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California Wants Marijuana Growers to Please Stop Destroying the Environment

A new law will fine marijuana grows that create environmental damages, like polluting local rivers and cutting down trees.<p>California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law today a bill that will charge steep fines to marijuana growers who cause environmental damages. It's targeted at the state's …

Cannabis

'Escape From Baghdad' Is the 'Slaughterhouse Five' of the Iraq War

Saad Hossain researched his darkly humorous novel by reading the blogs of soldiers serving in Iraq.<p>Saad Hossain's perplexingly weird debut novel, <i>Escape From Baghdad!</i>, captures the pure insanity of the Iraq War. At the same time, it's not a war novel. Instead, it's a skillfully constructed literary …

Sites of the Week: Sampedro, Formagramma, Intercom and more

Beautiful sites to show portfolios, explain services and sell great apps are what we'll find here today! Take a special look at Intercom, Formagramma …

Web Design

11 Delightful and FREE Tiny House Plans to Download

Photo: The Small House CatalogTiny homes may be tiny, but the cost of the pre-designed plans to build them are not, as they can cost anywhere between …

DIY Modular Seating – (free plan)

What we have here is an amazing piece of furniture, that you can build at home. The DIY modular seating can be easily made from wooden boards and …

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The 20 Must-Read Fitness, Health, and Happiness Books of 2014

Book nerds, unite! We admit that while we love surfing the net and audibly groan whenever the WiFi goes down, our joy in curling up with a great book …

How Peter Thiel teaches Stanford students to create billion-dollar monopolies (in 3 quotes)

Stanford continued its wildly overcrowded How to Start a Startup course today with Silicon Valley’s outspoken libertarian billionaire Peter Thiel. The course is curated by Sam Altman, head of startup incubator Y Combinator. Each week, the course brings in another technology celebrity to share the …

7 Ways to Cultivate Your Daily Blogging Practice

<i>“How do I create consistent content that I don’t get paid to do? I have a business to run.”</i><p>Content can drive your business. The more content you create (which can be writing, videos, audio, drawings) the easier it will be for readers and potential customers to see value in your expertise and what …

How to Parlay Your Value Proposition Into a Powerful Personal Brand

A branding expert explains how to become a recognized expert on whatever you're passionate about.<p>For personal branding expert Glen Carlson, creating one's brand is much easier than most entrepreneurs make it out to be. Carlson teaches entrepreneurs how to develop their personal image and use it to …

Business Strategy

What Happened When I Woke Up Two Hours Earlier For A Week

Here’s what happened when we challenged readers, and ourselves, to wake up much earlier than we wanted to.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This story is part of 5 Habits Changes You Can Actually Make In 2015. Check out the full list here.</i><p>Last week I challenged readers, and myself, to wake up what they considered to …

10 Ways to Supercharge Your Side Hustle

Looking to escape your day job by getting something going on the side? Here are 10 ways to make your dream a reality.<p>In an ideal world, we'd all get unlimited free time and resources to pursue our dreams and passions, but here on planet Earth the reality is that most would-be entrepreneurs or …

Productivity

How To Become a Successful VC in 5 Years

The skills and strategy you need to become a successful VC in five years.<p><i>This post originally appeared on Quora in answer to this question: If I want to be a successful VC in 5+ years, what should I do today to prepare myself for that role?</i><p><i>Answer by Leo Polovets, General Partner at Susa Ventures,</i> …

Venture Capital

Most Companies Don't Get How Customer Service on Social Media Works

4 min read<p>This story originally appeared on PR Daily<p>It's not them. It's you.<p>About 80 percent of companies think they’re crushing it at customer service, but only 8 percent of paying customers agree. The disconnect was reported in a recent Sprinklr study, and truthfully, the results are not that …

Social Media

26 Ways to Bring Your Blog to Life

8 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We all want more engagement on our blog posts. I mean traffic numbers are nice, but when no one comments or shares your posts, you just feel so alone. (Is anyone listening to me!?)<p>User interaction is the soul of a blog. Not only …

Infographics

Want to Be a Stellar Sales Leader? Try This on for Size

Knowing the difference between these two concepts can drive enormous improvement in sales performance.<p>It was time for me to teach my 16 year-old son how to drive a car with a stick shift. I walked him through all of the steps for several minutes. He confirmed my instructions: standard H …

Schadenfreude

5 Best Cinematic Sales Pitches

These scenes all deserve an Oscar for the best depiction of basic selling principles.<p>Hollywood, as a general rule, doesn't seem to care much for salespeople. In almost every movie and TV show, sales professionals are depicted either as con-men or nut-cases.<p>Nevertheless, you can learn about real …

Cold Calling

10 Tips to Help You Become a Superstar in Sales

Selling takes discipline, a system, and an ability to communicate and understand people. Do you have what it takes to be a Superstar in sales?<p>Selling takes discipline, a system, and an ability to communicate and understand people. Do you think selling is a science or and art? What do you think it …

sales

4 Books to Map Your Path to Greater Success

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>My favorite books are those that inspired me to take my level of activity up a notch. Here are four books that helped to take me to the next level in my life. Hopefully, they can do the same for you as well:<p><b>The Secret.</b> If you …

Self-improvement

6 Secrets to Self-Employed Happiness

Ever wonder why self-employed people seem happier than everyone else?<p>It's official: The self-employed love their work more than everyone else.<p>A University of Phoenix School of Business survey released last month revealed that Americans in general are work-oriented, with 89 percent of us saying that …

Employment

What Doctors Can Teach You About Patience and Persuasion in Sales

Doctors often have to balance the need to provide information with the need to steer people toward a decision. Here's how you can learn from their methods.<p>Whatever you're selling, you likely walk a fine line between building trust and urging a decision.<p>In a recent <i>New Yorker</i> article, Duke University …

Duke University

Is Growth More Important Than Profits?

As an entrepreneur, you are always making the trade-off between growing your top line or maximizing your bottom line profit. So which is more important when it comes to the value of your company?<p>The value of your company can be measured by applying a multiple to your earnings. Your multiple is …

Investing

10 Ways to Establish Yourself (or Your Brand) as a Thought Leader

Being known as an expert in a particular industry can be the best way to find new customers online.<p>The more your target market is exposed to your brand, the more the people in that market will recognize you as a thought leader, feel a connection, and buy from you. Here are a few tried-and-true …

Marketing

The Comcast Call: Why Every Single Customer Matters

How much influence does that unhappy customer have?<p>Sometimes the whole notion of customer service goes terribly awry.<p>"I'm just trying to figure out what it is about Comcast service that you don't want to keep. Why are you not liking this service?" the rep demanded to know from a customer who'd been …

Customer Service

3 Simple Ways to Build Your Personal Brand With Content

Building your own personal brand can benefit you in ways you hadn't imagined.<p>Personal branding: It sounds like a lot of work, right? Who has time to add another thing to the list?<p>Stay with me, here. Building your personal brand is a great marketing tool. And it also happens to be a lot of fun. If …

Social Media

The One Word That Will Crash Your New Consulting Business

You bring years of executive experience, but you can throw it all away with the use of just one word.<p>Let's say you're a bright, energetic executive who has achieved serious success managing any number of business units, high-profile projects, and critical business functions. But that world ended …

Consulting

Try This Simple Trick to Double Your Sales

All it takes to write a compelling sales message is this absurdly easy mental trick.<p>The first step in selling anything is getting people interested in what you've got to sell. Unfortunately, many companies have sales messages that are either confusing or boring (or both). Potential customers tune …

happycustomer

Try This 18-Minute Ritual for Incredible Focus

Three small tweaks to your day can radically increase your effectiveness.<p>We think of rituals as something for religious observances and major life occurrences--something you do in church or on the day you get married. But research shows that not all rituals have to be big, formal, and public to be …

Time Management

Hate Marketing? Nail It in One Week for $300 or Less

Marketing doesn't have to be difficult or expensive.<p><i>Social media! Custom content! Video! Direct mail!</i> There are so many ways to market your small business that it almost seems like too many. In fact, it <i>is</i> too many, according to small business marketing expert Mark Satterfield. "Most small business …

Marketing