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Feeling Overwhelmed? Here's How These Entrepreneurs Stay Productive.

<i>This article was originally published on April 2, 2015.</i><p>Ever feel like you are on a treadmill running through peanut butter? Like there is always more to do than you can possibly get done in a day?<p>If you are a business owner, you probably know this feeling well. Running your own business often means …

The One Question That Makes or Breaks a Job Interview

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you come into my office for a job interview, I don’t really care "where you see yourself in five years," or what your top skills and weaknesses are. What I care about is how you feel about time travel. That’s right, time travel. The …

Unhappy Workers Cost the U.S. Up to $550 Billion a Year (Infographic)

Your employees’ happiness can make or break your business.<p>Disgruntled, disengaged, unsatisfied workers are less productive, less creative and more likely to leave. And that’s expensive for you.<p>We aren’t talking a few extra dollars here. Unhappy workers cost the U.S. between $450 and $550 billion in …

What Investors Look For When Evaluating Your Pitch: Samih Toukan

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>When evaluating any investment there are many things to look for, but I can divide them into the following categories:<p><b>1. The Problem And Solution</b><p>The …

Lessons for Entrepreneurs From the Corporate World

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Why do any of us set out to become entrepreneurs? There are always easier, tried and true paths to making a living than starting your own business. Those of us who have shirked the road traveled more often share one commonality: The …

8 Men's Fashion Tips You Should Always Follow

Yes – individuality is key, but there are some sartorial must-dos that cannot be ignored for the all-time stylish gent. Here are 8 rules of style you …

5 Reasons You Should Start an Online Business in Your 20s

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It is never too early or late to chase your dreams and become an entrepreneur. Success comes in all ages, from Sam Walton starting Wal-Mart when he was 44 years old, to Moziah Bridges hitting $150,000 is sales at just 12 years old with …

5 Keys to Unlocking the Power of Google Analytics

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Google Analytics is a very useful tool that allows you to track what sources sent visitors to your site and what they did once on it. Check out these ten points to make the most of of Google Analytics.<p>1. Understand the meaning of bounce …

10 Subscription Companies to Start Now

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The global economy is in the earliest stages of a shift from a transaction economy toward a subscription one.<p>Microsoft has moved away from perpetual licenses for its software in favor of subscription offerings like Office 365.<p>Last month …

To Investors, Startups Without Business Plans Are Expensive Hobbies

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you sold your last startup for $800 million, you probably already know how to build a business, and even conservative investors won’t worry about the quality of your next business plan. But for the rest of us, don’t believe the Silicon …

Opinion: Tony Robbins tells you how to make money like a billionaire

After watching the global financial system almost melt down, I began an amazing journey several years ago to find a way for individual investors to …

Entrepreneur's 10 Most Popular Leadership Stories of 2014

Everyone has a unique management style, but this year, our writers and contributors found that the most effective leaders have an ability to discover unexpected opportunities, share ideas in a way that gets other people excited and surround themselves with smart, passionate people.<p>Here are</i> …

7 Scientifically Proven Steps to Increase Your Influence

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I recently had a chance to interview Udemy.com instructor and Portland, Ore.-based Vanessa Van Edwards, who calls herself a behavioral investigator.<p>Her mission in life is to help individuals become the most memorable person in the …

8 Great Gadget Gifts for Entrepreneurs

This story appears in the December 2014 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Entrepreneurs are a unique, creative group, but they can be hard to buy gifts for. The team at <i>Entrepreneur</i> was up to the challenge, however. From beer lovers to athletes, there's something for everyone on the list …

Entrepreneur's 10 Most Popular Stories of 2014

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As 2014 winds to a close, it seems the perfect time to stop and reflect on the stories that truly resonated with our audience this year. While individual topics ranged from tips on boosting daily productivity, to methods for delivering …

Blogging Is an Art But Attracting the Right Audience Is a Science

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You are convinced you have a great gift to offer mankind. You also have the resourcefulness to channel this gift through a business, and you understand the importance of digital marketing in an Internet-driven world.<p>But, indispensable …

You're Actually Hurting Your Business With These 5 'Productive' Habits

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs are expected to do everything and be everything at all times. It’s part of business, especially when you’re first starting out.<p>However, there are some seemingly productive habits that you may have formed that are actually …

You Don't Say? Body Language Speaks Volumes More Than Words.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When President Clinton sternly declared, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman,” body language experts fell off chairs like dominoes.<p>Dr. Albert Mehrabian is known for his breakdown of human communication into 7 percent spoken …

7 Lessons From the Boxing Ring

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most fighters retire from the sport of boxing by age 30. In my case, I didn’t put on gloves until age 37, just last year. And while the practice has taught me a lot about fitness, humility and plain old fun, what surprised me the most was …

Success Will Never Come to Entrepreneurs Who Do These 10 Things

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whether we are talking about a football game, an election or an entrepreneurial journey, one thing is certain -- there are going to be winners and there are going to be losers.<p>Want to stack the odds of being a successful entrepreneur in …

The Psychology Behind Choosing a Killer Domain Name

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Choosing a domain name is one of the most important decisions you will make for your business. Your domain name characterizes your business, labels your business, and will stick with your business for a long time.<p>In most cases, you should …

What Dating a Model Taught Me About Chasing Opportunities

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Flashback to 1992, I was in graduate school and on Saturday nights my friends and I would go out to our favorite local watering hole to blow off steam. One Saturday, my four friends ditched me to go dance with four girls from our …

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Answer These 6 Questions Before Sinking Money Into Some Entrepreneur's Great Idea

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you thought being an entrepreneur was tough, then you’ve never lived in the shoes of an investor. Whether you’re a VC or angel, investing in startups is risky business. That’s not saying that if a startup fails you’re out on the …

This Startup Made A Deal On 'Shark Tank' And Just Sold To Shutterfly For $14.5 Million

GrooveBook is a mobile app company that lets you print up to 100 of your smartphone photos and creates a 4.5” x 6.5” photobook that is mailed every month. The cost of the service is only $2.99 per month, which includes shipping and handling. To ramp up the business, husband-and-wife team Julie and …

8 Online-Marketing Terms Business Owners Must Know

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you’re like most small-business owners, you spend your day providing a great customer experience that sets you apart from your competition. The quality of your service is key now that digital word of mouth is the most effective form of …

What the 'Internet of Things' Means for Enterprising Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It’s the tech term du jour: the "Internet of Things." Simply stated, it's the connection of technology devices to the Internet, everything from smartphones, coffeemakers, cars and lamps to anything with an on-off switch.<p>In many ways, the …

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How One Millennial Made More Than $60,000 in 30 Days Without a Full-Time Job

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Before last year 25-year-old entrepreneur Nick Walter of Provo, Utah, had never heard of the Udemy online-course platform until a friend introduced him to it. An iOS developer, he quickly figured out how to use the platform to offer his …

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5 Ways to Find More Time to Build Your Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Today, starting a business is easier than ever before. Thanks to technology, you don’t need tons of capital, a massive team or multiple degrees to create a successful company. Right now, there are literally thousands of affordable or free …

Sam Walton's White Lie

When I first met Sam Walton, in the early 1980’s, he said that he didn’t want his kids to know he was rich. I gently said, “Are you kidding? Your kids can’t read?”<p>Sam was on the original 1982 Forbes List of America’s Richest People with a mere $690 million in net worth. Why was I hanging around …

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