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These Free Online Courses From Google Will Boost Your Career No Matter What Business You're In

From product design to LinkedIn strategies, Google has a lot to teach executives and entrepreneurs.<p>Google has a lot it wants to teach us. The search giant offers a massive number of online courses, many of them targeted to students or recent graduates through Grow with Google. Others will teach you …

Online Life

The Next Hot Market: Freelancers

Starting a business, even a one-person shop, comes with financial risk. But does “the system”—government, banks, healthcare companies and other institutions—add to the hazards, by making life unduly hard for the self-employed?<p>That question—once rarely asked by anyone other than freelancers …

Employment

Investing: 3 tricks billionaires use to make their money work for them

You don't necessarily need billions of dollars to invest like a billionaire.<p>You don't need a billion-dollar brokerage account to invest like a billionaire. While there are some billionaire investing strategies that are obviously out of reach to most people, such as acquiring a controlling stake in …

Investing

Master the art of project management with this Lean Six Sigma online course

Do you love getting stuff done? Do you treat your list of daily goals as absolute gospel? Does efficiency make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? If …

4 Tips on Being Empathetic in Contentious Negotiations

When negotiating gets tough, empathy can help you get to a breakthrough.<p>Negotiations can be tough, especially if the other person plays hardball. In these instances, understandably, you may want to get in and out as quickly as possible to avoid feelings of discomfort or intimidation. But by rushing …

Read 'The Cabin At The End Of The World' And You Won't Sleep For A Week

The worst kind of horror plays for shock — for extremes of blood and gore and screaming nonsense. It is instantly recognizable for existing in a universe too far gone from our own to truly haunt anyone still tethered to the everyday.<p>The best kind of horror is soft. Quiet. Almost gentle in its …

Books

I pay $1,000 in annual fees for the Chase Sapphire Reserve and the Amex Platinum — and as far as I’m concerned, the math checks out

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network.</i><p>When I speak with people about credit card rewards programs and the best cards out there, many of them tend to focus on finding a card without an annual …

Personal Finance

5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Start A Business

The statistics are a bit dire: 20% of small businesses do not make it past their first year — and fully half will close their doors before their five-year anniversary. Nonetheless, eager entrepreneurs regularly take the plunge in order to follow the American Dream of owning their own business. If …

Small Business

Double chocolate oat cookies

I saw a report the other day saying that after decades during which life expectancy has kept on rising, in 2010 it abruptly stopped.<p>Most of us can …

Food

Work Remotely? This Little-Known Tax Provision Could Save You Thousands

The IRS will give you up to $16,000 to explore the world. Here's how.<p>In the digital age, it is no longer unique to work remotely. Many jobs can be done from home with little more than a computer, a VPN, and a stable internet connection. This can be an excellent option for both employers who can …

Desperate for jobs, Venezuelan immigrants turn to ride-hailing services across Latin America

One month ago, Yonathan Segovia, a Cabify driver originally from Venezuela, was allegedly attacked by a mob of taxi drivers on the streets of Quito in Ecuador.<p>In the video that documents the aftermath of his alleged assault, a short-of-breath Segovia narrates to his cell phone what happened. Behind …

Why You Need An Advisory Board Before A Business Plan

I was sitting in a coffee shop next to a tremendously powerful businesswoman. Nervously, I asked her what was the one thing I should be doing to launch my business and get investors to take me seriously. Five years later, her words still resonate. “When your business has no credibility, you build …

Entrepreneurship

How to protect your router and Wi-Fi from Russian hackers

A few weeks ago, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued an alert about state-supported Russian hackers carrying out attacks against a large number of home routers in the U.S. These hackers are organized, motivated and well-funded.<p>They’re not a bunch of misanthropic …

Wi-Fi

How One Man Turned $2,000 Into $500 Million

If you’re a newer entrepreneur finding your way toward success, this man’s story will inspire you and give you four strategies that helped him turn $2,000 into over $500 million.<p><b>Who is Tim Gill?</b><p>In the early 1980s, Tim Gill found himself newly unemployed. He was let go from a small business due to …

Entrepreneurship

A Dutch 'boy genius' said he could get the ocean to clean itself. Turns out, he's right.

<b>In 2012 — when he was just 18 — Dutch inventor and entrepreneur Boyan Slat gave his first TEDx Talk about cleaning up the ocean .</b><p>In his talk, he laid …

Pollution

“The Clock Is Ticking”: Inside the Worst U.S. Maritime Disaster in Decades

A recording salvaged from three miles deep tells the story of the doomed “El Faro,” a cargo ship engulfed by a hurricane.<p>I. “The Clock Is Ticking”<p>In the darkness before dawn on Thursday, October 1, 2015, an American merchant captain named Michael Davidson sailed a 790-foot U.S.-flagged cargo ship,</i> …

Less Lawn

By Pam Penick<p>Lawn has long enjoyed its unique status as our country's default ground cover — rolled out like wall-to-wall carpeting around every …

5 Dirt-Cheap Index Funds That Invest in Dividend Stocks

Dividend investors typically rely on their regular income payments to either pay the bills or grow their nest eggs via reinvestment. Either way, it’s …

Calling George Smiley! My 5 Best Strategies for Spying on Your Competition.

John Le Carré's famous character isn't the only one peering around corners. You should be doing the same.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Here's a mind-blowing fact: My <i>competitor</i> saved me tens of thousands of dollars.<p>I’ll tell you how shortly, but first I want to …

Spying

Scientists studying psychoactive drugs accidentally proved the self is an illusion

Philosophers and mystics have long contemplated the disconcerting notion that the fixed self is an illusion. <b></b>Neuroscientists now think they can prove it or, at least, help us glimpse this truth with some help from psilocybin, the psychoactive property in magic mushrooms.<p>Researchers around the world …

How Energy Storage Systems Could Replace Natural Gas Power Plants

Energy storage has gotten so cheap that it's now replacing natural gas peaker plants around the world.<p>One of the reasons natural gas has grown to …

Natural Gas

Where the super rich store their money, and where everybody else does

Last month, President Donald Trump reportedly floated a potential new campaign slogan: “How’s your 401(k) doing?”<p>Fair enough... the stock market has …

Stock Markets

Here's what an effective LinkedIn profile looks like in 2018

Hate to break it to you, but if you're treating LinkedIn like an old-fashioned Rolodex, you're doing it wrong.<p>Nearly every industry uses LinkedIn to find and vet job candidates, and over 90% of recruiters rely on the site, according to data from the Society of Human Resource Management. So your …

Employment

Looking To The Cloud: Entrepreneurs' Favorite Apps

Marketing and brand strategy consultant Rebecca Horan discovered her favorite cloud-based tool while starting her one-woman firm after a potential overseas client asked a simple question: How can I work with you?<p>“Here I had an eager prospective client and no way to accept payment from her, as I …

5 reasons everyone should own a multimeter

Home improvement addicts really get excited about their power tools. And in the shadow of drills and sanders, the multimeter doesn't get much love. Too bad, because multimeters are just as useful and have become something I recommend to every DIYer.<p>If you don't yet own one, this guide explains ways …

Estonia, the Digital Republic

Its government is virtual, borderless, blockchained, and secure. Has this tiny post-Soviet nation found the way of the future?<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Up the Estonian coast, a five-lane highway bends with the path of the sea, …

Europe

Revealed: The Secrets Of One Of The World's Dirtiest Banks And Its Powerful Western Protectors

Blatant forgery. Snarling guard dogs. Shredded evidence. Leaked documents reveal the farcical scramble inside one of the world’s dirtiest banks to conceal incriminating information – while some of the planet's most prestigious accountants and lawyers used their powers to keep the bank in …

Top Ten Business Books For 2017

Just in time for the holidays, here is a list of 10 books, published this year, that you may want to consider putting under the corporate tree for your boss or colleague. While much of what I read is focused on customer service and customer experience, you’ll also find books listed here about …

Customer Service

6 Things the Most Organized People Do Every Day

Your life is busy. Work/life balance is a challenge. You feel like you’re spreading yourself so thin that you’re starting to disappear.<p>Most of us …