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15 proven ways to get people to take you seriously

Just because you're smart, thoughtful, and competent doesn't necessarily mean people perceive you that way.<p>If you want coworkers and friends to take you seriously, you've got to think seriously about the image you're projecting — from your outfit to your speech to your body language.<p>To that end, we …

Body Language

Five Lessons From Bezos's Annual Shareholder Letter

A generally accepted practice for leaders in business is to stick to your circle of competency. For everyone except Jeff Bezos, that is. Over the last twenty years, Bezos has proved he is exempt from this general principle after mounting repeated offenses in varied markets where he had no evident …

Leadership

7 Signs That You're Not Busy; You're Just 'Busy Bragging'

We all need to look a little deeper and learn more about our work-related habits -- especially those of us who are caught up on our favorite TV shows.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Have you found yourself complaining about how busy you are, possibly to a spouse, friend …

Time Management

8 Keys to Coming Off as the Expert in Whatever You Sell

Solve their problem instead of simply selling them something.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The most successful salespeople in the world don’t come across as salespeople at all. Instead, they carry themselves as experts in their industry who can solve key challenges …

All the Marvel Cinematic Universe details you need to remember before seeing 'Avengers: Infinity War'

After 10 years and 18 movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become the most financially successful franchise in film history.<p>But that also means there has been a lot to keep track of before "Avengers: Infinity War," one of the most ambitious crossover events, comes to theaters later this …

Marvel Universe

Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (Try Asking These 13 Questions Instead)

It's time to delete questions like 'what do you do?' and 'where do you live?' from your vocabulary forever.<p>Ever walk into a networking event or cocktail party and all you hear is superficial chit-chat? The small talk is deafening and doesn't evolve into anything substantial. You can hardly stand …

Nonprofits

Better Stock: Shopify Inc. (SHOP) vs. Amazon (AMZN)

Which of these e-commerce stars is the best buy now?<p><b>Amazon</b> (NASDAQ:AMZN) and <b>Shopify</b> (NYSE:SHOP) are perhaps two of the best ways to profit from the …

How to Grow Your Affiliate Marketing Efforts: Using Customer Profiles to Optimize Conversion Rates

In the first blog in this series, we learned about the importance of putting your audience needs first when it comes to choosing the right affiliate …

Why Entrepreneurs Start Companies Rather Than Join Them

If you asked me why I gravitated to startups rather than work in a large company I would have answered at various times: “I want to be my own boss.” “I love risk.” “I want flexible work hours.” “I want to work on tough problems that matter.” “I have a vision and want to see it through.” “I saw a …

Entrepreneurship

How to Run a Company When You're the Only Employee

Running a business by yourself can be daunting. Focusing on what matters will boost your confidence and put you on the road to success.<p>Time is money. This is doubly true if you're running a small business. It's triply true if you're a sole proprietor--if the buck stops completely with you, no …

Small Business

Teach the World to Respect Your Time

If you don't believe your time is valuable, why should anyone else?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Despite its third-quarter dip last year, Uber has “rocketed to become the highest-valued private startup company in the world." Why? Uber doesn’t sell rides. Uber sells</i> …

Top 14 Usually Misquoted Motivational Quotes

Often the original quotation is far more profounder than the version everyone thinks is correct.<p>There's no question that motivational quotes can inspire you to become more successful, achieve better work/life balance, advance your career and create long-term enlightenment. However, were you aware …

Five Interesting Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - March 2018

Apps designed for the Mac don't often receive as much attention as apps for iOS, so we've launched a monthly series that highlights useful, interesting Mac apps that are worth checking out.<p>This month's app selection, outlined in the video and the post below, includes apps for cleaning up apps on …

These 25 companies are revolutionizing retail

Retail isn't dying — it's evolving.<p>2017 was a tumultuous year for retail. 50 US retailers filed for bankruptcy, which was the highest rate since the recession. But as some withered, others have flourished by continuing to bring innovation to the shopping experience at a rapid rate.<p>We've highlighted …

eCommerce

How To Block All The Companies Tracking You On Facebook

Facebook is a great utility if you want to stay in touch with friends and family, share photos, and see what other people are up to in their lives. …

IAC Invests $14 Million In An App That Makes It Easier to Find Temp Work Straight From Your Phone

Isaac Mangrum was just hanging out with a friend when he looked over his buddy’s shoulder and saw him scrolling through an app filled with jobs. Mangrum had already been driving for Uber and Postmates in his spare time just to get through college. The list of jobs he saw as his friend scrolled …

Employment

21 Books to Help You Get Ahead in Business and Life

Successful people are readers because being at the top of your game involves perpetually working on self-improvement.<p>Successful people are readers. For one thing, people at the top of their game are typically big into self-improvement. Not only that, research has shown people who read books …

4 Proven Ways Successful Freelancers Achieve More Feast and Less Famine

The ebb and flow of paying jobs is the torment of working independently, until you learn the tricks of wooing and keeping clients.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We already know that the future of work lies in freelancing. From 34 percent in 2014, freelancers will …

The 25 Best Productivity Apps For 2018

From wrangling words to shooting photos, these productivity powerhouses will help you get more done in less time.<p>Sometimes the best way to escape from a productive rut is to switch up your tools. Whether it’s a simple word processor, a smarter to-do list, or a more efficient way to transcribe …

Apps

She Was Told 'No' 100 Times. Now This 30-Year-Old Female Founder Runs a $1 Billion Business.

Melanie Perkins, the co-founder and CEO of popular design platform Canva, and her team are constantly chasing big goals.<p><i>Editor's Note: Entrepreneur's</i> <i>"20 Questions"</i> <i>series features both established and up-and-coming entrepreneurs and asks them a number of questions about what makes them tick, their</i> …

A new tool uses legal loopholes to get you cheaper flights by checking prices 17,000 times a day

A new service is trying to exploit legal loopholes to get people cheaper plane tickets by automatically checking flight prices 17,000 times a day.<p>DoNotPay, an automated legal tool, is branching out into helping users book airline tickets, it announced on Monday. It says its services have previously …

San Francisco

How to Write an Irresistible Elevator Pitch

You need a teaser--and you need it for a few reasons<p><i>How do I write an effective elevator pitch? What should an elevator pitch look like on paper? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Todd</b> …

Richard Branson Says Dump the MBA and Learn 1 Secret to Entrepreneurial Success

One thing can drive your business to success and it's not three letters at the end of your name.<p>Beyond his amazing business success after dropping out of school when he was 15, Richard Branson is unusual. He is unafraid of controversy while managing to live without regrets, as his mother taught …

The To-Do List Method That Finally Got My Life In Order

Who knew graph paper could make such a difference?<p>You’ve probably heard by now about the life-changing magic of a functional to-do list. <i>You’ll be</i> …

I've Heard 20,000 Elevator Pitches. Here's What They've Taught Me About Getting Funded

Elevator pitches have evolved a lot in the past three decades of startups.<p>I first wrote about elevator pitches more than decade ago. It was 2006. At that time, I'd seen more than 2,000 elevator pitches and I wanted to share the ins and outs of how entrepreneurs initially capture investor …

Here's a 30-Second Test to See If Your Content Has Any Chance of Taking Off

Every piece of content should do one of two things: help a reader learn something new or feel a strong emotion. Delete everything else.<p>Here's a sad story I see all the time. I see a hellbent content creator commit a ton of time, for the sake of being consistent, only to create so-so content that …

10 inspiring TED talks to boost your money goals

<b>TED is a nonprofit organization that formed in 1984 with the goal of spreading ideas in areas of technology, entertainment, and design, and has</b> …

Before You Quit Your Job To Pursue Your Passion, Ask Yourself These Three Questions

If you’re at a crossroads in your life, not knowing which path to pursue or where your true passion lies, have you ever stopped doing and started listening? Jeff Goins, author of Real Artists Don’t Starve, argues that instead of trying to figure out what it is we’re good at, we should take time to …

Thought Leadership

Want to Fall in Love With Your Partner Again? Science Says to Ask Them These 36 Questions | Inc.com

Relationships are hard. They can bring out the best in us, yes, but also the worst. They test the very essence of our beings: our capacity for forgiveness; our ability to trust (both ourselves and another); the true extent of our self-love; the strength of our boundaries; and the power of …

Relationships

I Spent 15 Years Studying Why People Hate Their Jobs. This Is the Top Reason Why | Inc.com

Finding a career path that makes us feel satisfied and successful isn't easy. It's not something they teach us in school, which makes the journey that much more challenging.<p>For the past 15 years, I've been devoted to studying the deep disconnect people feel between themselves and their jobs, and …

Study Skills