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How to Know You Have a Good Startup Idea: 5 Questions | Inc.com

You've thought up this hazy, partially-defined, intangible thing, that might or might not be a real product one day. So how do you know if you're onto something?<p>"Fundamentally, we are in that business of working alongside leaders to help them figure out what's worth pursuing from a design …

Startups

10 Shakespeare Quotes Every Business Leader Should Read | Inc.com

I realize William Shakespeare as business guru may be an unconventional interpretation of the poet and playwright. But why not take inspiration where you can find it? Shakespeare's legacy persists across these many centuries precisely because his words lay themselves open to discussion, enjoyment, …

William Shakespeare

Customer Experience Starts With C.A.R.E | Inc.com

Companies offering an exceptional customer experience can exceed their peers’ gross margin by more than 26 percent.<p>How do you deliver a consistently top-level customer experience?<p>Sadly, there is no short-cut to becoming best in class. Creating great customer experience comes down to having great …

Customer Experience

10 Words That Can Make You More Powerful | Inc.com

The words you use are more powerful than you imagine. Most people greet each other with words that have no power. Think of the last time you heard someone else (or even yourself) respond to a greeting of "How are you?" with "Oh, I am doing so-so," "Hanging in there," "I'm surviving" or "Not too …

Luke Skywalker

5 Ways To Improve Your Website

As the face of your company to the world, a good website is a must-have for your business. Here’s how to make it not only attractive, but functional–for you and your audience.<p>A main-street business owner can see if consumers are entering their store or walking right by; they know what products are …

Pay Per Click

Great Management Questions from Paul Graham, Jim Collins, and Other Business Leaders | Inc.com

There’s no Superman versus Iron Man face-off between questions and answers over which is the better tool for innovation. But if there were, questions would be winning. Questions ignite imaginations, avert catastrophes, and reveal unexpected paths to brighter destinations. Jim Collins, Marshall …

Leadership

Don't Ignore the Importance of Your Site's URL Structure

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Often when a team is involved in building new website project, excitement takes hold and that momentum carries the group forward to complete the project. Lots of new features and functions are developed in a semi-chaotic fashion; fresh …

Online

Every Great Interview Starts With One Question | Inc.com

The best interviews are conversations. But it's hard to have a conversation when you ask a series of fairly unrelated questions. No matter how hard you try, the process will feel, to the candidate, more like an interrogation, and where interrogations are concerned, there are no winners.<p>So try this …

Employment

15 Surprisingly Creative Vegan Smoothie Recipes

You can't handle the smooth! (JK, you totally can.)

The killer interview questions every employer should ask

Here are some killer interview questions that allow you to sort the wheat from the chaff – and some signals that should send alarm bells …

Want to Make More Money? Understand the Multiplying Effect.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>How much money do you want to make every year? If you haven’t seriously asked yourself that, you should. Why wouldn’t you learn how to make money? It’s a very easy question to answer. And until you’ve really thought about it, it’s …

Entrepreneurship

13 Things You Should Never Say At Work

The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning. – Mark Twain<p>Darlene Price, author of <i>Well Said! Presentations and Conversations That Get Results</i>, concurs. “Words matter,” she says. “They are a …

42 Successful People Share The Best Advice They Ever Received

Along the way, they received some guidance that changed their views and, inevitably, got them to the top.<p>In its latest "Influencers" series, LinkedIn asked 70+ top professionals in banking, real estate, public relations, energy, technology, and media to answer the question: "What is the best advice …

Leadership

The Big Retail Mistake You Might Be Making | Inc.com

Many people in business get panicky this time of year. They want a certain result, like a particular level of sales, and if it doesn't come in as expected, panic ensues. That is just as true in retailing as any other industry--except when retailers panic, the emergency measures can have direct and …

eCommerce

12 Reasons Lijiang Is The Prettiest City On Earth

Eat it, Venice. There's a reason every young person in China dreams of moving there.

Helpful Infographic Perfectly Pairs Wine with Food

Whether you consider yourself a wine connoisseur or not, you could probably use this infographic to learn a thing or two about the liquid of the gods. How many calories does a typical glass of white wine versus red wine have and, more importantly, which wine should you pair with tonight's dinner? …

Infographics

7 Things Really Amazing Communicators Do | Inc.com

It doesn't matter whether you are in the business of delivering products or services--either way, your success depends heavily on communication. When things go wrong, you can almost always trace the problem to a breakdown in communication. And when things go right, it's usually great communicators …

Public Speaking

Alexa von Tobel's 8 Lessons for Entrepreneurs

The founder of LearnVest offers the most important lessons she learned while building her award-winning financial management business.

Entrepreneurship

The Brochure Is <em>Not</em> Dead | Inc.com

In a recent post, “The Brochure Is Dead,” Inc. columnist Geoffrey James suggested that brochures are a “waste of paper, ink, time, and money”--that, basically, they’re not useful when compared to online options.<p>I disagree with this statement, and many Inc. readers did too. As one individual noted, …

Customers

How to Sell to Humans | Inc.com

<i>HubSpot co-founder Dharmesh Shah recently did something unsettling. He's a self-described evangelist for inbound marketing, or the idea that you use content to pull in customers, rather than ads that push them away. But in front of 5,000 employees and customers, he declared, "Inbound marketing is</i> …

Marketing

How to Sell Your Idea in Less Than 3 Minutes | Inc.com

One thing I have learned over the last few decades of listening to entrepreneurs pitch their ideas is this: it takes me less than three minutes to either tune out or want to know much more. In general, if you can’t win over a potential investor in those critical three minutes, you will need to keep …

Business Strategy

LinkedIn's Series B Pitch to Greylock: Pitch Advice for Entrepreneurs

<b>2.3K</b> Flares <b>2.3K</b> Flares ×<p>At Greylock, my partners and I are driven by one guiding mission: <i>always help entrepreneurs</i>. It doesn’t matter whether an …

10 Reasons Customers Will Pay More | Inc.com

Customers always want to pay as little as possible, right? Not so fast. Customers often willingly pay more for a product even when they can get a functionally similar (or even identical) product elsewhere for less. Here's why:<p><b>1. Your product is easier to buy.</b><p>Customers hate futzing around with …

Customers

What Online Marketing Strategy is Right for You? | Inc.com

As recently as a few years ago, online marketing meant one thing: search marketing. And there were only two flavors of search marketing: search engine marketing (SEO) or paid search (PPC). Today, there are seven distinct online channels that can be leveraged as part of your overall marketing mix: …

Marketing

15 Business Etiquette Rules Every Professional Needs To Know

Barbara Pachter's new book reveals the essentials of business etiquette.

Business School

15 Business Etiquette Rules Every Professional Needs To Know

The rules are slightly different from standard social settings, yet business schools rarely discuss professional etiquette topics.<p>In her new book "The Essentials Of Business Etiquette," Barbara Pachter writes about the specific skills professionals need to understand when presenting themselves in a …

Etiquette

29 Feelings That Are Better Than Sex

You know what i'm talking about.

Throw Conventional Marketing Tactics Out The Window

When I was first starting my business, I was bombarded with information about how to market and advertise myself.<p>You’ve probably heard a few of these …