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4 soft skills LinkedIn says are most likely to get you hired in 2018 — and the online courses to get them

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Project Management

Transform Your Day With This 10-Minute Routine When You First Arrive at the Office

Here's how focusing on the present before moving into the day's goals can change your outlook.<p>The phrase “daily grind” -- meaning a repetitive, tiresome work routine -- may have originated in the mid-1800s, but it’s just as relevant today. Just 33 percent of U.S. workers are engaged in their jobs, …

Time Management

If You Still Don't Know Who Your Ideal Buyer Is, Try These 3 Steps

These three tips will help you develop your ideal customer profile and increase your sales emails' response rates<p>Ever had to buy a gift for someone you didn't really know but really had to impress? Think bosses and in-laws. Choosing items for these people is generally challenging because, unlike a …

Customers

5 Game-Changing Podcasts To Listen To On Your Commute

Podcasts are an excellent and free way to help you to continue learning and set you up for long term success.<p>If you're like me and have a commute to the office, you treat your car, subway, plane, bus or train ride as a classroom. This travel time, whether it's 10 minutes or two hours, is an …

Self-improvement
Evangelical Christianity

How to Drive Traffic With Your Facebook Cover Photo

Want to drive Facebook traffic to your website without using ads? Wondering how your Facebook cover image can help? In this article, you’ll discover …

Marketing

Update your résumé this year by learning these tech and leadership skills

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How to Start a Blog and Make $100,000 a Month Before You're 30

At least, here's how one entrepreneur did it.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Jeff Rose sits down with Michelle Schroeder-Gardner of Making Sense of Cents, a financial blog. Schroeder-Gardner hustled to turn Making Sense of …

Entrepreneurship

Neuroscience Says Listening to This Song for 15 Seconds Will Instantly Make You More Creative | Inc.com

Innovation matters. Creativity matters. Finding new solutions to old problems is what businesses -- and careers -- are often built on.<p>Sound therapy is a popular way to relax and reduce stress. But now you can use the power of music to be more creative.<p>Researchers at Radboud University split …

Creativity

How I Increased My LinkedIn Views By 10x Almost Immediately | Inc.com

For almost as long as I've been writing on the internet, I've been sharing my posts on LinkedIn. To be honest, I did so because it was easy. I just clicked on the little button above and that was that. I never expected many people to see what I wrote, because each update was only seen by a small …

Multi-Level Marketing
Startups

How to Google-Proof Your Website

We all want the Google Juice. We’ve been told it’s the silver bullet to inbound marketing success. But we’re wrong. The only way to truly Google …

Marketing

101 Inspirational Quotes to Inspire You in 2018 | Inc.com

I don't know about you, but I'm ready for 2018. With a new year, we are presented with an opportunity to make a success plan which will help us achieve the goals we have set for ourselves. A new year gives us a chance to renew our commitment to our business and to working hard at being our best …

Motivation

The Most Important Factor in Closing a Deal: 3 Ways Modern Sales Pros Build Trust | Inc.com

Great salespeople close more deals. But finalizing the sale comes at the <i>end</i> of the process.<p>And you'll never get to that point in the sales process if you don't start by building trust, especially since trust is the biggest factor buyers consider. So how do you create an atmosphere of trust with …

Thought Leadership

The 1 Marketing Tactic That Can Grow Your Business in 2018 | Inc.com

During every marketing consultation, I start off with this question: "Who is your #1 salesperson within the company?"<p>For startups, small businesses and even some medium sized ones, the answer is usually the founder/ CEO of the company.<p>They have salespeople, but it's still usually the founder of the …

Marketing

28 phrases the most likable employees use at work

You think words matter? According to a CareerBuilder survey, 50% of employees believe turnover would decrease if managers simply recognized their efforts more frequently.<p>That brings up some obvious questions. Do you compliment your workers for doing good work? If so, how often? And if you're on a …

Employee Engagement

Best Business Books of 2017 | Inc.com

Finding great books that provide new ways to look at the same problems can be all you need to take your business -- and yourself -- to greater heights.<p>That means finding books filled with ideas and perspectives that won't just help you make incremental changes but <i>major</i> changes.<p>The following (in no …

Self-improvement

5 Excellent Apps to Make This New Year Your Strongest Yet | Inc.com

In researching the productivity-focused <i>The Ultimate Bite-Sized Entrepreneur</i>, I discovered one strong truth: The difference between success and failure is priorities. You have to know what to focus on, what to keep on the radar and, to paraphrase LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, what fires to let …

Time I

Why I Send My Company to 200 Trade Shows a Year | Inc.com

If you're running a business-to-business technology company and you're not leveraging trade shows to grow your business, you could be ignoring a sales channel with the potential to accelerate growth.<p>I wasn't always an evangelist for going to selling at trade shows. In fact, I was a pretty big …

Selling

Drafting a Business Plan? Here are #5 Rules for Making it Perfect

Your business plans should be able to persuade people into thinking that working with you or funding your company is a smart choice<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>A business plan is the …

Small Business

4 B2B Marketing Trends You Can't Afford to Miss in 2018

Lack of strategy is the primary reasons why content initiatives fail.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The new year is coming fast, and the best way to prepare -- and stay ahead of your competitors -- is to anticipate upcoming trends in B2B marketing. Just like the …

Marketing

This Marketing Strategy Might Revolutionize the Industry the Way Email Did. Here's How to Get Ahead of the Trend.

What do you know about Messenger marketing?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Email revolutionized the marketing industry. Now Messenger marketing has a chance to do the same.<p>What is Messenger marketing? It's a combination of an email subscription list and Facebook …

Marketing

6 Things to Ask a Potential Business Partner | Inc.com

First of all, let's be honest. The number of businesses that fold due to bad partnerships is staggering. In some cases, they are charlatans, in others inept business people, and others find themselves unable to scale with any growth.<p>And then, there's you. Struggling to get all your information …

Small Business

I've Raised Close to $2 Million in Crowdfunding Campaigns -- Here Are My Secrets

Follow these seven practical tips to make your campaign a success.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I have run three crowdfunding campaigns, all with over 1,000 backers per project, totaling close to $2 million in pledges. One of them raised over $1.2 million for a brand …

Crowd Funding

5 Winning Examples of Sales Emails Done Right | Inc.com

According to Tellwise, the average consumer gets over 100 emails per day, but opens just 23% and clicks on only 2%. When you're sending a sales email, you need to be part of that 2%.<p>But how do you get someone to not only read your email but take action from it? The key is to write a killer sales …

Marketing
Venture Capital

The Economic Impact of High-Growth Startups

<b>Identifying the Next Generation of High-Growth Firms</b><p>While a significant amount of research activity has sought to measure high-growth firms, it …

The benefits of being a little fish: How startups can beat big companies at the PR game

Startups have fewer considerations and competing interests to navigate. Their primary focus is on raising awareness of the company and growing. This enables them to act faster and be more flexible, as well as more creative. One of the best things about startup PR campaigns is that you can have fun …

Successful Serial Entrepreneur David S. Rose: The Business Model All Startups Need to Be Using

Serial entrepreneur, angel investor and New York Times-bestselling author David S. Rose is a strong fixture in the startup community.<p>He is the founder and CEO of Gust, a platform that links up founders with interested investors in more than 80 countries. To date, more than $1.8 billion has been …

Entrepreneurship

Founder Equity Splits for Startups: What You Need to Know

<b>The When</b><p>It can be your startup's first major decision, and therefore it can be your first big mistake. But dividing your company's equity doesn't …

Startups