Alexander Martis

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How to Conquer Your Fear of Starting a Business

It's all about finding the courage to take the first step.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Fear, uncertainty and self-doubt are all raw feelings people experience when they consider the idea of starting their own business. It's scary. No doubt about that. Entrepreneurs …

Entrepreneurship

How Artificial Intelligence Will Make You A Better Writer

Textio, a service that helps job recruiters by flagging both good and poor phrasing, now aims to be a real-time writing coach.<p>The best way to make your writing better is to show it to someone who knows the topic at least as well as you do. That someone can now be an artificial intelligence system …

How to Launch a Profitable Business with a Guaranteed Customer Base in 24 hours or Less

The Marsupial Method? Yup. It works.<p>A few years ago, when I first started brainstorming different ways to make money for myself, I felt like taking a can of bright red spray paint, drawing an X on a concrete wall and smashing my head straight through it. Hopefully I would just hit a beam and put …

Business Strategy

How to Accomplish Your No. 1 Goal in Just 100 Days

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We all have big goals we want to accomplish. From travelling the world, to starting a business, to learning another language, setting goals is easy.<p>Actually accomplishing them, though? That’s where it gets hard. We may start the new year …

Dumas

The Top 3 Tools You Should Use for Technical SEO Audits

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Doing a search engine optimization (SEO) audit is no joke. It used to take time, the patience of a saint and too many spreadsheets. You may grow a white hair or two in the process. But, thanks to technical SEO audit tools, we are no …

Google Search

10 Businesses You Can Start From Your Dorm Room

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What do Microsoft, Dell, Napster and Facebook all have in common? Aside from being among some of the most market-shaking companies of the last quarter century, they were all also created by college students.<p>Sure, not everyone can be the …

Here's What Really Matters for SEO in 2016

7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>To many people, SEO is a minefield of misinformation and conflicting advice.<p>Trust me, I’ve been there. When I Googled “SEO” for the first time, I was quickly overwhelmed with a mountain of anecdotes, case studies and “best …

Online Life

5 Important Questions About Real-Estate Crowdfunding

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Real estate crowdfunding has gained traction in nearly every form of real estate investment. From single-home flips to new commercial builds, both seasoned investors and novices are looking to get their foot in the door. The $1 billion in …

Real Estate

How Storytelling Helps Business Connect With Customers and Drive Growth

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you tell a story, three things happen in your brain -- your memories are triggered, the emotions associated with those memories are triggered and you want to take action. And in your reader’s brain, the same three things happen -- …

Marketing

5 Secrets to a Successful Equity Crowdfunding Campaign

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Funding your startup or growth company through equity crowdfunding platforms has the potential to raise money faster and more efficiently than other venues. The beauty of going down this route is that it makes the fundraising process …

Investing

3 things startups should do before approaching potential partners

If you’re about to approach a larger company and propose a partnership, stop now, and ask yourself the following questions:<p>What are you bringing to the table for the potential partner?<br>• How can you help them increase their revenue?<br>• Does your startup have something of value that they need?<p>Startups can …

Startups

What are keys to good startup storytelling?

<i>This is an excerpt from Storytelling for Startups by Mark Evans. The book is published by 2015 © Doris Chung Publisher Production Solutions and is available</i> here<i>.</i><p>Story-driven marketing comes down to a few key ingredients.<p><b>1. Being customer-centric:</b> Many startups fail at storytelling because they …

Photographers howl at Amazon patent of decades-old idea

Photographers are hooting derisively at a patent Amazon won in 2014 for a photography lighting technique that's been in use for decades, a patent that's helped undermine the credibility of the patent system.<p>Amazon's patent 8,676,045, granted in March and titled "Studio Arrangement," describes a …

How quitting my corporate job for my startup dream f*cked my life up

Finally the SMS arrived:<p><i>“Tomorrow morning 5am, flight number AZ610 from Rome to NewYork.”</i><p>An SMS hitting my BlackBerry on Sunday evenings used to …

33 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

And it doesn't come with a manual.<p>Luckily, there's a multitude of excellent books from founders, VCs, and CEOs who have been through it all.<p>Here's a collection of some of the best books on management, leadership, and entrepreneurship for anyone from seasoned entrepreneurs to those just starting out.<p>…

Self-improvement

World's first 3D-printed apartment building constructed in China

While architectural firms compete with their designs for 3D-printed dwellings, one company in China has quietly been setting about getting the job done. In March of last year, company WinSun claimed to have printed 10 houses in 24 hours, using a proprietary 3D printer that uses a mixture of ground …

iOS 8 Third-Party Keyboards Roundup

No longer are iOS users chained to the default keyboard. If a developer can build it (and get it through the App Store approval process), you can add it to your iPhone and iPad. Get ready for an onslaught of keyboard apps.<p>With the launch of iOS 8, you now have a plethora of apps that allow input in …

Be a Better Client to a Consultant With These 3 Tips

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As a new entrepreneur, at some point you will need to hire a service provider, or a consultant, to help you develop, protect or market your business.<p>I have owned EGT Global Trading since 1997 and have learned many lessons and aborted …

Entrepreneurship

The Most Powerful Way to End a Presentation

Use one of these approaches to make sure your next presentation achieves the result you desire.<p>There are many tips for delivering a great presentation, and while it is important to grab your audience at the beginning, what you do at the end can make all the difference in your presentation's overall …

5 Tips to Make Your Next Business Pitch a Success

Heed this sage advice from veteran entrepreneurs on the best ways to present your products and services to potential clients.<p>We asked members of the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) to share their best strategies for successful business pitches.<p>1. Warm call<p>"Turn your cold call into a warm call! …

Asking "What's your name?" in Chinese

Niche crowdfunding sites can out-perform Kickstarter — if you choose the right one

<i>Editor’s note: the author of this guest post runs CrowdsUnite.</i><p>Recently, crowdfunding reviews site CrowdsUnite ranked the top 10 crowdfunding platforms based on user reviews. Interestingly, Kickstarter, the most well-known crowdfunding site, ranked fifth, behind YouCaring, Pubslush, Seed&Spark, and …

Are You a Big-Goal Person or a Small-Goal Person?

Want to make a life change? The best approach to take will depend on the answer to this simple but powerful question.<p>Ask anyone who studies or writes about personal improvement and they’ll tell you there are hundreds of tips out there on how to set goals, execute change, and keep up your motivation …

Goal Setting

5 Ways to Get the Most From Virtual Employees

Today, your staff can work from anywhere, but to make the most of that increased flexibility, leaders need to pay special attention to remote workers. Here are the key things you need to focus on.<p>The virtual work force is growing fast and bringing many benefits to companies. According to Chris …

Employment

How to Become a Confident Public Speaker

<i>Matthew Capala is the author of “Away with the Average,” an NYU Professor, and Founder of SearchDecoder.com. This post originally appeared on Matthew’s Medium blog.</i><p>I lived in Poland until the age of 23. I moved to New York 10 years ago, where I’ve led several lives: construction worker, scaffold …