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LegalZoom CEO: These Are the Biggest Legal Mistakes a Startup Can Make

When an entrepreneur decides to start a company, he focuses on creating the product, attracting customers and building a team. Filing for trademark, …

The 5 Questions C-Level Candidates Should Ask In An Interview

After interviewing dozens of candidates over the years, there is one thing that still surprises me. It is the lack of thought put into the questions that candidates ask of interviewers. And those lacking preparation are not just at the entry level. Even executives treat this part of the interview …

Employment
Leadership

5 Leadership Lessons From My Greatest Boss Ever

Former Journalist, Current PR Guy (wielding an MBA)<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Over the course of our careers, we've all had our share of terrible bosses and good bosses. I've only had one <i>great</i> boss.<p>He was the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, and I was a member of his …

Leadership

6 Things First-Time Entrepreneurs Need to Do Next

Serial Entrepreneur • CEO at Amerisleep • CEO at OCLU<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>So, you had a great idea that you managed to turn into a business. You have a few partners-in-crime, your product has launched and maybe you even raised some money. But now what?<p>If you …

Entrepreneurship

Launching A Startup? Ask Yourself These Questions First

You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>I frequently meet entrepreneurs who have great ideas, but more often than not, there’s no clear answer as to how these ideas will turn in a full-fledged business, with paying users and an attractive market. In …

Motivation

The Manager’s Job: Folklore and Fact

If you ask managers what they do, they will most likely tell you that they plan, organize, coordinate, and control. Then watch what they do. Don’t be surprised if you can’t relate what you see to these words.<p>When a manager is told that a factory has just burned down and then advises the caller to …

The 1 thing interviewers look for in every job candidate

We recently solicited readers to submit their most pressing career-related questions.<p>With the help of Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and …

6 charts that explain China in the global economy

The Chinese economy is at the centre of global attention. The sharpened focus comes after recent falls on the stockmarket, which have taken Shanghai …

World Economy

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Secretary of the Treasury

The Master Orator: Osman Sultan's Public Speaking Tips For Execs

You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p><i>As anyone who has listened to Osman Sultan speak can attest, the du CEO is a gifted orator. Since one of the requisites of being a great leader is (arguably) being a good speaker, we asked Sultan to share his</i> …

“Don’t let the rich, famous bozos drag you down”: Guy Kawasaki’s 13 top tips for business success

As an investor and former “chief evangelist” for Apple, Guy Kawasaki knows a thing or two about what it takes to build a successful company.<p>Speaking …

Entrepreneurship

The Challenges We Faced As A Non-Sexy Startup

Managing Director, Decluttr Me<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>You always hear about the challenges for tech and innovative companies when starting their company- from getting …

Entrepreneurship

The Ten Worst HR Ideas Of All Time

It is painful to watch a function devolve. I have watched the HR function that I entered as a peppy punk rocker in 1984 devolve into a pile of steaming, talent-repelling bureaucratic nonsense.<p>Not every company’s HR function has turned to dust in that time, but many of them have.<p>All but one of the …

The Workplace

How To Answer The Ten Dumbest Job Interview Questions

I hope you don’t run into these ten half-witted job interview questions, but it’s likely that you will. Here are answers to these ten idiotic interview questions that won’t make you hate yourself the next day for answering in the standard, scripted Sheepie Job-Seeker Way!<p><b>Why Should We Hire …

Leadership

The Simple Secret Behind Attracting New Customers

Like it or not, marketing is key.<p>Why is it that many talented entrepreneurs start off well but later struggle?<p>It's usually because too few consumers have ever heard of them. And that's why-like it or not-you must engage in marketing.<p>The platform you choose-the location where you'll display your …

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7 Strategies for Managing a Micromanager

Entrepreneur, Executive Coach, Author, Speaker<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We’ve all had them -- a manager who wants to manage <i>your</i> business rather than <i>the</i> business. They can suck every ounce of ambition out of you and leave you frustrated, angry and annoyed all at …

Leadership

The 8 Key Rules of Starting the Business of Your Dreams on a Shoestring Budget

Veteran startup mentor, executive, blogger, author, tech professional, and Angel investor.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A few years ago, before the Internet was pervasive, before everyone carried a smartphone and before do-it-yourself software tools were available for …

Small Business

What Entrepreneurs Should Do First Thing in the Morning

Speaker, Marketing Strategist, Professor<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>How should successful entrepreneurs start their day? Some, like me, immediately crack open the newspaper. And for everyone else -- whether your primary morning focus is working out at the gym, …

Happiness

Get People to Listen to You When You’re Not Seen as an Expert

One of the most powerful forms of influence, according to psychologist Robert Cialdini’s famous analysis, is authority — often derived from perceived expertise. When a doctor advises us to exercise more, or a Nobel Laureate raises questions about a certain economic policy, we’re likely to pay much …

Which Companies Have the Best Reputations?

Among all companies, Amazon.com has the best reputation with US consumers, according to a recent report by Nielsen and The Harris Poll.<p>The ranking …

Walt Disney Company

Focus On the Customers You Want, Not the Ones You Have

In the 1990s, I worked for a company whose tag line was: “We build digital businesses.” What many entrepreneurs quickly realize is that building the business is often the easy part. Growing and maintaining the business can be much tougher and figuring out how to appeal to new consumers is no small …

Marketing

NextGen Barcodes Will Store Data and Tell Stories About Products

eCommerce

How to know when your startup is ready to acquire its first company

As the founder of a growing startup, one of the most common questions I get asked whenever the topic of competitors comes up is, “Can’t you just buy some of these companies out?”<p>From the very beginning of the dot-com boom, the idea of raising money, acquiring another company, or going public has …

Business Strategy

What the Color of Your Logo Says About Your Company (Infographic)

If you are building a company that depends on making people feel sexy and sophisticated, it’s probably going to confuse your consumers if you your logo is bright green.<p>That’s because different colors are associated with different feelings. Green conveys organic growth, the earth, nature, or …

The funds that did best and worst in the stock market turmoil

How did your investments cope with the market's recent violent swings?<p>While last week's headlines have been about movements in global stock markets, most will simply want to know how their Isas and pensions have fared.<p>Few of the most popular equity funds escaped unscathed but there has been wide …