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CEO Secrets: How to make a small business really big

Think about how you can "scale up" your company from the moment you set it up. That's one piece of recurring advice we've been hearing on CEO Secrets, our series where we ask prominent bosses to share their business advice.<p>But what's it like to turn a very small company into a huge, multinational …

Business Owners Need a 'Plan B' for Retirement

Don't gamble with your golden years.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Are small business owners too busy to think about retirement? That’s one take from a startling new report from BMO Wealth Management. It found only a fraction of the nation’s 28 million small business …

Your Life Will Be So Much Better If You Have a Groutfit

Gray + outfit = the ultimate lazy uniform.<p>Even if you don't know it yet, you probably have a groutfit. Chances are it's pretty ratty — an old college sweatshirt paired with pants you mysteriously acquired three relationships ago, or some hole-riddled boxers along with a T-shirt that, a dozen wash …

Job Search Failure: 7 Reasons No One is Hiring You

As I was clearing out my email yesterday, I was hit over and over again with reoccurring themes of “stuck in a rut”, “unable to find a job”, “no one …

Landing Pages are the Missing Link in Your Online Marketing Strategy

How’s your online marketing performing? Are you getting the results you want? Are the people clicking on your ads or your email CTAs taking action …

We will rue the day we did not use this period of ultra-low interest rates to invest in infrastructure and put our people to work<p>If there is one global political and economic lesson to be drawn from the Brexit experience and the rise of Sanders and Trump let it be this; we ignore the distributional …

Income Inequality

Why You Should Stop Using To-Do Lists (and What to Do Instead)

Would you describe yourself as over-worked and under-productive?<p>Many entrepreneurs and B2B owners would lump themselves under that category with the excuse: "It's just the nature of what we do," but it doesn't have to be that way.<p>"Work smarter, not harder," is the sage advice NY Times best-selling …

5 realistic ways to work less but get more done

When 8 p.m. rolls around, you slam your head against the keyboard because you're still not done.<p>Sound familiar?<p>It's no shocker that Americans are overworked. 53% claim to be overworked and approaching the burnt-out phase (if they're not already there).<p>But what if you could do <i>more</i> work in <i>less</i> time, …

15 people who did not use their critical thinking skills

Sometimes, we are all total idiots.<p>Life is filled with opportunities to make a total fool out of yourself, which we humans tend to do pretty …

Critical Thinking

I went from one savings account to 8 — here's why you should, too

When we talk about savings accounts, we generally think higher interest rates are good, emergency funds are great, and you only need one of these accounts and you're done.<p>This isn't exactly true. I used to be the same way though — I had one checking account, one savings account, and thought that's …

Personal Finance

The One Book That Will Make You A Better Leader | Inc.com

I have read hundreds of leadership books; I love Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Patrick Lencioni amongst others and all of their works have helped improve my understanding of leadership.<p>But there is one book which made biggest improvement to my leadership; it had a profound impact on the way I see …

Time I

Success Comes From Solving Real Problems, Not Chasing Unicorn Fantasies

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurship has always been one of the great American dreams. For many people it’s about taking an idea and molding it into a business that sets you up for life. This, of course, isn’t in the cards for the vast majority of people who …

5 Signs That You Probably Have A Multi-Millionaire Living Next Door

Before my wife and I bought our second home on Maryland’s Eastern Shore we rented houses in the off-season since they cost 30 percent of what you’d pay during Fourth of July week.<p>They were estates actually—with seven fireplaces, chef’s kitchens, a pool and clay tennis court, and sweeping lawns …

These Are the Most Inspirational Videos Ever Made

These 13 videos will motivate and inspire you to succeed no matter where you are in your journey.<p>Last week, I posted the most motivational books ever written. Today, I'm posting videos that will inspire and motivate you each time you watch them. Enjoy!<p>1. <i>Dream</i><p>In order to achieve great things, you …

9 sneaky psychology tricks companies use to get you to buy stuff

And marketers may not be scientists, but they've mastered the art of using your psychology against you. By exploiting your vulnerability to different style of propaganda, companies can trick you into buying more stuff and paying more for it.<p>We've scoured the research on some of the strategies …

Sensor-1 is the highly versatile security device you can stick onto anything

We all need security, whether for keeping an eye on your house when you’re gone, making sure nobody rifles through your files or opens up your laptop …

Laptops

Three Ways Your Broken Hiring Process Hurts Your Company Brand

Marketing VPs and CMOs have not traditionally paid a lot of attention to their firms’ recruiting advertising, much less tuned in to the candidate experience that a job-seeker undergoes when he or she applies for a job with their company. That’s a mistake. Your business’s recruiting process is a …

Employment

8 Changes You Can Make to Motivate Your Employees

As an employer, one of your top priorities should be employee morale. After all, if your employees aren’t happy, it’ll show in their work, which …

Confused About Your Student Loans? You're Not Alone

Americans have about $1.3 trillion in student loan debt. And there's yet another survey out that shows students in this country are confused about their loans, in the dark when it comes to knowing what they've borrowed, uncertain about how to pay them back.<p>I've written before about how I was one of …

College & University

A productivity expert says this is the time of day when you should work on your most important tasks

One of the most important ways to figure out how you work best is to figure out <i>when</i> you work best by finding your "<b>biological prime time</b>."<p>It's a term that was coined by Sam Carpenter in his book, "Work the System," and it describes the hours of the day when you have the most energy. Everyone is …

9 Minor Tweaks That Make Your Kitchen Feel Remodeled

When you can't afford a total gut job, focus on these specific changes instead.<p>Want a new kitchen but don't want to spend the money or time necessary on a major renovation? Forget the idea of the "right" kitchen and improve your space with some "right now" partial remodeling ideas. In her new …

Home Improvement

The best free online business courses starting in February

<i>This post from LinkedIn Influencer John A. Byrne appeared originally on LinkedIn.</i><p>It's easy to start something - but not so easy to sustain it.<p>That's the first lesson every entrepreneur learns. Early success may be a blessing, but it comes with gut-wrenching risks and tradeoffs.<p>If you need to add …

Be a better negotiator by following these five steps

The modern framework for negotiation is broken: Most of the prevailing theories see negotiations as battles in which the players act rationally in their own best interests. If you are lucky, this is a battle you might win.<p>But what if you reframed the whole idea, to think of a negotiation not as a …

12 Simple Home Repair Jobs to Lift You Out of Winter’s Funk

Accomplishments — even little ones — go a long way toward a sunny outlook. Fortunately, there are plenty of easy, quick home repair chores you can do …

My strategy for turning $15,000 into $200,000 every month

Each company starts off with $100 in capital.<p>One has a one-month sales cycle (i.e., people go from prospect to client in one month). The other company has a four-month sales cycle.<p>Not surprisingly, the slower business brings in less over time. But do you know how much less after one year?<p>It only …