Joseph Gordon-Levitt Talks Creativity, Collaboration and Other Fun Ways to Not Go Totally Insane

On this week’s episode of the ‘Get a Real Job’ podcast, an inspiring chat with actor/writer/creator Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 19, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You know Joseph Gordon-Levitt from little under-the-radar movies like The Dark Knight Rises, 500 Days of Summer, Don Jon and Inception. While many people would be content writing, directing and acting in critically and financially successful projects, Joseph also runs a business in his spare time.  His business, HITRECORD, is an open online community for creative collaboration that connects creators — experts and beginners alike — on passion projects. This month, Joseph launched a six-episode miniseries called CREATE TOGETHER #WithMe, which showcases the outcomes of those connections and the people behind them. During this episode of Get a Real Job, we spoke about the joy that comes with creating something out of nothing — and how working with other people is the […]

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Get Your Business Up and Running Online With eBay

With brick-and-mortar stores facing unprecedented challenges, it’s more important than ever to have an online presence. eBay is making it simple and free to set up an online shop, connect with customers, and keep your business up and running. Join us for a 45-minute fireside chat with Jim “Griff” Griffith, eBay’s Dean of Education. Griff will discuss how to get started quickly and easily, ways to maximize sales and reach new customers across the globe. Attendees of this fireside chat will learn: How to register your business on eBay Listing steps & strategies eBay marketing tools & tips for success How to tap into eBay’s seller community of experts Watch the on-demand fireside chat now! Read_More Related posts: Office Hours Q&A with Seth Williams Pros & Cons of Supplementing Your Sales with eBay and Amazon If Amazon Crashes Again This Prime Day, eBay Has You Covered […]

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How to Run a 6-Figure Freelance Business in 20 Hours a Week

Keep a profitable side-hustle venture, guard against burnout and continue to generate revenue. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Two years ago, I took my thriving freelance-writing business down to 20 hours a week of work, as I noticed that I had fallen into the trap of “More hours means more output, right?” At that point I had been writing full-time as a freelancer for six solid years and was growing tired of the grind. Since then, I’ve been able to run my freelance business as a part-time venture while still maintaining consistent high revenue. Instead of seeing more output, I saw more of all the wrong kinds of things: fatigue, eye strain and overwhelm. It clued me in that something had to change, and it all started with the clock. Freelancing is a very flexible kind of business ownership that allows the creative or technical specialist at the […]

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The Top 100 Franchises for Less Than $100,000 in 2020

Check out the top franchises that can be started for less than $100,000, ranked based on scores they received in Entrepreneur’s 2020 Franchise 500 ranking April 6, 2020 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Buying a franchise doesn’t have to break the bank. If you’re looking to start a business on a budget, check out this list of the top franchises that can be started for less than $100,000, ranked based on the scores they received in the 2020 Franchise 500. This list is not intended as a recommendation of any particular company. To find the right opportunity for you, regardless of cost, it’s important that you do your due diligence. Carefully read the company’s franchise disclosure document, consult with a franchise attorney and an accountant, and talk to existing and former franchisees about their experiences. For more budget-friendly franchises, check out our other lists […]

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The Top 100 Franchises for Less Than $50,000 in 2020

Check out the top franchises that can be started for less than $50,000, ranked based on scores they received in Entrepreneur’s 2020 Franchise 500 ranking. April 6, 2020 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Buying a franchise doesn’t have to break the bank. If you’re looking to start a business on a budget, check out this list of the top franchises that can be started for less than $50,000, ranked based on the scores they received in the 2020 Franchise 500. This list is not intended as a recommendation of any particular company. To find the right opportunity for you, regardless of cost, it’s important that you do your due diligence. Carefully read the company’s franchise disclosure document, consult with a franchise attorney and an accountant, and talk to existing and former franchisees about their experiences. For more budget-friendly franchises, check out our other lists […]

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In Times of Uncertainty, Look for These 4 Signs of Stability in a Franchise

By Kumon You can’t predict the next recession or natural disaster. But the good news is, as a prospective business owner, you do have some control—there are specific things you can look for in your next business venture that signify stability, starting with a franchise and choosing one that’s ready to withstand almost anything. How can you tell if a potential franchise opportunity is as steady as it is exciting? A good place to start is by looking for these four signs of stability: 1. Financial strength. If you’re looking at a franchising business that’s in a questionable financial position, your venture may be over before it even begins. To assess a company’s financial strength, you’ll want to take a close look at their Financial Disclosure Document, or have a trusted accountant review it if numbers aren’t your strong suit. Franchises that are in particularly strong fiscal shape may even […]

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How Risky Is Your Cannabis Business?

If you’re considering raising funding for your cannabis business, be sure to calculate the risk that’s involved in making it a success. It’ll be one of the first things potential investors want to know. February 13, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Ross O’Brien’s book Cannabis Capital. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes Risk is inherent in all aspects of every business — it’s an expression of the uncertainty of future outcomes. It’s this exposure to known and unknown threats that investors evaluate when defining the risk specific to each individual investment. The cannabis investing market, and private company markets, in particular, are populated by entrepreneurs and investors who have a very high tolerance for risk. Cannabis investors view their investments in the context of putting their capital at risk at the outset of an investment, compared to the […]

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Insider Tips for Crafting a Cannabis Business Plan That Attracts Investors

Follow this expert advice to create a business plan that proves you know what you’re doing and can start and grow a profitable cannabis business. February 6, 2020 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Ross O’Brien’s book Cannabis Capital. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes In every section of a business plan, investors are looking for a depth of knowledge about your industry and your business and the ways in which you’re preparing to manage with all the considerations identified. They’re looking for what you’re doing and why, who’s involved, and how you’ll be able to execute. They want to see a solid playbook that will serve as a set of operating principles to get them through unforeseen challenges when things don’t go as planned. Here are some recommendations to help you write each section of your business plan: Executive […]

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4 Key Things You Have to Manage in Your Cannabis Business in Order to Succeed

Don’t neglect the business of managing these four key areas – or you may see your dreams of entrepreneurship go up in smoke. January 30, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Ross O’Brien’s book Cannabis Capital. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes Starting and running a company is hard. If it was easy, everyone would do it and every investment would be successful. Standing apart in your ability to run your company successfully will be the difference between raising capital and going home empty-handed. When you’re talking with investors, demonstrating that you have a grasp on how to produce results operationally increases the probability that your business will be successful for the long term and deliver value to you and your shareholders. This is a demonstration of operational acumen. Management decisions come down to a combination of people and […]

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How the Feds Protect the Cannabis Industry and How Things Could Change

Find out what Uncle Sam’s put in place to protect your business and what new legislation could be coming down the pike. January 23, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Ross O’Brien’s book Cannabis Capital. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes Certain aspects of the U.S. cannabis industry have limited protections from federal interference through annual congressional spending bills. Since the restriction of district-specific earmarks in 2015, lawmakers have used annual appropriations bills (also known as federal spending bills) to extend their policy priorities (or policy prohibitions) by inserting language that prohibits the expenditure of federal funds towards a specific program or activity. Since 2015, Congress has consistently enacted laws that limit the ability of the Department of Justice (DOJ) from interfering with states that have adopted medical cannabis laws by placing legal restrictions on their spending of federal […]

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6 Decisions That Could Change Your Business

Founders share the one choice that altered their company’s path. January 21, 2020 3 min read This story appears in the January 2020 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 1. Asking for advice. I hired a business coach seven years ago, and it helped me propel my company forward. As an entrepreneur, running a business feels like something you should be able to figure out on your own, but investing in a coach helped me raise the bar in every way. Not only was I able to shift my behaviors to identify and overcome self-imposed roadblocks, but it allowed me to be more engaged and hold myself accountable.” — Katie Conovitz, founder and CEO, TwelveNYC 2. Hiring for keeps. Early on, we hired agencies and freelancers with experience launching a consumer health-and-wellness brand. But it became clear that we needed full-time people who were 100 percent dedicated to our success. So we hired key […]

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Vape Crisis, Industry Challenges, Landmark Legalization Moves & More

These are the headlines that dominated the cannabis industry in 2019 — what can we expect in 2020? January 1, 2020 6 min read This story originally appeared on MJBizDaily The U.S. cannabis industry experienced some momentous moves forward on the legalization front in 2019, but it also faced significant obstacles that reflected how the licensed marijuana sector is continuing to mature and why it cannot always expect boom times and unfettered growth. The top page views of the year at Marijuana Business Daily show the industry’s interest in both sides of the coin. Among the most viewed stories of the year were those that focused on: The vaping health scare. Illinois’ historic move as it became the first state in the country to legalize retail sales through its Legislature and the 11th overall to approve adult use. A key U.S. House committee’s approval of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act. California […]

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These Strategies Will Get More Customers To Your Dispensary

From loyalty programs to regularly messaging customers, building a community and increasing sales takes strategy. November 13, 2019 7 min read This story originally appeared on Weedmaps It goes without saying that you want to get as many new customers into your dispensary as possible. But with the cannabis retail space becoming more and more competitive every day, you can’t just expect a flood of new customers to rush in the second you open your doors. You need the right marketing strategy to break through the clutter, grab your ideal customers’ attention, and drive new business for your dispensary.  “Marketing is a vehicle for [consumers] to get familiar with the brand, the company, the dispensary and what they’re about,” said David Hua, CEO and co-founder of Meadow, a software company that creates point-of-sale (POS) solutions for cannabis dispensaries. “Now’s the time to … use marketing to create an identity around your […]

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5 Proven Strategies to Quickly Launch Your B2B Product (and Scale Things Even Faster)

Launching a B2B product is no small task; fortunately, there are a few proven ways to expedite the undertaking. October 16, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. After months of development and platform changes on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, our company is finally preparing to launch a social lead generation tool called LeadFamous. Having consulted with dozens of popular and successful SaaS companies over the years, I’ve discovered it can be quite challenging to successfully launch a software product in today’s hyper-competitive digital landscape. As both media and tech evolve, it’s simply not enough to market your product via one or two channels, like Facebook Ads or Google Ads — especially if it’s a bootstrapped startup. If you want to get traction early, you need to have an orchestrated plan of attack that includes outreach, social media engagement, and a public relations (PR) strategy […]

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Efforts Intensify To Battle Corruption Involving Local Government Officials And Cannabis Industry

States are taking action against government officials involved in bribery and extortion. October 16, 2019 6 min read This story originally appeared on MJBizDaily Law enforcement authorities across the country, including the FBI, have cast a wide net in their efforts to root out corruption among local government officials overseeing the marijuana industry. The crackdown has ensnared local government and cannabis industry officials in states such as California, Massachusetts and Michigan. Charges have included bribery and extortion. While claims of licensing bias and flawed scoring are more common, an examination of the landscape suggests that there have been a number of blatant efforts over the years to improperly influence public officials into awarding highly coveted marijuana licenses. Such corruption, combined with flawed and biased licensing, undermines the process, hurting the opportunities for businesses that play by the rules, industry experts warn. RELATED: More States Have Made Marijuana Legal, So Why Are […]

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How Cannabis Brands Can Capture Attention With Custom Packaging

In the crowded (and booming) cannabis market, knowing how to develop a powerful brand identity is critical. October 15, 2019 4 min read This story originally appeared on Cannabis & Tech Today There’s no denying that marijuana is a booming market. After Colorado legalized marijuana in 2014, 147 recreational dispensaries opened in the state that year — a number that grew to 509 by 2018. Six other states have since legalized recreational marijuana. In a word, business is booming. Within an industry facing such unprecedented growth, cannabis brands are met with big challenges when it comes to differentiation. Hundreds of new brands launch every year. High-profile personalities like comedian Tommy Chong and former boxer Mike Tyson are getting in on the game. Competition is fierce, and many companies are faced with the unique challenge of working to develop a trustworthy and recognizable brand while adhering to stringent state rules. Chief among […]

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8 Must-Have Cannabis Products For Tech-Minded Weed Consumers

As marijuana and tech merge, these are the products that pique the interest of techies everywhere. October 14, 2019 8 min read This story originally appeared on Weedmaps Let’s face it, in one way or another, technological advancements have altered nearly every facet of our lives — and smoking weed is certainly no exception. In fact, as ongoing legalization efforts have birthed a rigorous and dynamic market, tech-savvy companies are developing innovative products that provide people with new ways to get stoned or seek therapeutic relief.  There are, of course, those who prefer the traditional consumption methods — hand-rolled joints, bongs, one-hitters, among many other tools of classic stoner culture. But some are venturing outside of the norm, seeking out more exciting, more potent, and more convenient approaches to using cannabis.  Here are eight tech-minded weed products that have caught the cannabis community’s collective eye. OTTO OTTO by Banana Brothers makes […]

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A Chat With Kadenwood Brands CEO Erick Dickens

After a successful run in marketing and brand management at spots like Kraft Foods, Erick Dickens is reshaping the CBD industry. October 11, 2019 5 min read This story originally appeared on Benzinga The booming U.S. CBD market is estimated to exceed $20 billion by 2024, according to BDS Analytics — a substantial jump from $1.9 billion in 2018.  As  CBD becomes mainstream, companies operating in the space are establishing themselves in a new environment and are not just competing among themselves, but also with larger and older conglomerates in the industries that CBD has recently penetrated. One way that CBD businesses are adapting to the market growth is by hiring top talent from successful companies in other industries. Benzinga recently sat down with Erick Dickens, the co-founder and CEO of Kadenwood Brands, who prior to CBD had a successful marketing and brand management career at a number of companies, including Kraft Foods. RELATED: 9 Cutting-Edge Marijuana […]

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Mexican Lawmakers To Vote On Pot Legalization By End Of October

Ricardo Monreal, the Senate leader of Mexico’s ruling party MORENA, hopes to make marijuana legal for recreational use. October 8, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Benzinga Ricardo Monreal, the Senate leader of Mexico’s ruling party MORENA, said lawmakers will vote on a bill to legalize adult-use marijuana by the end of October, according to Marijuana Moment. “We’re thinking that we’ll bring the law out, approve it, at the end of October,” Monreal said. “That’s the schedule we have.” The chamber is almost finished with creating a new reform bill that is based on open-session debates and public forums, and the Chamber of Deputies will be invited to weigh in on the bill, Marijuana Moment reported.  RELATED: 8 Must-Have Apps For Cannabis Entrepreneurs Mexico’s Supreme Court has ruled five times that the country’s ban on recreational cannabis is unconstitutional. Mexican law states that when the court rules in the same direction five times, it […]

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Marijuana Vape Sales Rebounding In Some Key Markets (For Now)

The vape market is taking a hit in the media, but sales aren’t totally being impacted negatively just yet. October 8, 2019 4 min read This story originally appeared on MJBizDaily Vape sales appear to be stabilizing in most major recreational cannabis markets in the United States in the wake of the vaping health crisis, but with more bans and sales restrictions on the horizon the rebound could prove short-lived. After several weeks of declines, vape’s share of adult-use cannabis sales in California, Nevada and Washington state is beginning to slowly tick back up, according to Headset, a Seattle-based provider of data and analytics to the cannabis industry. Vape’s share of the recreational cannabis market in California fell for four consecutive weeks, from 30.5% the week of August 19 to 24.3% by the week of September 16. But the latest week’s worth of data shows vape’s market share in the state up […]

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