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5 Tips for Leading Millennials

This story appears in the March 2015 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Millennials aren't all that different from the generations before them, but knowing a bit more about their motivations and needs in the workplace can help your entire company succeed. Here's some advice:<p><b>Emphasize training and</b> …

Qualities Your Next Mentor Should Have

Finding a mentor isn’t easy and not every person you admire is perfect for the task. In a recent online panel, we asked our experts in small business and leadership what qualities effective mentors share. Here’s what they suggest.<p><b>They’ve solved the problems you’re facing right now.</b> Find someone who …

Building a Business Can Be Downright Terrifying. Here's How to Cope. (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Choosing to be an entrepreneur can be downright terrifying.<p>In a new study conducted by the UPS store, a majority of respondents claimed that building a business was the second scariest ‘life-changing event’ that they ever intended to …

App Success: Radical Advice From 5 Famous Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There are many famous entrepreneurs who have doled out invaluable advice on starting up. A lot of startup advice offered by successful entrepreneurs is similar, but there are some who have been nonconformist in reaching their …

Have a Burning Business Question? Ask the Expert: Ian Lurie

In today's world, if you have an online presence but you don't have a digital marketing strategy, you might as well pack it in and go home.<p>Yet, deciphering your best strategy for Google AdWords and search engine optimization, figuring out how analytics work and determining your brand's voice online …

Warning Signs That Your Startup Is Ruining Your Life

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Becoming an entrepreneur can be attractive for many reasons. You create something where there was nothing before. You innovate and push the envelope. You're your own boss. You set the rules and call the shots.<p>But starting your own …

You Can Do Something You Believe In--and Get Paid

Almost-bankers Alejandro Vélez and Nikhil Arora, who co-founded Back to the Roots mushroom-making kits, just wanted to do something they loved.

Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online

Ev Williams has figured out the internet.<p>That's what he told the gathered tech heads at the recent XOXO conference in Portland, Oregon, and while he …

6 Exercises To Strengthen Compassionate Leadership

Want loyal, dedicated, and passionate employees? Be a loyal, dedicated, and passionate boss. Here are some tools to develop well-being in your workplace through better communication.<p>When you use compassionate communication in your conversations, something quite surprising occurs: both your brain …

Mindfulness

Owning Your Mistakes and 4 More Business Tips From the Week

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>A roundup of the best tips of the week from Entrepreneur.com.</i><p>As a business owner, you're bound to make mistakes. Rather than running from them or trying to make a case for why they weren't really mistakes, you should own up to them in …

The Art of Positioning Your Brand and Why You Can't Afford to Screw It Up

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following is the eighth in the series "</i>Marketing Like the Big Brands<i>," running every other week in which marketing expert Jim Joseph shows entrepreneurs on a small-business budget how to apply marketing strategies used by big …

10 Secrets to Successfully Pitching Investors for Big Money

This story originally appeared on CNBC<p>A great idea doesn't cost a thing, but parlaying it into a successful business doesn't come cheap. Whether they need $5,000 or $500,000 to build their business, entrepreneurs more often than not must pitch their idea to investors to procure funding. The process …

Let's take a more rational approach to 'work-life balance'

<i>This is a guest post by Donna Wells, CEO of online training firm Mindflash.</i><p>Too many CEOs pay lip service to “work-life balance” in an effort to attract top talent. Here in Silicon Valley, the notion of balance is basically a joke.<p>Software developers accustomed to coding all-nighters in college are …

Your Career Won’t Be Predictable, And That’s A Good Thing

There is no gold watch in your future. Careers just aren’t as predictable as they once were. Here’s how you can manage.<p>This is an excerpt from Mitch Joel’s <i>Ctrl Alt Delete: Reboot Your Business. Reboot Your Life. Your Future Depends On It</i>. © 2013 by Mitch Joel. Reprinted by permission of Business …

9 Biggest Mistakes New Entrepreneurs Make | Inc.com

Entrepreneurship, at its best, is synonymous with learning. Don't let the overnight success stories fool you. The more common story looks like this: test a product, fail, retest, and improve. Mistakes are a crucial part of this process.<p>Of course, not all mistakes are productive. Throughout my years …

Workstations Designed For Collaboration, Modeled On Friendly Neighborhoods

New from Industrial Facility, Locale conjures the spirit of a lively, condensed neighborhood, rather than a sea of generic desks.<p>“We have recently seen many offices that try to evoke a kind of forced playfulness,” says Sam Hecht, founder of London-based Industrial Facility. “Slides, chill-out …

3 Reasons Your Best Employee Hates Their Job | Inc.com

You're a great boss. You're flexible, fair, and have an awesome open door policy, but your best employees aren't performing as you expected.<p>Here's the truth: <i>You</i> might be the problem.<p>Here are three reasons your top employees may hate their jobs (and what you can do about it).<p><b>1. You've got the right</b> …

Employment

How One Young Entrepreneur Built a Credit Card Processing Empire at 16

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Jared Isaacman knew in his teens that he wanted to launch a business. In fact, he was in such a hurry to get started that he took the General Educational Development, or GED, exam and left school at 16. Six months later, after a stint at …

Confidence, Excellence and Independence: Business Lessons From 4 Great Leaders

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Great leaders often have great lessons to share. Their stories remind us -- in business especially -- that failure is not avoidable and that success in any endeavor is a choice.<p>While we cannot control all our circumstances, what we can …

Unlimited Vacation Doesn’t Create Slackers–It Ensures Productivity

By tossing the two-week standard in favor of an honor system with unlimited time off, some companies are seeing an exponential rise in productivity. Now, they just have to be mindful of staff burnout.<p>Sharon Rosenblatt confesses she suffers from self-diagnosed workplace paranoia–and even her …

What Top Talent Looks for in a Company | Inc.com

As the so-called Mommy Wars cool down, the war for talent is just heating up. And a flexible work arrangement may be more important to top talent than you realize.<p>The women-in-business advocacy organization Catalyst recently surveyed 726 "high potential" employees--MBA graduates of both genders …

The Workplace

9 Founders Who Got a Late Start

For these savvy entrepreneurs, the wait was well worth it.

Why Your Local Bank Is Terrified of Crowdfunding | Inc.com

In 2012, crowdfunding portals helped small business owners and individuals raise about $2.7 billion. By the end of this year, that figure could nearly double, according to Massolution, which tracks the market.<p>I've written about crowdfunding extensively, mostly from the point of view of …

How Millennials Think, and What To Do About It | Inc.com

During the last month, hundreds of thousands of our nation’s college graduates have proudly crossed the chasm between college and the working world. With 21.9 million Americans either unemployed or underemployed and plenty of doting parents, mentors, and siblings dispensing advice on what they …

The Workplace

7 Business Model Personalities | Inc.com

A well-defined business model should clearly articulate your function in the market, including how you make money, what inputs you depend upon, who your target customers are, and what value you are creating for them. It is a structural representation of how your business functions that concisely …

The Next Great Social Network Will Not Put Relationships First

Why It Will Be More Like Reddit<p>Seconds after my laptop screen comes to life, I am uncerimoniously swept into my Facebook news feed once again.<p>The …

InterAct

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner On The Value Of Under-Scheduling

Strategic thinking doesn’t find itself. It needs time–about 30 to 90 minutes–and space. LinkedIn’s Jeff Weiner shows us why.<p>Jeff Weiner is a busy dude.<p>As the CEO of LinkedIn, he has a constant pull of to-dos, and as leaders often do, he has days of meeting after meeting after meeting. Realizing he …

Tough Love: Brought to You By the Notorious Mark Suster | Inc.com

Mark Suster is running late. Sitting in his Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, he surveys the traffic on West Sunset Boulevard through mirrored sunglasses. When his cell phone rings, Suster apologizes to the caller, an up-and-comer in Silicon Valley. "I'm sorry," he says. "I had a crazy morning."<p>This was no …