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The Instagram Accounts Every French Girl Follows

We look to France’s leading ladies for outfit inspiration, and, well, lessons in being effortlessly chic (how <i>do</i> they do it?). So, obviously, we've …

France

3 Things to Look for When Hiring a Business Plan Writer

I’ve been quite vocal with my concern that farming your business plan out is usually a bad idea.A business plan is not a one-time task—it’s an …

Small Business

Why Goals Are Like Gold in Business

Companies that know exactly where they want to go will know exactly how to get there. That starts with setting goals based on purpose and values.<p>Setting goals gives you purpose and direction, whether you're trying to lose weight or trying to run a million-dollar business. Without goals, we'd …

Management

The #1 Preventable Cause of Small Business Failure

Don't make the #1 mistake most failing entrepreneurs make when trying to launch and grow a business.<p>Without a doubt, the number one reason that startups fail is lack of capital. Not having money to effectively launch and maintain a business is a deathblow to any startup.<p>In order to be successful, …

How to Hype Your Business on YouTube (Infographic)

A comprehensive description of what it takes to turn YouTube from a pastime into a market strategy.<p>Hardly a day goes by when I don't hear a marketing guru or pundit wax eloquent on the subject of using social media to market yourself and your company.<p>The problem I always have with that strategy is …

3 Ways Glowing Health Unlocks Locks the Door of Success

Founder of BusinessNET<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When it comes to building a successful business, most entrepreneurs focus on issues like their product, the market, start-up capital and the logistics of building an empire from the ground up. It can be a very …

5 Daily Tasks Successful Entrepreneurs Never Put Away

Check out these five tasks your successful colleagues accomplish every day and put them on your daily list as well<p>Nobody wants to be a failure. Of course, eager pull towards success cannot be put in one row with instinct of survival, however, I doubt anyone underestimates its importance in personal …

Time Management

Reporting for Duty: The Case for a Strong Reporting Structure

CFO of Qstream<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A critical aspect of a CFO’s role at a startup is facilitating the creation and implementation of a strong, comprehensive reporting structure. This reporting algorithm should evaluate the current health of the business by …

To Thrive As A Design Marketplace, Think Like An Engineer

AHAlife’s key to staying power? A disciplined business strategy, superior data analytics, and its founders’ backgrounds in engineering.<p>Launching a curated online marketplace is risky business. Margins are low. It’s hard to control quality when you don’t physically hold any stock. And with a retail …

The Top 8 Dos and Don'ts for Startup Marketing

Follow these tips on the right moves to make--and not to make.<p>Marketing your startup is your first priority whenever you launch a company. You have no platform and you have no existing customers. Gaining traction is an obstacle the majority of startups fail at, and it's why 90% of startups continue …

The key to happiness at work isn’t money–it’s autonomy

When I was around 10 years old, my stay-at-home dad went back to work. For the next few years, he switched jobs a lot. For a while he took portraits in a photography studio; another time, he managed a bookstore. He told me more than once that he was looking for a job with plenty of autonomy. He was …

Employee Engagement

The One Thing You Need to Be an Effective Leader

Originally published by <b>Daniel Goleman</b> on LinkedIn: Connection: The Key to High Performance Leadership<p>It was a difficult moment in the history of the BBC, the venerable British media organization: an experimental news division had not met expectations, and after a trial year was being shut</b> …

Leadership

This Ancient Chinese Text Is the Manual for Business Disruptors

When disruption became the rallying cry for innovators a decade ago, they seized on ancient work of Chinese philosophy to prove their point. In …

5 Exercises to Help Boost Creativity, Divergent Thinking

Where do our best ideas come from? As it turns out, science says there are a number of ways to help prime the brain for divergent thinking. If you've …

Creativity

Crowdcube blocked 'hundreds' of investors from backing a shoe startup

Galahad Clark told Business Insider that Vivo Barefoot — a company selling shoes that are designed to let your feet do their "natural thing" — missed out on thousands of pounds because Crowdcube wasn't able to accept their payments.<p>"The biggest challenge we've had with Crowdcube is the internet has …

Venture Capital

Why Silicon Valley venture capital firms are funding online retailers like Dollar Shave Club

Stance, a maker of luxury socks, has raised $86 million. Dollar Shave Club, a grooming company that supplies subscribers with razors and moistened bathroom wipes, has amassed more than $160 million. And the Honest Co., actress<p>Jessica Alba's home-care brand known for its plant-based diapers, has …

Venture Capital

9 TED talks that can help you become insanely productive

Reaching optimal productivity is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day.<p>The following TED talks offer valuable lessons in doing just that.

TED Talks

How to Write a Business Plan: A Step-by-Step Template

Writing a business plan doesn't have to be an intimidating task, but it does require foresight, honesty, and plenty of research. Here is an outline and some smart tips to help get you started.<p>Creating a business plan is the first and most crucial step to building a successful company.<p>"A business …

Small Business

Stress to Success: Entrepreneurs on How They Manage–and Keep Moving Ahead

In this first of a series, three entrepreneurs chime in on how they manage the daily stress and what they think is the biggest misconception about entrepreneurship.<p>Entrepreneurship is an emotional roller-coaster. Emotions on my mind, I decided to ask a group of entrepreneurs how they deal with a …

South Asia

Positive Strategies to Avoid Stress, Anxiety, and Burnout

Teaching is important and rewarding work, but it can also be extremely stressful. Excessive stress may lead to burnout, which is characterized by …

4 Steps Entrepreneurs Need to Take to Get Comfortable Selling

Of all the things an entrepreneur can be afraid of, there aren’t many that rank higher than the fear of selling. It’s a fear I know all too well.<p>While some believe the fear of failure is the biggest barrier to success, I’m not afraid to fail. In fact, as the founder of content-marketing company …

You'll Never Become a Successful Entrepreneur Until You Stop Doing These 8 Things

Steering away from these common pitfalls can make all the difference in getting your business off the ground.<p>In every situation, every game, every event, you're bound to have winners and losers--and business is no exception. In fact, nine out of 10 startups fail to gain traction and end up closing …

Business Strategy

How Marketing Has Changed and Why It Matters

Ten years ago, people went to one or two websites when looking for a product, and made a decision based on that information. Today, however, the information available about products is almost endless.<p>Ten years ago, people went to one or two websites when looking for a product, and made a decision …

Entrepreneurship
Marketing

In Tehran, Waiting For Signs Of Change In 'A New World'

Last year, an Iranian economist named Mohammad Mehdi Behkish was extremely optimistic about prospects for a nuclear deal that would end many economic sanctions on his country.<p>"Personally, I would say it can't be that there would not be a deal," he told me when I met him in Tehran.<p>The alternative, …

South Asia

5 Alternative Fashion Magazines You Should Be Reading Right Now

For so long an entrenched and untouchable part of everyday life, in recent years the immaculate face of the “glossy fashion magazine” has begun to …

How Walking Away Leads to Profit, Happiness and Success

"And what happens if you just leave?" I remember my business coach asking one afternoon when I felt particularly overwhelmed. "Won't you be able to do your job better if you take some time to care for yourself?"<p>I looked around me at the piles of work on my desk - the emails to be answered, …

How to Get Your Customers to Do Your Brand Marketing for You

Hoping for virality isn't a viable approach to your marketing strategy.<p><i>Cory von Wallenstein is the CEO of</i> <i>Adored</i><i>, a loyalty experience platform that is strengthening the relationships users have with the businesses they visit and brands they love.</i><p>Entrepreneurs are obsessed with the chase: They love …

Marketing