TSBIG. The Small Business Ideas Guide

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How to Stay Ahead of Changing Markets | Inc.com

As an entrepreneur, you strive to develop deep, lasting and meaningful relationships with your customers. But in a fast-changing marketplace, this is no easy task. Market forces beyond your control can change the landscape drastically. Just consider how Google is now seriously impacting the health …

“Note And Vote”: How Google Ventures Avoids Groupthink In Meetings

Meetings want to suck. Wrest control of them with this seven-step strategy.<p>You know when a meeting turns into a complete waste of time? Maybe you’re trying to come up with ideas, or make a decision. Before anyone realizes it, the meeting starts to suck.<p>Meetings want to suck. Two of their favorite …

5 Email Marketing Experts Share Their Best Tips | Inc.com

When it comes to email marketing the little things often matter a lot.<p>There's the exact wording of a subject line, precise time to hit send, or that little quirk of design. All can have a big impact on whether your customers click Archive or Open. Which means that every little tip and trick is …

Want to Be More Innovative? Answer These Questions | Inc.com

Google. Amazon. Netflix. Enter your business's name here?<p>Each of these companies has recently been dubbed among the most "innovative" in the world. But rarely do businesses consistently remain atop of their sector.<p>Becoming an industry leader--and staying there--requires a new way of thinking. And …

Basecamp's Rebel Recipe for Success: 5 Ways the Software Maverick Made Millions by Being Different

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Want to make a killing in tech, now and for years to come? Don’t be cutthroat competitive. Don’t work ungodly hours. Don’t move fast and break things. And, please, don’t be another cocky TechCrunch headline.<p>Instead, grow slow, stay small, …

Can You Really Learn To Be More Creative?

Consider these factors before shelling out for innovation inspiration.<p>From Orlando’s Disney Institute to the Henry Ford Innovation Institute in Detroit, it seems you can’t throw a stone these days without hitting a creativity or innovation training program.<p>But is shelling out for innovation …

3 Reasons You Should Let Yourself Get Distracted

Sometimes a good diversion is exactly what you need to get back on track.<p>Sir Isaac Newton wasn’t in his laboratory when he discovered the law of universal gravitation. If you believe the fable, he was relaxing in the countryside, and whether or not an apple fell on his head what matters is that he …

How to deal with negative online comments

Word of mouth wins customers. But before pursuing a friend’s recommendation, a quick Google of the brand tends to be the next step. What appears next can make or break a business. Research commissioned by reputation management agency Igniyte found over 52% of business owners thought their firm had …

Creative, Digital & Design.

<b>Digital transformation, digital teams, digital strategy. Digital has become a buzzword. But what does it mean? Here</b> Paul Boag, <b>co-founder of the</b> …

20 Surprisingly Beautiful Tiny Homes Around the World

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Small spaces are the next big thing in real estate.<p>Thanks to problems like rising housing costs, overpopulation, and environmental damage, it seems the solution is to think smaller. Much smaller.<p>Here are 20 of the smallest homes we could find around …

5 Remarkable Things Happy Entrepreneurs Do

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs are famously optimistic. They are endowed with a bias toward optimism, according to research by Penn State University. This tends to be doubly true for serial entrepreneurs, who look at each time at bat as an opportunity to …

Your Secret Resource to Get a Better Product: Customer Service

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Today’s small businesses know that agility is the name of the game. With the popularity of the Lean Startup methodology, entrepreneurs no longer launch fully built-out products with the hope that customers will use them.<p>Instead, they …

Belgian Pilot Store Offers Physical Sales Space for Novice Designers

SCOOP is a launch platform for upcoming designers and labels who lack the resources to open their own outlet<p>The SCOOP Store is a new physical launch …

Consider These 5 Things When Adding Visuals to Social-Media Content

This story originally appeared on Visual.ly<p>Six in 10 social media updates are images. Three in 10 updates are videos. Your success at growing and maintaining an engaged, active audience relies on your ability to produce relevant, visual social media content. Some points to consider as you plan …

15 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Happier | Inc.com

Forget success. Forget fame. Forget fortune.<p><b>Happiness</b> is something <i>everyone</i> wants, and wants to feel a lot more often--because where happiness is concerned, too much is never enough.<p>Unfortunately we all have a hereditary "happiness set point." That means approximately 50% of our happiness is outside …

Origami Design is the Swiss Army Knife of Spoons

The Polygons a multi-functional measuring device that can be stored flat and folded to form scoops of different sizes<p>When you use a spoon to eat …

Why Building Your Brand Is All About Sharing Your Values

No matter where your followers live, your company’s values are what bring that community together. Here’s how to spread the message.<p>As a brand manager, it is your responsibility to make people of different demographics, geographical locations, and socioeconomic statuses feel like members of one …

Sunglass Store on Wheels Inspired by Food Truck Trend

This mobile sunglasses store hits all of the sunniest locations in New York City<p>One of the things New Yorkers love best about the warm summer months …

3 Things Great Entrepreneurs Have in Common | Inc.com

The very first article I wrote for <i>Forbes</i>, when I joined the magazine in 1981, was a study of a very successful entrepreneur. (Forbes, which wasn't taking the subject of startups very seriously back then, referred to people like the one I was writing about as an "up-and-comer.") It doesn't matter …

The 51 Parts in Swatch's New Watch Are Secured by a Single Screw

Swatch Sistem51 | $150 Jarren Vink<p><b>To mark its</b> 30th birthday, Swatch has produced an automatic mechanical watch movement with exactly 51 parts, the …

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You Are the Secret to Your Own Prosperity

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Your life is formed by the perspectives and philosophies you adapt, and changing your perspective can create an immediate shift in your life and business. To succeed as an Entrepreneur you must constantly look for ways to sharpen your …

To Keep Buyers From Cheating on You, Always Be Loyal to Them

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As soon as I drove off the lot in my brand new silver Audi TT with black interior, I saw one with a convertible top and tan interior. I <i>loved</i> my new Audi, and yet I wondered, <i>Should I have gotten the other one instead? Did I make the right</i> …

Should You Quit Your Day Job? Study Says No | Inc.com

To succeed in the wild world of entrepreneurship, founders need to be all-in types--brave, determined, confident and risk tolerant, right?<p>That's the prevailing image anyway, and many aspiring business owners who feel they lack these qualities simply sit on the sidelines thinking they don't have …

What It Takes to Execute a Visionary Idea Successfully | Inc.com

There is no shortage of great ideas, only a shortage of visionaries who can actually make them happen. Most visionaries are simply not programmed to execute the how, but to gather the right people and inspire them to make it happen. Remember this: there are few people on this planet with the …