Muhammad Saufi

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How To Learn A Foreign Language In 3 Months

"French and Spanish, English, German, and Brazilian Portuguese..." he ticks them off for me. "And Esperanto."<p>That last one is a made-up language, or a "constructed international auxiliary language," meaning it was designed to help people from different nations without a common tongue …

7 Power Tools of Persuasion

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Just about all entrepreneurs have experienced that warm, tingly feeling when they realize they’ve hatched a brilliant idea that could change an industry, make a meaningful impact and land them a fortune Perhaps the only thing …

Public Speaking

So, You Got Yourself a Twitter Handle. Now What?

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You've heard it before: If you have a business, you should be on Twitter. But what if you don't know a tweet from a snap?<p>Twitter can definitely be a beast, but it doesn’t have to be. Think of the Twittersphere as a place where …

Social Media

Johnson: What is a foreign language worth?

JOHNSON is a fan of the Freakonomics books and columns. But this week’s podcast makes me wonder if the team of Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt …

Warren Buffett's Annual Letter: 5 Takeaways for Entrepreneurs

It's that time of year again when the Oracle of Omaha writes to his shareholders. As always, there's much wisdom in those pages.<p>Critics gotta criticize, and when you're as successful in your undertakings as Warren Buffett, they're going to look for anything they can find. This year, having combed …

Investing

How to Make the Most of the First 24 Hours of Crowdfunding

Here are three tips from companies that saw their campaigns off to a runaway start.<p>Ideally, you want contributions to your first crowdfunding campaign to take off like a snowball falling downhill. What's not so obvious is just how crucial the first few hours, even minutes, of the campaign are to …

Startups

Even Unsexy Products Can Strike Kickstarter Gold

The SnapRays Guidelight has taken Kickstarter by storm, drawing $12,000 in only two hours. Here's a page from their playbook.<p>Few things sound less exciting than watching a video about a night light. But after viewing the clip for the SnapRays Guidelight, which drew $101,000 within the first 29 …

Crowd Funding

Why Companies Stop Innovating

Unlike with startups, larger companies' emphasis on execution often stifles innovation.<p>In the last few years we've recognized that a startup is not a smaller version of a large company. We're now learning that companies are not larger versions of startups.<p>There's been lots written about how …

Innovation

Cheng Wai Keung & family

Lifehacks

Social media and the perils of looking for 'likes'

Ask teens the object of social media, and they'll all tell you the same thing: to get "likes." Whether on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr, young users understand the coin of this realm, and are more than happy to do what is necessary to accumulate it. But is the currency value neutral, or …

Facebook's WhatsApp Acquisition Explained

Now that Facebook is planning to acquire WhatsApp for $19 billion, perhaps your head is swimming with questions. Among them: How can I also make …

My 68 Most Powerful & Painful Business & Personal Lessons of 2013 (+ Costa Rica Photo Essay)

Posted at 11:13h in Career & Purpose, Productivity, Travel & Adventure by Scott<p>“There are no failures, only lessons.” – The Creed of Living</b> …

Pricing Experiments You Might Not Know, But Can Learn From

Lots of entrepreneurs struggle with pricing. How much to charge? It’s clear that the right price can make all the difference – too low and you miss …

10 Secrets to Influencing Absolutely Anyone

<i>This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources, and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below</i> …

8 Mistakes You Should Never Make On LinkedIn

What do you do with your LinkedIn profile?<p>Do you check it only every once in a while when a connection request comes through? Have you linked it to your Twitter account? Did you never quite remember to sign up in the first place?<p>As much as it’s convenient to merge our Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and …

How to Dominate Kickstarter

How Mizzen+Main raised more than $25,000 on Kickstarter in the first few hours and you can too.<p>If you’re looking for the perfect success story for how to dominate Kickstarter and get your project fully funded, look no further than Web Smith and Kevin Lavelle from Mizzen+Main. If you’ve ever thought …

Crowd Funding

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

4 min read<p>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 …

Social Media

This Website Has Members Like Dan Loeb And Kyle Bass Posting Their Newest Stock Picks

Earlier today, activist investor Daniel Loeb, who runs Third Point, also posted on Harvest Exchange that his fund's largest long position is now Dow Chemical.<p>Both of those stocks moved after they published their ideas on HVST.com.<p>HVST.com is a site where hedge fund managers and investors can post …

5 Tips for Launching a Side Business

3 min read<p>This story originally appeared on FOX BUSINESS<p>While some entrepreneurs quit their day jobs to follow their dreams, <i>U.S. News & World</i> Report senior money editor Kimberly Palmer started a side business because she was worried about the stability of her dream job.<p>"I felt a lot of financial …

Small Business

10 Startup Lessons You Won't Learn in School

Sooner or later, every entrepreneur learns a few of the same things.<p>It's incredibly tough to get accepted to a top business school. But that's okay, since the best startup school is the School of Hard Knocks, the institution where every applicant gets accepted (and no one ever truly graduates …

Entrepreneurship

4 Traits That Separate Real Entrepreneurs From Wannabes

Truly successful entrepreneurs aren't moved by the prospects of fame and fortune. Instead, these four principles guide everything they do.<p>I invite entrepreneurs everywhere to read a post written by Ashish Sinha on the Indian tech entrepreneur blog NextBigWhat. He tells the tale of two …

Entrepreneurship

The Customer Is Not Your Friend (Yet)

The secret to genuine customer relationships that last? Don't get too chummy too soon. Follow these steps instead.<p>Strong customer relationships are the key to building any business or career. According to a conversation I had a few years ago with bestselling author Jeffrey Gitomer, building a …

Selling

Are You In It For Love or Money?

If you're a serial entrepreneur, the answer is probably money. The pros and cons of serial entrepreneurship.<p>A typical entrepreneur has an idea, starts a company and plays an important part in the operations day in and day out.<p>A serial entrepreneur, on the other hand, is someone who continuously …

Entrepreneurship

What I Wish I'd Known Before I Franchised My Company

4 min read<p>Considering franchising your company? In this business, you'd better be ready to listen to others' experiences.<p>Franchisors agree that individuals looking to franchise their businesses should look to established voices in the franchising business to find out how they became successful. …

Entrepreneurship

What Makes for a Really Good Business Idea?

If you're thinking about starting a new business, you can test it out with this five-point checklist.<p>The prospect of starting a business can be frightening. It is a risk and a tremendous opportunity, equal parts challenging and, hopefully, rewarding. Given the enormous risk that's inherent in …

Business Strategy

5 Tips for Successful Reinvention

Is it time to reinvent yourself? You'll want these five insights from incredibly successful people to help you do it right.<p>In late 2008, the financial crisis terminated my 25-year mortgage career and my <i>Inc.</i> 500 company.<p>I lost everything and was forced to reinvent myself. I began a 5-year journey of …

Business Strategy

Stay Scrappy and Skeptical: 9 Rules for Startups

How I turned no clients and no prospects into a thriving business.<p>Last month my company celebrated its six-year anniversary. We were the classic start-up story in many ways: no clients, no office and no prospects. The only thing we had was a vision of what we wanted to create and the steadfast …

Business Strategy

4 Bootstrapping Rules for 2014

When building a business from the bottom-up, you've got to be ready for anything. Here's how to avoid bungling things up, even on shaky ground.<p>When Amazon.com and the United Parcel Service bungled countless Christmas orders last year, it wasn't a just a PR nightmare for both companies. It was a …

Bootstrapping

How to Decide When to Delegate

If you're wondering if you should hire someone to take over a task for you, forget the usual math, suggests one numbers guy, and try this calculation instead.<p>If you’re a business owner, it’s a sure bet you have more tasks you could theoretically do than you have actual hours in the day. So should …

Time Management

8 Powerful Social Media Marketing Tools for Savvy Businesses

New social media tools seem to pop up every day. Here are some definitely worth checking out.<p>With a seemingly endless list of social media tools out there today, you might need help sorting out the best from the rest. Here are my picks:<p><b>1. Mention: Google Alerts for the social web.</b> Mention is one of …

Social Media