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10 Books That Will Make You Smarter in 2015 | Inc.com

Yes there's a small company in "A Christmas Carol." But you won't learn much studying the business practices of Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley. With the holiday break stretching before you, pick up (or download) one of these excellent 2014 titles instead. Some will make you think. Some will make …

How To Design An Office That Actually Makes You Better At Work

Forget all the crazy offices designed to make employees more creative. In reality, you only need a few simple things for everyone to get the most out of their workplace.<p>Creative industries are often at the forefront of office design. Think <i>Mad Men</i>-esque advertising agencies in the 1950s, with rooms …

20 Unusual Things 20 Successful People Do Every Day | Inc.com

All the successful people I know have at least one thing they make sure to do every day; one thing they feel contributes greatly to their success.<p>Some of the following are tech entrepreneurs, while others run more conventional businesses. For variety, I've also included a restaurateur and celebrity …

The Awkward Tween Stage: When a Company Isn't a Startup or a Big-Name Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Next week, my company S.W. Basics, a Brooklyn-based natural products company that makes an all-natural and sustainable skincare line is traveling to pitch Target executives. Yes, Target – a huge deal for a company at any stage or …

What I Learned From A Week Of Waking Up Early

For years I’ve written about productive people who accomplish big things before breakfast, but I’m not a morning person myself. What happens when I take my own advice for a week?<p>You know the advice: If you want to get more done, try going to bed earlier and getting up earlier. You turn wasted …

How To Manage Your Startup’s Fast Growth

Rapid scaling is a good problem to have, but it can bring about some new issues. Here’s how to stay grounded.<p>A few years ago, a landmark Stanford study came out showing that people tasked with remembering one digit made much better decisions than people charged with remembering seven digits. The …

Google Hangout: Secrets to Becoming a Sales Powerhouse

Do I really need to be an extrovert to be a good salesperson? How do I start cold calling? What can I do to close the big sale?<p>Starting a business from scratch isn't easy. Finding customers and growing into a sales powerhouse can be, well, a long and difficult road.<p>That's why we've invited …

Netflix CEO Slams ISPs for 'Extracting a Toll Because They Can'

The battle rages on between Netflix and the country's biggest Internet service providers.<p>Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said in a blog post Thursday that the company will pay more ISPs to ensure a good customer experience — but he slammed those providers for "extracting a toll because they can."<p>It's the …

7 Persistent Myths About Intellectual Property

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Posting a copyrighted photo on a blog cost a small public relations company thousands of dollars, even though the photo wasn’t labeled with a copyright notice.<p>Labeling products with a patent number that didn’t match the exact model meant …

The 6 Types of Online Buyers

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In his book</i> Ultimate Guide to Pay-Per-Click Advertising<i>, internet marketing expert Richard Stokes helps you master advanced search engine strategies from top search engine marketers to increase your sales. In this edited excerpt, the</i> …

This Mobile Fashion Marketplace Just Struck a Nifty Deal With the USPS

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Can the U.S. Postal Service – the micromanaged "economic Frankenstein" that it is – do anything for startups?<p>For one mobile fashion upstart, it may actually be a game changer.<p>That's because Poshmark, a site where women create virtual …

10 Low-Cost Weekend Businesses to Start

Check out this list of 10 great, low-cost businesses you can start in your spare time.<p>Whether you want to just make some extra money in your free time or desire to one day quit your day job and create a full-time business, starting a low-cost business on the weekend is an easy way to test the …

How to Start a Pet Business

If you love all the creatures of the earth, starting one of these pet-related businesses might put you on the path to success.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Editor's note: This article was excerpted from <i>Start Your Own</i> <i>Pet Business</i> (Entrepreneur Press).<p>When you think …

How a Google-Backed Startup Ran Out of Money a Year After Its 'Shark Tank' Pitch

When he appeared on ABC's 'Shark Tank,' Aviv Grill got a ton of publicity for his Miso Media guitar learning app. Here's what went wrong after that.

Want to Know Your Brand's Weaknesses? Ask These 3 Questions | Inc.com

No matter how thoughtfully designed or meticulously executed, every brand has its weaknesses--or its “imperfections,” if you will. They are those points of interaction that are less than what were intended by the business's leaders and brand stewards--or more importantly, less than what were …

Customer Experience

The '5-Miracle' Theory: What History's Great Innovations Can Teach You | Inc.com

It was during a family vacation in Rome when technology designer Bran Ferren, then 9-years-old, stood in the Pantheon and had the life-changing realization that design and engineering were not polar fields. Ferren learned that it that it had taken several engineering miracles to build the beautiful …

It's Not Just Tesla: Why Dealers Are Wary of Electric Cars

For a guy who is supposed to be selling electric cars, Mike Kelly isn't a big fan.<p>Kelly, a car dealer in Erie, Pa., who also happens to represent his …

How To Level The Promotion Playing Field

Playing the promotion game can seem unfair. Here’s how to be open about upward momentum.<p>In an ideal world, managers would know exactly who was ready and willing to be promoted, and promotion decisions would be based on who was the best person for the job.<p>But real life doesn’t work like that. Some …

Productivity Tricks: 6 Small Changes to Get More Things Done Today | Inc.com

I've always been a big picture person in the workplace.<p>In an upper management role a few years ago, I was constantly trying to set big goals for my team. We would have a major project going in every department by the end of the year, or we'd decide to stay within a multi-million dollar budget. …

Daymond John: Secrets From a Master Brand Builder

Inc.'s Scott Gerber goes one-on-one with FUBU creator Daymond John on building an effective pitch, a killer brand and a profitable business.

How Intuition Can Fuel Innovation | Inc.com

<i>John Borthwick, co-founder of Betaworks--a tech studio that creates and invests in emerging Web services--attributes much of his success to gut instinct. He and his team are known for Web tools such as Bitly, the URL shortener and analytics provider, and Chartbeat, a real-time Web analytics</i> …

Web Tools

3 Skills You Need To Lead Your Company | Inc.com

Do you have what it takes to run your company successfully?<p>Boris Groysberg, a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, surveyed senior search consultants at a global executive-placement firm to find out what the headhunters are looking for in leaders.<p>The top requirement, …

Leadership

How I Taught Myself to Listen Despite My ADHD

Those of you with attention deficit disorder might not make it to the end of this sentence. I had that problem as a kid, but I found ways to trick my …

Google’s Eric Schmidt On Critics Who Say College Isn’t Worth It: “They’re Just Wrong”

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt took a not-so-subtle swipe at tech critics who say that college is overrated. “There are various people who run around and make claims that higher education is not a good use of your time: they’re just wrong,” he told the audience at the SXSW conference, where he was on …

Obama Gives a Lesson on Knowing Your Audience in 'Between Two Ferns' | Inc.com

In his 2008 campaign for President, Barack Obama made one thing clear: He knew how to reach an audience. Indeed, Obama put together an unbeatable campaign reliant on less-traditional forms of media to garner the support of young voters--and then rode their ballots to the White House.<p>The President's …

How To Improve Your Phone Manner for Business Calls

Speaking on the phone is something that you really can’t avoid if you work in an office or run your own business. If you are shy of taking or making …

A Harvard M.B.A. Means Nothing to Investors | Inc.com

For entrepreneurs, is an M.B.A. a waste of time and money? Not long ago, Cliff Oxford, a three-time Inc. 500 entrepreneur, asserted that it was, unless you went to Harvard or Stanford. At those schools, he argued, the alumni networks were worth the price of admission.<p>But last weekend, a well-known …

Uber Co-founder Garrett Camp Raises $50 Million From Dream Team of Investors | Inc.com

Garrett Camp, the cofounder of Uber and StumbleUpon, has raised $50 million from investors to fund the design and development of new companies. Investors include Camp himself, Google board member Ram Shriram, Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson, HP CEO Meg Whitman, Wordpress founder Matt Mullenweg, …