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This 80/20 Color Rule Helps You Design for Success

Why color matters, and how you can use it leverage your way to marketplace success.<p>I love color. In design, this is one of my favorite areas and things to focus on, because it's fun, and it's creative, and color really allows you to separate yourself or your product from everyone else. However, …

Selling

Airportraits

A photographer's composite images show what airports would look like if all the planes took off at once.<p><i>Far & Away,</i> from <i>National Geographic</i> and <i>The Wall Street Journal.</i><p>We tend to lose our fascination with airports as we grow older. They become portals of necessity for work, or the unpleasant …

Aviation

Ultra Bloom Adventure Shoe

Finisterre, are a clothing brand committed to designing innovative products for cold water surfers around the world. Together with minimalist running …

Shoes

Where to Begin: The Search for the Inciting Incident

Today’s post is by regular contributor Peter Selgin, the award-winning author of <i>Your First Page.</i> He offers first-page critiques to show just how much …

Extracted

Branding Your Business On a Budget

Every business needs to have an identity, so that customers know and remember what the business is about. The process of creating and communicating …

Marketing

How to Growth Hack the Facebook Algorithm to Reach Your Most Engaged Fans

It's not Mark Zuckerberg's fault that you're not up to date with how social media marketing is done in 2018.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Facebook is not going away, and any marketing professional or small business owner would be foolish to stop using it in spite of …

Marketing

The (Proven) Best Activity You Should Be Doing with Your Kids

There have been numerous research studies demonstrating that one of the most beneficial activities you can do with your children is consistently …

Parenting

Don't Hide From Your Customers

Especially as your business grows.<p>If you want to keep your customers buying from you it is important that they can reach you easily. All too often I see sales people who start climbing the corporate ladder only to lose touch with their customers. They become too difficult to communicate with and …

Small Business

To Sell More, Make It Easier and Safer for People to Purchase From You

Less than half of small businesses operate an ecommerce website, and few of those offer the purchase and payment features shoppers have come to expect.<p>4 min read<p>Consumers are savvier than ever, and their shopping habits are changing fast. They’re growing accustomed to new payment types such as …

Small Business

This Entrepreneur Made $3 Million in 90 Minutes With a Single Pitch. Here's How He Did It

Russell Brunson, CEO and co-founder of Click Funnels, turned a 90-minute conference talk into $3 million cash.<p>I recently watched Russell Brunson, the co-founder of the fast growing, non-venture-backed software company, ClickFunnels, give a live stage presentation at the10X Growth Conference. During …

Marketing

Don't Study the Competition. Study Winners in Other Industries.

Studying the competition leads to failure.<p>6 min read<p>You shouldn't pay any attention to your competition. I don't. I work with entrepreneurs who are generating seven, eight and even nine figures with their businesses and none of them focus on the competition either. They are aware of the …

Business Strategy

How to worry less, ease anxiety and tame toxic thoughts

The average person spends almost 80 percent of the time focused on regret about the past or anxiety about the future. How to get a handle on your worries.<p>Life would be so much different without a wall of worry in the way.<p>May is Mental Health Awareness Month, bringing attention to the one in five …

Self-help

12 Phrases that Will Make Your Audience Put Down Their Cell Phones and Pay Attention to You

Know the magic word that cuts through the noise<p>Franklin Delano Roosevelt once gave this pithy advice for making a good presentation:<p>"Be sincere. Be brief. Be seated."<p>As a professional speaker and presentation coach for the past two decades, I agree with this public speaking wisdom, and I would add …

Public Speaking

How to get started with the basics of organic gardening

The Basic Organic Program is the guts of everything I teach. The main parts are:<p>1. Stop using destructive products.<p>2. Start using materials that …

Gardening

16 creative ways to reuse plastic in the home

From piggy banks to garden planters…<p>Plastic seems to be everywhere in our lives, from bottles and straws to food packaging and beauty products.<p>It's …

Pollution

Modern Backyard Office Projects That Make You Want To Work From Home

Working from home has both pros and cons. On one hand, you get to stay close to everything home-related which in some cases includes the kids and …

Architecture

How I wrote a 100,000-word novel in four weeks and what it did for my copywriting

We were on holiday when it happened.<p>What happened?<p>I discovered I was a novelist. Here’s how it went down.<p>“You know,” my wife said, “the difference …

Pulitzer Prize Winner Andrew Sean Greer Shares How He Wrote An Award-Winning Novel

The author of Less reveals his secret: "The nervous breakdown happened before I wrote the book, which made the writing much easier"<p>With his tremendous fifth novel, Andrew Sean Greer has landed the big fish. Last week, Greer was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for <i>Less</i>, an unforgettable comic …

Creative Writing

This Earth Day: You tell us how to reduce, reuse and recycle

Happy Earth Day!<p>We asked readers for their favorite ways to curb single-use plastics, recycle more, consume less and generally do their part to celebrate Earth Day every day.<p>Here are a few of their tips. If you want to share <i>your</i> best tips for going green, email us at home@latimes.com and we may use …

How brands can increase engagement and leverage social media platforms

Image: {shutterstock}<p>Marketers who use social media for their business need to recognize that people use Twitter and Facebook for different reasons – …

How Firing 1 Employee Nearly Doubled My Company's Productivity

One of my employees was regularly late to work. Sadly--but not surprisingly--she was late to her own firing, too.<p>Company culture is a strange thing: If you don't proactively work to shape it, it will shape itself. Two years ago, I had an employee who was consistently late to work. Alexandria was an …

Here’s What It Looks Like Inside the Handmade Sketchbooks of a Well-Traveled Artist

Over the last 13 years, artist José Naranja has been filling pocket-sized notebooks with his own visual diary. By illustrating his daily experiences, observations, ideas, and memories, Naranja considers his ongoing project as “a love letter to notebooks, a flight of fancy and also a part of [him].” …

Drawing

Why you shouldn't buy a new car ... ever

<b>"Name me something that you use less than 4 percent of the day, all the while it loses value."</b><p>There are days when I feel like I drive the oldest car …

How to find your purpose in life: 12 powerful exercises to help you discover purpose and passion

Shares 308<p>Happy blogiversary! <b>Twelve years ago today, I launched a humble little blog about personal finance — this blog, Get Rich Slowly.</b> It was …

Time Management

These 8 Log Cabin Kit Homes Celebrate Nordic Minimalism

Inspired by Nordic nature, Honka offers prefabs and custom-built log home kits at an affordable price.<p>Founded in 1958 by the Finnish Saarelainen brothers in Eastern Finland, Honka—known as Honkarakenne in Finland—was the first industrial manufacturer of log houses. Today, the pioneer brand has …

Architecture

This Concrete Abode Embraces Indonesia's Tropical Climate

An Indonesian architect designs a contemporary concrete home for her family of five in Semarang.<p>When architect Tamara Wibowo decided to move back to her home country of Indonesia after living 12 years abroad in Minneapolis, the adjustment period came with an extra challenge: building a house from …

Architecture

Outlining Your Future Book in 30 Minutes

<i>To plot or to pants? That is the question—one with as many different answers as there are writers. As an avid plotter, the idea of pantsing gives me</i> …

This Retailer Spent $30,000 on Its Employees--and Got $3 Million of Sales in Return

Gap stores conducted research that might turn industry labor practices upside down--while squashing 4 productivity killers along the way.<p>Everyone's looking for the keys to improved productivity and a way to dramatically improve performance. There are few industries more in need of such secrets than …

Employment

Millennials Officially Do Business Travel Differently Than Other Generations, and It Might Change Your Company for the Better

If you understand how people manage their travels, you can understand the style of communication that most appeals to them.<p>Have you ever participated in multi-generational travels? If so, you probably encountered a few differences in travel habits. While I hope there weren't too many challenges …

Using Toyota's "5 Whys" technique to understand characters

Sometimes, we end up writing about our characters without thinking of <b>why</b> they behave or think in a certain way. This is especially true for authors …