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11 Killer Free Tools to Launch and Build Your Startup

Use all of the resources you can find to your advantage.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Yeah, we’ve all heard of the $100 startup, but free is way better, right?<p>Building startups can be hard. They’re worth it, but definitely not easy, although starting <b></b>can be simpler …

Startups

33 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

And it doesn't come with a manual.<p>Luckily, there's a multitude of excellent books from founders, VCs, and CEOs who have been through it all.<p>Here's a collection of some of the best books on management, leadership, and entrepreneurship for anyone from seasoned entrepreneurs to those just starting out.<p>…

Self-improvement

Top 5 TED Talks for Entrepreneurs

Those who know me know I’m rapidly becoming a fan of TED presentations, not only as the embodiment of “ideas worth sharing,” but as a format for presentation that would benefit every entrepreneur. Be sure to check out my prior article on fellow contributor Carmine Gallo and his book <i>Talk like TED</i> …

What You Can Learn From The Best Entrepreneurs Outside Of Silicon Valley

Having founded a software startup out of my dorm room at Stanford, I spend most of my days completely immersed the Silicon Valley model of entrepreneurship.<p>Last week I had the opportunity to attend the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Award ceremony and met inspiring entrepreneurs from around the …

How to Disrupt an Industry in Three Steps

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It’s one thing to invent something cool. It’s another matter entirely to turn inventions into real products people can use to make their lives easier or better.<p>Everyone tries to be different, but it’s a far greater challenge to make a …

Startups

Online Shopping’s Hot Product: Free Shipping

Free shipping conquers all in the online world of shopping.<p>That’s a main finding of United Parcel Service Inc.’s 2014 “Pulse of the Online Shopper” survey conducted by comScore. A whopping 93% of shoppers have taken some type of action while shopping online in order to qualify for free shipping. …

7 Stats Show Mobile Marketing is Crucial for Your Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Mobile marketing is here to stay; businesses across all possible niches are starting to implement mobile marketing strategies successfully. And they have compelling reasons to do so.<p>Below you’ll learn about the seven of the most …

Mobile Devices

The Sharing Economy Holds Promise for More Goods to Be Offered at Near Zero Marginal Cost

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A new economic system is entering onto the world stage. The collaborative commons is the first new economic paradigm to take root in recent years and is allowing hundreds of millions of people to produce information, energy, and goods and …

Sharing Economy

Dear graduates: Don’t follow your dreams (A commencement speech for the mediocre)

<b>(fotosipsak via /Krivosheev Vitaly via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>The brutal truth is that most people can’t pay the bills by “living their passion.” So what can we do instead?<p>Tim Donovan<p>May 22, 2014 11:00pm (UTC)<p>A little over a year ago, I was a waiter. For nine years, I toiled in a number of bars and …

How an Innovative Whiskey Brand Won Angel Investors (Without Getting Them Wasted)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>A free online course "</i><i>Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies</i><i>" launched through Coursera in April, using Cleveland as a funding case study. Come back to Entrepreneur.com as we feature additional</i> …

Angel Investors

Here's Exactly How to Form a Habit That Sticks

You don't create routines by focusing on individual behaviors but by introducing a combination of cues and rewards.<p>More than 40% of the things we do in a day aren’t really decisions--they’re habits.<p>But changing habits isn't a matter of "powering through" them. Like a muscle, your willpower gets …

How a high school dropout became a multi-millionaire entrepreneur

Born in 1980, Haruhisa Okamura (pictured above) is the founder and CEO of Adways, one of the largest tech companies in Japan that focuses on online …

Startups

10 Reasons Employees Really Care About Their Jobs

Want your employees to really care? First you have to really care about them.<p>What makes a job more than just a list of duties?<p>Caring.<p>Pay is important. Benefits are important. But pay and benefits are also expected; what makes employees go the extra mile is the feeling of belonging to a team, of …

The Two Words Steve Jobs Hated Most

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>It's not often that we get to hear new first-hand accounts of what it was like to work at Steve Jobs' Apple.<p>When we do get a new chance, there's always some new reveal about how he shaped the company's culture.<p>Take, for instance, this new interview …

Marketing

An FBI Agent Reveals 5 Steps To Gaining Anyone's Trust

I had an opportunity to ask <b>Robin Dreeke</b> a few questions. Robin is in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s elite Counterintelligence …

Inspiration Is Divine, But Totally Insufficient

Often, entrepreneurs are inspired to launch companies because they can't find the products they're looking for. But inspiration is only a first step. It's what comes next that matters most.<p>In 1976, Steve Wozniak, the cofounder of Apple, first began designing a computer -- what would ultimately …

Validate Your Startup Idea in 5 Minutes or Less

A back-of-the-napkin hack to help potential founders get a sense of whether their proposed product has any chance of taking off.<p>Got a startup idea? Great. Now all you need to do is to figure out if it's worth investing untold hours and years of stress to make it a reality.<p>There's no shortage of …

What Separates a Great Leader From a Good One?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The odds of success are against you, the efforts required to keep your head above water are massive (as is the stress) and at the end of the day, your competition may come out with a better product that sinks your entrepreneurial …

Entrepreneurship

How to Hide your Email Address on Web Pages

You have a website, you want to put your email address on the site so that people can contact you easily but you are also worried about spam flooding …

How To Be Successful In Life And Business, According To Jack Ma

I told 18 of my fellow comrades who embarked on the entrepreneurship journey with me, that the highest positions they could go was a managerial role. …

Getting Your Small Business to Scale Like a Tech Startup

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In the world of entrepreneurs, it seems the ecosystem of small businesses and startups are converging more than ever.<p>As the founders of tech startup Bolstr -- an investment marketplace focused on small businesses -- we’ve spoken with …

Small Business

Follow These Laws to Grab Customers' Attention

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>How do you grab a potential customer’s attention? While many people speculate on this conundrum, it’s actually quite simple. One way is to evoke their curiosity -- their desire to know more. (But it has to be substantive, not manipulated, …

Customers

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This Is What the Ultimate Sales Conversation Sounds Like

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Almost all sales involve conversations with potential buyers. <i>Sales is conversation</i>.<p>You might not realize, however, that in every conversation a salesperson has with a potential buyer, three conversations actually occur at the same</b> …

Selling

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Life is a game. This is your strategy guide

Real life is the game that – literally – <i>everyone</i> is playing. But it can be tough. This is your guide.<p>Basics<p>You might not realise, but real life is a …