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How To House-Sit Your Way Around The World

How a 'broken home' can be a happy home

<b>Does divorce mean an unhappy "broken" home? One little boy in Indonesia doesn't think so, and his video celebrating his parents and family life has resonated with thousands of viewers.</b><p>"My name is Azka," the video begins, "and this is a story of a broken home kid." Using stick figures and words, …

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The 4 Ways Investors Find Great Startups

Investing in seed stage startups can be exhilarating and highly lucrative, but it can also be incredibly risky and time consuming. Identifying the …

Venture Capital

Going Abroad: A Guideline to Entrepreneur Visas [INFOGRAPHIC]

Sometimes, the United States simply isn’t the best option for some startups. And, that’s perfectly fine – after all, there are several great startup …

Startups

The 9 Most Spectacular Lost Cities in the World

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Cities

Forget startups, just ask established business houses how difficult it is to do business in India. And Modi isn’t doing much to change that

One of the main agendas of the NarendraModi government, that would complete one year in office tomorrow, was to create conducive environment in India …

How to Never Fly Coach Again

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Have you ever been crammed into a coach airline seat and enviably eyed the business and first-class travelers, kicking back in comfort and sipping vintage wine? Ever wondered if they were able to score such a prime seat without …

Frequent-flyer Programs

19 Little Things that Will Make You a Better Man

<b>1. Paying attention—real attention—to a small child.</b> I still remember the adults who did that when I was a kid. They also happen to be my role models.<p><b>2. The lid on a jar of pickles.</b> It's not that women really need your help twisting it loose from the jar. They could use a hammer. But they like to …

Clams

F-Stop Explained

Part of becoming a great photographer is understanding the science behind how photographs are captured in the first place. Dylan Bennett makes that …

Photography

These Two Franchises Fill Gaps in the Home and Health Care Markets

7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>With the positive response to the 'Franchise Players' series, Entrepreneur has decided to showcase the flip side -- the challenges, tips and successes of franchisors -- in our Why I Franchised Q&A interview column.</i> <i>If you're a</i> …

Entrepreneurship

6 Ways to Age-Proof Your Eyes

Learn why eating healthy, peeling potatoes, and sleeping on your back will help age-proof your eyes<p>Wrinkled, baggy, or dark skin around your eyes can make you look years older than you are. So save them now. We asked dermatologists Joel Schlessinger, M.D., and Ariel Ostad, M.D., for DIY solutions. …

In-Flight Comfort Charts : exercises on planes

If you plan on taking a long flight in the near future, you should check out these easy exercises on planes you can do to increase circulation and …

8 deserted ghost towns you’ll really want to see

From a gold-mining town to an underwater village, take a look at these deserted places.<p>Ghost towns inspire the human imagination and the desire to …

Namibia: 'the land God made in anger'

The ghost town in the sperrgebiet, or forbidden zone, closes at one o’clock. Venture in after dark and it’s likely your only companions will be hyenas and a green spectre said to prowl the derelict hospital. The old diamond mining camp of Kolmanskop, in the desert wastes of Namibia, was once filled …

The Best Foods for Your 40s and Beyond

Baldness, wrinkles, and back hair are the least of your worries; your body may be a walking time bomb. That's because approximately 30 percent of men in their 40s have asymptomatic prostate cancer, according to research from the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. That is, the cancer is there …

The Most Powerful Food Combinations

Who came up with the idea that we are supposed to drink orange juice at breakfast? And why, if oatmeal is so good for us, do we eat that only in the morning as well? Apologies to the Palinites, but nutritionists are starting to realize that you and I like our oatmeal and OJ before we start the day …

How to Find an Idea for a Business

How one of the world's top trend spotters discovers his best business ideas.<p>Jeremy Gutsche is the Toronto-based founder of Trend Hunter, a website dedicated to spotting trends. Gutsche has just come out with a book on curating ideas called <i>Better & Faster: The Proven Path to Unstoppable Ideas</i>. I …

Entrepreneurship

Don't Believe the Hype: 4 Tech Trends That Aren't Going Mainstream This Year

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Just over 15 years ago, the world went into mass hysteria over the Y2K bug -- a turn-of-the-millennium virus that would purportedly cripple our global computer systems. As we now know, the effects of the bug were wildly …

Internet of Things

The Pan-American Highway: join us on the ultimate road trip

Ask your friends what their idea of a cool road trip is and you’ll get some great suggestions. South of France in summer in a convertible. Safari in Africa in a jeep. Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles. But you can trump them all and laugh in the face of their puny routes by answering with the …

South America

African safari alternatives that don't cost a fortune

The Big Five (buffalo, lion, leopard, elephant and rhinoceros) sometimes elude safari goers in more ways than one. Rates for a five-night luxury safari - including guided wildlife drives, sunset cocktails, and tents with more puffy pillows than London's Ritz Hotel - can cost anywhere between …

The More Ideas You Have the Harder It Is to Know What to Do Next

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One thing we know about how superstar entrepreneurs work is that they decide when they begin their day what they are committed to doing with that day.<p>Not that they know everything they’re going to do, just that they’re committed …

Productivity

5 Questions to Ask About Your Financial Model to Add Real Value To Your Startup

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you think that financial modeling for a new business is arcane magic, limited in value to financial wizards and professional investors, then you have been listening to the wrong advisors. In reality, a simple Excel …

Small Business

100 Ways to Protect Your Heart

We compiled a list of 100 tips, tricks, and techniques for protecting one of your most vital organs<p>With doctor's offices busier than ever, you're lucky if you get 20 minutes with your M.D. Which is why it's not surprising that even when it comes to your most vital organ, the advice you receive can …

Self-drive safaris in Namibia

Getting behind the wheel and setting out on the open roads of Africa on a self-drive safari is an incredibly romantic notion for many people, and there is no better place to start than in Namibia. The landscape that rolls past is epic in proportion, as is the wildlife, and Namibia is one of the …

National Parks

Why I Talked to Struggling Franchisees Before Buying My Franchise

5 min read<p><i>Franchise Players is Entrepreneur’s Q&A interview column that puts the spotlight on franchisees. If you're a franchisee with advice and tips to share, email</i> <i>ktaylor@entrepreneur.com.</i><p>Before buying a franchise location, Stacy Swift recommends doing one thing: calling franchisees who have …

Entrepreneurship

How These 3 Entrepreneurs Are Building Airbnb Empires to Quit Their Day Jobs

6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Since the sharing economy began to appear in the mid 2000s, people have been getting smart in their ways to win over the system. Airbnb was launched just 4 years ago, yet these three men have been able to create their own Airbnb …

Entrepreneurship

When Will Humanity Finally Pull The Plug On Power Cords?

Look, ma, no wires!<p>In the mobile age, we're largely unfettered by wires, thanks in no small part to Wi-Fi, cellular networking, and the rise of laptops, smartphones, and tablets. But one thin tether keeps us perennially bound: power. Though battery technologies have improved, we still need to …