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Facebook wants you to check its new 'Crisis Response' feature when disaster hits

Facebook's emergency response features now include much more than just Safety Check.<p>The social network introduced a new "Crisis Response" hub that …

Running Out of Ideas? How to Get a New Perspective on Your Marketing Approach | Inc.com

Tell me if this sounds familiar: Your marketing department is churning out consistent, high-quality work but generating fewer and fewer leads. Everything seems to have lost its effectiveness. It's actually a common problem.<p>The root of the issue is that the world often changes faster than our …

Are Bots Posting Fake Reviews of Your Business? Here's What You Can Do About It | Inc.com

The next customer who posts an online review of your business may not be a customer at all. In fact, it may not be a person. With the news that researchers have developed artificial intelligence software that can write believable fake reviews, it could get more difficult for entrepreneurs to manage …

8 indispensable (and free) Google tools

Google is so much more than just the world’s premier search engine.<p>Google has a bevy of helpful products—many of which are completely free. If you …

Tesla triggers upgrade for cars in Irma's path

Tesla is giving a boost to customers in the path of Hurricane Irma.<p>The electric carmaker says it is temporarily extending the range of some of its vehicles. In other words, drivers who are trying to leave Florida or another evacuation zone are now able to travel up to 40 extra miles before they …

Flight frenzy: ‘Biggest travel sale ever’

Click Frenzy, known for its online super sales and now in its second year, is back with its annual travel frenzy offering hundres of travel deals in …

Wordpress.com's new Paypal integration makes it easier for bloggers to sell stuff online

Selling goods and services on WordPress.com just got a lot easier. Yesterday, Automattic announced the launch of a Simple Payment button that allows users of the hosted blog/site/CMS service to accept Paypal payments in just a few clicks.<p>The feature is currently available to users on the paid …

How the 80/20 rule helped this woman lose weight

A diet doesn’t need to be 100 percent healthy to be healthy, according to Work Week Lunch founder Talia Koren. The blogger lost 10 pounds following the 80/20 rule, which involves focusing on eating healthy foods 80 percent of the time, and less healthy foods the remaining 20 percent.<p>“I wasn’t …

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How to Make Money From Social Media

Want to know a fun fact?If you Google “make money blogging,” you get 78,000,000 results.That’s no surprise.There has been an online business boom …

10 Ways to Preserve Cash as a Bootstrapped Startup

A guide to staying alive for early stage companies short of money.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As a startup founder, the term “runway” has an entirely different meaning than what most people think of when they hear the term. For those unfamiliar, runway refers to the …

Fiverr Introduces Service That Lets You Hire the Guy Behind F-ckJerry

The new platform is built for entrepreneurs and small-business owners looking to get help from vetted professionals.<p>Fiverr, the freelancer marketplace originally built as a platform for people to do $5 jobs, is taking a big step toward growing itself into a network where entrepreneurs and …

Are you doing these mistakes with social media promotion of your local business?

Just one line to remember – <b>“Social media can be an asset for your local business or a hindrance.”</b><p>Social media is most powerful way to promote your …

How LinkedIn Went From 500,000 to 500 Million Users in 13 Years | Inc.com

From 2003 to 2016, LinkedIn grew from 500,000 users to over 500 million members. VP of growth Aatif Awan shared the three-stage strategy the company followed to explode from also-ran to must-have today at Traction Conference in Vancouver, Canada.<p>Stage one: Stimulating virality<p>In the early years …

T.D. Jakes’ Shark Tank-style competition will teach skills Dallas kids need

Sometimes the best ideas come from the very young.<p>So keep your eyes on an inaugural business entrepreneur contest that teams the University of North …

Why Understanding UX Design Will Make You a Better Entrepreneur

Understanding UX design also means understanding psychology, anthropology, sociology, computer science, graphic design, industrial design, and …

UX Design

45 days left to apply to Startup Battlefield, San Francisco 2017

What’s raised over $6.9 billion dollars in funding, exited or IPO’ed over 95 times and delivered over 655 pitches? TechCrunch Startup Battlefield. Applications for Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF are now open. We’re searching for new, innovative startups to launch and compete this September at …

How a 'Minimalist' Business Model Helped These 2 Founders Win Millions of Customers | Inc.com

When you hear the term minimalism, you might think of the tiny house craze, starting a capsule wardrobe, purging your sock drawer, or the overall pursuit of living with less. A with a growing team and multiple revenue streams isn't the first thing to come to mind. But for two entrepreneurs known as …

$9 billion startup Stripe just launched a new tool to solve a 'universal problem' with running a business

On Thursday, Stripe launched Sigma — a tool to help its customers analyze and make sense of the vast amounts of payments data that flows in and out of its service. The end result is giving businesses a deep and always-fresh view into the flow of money in and out of their coffers, where before they …

Want to Save Your Business an Hour a Day? Automate These 11 Tasks.

The smaller your business, the less time you have for repetitive tasks that can be easily automated.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Automation may be considered a job killer, but it’s also a life-saver for small businesses who are looking for ways to streamline daily …

Startups: You’re Wasting Your Time

Founders: chances are you’re wasting your time on a few consistent things and might not know it. Opportunities abound, but most are thinly veiled …

Startups

There's a crazy amount of evidence that every weekend should be a 3-day weekend

National holidays that fall on a Monday — like Labor Day — shouldn't be the only reason Americans get three days off.<p>According to research from the worlds of psychology and business, it might be better if it happened every week.<p>Over the last several years, a number of companies around the world …

5 Ways to Improve Your Business With No Additional Capital

Do you plan on doing business with minimal capital? What if you can improve your business using only minimal funds?

Microsoft launches a project management app called Planner

To compete with Trello and Asana<p>Microsoft wants to help businesses and small teams collaborate and track work with a new app called Planner. Released today for free as part of the Office 365 suite, Planner is a project management service similar to products like Asana and Trello. Microsoft isn't …

Understand This Before You Enter Into a Relationship With an Entrepreneur

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A relationship in of itself can be hard. Add entrepreneurship into the mix, and it can get complicated. It takes a special kind of person to be an entrepreneur. You have to be self-motivated and driven by a bigger why. You have to ignore …

Oxygen's New Show 'Quit Your Day Job' Teaches Entrepreneurs How To Make The Cut

<b>Part of the series “Entrepreneurs Rocking the World”</b><p>According to a January 2015 report on Gallup, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that the total number of new business startups and business closures per year — the birth and death rates of American companies — have crossed for the first time since …

How to Start a Business: 7 Steps to Get Started Today

Follow this formula for launching and starting to grow your new business.<p>While starting a business is no easy task, it's not as difficult as many entrepreneurs would think. Instead of obsessing over every minor detail or second guessing yourself, if you follow these seven steps, you can be on your …

How to start a side business without quitting your current job

Not all entrepreneurs started out their businesses fresh from college – or quit halfway through.<p>Most entrepreneurs already had careers before they decided to go it alone. But making the jump can be terrifying, especially if you have overheads to pay. That’s why a growing number of people are …

Good riddance, gig economy: Uber, Ayn Rand and the awesome collapse of Silicon Valley’s dream of destroying your job

The Uber model just doesn’t work for other industries. The price points always fail — and that’s a good thing<p>The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo recently wrote an oddly lamenting piece about how “the Uber model, it turns out, doesn’t translate.” Manjoo describes how so many of the “Uber-of-X” …

Unicorns aside, it’s a good time to start a business

There’s been a healthy amount of chatter lately from analysts and tech writers that we are approaching a meltdown in startup financing. Unicorns, those startups valued at $1 billion or higher, are being downgraded at a rapid clip. The most recent victim is Flipkart, an Indian e-commerce firm …

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