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5 Ways to Validate a Business Idea, Right Now

Don't let your day job or lack of capital stop you from finding and testing a business idea. Here's how.
Last year, I embarked upon a personal challenge to validate a business idea in 30 days. To make it even more difficult, it was a random idea chosen by my readers. They asked me to do it without using my existing website, traffic and business connections and without spending more than 20 hours per week on the project. On top of that, I limited myself to spending no more than $500 validating this idea. The experiment was a success.In just two weeks, I built an email list of 565 subscribers without having an actual website. Then, I reached out to a handful of those subscribers and pre-sold 12 copies of a book that didn't even exist yet, all in less than 30 days. I wrote about the experiment in real-time with in-depth weekly updates, successes, failures and lessons learned along the way, right here in my validation challenge. Today, I want to share with you the five most effect…

Asia's Most Expensive Cities For Expats

Asia has some of the most expensive cities to live in the world for expatriates, with Hong Kong topping Mercer’s annual Cost of Living Survey this year. Asia’s financial hub overtakes Angolan capital Luanda, which consistently topped the list in recent years, owing to the weakening of the African country’s local currency, according to the consulting firm in its press release.
The survey ranks 209 cities across the world, comparing the cost of more than 200 items in each city, including housing, transport, food, clothing and entertainment. The survey is designed for companies to calculate fair allowances for expat workers.
Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich, and Singapore were third and fourth on the list, unchanged from last year’s, and Japanese capital Tokyo rose to fifth.
Half of the cities in the top 10 are in Asia. Check out the gallery to see which Asian cities are in the list.