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20 Basic Cooking Techniques That Every Home Chef Should Master

<b>There are an endless amount of cooking techniques one should know</b>, but let's just start with the basics. Master these 20, and we'll definitely be coming over for dinner.

Pie

Keurig accidentally created the perfect business model for hardware startups

It’s no secret that investors don’t like hardware businesses. Despite the eternal frustration of startup founders, investor distaste in physical …

Jay Samit: 3 Marketing Secrets Most Startups Ignore

Jay Samit, serial entrepreneur: The goal of a startup isn’t about getting customers, it’s about getting the right customers. Your idea might be brilliantly obvious to you, but unless you can prove out your customer acquisition costs, you will find fundraising nearly impossible. The primary goal of …

Startups

10 Mindsets That Will Radically Improve Your Performance

Success is something all career-driven individuals desire yet it eludes many people — at least at the levels desired. Why are some businesspeople …

3 Ways We Can Improve Our Creativity

By making a few changes, we can greatly improve our creative thought process.<p>The question of if we can improve creativity is a hot topic for many. One of the initial problems is how you define creativity. Is it being able to solve a complex problem using logic? Or is it more based on abstract …

Creativity

15 Things I Do as an Entrepreneur That Most People Might Not

What are some things that founders and entrepreneurs do that most people don't?<p><i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What are some things that founders and entrepreneurs do that most people don't?</i><p><i>Answer by Brandon Lee, Entrepreneur | Investor | Connector | Dreamer | Optimist, on Quora,</i><p>As an …

10 Ways for Introverts to Be Seen as More Powerful Leaders

These 10 strategies will enhance the leadership skills of any introvert, no megaphone or soapbox needed.<p>You don't need to overshadow a colleague to be heard.<p>No one knows this to be more true than an introvert. When it comes to leadership, introverts actually have the upper hand in some areas, like …

5 Things Entrepreneurs Know That Other Professionals Don’t

What do entrepreneurs know that no one else knows?<p><i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What do entrepreneurs know that no one else knows?</i><p><i>Answer by Peter Baskerville, Wrote the Australian national qualification for Vocational Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, teach it at Southbank</i> …

The Three Golden Questions: Networking Fundamentals for Entrepreneurs

Practical real-world networking advice for entrepreneurs. Its not hard, but there are some effective tricks.<p>Let me be clear--there is absolutely no virtue in being obscure. Which is why networking is so often cited as a core skill for entrepreneurs (for example, here, here, and here). What does it …

20 Leadership Experts Share Their Best Leadership Tip

Trust what these leaders say about good leadership. They are experts on the topic.<p>Good leaders all have one thing in common: They know how to seek advice. It's a bit like parenting. No one who raises a child for the first time understands the job perfectly. You have to keep learning and growing. …

Market Like It's 2001: 4 Tactics That Have Stood the Test of Time

Despite your level of expertise in the online marketing arena, educating yourself on new trends and timeless tactics will build a foundation for online marketing success.<p>Thirteen years ago, I wrote a whitepaper about the most important online marketing information you needed to know to run a …

Marketing

These Tools Will Make Users Stay on Your Site Longer

Capturing our website's users' attention is getting harder. There are a few great tools to help us prevent them from bouncing away.<p>The more time customers spend on your page, the more positive associations they're going to make with your brand after the fact. These positive associations foster …

Social Media

The Case for Embracing Bitcoin in the Retail Space (Infographic)

To many, 'Bitcoin' is not much more than a confusing buzzword. But will you be ready if and when the virtual currency finally takes off?<p>Bitcoin has seen its fair share of bad press within the past year. First there was the shutdown of the illegal-goods marketplace Silk Road, then the fall of Mt. …

Bitcoin

7 Ways to Stand Apart From Your Competition

We are always competing, and to win you need to stand out. Here's how.<p>All of us have competitors, whether it's someone who is pumping out a similar product, or someone who wants to snag our top job candidate. Whatever the competition, we want to win. Todd Berger, president and CEO of Transportation …

Customers

Why Brevity Makes You Look and Sound Like a Leader

If you keep it short and keep it simple, you'll gain people's attention, consideration, and respect.<p>Hope springs eternal whenever anyone steps to the front of the room. And then hope dies. The speaker is a mere mortal. He wants to tell us everything he knows about the process for installing …

6 Oh-So Pleasurable Steps to Eliminate Procrastination

Got stuff to do that you hate doing? You're not alone. Procrastination kills productivity for millions of people. Follow these surprisingly enjoyable steps and you'll actually look forward to tasks that were painfully avoided just last week.<p>One of my biggest personal challenges has been …

How to Find--and Remember--Your Company Purpose

Worry too much about the bottom line and your bottom line could suffer.<p>What's your company's higher purpose? If your answer is something like "maximizing investor return," watch out--there may be trouble ahead. That's the word from Lisa Earle McLeod, author of <i>Selling with Noble Purpose,</i> and a …

Customers

Tactics Aren't Everything. Successful Leaders Master These 7 Points of Strategy

Most people can't determine strategy from tactics. Here, growth guru Verne Harnish lays out his 7 Strata of Strategy, which are sure to give you the competitive edge.<p>Many companies build decent success based solely on executing good tactics. They manage the day-to-day profitably and can solve …

Dos and Don'ts for International Business Travel (Infographic)

Don't embark on your next business trip without brushing up on the proper etiquette in your host country.<p>International expansion can require frequent travel abroad, which is why it's important to keep track of the different rules for business etiquette in the countries you're in.<p>In the U.K., for …

Business Travel

How Waiting Tables Prepared Me to Be a CEO

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For three summers in college I waited tables at a Washington, DC “power lunch” establishment. As anyone who has ever worked in a restaurant will tell you, it’s a cash-rich but grueling job. You spend eight consecutive hours on your feet …

Leadership

How the Rich Say They Got Rich

Like to emulate the success of others? If wealth is what you're after, check out how the rich say they made their fortunes.<p>Even though everyone defines success differently, for most building wealth is an important factor.<p>In How the Rich Get Rich I shared information gleaned from the 400 individual …

3 Tips for Running a Business With Your Spouse Without Divorcing or Going Broke

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I met my husband using an online dating service. He was in Alaska and I was in Atlanta. One of the things that convinced me that our relationship had potential was the fact that his parents owned and operated a cattle ranch.They spent …

Family Business

5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Harder

You know success comes down to hard work. Now all you need are the tools to help you actually put in the hours.<p>Most of the time there's no mystery to success--it comes down to simply putting in the hours and the sweat. But as we all know, the gap between knowing what's required and actually getting …

Steve Blank: Entering a Partnership Is Like Dating | Inc.com

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Mark Cuban: Stock Trading Is a Loser's Game

The billionaire entrepreneur discusses the threat of a tech bubble and why making money by trading stocks is 'almost impossible.'<p>Mark Cuban became a billionaire by selling his shares in video company Broadcast.com at the height of the U.S. tech bubble, but the serial entrepreneur says that today, …

4 Tips for Naming Your Business in a Mobile and Social World

How you name your company is as important as what you name your company. Here are four tips for finding a name that fits into today's consumer world.<p>What's in a business name?<p>In the not so distant past, a startup entrepreneur could slap together an adjective and a noun describing his or her …

Social Media

How to Turn Customer Interviews Into Sales

Most entrepreneurs just use customer interviews for data, but there are easy ways to turn these potential customers into paying clients.<p>The lean startup methodology took what they taught in MBA classes and turned it upside down, completely changing the way most of us thought about entrepreneurship. …

Interactive Content Marketing: A Glimpse Into the Future of Content Marketing

Interactive is a groundbreaking new spin that will redefine content marketing.<p>You might see the phrase "interactive content marketing" and think that it's something contemporary. But interactive content marketing, as I define it, is a groundbreaking new spin on content marketing that has yet to …

Marketing

6 Ways to Make a Great First Impression

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Either consciously or unconsciously, we make judgments about the professionalism, character and competence of others based on first impressions.<p>Just as you evaluate potential …

Body Language