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A Quick Exercise To Generate 9 New Growth Ideas

Common sense usually leads to average outcomes. Here’s how to get to uncommonly good thoughts.<p>It’s 1:54 a.m. I should be asleep. But two distractions are keeping me going. First, my house is dead silent, a state it rarely achieves with three young kids. Second, I returned home from a strategy …

Best iPad Games for Business Travel | Inc.com

Business travel can be wearisome, especially long flights and long waits at the airport. It's much easier to enjoy business travel, though, if you can zone out with a truly absorbing computer game.<p>I've tried out several dozen iPad games but these are the best for business travel, according to the …

10 Impertinent Questions for John Paul DeJoria

The co-founder of Paul Mitchell on how he got even with his 11th grade teacher

5 Qualities Every Founder Should Have | Inc.com

Dreaming up a promising idea and then executing your vision certainly matters in business. But it's not the only thing. Success matters, too, on the make-up of the founder.<p>To gain insight into the crucial qualities of outstanding business founders, I reached out to Mike Rothenberg, founder and CEO …

All Great Entrepreneurs Have This | Inc.com

What makes an entrepreneur successful?<p>Some people believe it's the ability to innovate. However, many startups are refinements of existing business models or improvements on how everyday products and services are delivered. Being innovative helps, but it's not the deciding factor.<p>How about access …

How to Beat These Dirty Negotiation Tactics

<b></b><br>Negotiation styles have been researched and discussed a lot in the recent period. Countless courses dedicated to the importance of collaboration in …

4 Free Channels To Attract New Customers

So you’ve created your very first business but you’re struggling to find customers?<p><i>It’s a really common problem.</i><p>Don’t worry though; there are …

Give New Hires the Best Chance for Success

It’s Monday morning and the first day for a new management trainee. The understandably apprehensive newbie walks into the building and immediately …

You Need to Identify a Potential Employer’s Pain Point

Organizations hire new employees because they have to satisfy essential demands. They need something they currently don’t have. <i>You</i> are the potential …

Mindsy Wants To Be The Netflix Of E-Learning

Launched publicly last month, Mindsy is a new UK startup that’s building a Netflix-style service for consuming e-learning content, specifically online video courses. Instead of selling individual courses as per sites like Udemy and Skillshare, the company is repackaging some of the same premium …

10 Questions to Ask Before Quitting Your Day Job to Run Your Own Company

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The dream of being one's own boss is what leads many people to start businesses, but leaving your bread-and-butter job to fulfill that vision is a move that shouldn't be made hastily.<p>In his book, <i>Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day</i> …

4 Reasons Your Business Needs a Mobile App

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you decide to build a mobile app for your business, it's important to be clear about your objectives from the start and strategize around them.<p>What are the ways that you can harness the power of mobile apps? Here are four of the most …

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 to Make Your Best Employees Even More Profitable

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Unfortunately, some of my worst decisions involved hiring the wrong employees. That said, some of my luckiest decisions, have been hiring the right employees. A bad employee will set you back months, if not years, and a good employee will …

Cybersecurity Basics: Surf the Web Safely With These Browsers

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Web-based cyber security attacks on small businesses are on the rise. Of all internet-borne attacks, 31 percent are targeted at businesses with fewer than 250 employees, according to a recent report from Symantec. In order to protect …

5 Tips to Launch Your Workday the Right Way

Of all the challenges we face during a busy workweek, getting up ready to take on the day is sometimes the toughest of them all. Many of us don’t …

Time Management

The 7 Sleep Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We all know lack of sleep is harmful to our health -- sleep affects mood, increases risk of psychiatric disorders and depression, cardiovascular disease and lowers immune system health. Yet the stress of running a company and long working …

The Ins and Outs of Raising Money From Friends and Family

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><b>What it is:</b> It is one of the most common forms of startup funding out there. Banks and independent investors might not want to risk money on you. But those who are close to you and believe in you might be willing to take a chance on your …

What is Growth Equity, Anyway? And When Do You Need It? | Inc.com

Congratulations. You’ve beaten the odds. Your big idea has become a real company. You’ve raised seed and early-stage money, and your product is in market and getting traction. All that remains is to scale the business, file for your IPO, and start shopping for your jet, right?<p>Surviving the perils …

10 Easy Money Saving Tips for Students

As a student, you are probably prepared to learn a lot of new things. Saving money is one of them! The words ‘college’ and ‘broke’ often go hand in …

5 Phrases You Should Never Use In An Email

If you want to sound like an intelligent person rather than a cliché-spouting robot, that is.<p>It’s way easier to rely on clichés and claptrap in your writing than to expend the energy on an original thought–one reason why the 70 emails you send a day all sound the same.<p>Is this a bad thing? Not …

Second-Guessing Being an Entrepreneur? 5 Things to Consider | Inc.com

Do you ever wake up, knowing you have a long, challenging day ahead and ask yourself why you chose to start a business? Sure you do, even if it's for the briefest moment. Long hours, difficult employees, unreliable suppliers, lack of cash flow, and demanding customers will drive any human being to …

8 Ways to Stay Calm in the Midst of Chaos | Inc.com

It's the nature of business to create panic and chaos. Everyone dreams of a company that runs smoothly and efficiently, but ambitious entrepreneurs, managers and salespeople can't help but push for speed. Rather than slow down on a product release or turn down a customer or two until processes are …

Why Being Poor Leads To Bad Decisions

“It appears that poverty itself reduces cognitive capacity,” conclude the authors of a new paper in Nature. We explore the psychology behind that notion.<p>So you’re standing in the cereal aisle in search of breakfast. Do you opt for granola or Fruit Loops, high nutrition or low cost? Or do you really …

Zen And The Art Of Constructive Conversations

Whether it’s on the tennis court or the sales floor, applying principles from Yoga and meditation can help you keep your composure and work towards the result you want. Remember: breathe!<p>I was scheduled to play one of the area’s top players in a local tennis tournament. My opponent, Scott M., was …

Why You Shouldn’t Hire Family to Work at Your Start-Up

I’m going to make a statement that will surely make me the most unpopular person at my next family reunion: whatever you do, don’t hire your family …