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10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Time Management

The Signs Your Business Writing Stinks (And 11 Solutions)

Hype, hyperbole and hard-sell. Wasted words. Jargon and puffery. They’re the bane of the PR world, and now these nefarious tactics have become notorious in online business as well. Today my friend-in-words Henneke Duistermaat is returning to give those of us who write in business (which is fairly …

Things You Should Know About YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, and Instagram

Many people are making use of key online video platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, and Vine to market their businesses to large, global audiences. However, popularity can be a double-edged sword. Many more people are unable to break through the incredible volume of videos on these platforms. …

Eight must-have Windows 8 apps for small businesses | ZDNet

Must-have Windows 8 apps<p>Small businesses running on Windows 8 will find these apps will ease the hassle of running a small business. From stock …

One Habit That Will Make You a Better Business Writer in No Time

Good writing has become an indispensable skill for success. Develop this habit to help your own writing turn the corner. "¨<p>Despite the many dire warnings that the written word is dead, people are in fact reading more than ever before. As with so many changes in our 21st-century world, the main …

James Patterson

How to Get Paid Faster: 10 Tricks

Cash is the lifeblood of your company. Try these tactics to keep it flowing.<p>Slow-paying or deadbeat clients are the bane of small businesses. How are you supposed to pay your bills, much less grow your company, when the money you've worked for isn't coming in the door?<p>Here are some ideas on how to …

Small Business

Cloud Computing's Paradox: More IT, But Less IT Management

Wither the information technology department? There’s been no end to speculation as of late, as employees bring their own devices to work, marketing chiefs grab more technology budget dollars, and everyone signs up and tends to their own cloud realms. Gartner, the analyst firm created by and for …

8 tools for sprucing up your Facebook page presence

Is your small business making the most of its Facebook interaction? These resources let you activate engagement, manage interactions, and run …

Twitter Is Your Friend. Use It.

Twitter can make your life and career better. Here's how one fledgling PR maven tweeted her way into a job and beyond.<p>You don't know Sarah Salbu, but that shouldn't stop you from learning from her.<p>As a young PR maven in the making, Salbu loves Twitter, and it seems that Twitter loves her back. She …

Social Media

10 Most Popular Sales Source Posts of the Year

Here are the posts readers liked the best and shared the most in 2013.<p>The "Sales Source" blog had a great year in 2013, reaching more readers than ever before. Here are the columns that you, the readers, liked the most last year:<p>17 Ways to Be Happier at Work--It's not difficult to experience more …

Leadership

Stop Spending Time With Toxic People

The people around you rarely have a neutral effect on you -- they either facilitate your accomplishments or undermine them.<p>Author, Strategic Advisor, Consultant, and Business Coach<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In his book</i> No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs<i>,</i> …

Self-help

How to Train Your Brain to Stay Positive

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As an entrepreneur, conquering challenge and failure is essential to the success of your business. You can learn to cultivate that resilience by training your brain to stay positive when times are tough.<p>"People tend to have a cognitive …

Self-help

7 Secrets of Self-Made Multimillionaires

<i>In a special webcast on April 28, 2015, 5 p.m. EST, Grant Cardone will show you how to make millions of dollars for your business using the phone. Register now for this webcast and you could earn gifts for participating.</i><p>First, understand that you no longer want to be just a millionaire. You want to …

Top 5 Technology Secrets To Build Your Small Business in 2014

For the 23 million small business owners in the U.S. who compete head to head against big-box stores every day, technology is a vital tool that's leveling the playing field for Main Street merchants.<p>Armed with a tablet and a few key apps, today's small businesses can tweet the day's specials, …

Marketing

The 3 Stages of Career Success

Every person with a financially successful career goes through these three distinct stages.<p>Recently, I laid out my rules for being successful in business. Today, I'm laying out, not the rules, but the process of becoming successful. In my observation, everyone who has a financially successful …

Laid

Before You Open Your Mouth Ask These Four Questions

Leaders rarely have enough time to prepare for the communicating they have to do. Here's a shortcut.<p>Steve Sargent, president and CEO of GE Australia and New Zealand, runs through a four-point checklist--sometimes in just 30 seconds--before every organized communication event, from small meetings to …

Crucial
Motivation

12 Best Books for Business Newbies

Books can be the solution to many of your greatest challenges in business. Start the new year with this essential reading list.<p>Some of the most successful business leaders I know all share a similar trait: a voracious hunger for knowledge. Fortunately, plenty of them have written books to share …

Self-improvement

6 Ways to Create Recurring Revenue

To increase the potential value of your business, create recurring revenue streams that don't depend on your personal salesmanship.<p>Video Transcript<p><b>00:10 John Warrillow:</b> For your business to be able to operate without you, one of the key ways to do that is to create some recurring revenues so you're …

Business Strategy

6 Ways to Get Sales Email Opened

Practical rules to ensure customer and potential customers actually read what you've written for them.<p>I recently received an email from a reader that contained an excellent question: "Do you have any Subject Line templates/best practices for prospecting emails?"<p>(<i>Note:</i> to hone your emailing skills, …

Marketing

8 Things Really Efficient People Do

Everyone wants more time. Efficiency is one way of adding minutes or hours to your day. Here are eight tips effectively used by the most efficient.<p>Most everyone would like to be more efficient. Just think, you would spend less time doing the things that you don't enjoy and more on the things that …

Time Management

Grit: It Contributes to Success More Than You Think

When you're trying to change an industry in a big way, it's the only thing that will keep you going.<p>If you spend much time with entrepreneurs who are radically changing anything--an industry, a technology, or a paradigm--you cannot help but be swept away by the possibility of it all.<p>I love being …

Motivation

Do You Know Your "Why?" 4 Questions To Find Your Purpose

If you’ve ever faced a significant crisis in your life you’ll have experienced the power of purpose to tap reserves of energy, determination and courage you likely didn’t know you had. Your mission was clear. Your goal was compelling. Your focus was laser-like. Your potential was tapped.<p>The power …

What Kind of Leader Are You?

LEAD<p>Your employees might have you pegged, but how well do you know yourself?<p>The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.<p>From the October issue of <i>Inc.</i> magazine

Employment

4 Myths About Success to Ignore

When you're running a business, it's tempting to fall for get-successful-quick schemes. Here are four so-called "success" strategies that can easily backfire.<p>Most of us are looking for the key to success. As I've mentioned in previous columns, I believe that the core foundation for a successful …

Self-improvement