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3 Common – and Dangerous – Myths About Business Plans

Business plans aren’t only for entrepreneurs. Any new venture requires thorough planning before you launch it if you want a reasonable chance of …

Beware of These 6 Assumptions in Your Startup

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It’s easier to dream than to do, and by necessity, entrepreneurs are some of the the most daring dreamers around.<p>However, they also have to be the "doers" to make those dreams reality. And to get there, each entrepreneur has to figure out …

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The 4 Worst Tips I Got When I Started My Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I started my company, Headbands of Hope, as a college student. Having zero business experience, I leaned on outside advice to get started and all my questions answered. During this time, I received some of the best advice that I’ve …

A New Way to Make Hand-Stamped Tote Bags in Under 30 Minutes

We’re no stranger to canvas totes or the possibilities they provide for an awesome style DIY. So when our friends at Michaels wanted to team up with us for a DIY Tote Bag station at this year’s Re:Make, our reply went something like, <i>“Oh, we got this.”</i><p>As our current obsession with stamping and …

Crafting

How to Write Brilliant Blog Posts: 5 Tips from Psychology

<i>This is a guest contribution from Ellen Jackson of Potential Psychology.</i><p>Are you ready to rock a brilliant blog post? Do you want to write faster, …

The Four Best Productivity Tricks I Learned At Google

A two-year tenure at Google gave a team of people the productivity skills to start their own venture.<p>When Google acquired the online photo editor Picnik in 2010, CMO Lisa Conquergood and the rest of the Picnik team went, too. They worked on the site until Google narrowed its focus and closed Picnik …

How to Increase Mental Toughness: 4 Secrets From Navy SEALs and Olympians

Know what’s really interesting? Learning how Navy SEALs build mental toughness to handle deadly situations.<p>Know what else is really interesting? …

13 Rules for Being Alone and Being Happy About It

When I travel alone, what I learn about is myself. I learn about my own strengths, and I learn about my own weaknesses and insecurities. I've never come home from a trip feeling anything less than a better, stronger person.<p>As you read this, I'm flying back to The U.S. from China. Alone. While I was …

What Does The Coffee You Drink Say About Your Personality?

Drinking coffee is good for you. Not only can a few cups a day lower your risk of a heart attack, even smelling coffee can make you less stressed out. And the type of coffee you drink? Well, that can actually say a lot about you.<p>Thanks to the folks at the Coffee Tasting Club, we have a (somewhat …

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Lightning Quick Photo Edit: See a Landscape Photo Transformed in Just 5 Minutes

If you think editing a beautiful landscape image in Camera RAW and Photoshop ought to take 30 minutes or an hour or longer, landscape photographer …

4 body language moves that will change your life for the better

The answer to these problems may be as simple as changing body habits or adjusting your body language.<p>I like to call them body language boosts. It turns out that what the body does and how the brain responds are very closely connected.<p>As more and more studies prove, there are some easy ways to …

How to Build a 6-Figure Business While Traveling Around the World

It's not everyday you meet someone with the luxury of running a multiple 6-figure online business, while being able to explore the world at the same time.<p>This is why I'm excited to be sharing this interview with Natalie Sisson, who is a best-selling author of The Suitcase Entrepreneur -- a title …

12 Productivity Blogs Smart People Read

The same old motivational secrets don’t really motivate you after you’ve read them for the tenth time, do they?<p>How about a unique spin on …

DIY: Wine Bottle Citronella Candles | Hello Glow

Summer nights should be magical and free of pesky, buzzing mosquitos, but if you’re anywhere east of the Rockies this probably isn’t your fate. Along …

Candles

Why Introverts Make Great Entrepreneurs

Conventional wisdom says you need to be an extrovert to start a successful business. That’s wrong for all sorts of reasons.<p>Imagine a typical entrepreneur.<p>A quiet, reserved introvert is probably not what first came to mind. Aren’t entrepreneurs supposed to be gregarious and commanding—verbally adept …

Entrepreneurship

11 productivity tricks small-business owners can use to get more done every day

But your personal productivity helps determine your company's productivity, so it's crucial that you stay efficient.<p>To help you out, we scoured the web for the most practical and insightful advice on getting things done. Read on for tips on prioritizing tasks, managing digital distractions, making …

Small Business

The Top 9 Mistakes First-Time Entrepreneurs Make--and How To Avoid Them

Have you made any of these mistakes? What steps are you taking to prevent these from happening?<p>For many, it’s the dream: Leaving your career and making the move to entrepreneurship. Some of us are even skipping college to get a head start on starting our businesses.<p>I’ve worked for and consulted …

Entrepreneurship

4 More Subtle Signs for Seeing a Therapist (and Finding a Good One)

In an earlier post we shared three signs it might be time to see a therapist. Today, we’re sharing four more signs. Because you don’t have to be in …

Mental Disorders

The Best Tourist Attraction in Every State

One of the best things about this great nation of ours is that we don't like to be bored. Like, ever. But mostly, on road trips. Which is why we have all these bizarre roadside attractions.<p><i>By: Matt Meltzer</i><p>One of the best things about this great nation of ours is that we don't like to be bored. …

National Parks

Google unveils simpler portal for users to delete data it has about them

Unending scrutiny from regulators is keeping pressure on Google to get better about explaining how it tracks users and how they can tinker with privacy settings.<p>On Monday, Google unveiled a website at privacy.google.com that answers questions more clearly than ever.<p>In case you didn't know, Google …

Makoko Floating School, beacon of hope for the Lagos 'waterworld' – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 48

Driving into Lagos along the Third Mainland Bridge, the city greets us with a sky as thick as coal-slurry and a soundtrack as soulful as Fela Kuti. Pedestrians slowly criss-cross the eight lanes as we drive, while could-be Area Boys transform the beds of pickup trucks into mobile azonto …

Simple Tips To Improve Your Travel Photography – Photographing Local Parks

5 Simple Money-Saving Tips for Senior Travelers

Avoid school holidays, spring break, and summer peak season (usually the month of July), and you could not only save a bundle on flights, hotels, and attractions but you may just have them to yourself!<p>You already know travel keeps you active, connected, and curious. Experts routinely cite travel as …

World Health Organization

Queen Elizabeth II owns every dolphin in Britain and doesn't need a driving license — here are the incredible powers you didn't know the monarchy has

Queen Elizabeth II is not like you and me.<p>Did you know she is immune from prosecution? That she has her own personal poet, paid in Sherry wine? Or that she holds dominion over British swans and can fire the entire Australian government?<p>It's true that her role as the British head of state is largely …

Gardening 101: How to Care for an Orchid

A lot of people bemoan their incompetence at growing orchids. I have the opposite problem–an inability to kill my scraggly supermarket-variety …

The 6 Most Valuable Grocery Items You Can Buy

138 ways to use these everyday items<p>When it comes to utility, not all grocery items are created equal.<p>If value can be defined by versatility then, …