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The Art of the Cold-Call Email

What to write when you need help from a stranger.<p><i>Dear x,</i><p><i>I love what you're working on and would love to meet for coffee and pick your brain and get your advice.</i><p><i>Let me know when you can meet!</i><p><i>Sincerely,</i><p><i>y</i><p>Many of us have been in this position of sending/receiving a cold email and asking for advice, …

Social Media

Hiring Challenged? Sift for These 17 Worst (and 15 Best) Resume Phrases

"I'm a real go-getter who always thinks outside the box, demonstrates thought leadership, and proactively motivates myself!" If this sentence made you cringe, you're not alone. These phrases come from the new CareerBuilder survey on the best and worst résumé terms.<p>The company surveyed 2,201 hiring …

Employment

Stalking Steve Jobs: Three Steps to Get a Meeting with Any VIP

I was a young CEO, and I needed answers. Steve Jobs had them. There was only one thing to do: Send a FedEx letter. Then I sent another. Then I started calling. Then I sent another FedEx and called some more.<p>I was a young CEO, and I needed answers. Steve Jobs had them. There was only one thing to …

Can't Code? 4 Tips for the Non-Techie Young ‘Trep

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whether during lunch time conversation in the dining hall or late night talks with my roommates, it seems that everyone has a big idea for a tech startup. Unfortunately, few people possess the technical chops required to bring their ideas …

Upgrade Your Brain: Resources for Coding Beginners

<i>Adam Benzion is the founder of Entirely—a Seattle startup focused on social innovation, keen on connecting more people in more places to create special things together.</i><p><i>“Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.”— Steve Jobs</i><p>Anyone who’s paying …

How Do I Build a Business Plan? (Infographic)

You have a powerful idea for the next big thing, but before you sell it to anyone, you have to get it all down on paper. It’s time to make a business plan.<p>How do you know if you’re headed in the right direction? Washington State University created an infographic that provides 10 guidelines to help …

5 Rules From the Silicon Valley Sales Bible

The bestselling author of Predictable Revenue explains how it's done.<p>Cold calling is dead and you can thank Aaron Ross for that. As one of the key architects of the sales organization at Salesforce, Ross wrote <i>Predictable Revenue</i>, a guide that has become the default model for growing startups and …

Want to Kill It in 2014? Use the Rule of 3 Things.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I know, articles called "How to [fill in the blank] in [fill in the year]" are usually just useless generic fluff. Besides, New Year's resolutions are dumb. All they end up doing is making you feel guilty later.<p>All true. Which is why I …

5 Ways to Achieve Balance as an Entrepreneur

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As a profession, entrepreneurship breeds anything but balance. The highs can be stratospheric and the lows can be crushing. Trying to find your rhythm in a highly competitive market can take its toll and sometimes entrepreneurs burn out …

Entrepreneurship

5 Hotels That Will Make Your Life Easier

For the business traveler who's all about efficiency: Check out these hotels that will get you in and out with a minimum of hassle.<p>When you are pressed for time on a business trip, nothing can infuriate you more than a slow hotel check-in process. I've lived this a few times. You arrive a bit late …

10 Questions to Jumpstart Your Strategic Planning Process

It's time to start planning for next year. Don't let your team come up with a brittle--and ultimately unimplementable--hodge-podge of spreadsheets. Here's how to do better.<p>Sometime in the next two weeks--and certainly by next month-- tens of thousands of businesses, large and small, will have begun …

2 Tips to Unify Your Customer Experience Across Web, Mobile, and Tablet

Digital strategy expert Amy Buckner Chowdhry explains how to harmonize what you do across all digital channels.<p>Video Transcript<p><b>00:11 Amy Chowdhry:</b> Yeah, I'd really like to encourage companies to be thinking about their digital strategy, not in terms of silos. "Here is our web experience," "Here's …

How to Lure Customers With an Irresistible Rebate

Tried lots of promotional strategies with little success? Pull out an oldie but goodie tactic: the customer rebate.<p><i>Dear Jeff,</i><p><i>I've tried different promotional and pricing strategies without a lot of luck. I'm considering offering rebates but that is something I know very little about. What should I</i> …

Starting a company and having a girlfriend isn't easy

<i>This is the third in a PandoDaily weekly series that chronicles the experiences of a young entrepreneur as he bootstraps his startup. Read Part 1,</i> …

How to survive co-founding a company with a friend

<i>This is the second in a PandoDaily weekly series that chronicles the experiences of a young entrepreneur as he bootstraps his startup. Read part 1,</i> …

The less-than-glamorous life of a young entrepreneur

<i>This is the first in a PandoDaily weekly series that chronicles the experiences of a young entrepreneur as he bootstraps his startup. Come back next</i> …

The Self-Mastery Secrets Of CEOs

We can only control what we control. That seemingly simple idea can yield big results.<p><i>“The hardest victory is the victory over self.”</i><br>– Aristotle<p>CEOs are different people than most, according to a recent survey of about 1,000 top leaders in the U.S. by John R. Graham, Campbell R. Harvey, and Manju …

6 Time Management Tips for Busy Entrepreneurs

As a young entrepreneur ready to take on the world, perhaps the most precious resource at your disposal is time. Money, ideas, talent, support – it …

6 Ways To Talk Like a Leader

Your speech should advance your leadership, not undermine it.<p>Effective leadership requires verbal discipline.<p>Leaders need to care about and practice the quality, specificity, and power of their language. Not enough of them do. <br>Communication is particularly crucial to entrepreneurs. A founder’s …

12 Mistakes Start-Ups Make the First Year

From going out too much to having too many founders, here's what you've been doing wrong.<p>When you write and read about start-ups all day long, you see founders make a lot of mistakes.<p>As an observer of and dabbler in start-ups, I've kept track of all the things I'd try to avoid as an …

A Checklist for Personal Efficiency

At the end of the day, there are two ways to excel in business: Right strategy and personal effectiveness. Strategy is often a complex matter, and personal effectiveness is simpler, but very few do it well.<p>Yet the potential gains when you maximize how efficiently you perform can be astronomical. …

The 10 Worst Traits of Even the Great Entrepreneurs

Does it really take a few flaws to make a great entrepreneur, or are the rest of us just confused about what a perfect business person is all about? In the past I’ve written about the positive attributes of great entrepreneurs, so this time I thought I would focus on the negatives that I see often, …

Top 10 Things I've Learned at Work

These ten simple truths about life and business were extracted from years of working with people and ideas.<p>The other day my eight year old son asked me: "What did you learn at work today?" He was, of course, mimicking my daily question about what he learned at school. Even so, his question got me …

Go Mobile or Go Home

Today’s modern consumers are changing the way they interact with brands. They are changing the way they do business, and they are changing the way …

Web Design

The Startup Toolbox: Twelve Free Tools Every Small Business Needs

One year ago this week, my cofounder Josh and I started Plated.com. Beyond learning the in’s and out’s of e-commerce, perishable logistics, and fundraising, over the last year I also learned that every small business needs a toolbox for efficiency — especially when growing rapidly.<p>Below are the 12 …

Six Verbal And Nonverbal Tips For Selling Products, Services Or Ideas

If you think that these tips aren’t for you because don’t have “sales” in your job description, I’d ask you to think again.<p>I believe that the science and art of selling should be taught in every high school and college in the country. Because, regardless of what profession students eventually …

65 Questions Venture Capitalists Will Ask Startups

Entrepreneurs need to be prepared in pitching their startup companies to a venture capitalist by anticipating the questions they will receive. The failure to have thoughtful and reasonable answers to VC questions will decrease the likelihood of the company getting funded. The following is a list of …