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27 Local SEO Tips Your Lazy Competitors Are Neglecting | Inc.com

If you fail to practice due diligence when it comes to local SEO, you're going to lose market share to competitors who take it seriously. You might even endanger your own livelihood.<p>In this article, we'll go over 27 important local SEO tips that will keep you on top of the search engine results …

Small Business

I studied millionaires for 5 years and realized most peoples' success comes down to an overlooked factor

Some of the most successful people in the world owe their success to the partnerships they forged.<p>In my Rich Habits Study, I interviewed 233 wealthy individuals (177 of whom were self-made millionaires) with at least $160,000 in annual gross income and $3.2 million in net assets.<p>According to my …

Google Is Giving Away Its Best Tools for Managers Absolutely Free | Inc.com

When it comes to developing great managers, Google doesn't leave much to chance. The data-obsessed company famously spent years studying the attributes of effective managers for its Project Oxygen, determining that technical expertise was less important than less-sexy attributes like consistency, …

Goal Setting

20 Productivity Apps You Didn't Know You Needed

From note-taking to goal setting, check out these helpful tools.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whether you’re taking notes, following up on emails or prepping for a meeting, with technology these simple tasks shouldn’t bite into too much of your time. Luckily, there’s …

Use This Trick to Quickly Come Up With 10 Great Business Ideas

Gather everyone you know, and let the idea flow begin.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you trust the ads in your Facebook feed, you probably think there is a magic formula hidden from normal people that gives special guru’s unlimited success in business just by doing …

In Just 7 Seconds, You Can Sell Your Product, Your Company, Your Cause--or Yourself | Inc.com

Let's pretend, for a moment, that this whole Twitter thing never happened. And while I'm at it, I'm going to vaporize Facebook posts, Instagram, and even Snapchat.<p>My reason for annihilating social media is not that I think it's inherently flawed. It's just that the instant convenience of these …

6 tips from top entrepreneurs on turning real estate into real wealth — even if you start with nothing

At least 30 U.S. billionaires made their money from real estate; some say that it's the greatest way to create real wealth and financial freedom.<p>These six tycoons and members of The Oracles suggest how you can invest $100,000 or start with nothing.

A Former FBI Kidnapping Negotiator Shares the 7 Most Important Words in a Negotiation | Inc.com

I love to negotiate, sometimes a bit too much.<p>A deep negotiation has to be one of life's most exhilarating experiences. Few things will force you to dig deeper into your creativity, to become so fully aware of your strengths and weaknesses, and will test your mettle as fully as a negotiation on …

Want to Be a Self-Made Millionaire? With 1 Sentence, Mark Cuban Reveals How to Get Rich | Inc.com

Mark Cuban: billionaire. Investor. NBA team owner. Nice guy. Mark Cuban knows a little about making money.<p>So when he was asked what he would do if he lost everything, here's what he said he would do first:<p>"I would get a job as a bartender at night and a sales job during the day, and I would start …

Self-improvement

Everything you need to know before selling on Amazon

Before the days of Amazon, eBay was the premier online marketplace for anyone looking to sell their vast collection of Beanie Babies and vintage …

3 Amazing - and Free - Marketing Tools for Small Businesses | Inc.com

Recently, I spoke at Inc's GrowCo conference on social media strategies for any business or budget. With so many small business owners wanting to maximize their marketing dollars, I wasn't surprised when several attendees came up to me after my keynote to ask about other aspects of digital …

Marketing

I've held 1,000 interviews, and I've found only 4 questions truly matter

Hiring the best talent is a massive and never-ending challenge. It's hard to hire your first employee, it's hard to hire your 50th employee, and it's still hard to hire your 500th employee.<p>If you're just starting your company, you may as well get over the fact that you'll likely lose sleep over …

5 steps to opening your online store

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet.<p>Starting an online business might seem like a quick and easy way to make a few bucks, but …

3 Strategies to Triple Your Company's Growth

Stop chasing every shiny object and focus on these key growth strategies.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As an entrepreneur, I am attracted to new. I love speed and growth. I am drawn to the shiny object.<p>I see friends of mine with really cool software-as-a-service …

From Prototype to Production: 3 Things You Must Do

There's no substitute for research. Your success depends on knowing what it costs to create your product and finding the best way to build it.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Creating new hardware products is hard. No surprise there. Every step along the way has its own …

4 Reasons to Consider Contractors Before Full-Time Employees

Learn to leverage independent contractors for greater productivity and stability in your business.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Before I met my husband, I had to deal with the dating scene. I often found myself frustrated or disappointed with my options. So I tried a …

8 Free Content Marketing Tools You Should Be Using | Inc.com

When starting out with a content marketing strategy, it can seem intimidating to go at it alone, especially without tools, resources, or help from a content marketing agency. I mean, would you ever throw someone into the ocean without a life jacket? Of course not. But when you task your marketing …

Infographics

8 essential items to help you ride out a storm

Apocalypse later.<p>For most of us, an elaborate doomsday bunker is overkill. But, when facing down a tornado, hurricane, blizzard, or whatever Mother Nature flings at you, a little preparation can save you from a real-life version of the grocery store frenzy in an end time zombie flick. Start with …

You're Better Off Working at McDonald's Than Working in Your Business | Inc.com

Someone once asked me to recommend a free tool for creating landing pages.<p>He explained that he had spent over 20 hours in the past week trying to set up a landing page using the free tool he had been experimenting with. When we spoke, he was beyond any reasonable point of frustration.<p>So I asked him …

10 CEOs Reveal the Apps That Can Make You More Productive

And reclaim your sanity.<p>For many, modern-day work life means 24/7 connectivity, a constant barrage of emails and meetings, and the feeling you’re …

This Simple Mathematical Rule Can Help Your Business Survive for the Long Term | Inc.com

In 1958, a brilliant young mathematician named Benoit Mandelbrot went to work as a researcher for IBM. His first assignment seemed like a straightforward problem, but turned out to be devilishly complex. He was tasked with figuring out how noise in communication lines arises and identifying some …

Profit

5 Ways to Generate Word-of-Mouth as a Small Business

Ninety-two percent of consumers trust referrals from people they know, and 77 percent of consumers are more likely to buy a new product when learning about it from friends or family.<p>This story originally appeared on Bizness Apps<p>Humans rely on their network to make decisions about where to go, what …

10 Must-See TED Talks for Entrepreneurs

Some of the most valuable online resources in recent years have been TED talks.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The internet’s accessibility makes it a great resource for learning. In the past, those in search of knowledge had to wade through long blocks of texts. These …

Boost Your Rankings With the Ultimate Local SEO Cheat Sheet (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Here’s a question for you...where does your business appear in search engine results?<p>First page? Second page? Even further back?<p>The fact of the matter is, where your business lands in search engine results matters, quite a bit in fact. …

Customers Are Harder to Win Over Than Ever--and It's a Great Opportunity for Any Entrepreneur | Inc.com

As a growth-oriented entrepreneur and Inc.com reader, you're no doubt committed to running your business as a well-oiled machine. You aspire to achieve both speed and sustainability as you set your vector toward double-digit growth.<p>Clive Humby is credited with coining the phrase "data is the new …

Increase Your Business Acumen with These 12 Books

If you're an entrepreneur, reading should be a part of your daily routine. These titles are a great way to start.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As exciting and exhilarating as starting a business can be, running and growing a company can present a major …

How to Write an Email Subject and Opener That Will Actually Make People Pay Attention | Inc.com

How many of these emails have you deleted this week? Maybe this one...<p>Hi John, I hope all is well. Wanted to reach out to you about the useless crap we are selling and that I really don't care about but want to get my quota bonus so I can save up for the new iPhone 17.<p><i>So</i> weak. On every …

Santa Barbara

3 Ways to Get People to Buy Your Product (Especially if They're On the Fence) | Inc.com

Without paying customers, a business cannot grow revenue and succeed over the long run. And without enough leads, a business won't have prospects to convert into those valuable customers.<p>In a poll of small business owners, my company found that growing customers base and cash flows were the top …

Marketing

10 Tools to Help Automate Your Small Business Tasks

Whenever you can automate a task, do it.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As a small business owner, you’re probably looking to save as much time, money and labor as you can. Saving is the name of the game.<p>However, while it might save you slightly to do certain things …

5 Strategies for Getting Press for Your Small Business

Small business owners have a lot on their plate. Oftentimes they're doing it all -- ordering inventory, responding to customers, managing employees. Marketing their company is the last thing on their mind.<p>This story originally appeared on PR Newswire's Small Business PR Toolkit<p>Small business owners …