Michael Murphy

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The Goldilocks Rule: How to Stay Motivated in Life and Business

It was 1955 and Disneyland had just opened in Anaheim, California when a ten-year-old boy walked in and asked for a job. Labor laws were loose back then and the boy managed to land a position selling guidebooks to visitors for $0.50 a piece.<p>Within a year, he had transitioned to Disney's magic shop …

Motivation

Entrepreneurs: Is This Your Forever Business?

Have you thought about when you want to sell your company?<p>A lot of entrepreneurs think selling equates to retirement, but selling your business and retiring are not the same thing.<p>Sure, some people sell because they want to play more golf, but many others sell because they want to go <i>do</i> something …

The Simple Concept That Made Me $6 Million Last Year

On Monday morning, you get a message indicating there’s a new balance in your PayPal account. You check and see that — while you were at the beach …

Retirement

10 Tips for Growing Your Small Business Team - Small Business Trends

Whether you’re building out your sales team or just your staff in general, the quality of your small business team can determine your company’s …

Small Business

Your Content Marketing Strategy Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated

Whether it’s in the latest digital marketing trends or from the keynote at an industry event, we’re constantly being told that “content is king” and that we must “think like a publisher” if we want to stand out online today.<p>It’s easy to nod along, roll up the sleeves, and dive headfirst into the …

65 Things Great Leaders Do Daily to Engage Their Teams

Engaging staff is a daily affair and if you adopt these habits it will help boost morale, motivation, and engagement.<p>Employee engagement should be every leaders number one priority because when you have an engaged, highly motivated team then everything becomes that much easier and it helps to …

Casper Co-Founder on How to Build a Game-Changing Company

Neil Parikh, co-founder of the $100 million mattress startup, explains his company's strategy to truly upend its industry.<p>Nobody likes going to buy a mattress.<p>That simple statement was the driving concept behind online mattress-maker Casper, which launched in April 2014. The New York City company's …

No Money, No Problem: 17 Free Ways to Boost Your Website's SEO

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>SEO is a popular online marketing strategy, and therefore, competitive, but I’m consistently amazed at how many business owners and marketers opt not to engage in an SEO strategy because of its perceived limitations or drawbacks.<p>One of …

Google Search

Hardware is hard: How we built a hardware startup with two engineers and some free time

Saar Yoskovitz Contributor<p>Saar Yoskovitz is founder and CEO of Augury Systems.<p>Hardware is hard. Building a hardware startup is even harder. The good news is that the staggering amount of innovation in rapid prototyping, 3D printing and backend-as-a-service platforms has made hardware development …

Product Management

Magento to Shopify: How to move your money-maker

We also spoke with a couple of other local firms that we had personal connections with, and ultimately, Foundry won our bid. Things that are important for you to consider are:<p>Their exposure to the Shopify setup and API – this will determine how quickly they can work on your site. If they’re still …

Shopify

The Pope: Not just for Catholics anymore

<b>(CNN) —</b> An ordained reverend raised as a conservative Baptist admits to having a "man crush" on the guy. A rabbi long-steeped in the climate crisis credits him for mobilizing Jews to action. An imam from Syria thanks him for protecting his family and people.<p>Pope Francis may be the head honcho of …

A 10-Step Plan for Dramatically Attracting New Customers

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It’s not easy to drive dramatic inbound-lead growth. In fact, many entrepreneurs seem to think it’s an impossible task. But what if I told you it was a lot simpler than you think?<p>Seeing a huge increase in inbound-lead growth -- …

Marketing

Should a Startup Ever Splurge on Logo Design?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>How much should you spend on a logo?<p>I recently asked a friend that owns a branding agency this very question, just to gauge a reaction, and his response was, "how much does it cost to build a house?" Clearly there's a bit of "wise guy" in …

Graphic Design

How To Live a Life With No Regrets

Putting one foot in the grave today can make you a better entrepreneur and a happier person.<p>One of my best memories of the late management icon Peter Drucker was him telling me that the greatest misconception about the entrepreneur's mind set is that they are risk takers. That may be the way they …

How To Take Your Small Business From Floundering To Flourishing

What is that unknown factor that causes some small businesses to fail while others thrive? The statistics on small business failure are daunting.<p>Out …

Facebook's VP of Growth Gives You Tips on Growing Your Product

Alex Schultz is the VP of Growth at Facebook. Before joining the mothership, he was a marketing manager at eBay. He has no educational background in …

A Testable Idea Is Better than a Good Idea

The most irritating innovation insight I’ve had seems paradoxical, but it’s true: good ideas are bad for innovators. Honest.<p>At first, I didn’t believe it either. What could be bad about good ideas? Then, in my work with organizations and executive education students, I started paying even closer …

5 Technologies That Will Blow Up My Business (And Yours) In 2015

There are technologies that are coming and there are technologies that are here. For example, in the next three to seven years your business (and mine) will be affected, in some way, by wearables, the Internet of Things, drones, bendable materials, and 3D printing. But not yet (at least, not for …

Why marketing is a great year-end tax write-off

Before I became obsessed with entrepreneurship and developing businesses (whether my own or someone else’s), there was a time when I spent the majority of my days performing risk management and insuring businesses as an insurance agent. At one point in my career, I insured nearly 300 businesses …

Why You Should Forget Facebook

Has Facebook got you fooled?<p>Are you chasing likes for your brand page? Paying for fans? Maybe it’s time to stop.<p>In 2008 I joined Facebook. It was the …

7 Customer Appreciation Ideas For Your Small Business

Did you know that 68% of customers leave because they feel the company is indifferent to them? Not because of slow service, not because they found a …

The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

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