Tiny houses are more popular than ever, but they’re not the bargain everyone thinks they are

The pandemic further fueled the popularity of tiny houses, sending a boom in sales. picture alliance / Getty The tiny house movement has grown even stronger during the pandemic, but that’s made them more expensive. For some buyers, tiny houses are a more affordable alternative to the housing crisis. But they actually cost 62% more per square footage than regular houses, per Porch.com. See more stories on Insider’s business page. In a time when space is the ultimate luxury, tiny living is still going strong. The tiny house movement burgeoned in the last decade, as mostly young 20- and 30-somethings opted for the minimalist life that came with living in… Read More

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Childcare centers say staff are leaving them in droves for better wages, including for $15-an-hour roles at Walmart

The US Treasury Department said in a report last week that childcare workers have an average annual pay of $24,230. DANIEL R. PATMORE/ AP Childcare businesses are struggling to find enough staff, The Washington Post reported. Staff are leaving for better wages, including as bank tellers and nannies, companies said. “The pay is absolute crap for what’s required for the position,” a former childcare worker said. See more stories on Insider’s business page. Childcare businesses are struggling to find enough staff because workers are leaving the industry for better pay, The Washington Post reported. South Shore Stars, a non-for-profit that runs early-childhood programs in eastern Massachusetts, told the publication that nobody had… Read More

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France is doing everything it can to show its anger at a cancelled $50 billion submarine contract, shocking officials in the US, UK, and Australia

The Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Waller (SSG 75), a Collins-class diesel-electric submarine, is seen in Sydney Harbour on November 2, 2016. PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images French fury towards the US and other allies has taken many in Washington by surprise. France is furious after Australia canceled a lucrative submarine contract with a French firm. Biden aides are said to believe Paris overreacted and will resume normal relations. See more stories on Insider’s business page. The level of French fury towards the US and Australia over a canceled submarine contract has surprised officials in Washington. France recalled its ambassadors to both countries and accused the two powers of “lying” to… Read More

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DoorDash expands alcohol delivery to 20 states, Canada and Australia

DoorDash is expanding its alcohol deliveries | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Food delivery platform DoorDash said Monday it’s expanding its alcohol delivery service to 20 new states and the District of Columbia, Canada, and Australia, which it says will reach 100 million adults worldwide. “Customers in select markets, where legally permissible, can toggle to the Alcohol tab of the DoorDash app to browse and safely order from a wide selection of drinks from restaurants, grocery stores, local retailers, and convenience stores,” the company said in a press release. DoorDash cited a 2020 study from the National Restaurant Association that found 56 percent of customers over 21 would… Read More

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Working from home doesn’t have to be boring – here are 5 ways to reenergize your remote work routine

Establishing a work area is key to developing a work-home life balance. 10’000 Hours/Getty Images Working from home has become the new normal for many workers during COVID. Morissa Schwartz, who has worked from home her whole career, says there are several tricks to keep it exciting. Try adding background noise that helps your concentration, and switch it up by working outside or at a local cafe. See more stories on Insider’s business page. While the ongoing health crisis normalized working from home for many positions, I have worked from home my entire professional career. I have never set foot in an office, and my two companies operate entirely remotely.… Read More

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Risk-off sentiment in stocks and crypto could drive volatility higher and lead to a further pullback in the S&P 500, according to Fairlead’s Katie Stockton

Lucas Jackson/Reuters Risk-off selling in stocks and crypto could lead to a new regime of higher volatility and more pullbacks in the S&P 500. “The breakdown is associated with a negative short-term momentum reading from the daily MACD indicator, the first of its kind year-to-date,” Fairlead’s Katie Stockton said. Stockton sees initial support for the S&P 500 at 4,322, representing 2% downside from Friday’s close. Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. Markets may be entering a new regime of higher volatility amid risk-off selling in stocks and cryptocurrencies, technical analyst Katie Stockton of Fairlead Strategies said in a note on Monday. Stocks were… Read More

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The Bay Area’s COVID hotel experiment: Successes and uncertainty

For much of the past year, Heather Chavez waited in fear of being kicked out of the comfortable Livermore hotel room that had become her refuge during the COVID pandemic. As funding deadlines came and went, and residents received frightening notices warning that they’d soon have to move along, she was terrified she’d have to go back to sleeping in a car or RV on the side of the road. Instead, after months of uncertainty, Chavez and her husband recently secured a subsidized apartment in Alameda. It’s 10 blocks from the beach, and allowed them to bring their 13-year-old pitbull, Chico. “It’s beautiful,” she said, adding that she cried when… Read More

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The latest Apple TV 4K is $30 off through Apple’s refurbished store

Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge If you’ve been waiting on a deal for the latest Apple TV, which has a faster processor and includes the new Siri remote, you can save $30 on it by buying refurbished through Apple itself via Slickdeals. The 32GB model costs $149 (was $179) and the 64GB model is $169 (was $199), but supplies are likely limited. While buying refurbished usually comes with a few words of caution, Apple’s refurbished program ensures that products are in brand-new condition, with a full one-year manufacturer warranty. It even supports AppleCare, so you can extend the warranty if you’d like. Read our review. Another great deal… Read More

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TV tonight: ‘NCIS’ returns, along with a Hawaiian spin-off

TV and streaming picks for Monday, Sept. 20 WATCH THIS: “Dancing with the Stars” (8 p.m., ABC): The ballroom competition returns for its 30th season — and so does Len Goodman! He’ll be part of an expanded judges panel alongside Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough. Fifteen new celebrities are ready to bring their sparkle and shimmy to the ballroom, including Matt James of “The Bachelor,” Olympic gymnast Suni Lee, TV actor Brian Austin Green and pop star JoJo Siwa. Celebrity and professional dancer pairings will be revealed during the show. “The Voice” (8 p.m., NBC): The popular reality competition returns to launch its 21st search for a… Read More

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