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CEO Secrets: How to make a small business really big

Think about how you can "scale up" your company from the moment you set it up. That's one piece of recurring advice we've been hearing on CEO Secrets, our series where we ask prominent bosses to share their business advice.<p>But what's it like to turn a very small company into a huge, multinational …

5 Mega-Successful Entrepreneurs Who Are Introverts

If you know you're not outgoing and don't like engaging with others, find teammates who can make up for those tendencies.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Introversion and extroversion are signature traits that ordinarily define how a person prefers spending his or her …

10 Free Online Marketing Courses to Try Today (Infographic)

Boost your marketing skills with these online resources -- for free.<p>An abundance of free resources are available online today, especially when it comes to marketing. Although sometimes it can be tricky to weed through them and get to the good stuff.<p>Look no further, because marketing software …

What’s the best business structure for a first-time founder?

For first-time founders, there’s a lot of new territory to navigate. Pretty quickly, you need to figure out product-market fit, customer acquisition …

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How to Create Video Content Without Being on Camera

Try something new in 2017 and add video content to your marketing strategy.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Try something new in 2017 and add video content to your marketing strategy. As an entrepreneur, you are always looking for a way to get ahead of the competition. …

5 Steps to Writing Better Ad Copy

Following these easy steps will help you create copy that sells your products or services.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following excerpt is from Craig Simpson's</i> The Advertising Solution<i>. Buy it now from</i> Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes<br>Advertising expert Gary …

Here’s the simple strategy extroverts use to win people over

Yet until recently, no one's been able to pinpoint what exactly extroverts <i>do</i> that helps them build strong social ties.<p>Now, new research from Duke University, cited by the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that the answer is surprisingly simple: It's a matter of mimicry, or copying the …

13 steps anyone can take to get rich, according to a journalist who spent his career studying millionaires

Prompted by legendary businessman Andrew Carnegie, who turned a few nickels and dimes into a fortune, journalist Napoleon Hill researched more than 500 self-made millionaires over 20 years before releasing his 1937 best-seller "Think and Grow Rich."<p>"It was Mr. Carnegie's idea that the magic …

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5 Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read

<i>“’Tell me what you read and I’ll tell you who you are’ is true enough, but I’d know you better if you told me what you reread.”</i> ― François Mauriac<p>I get asked a lot what books I’m reading or what books I recommend for entrepreneurs. I love to read, so I’ve always got my nose in a book. Even on my …

'Don't Write Business Plans': Advice For Startups From One Of Silicon Valley's Top Seed Investors

“Don’t write business plans,” warns venture capitalist and angel investor, Dave McClure, of 500 Startups. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, McClure and many of his colleagues has a pedigree from Facebook and PayPal. His firm employs a “cast a wide net” approach, with a particular focus on emerging …

The Top 9 Mistakes First-Time Entrepreneurs Make--and How To Avoid Them

Have you made any of these mistakes? What steps are you taking to prevent these from happening?<p>For many, it’s the dream: Leaving your career and making the move to entrepreneurship. Some of us are even skipping college to get a head start on starting our businesses.<p>I’ve worked for and consulted …

Guy makes DIY underwater breathing device that really works

This tiny underwater breathing device is one of the coolest we have seen - and you can make it yourself! This small device uses a water nebuliser - …

The 10 things in advertising you need to know today

<b>1. Google is turning a touching YouTube video about a transgender man into a TV ad.</b> The advert was aired during ESPN's annual ESPY awards on Wednesday night.<p><b>2. YouTube is set to launch a subscription music service in an attempt to cement its dominance in video over Facebook.</b> CEO Susan Wojcicki …

30 Project Management Software Online Solutions

Projects can get complicated, with endless streams of email threads and client meetings that seem to pop out of nowhere. All the members of a team …

How Being a Boring Investor Can Make You Rich

Think like a millionaire and learn how to boost your returns without resorting to exotic—or risky—investment strategies.<p>Most millionaires don’t rely …

20 All-Time Best Steve Jobs Quotes

Steve Jobs died in 2011, but his legacy as the co-founder of Apple lives on. He was a master of innovation, an entrepreneur to model. Here are his all-time best quotes.<p>Which is your favorite Jobs quote? Post it on my Twitter feed.<p>1. "Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to …

The One Thing You Should Never Do When You Negotiate

Staying away from compromise is the key to getting the most out of a negotiation.<p>Negotiation may well be the single most important and yet least understood business and life skill. Most people see negotiation as a conflict between adversaries, a way to one-up an opponent through manipulation. With …

7 Bestsellers That Entrepreneurs Must Read

These books contain detailed instructions and real-life examples that lead to short-term and long-term success for your startup.<p>Last month, I posted the 10 best books written by entrepreneurs. While those books are fascinating reads, with only one exception (<i>Art of the Start</i>), they don't provide a …

Steve Jobs Was a Master at Looking Into the Future: You Can Be Too

Steve Jobs knew how to keep his company constantly adapting to the future. Do you?<p>You've watched it happen to venerable brands like Kodak, Blockbuster, and Radio Shack. What was once an apparently invincible business is swept under by changing times and market conditions--and the dogged …

4 Timeless Books You Have to Read if You Want to Change the World (or Just Put a Big Dent in It)

These books provide a roadmap and a compass that will forever change the way you look at entrepreneurism, innovation, marketing, and change.<p>Some people learn entrepreneurship from their family business; others learn it by studying entrepreneurship in school. I did neither. Instead, I was enrolled …

5 Ways Successful Entrepreneurs Think Differently

There are many traits that make for strong business owners, but one thing they all have in common is the way they think.<p>When it comes to owning a business, there are two types of people: those who make it and those who don't. And to the surprise of many, it's not always the most skilled or talented …

The first secret of design is ... noticing

As human beings, we get used to "the way things are" really fast. But for designers, the way things are is an opportunity ... Could things be better? …

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Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days (Includes Successful Templates, E-mails, etc.)

I first met Mike Del Ponte two years ago when he was running marketing at BranchOut, a startup I advise.<p>Before joining BranchOut, Mike had explored a …

A former Navy SEAL shares some of the hardest truths about leadership

According to Jeff the principles for success are the same in the Navy and the corporate world: self-awareness, open communication, trust — all the fundamentals of leadership that are covered in every HBR article.<p>Trust. Everything stems from trust. Trust in one's competence to execute a task …

Go With Your Gut: How to Use Your Intuition to Succeed in Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>Like this article? Find more great tips by subscribing to my blog here.</i><p>Steve Jobs called intuition “more powerful than intellect.” Albert Einstein called it the sacred gift. Some of the most important partnerships, products and theories …

5 ways entrepreneurs see life differently

Because it consumes your personal life as well as your professional one, it typically changes you as a human being. Your approach to problem solving will change, you'll learn new skills and become more familiar with new industries and markets.<p>You'll undergo a personality change — for better or for …

10 skills you should have if you want to be a CEO

While not all aspire to land in the C-suite, some have their sights set on the top job, either by founding a company or climbing the corporate ladder.<p>With the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Evan Spiegel, recent years have seen a surge of "Under 30 CEOs."<p>And though the average age of CEOs is slightly …