Aaron Bieck

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How a $5,000 IRA Can Grow to $196 Million in Six Years: GAO

Individual retirement accounts were created to help ordinary Americans build a nest egg for later life. But the IRA has also enabled some affluent investors to accumulate multimillion-dollar tax-sheltered accounts, often by using assets that aren’t publicly traded. Those investors often include …

5 Major Benefits Of Total-Body Workouts

<i>By Eric Bach for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>The plan is set: Get to the gym six days a week, target a different body part each day and build the physique you've always dreamed of.<p>And then life happens.<p>Despite our best intentions, commitment to strength work -- in addition to cardio, mobility and other …

What Are the 3 Secrets to Finding a Great Job?

<b>Networking the Right Way</b><p>Spend less time talking to close friends and more time with acquaintances.<p>Via Malcolm Gladwell’s excellent book The Tipping …

The Steve Martin Guide to Creative Genius

Is there anything the wild and crazy comic can't do? Probably not, so take a page from his playbook.<p>As a stand-up comic and the Jerk, Steve Martin became a national treasure. But not one to rest on his laurels, the 67-year-old set out to become a dramatic actor, a touring banjo player, and--cue …

6 Lessons Marc Andreessen Gives the Startups He Invests In

The famed venture capitalist warns his companies about the risks of extravagant spending and gives his two cents on the next big thing in tech.<p>After launching Netscape 20 years ago, Marc Andreessen has had a remarkable second act as a successful and prolific venture capitalist. His firm's portfolio …

4 Questions You Must Think Critically About Before Starting a Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs are an eager bunch. That’s part of what makes us so great!<p>We’re go-getters. We wake up early. Mondays excite us. (Okay, maybe that last one is a bit of a stretch.)<p>I’ve had the pleasure of working with thousands of …

Entrepreneurship

30 Avoidable Mistakes First-Time Entrepreneurs Make Repeatedly

Do any of these rookie mistakes seem familiar?<p><i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What are avoidable mistakes that first-time entrepreneurs make repeatedly?</i><p><i>Answer by Lucas Carlson, CIO at CenturyLink, Craftsman Founder at AppFog, on Quora.</i><p><b>Stop drinking your own Kool-Aid.</b> If you are not …

Entrepreneurship

Why Now Is a Great Time to Start a New Business

Today, right now, thousands of people are sitting at their office desks dreaming about running their own business; they're desperate to escape the …

Small Business

6 Tips to Keep in Mind When Hiring Your First Employees

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs start out as a one-man band, add devout followers and then add skilled technicians. It’s the normal evolution of an entrepreneurial business.<p>At this stage, the new business owner needs people who will serve as an extension …

Employment

Beware the Limits of SWOT Analysis

These five common strategic planning pitfalls could set your company in the wrong direction.<p>Autumn is almost here again, and, for many companies, that means it's time for the annual strategic planning session. A common corporate go-to is SWOT analysis, in which you assess your company's internal</i> …

Management

More Than $2 Trillion Is Locked Up In Late Payments And This Guy Believes He Can Solve It

There, he was asked to keep track of the government's 25,000-plus suppliers, who were sending over 15 million invoices every year. Because most invoices were — and still are, in a lot of companies — paper-based and mailed to buyers, it was extremely difficult to manage invoices and collect payments.<p>…

The Most Successful Entrepreneurs Have These 5 Traits

Truly successful entrepreneurs are survivors. They have failed but still keep moving forward. It takes not only passion, but also knowledge of self.<p>Have you wondered what separates entrepreneurs from everyone else? Is it a Type-A personality? Is it being a visionary? Is it being an inspirational …

5 Things Successful Leaders Do in a Crisis

Running your own business can be difficult, and sooner or later it's going to test you. Here are the traits you'll need to remain a successful leader during those challenging times.<p>A lot of people believe that the true leadership capacity of a person is tested during times of crisis. Performance …

Why Former Employees Could Be Your Next Great Security Threat (Infographic)

The vast majority of people who leave jobs take more than just their personal belongings. Here's what you can do to protect against rogue employees.<p>Hackers in foreign countries generate a lot of news headlines, as evidenced by last week's news that a Russian crime ring may have stolen stolen more …

Employment

A Dozen Things I have Learned from Jeff Bezos

<b>1. “Percentage margins are not one of the things we are seeking to optimize. It’s the absolute dollar free cash flow per share that you want to</b> …

8 Leadership Mistakes That Others Made So You Don't Have To

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For every success, there is an epic failure. Those leaders who achieved greatness did so not because of their success stories, but because the lessons in failure that they learned and applied to create those success stories. In other …

Leadership

To Succeed, Fill These 5 Roles With the Right People

The solution to many problems is keeping close to people with the knowledge and concern to help you figure it out.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Look around right now. What do you see? The walls of your home office, gray cubicle partitions or a roomful of caffeinated …

Entrepreneurship

The Best Business Advice You'll Ever Get

This story appears in the July 2014 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Being an entrepreneur doesn't mean you have to go it alone. Most successful business owners will tell you they could not have accomplished their goals without help--from a mentor, colleague, even mom and dad. For many, their …

Startups

17 Traits That Entrepreneurs Possess

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Being a successful entrepreneur requires possessing many traits. Some are more important others. Some can be learned -- others are more innate.<p>It’s not about being the smartest person in the room. After mentoring and coaching thousands of …

Entrepreneurship

CoFoundersLab: World's Largest Network of Entrepreneurs

Learn<p>Access to pitch deck and 20 other templates, 15 courses & interviews from successful entrepreneurs & CEO's.<p>15+ Courses<p>Interviews<p>21 …

3 Things Great Entrepreneurs Have in Common

It doesn't matter what they do for a living, or where in the world they work, you will see that they always have these three traits.<p>The very first article I wrote for <i>Forbes</i>, when I joined the magazine in 1981, was a study of a very successful entrepreneur. (Forbes, which wasn't taking the subject …

25 Business Books that You Won't See on Most Bookshelves

<i>Gregory Ciotti is the marketing director at Help Scout.This post originally appeared on the Help Scout blog.</i><p>Read to lead, right?<p>There are few better “hacks” in life than reading—distilled knowledge that often took years to assemble can be consumed in just a few hours.<p>The problem is that many …

Cash-Strapped? 10 PR Strategies to Improve Your ROI

<i>Dmitry Davydov is a Chief Marketing Officer for Bitrix24, worlds fastest growing free CRM, project management, private social network and online collaboration platform created specifically for small businesses.</i><p>PR is hard. And expensive. Most of the time, you get nothing out of it. And when your …

4 Leadership Skills You Need, No Matter How High You Rank

In a recent survey, researchers found these abilities are essential whether you're a middle manager or the CEO.<p>The fundamental techniques that drive your success never change. Think about how many free throws Michael Jordan must have practiced, or how many jabs Mike Tyson threw. Top athletes like …

The Top 5 Mistakes People Make When Starting a Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 50 percent of all small businesses fail within the first five years. About 30 percent survive only two years.<p>If you want to be on the positive side of those numbers, there’s a lot of hard work …

Small Business

A Reality Check for Anyone Eager to Work for a Startup

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>About a year ago, the company I was president of, TrainSignal, was acquired. Since then people having been reaching out to me asking for advice regarding a career change. Everyone from accountants and real estate agents to baristas and …

Startups

The Most Important Factor Of Startup Success

Whenever you think of startups, you very likely think of young people brimming with ideas sitting in garages and dorm rooms and solving problems with technology. We are conditioned in a way to consider the idea even over the person who came up with it, but after listening to entrepreneurs, I’ve …