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Referral marketing: The secret weapon that should be in your arsenal

It happens: you end up in the same new restaurant twice in two days. But what happens after, that’s what’s interesting. The first time, you land a great table with an awesome view of the shining city by night. Good so far!<p>Both you and your friend enjoy your meals. You order the wok-style sirloin …

Marketing

Keeping your money too close to home could cost you

If you’re an investor, the ideal opportunity would be one that promised you great return for little risk. But, in reality, hitting that one perfect bet is tough, if not impossible: a company’s revenues can shift, its industry may fall out of favor, or economic news may suddenly paint a different …

Four Investment Strategies You’re Afraid to Admit You Don’t Understand

<b>Updated July 2017</b> — Diversity is a good thing — especially in a time of volatility. Knowledgeable investors may want to explore alternative routes to …

The 5 best ways to invest $10,000

Your definition of windfall may vary, but there’s little argument that $10,000 is a healthy chunk of cash — certainly enough to give you cold feet when deciding how to invest it.<p>The good news is there are a lot of options: $10,000 is enough to more than meet most online broker minimums.<p>We’ve …

16 Startup Metrics

We have the privilege of meeting with thousands of entrepreneurs every year, and in the course of those discussions are presented with all kinds of …

10 TED Talks Every Entrepreneur Must Watch | Inc.com

It's 2015, and it’s no secret that millions of Americans are excited about startup culture in the country and around the world. It’s hard not to be fascinated by the growing landscape of thousands of new lean startups, most intending to disrupt entire industries.<p>Perhaps <i>you</i> want to get in on the …

Self-improvement

How to increase your revenue in 6 years by 100 times what it is today

<i>This post is in partnership with Entrepreneur. The article below was originally published at</i> <i>entrepreneur.</i><i>com</i><i>.</i><p>By Zach Cutler, Entrepreneur<p>In 2009, I …

The Smartest Entrepreneurs Are Listening to These 10 Podcasts

Want to become a better entrepreneur? Start listening to one or all of these 10 podcasts.<p>The rumor mill says Apple and major car manufacturers are in talks to have podcasting be the new "car radio." While I won't speculate, there is no doubting that podcast listenership has grown over the …

The single best way to start getting rich, from a nearly 20-year-old personal finance classic

"It's not about how much money you make," Robert Kiyosaki writes in personal finance classic "Rich Dad Poor Dad." "It's about how much money you keep."<p>Most of us learn how to make money — how to get a job and work hard — yet we don't learn how to <i>manage</i> it, the important part.<p>"Money without …

How To Appear Competent Without Saying A Word

First impressions are formed in an instant and appearance can heavily influence someone's initial opinion of a business leader's personality, competence and capability.<p>Like it or not, appearance does matter. When you dress and carry yourself in a positive manner, this helps convey to others the …

7 Steps For Writing A Startup Business Plan Template

,Writing a <b>startup business plan</b> is considered as the most important part of every startup business. If you’re interested in launching a new startup …

Here’s the Schedule Very Successful People Follow Every Day

All too often, productivity tips are a dime a dozen. Some even <i>conflict</i> with each other. What we need is a system.<p><b>What schedule do the pros use? What</b> …

If You Want To Innovate, Learn These 9 Rules

On December 9th, 1968, a research project funded by the US Department of Defense launched a revolution. The focus was not a Cold War adversary or even a resource rich banana republic, but rather to “augment human intellect” and the man driving it was not a general, but a mild mannered engineer …

Innovation

8 Ways to Develop Long-Term Focus and Achieve Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It’s been said that your most valuable form of capital is your mind. Entrepreneurial Personality Types (or EPTs), discovered by Alex Charfen, are naturally capable of widespread success -- but what happens when you’re pushed off track? …

Is the future of business a company without workers, managers, or a CEO?

These days, it’s hardly surprising to hear that a hot new startup has received gobs of money from eager investors. But a new company called the DAO (short for “decentralized autonomous organization”) is not your average startup.<p>The DAO, designed to serve as a kind of venture capital fund for the …

Blockchain

Dear auto entrepreneurs, please think outside the gearbox

With Tesla’s growing popularity, Uber’s continued global expansion, incessant rumors of Apple’s entry into transit, the ascent of drones, Google’s exploration of self-driving cars and the billion-dollar sale of Cruise Automation to GM, the transport sector has never looked hotter for aspiring …

There Are New 'Pools of Money' Available for Entrepreneurs. Listen in as This Startup Finance Braintrust Talks What, Why and How.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The rules for equity crowdfunding, whereby an entrepreneur can raise money by selling a piece of his or her company for cash, changed in May. It’s been a hot topic since then. And to address this nascent and still as of yet largely …

5 Game-Changing Skills Every Young Entrepreneur Can Master

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Have you seen the recent Cadillac commercial?<p>You know, the "Don't You Dare" one with all the young entrepreneurs who are changing the world. You see these young inventors and pioneers and venture capitalists and you think, "now that<i>'s</i> …

The $6 trillion opportunity in the IoT

In short, the IoT is a network of objects connected to the Internet that can collect and exchange data.<p>That brand new car loaded with apps? Internet of Things. The smart home devices that let you control the thermostat and lights with one voice command? Internet of Things. That fitness tracker that …

7 lessons learned growing from $1,000 to $15,000 a month in 100 days

$15,000/mo in 100 days. Here’s how we got here…<p>I’m about to hit “publish.”<p>“It's both terrifyingly interesting and interestingly terrifying”According to VICE, TNW Conference is quite the eventFIND OUT WHY<p><i>What’s the worst that could happen, right?</i><p><i>Mm… maybe we should wait until tomorrow.</i><p><i>Let me get</i> …

What 25 Years and $200 Million in Financing Taught Me

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I like to think of myself as a young man, but I guess I have a full head of grey hair now. I’ve run three different tech startups, a public company for seven years, raised a lot of money and bought and sold a number of companies. I’ve …

7 Must-Read Classic Business Books | Inc.com

Summer vacation. For most founders of early-stage and fast-growth companies those two words together are about as foreign as snow in August. Still, summer does tend to slow down the pace somewhat.<p>So whether you are one of the lucky ones who's managed to negotiate a few days on the beach or you …

Entrepreneurship

Five Entrepreneurs Share Why They Started Their Business

Often the only way to get started on a new venture, is simply to decide to get started.<p>The aha! moment to start your own venture can result from a moment of generosity as much as a negative experience. The need to help a colleague, to create a safer product choices and to eliminate bias in the …

Your Next Startup Idea Could Be Hiding in Some Really Surprising Places

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Dos and don'ts of writing a business plan

<i>By Tom Chalmers</i><p>An idea without a strong business plan has little chance of getting an investment. As a result, getting the business plan right is an essential task for any entrepreneur looking for funding. The last business plan I wrote was 11 years ago when I started my first business, and since …

What Upsets Creative People More Than Anything Else | Inc.com

Everyone who has a naturally creative spark knows the dreaded feeling.<p>The moment you realise that you're actually being discouraged from having ideas because other people think they're a waste of time.<p>Have you ever experienced this: Your boss, manager or CEO decides that they need to come up with …

Creativity

How to Sell Bitcoin - A Guide to Selling Bitcoin Online or In Person

<i>Last Updated: 20th January 2018</i><p>These days virtually all the methods available to buy bitcoin also offer the option to sell.<p>The exception is bitcoin …

11 things to do in your 20s to become a millionaire by 30

"In a free-market economy, anyone can make as much money as they want," emphasizes self-made millionaire Steve Siebold, who has also studied over 1,200 of the world's wealthiest people. That applies to 20-somethings.<p>To help you reach the seven-figure mark by 30, we rounded up 11 pieces of advice …

These websites offer reliable answers to common financial questions

You have questions about investing, and the Internet has answers.<p>Finding them is the challenge. So much of what you find through online searches is dated, uninformed or presented by banks and investment firms trying to sell you stuff. For reliable answers to 20 common financial planning and …