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Hub by Premier Inn, central London: hotel review

I walk straight past the hub by Premier Inn when I arrive from the Trafalgar Square end of St Martin’s Lane. All those Lenny Henry ads have programmed my brain to expect a purple hue and I wasn’t looking for low-key, lime-green branding.<p>I’m met by a couple of cool young things who ask me how I’m …

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Budget-Minded Travelers Have to Look Harder for Deals

One of the ways the TV show <i>The Americans</i> makes it clear that it’s a period piece is by showing its Soviet spies working at a travel agency. Yes, …

Before You Quit Your Job to Become an Entrepreneur, Read This

Identify the right reasons for starting your business and you're all set to take the first steps into entrepreneurship.<p>You could be sitting on the fence with an idea or a desire to start your own business. Inspiration comes through many different sources and not all reasons are valid enough to …

The 5 Things You Need to Land Venture Capital

<i>In the book,</i> Write Your Business Plan<i>, the staff of Entrepreneur Media offer an in-depth understanding of what’s essential to any business plan, what’s appropriate for your venture and what it takes to ensure success. In this edited excerpt, the authors offer tips from an investing expert about</i> …

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Stumped on a Startup Idea? Check Out These 4 Resources

If you're looking for your next startup idea, look at these 4 resources for not just the idea but an execution plan, a co-founder, funding and even a ready product.<p>While the best way to discover startup ideas is to find a solution to a problem that you personally face or with a subject that …

Five Entrepreneurs Who Bootstrapped Their Startups With A Paycheck

Bootstrapping your startup while holding onto a full-time job is plenty viable. We have numerous examples of very successful companies that were …

50 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs

For entrepreneurs, time is especially precious. Every wasted minute is a lost opportunity for networking, growing the business, and of course making money.<p>There are many websites out there that can help entrepreneurs grow a bigger, better business--but there are many more time-suck websites. How …

8 Things You Should Never, Ever Include in a Pitch Deck

You have perfected your pitch and are feeling confident. But before you step into that big meeting, there are a few common stumbling blocks you should be aware of.<p>We asked eight YEC what you should never, ever include on those slides (no matter how tempting).

7 Questions That Entrepreneurs Must Be Prepared to Answer

Pitching investors, here are a few questions that you need to know before going in for the pitch!<p>Unless you're fortunate enough to be able to fund a startup on your own, you are going to have to seek investors to help get your business up and running. The problem is if you fail at your pitch, you …

4 Easy Blogging Prompts For Entrepreneurs (Or Anyone)

Whenever I talk to entrepreneurs about the importance of blogging, I usually get the same pained look and exasperated question: “But where am I supposed to get all that content?”<p>Many of them feel like without big marketing or PR engines helping them track down relevant topics, they don’t have the …

Peter Thiel's Very Negative -- And Very Useful -- Advice for Entrepreneurs

This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine<p>Maybe you can tell something about the Zeitgeist of the business world by looking at what business people are reading at airports. In the white-collar recession angst of the early 1990s, for example, they were desperately flipping through the …

It's Time to Diversify Your Online Sales Strategy

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Taking something to market used to mean literally taking it to the market.<p>Now, the market exists everywhere online all at once. And the number of places your product needs to be in order to be on the market is expanding and many …

How to Know If Your Business Has Reached the Next Level

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs often talk about getting their businesses to the next level. What does that mean?<p>Before you can understand what the next level is, you have to know what the levels are. We define the first three levels of businesses as …

Practicing Entrepreneurship: Experimentation

<i>This is Part 5 of our mini-blog series and I focus on entrepreneurship and the practice of experimentation. My colleague Heidi Neck launched this series by pointing out that entrepreneurship is about “acting and doing,” and that there are five distinct practices entrepreneurs can engage in to learn</i> …

Five nighttime routines of successful entrepreneurs

The fascination with entrepreneurial productivity is endless – just look at the waves of books published each year to the ongoing obsession with finding ways to wake up earlier each day. But it's not just optimizing your morning routine or the approach to structuring your work day that's important. …

Construct a mini 3D printer for less than $60 using recycled electronic components

Nov.7, 2014 | By Alec<p>Instructables user Mikelllc has shared a handy <b>tutorial</b> to help you to construct your very own low-budget 3D printer out of …

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7 Online Marketing Tips for Entrepreneurs Who Can't Market or Sell

Starting a business, but don't have a sales or marketing bone in your body? Don't worry. Just follow these 7 tips.<p>An entrepreneur can be successful without being a marketer or salesperson.<p>This might sound a bit odd. After all, an entrepreneur goes into business to sell something--to create a …

Android 5.0 Lollipop Review: Tablet Edition

Google’s new mobile operating system is now available to consumers, as new Nexus hardware (starting with the Nexus 9) begins to make its way into the hands of pre-order customers. Version 5.0 of Android continues the candy naming tradition with “Lollipop,” and despite the fact that ‘L’ is just next …

Want Another Tool To Help Your Startup Get Off The Ground? Here's One, And It's Free

It’s a common little dance done between entrepreneurs and the investors they’re trying to win over: “This is a $20 billion market—I’m confident we can grab at least one percent of it.” Investors smile and nod, knowing full well that the entrepreneur is making an educated guess and ponder – even if …

Autodesk launches $100 M fund to encourage 3D printing technology, world’s first 3D printing investment program

3D printing technology is fast becoming a reality. Many startups have plunged into this vertical with low cost options to democratize this technology …

HP's 3D Print Breakthrough Could Push Rivals 'Out of Business'

After years of tinkering in the labs, Hewlett-Packard finally is making a big bet on 3D printing. Although HP is targeting a crowded market, the company’s inkjet technology — announced today — looks so revolutionary to analyst Terry Wohlers that he predicts “it could even put some other companies …

Michelle Phan Is Building a Beauty Empire (Full Video)

Phan's e-commerce startup Ipsy now has an $84 million run rate. Its slightly larger competitor Birchbox is valued at $545 million.<p>At the <b>Code/Mobile</b> conference last week, the speaker lineup included two self-made stars who have built their personal brands to translate across many mediums: Kim …

7 Lessons On Business And Success You Won’t Learn In School

Less than 3 years ago, frustrated by my lack of success, I made the decision to start reaching out to and learning from successful people.<p>There was …

Most Entrepreneurs Have 4 of the 5 Critical Success Traits, and That's Not Quite Enough

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Let’s look at what we know about the successful entrepreneurial enterprise.<p>Whether it’s in startup mode, or has reached a more mature and established point in the development cycle, successful businesses have five factors in common:<p>1. …