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Business Card Alternatives | Inc.com

It's time to ask yourself: How many business cards have you collected that never again see the light of day?<p>Seriously. This is an important question.<p>My mentor Tom Antion doesn't use business cards as a rule. Why not? If people need to reach him and it's <i>that</i> important, they will find a way. I tend …

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How to Get Everything You Want. Seriously | Inc.com

Getting what you want in your career and in life isn't as difficult as it may seem. I mean it.<p>I've been very fortunate, both professionally and personally, and along the way learned seven key ways to help make it happen. In essence, I work to put others first, and to be more likeable, to end up …

Self-improvement

Want to Start a Company? 5 Things to Consider First | Inc.com

Andy Palmer has started at least five companies by my count--and I’d guess he has invested in dozens of others. Based on that experience, I’d consider him an expert when it comes to deciding whether you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur.<p>After graduating from Bowdoin with a major in English, …

Entrepreneurship

Tested: Best Sources for Company Schwag | Inc.com

Nothing beats high-quality schwag to promote your products, whether you're handing it out at conferences, mailing it to customers, or simply wearing it yourself wherever you go. The keyword, however, is high quality--because cheap, poorly made promotional products will only do you more harm than …

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Great Idea. Now, Here's How to Get It Funded | Inc.com

Most entrepreneurial ventures start with an idea. Before long, someone says, "We need money!" and the effort shifts to convincing investors, a corporate parent, or friends and family to fund the effort.<p>A common challenge in moving from "idea" to "fundraising" is that entrepreneurial teams often …

Entrepreneurship

Want to Grow Your Business? Get to Know Your 'Vital Few' | Inc.com

In the 1940s, Joseph M. Juran coined the "80-20 rule," which posits that there are a "vital few and trivial many" or that 20 percent of the causes drive 80 percent of the results. He named his rule the “Pareto principle” after an Italian economist named Vilfredo Pareto, who observed that 20 percent …

Customer Experience

5 Videos You Must Watch Before Starting a Business | Inc.com

As any seasoned entrepreneur can tell you, starting a business is not always easy. From leadership to fundraising to recruiting, there are plenty of potholes in which you can get stuck as a fledgling founder.<p>Luckily, you can learn from the experiences of successful entrepreneurs who were once in …

Entrepreneurship

How to Become Inspired and Engaged | Inc.com

Gallup recently released its report on "The State of the American Workplace," based a survey of millions of employees. They discovered that about a third (30 percent) of American workers are "engaged and inspired [by] a great boss" while a fifth (20 percent) "have bosses from hell that make them …

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