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If You Want to Win Over Customers, Appeal to Their Emotions

Shopping data often looks at website visitors through hard numbers, but humans are more driven by irrationality.<p>Web Psychologist, Clicktale<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When it comes to the way we shop, it seems fair to say that none of us are fundamentally rational …

Customer Experience

The To-Do List Method That Finally Got My Life In Order

Who knew graph paper could make such a difference?<p>You’ve probably heard by now about the life-changing magic of a functional to-do list. <i>You’ll be</i> …

Productivity

What the New Tax Law Means for Small Businesses and Freelancers

The GOP’s new tax law might have the country divided, but one thing’s for sure: Businesses of all sizes came out on top. New pass-through provisions …

Small Business

64% of Americans Are Making a Dangerous Financial Mistake

Don't put your health and wealth at risk.<p>How much money do you have saved in case you get sick and need expensive care? If you're like most …

Retirement

The Best Everyday Bourbons

Five under-the-radar bottles that will raise your home bar—but not your budget<p>Looking for a few new bottles for your bar? Stacie Stewart can help. The beverage manager at Whiskey Dry, chef Edward Lee’s soon-to-open Louisville, Kentucky, bourbon-and-burger bar, has spent her career honing her palate …

Seven apps and tools to organize your life

Restore order to your days.<p>Between work, activities, appointments, and ever-growing to-do lists, many of us constantly feel rushed and anxious. And all too often, the distractions of our smartphones only make this busy pace more hectic. But phones can also simplify your life—it all depends on how …

Apps

Bushmills and Root & Branch Join Forces For Ultimate Irish Coffee Recipe

<b>Presented by Bushmills</b>Irish Coffee is one of the all-time classic winter cocktails. Done right, it's a creamy, decadent concoction that's both …

Coffee

How Kathie Soza Reinvented Herself to Become a Lettering Artist

[Call for Entries: The International Design Awards]Kathie Soza’s road to becoming a lettering artist took time and dedication, and a little juggling. …

Graphic Design

7 steps to declutter your home, life and finances before 2018

Get rid of the clutter now so that, come 2018, you can focus on the things you want to add to your life.<p>Like a lot of people, I entered into this year with a lot of goals in mind. I was going to save more money, eat better, actually exercise, etc. — and for the most part, I made the changes I …

Personal Finance

Now that the tax overhaul has passed, here are five moves to consider before year's end

Add another item to your holiday shopping list: last-minute tax planning.<p>Congress has passed the most sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code in three decades. The Republican legislation, which<p>President Trumpcelebrated on Wednesday, delivers most of its benefits to corporations and the wealthy, …

Personal Finance

Are You Paying Too Much for Financial Advice?

Investment management can cost as little as 0.25% of a portfolio’s value each year. Yet many people still pay 1%, or even more, for financial …

Just Listen: The IRS Is Telling You How to Have a Tax-Free Retirement

Careful planning and investing are key.<p>Americans had $5 trillion in assets in 401(k) plans in March, and recently Congress has been looking at taxing deposits into these plans up front.<p>The idea of requiring Americans to pay taxes in advance on their retirement funds, rather than upon withdrawal, …

The 4 Layers of Marketing Campaign Plans

Don't rush into copywriting when planning your marketing campaign.<p>When entrepreneurs plan a marketing campaign, many begin by brainstorming slogans and taglines. In other words, they get fixated on copywriting.<p>But the copy is only as effective as the strategy behind it.<p>To increase your chances of …

Now's the Time to Make Your Estate Planning List and Check It Twice

Estate planning is a large umbrella that encompasses a number of things. Some of the different aspects your estate plan may cover include the …

Holidays in the South: 13 Must-Try Cocktails

Festive concoctions to help make your season a little more jolly<p>Festive concoctions to help make your season a little more jolly

12 Gift-Worthy Whiskey Bottles at Every Price Point

From $20 to $4,000, there's a brown booze for everyone on your list—including you.<p>254<p>SHARES<p>Whiskey is a hot ticket item for the holidays this …

Whiskey

Giving While Living: Do You Understand the Gift Tax?

When it comes to sharing your wealth, there may be no better time than the present.<p>“Many times, it’s better to give money or assets to your loved ones while you’re still around rather than wait until after you pass,” advises Hayden Adams, director of tax and financial planning at the Schwab Center …

Personal Finance

Introducing the 2017 Made in the South Awards Honorees

From a library-perfect leather chair to a hunting vest as handsome as it is hardworking to a light, bright pecan oil, this year's winners and runners-up prove the region is home to world-class talent<p>December 2017/January 2018<p>From a library-perfect leather chair to a hunting vest as handsome as it …

The 10 Best Bourbons To Drink Right Now

(Photo: Getty)America’s favorite spirit has never been hotter. Bourbon has soared in popularity over recent years for good reason: it’s a whiskey …

Alcohol

Your To-Do List Isn't Working. Here's How to Fix It in 1 Step

How to get unstuck, procrastinate less, and focus more.<p>You're probably familiar with the story for a jar that represents the time available in your life. You fill the jar with rocks, pebbles, and sand representing the big, medium, and small stuff you do every day. If you start with pebbles and …

Time Management

3 Things Every Good Retirement Plan Includes

Retirement planning needs to go beyond the basics of producing adequate retirement income.<p>When making a retirement plan, it's natural to focus on how …

Retirement

Liz Weston: 4 Steps to Disaster-Proof Your Finances

Mother Nature could be excused if she wondered, "How much more prompting do you people need?"<p>This year delivered epic wildfires, devastating hurricanes, massive floods and some pretty horrific earthquakes. Yet many people still haven't taken a few critical steps to protect their financial lives …

I Took All My Money Out of the Stock Market and It Feels Amazing

It’s time for this librarian to declare victory and get the hell out.<p>Do I think the stock market is about to crash? Am I afraid that with Donald …

The latest good advice from Vanguard’s Jack Bogle

International investments, which I have recommended for both stock and bond investors for more than 20 years, are finally getting at least some of …

4 Ways Retirement Savers Can Help Reduce Their RMDs

You're proud of the nest egg you've built in your IRA and 401(k), but are you prepared for the tax bill that will come with it when the time for …

Retirement

The Only Three Notes You Need To Write Before Speaking Off-Script

Spontaneous, off-the-cuff speaking can be tricky, but it’s easier when you don’t try to memorize a script. Here’s how to prepare instead.<p>Ever practiced with a script until you memorized it word for word, only to draw a blank during your actual presentation? Writing a script is usually a formula for …

A Harvard doctor shares the 3-ingredient breakfast she eats at work every morning

"A bowl of cereal, or a bagel, or a piece of toast, or a muffin are all no different than a dessert," Tello wrote in a recent Harvard Health blog post.<p>Think about it — most blueberry muffins aren't much different from cupcakes, and pancakes are little more than fried dough with liquid sugar poured …

Breakfast

How Working During Retirement Affects Social Security

Want to pick up a part-time job after you retire? Here's how it will affect your Social Security check.<p>Now more than ever, seniors are leaving their …

Retirement

Make Less Than $98,400? The Government Might Pay for Your Health Insurance

Don't fail to claim this valuable tax credit if you qualify for it.<p>Americans spend a staggeringly large percentage of their income on …

Retirement

Retirement Strategy: Will Your Nest Egg Last A Lifetime?

My most recent article had wonderful comments that hopefully helped many regular folks.<p>Annuities are always a hot topic for retirees, but are they …

Retirement