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25 Ways To Live Differently

If your goal is to live a boring life and be like everyone else, you are probably well on your way. However, if your life goal is to make your own …

10 Things Happy People Do Differently

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.<p>-Dalai Lama<p>Think being happy is something that happens as a result of luck, …

Happiness

Entrepreneur Smarts: 30 Lessons I Learned in 30 Years

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>Editor's Note: A version of this article previously appeared at LewisHowes.com.</i><p>It was a warm night outside Caffe Dante, my favorite Gelato spot in New York's Greenwich Village. I usually go there alone. I walk through Washington Square …

Motivation

How to Make Your Emails Write Themselves

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>"I'm sure I spend 30 minutes a day either retyping something or looking through my sent emails to find an answer I can copy-and-paste."</i><p>Sound familiar? It's what one of my clients told me when I asked where she felt she was losing time …

Productivity

How to Give Your Customers Exactly What They Want (Infographic)

Your business lives and dies by its customers. And you don’t have a whole lot of room for error when it comes to taking care of them.<p>It takes a dozen positive experiences with your business for a customer to get over one negative experience, according to the infographic below by credit-card giant …

Social Media

What Your Company Logo Says About Your Brand (Infographic)

This story originally appeared on PR Daily<p>A truly great company logo becomes synonymous with its identity. Think about the McDonald’s golden arches, Apple’s apple, Coca-Cola’s cursive typeface, Nike’s swoosh and all the other iconic brand images that you remember.<p>But what does a logo say about your …

Graphic Design

10 Tips for Improving Your Memory

It's hard to recall every single little detail. Here are 10 tips to make remembering easier.<p>Yesterday I was readying myself to sit down and write this column, and I completely forgot what subject I had planned. I laughed out loud when I found my notes and saw the title. Perhaps I couldn't remember …

Twitter / Account Suspended

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The Wild and Crazy Career Paths of 5 Self-Made Billionaires (Infographic)

Virgin Empire founder Richard Branson’s first job was selling Christmas trees. NBA Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s first job was selling garbage bags. Las Vegas Sands Corporation CEO Sheldon Adelson’s first job was selling newspapers. Groupon co-founder Eric Lefkofsky’s first job was selling …

Selling

Franchising Social Media: Then And Now

I first wrote (here on Small Business Trends) about how franchisors were starting to use social media back in 2009. I shared some of the things that …

How to Handle Bad Online Reviews for Your Small Business

A good reputation is vital to the success of a small business. Today, with so many customers researching businesses online before they decide where …

5 Ways to Turn Customer Leads Into Cash (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Building and maintaining customer relationships is a vital part of growing your business, but it's easy to let it fall by the wayside amid the daily grind. Take advantage of the summer slowdown to improve your approach to generating …

Online Life

Keys to Success: Overcoming 5 Fears That Hold Entrepreneurs Back

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>Editor's Note: A version of this article previously appeared at LewisHowes.com.</i><p>There are plenty of fears and excuses that hold us back from getting what we want as entrepreneurs. But success (and failure) is a choice.<p>When I started out in …

Entrepreneurship

5 Secrets to Increasing Customer Retention -- and Profits

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One-time customers aren't going to fuel the continued growth of your business. Retaining customers is crucial to your long-term success. According to Gartner Group, a 5 percent increase in customer retention can increase business profits …

Marketing

10 Questions to Ask Yourself When Measuring Your Management Strengths

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Managers often have no problem evaluating their employees' strengths and weaknesses, but taking stock of their own skills is just as important. After all, one of the keys to success in business is knowing what you're good at and what you …

Employment