developed over time to help accomplish the work at hand. No one tool is right for every purpose or need, so the candidate should show that they are open to experiment over time and seek to learn from others what works best to achieve desired outcomes.

Marc Cenedella, CEO at Ladders, a leading job search site. 

17. Why did you leave your last job?

One question I’ve really enjoyed asking over the years is less skills/experience-focused and more critical thinking related.

One mean question I liked asking was, “Why did you leave your last position?”. I like to ask that as the last question. Then I ask if they can provide me a list of references.

What I expect to learn is whether they were truthful with their original answers. Usually, I can tell this just by reading facial signals and body language.

A lot of people have a tough time being truthful about how they left their last job. Personally, whether they were fired or quit isn’t that important; what is important is that they are truthful while applying with me.

If they lied about how they left their last job, it would usually be detectable when you ask for references. If the applicant happens to lie and also has a good poker face, the truth usually comes out when references are provided late or incomplete, which would indicate an attempt to hide something.

Rudeth Shaughnessy, Retired HR Professional & Volunteer Director at Copy My Resume

18. What are you passionate about?

My favorite interview question to ask a candidate is, Other than your family, what are you passionate about? Whether it’s their Sunday night bowling league or their son’s Boy Scout group, they need to be passionate about something. If the candidate is not passionate about anything, he/she will not be passionate about working for my company.

Gene Caballero Co-Founder – YourGreenPal.comTwitter

19. What was the color of the receptionist’s shirt?

As simple as this question may seem, over 60% of candidates fail this question. The main aim of the question is to test a candidate’s attention to detail. In the nervousness leading to an interview, candidates tend to be surprisingly oblivious to their surroundings.

As any Candidate selected by my firm would very likely handle delicate engineering apparatuses, it is pertinent that they are able to pay attention to minute details.

20. Describe how to make a paper plane with just words?

Though not technically a question, this instruction reveals how well a
candidate can describe just about anything to either a fellow professional or a layman. This is a skill that also comes in handy for sales executives and installers of our products.

When answering this question, a candidate must display the ability to explain complex procedures using simple sentences.

Joe Flanagan is the Lead Project Engineer and hiring manager at Tacuna Systems.

21. If you could write your own job description, what would it say?

After six years of recruiting, I’ve realized that the best interview questions are not the initial question posed but the follow-up questions after you receive an initial response from the interviewee. Why, you may ask? The follow-up questions allow me to peel the layers back and see the person’s true colors. This is where you’re able to genuinely identify the interviewee’s skill alignment and culture alignment.

One of my favorite questions is, “If you could write your own job description, what would it

As the interviewee responds, I make sure to follow up and ask:

  • Why does that matter to you?
  • Tell me more about your interest in contributing to those functions?
  • What makes you feel confident that you would be an asset in the way you just outlined your ideal job?

I have found that these questions get the interviewee out of ‘interview mode’ and lend them to honestly reflect on their skills and desires. It is important to consider what their responses mean about them as an individual: work ethic, core motivating factors, where they get their satisfaction, natural leadership tendencies, and many more hard skills and soft skills.

Ashley Irvin is the Growth Talent Manager of Remedy Review 

22. Tell me about a time you failed to reach your goal?

I like to ask questions that uncover people with high potential, which is very important for our line of work.

What this question does is show whether the candidate is working from a victim mentality (which most people tend to do) or whether they will do whatever needs to be done to keep going, even when things seem incredibly challenging.

Some examples of poor answers:

  • It wasn’t my fault
  • I had to quit because family/life/job got in the way.
  • I couldn’t do it because of XYZ…

All of these answers to me say that given enough obstacles, the person will quit before even attempting to find a new path.

Good answers are:

  • Although I hit the wall, I still kept trying to find a solution.
  • Everyone told me it couldn’t be done, but I kept on going.
  • I don’t give up easily, and I am certain I will find a solution one day.

What I’m really looking for when I ask this question is to see if the person is visibly uncomfortable, but they never resort to blaming other elements for the failure. This is a great indicator of high potential. These individuals also frequently never admit defeat but rather see the ‘failure’ as a temporary obstacle that will be resolved at some point in the future.

23. When did you make a bad decision?

Tell me about the time when you had to make an independent decision, which ended up being the wrong one getting you in hot water with the boss?

This question tells me a lot about the candidate’s ego and whether they take responsibility for their actions or if they become really defensive.

Poor answers to this question include vague situations like: 

Oh yes, I made independent decisions all the time, and some were right, some were wrong, but I can’t remember exact details right this moment > Candidate has clearly never made any independent decisions. 

I made a decision to start working with a new client, but I made a mistake and didn’t sign the Terms and Conditions before accepting the work, which caused a lot of problems. I had a stern talk down from the manager, and since then, I insist that I am made aware of when I’m doing something wrong – because I don’t know it otherwise > This particular answer simply shifts the blame onto someone else rather than taking responsibility for own actions.

Good answers: 

I once had to take over the department while my manager was dealing with a personal issue. I was dealing with a lot of responsibility and made a huge accounting mistake. I realized the mistake and owned up to it. When the boss returned, I accepted the harsh criticism because it was my mistake after all. But since then, I’ve made sure to triple-check everything to ensure the mistake never happens again.

The boss wanted me to create a brand new website for the company. While I was working on it, I decided to get a new web hosting service, but I didn’t communicate this to the rest of the IT department to create a backup of the old site just in case. This resulted in the old website being taken offline, so we were left without a web presence for a whole month. I got a lot of criticism and blame for this, but it was my responsibility to inform everyone which I didn’t do. Since then, I implemented a workflow software into the company that avoids these sort of mistakes happening even when people are not around to have a chat –
they get a notification about the task, and everyone is aware of what’s happening. >Both of these answers speak to the person’s lack of ego and willingness to admit their mistake and implement changes to prevent issues from happening in the future.

Deeyana Angelo, Managing Director of Blahtech and Market Stalkers

24. A disruptive line of questioning

  • How much is eight times nine?
  • Can you write cursive?
  • How long can you go without checking your cell phone?
  • Name a state you have never visited?
  • Name three cities located in that state?

As a behavioral and marketing psychologist, my approach is totally different from the ‘same old – same old ones from HR. Plus, many hiring managers have never been formally trained to interview qualified applicants.

Do the above questions and tasks appear easy? They aren’t. Try them yourself. Ask a coworker, one of your best employees, your spouse, even a neighbor, etc., to imagine they are a job applicant for any position of their choice. Administer the questions above to see how well they fare. The results may surprise you.

Would you hire a person who checks their cell phone every 12 minutes? Not me!

Give the applicant a pen and pad with the following directions, “Using a
minimum of five sentences. Yes, you may use more than five. Why do you want
this job?”

I want to see how the applicant organizes his/her thoughts, uses grammar and punctuation, etc., as he/she is going to be communicating with clients/customers.

Dr. Elliott B. Jaffa 

25. What are you working on to improve yourself?

Outside of work, what’s a new skill or habit you’re currently working on to improve yourself?

In my experience, people who are self-motivated, proactive, and productive are always doing things to improve their lives. Go-getters are not stagnant and satisfied with the status quo – they are active and enjoy challenging themselves to learn new things, develop beneficial habits, and achieve goals.

Robin Salter, Owner of two businesses, seasoned freelance writer, and CMO of a tech startup called KWIPPED

26. What cause are you passionate about?

What cause are you passionate about, and how do you take action on it?

We want to understand if the candidate is not only a role fit but if they’re a culture fit. As a social enterprise, we’re not for profit, but for a purpose; therefore, if they aren’t actively passionate about a specific cause, then they will lack the motivation of our bottom line. You can have the strongest salesperson or the most detail-orientated operations manager, but if you don’t find the right culture fit, then we know that they won’t be interested in going the extra mile.

Lauren Ott, Chief Kits Officer: Kits for a Cause

27. What is your dream job?

I personally find that this question has the ability to show what their goals are and what is important to them. Asking this question also has the ability to see if their passions align with the company and the company’s future goals.

28. If you had a million dollars?

If you were given a million dollars to start up a company, what would you do, who would you hire, and how would you make your company different from the competition?

This question allows the interviewee to showcase their abilities for strategic thinking and pushes the interviewee to think on their toes.

Gina Curtis, SHRM-CP, aPHR, Executive Recruiting Manager, JMJ Phillip Group 

29. What fictional character are you, and why?

What fictional character do you feel best represents you, and why?

When new hires answer this question, they are demonstrating quick and analytical thinking, creativity, and the ability to have a little fun. Their answer also provides insight into how they see themselves and their personality.

Claire Shaner manages the HR Software Blog at

30. Tell me about growing up. What was family life like?

I like to ask the candidate a few questions that they likely haven’t prepared for; it helps me see how well they can think on their feet.

For the question “Tell me about growing up, what was family life like?” I’m looking to see how well they tell a story.

31. Everyone has a vision. What’s yours?

This helps me determine how they see themselves: Do they have goals? What passions will they pursue?

32. How do you read me?

In our business, we need to be perceptive and read people, usually over the phone. How do you read me?

This question helps me understand how well they deal with being ‘put on the spot’ and how perceptive they are. Do they take risks with their answer, “you look like you could be demanding and impatient, etc.,” or are they obsequious “you’re really successful and smart”?

Martyn Basset, CEO, and Founder of Martyn Bassett Associates, a Recruitment Firm

33. How did you spend your time during the lockdown?

This is a great topical question to ask because it will tell you a lot about a person and what they do with their spare time.

The lockdowns most of us have endured gave many people a lot more spare time than they have previously had.  How this time is spent will give you huge insights as to the type of person they are.

If the candidate spent the time doing volunteering work or helping neighbors and family, this is an admirable answer.

If the interviewee’s time was spent learning new skills, this is a great sign. Ask what skills and where did they acquire the new skills? Udemy, Skillshare, books, or something else.

If the candidate says watching Netflix and Youtube or gaming, that also tells you something.

Barry Moore: Founder –

Summary: 32 Strategic Interview Questions To Ask Candidates

Well, I hope that was useful; if you liked this article or if you have any great questions of your own you would like to share, please leave a comment below.

Lastly, a huge thank you to all of the esteemed contributors to this article.

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10 Great Examples of Ethical Decision Making In Business Thu, 15 Jul 2021 05:18:32 +0000 Contrary to popular belief, ethical decision-making often leads to wealth and success in business.

Two of the world’s three richest men, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Berkshire Hathaway  CEO Warren Buffett, are famous for their integrity. Notably, Buffett is donating most of his $88.8 billion fortune to charity.

Specifically, in June 2019, Buffett announced plans to donate $3.6 billion worth of Berkshire Hathaway stock to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and three other charities. In fact, Bloomberg estimates Buffett has donated $34 billion since pledging to give all of his money away in 2006.

Meanwhile, Bill Gates is totally committed to giving away nearly all of his $103.7 billion fortune, Vox reports. Furthermore, Gates and his wife Melinda have already given away $45 billion.

Thus, Gates could be the world’s richest man if he was not committed to charity. Instead, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest man because of Gates’ ethics.

Fortunately, there are many examples of how ethical decision-making can help a business make money.

Examples of Ethical Decision Making In Business
Examples of Ethical Decision Making In Business

10 Great Examples of Ethical Decision Making In Business

1. Costco’s Decision To Pay Fair Wages

 Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ: COST) is one of the biggest successes in American retail. Impressively, reported $34.74 billion in quarterly revenues that grew at a rate of 7.35% on 12 May 2019. Moreover, Costco’s stock was trading at an impressive $269.14 a share on 3 July 2019.

Much of Costco’s success comes from the high level of customer service offered by satisfied employees. One reason why Costco can attract high-quality employees is its willingness to pay higher than average wages.

For example, Costco raised its base wage from $13 an hour to $14 an hour in 2018 to $15 per hour in 2019, Fortune reports. In contrast, the average retail worker in America makes between $7.25 and $9 an hour, reports. Meanwhile, the average US retail department manager makes $11 to $12 an hour.

Costco succeeds because it can attract the best workers. Additionally, Costco avoids labor trouble, high turnover, and conflict because its employees are happier.

2. Volkswagen’s Strategy to Reduce its Workforce Without Layoffs

Volkswagen AG (GR: VOW) follows a historic German policy of reducing its workforce without layoffs.

To explain, Volkswagen cuts the workforce by not filling empty jobs. For instance, Volkswagen does not hire replacements for retiring workers. Consequently, Volkswagen can eliminate up to 7,000 positions and save €5.9 billion ($6.7 billion), Reuters reports.

However, existing workers in Volkswagen’s German operations will not face layoffs for ten years, The Associated Press claims. No layoffs are a smart policy because it increases worker morale.

In fact, workers remaining after a layoff experienced a 20% decline in job performance, a review of 20 companies indicates, The Harvard Business Review reports. Moreover, the same study by the University of Texas’s Deepak Datta shows layoffs had a negative impact on stock performance.

Additionally, profitability declined after layoffs at most companies, Datta reports. Finally, researchers from three universities found companies that layoff workers are twice as likely to file for bankruptcy. The research comes from the University of Tennessee, Baylor University, and Auburn University.

Layoffs are Bad for Business

One reason why profitability declines after layoffs could be worker morale.

After layoffs, remaining working suffered a 41% decline in job satisfaction, a 36% decline in company loyalty, and a 20% decline in job performance. This research comes from Magnus Sverke and Johnny Hellgren of Stockholm University and Katharina Näswall of the University of Canterbury.

Layoffs also discourage productivity and creativity, a study by Teresa Amabile of Harvard Business School indicates. When a Fortune 500 tech firm cut its staff by 15%, the number of new inventions it patented fell by 24%.

Finally, workers are more likely to quit after seeing colleagues laid off. Downsizing a workforce by 1% leads to a 31% increase in voluntary turnover in the next year, Charlie Trevor of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Anthony Nyberg of the University of South Carolina found.

Thus, Volkswagen is smart not to layoff workers. However, history indicates the company could still suffer serious losses from a smaller workforce. Consequently, layoffs are both unethical and very bad for business.

3. Best Buy’s Commitment to Sustainability

Barron’s named electronics retailer Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) “America’s most sustainable company” in February 2019. Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly is committed to reducing his company’s environmental impact by reducing waste.

For instance, Best Buy’s Geek Squad customer service team members drive Toyota Prius hybrid cars, Retail Dive reports. Consequently, Best Buy claims to have “saved 140,000 gallons of gas, the carbon equivalent of taking 263 cars off of the road for a year.”

Moreover, Best Buy encourages customers not to throw electronics away by having the Geek Squad service products. Furthermore, Best Buy claims to have collected two billion pounds of unwanted electronics and appliances for recycling.

Also, Best Buy operates Teen Tech Centers that teach disadvantaged young Americans basic technology skills. Teen Tech Centers help Best Buy grow its labor force by creating trained employees, Retail Dive reports.  Also, Teen Tech Centers help reduce unemployment in America, which has a serious vocational education shortage.

Ethics are paying off at Best Buy in the form of survival. Notably, Best Buy is the only national electronics chain left in the United States. Its most famous competitor Radio Shack went out of business in 2017. Other competitors like Circuit City are also long gone.

Other US brick and mortar electronics retailers could not compete with Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and discounters like Walmart. However, Best Buy recorded annual revenues of $42.879 billion and a gross profit of $9.961 billion in February 2019. Moreover, Best Buy’s stock was trading at $71.97 a share on 3 July 2019.

Best Buy shows ethical decision-making is vital for a company’s survival. This company’s commitment to ethics and customer services is helping it survive America’s retail apocalypse.

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4. Woolworths gets out of liquor and gambling.

 Australia’s largest grocer Woolworths Group Limited (OTCMKTS: WOLWF), plans to stop selling liquor and sell its gambling operations.

Specifically, Woolworths will sell its liquor stores, pubs, and hotel division, which operates poker machines, The Conversation reports. To clarify, poker machines are what Americans call slot machines and British label fruit machines.

Woolworths will lose revenues by making its gambling, pub, liquor, and hotel operations into a separate company. However, the company’s reputation could benefit. Australian mothers have criticized Woolworths for its investments outside groceries.

The sale is part of Woolworths’ commitment to family-friendly values. Those values go beyond opposition to drinking and gambling. Woolworths no longer gives out plastic bags and gives free fruit to kids to encourage healthy eating.

Australia’s Woolworths Group has no connections with the legendary British and American discount store operator Woolworths. Britain’s Woolworth Group and America’s F.W. Woolworth Company have been defunct for decades.

5. CVS Health Stops selling tobacco

The American drug store and health insurance giant CVS Health (NYE: CVS) stopped selling tobacco products in 2014.

CVS stopped selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in September 2014. Interestingly, American cigarette sales fell by 1% in states where CVS had a 15% or greater share of the pharmacy market, a press release claims.

Importantly, CVS bases the press release on a 2016 peer-reviewed scientific paper in The American Journal of Public Health. CVS Health estimates 95 million packs of cigarettes were sold as a result of its decision. However, CVS made some money because nicotine patch sales grew by 4% at its stores.

Interestingly, CVS has been doing well since it quit selling tobacco. In fact, CVS is now one of America’s largest grocers with a 3.9% share of the US grocery market, Market Mad House estimates. Consequently, CVS is America’s fourth-largest grocer without tobacco.

Additionally, CVS Health had enough money to buy the giant American health insurance company Aetna for $69 billion in October 2018, The New York Times reports. Plus, CVS recorded revenues of $194.579 billion and a gross profit of $31.538 billion for 2018. In contrast, CVS reported a gross profit of $23.367 billion and revenues of $139.367 billion for 2014.

Therefore, CVS Health is bigger and more profitable than ever without tobacco. CVS Health demonstrates ethical decision-making, and risk-taking can pay off.

6. Chick-fil-A Pays for Employee Education

 The American fast-food chain will pay up to $25,000 in tuition assistance to employees. Moreover, Chick-fil-A claims to have paid $75 million in tuition to 53,000 employees, Restaurant Business estimates.

Interestingly, 90% of employees who receive the tuition claim they will keep working for the company, Chick-fil-A claims. Moreover, 60% of the tuition recipients claim they could not have attended college without company help. Plus, 20% of Chick-fil-A scholarship recipients say they are the first in their families to attend college.

Treating employees well is paying off for Chick-fil-A; the chicken sandwich emporium is now America’s third-largest fast-food brand. For instance, Chick-fil-A’s sales grew by $1.1 billion in 2017, twice the growth rate of Wendy’s and Burger King combined.

Consequently, Restaurant Business labels Chick-fil-A as McDonald’s biggest American competitor with over 2,200 locations. Interestingly, the average Chick-fil-A store generates $4 million a year, Restaurant Business estimates.

7. McDonald’s Invests in Employee Skills and Animal Rights

Taking an interest in employee well-being could end a labor shortage at McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD). When faced with a labor shortage in the United States recently, the fast-food giant surveyed 6,500 workers to see what was wrong, QSR Magazine reports.

When the survey found younger workers lack basic worker attributes, including teamwork, customer service, and responsibility, McDonald’s decided to help them. The company launched an Archways to Opportunity education and career advice program.

For instance, McDonald’s now offers free career and academic advising services for all employees. In the program, an adviser with a master’s level degree will offer career counseling to employees.

Additionally, McDonald’s more than tripled its employee tuition assistance from $700 a year to $2,500 a year in March 2018. Also, managers can now receive up to $3,000 a year in tuition assistance, a press release indicates.

Plus, the company now offers tuition assistance to employees after just 90 days of work. Additionally, McDonald’s employees who work as little as 15 hours a week can receive tuition assistance. Finally, McDonald’s plans to spend $150 million on employee education assistance over the next five years.

Nor is it just employees, McDonald’s treats well. McDonald’s USA plans to use 100% cage-free eggs in its Egg McMuffins by 2025. A press release claims the company is trying to source two billion cage-free eggs a year. Thus, McDonald’s is committed to animal rights and employees.

Ethics pay at McDonald’s; the fast giant reports a gross profit of $10.786 billion on revenues of $21.0252 billion for 2018. However, ethics are not fueling revenue growth. Revenue growth at McDonald’s shrank by 7.87% in 2018, Stockrow estimates. Only time will tell if ethical behavior can help McDonald’s survive in a difficult fast-food market.

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8. Chipotle Mexican Grill commits to animal welfare

McDonald’s interest in animal welfare is driven by evolving practices at a successful competitor. In particular, Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) wins awards for its efforts to buy ethically-raised meat.

For example, Chipotle won the Good Sow Commendation in Pig Welfare from Compassion in World Farming. Chipotle is the only American company to win a Compassion in World Farming award in 2019, a press release states.

Specifically, Chipotle refuses to buy pork from farmers that confine pregnant and growing pigs in small crates. In addition, Chipotle works with animal welfare organizations to improve the treatment of livestock. For instance, the Human Society of the United States helped Chipotle draw up animal welfare practices to improve chicken living conditions.

Chipotle is one of the biggest success stories in American fast food. In fact, Chipotle Mexican Grill reports an 8.68% revenue growth rate for 2018.

However, Chipotle demonstrates how ethical commitments can create controversy. In 2018, a former Chipotle restaurant manager posted allegations the company buys eggs from inhumane factory farms online.

Consequently, animal rights activists are accusing Chipotle of false advertising. Chipotle shows how ethical commitments create risks for companies. Chipotle learned when you adopt higher standards; customers will judge you by those standards.

9. Musk Dumps Trump

One entrepreneur who discovered the cost of ethical commitments the hard way is Elon Musk. Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) and SpaceX CEO had to choose between ethics and a potentially valuable political relationship.

In 2017, Musk found himself caught between his ethical opposition to global warming and a growing friendship with new US President Donald J. Trump (R-New York). The Trump relationship could have been invaluable to Musk; because the US government is one of the biggest customers for his SpaceX rockets. In addition, SpaceX uses NASA and US Air Force facilities to launch its rockets.

However, Musk was caught in a difficult position when Trump decided to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change on 1 June 2017. Musk, a firm believer in Climate Change, decided to leave two White House advisory councils, Business Insider reports. Leaving Trump’s White House made sense for Trump because it ended Trump’s opponents’ well-publicized campaign to boycott Tesla.

Since then, Musk has faced an investigation and contempt of court charges from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over his Twitter use, The Verge reports. Moreover, Trump’s tariffs on Chinese electronics could threaten Tesla’s driving car-program, TechCrunch reports.

There is no evidence Trump is behind the tariffs or the SEC action. Yet, cynics will wonder if the famously vindictive Trump is punishing Musk for leaving; and interviews about how Trump screwed him.

However, Musk’s ethical commitment to electric vehicles is proving costly. Tesla Motors reported a -$976 million annual loss for 2018.

10. Nike stands by Colin Kaepernick

Another example of the controversy ethical stands can generate is the athletic shoe manufacturer Nike’s decision to stand by controversial American football player Colin Kaepernick.

Nike is paying Kaepernick millions to participate in its latest “Just Do it Campaign.” The company even plans to give Kaepernick his own branded line of shoes, Bleacher Report claims.

However, Kaepernick has not played in America’s National Football League (NFL) since 2016. Kaepernick claims NFL owners blacklisted him for protesting during the national anthem in 2016. To clarify, Kaepernick, who is black, was protesting police killings of African-American men.

Kaepernick claims NFL owners refuse to hire him for political reasons. Notably, quarterback Kaepernick took the San Francisco Giants to the 2013 Super Bow or NFL championship. However, since 2016 Kaepernick has been a regular target of nasty tweets from President Trump.

Sticking with Kaepernick is ethical for Nike because it demonstrates the company’s commitment to free speech, diversity, human rights, and the US Constitution. However, the controversy could enhance Kaepernick’s star power and generate tens of millions of dollars worth of free publicity for Nike. For instance, hundreds of media outlets will publish, broadcast, and post pictures of Nike’s Kaepernick merchandise for free.

Statista estimates Nike’s brand value grew from $28.03 billion in 2018 to $32.421 billion in 2019. Notably, Kaepernick became an official Nike brand ambassador in Fall 2018. Thus, Kaepernick could have added $4.391 billion in value to the Nike brand.

In the meantime, Nike is making money. Nike made a gross profit of $15.956 billion on revenues of $36.397 billion in 2018. Moreover, Nike’s revenues grew at a rate of 5.96% in 2018.

Only time will tell if Nike can make money with Kaepernick; however, the player continues to generate controversy. For instance, he asked Nike to stop marketing sneakers with an American Revolutionary War flag on them.

Kaepernick is protesting to highlight ongoing and current racial inequality and the oppression of Black people in America.

The Cost of Ethics

The potential risks and benefits from taking an ethical stand can be high for companies. Ethical stands with political and philosophical implications can have a high cost, as the Musk and Kaepernick examples show.

However, companies like Costco, Chipotle, and CVS demonstrate that ethics can pay off in business.

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4 Effective Tips for Realtors Intending to Buy a Real Estate Franchise Wed, 26 May 2021 12:08:57 +0000 The real estate sector is the most fluctuating one that can hit bottom and then be full of opportunities unexpectedly. So it’s only wise to have a stable list of references and solid business plans that help your realtor business no matter how low the prices drop. If you don’t have a solid plan for creating a real estate business or high-end technology to support its operations in the toughest times, a real estate franchise is an ideal option. 

Even if you start your own company, a real estate franchise experience can be the best thing to progress it after the contract ends or you sell it profitably. Moreover, there is a chance for enhanced revenue and definite business references and customers with a franchise that a new brokerage will take years to build. Here are tips to help you get an understanding of what’s required in buying a real estate franchise to run it effectively in the future:

Research in Detail

Not all real estate companies function in the same manner that would suit your interests and style. With a franchise, you can’t really have your unique way around its working and need to follow the program closely. Moreover, you need to know things like how much the franchising company will be involved and how much they can help. Choose your favorite and the most profitable real estate franchises by doing an online search and then break down all their features that attract you, compare, and choose the one that suits you the best. 

Know the Industry Standards

Perhaps before taking any steps into electing the best franchise for your real estate interests, make sure to know the ongoing trends are in the market. Research the type of business that is flourishing and learn the latest trends and approaches to attract consumers to pursue with a realtor company. These can be the addition of the newest technology, marketing tools, employment of business equipment, etc. For this task, you can invest a few months into gathering trends and news into the real estate field of your interests, which will help you become an expert in identifying the best opportunities in the industry. 

Identify the Required Costs

The most important thing when looking for promising real estate franchises is getting the right costs and prices for buying in your budget. First, know that buying franchises can be really expensive, and you should have a large amount ready to get the already established and invested in services from them. There can be several types of fees and costs including, start, renewal, and equipment costs, royalty fees, and a lot more. It’s advised that you thoroughly ask your prospect franchiser about all costs involved in buying the franchise and doing business, whether current or future, and always have some working capital in the bank after paying for expenses. 

Choose the best Model for Franchisees in Mind

Several real estate franchises will provide you with set business models. These structures have every instruction that should be followed from running the business, as well as the exact path to take for years to come displayed in the contract. However, if you’re an adventure seeker and like to stay flexible, following strictly these guidelines in the model can be hard for you, especially if they aren’t to your interests and business style. 

For this reason, find a model that allows some level of flexibility and a franchisee that is more concerned with the franchisee’s business to take height rather than their own income with different fees. Don’t sign up for franchises that seem sketchy by reading their terms in a contract and contact previous franchisees of the real estate business before you sign up yourself. 

Skillshare Review 2021: Skillshare Teacher Reveals All Fri, 07 May 2021 10:55:30 +0000 As a premium subscriber and a teacher on Skillshare, I believe I can give you a detailed insight into Skillshare, how it works and if it is right for you.

Skillshare is an online education platform that emphasizes skills rather than formal education. Each Skillshare course is a series of video lessons that teaches a particular skill. Some of the skills are job-related, and many of the skills are artistic or lifestyle-related activities. There are many visual arts, writing, and design courses on Skillshare.

Skillshare emphasizes artistic, creative, business, IT technical skills, and productivity courses. There is no accreditation, college partnerships, and few recognized certificates of achievement. That means few Skillshare courses will look good on your resume.

People who do not need accredited courses or degrees will benefit from Skillshare. Those who need academic accreditation will be better served by “Massive Open Online Courses” (MOOCs) offered by Udacity and Coursera who offer a better formal education than Skillshare.

Skillshare Review & Test
Skillshare Review & Test

Skillshare Pros

  • Netflix for Learning, one flat rate for all courses
  • Skillshare is cheaper than competitors
  • A first-time member discount of 40% is available
  • 2,145 free classes available
  • A 50% student discount is available
  • Enormous library of 30,000+ courses
  • Over 8,000 teachers
  • Newer courses are very high-quality
  • Many artistic subjects such as Drawing, Illustration, Animation, Photo & Film, and Design

Skillshare Cons

  • Most Skillshare Courses are Unaccredited
  • No College Degree Programs Available
  • Few Academic Subjects Available
  • You can learn some of the skills from YouTube.
  • Employers do not recognize Skillshare certificates.
  • You can find free equivalent courses on other platforms such as Coursera
  • Some courses are low-quality

What is Skillshare?

Skillshare is a digital platform offering over 30,000 video courses. Each course offers a skill that people can use in real life. Skillshare focuses on courses in the visual arts such as video game design, writing, and lifestyle-related courses. Skillshare also offers many courses targeted at artists, developers, designers, and other creators, including writing.

Many courses show artists how to monetize their art. Examples of these courses include; The Staples of Branding: From Purpose to Product and Social Media Storytelling.

Thus the best way to think of Skillshare is as an educational platform for artists and creative people. To that end, Skillshare offers tech and web design courses that help writers or artists market their creations.

Skillshare also offers introductions to many tech-related areas of art, such as video game design and video production.  Unreal Engine 4: Intro to Game Design, for instance.

Skillshare also offers many lifestyle-based courses that teach people hobbies and art skills to improve their lives.

The diverse range of Skillshare courses includes:

How does Skillshare Work?

Skillshare is a platform that offers members access to thousands of problem-based video courses. Individuals take courses through the Skillshare website and the Skillshare app.

Each course is broken down into lessons. The average class duration is one to two hours. Skillshare membership free, but to access all the premium courses, you need a subscription. Skillshare’s app will allow you to learn offline. Skillshare members receive unlimited access to every class and access to an online community.

Instead of charging for individual classes as Udacity or Udemy does. Skillshare charges users a monthly membership that gives them access to the entire library of courses.

SkillShare: Learn Skills Online
SkillShare: Learn Skills Online

How Does Skillshare Make Money?

The Skillshare business model is similar to Netflix’s. Skillshare has no adverts and is fully funded by its members. Part of the membership fee is used to pay the instructors. The instructors are paid for every minute of video watched by a premium member. This is why some people call Skillshare Netflix for Learning.

Who is Skillshare Best For?

Skillshare is best for people who want to learn skills. Skillshare is a great resource for people seeking hobbies and lifestyle-based skills such as photography and cooking.

Skillshare is also a great resource for artists and people interested in the visual arts. Examples of the art courses include Watercolor Painting Techniques (For Beginners and Pros) and Full Tutorial – Mixing colors for watercolor painting.

One group that could benefit from Skillshare is artists who want to explore new areas of art or techniques. A sketch artist who wants to learn painting, for example. Or a painter who wants to experiment with animation.

Others who could benefit from Skillshare are hobbyists who want to get serious about their art. People seeking a new hobby could find it on Skillshare. Do-it-yourselfers could benefit from many of the crafts courses.

There are some job-related skills such as Interior Design, video game design, Business Analysis, and web development available on Skillshare. Thus, people who need job skills, such as small business owners or freelancers, could benefit from Skillshare.

The Quality of Skillshare Courses

Skillshare has improved its quality guidelines and forbids any advertising or branding in the video’s main content. This has helped push the quality of courses higher.  Some of the older courses are quite poor, but instructors are learning that great sound and video quality, plus killer content are the recipes for success on Skillshare.

Skillshare also promotes Skillshare Original Classes and Staff Picks which are produced and chosen for their exceptionally high quality.

How Many Courses Does Skillshare Have?

Skillshare claims to offer over 30,000 video-based classes in press releases. However, Skillshare does not offer an official count of the number of courses it offers on its website.

How Many Students Does Skillshare Have?

Skillshare claims its online learning community has over 12 million “registered members” in a press release. Skillshare does not say how many of the registered members are active students. Therefore, Skillshare does not review how many students its courses have.

What Can You Learn on Skillshare?

Skillshare has many practical, creative subjects you can learn, including:

Skillshare also has many practical business-related courses that can boost your skills in the workplace, including:

Is Skillshare Free?

Yes, Skillshare offers 2,145 free classes for those who register for a free membership. To access the full library of over 30,000 classes, you will have to pay a monthly or annual membership fee. This is fair as the teachers should also get paid for their effort. All membership levels are free from adverts, and the teachers are paid between 5c and 10c for every minute of watch time.

How much does Skillshare cost?

Skillshare is free to join. However, you will need to buy a Premium membership to take the majority of Skillshare courses. A Skillshare Premium Membership costs $9 per month for a monthly membership or $168 for an annual membership.

Skillshare offers many discounts for businesses and others. They claim there are special rates for team memberships. However, you will have to contact Skillshare and ask for those prices.

How much is Skillshare Premium?

Skillshare Premium Memberships cost $32 per month if you pay monthly. However, a Skillshare Premium Membership will cost $168 or $13.99 a month if you pay annually. You can try Skillshare Premium free for seven days with a trial membership.

How To Get A Big Skillshare Discount

Skillshare does offer large discounts for first-time members. New members can get a 40% discount on a Skillshare Premium Yearly Subscription, reducing your cost from $168 to $100.

Does Skillshare have a student discount?

Yes, but they call it a “Skillshare Student Scholarship.” The Student Scholarship is actually a 50% discount on a Premium membership. Therefore, the discount gives scholarship recipients a $16 monthly membership or an $84 annual membership.

Is Skillshare Legit?

Yes, Skillshare is a legitimate educational resource. Most of the courses on it are real, but they are not college courses. Skillshare has no alliances with universities and no degree programs. Thus no institution accredits Skillshare courses.

Instead, Skillshare emphasizes skill-based education they intend for individual information and entertainment. The emphasis is on skills people can use to improve their lives rather than degrees. You will learn from Skillshare, but you will not receive a degree or accreditation.

Some people will consider some Skillshare courses illegitimate because they are frivolous, shallow, and simplistic, such as Crystal Therapy 101 or Crystal Grids and Sacred Geometry.

Is Skillshare accredited?

No most Skillshare courses are not accredited. Instead, the service emphasizes skill-based courses. No academic organization or institution appears to accredit any Skillshare classes. Unlike some competitors such as Coursera, Skillshare does not offer tech courses accredited by large companies such as Microsoft and Google.

Does Skillshare have certificates?

Yes. Skillshare offers many certificate courses, such as the Thai Foot Reflexology Certificate Course. However, most of the certificates only demonstrate you have completed the courses.

Most universities will not recognize the courses. However, employers could recognize some of the certificates. One problem at Skillshare is a lack of company-backed courses and certificates.

Do Skillshare certificates matter?

Yes, Skillshare certificates matter because they provide evidence you have completed a course and learned a skill. However, Skillshare certificates are not accredited, so they offer no credit towards any college courses.

Another problem is that many of the Skillshare technology-related certificates are not issued by large companies such as Google and Microsoft. Thus, many companies may not accept those certificates. A Skillshare certificate could look good on your resume, but it is not accredited.

Can You Earn Credit Towards College Degrees on Skillshare?

Skillshare certificates are not accredited and provide no credit towards any college degree. One reason Skillshare courses are unaccredited is that Skillshare appears to work with no universities or colleges.

Skillshare vs. Youtube

Skillshare has three advantages over Youtube, there are no averts, instructors save their best work for Skillshare members, and students can do class projects on Skillshare and get direct feedback from the instructors. While Youtube is a huge free source of videos to help you learn specific topics, you need to endure the endless adverts and video sponsorship plugs.

Skillshare vs. Udemy

Skillshare offers a flat rate payment for access to all courses, while Udemy charges between $20 and $200 per course. Skillshare courses tend to last 1 to 2 hours, while Udemy courses are much longer. For voracious learners, Skillshare is the best option. For those who want a single in-depth course, Udemy is better.

Where can I find Skillshare courses?

You can find Skillshare courses via their App in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and directly on the Skillshare website. Skillshare courses are not available on Roku.

Final Thoughts

Skillshare is an excellent resource for voracious learners because it offers many classes in business, visual arts, creativity, and productivity, all at a flat-rate membership fee. The platform also offers many technology courses, including video game design and development and e-commerce applications such as Shopify.

One huge problem with Skillshare is that it has no relationships with universities and makes no effort to offer college degrees or accredited. That means many employers will not recognize Skillshare courses. It also means that Skillshare courses will not count as credit towards college degrees.

Skillshare is an interesting resource. People seeking skills could benefit from Skillshare. However, those seeking career-related skills will not be well-served by Skillshare.

Serious professionals need to avoid Skillshare. However, hobbyists, artists, and the self-employed could find this platform very useful. The bottom line is that Skillshare is a great resource if you just need skills.

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Remote Working and The Increase of Ransomware Attacks Tue, 04 May 2021 12:20:48 +0000 Due to the ongoing pandemic, the way we work, learn, shop, and connect has changed drastically. That said, ransomware removal has become the primary concern for many organizations, whereas other cybersecurity challenges are considered as well. Understandably, as more businesses are becoming digitized, ransomware isn’t going anywhere.

Cybercriminals are on the constant watch-out for finding vulnerable spots to exploit unsuspecting employees, which is why it has become more critical than before to protect your organization from ransomware. Amongst the most targeted organizations and institutes for ransomware are the government, banking, and finance sectors, health sectors, and manufacturers.

However, small businesses are not exempted as well, which is why all organizations need to safeguard their remote computer systems as quickly and efficiently as possible. The following tips will help your organization stay safe from ransomware.

Keep a Solid Backup Log

Ensure that all employees keep a proper backup of all data of the company. In case something goes wrong, everyone ought to have a way to revert things and keep the business operations running. At the same time, it is essential to educate and train your employees on ransomware removal and about essential ways on how to avoid ransomware in the first case. Nothing can beat a solid data backup.

By keeping and maintaining a data backup plan, you will remain protected from becoming a target of a ransomware attack. Nonetheless, suppose that your company does get attacked, the consequences won’t be as devastating as you will have a solid backup log for your company’s data.

Regularly Update Your Software

An outdated software allows an easy entry point for ransomware attackers to enter your systems and wreak havoc, which is why it is essential to not allow the attacker to exploit any vulnerability or weak spot. That said, make sure that your team of developers always stays one step ahead of their game and detects all software vulnerabilities along with other weak spots, and patches them.

The best way to stay alert is by adopting a proper strategy for patch management while keeping your entire team on the same page about the latest system updates.

Improve Your Techniques For Threat Detection

With the integration of proper techniques, most ransomware attacks can be detected and dealt with before getting too late, and the damage gets done. This way, all online businesses need to stay updated on the integration of the best-automated cybersecurity and ransomware threat detection so that their chances of staying safeguarded and protected against ransomware attacks can be optimized.

Proper Monitoring & Scanning of Emails and Attachments

You might have come across the term “phishing” before, which refers to one of the most notorious ways ransomware attacks are conducted, and an organization becomes the victim of cyberattacks. That said, due to remote working, the chances of your employees becoming victims of phishing schemes have increased more than before. You need to ensure that all employees have an automated email scanning and security solution integrated into their systems so they can keep malicious emails at bay.

Provide Your Employees With Training

Bad employee habits and lack of awareness are two of the most common factors that lead to ransomware attacks within a work organization. If you want to prevent ransomware attacks from happening to you and your company, you need to train your employees accordingly. Ask them to restrict their official emails for office use only and use different passwords. Also, they should, under no circumstances, download a suspicious file. Lastly, make sure that you integrate a ransomware removal solution to block any potential ransomware from slipping through gaps, holes, and other cracks.  

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Coursera Review 2021: Pricing, Quality & Courses Tested Mon, 03 May 2021 08:26:41 +0000 Coursera is the leading online learning platform for high-quality accredited university education, from bachelor’s to masters degrees. But is Coursera worth it for you? Find out all the pros and cons of Coursera before you enroll.

Coursera Review Summary

Coursera is different from most online education platforms because it offers full degrees and works closely with major universities. Coursera can offer programs and courses from major universities by using massive open online courses (MOOCs). A MOOC is a video course based on a university class they post online.

The Coursera courses are not for everybody because many are expensive and require enormous time and work commitments. Yet Coursera offers more than university courses. There are many specializations and professional certificates in technical subjects from big corporations and major universities available through Coursera. I consider Coursera is the best educational platform for working professionals because of its university partnerships.

Coursera Review & Test
Coursera Review & Test

Coursera Pros

  • Courses, certificates, and degrees from some of the world’s top universities
  • Degrees from American Ivy League Universities
  • Degrees from major American Universities
  • Degrees from major British Universities
  • Masters & Bachelors Degree Programs
  • Spanish Language Courses
  • Professional Certificates from major Corporations
  • IBM Professional Certificates
  • Specialization Certificates from Major American and British Universities
  • Free IBM and Google Professional Certificates
  • Free Professional Certificates from Major American and British Universities
  • Degrees from HSE University, the number-one-ranked Russian university available
  • Arab,  Russian, Chinese Language Courses
  • 3,000+ Courses for $399 a year through Coursera Plus

Coursera Cons

  • Some Coursera degree programs are expensive.
  • Some Coursera certificates and specializations will not count as credit towards college degrees.
  • The relationship between Coursera’s online courses and the participating universities is unclear.
  • Many Coursera classes and programs will require an enormous commitment of time to complete.

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What is Coursera?

Coursera (NYSE: COUR) is a publicly-traded company that operates a platform that allows anybody anywhere on Earth to participate in massive open online courses (MOOCS). Unlike competitors such as Udemy and Udacity, Coursera offers actual degrees from real universities.

Some of the world’s most famous colleges, including Yale and Princeton (American Ivy League universities), Stanford, Duke, the Imperial College London, École Polytechnique, and George Washington University, participate in Coursera.

Coursera is an effort to make college degrees and courses from top educational institutions and professional certifications from leading tech companies available to everybody.

The Coursera platform combines access to university MOOCs and professional certification in tech subjects for working people. An interesting aspect of Coursera is the specializations. The specializations are groups of courses in tech subjects they design to familiarize working professionals with a technology or business practice. Major universities such as Stanford and Yale offer some of the specializations.

One market Coursera targets are people with high school diplomas who want a college degree. College degrees are in demand because it is hard to get a good job without one in the United States.

Many of Coursera’s courses are expensive because the prices are comparable to that of a regular college degree. For instance, the Global Master of Public Health (GMPH) degree from the Imperial College London costs £12,600 to £20,800. ($17,564.97 to $28,996.14).

How does Coursera work?

Coursera operates an online platform that allows people to take MOOCs offered by other organizations. Students pay for the MOOC through Coursera’s platform and access courses through it. Individuals can earn accredited college degrees through Coursera’s platform.

Unlike other learning platforms, Coursera emphasizes traditional college education. It offers university degrees and programs that can take two to three years to complete. Those courses will require enormous amounts of study and take as much time and effort as a traditional classroom course.

Accredited Universities Partnered With Coursera

Coursera offers over 5,100 courses, over 40 certificates, and over 25 university degrees through its platform. Here are the institutions Coursera partners with.

Yale  Imperial College London  Princeton
 Stanford  Wharton  Caltech
Johns Hopkins University University of California at San Diego Carnegie Mellon University
University of Edinburgh Georgia Institute of Technology Penn State
University Melbourne Morehouse College New York University
Nanjing University UC Davis University California Irvine
University of Virginia University of Chicago National Taiwan University
University of Tokyo Rice University Rutgers
 Northwestern University Duke University Vanderbilt University
University of Zurich École Polytechnique Michigan State University
Yeshiva University Chinese University of Hong Kong State University of New York (SUNY)
Tel Aviv University Emory University University of Arizona
Indian School of Business George Washington University University of Rochester
University of Pennsylvania University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tsinghua University


Coursera also offers technical courses from some of the world’s largest corporations. Those corporations include Intel, IBM, Microsoft, Google, RedHat, SAS, Salesforce, and Vmware.

In addition, Coursera offers courses from some impressive nonprofit organizations. Those organizations include the Linux Foundation, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Geographic Society, the New York Institute of Finance, Goodwill, and the World Bank Group.

Who is Coursera best for?

Coursera is best for people who cannot attend a traditional college but want or need a degree. A person who could benefit from Coursera is a professional with a full-time job and a family who wants to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Coursera is also an excellent resource for professionals who need additional education or knowledge for their jobs. An example of such a person is a tech company executive who needs to understand a new programming language or technology area such as Applied Data Science.

Another group that will benefit from Coursera is people who need master’s or bachelors’ degrees to get jobs or promotions. Coursera can help working professionals add education to their resumes. An example of such a person is a software engineer who wants to get an MBA to qualify for a management position.

Coursera is good for people who need certificates they can list on their resumes—for example, specializations from Stanford and professional certificates from Google IT Support.

Thus, Coursera is a good resource for freelancers and gig workers who need technical education to make themselves more marketable. Coursera is a good resource for freelancers because it offers professional certifications such as the IBM AI Engineering Professional Certificate for free.

I consider Coursera the best educational resource for businesses and working professionals. If you need education you can use for your job, Coursera is the best online resource.

How Many Students Does Coursera Have?

Coursera had over 11,000 students enrolled in 26 degree programs in March 2021. In addition, EdSurge estimates that Coursera’s platform had over 77 million registered learners (subscribers) in March 2021. In addition, over 2,000 businesses offer Coursera courses to employees. Plus, over 4,000 colleges offer Coursera courses to their students.

How Many Courses Does Coursera Have?

Coursera claims to offer over 5,100 courses, guided projects, over 40 professional certificates, and over 25 degrees. EdSurge estimates that Coursera offers 26 degree programs. They offer over 2,000 courses in Coursera for Business and over 3,000 courses in Coursera Plus.

What Can You Learn with Coursera?

With so many education streams available, it could be overwhelming to choose. Here is a list of possible degrees you could choose.

Coursera, A Serious Online Learning Platform for Certifications
Coursera, A Serious Online Learning Platform for Certifications

Business & Finance Degrees at Coursera

  • Master of Business Administration (iMBA)
  • Master of Finance from HSE University
  • Online Master’s of Accounting (iMSA)
  • BSc Marketing
  • Maestría en Inteligencia Analítica de Datos
  • Business Analytics
  • Brand Management
  • Financial Markets

Information Technology Degrees at Coursera

  • Master of Computer Science
  • Master of Applied Data Science
  • Master of Computer Vision
  • Master of Machine Learning and Data Science
  • Data Engineering with Google Cloud Professional Certificate
  • IBM AI Engineering Professional Certificate
  • SAS Visual Business Analytics Professional Certificate
  • DeepLearning AI TensorFlow Developer Professional Certificate
  • Data Processing Using Python
  • IBM Data Science
  • Data Science with Math Skills
  • Data Processing Using Python

Get access to these courses with a 7 day free trial to Coursera Plus.

Are there free courses on Coursera?

Yes, some institutions, including Stanford and Yale, offer free courses through Coursera. However, most of the free courses offer shareable certificates instead of college degrees. Free courses include IBM Data Science, Data Science with Math Skills, Brand Management, Financial Markets, Writing in the Sciences, and Data Processing Using Python.

Many of the Coursera free courses appear designed to introduce students to online learning so they will sign up for an online degree. However, you can find free courses offered by prestigious institutions such as Yale, Stanford, Princeton, and Johns Hopkins University at Coursera.

How much does Coursera cost?

Coursera is free to join, and some courses are free. However, some prestigious Coursera courses can be expensive. You can access over 3,000 of the courses, guided projects, specializations, and professional certificates through Coursera Plus for $399 a year.

Some Coursera degree programs are great value for money; an Online Master of Computer Science from Arizona State University costs $15,000, for example. Similarly, the Master of Business Administration University of Illinois costs $21,744. However, the Master of Applied Data Science from the University of Michigan costs $31,688 to $42,262.

What is Coursera Plus?

Coursera Plus is a subscription service that offers over 3,000 courses, guided projects, specializations, and professional certificates from major universities and large corporations.

You can access courses from Yale, the University of Michigan, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Wharton School, Duke, the University of Illinois, and Johns Hopkins University through Coursera Plus. Coursera Plus offers Professional Certificates from Google and SAS.

There are no monthly subscriptions for Coursera Plus available. Instead, Coursera Plus costs $399 a year. There is a 14-day money-back guarantee for all Coursera Plus memberships.

Is Coursera Legit?

Yes, Coursera is a legitimate company; it offers courses from some of the world’s most respected educational institutions, including Yale, Stanford, and Princeton. Coursera also offers courses from major American state universities, including the University of Illinois, Georgia Tech, and some University of California schools. These institutions would not partner with an illegitimate business.

Is Coursera worth it?

Yes, Coursera is worth the money, time, and effort required. The Coursera courses are accredited classes offered by top universities and major corporations. Coursera degrees are real degrees offered by top universities around the world. You will get a real degree that employers will recognize from Coursera.

Coursera is worth it for those who need recognized education and certificates. If you want a genuine college degree from a famous university on your wall but cannot take two or four years for school, Coursera is worth it. If you just want to learn a subject and do not care about specific universities, Coursera will not be worth it.

Is Coursera accredited?

Yes, most of the Coursera degrees and courses are accredited because accredited universities issue them. You will have to be careful because employers in some countries may not recognize courses and degrees from universities in some countries. However, the degrees and courses from American schools on Coursera are accredited.

Do Coursera Certificates Matter?

Yes, most of the Coursera certificates matter because major universities and corporations issue them.

Can you earn credit towards college degrees on Coursera?

Yes, many of the Coursera courses count as credit towards college degrees because colleges and universities offer them. However, you will have to check with the authorities at the institution you are attending to see what courses count towards what degrees.

Do my existing college credits count as credit towards degrees at Coursera?

You will have to contact the administrators at the degree programs you are interested in and ask them if they will accept your existing credits.

Where is Coursera available?

Coursera is available on the Apple App Store, and Google Play.

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Is Coursera available on Roku?

No, unfortunately, Coursera does is not available on Roku.

Final Thoughts

Coursera is the most impressive online learning platform that I have seen because it offers courses from some of the world’s most respected universities. The most impressive aspect of Coursera is the ability to complete bachelor’s and master’s degrees through its platform. Consequently, Coursera offers a real education that will look impressive on your resume.

Unlike many online learning platforms, Coursera degrees could help you land a job or a promotion as employers are more likely to accept accredited Coursera degrees and certificates.

I consider Coursera the best online educational resource for working professionals because it offers widely accepted degrees and courses; its courses will require more rigorous study and work than other online learning options. You will have to study and work hard if you take most Coursera courses.

If you want a quality education, Coursera is the online learning platform for you. However, Coursera is not for everybody. I think people who just need a certificate or want to learn a skill could be better served by platforms such as Udemy or Skillshare.

The bottom line is that Coursera is the best online education option available to most people. Smart learners will go to Coursera before its competitors.

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Udemy Review 2021: Udemy Online Learning Platform Tested Fri, 30 Apr 2021 12:11:06 +0000 Udemy is the largest online learning platform offering over 155,000 video courses through its platform. The enormous number of courses allows Udemy to offer classes in an incredible variety of subjects ranging from Python for Data Science and Machine Learning Bootcamp to Tarot Card Reading. You can even study Witchcraft at Udemy.

Despite the questionable nature of some of its courses, Udemy offers many legitimate courses that teach genuine academic subjects, technical knowledge, and job skills. There are many courses in Data Science, Web Development, and Drawing available at Udemy. Udemy also offers many academic courses for people who need basic education. There are courses in English Grammar and Algebra at Udemy, for example. The major benefit of Udemy is the sheer number and variety of its courses.

Udemy Online Learning Review & Test
Udemy Online Learning Review & Test

Udemy Review & Test Results

Udemy offers a huge selection of online learning courses to improve your skills in specific topics. Despite initially offering many low-quality classes, Udemy now attracts many top educators. Compared to the competition, Udemy courses are good value for money and do not require a monthly subscription.

Udemy Pros

  • Over 155,000 courses are available.
  • Offers courses in over 65 languages.
  • 80% of Fortune 100 companies use its courses.
  • Courses available on mobile and TV.
  • Udemy offers deep discounts from $12.99 per course.
  • No monthly subscription is required.
  • Udemy has courses for teams to study together.

Udemy Cons

  • Udemy offers courses in subjects many people will consider pseudoscience and charlatanism. For example, Witchcraft, Crystal Energy, Energy Healing, and Aromatherapy.
  • Many Udemy courses are not accredited.
  • Many employers do not accept Udemy certificates because Udemy is not an accredited educational institution.

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What is Udemy?

Udemy claims to be a global marketplace for teaching and learning. Udemy is one of the largest online educational resources claiming to offer 155,000 courses to 40 million students in over 65 languages. Udemy suggests it has 70,000+ instructors teaching on its platform.

Udemy offers video courses through its platform to private and enterprise customers claiming that over 80% of the Fortune 100 companies use its platform. Customers include Adidas, Lyft, General Mills, Volkswagen, Pinterest, and SurveyMonkey.

Most of Udemy’s courses are in technical subjects such as Data Science, Web Development, and programming language such as Python. However, Udemy also offers courses in general business subjects such as financial analysis and marketing.

Unlike most education platforms, Udemy offers classes in art subjects such as music, photography, graphic design, and drawing. Another unique feature of Udemy is the many courses in spirituality and personal development. Udemy even offers courses in learning skills and memory improvement.

How does Udemy work?

Udemy offers paid access to tens of thousands of video classes through an online platform. While most courses range from $15 to $200, there are also free courses available.

Customers access the courses through computers, phones, tablets, and smart devices such as TVs. Teams can take many courses Udemy together.

Many Udemy courses include hands-on, real-world activities such as writing Python programs. Udemy offers intensive boot-camp-style courses to offer introductions to skills and technologies for individuals and teams.

Udemy is a for-profit company that makes money by charging for courses.

Udemy Productivity Courses
Udemy Productivity Courses

Who is Udemy Best For?

I think Udemy is best for people who need an intense introduction to a subject. For example, a software engineer needs to learn python or an executive who wants to understand data analysis or data science.

Udemy is also a good resource for people who want to receive education in the visual arts such as drawing and photography. The Udemy platform offers many courses that emphasize drawing skills.

Udemy is best for people without access to traditional education who need or want to learn specific skills. I think Udemy is an excellent resource for people seeking a new hobby.

Udemy also offers courses for teachers and some health and fitness courses. Udemy could be useful for people thinking of changing careers. A journalist who is interested in creating a blog or an artist investigating software engineering, for example.

Udemy could be an excellent resource for teenagers preparing for college or adults who are preparing to go back to school. Udemy could help such individuals with Learning Strategies, Communication Skills, Speed Reading, English Grammar, and Algebra courses. Although Udemy offers no college credit, it could give college-bound people the skills and knowledge they need to succeed at university.

Udemy is also best for people who need basic or refresher education in academic subjects. A German-speaking person needs to learn English, for example, or an English speaker who needs to understand Japanese. There are also courses in maths for those who need additional mathematics instruction and introductions to religion and psychology.

Some of the people Udemy is best for include:

  • Engineers
  • Business professionals
  • Artists, Hobbyists, Musicians
  • Journalists
  • Data scientists
  • Freelancers
  • Gig-economy workers
  • Programmers
  • Non-English speakers
  • College-bound teenagers
  • Homeschoolers
  • People changing careers

What Can You Learn/Types of Courses?

Udemy’s scale means you can learn practically anything, from IT skills, leadership, accountancy, investing, photography, languages, and sign language. There are courses on spirituality, religion, yoga, machine learning, and even ethical hacking.

How Many Courses does Udemy Offer?

Udemy claims to offer over 130,000 video courses and over 155,000 courses. Courses are added to Udemy every day. Udemy typically has longer duration courses than SkillShare, averaging from 2 hours to 30 hours. Additionally, there 586 free Udemy courses.

How Many Students Does Udemy Have?

Udemy has served over 40 million students and recorded 480 million enrollments. In addition, Udemy has branched out to business users claiming over 7,000 enterprise customers covering 80% of Fortune 100 companies.

How much is Udemy Premium?

Udemy has no premium classes. Instead, Udemy offers different kinds of classes at different prices. Udemy Masterclasses cost around $129.99, Udemy Boot Camps cost around $139.99 each, and Python Mega Courses cost around $149.99. Note some Udemy Boot Camps cost around $94.99.

How much does Udemy cost?

Unlike SkillShare, you do not need a monthly subscription to Udemy. There is no set price for Udemy classes. Instead, typical Udemy courses cost between $94.99 and $149.99. However, students who shop around can find select Udemy courses at prices as low as $12.99.

Why do Udemy Course Prices Change?

When you first visit Udemy, you will see the courses sold at significant discounts, as low as $12.99.  But if you visit a week later, you will see the same courses at full price. This is because Udemy offers big discounts to first-time learners. If you want to get the lowest prices, you need to clear the cookies in your browser, and then Udemy will think you are visiting for the first time and give you the lowest price.

Does Udemy have a student discount?

Udemy has no student discount. However, Udemy offers steep discounts to all users. Udemy often runs sales on select courses such as Python programming, for instance. I found a Machine Learning A-Z: Hands-On Python & R In Data Science class for just $12.99 on April 17, 2021. The same class normally costs $94.99.

Udemy offers organizations flat prices to the 155,500 courses on in its Udemy for Business. However, you will have to contact Udemy to get the prices for the Business courses.

Is Udemy Free?

Yes, and no. Udemy charges for the vast majority of its courses; this means the instructors earn money for their efforts. However, Udemy does offer 586 Free Courses in its free learning resources center.

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Is Udemy accredited?

Yes, and no. Some Udemy courses are accredited, for example, a Professionally an NLP Certification Diploma. However, most Udemy courses are not accredited. The Udemy listings will tell you which Udemy courses are accredited. Notably, Udemy does not charge extra for accredited courses.

Does Udemy have certificates?

Yes. Udemy offers certificates, including some accredited certificates for courses. Most Udemy certificates are only a record of course completion and not accreditation. Some employers will accept Udemy certificates, but many employers will not recognize unaccredited certificates.

Do Udemy certificates matter?

Some Udemy certificates matter because businesses accept them. Plus, some Udemy certificates are accredited. Conversely, Udemy’s website admits many Udemy certificates are not accredited. Many employers will not recognize Udemy certificates because they are not accredited.

Is Udemy an accredited educational institution?

No, Udemy is not an accredited university or college, and their instructors are not required to have any formal education in teaching.

Do Udemy courses count as credit towards college degrees?

No, Udemy courses do not count as credit towards college or university degrees, but that does not mean they will not boost your resume.

Is Udemy legit?

Yes, Udemy is a legitimate educational resource used by many large companies, including Volkswagen, Kaiser Permanente, General Mills, Adidas, and General Mills. However, Udemy is not an accredited educational institution, and its courses do not count as credit towards college degrees. Instead, Udemy is an alternative to traditional educational institutions.

Many people will consider some Udemy courses, such as Crystal Energy and Energy Healing, illegitimate. Those classes comprise only a small percentage of the Udemy curriculum.

A good way to think of Udemy is as purpose-driven education. I think purpose-driven education is a legitimate concept, but the traditional educational establishment does not recognize it.

Is Udemy worth it?

Yes, Udemy is worth it for people who need to learn specific skills for their jobs or hobbies. In particular, Udemy will help non-technical people who need instruction in common tools such as Microsoft Office.

Udemy is also worth it for people who want basic education in the visual arts such as drawing and photography. Its courses offer good introductions to those subjects. Udemy’s boot camps will be worth it for teams that need an introduction to a piece of software or a suite of software tools such as Microsoft Office.

Another group who could find Udemy worth it is people who need to increase their knowledge of basic academic subjects. A person who never studied Algebra in school, for example.

People who need to increase their foreign language skills could also benefit from Udemy. A person who studied English in school but does not understand English grammar could find Udemy worthwhile.

Udemy could also be worthwhile for people seeking more personal development and trying to improve their learning ability. It offers courses in Personal Productivity, Speed Reading, Mindfulness, Memory, and Communications Skills.

However, I do not think Udemy is worth it for people who need intensive technological education in complex technical subjects such as Programming for Data Science with Python. I consider Udemy’s courses too short to offer adequate instruction in complex subjects.

Instead, I think platforms such as Udacity or Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) from universities could better serve engineers or computer scientists in need of more in-depth education. One advantage to MOOCs is that they can prepare you for college courses. Another attraction is that many MOOCs are free.

Final Thoughts

Udemy exemplifies both the strengths and weaknesses of skill-based education and online courses. The strengths are easily accessible courses that offer education in an incredible variety of subjects. The weaknesses are a lack of accreditation and the shallowness of some of the courses.

Udemy offers one of the largest catalogs of courses and many classes not found elsewhere. In particular, Udemy offers courses in areas other educational platforms do not cover. Udemy offers courses in drawing, healthcare, and music, for example.

I think Udemy has trouble with the border between education and entertainment. Many Udemy courses, such as Crystal Energy, seem to be offered for their entertainment value rather than educational content. However, the vast majority of Udemy courses appear to have been chosen for educational content.

One advantage to Udemy is that it offers courses that can increase your knowledge and skills in a wide variety of subjects. For instance, the Udemy platform offers courses in English, Maths, grammar, graphic design, and languages.

Thus, people beyond tech workers could benefit from Udemy. High school and other students could use Udemy to study subjects not offered by their local schools. A 12-year-old who is interested in Algebra or German could study those subjects on Udemy.

That means Udemy could be of use to homeschoolers or families that live in areas with deficient school systems. A student preparing for college could increase her skills by taking Udemy’s maths or business courses.

Udemy shows that online education can offer an incredible variety of courses. However, Udemy also shows that online education can be superficial, limited, and uncredited.

If you are seeking an easy-to-access online education platform that offers many courses, Udemy is for you. MOOCs and specialist education platforms could better serve those seeking intense education in specific subjects.

Udemy is an educational platform that everybody should investigate. However, Udemy will not fulfill everybody’s educational needs.

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Scribd vs Audible: Pricing, Plans, Pros & Cons in 2021 Thu, 29 Apr 2021 06:45:23 +0000 I am a hardcore Audiobook lover with a library of over 300 books, and I have a full subscription with both Audible and Scribd. I have been using Audible for the last nine years and Scribd since 2019, so I feel I am in a good position to provide an unbiased and detailed review of both services and, most importantly, highlight the significant differences.

Scribd vs. Audible Summary

The key differences between Scribd and Audible are, with Audible, you have higher audio quality, the largest library, and you own the audiobooks forever. With Scribd, you have access to written content, a flat monthly fee to listen, but a much smaller library of books you will never own.

Both Scribd and Audible offer great services; after significant usage and testing, I can assure you, you will be happy with either service. Which one you choose just depends on what you are looking for.

Scribd vs. Audible Results Audible Scribd Audiobooks
Rating ★★★★★ ★★★☆☆
Do You Own the Audiobook? ✔
Lifetime Access to Books ✔
Audiobooks Collection 200,000+ 40,000 est
# Audiobooks / month 2 Unlimited/Throttled
Audio Quality Excellent (64kbps) Good (32 kbps)
Membership /month $14.95 $9.95
Membership /yearly $149.50 --
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For me, Audible beats Scribd for five important reasons; however, Scribd also has three great advantages.

5 Reasons Why Audible is Better Than Scribd

  • Audiobook Ownership: With Audible, you own the books; with Scribd, you only rent access to the library.
  • Lifetime Access: With Audible, after you end your subscription, you still own the books.
  • Library Size: Audible has over 200K titles; Scribd does not officially mention how many titles, but I estimate less than 40K.
  • Audiobooks per Month: While Scribd claims unlimited listening, it does throttle, and limits access if you listen to more than 4 per month (according to Reddit Users & the Scribd User Agreement).
  • Audio Quality: Audibles audio quality is significantly better a 64 kbps, compared to Scribd’s 32 kbps.

3 Reasons Why Scribd is Better Than Audible

  • Scribd is cheaper than Audible by $29.50 per year.
  • Scribd also provides access to their eBook Library.
  • Scribd has over 100 high-quality magazines, a document library, and even sheet music.

Scribd vs. Audible Product Comparison

Scribd vs. Audible Product Comparison Audible Scribd Audiobooks
Audiobook Type Full Full
Do You Own the Audiobook? ✔
Lifetime Access to Books ✔
Audiobooks Collection 200,000+ 40,000 est
Audio Quality Excellent (64kbps) Good (32 kbps)
Exclusive Content ✔
eBooks ✔
Magazines ✔
Podcasts ✔ ✔
Result Winner
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Do you own the Audiobook?

For me, one of the most important elements of books or audiobooks is that you get to keep the books you pay for.  I own over 250 titles with a value of $2,500, and I am pleased to hand them down to my children in the future.

Scribd offers an unlimited listening subscription, but you are really just borrowing the book for the duration of your subscription.  When you end the subscription, you have nothing.  With Audible, you can still log in and use the App even when you have ended the subscription.

Library & Audio Quality

New releases and bestsellers are inevitably released on Audible first as its market share and customer base make it irresistible to publishers.  Therefore Audible always has the latest releases and has the world’s most extensive Audiobook library of over 200,000 titles.

Scribd does not release how many audiobooks they have, probably because it would not be great for PR; I went through their library for over one hour and estimated it at no more than 40,000 titles, many of them older, lower-quality titles.

Audible also provides the industry-leading audio quality with a bit rate of 64 versus Scribd’s standard 32 bit; if you are an audiophile with great speakers or headphones, you will notice the difference.

Content Comparison Scribd vs. Audible

When it comes to the breadth of non-audiobook content, then you have a clear winner in Scribd.  Scribd offers an excellent choice of magazines, eBooks, and even a useful document repository and sheet music.  Buying sheet music is expensive, so Scribd could be a great choice if you are a musician.

Scribd Magazines - A Good Selection
Scribd Magazines – A Good Selection

Scribd vs. Audible Pricing Comparison


Scribd vs. Audible Pricing Audible Scribd Audiobooks
Subscription Required Yes Yes
Membership /month $14.95 $9.95
Membership /yearly $149.50
# Audiobooks / month 1 Unlimited/Throttled
Cost per book /monthly subscription $14.95 --
Cost per book /yearly subscription $12.45 --
Result Tied Tied
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In terms of pricing, if you are looking to rent books and audiobooks only and are not too worried about the latest bestseller, then you will save $42.10 per year with Scribd.

With Audible, you will get to own 1 Audiobook per month on a yearly subscription of $149.50 or $12.45 per book, which is the cheapest in the industry.

As mentioned previously, Scribd claims unlimited listening, but it does throttle and limit access if you listen to more than four books per month (according to Reddit Users & the Scribd User Agreement).  This is not really unlimited listening and has outraged some users.  This would be life Netflix saying you have binged a TV series too much and need to wait until next month.

All in all, this section is tied. It costs more with Audible, but you buy the books you want immediately and have them for life. Scribd costs 30% less for a larger selection of lower-quality content, but you may be restricted if you use too much.

Scribd vs. Audible Apps & Devices Comparison

Scribd vs. Audible Apps & Devices Audible Scribd Audiobooks
App Store  Rating 4.6 ☆ 4.5 ☆
Devices iPhone, Android, PC, TV, Alexa, Kindle, Fire TV iPhone, Android, PC
Smart Speaker Alexa
Result Winner
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Both Audible and Scribd provide great mobile apps that are highly rated in the App Stores by users.  The biggest difference here is that Audible will play on your Smart TV, your Amazon Firestick, and even Alexa will play your audiobooks.  Scribd does not have this.

Scribd vs. Audible Customer Service Comparison

Scribd vs. Audible Customer Service Audible Scribd Audiobooks
Books Return Policy 1 Year, No Questions Asked Nothing to Return
Customer Support Phone, Chat, Email Email Only
Result Winner
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One of the most important reasons why Audible is the clear winner for me is that they have the industry’s best returns policy.  If you do not like a book, for whatever reason, the narrator, the plot, or it is simply boring, you can return your book within one year of purchase, no questions asked.

However, with Scribd, there is nothing to return because you did not purchase anything.

If you have a problem, Audible is available 24/7 on email, chat, or phone, whereas with Scribd, you only have online access to support with a multi-day wait.

Full Scribd Review

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The Best Unlimited Audiobook Subscription Service but Limited Titles & Throttling of Access

Scribd Review Summary Likes Dislikes
Rating: ☆☆☆☆ ★ Unlimited Audiobook Listening ✘ You do not own the books
★ $9.95 Flat Rate per Month ✘ Limitations on Accessing Popular Titles
★ 100+ Magazines
★ Good Apps for Android & Apple
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Scribd Review Summary

Highly Recommended Software

There are a lot of fans of Scribd out there, especially avid readers and audiobook listeners.

Scribd announced something very new in the world of media, a Flat Rate unlimited access to the Audiobook, eBooks, and Managzine Library.

This essentially went viral because, before this announcement, everyone was forced to pay for audiobooks individually.

There is nothing official from Scribd, but I estimate the Audiobook library to contain about 30,000 to 40,000 titles, this is a lot lower than Audible or, but I also suspect that the publishers receive a lot less revenue from Scribd, so they are less inclined to release new and best-selling titles.

Netflix for Audiobooks – Scribd

Scribd App for Audiobooks - A Good User Experience
Scribd App for Audiobooks – A Good User Experience

Scribd is very similar to Netflix in its business model; it licenses content from publishers and pays them on a per-use basis.

As a consumer, we see only a low flat rate subscription charge per month for a large amount of content.

The monthly subscription is so low because you do not own the books; you are simply allowed to access them for the duration of your subscription.

It is difficult to compare Scribd for Audiobooks with Audible or

The Scribd library is not as large, does not contain the sheer depth of blockbuster, and bestseller titles and popular books are throttled.

Aside from that, I have found many audiobooks to enjoy, including the entire works of Tolkien and books by my favorite British comedians.

Scribd will become tiresome for the hardcore Audiobookphile, but it is quite compelling for casual listeners who also enjoy magazines and ebooks.

Scribd Magazines

Scribd has 100 magazines, which you can access via browser or the App. I was really impressed because there are some good magazines included.

Flagship magazines like Time, T3, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Newsweek, and Inc are included.

Scribd Magazines - A Good Selection
Scribd Magazines – A Good Selection

I was very excited to see this, but when I read a few magazines, I realized the experience is not like really reading a magazine.

I do not mean the paper; I mean the layout and editing.  The magazine articles are in simple HTML with simple images; in fact, some magazines like T3 were very poorly formatted indeed.

This detracted from the magazine experience.

Scribd – Key Feature & Benefits Tabe

 Scribd Audiobooks
Our Rating☆☆☆☆
Audiobook TypeFull
Do You Own the Audiobook
Lifetime Access to Books
Audiobooks Collection40,000 est
Membership /month$9.99
Membership /yearly
Scribd Audiobooks
# Audiobooks / monthUnlimited
Cost per book /monthly subscription-
Cost per book /yearly subscription-
Subscription RequiredYes
Audio QualityExcellent
Books Returns PolicyNothing to Return
Customer SupportEmail Only
Scribd Audiobooks
Special Services
App Store Rating4.5 ☆
DevicesiPhone, Android, PC
Smart Speaker
Scribd - Key Feature & Benefits Tabe

Scribd Pricing Plans

The Scribd pricing is straightforward; it is $9.95 per month for unlimited access to their library of books, audiobooks, and 100+ magazines for the duration of your subscription.

If you stop the subscription, you lose access.  For many, this is not a problem; if you listen to a lot of audiobooks and are not interested in building up a library of books that you own, then it is a great solution.

I have been with Audible for ten years, I have 295 audiobooks, which cost me approximately $2,800 over that period, but those books are mine for life and for my children.

If I had been with Scribd for that period, it would have cost me $1072, but I would own nothing.  It is like the difference between renting and owning your own home.

Customer Service & Returns Policy

I have seen many complaints online that Scribd is throttling heavy audiobook consumers as they consume too many books.  Also, I have read that certain bestselling titles are restricted to one or two per user per month or not even visible for some users.

I have not experienced this, but I can understand that it is a balancing act for Scribd to ensure they earn in revenue what they need to pay to publishers and that some do not abuse the system.

Scribd – A Good Collection of the Written Word & Music

I must say you could never get bored inside the SCRIBD ecosystem; you can see below the sheer depth of content available for the small monthly subscription.

Managing Your Library With Scribd
Managing Your Library With Scribd

Scribd App & Device Compatibility

Scribd App Store Rating: 4.5 ☆ Excellent

I have been using the App with my new subscription for two months and have found it an absolute delight to use. Running on Android and iPhone, the App actually has everything you would need to enjoy Audiobooks and other media.

Key App Functionality:

  • Sleep timer
  • Bookmarking & Note Taking
  • Sharing
  • Playback speed control

Scribd Review Summary

Scribd gets our recommendation. Although it cannot compete head-to-head with Audible on Audiobooks alone, it does provide added value in terms of magazines, eBooks, and even sheet music.  So if you are looking for a good overall written work package, look no further.

Full Audible Review

Audible AudiobooksSimply the Biggest & Best Audiobook Collection & Surprisingly The Lowest Subscription Costs per Book

Audible Review Summary Likes Dislikes
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ ★ You Own the Book for Life ✘ Nothing
★ The Biggest Library 200K+ Titles
★ Lowest Cost per Book $4.13
★ The Best Returns Policy
Visit Audible ★ Compatible on All Devices
★ Syncs with Kindle


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Audible Review Summary

Audible is the leader in the Audiobook industry with by far the largest library of titles with over 200,000 audiobooks in its library.

I should know, I have been an Audible member for the last nine years.

New releases and bestsellers are inevitably released on Audible first as its market share and customer base make it irresistible.

For me, one of the most important elements of books or audiobooks is that you get to keep the books you pay for. 

I own over 250 titles with a value of $2,500, and I am pleased to hand them down to my children in the future.

Some services, such as Scribd, offer an unlimited listening subscription, but you are really just borrowing the book for the duration of your subscription.  When you end the subscription, you have nothing.

With Audible, you can still log in and use the App even when you have ended the subscription.

Audible Features, Benefits & Costs Table

Audiobook ServiceAudible
Our Rating☆☆☆☆☆
Audiobook TypeFull
Do You Own the Audiobook✔
Lifetime Access to Books✔
Audiobooks Collection200K+
Membership /month$14.95
Membership /yearly$149.50
# Audiobooks1 /month
Cost per book /monthly subscription$14.95
Cost per book /yearly subscription$12.45
Subscription RequiredYes
Audio QualityExcellent
Books Returns Policy1 Year
Customer SupportPhone, Chat, Email
Special ServicesAudible Original Podcasts
App Store Rating4.6 ☆
DevicesiPhone, Android, PC, TV, Alexa, Kindle, Fire TV
Smart SpeakerAlexa
Table 1: Audible Audiobook Service, Features, Benefits & Costs

Audible Pricing Plans

With Audible, you need a subscription, but that subscription means you get to buy books at a tiny fraction of their actual retail value.  Some believe that Audible is expensive, but the reality is that they are the cheapest way to buy audiobooks.

Audible Audiobooks App - Homescreen - Always has a Good Member Deal
Audible Audiobooks App – Homescreen – Always has a Good Member Deal

Audible Subscription – $14.95 per month

The entry-level subscription with Audible is actually the best value because you will get one credit for any title and one free Audible Original title. This means you get two books per month for $14.95, therefore $7.48 per book.

If you pay this subscription annually, you will pay $149.50, meaning you get two free months, and this brings the average cost per book down to $4.13; this is the lowest cost in the industry.

You could also opt for $22.95 per month for two audiobook credits and 2 Audible Original titles, but that works out at $5.50 per book.

Whichever subscription you choose, you will get 30% off any other purchases you make.  But the best news is that even if you run out of credits, Audible will allow you to buy additional credits at between $5 to $7 per credit, depending on the offers they have.

Additionally, nearly every single week, you will receive special promotions for “2 books for 1 credit” or “Every book for $3”, which are simply excellent deals.

Finally, Audible has a massive selection of exclusive professional Podcasts that they offer free to members. At Christmas, they will also send you Christmas stories for the family and children, a really nice touch.

Audible Content & Quality

Over the past few years, I have noticed the incredible growth in Audible original and exclusive content.  Audible being an Amazon company can invest heavily in differentiating themselves from their competitors.

  • Audible Originals – Produced by Audible Studios, high-quality blockbuster titles like Winter Rising by Alex Callister (11 hours 31 minutes)
  • Audible Original Podcasts – Free Podcasts Exclusively from Audible, featuring big names such as Stephen Fry’s “Victorian Secrets” (7 hours 40 minutes)
  • Audible Theatre – High-end theater production from great names, for example, Stories by Heart by John Lithgow

Audio Quality

Audible offers two formats, Enhanced and Format 4. Format 4 is for those who value space rather than audio quality.

I download all my books in Enhanced format. This is exclusive to Audible! Audiobooks in Enhanced format are minimally compressed, so their audio quality is the best on the market. However, this means that the audiobook file is also large and takes more time to download.

Audible Customer Service & Returns Policy

One of the most important reasons why Audible is the clear winner for me is that they have the industry’s best returns policy.  If you do not like a book, for whatever reason, the narrator, the plot, or it is simply boring, you can return your book within one year of purchase.

Great Listens Guarantee

The Excellent Audible App Library - Easy To Use.
The Excellent Audible App Library – Easy To Use.

There is nothing worse than paying for a book that you ultimately dislike; Audible removes this problem with their “Great Listens to Guarantee.”

You can simply go to Account -> Purchases -> Click Return Title, and you are immediately refunded your credit.

I would know I have returned so many books for one reason or another, and never once have they said no.

Finally, you can contact Audible via phone, chat, or email.  I have used chat many times, and they are available instantly 24/7 with no wait; that is a great service.

Audible App & Device Compatibility

Play Store App Rating – 4.6 ☆ Excellent

Having used the Audible App for ten years, I can safely say it is rock solid, easy to use, and actually perfect.

The Audible App has the following key features:

  • Car Mode – Make the app simple to use when driving with bigger buttons.
  • Books Sharing – Send a Book to a Friend or share your progress
  • Clips, Bookmarks & Notes – saving sound clips and making notes
  • Sleep Timer –   useful for listening when you go to bed, so it does not play all night
  • Variable Speed Playback – great for slow narrators or digesting long books quicker

Your Audible books will play on all devices from Apple, Android, Smart TV’s and even the Amazon Alexa smart speaker will read them to you.

Audible Audiobook Download Speeds

Downloading an Audiobook to your phone is incredibly quick; usually, within 30 seconds, you can start listening to a book. This is because the intelligent downloading system allows you to start listening before the entire audiobook has been downloaded.

Audible Customer Satisfaction

They say customers vote with their feet; if this is the case, our recent audiobook survey suggests that Audible Customers are very happy.  Audible was the most popular choice of Audiobook service amongst our 1,000 strong poll.

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Pie Chart – Survey Question: What is the Best Audiobook Service?

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]]> 5 Review 2021: All Pros & Cons Revealed Thu, 29 Apr 2021 06:34:11 +0000 A Huge Library & Low-Cost Subscription Model Make a Viable Alternative to Audible, Plus the New Book Club Gives You Unlimited Listening Review
  • Pricing
  • Depth of Library
  • Audiobook Availability
  • Returns Policy
  • Customer Support
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3.67 (6 votes) Pros

Highly Recommended Software Highly Recommended

★ You Own the Book for Life
★ Large Library 200K+ Titles
★ All You Can Read Book Clubs
★ App Store Rating 4.3 ☆
★ Android & Apple Apps Available Cons

✘ Book Returns Policy
✘ No Smart Speaker Support


Audiobooks Review Summary


Having tested and used since 2019, I confirm it has an excellent selection of over 200,000 audiobooks and competitive pricing. Also, their highly-rated easy-to-use apps make it worthy of being your audiobook service of choice.  There are two drawbacks; the book returns policy needs improving, and there is no smart speaker support.

With access to over 200,000 audiobook titles, and new releases arriving quickly, you will not notice any real difference between the Audible service and

Importantly, like Audible, you own the book, which means that even if you terminate your subscription, you should have access to your audiobooks; for me, this is vital.

Firstly, there is no easily discernible way to return a book you are unhappy with.  In fact, looking into the user agreement, it says: “ grants refunds at our sole discretion. We do not offer refunds on any subscription charges”.

Secondly, there is no support for smart speakers like Alexa, Apple, or Google Now. a Great App With Good Recommendations., a Great App With Good Recommendations. Pricing

Free Trial offers a free 30-day trial during which you can access 3 free credits to exchange for 3 audiobooks, plus access to a VIP Book.  This is an excellent free trial.

Monthly Membership

The monthly membership costs $14.95 per month, which gets you one credit for a book you own and access to an additional VIP book from a selection they have curated.

This means the average cost per book is $7.48.

The only issue I have with this is that you do not actually own the VIP book.  It will always be in your library, but if you end your subscription, you will only have access to the books you purchased with a Credit.

This means all the VIP books will be removed as they were only loaned to you, not actually purchased by you.

This essentially means the real cost per book should you end your subscription is $14.95.

On the positive side, they are always running 2-for-1 deals, which means that if you buy books in the deal, you may bring your average cost per book back down to $7.50. Book Club – New in 2021

Audiobooks have introduced a great new member benefit called book club. Instead of spending your book credit on a single book, you can spend it on 30 days of access to one of 8 book clubs. The book clubs are focused on the Romance, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Health, Business, and Religion genres.

This means when you join one of these book clubs, you get unlimited access to the featured books. I checked, and there are at least 200 books available in each book club. This is an innovative new offering. The only downside is that most of the books are over 2 years old, so do not expect the latest bestsellers to be included.

Finally, if you spend your credit on the book club, it means that you have not purchased a book that you keep forever; you have essentially rented access to unlimited books for 30 days.

Audiobook vs. Audible vs. Scribd

Audiobooks vs. Scribd vs. Audible Results Visit Audible Scribd Audiobooks
Rating ★★★★★ ★★★★★ ★★★☆☆
Do You Own the Audiobook? ✔ ✔
Lifetime Access to Books ✔ ✔
Audiobooks Collection 200,000+ 200,000+ 40,000 est
# Audiobooks / month 1 1 Unlimited/Throttled
Audio Quality Good (32 kbps) Excellent (64kbps) Good (32 kbps)
Membership /month $14.95 $14.95 $9.95
Membership /yearly $179.40 $149.50
Visit Audiobooks Visit Audible Visit Scribd Library

Online and on the mobile App, the Audiobooks library is the easiest to browse and find new books to listen to.  The layout and curated recommendation engine are very good indeed. The selection of books and bestsellers is huge, equal to that of Audible and vastly superior to Scribd.

Browsing the Library
Browsing the Library

Customer Service & Returns Policy

As mentioned previously, for me, the ability to return a book at any time that you do not like is a critical feature.

Unlike Audible, with, there is no easily discernible way to return a book you are unhappy with.

In fact, looking into the user agreement, it says: “ grants refunds at our sole discretion. We do not offer refunds on any subscription charges”.

This is an area where needs to improve and be clearer. With Audible, you have a guaranteed book return policy within 12 months of purchase.  This means you can return a book for any reason, even if you have listened to it through to the end.  That is a great returns policy. My Recent Purchases In My Library My Recent Purchases In My Library

App & Device Compatibility

App Store Rating: 4.3 ☆ Good

The App is very simple and easy to use.  I particularly like the recommendation engine and how the browsing screen is very visual. It definitely has the best book browsing and shopping experience of any audiobook App.

However, viewing your own library could be improved in the App as the book thumbnails are large and difficult to navigate.

The App has all the important features like a sleep timer, notes, bookmarks, and playback speed control.

I really like the ability to easily follow an author and be notified of any future releases; this is something Audible does not have.

The only App functionality missing is car mode, which helps you easily navigate the interface while driving. Finally, if you own a smart speaker like Alexa, you will be disappointed because there is no Alexa or Google Now integration. Review Summary has an excellent selection of over 200,000 audiobooks.  Competitive pricing combined with an easy to use App makes it worthy of being your audiobook service of choice.  The only drawback is that the returns policy is opaque.

2 Reasons Why is Better Than Audible

  • The App is better; browsing for new books to listen to on mobile is a slightly better and curated experience with
  • If you do not want to keep feeding the Jeff Bezos billionaire profit machine, go for; it is an excellent service and the best Amazon/Audible alternative.

Visit Features, Benefits & Costs Table

Audiobook ServiceVisit
Our Rating☆☆☆☆
Audiobook TypeFull
Do You Own the Audiobook✔
Lifetime Access to Books✔
Audiobooks Collection150K+
Membership /month$14.95
Audiobook ServiceVisit
# Audiobooks2 /month
Cost per book /monthly subscription$7.48
Subscription RequiredYes
Audio QualityGood
Books Returns PolicyAt Vendors
Customer SupportPhone, Chat, Email
App Store Rating4.3 ☆
DevicesiPhone, Android, PC, Mac
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