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5 Online Learning Sources to Boost Your Business Acumen

The internet's free exchange of ideas makes it easier than ever to learn about real-world issues that affect your company.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There’s never been a better time to be in business. As the world has grown increasingly interconnected, the internet …

Entrepreneurship

How to get rich renting instead of buying a home

In an earlier post, I assessed home ownership from an investment perspective and found that homes are terrible investments that barely keep pace with inflation.<p>This poor investment, however, does force the average American to save the money they'd otherwise spend.<p>The result? The median net worth of …

Real Estate

The First 5 Steps to Launching a Successful Ecommerce Business

Make sure you get the right information at the right time.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There’s no shortage of information online on how to start an ecommerce business. A quick Google search reveals millions of results on the subject. But all that information might be …

eCommerce

These economic 'black swans' could rock global markets

Societe Generale is out with its latest quarterly chart of swan risks that threaten to rock the global financial markets.<p>Interestingly, the firm has not updated either the major negative or positive risks to markets since its November edition of the chart was published after the US election.<p>On the …

Economy

10 Excellent Pieces of Expert Advice for Entrepreneurs from VCs | Inc.com

Entrepreneurs, take note! Here are 10 excellent pieces of advice from VCs.<p>1. Understand Your Space<p>"If you are going to dedicate five to seven years of your life in a company, don't do it based on some tech article you read. Do your homework and strive to understand the space you are going into and …

Entrepreneurship

How I Motivated Myself During My Darkest Times | Inc.com

Motivation is a daily struggle. We all have those mornings when it's cold and rainy, and all you want to is stay curled up in bed. Other times, we're just mentally and physically exhausted. Then there are the times when a disastrous and unexpected moment hits you so hard that everything becomes …

Motivation

5 Keys to Becoming a Super Effective Leader | Inc.com

No matter how successful a businessperson you might be, leading others is a very real challenge for many. And while we know that anyone can lead, not everyone can lead effectively.<p>What are the keys to being a remarkably effective leader? Read on to find out.<p><b>1. Communicate</b><p>Communication, especially …

Goal Setting

The Unspoken Truths About Starting Up That Every Founder Should Know

The “best face forward” nature of the business world means that certain undesirable truths of running a company often go unmentioned. You hear a lot about surprise overnight successes, statistical outliers, and what you should do to build a six-figure business, but you don’t hear very much about …

Entrepreneurship

Why I'm Saying No More Than Ever Before in 2017 | Inc.com

Back in 2015, I pushed myself to my limits by working 80-hour weeks - 13.3 hour days - every week of the year. I made it my goal to help at least one person a day, and wound up connecting with 368 people - three of whom I'd go on to found companies with. One of the metrics I was tracking was the …

Creativity

The author of 'The 4-Hour Workweek' explains the 4-word daily reminder that makes him more productive

After his 2007 productivity guide "The 4-Hour Workweek" became a bestseller, Tim Ferriss dedicated his career to studying a wide variety of experts at the top of their fields.<p>His new book, "Tools of Titans," is a collection of the best lessons he's learned from over 100 highly successful people.<p>It …

Self-improvement

Five Ways To Say “No” So You Can Finally Reclaim Your Focus

Staying productive is all about consciously deciding what not to do. Here’s how.<p>It isn’t news that culture is obsessed with <i>doing</i>–with being in motion, with being occupied, with being busy. But the upshot of all this doing is that we spend very little time deciding exactly what we should be doing in …

Time Management

You Didn’t Get the Salary You Asked For. Now What?

Relax: Use this as a lesson for next time.<p>Salary negotiation, like other things in life, is not a foolproof process. Salary negotiation requires a …

Employment

Indiegogo Wants To Reclaim Its Momentum With A Renewed Focus On Entrepreneurs

CEO David Mandelbrot spoke with Fast Company about what the platform is doing to stand out from the crowdfunding crowd.<p>Kickstarter is for creative projects. CrowdRise (acquired last week by GoFundMe) is for nonprofit fundraising. And Indiegogo is for… well, exactly what <i>does</i> differentiate Indiegogo …

Startups

18 of the hottest under-the-radar startups to watch in 2017

Founders, venture capitalists, and tech employees flock to the Bay Area and New York City to launch and build startups, fund new ideas, and simply just live among their tech-obsessed brethren.<p>But there's a new wave of companies eschewing the Valley/Alley life in favor of building their startups in …

Startups

One of the largest jobs companies in the world reveals how robots are going to change employment forever

The company released the report, entitled "The Skills Revolution," on conjunction with the World Economic Forum's meeting of the most powerful political and business leaders across the globe in Davos, Switzerland.<p>It surveyed more than 18,000 employers across 43 countries and six industry …

World Economic Forum

5 Reasons Why You Need to Take Advantage of Influencer Marketing

There is mounting evidence that done correctly, influencers can drive sales far more effectively than traditional advertising.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/290745Influencer marketing is one of the hottest, and effective, ways to …

Marketing

Ever Hear Of Funko? They Plan To Be A Billion-Dollar Toy Company

Funko plans to be a billion-dollar company in five years and you may not even know them. While other toy companies like Hasbro or Jakks Pacific make big bets on four to five licenses a year, Funko has over 200 licenses.<p>“It’s what makes us different and unique,” said Funko Chief Executive Officer …

The Walking Dead

How To Ditch The Bad Habits That Will Hold You Back This Year

You can’t hope to make progress on your goals if you keep practicing these common bad habits.<p>Before you can have any hope of following through on your New Year Resolutions, you need to get rid of the bad habits that are holding you back at work.<p>Here are eight beliefs and actions you should cleanse …

Employment

10 Podcasts Every Business Owner Should Listen To | Inc.com

One of the best, fastest, and easiest ways to improve your business is by checking out the right podcast. Avoiding mistakes made by others, getting up-to-date advice, and expanding your knowledge base are all paramount to successful business ownership. However, podcasts have exploded in popularity …

Business Strategy

The 5 Best Motivational Videos of 2016 | Inc.com

Every year, I post the five most motivational videos to be posted on YouTube over the past 12 months. Here are my posts for 2015, 2014, and some timeless classics.<p>For 2016, I've focused on videos that will inspire you to make 2017 the best year ever. I figure we all need a year-end boost. Enjoy!<p>The …

Motivation

Research: The Best Strategy for Paying Off Credit Card Debt

Many Americans struggle to pay down their credit card debts, a challenge exacerbated by the holidays when credit-card spending balloons. The Federal Reserve estimates that nearly half of U.S. households are unable to pay their credit card bills in full each month. These households owe more than …

Personal Finance

The Definitive Management Ideas of the Year from Harvard Business Review (with bonus article "What Is Disruptive Innovation?")

Publication Date: <b>November 01, 2016</b><p>A year's worth of management wisdom, all in one place. We've reviewed the ideas, insights, and best practices from the past year of Harvard Business Review to keep you up-to-date on the most cutting-edge, influential thinking driving business today. With authors …

Innovation

The 10 Best Business Lessons Of 2016

Here’s a list of the best advice we’ve given for building and growing a successful organization.<p>Over the last year, there have been a lot of changes on the business landscape from Yahoo being sold to Verizon to Gawker going bankrupt. Along the way we’ve talked to CEOs of big companies, first-time …

Entrepreneurship

17 Marketing Trends To Watch Out For In 2017

December is the time of year when every strategist should be taking a step away from the day-to-day and giving a good hard look at the past year’s performance. After all, if you’re not paying attention to what has worked (or hasn’t worked) over the past 12 months, how are you going to know what to …

Marketing

Happiness depends on health and friends, not money, says new study

Landmark research says tackling mental health issues more effective than reducing poverty for increasing happiness rates<p>Most human misery can be blamed on failed relationships and physical and mental illness rather than money problems and poverty, according to a landmark study by a team of …

Mental Health

7 Bad Habits That Are Ruining Our Ability To Succeed And How To Break Them

One can say a lot of good things about the society we live in. Technology has made the world considerably smaller and has brought people together …

Carlsberg beer undergoes £15m rebrand in attempt to win back millennials

The British beer scene has undergone huge changes over the past few years, with the public shunning lager for artisan craft brews.<p>And who’s been …

10 Biggest myths about being an entrepreneurs

Share2<p>Tweet<p>Share6<p>+12<p>Shares 10<p>Becoming an entrepreneur has been on top of wish list of most people. After all, who don’t want to be a boss at least …

The cult of compulsory happiness is ruining our workplaces

Some companies strive to make the office fun, so we’ll work harder. But forced positivity has a negative side<p>In their quest to make employees happier, companies around the world have been busy installing play equipment in the workplace. Google has set up slides in its Zurich office so engineers can …

Happiness