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5 Digital Tactics to Help Land Your First Post-Grad Job

For college graduates, the reality of finding a job has never been more imminent.<p>There's a bright side for this generation's grads: The number of …

How to Overcome the Struggles of Being a Young Entrepreneur

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Being a young entrepreneur definitely has its advantages, but there are also downsides.<p>I developed the idea and the business plan for Green Bean, a healthy restaurant, during my sophomore year at Washington University in St. …

Entrepreneurship

Why First Time Founders Should Join an Accelerator Program

<i>Ohad Frankfurt is the cofounder and CEO of Swayy, a personalized content curation and management platform.</i><p>About a year and a half ago, we got accepted to the Elevator accelerator program in Tel Aviv, Israel. At the time, we started working on a product called Summer, a browser extension which lets …

5 Easy Ways to Work Smarter, Not Longer

Working insanely long hours is doing you more harm than good. It's time to distance yourself from the cult of overwork--here's how.<p>You know what they call a Wall Street banker with an hour free from work? Unemployed. The assumption has been that if you're not at the grindstone all the time, you're …

Time Management

14 Apps Every Entrepreneur Needs in 2014

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs are known to be the masters of efficiency, right? The secret? We don't do it alone. Besides having an amazing team to support our endeavor, we also utilize cutting edge apps to keep us on our A-game. (When you're …

Apps

What Makes for a Really Good Business Idea?

If you're thinking about starting a new business, you can test it out with this five-point checklist.<p>The prospect of starting a business can be frightening. It is a risk and a tremendous opportunity, equal parts challenging and, hopefully, rewarding. Given the enormous risk that's inherent in …

Small Business

How to Steal Your Competitor's Social Media Followers

10 min read<p>This story originally appeared on KISSmetrics<p>Social media is used to build brand ambassadors, drive traffic, and convert sales. While building a social media following can be very difficult, one way to speed up the process is to tap into a fan base that is already established - that of …

Social Media

Do You Have the Entrepreneurial 'X Factor?'

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There's a mysterious "X factor" shared by entrepreneurs around the world. Fledgling entrepreneurs reach for it, while the successful seem to wear it effortlessly. But what is this elusive entrepreneurial element? Is it a learned …

Entrepreneurship

3 Lessons from YouTube's Programming Disaster | Inc.com

In picking prospective partners or potential investors nothing matters more than that the parties' interests be properly aligned. Today there's plenty of fast money to go around, lots of people it would be easy to work with, and plenty of players who would make great partners (on paper, at …

Want a Million Customers? Become a Growth Hacker

Marketing guru Ryan Holiday explains why traditional marketing tactics are dead--and what has taken their place.<p>Some of the fastest-growing start-ups have one trait in common: They achieved rapid success without doing any of the things companies usually do to get the word out about their …

Marketing

The Do's and Don'ts of Giving a Killer Presentation

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the most valuable skills an entrepreneur or a company executive can have is the ability to talk about their product in an effective and engaging way in front of an audience. But for founders of a startup, mastering public …

Public Speaking

Transparency: How Whole Foods Is Doing It Right (And You Can, Too)

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>"Customers want transparency," Walter Robb, the co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, declared at a recent talk.<p>Buyers do not want any surprises. And, most importantly, they want producers to have integrity in the products they are …

Coco Chanel

5 Ways to Be a Better Listener

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Some of the most successful entrepreneurs have yet to hone their listening skills--and it could be working against them.<p>If you take the time to hear what others have to say--particularly your employees and customers, whose …

Body Language

6 Characteristics Great Thought Leaders Share

6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Thought leaders share a lot of the same behaviors. Rather than stand on a pedestal, they foster approachability. Rather than work in obscurity, they make sure they are "discoverable." Rather than pretending they've got it all …

Thought Leadership

5 Tips for Successful Reinvention

Is it time to reinvent yourself? You'll want these five insights from incredibly successful people to help you do it right.<p>In late 2008, the financial crisis terminated my 25-year mortgage career and my <i>Inc.</i> 500 company.<p>I lost everything and was forced to reinvent myself. I began a 5-year journey of …

Business Strategy

8 Hidden but Powerful Google Tools for Business

Google is far more than a search engine. If you know where to look, you can find a treasure trove of free or practically free tools to help grow your business.<p>Just about everyone uses Google in some form for their business. I'm sure you know about Google Maps, AdWords, Google Analytics, and Gmail. …

Small Business