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Five Marketing Tips Every Thrifty Small Business Owner Can Follow to Garner Attention and Engagement

Image Source<p>Whether you are a small business owner, a startup or a large conglomerate, marketing has become an essential and integral part of everyday business functions that needs to be diligently pursued. A sustainable business requires multiple marketing techniques in today's hyperactive world …

Want To Master The Pitch? Elon Musk, Steve Jobs and The Power of Storytelling

As I have stated many times on the blog and in my book The Art of Startup Fundraising, the best entrepreneurs are not the best visionaries. The ones …

6 skills of self-made millionaires everyone should use

Heed the advice of those who have reaped success.<p>Here are six skills used by self-made millionaires that you should be using and building upon each day.

Self-improvement

5 Steps to a Killer Small Business Marketing Strategy

<i>By Peter Daisyme</i><p>As the saying goes, "If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." When it comes to creating and implementing a marketing strategy for small business owners like myself, this couldn't be any more true. When I first launched my company, I had daily fires to put out, and I found it …

65 Questions Venture Capitalists Will Ask Startups

<i>This piece originally appeared on AllBusiness.com.</i><p>Entrepreneurs need to be prepared in pitching their startup companies to a venture capitalist by …

If you want to be more successful, stop networking

The biggest reason why connecting with people benefits you is simple: It allows you to extend your reach further, which in turn allows your ideas to make a much bigger impact.<p>The result is that you achieve your goals a lot faster with a few key friends to help you out than if it is just you, …

Neuroscientists explain why control freaks are ineffective leaders

Whether you're an IT manager locking down access and permissions to IT-business collaboration tools, or a micromanager who forces a process on her employees to get work done, you may be negatively affecting business productivity.<p>Historically, leaders have controlled employees rather than connecting …

6 Sayings of Entrepreneurs Who Will Lead Their Companies to the Top

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You know them. By name. By reputation. They are the living legends, the household names, the superstars. They are the entrepreneurs who have succeeded against all odds and beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. How did they make it? What …

50 Steps Every Entrepreneur Must Take to Build a Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Starting a business is one of the most challenging and rewarding things you’ll ever do. The process is simpler than you might imagine, but to try to boil it down to five or 10 steps is an underestimation and an injustice. The following 50 …

12 Reasons Entrepreneurs With Type-A Personalities Are Unstoppable

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Personalities fit into one of two groups -- Type A and Type B -- it’s one or the other. Type A's typically are extremely motivated individuals with lofty goals and the internal fire to go after anything they desire. Type B’s are typically …

7 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Can Avoid | Inc.com

Just as you don't need to reinvent the wheel, avoid making mistakes that others have already made. Successful entrepreneurs share their key lessons learned from building their businesses.<p>1. Don't give up too quickly.<p>Some businesses do experience success at an alarming rate. But for others, it's …

5 Signs You're Standing In Your Own Way to Success

While a lot of the entrepreneurs I’ve met and mentored in the past decade have been successful, I’ve probably met as many, if not more, unsuccessful …

12 Leadership Traits of the World's Most Successful Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whenever individuals like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, or Richard Branson speak, we have a tendency to listen because we want to learn from how their achieved that level of success. And, it turns out that wealthy people are leaders who …

5 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Pitching Their Ideas to Investors

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs tend to work quite hard to nail down meetings with investors. It usually takes a combination of good targeting, persistence and finding a way in.<p>As an investor, what has astounded me over the years -- after listening to …

11 Excellent Free Online Courses for Entrepreneurs

In his recent Reddit AMA, visionary and serial entrepreneur Elon Musk wrote: “It is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree—make sure …

Mark Cuban: 19 Inspiring Power Quotes for Success | Inc.com

While many people know Mark Cuban from his role as a "shark" investor on the popular TV show <i>Shark Tank</i>, Mark is a fabulously successful entrepreneur and investor who owns the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team, Landmark Theatres, and Magnolia Pictures.<p>Consider these powerful words that …

4 Ways for Entrepreneurs To Recharge Without Losing Focus

Next time you have to make a big decision, stop. Breathe. Take a nap. Or head to the nearest snack stand.<p>Entrepreneurs tend to share a few things in common, including high thresholds for risk taking, persistence, and resilience. No doubt those qualities come in handy for starting a business, but …

Predictive sales software startup EverString raises another $65 million

EverString, another marketing startup that sells software for personalizing business-to-business sales outreach, has closed a $65 million Series B …

Future technology: 22 ideas about to change our world

Floating farms, brain wave passwords, and coffee-powered cars are just some of the incredible inventions and innovations that will shape our</i> …

Seven Emerging Technologies That Will Change the World Forever

When someone asks me what I do, and I tell them that I’m a futurist, the first thing they ask “what is a futurist?” The short answer that I give is …

Financial Fridays: Basic Mistakes Every Entrepreneur Makes

I love you so I don’t want you to do these things. Save the world instead.<b>A) IGNORING THE “SIX MONTH RULE”</b>I was on the board of a business where we …

Hillary Clinton wants to reward companies that share profits with employees

Clinton detailed the first component of her economic platform aimed at raising middle-class incomes at a town hall meeting in Dover, citing local examples of businesses that share profits with employees.<p>"If you treat somebody like they have a stake in your business, they're going to stand up a …

Is It Possible to Lay People Off Nicely?

One company's quest to blend rejection and kindness<p>Anyone who’s ever had a job has intuited that a happier workplace makes for more productive workers. As a growing body of research lends scientific authority to this concept, more and more companies are doing what they can to cheer up their …

The Workplace

Managers and Leaders: Are They Different?

<i>The traditional view of management, back in 1977 when Abraham Zaleznik wrote this article, centered on organizational structure and processes. Managerial development at the time focused exclusively on building competence, control, and the appropriate balance of power. That view, Zaleznik argued,</i> …

How to Write a Great Business Plan: Key Concepts | Inc.com

Some entrepreneurs succeed without a business plan. With great timing, solid business skills, entrepreneurial drive, and a little luck, some founders build thriving businesses without ever creating even an informal business plan.<p>But the chances are more likely that those entrepreneurs fail.<p>Will a …

Small Business

10 types of people you should hire immediately

Smart entrepreneurs surround themselves with positive people, especially when business is bad. Positive people come in many forms, but their can-do, feel-good attitudes are universally contagious.<p>A 20-year study published in 2008 shows that having just one happy friend increases your chances of …

Advice to young entrepreneurs: 5 things I wish I’d known before taking on the CEO role

From Jobs and Gates to Mark Zuckerberg and Drew Houston, we’ve become enamored with the story of the young CEO rocketing to fame and success at increasingly younger ages (just think of Summly’s Nick D’Aloisio).<p>And this phenomenon is only likely to continue as kids become more deeply ensconced in …

LinkedIn Visibility Strategies for Entrepreneurs | Adventures in Visibility with Viveka von Rosen

<i>“Your business’s LinkedIn profile is your launchpad for success. It is the foundation on which your marketing strategy is built, making it one of the</i> …