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8 Ways to Change Your Thinking From Employee to Owner

Even the best employees can struggle to adjust when they become the boss.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the biggest challenges in changing your lifestyle from an employee to an entrepreneur is focusing on maintaining the right ownership elements, instead of …

Break Bad Habits with a Simple Checklist

When we’re starting out on a new goal, we’re full of energy and enthusiasm. We eagerly make changes and take steps in our new direction in the first few weeks. But as time goes on, the newness wears off. Our energy drains, and we lose sight of our goal. Ultimately, we slide back into the status quo.<p>…

Show Me The Money -- Why Jerry Maguire Motivation Is Still Key To Business Innovation

Sometimes what looks like an urban myth is actually true. Some sharks do actually drown if they stop swimming (well, at least according to Google). And, in a similar way, any business that stops moving, stops innovating and developing is likely to be on a fast track to the trashcan.<p>Every company …

5 Sleep and Relaxation Tips to Help Entrepreneurs Maximize Their Output

Money never sleeps -- but you'll make more money if you do.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You’ve heard the story before -- the one about the entrepreneur who stays up all night, sleeps less than four hours, then gets up at the crack of dawn to crush another 80-hour …

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11 expert entrepreneurs share their best tips for building an excellent reputation

These 11 entrepreneurs have built impeccable reputations, and they've learned the secrets to reputation management the hard way.<p>By following their advice, you can save a lot of time building and protecting your reputation in any market.

5 Daily Habits That Will Increase Your Productivity Levels

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>This article originally was published on Jan. 1, 2015.</i><p>“How can I become more productive?” is a question that will continue to always come up.<p>Everyone wants to get more done and feel a sense of accomplishment as each day comes to an end. …

How This Entrepreneur Kept His Day Job While Starting a Business

Devote time to your side hustle while keeping your regular paycheck.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Some entrepreneurs are glorified in the media for making the leap from full-time worker to business owner. While this strategy can work for some people, other times it …

7 Myths Entrepreneurs Believe That Just Make It Harder to Succeed

Forget what you've heard. Working late, worrying and second guessing yourself might just be signs you take your success seriously.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It is not easy to be an entrepreneur. You have lot of things to handle and, at times, the pressure becomes …

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The 7 Battle-Hardened Principles of a Successful Business Strategy

<i>By Sameer Bhatia</i><p>"Business strategy" is a powerful phrase. People like to use it to impress others, and audiences listen up when you talk about it. But it's also one of the most overused and -- in some cases -- misused phrases.<p>These days, I hear the term thrown around a lot. Businesses and so-called …

10 Reasons Ecommerce Sites Fail

Build it and they will come. Unless they ignore it.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Ecommerce offers fantastic revenue opportunities, the ability to be open 24/7 and traditionally fewer overheads when compared to bricks and mortar retailing. Yet, despite the fact that …

Working on Multiple Startups is a Recipe for Failure

<i>By Wil Schroter for</i> <i>Startups.co.</i><p>I’ll admit, I’ve fallen horrible victim to the entrepreneur’s trap of trying to work on multiple startups at once. …

6 Key Ways to Become a Highly Respected Leader

Although it is often said that leaders are born and not made, this is incorrect and should be ignored. Most people have the ability to become a …

10 Overrated Marketing Trends

Make sure you always know the reasons and numbers behind your marketing plan.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Irina Jordan of Fanatics Media lists the 10 most overrated marketing trends. Too many businesses waste their …

Apple CEO Tim Cook Tells Students: If You Work Only For Money, You Will Never Be Happy

Apple (aapl) CEO Tim Cook delivered a message Wednesday to students at Scotland’s University of Glasgow, where he was awarded an honorary degree: …

5 Outdated Marketing Strategies (and What to Do Instead)

These strategies may have worked back in the day, but today they just make your company and brand look obsolete.<p>What I found most fascinating about <i>Mad Men</i> were Don Draper's "hot" ad concepts, which, in retrospect, seem nostalgic and laughably retro. In the real world, marketing evolves parallel to …

3 Questions to Answer Before Starting a Business

Thinking of starting a small business? You're on the right track. There's a lot of thinking to be done before starting a small business of your …

The Most Successful Entrepreneurs Start With 'Noble Causes,' John Sculley Says

In a time of exponential change, the former Apple CEO says people have unprecedented opportunities to disrupt old industries with new ways of thinking.<p>John Sculley’s career has spanned several decades and industries. From 1977 until 1983, Sculley served as president of Pepsi-Cola, preceded by seven …

Don't Let Others' Opinions Hold You Back

There's an important distinction between opinions and criticisms.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Everyone’s a critic. When you are thinking about starting your own business, some people will probably criticize your ideas before you even begin. This social deterrent …

#5 Things Entrepreneurs Must Know Prior to Raising Funds

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>Fund raising is an important aspect of any entrepreneurial journey. It's important to get capital for one's idea, but it's even more important to …

Y Combinator now lets you recommend startups for its 2017 investment scheme

Seed-funding giant Y Combinator (YC) is now opening its doors to a wider network of startups. By expanding its recommendation network to include …

Y Combinator now lets anyone recommend startups

After years of accepting tips from alumni, Y Combinator has decided to open up its recommendation network to everyone. The goal is to help increase the number of startups connected to YC by allowing professors, mentors, early customers and anyone else familiar with a team to submit recommendations …

New accelerator aimed at over-50s entrepreneurs revealed

Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange (ISAX) has launched Ingenuity, a new accelerator programme targeted at mature business owners over the age of 50.The …

How Hard Do You Need to Work to Reach Success?

Entrepreneur Network partner Kelsey Humphreys sits down with successful celebrities and entrepreneurs to answer this question.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As the driven, innovative, informed <i>Entrepreneur</i> reader I know you are, you already know you need to put in the …

Without Purpose, Your Business Will Not Succeed

Launching a startup because of money is not a strong enough motivator to get you through all of the challenges.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Determining the purpose of your business is a huge key to building a successful venture. It can't just be about the …

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Five Tough Lessons These Solopreneurs Learned In Their First 12 Months

One first-time independent worker says his first year in business was a “trough of sorrow” because he grossly undercharged.<p>When you start working for yourself full-time, it’s like taking a crash course in business ownership–but with no instructor and extremely high stakes. But if you can get past …

How Rapid Growth Almost Killed My Company And What I Learned From It

Growing your business quickly sounds great, but there are real pitfalls that come with growing too fast. Here are three common rapid growth risks, how they almost killed me, and what to do about them.<p>Is it better to grow your business slowly or drive it hard and fast? I'm not sure if there is right …

The One Email Every Founder Should Know How To Write To Investors

You have to keep your investors in the loop, even when you aren’t fundraising. Here’s how.<p>So you raised your first round of funding. Good for you! Seriously, it takes a tremendous amount of work to close a round, so you should feel great about that. But regardless of the size of your round or the …