As an Entrepreneur, Which Superhero Do You Most Closely Resemble?

Find the superhero who deals with the kinds of challenges you face and exhibits the kinds of qualities you possess that help you overcome them. June 22, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Entrepreneurs exhibit a variety of admirable qualities that make them positive role models in their communities. People can appreciate the financial acumen, personal traits and interpersonal skills they must acquire in order to see their businesses thrive. These characteristics also contribute to their personal well-being well beyond the bottom line, as well as to the common good of society. Elements within the media and the culture may like to malign the entrepreneurial spirit as if it were inherently unethical, but entrepreneurs themselves, and those who are aware of how much the prosperity of our society depends on their successes, know better. Related: What Superheroes Can Teach Us About Investment Strategy Superheroes are ubiquitous […]

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Prestige Tasting Menu at Guy Savoy Las Vegas

On this episode of the Dot Com Lifestyle vlog, my wife and I head to Guy Savoy Las Vegas at Caesars Palace to check out the $385 per person, 14-course, Prestige Tasting menu. Dinner for two came to over $1,000! Click Here To Download John Chow’s New eBook, The Ultimate Online Profit Model! Read_more Related posts: Ultimate Dining Experience At Restaurant Guy Savoy Las Vegas MOBE Supercharge Summit Las Vegas – Day 1 Supercharge Summit Las Vegas – Day 2 Eating a Pig Head at The Recess Room How To Make Money In Las Vegas Eating Giant Snails and Shrimps at OC & Lau Restaurant Lunch At Pearl Castle Richmond 2019 Jaguar I-PACE At Cars and Coffee

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Lori Greiner of ‘Shark Tank’ Talks Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age

Few know the ins and outs as well as the Queen of QVC. June 22, 2018 10 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. “When someone tells you that something can’t be done, all it really means is that it hasn’t been done before.” ~ Lori Greiner The digital age has transformed how business is conducted in powerful ways. Thanks to new technology, more educational resources, and alternative fundraising options, it’s now easier than ever to start a business. With so many people launching new startups, savvy business investors like Shark Tank’s Lori Greiner are speaking out and advising entrepreneurs on how to be successful in this digital age. I had the unique opportunity to interview the “Queen of QVC” about how entrepreneurship has evolved, mistakes to avoid when pitching investors, and her surprising advice for women entrepreneurs. Lori Greiner’s rise in the digital age Greiner took […]

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Five Companies You Didn’t Know Started Small

Bet you didn’t know that 69% of entrepreneurs started their business out of their home. Most people, even entrepreneurs, don’t have the startup capital to build an empire overnight. If you’ve seen Shark Tank, you know that those who hold all the money aren’t going to give it up unless they know you’re a good investment. If you can’t prove it, and this doesn’t mean you’re not worth it, you’ve got to start small. And plenty of major corporations were once garage operations. Microsoft is one of the most well known of these operations. It’s so well known that it’s cliche to talk about tech companies that started in a garage. And yet the stories about other corporations remain untold. So, let’s get to it. Here are five stories about those who dared to dream big and actually achieved something. 1. Coors Brewing Company Adolph Coors himself was a poor […]

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Need More Confidence? Here Are 8 Bestselling Books to Get You There

Self-esteem can be hard to come by and even harder to maintain. Try these authors’ words of wisdom. June 22, 2018 11 min read Rate this statement on a scale of one (disagree strongly) to five (agree strongly): “I see myself as someone who has high self-esteem.” If five wasn’t your go-to answer, you’re not alone. In a study of more than 985,000 people in 48 nations, researchers found that, on average, men consistently report higher self-esteem than women in every single country. What’s more, the confidence gap was wider in Westernized countries (United States, United Kingdom, Canada), while it was narrower in southeast nations, such as the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Confidence is famously elusive, but there’s a bright side to that: People have spent countless hours on research and self-improvement books meant to help others move past self-esteem shortcomings. Here are eight to consider. You Are a […]

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What You Need to Know About a Company Before Putting Your Money Behind It

Make sure you trust and understand a business first. June 22, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When putting together your portfolio, it’s important to choose your investments wisely. One bad decision can cripple your overall investment trajectory, and of course, at the end of the day, you don’t want to lose money. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Phil Town offers some guidelines to make sure the companies you choose won’t backfire on you later. Go for stocks that you believe in and understand. If you are not completely sure what the company does, it may not be right for you. Also, you want to pay attention to whether the company you’re investing in is trustworthy. Does the CEO’s pay reflect the value of the company? Are the executives speaking honestly or are they sugarcoating the reality of the company’s details? These, among other tips, can help you […]

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Personalization and Privacy in a GDPR World

Consumers are increasingly concerned about data privacy but willingly share their data with companies that have earned their trust. June 22, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. By now, most people in business have heard of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Marketers around the world have been preparing for the new law over the past year, while far too many companies over the past few months have been in a mad scramble just to comply. While we are catching our collective breath from implementing measures to be GDPR compliant, let’s consider the long-term implications for personalization and privacy in a GDPR world. One thing is clear: concerns over privacy and data usage are only going to increase. We can spend time lamenting this change, or we can embrace it, see the good in it and leverage it for competitive advantage. I believe this change is […]

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It’s Bring Your Dog to Work Day! What You Need to Know to Make Your Office Pet-Friendly.

Ever hear of ‘paw-ternity’ leave, when employees get new pets? Something new to consider for your pet-friendly office. June 22, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Today, June 22, is Bring Your Dog to Work Day! So, tell Fido what a good boy he is as he chills under your desk. And celebrate the day, because bringing your furry friend to work is certainly a nice perk. Related: Bring Your Dog to Work Day Is Every Day for These 8 Companies How important are pets in the workplace to pet parents overall? New research from Wellness Natural Pet Food answers that question, proving the power of a pet-friendly workplace when it comes to attracting and retaining employees. Specifically, of 1,100 pet owners, ages 18 to 65, whom a research company surveyed nationally, 51 percent said they would consider a career change for a pet-friendly workplace. And 37 percent of the pet […]

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How to Ask Your Spouse for Business Advice, According to This Divorce Lawyer

Have each other’s backs, no matter what. June 22, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. While having a spouse who is also an entrepreneur definitely has its perks, it can create some really problematic situations, especially around risk-taking, work-life balance and the inevitable competition. My husband and I are definitely a work in progress when it comes to running businesses, parenting and adulting. But as far as when and how to seek feedback from each other, we’ve got that down. My husband and I, between the two of us, have started five businesses in the last 10 years. These days we are dividing our time between my law firm and two startups — Hello Divorce, a humane break-up service for couples who don’t want divorce to be war, and a company I’m launching with my best friend to educate women about the financial consequences […]

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How to Improve Your Customer Service with These 8 Ways to Get Feedback

It doesn’t matter what type of business you have or how long you’ve run it. Your customers are the lifelines of your brand. Whether you sell products, offer services, or a combination of the two, customer service needs to be one of your top priorities. You could have the best product in the world, but if you don’t treat your customers well, it’s going to hurt your bottom line. On the flip side, you could have a product that’s average, or even subpar, and be extremely profitable if you provide excellent customer service. How is that possible? Well, the numbers don’t lie. According to research, 80% of consumers say they’re willing to pay more money to businesses offering better customer service. But that’s not all. Failing to provide good customer service can result in the loss of your customers. What exactly causes a business to lose customers? Research shows that only 14% […]

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Content Marketing Changes to Keep an Eye On – Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 of my series and I hope you have enjoyed the previous content. This is going to be the final part of this series and I want to wrap it up by discussing “2” more important content marketing changes taking place within the industry. Many argue content marketing is NOT important, however, the MOST success bloggers have stated numerous times that content marketing is going to be the only thing that matters going forward. Through a solid content marketing campaign, you can do the following: Add value Marketing products Increase traffic Increase social shares Build momentum Increase brand awareness The internet is all about information and today, this can be provided through images, videos, text, podcasts, or even infographics. All of these formats can be used going forward to build your brand, too. Let’s jump into Part 3 and talk about “2” more important elements. Your feedback […]

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10 Books to Shape Your Business and Personal Development

Financial expert Jeff Rose shares some of his favorite must-reads. June 21, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Jeff Rose shares 10 books that have shaped his business and personal outlook. Like it has for many, reading has helped Rose learn the skills he needed to succeed.  As a financial plannig expert, Rose is routinely approached with questions about what the smartest investments he would undertake are. A constant good call is investing in yourself, he explains. This can mean actively reading interesting books from which you can learn new information or you are simply curious about. For Rose, the books that had the most impact on him are those that are associated with personal connections in his life. Many of the favorites on Rose’s list are materials that have taught him life-long lessons on managing his money, saving earlier, prioritizing his time and […]

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Why the Rise in Female Angel Investors Is Good News for Women-Led Startups

It’s no surprise that more funding for women entrepreneurs coincides with an increase in the number of women angel investors. June 21, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In 2004, there were about 225,000 angel investors in the United States, and 5 percent of them — about 11,000 — were women. Fast forward to 2016, the latest year for which data is available, and you’ll see an incredible change. There were approximately 300,000 self-described angel investors in the U.S. that year, and 26 percent of them — about 78,000 — were women. In the span of a dozen years, women stepped up in unprecedented numbers to become investors. The seven-fold increase in their ranks coincides with another upswing: a growing number of funded women entrepreneurs. Want to get better at market research and figuring out what your special sauce should be? Learn more in […]

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Supreme Court Gives States OK to Collect Sales Taxes on Online Sales

Internet retailers who have been largely exempt from out-of-state sales taxes will now owe billions annually. June 21, 2018 3 min read The Supreme Court has handed state governments a multibillion dollar windfall by overturning two previous rulings from decades ago that made internet sales largely exempt from sales taxes. The ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc upheld a state law that made online sales subject the South Dakota sales tax “as if the seller had a physical presence in the State.” The law applies to any seller that delivered more than $100,000 of goods or services into the South Dakota or made more than 200 separate transactions in the state in a year. The phrasing of the South Dakota statute was intended to set in motion its challenge to ruling by the Supreme Court ruled in 1992 — two years before the first documented online sale — that mail order sales were not […]

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The Goal-Based Approach to Domain Selection – Whiteboard Friday

Choosing a domain is a big deal, and there’s a lot that goes into it. Even with everything that goes into determining your URL, there are two essential questions to ask that ought to guide your decision-making: what are my goals, and what’s best for my users? In today’s edition of Whiteboard Friday, we’re beyond delighted to welcome Kameron Jenkins, our SEO Wordsmith, to the show to teach us all about how to select a domain that aligns with and supports your business goals. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hey, everyone. Welcome to this week’s edition of Whiteboard Friday. My name is Kameron Jenkins, and I am the SEO Wordsmith here at Moz. Today we’re going to be talking about a goals-based approach to choosing a domain type or a domain selection. There are […]

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These 2 Franchisees in Puerto Rico Survived Hurricane Maria and Lived to Tell What They Learned

Edgardo Santiago and Luisaliz Rivera learned that ‘community’ is everything, along with communications and preparation.Ben June 21, 2018 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When Hurricane Maria plowed through Puerto Rico last September 20, she left a path of unprecedented destruction. Homes and businesses were destroyed, communities were flooded, power lines and bridges collapsed and agonized families went for days without knowing about the health and well-being of family and friends.  Related: Staying on Course Despite the Ravages of Hurricane Maria Recently updated figures reported by CNN now estimate that more than 4,600 lives were lost. As for those who survived, once the storm passed, Puerto Rico was left in a state of disaster: The hurricane knocked out most of the island’s power grid leaving approximately 3.7 million residents in the dark; CNN reported it as the second-largest blackout in history. My business and life partner, Luisaliz Rivera, and I went through this […]

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Watch Bill Gates and Warren Buffett Browse Records and Buy Candy

The friends took a trip down memory lane and shared jokes about Buffett’s sweet tooth in this charming video. June 21, 2018 2 min read What better way to celebrate the start of summer than having milkshakes with bespectacled billionaire pals Bill Gates and Warren Buffett? The duo, who have been friends for 27 years, took a side trip to the Fairmont Antiques & Mercantile in Omaha, Nebraska when Gates was in town for the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting in May. Happily for us, a camera was there as well. In the video, shared by Gates, he and Buffett stroll down the candy filled aisles of the shop, reminiscing about the past and comparing notes about their favorite sweet treats — Gates prefers peanut brittle, while Buffett will happily try anything you give him. Related: In Leadership, Introversion Is Underrated — and Warren Buffett and Bill Gates Share How They […]

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How to Fail at Affiliate Marketing

In 2016, retailers in the United States spend almost $5 billion on affiliate marketing. In the next few years, that number will grow to almost 7 billion dollars. You heard all of these incredible numbers and you dreamed of how a piece of that pie could be yours. It’s months later and you’ve made absolutely zilch. Hours of work to make less than a beggar on skid row. You’re probably looking for someone to shame you, right? Tell you all the things you did wrong? Great! So let’s get to it! Here is a guide on how to fail miserably at affiliate marketing. 1. Jump Right In Because “You’ve Got This” Really, you should just skip the research phase of this business because you can make money online without lifting a finger, right? All you have to do is look up the “Top Ten Most Lucrative Affiliate Networks,” sign up and […]

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How This Established Entrepreneur Learns From His Young Employees

Learning something new every day means listening to fresher viewpoints. June 21, 2018 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Alan Taylor sits down with Don Clark, CEO of Grand Design RV, to talk about what new lessons he has learned from the younger generation. Taylor remembers that when he was a young business owner, he relied heavily on micromanaging. Now, he is able to see how some of the management tactics he once thought were efficient weren’t at all. With time, experience and collaboration with other members of his team, Clark has added new elements to his knowledge. At times, this means talking with younger members of his team and learning from their unique perspectives.  Years of running a new company has not dulled Clark’s love and vigor to learn something new every day. Click play to hear more from the conversation.  Read_more Related posts: […]

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How Do You Get People to Believe in Your Business? Tell a Good Story.

A lot of people have good ideas — but it’s often those with the best stories who are able to set themselves apart. June 21, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When it comes to starting a company, one of the hardest challenges founders face is convincing other people to get behind their idea. If you’re a product-focused founder like I was, the challenge can be especially acute. You’ve identified an interesting technology breakthrough, isn’t that enough? Nope. Related: The Director Behind the Ocean Eleven’s Franchise Shares How His Storytelling Skills Helped Build His Liquor Startup As I learned first-hand when founding my first company AppDynamics, the key to securing early employees, investors and early customers is turning your idea into a story. Stories are powerful because they get to the very heart of human nature. They speak to people, and you need people to […]

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