Ian Venter

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11 Apologies That Scream Lack of Confidence

Sorry, not sorry. Over-apologizing is a bad habit and may harm your reputation as a confident business person.Sorry, but over-apologizing can be an annoying habit. The need to apologize for things that are out of your control, or don't require an apology, sends up red flags. It may stem from an …

Customer Service

6 Founders Share What Still Scares Them About Entrepreneurship -- and How They Push Past These Fears

Running a business is scary -- and parts of it will always be scary.<p>This story appears in the April 2018 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Launching a business is scary, and sometimes running one is even scarier. That's why we asked six seasoned founders: What piece of entrepreneurship still …

Entrepreneurship

Why a good website is vital for any business today

Global digital media expert shares wisdom on how a good website is the key to running a successful business today.

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Marketing

How Compelling Storytelling Can Help You Build a Heritage Brand

You no longer need a legacy of years of brand equity. You just need brand equity, itself. Heritage storytelling is a way to get there.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Businesses are always looking for ways to set themselves apart. While unique products, innovative …

Marketing

Brainstorming Is Worthless. Here’s What You Should Do Instead

A creative director walks into a meeting room (sounds like a joke, doesn’t it?).<p>He walks up to the white board, grabs a dry erase marker from the …

Creativity

WORLDVIEW: Farming is not the answer to South Africa’s economic woes

After yesterday’s piece on the possible limitations of manufacturing as an economic driver, I received several emails suggesting agriculture could be …

South Africa

Growth Stories: The Importance Of Staying Focused

Sometimes we hear of technologies that are dismissed as “solutions looking for problems.” But the opposite can also be tricky to manage. What do you do with a technology that has a huge range of applications across a huge range of different fields? How do you decide where to start? How do you …

Artificial Intelligence

Digital Marketing 101: Tips For the Little Guy

How to market your business online after venturing into the real world of business.<p>So you took the ultimate risk and charged into the world of entrepreneurship, mazel tov! You brought together all the intricate elements of creating a business and now you're ready to begin marketing. As most …

Marketing

Cold Calling is Dead: How Inbound Marketing Has Taken the Lead(s)

In the past, cold calling was the primary (and, usually, only) strategy that a salesperson could utilize to generate leads. If you’re not in sales or …

Marketing

How to Master Social Media and Build a Real Brand

You don't need to be working 70 hours a week and grinding on every platform.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Amy Porterfield is a social media and content creation mastermind and top speaker, trainer and consultant for young entrepreneurs and professionals looking to …

Entrepreneurship

7 Ways to Boost Your Small Business Marketing

If you are an avid reader of our blog, you know how imperative we think small business marketing is. Marketing is important to every business’s …

Marketing

3 Simple Things Every Successful Pitch Needs

'Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch' judge Brandon Webb shares the vital ingredients to a winning pitch.<p>As a former U.S. Navy SEAL and head sniper instructor, Brandon Webb helped train Chris Kyle and some of the most elite snipers in SEAL history. Since leaving the SEALs, Webb founded and serves as CEO of …

Entrepreneurship

10 Reasons Why Your Startup Isn't Getting Customers

The average person tells 16 people about a poor customer-service experience. Don't let that happen to you.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>According to a Harvard Business School study, approximately 75 percent of startups with venture funding will eventually fail. The …

Customers

I have an idea for an app, now what?

Mobile apps are more popular today than ever before.<p>With 5 million total apps currently available for download on Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App …

The Perils of Crowdfunded Innovation

Your crowdfunded innovation may be desirable and viable, but is it feasible?<p>Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have skyrocketed in …

Are You Singletasking Yet?

You sure should be. Focusing on one, important item at a time will make you more competent and productive.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What are you doing while you read this? Are you dipping into your email while texting, reading tweets and partly listening at a …

Time Management

How to Write a Business Plan

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Now that you understand why you need a business plan and you've spent some time doing your homework gathering the information you need to create one, it's time to roll up your sleeves and get everything down on paper. The following pages …

Small Business

Ten uncomfortable deeds that will pay off forever

T.S. Eliot was clearly onto something when he asked, “If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” The very act of stepping …

19 Experts Explain Why Your Website Isn't Bringing in Customers

There's no shortage of reasons your pages aren't finding their target markets or inspiring visitors to convert.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>They told you to build a website, so you did. They told you'd you get customers if you had a website, but that hasn’t …

Marketing

The Case for the "Minimum Viable Product"

Many tech companies have a figure-it-out-as-you-go mentality. Commonbond's VP of Marketing Radhika Duggal says leaders need to make sure their …

Deployment models: How mature are your operational practices?

Before setting out toward operational excellence, companies must see where they stand. A good maturity assessment provides more than a set of …

Management

Get To The Point! What Does Your Business Do?

To be successful, be succinct.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Another day, another pitch from an entrepreneur. The ones who go somewhere all have one thing in common: They get to the point.<p>If you can’t explain your business in a few minutes, then you’re probably going …

Business Strategy

Are You Actually Innovating, or Just Practicing 'Entrepreneurship'?

We talk a lot about how innovations happened, but rarely discuss how you actually produce one.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurship has come to be largely about taking small ideas, often of little consequence, and making them look big -- even if it turns out …

Innovation

Simple, Actionable Branding Advice for Small Businesses

Make your business stand out from the pack.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It's difficult to make your business brand get the sort of traction and recognition you probably think it deserves. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partners Jason Balin and Chris Haddon want …

Small Business

The Only Thing That Can Stop You From Starting Your Business Is You

What are you waiting for?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Greg Rollett explains why you are the only thing stopping you from creating a great business.<p>Why? It's simple: If you're an entrepreneur, then the responsibility, burden …

Entrepreneurship

'Shark Tank' Judges Say Successful Entrepreneurs Share These 5 Traits

We asked the judges to weigh in on which characteristics can lead to wealth.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Succesful entrepreneurs consider themselves mavericks and disruptors -- people who shatter the status quo. And it's true that most of them made their fortune by …

Entrepreneurship

7 Surefire Techniques for Overcoming Chronic Procrastination

Step one: if you are going to do it later, why not start now?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you've ever put off something on your “to-do” list for months and months before it disappears into the “to-do list cemetary” forever, then this is for you.<p>For chronic …

Procrastination

Digital Marketing Channels are Flatlining. Here's What to Do to Stay Afloat.

What was once a novelty has become a digital disease.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When was the last time you clicked on a banner ad? Was is it on purpose? As many as 60 percent of banner ad clicks are accidental. Only 9 percent of them are viewed for more than one …

Marketing

3 Ways to Empower Your Business Model to Succeed

Overcome failure, hurdles and lack of action.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Women have come a long way in establishing their rights. They've struggled to break the barriers society has pushed on them and to break out of the old ways in which they have been …

Entrepreneurship