Business & Entrepreneurship

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How to Find Your Million-Dollar Business Idea By Tapping New Census Data

Kevin Thompson spent seven years toiling on commercial fishing boats. Today he runs a million-dollar, one-person business coaching entrepreneurs on how to grow their businesses.<p>“I get to spend my time hanging out with really awesome entrepreneurs, learning about them, what exciting projects they …

Small Business

I transformed my Jeep into a moving house to travel Africa for 2 years — here's what it was like to build

Hi, I'm Dan.<p>A few years ago I drove a Jeep from Alaska to Argentina. I learned a lot on that trip about where I want to go and what kind of vehicle I want to live in.<p>After years of saving and planning, I bought a 2007 four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon to turn into a house on wheels to drive …

Trucks

How to start a business with almost no money

You’re excited to start a business. Maybe you have an idea, or you’re just fascinated with the idea of launching and growing your own enterprise.<p>You’re willing to take some risks, like leaving your current job or going without personal revenue for a while.<p>But there’s one logistical hurdle stopping …

Small Business

15 Books by Billionaires On How to Run the World

<i>The Virgin Way</i> by Richard Branson<p>Although Branson confesses he's never read a book on leadership, his nearly 50-year entrepreneurial career has …

Success

From Flipping Burgers To A $2.25B Fintech Startup

Klarna co-founder and CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski took the stage at Disrupt London today to discuss his payment startup and the wider financial tech ecosystem in Europe and in the U.S.<p>Klarna isn’t a household name outside of Europe yet. The company only launched there in September, thanks to a …

FinTech

13 Tips on How to Deliver a Pitch Investors Simply Can't Turn Down

Your pitch is the single thing that could either get your business off the ground or plunge your idea into eternal oblivion. It matters.<p>The rule of thumb for investors is that for every 100 investments they make, only 10 will go big.<p>Let me take that rule of thumb a step further. For every 1,000 …

Entrepreneurship

What Uber is getting right that other startups aren’t

Uber is one of the most valuable startup in the world, and part of that success can be attributed to an aggressive strategy to acquire and retain …

Uber

Any entrepreneur worth their salt will be excited at the thought of accessing free yet functional tools. Been there, done that, and having run from pillar to post seeking the most seductive tools on the web to build a venture from scratch, I am tempted to put down my compendious list for others.

Any entrepreneur worth their salt will be excited at the thought of accessing free yet functional tools. Been there, done that, and having run from …

Startups (India)

50 Habits That Prove You Were Born to Be an Entrepreneur

Most aspiring entrepreneurs feel it in their bones -- they were born to be an entrepreneur, to the point where nothing else in life could satisfy them. They’re dissatisfied as employees, followers or consumers. They want to create, build and grow their own enterprises, and they’re filled with the …

Entrepreneurship

10 Brilliant Business Books You Can Read To Find Your Shortcut To Success

The top rated business books to find your shortcut to success. How many of these 10 books have you read?

Success

How I Helped Polar Get to 40M+ Pageviews

<i>Dmitry Dragilev is the founder of growth hacking consultancy Criminally Prolific. He also runs JustReachOut, a service that helps startups get featured by the press.</i><p><i>Before I start this article I want to say that LukeW, Jeff Cole and the entire team at Polar have done an incredible job building and</i> …

Digital Marketing

The Smart Way to Start a Successful Company While Keeping Your Job

Moonlighting isn't your only option.<p>Most aspiring entrepreneurs face a dilemma. They want to start a new business but they don't want to give up their jobs--and the security of their paychecks--until they absolutely have to. On the other hand, launching a successful company is consuming enough …

Agile Development

50 Top Entrepreneurs Share Their Founding Visions

One Reddit user compiled a wealth of advice into one cohesive video.<p>Tim Finnigan, entrepreneur and founder of the book review site BlockShelf, shared a video on Reddit featuring 50 entrepreneurs telling how they came up with the founding idea for their companies.<p>Among the video's star-studded cast …

Success

3 Super Effective Ways to Start Your Business Pitch

Want to have a strong pitch? Learn how to relate to your audience from the start.<p>Pitching business ideas is becoming more of an art. Given how easy it is to get distracted, entrepreneurs must learn the best ways to captivate their audience from the start. To do this, there are some strategies that …

Public Speaking

How Richard Branson Became an Entrepreneur by Mistake

With no intention of becoming a businessman, Branson launched the Virgin empire when he began selling ads to keep his tiny magazine afloat.<p>Sir Richard Branson has become an icon of entrepreneurship around the world, but the Virgin founder believes it all started by mistake.<p>"Like a lot of …

Success

Are You Doing The Wrong Things Right Or The Right Things Poorly? Here's How To Tell

Those who follow Harvard Business professor Thomas J. Delong (author of <i>Flying Without a Net</i>) may recognize his terminology about doing “the right thing poorly.” (Delong wrote about the concept in Harvard Business Review <i>here.)</i> Sources also point to Guy Kawasaki’s <i>The Macintosh Way</i> in 1990.<p>But this …

Leadership

How to Transform Your Life in 6 Minutes a Day

Oh, you’re busy? Weird, I thought it was just me.<p>No matter where you are in life at this moment, there is at least one thing that you and I have in common: We want to improve our lives and ourselves. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with us, but as human beings we’re born with a desire to …

Productivity

How to Answer 'Tell Me About Yourself' in a Job Interview

<i>This is the most popular blog post of 2014. See the rest of the top 15 here.</i><p>If you have ever been in an interview, then you have undoubtedly had to …

Alibaba IPO makes it worth $231 billion, more than Amazon and eBay combined

We'd heard that the US IPO for Chinese company Alibaba could be among the biggest ever, and it did not disappoint. Closing at a stock price of $93.89, it raised $21.8 billion for the company and is the biggest IPO in US history. According to <i>Bloomberg</i>, it could become the biggest ever (topping …

Wall Street Journal

12 Steps To Turn Your Kids Into Tech Billionaires

Kids

5 Ways to Give a Presentation That Nobody Will Ever Forget

Want to get their attention? Don't be afraid to liven up your presentation with some humor.<p><i>This story first appeared on The Muse, a web destination with exciting job opportunities and expert career advice.</i><p>We've all been there: In the audience at a dry pitch event or witnessing a lackluster …

Public Speaking

5 Things You Can Do Tomorrow To Get On The Career Fast Track

Don’t put off these simple steps to jump-start your career.<p>Getting to the next level in your career sometimes seems like a marathon. It can take two or three or more years to advance even one level.<p>This is why so many of us operate in our daily jobs without a winning strategy. It’s actually much …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Mozart to discover what it …

Creativity

100 Great Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask

Paul Graham, Jim Collins, Tony Hsieh, and other business leaders share the questions you should be asking if you want to improve your company.<p>There’s no Superman versus Iron Man face-off between questions and answers over which is the better tool for innovation. But if there were, questions would …

MBA

9 Ways Your Startup Can Use Social Media Lists

<i>Scott Gerber is the founder of Young Entrepreneur Council, a nonprofit organization that provides young entrepreneurs with access to tools,</i> …

Social Media Marketing

Next Generation Customers Will Test Every Business

If you think your business has weathered the storm, think again. In addition to obvious economic challenges, the emerging generation of customers is determined to radically change the rules for customer engagement. Their expectations of relationship and personalization are taxing businesses today, …

Customer Service