Samantha Donaldson

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Entrepreneurship CliffsNotes: 3 Social Media Secrets to Steal From Gary Vaynerchuk

How to speak to millions of people and turn them into your biggest brand advocates.<p>Today, I consider myself both an entrepreneur and an online marketer. But when I launched my online business in 2003, I was only an <i>aspiring</i> Internet marketer, so I was constantly studying anything and everything …

Social Media

11 Habits of Remarkably Successful People

Successful people don't get that way by accident. They engage in a set of simple but powerful habits that ensure their success every day.<p>To live a life filled with success is to live a life of bliss. Each day blends seamlessly into the next and each breath you take is energized with the next …

Self-improvement

The Real Reason Most Startups Fail

After four hours on the StartupBus hackathon today, I think I know why.<p><i>This article originally appeared on Business Insider and has been republished with permission.</i><p>An estimated 90 per cent of startups fail, and after four hours on the StartupBus hackathon today, I think I know why.<p>Somewhere past …

Startups

Three New Startups with Unusual Business Models

Check out these 3 startups that are thinking outside of the box, from question-and-answer based web community Quora.<p>A recent Quora thread has entrepreneurs chattering about an interesting challenge: name some startups with really unique business models. How do you create an "out there" business …

Startups

How to Acquire a Good Domain for Your Startup

Tips from a domain expert on how to find what names are available and choose the right one.<p>Having the right domain for your business sounds like common sense. But it can be a challenging task. Your business name may not translate into a good domain name. Or someone else may already have grabbed it. …

Domain Names

Unsecured Lines Of Credit For Small Businesses

Instead of taking out a cash advance, opt for a line of credit from a regional bank.<p>Unsecured lines of credit from regional banks are what I like to refer to as one of the secrets that cash advance lenders don't want you to know about.<p>Even though a traditional bank loan might not be an option for …

Small Business

8 Must-Have Tools for Building Your Startup

Finding the right tools to help you run your startup is vital. Here are some irreplaceable online tools that every business should have in its arsenal.<p>There are plenty of tools available for business owners to build their startups, but finding the right choice among so many can be difficult for …

Small Business

Bored at Work? Here Are 10 Ways to Turn that Boredom Into a Salary Raise

Try any or all of these ideas the next time you find yourself bored at work, and turn your boredom into a higher salary.<p>Maybe you just finished a huge project with time to spare. Maybe you don't have as many responsibilities as your other team members. Maybe things are slow and there's not much …

newresponsibility

15 Instant Productivity Hacks You Need to Know

Here's a collection of tricks you can start experimenting with (and seeing results from) immediately.<p>Like thousands of professionals all over the country, you're trying your best to stay organized, keep your appointments, and still churn out the countless hours of work you need to keep pushing your …

Productivity

What You Need To Know About Upcoming Changes To Your Credit Score

The company behind the FICO credit scores is making sweeping changes to its methodology, which could potentially save borrowers thousands of dollars<p>FICO scores, which have become key to just about everything from renting an apartment to obtaining an auto loan, will be undergoing big changes this …

Personal Finance

5 Things to Know to Be a Great Entrepreneur

Being a successful entrepreneur requires extraordinary skills and expertise. Do you have what it takes?<p>Even though entrepreneurs come from all walks of life, there are things that the successful among them do that run through all of them in equal amounts. There can be all different kinds of people, …

Entrepreneurship

FedEx's $250 Million Business Lesson You Can Learn For Free

Avoid the mistake that could cost FedEx hundreds of millions.<p>FedEx is a great company. Fabulous concept, terrific brand, reliable service. But you can be great and still make big mistakes. And it looks like FedEx made a whopper in an area many businesses would find of interest.<p>We're talking about …

Employment

6 Tools That Will Help You Build a Website With Minimal Skills

It's easy to build a dot-com website for you or your clients with these drag-and-drop website platforms.<p>Sometimes, your clients need to build a website to begin their online presence, but they simply don't have the budget to hire a web design company. You can suggest ideas, but it's not within your …

Web Design

5 Tips to Better Manage Your Personal and Professional Network

Here's some structure and process to formalize your long-term relationship management.<p>I've been in business over 20 years now. In that time I've worked at a host of companies, forming stronger and weaker personal relationships with colleagues along the way. Add to this network the individuals I've …

Framing

How to Make Money By Talking to Cool People

Hosting a podcast series helps increase brand recognition and provides a credibility boost.<p>You're always looking for ways to bolster your digital marketing strategy and stand out as an expert in your field, so why not consider hosting a podcast series?<p>Sure, it's not exactly bleeding edge, but the …

Marketing

How to Turn a Wealth of Data Into Decision-Making Power

Here's how to make good use of the incredible volume of data your company is likely generating.<p>In spite of all the discussion in recent years about "big data," many companies have yet to figure out how to use data to their benefit and make smarter, more informed decisions. In fact, according to …

Financial Services

5 Things to Look For in a Startup Adviser

Every young company needs an experienced adviser to help it succeed, but you shouldn't hire just anyone.<p>All smart startup owners know for a business to succeed it has to be nurtured by a great community. When you need advisers for your startup, you need to look for people that have industry clout …

advisers

6 Small Acts That Help Get You a Raise

It's about time you get on top of asking your boss about a raise -- these tips will help make it happen.<p>Despite enjoying your job and the people there, you'd love it more if being there put added cash in your pockets. There's a family to plan, a significant other to spoil, and more problems to …

Schadenfreude

9 Ways to Simplify Anything

So much in life is complicated. Wouldn't it be great if you could just make it simple? You can with these tips.<p>Life sure isn't simple, especially in business. Technology is supposed to make things easier and in many ways it does, but at the same time change comes so fast and goals are so lofty that …

Project Management

Building a Business Plan: 5 Things Every Startup Needs to Succeed

Before you go looking for investors and funding, you need to make sure your startup's business plan is rock solid. Here are some tips to help you develop an outstanding business plan for your early-stage business.<p>Your business plan is going to be the first thing that potential investors look at …

Small Business

Paris Fashion Week: The top 10 pieces you need to add to your shopping list for Fall 2014

One Problem With Plus-Size Fashion: Customers Aren't Buying It

If plus-size fashion is a $17.5 billion industry, why are plus-size consumers still marginalized? The fashion industry takes a lot of blame, and to …

Plus Size

15 Perfect Peep-Toes for Fall

We can’t wait for cozy sweaters and tights, but our toes aren’t quite as excited to be encased in heavy boots. With September Summer and the option to travel/live in warmer locales, we can squeeze a few more weeks of peep toes into our wardrobe. Luckily for us there are so many amazing options to …

Clothing Trade-In For High-End Fashion

Treat your clothing purchases much the way you treat a new car purchase -- consider its resale value.<p>That's the idea behind a clothing trade-in …

Learn the Super Cool Belted Scarf Trick Straight from the Runway with Our GIF Tutorial!

Burberry Prorsum's fall runway was one of the highlights of the entire season—not only for Christopher Bailey's incredible designs and stunning fall …

6 Fall Style Lessons From Stone Cold Fox

'Not wearing white after Labor Day is like not wearing black after Christmas.'<p>With fall just around the corner, I'm tapping the ladies behind the bohemian chic label Stone Cold Fox for ways to spice up a cooler weather wardrobe. Their fall lookbook is full of unlikely textures and pieces—tons of …

Cooler Hues Dominate Fashion Week's Hottest Colors

Pantone's top colors for Spring 2015 are cool customers.<p>Fashion Week may bring lots of excitement down the runway, but the colors may not reflect all that buzz. Pantone has just released its color report for Spring 2015, and cool hues are set to dominate the fashion world.<p>For womenswear, Aquamarine …

Tech, Yeah! 4 Apps You Need to Download (Like, Right Now) for Fashion Week

Ever since the advent of Instagram, the barriers of exclusivity to Fashion Week have completely digitally broken down. Long gone are the days of …