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10 Rules Successful Startups Should Follow

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Carol Broadbent and Tom Hogan are the founders and principals of Crowded Ocean, a Silicon Valley marketing agency that has launched over 35 startups, with 10 of those companies being either acquired or going public.</i><p>Having launched over 35 startups in our decade of operation, we’ve …

The Educators’ Guide to Infographics

Sometimes when you’re compiling your content for your next blog post you find that, to get your point across, you have to cover a lot of facts and …

Infographics

Connecting Your Data, Systems People | Domo

Everyone on the same page, all the time.<p>Run the business from your phone.<p>Domo explained.<p>Domo brings together data, systems, and people for a …

6 types of content every organization should create

You can certainly create killer blog posts or amazing articles as part of your content strategy.<p>It’s more efficient and effective in the long term …

7 Business Tools That Are Perfect for Solopreneurs

Squeezed for time? These applications can help.<p>Being a solopreneur has lots of advantages, but the fact that you're a one-person company isn't one of them. There's no one to remind you of appointments, manage sales leads, do your tax planning, or keep your accounts up to date except you. If you're …

Success Can Come at Any Age. Just Look at These 6 Successful Entrepreneurs.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Based on the way startups are covered in the media today, it’s easy to feel like all founders are in their teens or 20s. Stories abound of young millionaires and entrepreneur teenagers, but that’s only part of the picture. There are …

Entrepreneurship

How To Turn Problems Into Opportunities

Sometimes a roadblock sends you down a better path.<p>There's only one simple question to ask, in order to turn a problem into an opportunity. And believe it or not is was contained within a long forgotten film starring John Belushi of all people.<p>The movie <b>Continental Divide</b> basically disappeared …

4 Technologies That Have Changed Business Forever

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>With the advent of new technologies, the business landscape sure looks a lot different than it did just a short time ago. Despite the coming changes, there are tools that have had a great impact on business and hold great promise for the …

Social Media

5 questions VCs are thinking after your first meeting

<i>The following story is by Chirag Kulkarni, a serial entrepreneur and advisor. He is currently the CEO of C&M Group, an entrepreneurial strategy consulting firm focused on growth and new product innovation for startups to Fortune 500s. Previously, he cofounded STR, a B2C and B2B racquet-stringing</i> …

Entrepreneur's Top 10 Productivity Articles of 2014

For busy entrepreneurs, task overload is the new norm. With a barrage of emails, texts, calls, clients and employees constantly bombarding you, it’s near impossible to stay focused and productive.<p>To survive and thrive as a leader in business in the coming year, you can’t be anything less than a …

Time Management

Top 10 Marketing Books of 2014

Every entrepreneur should read these groundbreaking books on how to market yourself, your product, and your company.<p>My previous posts have identified the Top 10 Business Books of 2014 and the 7 Most Thought-Provoking Books of 2014. In this post, I turn to marketing, where it's been a <i>very</i> good year, …

3 Things You Must Do to Make Your Crowdfunding Campaign a Success

Crowdfunding is not for the faint of heart. To give yourself the best chance, here's what the veterans suggest.<p>Crowdfunding your new product or idea sure beats dipping into your own pocket, and it's probably significantly less stressful than asking family members to invest. But ask anyone who has …

The 5 Big Reasons People Aren't Following Your Social-Media Accounts

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Social media is a great marketing tool allowing organizations to reach audiences and showcase company culture and what they have to offer. However, many companies aren’t seeing the success on social media they’d like.<p>In fact, a November …

Social Media

Always Deliver More, in Business and Life, With These 3 Principles

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There is one entrepreneurial golden rule that will take you further and faster than any other in your working day. It’s gaining more and more popularity in the zeitgeist these days as our culture starts to recognize and speak more openly …

Scientists Think Synaesthesia Is Something You Can Learn

A recent experiment by conducted by the University of Sussex suggests it may be possible to learn to experience synesthesia, a rare condition that mixes up brain signals and leads people to hear colors or taste words. Researcher David Bor had volunteers read ebooks with 13 letters consistently …

3 Steps to Sourcing Products Using Alibaba

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 endless, from …

eCommerce

The Complete Guide to Creating the Perfect Facebook Page for Your Business

This story originally appeared on Buffer<p>As small business owners and brand managers, you’ve probably heard that you need to be on Facebook.<p>Great! So where should you start? And is there an easy blueprint to follow?<p>We’ve experimented a lot with various Facebook marketing tips over the past several …

Social Media

6 Tips on Using LinkedIn for Business Development

Here's how to improve your sales outreach ROI in six simple steps.<p>I was an early adopter of LinkedIn, using it to manage my business network, and I've attended LinkedIn seminars for my business school alumni. I thought I was making great use of the social network until I really started using it to …

When Should You Start Paying Yourself?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the most frequent mistakes small-business owners make is not paying themselves. Entrepreneurs should compensate themselves at market rates as soon as the business can afford to do so.<p>Many small-business owners need a paycheck to …

Small Business

Why Great Leaders Are Made, Not Born

Stewart Friedman, author of the book Leading the Life You Want, explains the skills you need to harness to become an effective leader.<p>The debate over whether great leaders are made or born has gone on for ages. Stewart Friedman, the founding director of the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project, …

Leadership

Virgin's Richard Branson offers staff unlimited holiday

<b>The boss of Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson, is offering his personal staff as much holiday as they want.</b><p>On his website, he said that his staff of 170 could "take off whenever they want for as long as they want".<p>He added that there was no need to ask for approval, nor say when they planned to …

Financial Services

The 1 Email That Every Salesperson Must Master

A simple template that can help you close millions of dollars of business deals throughout your career.<p>In "How to Write a Killer Sales Email," I explained how to use email to start up an email dialogue with a potential customer. This post describes the other end of that sales process--the email you …

Small Businesses Can Offer Big Benefits to Attract the Best Talent

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Small businesses with less than 10 employees employ only about 11 percent of the American workforce, according to the most recent U.S. Census. This relatively smaller pool of workers puts the enterprising small-business entrepreneur at a …

Small Business

8 Musts to Start Your Business With Little to No Capital

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs will often have amazing business ideas, but they put them on hold due to a lack of capital. They assume that their idea will never get far off the ground unless they have major funding behind them.<p>It seems that every day …

Small Business

4 Shark Tank Success Stories

Anyone's who's seen Shark Tank knows the drill: Entrepreneurs come in to ask for an investment for a certain percentage of the companies.<p>On the ABC show <i>Shark Tank</i>, entrepreneurs ask investors ("Sharks," including Barbara Corcoran and Mark Cuban) to use their real money to fund their enterprises. …

11 Questions to Ask a Potential Business Partner

Spend some time up front and avoid the mistake many successful CEOs say they've made in bad partner choices<p>Thirty-two percent of Inc. 500 CEOs say their biggest mistake in the first year of business was either a bad fit with an employee (20%) or a partner (12%). The only other startup problem that …

The Most Powerful Way to End a Presentation

Use one of these approaches to make sure your next presentation achieves the result you desire.<p>There are many tips for delivering a great presentation, and while it is important to grab your audience at the beginning, what you do at the end can make all the difference in your presentation's overall …

4 Tips for Building a Company That Attracts the Best Investors

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Top investors have a long checklist that they consider when evaluating a startup. To win their favor, you must not only meet, but exceed their expectations. Not long ago, we shared with you five tricks for winning over the best …

Customer Service

A digital frame that displays custom fine art is killing it on Kickstarter

Digital photo frames are nothing new and, frankly, not that exciting. Sure, the relatively small and plasticky digital photo frames at your local …