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Don't Let Money Be an Obstacle to Starting a Business -- 5 Reasons Why

If money is your only holdup for realizing your dream, do some research -- you might find more opportunities than you'd expect.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I've found that a surprising number of professionals -- the majority, in fact -- have dreamed about, or at …

Small Business

3 Early Investments Every Entrepreneur Should Make

Every decision is an investment, so make choices that yield beneficial assets and opportunities for long-term growth.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Elon Musk is the kind of visionary who's worth keeping tabs on. So when in July he made an under-the-radar purchase of …

Small Business

This Mobile Fashion Brand Was Inspired by a Food Truck

An aspiring entrepreneur's lunch sparked the idea for her dream company.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One day, five years ago, while eating a sandwich from a food truck, Jordana Fortaleza had an idea: What about a mobile boutique, or, as she calls it, a …

Entrepreneurship

The 7 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

Sure you can't read the 50 books a year Bill Gates does. But you have no excuse for not reading at least these seven.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs may be short on time, but the most successful are still usually voracious readers. Bill Gates is known to …

Self-improvement

10 Lessons this Entrepreneur Learned from Flipping $100 Million in Real Estate

You learn a lot going from broke to successful -- and mostly it's about yourself.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The U.S. housing market has been on a steady tear for the past century. While there have been blips on the radar, especially recently with the Great …

Motivation

10 Business Ideas for Young Entrepreneurs In Their Spare Time

These jobs that have low startup costs and are part-time are perfect for the young business person getting started.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurship is about finding cost-efficient solutions to problems that may get in the way of your success. Rather than …

Entrepreneurship

10 Business Ideas for Making Extra Money After Work

A steady paycheck is financial stability. Add a second stream of income and you're taking your first step toward wealth.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you already earn a steady paycheck and need some extra cash, an evening side job might come in handy. Thanks to the …

Small Business

6 Things Successful TEDx Speakers Do to Crush Any Speaking Gig

Public speaking takes more effort than most people are willing to put out..<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>TEDx</i> is the holy grail of public speaking. A chance to finally get your story, your message, and your voice in front of tens of thousands of people. Everyone knows …

Public Speaking

23 Entrepreneurs Share the Books They Always Recommend

Entrepreneurs tell us the books they always tell others to read.<p>Staff Writer. Covers media, tech, startups, culture and workplace trends.<p>A savvy entrepreneur understands that the ability to empathize with a variety of perspectives is invaluable when growing a business. One of the simplest and most …

Books

‘He had no idea what he was talking about’

Raph Freedman, 25, and Rory Boyden, 26, were seeking a $50,000 investment in return for a 10 per cent stake in their company, Peak Chocolate.<p>“Our …

Muscle

Want to Run a Successful Business? Start by Investing in Personal Development | Inc.com

If you're in business long enough, you will realize that entrepreneurship and personal development go hand in hand. For some, they start the business first and then get into self-development. For others, like myself, self-development came first.<p>Regardless of how or when business and …

Self-improvement

5 essential tips to sell anything to anyone, according to a 'Shark Tank' Shark

Most people don't realize how important selling is — unless your paycheck depends on it!<p>Every time I mention selling, I always hear, "It's not for me", "You have to have knack for sales", or ;"I just can't do sales" — but this can't be farther from the truth.<p>Salespeople aren't the only ones selling …

Entrepreneurship

10 Rock-Solid DIYs Using Cement

(Image credit: Deborah Talbot for Homeology)<p>In a DIYer's world, there are a few materials you should probably always have on hand. A bag of cement …

Home Depot

6 Weekend Updates That Will Boost Your Home's Value

Small fixes make a big impact. Before putting your home on the market, check out these easy DIY projects.<p><b>1. Invest in Insulation</b><p>It’s not sexy, but it …

Home Improvement

Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett All Use This Ancient Philosophy to Build Wealth | Inc.com

Granted, philosophy may not sound like the most exciting subject to learn about in this day and age--how could the thoughts and opinions of ancient Greek philosophers of 300 BC, and dazzling minds such as Cicero, Seneca, and Marcus Aurelius, possibly engage us in 2017?<p>In truth, the better question …

Self-improvement

The 5 Challenges You'll Face on the Path of Building Your Side Business

Being prepared makes things a little easier but nothing is ever really easy.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Yes, you can build a business on the side. But it's not as easy as you think. You'll face a lot of challenges on your path.<p>Many people have tried to build a …

Entrepreneurship

MBA vs. Startup -- What's the Better ROI for $100,000? | Inc.com

Recently someone asked me a really good question: should I get an MBA or try to launch a startup? My question back to him, and anyone thinking about starting their own company, is the following: if you had $100,000, two years of time, and a passion for something that can make you wake up early in …

Entrepreneurship

5 Warning Signs a Client Will Be Bad for Business

The best time-management and money saving advice may be to cut out a few clients who are actually killing your business.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you have a business, satisfied clients are essential to your continuous success. Knowing your ideal client and …

Business Strategy
Entrepreneurship

After 3 Years of Rejection, He Raised $2 Million in 60 Days. Here's How.

After a constant chorus of 'no,' this entrepreneur found funding from an unlikely source.<p><i>In this ongoing series, we are sharing advice, tips</i> <i>and insights from real entrepreneurs who are out there doing business battle on a daily basis. (Answers have been edited and condensed for clarity.)</i><p><b>Who are you</b> …

Entrepreneurship

Top CEOs Get Brutally Honest About What It Takes to Run a Company | Inc.com

Q: What is the hardest thing about being a founder?<p><b>A:</b> "My spouse had not been through this process before in any way and had no entrepreneurs in her family. This has been a foreign and very scary experience for her." <i>-- Henry Jones, Kopis Mobile | No. 384</i><p><b>A:</b> "I've spent the past 12 years of my life …

CEOs

To Succeed You Must Become a Knowledge Junkie

The first step to solving most problems is figuring out what you don't know and then learning it.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A junkie can be defined as anyone suffering from an addiction. I’ll be the first to admit, I exchanged one addiction for another. My drug …

Selling

Never Quit: Strategies on Perseverance From 6 Seasoned Entrepreneurs

Always be relentless.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When starting out in business, it can be difficult to generate self-belief if you've never done it before. "Maybe this isn't for me," you think after the 10th hot lead says, "I'll pass."<p>These seasoned entrepreneurs …

Entrepreneurship

Here Are The Exact Words To Use On Social Media To Get More Customers | Inc.com

Every month, I consult with a variety of entrepreneurs and brands on their social media strategy. When I first meet with them, they always raise the concern that they are generating likes and followers on social media, but not a high enough percentage of them are actually being converted into …

Customers

The 15 Most Profitable Small-Business Industries

Thinking about launching a new business? Here's where to look to for high profit margins.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>While a number of small businesses flop in their first year, a safe way to help your new venture be a success is by tapping into the right …

Small Business

If You Hear One of These Negative Comments When You Pitch Your Big Idea, It Could Mean You Positively Nailed It

Why it can sometimes pay to ignore your team's good-natured naysaying.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We’ve all been there. You’re sitting in that meeting for the new campaign, business opportunity or product launch and a truly different idea is thrown out -- and people …

Self-confidence

5 Secrets to Keeping Your 9-5 Job While Growing Your Side Hustle

Keep your steady paycheck, build a little side income and after awhile you're making real money.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For many people, settling into a traditional 9-to-5 job means no longer having time to focus on their true passions. For others, that 9-to-5 …

Small Business

The Disruptive Innovation Behind Pokémon Go

If you're looking to move the needle in your own organization, follow the lead of Nintendo.<p>In an explosive combination of creativity, cutting-edge technology, and brilliant marketing, Pokemon GO has become a global craze in less than a week. The new portable game from Nintendo uses a technology …

Innovation

This 1 Science-Backed Rule Is All You Need to Stay Motivated

The road to success is long. Stick it out with this research-backed trick.<p>In case you haven't heard, there really is no such thing as an overnight success. Breakout hits are almost always followed by years of toil and failure.<p>Angry Birds was Rovio's 52nd attempt. Elon Musk studied battery …

Motivation