Michael Alvarez Martinez

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How quitting my corporate job for my startup dream f*cked my life up

Finally the SMS arrived:<p><i>“Tomorrow morning 5am, flight number AZ610 from Rome to NewYork.”</i><p>An SMS hitting my BlackBerry on Sunday evenings used to …

Can Your Business Live Without You?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Can you take a vacation without a laptop or tablet? If you answered no to this question then you might be facing one or two of the following scenarios:<p>You believe that your role is to make all the important decisions and solve the all …

Leadership

Making the Jump From Employee to Owner

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Every person who ever clocked in at work has had this thought: “If this were <i>my</i> business, I would run things differently.”<p>But what happens when you actually have the chance to buy the business you work for? I found out in 2006 when I …

Employment

Don't Underestimate the Casual Meeting

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Building a strong network can be quite an art, one that is often built over years of trial and error, largely resulting in learning through many mistakes.<p>There are, however, an abundance of opportunities to garner help, connections and …

Profit

5 Places to Look on Social Media for New Business Ideas

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Social media is a two-way street. It allows companies to increase visibility and awareness, raise their profile, promote a product or service and engage with customers. At the same time, customers use social media to express themselves …

Entrepreneurship

The 5 Irrefutable Principles of Selling

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There are five principles when it comes to selling. Follow these natural principles and sales begin to happen immediately. It doesn’t matter if you’re selling online or offline. These five principles are your five keys to unlocking the …

Selling

Successful Entrepreneurs Offer 5 Tips for Finding Elusive Startup Funding

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurship is a capitalist game. The rich find it easier to fund and operate their startup as compared to those who are not as lucky but trouble finding investors is the last excuse an aspiring entrepreneur has for giving up on …

Entrepreneurship