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4 Ways to Max Out the 40-Hour Workweek

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In today’s 24/7 world, is the 40-hour workweek still possible or is it a pipe dream?<p>It is absolutely possible; you just need to work smarter, not harder.<p>In my role as VP of Communications at Porch.com, a home-improvement network, I …

Time Management

Small Businesses Need Technology to Really Know Their Customers

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>With the growing interest in locally made and locally grown products, some say that small, local retailers have a unique advantage.<p>Nonetheless, big companies with big budgets still have considerable advantages. Large companies are …

Small Business

For More Productive Meetings, Throw Out Your Conference Table

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If your meetings are long, awkward and unproductive, you’re not alone in your misery. One study of 2,000 managers reported in <i>Industry Week</i> revealed that at least 30 percent of the time people spend in meetings is a waste of time.<p>You know …

Time Management

What I Learned From Being a Broke, Unemployed Graduate

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I did what they told me to do. I went to college. I took out loans. I graduated on time. So why, three months after graduation was I still jobless?<p>The summer of 2010 was supposed to be my summer. The World Cup was roaring, I was a few …

Entrepreneurship

5 Tips to Keep Cash Flow Strong

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Michael Lewis, a former business executive and financial blogger, does not sugar coat things when he says, “owners who cannot efficiently manage their cash flow are almost certain to fail.”<p>Every day new entrants throw their hat into the …

Small Business

Business cards grow a brain with SwivelCard

Most business cards end up in the recycle bin or tucked away in a drawer, discarded and forgotten. That's why there have been some creative attempts at making business cards more interesting, like the playable Tetris business card. The latest shot at a smart business card has appeared on …

5 Ways to Scale Your Company by Fine-Tuning Your Approach

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As an entrepreneur, you no doubt have dreams of growing your company into something much larger than it is today. But scaling a company also can mean the owner needs to evolve as a leader. In the very early stages of a company, most …

8 Little Ways to Become a More Well-Rounded Person

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Seasoned conversationalists are usually great storytellers and can carry on a conversation about a wide range of topics. When you’re knowledgeable and well-read, small talk can become more than an opportunity to pass the time. Instead, …

Commuting

3 Qualities Every Remote Manager Needs (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Any manager who has decided to test remote working at a company is probably pretty confident in his or her leadership abilities. But be careful: The skills of a traditional manager do not always translate well in a distributed work …

Remote Working

20 Health + Weight Loss Tips

With summer still chuggin’ along and wedding season here for, like, EVER, there’s no better time to look and feel our best. And to achieve this, we all know the drill: eat healthy, drink lots of water and exercise. But even if you can’t make it to the gym or find time to cook the most nutritious …

Sell Losses at Your Failed Company for Cash. Take Full Advantage of Tax Credits.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Everyone invariably fails in life somewhere along the way. But very few events will cause as much emotional and financial pain as failing at startup or business.<p>My most recent startup, Autotax.me, failed and I lost about $80,000. But I …

Tax Preparation

This App Generates Hidden-Message Orbs Your Friends Must Physically Locate

Designed by brain scientists, "Traces" seeks to make messaging more meaningful.<p>In the not-too-distant future, here's how you tell a friend that you made them a surprise.<p>You don't write an email, simple as that would be. Instead, you send your friends a notification that directs them to go …

Trend Alert: 5 Night-Scented Bloomers

Trapping scent is as easy as trapping heat. Grow these flowers in a small garden or enclosed area where you like to sit out after dark. Then let your …

What Elite Athletes Can Teach You About Dealing With Pressure

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>After four penalty kicks each, Chile and Brazil was tied at 2-2.<p>Neymar, poster boy for the 2014 World Cup, started his lonely walk towards the penalty spot from the center of the field. He was taking the fifth penalty for Brazil and was …

Self-confidence

How Would You Handle These 7 Situations? Would You Pass the 'Diaper Test'?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Running a business oftentimes means dealing with controversial situations and making decisions. Are you making the right ones? Let’s see.<p><b>Situation 1:</b> You are working on a large project for a customer. After the project is done you send …

Diapers

Garden Visit: A Family Friendly Vegetable Garden (Chickens Optional)

Some people make it look so easy. On late summer afternoons, blogger Christine Chitnis heads to her community garden plot to tend her …

4 Books to Map Your Path to Greater Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>My favorite books are those that inspired me to take my level of activity up a notch. Here are four books that helped to take me to the next level in my life. Hopefully, they can do the same for you as well:<p><b>The Secret.</b> If you have a clear …

Self-improvement

10 Easy Pieces: Tough Perennials for City Gardens

I remember summers in New York. Whenever any of my entourage managed to score a piece of outdoor real estate, it immediately became a community …

How This Entrepreneur Convinced Steve Wozniak to Join His Company

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>No, this story isn't about Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak's relationship. The tale is about a lesser known entrepreneur who had the gumption to get one of the icons of the tech industry to join his fledgling company.<p>In his book <i>Up Your Game</i>, …

Entrepreneurship

5 Simple Sales Lessons for Non-Salespeople

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Garrett Buhl Robinson is not your stereotypical salesperson. But he is one of the most effective salespeople I have ever come across.<p>Robinson is the author of three self-published books and, as any author will tell you, <i>writing</i> a book is …

Stereotypes

9 Things Exceptionally Smart Entrepreneurs Do to Be Successful

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In the words of Winston Churchill, "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts". And this couldn't be truer for founders.<p>Every entrepreneur strives to be successful but the sad truth is that most …

Entrepreneurship

How to Text Your Friends When You Have No Service

We’ve all been there. You’re in a situation where you don’t have service and you really need to send a text: on a trip in the middle of nowhere, stuck in your apartment during a serious blackout or at a concert where the signal is spotty. GoTenna is a lifesaver/game changer of a new gadget that …

Before You Break Up With That Problem Customer, Go Down This List

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Not every customer is ideal. Some are so bad, they can make us wonder why we decided to start our business.<p>Let’s face it -- sometimes there are good reasons to fire a customer. When a relationship becomes badly damaged, it can be the best …

Customers

This Project Traps Plastic Junk Before It Reaches The Ocean And Turns It Into Floating Parks

In the Netherlands, a new project plans to use a “plastic fisher” set up at the edge of a harbor to trap wrappers, bottles, and other junk as it …

Pollution

How to Recruit Salespeople Who Will Deliver Dramatic Returns

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What positions at a company align more tightly with the bottom line than sales jobs? Not many. Yet, a recent How to Recruit Sales Professionals survey by my company, Glassdoor, indicated that 68 percent of sales professionals planned to …

Employment

What a CEO Learned Coaching His Daughter's Basketball Team

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Several years ago I took on the challenge of coaching my daughter’s middle school basketball team. I wanted to spend more time with her, and the team was without a coach. The problem was I had never even touched a basketball.<p>I did, and …

Business Strategy

9 Things You Should NEVER Do After a Workout

You just finished a great workout, and you’re feeling pretty good. Whether you showed that treadmill who was boss or strengthened your core, now you’re ready to head for the gym door. Wait! Not so fast! What you do after a workout is just as important as the workout itself, and it’s easy to derail …

15 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Do Every Day

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The most effective entrepreneurs view themselves as assets. They continually invest in themselves and in their future through continuing education and self-improvement.<p>If you want to become a better entrepreneur and successfully grow your …

Entrepreneurship

This Faux Window Gives You Tropical Sunlight 365 Days a Year

We all know how important sunlight is to our health. Not only is it a therapeutic source for vitamin D, but it also puts us in a happy mood. Those of us that don’t live in the South of France, the Greek Isles or Jamaica do not have the luxury of soaking up that gorgeous sunlight day after day. …

'Nothing is ever dry down here. Ever.'

Sixty feet below the sea, in the world's only underwater habitat, a group of scientists is trying to unlock the ocean’s secrets. But how do the crew of the Aquarius stay sane?<p>What Houston is to space stations, a turquoise two-storey home in Key Largo is to Aquarius, the world’s only underwater …