Creating Social Change Through Sports

Nick Keller, founder and CEO of Benchmark, shares his thoughts on how sports can be used to solve problems big and small. February 23, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. On this episode of The Playbook, Benchmark Founder and CEO Nick Keller sits down to share his thoughts on: Why sports bring together all aspects of society and create opportunities to solve local and global issues [5:37]. How sports can promote better mental health for anyone who is willing to be vulnerable [14:19]. Why he loves hiring people who are autonomous and restless [20:00]. How to take advantage of consumers’ changing preferences for ethical businesses [22:55]. Related: A Surgical Approach to Entrepreneurship Read_More Related posts: How to Find the Right Job in Sports What It’s Like to Be a Female Sports Agent in a Male-Dominated Industry So You Want To Be a Sports Agent? Here’s What You Need to Know. Why E-Sports Are the Great […]

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5 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Maintain Keto on the Road

The keto diet is hard. It’s harder when you’re traveling. These products can help. February 23, 2020 3 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. The keto diet has exploded in popularity recently as it has been shown to deliver great results while it doesn’t ask you to give up too many foods. However, reaching ketosis requires some attention to timing and detail, which can be extremely difficult when you’re on the road for business. Thrive Market, however, simplifies keto. With a wide selection of keto-friendly food that you can easily pack with you on your travels, Thrive Market eliminates much of the hassle of reaching ketosis. While everyone else at the conference heads to Panera, you can […]

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The One Gadget Every On-the-Go Entrepreneur Needs on Hand 24/7

Stay connected and fully charged wherever you go, regardless of your device choice. February 23, 2020 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Most entrepreneurs spend a lot of their time on the go. It’s part of the job description. And that means smartphones, laptops, and other mobile devices are made even more essential for staying on top of things. From closing deals on the phone to tracking client data in your CMS, being able to stay connected while going from place to place is crucial. And what keeps those devices running? Power. But with the 5-in-1 FamilyCharger + 52W Power Supply, you can worry less about finding an outlet, and more about everything else. Regardless of […]

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A Surgical Approach to Entrepreneurship

Toby Cosgrove, former President and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, talks about the learning curve of going from the operating room to running hospital operations. Read_More Related posts: 3 Observations About Compassion From the Dalai Lama That Could Change Your Approach to Entrepreneurship How Being a Single Teen Mom Prepared Me for Entrepreneurship The Great Debate: Can You Teach Entrepreneurship? Entrepreneurship Is the New Engine of Global Collaboration Entrepreneurship Is All About Overcoming Obstacles Rejection Is Part of Entrepreneurship. Here’s How to Handle It. 3 Lessons a Toxic Client Taught Me About Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurship Often Involves Uncertainty. Here’s How to Deal With It Productively.

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Learn How to Build Your Own iOS and Android Apps From Scratch

Get in on the app boom with this beginner-friendly training. February 22, 2020 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Apple grew its mobile presence on the strength of the slogan, “There’s an app for that.” Almost a decade later, there are two million apps in the App Store and what was once a cheeky, figurative slogan has become practically literal. There are apps for everything, and more and more companies are prioritizing developing apps to better serve their users. As such, app developers are highly in-demand. If you want to take advantage of the app boom and make a hefty paycheck, check out The 2020 Mobile App Developers Bundle. This 20-hour bundle offers training for everyone, […]

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50 Ideas for a Lucrative Side Hustle

You know how to do something people would hire you for, but only if they know you are available. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you’re looking for ways you can earn a few extra bucks with a side hustle, you’d likely encounter hundreds of strategies for make some money. However, depending on your unique needs and your skills, earning a respectable amount of cash, and doing it quickly, might be well within your reach.  No matter where you’re from or what you do for a living, thanks to the conveniences afforded to us by the internet, making money is no longer a constant and never-ending struggle. With the proverbial world at our fingertips, as long as you know how to tap into the vast amount of opportunities found in the digital ether of cyberspace, you can earn some extra income, even if you’re in a tight bind.  Some […]

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Get a Microsoft Surface For as Low As $499 for All Your On-the-Go Business Needs

Save big on these high-powered, convertible notebooks when you buy refurbished. February 22, 2020 3 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. For entrepreneurs, it’s important to be able to work on the go. That’s what makes the Microsoft Surface such a great choice. These 2-in-1 devices seamlessly convert between a laptop and a tablet, so you can set up a workstation wherever you are and maintain peak efficiency. If you’re in the market for a new device to help you get more done, the Microsoft Surface is a great bet. Of course, they don’t come cheap. However, if you buy recertified, you can save hundreds on formerly used devices that have been repaired and recertified by the […]

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5 Strategic Use Cases for Software in Your Business

Both offline and online companies can grow and gain competitive advantages in the market. February 21, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As businesses grow, there are important considerations to be made around costs and how to grow the company. At the corporate level, the software industry has consistently grown over the past two decades. In fact, the enterprise-software industry is expected to grow to $457 billion by 2020. Common applications of enterprise software include accounting, cloud services, business intelligence, human resources and CRM solutions.  When deciding what kind of software to implement, it is helpful to work backwards and identify what problems or challenges you currently face. Once these are identified, you can find software solutions that help solve specific problems. This process is part of a business-growth roadmap and is critical to scaling.  It is important to note that too much reliance on software or […]

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4 Key Enterprise Marketing and Sales Insights From Dreamforce

Here are the trends and takeaways from Salesforce’s annual sales conference. February 21, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Dreamforce is an annual Salesforce conference with keynotes on the latest trends and developments in marketing, communications, technology, and — of course— customer relationship management (CRM).  The latest conference saw over 171,000 attendees from 120+ countries. Keynote talks included topics from AI and 5G to the value of improv skills in the workplace. As an annual attendee, I think there’s a lot that happened this year worth noting. Related: What Is a Sales Funnel? The Guide to Building an Automated Selling Machine. If you’re an enterprise marketer — or even if you just want to learn more about successful marketing and customer relationship management in competitive industries, here are a few of the biggest takeaways. (And it’s okay if you missed Dreamforce this year—you can actually watch up to 100 […]

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Why Startups Must Tirelessly Communicate Their Value Proposition

February 21, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Most business owners love what they do. Unfortunately, much of the world doesn’t necessarily care, as reflected in the high failure rate among startups. Unless entrepreneurs convince people that what they’re selling is absolutely special, consumers will simply choose alternatives that are more widely available. Entrepreneurs, therefore, must reiterate their company’s value proposition, i.e. a feature or attribute that makes a product or service appealing to customers. Secondly, people’s attention spans have become extremely monetizable, especially online. More than half of business professionals said a great story captures their focus and keeps them engaged, according to Prezi’s 2018 “State of Attention” report. And 33 percent of respondents said that visual stimulation is critical to maintaining their attention. And that mind share should be converted to revenue. Startups that capture interest are in the best position to convert audiences into buyers. […]

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How to Give a Presentation Like a Pro

When mapping out your entrepreneurial dreams, don’t forget to hone your public-speaking skills. February 21, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Public speaking is something many people fear — even visionary CEOs. Worse, they fail (and fail hard) at it. Tesla’s Elon Musk, for example, has publicly chastised himself for his lackluster performances, most notably a 2011 SpaceX press conference during which he blunders and stutters his way through. It’s painful to watch. Even if you’re not Musk-level famous, public speaking is an essential skill. Whether you give a talk at a conference, lead an all-hands meeting or, yes, even talk with an employee or client one-on-one, each encounter is an opportunity to develop your business. It could be argued that every time you speak, you’re doing so to influence opinion, inspire action or stir up a certain feeling. You’d better know how to present like a pro. The Power […]

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3 Things I Learned About Sales by Volunteering for a Presidential Campaign

Shifting your focus to a larger cause can deepen your understanding about entrepreneurship. February 21, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I recently signed up to do a volunteer phone-banking shift for a presidential campaign. I’m not usually a very politically active person. I vote and follow the news, and I care about the direction of the country, but until now I had never gotten directly involved with political volunteering. But while cold-calling prospective voters in New Hampshire to talk about why I believe that one particular presidential candidate is the right choice, I was surprised at how much I learned. I’ve made a lot of sales cold calls in my career. I write about sales for this website. But volunteering for a political campaign really drove home some valuable insights about sales and the deeper meaning of the work of being a salesperson or entrepreneur. Here are a […]

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Is Focusing On a Specific Niche Really That Important?

To specialize or not to specialize, that is the question. (The answer is yes.) February 21, 2020 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. One of the most common mistakes I see businesses make is lacking specialization. For years, I personally fought this, with the mindset that specialization would limit the amount of potential clients I could work with, so I ran my marketing agency as a jack-of-all-trades offering services to any business that knocked on the door. Fast forward to today, qnd I have seen the power of specialization through both my own business and dozens of clients. Why Do I Need to Be Niche-Specific? Practice makes perfect, and that applies in the business world as much as anything else in life. By being niche-specific in whatever your business does, you are constantly getting in repetitions and practice at the same things over and over. It allows you as a business […]

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12 Low-Cost Business Ideas for Introverts

If you identify as an introvert and are interested in your own low-cost startup, you could be an ideal candidate for starting your own business. Introverts are powerful in their own right. They are productive thinkers with strong opinions who can achieve much. Despite what the media says — often stereotyping them as “shy” or “socially awkward” — introverts can make great business leaders and entrepreneurs. In fact, many successful business leaders are introverts, including Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Warren Buffett. Related: 9 Business Ideas Under $1,000 You Can Run From Anywhere At least one-third of all Americans are introverts, says Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking and the leading voice today on lost opportunities when undervaluing introverts. “They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on […]

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Google Is Getting Sued for Collecting Data From Kids’ Educational Chromebooks

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says Google has been violating a federal privacy law by harvesting student information without obtaining parental consent. Google says the lawsuit is ‘factually wrong.’ February 21, 2020 3 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag New Mexico’s attorney general is suing Google for allegedly spying on school children through the company’s education-focused Chromebooks. However, the tech giant says the lawsuit gets the facts all wrong. According to the state’s attorney general, Hector Balderas, Google has been violating a federal privacy law by harvesting the students’ information without obtaining parental consent. As a result, he’s demanding it cease the practice and pay a fine. “Tracking student data without parental consent is not only illegal, it is dangerous; and my office will hold any company accountable who compromises the safety of New Mexican children,” Balderas said in a statement. His lawsuit specifically cites the Children’s Online Privacy Protection […]

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4 Startup Branding Trends That Are Finding Success

Audiences are trending towards interactivity, personalization, and abstract design. Keep this in mind when branding your business. February 21, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The 2010s were defined by tech-based startups, think Uber and Airbnb, that shook up major industries like transportation and hospitality. While their products were revolutionary, at the end of the day it was their cutting-edge branding that really took these businesses to the next level. As we enter 2020, it’s important to strive towards branding that’s just as compelling and striking as the brands that dominated the last decade. Also, younger generations, like later millennials and Generation Z’s, are gaining more buying power, so their tastes will determine the direction of branding trends. Here are four emerging trends that startups should keep track of when creating a noteworthy brand. Related: Branding Strategies That Create Customers Who Spend 300% More […]

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Sherwood Forest to Become World’s First 5G-Connected Forest

The home of Robin Hood is set to feature 3D and 4D virtual reality experiences, semi-autonomous vehicles, and drones and robots to help ‘survey and monitor the health of the forest.’ February 21, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Robin Hood’s famed Sherwood Forest in Nottingham will be the world’s first forest to get 5G, so it can host new virtual and augmented reality content expected to launch in March 2021. Following a £10 million ($13 million) investment from the UK government under its “5G Create” program and Nottingham City Council, Sherwood Forest will be updated with a number of new attractions over time, including 3D and 4D virtual reality experiences, semi-autonomous vehicles, and drones and robots to help “survey and monitor the health of the forest.”  In a statement, Nottinghamshire County Council leader Councillor Kay Cutts MBE said: “Nottinghamshire is once again at the forefront […]

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How the Founder of MAKERS Is Inspiring Change Around the Globe

Jessica Abo sits down with Dyllan McGee to discuss her new documentary and tips to get out of a creative funk. February 21, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Dyllan McGee, the executive producer and founder of MAKERS, a Verizon Media brand, started a global leadership event called the MAKERS Conference with the hope of bringing together the most powerful names in business, entertainment, tech and finance. McGee is on a mission to advance equality in the workplace and dedicated this year’s conference to the suffragettes and the passing of the 19th Amendment 100 years ago, while also recognizing the work that still needs to be done for women around the world. The MAKERS Conference “Not Done” theme included topics such as intersectionality, micro-aggressions in the workplace, representation in Hollywood and climate change. McGee also announced a new documentary called Not Done, which picks up where her last […]

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Why Your Business Needs a Great Employee Training Program

Investing in employee training can lead to a high-performing team, a boost in company morale and a lower turnover rate. Here’s how to get started. February 21, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In today’s job market, most businesses are choosing between hiring for culture and hiring for skill. And culture seems to be winning. It makes sense. Company culture isn’t trainable — either prospective new hires are a fit, or they aren’t. But skills are something that can be sharpened over time. And if you want innovative, talented people that will add value to your company culture, you need to stop worrying about whether or not they possess a perfect skillset. If you hire the right people, they’ll likely be eager to learn and prove themselves. This approach does, however, come with some baggage: training. Your training needs to be exceptional. After all, if […]

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How Fintech Startups Are Disrupting the Payments Industry

They’re forcing a large, entrenched ecosystem to adapt. February 21, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Long in the past, transfers of value took place between royalty, merchants and commoners who all used gold, silver, cattle and other physical commodities to thrive and survive. That ended in 1971 when the U.S.. dollar and other world fiat systems fully detached from the gold standard and embraced floating exchange rates. Over the past 50 years, financial institutions built payment systems that are partially obsolescing in the wake of fintech disruptions like virtual currencies, distributed ledgers and decentralized protocols. Fintech entrepreneurs are more attuned with the high expectations of a younger, digital crowd who buy goods from around the world with a tap of a phone screen, and which can be delivered by Amazon in a few hours. Related: 3 Trends Happening to Fintech That You Should Know […]

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