Shashikant Pushpakar

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14 Things You Better Love Before Becoming an Entrepreneur

Imagine somebody asked you to write on a piece of paper the things you love doing. If what came to mind was “partying, hanging out with friends, going to the beach, meeting new people, traveling,” you might ready to go on vacation or spring break.<p>If on the other hand, you wrote “learning, making …

10 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a Business Plan

Writing a business plan is often a crucial first step to getting your start-up off the ground. But a plan riddled with errors? It can sink you.

Small Business

The most beautiful places on Earth – in pictures

As Lonely Planet turns 40 this year, the publisher has picked the most magnificent sights across the globe to be included in a new book entitled Beautiful World, which contains more than 200 images and aims to inspire readers to see the world as they have never seen it before

6 Easy Ways to Kill Your Social Media Reputation

Want to lose followers and alienate people? It's easier to do than you might think.<p>I'm continually amazed at how far social networking has progressed since 2011. Back then, when I wrote about how to increase your followers in the September issue, there was still a sense that posting on Twitter and …

Communication Skills

Precision Gyroscope

The gyroscope is a mysterious object. By just spinning a disk it can balance serenely on a pinhead defying our perception of gravity. I love the way …

30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …

Key Ingredient for a Successful Customer Loyalty Program

If you want to keep your customers coming back for more don't make them wait.<p>Loyalty programs are designed for the long-term. Whether it's a discount, special offer, preferential service, or the good, old-fashioned café punch card-- whatever you're offering your repeat customers is meant to lure …


Do More Business With Fewer Salespeople

Most people, even salespeople, hate to sell. Here are three ways to increase your business while decreasing your sales pain.<p>I've heard the same complaint for decades: Twenty percent of the salespeople generate 80 percent of the business. In many companies, nearly all the sales are done by the …


How to Make a Decision When Your Team Doesn't Agree

Don't just go with the majority opinion. Here's why.<p>In light of Margaret Thatcher's death, much discussion has ensued about her leadership style. That she could--and did--carry the day cannot disguise the fact that she polarized so many. She carried the majority, so what went wrong?<p>Randall …

Margaret Thatcher

Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

European Travel

The Week Everyone Became Magazine Makers

Inside Flipboard / March 29, 2013<p>It’s been an epic week here at Flipboard HQ, in sunny Palo Alto, California. The team had been working long and hard …