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4 Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The greatest lessons you'll ever learn will most likely be from your own experience. But entrepreneurs can also learn a lot from the advice and experiences of others, as long as we allow ourselves to be teachable.<p>Perhaps you were in grade …


How Entrepreneurs Think Differently and You Should Too

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs are a curious bunch.<p>They come in all shapes, sizes, genders and backgrounds. They get up at dawn. They're the first ones to the office and the last ones to leave. They use productivity apps, network their tooshes off and …


10 Questions to Ask Yourself When Measuring Your Management Strengths

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Managers often have no problem evaluating their employees' strengths and weaknesses, but taking stock of their own skills is just as important. After all, one of the keys to success in business is knowing what you're good at and what you …

Time Management

Change Is Good. Now, How to Get Employees to Buy In

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Change is key in business for remaining relevant and ahead of the curve. But, while managers love change, employees often fear it or fight it. You always can fire an employee if she doesn't get with the program, but that's not good …


5 Signs It's Time to Fire Your Mentor

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I remember the evening my wife broke the bad news to me. The conversation had been spinning out of control -- I just hadn't seen it. I desperately wanted things to be different. I wanted to believe that what I was experiencing wasn't …


How to Set the Right Goals for Your Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you start a company, there is no limit to how big a future you can envision; but usually, you lack the resources to turn that vision into a business.<p>To close that gap, you have to be great at sales. And the sales pitch you must …


Why You Shouldn't Send Your Business Plan to Investors

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most entrepreneurs think they can get funding simply by sending out their business plan. Unfortunately, this rarely works. Over the past 15 years, my company, Growthink, has developed thousands of business plans for entrepreneurs seeking …

Small Business

3 Ways to Boost Your Social ROI

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Social media can connect you with customers, but only if it's used effectively. A survey from Manta, an online business community, found that while more companies used social media in 2012 than the year before, only around 40 percent saw …


The Wild and Crazy Career Paths of 5 Self-Made Billionaires (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Virgin Empire founder Richard Branson’s first job was selling Christmas trees. NBA Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s first job was selling garbage bags. Las Vegas Sands Corporation CEO Sheldon Adelson’s first job was selling newspapers. …


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