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15 Free Online Learning Sites Every Entrepreneur Should Visit

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Being a successful entrepreneur means you have to wear a lot of hats, especially when your company is just starting out and you don’t have enough employees to cover all the areas you need.<p>Learning the new skills necessary to start a new …

4 Books to Map Your Path to Greater Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>My favorite books are those that inspired me to take my level of activity up a notch. Here are four books that helped to take me to the next level in my life. Hopefully, they can do the same for you as well:<p><b>The Secret.</b> If you have a clear …

6 Truths About Exercise That Nobody Wants to Believe

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Success in the gym, as with most things in life, comes down to mastering the basics.<p>With that in mind, here are 6 exercise tips, weightlifting basics, and training essentials that nobody wants to believe, but everyone should follow.<p>Take …

There Is No Magic Formula for Small-Business Success -- Only This

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I’ve been asked many times to lay out my magic formula for building a successful small or medium-sized business. I usually respond by saying there's no magic, only hard work and experience.<p>While this is certainly true, the success of a …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

Workouts

How to Get Single-Digit Body Fat

If you want to get leaner than lean, every bite counts<p>At a fitness conference last Spring, I joined some friends for breakfast. It was a normal breakfast up until the moment Spencer Nadolsky, D.O., pulled a scale out of his gym bag to weigh a banana.<p>I knew Dr. Nadolsky was preparing for a …

Fitness

11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …

What Makes the Best Logos So Good | Inc.com

Every day consumers are confronted with countless logos but remain mostly unaware of how these icons are constantly transmitting a slew of messages aimed at the subconscious.<p>"A company's logo is its shorthand, a visual cue that tells a story of the brand's culture, behavior, and values," said Su …

Graphic Design

The Fascinating Psychology Behind Word of Mouth Marketing | Inc.com

On the second day of South by Southwest Interactive hoards of hungover techies and early birds streamed into the Hilton Austin to hear marketing expert and Wharton School professor Jonah Berger.<p>Berger's talk centered around something rather old school: Word of mouth.<p>The topic is a passionate one …

Mark Cuban's 12 Rules for Startups

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Anyone who has started a business has his or her own rules and guidelines, so I thought I would add to the memo with my own. My "rules" below aren't just for those founding the companies, but for those who are considering going to work …

How to Scale an E-Commerce Website: 5 Tips | Inc.com

Compared with a content-only website, running an e-commerce site is tricky. You've got to track what's in someone's cart, you have to handle orders, and there's just generally more functionality going on that's harder to manage on the server side, particularly when it comes to traffic spikes you …

Gary Vaynerchuk: The Dumbest Move I've Ever Seen in Social Media | Inc.com

Video Transcript<p><b>00:09 Eric Schurenberg:</b> We got 30 seconds left. So I am going to do a lightning round with you, Gary. You've got to try to answer each of these questions in a sentence or less. Okay, ready?<p><b>00:17 Gary Vaynerchuk:</b> Yep.<p><b>00:18 Schurenberg</b>: Alright. The dumbest move you've ever seen in …

Richard Branson: 3 Ways to Be More Audacious in Business | Inc.com

Richard Branson is pretty much audacity in human form. The billionaire English business magnate started out as a fresh-faced teenager who was frustrated with the high price of records in his hometown. By making bold choices and never settling for the status quo, Branson built one of the biggest …

5 Sales Tips I Am Thankful For | Inc.com

I recently started making a list of all of the mentors, advisers, and smart friends that have helped me over the course of my career. I ran out of time when the list got to 39 people---I'm not finished yet. It made me think of just how many people over the course of our lives have contributed to …

How to Read Any Business Book In an Hour or Less | Inc.com

I want to teach you a system for rapidly reading business books. It's something that has helped me a lot over the course of my career. I learned the basics from my great mentor and friend, Dr. Tom Hill, and have made my own modifications. By following this system, I am able to read 100 business …

Which States Have The Fastest Sex?

Which states have the longest and shortest average sex times? Spreadsheets, a sort of sex-focused Fitbit, tried to find out. Here’s a description of Spreadsheets from our sister site, <i>Fast Company</i>:<p>The app keeps track of stats like total thrusts, duration, and decibel peak, which the couple can later …

Business Still Not on Facebook? Get Up to Speed With These 4 Steps.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In just 10 years, Facebook has changed the way businesses market to customers. In these days of multi-channel marketing, you can't run a small business without having a Facebook presence.<p>No matter whether you use Facebook personally, …

5 Steps to Building a Business Around Your Passion

This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes<p>Fear is a funny four letter word.<p>It is designed to protect us from real danger in our lives (<i>like a bear chasing us</i>) but at the same time paralyzes us from achieving our dreams.<p>I believe passion is the sword of love that pierces through the wall of fears …

How to Research Your Business Idea

Your brilliant idea may indeed be brilliant--or it may need some work. Here's how to find out whether you're ready for startup.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Somewhere between scribbling your idea on a cocktail napkin and actually starting a business, there's a process …

5 SEO Trends Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know for 2014

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>"Is SEO dead?" It's a common question within the online marketing world today.<p>If you're an entrepreneur relying on a strong online presence to connect with customers, you're right to pay attention. It's undeniable that the SEO landscape …

The 5 New Business Books You Must Read This Year | Inc.com

Whether you’re eager to beef up your network or looking to make a lifestyle change, 2014 will be chock full of books to help you accomplish your goal. Here's a look at what’s in store:<p><b>Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek</b><b><br>Hits stores:</b> January 7<b><br>The pitch:</b> The popular TED speaker explains why great leaders …

SEO Isn't Everything | Inc.com

Search engine optimization has become a mainstay of online marketing. Skip it and you might as well give up on virtual sales channels. There are those who say that SEO is dead and should be replaced with a more conscious focus on really understanding customers and addressing their needs and desires.<p>…

8 Steps to Make Customers Love Your Brand

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Why do we choose one brand over another? Brand loyalty is not a mental act, but an emotional one, and brand loyal customers have an emotional relationship with the brands they're faithful to. And like Woody Allen explained in Annie Hall, …

Get One Thing Right

How Bonobos Got Started<p>A lot of companies don’t make it because in the process of trying to get many things right, they don’t get anything right.<p>Why …

Startups

New Moz-Builtwith Study Examines Big Website Tech and Google Rankings

BuiltWith also knows about your competitors' websites. They've cataloged over <b>5,000 different website technologies</b> on over <b>190 million sites</b>. Want to …

SEO

The DoDo Case Story

Patrick Buckley and crew built DoDo Case from a small, $500 investment by utilizing the various local shops in San Francisco and putting in some …

Data Driven Drop Shipping

Drop shipping is an ideal solution for many eCommerce entrepreneurs. However, it does have its downfalls that are worth considering. Andrew Egenes …

6 Ways to Get Sales Email Opened | Inc.com

I recently received an email from a reader that contained an excellent question: "Do you have any Subject Line templates/best practices for prospecting emails?"<p>(<i>Note:</i> to hone your emailing skills, sign up for my free weekly newsletter.)<p>Here are some guidelines, based partly on my own experience and …

Search

FORTUNE — I’ve had Amazon on my mind lately, partly because I’m reading Brad Stone’s interesting book, <i>The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon</i>.<p>I’ve described in earlier blog posts how Amazon (AMZN) is a brutal competitor for brick and mortar merchants due to their large and growing …

Creating an Online Store with a Full-time Job

One of the biggest obstacles to launching an online store is finding the time to do it. And while I think focusing on your business completely is a …