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34 “More” Reasons To Start Your Own Business

Starting your own business gives you more of what you want from your life.<p>More control of your time. You get to decide how much to work each week.<br>• More self-respect. No more kowtowing to some tool in the corner office.<br>• More self-awareness. You'll quickly learn your strengths and weaknesses.<br>• More …

Self-awareness

13 Quotes Every Entrepreneur Needs To "Get" To Succeed

It was July 2006.<p>Yahoo! had just offered to buy Facebook for $1 billion.<p>Peter Thiel, Facebook’s first outside investor, thought the social network’s …

Entrepreneurship

Retirement Planning for Late-Starters

You're in your 50s and haven't saved for retirement. Don't panic, but do get going and take these steps now.

4 Ways to Protect Your Intellectual Property (Infographic)

The greatest invention in the world is nothing without the proper intellectual property protections. Here's how to prevent copycats from ripping off your idea.<p>Starting a business around a new invention is many entrepreneurs' dream, but that dream can quickly turn into a nightmare if you don't take …

Intellectual Property

6 Ways to Sell Yourself, Without Selling Out

You don't have to ditch your principles to market yourself.<p>Some entrepreneurs, including some of the most determined and successful, are under the impression that they either don't have to bother with selling themselves, or that selling themselves is wrong.<p>There is a huge difference between …

Selling

How To Close Sales Like a Machine

A sales expert explains how to get prospects to sign on the dotted line.<p>Great businesses know how to sell. Driving revenue through customers helps your business grow, and is the best way to bring money into your company. Because of this, it's essential that you know how to close clients when you …

Salesforce

Best Advice I Ever Got: Do Whatever It Takes

Jennifer Benz, founder of Benz Communications, shares the wisdom passed down from her entrepreneur parents.<p>Jennifer Benz is Founder and CEO of Benz Communications, a boutique consulting and marketing firm that specializes in employee benefits and health care. Jen leads a team of 25 employees and …

Entrepreneurship

.CO: The Formula Every Successful Company in South Florida Should Adopt

The recent acquisition of our partners .CO Internet by Neustar for a whopping USD$ 109 million dollars is a prime example of a successful exit by a …

12 Things Successful People Do in the First Hour of the Workday

It is crucial that you start your day off right. Here are some ways to make sure you begin your workday with the best mindset possible and boost your productivity.<p>The first hour of the workday is critical, since it can impact your productivity level and mindset for the rest of the day.<p>"Successful …

Time Management

9 Things Really Productive People Refuse to Do

Being more productive isn't just about what you do--it's also about what you don't.<p>If you want to be more productive, don't start by taking on new habits and routines. Instead, do less. The most productive people know how to stay focused and how to say no--but most importantly, they know how to …

Time Management

20 Unusual Things 20 Successful People Do Every Day

Where success is concerned, sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference.<p>All the successful people I know have at least one thing they make sure to do every day; one thing they feel contributes greatly to their success.<p>Some of the following are tech entrepreneurs, while others run more …

peoplefeel

How to Clear Your Mind in 15 Minutes

Are you having a crazy, distracting day? Here is a 15-minute approach to clearing the mind and regaining focus.<p>Some days just get out of hand. The workload is heavy, and still the emails and calls flood in. The pace can seem frenetic, and the constant interruptions not only disrupt your actions but …

Meditation

4 Personal Habits That Will Improve Your Business

How deep breaths, hot yoga, and no gluten can make you a more effective leader.<p>This year, I decided that I'm going to share my lessons. Lessons are some of the only things that we can both learn and teach. As I expand my new social enterprise, I feel it is important to share as I go. So, here are …

Natalie Portman

9 Questions to Ask Before Sending That Marketing Email

Your customers trust you with their email addresses. Make sure you respect that trust by ensuring every email is the best it can be. Here's a checklist to help.<p>There’s an art and a science to crafting that perfect email to reach out to potential customers, with advice out there ranging from how to …

Marketing

Amazon's Wholesale Slaughter: Jeff Bezos' $8 Trillion B2B Bet

<b>Forget the delivery drones and TV deals. Jeff Bezos’ stealthy foray into the unsexy world of B2B distribution is likely his most disruptive move yet — and it has an $8 trillion swath of the economy running scared.</b><p>In recent months global Internet retail behemoth Amazon.com has green-lit six new …

Americans Want To Give Back With Their Purchases–Not With Charity

Cause-based brands are both complementing and competing with more traditional nonprofits.<p>Supporting a cause used to be mostly about writing a donation check to a charity. But today the lines between charity and commerce are blurring as more and more shoppers buy from socially-minded companies and …

6 Steps To Building A Killer LinkedIn Profile (Infographic)

There are undeniable benefits to networking with professionals on LinkedIn, but you’re not the only person who thinks so. Here’s how to compete with the other 277+ million people looking for opportunities.<p>Two every second: That’s how many people join LinkedIn as new members, many of whom hope to …

Brian Halligan: Getting Customers to Come to You | Inc.com

In a live chat, the author and co-founder of Internet marketing company HubSpot talks to <i>Inc.</i>'s Allison Fass about entrepreneurship.

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17 Things Extraordinary People Do Every Day

Want to achieve extraordinary goals? Take these easy, proven steps every day.<p>Some people seem to get ahead, no matter what. They aren't necessarily smarter, more creative or harder working than many others. Still, they achieve much more than their peers. Why is that?<p>The philosopher Aristotle …

Self-improvement

The Multitasker: Killer Apps For Doing It All (At Once)

<b>IFTTT (web)</b><p>IFTTT stands for “If This Then That.” It’s pretty straightforward: the service enables you to set automatic actions between apps. If [this] happens, it does [that].<p>Example: “If I check into Foursquare, then add it to my Google Calendar.”<p>Now, imagine the possibilities.<p><b>Google Now (iOS and</b> …

Is It Time To Dramatically Quit Your Day Job?

Gwen Dean quit her day job to become a self-employed puppeteer in front of millions during this year’s Super Bowl. Dying for a dramatic exit? Before you throw in the towel to chase a dream, ask yourself these five questions.<p>In 2013 the showiest way to quit your job was with an after hours dance to …

The Best Marketing Decision You'll Ever Make

Get this one right and you'll probably succeed. Get it wrong and you're going to have a very tough time.<p>Everyone knows that marketing is crucial to the success of your company and its products. However, did you know that there is one, single marketing decision that is exponentially more important …

Business Strategy

4 Wrong Beliefs That Are Holding You Back

Before anyone or anything can get in the way of your goals, you need to get out of your own way. Here's how.<p>Are you afraid to go after the things you really want? Are you reluctant to pick up the phone to pitch your products or ideas? Send in that business plan? Ask for a plum project or raise?<p>It …

Selling

How to Find the Right Mailing List

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In his book</i> The Direct Mail Solution<i>, direct marketing expert and entrepreneur Craig Simpson provides easy-to-follow solutions for creating direct mail campaigns that work! In this edited excerpt, the author discusses the two</i> …

Time Management

Before You Launch a Crowdfunding Campaign, Do These 6 Things

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Launching a crowdfunding campaign will probably be some of the craziest days of your life. You’ll either blow it out of the water and drown in all the attention or you’ll struggle to push towards your funding goal. Both …

Crowd Funding

5 Opportunities You're Probably Missing on LinkedIn

Sure you are accepting connections, but are you really getting value on LinkedIn? Make sure you are taking advantage in these five proactive ways.<p>LinkedIn has become a regular part of business life. But other than prospecting or recruiting, you may not be getting real value from this expansive …

Selling

13 Startup Red Flags to Avoid

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The reality is that most startups fail. In the last few years, I've consulted or mentored more than 500 startups. Here is a summary of the recurring problems I have seen in the flawed startups to avoid to maximize your odds of …

Startups

8 Common Tax Mistakes That Startups Make

In the flurry of launching a new business or first startup, filing your taxes can be a real learning curve. You won’t want to wait until the last …

Square Now Lets Users Request Money via Email

Ask and you shall receive.<p>Mobile payments company Square announced that users of Square Cash, the company's personal payment app, can now use the …