Valerie Crow

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2016 Research: 6 Benchmarks for Small Businesses Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 50% of small businesses fail in the first four years. Today, over a third of the U.S. working population is employed at business with less than 100 employees. Our economy is driven by small, private businesses - only 1% of U.S. businesses are …

7 Steps For Writing A Startup Business Plan Template

,Writing a <b>startup business plan</b> is considered as the most important part of every startup business. If you’re interested in launching a new startup …

Small Business

The Best Way to Raise Startup Funds

<i>The Entrepreneur Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

5 Basic Tips for Investing in Real Estate

If you're just beginning to invest in real estate, you'll find that there's a lot to learn. Real estate investing is more complicated than investing in stocks because of the financial, legal, and extensive due diligence requirements involved. That's why it's a good idea to give yourself a solid …

What the Most Successful Founders Understand About Business

<i>The Entrepreneur Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Google Analytics 101: What Every Small Business Owner Should Know about the Powerful Website Analysis Tool

Understanding your customers well enough to ensure you’re giving them what they want and need — that’s the key to success for any small business in …

The Best Digital Interior Design Sites to Help You Create Your Dream Home

Imagine if you could hire someone to scour your Pinterest boards and translate your pins into a perfectly decorated room in your home. That’s the gist of digital interior design, a personalized online decorating service gaining momentum in both the tech sphere and the oft-insular world of home …

Home Decorating

The 10 most popular free online courses for professionals

Your education shouldn't stop when you leave the classroom.<p>Learning new skills is a great way to expand your mind and get ahead in your career — and it's easier than ever with a plethora of online classes just a click away.<p>A good place to start is with this year's most popular Coursera courses from …

Online Education

16-Step Blueprint to Master Your Digital Marketing in 2016

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in 10 years.”</i><p>Entrepreneurs might politely disagree with the aforementioned quote from Bill Gates. There is a heck of a lot that you can accomplish …

The Most Important Financial Terms Everyone Should Know

Expense ratio. Prime rate. Amortization. As with technology, the finance world is filled with acronyms and terms that might sound alien to many …

Personal Finance

10 Mind-Blowing Books That People Who Love Thinking Can't Miss

P.J. O’Rouke once said, “Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.”<p>While I do think there is a place for …

Books

20 of the best books by the most influential thinkers in business

Since 2001, the Thinkers50 organization has hosted what the Financial Times has dubbed the "Oscars of management thinking," an award ceremony for the top 50 management thought leaders whose work has most affected the business world.<p>From elite business-school professors to insightful career coaches, …

21 reasons you're not rich

Everyone says they want to be rich, and there's certainly enough advice out there on how to acquire more money.<p>But what about the reasons you're <i>not</i> rich? What's really holding you back?<p>It's easy to tell someone how to do something, but chances are they aren't going to change until they recognize …

10 Great Books All Leaders Should Read This Fall | Inc.com

It's said that every good leader is a reader. With that in mind, here are 10 new books that will help you step up how you show up as a leader. This list includes wisdom about well-being, culture, human-centered leadership, being a values-based leader, and even why we work.<p>1. <b>Everybody Matters</b> …

Leadership

12 things everyone should know before investing

Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to be an expert to start investing.<p>You don't even need to be rich to invest, yet so many of us fail to get started managing our money because we're intimidated or don't know where to start.<p>But investing is crucial. Inflation lops an average 3.87% off your …

16 Must-See Wall Street Movies

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Wall Street has provided plenty of inspiration for the film industry over the years and continues to do so.<p>The trailer for <i>The</i> …

3 Rock-Solid Dividend Stocks You Can Buy Right Now

Looking for dependable income? Here are 3 healthcare stocks that we think you can count on to be reliable dividend payers for years to come.<p>When the …

20 successful entrepreneurs share the most important lesson they learned in their 20s

Mistakes are unavoidable, but the truly successful learn from these setbacks and move on all the wiser.<p>We asked entrepreneurs, including a few "Shark Tank" investors and the cofounders of popular retailer Warby Parker, to share the most important lesson they learned in their 20s.<p>Here's what they …

25 Books Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and Other Top CEOs Recommend | Inc.com

Successful CEOs never stop learning. Personal growth is almost as important as hard work in building a winning business. Many entrepreneurs accomplish this through workshops, conferences, and even a few continuing education courses. However, for a busy entrepreneur, being away from the office for a …

Self-improvement

The last 15 years of Saddam Hussein's regime are crucial to understanding ISIS

To devise an effective strategy involves understanding where ISIS came from, and that involves examining the Saddam Hussein regime.<p>Saddam is commonly regarded as the quintessential secularist, and he was initially. But the Saddam regime Islamized over its last 15 years, effectively creating a …

Middle East

Math for working moms: How much do they really make?

Many working moms assume their gross pay determines their hourly rate. For example, if you make $50,000 a year at 40 hours a week over 52 weeks, then …

5 Podcasts That Will Give You a Leadership Edge | Inc.com

Ever since NPR's <i>Serial</i> broke the internet last year, it seems like we've been in the middle of a podcast boom. But while podcasts like <i>Serial</i> can be fun and fascinating to listen to, there are some podcasts that are about more than just smart storytelling. These gems can actually teach you to be …

Entrepreneurship

Passive Income: Legitimate Income Opportunities – Build Lifetime of Passive Income in less than 6 Months | Trading Mates | Sharing Financial Freedom

Passive Income - Legitimate Income Opportunities<p><i>Build Lifetime of Passive Income in less than 6 Months</i><p>People with jobs believe that their 'income' is …

How to achieve your goals faster

We’ve all dreamed of these lofty goals in life at one point or another.<p>Setting goals is an essential technique to  accomplishing what we truly want in our lives, and more importantly —living a more fulfilling life. And the importance of goal setting is only increasing as our ability to focus …

Motivation

6 Alternatives to Investing in the Stock Market

For many investors, the highs and lows of playing the stock market can feel like a roller coaster of emotions. Take for example earlier this year, …

Investing

8 Tricks to Improve an Open Concept Space

<i>By Hugo Tugman, Houzz Contributor</i><p>People are increasingly excited by the lifestyle possibilities offered by open-plan living, but sometimes are frightened off by the idea of rattling around in a big, soulless space. To avoid having an open-plan space that looks dull and flat, borrow ideas from the …

12 Money Hacks You Must Learn Now Or Regret It In 20 Years

If you’re a young professional, the lifestyle of your 40s will be dictated by your choices in the coming years, and even in the coming months. They …

A self-made millionaire who studied 1,200 wealthy people found they're willing to admit an uncomfortable fact about money

In his research, he found that rich people are willing to admit something about money that makes many of us uncomfortable: <b>It can solve most problems.</b><p>It can be uncomfortable to accept that money, rather than being the corrupting force it is often portrayed, can serve as a useful tool that creates …