13 Unique Ideas for Young Entrepreneurs

Children can start learning about money as early as age three. One of the best ways to do this is by not always buying something when you go into a store. If your kid wants something, you tell them “there isn’t enough money right now for that, but if we wait patiently, we will eventually be able to buy it.” Children are better at reasoning through these things than we give them credit for. They will make the connection between the waiting and the money and the eventuality of buying even if they can’t see or understand actual numbers yet. Now, your kid may not have an entrepreneurial bent as early as 3 years of age. At some point, they will want a “lemonade stand” in their life. You should be ready to help them achieve their little entrepreneurial dreams. It’s entirely possible for your little one to learn about […]

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Testing The Sony A7 III at Terra Nova Adventure Playground

The Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment is a play experience unique to the Lower Mainland. It’s also a great place to test out the Sony A7 III full frame digital camera. Click Here To Download John Chow’s New eBook, The Ultimate Online Profit Model! Read_more Related posts: Testing The Sony A7 III S&Q Video Mode at John Lawson Park How to Use Continuous AB Testing to Increase Conversions Sony ICD-SX2000 Digital Audio Recorder Unboxing and Review Traveling the World Is an Adventure That Makes You a Better Entrepreneur 5 Ways Adventure Travel Makes You a Better Entrepreneur How a Top Bank Executive Left Finance to Start an Adventure Travel Company — and What He Learned About Success in Business How To Do A/B Split Testing With These Cool Tips How to Use Continuous A/B Testing to Increase Conversions

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Never Worry About Cash Flow Again by Using These 5 Strategies

Negative cash flow is a sure sign your business is struggling. August 15, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned as an entrepreneur is every business, regardless of industry, size or financial status, is dependent on cash. It doesn’t matter if your business is profitable; if you are consistently dealing with negative cash flow problems you’re struggling. Related: Strategic Ways to Improve Cash Flow A 2017 WePay SMB & Money Survey shows 41 percent of businesses report having experienced cash flow challenges and 16 percent have experienced payment fraud. Further, 56 percent said the emotional impact is “highly consequential or consequential.” Regardless of why you’re having cash flow shortages, there is a solution. Here are five tips we’ve learned from working with partners and building our own online publishing business to ensure cash flow stays positive. 1. Manage invoices. When I […]

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How to Use your SEO Knowledge to Optimize Social Content

In addition to guest posting on the UpCity blog, nvision is featured as one of the Top SEO Companies in Toronto. Check out their profile here. So you’re an SEO and you’ve got the knowledge to optimize any client site that’s thrown at you. But when it comes to social media, maybe you’re just not sure how to optimize your social content. Let’s shift your mindset so you can see how approachable social media can be. If you can adapt to that google algorithm, you can do it on any other channel! Here’s how you can use your SEO knowledge to optimize your social content. Social Profiles are like Homepages Now more than ever, users are discovering brands and businesses through social media. Whether they come across a business from a tagged post or a direct search, it’s now the front page of your brand. So think of your social media profile as another homepage. First impressions […]

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FTC Brings First CRFA Cases

FTC Brings One of the First CRFA Cases The Consumer Review Fairness Act was passed in response to reports that some businesses try to prevent people from giving honest reviews about products or services they received. Some companies put contract provisions in place, including in their online terms and conditions, that allow them to sue or penalize consumers for posting negative reviews. The Consumer Review Fairness Act protects consumers’ ability to share their honest opinions about a business’s products, services or conduct in any forum, including social media. The FTC recently initiated one of the first Consumer Review Fairness Act cases. The first case of its kind since the CRFA took effect, the matter is a conspicuous reminder for marketers to ensure that form contracts to not seek to silence consumers. In short, the CRFA renders provisions of form contracts between sellers and individual consumers void from inception, if: 1. […]

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Screw the Naysayers. Learn From Beryl Stafford and Her Vegan Snack Success

Sometimes, having the world against you is a good thing. You realize whatever you’re trying to accomplish is bigger than what most people believe is possible. And if you were to accomplish it, the world would bow down in adoration. You wouldn’t think the world would be against a new kind of vegan cereal bar. But only 6% of U.S. consumers claim to be vegan. And most people don’t understand vegetarianism let alone veganism. (You’re vegetarian? Ok, I’ll fix chicken!) When Beryl Stafford began baking oat bars and wrapping them in Saran wrap, she wasn’t exactly gunning to change the world’s mind about vegan snacks. Instead, she was hoping to avoid a boring 9-5 and the whole panty-hose and uncomfortable pants-suit culture. Here’s how she fought through the naysayers and came out on top. Hint: she never gave into the pants-suit culture. 1. Stafford Started Small and Local Whenever you […]

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Create and Get Started Blogging Online: Part 4 – Hosting Research and Narrowing Down

In Part 4, we’ll be discussing the importance of research when choosing the right hosting provider. It’s important you know what different types of packages you have available, and what options you should be looking for as a beginner or expert. The combination of hosting and domain are probably the most important in building your brand and allowing people to access your website. If you have a poor domain then people won’t remember, and won’t know what your niche is about. Next, with a poor hosting provider, your site won’t be accessible, and this slows down engagement. Both work hand in hand, which is why you know how to choose the right hosting provider. Today, we’ll be going over some of the MOST important elements of choosing a hosting provider, and how to perform research. In the next part, we’ll be going over plan registration and domain setup. Let’s get […]

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4 Rules to Keep in Mind When Looking for a Mentor

Remember, it’s about building a genuine relationship. August 15, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Finding the right mentor can be a confusing jungle to navigate. Who do you want to reach out to? How do you go about establishing a connection? In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Jeff Rose talks about what you can do to find a mentor, including what attributes to look for and questions to ask (and avoid). If you’re considering asking someone you don’t know, such as an author or speaker whom you admire, it may be better to avoid this. In most cases, knowing the person personally is more helpful. To make things even more intimate and informative, try meeting with your potential mentor in-person. Face-to-face contact can only strengthen a relationship.  Rose also mentions his personal distaste for the phrase, “Can I pick your brain?” When you ask this, the […]

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How to Improve the Ranking of Your Business Mobile App

It’s no secret we’re living in a mobile world. As marketers, we need to recognize that our current and prospective customers are active on their mobile devices. That’s why you need to learn how to optimize your web design for mobile users. But some of you may have taken this one step further and built a mobile app. That’s great news, and you’re definitely headed in the right direction. Mobile apps are increasing in popularity. If you saw my top mobile trends that are dominating 2018, you’re aware of this. In fact, over half of small businesses in the United States either have mobile apps or are planning to develop one. Further, 55% of these business owners say they are using mobile apps to drive sales. Those of you who already developed an app have an advantage over your competition. But your app won’t be successful unless you can get people […]

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Top 25 Digital Marketing Articles – Week of 08/10/18

This week’s roundup includes tips to improve your Email open rates, increase customer engagement on Social Media, and drive sales to your business with Mobile Marketing. Learn how to improve your Conversion rates using social media analytics, and utilize UX Design to optimize your site’s checkout process. We’ve covered all of this news and, much more, below! From the UpCity Blog: This week’s Agency Framework discusses the importance of email marketing and how to use lists, automation tools, and the right kind of content to connect with current and potential clients. Marton Varo shares the top 10 questions to ask when choosing a Video Production company. Tune into one of these top 15 Local SEO podcasts for industry tips, news, and creative inspiration. Olivier Gruere discusses the 7 reasons why Social Media is important for B2B companies. Content Marketing: Brandon Andersen draws special attention to the fundamentals of an effective Content Marketing program. Aariya Rafi emphasizes the […]

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Get This Free Book – High Paying Affiliate Programs

What Is The eSCAPE Book About? eSCAPE was written by netrepreneur Anik Singal who has made more than $200M in online sales over the past decade. In this book you’ll learn… The difference between earning a living and creating a living (Chapter 1)… The #1 most important, yet very simple (and often overlooked) lesson any entrepreneur can learn (Chapter 1)… Why entrepreneurship actually has very little to do with running a business and how this misunderstanding is leading many to not live up to their full potential (Chapter 2)… How to never worry about seeking outside funding. Instead, learn how you can use the resources of your current (or future) company to innovate and call your own shots (Chapter 2)… Why successful entrepreneurs actually take less risk in their life than the rest of the business world (Chapter 2)… The exact mental process used to learn more from your failures […]

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What You Need to Consider Before Outsourcing Anything

In college, I took a course on global capitalism from a fairly liberal political science professor. Back then, globalism was a conservative idea to be eschewed by the left. Outsourcing was an evil corporate activity exploiting workers all over the globe. Now, nobody bats an eye at the word. It’s divorced from sweatshops and third world economies. The most reputable companies now outsource all over the globe. But not everything about outsourcing is roses and sunshine. Here are a few things you should consider before outsourcing whole departments. 1. Does Your Management Know How to Manage an Outsourced Department? Every business decision comes at a cost. Even outsourcing, which is supposed to save you money in the long run, can end up costing you dearly. Cost cutting is the number one reason businesses outsource. But if you don’t have the structure in place to manage an outsourced department, are you really […]

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Lunch At Pearl Castle Richmond

On this episode of the Dot Com Lifestyle vlog, we go for lunch at Pearl Castle in Richmond. They are known for their fried chicken and milk tea. Like most Richmond restaurants, they take cash only. Click Here To Download John Chow’s New eBook, The Ultimate Online Profit Model! Read_more Related posts: I Ran My Day Like Elon Musk Runs His — and This Is What Happened Making Money While Eating Lunch, A Really Big SUV, and More… The Dot Com Lunch – YouTube Live Edition Dot Com Lunch – The Billionaire Charity Case Dot Com Lunch – Walking Into A Glass Wall Edition Skipping Your Lunch Breaks? Even Your Boss Wants You to Go out for a Bite, a New Study Says. Why I Asked My Team to Stop Eating Lunch at Their Desks Dot Com Lunch At Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop

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You’ve Listened to Your Gut, Now Answer These 4 Practical Questions About the Product You Think Is so Great

Trust but verify your instinct. August 15, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Ninety percent of ideas don’t make it to market, according to Mark Payne, author of How to Kill a Unicorn. We are often told to trust our instincts and follow our dreams. This, however, can lead to what Japanese inventor Kenji Kawakami termed Chindōgu, or an impractical idea or invention. Chindōgu comes from two words, Chin meaning curious or strange, and Dōgu meaning tool or device.  One such example is B.F. Skinner’s pigeon missile-guided system. In 1943, in a bid to help the war effort, the acclaimed behaviorist came up with the idea of having hungry pigeons peck at images on a glass screen in the nose cone of a missile, sending signals to adjust the rudder and direct it to its target. “Pigeon Project” was given a $25,000 grant by the National Defense Research Committee, but was shelved in October 1944 because […]

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How to Get More Email Subscribers Without Annoying Your Website Visitors

With so many new content marketing strategies out there today, it can be tempting to look past your email list. After all, how important can it be? To say the least, email marketing is crucial. It needs to remain part of your core marketing foundation. Research shows that 99% of consumers check their emails every single day. Between personal email addresses, work accounts, computers, and mobile devices, some consumers check their inboxes even up to 20 times per day. More than 80% of retailers say email marketing is the driving force behind their acquisition and customer retention strategies. From a marketing perspective, sending emails is an extremely cost-effective strategy as well. On average, the ROI yields $40 for every dollar spent, which is the highest among other strategies. But your email campaigns won’t work unless you have lots of subscribers. That’s why you need to learn how to build your first email list […]

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How Creative Commons Helped Spread My Ideas To Millions Of People!

I’m a huge fan of Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization that makes it easy for people to both share their original work with the world and build upon the work of others. My choice to license my newsjacking graphics under a CC license was absolutely essential to allow the ideas of newsjacking to spread and the result was tons of new business for me. Related posts: 5 Ways to Tap into an Endless Wellspring of Creative Content Ideas How To Write A Free Ebook To Grow Your Business Why Your Friend with a Creative Job Isn’t the Village Idiot Creative Content Foundations Is Open for Enrollment Creative Content Foundations: A New Copyblogger Course Finding the Balance Between Being Creative and Getting Sh*t Done How to Make Your Content Spread Like Wildfire With This Simple Strategy People Buy From People: Five examples of how to bring the humanity back to marketing

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10 Questions to Ask When Choosing A Video Production Company

In addition to guest posting on the UpCity blog, Brandefy is featured as one of the Top Video Production Companies in Los Angeles. Check out their profile here. Choosing a video production company for your content needs isn’t rocket science, but it isn’t exactly easy either. It’s a problem of too many choices and not enough reliable information to go around – you will likely get as many different responses as the number of sources you query, all referring you to a number of different production options. So how do you dig through the confusion and find a video production company that’s right for you? It’s a matter of narrowing down your choices until you’re left with one ideal company … and one or two back-ups. Easier said than done, but you don’t have to go in blind. Here are a few important questions to keep in mind when considering your choices. 1. Do their videos […]

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LinkedProfits Review – High Paying Affiliate Programs

What Is Linked Profits? What’s interesting about LinkedIn is that, unlike most social platforms, most internet marketers have no idea how to mine it for leads. In fact, many never even try because they focus their efforts on the easier-to-figure-out choices. That’s a good thing if you’re willing to learn how to score valuable leads and sales from LinkedIn because its virtually untouched.  There are some interesting facts about LinkedIn that should get your attention. The most interesting one is that LinkedIn’s average member income is $107,000. Not only do nearly all LinkedIn members have disposable income but also are more inclined to shop online – which is where you come in.  The Linked Profits course was created by Greig Wells, who is a best selling author on how to use LinkedIn to dominate your chosen niche. He has trained over 110,000 students worldwide, and has even presented at Tony Robbins […]

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If Your User Experience Sux So Will Your Conversion Rate

I once got to be part of a user experience test. My friend was in grad school and he and his colleagues had created a simple game programming tool. It was one of the most confusing pieces of software I’ve ever touched. I found out later, they’d created a problematic piece of software on purpose. They were testing a user experience testing process. The whole thing was quite meta. But if this had been a real product, they’d have made zero money. Why? Because while the concept was great (ready-made game elements you simply drag and drop), the user experience sucked. You won’t make money with your website either if your user experience sucks. Here are a few ways to optimize your website for the best user experience. 1. Start With Loading Speed The Doherty Threshold states that if a computer takes longer than 400 milliseconds to respond, users would […]

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Create and Get Started Blogging Online: Part 3 – Choosing the Right Domain

Thanks again for joining us while we explore the complete step-by-step process in starting a blog that converts, and builds momentum quickly. So far, we’ve covered things like choosing your niche, and looked at factors like passion and demand. Now that you have a better idea of your niche, it’s important we start exploring domain names, and what makes a “name” special. There are certain rules you have to follow when choosing a domain name because this is the beginning of your brand. If you choose a name that is too long, it’ll be hard to remember, however, if it’s too short, then might NOT reflect your niche. In the end, you want to make sure your domain follows a solid criteria like: Identifies your brand Can be remembered Can be used if you expand Is available And has the right extension Now that we have covered some of the […]

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