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13 Steps to Effective Emails That Don't Suck

This story appears in the January 2015 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Three things that make an entrepreneur anxious: one, managing cash flow; two, finding the right partners/hiring the right team; and three, pressing the “send” button on an email campaign.<p>On the surface, email seems …

Infographics

When it comes to wearables, Intel takes anti-Apple approach

"As a tech company, we're not so arrogant as to think we know what the end user will want."<p>Mike Bell, Intel's head of new devices

8 Steps to Launching a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Crowdfunding is an effective way for entrepreneurs to launch their companies without much capital investment. Instead of buying loads of inventory up front, crowdfunding enables entrepreneurs to judge the demand for their product while …

Crowd Funding

A Quick Guide to Free Legal Services for Patenting Your Invention

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Filing for a patent is a landmark of the 'valley of death' inventors have to cross from invention to market. Unfortunately, I have heard countless stories from entrepreneurs who paid astronomical fees towards the preparation of …

Patents

5 Must-Read Books for Every Entrepreneur This Summer

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whether you’re on a plane traveling to your next meeting, taking vacation on the beach, or out on the prairie, there are five must-read books you need to bring with you. It’s a list of new bestsellers and old classics and, no matter the …

Social Media

Hire for Potential Not Experience by Asking These 5 Key Questions

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The people you hire directly affect how successful your business becomes. As the technology industry quickly expands, businesses are on the hunt for qualified candidates who can take their company to the next level.<p>But to find the right …

Human Resources

The 3 Biggest Roadblocks in Product Development

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There is no roadmap when it comes to entrepreneurship. Every founder has a different path he or she takes to get from point A to B and a unique experience to go along with it.<p>That said, as a product-development consultant (and former …

Product Management

How to Answer Questions Better Than Anyone Else

This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog<p>Be as willing to respond to questions as you are willing to ask them. If you hesitate to answer, people think you aren’t cooperative, don’t know the answer, don’t know what you’re doing, or that you lack confidence. You might even be viewed as …

Employment

Quote Of The Week: Double Your Failure Rate

<i>Click here to download a printable poster of the Quote of the Week.</i><p>Every Monday, tune in to <i>Fast Company</i> Leadership for a quote to get your week started right.<p>This week’s retro-quote comes from Thomas Watson Jr., who said, <b>“If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.”</b> As the …

Underdogs, at the World Cup and in Business, Just Need One to Win

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I can tell you which team will win the World Cup -- and it’s not going to be the best team. Whether it’s the Super Bowl, the World Series, the World Cup or any other big game, the best team never wins. The team that plays the best always …

Costa Rica

19 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>Digital Photography School—</b> Read through this goldmine of articles to improve your photography skills; they're helpful even if you're a complete beginner. There's also an active forum where you can find a community of other photographers …

Learning

100 Great Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask

Paul Graham, Jim Collins, Tony Hsieh, and other business leaders share the questions you should be asking if you want to improve your company.<p>There’s no Superman versus Iron Man face-off between questions and answers over which is the better tool for innovation. But if there were, questions would …

From Zero to $100 Million IPO in 6 Years

Chip Paucek, co-founder of the online education company 2U, on what it takes to set up your company for fast, sustainable growth.<p>Chip Paucek took his online-education tech company 2U from startup phase to a $100 million IPO in just six years.<p>At Inc.'s Founders Forum, Paucek sat down with Scott …

Entrepreneurship

3 Ways Entrepreneurs Swing and Miss at a Funding Pitch

This story originally appeared on Mohr Davidow Ventures<p>Just last week I was sitting through a pitch from an entrepreneur, and as often happens, they swung and missed at a key moment.<p>Generally speaking, when a pitch goes awry, entrepreneurs -- new and experienced -- make at least one of these three …

Entrepreneurship

5 Steps for Creating a Long-Term Plan for Your Startup

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In my work as both a consultant to entrepreneurs and an entrepreneur myself, I've encountered a recurring problem: We lack a "long-game."<p>To be fair, we usually have general long-term objectives, accompanied by more nebulous strategies for …

Flavors

How Fusion Marketing Could Help Your Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In</i> Guerrilla Marketing in 30 Days, <i>the late founder of guerrilla marketing, Jay Conrad Levinson, and guerrilla marketing expert, Al Lautenslager offer a dynamic marketing blueprint to help business owners attract more customers and</i> …

Marketing

5 Factors That Make a Great Boss

This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog<p>The best bosses are the ones who can turn a good organization into a great company. They are the individuals who consistently push their employees to become better, more engaged and enable them to adapt to oncoming changes in the corporate …

Employment

15 Things Successful People Do on Monday Mornings

Those first few hours after the weekend are critical. Start your week off right.<p>Monday mornings are the most critical time of the workweek, as they set the stage for the day and week ahead.<p>"Because you've stepped away for a couple days, these back-to-work mornings are the most memorable for the …

5 Things to Do Before Bed That Will Jump Start Tomorrow

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Being effective as an entrepreneur is often about hard work, but even more importantly it’s about smart work. Great entrepreneurs know that time is limited and valuable, so they need to make the most of each waking hour.<p>There are many …

Productivity

9 Things Really Productive People Refuse to Do

Being more productive isn't just about what you do--it's also about what you don't.<p>If you want to be more productive, don't start by taking on new habits and routines. Instead, do less. The most productive people know how to stay focused and how to say no--but most importantly, they know how to …

4 Ways to De-Stress While Getting Your Entrepreneur Hustle On

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We’re goal-driven hustlers -- in the best meaning of the word. Every day we take on hundreds of small tasks that add to our overall stress level. Without healthy strategies in place, these items can snowball. We forget to follow up, we …

Productivity

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5 Surefire Ways to Wreck Your Social Media Network

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Technology has made staying in touch with personal and professional networks easier than ever before, whether it's using contact-management software like Salesforce or social media channels like LinkedIn or Facebook.<p>Today, a strong and …

Social Media

How to Find the California Chrome in a Stack of Resumes

If all you're looking for is the right pedigree, you may miss the person who can win the Triple Crown of Startups.<p>There's nothing more heartening than an underdog making good--even in the cut-throat world of entrepreneurship. That's precisely why the tale of California Chrome has the entire nation …

Employment

How to Pester Someone Without Being Annoying

One founder offers the exact words you can use to send a series of reminder emails that won't annoy the recipient.<p>Ask any journalist and they'll tell you that there are lots and lots of folks out there who are terrible at sending follow-up emails. As a profession, we're bombarded with nudging notes …

Raising Capital? Answer These Questions to Score an Investor's Check

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Between listening to students pitch their startup ideas and reviewing business plans from more established companies, I encounter many attempts to separate me from my cash. I'm in the midst of weighing one such pitch from a business …

Venture Capital

Stationery and Branding Mockup

Huge Photoshop Branding and Stationery Mockup.<p>This extensive <b>stationery and branding mockup</b> consists of 12 fully layered Photoshop (psd) files with …

Why You Should Learn to Nap Like a Pro

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One thing I love more than anything else is a good nap. However, I used to feel guilty about it -- until I learned that napping is becoming a more accepted practice in today’s workplace.<p>Companies like Google, Ben & Jerry’s and Zappos are …

Sleep

10 Questions to Ask When Working With an Accountant

Solely relying on free or inexpensive online small-business accounting tools instead of investing the services of a trained professional accountant can be a costly mistake that entrepreneurs make all too often. Don’t be one of them.<p>Springing for a licensed accountant can be worth every extra penny …

Small Business