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How to Build a Hand Tool Wall for Easy Access to Your Tools

This hand tool wall keeps your tools accessible and easy to find.<p>Pegboards have been a popular way of hanging tools for years, and new tool organizers are also being put to good use. But one of the best ways to hang tools is by building your own tool wall that has a hanger specifically sized to fit …

Woodworking

Opinion: Four reasons for investors to buy biotechnology stocks now

Beaten-down biotechnology stocks have been so cheap for so long, rattled investors pray every day that a big drug company with firepower will swoop …

14 Great Reasons to Start Your Own Business Today

It may seem easy to think of reasons not to start your business -- but here are plenty of reasons why you should.<p>Thinking about starting a business, but just aren't sure you're ready?<p>You <i>are</i> ready.<p>Here's why.<p><b>1. You do have the money.</b><p>As Growthink founder Dave Lavinsky says, being an entrepreneur is …

Why You Should Stop Waiting For Funding And Just Build Your Business

Recently, I met two young entrepreneurs at a coffee shop. They were engaging, interesting, and smart. They both had great ideas, and I enjoyed talking with them. I started asking them questions about their vision and how far they had taken their ideas. They saw me as a potential investor, so they …

3 Types Of Grants For Your Small Business To Consider

A grant must sound too good to be true for small business owners—it’s free money, plain and simple. No repayments or interest rates, no credit scores, no haggle, no hassle… Right?<p>Unfortunately, funding your small business with grants isn’t that easy. Otherwise, every small business owner on the …

Small Business

Steve Jobs: don't start a business unless there's 'a wrong that you want to right'

As the funding climate in Silicon Valley cools, a lot of old-timers are looking on the bright side: at least this will wash out the startup founders who were only ever in it for the money — the "tourists" as Alfred Lin from Sequoia calls them. Another investor recalled that after the dot-com crash …

How This Online Design Company Got Google Ventures Funding -- On The First Pitch

Umaimah Mendhro (oo-my-ma mend-ro) is one of the few entrepreneurs who can say she won funding on her first pitch. It sounds like a lucky break, but she’s been piecing together an ambitious plan since childhood.<p>Mendhro’s earliest memory is wanting to build and lead a large, multi-national company. …

San Francisco

4 Fundamental Things Good Leaders Always Do -- And Never Do

<b>1. Make sure praise flows to those who deserve it</b> - As the old (but true) leadership saying goes, “Give credit, take accountability.” Effective leaders know that thoughtful recognition for strong performance is a fine way to encourage more of the same in the future, and are eager to provide praise …

Leadership

Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund -- Investing in Stocks the Easy Way

The Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund is an excellent way to invest in stocks without doing much homework.<p>The <b>Vanguard Total Stock Market Index</b> …

The 7 Stages of Business Ownership | Inc.com

Building a business doesn't happen overnight. You don't build a business and then wait for it to grow. You start with a barely feasible idea and you nurture it, guiding it through several phases of evolution until it becomes almost unrecognizable. If you're lucky, it will keep evolving until you …

Improve Your Résumé by Turning Bullet Points into Stories

You’re searching for a new job. Updating your LinkedIn profile and résumé. Describing your accomplishments in two- to three-line bullet points that start with powerful action verbs and end with quantifiable results.<p>You know the standard advice. But for the most part, recruiters aren’t calling. And …

How to find out everything Google knows about you

In exchange, you agree to share information about yourself that Google can share with advertisers so their ads are more effective. For instance, airlines want to target people who love to travel. Children's clothing makers want to target parents.<p>Google uses a lot of methods to learn about you. …

This 10-Minute TED Talk Will Teach You Everything You Need to Know About Presenting | Inc.com

Think back to the last time you were mesmerized by a magnificent public speaker.<p>What went through your mind? Did you think, "Wow, I wish I could give presentations like that. I'd love to be able to get my message across effectively to my [team/employees/potential investors]."<p>But here's the thing: …

Public Speaking

The Entrepreneurial Mystique: 5 Common Misconceptions About Starting a Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I’ve never wanted to work for myself because I didn’t want to have a jerk for a boss. In spite of this, I have co-founded two companies, been a partner in two others, and have hustled my way through enough gigs to honestly be called an …

The Dumbest Legal Mistakes Early Startups Make

Legal issues are often at the back of an entrepreneur's mind in the excitement of launching a startup<p>Legal issues are often at the back of an entrepreneur's mind in the excitement of launching a startup. But just because you are small doesn't mean that people are going to let things slide when you …

5 Email Newsletters That Will Teach You More Than an Harvard MBA

These newsletters are packed with content you need day in and day out.<p>When you imagine high-powered CEOs starting their morning, you probably picture them kicking back with a copy of <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> or <i>The</i> <i>New York Times</i> to get a handle on the day's news.<p>But you'd be wrong.<p>Quartz recently …

An economics professor shares the career lesson he's taught 20,000 students

I caught up with Smith in between his classes at Ontario's University of Waterloo to talk about his new book, "No Fears, No Excuses."<p><b>Smith believes that having a passion for what you do isn't just nice to have; it's a requirement for having a great career.</b><p>"If you want to achieve a great career and …

Google's vision of the future is a smart assistant that follows you everywhere

The company is working towards creating a smart assistant that can follow you anywhere, according to this year's "Founders' Letter" where CEO Sundar Pichai laid out the company's biggest focus points.<p>"Looking to the future, the next big step will be for the very concept of the 'device' to fade …

5 Habits of Exceptionally Emotionally Intelligent People | Inc.com

There's been quite a bit of talk surrounding the topic of emotional intelligence, or EQ. What is emotional intelligence? What's different about people who have it from those who don't?<p>According to <i>Psychology Today</i>, EQ is comprised of three things: the ability to accurately identify your emotions and …

11 Simple Budgeting Rules That Work

The idea of establishing and following a budget may sound great, but actually doing it can be downright hard. Luckily, you don’t have to hire an …

5 Traits Of The Worst Leaders And How To Avoid Them

Carelessness, name-calling, perfectionism: there are about as many terrible leadership traits as there are bad leaders themselves. In case your lunch group isn’t already bemoaning just how common less-than-stellar leaders are, we’ll be the first to break the news: there are a lot of bad leaders …

Leadership

How to Improve Business Processes with Mind Mapping

How to Improve Business Processes with Mind Mapping By Joel Roberts Mind mapping is not a new technique. People have been creating visual diagrams …

The 17 toughest business schools to get into in the UK

But where in the UK is it most difficult to get onto a business and management degree course?<p>Using the Complete University Guide's annual ranking of the UK's 127 universities we took a look at the universities where getting onto a business and management course is the trickiest.<p>The report is one of …

Where Venture Capital is Heading: the Newest Frontier | Inc.com

You don't have to pack a suitcase of cash (large bills) like Midas-list investor Jenny Lee when she opened up China. Today, the big frontier for disruptive technologies is the American backyard, according to the latest numbers released by Pitchbook and City National Bank. Between 2014 and 2015, the …

What Your Small Business Should Do To Look Like A Social Media Pro

As social media use continues to grow, so does the number of marketing opportunities for small businesses. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults now use social networking sites, according to Pew Research, up from just 7 percent in 2005.<p>“That’s just a remarkable adoption curve,” said Sean Miller, lead …

Small Business

What Obama Really Thinks About His Economic Legacy

<i>For the cover story in the magazine’s Money Issue, President Obama sat down with Andrew Ross Sorkin to speak candidly about his administration’s efforts to rebuild the U.S. economy after the 2008 financial crisis. Here’s what we learned:</i><p><b>1. He believes the U.S. economy is in better shape than the</b> …

How to Start a Business With Little to No Money

Starting a business is the aspiration of every entrepreneur who’s ever lived, as well as every person who’s ever been stuck in a nine-to-five job and …