8 Bad Habits That Aren’t So Bad After All

Few things are all good or all bad, including most habits. June 11, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When it comes to habits, James Clear hit the nail on the head. “Bad habits interrupt your life and prevent you from accomplishing your goals. They jeopardize your health  — both mentally and physically.” Oh yeah, they also “waste your time and energy.” Suffice it to say, you need to work on breaking bad habits and replacing them with good ones. What practices should you ditch? Well, there are some no-brainers — smoking and eating junk food come to mind. However, there are some habits that we consider “bad” that in reality may be beneficial. Here are eight “bad habits” that aren’t as harmful as you thought. 1. Skipping breakfast. We’ve all heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and if you exercise […]

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10 Myths About Work-Life Balance and What to Do Instead

The trick is to be completely present wherever you are. June 7, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Work-life balance is all the rage these days. Unfortunately, it seems that most of what we have been told is a lie. Here are 10 myths regarding work-life balance that are stressing you out and setting you up for failure. 1. It’s actually about achieving balance. This is the biggest misconception regarding work-life balance. The hard truth is that balance doesn’t exist. It would be great if it did but our lives don’t exist in silos. No matter how hard you try, there will be times when work bleeds into your personal life and vice versa. Just because you clock out for the day doesn’t mean that you’re 100 percent free from work. You may still have to respond to an email or review your schedule. As […]

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The Tools, Resources and Mindset You Need to Succeed

Never underestimate how much money you need to start, how long it will before you turn a profit or how hard you will have to work. May 31, 2019 11 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Is one of your main goals for your life to start your own business? Maybe building your own business has been on your bucket list for a very long time? Don’t begin with your current employer; you’ve already heard the success rate or lack thereof for new startup businesses. We all have the success ratio of business failure seared into our brains. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 30 percent of businesses fail within their first year and around half of all businesses close-up shop within five years. Only a third of businesses will make it to their tenth anniversary. There are a number of factors why so many businesses don’t […]

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What Successful Entrepreneurs Do Every Day Before Work

Morning is the best time of day. It’s a shame to sleep through it. May 28, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Night owls might be creative, but early risers are richer and more productive. Entrepreneurs who want to make it big should ditch the late-night brainstorm sessions and hit the hay early to help their companies grow. By waking up earlier than most, I have time to exercise, eat breakfast and go over everything I have planned for the entire day. Many founders haven’t even hit snooze — which is another habit you’ll want to ditch. When the alarm goes off, get up. Anyone can be an early riser with a little practice. The simplest way to achieve your prime wake-up timeframe is to roll back your alarm by 15 minutes each night. You’ll know you have “arrived” at you premium time because you […]

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12 Passive-Aggressive Phrases That Can Destroy Your Business

Maybe you think you’re being polite, but everybody else thinks you’re being a jerk. May 20, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I’ve been told that I’m a bit passive-aggressive. I didn’t really get it until I started evaluating some of the simple-yet-destructive words I was saying. If you’ve encountered an act of passive-aggression then you already know that it’s never the best way to resolve a conflict. And, if you’re like me and been dishing it out, you also know that it’s never the best way to resolve conflicts. Passive-aggressive behavior is frustrating for both parties involved. It’s unproductive and it makes you and others become less trusted in the workplace. After allowing my behavior to destroy a few relationships (that I didn’t even realize was happening) I decided to figure out what I was doing and fix it immediately. Here’s 12 common passive-aggressive phrases and the true meaning behind […]

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9 Signs You Should (Maybe) Quit Your Job Now

Are you stuck pondering if you should leave your current position or just hang in there? Consider these key signals. May 16, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s not uncommon for employees to have a bad day or two — or even a bad week. And it’s pretty common for the average person to gripe about a boss or coworker from time to time. But how can you tell if it’s just “one of those days” or something more serious? I’ve quit several jobs in my life. I left my first job in an epic way, tearing off my uniform and walking out of a bagel shop after a stupid dispute with a boss. I don’t really recommend walking out on a job, but everyone should know when to quit. While leaving a position can present an inconvenience to your personal life, it may be the best […]

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24 Business Ideas That Could Be Worth Millions

Focus on one of the many problems people have that you could help them solve. May 7, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The advance of the internet has democratized admission to the world of entrepreneurship. From virtually anywhere in the world (provided internet access), makers can launch real, viable businesses capable of generating millions of dollars a year. While technology has lowered the barrier to entry to starting a business, there’s still an infinite supply of problems just waiting to be solved. With tons of ideas out there, the primary ingredient for building a startup — besides time and a bit of luck — is execution. You just have to get started. To get you started, here are 24 viable business ideas. Read_More Related posts: How to Avoid Wasting Time on Dead-End Business Ideas 5 Business Ideas You Can Launch from Your Living Room 5 […]

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10 Myths About Workplace Culture I Really Wish I Had Known Before I Started

Founders don’t really control company culture but they powerfully influence it. April 2, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you haven’t already read “Bad Blood” by John Carreyrou, I highly recommend that you do. There’s a lot of lessons that entrepreneurs can learn from the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. What stuck with me was the dysfunctional culture inside the company — full of fear and intimidation. As a founder myself, I can’t imagine creating such a toxic workplace environment. As Kip Tindell perfectly explains in a previous article for Entrepreneur, “Culture actually drives the value of the business.” This fact will always remain — culture is vital to the success of any startup because it sets the tone for the company’s future by boosting its profile. In return, your company culture attracts top talent, investors and customers. Additionally, employee morale and productivity […]

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8 Essential Calendar Management Skills

Setting boundaries is the key to keeping your calendar under control. March 29, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You may not realize it, but your calendar habits can make or break your success and your productivity. That’s because without proper calendar management you aren’t able to be as focused and productive as you should be. With that in mind, here are eight ways that you can own your calendar like a boss. 1. Consolidate When it comes to calendars we all have our own preferences. Some people still rely on a paper agenda. Others make the most of giant wall calendars. And, there are those who can’t live without an online calendar app. There’s no right or wrong calendar as long as it keeps you organized and productive. But you will usually be able to find one that feels good to you. The […]

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Advertising is Changing — Know How to Lean into the Change

Opportunities are emerging as brands shift strategy for creating content, advertising and reaching consumers. March 26, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s more important than ever that organizations harness the power of creativity. This isn’t solely about artistry. Creativity spans every profession and job from a data scientist to a marketer to the CEO. According to LinkedIn, organizations need people who can innovate, problem-solve and develop new solutions — all of which makes creativity the number one skill in the world. Visionary innovation and invention require the right tools to create content that inspires creativity. Ironically, creativity is more dependent than ever on the right tools, data and systems. Adventures in creativity also depend upon a relaxed mindset that cannot occur within a toolless environment. Most creatives, designers and producers are familiar with Adobe’s Creative Cloud. It’s the undisputed standard when it comes to helping […]

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The 15 Characteristics of People Who Succeed at Sales

Sales is the original equal opportunity job. Anyone who is gregarious, diligent and resourceful can succeed. March 19, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you’ve ever been involved with sales, then you know that it’s not for the faint of heart. Whether it’s selling a pair of sneakers at a store, a new heating system to homeowners or pitching a startup to investors, making that sale depends on the knowledge and enthusiasm of the salesperson. There is a saying that salesmen are born, not taught. But that’s not exactly the case. Of course, some have a natural talent, but you can certainly develop the characteristics needed to be an an effective and successful salesperson. Read_More Related posts: What Content Creators Need to Succeed on YouTube If Your Sales Pitch Is Missing This Step, You May Miss Out on the Sale Ditch the Sales Script and Do This Instead Maybe Your Sales […]

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10 Popular Myths About Leadership and How to Overcome Them

Leadership is bestowed on whoever is willing to make decisions and take responsibility for the consequences. March 19, 2019 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Close your eyes for a second and conjure-up a mental image of a leader. What do you see? Do you picture a politician, CEO or military leader? It’s easy to see why these type of images come to someone’s mind. Leaders are often viewed as someone who is decisive, smart and outgoing. In some cases, leaders may appear just a little bit intimidating. The problem with an image that suggests an aggressive persona of authority is that it can prevent some potentially strong leaders from pursuing leadership roles or reaching their full potential. It’s easy to misconstrue and have a misconception of what a leader is and isn’t. With that in mind, let’s identify 10 of the most popular myth about leadership […]

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50 Signs You Need to Start Your Own Business

Startup Basics An entrepreneurial type reads the signals and suddenly realizes it’s time to make the leap and ready a launch. March 11, 2019 14 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you’re sitting at your desk, daydreaming about starting your own business, this is the article for you. You already know that launching a company can be an intimidating process requiring tons of hard work. But the question has been lingering with you day and night. Maybe you’re just unhappy with your current position. Perhaps you’ve always dreamed of opening your own shop or consulting firm. Or maybe you just need a drastic change in your life. Regardless of the exact scenario, here are 50 signs that you may be seriously ready to start your own business: 50 Signs You Need to Start Your Own Business The lightbulb went off Lately many are debating whether entrepreneurs are born or made. No matter which side you […]

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12 Sites That Will Teach You Coding at a Low Cost, Even Free

March 8, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. There was a time when knowing how to program was for the geekiest of geeks. That’s not exactly the case today. As most entrepreneurs, freelancers and marketers will tell you, learning how to program can help you succeed. Over the past year, I’ve been learning to code. It’s helped me to become a much better entrepreneur: I can dive in, for instance, when my team needs to fix a few bugs on the site.  You don’t even need to shell out a ton of money or put yourself in debt to learn how to code, either. These 12 places offer coding courses for free: 1. Codeacademy One of the most popular free places to learn coding is Codeacademy. In fact, more than 45 million people have already learned how to code through this educational company’s engaging experience. At CodeAcademy, you can dive right […]

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8 Tips to Become a Millionaire This Year

Becoming rich has more to do with restraint and tenacity than it does brilliance or luck. February 23, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Millionaire. It’s a title that plenty of us would love to have. But, is that actually feasible? Believe it or not, becoming a millionaire is a goal that can be achieved this year. In my life, I have been a millionaire several times. Most of the time before my 30s, however, I gambled my money away on cars, homes and a lifestyle I had no reason to be living. Despite the chance that you too will blow millions, the process for you or anyone to become a millionaire has been consistent over the years. If you follow these eight valuable pieces of advice, I can guarantee that eventually you will become a millionaire. Here’s to making this happen this year! 1. Develop a written financial plan. […]

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10 Ways to Make Money While You Sleep

Perhaps the most popular way to earn a passive income is by launching your own blog. It only takes a couple of minutes to set up and is cheap to start — just purchase your domain name and pay for hosting. After that, start creating amazing content that people would be interested in reading or sharing. For example, if you’re an accountant that has helped small business owners with their taxes, then that could be your blog. I personally have my invoicing blog to help customers know everything there is to know about invoicing. This draws thousands of signups a month. Make sure the topics you write about are popular. If you still love your pet rock, I doubt there would be enough people visiting your our site to monetize it. But, you never know. Once you’ve gained a following, you can start making money from of your blog by: Earning commissions as an […]

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The 5-Hour Rule Used by Bill Gates, Jack Ma and Elon Musk

The most successful people on the planet are also the people likeliest to devote an hour a day to reading and learning. February 15, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You just walked in the door from an exhausting day at work. You’re hungry and spent, just wanting to catch your breath for a minute. You grab something to eat and then veg out in front of the TV. Next thing you know, you’ve just binge-watched five episodes of the latest Netflix show. While that’s okay occasionally — we all need ways to decompress and shut down — this isn’t a healthy habit. That’s why the most successful people in the world spend their free time learning. It’s not exactly breaking news. During his five-year study of more than 200 self-made millionaires, Thomas Corley found that they don’t watch TV. Instead, an impressive 86 percent […]

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12 Things Mentally Strong People Do That Nobody Else Does

Most people run away from their fears, but not the mentally strong. February 7, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You’ve probably thought about exercising more for years — or at least every January. But how often have you considered becoming more mentally fit?  I’m not just talking about doing a crossword puzzle to combat dementia. I’m talking about becoming mentally strong. When you do, you’ll likely be better equipped to regulate your thoughts, manage your emotions and boost your productivity. Here are 12 things mentally strong people do. 1. They practice gratitude. Instead of focusing on their burdens or what they don’t have, mentally strong people take stock of all the great things they do have. There are a whole host of ways to practice gratitude, but a simple way to start is to think of three things you’re grateful for each day. You can also start […]

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100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100

Business Ideas There are many obstacles to starting your own business, but money isn’t always one of them. Image credit: Akira Sakamoto | Getty Images February 5, 2019 21 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Have you ever dreamed of starting your own business? What’s holding you back? If the answer is not having enough money to get started, then here’s some excellent news: You can start countless businesses with less than $100. People do many odd jobs to pay the bills, and no matter what your skills are, there are ways to put them to work. It doesn’t matter if you’re a handyman or an online marketing expert — you can still make extra money on the side. Here are 100 business ideas to get you started.  100 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $100 Direct sales representative Image credit: Shutterstock Being a local sales representative […]

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No Money? No Problem. 30 Low Budget Marketing Ideas for Your Business

Effective marketing begins with a good elevator pitch delivered to anybody interested in listening. February 1, 2019 14 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you want your business to grow, then you’re going to have to set aside both time and money to marketing. That’s not an issue when you’re an enterprise level business that has the resources to spend on marketing. These types of businesses may even have an entire marketing department or spend millions on a third party to launch a campaign, but what if you have a tight budget and limited time to devote to marketing your startup? Does that mean you just need to wait until you have more money flowing into your business? Of course not! Instead, market your business without breaking the bank by these 30 low budget marketing ideas. 1. Perfect your pitch. Whether you’re at a family […]

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