Jessica Copling

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What Smart Parents Teach Their Kids About Debt

Steer your kids in the right direction by teaching them these debt "secrets" and backing them up with practical experience.<p>Debt is a four-letter …

The Real Purpose of Financial Planning

A chat about retirement, Italy, and The Golden Girls illustrates how financial planning can help a person uncover and achieve her deepest …

Why Marketing to College Millennials Pays Off (Infographic)

2 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The typical college student doesn’t have a ton of money, true. But ignore this demographic at your own peril: Targeting students while they are in college can lead to acquiring their brand allegiance once they have graduated and …

The 15 Characteristics of Effective Entrepreneurs

There is no one right way to be an entrepreneur. Business leaders come from all sorts of backgrounds and have varying areas of expertise.<p>You might be an entrepreneur if you have some of these personality traits:<p><b>1. You think on your feet.</b><p>While you have a facility for planning and organization, you …

Entrepreneurship

4 Steps to the Most Productive 15 Minutes of Your Day

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Ever have one of those days where you feel like you are trying to run on ice? You scramble and rush while feeling pressed for time and yet, you get nowhere fast.<p>I always feel shocked when I look at the clock after sitting at my desk for …

Time Management

7 Scaling Challenges That Can Sink Even Successful Companies

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Making the decision to scale your startup is an exciting process that has the potential to bring significant success to both your business and to you, the founder.<p>That said, scaling a company isn’t an easy thing to do, as the many changes …

Business Strategy

The Biggest Lessons I Learned Working Solo in 2014

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Each year, I learn something new about being a business owner, and 2014 is no different. The lessons this year are both big and small, but no matter the size, I'm very grateful for all that I've learned and continue to learn as …

How the Right Message at the Wrong Time Loses the Sale

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When my friend Heather landed herself in the hospital with an appendectomy and subsequent complications, she ended up reconsidering her 26-year teaching career. Heather’s medical care team made such an impression on her that she …

The Biggest Business Fails of 2014

4 min read<p>For as many days as there are in the year, it seems like there were twice as many business mistakes and blunders, from Tinder's legal battles and Uber's public relations woes to Lululemon's ecommerce foul-up and Clinkle's less than stellar product roll out. Most recently, the fallout from …

Starting a Business? 4 Ways to Research Your Potential Customer.

<i>In their book,</i> Start Your Own Business<i>, the staff of Entrepreneur Media, Inc. guides you through the critical steps to starting a business, then supports you in surviving the first three years as a business owner. In this edited excerpt, the authors describe what primary research is and how you can</i> …

Small Business

How Venture Capital and Crowdfunding Can Be Mutually Beneficial

This story appears in the December 2014 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>In the wake of success stories such as Coolest Cooler, which raised more than $13 million on Kickstarter, I’m starting to hear talk that crowdfunding is making traditional financing less relevant. I question this logic—and not …

Venture Capital

Who Is the Target Audience for Your Business Plan? Hint: More People Than You Think.

5 min read<p><i>In their book</i> Write Your Business Plan<i>, the staff of Entrepreneur Media offer an in-depth understanding of what’s essential to any business plan, what’s appropriate for your venture, and what it takes to ensure success. In this edited excerpt, the authors discuss the importance of keeping</i> …

3 Types of Leadership Strategies That Distinguish Outstanding Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There are many styles of leadership, but your particular style might fall into one of these three categories: internally, externally or strategically focused. The strongest of these styles is the strategic leader.<p>Entrepreneurs are …

Leadership

8 Qualities That Make Great Bosses Unforgettable

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>LinkedIn Influencer, Jeff Haden, published this post originally on LinkedIn.</i><p>I remember all of my bosses. Some were bad. Most were good.<p>But only one was, in the best possible way, truly memorable.<p>Unforgettable bosses possess qualities that …

Employment

5 Ways to Tell If Your Workplace Is Really Toxic

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Toxic workplaces have become a hot topic of conversation in the business world. And almost everyone has a story to tell about a bad boss, a bizarre colleague or a terrible place to work.<p>But how do you tell if your office is really toxic, …

The Workplace

Simple Marketing Strategies to Fuel Long-Term Growth for Businesses Online

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You have a product you're proud to sell and a website prepared to take orders. Now how do you arrange forhappy, paying customers?<p>Whether you're aiming to launch your startup on the right foot or run an established company and hope to …

Marketing

Financial Education | HuffPost

Personal Finance Goals

2014 was a strong year for the economy, for both consumers and retailers nationwide. The real estate and stock markets also showed very promising signs of growth mid-year and continue to move in the right direction heading into 2015. Despite the growth in the economy, it appears that many people …

10 Budgeting Tools You'll Love

Have you been putting off budgeting because it seems overly complex -- or just plain annoying?<p>It's OK; you can 'fess up. You wouldn't be the first …

6 Money Myths Millennials Should Bust -- Now

<i>This post originally appeared on LearnVest.</i><p>Chances are you’ve fallen for at least one of them. We’re talking about money myths—those erroneous financial proclamations that get passed down from generation to generation as fact.<p>You know, things like “buying in bulk is <i>always</i>better” and “buy low and …

A Mermaid’s World: The Beauty of Snuba

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>I have no desire to scuba dive or snorkel. That’s always been my policy and preference as a traveler–and one I’ve managed to stick to—until a recent trip to Guánica, Puerto Rico. When the group I was with announced that we were going to <i>snuba</i> on a beautiful Caribbean coral …

Indiana Jones 2.0

<b>Albert Yu-min Lin</b> is always pushing—to higher mountains, bigger waves, smarter technology, deeper heritage. But there’s one barrier the archaeologist never breaks: the ground itself. The 32-year-old San Diegan uses tools such as satellite imagery and magnetometers to nonintrusively probe sacred …

The Mystical Riches of Luang Prabang

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>At 4:30 a.m., the ring of my alarm clock stirred me awake. Though I had spent the previous night indulging in Laotian specialties like <i>larb gai</i> (spicy chopped chicken), I rose effortlessly, eager to participate in a time-honored tradition: the local Buddhist monks’ daily …

On the Ark in Kenya

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>The baby rhino is losing. I think.<p>It’s a little hard to figure the rules for sure, but the baby African buffalo does seem to have the upper hand. Hoof. The two stand a couple feet apart, staring at each other. Behind them, their mothers look on with the kind of indifference …

Dreaming of the Devil: The Joy of Going Back

It’s not true that travelers have a “list” of places to see and, once they’ve checked off every box, hang up their knapsacks. When you’re traveling, you’re constantly adding to your list. Every casual conversation with fellow wayfarers introduces a world of possibility when your life is strapped to …

Wooded Wonderland: Yakushima

In Japan’s epic anime film <i>Princess Mononoke</i>, legendary director Hayao Miyazaki shrouds the real-life island of <b>Yakushima</b> with surrealism, its misty granite mountains the backdrop for a conservation message.<p>Yet this wraithlike landform, which rises from the turbulent Tanegashima Strait like a …

Startups, Share the Top Job Candidates You Turn Down

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the biggest challenges and potential roadblocks to success for many startup companies is hiring. Everywhere you turn, it seems, those at the helm of various companies can be heard complaining about the amount of time it …