‘Don’t Stop! Come On, Dude!’

The ticking clock can throw off even the most courageous entrepreneurs. December 11, 2019 2 min read Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch invites ambitious entrepreneurs to step into the Entrepreneur Elevator, then gives them just 60 seconds to pique the interest of a group of judges. It’s a high-pressure, fast-paced environment in which startup founders need to race against the clock while maintaining their composure to make a clear, deliberate pitch that covers at least three essential components: Defining the company Making the request Specifying what the investment money will be used for The investors watch the pitch via a video livestream while the elevator ascends to the boardroom floor. Once the 60 seconds are up, the judges vote on whether to open the doors or send the founder back down and pass on investing. The fifth season of Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch offers a dynamic change in the show’s format. Before, our four judges needed unanimous agreement […]

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14 Business Ideas for Pet Lovers

Labradoodles plus puggles can equa big bucks. If you have the time and space, consider opening a dog breeding business. Consumers spend thousands of dollars on “designer dogs,” or intentional mixes between two purebreds. Know that this is a controversial move, especially amidst the “adopt, don’t shop” movement for homeless pets.  Tips and treats: While a dog breeding business can be lucrative, it can also be expensive. Decide if you’ll purchase male dogs, female dogs or both. You’ll also need a place to house the dogs comfortably, and you’ll need to ensure the ability to care for them and pay for necessities such as food, shots and tests.   Related: 20 Business Ideas You Can Start With Less Than $10,000 Read_More Related posts: Top 5 Side Hustle Ideas 9 Low-Cost Business Ideas for Animal Lovers How to Avoid Wasting Time on Dead-End Business Ideas 9 Business Ideas Under $1,000 You Can Run From Anywhere […]

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How to Handle Star Employees With Bad Attitudes

Six entrepreneurs share their best methods. December 2, 2019 4 min read This story appears in the December 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 1. Don’t excuse it.  “This is an interesting question — and the way it’s phrased says a lot about how we view productivity. It’s all too often that we make excuses for ‘performers’ who have a temperament that negatively impacts those around them. I’d approach them with a true desire to understand what’s driving the bad behavior, but if it doesn’t improve with the support I’m able to give, I’d remove the employee.” — Stephanie Nadi Olson, founder, We Are Rosie 2. Consider the source. “Identify the reason for the attitude. Perhaps it’s in response to his or her manager’s bad attitude. In many cases, an employee may not feel comfortable or know how to deal with this kind of a situation, and that unhappiness may manifest itself in a […]

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Where to Shop to Support Small Business Saturday

The SBA offers a handy guide for shoppers and business owners to take advantage of Small Business Saturday. November 29, 2019 1 min read Saturday, November 30, 2019 is Small Business Saturday – the 19th celebration of small businesses and their important place in local communities. This annual day was founded by American Express in 2010 and has been co-sponsored by the SBA since 2015.  On their information page regarding this day, the SBA explains: According to the 2018 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, total reported spending among U.S. consumers who said they shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on the day reached a record high of an estimated $17.8 billion. The same survey reported that more than 70% of consumers are now aware of the Small Business Saturday initiative. Based on this annual survey over the years, Small Business Saturday spending has now reached a reported estimate of $103 billion […]

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How These 10 Entrepreneurs Founded Profitable Businesses

What’s the big idea? Caroline and Isabel Bercaw were obsessed with bath bombs, but they were frustrated with how the fizzers stained their tub and skin. As a hobby, the 10- and 11-year-old sisters began making their own bath bomb recipes at home. After selling out of the product at two art fairs, they realized Da Bomb Bath could be a real business. “We never had any formal business education, but our education was really our curiosity,” said Isabel. “We’d ask our parents questions, research online, call business owners. We’d just reach out to anyone. And I don’t know if it’s because we live in Minneapolis, but people were super nice and willing to help.” “Isabel and I were and are the market for these products,” said Caroline. “We knew what was exciting for us, and we also knew that a lot of products on the market focused on the relaxation aspect of bath […]

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5 Secrets for Maintaining a Successful Business (and Marriage)

How this married couple built a thriving business and stayed sane in the process. November 24, 2019 6 min read Bryan and Shannon Miles have been married since 1997, and in full-time business together since 2010. In 2017, they reorganized their five companies into one, BELAY, which provides virtual support to businesses and has generated just under $100-million in revenue since its inception.  The couple shared their insights via email about what they’ve learned it takes to build a company and a marriage that is happy and healthy. 1. Establish a long-term vision for life, not just your company For many executives, especially those just starting out, a long-term vision might extend 5 or 10 years down the road and be specific to the business. If you’re running a company with your spouse, you’re going to want to “zoom out” further than that. Our 30-40 year vision for our lives long outlives BELAY. It incorporates our plans […]

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Inspiring Leadership Lessons From 13 Female Founders

Entrepreneur reflects on the inspiring stories of 13 female founders on Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. November 19, 2019 15 min read Entrepreneur is celebrating Women’s Entrepreneurship Day by examining some of the notable women entrepreneurs it profiled this year. As the saying goes, experience is the best teacher. Whether it’s coping with divorce, depression or death, these amazing women have valuable lessons to share.   Find your passion Baking is in Laurie Gray’s blood. As a child, Gray was right at her mother’s side as she baked cookies, brownies and pies from scratch. In Gray’s make-believe kitchen, she would make her own creations in her Little Chef toy oven. In 2003, Gray left a career in banking and began baking and selling pies. She learned firsthand how difficult it was to run a business.  After two years, the single mother of two kids with no health insurance or retirement savings sold her stake in […]

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Top 50 Best Undergrad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2020

The Princeton Review, in partnership with Entrepreneur, ranks the top undergraduate programs. Read_More Related posts: Top 25 Best Undergrad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019 Using Google Alerts to Find New Affiliate Programs in Your Niche Make Money While You Sleep in 2020: Five Steps To Get Started With Affiliate Marketing Why Businesses Should Pay Attention to the 2020 Census Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019 How the Top Five 2020 Democratic Candidates’ Tax Plans May Impact Entrepreneurs Wide Markets – High Paying Affiliate Programs Financial Services Affiliate Programs – High Paying Affiliate Programs

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Check Out This Interactive Map of the Most Popular Halloween Candy in Every State

October 31, 2019 1 min read The sweet data crunchers at Candystore.com compiled 12 years of bulk candy sales to determine the most popular Halloween candy in every state. Not going to lie, some of these results make us question our fellow Americans’ taste buds (and sanity.) If you’re on desktop, you can hover over each state to see your neighbor’s top 3 candies. Source: CandyStore.com.   Read_More Related posts: Watch Bill Gates and Warren Buffett Browse Records and Buy Candy Get a Special Deal on the 2019 State of Marketing Report How to Take Advantage of Interactive Marketing Right Now 8 Cannabis-Infused Treats To Try For Halloween 5 Fun Halloween Marketing Ideas for Your Small Business Communication, Creativity, and a Sweet Halloween Deal on Our New Copywriting Course FAQ, HowTo, and Q&A: Using New Schema Types to Create Interactive Rich Results Candy, Snack Sales Going Up Where Marijuana Is […]

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‘Let’s Make It Competitive Here’

Check out these fascinating pitches, companies and founders in a new episode of ‘Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch.’ October 30, 2019 2 min read Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch invites ambitious entrepreneurs to step into the Entrepreneur Elevator, then gives them just 60 seconds to pique the interest of a group of judges. It’s a high-pressure, fast-paced environment in which startup founders need to race against the clock while maintaining their composure to make a clear, deliberate pitch that covers at least three essential components: Defining the company Making the request Specifying what the investment money will be used for The investors watch the pitch via a video livestream while the elevator ascends to the boardroom floor. Once the 60 seconds are up, the judges vote on whether to open the doors or send the founder back down and pass on investing. The fifth season of Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch offers a dynamic change in the show’s format. Before, our […]

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Sales Secrets From a Auctioneer Who Has Raised Over $100 Million

Working with organizations like the Lady Gaga Foundation and Make-a-Wish, superstar auctioneer Howie Schwartz has learned a lot about getting people to open their wallets for good causes. October 24, 2019 5 min read For the last 20 years, Howie Schwartz has run Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia, and over the course of that time, he estimates that he’s raised over $100 million dollars that has gone to charities like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Ronald McDonald House, the Lady Gaga Foundation, and many more. Every year, Schwartz runs charity fundraising programs for over 1,000 non-profits, offering the organizations this unique selling proposition: nobody he works for pays him. GSM covers all of their own travel expenses and doesn’t take any money from any auction item supplied by the charity. All Schwartz says he requires from an organization is a stage and a microphone. Related: 7 Bulletproof Strategies to Increase Sales and Make More Money So how does GSM stay in business? They […]

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Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch Season 5 Episode 2: 'You're Going to Destroy This Entire Opportunity'

Watch our investors battle it out in a new episode of ‘Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch.’ Read_More Related posts: Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch Season 4 Episode 9: ‘That’s a Flop’ Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch Season 4 Episode 8: 'This Stands for Everything I Stand Against' Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch Season 4 Episode 12: ‘I’m a Failed Entrepreneur’ Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch Season 2 Ep. 4: Self-Made Self-Care ‘Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch’ Season 1 Contestants Raised $492,000 on Indiegogo Bob Saget’s Hilarious Tips for Delivering the Perfect Elevator Pitch Hold That Door! 7 Rules for an Elevator Pitch. The SEO Elevator Pitch – Whiteboard Friday

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Watch This Funny Video to Find Inner Peace With Annoying People’s Instagram Accounts

Looking at pictures of influencers’ fabulous lives doesn’t have to drive you insane. October 21, 2019 1 min read Presented by In his new book and video series, Very Modern Mantras: Daily Affirmations for Daily Aggravations, humor writer Dan Zevin has created a guide for navigating the annoyances we face on a daily basis, like ice-cold food deliveries, over-sharing coworkers and grunting dudes at the gym, to name a few. In this video revolving around Instagram, Zevin helps you tame the feelings of jealousy (“Why do they get to go on such nice vacations?”) or confusion (“How does this idiot have more followers than me?”) that can bubble up in the best of us. Check out more videos from the hilarious series here, and follow @ModernMantras on Instagram for more mindful meditations.  Related: This Hilarious Video Takes on Everything Awful About Open-Office Floor Plans Read_More Related posts: Facebook Pulls Hundreds of Propaganda Accounts Linked to PR Firms 5 Female-Focused Accounts […]

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Six Ways to Get Your Productivity On Track

Beat the workday slump with these tips from entrepreneurs. October 15, 2019 3 min read This story appears in the October 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Presented by 1. Take a break. “We try to focus on the biggest task that needs to be accomplished, but if it’s not going as planned, you’re best off not spending too much time on it. Stop that process, take a step back, regain momentum, then start again.” — James Peisker, cofounder, Porter Road  2. Dive in. “I swim! It’s the best. When you’re underwater, you can think creatively and hear yourself think. I once designed a whole marketing program underwater — and won a not-so-shabby $25,000 cash award for it!” — Gabrielle Mullinax, franchise owner, FastSigns 3. Think small. “I focus on travel arrangements. It’s a task that has a clear beginning and end and is easy to check off on a to-do list. Finishing even […]

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This Innovator Spent All of His Money to Fly to a 20-Minute Meeting and Walked Out With a $1.5 Million Investment

Prezi CEO and co-founder Peter Arvai details the launch and explosive growth of the presentation platform. October 10, 2019 5 min read Two things most of us can agree on: 1. Presentations are important and 2. Presentations are boring and we forget everything the moment they’re over. Peter Arvai, Péter Halácsy, and Adam Somlai-Fischer saw this problem and built a solution, Prezi, a presentation platform that lets presenters put information in easy to understand and remember graphics. Since its launch in 2009, Prezi has amassed 100 million users worldwide and is used in boardroom, classrooms and everything in-between. CEO Pete Arvai shared his insights on creating a product that successfully connects with consumers, and the necessary steps you need to take to seriously scale when you’ve got the goods. How would you explain Prezi to someone who is unfamiliar with it? Our core product is a presentation platform that has reshaped presenting into a more intuitive, […]

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Which Billionaire Will Be the World’s First Trillionaire? (Infographic)

This infographic charts the probable timeline of the first person to have a $1 trillion (or $1 million million) dollars. October 2, 2019 2 min read The number crunchers at Comparisun have analyzed the last five years of data of the world’s richest companies and individuals to predict when they’ll join the Trillion Dollar Club. You can see the entire list here.  This is hardly exact science, and in all likelihood, none of these entrepreneurs will ever have $1 trillion. Who knows, maybe you’ll launch the next global platform that reduces these big boys to zero. Maybe this fun chart will help inspire you to do what even the most famous businesspeople of today have yet to accomplish. Predicting the world’s first trillionaires (infographic) Jeff Bezos may have lost an estimated $38 billion in his recent divorce, but the Amazon CEO is still the richest person on the planet. According to Comparisun, his net […]

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How to Make More Money With Content Marketing

Leverage expert strategies to improve your social media strategy and engagement, plus network with editors from Entrepreneur magazine. September 16, 2019 4 min read There is a fundamental — and critical — disconnect between the way brands try to engage their audience and the way their audience wants to be engaged. As per a recent Business Wire report:⁣ Consumers are 2.4x more likely to say user-generated content (UGC) is more authentic than branded content.⁣ ⁣Marketers are 2.1x more likely to say branded content is more authentic than UGC⁣. See the problem? If we want to make a more genuine connection, marketers need to do a better job of listening to their audience. To address this issue, Terry Rice, Entrepreneur’s Digital Marketing Expert-in-Residence, created a solution to connecting with a modern online audience. In the wake of Cambridge Analytica and other trust-related issues, consumers have grown weary of the content they’re […]

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13 Superstitions of Super Successful People

September 13, 2019 7 min read In her book Recipes for Good Luck, author Ellen Weinstein researched the superstitions and rituals of some of the most famous and successful people in modern history. As she writes in the introduction of this fascinating book, Weinstein hopes that learning about the quirks of these athletes, writers, scientists, artists and politicians will “encourage you to embrace the beliefs, rituals and routines that help you face the world with ambition and confidence and inspire you to go on making good luck of your own.” Check out the following excerpts from Recipes for Good Luck by Ellen Weinstein (published by Chronicle Books 2018) and see if you share any superstitions with the rich and powerful. Related: Why Work Superstitions Can Help You Perform Read_More Related posts: What Successful People Do Differently – Part 3 These 2 Habits Help Successful People Meet Their Goals Great Marketing Strategies You Can Steal From the Most Successful Super […]

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This Solar-Powered Electric Bike Aims to Make Commuting Eco-Friendly and Fun

Sean Lupton-Smith’s Electric Bike Company wants to bring affordable and efficient transportation to the masses. September 12, 2019 4 min read Who are you and what’s your business? My name is Sean Lupton-Smith. I was born in South Africa and immigrated to the U.S.A. I am the owner and founder of the Electric Bike Company which is located in Newport Beach, California.  What inspired you to create this product?  After retiring from a successful restaurant career in Atlanta, Georgia, I became interested in creating affordable transportation and mobility to disadvantaged people in Southern Africa. Seeing the advent of electric bikes, particularly in Southern California, I thought that the concept of adding a motor and battery to an affordable frame and enabling the bicycle to be powered by solar panels, rather than relying on regular bicycles with range and power limitations, would be a great way to mobilize people and make traveling to […]

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The Entrepreneurs Running the U.S. Open

A look behind the scenes at the big businesses behind the premier tournament in tennis. September 6, 2019 3 min read Millions of people have tuned in to watch the sometimes inspiring and sometimes heartbreaking ups and downs of superstars like Nadal, Federer, Williams and Osaka, and more than 700,00 walked through the gates of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to see the action live and in person at the 2019 U.S. Open.  That’s a lot of mouths to feed and eyeballs to entertain. The U.S. Open is by no means a small operation, requiring both amazing feats of physicality on the court and amazing feats of business acumen.  As Lew Sherr, chief revenue officer of the USTA, told Entrepreneur, “Our fans are on-site for eight to nine hours, and tennis is only part of the experience. We pride ourselves on amazing dining options developed by the most well-known chefs, fantastic shopping including dedicated Polo Ralph […]

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