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10 Questions to Ask Before Booking Travel Accommodations

Spontaneity looks awfully daring and fabulous in the movies, but I'm one of those travelers who'd really rather know she has a place to crash before arriving in a foreign destination. If that tweaks your carefree style, my apologies -- but sometimes a little peace of mind makes a tiny bit of …

9 Things Extremely Positive Entrepreneurs Never Do | Inc.com

Here's the ugly truth: Entrepreneurship can be a tough gig sometimes. One minute, you're juggling a thousand tasks at once, and the next you're rapidly steering your business in the right direction.<p>So feeling burnt out, stressed, and overwhelmed can creep up on even the ultra-successful.<p>However, …

Self-improvement

17 of the most jaw-dropping images in the running for the world's largest photography contest

This year there were a record-breaking 230,103 entries to the world's biggest photography competition: the Sony World Photography Awards.<p>Entries in three main categories — professional, open, and youth — were received from a record 186 countries.<p>Here, we've selected 17 of our favorite images that …

Synchronized Swimming

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises In The World

<i>Ever wonder where the next paradise you should run off to is? These 45 travel bloggers have revealed their perfect place from all over the world. NOTE: If you have an extreme case of wanderlust, look away now! These places are beyond stunning!</i><p><b>New Zealand</b> - A Broken Backpack<p><i>"What if Paradise is in</i> …

Why Your Startup Is Your Next Promotion | Inc.com

Your boss is a challenge.<p>The company offers no training.<p>The projects you are assigned are boring and make no material impact on the business.<p>Sounds like you are stuck with limited ways to advance your career. You can follow basic advice like:<p>Create a career mission<br>• Increase Your Network<br>• Negotiate for …

Startups

Oil is still in demand – it’s the glut that’s hurting the price

Everything about the oil market – 2015 and 2016 edition – is peculiar. Oil prices have plummeted, yet production has not, defying textbook economics. In some big oil-producing regions, output is actually rising. Demand is up too, yet prices could keep falling. Still, oil could be the commodity …

Want to Be Successful? Have Fun. Seriously.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>“I just don’t get how you can work those crazy long hours like you do,” Mike said. “Don’t you ever get tired of it?”<p>“Don’t laugh but, to me, this is fun,” I told my fellow engineer. “When it stops being fun, I’ll do something different. …

19 beautiful off-the-grid destinations that are actually worth the trek

We've put together a collection of 19 travel destinations that are harder to reach, but provide you with one-of-a-kind experiences and some of the world's most dramatic scenery.<p>From a hidden beach in Mexico to lakes nestled in the Sahara Desert, here are 19 off-the-grid destinations to add to your …

Fuck working hard

I used to work really hard. So hard I almost killed myself.<p>I used to praise the people that worked hard and mimic them.<p>Until burn out came knocking, …

This Is The Greatest Time To Start A Business

Affordability<p>Starting a company is dirt cheap. It really is. You can kick off a new online venture for less than $100, easy. You can register a …

Why I Don’t Regret Quitting My Job to Run a Startup

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

This Startup Lets You Pay Employees for Being Frugal on the Road

When you book a business trip, did you ever consider staying with your mom in Saint Louis, volunteering to take connecting flights from New York to …

Cracked walls, wrinkled faces: Paris' modernist housing estates and their elderly residents – in pictures

Photographer Laurent Kronental spent four years documenting the lives of older citizens living in the Grands Ensembles housing estates built around Paris after the second world war for his Souvenir d’un Futur project

France

Interview: 16-Year-Old Artist Dimitra Milan Paints Her Wildest Dreams

Sixteen-year-old artist Dimitra Milan grew up surrounded by art and has since worked to cultivate her own unique style. Four years ago, she began painting when her parents opened Arizona's Milan Art Institute, allowing her to take any class that caught her attention. From classical oil techniques …

Art

Oil price crash: rout reaches $27 as Opec warns US shale will be forced to relent

Cartel says persistent low prices will finally begin to bite for rival producers, as cost for some barrels of US crude turn negative<p>Oil slumped to below $28 a barrel in early morning trading on Monday - its lowest level since September 2003 - as traders digested news of Iran's return to the world's …

Why Walking Is Better Than Running

<i>By Paige Greenfield, Prevention.com</i><p><i>(Photo by: Getty Images)</i><p>James O'Keefe, 58, is a cardiologist at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, MO. A self-proclaimed "exercise enthusiast," O'Keefe says there was a time -- decades, in fact -- when he would routinely spend two to three …

Uber Is About to Make Traveling Much Easier

Uber isn’t only about booking cars. It looks like it’s thinking of becoming a travel agent.<p>On December 24, Uber secured a new patent that could be …

5 estate planning strategies to keep your money in the family

If you're single, you can have up to $5.45 million in assets before your heirs have to worry about paying a penny in estate taxes.<p>Knowing that, you might assume only the super wealthy need to worry about estate planning. However, financial planners say you'd be wrong to think planning is only …

The Top 5 Trends for Small Businesses in 2016 | Inc.com

No business sector is more diverse, inventive, and challenging than small business. Each year, millions of U.S. small businesses innovate with new ways of doing business using different technologies and approaches. In a sector that has to move faster, adapt quicker, and evolve more than any other, …

Small Business

4 Habits All Entrepreneurs Should Give Up in 2016 | Inc.com

It's that time of year again and you're likely just finishing up your business and professional plans for 2016. The New Year is like Christmas for entrepreneurs. It signifies a new and fresh start <i>and</i> an additional 365 days of possibilities. But before you get too pumped about the New Year here are …

Entrepreneurship

Second World War sea forts could become luxury hotel

Second World War forts off the coast of Kent built to defend the UK against a Nazi invasion could be turned into luxury suites.<p>The Red Sands forts, otherwise known as the Maunsell Forts after their designer Guy Maunsell, have long been on the minds of developers and conservation groups, with plans …

Luxury Lifestyle

55 Bulgarian Artists Create an Illustrated Deck of Cards

With an ongoing Kickstarter campaign, the illustrators behind Infinite Collision hope to play their cards right.<p>What do a villainous monkey, two pink flamingos, a 16th century princess sheep, and female nudes have in common? They are all depicted in Infinite Collision, the first-ever set of …

A photographer’s scientific approach to shooting snowflakes reveals stunning geometric variety

Don Komarechkahas spent more than 2500 hours photographing snowflakes. Over the past five years, the 29-year-old Canadian has dedicated his winters to obsessively capturing their geometric peculiarities and tiny asymmetries—which means he has to get them before they melt.<p>“Everything has to happen …

Photography

A European City So Beautiful, China Made A Replica of It

Hiding deep in the Dachstein mountains, not too far from Salzburg, is a small town that has the charm of something out of a fairytale.<p>Picture a one-church town, surrounded by towering mountains, sitting beside a glasslike lake; the only thing you hear are trickles of ice-cold water running from a …

Beyond 401(k)s and IRAs, How Else Can I Boost Retirement Savings?

If you're married, one of the easiest strategies might be to help your spouse max out his or her employer-sponsored retirement plan, or open an IRA …

Being lazier about investing could also make you more successful

Your investment portfolio, on the other hand, doesn't need to get your heart racing. Of course, investing always involves risk and the value of your investment can go down, but it's often the "boring" investment strategies that perform best over time.<p>It's smart to opt for a "boring," balanced …

Investing

The Important Business Lesson Too Many Leaders Ignore

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Why You Should Consider Keeping Your Business Close to Home

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

The Best Way to Run a Startup With a Full-Time Job

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