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7 Big Mistakes You Are Making as an Entrepreneur |

<b>Do what I love</b><p><b>Be my own boss</b><p><b>Live the dream</b><p>Ask any business owner why they left the corporate world and this is what they'll tell you.<p>They wanted to leave the shackles of working a 9-5 job and focus on something that gives them as much as they give to it.<p>And it's exactly how Razwana Wahid, founder …


How to Build an Uber for Anything

Know the problem you're solving, build an "on demand" technology for your own business idea, and build loyalty.<p>When it comes to successful startups, it would be hard to beat Uber. The startup took two problems that are virtually universal--the need for quick cash, and the need to get a ride when …

Small Business
Mental Health

Why the Best Leaders Aren't Type A Personalities |

How does stress factor into leadership? Is a leader who is stressed out from running around getting things done just a person of action, or a ticking time bomb?<p>Victor Lipman, author of <i>The Type B Manager: Leading Successfully in a Type A World</i>, would say the latter. When he was being considered for …


5 Steps to Designing a Billion-Dollar Company |

<i>This is a guest post by Applico director of operations Patrick Stewart. Follow Patrick on Twitter @palpatrick.</i><p><b>Question</b>: What do Airbnb, Snapchat, and Uber all have in common (besides multibillion-dollar valuations)?<p><b>Answer</b>: None of these startups directly create the value that end users consume. …


5 Dos & Don'ts For a Successful Mobile Marketing Campaign |

It’s 2015 and practically everyone is now standing ready with their smart phone to text people, browse the web, take photographs and play on the latest apps (oh and even call other people sometimes). The mobile revolution has even moved to smart watches and glasses. The convenience of the mobile …


3 Truths About Business Travel You Don't Want to Hear |

I do a lot of public speaking, which means I do a lot of business travel. Not as much as some people I know, but more than most. I'm away one to two nights a week, on average. Most of my travel is within the continental U.S. Sometimes I stay in really nice hotels and resorts. Sometimes I stay in …

Customer Service
Tampa Bay

3 Ways to Build Your Brand Without Spending a Dime |

Apple, Tesla, Duracell, and Kleenex have something in common: brand recognition. But what exactly does that <i>mean</i>? "Brand" is something we often associate with something popular, what the cool kids do/use/swear by, but that's not quite it. According to Nina Ojeda, CEO and founder of The Avenue West, …


7 Simple Steps That Will Make You Remarkably Confident |

Would you like to be more confident? For most of us the answer is yes. Wherever we are in our lives and careers, we know we could achieve more if we could stop fear and uncertainty from getting in our way.<p>We can, according to Joe Serio, trainer, author, Russian Mafia expert, and author of <i>Overcoming</i> …


Why You Should Never Start Just One Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There are two types of entrepreneurs: Those who start one company and those who start lots of companies.<p>Those who start lots of companies like to describe themselves as “serial entrepreneurs,” which may or may not be slightly fatuous. …


3 Common Mistakes Startup Entrepreneurs Make |

Not all entrepreneurs found companies--we can't all be Steve Jobs, and not everyone should aim to be. Many leaders make their marks inside existing companies and institutions; still others use their entrepreneurial skills and ambitions to improve existing products or market them. That doesn't make …


5 Attributes of Successful Business Leaders |

Even though many various kinds of individuals have shown to be a success in business, I believe there are numerous strengths and personal attributes that often include the marks of successful business leaders.<p>There are a lot of individuals out there who have fantastic ideas. You know, the sort of …


9 Ways to Make a Great First Impression |

Researchers have found that a first impression is made within the first seven seconds after you meet someone new. When you meet someone for the first time, they are taking a rapid inventory of your gait, your smile, your handshake, and how you present yourself. As you are making your approach, they …


4 Simple Strategies for Leading an Overwhelmed Team |

<i>This story first appared on The Muse, a web destination with exciting job opportunities and expert career advice.</i><p>"Help!"<p>That was the subject line of an email I received recently from Lisa, the marketing director for a large healthcare system. Because she and her team were overworked and …


3 Powerful Ways to Improve Your Word-of-Mouth Marketing |

Anyone in business knows that marketing is a key ingredient in selling the products you make and the services you deliver. If people never hear about the things you sell then, chances are, they won't buy them.<p>But what kind of marketing works best? According to a Nielsen survey, 92 percent of …


How to Focus On What Matters as an Entrepreneur |

Starting a business is a mind game. Like an Olympic athlete, a chess grand master, or a Wimbledon tennis pro, you're competing, performing, and using all your mental powers to achieve success.<p>You have to think like a startup in order to be a successful startup. And how do you think like a startup? …

Business Strategy
Communication Skills

Why the Smartest Business Leaders Raise Prices Instead of Lowering Them |

Raising prices is one of the best things you can do if you want to build a successful business. This counterintuitive bit of advice comes from Chris Luo, VP of marketing at FiveStars, a loyalty program platform for small businesses. Luo joined the company two years ago, after stints in the …


5 Ways to Inspire Your Next Idea

Coming up with great ideas isn't only for inventors and entrepreneurs.<p>Are you ready to change the world for the better? Do you watch Shark Tank's inventors and entrepreneurs and think, "I could do that"?<p>You're right. You can. Coming up with great ideas isn't only for inventors and entrepreneurs. …


The Best Tools to Help You Repeat Innovation

Which of the many frameworks for innovation should you use? Here's what you have been missing.<p>If you are an entrepreneur or manager looking to create a new business, you may feel like there aren't many tools to help you succeed. But if you look a little harder, or you have been around the …

Burger King

5 Lame Excuses for Not Starting Your Business |

In my experience, there are two types of people in this world 1) those who have started their own businesses, and 2) those who want to start their own business but keep finding excuses to put it off.<p>I'm sure there are some good excuses out there, but the five most common excuses are pretty lame, …