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The Importance of Staying True to Your Roots as an Entrepreneur

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Should you stay or should you go? This is a question many aspiring entrepreneurs ponder as they are building their startup dream on the side while working a full-time job. It can be a tricky time, as many people need a stable …

Entrepreneurship

How to Deal With Self-Doubt

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I woke up feeling a little strange this morning. It’s not the first time, but it’s usually associated with having a little too much fun the night before. Sadly, that was not the case. So I did what I usually do – ignored it and hoped it …

Self-confidence

A 'Sneaky' Way to Save More for Retirement

This story originally appeared on CNBC<p>Which health-care choices you make come open-enrollment time could lead to healthier finances in retirement.<p>Health savings accounts and health reimbursement accounts, usually meant to cover short-term out-of-pocket health-care expenses, are getting more popular …

Retirement

Protect Your Business Name: Tips on How to Secure a Trademark (Infographic)

Once you have poured your blood, sweat and tears into a business, the last thing you want is for your company name or logo to be hijacked by another business.<p>A trademark protects the word, symbol, design or combination associated with your company from being replicated. By obtaining a federally …

Small Business

The 5 Secrets to Making Larger Sales

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the greatest points of distinction between top sales performers and everyone else is average sale size. Great salespeople typically make much larger sales than the rest of the team -- often by a factor of four to 10 times that of …

Selling

Billionaire Entrepreneur Mark Cuban: 'Failure is Part of the Success Equation'

“I failed.”<p>Those are two words you might not expect from Mark Cuban, <i>Shark Tank</i>’s only billionaire judge. But he’s had his share. Take, for instance, when he tried selling powdered milk. It was a swift lesson in failure -- about as fast as reconstituting powdered milk with water. “I honestly thought …

Entrepreneurship

5 Simple Tactics to Keep You Organized and on Task Every Day

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Ever get to 3 p.m. only to realize that you haven’t crossed off a single thing on your to-do list? Welcome to the life of a small business owner.<p>It's common to feel like you're playing defense. How can you switch things around to play …

Social Media

How to Make Your Cash and the Investor's Patience Last Until You're Profitable

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Cashflow is a basic survival metric for every startup. Investors check your <i>burn rate</i> to assess your efficiency, and project your remaining <i>runway</i> before you run out of money and into a brick wall. Don’t wait until you are almost out of …

Small Business

How to Select a Tax Professional for Your Small Business

This story originally appeared on FOX BUSINESS<p>If you own a business, it is critical to find a tax preparer who understands the tax implications of owning a small business as well as your particular needs in order to establish a beneficial relationship. And just because you’ve used the same …

3 Reasons to Not Form a Company in California

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Every year thousands of new companies are incorporated in California. As the nation’s most populous state at 38 million people, California is home to such companies as Walt Disney and Adobe. Despite California’s appeal and allure, forming …

Small Business

Stop Listening to These 5 Self-Limiting Beliefs Stunting Your Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Every successful entrepreneur had to conquer many self-limiting beliefs before they could grow their business. These beliefs may be buried deep in your mind, or maybe you’ve verbalized them, but these self-limiting beliefs will keep your …

Self-improvement

The 25 Tools Every Entrepreneur Should Know About

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most entrepreneurs have a lot of responsibilities on their plate from day one of operation. Everything from hiring employees, managing teams, marketing the brand and dealing with finances can fall under a founder's responsibilities. …

Small Business

5 Golden Pieces of Leadership Advice for Young Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I’m sure that most entrepreneurs and business leaders would confess to having been in a situation of feeling overwhelmed and in over their head.<p>In such circumstances, leaders might rely on the “say yes to everything now and figure it out …

Leadership

The One Question Successful Business Owners Always Ask Themselves

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I run a 10-person company and it’s profitable. Don’t get the wrong impression. I'm not making millions, but the company does well enough to provide for my people and my family. It wasn’t always this way, though.<p>For the first five or six …

Profit

The Truth About Intelligence and the Many Paths to Greatness

2 min read<p>This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes<p>To say it was challenging for me to get good grades in school is an understatement.<p>No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t read and pretty much every class I took made me feel like an ignorant child.<p>Although I lacked in school, I learned to …

IQ

Franchise Players: A Franchising Power Couple on Making Tough Decisions

4 min read<p><i>Franchise Players is Entrepreneur’s Q&A interview column that puts the spotlight on franchisees. If you're a franchisee with advice and tips to share, email</i> <i>ktaylor@entrepreneur.com.</i><p>When Robin and Ellen Hazel became BrightStar Care franchisees, they didn't have much experience in the …

Entrepreneurship

How These Parents Went From Sleepless Nights to Pitching a Million-Dollar Business on 'Shark Tank'

Stephanie and Brett Parker created the Zipadee-Zip out of necessity – and quickly won over thousands of exhausted moms. But getting their company, Sleeping Baby, pitch-perfect for <i>Shark Tank</i> took much more than one good idea.<p>The Parkers' journey as entrepreneurs began when their first child, …

Entrepreneurship

Competition Is for Sissies

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>People say competition is good. That is either a flat out lie or just dumb. Competition is for sissies. The goal is ultimately to dominate.<p>People make the mistake of getting too caught up in competing with the wrong players. They are too …

Real Estate

4 Secrets to Cultivating a Winning Team Gleaned From Pro Football

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>With fall, comes football season and many of us are spending a lot of time cheering on our favorite teams. However, football can bring us more than amazing drives and game-winning touchdowns. A closer look at these teams shows …

Football (U.S.)

How Successful People Deal With Stress

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>LinkedIn Influencer, Bernard Marr, published this post originally on LinkedIn.</i><p>A survey by TalentSmart showed that 90 percent of top performers know how to manage their emotions in times of stress so that they remain cool, calm, and able …

Success

9 Ways to Show More Confidence in Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Many entrepreneurs share specific qualities that are vital for starting and growing a business. They are passionate, resilient, focused on opportunities and comfortable with risks. But the quality that might have the most influence over …

Self-improvement

3 Personality Types That Can Make the Startup Rollercoaster a Bumpy Ride

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>With its ups and downs and twists and turns, I’m sure most of you can readily appreciate the metaphor of life as a rollercoaster.<p>This analogy also often applies to startup life, but the metaphor isn't completely accurate. The truth is, as …

Entrepreneurship

The Power of Building Offline Connections in a Digital World

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In a digital-crazy world, it’s important to get back to our core, to remember that in-person networking is extraordinarily powerful, perhaps even more powerful than digital networking.<p>So how do we set ourselves up for success when it …

3 Keys to a Successful Business-to-Business Company

Your clients are businesses, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't treat them like people.<p>The world of e-commerce is continually evolving. Business to business (B2B) online revenue is rapidly catching up to business to consumer (B2C) e-commerce revenue, with B2B expected to reach $800 billion to $1 …

Customer Experience