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Here's What Actors Actually Use When Taking Drugs in Movies

Legal highs and lows<p>Ever wonder what exactly Al Pacino was putting up his nose in Scarface or what Seth Rogen is actually smoking in virtually all …

5 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Are Artists

Can entrepreneurs be said to be artists? Here are five ways in which entrepreneurs and artists are absolutely identical.<p>In some cultures, business is decried as being a touch grubby.<p>It's true that the lava-like spread of American culture has made this slightly less so in, for example, …

5 Tips for Making the Friend/Business Partner Dynamic Work

Sometimes having a friend as a business partner works, and sometimes it doesn't. Here's how to maintain a positive relationship.<p>Popular imagination, with the help of some Hollywood magic, has made very clear that the journey to entrepreneurial success is full of highs and lows. Nowhere can the lows …

Financial Services

How DJ Calvin Harris Became the Year's Most Successful Headliner

With a new album under his belt, the electronic music producer shares the lessons that helped him become one of the world's top-earning entertainers.<p>A decade ago, Calvin Harris was stocking shelves at a supermarket in rainy Scotland. On Halloween weekend, the DJ and music producer was setting off …

Music

4 Steps to Network Like a Pro

Effective networking is critical to growing a successful business<p>Networking, the act of making and using contacts, helps you create a pool of people who can help you and whom you can help. When people network with each other and share their expertise and skills with you, they help you improve your …

Networking

4 Reasons Your Customers Aren't Sharing Your Content on Social Media

Survey of 1,000 people shows how identity formation affects what you share online.<p>Content marketing and digital media strategies often (if not always) include social sharing as a metric for success. Creating highly engaging, widely relatable content is a crucial step towards earning an audience's …

Social Media

What I Wish I'd Known: 5 Tips for the Budding Entrepreneur

How can you sort through all the advice you'll surely receive? This is a good place to start.<p>It seems like the moment you tell anyone you're starting a company, the advice starts pouring in. But how do you wade through it all?<p>I'm a firm believer in getting advice from people who have been-there, …

Entrepreneurship

4 Simple Steps to Conquer Your Fear

Blinded in space, an astronaut keeps his cool. Here's how he did it.<p>"What's the scariest thing you've ever done?"<p>Former astronaut Chris Hadfield begins his riveting TED talk about overcoming fear with this simple question. In his case, the answer is rather dramatic. While on his first space walk …

Chris Hadfield

Doing Your Thing vs. Being the CEO

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself, "If I were hiring a CEO, would I hire myself for the job?"<p>Are you doing what you were born to do? Each day when you wake up, are you doing "your thing" or has the responsibility of being the CEO forced you out of your sweet spot?<p>There are many reasons you took …

Leadership

Five Reasons Why Virality is Just About All That Matters

I'm not saying 10,000 likes is more important than a New Yorker review. But virality is very important and figuring out how to do it will define what being online really means.<p>Every serious business is online now--even if it's just a website. And nearly every website built or redesigned in the last …

Social Media

Walter Isaacson on What it Really Takes to Innovate

"It's not enough to have a great idea," says The Innovators author and Steve Jobs biographer.<p>Management gurus who have long touted the value of teamwork and productive--now have new evidence from journalist and biographer Walter Isaacson.<p>In his new book <i>The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors,</i> …

Innovation

Amazingly Simple Tactics for Producing Better Ideas, Faster

Why spending less time and having different people in the room will push your innovation efforts to new heights.<p>Typical thinking says innovation happens in a flash of brilliant insight. Or with a brainstorming session where creative types scrawl on whiteboards and free-associate words and ideas to …

Innovation

5 Keys to Better Networking With Your Peers

Lots of people will give advice, but only peers can share your perspective.<p>An unexpected opportunity came to me this week, and it's a big one. I am not one who shies away from opportunities. In fact, I generally try to attract them or generate them directly. But this one was outside my current …

Networking

How to Navigate the Transition From Founder to Leader

Fast-growing tech companies force you to reinvent your role--and then reinvent it again.<p>For the first two years of Eventbrite, all the work was done by just the three founders: me, my husband, Kevin, and our chief technology officer, Renaud Visage. When we finally gained traction and were able to …

Human Resources

Master These 4 Simple Pitching Concepts to Capture a Room's Attention

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Being able to express your business idea in a clear, concise and coherent way is how entrepreneurs attract investment, new partners and talent. Pitching a new business to an audience, however, especially a large room full of …

Entrepreneurship

How Crowdfunding Is Changing the Fashion Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Historically, an item of clothing was not produced until a customer ordered it. In an industry that has moved beyond bespoke toward mass offshore production of fast fashion, online retailers Gustin, The Petite Shop, and Before the Label …

Don't Get No Respect? Here's How to Handle It.

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>This story appears in the November 2014 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p><b>Nothing can happen without keeping the lines of communication open.</b><p><b>Q:</b> I’ve worked for my father’s company for a decade. Though he always approves the sales …

Leadership

How to Create a Business Plan Investors Will Love

5 min read<p><i>In the book,</i> Write Your Business Plan<i>, the staff of Entrepreneur Media offer an in-depth understanding of what’s essential to any business plan, what’s appropriate for your venture and what it takes to ensure success. In this edited excerpt, the authors offer tips on creating a business</i> …

Small Business

KISS Co-Founder: To Be a Success in Business, Think 'Me' First

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In his latest book, <i>ME, INC: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business (</i>HarperCollins, 2014)<i>, Gene Simmons, co-founder of the multi-platinum rock band KISS, shares how to build a business strategy, harness</i> …

3 Ways Exploring the World Challenges Thinking and Betters Business

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whether you’re a corporate leader, a serial entrepreneur or a little bit of both, you must maintain focus, stay inspired and find the time to re-energize. Distancing and even periodically detaching yourself from your everyday …

Entrepreneurship

3 Steps to Sourcing Products Using Alibaba

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Alibaba is like the Holy Grail for outsourced manufacturing. Since Alibaba's suppliers are based around the world, entrepreneurs can find a source for virtually anything that they need to produce. The options on Alibaba seem …

eCommerce

5 Development Mistakes That Can Destroy Your Mobile App

6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you have a breakthrough idea for your business, you’ve probably considered bringing it to life by developing a mobile app. It’s not a bad idea. Mobile apps are extremely popular at the moment, and they’re paving the way for …

Apps

What You Need to Know About Music Licensing for Your Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you walk into a business, what do you hear? Classical, relaxing music to set the tone for your shopping experience? Many companies use music as part of the atmosphere of their store or restaurant, but is it legal? We talked to an …

A New(ish) Model for Startup Legal Services

I hear a lot of chatter these days about how startups should use lawyers as advisors and not crisis managers. The reasoning is obvious: when lawyers are consulted, regularly, they are able to spot issues before they become intractable problems and minimize financial exposure. But it’s hard to …

5 Essentials for a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In an ever-changing marketplace, large businesses struggle to keep up with the latest in technology and innovation. Corporations move at a snail’s pace, committing millions to research and development, while tech-savvy …

Startups

6 Smart Ways to Reduce Startup Stress

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>To be successful in the startup world requires an unrelenting amount of determination, persistence and trust. More than anything, though, it takes resilience to deal with the stress that seems to perpetually grow and not show …

Entrepreneurship

6 Tips for Making the Most Out of Trade Shows and Conferences

This story originally appeared on PR Newswire's Small Business PR Toolkit<p>Industry events can either be small, intimate, and local, or they can be international huge events, but in either case, preparing for your industry events is similar, and we’ve developed 6 tips to help you make the most of …

The World's No. 1 Poker Player on Winning, Losing and Staying Sane in High-Stress Situations

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurship, like poker, is a high-risk game. Whether you're gearing up for a big pitch meeting or leaving your 9-to-5 job to pursue your side business full time, it's a leap – often, a very scary one. That special blend of …

How to Get Users Hooked on Your Mobile App

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A company launches a mobile app with a strong concept. They’ve built awareness and are beginning to see downloads increase. However, in gauging the success of an app, are downloads really a valuable metric?<p>To the media, …

Apps

6 Steps to Overcoming Stage Fright and Giving a Presentation Everybody Listens To

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There are two types of people in the world: Those who are scared stiff of giving presentations and those who love them.<p>I fall into the latter category. I have loved engaging an audience since I was a kid acting in school plays. …

Public Speaking