3 Research-Backed Ways to Boost Your Creativity (60-Second Video)

Creativity ‘nudges’ can come from changes to your surroundings as minimal as a warmer cup of coffee or different colors in the room. June 28, 2019 1 min read Exercise your creativity like a muscle. One surefire way to boost creative thinking is to… try. Yes, seriously. Research shows that when people try to think more creatively, they almost always can — and those effects are both significant and repeatable.  Try changing up your surroundings, even minimally. Data support that creativity “nudges” can come from changes as small as a warmer cup of coffee or different colors in the room. Try switching out some of the items on your desk, working in a different area or having lunch with new colleagues.  When an idea (or even a piece of idea) comes to you, pay attention and jot it down immediately. As people age, our number of creative ideas doesn’t necessarily slow, but we tend […]

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How to Beat The Working From Home Blues (60-Second Video)

Working from home has many plusses, but it can be lonely. Here are some ways to keep connected. June 26, 2019 1 min read No commute, no boss, no set schedule — working from home can be great for so many reasons. But, it can also leave people feeling isolated and even depressed after long stints of being alone. Here are some strategies to help solopreneurs feel connected: Occasionally work from a co-working space or even a cafe. In these environments, you’ll likely be sitting next to other solo operators who, just like you, would be happy to look up from their laptops and chat every once in a while. Join local entrepreneur organizations or online communities like Entrepreneur Insider. No one truly understands the highs and lows of this life like another entrepreneur. Maintain regular work hours with lunch breaks. The ability to work non-stop day and night can […]

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3 Ways to Stay Motivated While Working Remotely

How do you find that perfect balance of enjoying the flexibility of remote work, but also getting work done in a timely and efficient manner? Here are some tips for how to stay motivated while working remotely. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How do you find that perfect balance of enjoying the flexibility of remote work, but also getting work done in a timely and efficient manner? Here are some tips for how to stay motivated while working remotely. According to Entrepreneur contributor, Timothy Sykes, first you should wake up early. It can be hard to get up early if you don’t have to be at an office at a set time. However, it’s a good habit that’s well worth adopting. Dress for success. Getting dressed for work can actually help make you feel more prepared, professional, and even boost your confidence — even if you’re not going to […]

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3 Things That Make Angel Investors Want to Invest in You (60-Second Video)

Here are the key ingredients for a pitch that wins over angel investors. Angel investors are usually affluent individuals who are looking to invest in early-stage startups. Great! Here are some of the things they look for in an opportunity: New ideas! This doesn’t mean that you must have proprietary tech or be an inventor, but it does mean that your idea needs to stand out as different from anything similar to it. A window of opportunity. Investors want to know that there is a window that will allow your company to be the first in a market and able to make a landgrab for business before others can. Market potential. Show how your business can scale with numbers you can back up. Angels are not solely motivated by profit, but a little profit never hurt anyone. Good luck! Watch the next 3 Things to Know video  Read_More Related posts: How to Get Male Venture […]

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3 Key Tips for Your Next Job Interview (60-Second Video)

Think up a fresh answer to the age-old ‘weaknesses’ question by choosing something you’ve taken concrete steps to improve. June 17, 2019 1 min read Resume buzzwords — specialized, leadership, synergy and the like — can be seen as vague stand-ins for your real meaning. Instead, focus on powerful action verbs that describe exactly what you accomplished and how. Choose five or six bullet points per job that denote projects you led, deals you brought in or performance metrics.  A job interview starts the moment you walk into the building, and it’s important to keep that in mind when you’re checking in with the receptionist, riding in the elevator or waiting in the lobby. Choosing to be in the present moment (read: not staring at your phone) can set you apart, so take in your surroundings, make conversation with the other people in the room or review handwritten notes.  Think up […]

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5 Cannabis Stats Every Entrepreneur Should Know (60-Second Video)

These days, it seems as if every entrepreneur is going green. Here are five quick stats you should know about the burgeoning legal marijuana business from cannabis technology platform Eaze. Age groups are diversifying. Baby Boomers are one of the fastest growing segments, increasing by 25 percent over the past year. Women are making their mark. Female cannabis consumers nearly doubled over 2018, and CBD is driving a new demographic of consumers. Social justice and inclusion efforts are critical. We don’t want to leave behind those who have been affected by the War on Drugs prior to legal adult use. It has holidays throughout the year. The day before Thanksgiving, or “Green Wednesday,” was the most popular in 2018, with 4/20 coming in second. Consumers across the U.S. can now access it. Hemp-derived CBD is being sold in traditional brick and mortar stores like Sephora, CVS and The Vitamin Shoppe.  Peace. […]

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States Hold Billions in Unclaimed Funds. Here’s How to Search for Yours. (60-Second Video)

By law, states must hold onto long-forgotten bank accounts, security deposits, IRS refunds and more — adding up to billions in unclaimed property. More often than not, the phrase “free money” is often followed by the word “scam.” But in at least one case, it’s not too good to be true — unclaimed property. By law, states have to hold onto financial accounts that haven’t had contact with the owner in over a year, and the amount at stake is tens of billions of dollars. It’s in the form of long-forgotten bank accounts, store credit, cashiers’ checks, security deposits, IRS refunds and more.  Here’s how to search for your own unclaimed property: Head to both MissingMoney.com and Unclaimed.org to conduct a search for any state you’ve ever lived or worked in. In the search results, you should see the last known address for the money’s rightful owner, the company reporting the funds and sometimes an estimation […]

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5 Ways to Make Money While You Sleep (60-Second Video)

Earn cash while catching Zs. June 10, 2019 1 min read Does making money while you sleep sound too good to be true? It isn’t… if you pay attention to these five ways to earn cash while catching Zs from VIP contributor John Rampton. Earn royalties. If you’re a musician, actor, or author, people will pay you for using your work or creative assets. Install an autoresponder. This is where people leave their email address on your site and receive an automated response containing the link to download products or info. Flip websites. If you’ve built a website and get a lot of traffic, then you may be able to sell it to an interested party by listing on marketplaces like Flippa. Develop and sell products based on your expertise. If you’re knowledgeable in a certain area, then you can start creating products, such as eBooks or videos, and selling […]

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These Tweaks to Your Morning Routine Will Change Your Entire Day

Want to change up your morning routine? Here are a few tweaks you can make to your morning routine that will transform your entire day. June 7, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Want to change up your morning routine? Here are a few tweaks you can make to your morning routine that will transform your entire day, according to Entrepreneur contributor Travis Bradberry.  Drink some lemon water. Drinking lemon water as soon as you wake up spikes your energy levels physically and mentally. Lemon water gives you steady, natural energy that lasts the length of the day by improving nutrient absorption in your stomach. No screen time until breakfast. Jumping right into electronics is a frantic way to start your day. It’s much healthier to take those first moments of the day to do something relaxing that sets a calm, positive tone for […]

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How to Perfect Your Elevator Pitch for Investors (60-Second Video)

Here are three things investors want to hear from you. Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch is a show where entrepreneurs have just 60 seconds to wow a board of investors. Here are three things we’ve seen that separate the great pitches from the not-so-great: Be clear and concise. People who fail to get our investors’ attention are all over the place. Present a clear picture of your idea and your investment needs. Solve a problem. Cute ideas are just that: cute. For a business to be a success, it needs to solve a problem for customers. Don’t explain why people will want your product—explain why they need it. Do the math. Make sure you know all of the relevant numbers surrounding your business: costs, profit margins, size of the market and more. Good luck! Watch the next 3 Things to Know video  Read_More Related posts: 3 Components of the Perfect Elevator Pitch Bob Saget’s […]

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5 Fast Facts About CBD (60-Second Video)

Here’s what you need to know about the hottest trend in cannabis. It seems like the entire planet is obsessed with cannabidiol, aka CBD. Here are five fast facts about the latest cannabis craze from VIP contributor John Rampton. It won’t get you high. THC is the psychoactive compound that creates the “high” associated with marijuana. CBD’s effect is totally different. CBD is in a legal gray area. While it’s no longer a Schedule 1 controlled substance, the FDA has NOT legalized CBD for sale as a supplement. CBD is safe and non-habit forming. The World Health Organization has stated that pure CBD is safe for consumption. CBD comes in many forms. The most common include oils, tinctures, cosmetics, topical creams, gummies, chocolate, powder and beverages.  Finally, CBD purportedly helps with anxiety, inflammation, headaches, epilepsy, insomnia, arthritis and a number of other health conditions. Now you know. Watch more 3 Things […]

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Book Your First Paid Speaking Gig With These 3 Steps

Follow these three steps to book your first paid speaking gig. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You may not realize this, but you have the knowledge, skills and expertise conferences and events would pay to utilize. Follow these three steps to book your first paid speaking gig.   According to Entrepreneur contributor Kimanzi Constable, first you must establish a foundation that shows your expertise. It’s important to have an established platform with a website that has clear branding and messaging and content that demonstrates you know what you’re talking about.   Next, hone your skills and build social proof. Once you have a foundation, it’s time to build your ability to speak. Watch some great speakers and model what you see working for them or speak at local meetups.   And finally, target the industries that pay. A great place to book your first gig is by targeting industry […]

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3 Ways to Overhaul Your Email Habits (60-Second Video)

Feel like you’re drowning in a flood of email? Here’s how to cut down on email stress and increase productivity. May 30, 2019 1 min read Stop checking your email in realtime. Commit to opening your inbox no more than three times a day: at the beginning, middle and end. You’ll need to turn off badge icons and notifications on your phone to make this work.  Set inbox filters. Most large email clients allow you to sort your email however you want by setting inbox rules for which types of messages — or which senders — go into each section. For example, you can create an “Urgent” folder for messages from your business partner, investors and large clients.   Try to eliminate all unnecessary back-and-forth on email. Before you respond to a message, ask yourself what you can do to create the least amount of future emails on the chain. That […]

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5 Jobs for Introverts Looking to Make Extra Money (60-Second Video)

If you’re thoughtful and independent, these low-cost side gigs could help you make extra money. You’re thoughtful. You’re independent. You’re not alone. Introverts make up an estimated 50 percent of the U.S. population and are valuable leaders, thinkers and innovators. Here are five side hustles from writer Carolyn Sun that are perfect for this personality type. Transcriptionist: This job has a lot of autonomy, is great for independent thinkers and can be done remotely. Archivist: This work hits a sweet spot for anyone who loves history, organization and research. Truck driver: This could be a dream job for someone who enjoys driving, the open road and diner food. Technical writer: As naturally deep thinkers, introverts who have a good understanding of technology make great technical writers. Think software user guides, FAQs and job aids. Social media manager: This job requires a lot of time online and not much interaction that isn’t […]

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Best Big Cities to Launch Your Business, Ranked (60-Second Video)

Check out this ranking of the top 10 big cities in the U.S. to launch your startup. Looking to start a new business? WalletHub recently released its ranking of the best large cities to launch, based on 19 key metrics, ranging from five-year business-survival rate to office-space affordability. Here are their top 10 picks. Is your city on the list? 10. Denver, CO 9. Atlanta, GA 8. Raleigh, NC 7. Durham, NC 6. Charlotte, NC 5. Tampa, FL 4. Austin, TX 3. Miami, FL 2. Oklahoma City, OK 1. Orlando, FL Watch more 3 Things to Know videos here. Read_More Related posts: 5 Best Cities Around the World to Launch a Startup 3 Cities That Taught Me What Tech Looks Like Outside of Silicon Valley Cities Where Millennial Entrepreneurs Are Likely to Thrive These Are the 20 Best Cities to Start a Business How To Launch a Business While Minimizing […]

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3 Tips for Hitting Your Growth Goals This Year (60-Second Video)

Get specific with a timeline, concrete numbers and a clear list of exactly what you want to accomplish. May 24, 2019 2 min read Get specific. It’s important to lay out a timeline, concrete numbers and specifics on exactly what you want to accomplish. For example, nailing down how much funding you need to reach your goal — and what exactly you plan to do with every dollar — will help you get organized, visualize your company’s future and convincingly sell your idea, whether you’re chatting with VCs on the West Coast or acquaintances at a networking happy hour.  Practice clearly and concisely explaining what your business is about and what it does in a way that anyone can understand. Try it in front of a mirror, with an older relative and with a child. When you speak to a potential connection, it’s important that they not only understand you but […]

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5 Ways to Make Money From Home (60-Second Video)

Make money from home with these sweet side gigs. Looking to make some extra cash, but don’t feel like, ya know, getting dressed? Here are five side hustles you can do from the comfort of home. Write resumes: Use LinkedIn and other professional sites to advertise your writing services. Sell items online: You can sell anything that’s collecting dust at home on Ebay or Craigslist — or do it for others and collect a commission on each sale.  Email marketing: This is one of the most profitable forms of online marketing, with many platforms, like MailChimp, readily available. Rent a room on Airbnb: If you need some fast cash and have a spare room, AirBnB offers you an avenue for creating an income. Tutor over Skype: This is a great option if you have a specific area of expertise and the local job market is dry. Now go get that cash! Watch […]

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3 Tips for Pitching Investors Your Big Idea (60-Second Video)

The more you say, the more fodder there is for doubt, so be clear and concise with your pitch and your answers. May 22, 2019 1 min read Investors generally want to put money behind people just as much as their ideas. They often look for a confident, strategic leader who knows exactly what they’re aiming to accomplish and what they need to do to make it happen. Nail down the specifics of the market for your product or service, how far the business can feasibly go (be optimistic), the steps you’ll take to get it there and why you and your team are the best people to make it happen. Avoid over-explaining or over-answering questions. The more you say, the more fodder there is for doubt, so be clear and concise with your pitch and your answers.  Sit down with your company’s financial statements and projections and have someone clarify every […]

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3 Things to Look for Before You Hire Your First Employee (60-Second Video)

About to become more than an army of one? Here’s what to consider as you make that first hire. About to become more than the boss of just yourself? Congrats! Here are three things to consider before you hire your first employee from our book Start Your Own Business: Don’t hire someone just like you. It’s tempting because who’s better than you right? But you want to find someone who has strengths in areas you’re not so strong in, someone who can excel in the stuff you find difficult or hate doing. Look for a great communicator and a great listener. You want to know that they understand your vision, and can clearly let you know about progress or problems they face in their day-to-day. Use the Road Trip Test: Basically, you can have the smartest, most experienced applicant in the world, but if the thought of being stuck in a […]

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3 Stress-Busting Relaxation Exercises You Can Do Anywhere (60-Second Video)

3 Stress-Busting Relaxation Exercises You Can Do Anywhere (60-Second Video) There are no Videos in your queue. Click on the Add to next to any video to save to your queue. There are no Articles in your queue. Click on the Add to next to any article to save to your queue. There are no Podcasts in your queue. Click on the Add to next to any podcast episode to save to your queue. You’re not following any authors. Click the Follow button on any author page to keep up with the latest content from your favorite authors. 3 Things To Know Try the “4-7-8” method, a tense-and-release exercise or simply practicing gratitude. May 17, 2019 2 min read Dr. Andrew Weil, author of Breathing: The Master Key to Self-Healing, developed a method called the 4-7-8 exercise to boost oxygen and slow down the heart rate. Here’s how it works: With your lips […]

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