How a Family Created One of the Most Successful Corporate Housing Companies

Jessica Abo sits down with Furnished Quarters’ co-owners and co-founders, Steve and Gary Brown. October 12, 2018 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When brothers Steve and Gary Brown started their company, their goal was to help people who needed corporate housing. The two created Furnished Quarters in 1998 and today the company is the largest independently owned and operated supplier of global temporary housing. The Browns oversee more than 100,000 fully furnished apartments in more than 800 cities around the world. Furnished Quarters also operates a residential hotel in Lower Manhattan for those who need short-term apartments with no minimum stay requirements. The Browns sat down with Jessica Abo to discuss their success and their No. 1 piece of advice to succeed in business. Related: My Book and Baby Are Due the Same Day! Follow Along on My Journey. Episode 14: New York Fashion Week. Watch more videos from Jessica Abo […]

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2 Key “People” Rules That Can Make or Break Your Business

If you follow these two rules, you’ll be able to build a team that ensures your success. September 27, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from the Scott Duffy’s book Breakthrough! Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes Two friends of mine, born in the same place, work in the fashion industry. Over the years, each has gained access to very similar resources. Both have charismatic personalities and are natural leaders. Yet one of these women constantly struggles — her business is broke and may have to close its doors—while the other woman’s company is now worth more than $1 billion. The obvious question is: With so much in common, what’s the difference? The short answer is, the successful entrepreneur had great self-awareness. Having her own “Aha” moment early on, she recognized what she did well and, just as important, where […]

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This Founder Moved to the United States at 18 to Pursue the American Dream

The founder of Living Notes, Olya Hill, talks about the lessons learned as a professional ballerina, and the importance of creating content and connecting people. September 18, 2018 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The worldwide proliferation of the internet has empowered people to share impactful stories, but not everyone breaks through and builds a highly engaged community. Learn how the Ukrainian-born Olya Hill, founder and creative director of Living Notes, achieved her American dream through hard work, learned lessons about life and self-worth, and founded a multimedia platform to help families build the lives they want. Hill shares how a creative approach to problem-solving, combined with a drive to share valuable insights and information with an audience sets the stage to build a brand and a following. Related: Utilizing Data to Understand Your Audience and Turn Its Members Into Super Fans Read_more Related posts: How […]

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5 Successful Entrepreneurs Who Started With No Experience But Made Sure They Got It

Early experience, not trial and error, was the path to success for Andrew Carnegie, Joyce Hall, Jan Koum and other big names. September 13, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Some entrepreneurs become successful only after doing well in another career: Maybe they mastered work as a consultant or an executive officer and used the skills they acquired to build their own enterprise. Related: 8 Great Entrepreneurial Success Stories Perhaps, alternately, they started a business with almost no experience — and little money to fund their efforts. For example, instead of raising money through crowdfunding or investor funding, some of history’s most successful entrepreneurs — especially those who predated crowdfunding and the internet — raised money by selling their possessions, or utilizing resources they already had. Perhaps, instead of relying on a wealth of experience to influence their choices, they learned on the fly through trial and error. It’s […]

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The Secrets to Transforming Your Life Are Simpler Than You Think

Jack Canfield breaks down some keys to working toward true fulfillment. July 31, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Making a major change to your life is no easy feat. The progress of making a larger transformation can be a slow crawl that requires ample motivation, resolute mindset and vulnerability.  In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Jack Canfield goes through a case study of a man who was successful in his life but lacking happiness. Canfield describes how small moves towards transformation, combined with an unexpected medical wake-up call, helped him get a grip on his goals. Canfield describes how the man realized if he wanted true fulfillment, he had to take responsibility. The power to visualize the things that you want, as well as learning to share and vocalize your goals, contribute to seeing your dreams being made into reality. Like the man who reached out to […]

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Not Listening to His Investors Was One of the Best Decisions This Entrepreneur Made

Here’s why staying true to your creative interests brings great rewards in the end. July 18, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner MaRS Discovery District talks with the president of Coherent Path, James Glover. After starting his company in 1999 and receiving funding from Goldman Sachs, Glover was told launching a startup in his current location in Toronto was a bad idea. The investors recommended Coherent Path consider moving to Boston. Now, looking back, Glover considers setting up shop in Toronto one of the best moves the company could have made. The area is known to be very welcoming to startups and encourages creativity among a close-knit number of entrepreneurs. Coherent Path’s choice to stay in Toronto may have seemed slightly against convention at the time, but has now resulted in great rewards — such as working in a tech-conscious city like Toronto.  […]

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How Richard Branson Built His $5.1 Billion Fortune

Take a look at the Virgin Group founder’s career. June 26, 2018 6 min read This story originally appeared on GOBankingRates Virgin Group founder Richard Branson isn’t your average billionaire. Instead of living in a big city penthouse or a sprawling estate, the fun-loving tycoon makes his home in the British Virgin Islands. He prefers jeans and board shorts over suits and, despite his status as Sir Richard Branson, he’d rather be called Richard. Related: Elon Musk’s Essential Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs Fascinating to say the least, the self-made billionaire behind Virgin Airlines has a sunny disposition that draws others toward him. Take a look at Branson’s spectacular business success and fortune. (By Gabrielle Olya) Richard Branson net worth: $5.1B Image credit: Gustavo Caballero / Getty Images Seemingly born to be an entrepreneur, Richard Branson started his first business, a student magazine, when he was just 15 years old. In 1970, he opened his first business […]

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How to Find Your True Calling as an Entrepreneur

Don’t be afraid to move on in order to find your passion. June 20, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Rebecca Louise is a fitness entrepreneur and YouTuber who has amassed over 400,000 subscribers and 46 million views on her channel in less than three years. Her online empire includes nine team members, a fitness subscription service, her own app for iOS and Android, and multiple digital courses and products. She’s also led a tour of live workshop events in Chicago, Anaheim, Nicaragua, Korea, Prague and more. Her tips have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Allure, Shape and Oxygen and Fox News. But, what I love about her story is the journey to get where she is today. Related: How 5 Entrepreneurs With Household Names Turned Failing Businesses Into Successes If you know you’re entrepreneurial and have tried multiple passions so far, read on to […]

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6 Extraordinary Women Who Rose to the Pinnacle of Their Professions

Celebrate these women for overcoming the odds but never quit demanding a level playing field. June 19, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The average woman earns more than 20 cents less than every dollar a man earns doing the same job. Last year an embarrassingly low 2 percent of venture capital dollars went to companies with female founders. According to a January 2018 online survey from non-profit Stop Street Harrassment, just over 80 percent of women say they’ve been sexually harassed at work. These statistics show that pretty much any woman you see at work has had to overcome some challenging circumstances just to be there. This is why compiling a list of extraordinary women who’ve overcome remarkable obstacles to reach success wasn’t that hard. What follows are six examples of gifted and tenacious women who deserve our celebration. They serve as a […]

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How Paul Collins Overcame Childhood Illness to Become a Successful Entrepreneur

How Paul Collins overcame life-threatening health struggles, became an English as a Second Language teacher, and used Pat’s teachings to develop a successful online business. Pat Flynn June 18, 2018 Welcome to our second SPI community member feature! On our SPI Facebook Group, we have over 40,000 amazing entrepreneurs across all stages of business, and I wanted to start highlighting some of the amazing work the community members are doing with their businesses here on the blog. Brendan Hufford, our Facebook Community manager, wrote this post to highlight Paul Collins, whose business focuses on teaching English as a second language. You can also check out Brendan and his work at his blog. And if you haven’t done so already, click here to join the Facebook Group and be a part of the community! “Why would anybody pay for this?” That’s a question Paul Collins asked himself as he was starting […]

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From Prison to Y Combinator Graduate to Megamillion-Dollar Business

Andrew Medal chats with Frederick Hutson, the co-founder and CEO of Pigeonly. Hutson created a multimillion-dollar business after going to prison for five years. May 18, 2018 1 min read Frederick is the CEO and founder of Pigeonly, a low-cost communication and financial services platform that makes it easy for people to support an incarcerated loved one. He came up with the idea after serving time in the federal penitentiary for distributing 3,000 kilograms of weed. Hutson leads a growing team of over 20 people from Pigeonly’s Las Vegas headquarters and has raised over $5 million in funding from investors including Erik Moore (Base VC) and Mitch Kapor (Lotus). Related: This Entrepreneur Was Down to His Last Cent When He Got an Order for His First Product. Now, His Company Is Worth More Than $28 Million. Read_more Related posts: The Billion-Dollar Business of CBD (Infographic) Growing Your Business Internationally? Reinvest Every […]

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You’re Thinking About the Career Ladder All Wrong

My experiences breaking through the glass ceiling showed me there is no one ladder to success. May 18, 2018 6 min read The questions aspiring CEOs ask about how to get to the corner office are all wrong — especially for women. Newly minted professional women ask for tips on breaking the glass ceiling, finding a work-life balance and plotting out every rung on the ladders they hope to climb. Alas, no ladder looks the same. If you want to move up, you have to find one foothold after another, pushing forward from the places where you happen to find yourself. Related: This Tech Founder Was Often the Only Woman in the Room When She Started Her Company. Here’s Her Advice for Young Entrepreneurs. This is how I did it. It’s not conventional. Along the way, the unlikeliest places and moments pushed me forward. It’s been a process of constant learning, but […]

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SPI 318: Modern Mindfulness with Melissa Monte—An SPI Student and Her Successful Start

I’ve had a lot of requests for episodes like this, so we’re doing something a little different today. We’re talking to Melissa Monte, a student of my Power-Up Podcasting Fast Track Workshop. Her podcast, Mind Love, launched soon after, and she’s here to share how she created her vibrant and successful podcast from scratch. I wanted to bring Melissa on today to talk about what she’s learned, what she has planned for the future, and how she’s progressing. It gets pretty personal too. Melissa talks about some of the darker years of her life, and how she was able to overcome them and create a whole new perspective. We go into why she decided to launch a podcast, and why podcasting specifically is helping her fulfill her life’s mission. Now that Melissa has a growing audience, I also offer some help and advice for next steps so that she can […]

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This Entrepreneur Was Down to His Last Cent When He Got an Order for His First Product. Now, His Company Is Worth More Than $28 Million.

Andrew Medal chats with Aubrey Marcus about the inception of lifestyle brand Onnit, where he derives his creativity and building a multimillion-dollar business. May 11, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Aubrey Marcus is the founder and CEO of Onnit, a lifestyle brand based on a holistic health philosophy he calls Total Human Optimization. Since its founding, Onnit has become an industry leader with over 250 products ranging from peak performance supplements to foods, fitness equipment and apparel. Inspired by his lifelong experience as a multisport athlete — as well as his background in ancient philosophy — Marcus’s goal was to create a company that empowered customers to achieve their fullest human potential. With the launch of the firm’s flagship supplement Alpha BRAIN in 2011, Onnit was born. Marcus currently hosts The Aubrey Marcus Podcast, a destination for conversations with the brightest minds in athletics, […]

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How Sam Priestley, the “Lazy Entrepreneur,” Climbed the Staircase of Success

Sam Priestley’s passive income journey started because he wanted to be his own boss. Inspired by Pat’s strategies, he’s built multiple businesses and is his own CEO. Here’s his story, along with his four steps to financial freedom. Pat Flynn May 7, 2018 Welcome to our second SPI community member feature! On our SPI Facebook Group, we have over 40,000 amazing entrepreneurs across all stages of business, and I wanted to start highlighting some of the amazing work the community members are doing with their businesses here on the blog. Brendan Hufford, our Facebook Community manager, wrote this post to highlight Sam Priestley, who is a lifestyle entrepreneur who lives in London. You can also check out Brendan and his work at Photo MBA. And if you haven’t done so already, click here to join the Facebook Group and be a part of the community! London entrepreneur Sam Priestley remembers […]

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After Close to 20 Years as an Entrepreneur, This Founder Still Learns From His Team

Eric Sui sits down with the CEO of Conversion Logic to talk about the beginnings of his company. May 3, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Eric Siu sits down with entrepreneur Brian Baumgart to talk about his rise from a young college grad to accomplished businessman. Baumgart is CEO of Conversion Logic, which focuses on data and analytics.  Baumgart talks about his experience starting a company with his college pals in California to eventually moving through many different other ventures. He cites the importance of bringing on great people that fit into your company’s culture and values. Click play to hear more from Baumgart and Siu’s conversation.  Related: 7 Business Growth Secrets From Successful Entrepreneurs 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 […]

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Rapper Nipsey Hussle Reveals the Art of Being a Self-Made Millionaire

Andrew Medal sits down with rapper Nipsey Hussle to discuss how gang life catapulted his success, his latest album ‘Victory Lap’ and his various businesses, including a blockchain-specific startup. April 20, 2018 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Nipsey Hussle is arguably hip-hop’s hottest star right now, with his much-anticipated album release of Victory Lap. Hussle has been making his name from a steady stream of mixtapes including 2013’s Crenshaw, which he sold at $100 a pop, netting $100,000 in the process. He’s collaborated with artists like YG, Diddy and Jeezy. His record label All In Records recently partnered with Atlantic Records to increase his distribution, and he’s turning the industry on its head by owning the rights to his music. He’s an entrepreneur in every sense with multiple businesses including his record label and his clothing brand The Marathon Company, and he’s even an […]

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How to Win — and Why You Fail

April 8, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes It’s been a while since I’ve recorded a solo round for the podcast, but I had something to say that got me fired up. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the difference between surviving versus thriving — in business and life. It makes a massive difference in how you experience each day, as well as each year, but it really doesn’t take too much adjustment to flip from one to the other. This one shift in my life has made a huge difference, so I wanted to record an episode where I break down how to do this. Most of the powerful advice I’ve been given in my life has been really simple. And this is no different. But it makes the biggest difference day in and day out in my results. I’m giving you my very […]

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SPI 311: How to Build an Audience with Your Hobby

Have you ever considered starting a podcast? Do you wonder what it’s like to get going? Are you thinking of trying to build an audience out of your hobby? Today’s guest—Phil Lichtenberger of Scanner School—can give you some insight into that experience. You might also be scratching your heads as to what the scanner radio hobby is, and Phil will explain all of that in today’s episode. He’s just started building his business, and while it’s not super-successful yet, he’s well on his way. Scanner radio is certainly a niche hobby, but Phil’s managing to build a growing audience out of it. He’s been consistent every week with his podcast, and he’s up to Episode 10 already (at the time of this recording). He’s having a lot of fun, but he has a lot of questions to ask too. To put it bluntly: Phil’s in the thick of it. I […]

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Is SPI Better Than Business School? 9 Lessons One Reader Used to Grow His Business

Better than business school? Read about how Salo Mizrachi grew his family business to six-figures and doubled it using 9 lessons he learned from Smart Passive Income. Pat Flynn March 5, 2018 Welcome to our first of (hopefully) many SPI community member features! On our SPI Facebook Group, we have over 30,000 amazing entrepreneurs across all stages of business, and I wanted to start highlighting some of the amazing work the community members are doing with their businesses here on the blog. Brendan Hufford, our Facebook Community manager, wrote this post to highlight Salo Mizrachi and his business, EzPacking. You can also check out Brendan and his work at Photo MBA. And if you haven’t done so already, click here to join the Facebook Group and be a part of the community! In 2015, Salo Mizrachi took over his family business, grew it to six-figures in 2016, and doubled that […]

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