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9 Tried and True Ways to Cure Homesickness as an Expat

A familiar song or funny photo can be all it takes. Before you know it, a deep longing to see someone you miss or eat at a hometown haunt pulls you into a funk. Whether you expatriated out of necessity or wanted to escape home, it’s normal for homesickness to kick in at some point. Next time that wistful pang of home creeps in, use these tried and true coping mechanisms to beat your homesick blues.   1. Commit to ...

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How to Empower Women in the Workplace

Women make up more than half of America’s population and over 47 percent of its workforce; yet women remain underrepresented at every level in professional industries. At the current rate, it will take more than 100 years to achieve gender parity at the highest levels of U.S. corporations. And this isn’t only a moral issue; according to McKinsey Global Institute, advancing women’s equality could add $12 trillion to the global GDP by 2025. So how can you equip the women ...

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8 Tips for Starting an Expat Squad Abroad

After spending years with the same crew, it can be unnerving to put yourself out there as an adult living abroad. New friendships don’t come as naturally as they did in the days of inviting classmates to your birthday party on the playground. Socialites and extroverts aside, it’s going to take some work. But where a little effort goes a long way to enriching your abroad experience and overcoming homesickness, we’d say it’s worth it. Coworkers ...

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The 8 Most Common Credit Mistakes as a Small Business Owner

This blog is written by John Rampton, and does not necessarily reflect the views of Western Union. Out of all the tasks involved with starting a business, worrying about your credit and money may be one of your biggest concerns. The thing is, if you take the time to build your credit in the first place and do your homework before obtaining credit, the  care of your business finances may ultimately be able to save you money, time, and help ...

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A Brief History of Money: From Barter to Bitcoin

The concept of money ultimately boils down to trade. It’s a behavior as human as eating or breathing. We now have a wealth of options when we want to spend and send money, but it didn’t start out that way. It was a long ride from swapping livestock to mining Bitcoin. Check out the major milestones that shaped the history of money. Discover more about emerging payment trends, global spending habits, and the changing payment landscape on our ...

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74% of Millennials WU Surveyed Still Use Cash Weekly

Despite what you may have heard, cashiers won’t be asking “Bitcoin or mobile phone?” anytime soon. Even as digital options like mobile wallets and cryptocurrency become part of our vernacular, cash is far from extinction. According to our September 2016 Currency Usage Survey†, 74.4% of American millennials WU surveyed use cash on a weekly basis.   Not only are cash and cards the most commonly used methods of payment, they’re also the preferred methods of payment for more than 90% of ...

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Employment opportunities are critical to ensure that refugees are able to integrate into their host communities, avoid social and economic exclusion, and begin rebuilding their lives. Refugees need opportunities that will give them hope for the future, and we at Western Union believe that the private sector has an important role to play in this. To help struggling families in both refugee and host communities, economic development that creates more opportunities for job-seekers is absolutely essential – and this is where ...

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Credit or Credit Cards? Which is right for your business?

This blog is written by John Rampton, and does not necessarily reflect the views of Western Union. As any small business owner or entrepreneur will inform you, having an idea for a business will only take you so far. Even if it’s the most revolutionary idea since the invention of the wheel, your idea can fail if there isn’t a market or enough funding to make the idea into a reality. In the past, business owners would often ...

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Where to Teach English Abroad: 5 Government Programs

English is not only the third most commonly spoken language in the world behind Mandarin and Spanish, it’s the lingua franca, common language, for international relations, news, scholarship, commerce, and culture. So it’s no surprise that there’s a huge demand for English teachers overseas. Besides being a great resume builder, teaching English abroad is one of the few ways you can get paid to live overseas without much work experience. Check out which countries have government-sponsored teaching ...

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8 Creative Ways to Stay in Touch While Abroad

Even in the days of social media, smart phones, and Skype, it’s easy to drift apart from friends and family when you move abroad. It takes work to stay in touch, and without joint effort, longlasting relationships can fade. But with a bit of determination, creativity, and planning, you’ll be able to keep up no matter where you are. Check out these tips for staying close to home while being far away. 1. Establish a recurring communication schedule  Designating ...

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