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33 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

And it doesn't come with a manual.<p>Luckily, there's a multitude of excellent books from founders, VCs, and CEOs who have been through it all.<p>Here's a collection of some of the best books on management, leadership, and entrepreneurship for anyone from seasoned entrepreneurs to those just starting out.<p>…

Self-improvement

4 Simple Ways to Build Awesome New Work Habits | Inc.com

Want to build better work habits? Most people do, especially since studies have shown that more than 40 percent of the "decisions" we make every day aren't really decisions--they're habits.<p>That means we tend to simply do what we've done before, which makes us less productive, less effective, less …

Productivity

5 Bootstrapped Startup Tips to Survive the First Year

<i>Brian Casel is a designer and founder of a few bootstrapped startups. Connect with Brian on Twitter @CasJam.</i><p>Bootstrapping a startup is no easy task. …

7 Ways to Avoid Decision Paralysis | Inc.com

There's a passage in Atul Gawande's <i>Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science</i> that captures three decades of research on human judgment. "The mind overestimates vivid dangers, falls into ruts, and manages multiples pieces of data poorly. It is swayed unduly by desire and emotion and …

Self-improvement

Create the Best Environment for Creative Employees With These 6 Principles

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Business owners too commonly regard creative employees as a burden on the company’s financial performance. This focus overlooks the connection between properly managed creativity and the product inventions and innovations that drive sales …

Why Hair Salons and Day Spas Fail

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In</i> Start Your Own Hair Salon and Day Spa<i>, the staff at Entrepreneur Press and writer Eileen Figure Sandlin explain how you can launch a successful full-service hair salon and day spa, a business</i> <i>that can be personally rewarding, makes a</i> …

5 Tips for Building Adaptivity Into Your Business Model

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Why do 75 percent of all technology startups fail? The inability to adapt.<p>According to Mashable, successful startups are “flexible enough to shift with changes in the tech climate. Whereas with the failed startups… there is a lack of …

How Customer Feedback Can Stymie Innovation

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When one Procter & Gamble team launched Ariel Ultra in Mexico, it felt sure that the new laundry detergent, with twice the cleaning power for half the cost and half the space, would be a runaway success. But it was a resounding failure. …

3 Benefits in Personalizing a Website for Visitors

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Start discussing new website design trends, and most small business owners break out into a cold sweat. Indeed many design innovations have done little to increase revenue, and business websites have traditionally been difficult to manage …

The 5 Undervalued Relationships Needed to Ensure Business Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We have all heard the heartbreaking statistics about startups: 50 percent (or in some findings more) of businesses fail within their first year and 95 percent fail within the first five years. (Not exactly a ringing endorsement to start a …

Communicating Confidently Can Help You Reach Your Goals

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Work is what we do -- it is not who we are.<p>When teaching Vocal Awareness, I make no distinction whether we are in a personal or a professional conversation. As I tell all my students, "the same person shows up everywhere." Outside of …

8 Hacks to Become a Better Entrepreneur

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs have a lot of responsibility on their hands. While trying to launch a startup, they also must manage a team and maybe figure out how make the perfect pitch to investors. Unfortunately, there are only so many pots of coffee …

The 14 Steps Needed to Recruit Your Early Startup Team

This story originally appeared on FounderDating<p>By far the hardest and most exasperating part of launching a successful startup is recruiting an all-star team. At first, it will seem near impossible, as there is a limited number of truly exceptional people out there. Of those people, only a small …

Understanding The Seductive Power Of Overconfidence

Overconfidence. The word itself is irritating. Knowing that it often works is infuriating.<p>We’d prefer to believe that it, like pride, will reliably trip and stumble its way to a predictable fall and clear the path for those with level-headed confidence, gilded with humility, to ascend the ladder. …

The 8 Fundamentals for a Successful Inbound-Marketing Strategy

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>An entrepreneur’s responsibilities reach far and wide. You wear a number of hats on a day-to-day basis, none more important than marketing. To succeed, you must learn the strategies and practices that work best in 2014.<p>A deep …

5 Things CEOs Don't Ask About Marketing, But Should

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It’s often difficult to isolate and quantify what marketing is responsible for, so there is an inherent disconnect between result-oriented CEOs and their marketing teams.<p>Oftentimes, this results in a completely hands-off approach, usually …

Hiring Done Right in 3 Brutally Honest Steps

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Here's the way I prepared to hire the best employee ever: I stayed awake all night. Her interview with me was at 8:30 am.<p>When I came in to work at 7 a.m. I was exhausted, my eyes were bloodshot and the coffee wasn’t even helping. I was …

Want to Write Better Sales Proposals? Follow These 5 Steps.

This story originally appeared on Salesforce<p>Sales proposals: Love them or hate them, they're an integral part of any successful deal. While some salespeople might view these documents as unnecessary -- or even as a waste of time --they're actually one of the most powerful instruments in a …

5 Tips for Building a Positive Brand Reputation | Inc.com

If for someone your brand's reputation has been tarnished--even the slightest bit--you're at risk of losing current and potential customers. But, if your reputation remains intact, you have the possibility to earn lifelong customers and fans.<p>But, before you can preserve your brand's reputation, you …

Public Relations

6 Tools That Will Help You Build a Website With Minimal Skills | Inc.com

Sometimes, your clients need to build a website to begin their online presence, but they simply don't have the budget to hire a web design company. You can suggest ideas, but it's not within your scope to do the work yourself. What should you recommend?<p>Here are six great ways to make a website with …

Web Design

Want to Close the Deal? Make Yourself More Relatable | Inc.com

If you have ever watched <i>American Idol</i>, you probably know the term "likability factor"--often used by the judges in their critique of a contestant. You might have heard them say things like, "Well the singing wasn't the best, but people will vote for you because you're so likable."<p>Man. You'd think …

Body Language

10 Quotes You Should Memorize If You're a Salesperson | Inc.com

For about a decade, I've been keeping a notebook of quotes about selling, partly for use in articles and blog posts but also to inspire me.<p>Since I've now gathered more than a hundred quotes, I decided to comb through them and select the best nuggets of wisdom. Here they are:<p>"Begin by always …

Selling

When Does a Customer Actually Become a Customer?

For most businesses a customer becomes a customer when they buy a product, sign a contract or agree to terms of a deal. But I wonder if that view of the journey to convert leads to sales misses the bigger reality.<p>What if, just for conversation sake, you began to view someone looking into your …

7 Things Really Persuasive People Do | Inc.com

While many people don't like to sell, most find themselves having to persuade someone at some point. Persuasion is not just for salespeople and their prospects. You may try to persuade an employee to perform better, or perhaps you want to persuade your boss to take on your brilliant idea. Often the …

Body Language

Study: Companies That Care About Good Design Perform Better | Inc.com

As the late, great Steve Jobs once said, "Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works." And yet, infusing products with exceptional design isn't always at the top of pragmatic business leaders' to-do lists.<p>It should be.<p>According to a new report entitled "What is the …

UX Design

17 Things Extraordinary People Do Every Day | Inc.com

Some people seem to get ahead, no matter what. They aren't necessarily smarter, more creative or harder working than many others. Still, they achieve much more than their peers. Why is that?<p>The philosopher Aristotle offered an explanation a really, really long time ago: "We are what we repeatedly …

Self-improvement

7 Things Really Resourceful People Do | Inc.com

What's the highest compliment for an aspiring entrepreneur? What's the one thing you can say that suggests they're in tune with the ultimate definition of entrepreneurship, and that they're likely to succeed?<p>It's to call them <i>resourceful</i> (or scrappy, inventive or enterprising).<p>Why? Because while …

World War II

The Exercise Move That Works Your Belly, Butt and Hips

<b>Alteration: Hands-Up Bridge</b><br>Get in the basic bridge position, but this time do the move with your hands directly in the air; it forces you to engage your abs and glutes more.<p><b>Alteration: Unilateral Bridge</b><br>Go back to the basic bridge position, but this time raise one knee to your chest or extend it all …

Stress Relief: How to Beat CEO Burnout | Inc.com

<i>"I get up every day excited about my company, my work, my customers, and what we are doing!"</i><p>Do you say this? How often? And: Is this how you really feel?<p>I confess, I say it almost all the time--but I mean it less often than I say it. There are times when I just get tired of being CEO. It's not …

CEOs

30-Minute Workout: Get Total-Body Toned with this No-Equipment Circuit Workout

Get a full-body calorie-blasting burn without any equipment—anytime, anywhere<p>Ready to sweat, fit chicks?! Check out these supersets for a crazy intense all-over toning workout.<p><i>Women's Health</i> Senior Fitness Editor Jen Ator, C.S.C.S., author of <i>Shape Up Shortcuts</i>, takes you through these supersets. …

Fitness