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New Research on the Power of Documentation in Content Marketing

But according to new research from Content Marketing Institute, (PDF file) documentation is an important part of almost any process. Today, millions …

6 Things You Learn About Food, After Cooking on a Farm

Spend a year as a farm cook and you'll learn a lot about eating local and cooking seasonally. BA associate web editor Rochelle Bilow shares her tips.<p>Before I joined the <i>Bon Appétit</i> team, I lived and worked on a small, full-diet farm in Central New York. "Full-diet" meant whole-hog—that is, we grew, …

Avoid Clichés Like the Plague--And 3 Other Tips for Clear Business Writing

Business prose is notoriously ambiguous and inane; instead of writing honestly, we obfuscate to avoid looking dumb or offending colleagues and clients.<p>Why is so much writing in business so bad?<p>Nearly everyone in business complains about bad writing, yet we all contribute our share. Instead of "I …

6 Policies Your Small Business Should Put in Writing Today

A company founder has to do everything possible to limit liability for any problems that occur, whether it involves anything from worker safety to refund policies. Get your policies and procedures in writing as soon as you can.<p>As a small business owner, you face a variety of risks, especially as …

Oops YOLO

<b>Gen Y love lifestyle. It is their anchor. That is the one thing they will not let go of under any circumstances.</b><p>They integrate work into their …

7 Steps to a Finance-Centered Business Plan

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>While many entrepreneurs can easily get started with a one-page business plan, the simple approach isn’t necessarily the right approach for every startup. If you’re going to need financing or investors, you’ll need to build a …

Small Business

Want to Write Better Sales Proposals? Follow These 5 Steps.

This story originally appeared on Salesforce<p>Sales proposals: Love them or hate them, they're an integral part of any successful deal. While some salespeople might view these documents as unnecessary -- or even as a waste of time --they're actually one of the most powerful instruments in a …

Productivity

The 10 Key Legal Documents for Your Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Documents play an essential role in protecting the interests of the business and business owners over the course of a company’s lifetime. Here is a list of the 10 most common legal documents to help you determine what your business</b> …

Small Business

Ramping Up the Curb Appeal as You Plan to Sell Your Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Anyone who has launched a successful business venture has probably likely spent countless tireless hours building it to what it is today. Through all of that work, though, have the owners given thought about what could be done to prepare …

Curb Appeal

Five Things That Seem Like A Good Idea Before You Retire

The time leading up to retirement can include a myriad of thoughts, goals, and dreams. Whether it’s daily golf, increased family time, worldwide travel, or something else, there are a number of activities that seem like a good idea prior to retirement, but which may not turn out to be so great.<p><b>Play</b> …

Protect your Partnership With a Buy-Sell Agreement

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Does your business have a plan if one of your partners dies, is disabled or wants to leave the business? It should. As soon as a business partnership has an intrinsic value, it’s important to protect that value for each individual …

Small Business

LinkedIn's Mountain Of Data Is Now A $1,200 Sales Tool

Who wants to pay serious money to see your biographical details on LinkedIn? Cynics might say: “Nobody.” People familiar with LinkedIn’s business model to date will say: “Recruiters.” But the big answer going forward is like to be: “Sales people.”<p>LinkedIn this week is rolling out its most advanced …

This browser extension turns Amazon into a pirated ebook search engine

Here’s something Amazon definitely won’t like: A new extension for Google’s Chrome web browser released earlier this month can turn the giant online retail site into a search engine for pirating ebooks.<p>The extension, called LibGen, pulls data from the Library Genesis search engine, which contains …

This $1 Billion Startup Handles 5% Of All Web Traffic And Is Ready To Take On Cisco

Over the last three years, CloudFlare has grown 450% annually, and is currently adding about 5,000 new clients a day, Matthew Prince, its programmer/lawyer-turned-founder, tells us.<p>It is now handling the equivalent of roughly 5% of the entire web's traffic through its servers and, just as we …

Cybersecurity

Pitch perfect: Seven tips for crafting a memorable business proposal

So your marketing has been successful and you’ve been invited to the table to present a proposal for your services along with some big competitors. …

Organize your thoughts with this list of the best mind-mapping software

There are lots of different ways to organize your thoughts and turn them into actionable steps. For example, if you want to expand your multitasking …

How to Be a Good Blog Commenter

I'm not a blog commenting expert (I mean, could that even be a thing?), but I do read a lot of blogs and try my best to leave thoughtful comments. I …

4 Video Tools for Startups With Little Cash

Companies big and small are embracing video, as it provides an additional revenue stream, works with mobile and is a great storytelling tool. But it can be pricey. For startups looking to get in on the video rage, here is how to do it on a budget.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are …

Selling

The 5 Essential Elements Your Resume Needs

There is no single document in a person’s life that is more obsessed over than the resumé. Mortgage papers, a Last Will and Testament, even divorce papers don’t have the same intensive review, page-for-page, than the notorious resumé.<p>Below are five elements that should be present in every resumé. …

What Recruiters Look At During The 6 Seconds They Spend On Your Resume

Although we may never know why we didn't get chosen for a job interview, a recent study is shedding some light on recruiters' decision-making behavior. According to TheLadders research, recruiters spend an average of "six seconds before they make the initial 'fit or no fit' decision" on …

Employment

Want to Make a Successful YouTube Video? Read This.

Successful YouTube videos can be as different as oil and water. But those aimed at a small-business audience have some similar traits that can help you communicate your message to your customers.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following excerpt is from Jason R.</i> …

Small Business

How to Remove Your House from Google Maps

We removed our house from Google Street View, because when I was running a business from home, it felt a little strange that absolutely anyone who …

Want The Best From Contractors? Deploy Two-Way Onboarding

Making the best use of contractors often requires integrating them into operations and the corporate culture. Not addressing these challenges risks compromising the overall success of a project’s execution. This calls for two-way onboarding.<p>Even if you’re not using contractors today, you will at …

Ask the Entrepreneurs: 10 Best Tools for Documenting Systems Amongst Your Team

Does it ever feel like the things you want to accomplish always end up on the back burner? If the answer to that question is “yes,” you’re not alone. …

Motivation

Tell us about yourself?

I've been intrigued with the idea of virtual assistants and virtual support since reading Tim Ferriss' <i>Four-Hour Workweek</i>.<p>But I could never figure out …

Virtual Freedom: 14 Reasons Why Every Entrepreneur Should Work With Virtual Staff

http://www.virtualfreedombook.com<p>In this slidedeck, serial entrepreneur, blogger, podcaster and author of Virtual Freedom, Chris Ducker gives you 14 very distinct reasons why, as an entrepreneur, you should be teaming up and building your business with the help of virtual staff.

A Virtual Guide To Hiring The Right Virtual Team

<i>This is a guest blog post from Chris Ducker, author of the new book “Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More</i> …