Matt Hess

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Answering The Old Question: Who Lost China?

1945 was a momentous year in world history — particularly so in Asia, where Allied forces, having vanquished Germany, turned their attention to Japan. And in many ways, the main theater of action was China.<p>China at that time was divided between Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalists and the Communists …

Defining Problems: The Most Important Business Skill You've Never Been Taught

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Albert Einstein once said, “If I were given one hour to save the planet, I would spend 59 minutes defining the problem and one minute resolving it.” While that may sound extreme, it does highlight the importance of defining …

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Avoid These 5 Common Small-Business Financing Mistakes

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When taking on financing as a small business, the correct course of action always hinges on answering this question: what am I trying to accomplish?<p>The thing is, financing decisions don’t exist in a vacuum. Small businesses often miss the …

Yes, You Should Have A Five-Year Plan

Having a good strategy is the starting point for your career or startup plans. Here’s how to picture where you’ll be in five years.<p>“Where do you see yourself in five years?”<p>If any question ever felt like a trick, this one certainly does. Some days, it’s hard to say where you see yourself after …

A New Survey From Harris Interactive Shows That Freedom, Not Passion Lead to Entrepreneurship | Inc.com

Could it be that small business owners like things just a little dull?<p>That would be one logical conclusion from the latest Harris Interactive and Bank of the West poll of small businesses. It turns out that most entrepreneurs start their own businesses because they want to be their own bosses. Less …

The 5 Tools for Entrepreneurs on the Go

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For entrepreneurs, staying connected is no longer an advantage, but an absolute necessity. The structured 9-to-5 life is a thing of the past, and new digital capabilities have dramatically changed what we are expected to accomplish on any …

Blamestorming: How to Prevent Arguments, Create Team Harmony

I’ve seen a ton of books on how to work on teams, but let’s face it. Not every group is perfect, and interpersonal dynamics will lead to conflict at …

Google's Larry Page Has 6 Things He Wants You to Know | Inc.com

The recently published <i>How Google Works</i> (Grand Central, $30) is worth your time, but not for the reasons authors Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg had hoped.<p>Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, who used to be company CEO, and Rosenberg, a former Google senior vice president who now serves as a …

17 Things Great Leaders Always Say to Their Employees | Inc.com

Quick, name your favorite boss of all time. I'll wait here for you to think of him or her.<p>Playing Jeopardy music.<p>OK, do you have the answer?<p>Now think about something that boss told you that stuck in your brain. Maybe it's an encouraging comment, an inspiring story, or a vote of confidence.<p>Guess …

Why Honesty Is Not Always the Best Policy at Work | Inc.com

Many organizations make bold claims about how they value honesty above all else. But deceit has its merits too. Telling the naked truth to your employees can result in panic, stress, or spite.<p>According to new research by Wharton professor Maurice Schweitzer and Wharton doctoral student Emma E. …

4 Killer Sources of Small Business Funding

The funding landscape has changed drastically over the past several years for small businesses. Look at legislation like the Jumpstart Our Business …

Build a Successful Business Team With These 5 Tips

As a solopreneur, you can only do so much. But as your business grows, you’ll need to expand your staff. Finding and hiring the right people will …

4 Questions to Address Before a Project Begins

I tend to read a lot when I’m writing. I scour magazines, blogs, books and more searching for words, phrases and concepts to play with.<p>This cartoon …

5 Apps Every Entrepreneur Needs to Stay Organized

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Why get a personal secretary when your smartphone can organize your day, your minutes, your business trips and even your clutter?<p>For entrepreneurs, having a smartphone loaded with the right kind of apps not only provides a way to hold you …

Best Idea Ever, or Forget It? 7 Ways to Reality Check a Startup Concept.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In my experience, consummate entrepreneurs tend to come up with more startup ideas than they can ever implement, and some of the ideas may not even make business sense. But how does any entrepreneur know which ideas to implement, and …

Successful Content Marketers Do These 5 Things Differently

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Content marketing plays a mission critical role in the growth story of a business.<p>With survey after survey reporting companies will spend more on content marketing than ever before, content marketers need to pull out all the stops to …

The 5 Pitfalls of Decision-Making, and How to Avoid Them

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There’s a reason for the saying, “It’s lonely at the top.” Contrary to popular belief, the hallmark of effective leadership doesn’t solely rely on the decisions a leader makes but rather how he or she sets the conditions for followers to …

5 Guidelines to Maximize Freelance Employees

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Running a business requires many different skills. From time to time, you’re going to need to hire an outside expert to help.<p>Don’t get me wrong -- I like to have my hands in everything. I enjoy teaching myself new skills and I’m all for …

What Your 'About Us' Page Isn't Doing

The humble About Us page: it’s one of the most visited pages on any site and also one of the most neglected and overlooked. We chatted with some of our favorite digital marketing experts on what’s usually missing to give you an easy checklist for your own site.<p><b>Mistake #1: Not including contact</b> …

You Have A Great Idea For A Product, So Now What?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most entrepreneurs have lots of ideas but few of them are able to successfully execute that one idea that makes all the difference. Yet, idea execution has always been the key to starting a successful business.<p>If you are fortunate to have …

To Build a Top-Performing Team, Keep Your Stars Happy and Your Bench Inspired

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>With the NFL season now upon us, and our hopes high that our favorite team will be Super Bowl bound come early next year, it’s worth reminding ourselves that the most important part of determining how successful our team will be is by …

Why Making Your Employees Happy Will Help Your Bottom Line

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The business world is rapidly changing. In this digital economy, businesses must cater to consumers on the cusp of fully embracing and demanding the Internet of Things. This makes for an environment in which businesses can end up …

3 More Reasons for Brands to Use Instagram to Boost Influence and Drive Sales

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Instagram is a unique medium for brand advertising unlike any other platform in the social space. The visually driven community allows users to communicate in the universal language of photos and videos, opening the world to the …

Motivate Your Employees in 3 Steps

This story originally appeared on Salesforce<p>One of the most difficult components of being an effective manager is not only learning to keep your employees organized and on task but to truly know how to motivate employees as well. Unfortunately, not all employees are naturally willing to go the …

How to Change an Industry Before It's Ready

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs are routinely the driving force behind change in our economy. Often it's the entrepreneur's ability to spot an opportunity and offer a unique solution that has prompted some of the biggest innovations of our time.<p>And while …

5 Content-Marketing Hacks Using Social-Media Data

This story originally appeared on Visual.ly<p>Social-media marketing and content marketing are two of the best ways for advertisers to get a message across. But they can be even better together, especially when marketing content leans heavily on social media data.<p>In the current media landscape, …

5 Dashboards for the Data Every Business Needs to Track

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The Scottish novelist and folklorist, Andrew Lang, died a century ago and couldn’t have known a thing about today’s vast array of analytics tools and metrics. Nonetheless, he presciently described how most businesses use that data when he …

5 Habits of Healthy, Happy and Wise Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Many entrepreneurs no longer want to trade success for their health, money for time with their families or a business at the expense of their passion.<p>With that, it’s more important than ever to devote yourself to improvement and success …

Great Idea for a Business, But No Experience? These Founders Prove It Can Be Done.

Sometimes when you're starting a new company, your confidence wavers and you need a sign you're heading in the right direction. Hard work and a sign that came in the form of a trip to the barber shop helped propel Ariel Nelson and Lane Gerson toward the launch of Jack Erwin, a year-old men's …

14 Essential Steps For Hiring During Growth | Inc.com

When we first started our company we had no idea what we where doing in terms of hiring and it showed when we started growing at a crazy pace. After many hiring disasters several including the police and several that could have cost us everything we learned to hire better and take our time.<p>The key …