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Rallyteam Helps Companies Foster And Retain Talent

Many businesses these days struggle to retain their employees — and especially the millennials who are now entering the workforce. Instead of just a stable paycheck, many now look for a bit more in their jobs, and the companies that can offer that are the ones that will keep their best employees …

5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Beat Procrastination

A raft of psychological studies have looked into why we put things off and how to stop. Here are the top takeaways.<p>Apparently, psychologists struggle with procrastination too.<p>At least that's one possible conclusion from a recent PsyBlog review of all the studies that have been done on putting …

10 Trigger Words to Ban From Your Emails

Not only are these words a sign of weak communication; they're also likely to turn off your recipients.<p>My day job is to write about technology and test gadgets. However, there are days when I think I'm really just processing email. Despite my best efforts to reduce incoming spam, categorize and …

5 Things Really Charismatic People Do

Some people are likable, but others have great charisma. Here is how you can recognize and achieve the difference.<p>You feel charisma the moment it enters the room. It's not just that someone is likable. Charismatic people draw attention. They automatically energize you and motivate you to step up, …

Want to Be Truly Productive? End Each Day Like This

How you end your day is just as important as how you begin it. Here are eight tips that will close your today right, leaving you well prepared for tomorrow.<p>Recently, I wrote a column with tips on how to start a great day. What I neglected to mention is that the best way to make sure your day has a …

The Only Way to Get Really, Really Rich

No matter how you define rich, this is the only way to get there.<p>Want to be remarkably successful? Want to get really rich? (While there are many ways to feel "rich," in this case we're talking about monetary wealth.) Then check out this little gem of an investment opportunity.<p>It's a simple …

10 Real Estate Investing Tips from a Successful Investor

I began investing in single family homes with a good friend and business partner about 4 years ago. In that time, we’ve purchases and remodeled 5 …

Google's YouTube Video Quality Report Exposes Sub-Par Internet Service Providers

There has been a lot of discussion lately about net neutrality, the state of broadband in the U.S., and dubious deals between large Internet Service Providers and providers of on-demand video streaming—I’m talking about you Comcast and Netflix. How it all shakes out in the long terms is still …

How Extreme Weather Is Already Draining The Biggest U.S. Companies, By The Numbers

By Ariel Schwartz3 minute Read<p>While politicians squabble over whether climate change is real, most of the world’s big companies are already dealing …

Climate Change

Mortgage rate to rise 'sooner than expected’

Mortgage rates will rise sooner than expected according to outgoing deputy governor of the Bank of England<p>Mortgage rates are poised to start rising sooner than expected, the outgoing deputy governor of the Bank of England warned yesterday.<p>Charlie Bean said the base rate would soon start increasing …

How a Small-Town Manufacturer Predicts Hits With Facebook

Social media cues help set in motion a leading-edge operations management process at this successful startup.<p>Lolly Wolly Doodle's simple strategy for selling on its Facebook Wall powers a business model that revolutionizes the apparel trade by minimizing complexity and inventory risk, much as Dell …

Social Media

How to Invest in Real Estate

Many investors like the idea of investing in real estate. Real estate has the allure of being considered “tangible.” After all, you can touch it, and …

4 Ways to Tell If Your Personal Brand Is in Danger

This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog<p>Your personal brand is similar to that of a bonsai tree -- you must regularly maintain and care for it, lest it will die.<p>Many people care greatly for their personal brands, but even the greatest influencers have experienced problems with their …

Public Relations

More Entrepreneurs Are Seeking Purpose in Business

I may be a bit old-fashioned, but I have always looked at a business first for its potential ability to be self-sustaining, and provide reasonable profits to feed my family, my lifestyle, and my retirement. Then secondly, I look for it to be a business I can enjoy, with the potential to change the …

6 Simple Tips to Grow a Large Email List - Jeffbullas's Blog

When I was 18, I sold one of my blogs – and it paid for two years of college.<p>Want to know what I’ve learned from writing three “successful” blogs and …

Dave Ramsey’s 7 Tips for Paying Off a Mortgage Faster

The amount you have to finance through a mortgage loan and the long-term commitment you’re making to real estate can be overwhelming. Completing a …

10 Tools to Leverage Content Curation in Your Marketing Strategy

Content curation is an increasingly popular marketing strategy that yields multiple benefits. And, chances are, you’re using content curation without …

14 habits of exceptionally likable people

One thing that will never change in business is the advantage charisma offers. The ability to form lasting relationships built on genuine empathy will always beat out a cold-blooded Machiavellian approach in the long run<p>The writer Napoleon Hill recognized this as a young business journalist and …

Self-improvement

Determining Your Entrepreneur Style and Getting Past Your Business Blind Spots

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs are leaders who can see into the future with inspired vision, championing highly competent teams to make the seemingly impossible possible. That is the intent at least. There <i>are</i> times when you may feel overwhelmed, work …

Leadership

Need Inspiration? 6 Business Heroes Worth Celebrating

Business owners from around the nation were selected for accomplishments in procurement, exporting, and disaster recovery.<p>An awards ceremony on Friday in Washington, D.C. recognizing accomplished entrepreneurs from across the United States capped off National Small Business Week.<p>The Small Business …

Business Administration

The Olive Garden’s parent just jettisoned its shrimp inflation problem

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>Darden Restaurants is selling Red Lobster and some of its real estate assets for $2.1 billion. The company, which also owns the Olive Garden, has been under pressure from shareholders about its underperforming businesses.<p>With its “endless shrimp” specials, Red Lobster has …

Why is Pinterest Suddenly Worth $5 Billion?

Pinterest's valuation soars to $5 billion with new funding.<p><i>This story first appeared on Slate.</i><p>Pinterest is inching ever closer to joining the 11-digit club. The online scrapbooking site is now valued at $5 billion after raising a new $200 million round of funding. That brings its valuation nearer …

Social Media

The Reality Of Bad Credit When Buying A Home

If you’re thinking that your less-than-stellar credit is nothing more than a minor bump on the road to homeownership – you’re in for a rude awakening.According to Trulia, post-bubble is tightening on mortgage lending restrictions, making the road to home ownership less than freshly paved and smooth …

Why Another Housing Bubble Isn't Happening...Yet

Two years ago, your coworker bought a house in your same neighborhood at a steal price. This year, you decided to jump into the house-hunting game… and discovered that a similar house would cost 20 percent more.<p>Yikes! With property values rising so quickly in many parts of the nation, are we on the …

Lean Startup: Business On A (Smart) Shoestring

Launching a business is the dream of many of this year’s college graduates. But the road to success can be fraught with frustrating roadblocks. Some studies show that as many as three out of every four business startups flop.<p>The failure rate has many causes, but entrepreneurs often cite three …

How To Negotiate Even If You Really, Really Hate It

A lot of people hate it, but negotiation is critical to getting what you want. Here are four tips to make it (slightly) less painful.<p>If the thought of negotiating makes you weak in the knees (not in a good way), take note: It doesn’t need to hurt. In fact, there are several ways to make negotiation …

Mark Zuckerberg’s financial to-do list - Encore - MarketWatch

By Matthew Heimer<p>Happy birthday, Mark Zuckerberg, and congratulations on being one of the few people in world history to reach age 30 in great …

30 Things You Need To Know To Be Successful In Life

Life is short. This advice will help you make the most of it.<p>What does it take to be successful in life? There's no simple answer, but history has shown that there are practices that can maximize your chances of a productive, happy life.<p>Quora users discussed some lessons they've learned along the …

5 Things Small Businesses Should Do Better With Data

Is Big Data only for big business? Not anymore. Here are five ways the CEO of Swipely says smaller ventures should analyze data.<p>Imagine you're waiting at the checkout in a store. The customers in front of you represent a lot of things: sales, maybe a mild annoyance for you if the line is long, and …

Why Startup Founders Happily Give Up 90 Percent Of Their Companies

Most aren't concerned that dilution will mean giving up control.<p>Many people in the tech industry dream of building a startup, making it grow, taking it public, and growing rich along the way.<p>All of that is perfectly possible, but one thing these dreamers don't always realize is that these days, by …

Venture Capital