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The Era of Business Cards Is Dead

The paper business card has lost its significance--and utility. Check out a few digital alternatives designed to make networking easier.<p>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 …

Why You Should Hire Ex-Cons

Former gang leaders and drug dealers have the potential to be your star employees.<p>Many business owners have overlooked a great source of untapped talent: former inmates. Many former drug dealers and gang leaders have skills and attributes you value most in employees, including charisma, …

How to Get Everything You Want. Seriously

You'd like to be successful in everything you do, of course. Here's how to make it happen.<p>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 …

Want to Start a Company? 5 Things to Consider First

Think you're ready to start up? Put yourself to the test. Check out the five crucial keys to knowing you'd be a great entrepreneur.<p>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 …

Tested: Best Sources for Company Schwag

Want custom-printed promotional gear for your staff or customers? (Hey, who doesn't like schwag?) Check out six online services we tested.<p>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 …

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

It's tough to raise capital with just an idea. Developing a solid foothold will help your pitch to investors.<p>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 …

Want to Grow Your Business? Get to Know Your 'Vital Few'

For most businesses, 20 percent of customers drive 80 percent of sales. The key is to find your 20 percent and keep them happy.<p>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 …

5 Videos You Must Watch Before Starting a Business

Starting a business is no walk in the park. Here are five videos to watch before you launch.<p>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>…

5 Ways to Become Inspired and Engaged

Don't expect someone else to keep you motivated. That's something you should do for yourself.<p>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 …