Entrepreneurs Need a Better Calendar App Than the 2 Everybody Uses

An entrepreneur might be trying to manage employees, multiple businesses, their personal life and there ideas for what comes next. November 25, 2018 14 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A few months ago I started to really pay attention to how inefficient my calendar had become. I was wasting time on pointless meetings, showing up late and it started to constantly impede my daily work. I even managed to show up a few minutes late to one of the biggest interviews of my life. Obviously, this was unacceptable to me. I had to find a solution (or solutions) that would work for me and my busy life. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that you are currently using Google Calendar or Outlook Calendar as your primary business calendar. Am I right? Feel free to nod your head. Fact is, you’re missing […]

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Million-Dollar Opportunities for eSports Players, Parents and Entrepreneurs

On this episode of The Playbook podcast, Marty Strenczewilk, co-founder and CEO of Splyce, discusses the rapid growth of eSports, and the best ways to make a career in the industry. November 24, 2018 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You might not fully understand eSports, but the fast-growing industry is providing a wealth of opportunities for entrepreneurs. Marty Strenczewilk, co-founder and CEO of the eSports giant Splyce, talks about the widespread appeal of eSports competitions, as well as how to find a role in the field.  Related: Find more episodes of The Playbook podcast here. Listen in as host Dave Meltzer and Strenczewilk talk about the expansion of Splyce and the similarities between traditional sports and eSports. Marty also discusses what qualities are necessary to set yourself apart as an eSports athlete and how parents can support their kids in the pursuit of video […]

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6 Reasons Why You Should Prototype Your Idea Before Developing It

Without a roadmap, your chances of failure increase. November 24, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. One of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs who want to build a tech startup make is that they don’t create a roadmap or prototype. Without a prototype, you can end up going down an unclear and expensive path when you’re developing your mobile app or product. That’s why prototyping is a crucial part of creating an app. Related: Are You Making These Common Mistakes in Your Start-up? Here’s how it can benefit you and how to get it done: 1. Gain clarity. Without a defined concept, you can easily set your app up for failure, and it’s hard to define your concept sans a roadmap and a visual aid, such as a prototype. Your roadmap helps you to define and sharpen the idea of your concept by mapping out […]

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How to Be Positive (Willpower Not Required)

‘Just be positive’ is bad advice. November 23, 2018 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When you’re struggling to find a positive thought, Entrepreneur Network partner Ben Angel challenges you to look deeper than just your attitude.  You can listen to all the motivational speeches you like, but if your body is in a state of nutritional deficiency, you don’t have the energy you need for your neurons to do the required psychological work to hold a positive outlook. Related: The Surprising Thing That Can Sap Your Motivation Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth and effectively monetize video and audio content distributed across all digital platforms for the business genre. EN is partnered with hundreds of top YouTube channels in the business vertical. Watch video from our network partners on demand on Roku, Apple […]

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Making Money the Hard Way

Once upon a time, I had a crappy job, with crappy pay and no benefits. I worked third shift. I worked holidays. My life was miserable. Isn’t it funny how times have changed? I’ve made a lot of moves with my career. I’ve learned more about money in the last three years than I had in the 33 years prior. Well, guess what? Daddy has a brand new plan. In today’s post, I’m going to talk a bit about my plans and what I’ve learned over the years and how I’m implementing these lessons into my new project. Hard Work is Sometimes Necessary There is an old saying, “There is no substitute for hard work.” And sometimes this is pretty accurate. Unfortunately, I spent a lot of time working really hard and for years I had nothing to show for it. I spent 10-12 hours a day in kitchens. I […]

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How the Gig Economy Helps Boost Diversity

Online platforms for freelance worker provide an unparalleled opportunity to work with millions of people who aren’t necessarily like you. November 23, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s easy to be swept up in the negative rhetoric around the gig economy. Too often “on demand” workers are framed by the media purely as a cost-cutting tactic for businesses. Somehow the professional experience and expertise of the humans behind the screen get left out of the conversation. Related: How to Fight the Gender Pay Gap as a Self-Employed Woman — and Maximize Your Income Think of it this way: Online platforms are a unique space where the world’s best talent can connect both with each other to exchange ideas and share feedback, and with people and organizations actively seeking their specific skills. They create a truly level playing field irrespective of location, gender, age or background. […]

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Why One Music Exec Created a New Platform for Musicians to Get Paid

Mike Heron, the founder of BeatHustle, shares how he is paving the way for a new music industry movement. November 23, 2018 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Behind your favorite artists and well-known production mavens, are hidden marvels of classically trained talent powerhouses whose names you may have never heard. That’s why Mike Heron started BeatHustle. Along with his roster of producer geniuses, which include G Koop, Leon Michaels, Antman Wonder, KILL Beats, Beat Butcher and IV the Polymath, there have been the “wizards behind the curtain” of hits that came from artists like Migos, Rihanna, Jay-Z and Travis Scott. In addition to building awareness around the unsung heroes behind today’s hits, Heron is trying to connect up-and-coming artists looking for original melodies and brands looking to access samplings that are not cost prohibitive with new talent. Related: New Podcast Showcases Successful Female Founders Watch more videos […]

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It’s Not Too Late to Meet Your Goals for 2018

You may already be thinking of 2019, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the year should be a wash. November 23, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every year around this time I notice a disturbing trend that costs businesses a lot of money: a shift in focus from selling and excellence, to visioning and planning. People start looking ahead; they think about new goals, new milestones, new priorities. It’s an almost palpable sense that “next year will be different” and “next year will be the big year.” Related: Revive the Fire In Your Office and in Your Employees In the process, customer service slips a little, an order is delayed or a proposal might go out that’s not as polished as it could be. Taking the focus from sales and customer service and putting it entirely on planning costs entrepreneurs around the world […]

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The Gender Wage Gap Inspires More Women to Create Their Own Paycheck

November 23, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As proud Americans, we like to believe we have come a long way since man’s first step on the moon. But, how far have we truly progressed? In terms of closing the wage gap, the answer is not very far. As a result, women everywhere are creatively closing the gap on their own terms. Related: Powerful Women Don’t Need the Limelight to Be Influential. Here’s Why. In 1963, when the Equal Pay Act passed, women were earning 59 percent less than men. During the 1970s, the average median wage for a man was approximately $36,207 annually while a woman might hope to earn $21,297 for the same job, amounting to an astounding 40 percent wage gap. Progress toward equal rights progressed at a snail’s pace. That 40 percent gap in the 70s closed to a 38 percent […]

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7 Types of Investments Entrepreneurs Should Know About

Get started investing with these tips. November 23, 2018 5 min read This story originally appeared on Due Investing is an important part of preparing for the future. If you want to retire someday, investments and other retirement savings are vital for success. But, if you don’t know where to start, the entire world of investments can feel intimidating. Here is a list of seven types of investments you should know about and how they may fit into your long-term financial plan. Treasury Bills Every investment has some level of risk, but the lowest risk investment is one with the United States government. Treasury Bills are the closest thing to “risk-free” investing you’ll find. But, where there is little risk, you’ll also find little return. Treasury Bills are ultra-low-risk investments that many investors buy through a mutual fund or ETF. Often called “T Bills” by experienced investors, annual yields range from around 2 […]

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Thinking of Buying Property? Here’s Why Continuing to Rent May Be Your Smartest Choice.

Though it can be costly paying a set fee, renting can have its advantages. November 23, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you’re on the fence about switching over from renting your current home to buying a place, Phil Town has some tips that could sway you. The Entrepreneur Network partner points out that though renting may feel like a source that is eating up your money each month, it can in fact be more desirable than buying property. Here are a few reasons why: 1. Buying property may not be as wonderful an investment as it is often believed. In fact, property does not neccessarily translate to more revenue even if you are doing something like flipping houses. 2. If you are renting, you can use the money you would have leftover to invest in the stock market.  3. If you are renting you can […]

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Don’t Let Product Returns Eat Into Your Online Profits This Holiday Season

Here are seven tips for making return processing smarter, more efficient and cost-effective. November 23, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As the 2018 holiday season approaches, merchants prepare for the traditional spike in sales and the inevitable surge in online returns. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, the 2017 holiday season saw 28 percent of the gifts people purchased returned, at an estimated value of $90 billion. In a similar study featured in the 2018 Shopify Holiday Ecommerce Returns Guide, Forrester also estimated holiday returns for high-end products surge to 50 percent. Related: Customer Intent Has Changed. Have You? The increase in “intentional returns” is also compounding the size of the returns problem. According to Forrester, consumer behavior is changing, with 89 percent of customers having returned items and 40 percent of customers ordering multiple sizes of items and/or things they’re not […]

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3 Ways You Can Help Your New Hires to Succeed

Filling a vacant position is expensive, and unless you do these three things, it’s liable to be an expensive waste of time. November 23, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Let’s face it — the hiring process is painful, and not just because you have to look through reams of résumés. From posting job listings to conducting several rounds of candidate interviews to ultimately making a selection and then training a new employee, the time and money required to fill a vacant role add up quickly. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, it costs an average of $4,129 to hire a new employee. Considering this process takes an average of 42 days, it’s clear that you want to get it right the first time. And just because you’ve made a candidate an offer and he or she has accepted it doesn’t mean […]

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Bitmoji Competitor Genies Raises $10 million

Plus, BuzzFeed News launches a paid membership program and an online tutoring platform, Knack, raises $1.5 million. November 23, 2018 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. BuzzFeed News launched a recurring membership platform. Fans of Buzzfeed can pay a $5 monthly fee where they receive member-only emails highlighting the latest stories and a behind the scenes glimpse into BuzzFeed reporting. There is also a $100-a-year membership where fans will receive a BuzzFeed News tote bag. The life-like avatar services company, Genies, raised $10 million. The improved app lets you chat with up to six friends through your avatar. As you start typing, Genies detects your actions, where you are located and your emotions. It then offers you corresponding animations your avatar can act out. The peer-to-peer tutoring platform Knack raised a $1.5-million seed round. The platform is aimed at college students and works with more […]

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Security Trends Your Company Needs to Embrace in 2019

IT innovations create risk until new cyber security solutions, like AI and authentication, rise up to meet the challenges they present. November 23, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The tech industry has had a momentous year in 2018, with several new technologies claiming the hearts and minds of insiders and observers alike. Innovations like blockchain, AI, and neural networks dominated headlines with their game-changing potential, and for good reason. These technologies permeate into every sector, from public services to business, and create new opportunities for disruption and innovation. Even so, these leaps forward are not without their risks. New technologies are always slightly ahead of the security designed to protect them. Blockchain has created thousands of new ideas and businesses, but it has come with a bevy of high-profile hacks, attacks and vulnerabilities. Supply chains, which have made tremendous upgrades in communication and precision, remain open to […]

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25 Tips to Network With Top CEOs

Successful CEOs know their success depends in part on meeting new people who bring value. November 23, 2018 15+ min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You network with other business leaders to exchange ideas and get advice, like mistakes to avoid or how to manage your time more effectively. Networking is how you meet professionals, clients and investors who can help your business grow. Networking is crucial for your business to thrive. You can take your business to the next level by connecting with top CEOs. Seems impossible? Not with these 25 tips. 1. Make sure you’re connecting with the right CEOs. The main goal is to find those CEOs who inspire and motivate you, believe in what you believe in, share similar values and know your industry. It helps if your personalities click. To meet the CEO in-person start following industry influencers on social media, ask for recommendations from […]

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Should You Push Your Kush?

Push notification are yet another tool to capture the attention of your customers, but they may not be worth it. November 23, 2018 3 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You want to share information with your customers. They want to hear about it in a way that is natural and convenient for them. So which marketing method is less invasive and more effective: SMS or push notifications? The truth may surprise you, as consumers are increasingly feeling “pushed” by a constant barrage of notifications, and seeking out more personal experiences with their favorite brands. Related: The Most Effective Cannabis Advertising Tool You’re Probably Not Using A Bit Too Pushy Before you are even able to push notifications to your customer, there is usually a prerequisite of having a mobile app. All companies should think carefully about how an app would be a useful and necessary […]

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12 Black Friday Deals You Don’t Want to Miss

Score additional savings on these deals for a limited time. November 23, 2018 4 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. With Thanksgiving almost in the books, how about geting a head start on Black Friday deals? Take advantage of deals ranging from a sleek carry-on luggage piece to highly reviewed noise-cancelling headphones. Also, don’t forget to check out with the promo code to lock in the displayed sale prices.  12.  Fantom 10 Quick Access Slim Wallet – $39.20 with promo code “BFSAVE20”  This minimal card holder sets to revolutionize the traditional leather bifold wallet. With a razor thin and lightweight carbon fiber design, the Fantom wallet utilizes a lever to fan out cards–making it easy to access cards with […]

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Channel Your Inner Freddie Mercury With These 8 Tips for Entrepreneurs From ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

There is so much to learn from Queen and Freddie Mercury. November 22, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Recently, I took my 16-year-old son Tyler to the movies to see Bohemian Rhapsody. One-on-one time with teenagers is precious, so you always want it to go well. And it did. Related: 3 Startup Lessons From Hip Hop Entrepreneurs We both enjoyed the movie, but the better moments happened afterwards. When Tyler asked me what I thought about the film, I told him that it was inspirational. In a way only a teenager can, he replied, “Are you going to start a rock band and die of AIDS?” There is so much to learn from Queen and Freddie Mercury. Here are eight lessons for entrepreneurs. “Under Pressure”: Preparation generates luck. Imagine handing a couple songs you’d written to a band, then hearing them say their lead […]

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3 Tips to Attract Employees in a Tight Market

Now that ping-pong tables have become table stakes, it will take benefits with substance to attract the best employees. November 22, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In early October, the American unemployment rate dropped to 3.7 percent — its lowest level since 1969. That’s great for job-seekers, but in a tight labor market, employers must scramble to improve policies, perks and pay if they want to attract the best hires. This presents you with the chance to get creative. From remote work options to diverse compensation plans, employers like you can tailor your employment package to match the employee. In this way, you’ll follow the path of the most successful businesses, which see competitive talent markets not as an obstacle but rather an opportunity to demonstrate their companies’ merits, and entice would-be employees. Flashy perks are out of fashion. Startup culture glorifies fun fringe […]

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