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Amazon now lets you create Alexa skills without a single line of code

Amazon has updated Alexa with a clever feature that makes it a whole lot more useful around the house: you can now build your own skills for the voice assistant without having to touch a line of code.<p>Using Alexa Blueprints, you can now set up custom skills and responses to do things like leave …

Smart Homes

Here are 22 of the best day-to-day, time-saving tips to use now

I’ve been testing and adjusting various productivity techniques for the past five years, read lots of books (most of them repeating) and here’s some …

Productivity

How to make $400,000 a year writing about what you love — according to someone who's doing it

After posting my blogging income report from last year (where I made $401,681 with my blogging side hustle), I've been getting a lot of reader questions about how much money can you actually make blogging? I think blogging is the perfect side hustle because you can do it in your own time, you can …

Marketing

7 Things You Must Do Every Morning If You Want to Be Successful

The morning hours could be a perfect time for you to do some journaling or meditation.<p>It can take months for a new habit to stick, making it difficult to trade your old bad behaviors in for new, healthier ones. But if you shift that new habit to first thing in the morning, you may speed up that …

Work-life Balance

17 Simple Things Successful Executives Do Every Day, No Matter What

The things you repeatedly do define your quality of life.<p>Whether it's your physical condition, emotional outlook or level of productivity, the things you repeatedly do every day define your quality of life. Here are the daily habits several executives credit for the success they have achieved in …

Phoenix Suns

11 First Sentences That Guarantee the Rest of Your Email Won't Get Read

Even if your intentions are professional and sincere.<p>Imagine you get this email. You don't know the sender, but you open it anyway. How long would you keep reading?<p>Dear Jeff,I hope you're having a great President's Day! I definitely am. Even though I'm spending a little time at work right now, I …

Top 10

This One Simple Move Can Help You Retire $103,000 Richer

Most investors are getting this wrong.<p>Unsure about how much you’re shelling out in fees in your retirement accounts? You’re not alone.<p>A recent TD …

Retirement

The To-Do List Method That Finally Got My Life In Order

Who knew graph paper could make such a difference?<p>You’ve probably heard by now about the life-changing magic of a functional to-do list. <i>You’ll be</i> …

Warren Buffett Says This 1 Simple Habit Separates Successful People From Everyone Else

Billionaire Warren Buffett, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, is 87 years old and still capturing the world's attention as the second …

10 things genuinely confident people do differently

True confidence — as opposed to the false confidence people project to mask their insecurities — has a look all its own. One thing is certain: truly …

14 Things Successful People Do On Sunday Nights

To cure those Sunday night blues.<p>The Sunday night blues are a real thing.<p>A 2015 Monster survey found that 76% of people get bummed out on Sunday …

Time Management

6 ways to measure if your retirement plan is on track

How can you veer and steer toward successful retirement? It’s simple.<p>1. Total up your assets<p>You can’t project what you’ll need without knowing what you have. Most folks can’t rattle off what they have stashed, or where. Many have multiple accounts — particularly if married — such as IRAs, 401(k)s …

Retirement

Steve Jobs's Advice on the Only 4 Times You Should Say No Is Brilliant | Inc.com

In the frantic pace of life to do more and be more, we hardly think about the importance of <i>focus.</i><p>That's why, for those free-spirited, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs chasing after their dreams, this prophetic quote by Steve Jobs 21 years ago hits the nail on the head even more so today. Here's …

Time Management

5 Things Super-Organized People Do Every Day

They're simple, but can save you time and money.<p>We all have those super-organized people in our lives: the ones who always seem to get things done …

Productivity

Google's Genius Productivity Hack Will Change How You Innovate | Inc.com

At Google X, the company's "moonshot factory," the mantra is "#MonkeyFirst." The idea is that if you want to get a monkey to recite Shakespeare on a pedestal, you start by training the monkey, not building the pedestal, because training the monkey is the hard part. Anyone can build a pedestal.<p>The …

Innovation

Twitter’s new premium APIs give developers access to more tweets, higher rate limits

Twitter is offering a solution for developers who are angry about limitations imposed on their apps when they use the service’s free APIs. The company has now introduced premium APIs to bridge the gap between the free service and the enterprise-level tools it provides through Gnip.<p>Available today …

I'm a financial planner — here are the best 7 pieces of advice I can give you about money in your 30s

Life can get complicated when you hit 30. You might be in the middle of countless transitions, like moving up in your career, starting a business, buying a home, getting married, growing your family — and a whole lot more.<p>I help my clients with these transitions and other concerns on a daily basis, …

Personal Finance

You'll never build wealth if you can't get over a misconception too many of us have about money

"You're actually never more accountable than when you change your budget."<p>So says Jesse Mecham, the founder of personal-finance platform You Need a Budget. In his forthcoming book, also titled "You Need a Budget," Mecham makes the case for a flexible budgeting system — one where, if you spend $200 …

Personal Finance

20 Years Ago, Jeff Bezos Said This 1 Thing Separates People Who Achieve Lasting Success From Those Who Don't | Inc.com

Jeff Bezos founded Amazon in 1994. Twenty-three years later, he's one of the richest people in the world. But while Amazon is undeniably a tech company, the business was built on this old-school premise:<p><b>Focus on the things that don't change.</b><p>The premise, while simple, is also easy to forget when …

Self-improvement

This Chart Can Help You Become a Millionaire, No Matter What You Earn

No matter how much you earn.<p>It won’t be easy to get there.<p>But financial blogger Lyn Alden has come up with a really simple chart showing how much you …

Personal Finance

8 Actions You Can Take Every Morning to Build Your Side Business Faster

When you're working full time while building your business, every minute from the moment you open your eyes has to be used productively.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Every successful entrepreneur has a morning routine that gets them ahead every day. Here are eight …

Time Management

Show This to Your Manager: People Who Work from Home Have Been Proven to Be More Productive

For many working moms, snagging a remote job is a dream scenario that allows them to achieve more of a work-life balance. Unfortunately, the biggest …

Remote Working

I retired a millionaire at 43 — here are 6 of my favorite spending and saving hacks that helped me get there

Life is good in retirement. I'm thrilled to have a net worth of $1,900,000 which enables me to live my life on my own terms. Instead of answering to Mr. Bossman, I wake up and do whatever I want.<p>On some days, I'll ride 40 miles into the mountains. On others, I'll spend hours at the library. Money …

Personal Finance

How to Show Up on the First Page of Google (Even if You’re a Nobody)

There’s a joke that asks, “Where should you bury something that you don’t want people to find?”Answer: On the second page of Google.Sure, it’s corny. …

AdWords

Why You Should Schedule for Energy, Not Time | Inc.com

Most of us schedule our tasks based on when we're free.<p>When you forget to complete a task, you schedule it for first thing in the morning. When there's free time in the afternoon, you use it to write a new article.<p>You're probably thinking, this seems like I'm making the most use of my <i>time</i>. And …

Time Management

How to Start Your Own Vending Machine Business

How to Start a Vending Machine Business<p>A vending machine business can be an ideal business opportunity<p>Updated March 02, 2018<p>Are you looking for a new …

Salesforce announces $50 million fund to invest in cloud consulting startups

Salesforce Ventures is announcing a $50 million fund to invest in “cloud consulting” startups. The corporate venture arm is making a special effort to finance companies that are synergistic to the tech giant’s business.<p>The team has a “strong commitment to our consulting partners to make sure that …

Venture Capital

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5 Tech Franchises You Can Start Now for as Little as $25,000

Tech has never been more popular. Here's how you can hop on the trend.<p>Associate Editor, Contributed Content<p>Entrepreneurs and technology are nearly synonymous with each other at this point. Breakthrough tech is created by entrepreneurs, and most entrepreneurs can only break through by using …

Entrepreneurship