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How A Fine Artist Built A Million-Dollar, One-Person Business That's True To Her Vision

Iris Scott, 34, makes her living finger painting. That might sound like nice work if someone else is paying your bills, but the Brooklyn artist—known for her impressionistic paintings of the natural world in psychedelic colors—is fully self-supporting. She broke $500,000 in revenue last year and …

Social Media

1 hour per day doing this mental exercise will exponentially increase your success

<b>“Remember, dreams without goals are just dreams and they ultimately fuel disappointment. Have dreams, but have goals, life goals, yearly goals,</b> …

Influence: The 4-Step Process for Selling Anything to Anyone

People only buy when they trust the person selling.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Influence is described as <i>"the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something."</i> However as subtle as some forms of influence might seem as …

Selling

SEO 2018: 15 Rules for Dominating Online Search Results

There is limitless opportunity online, if you can be found.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Seems like yesterday that I was writing about SEO in 2017. Now, 2018 is near. Are the rules changing much? Sort of. But, the fundamentals are staying the same. You still can't …

SEO

10 Must-Have Social Media Marketing Tips for Business

Social Media is the next ‘Big Thing’ for marketers and a very powerful gateway for connecting with millions of new people. While 10 years ago we …

Social Media

All You Need is Love: A Content Marketing Conversation with Professor Mark Schaefer

Brand loyalty is dying. In a study conducted among 25,000 consumers around the world Accenture found that 77% of consumers admitted they now retract their loyalty more quickly than they did three years ago. So if loyalty is fading, what makes people prefer one brand or company over another?<p>The …

Marketing

No, Organic Content Isn’t Dead: It Just Has a New Purpose

You probably heard that Facebook is testing a separate feed where only promoted content appears alongside posts from friends and family.<p>While the …

This Agency Recaps the Entire Internet Each Day in One Hour

According to Omnicom’s self-described “next-generation” agency Sparks & Honey, the future of advertising is, quite literally, out of this …

10 Common Mistakes That Are Sabotaging Your Conversion Rate

How many of your visitors are converting?<p>As a marketer, I spend a lot of time focused on getting people to my (and my clients’) websites. But if that traffic never converts, it may as well never exist; the end goal is getting some value from your web visitors, whether they purchase something or get …

Content Marketing Conversations: Marketer Amy Higgins Demystifies Buzzwords

Here’s an interesting idea: “Content marketing is the art of getting someone to do something for you, for nothing,” says Amy Higgins, an influential content marketing strategist. That “something” is getting the word out—about your brand.<p>But before they can do that, content marketers need to ask …

Marketing

Setting The Record Straight On Four Common SEO Misconceptions

Effective SEO strategies and tactics can be counterintuitive. This article is intended to dispel some of the more common misconceptions and, by doing so, guide brands toward adopting and implementing a more effective approach to SEO.<p><b>More Keywords Are Better</b><p>Many SEO practitioners will brainstorm as …

I Read More Than 20 Instagram Studies so You Don’t Have to. Here’s What I Found.

At Buffer, we’re big fans of using data and research to guide our social media strategy. So when it came to finding the best Instagram strategy, I …

How to Pick Your First SEO Keywords

Chances are, you've heard a lot about search engine optimization. But do you really know how to use SEO to boost your ranking?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the best ways to grow a business is through search engine optimization (SEO), the process of making …

SEO

Fidel Castro: A Life in Pictures

Beijing

The Myth of Invisible Design

One of the most persistent myths in design is that “the best designs are invisible.” There have even been books written about how to make your design …

Customer Service

You Can't Always Trust Your Own Thoughts, And This Terrifying Chart Shows Why

Here’s the newest guide for learning about cognitive biases and debugging your brain.<p>The human brain has been sculpted over the course of millions of years of evolution, so you’d think it’s been debugged pretty well.<p>But it’s still left with so many mental glitches.<p>Just take a look at this …

Critical Thinking

The Unofficial Design Portfolio Handbook

<i>by Martijn van den Broeck, all opinions my own.</i><p><b>Download your free copy of The Unofficial Design Portfolio Handbook.</b><p>Table of Contents<p><b>Before your</b> …

10 Entrepreneurs' Productivity Secrets

Productivity apps have proliferated at the speed of startup conferences and podcasts. 10 entrepreneurs weigh in on the tools and resources they turn to in order to stay productive and centered.<p>Whether you're looking for a productivity app or a podcast to download, most of us ask our network for a …

Why Creative Geniuses Are Often Neurotic

Sir Isaac Newton formulated the laws of gravity, built telescopes and delved into mathematical theories. He was also prone to bouts of depression and …

Psychology

The New Gene-Editing Technique That Reveals Cancer’s Weaknesses

CRISPR can finally tell us which human genes are essential—and which matter specifically to cancer cells.<p>Humans have between 20,000 and 25,000 genes, but which of these really matter? Which are essential, and which are merely optional add-ons?<p>It’s crazy to me that we still don't know, even though …

Genetics

6 Sayings of Entrepreneurs Who Will Lead Their Companies to the Top

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You know them. By name. By reputation. They are the living legends, the household names, the superstars. They are the entrepreneurs who have succeeded against all odds and beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. How did they make it? What …

Entrepreneurship

Tool lets beginners design and print walking robots

A new tool makes it possible for people—even novices—can design and build a customized walking robot using a 3D printer and off-the-shelf servo …

101 Seriously Good Ideas to Help You Win the War on Productivity Once And For All.

Put an end to the daily struggle by implementing even just a few of these ideas.<p>Clearly productivity is a hot topic these days. We're all complaining about having more to do and less time to do it. We have incredible technology, apps everywhere, productivity coaches and productivity workshops, but …

How to Live Your Best Life, According to a Roman Emperor

Marcus Aurelius has been read for 1800 or so years now and he’s arguably just as relevant today as he was when he was ruler of the Roman …

We Need a Better Way to Get to Space

Human beings will always be explorers. We’ve pretty well surveyed our planet, our tiny blue dot, for answers and only found more questions. Why are …

The Gene Hackers

A powerful new technology enables us to manipulate our DNA more easily than ever before.<p>At thirty-four, Feng Zhang is the youngest member of the core faculty at the Broad Institute of Harvard and M.I.T. He is also among the most accomplished. In 1999, while still a high-school student, in Des …

Genetics

'Game-Changer' Study Says There's A Better Way To Treat Schizophrenia

New evidence that early intervention can make a huge difference.<p>A groundbreaking new study adds to a growing body of evidence that people with schizophrenia can do much better if they get the right treatment at the right time.<p>Psychiatrists are sure to pay attention to the results. Policymakers …

Mental Health