Focus More Easily With These Unconventional Hacks

From meditation to decreasing your levels of cortisol, here are some new ways to get in the zone. July 17, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrrepreneur Network partner Ben Angel introduces some lesser-known tips on how to stay focused and optimize your life. Angel likes to begin his day by making a list of what he needs to get done and visualizing himself moving through each step. For longer and more difficult steps, Angel takes an extra amount of time to see himself in the midst of each task — whether it is a week or a year in — in order to see the viability of finishing the whole thing.  Moreover, taking supplements that lower the amount of cortisol in the body can also lead to an increased amount of focus. Cortisol, the stress hormone, is known to increase […]

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If Your Head is in the Cloud Don’t Get Hacked

Al Gore didn’t invent the internet, but he did create Google’s secret Al-Gore-Rhythm. All jokes aside, ever since Al Gore didn’t invent the internet, network technology accelerated at light speed. We went from 56k dial-up to fiber quicker than the industrial revolution invented cars. This also means that network security needed to evolve just as fast. At times, it didn’t stay in step with the revolution. The cost of cybercrime rose and everyone freaked out. This is not an overstatement. Cybercrime cost businesses in the United States over $17 million in the fiscal year 2017. If you’re jumping onto the cloud bandwagon late (better late than never!), it’s time to make a budget for security and keep your data safe. Here are a few tips. 1. Is [Your Password] Secret? Is it Safe? Roaming half-hobbits might not be around to steal your passwords (or your rings of power), but cybercriminals […]

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8 Strategies to Becoming a Badass CEO

C-Suiters share their secret sauce for exceptional leadership. July 17, 2018 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Imagine a world where everyone woke up feeling inspired to go to work. Unfortunately, many businesses are a toxic blend of apathy, political paranoia, and self-interest. Eight CEOs and members of The Oracles share their number one strategy for building and leading an elite, peak-performance team. Dottie Herman Image credit: The Oracles 1. Inspire the ordinary to become extraordinary. Very few of us have so-called “dream jobs,” like being a rock star or a professional athlete. Most jobs are pretty ordinary. So, how do you maximize the contributions of each employee—especially if they’re feeling apathetic, burned out, or unimportant? Traditional leadership styles are centered around control. Managers set expectations and then check to see if they’re met. However, that kind of top-down leadership ultimately isn’t effective. In today’s […]

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What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Shakespeare

William Shakespeare — king-killer, gender-bender, master of pun — ran one of the most lucrative businesses in the British Isles. Playcraft. It is a miracle that he (or she if you believe certain theories) did not wind up hung by the neck for roasting the king on multiple occasions. But he made a pretty penny doing so. To understand Shakespeare’s attitude toward business, you merely have to look into his plays. He wasn’t big on the leadership at the time and he said much about ambition. Yet the overall themes prove quite useful in guiding a young entrepreneur in his path toward success. 1. Don’t Assume You Know All the Facts Before Making a Decision When you’re young and in love and the world seems to be against you, you’re stupid. You may not realize there is a Friar meddling in the affairs of your family. You may not see […]

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It’s Time for Women to Stop Apologizing So Much

Save your ‘sorries’ for a rainy day. July 17, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Over the years, I’ve heard dozens of young people — especially women — apologizing profusely in the workplace, even when they’ve done nothing wrong. This tendency to apologize is dangerous; it affects the way young professionals feel about themselves, and it can even set them back in their career. If you’re starting out in the workplace, you need to believe in your actions so deeply that you stand behind them, or else rethink them all together. Related: If Another Woman Is Being Rude or Uncivil to You at Work, Here’s What You Can Do Unnecessary or avoidable apologizing can hurt your professional self. Why? Because apologizing when you’ve done nothing wrong isn’t fair to yourself, and apologizing too often can lessen the power of the words when you’ve actually made a […]

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Tune in to These Top 20 Podcasts for Web Designers & Developers

Those in the web design industry know that downtime is scarce, so it isn’t always easy to stay up to date with the latest industry trends and news, but podcasts make it possible. If you’re ready to tune in and discover advice and insights from industry professionals, here is a list of the top 20 podcasts for anyone working as a web designer or developer today. Hosts Keir Whitaker and Kieran Masterton share their experience and insight on The Back Front Show. A great resource for everything from frontend development to backend tech, with plenty of gems to dig through in their archives. Host Jeffrey Zeldman and his special guests, which includes web design experts from around the world, cover every topic that’s important to the web design industry. Be on the lookout for topics that include web technology, web publishing, art direction, typography and more. Hosts Paul Boag and […]

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Trade Wars: Who Pays the Price?

Whether you believe tariffs are or aren’t the best way to make American companies more competitive, it’s consumers and small businesses that are affected the most. July 17, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The news cycle is nothing short of busy and erratic. Good or bad, much has changed in the last year; and, now  we’ve added “trade wars” to the mix. Recently, China enacted tariffs on U.S. goods that total $34 billion in retaliation for our administration’s 25 percent tariff on Chinese goods. Related: $34 Billion in Goods: Are Your Company’s Products Affected by the New Chinese Tariffs? In fact, China actually accused the United States of setting off “the largest trade war in economic history to date” and violating World Trade Organization rules. Even Russia introduced extra duties on U.S. products, ranging from road-building equipment and oil and gas industry products, to mining tools. The […]

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Talking Ads Machine Learning Algorithms

Talking Ads Marketing Management Services Overview: TalkingAds.com specializes in pay-for-performance campaigns that drive business to their strategic online partners. Their award-winning services are achieved by team leaders who each have more than a decade of experience in the digital world and are recognized as leading experts in the field. TalkingAds performance strategy doesn’t just include data analysis but relies on it in order to make smarter decisions that drive online commerce to higher and higher levels. TalkingAds Services: Affiliate Program ManagementTalkingAds is your team of Affiliate Program Management professionals who offer personalized and flexible solutions for highly competitive verticals. They work with your affiliate base to guarantee consistent and highly profitable results. They integrate their clients with Prime One revolutionary technologies to lay the foundation for success in the fast paced and competitive verticals. Marketing Management ServicesThey’ll handle your entire creative ecosystem for everything from desktop, mobile, video, social and […]

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Why Marketers Are Working With HR to Take Ownership of Company Culture

Culture is the foundation of your brand and culture begins with the people you hire. July 17, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Company culture is one of the commonly overlooked things to tackle when building a business. Founders often think it’s something extra and fun, but it needs to be something you’re proactive about as soon as you start hiring. Culture components like atmosphere and work-life balance, according to Randstad’s latest employer brand research, are key to both attracting and retaining talent. They found that 45 percent of respondents see work-life balance as a reason to choose an employer, while 28 percent see it as a reason to quit. Work atmosphere also accounted for 44 percent of answers, and flexible arrangements 32 percent. Related: These 5 Companies Were Rated Best for Work-Life Balance. Is Yours Anything Like Them? How you build your team to work […]

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A Foundation of Trust Is How the Sharing Economy Thrives

Trust is built on transparency and confidence. If you don’t have it, your brand will be hurt. July 17, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Like many of you, I absolutely love the sharing economy. Just today I used an Uber lift-riding service, booked an Airbnb house in Cape Town and hired some temporary workers through Wonolo. I trust that my 20-something kids will take Uber or Lyft when they have been celebrating with drinks at night. I trust that the Airbnb house in Cape Town will be clean and safe. I trust that the workers we hired will meet our expectations.  How did we get to this state of the sharing economy, and how did it become so successful so quickly? It is about convenience, cost and trust in the service. Of those three, I believe that trust is what truly makes the sharing […]

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The Importance of Testing Site Speed

Blogging and building an online empire is more than simply writing and fancy images. An online business is about increasing user engagement to a point where you’ll be able to convert them, achieving your bottom line. I’ve always told my clients to always have a purpose or bottom line in mind when starting a blog because this will keep your focus clear. With a clear focus, you can take the necessary steps to ensure you will achieve the desired outcome you set out to achieve and this means getting closer to success. However, again, this all depends on the way you engage your readers, ensuring they are happy with your blog and the content you have published. I’m surprised at the amount of people who forget user experience depends on a lot more things than simply content. Over the past several months, I’ve outlined elements that contribute to an increase […]

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Yumi Co-founders Angela Sutherland and Evelyn Rusli On Why You Can Doubt Your Choices But Not Yourself

The first-time entrepreneurs took a leap of faith together and quit their jobs to launch an early childhood meal delivery service. July 16, 2018 11 min read Editor’s Note: Inspire Me is a series in which entrepreneurs and leaders share what motivates them through good times and bad, while also sharing stories of how they overcame challenges in hopes of inspiring others. Like so many entrepreneurs, Angela Sutherland didn’t know that she wanted to start a business until a problem was staring her in the face. Sutherland was working in private equity when she got pregnant with her first child. She soon found herself looking for information about the best baby food options — but kept running into conflicting information about the healthiest brands and seeing products that were high in sugar. After reading about how vital nutrition is during the first 1,000 days of life, Sutherland, who had been […]

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How to Hook Your Ideal Prospect with Content that Connects

When it comes down to it, “content” is simply information. And in an age of information (and opinion) overload, your content can contain incredibly valuable information and still be easily ignored. This is the opposite of the “clickbait” problem. In that case, you have a compelling headline that leads to worthless information. The ideal scenario is to have a great headline (effectively a promise to the prospective reader) that delivers on, and hopefully exceeds, the expectations created by the headline. Ultimately, what you say (the information) is the most important thing, because the wrong information is simply not meaningful to the people you’re trying to attract. But how you say it is still indispensable in an environment overflowing with information — both of high and (too often) low quality. Great content boils down to two essential elements: meaning and fascination. Meaning relates to how well the information addresses the problems […]

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How a Group Program Might be the Right Next Step for Your Business (And How to do One!)

Are you looking to take your small business up a few notches? Does the idea of hosting fully grown online courses seem a little too daunting for where you are right now? Is there an intermediate step you can take to continue your progress? Here at Fizzle we think the idea of a group program is the perfect way to take you to that next level. Although this format can take a few different forms, the basic idea remains quite simple and can be carried out without too much intensive organization and heavy inputs. In this episode we’ll be talking about exactly what a group program can be and how it can help you and your business. Steph has been implementing group programs to great success and as such will be expanding on the ideas for all of our listening pleasure! We also talk about the benefits this model can […]

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Leaving a Positive Leadership Legacy Is Really About Living Your Values Now

How you will be remembered when you career is done is based entirely on who you help and what you build. July 16, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. For me, the most memorable event in the FIFA World Cup wasn´t the goal scoring, the lifting of the golden trophy or the multimillionaire superstars. It was the wonderful story of the Japanese squad cleaning up their locker room after their narrow 3-2 defeat against Belgium and leaving a thank you note in Russian to their hosts. It got me thinking about building positive leadership legacies. We seem to spend so much of our time chasing targets and calculating our next leadership move, rather than focusing on what it is that we want to achieve and be remembered for as organizational leaders. Related: It’s Not Too Late to Start Thinking About Your Business Legacy Research […]

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Serena Williams Gave a Master Class in How to Get the Most Out of a Failure

The GOAT gave it her all at Wimbledon. She didn’t clinch the title, but everyone can learn from how she handled it like a champion. July 16, 2018 4 min read The Wimbledon women’s final over the weekend came down to Serena Williams and Germany’s Angelique Kerber. Williams was aiming for a 24th Grand Slam singles title, but in the end, it was Kerber who emerged victorious, earning her first Wimbledon title. After the two players embraced and Williams congratulated Kerber on her achievement, she gave a moving post-match interview that is a prime example of how to find a win even in a tough loss. “It was such an amazing tournament for me,” Williams said. “I was really happy to get this far. It’s obviously disappointing, but I can’t be disappointed. I have so much to look forward to, I’m literally just getting started.” When asked about the appearance […]

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The Local SEO’s Guide to the Buy Local Phenomenon: A Competitive Advantage for Clients

Photo credit: Michelle Shirley What if a single conversation with one of your small local business clients could spark activity that would lead to an increase in their YOY sales of more than 7%, as opposed to only 4% if you don’t have the conversation? What if this chat could triple the amount of spending that stays in their town, reduce pollution in their community, improve their neighbors’ health, and strengthen democracy? What if the brass ring of content dev, link opportunities, consumer sentiment and realtime local inventory is just waiting for you to grab it, on a ride we just haven’t taken yet, in a setting we’re just not talking about? Let’s travel a different road today, one that parallels our industry’s typical conversation about citations, reviews, markup, and Google My Business. As a 15-year sailor on the Local SEO ship, I love all this stuff, but, like you, […]

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Happy Prime Day! Also, Elon Musk May Have Lost His Mind. What You Need to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. Read_more Related posts: How Much It Would Cost Elon Musk to Become the World’s Next Willy Wonka (Infographic) Elon Musk’s Boring Company to Prioritize Pedestrians Over Cars Elon Musk Says He’ll Sell Lego-Like Bricks Made of Tunnel Rock Elon Musk Said He Will Pay for Home Water Filters in Flint What It’s Really Like to Work for Elon Musk I Ran My Day Like Elon Musk Runs His — and This Is What Happened 25 Weird Things We’ve Learned About Elon Musk Elon Musk Just Deleted His Facebook Account

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Five Myths About Passive Income You probably Still Believe

Time is the great equalizer. In the grand scheme of things, you don’t get much more of it than I do. On average, we only live 80 years. No wonder many of us are scrambling to free up more time. We realize that if we want to accomplish our life goals, we need to spend less time making a living. Passive income seems like a great solution. While passive income is achievable, it’s not as easy as other bloggers make it out to be. Myths perpetrate through lazy blogging. Some of us have swallowed these myths with gusto. Here are five you should probably quit believing. 1. You Need a Bunch of Money to Make Passive Income Brian Clark turned Coppyblogger into a $7 million company with a mere $1,000. Now that might seem like a decent sum to a few of you out there but think of the ROI on […]

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3 Considerations You Must Think Through Before Taking a Political Position as a Brand

It is becoming harder for brands to stay neutral in our hyper-political times. July 16, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Remember when general wisdom said you should never mix business and politics? Then “don’t rock the boat” shifted to “be controversial to stand out from the crowd.” Companies experimented with portraying their brands as openly celebrating the normalcy and beauty of other-abled individuals, gay couples raising children, non-conforming gender expression and hijab-wearing women dancing in the street. Gradually it became more common for people of all colors, genders, religions and abilities to be represented in mainstream programming, advertising images and commercials. While those social justice topics had political implications, the companies that challenged cultural norms in their brand messaging were not, strictly speaking, bringing politics into business. Nor were they necessarily taking a stand on any particular issue so much as they were testing the […]

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