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7 Ways To Turn Your Opponents Into Opportunities

Channel your emotion, accept what you can’t control, take the offensive–use your competition to your best advantage.<p>Whether it’s a rival business competitor or an overbearing boss at work, the answer to what is holding us back often lies within the obstacle itself.<p>Instead of despairing at what …

2014: The year for the small business?

The latest research from Bank of Cyprus UK has found that confidence amongst small businesses and their prospects for growth has reached its highest …

7 Tips for Entrepreneurs Ready to Launch a Business | Inc.com

Entrepreneurship is the ultimate roller coaster. Having been through building a business twice now, I can attest to the fact that some days I'm high as a kite and other days I'm filled with fear. To ride out those wild swings, and to end up on top, it takes a lot of help.<p>It can help to talk to …

4 Money Mistakes That Entrepreneurs Must Avoid | Inc.com

You've heard the advice before: Diversify, make time work for you, and embrace stocks. For most folks, those are the core pillars of any investment strategy. For business owners, that's true only up to a point. You are different and need to invest accordingly.<p>That assumes, ahem, that you're …

3 Critical Checkpoints When Entrepreneurs Should Seek Advice

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Being an entrepreneur can sometimes feel like a lonely journey, one full of unknowns, pitfalls and hurdles. While paving your own path is part of the adventure, there are a few key checkpoints when you should turn to experienced friends, …

Becoming an Entrepreneur Doesn’t Have to Mean Risking Everything

<b>“No one has gone to school to be a CEO—you don’t learn this except by getting in there and figuring it out”</b><p><b>~Jerry Colonna (Venture Capitalist)</b><p>I think …

How To Turn Your Last $100 Into $100M

Why would anyone in their right mind leave the stability of a salary, full benefits, normal hours and maybe even a membership at a gym or the jelly-of-the-month club for the life of an entrepreneur? I’ll tell you why: to make an impact, to do something incredible and to have a chance at creating …

3 Core Principles of Great Leadership | Inc.com

A good leader makes inspiring speeches and has exciting ideas. But a great leader takes action.<p>Joel Peterson, chairman of JetBlue Airways and founder of Peterson Partners and Peterson Ventures, wrote a post on LinkedIn outlining the importance of a leader's deeds, not words. Here are three of the …

13 Places Brilliant Start-up Ideas Are Born | Inc.com

Out-of-box thinking sometimes <i>literally</i> has to take place out of the box (office). Entrepreneurs contemplate where they contemplate best, from a high-altitude climb to a hotel bar and all the outdoor, indoor, and unplugged places in-between.<p><b>1. During a Hike</b><p>We've had some incredible brainstorming …

Finding Your Billion Dollar Idea: When These 9 Young Entrepreneurs Knew They Found "The One"

<i>The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young</i> …

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4 Lessons For Young Entrepreneurs

Doesn’t it just kill ya? Here you are, you know your stuff, you’ve got 5-10 years of experience and a track record of results to prove it and still, …

4 Selling Essentials Every Startup Should Know

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You've developed a great new technology. You've invested thousands of hours of work. Now comes the tough part -- selling your product. Many startup founders don't have sales teams to rely on, resulting in dismal sales. But this doesn't …

Safeguarding Your Brand? Avoid Intellectual Property Landmines

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In this four-part series, writer Polly Brewster explores avoiding common legal mistakes.</i><p>You've carefully chosen the words, sights and sounds that will represent your company. Those assets are important parts of your company's intellectual …

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3 Steps to Deciding if Entrepreneurship Is Right For You

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Let's face it: Anyone can own a business. Building and running a successful company is something else entirely.<p>We certainly need more employers, but business ownership isn't for everyone. If you've been out of work and your dream and …

7 Ways To Take Your Company To The Next Level Of Excellence

At my last 9-to-5, every time I thought differently from my supervisors and managers about a problem we faced, I wrote down what bothered me — and how I would do it differently given the opportunity. Before long, I had a huge spiral notebook filled with ideas, which made me realize that all these …

Best Practices for FourSquare Marketing and Lead Generation

<b>Foursquare Marketing</b> is a great way of promoting location-based business across various industries. With over 20 million active users, FourSquare now …

3 Keys To Making Your Company a Customer Magnet

Last week I offered 21 quotes from Henry Ford that seemed to strike a chord with all of you. I can see why: they’re simple, smart, very common-sense-based…and surprisingly modern. I’ve found various ones coming into my mind over the past week, and I’ve thought – again and again – <i>Wow, that’s really</i> …

8 Things You Must Know About Your Audience to Inspire & Connect In Social Media

So you say you know your audience? You think you know what they need and want. You spend hours each week working on blog content, posts for Facebook, …

The 5 Worst Pieces of Advice for Small Business Owners

When you’re starting a business, there’s no shortage of people eager to hand out advice. It seems that everyone, even someone you've just met, has an …

Launching a hardware startup? 3 lessons that will save you

“Starting a venture is hard — actually, if people knew how hard, they wouldn’t do it — but starting a hardware venture is three times as hard,” said angel investor and Txtr CEO Christophe Maire at the second Hardware Berlin event held at The WYE.<p>The audience of founders, engineers and makers …

3 Reasons It's the Perfect Time to Be an Entrepreneur

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Never in our collective lifetimes has it been better to be a startup. Coming out of the economic disaster a few years ago, it became clear that recovery would be on the shoulders of small business. Entrepreneurs are truly the backbone of …

6 Best Marketing Tips for StartUps

When you seek to carve out a niche for your business, you’re going to have a wide range of successes and failures. However, there are some very …

57 Startup Lessons I've Learned The Hard Way

<b>Editors Note:</b> This is a guest post by Slava Akhmechet, founder of RethinkDB. You can follow him on Twitter here.<p>There are already very good lists of startup lessons written by really talented, experienced people (here and here). I’d like to add another one. I learned these lessons the hard way in …

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 …

How to Set the Right Goals for Your Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you start a company, there is no limit to how big a future you can envision; but usually, you lack the resources to turn that vision into a business.<p>To close that gap, you have to be great at sales. And the sales pitch you must …

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 …

3 Most Common Marketing Mistakes Young Entrepreneurs Make (and How to Fix Them)

You’ve heard it before: <b>the vast majority of businesses fail within a few years.</b><p>Now… let’s think about this for second.<p>Why do smart, hard-working …