How Does Carvana Work?

Laveta Brigham

Photo credit: Mark Ralston - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mark Ralston – Getty Images

From Car and Driver

Carvana is an online-only used-car retailer that performs almost all the functions a physical dealer would offer: buying and selling cars, accepting trade-ins, and financing purchases. Naturally, the company’s site contains a thorough FAQ page, but here’s a primer on how it works.

How do I find and buy a car?

It’s as easy as going to the Carvana home page and clicking “Search Cars.” Vehicles costing from around $7000 to $100,000 are sourced from auctions and dealer partners, trade-ins, and cars Carvana buys from private sellers.

Clicking on a car pulls up the vehicle detail page. If someone else has just begun the purchase process, a pop-up displays how long the vehicle’s being held for the other customer. Photos with the “Purchase Pending” graphic have been bought and won’t be available again unless they are returned. You can

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Can You Retire Comfortably if You Only Work a Part-Time Job?

Laveta Brigham

Working part time is nothing new, but the gig economy makes it more attractive than ever to take a high-paying hourly job. Rather than toiling in a single full-time job, online employment platforms make it possible to string together a number of part-time positions for a career that features flexible hours and expanded free time.

However, part-time employment has downsides when it comes to retirement. While full-time workers can receive enticing perks like retirement plans and health insurance, gig workers and others with part-time hours may be solely responsible for their own savings and benefits. That can make it difficult to prepare for the retirement lifestyle you want, especially if you only work a single part-time job.

“I’m going to tell you as a retirement planner … it is not possible for most people,” says Wendy Terrill, owner of retirement planning firm Assurance & Guarantee in Burlington, North Carolina.

Still,

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83% of companies ready to embrace new work conditions after coronavirus

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The work-related changes brought on by the coronavirus are looking more and more permanent.

Mercer, a human resources consulting firm, found that a majority of companies it surveyed are planning to continue offering employees “flexibility” around how and where their workers perform their duties after the crisis is over.

Some companies that are adopting this strategy: Twitter (TWTR) and Square (SQ), both founded and run by Jack Dorsey, and Facebook (FB), which also announced that it would normalize salaries to wherever people end up this January, allowing them to work remotely permanently.

Various market and labor observers have quipped that the coronavirus caused a decade of change in the blink of an eye, but a big question looming over workers and employees has been whether this increased flexibility around work locations and hours will stick. For many employers, the answer seems to be yes.

“A couple of us [at Mercer]

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Top tips for shopping online marketplaces for back-to-school and remote work supplies

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The early days of the pandemic put an urgency in Americans to buy home gym equipment and video games to help pass the time. Now as COVID-19 remains an everyday presence in the country, people are outfitting their homes to foster learning and productivity.

Searches and purchases for remote learning and working essentials like desks, webcams, and printers were up as much as 200% from July to August compared with the previous year, according to data from OfferUp, an online peer-to-peer marketplace.

The run on goods caused by quarantine measures has sent the retail supply chain into overload with Americans turning to secondary markets, or ‘re-commerce,’ the portmanteau of recycling and e-commerce.

Online marketplaces have replaced traditional yard sales and the go-to destination for second-hand goods. (Photo: Getty)
Online marketplaces have replaced traditional yard sales and the go-to destination for second-hand goods. (Photo: Getty)

“More and more people are turning to retail marketplaces like OfferUp to buy things that they really need,” Nick Huzar, CEO and

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How to be appreciated for your hard work as a developer

Laveta Brigham

So you’re interested our Growth Quarters subbrand? Then join our online event, TNW2020, where you’ll hear how the most successful founders kickstarted and grew their companies. Let me start with a simple exercise.

This article was originally published on .cult by Tomasz Lakomy. .cult is a Berlin-based community platform for developers. We write about all things career-related, make original documentaries and share heaps of other untold developer stories from around the world.

Imagine that you’re a developer at Scqber – it’s like Uber, but for squirrels.

Scqber is a huge company (that still prefers to call itself ‘a startup,’ for some reason), with hundreds of engineers, product managers, and engineering managers all contributing to the same project.

Since you believe in the company‘s mission (obviously) and in growing your career, you work really hard, deliver features, bugs, bug-fixes, rollbacks, and all other deliverables

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100 Ways To Work Better From Home

Laveta Brigham

As of March 19, 58% of American knowledge workers were working from home, according to Forbes — and that percentage has likely increased since then. Although many have now spent weeks and months working remotely, you might still be struggling to adjust to the new normal. And with many working from home for the foreseeable future, it’s not too late to take steps to optimize that experience.

From setting up an ideal home office to making the most of available technology and learning to balance parental and office duties — all while staying sane — here are 100 ways to work better from home.

Last updated: Sept. 3, 2020

How To Set Up a Home Office

If you’re still taking your meetings and sending off emails from your bed every day, you probably don’t have the most efficient setup. Now is the time to create a home office that will

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Producers Guild Issues Protocols For Safe Return To Work

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The Producers Guild of America has issued its protocols for the safe return to work on scripted and unscripted independent productions.

The guidelines stress “regular testing” for COVID-19; workdays no longer than 10 hours; no COVID-related liability waivers; “absolutely no visitors” on set; the sanitizing of shared surfaces; proper ventilation in closed spaces, and remote working and videoconferencing whenever possible.

Read the full protocols here.

“As fellow producers, we all feel the need to get back to work while still making sure that our cast and crew are safe and protected,” said PGA presidents Lucy Fisher and Gail Berman. “We hope that our guidelines will help make this new reality possible for independent producers and provide an accessible resource for the broader creative community.”

The PGA said: “Through the collective power of the Guild’s network of producers and deep industry knowledge, these guidelines offer a comprehensive and detailed recommendation of

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how they work and what they pay

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Stumped by student finance? Here’s the Guardian Money guide to what it is, how it works and what you need to do.

Help, I haven’t applied!

Don’t worry, it’s not too late, but you should get a move on. Some applications can be processed in two days, but some can take up to six weeks or more, says the Student Loans Company (SLC). It will try to make sure late applicants have at least some funding in place at the start of term.

Remind me how it all works

Student finance is the official government funding for university tuition fees and living costs.

The tuition fee loan covers course fees and is paid directly to your university or college.

The maintenance loan is designed to help with living costs such as accommodation and food. How much you get depends on your household income,

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Princess Sofia Will Continue Work at Hospital Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Princess Sofia of Sweden is continuing to do her part as the coronavirus pandemic stretches on.

The princess will continue to volunteer at the hospital, after first joining frontline efforts back in April. Margareta Thorgren, the Head of Information for The Royal Court of Sweden, told Expressen, “Princess Sofia continues her work at Sophiahemmet and will start her part-time job again in September. She is very much looking forward to it.”

In a speech earlier this summer, Princess Sofia spoke of her experience as a medical assistant. “The last few months have been tough for very many, not least in healthcare,” she said. “All efforts have been needed, and I know that several of you have gone in and supported in different parts of healthcare. I, myself, got an opportunity to come in and work at Sophiahemmet and still do. In fact, with some of you.”

“But to see

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Can I work from home overseas?

Laveta Brigham

A woman on the beach with a laptop
A woman on the beach with a laptop

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, more of us have been getting used to working from home. With social distancing measures still in force, some companies have suggested workers may not be back in the office until 2021.

So if you’re getting bored of the same four walls, are you allowed to pack up your home office and work remotely from another country?

Can I go anywhere?

Because of the pandemic, not every country is letting in people from the UK right now.

Australia and New Zealand, for example, have closed their borders to anyone who isn’t a citizen or permanent resident.

Many countries have other restrictions. For example, in order to enter Cyprus, a negative coronavirus test result needs to be presented on arrival.

If you fancy the Caribbean, however, this option is more straightforward. Barbados has announced a one-year

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