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Thinking of Starting a Business? Solve the Skills Gap With Online Education

Skills are in high demand in the new economy workforce. Train tomorrow's workers and uncover a lucrative opportunity.<p>College costs are soaring, and the job market remains tight, creating opportunities for companies that offer low-cost--or free--education and skills training via the Internet. You …

Online Education

What You Can Do Today to Make Tomorrow More Productive

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It's in your nature to think bigger and as an entrepreneur you're designed to want to make more. But to experience the success you want to achieve, you must use your time, energy and focus wisely.<p>With 96 blocks of 15 minutes in …

Time Management

Seth's Blog

In fact, the only use of proof is to have a shot at creating belief.<p>It's not the only way, though, and it's not always the best one either.

How To Navigate Office Relationships

During your free time, you catch up with friends, have lunch with your family, and go on dates with your significant other. But when you open the …

What Startups Can Learn From the Tesla Fire Crisis

When the first Tesla fire happened, the company’s previously golden stock plummeted. Luckily, it was able to do some quick and massive damage control, and helped that the driver was a big investor in the company.<p>However, when news of a second fire spread across the media like – well, wildfire – …

Why Monk Mode Is The Secret To Insane Productivity

If you have a gigantic project and a ton of people wanting your time, how do you satisfy both? By slipping into monk mode.<p>The most productive people structure solitude into their working lives: Marie Curie experimenting deep into Parisian nights, Friedrich Nietzsche tramping around Alpine lakes, …

The First Instagram Ad “Worked,” But What Do Brands Do Now?

The numbers say that Michael Kors’s much derided Instagram ad–the first of its kind–was a success. But how, if at all, can brands really use Instagram effectively as a paid ad platform?<p>When it first appeared, it was just like every other photo in your feed. Or was it? A cup of tea, a smattering of …

7 Habits of Highly Effective Salespeople

The top sales performers have these activities in common.<p>A staggering amount has been written on how to be a good salesperson. A lot of it is great, but there's an easy way to cut through the clutter. Here are seven simple activities that, in my experience, consistently separate high-performing …

Customers

The Dark Side of Quinoa

<b>Quinoa, the "miracle grain of the Andes,"</b> is now too expensive for the poor Andes residents who have traditionally relied on it as a staple of their diet. Low in carbohydrates and high in protein, quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wa) has become increasingly popular with the First World health-conscious set. …

20 Best Weekenders and Duffels to Buy Now

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> This post has been updated to reflect new selections for 2017.<p>When the occasion calls for light packing in something that’ll easily …

Know Your ROI | Return on Investment | Inc. | Staples | Business Hub

<i>by Abigail Tracy,</i> Inc. <i>Magazine</i><p>Every business owner hopes his or her company is a success — but what defines success? The concept is subjective, but …

How to Start Your Own Business While on the Job

Becoming an intrapreneur isn’t something people typically fall into. If you want it to happen, you’re going to have to get out there and make it …

What do you say about Greek Chicken Pasta? Prep Time: 15 min Servings: 6 Ingredients: 1 pound uncooked pasta 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1/2 cup chopped red onion 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast meat - cut into bite-size pieces 1 (14 ounce) can marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped 1 large tomato, chopped 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 teaspoons dried oregano salt and pepper to taste 2 lemons, wedged, for garnish Directions: Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onion, and saute for 2 minutes. Stir in the chicken. Cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink and the juices run clear, about 5 to 6 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, and add the artichoke hearts, tomato, feta cheese, parsley, lemon juice, oregano and cooked pasta. Stir until heated through, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat, season to taste with salt and pepper, and garnish with lemon wedges Enjoy your meal!

How to Attract the Right Clients and Other Must-Read Business Tips

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>A roundup of the best tips of the week from Entrepreneur.com.</i><p>One thing entrepreneurs must learn is that not every client is a good match for them. Rather than trying to win over ill-suited clients, let them go and focus on …

Small Business

6 Steps to a Return Policy That Will Score You More Sales

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It can be a big deal for a company to change its return policy, especially when it negatively affect customers. Take the recent news that the sporting goods chain REI would be changing its 'no-questions asked' policy dating back …

Customers

9 Ways to Reach Customers on YouTube

Find out how to use YouTube as a low-cost marketing tool to generate new customers and sales.<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following excerpt is from Jason R. Rich’s book</i> Ultimate Guide to YouTube for Business. <i>Buy it now from</i> Amazon | Barnes & Noble | …

Marketing

How to Stay Focused: Train Your Brain

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As an entrepreneur, you have a lot on your plate. Staying focused can be tough with a constant stream of employees, clients, emails, and phone calls demanding your attention. Amid the noise, understanding your brain’s limitations and …

Time Management

10 Questions to Ask When Creating a Social-Media Marketing Plan

6 min read<p>Ever heard the saying "Failing to plan is planning to fail?" That old but wise adage often rings true when it comes to social media marketing. Creating a detailed, goal-oriented social-media strategy is just as important as having a rock solid business plan.<p>"If your social-media plan is …

Social Media

The Power of Mornings: Why Successful Entrepreneurs Get up Early

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When running a business, it may seem like there are never enough hours in the day. Tapping into the power of mornings, a time of day when there are less demands, might be the key to increasing your productivity.<p>For 15 years, …

Time Management

Why You Should Be Investing Your Money In Real Estate

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As entrepreneurs find success with their primary business ventures, many search for the proper investments for their profits.<p>Of course, we can and should all start traditional tax preferred vehicles like an IRA and 401k. These …

Real Estate

Why Happiness is Your Secret to Productivity

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>How are happiness and productivity related? If you want to improve productivity, look no further than your mindset. Marcus Aurelius reminds us: "Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way …

Happiness

25 Common Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

Do you have what it takes to get through hard times? Here are the traits that help home-based business owners thrive.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Regardless of your definition of success, there are, oddly enough, a great number of common characteristics that are …

8 Questions to Refocus Your Vision and Achieve Success

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you started your business, you knew what you wanted to do. But over time, things can get a little cloudy.<p>"As businesses become more complex, ideas change and 'shiny objects' pop up to knock you off track," says Gino …

Entrepreneurship

How to Pose Like a Pro

A rhetoric expert translates the body language of six famous speakers, including Steve Jobs and Bruce Springsteen.<p>Gestures and body language have long been powerful public-speaking tools. In the 19th century, rhetoricians created gesture manuals, codifying the connotations of poses including …

Anthony Weiner

3 Keys to Winning a Retail Customer | Inc.com

Creating customer value is the key to any business. The way to win customers often involves a basic understanding of how to create an offering that consumers value more than competitors' offerings. Something that meets their needs, at a better price, is bound to draw them in and create incremental …

10 Simple Marketing Tips for Small Businesses

Marketing doesn't have to be hard or expensive. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most effective.<p>As a small business, you may think it's impossible to get the word out about what you do. That's no excuse. And you don't need fads or gimmicks. Follow the proven, timeless tips and techniques of …

Small Business

7 Things You Need to Be More Magnetic

Want to be more engaging in conversation? Cultivate your charm by adopting these seven habits.<p>Think of the most engaging people you know. My guess is they're charming, interesting, and make you feel special.<p>We all want to be perceived that way, don't we? Here are several character traits you should …

Open-Mindedness

4 Ways to Justify a Good Idea

Sometimes, just being the boss isn't enough.<p>As a pragmatic leader you have to justify your agenda if you want others in your business or to take action.<p>It is not enough to simply say, “This is a good idea. Let’s start right away.” You have persuade those around you that there is a need for timely, …

Management

How to Turn Customers Into Data Junkies Who Can't Get Enough of Your Brand

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>These days, consumers can track and measure just about everything. Purchase history. Calories consumed. Friends and followers. After all, as Lord Kelvin put it: "If you can't measure it, you can't improve it."<p>But people today …

Customers