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If You Don't Know These 7 Extremely Simple Rules For Treating Customers Right, You're Guaranteed To Drive Them Away

Break any one of these seven practical rules of customer engagement, and you're in for a rude awakening.<p>Unless you know these seven simple rules of customer service, you're almost certainly driving customers away. And you may not even know why it's happening, until you wake up one Monday and find …

Business Strategy

Remote work is reaching unprecedented levels of popularity, and that’s a good thing

According to a report on the state of the American workplace, those who worked remotely 80-100% of the time rose from 24% in 2012 to 31% in 2016. This surge in remote work may not come as a surprise, as it appeals to many in fields across the board, even unlikely ones. The benefit of being able to …

Remote Working

5 Passive Wealth-Building Strategies to Add Three Days to Your Weekend

Buy back your time and invest like the super-rich.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Many people associate work with punching the clock, the 9-to-5 slog and saving for retirement. The trouble is, an hourly rate alone will never make you wealthy and drains your most …

Bitcoin Is Ridiculous. Blockchain Is Dangerous

On the days when Bitcoin crashes, a holiday atmosphere takes over in my corners of the internet. People tweet screengrabs of Reddit fights. It’s …

Peter Thiel

The Differences Between Busy vs. Productive People

Are You a Busy Donkey or a Productive Unicorn?<p>The quest to being more effective at work has hatched misconceptions about what having a productive workday really means. It has also led most people into thinking that being busy is tantamount to being productive.<p>Here are some valuable insights into …

Blockchain: A Very Short History Of Ethereum Everyone Should Read

Even those who are not familiar with blockchain are likely to have heard about Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency and payment system that uses the technology. Another platform called Ethereum, that also uses blockchain, is predicted by some experts to overtake Bitcoin this year.<p><b>What is Ethereum?</b><p>Ethereum …

Cryptocurrency

7 Things Night Owls Do That Morning People Will Never Understand | Inc.com

Last night I stayed up writing until 2:20am, then watched an episode of The West Wing to unwind before actually falling asleep at 3am. This not entirely unusual for me.<p>I live on the west coast. At 1:45am my time, I took a break and Snapchatted back and forth with a friend on the east coast who …

Productivity

Why Ripple, the Cryptocurrency That's Not Bitcoin, Is Worth $83 Billion | Inc.com

Ripple had the second-largest market cap out of any cryptocurrency at the end of 2017, and it's currently in third place (behind Ethereum and Bitcoin), according to CoinMarketCap. Each individual XRP token is worth $2.14, but there are a whopping 38.7 billion of them in circulation, indicating a …

Cryptocurrency

Google Spent Years Studying Effective Teams. This Single Quality Contributed Most to Their Success | Inc.com

The best companies are made up of great teams. You see, even a company full of A-players won't succeed if those individuals don't have the ability to work well together.<p>That's why not too long ago, Google set out on a quest to figure out what makes a team successful. They code-named the study …

Emotional Intelligence

The Hard Math Behind Bitcoin's Global Warming Problem

Let me freak you out for a second. You know what bitcoin is, right? I mean, no, but quickly, it’s a “cryptocurrency” that’s basically secret computer …

Bitcoin

12 Podcasts Every Founder Should Listen To In 2018 | Inc.com

To be successful as an entrepreneur, you have to dedicate yourself to constant learning.<p>Conferences, entrepreneur organizations, mentors, and books are the traditional paths to take but over the past few years, along with many other entrepreneurs, i've become obsessed with podcasts and now they've …

Entrepreneurship

Is Your Culture Suffering From Death by Meeting? Try This 1 Simple Change | Inc.com

As an executive coach, I hear a lot of reasons why senior people can't get more done: everything from direct reports who don't take initiative, bosses who have unrealistic expectations, vendors who fail to deliver, and customers who want the world but don't want to pay for it. However, the number …

Management

Employees Trust Bosses Who Display Any of These 5 Successful Leadership Habits | Inc.com

Tell me if you agree with this statement: For any human relationship to thrive, it has to be founded on trust.<p>If you agree, then know that it's really no different in the workplace, especially in the relationship between boss and employee. The best company cultures, where collaboration is humming …

Employment

3 Non-Tech Steps to Build a Multi-Million-Dollar Business

Technology can always improve your business, but you don't need it to grow.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We should all be focusing on technology to help grow sales -- the digital transformation of most aspects of commerce has created more business leverage than just …

7 Regrets of a Failed Entrepreneur | Inc.com

Eighty percent of new businesses fail, and often for reasons that were completely avoidable. Others fail because of a lack of organization, preparation, or a good understanding of what takes to run a successful business.<p>When it happens, afterward, there is always a feeling of regret for things …

Business Strategy

This Leadership Book Is One of the Most Critically Acclaimed Ever. Here's Why You Need to Reread It | Inc.com

In my job, I spend a lot of time working with emerging leaders. Sometimes, they are leaders making a jump to a VP level role for the first time. Sometimes, I work with companies to develop programs that help their highest potential leaders take that next step.<p>Regardless of the circumstance, we …

Leadership

An Email From Elon Musk Reveals Why Managers Are Always a Bad idea | Inc.com

Survey.com's annual "Wasting Time at Work" report revealed that if you eliminate managers completely, you remove 75 percent of the reasons someone will leave your company. There is a simple reason for that. They're in the way, literally. Elon Musk knows that, and isn't alone.<p>Before Elon Musk, There …

Tesla

22 Years Ago, Steve Jobs Said 1 Thing Separates People Who Achieve From Those Who Only Dream | Inc.com

Steve Jobs set extremely high expectations. He challenged other people to work harder, work longer, and do <i>more</i> -- sometimes more than they thought was possible.<p>Jobs was ... well, let's just say that Steve Jobs was demanding.<p>But he also believed in the power of asking.<p>I've never found anybody that …

Self-improvement

This One Exercise Has Helped Me Build 2 Multimillion-Dollar Companies in Less Than 24 months

What got you to where you are today will not get you where you want to be.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A few years ago, I found myself nearly $1 million in debt. Today, I have two multimillion-dollar companies to my name. I've come a long way, but as I look back I …

To Be a Great Leader, You Have to Learn How to Delegate Well

One of the most difficult transitions for leaders to make is the shift from <i>doing</i> to <i>leading</i>. As a new manager you can get away with holding on to work. Peers and bosses may even admire your willingness to keep “rolling up your sleeves” to execute tactical assignments. But as your responsibilities …

The 6 Biggest Wastes of Time We Regret Sooner or Later

24 hours in a day, 365 days in a year. Time is the same for everyone, no matter who you are or where you are. So why is it Steve Jobs or Elon Musk …

The Power Of The Platform Isn't Always What It's Cracked Up To Be | Inc.com

It seems like every business discussion today is just counting the seconds before the term "platform" comes up. Books and articles are written, pundits swoon and conference audiences nod and exchange glances in knowing agreement. Everyone, it seems, wants to transform their business into a platform.<p>…

How to Build a Profitable Side Hustle While Working Full Time | Inc.com

Dreaming of becoming your own boss? You're not alone. Tons of people wish they could quit their job and work for themselves, and some are even making it happen.<p>Today more than ever, working from home and starting your own business is a viable option. But running a business isn't easy - especially …

Small Business

Billionaire CEO Sara Blakely Says These 7 Words Are the Best Career Advice She Ever Got | Inc.com

Sara Blakely founded Spanx in her late 20s. The company made $4 million in sales in its first year and $10 million in its second year. In 2012, <i>Forbes</i> named Blakely the youngest self-made woman billionaire in the world.<p>She is clearly massively successful. Yet when asked what the best advice she ever …

Self-improvement

21 Distinctive Qualities of an Outstanding Boss | Inc.com

If I asked you to describe the best boss you have ever worked for, what would you say? Would you mention things like he or she "was a great planner" or "she really knew how to positively affect the bottom line"?<p>Not likely.<p>In my work as a business consultant, I have asked hundreds of people -- …

Leadership

A bunch of supercars gather for a drag race, Tesla destroys them all

No matter how hard the gas guzzlers try, they still cannot win against a Tesla in a quarter mile drag race.<p>Need proof? Check out the latest edition …

Tesla

Mark Cuban Shares His Views on the Things Bad Leaders Do that Great Ones Don't | Inc.com

Mark Cuban sold his first company for six million dollars and his second for six billion. He cashed out his Yahoo stock for another two billion just weeks before the market crashed. He owns a cable channel and an NBA team, and he's accomplished exactly none of this by soft-selling his opinions or …

Entrepreneurship

A 70-Year Study of More Than 3 Million Patents Reveals These Simple Steps to Problem Solving | Inc.com

David Conley found himself on a team of experts who were attempting to design satellite superstructures, a challenge not specifically covered while earning his college degree in nuclear engineering. As he succinctly put it: "What the hell do I know about satellite super structures?"<p>So, when the …

5 Things You Need to Do When Bootstrapping Your Startup

Finance your own business and keep 100 percent<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I'm a major advocate of bootstrapping -- I believe the lessons learned along the way are priceless, and owing 100 percent of your business is well worth the struggles and challenges. With that …

This 1 Skill Makes Great Leaders. Hint: You're Not Born With it | Inc.com

Leading isn't about always being your best but it's always about giving your best. This rule hasn't changed since the beginning of time.<p>People don't expect leaders to be perfect. They just expect them to push themselves to become better daily. If you look around at business executives, professional …

Leadership