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5 Common Business Planning Mistakes That Startups Make

A viable business plan is a crucial part of the startup process as it is the first major step you’ll have to take as an entrepreneur. It often takes …

12 reasons this is a terrible résumé for a mid-level employee

"Many mid-level professionals simply tack on experience to their existing résumé, rather than editing the entire document," she says. "While it can be tempting — easier and less stressful — to just keep adding information, it's not going to help your job search."<p>As your career progresses, the …

5 Things Successful People Do to End Their Days Right | Inc.com

Business may be 24-7 and your tech may never get tired, but human beings are cyclical animals. Our creativity and energy levels wax and wane throughout the day, week, and year. When it comes to productivity, you can take a couple of approaches to this reality.<p>Some would-be superheroes simply try to …

Productivity

To Maximize Your Website, Use 'Psychological Distance' to Your Advantage

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the primary aims of consumer psychology is to understand the way individuals evaluate objects and events. Numerous studies have led to an understanding that evaluations and choices are driven not only by the quality and value of an …

3 Ways to Squash Burnout and Boost Productivity

<i>Joelle Steiniger is the co-founder of Small HQ, HookFeed and Minimalytics. This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>You have no problem keeping busy. No problem crossing things off your to-do list. You multitask like it’s going out of style. But the weeks continue to fly by and you can’t help …

Want to Be a Better Leader? Listen to These Podcasts

These shows are a great source of advice and inspiration for anyone in business.

The One Leadership Skill You Must Have to Run a Growing Business | Inc.com

I was a pretty good football player as a kid (I'm originally from Ireland, so I'm talking about 'real' football, or soccer)--good enough to get a trial with a local professional team.<p>It was a bruising experience, literally and figuratively. I quickly discovered that being 'good' when kicking a ball …

Management

14 Inspiring Graduation Speech Quotes You Should Know | Inc.com

The best, most inspiring advice you can give anyone graduating this year is to become an entrepreneur in his or her own life. That's because the true definition of entrepreneurship has to do with the pursuit of opportunity, as opposed to simply running a business.<p>For the class of 2014, therefore, …

University of Pennsylvania

6 Proven Ways to Work With a Bad Boss | Inc.com

Dislike your boss? You're not alone. According to research on the topic, three out of four employees say that dealing with their boss is the worst and most stressful part of their job. Two-thirds say they would happily take a new boss over a pay raise. According to Karin Hurt, author of <i>Overcoming</i> …

5 Business Books You Should Read This Spring | Inc.com

I promise they're all good:<p><b>1. Step Up: Lead in Six Moments That Matter, by Henry Evans and Colm Foster.</b> You lead all day, every day, but some moments really matter, and what you do in those moments makes all the difference.<p>Short on theory (but not too short) and long on practical applications, <i>Step</i> …

How to Know You Have a Good Startup Idea: 5 Questions | Inc.com

You've thought up this hazy, partially-defined, intangible thing, that might or might not be a real product one day. So how do you know if you're onto something?<p>"Fundamentally, we are in that business of working alongside leaders to help them figure out what's worth pursuing from a design …

Startups

Apple Designer Jonathan Ive on What's Next

'Hello. Thanks for Coming'<p>We use Jonathan Ive’s products to help us to eat, drink and sleep, to work, travel, relax, read, listen and watch, to shop, …

Public Speaking Tips: How to Capture and Hold People's Attention | Inc.com

In my mind, there are two kinds of attention: neck down, and neck up. Neck-up attention is when the listener has to make an effort to pay attention. Neck-down attention is when the listener is riveted to the speaker: she can't help but pay attention.<p>Please note that, in our language of English, …

Public Speaking

1 Word That Kills Your Credibility | Inc.com

I have watched more salespeople and companies pitch their ideas over the years than I care to count. And during thousands of interviews with consumers about how they use different products and services and respond to marketing messages, I have honed the craft of ferreting out telltale signs of lies …

Customers

Beep Connects Any Speaker to the Cloud

A pair of ex-Googlers have launched Beep, a beautiful WiFi-equipped dial that lets you stream music to any speaker with a line-in port. The device will launch this Fall with Pandora integration.<p>Multi-room streaming systems like Sonos have made listening to music easier than ever, but many of the …

3 Things Incredibly Productive People Do | Inc.com

We live in an era of swooshes, calendar reminder beeps, vibrating incoming emails, and rings every waking moment of the working day. It’s tough to stay 100 percent productive as an owner at times. We have ADD (attention deficit disorder) as a culture.<p>Sometimes, I long for the peace and quiet I had …

Time Management

15 Gorgeous Birthday Cakes for Anyone's Big Day

We've rounded up 15 decadent, celebration-worthy cakes, from double banana to chocolate-caramel.<p><b>From mint chip ice cream cakes</b> to a decadent, towering double banana cake, these confections are epic enough for a birthday celebration.

Dessert

7 Ways to Ruin an Omelet—or to Cook It Perfectly

Omelets are theoretically an easy breakfast staple—but they are too easily ruined with these seven common mistakes<p>Omelets come in many shapes, sizes, and iterations. Your classic diner omelet is army-sized, studded with visible fillings and semi-browned. A French restaurant will serve you a small, …

10 New Books You Need to Read This Year

From biographies to technical studies and step-by-step guides, here are 10 books that you should look for in the next few months.<p>Of course, we think you can learn a lot online. But, if you’re looking to take a deeper dive, there is often no substitute for the kind of thoughtful analysis you can get …

3 Lessons for Businesses Worried About SEO Changes in 2014

CHICAGO (TheStreet) -- <b>Google</b> makes hundreds of algorithm updates each year. Many go unnoticed by website owners, but the big ones -- Panda, Penguin, …

12 Things Successful People Do Before Breakfast | Inc.com

If it has to happen, then it has to happen first, writes Laura Vanderkam, time management expert and author of "What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast."<p>Those among us who have managed to find professional success and eke out a life actively embrace this philosophy. They must set aside …

Time Management

6 Management Tactics That Drive Employees Crazy | Inc.com

Everyone knows that hectic employees are <i>productive</i> employees, so here's how to ensure your entire team is always on their toes and on tenterhooks:<p><b>1. Set multiple priorities.</b> Since having one priority is good, multiple priorities is even better. Why have a <i>single</i> most important task or goal when <i>every</i> …

10 Startup Lessons You Won't Learn in School | Inc.com

It's incredibly tough to get accepted to a top business school. But that's okay, since the best startup school is the School of Hard Knocks, the institution where every applicant gets accepted (and no one ever truly graduates because there are always more lessons to be learned.)<p>Here are ten lessons …

Entrepreneurship

10 Rules To Build A Wildly Successful Business

Seth Goldman and Barry Nalebuff built Honest Tea from scratch into a $100 million enterprise.<p>In my recent article on Forbes, you get a few lessons and a compelling story of their journey.<p>But wait, because there’s one more thing. In fact, 10 more.<p>Goldman and Nalebuff share 10 must-follow rules on …

Goodbye Twitter fridges, hello 3D-printed food

At CES 2014, the smartest home appliances aren't smart at all<p>CES has long been the best place in the world to find a bunch of insane and impractical home appliances. Last year saw the category reach its drunk-on-tech nadir, best exemplified by Samsung's incongruous efforts to push Evernote onto …

Apple TV Owners – Check Out These Great Tips From Reddit

- Jan 4, 2014<p>When Reddit user DeepWoods found a new Apple TV under his tree Christmas morning, he asked Reddit for any cool tips for using his new …

How To Outsource Product Development And Build Great Products

Over the past few years I have spoken to multiple people who have a good idea, an itch to build it, and the chops to pull it off – but who have never done product development or built a company from the ground up. Usually the person wants to start by outsourcing the product as this tends to be …

While Everyone Else Whines, This Guy Makes His Whole Living Off Facebook Traffic

But one small business owner says the people in those industries have only themselves to blame.<p>In early December, Facebook changed the way it decides which stories its users see in the News Feed.<p>Facebook said it changed the feed so that more "high quality" news stories would show up.<p>But lots of …

Social Media