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51 free online resources for starting a business

Being an entrepreneur means sticking your neck — and wallet — on the line for a product you believe in.<p>It won't be cheap.<p>There will be plenty of costs, some you've never expected.<p>Thankfully, there are free tools to start a business available online.<p>We've compiled this list of free tools to start a …

Small Business

14 Signs Of People Who Advance Rapidly In Their Careers

Have you ever wondered why some people advance rapidly in their careers and others don’t? Would you like to climb the ladder of success but don’t …

A Refresher on Cost of Capital

Babo Schokker<p>You’ve got an idea for a new product line, a way to revamp your inventory management system, or a piece of equipment that will make your work easier. But before you spend the company’s hard-earned money, you’ve got to prove to your company’s leaders that it’s worth the investment. …

Finance

From “Economic Man” to Behavioral Economics

When we make decisions, we make mistakes. We all know this from personal experience, of course. But just in case we didn’t, a seemingly unending stream of experimental evidence in recent years has documented the human penchant for error. This line of research—dubbed heuristics and biases, although …

Critical Thinking

I lived in Europe for 5 years — these are the places I tell all my friends to visit

But it usually makes for an experience that exposes you to something new and leaves an impression for years after.<p>I was lucky enough to live in Zurich, Switzerland, for five years when I was younger. Because of its central location in Europe, Zurich made it easy to explore the rest of the continent.<p>…

European Travel

The Non-Judgmental Guide to Getting Seriously Into Tea

My friend Laura is way more into wine than tea, so it took some cajoling to get her to travel an hour and a half away from home to a tiny tea shop in a Queens strip mall, where we settled in for a three-hour tasting of teas from all over China and Taiwan.<p>"I want you to see the amazing teas I keep …

Tea

35 costly job search mistakes you might still be making

It’s always fun to hear about the big mistakes job applicants make—like showing up in sweatpants or falling asleep during the interview. (And yes, both of those things have happened.)<p>It’s less fun to hear about the smaller mistakes—like someone showing up five minutes late or having a typo on the …

Employment

35 Places To Visit While The Euro Is At An 11-Year Low

But the currency has just fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade, meaning a European vacation is suddenly within reach for more thrifty travelers.<p>We've come up with the ultimate bucket list of travel destinations in countries that are on the euro.<p>From biking along the canals of Amsterdam …

European Travel

Buffett and Other Billionaires Give Their Best Investing Advice

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- In the past four years, I've interviewed more than 50 self-made billionaires, Nobel Prize winners, investment titans, …

Investing

5 Strategies to Cut Costs of Outsourcing App Development | Inc.com

The siren song of overseas outsourcing draws in its victims by promising amazing apps at extremely low costs.<p>"Save big money! Reduce workforce hassles! Watch custom apps magically appear before your eyes!"<p>Can outsourcing application development save money and produce the results you need? …

Project Management

7 Powerful Public Speaking Tips From One of the Most-Watched TED Talks Speakers

Former West Coast Editor<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You'd never know it, but Simon Sinek is naturally shy and doesn't like speaking to crowds. At parties, he says he hides alone in the corner or doesn't even show up in the first place. He prefers the latter. …

Public Speaking

The 5 Biggest Tax Differences Between an LLC and Corporation

CEO of CorpNet.com<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Among the many decisions you need to make when launching a business is selecting a business structure. If you do nothing, your business, by default, is structured as either a general partnership (multiple owners) or sole …

Small Business

Shark Tank Star Robert Herjavec on the 5 Worst Sales Sins

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Robert Herjavec equates making a sales call to asking someone out on a date. For many salespeople, especially newbies, once the fear of striking out takes hold, it’s over. In a single syllable, the dreaded “no” saps confidence and …

Business Strategy

A Beginner's Guide To Laundering Money

Fear not. With a little financial detergent, your dirty money can be rendered more or less untraceable.<p>It must be said that the flow of illicit capital is distorting the global economy, draining wealth from emerging nations and inflating the cost of assets in the developed world. Neither of which …

Hong Kong

10 Subtle Cultural Mistakes You May Make Doing Business in China

Any preconceived notion of China by Western businesspeople is a falsification, for China is infinitely more complex a place than can be imagined. <b>Eden</b> …

16 Funny Quotes to Start Your Next Business Presentation | Inc.com

Scrambling to create a business presentation? Here's a tip. Start with a slide showing a series of funny quotes just to warm up the room. It makes people realize your talk is not going to be a total borefest and you plan to keep things lively. Here are my favorite quips that you can borrow--just …

Oprah Winfrey

7 Success Habits of Millionaires

It is always enlightening to observe the differences between a client who has a million-dollar net worth and a client who has a negative net worth.<p>Over the years as a wealth and business coach, I’ve had the opportunity to work with thousands of people at various business and financial levels. It is …

Self-improvement

Use These 10 Opening Phrases in Your Emails | Inc.com

I process email for a living, or at least it seems that way most of the time.<p>Hundreds of new messages arrive on a daily basis, some of them so dull and uninformative they make me want to go find a pencil and jam it into my spleen. Others start with something a little juicier, a little more …

E-Mail

17 Mind-Blowing Facts About Warren Buffett And His Wealth

And how good an investor is Warren Buffett really? We've put together some facts that really put him in perspective.

Investing

14 Brilliant Insights From Legendary Investor Jim Rogers

In 2007, he packed up and moved to Singapore where he is essentially shorting the West.<p>Behind Rogers' quick wit and endless charm are brilliant investing insights he gained during his lengthy and legendary career.<p>We put together 14 of the best insights that every investor will find helpful.

Stock Markets

Easy Money Will Lead To Bubbles - How to Profit From Them

<i>Below is the August 16th Thoughts from the Frontline, republished in full.</i><p>“The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.” – Albert Einstein<p>“Genius is a rising stock market.” – John Kenneth Galbraith<p>“Any plan conceived in moderation must fail when circumstances are set …

The 40 Best Beaches on Earth

Let's face it...it ain't summertime without at least spending a few days at the beach soaking up the rays and relaxing with family and friends. In the spirit of summer, we've gone to the travelers community at minube.net travel community to find the best beaches from around the world, those drops …

26 Things about Networking (that I learned from books)

I don't have thousands of Linkedin connections or Twitter followers, but I often find myself being approached by other people on how to do networking right. For me, networking is about building relationships, helping each other, not only exchanging business cards. I love reading books, so I backed …

Networking

5 Tools to Help Make Your Data Visualization Look Stunning

This story originally appeared on Visual.ly<p>The last few years have brought data visualization deeply into the world of design. It used to take highly technical designers or a team of developers and designers to create data visualizations that were both accurate and beautiful. Recently, several …

Data Visualization

Wall Street's Brightest Minds Reveal The Most Important Charts In The World

We asked dozens of our favorite analysts, economists, strategists, and portfolio managers on Wall Street and around the world to send us their most important charts.<p>And the picture these charts paint about the state of investing around the world is fascinating.<p>Some themes that arise are continued …

Markets

5 Must-Read Books for Every Entrepreneur This Summer

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whether you’re on a plane traveling to your next meeting, taking vacation on the beach, or out on the prairie, there are five must-read books you need to bring with you. It’s a list of new bestsellers and old classics and, no matter the …

Bill Gates

50 Places In Europe You Need To Visit In Your Lifetime

We've come up with the ultimate bucket list of travel destinations in Europe.<p>From biking along the canals of Amsterdam to tasting Chianti in Italy's Tuscany region, here are 50 things you need to do in Europe in your lifetime.

European Travel

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>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, …

Creativity

Warren Buffett's 23 Most Brilliant Insights About Investing

Buffett is undoubtedly the most successful investor in history. His investment philosophy is no secret, and he has repeatedly shared bits and pieces of it through a lifetime of quips and memorable quotes.<p>His brilliance is timeless, and we find ourselves referring back to them over and over again.<p>We …

Investing