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10 Free Marketing Tools Every Entrepreneur Can Use

Reach your audience effectively without compromising quality.<p>6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you're an entrepreneur just getting started, you know the meaning of a budget. You also probably know that in order to get your business idea off the ground, you …

Marketing

Want To Improve Your Instagram Photographs? Try These 3 Simple Styling Tips

<i>Screenshot taken from video.</i><p>The fundamentals of good photography apply to all kinds of mediums, from a professional grade DSLR or a smartphone. …

Spend 30 Minutes and Learn How to Use 30 of Photoshop’s Most Important Features (VIDEO)

Whether you’re a photo enthusiast or a working pro, Photoshop is such a comprehensive tool that it offers many features that you may find unfamiliar. …

20 Startups Nailing Instagram Marketing (and What You Can Learn From Them)

Find out what these 20 startups are doing right and how you can apply it to your own Instagram branding.<p>Instagram is a game changer for businesses. It's free, it's visual, and with more than 500 million active users, its potential to reach the right audience is huge. In fact, it recently rolled out …

Social Media

17 high-paying side jobs you can do in your spare time

FlexJobs, an online service specializing in telecommuting and remote work, recently put together a list of 17 high-paying jobs you can do on the side. To qualify for the list, each job had to be considered "flexible" (and not full time), and had to pay at least double the federal minimum wage of …

Want to Be a Great Leader? Ask Yourself These Questions Weekly

The art of asking questions is the source of all business success.<p>Whether you're running a business, an aspiring entrepreneur, or somebody with big dreams, achieving requires that you have goals, plans, and a way to hold yourself accountable. If you really want to stay on track, a weekly check-in …

Motivation

How to Pick the Best Luggage for Your Next Flight

We’ve spent over 300 hours researching and testing luggage over the past three years to find the best bags for traveling the world. But the best …

These 5 TED Talks Will Inspire You to Be a Better Leader

Need some inspiration to up your leadership game? These thought-provoking TED Talks should do the trick.<p>Leadership. It's a simple concept -- but, not such an easy skill to master. In fact, being an effective and inspiring leader requires some serious thought, consideration, and (believe it or not) …

Leadership

30 design tools you can't live without

Designers are extremely busy people. Fact.<p>Not only do they have to make time to find inspiration for their next project, manage feedback, attend meetings, and communicate with their clients, they also have to find the time to actually sit down and do the work.<p>Let’s not forget the time and effort …

One of the most famous Swedish traditions is dying

When I told people I was traveling to Sweden, one of the first things they invariably mentioned was fika. This refers to the tradition to having coffee and a pastry.<p>The difference between fika and typical American trips to Starbucks is that you're supposed to slow down instead of toting your latte …

50 essential free resources for your graphic design projects

When it comes to being a designer, you’ll always need to stock up on graphics, stock photography and fonts as well as rely on other helpful tools to …

25 Visual Content Marketing Tools To Engage Your Audience

Visual content marketing skyrocketed in the recent years. Brands are looking for ways to enrich their digital storytelling and market their products. Photos, videos and infographics are crucial in bringing experiences to life.<p>According to CMO Council, 65% of senior marketing executives believe that …

How to Start a $100k Blog with $0 in Startup Capital: 7 Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Secrets

Every founder knows (or should know) that having a quality blog is integral to a startup’s success. Not only is it an effective way to build your …

Marketing

How to Start a Freelance Business and Keep Your Day Job: 10 Steps

A comprehensive guide to starting a successful side business before you make your startup dream a full-time reality.<p>You want to start a business. You need to start a business. But you're not quite ready to quit your job and take the plunge.<p>Don't feel bad--here's one reason you should feel that …

Small Business

64 places you can learn to code online for free

This way, you can discover what you like (and more importantly don't) before financially investing in a certain set of courses.<p>However, there are so many free resources, classes, and books to pick from! It's easy to become overwhelmed. (Ever hear of too much of a good thing?!)<p>To make things easier, …

How to become a highly paid freelancer while keeping your day job

Since I began freelancing just over a year ago, I've had the opportunity to work with nearly a dozen high-growth startups and world-class experts.<p>What's more, I've never had to negotiate for the premium prices I charge for my content marketing services.<p>Because I've done such an effective job of …

14 Beautiful South Carolina Destinations To Visit Before You Die

Smiling Faces, Beautiful Places!

Tablo Brings Live Network Television, DVR Functionality To Apple TV

Apple’s own streaming TV service may have been delayed due to stalled negotiations, but a new app launching for Apple’s newest media player will allow you to watch both live and recorded network television programs directly on your TV’s big screen. That is, the makers of a DVR for cord cutters, the …

5 Great Free Apps For Minimizing Your Online Presence

See if your data’s out there, shut down old accounts, send self-destructing messages, and more.<p>There’s nothing wrong with having a high profile on the web, but too much of a good thing can lead to plenty of bad things. These tools can help you get stuff done without revealing too much to hackers, …

Apps

10 Things That Should Be In Your Emergency Kit

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Virtual Reality

Secrets Second-Time Entrepreneurs Know About Managing Money

The failure rate of start-ups is close to 90%. So with 9 out of 10 start-ups headed for failure—and I speak from experience—financial management tops the list of challenges for first-time entrepreneurs.<p>Being aware, smart and surgical with your capital will not only make you one of the few …

Entrepreneurship

10 Questions To Ask A Financial Advisor

It’s not easy finding a financial advisor. After all, you have to trust this virtual stranger enough to reveal your financial situation – or hand your money over -- to him or her. But these steps can help you find the right fit.<p>Ask friends and family for referrals, says Minneapolis-based certified …

7 tips for nailing a startup pitch to a boardroom full of VCs

As a member of the investment team at Carmel Ventures who has attended countless pitches for over a decade, I have observed that the way you tell your story can be just as important as the story itself.<p>Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or a first time CEO, pitching a startup isn’t easy, and if …

The 33 Directories Every Start-Up Should Be Registered On

<i>David Arnoux is Head of Growth at Twoodo building the future of teamwork. He’s also a Growth Evangelist at Growth Tribe. Follow him on Twitter or G+. This post first appeared on the Twoodo blog.</i><p>If you subscribe to the notion, “build it and they will come” then you can stop reading here. If, …

How to Write a Great Business Plan: Overview and Objectives

The third in a comprehensive series to help you craft the perfect business plan for your startup.<p>Providing an overview of your business can be tricky, especially when you're still in the planning stages. If you already own an existing business, summarizing your current operation should be …

Small Business

How to Write a Great Business Plan: Key Concepts

The first in a comprehensive series to help you craft the perfect business plan for your startup.<p>Some entrepreneurs succeed without a business plan. With great timing, solid business skills, entrepreneurial drive, and a little luck, some founders build thriving businesses without ever creating even …

Small Business

300+ Awesome Free Internet Resources You Should Know

Sit back and let the hottest tech news come to you by the magic of electronic mail.<p>Prefer to get the news as it happens? Follow us on social media.

freeinternet

4 Reasons To Invite HR To Your Strategic Planning Meetings

Your human resources department isn’t just around to settle squabbles and find new talent–it should be a year-round inclusion.<p>As companies reflect on the successes and failures of the previous year and plan for the year ahead, upper management is busy reviewing strategies and carefully aligning …

This Tiny Tech Startup Has Figured Out How To Turn Twitter's Trove Of Free Data Into A Goldmine

But there is tiny tech startup in London that has come up with a way of monetising all the free data that is coming out of Twitter. It's a mobile app called "Twizoo." It helps you find bars and restaurants based on how good they are, how close they are to you, and how expensive the prices are. It's …

Why Your Next Startup Should Be in a 100-Year-Old Industry

Instead of searching for the "next big thing," how about going into a business everybody already understands?<p>Lately I keep running into young entrepreneurs who think the secret to startup success is to find a business concept no one has thought of before. Once they get the business up and running, …

Business Strategy