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Presentation Skills Every Business Owner Should Have

Whether you're a C-suite executive or just presenting to one, follow this expert advice for creating and giving a strong, engaging business …

5 Sticky Job Interview Situations (And How to Handle Them Like a Pro)

Sometimes job interviews take a turn for the weird. Here's how to handle it. / Credit: Job interview image via Shutterstock<p>If you aren't landing the …

6 Ways Startups Can Play Nice With Corporations

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It is safe to say that the majority of startups around the world have historically perceived large, established technology companies as poor dance partners. While startups, and the entrepreneurs behind them, are viewed as …

Startups

5 Uncommon Ways to Win a Customer's Heart

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Your customers are the lifeblood of your business. So whether you own an ecommerce business or a brick-and-mortar store, letting your customers know how much you value them is important. And once you start thinking about your …

Customers

StellaService CEO Jordy Leiser: How to Win Against Bigger Businesses | Inc.com

5 Surprising Truths About Content Marketing for Brand Building

Build brand recognition and authority with these pro content marketing tips.<p>With consumer demand for custom content greater than ever, it’s mission critical that brands get their content house in order. We hear a lot about tracking, conversion and assigning a proper value to content, but using it …

Marketing

7 Things You Should Never Say to Your Boss

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I was just reading 7 Things You Should Never Say to Your Employees, and it occurred to me that most employees have no idea how to speak to their boss. They tend to fall into one of two general camps. Some are afraid to assert …

The Workplace

9 Lessons You Won't Learn in Business School

Combine that with the fact that startups -- where everyone seems to want to work -- don’t care at all about graduate business degrees. They want to see real-life experience and that you have the grit to make it in the startup trenches where it’s much more visceral when your job, not your grade, is …

Leadership

6 Ways to Turn Your Blog Into a Money Maker

5 min read<p><b>This excerpt is part of Entrepreneur.com's</b> <b>Second-Quarter Startup Kit, which explores the fundamentals of starting up in a wide range of industries.</b><p><i>In the book Start Your Own Blogging Business, the staff at Entrepreneur Press and marketing expert Jason R. Rich explain how to start a</i> …

Selling

Want to Punch Up Your Presentation With Visuals? Here Are 5 Ways.

4 min read<p>This story originally appeared on Visual.ly<p>Few things in this world are more boring than sitting through a bad presentation.<p>While a big portion of a presentation’s quality is up to the presenter, the quality of the visuals augmenting the presentation play a bigger role than most people …

Public Speaking

6 Habits of Super Successful People

There is no 'secret' to success. You need discipline, perseverance, and six simple skills that anyone can (and should) build into in their daily routine.<p>Why are some people more successful than others? There’s really no mystery: It's because they do things differently than people who are less …

Self-improvement

You've Got a Blog. Now, Get Readers.

6 min read<p><b>This excerpt is part of Entrepreneur.com's</b> <b>Second-Quarter Startup Kit, which explores the fundamentals of starting up in a wide range of industries.</b><p><i>In the book Start Your Own Blogging Business, the staff at Entrepreneur Press and marketing expert Jason R. Rich explain how to start a</i> …

Marketing

Do You Have the Body Language of a Champion?

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The NCAA Tournament is winding down to the Final Four, and even if you’re not a basketball fan you can benefit from doing the little experiment I’m about to suggest. Turn your television on and watch one of the semifinal games …

NCAA

5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Beat Procrastination

A raft of psychological studies have looked into why we put things off and how to stop. Here are the top takeaways.<p>Apparently, psychologists struggle with procrastination too.<p>At least that's one possible conclusion from a recent PsyBlog review of all the studies that have been done on putting …

Procrastination

How to Say No Without Losing the Customer

Too busy to take on another client? Lucky you. But tread gracefully: You might need that business in the future.<p>I've been self-employed for more than 30 years. Most of that time, I've been busy, but not always. Twice in the past five years, I've lost half my income abruptly, once when two websites …

Business Strategy

The Fastest Growing Temp Jobs

Credit: Robocio/Shutterstock<p>There will be no shortage of opportunities for people looking for temporary work in the coming years, new data …

Post Smarter: The Best Times to Use Social Platforms (Infographic)

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Almost every small business, 81 percent, is on social media, and 94 percent of them use these social platforms for marketing purposes (attracting clients and building a brand), according to research from LinkedIn. As social …

Social Media

6 Strategies for Launching a Successful Blog

<i>In the book Start Your Own Blogging Business, the staff at Entrepreneur Press and marketing expert Jason R. Rich explain how to start a profitable business as a blogger by generating income from advertisers, subscribers, merchandisers and more. In this edited excerpt, the authors reveal the six</i> …

Marketing

10 Inspirational Quotes to Get You Through a Monster Workday

If you're short on time and need motivation now, read this now.<p>Steve Jobs told us: "Stay hungry, stay foolish." So much to learn in so few words.<p>I've always touted the wisdom of learning from the successes and failures of your virtual mentors: People you don't know personally but from whom there is …

Motivation

100 Great Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask

Paul Graham, Jim Collins, Tony Hsieh, and other business leaders share the questions you should be asking if you want to improve your company.<p>There’s no Superman versus Iron Man face-off between questions and answers over which is the better tool for innovation. But if there were, questions would …

Leadership

5 Job Search Tactics You Should Stop Immediately

You’ve been on the job hunt for weeks.<p>You’re applying immediately to every job you come across that’s remotely related to your field. You’re getting …

Spring Cleaning: 5 Ways to Dust Off Your Resume and Renew Your Job Hunt

Spring is the ideal time to clean up your resume and ramp up your job search efforts. / Credit: Spring cleaning image via Shutterstock<p>Spring is the …

Top 10 Legal Mistakes By Early-Stage Entrepreneurs

<i>“To a start-up, cash is like the jet fuel on a plane–something you don’t want to run out of at the wrong time.” — Andrew W. Buffmire, Attorney at Law</i><p>Once in awhile the attorneys do know best. This week I interviewed Andrew Buffmire, attorney for Michael Best & Friedrich LLP’s Salt Lake office. The …

7 Things Really Resourceful People Do

It's nice to be told that you're smart, creative, or driven. But if you really want to offer the ultimate compliment to an entrepreneur, the word you're looking for is "resourceful."<p>What's the highest compliment for an aspiring entrepreneur? What's the one thing you can say that suggests they're in …

resourceful

The Art of the Cold-Call Email

What to write when you need help from a stranger.<p><i>Dear x,</i><p><i>I love what you're working on and would love to meet for coffee and pick your brain and get your advice.</i><p><i>Let me know when you can meet!</i><p><i>Sincerely,</i><p><i>y</i><p>Many of us have been in this position of sending/receiving a cold email and asking for advice, …

Cold Calling

How to Network Like You Really Mean It

Stop treating your schmoozing like a business card collection contest. Start over with a new goal: quality always trumps quantity.<p>On my desk is a decorative box that's full to the top with business cards. I've collected them at casual encounters, ASJA conferences, and speaking engagements over the …

sales

Don't Wait for Motivation. Do This Instead.

6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Franz Kafka is considered one of the most creative and influential writers of the 20th century, but he actually spent most of his time working as a lawyer for the Workers Accident Insurance Institute. How did Kafka produce such …

Pulitzer Prize

6 Secret Weapons of Shy Entrepreneurs

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There’s a misconception that all entrepreneurs are extroverts — boisterous or bubbly personalities who are always the life of the party. But they’re not. And even those who are extroverted can be shy.<p>There is a distinction. …

Entrepreneurship

5 Social Media Tricks to Boost Your Business

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Social media offers diverse benefits for business owners. The evolution of different social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn means that you need to be aware of general as well as channel-specific hacks to …

Social Media