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4 Ways Small Businesses Can Survive the Slower Months

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When I entered the small-business game as the president of StorageMart, a self-storage facility, I knew to expect a seasonal slowdown. After all, fewer people need storage facilities during the busy holiday months as moving isn't exactly …

2 charts that might give you a new perspective on US income inequality

It's no secret that the US has an inequality problem.<p>But it is striking to see it compared with other developed economies.<p>In a recent note to …

5 Ways Your Manufacturing Company Can Sell More

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As is happening in every other industry, manufacturing companies are seeing their sales models changing quickly. Sadly, many of these companies are still using antiquated, ineffective sales models and processes, leaving their sales staffs …

These tips could help make you more productive

TalentSmart has tested more than a million people and found that the upper echelons of top performance are filled with people who are high in …

Emotional Intelligence

Emerging markets are more financially integrated than ever. This is what it means for the global economy

Financial spillovers occur when fluctuations in the price of an asset trigger changes in the prices of other assets. They can reflect both desirable …

Stock Markets

Try These Marketing Strategies for Your Small Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneur Network partners Chris Haddon and Jason Balin discuss effective marketing strategies for small businesses. Emphasizing value, follow-ups and offline marketing, Haddon and Balin provide tips for any entrepreneur.<p>As a …

5 Tips for Structuring Your New Business Like a Pro

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Is your new business a “lemonade stand”? That’s the term we use to describe businesses that were set up quickly with lots of passion but will fade into oblivion instantly when hit with the first sign of a legal or tax challenge. Lemonade …

Small Business

3 Ways to Hold Employees Accountable for Their Career Growth

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It can be tough finding a balance between micromanaging and being too hands-off, especially when it comes to guiding employees who want to grow within the company. So, how can employers guide them and hold them accountable without being …

5 Shipping Trends for Small Ecommerce Businesses To Watch

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Shipping is the final (and arguably most important) frontier when it comes to satisfying customers. Big box retailers have made shipping a priority by routinely examining and revamping their fulfillment methods, resulting in solutions …

To Achieve Your Goals You Must Become Attractive On the Inside

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Half of this year is gone. Have you reached 50 percent of your goals?<p>If one of your goals is to be successful -- in any area of your life or career -- before 2016 comes to an end, the one thing you must to do is to become an attractive …

Small Businesses Need an Online and an Offline Marketing Strategy

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When I had a cold calling job, I spoke to hundreds of business owners, ranging from plumbers to hair stylists. While the majority of entrepreneurs had a handle on their craft, they had no idea how to market their businesses.<p>Most of them …

Getting the Most From Your Accountant Means More Than Just Doing Your Taxes

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Great accountants don't just take care of tax-prep and compliance issues. Numbers really do tell a story and today's entrepreneurs are turning to qualified small business accountants to help drive success and business.<p>With the right …

5 SMS Marketing Tips for Small Businesses

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A number of small and local businesses do not have Short Message Service (SMS) marketing high on their priority list. The primary reason for this is the stringent anti-spam laws that govern marketing strategies. American businesses are …

3 Small Businesses You Can Jumpstart Right Now

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Many people dream of quitting the 9-to-5 grind to start their own business. Success as an entrepreneur can mean a life of financial independence and freedom. But with all the added responsibilities of having to juggle kids and family, …

Top 5 Small Business Tools

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Being your own boss can mean being your own marketing department, public relations team or sales squad — you name it, small business owners often end up handling it themselves, at least at some point. With so many hats to wear, you need …

How to develop successful young leaders

HR professionals love to joke about kids these days who come out of school thinking they’re ready to be a CEO, but what’s wrong with that I ask you? …

Employment

Top 10 CRMs Small Business Owners Need to Thrive

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Customer relationship management (CRM) has been an effective tool for managing interactions with customers and prospects of course, with the main goal of enhancing and improving the customers relationship with the company. It was in use …

7 Creative Strategies for Marketing Your Startup on a Tight Budget

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Boostrapping builds character. There are endless ways to finance your ideas, but there’s nothing like marketing a startup with a modest budget to encourage innovation. Limited funds give you an excuse to flex your creative muscle and …

How do I build a website for my small business?

I know that having a website is a good way to promote my business but I don't know where to start.<p>Should I need to pay someone to do it for me, or …

What does Brexit mean for Britain’s economy? This is what the experts say

Britain has voted to leave the European Union in a referendum that has sent tremors through financial markets around the world.<p>The historic decision …

5 Ways Small-Business Owners Can Improve Customer Retention

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Your small business runs on customers and your willingness to grow. Now more than ever before, customer experience plays an important part in retaining repeat business. Whether your small business is a retail store or a physician’s …

What are the 21st-century skills every student needs?

The gap between the skills people learn and the skills people need is becoming more obvious, as traditional learning falls short of equipping …

Pedagogy

The 6 Best Advertising Strategies For Small Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Small business owners need to be realistic about their advertising campaigns. Typically, of course, they'll be looking for effective, low-cost solutions, but typically, too, you can have just one or the other; you're unlikely to find a …

5 Must-Know Lessons About the Small Business World

Common sense strategies will grow your tribe, if you're consistent.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Over the last five years there have been some really hard lessons I’ve had to learn. Some were painful, some cost me money, some set me back from reaching my goals, but …

5 Tips for Building an Online Community for Your Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Is there a more beautiful word in the English language than “community”? From a Latin word meaning “things shared by many or all,” “community” speaks to our desire and need to connect with others -- and it even sounds nice rolling off the …

6 Steps Young Entrepreneurs Can Take To Join a Corporate Board

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It is an unfortunate phenomenon, but I have seen many young business leaders and entrepreneurs shy away from opportunities to join boards simply due to intimidation and fear. These individuals do not feel as though they have the …

How does inequality change innovation?

When asked why he robbed banks, Willie Sutton reportedly replied, “Because that’s where the money is.” That dictum is apt for more than just bank …

How to Calculate 'Breakeven'

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We recently explained the process of arriving at calculations for mark-up and gross margin. Next, we thought we would walk reader through calculating 'breakeven.' Breakeven will help you know how much your sales have to grow before you …

How To Protect Your Financial IT From Cyber Crimes

If you are in business, you are likely in it to make money and not to lose money. With technology constantly evolving creates a constant target on …

A Framework for Expanding Your Business Internationally

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Global expansion can be great for your business, and even better for your local economy. Bloomberg reports, “U.S. companies operating internationally help spur economic growth that creates domestic jobs to meet demand in foreign markets,” …

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