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44 Ways To Make More Money

Usually, people who want to bolster their finances trim their expenses.<p>But cutting costs only goes so far. Unless you already make a lot of money and spend like a bon vivant, most people can’t eke out that much more from their budget by decreasing expenses. Plus, the more you retrench, the more …

Personal Finance

17 Skills For Highly Effective Tradeshow Events

Earlier the other morning I finished a webinar with my friends Peri McDonald and Becky de Loryn’ from salesforce.com, the cloud computing juggernaut.<p>They asked me to do the webinar with them after they had read another Forbes piece I wrote called “The 12 Commandments of Incredibly Successful …

Should You Start College or Startup: Perspectives from Two CEOs

The debate about whether hopeful entrepreneurs should start college or startup has been alive and well for many years.<p>There are countless examples of …

A Great Idea Is Never Enough

Entrepreneur and VC Eric Paley explains why it takes a lot more than just a good idea to build a successful company.<p>Back in 1995, I purchased a used Mac laptop via auction on the Internet. The company that enabled that transaction doesn't exist today. That same year, eBay was founded and today is …

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs Of The Year -- Ernst and Young

Some of the top names in the entrepreneurial game in the southeast were recognized last week. Business services power player, Ernst & Young, chose a handful of compelling operators to honor from companies based in the region. Below are recipients of the Ernst & Young honors in various</i> …

Productivity Secrets of Super-Successful Entrepreneurs

Need to get more done? Take a cue from Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, and more.<p>Whether it's Mark Cuban, Richard Branson, or Barbara Corcoran, the world's top entrepreneurs have their own little tricks for being super productive. Good thing <i>Inc.</i>'s talked to plenty of them about everything from …

Entrepreneurship

5 Secrets to Staffing an Early Stage Start-Up

Building the right team is crucial. Do you know who you want on yours?<p>Launching a great start-up is not easy. But one thing that can make it easier is a great team, writes Michael Fertik, CEO of Reputation.com, in <i>The Harvard Business Review</i>.<p>Here are some things to keep in mind when assembling yours:<p>…

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How Passion Blinds Entrepreneurs

<i>This post is part of Tech Cocktail’s “Psychological Guide to Starting Up,” bringing you insights on the psychological and emotional challenges of</i> …

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship: The Toughest Job You'll Ever Have

The more disruptive your idea, the louder the naysayers will be, warns CommonBond CEO David Klein. Are you up for the challenge?<p>It's easy to imagine CommonBond, a peer-to-peer lending service for college students, being the brainchild of a well-to-do graduate.<p>But co-founder and CEO David Klein …

Entrepreneurship

Want to give customers what they really want? Go vertical

By now we’ve gotten used to having an abundance of options when it comes to shopping: ecommerce, flash sales, direct sales, pop-ups, good old …

What Defines You?

What do you think defines you? Is it your job? Is it your sport? Is it your life principles? Is it where you live? It is your friends? Is it your age?<p>I am a woman with many different guises. Depending on the time of day and week, I could be seen as many different people.<p>I am a project manager<br>• I am a …

Do What You Love And The Money Will Follow (A.K.A.: The Brooklyn Bridge And The Grand Canyon Are For Sale)

There’s a very strong possibility that you can convert your passions into a very successful and profitable career. There’s even a stronger possibility that you can convert your passions into enjoyment minus any sort of financial stability let alone wealth. By doing what you love, the money may very …

8 Things You Should Not Do Every Day

It's for your own good. Cut these things out of your day and you'll see gains in productivity--not to mention happiness.<p>If you get decent value from making to-do lists, you'll get huge returns--in productivity, in improved relationships, and in your personal well-being--from adding these items to …

Dogs

How to Get Things Done

There are definitely times when I lack the motivation, drive, or structure to get my work done productively. Most of the time I struggle with getting …

Let's Design Services!

<i>Continuing our journey through Design @ Your Service, the article below is a contribution from service thinker Luis Alt (founder of live|work in</i> …

10 Questions to Ask Before Determining Your Target Market

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The better you understand your customer, the faster your business will grow. But new ventures often struggle to define their target market and set their sights too broadly.<p>"We often overestimate the market size, and in many …

Small Business

Growing Your Design Business

So you’ve launched your own creative business, and you’re starting to grow. That’s great! But good growth won’t just <i>happen</i>. Just like a junior …

How to Successfully Launch a New Website & Refresh Your Brand

To the world outside of your colleagues, clients, and partners, your website is your company. It’s the digital reflection of your brand. Launching a …

How To Sell Without Selling - Copyblogger

If you want a simple way to make your emails more profitable, without any hard pitching or looking even remotely “salesy”, then give me a few minutes …

5 Tips for Finding the Right Idea

Ask any entrepreneur and they will tell you—building a business around the right idea is easily the toughest part of getting started. Will this idea …

Hint: Not With Ads. How Can Your Startup Start Making Money?

There are lots of ways to finance your latest business venture, but one of the funnest ones remains offering a product or service in exchange for money, and people paying for it.<p>You should totally employ that strategy for your startup!<p>We kid, we kid, but not really. It’s no secret monetizing a …

5 Habits Of The Most Creative People

How do the most creative people work? Bryan Cranston, Kendrick Lamar, Max Levchin, and other creatively supercharged folks share their methods.<p>What do a startup king, a social network innovator, a hip hop prince, perhaps the best actor on television, and two absolutely hilarious dudes have in …

Rap & Hip-Hop

How to Make Sure There's a Market for Your Business Idea

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You've got a killer new product or a service that will have the world beating a path to your door. But is it really something people want? Or is it just something you think they want?<p>Having solid information about what your …

Small Business

Every Entrepreneur’s Biggest Mistake (And How To Avoid It!)

According to one study, 66% of new products fail within two years. And 96% of all innovations fail to deliver any return on a company’s investment. Here’s how not to be just another ugly stat.<p>In 2006, Salemi Industries thought they had a surefire moneymaking product. It was something totally new …

Business Strategy

7 Weekly Must-Do's For Entrepreneurs

Most entrepreneurs have a lot on their minds, from the daily task list, to the quarterly marketing plan, to annual financials, and everything in between. Of course, all of these items are important, but I’ve found it’s also important to take running my business one week at a time. Being mindful of …

Startup Advice

In honor of the new YC batch starting tomorrow, here is some of the best startup advice I’ve heard or given (mostly heard):<p>1. Make something people …

Customer Service

Are You Managing Change Or Leading It?

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every purpose under heaven.”<p>On its face, this well-known King Solomon wisdom, from the 3rd chapter of Ecclesiastes, delivers hopeful encouragement. But implicit in this passage is a somewhat hidden, and often troublesome paradox: A time for …