Stephanie Elder

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5 presentation tips to beat your competition

There’s nothing more intimidating than giving a pitch to a panel of VCs. Why? No matter how awesome you and your company might be, there are too many unknown variables: competitive companies in a portfolio, lack of interest, mismatched market opportunity, run rate numbers that are too low — the …

5 Reasons an Online Business Is the Shortest Route to Financial Freedom

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The 1 percent didn't become wealthy trading time for money, and neither will you. It's tolerable for a start, but at some point, you have to intensely focus on scaling and leverage. Enter the Internet. The Internet has created a new …

4 Great Non-Business Role Models for Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As kids, we idolized celebrities, athletes and other personalities. We read their books, watched or listened to their interviews, and put their posters on our walls.<p>But role models aren’t just for the young -- entrepreneurs can learn a …

7 Behaviors of Millionaire Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Becoming a millionaire isn’t an accident. It takes business owners decades to accomplish this rare feat. Many people look at these successful individuals and assume they must be lucky or born into wealth. But in reality, this is usually …

How to Give a Speech When You're Terrified of Giving a Speech

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following is an excerpt from Esquire editor and Entrepreneur columnist Ross McCammon's new book, Works Well With Others (Dutton, 2015), a humorous and informative guide to achieving success in the workplace.</i><p>Toasting is one thing. …

Public Speaking

32 Legitimate Ways to Make Money at Home

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What can entrepreneurs learn from Native American tribes? Everything.

When you consider where American technology innovation is happening in the United States, places like Silicon Valley or big cities on the east and west coasts might come to mind. As a fintech entrepreneur providing services to online lenders, my experience has found a thriving business community in …

13 Tips on How to Deliver a Pitch Investors Simply Can't Turn Down

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Your pitch is the single thing that could either get your business off the ground or plunge your idea into eternal oblivion. It matters.<p>The rule of thumb for investors is that for every 100 investments they make, only 10 will go big.<p>Let …

Make Your Businesses Invulnerable to Corporate Identity Theft

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The news is full of highly sophisticated cyberattacks against major corporations, but some of the ways entrepreneurs can become targets are surprisingly low-tech.<p>In fact, failing to file seemingly minor forms can leave entrepreneurs …

The AI that writes articles for you is now available for testing

Automated Insights has opened up beta access to Wordsmith, its platform for automating repetitive, time-consuming writing tasks using your data.<p>Wordsmith reads data that you upload, such as a CSV file of a company’s quarterly earnings, and follows a story structure that you define to generate …

Ride-sharing services gaining traction with business travelers

Ride-sharing services like<p>Uberand Lyft are gaining popularity among business travelers, but they still take a back seat to rental cars.<p>That was the conclusion of a study by Maine-based Certify, a software company for business expense management that looked at 8.5 million expense reports filed in …

Bank Loans Are A Better Financing Option Than You Might Think

Today’s startup scene is all about raising VC money — as much as possible, as fast as possible. The market celebrates VC fundraising, cheers unicorns and makes it seem like VC-backed startups are the holy grail of innovation. And so my fellow entrepreneurs were somewhat surprised to learn that when …

Square’s success story, in two words: small businesses

Tod Wilson knows what it means to be a small business owner. He’s been traveling down the entrepreneurial path since he graduated high school. Working with his godfather in the bakery business got him hooked and eventually led him to open Mr. Tod’s Pie Factory in Somerset, New Jersey. But even …

Small Business

The Secret to Selling to Big Companies

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you pull up to the headquarters of a Fortune 500 company to make a pitch, you may feel a twinge of panic. That’s completely normal; after all, landing this sale could be a big win for your company. The budget for just one of its side …

Selling

How to Read the 3 Signs Telling You Your Purpose in Life

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There are no billboards or flashing neon that light the way toward finding your calling or purpose.<p>Very few people instinctively know what they want to do with their life.<p>For many years I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur, but I didn't …

Why I Emailed a Dog

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As any small business owner will tell you, acquiring new customers is not easy. In order to get a prospect’s attention, you really need to think outside the box of common sense.<p>There are many different marketing tactics, but one cold …

9 Billionaires Who Plan to Give Away Most of Their Money

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Many billionaires give some of their money to charity, but some give <i>a lot</i> of their money to charity.<p>Created by Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, the Giving Pledge invites the wealthiest people in the world to pledge …

7 Services That Will Help You Grow Your Business With Influencers

Like it or not, internet 'influencers' are here to stay, and they can help you be successful.<p>In the very competitive business environment of 2015, we all feel the pressure to propel our business forward, build traction, and reach new heights. Do you feel like you are struggling or are in a rut? …

Marketing

What Good Is a Patent if You Can't Enforce It?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Pop quiz: What percentage of U.S. patents is litigated?<p>1 to 2 percent<br>• 3 to 10 percent<br>• more than 10 percent<p>The right answer: A<p>With such a tiny proportion of patents enforced in court, why should entrepreneurs even bother patenting? But, in …

30 Difficult Situations That Entrepreneurs Secretly Love

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In the business world, there are plenty of conventionally negative situations. When a new competitor emerges to threaten your business, for instance, your entire livelihood may be put in jeopardy.<p>But not all these situations are …

How to Compete With a Billion-Dollar Business on Google

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>“It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.</i><i>”</i><p>If you are determined to create a killer search-engine-optimization strategy, take Mark Twain’s quote to heart. With the proper strategy and execution, …

How to Earn Six Figures From a Virtual Summit

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Like a lot of entrepreneurs, Navid Moazzez thought it might be a good idea to start a podcast. He landed some prominent interviews, like authors Robert Green and Chris Brogan, but was frustrated his podcasting success wasn’t translating …

The 5 Decisions That Will Change Your Life Forever as an Entrepreneur

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Becoming an entrepreneur is a huge deal. It’s not a decision to be taken lightly. But because the choice to transform into a business owner has been so heavily glamorized over the past decade, many people feel surprised and guilty about …

Entrepreneurship

Business Opportunities Come Once In a Lifetime -- So I Take Them

<i>Franchise Players is Entrepreneur's Q&A interview column that puts the spotlight on franchisees. If you're a franchisee with advice and tips to share, email ktaylor@entrepreneur.com.</i><p>Ashley Mulcahy was finishing her degree in education at San Diego State University in 2011 when she started her …

Don't Skimp on Trademark Protection for Your New Brand

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When a founding team gets together and prepares to launch a new startup, it’s easy to move too quickly and make debilitating mistakes. One such mistake involves naming and branding the company. You can’t simply decide you like the way a …

11 Characteristics of Powerful People You Can Cultivate

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whether it’s a political leader, high-ranking military official or successful startup founder, there’s a common thread that ties these powerful individuals together. While timing, hard work and passion are all prevalent, powerful people …

Self-improvement

A self-made millionaire says a seemingly innocuous daily habit could be keeping you from getting rich

In "Secrets of the Millionaire Mind," author and self-made millionaire T. Harv Eker identifies a seemingly harmless daily habit average people engage in that the rich refuse to: <b>complaining.</b><p>"Complaining is the absolute worst possible thing you could do for your health or your wealth," Eker …

Top 10 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Getting Rid of Clutter Once and For All

Dealing with clutter is a constant battle for many of us. Clutter can creep up on us, it drains us mentally even if we’re not directly thinking about …

How to Get Rich Slowly

<b>Do you want to be a Millionaire?</b><p><b>Sure you do, why not. $1,000,000 is a nice amount of money -- even at 5 percent interest in retirement, it's enough to drop $50,000 into your bank account each year to supplement whatever else you may have coming in. So let's agree that it's nice to have a Million</b> …