7 Visualization Techniques to Calm Your Anxious Mind (Infographic)

These simple tricks can help you relax and live a stress-free life. June 9, 2018 2 min read Whether you’re juggling multiple jobs or taking care of toddlers, all that running around can often come with a side of anxiety. Instead of letting these nerves get the best of you, it’s important to figure out a way to manage them. One helpful strategy is through visualization. Related: Mastering Your Emotions and Using Your Most Valuable Asset It’s empowering to know that you have the ability to control your mind and your emotions. With the help of some visualization techniques, you’ll not only be able to do that but you’ll likely see an improvement in your overall job performance. Not sure where to start? Here are some examples. If you’ve had a long day at work and all you want to do is crawl into bed but your mind begins racing once you’re in […]

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3 Ways to Raise Your Self-Worth

If you do not feel worthy of great success, you will never achieve it. June 8, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Whether in business or your personal life, feelings of unworthiness can hamper your ability to shine. When we don’t perceive ourselves as worthy, we tend to self-sabotage and avoid going for (or asking for) what we deserve. Related: These Artists, Authors and Leaders Battled Self-Doubt Before They Made History My good friend, entrepreneur Ed Mylett, shared an idea with me that I thought was extremely powerful. He described different things in our lives that have a thermostat: our financial success, weight and especially our self-worth. The premise is simple. Even if your self-worth increases or decreases a few degrees, or you experience a tremendous change over time, you will eventually revert back to whatever your internal success thermostat is set at. This begs the […]

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Does Your Retirement Plan Pass the 3-Point Check-Up?

Consider these factors to bolster tour financial self-sufficiency. June 8, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Retirement plan fees, taxes and healthcare costs are among the biggest threats to Americans’ financial security. Many workers aren’t just financially unprepared for retirement — they haven’t done the basic calculations to determine how much money they will need. Related: This Innocuous Sounding Phrase Is Actually a Mortal Threat to Your Retirement Planning That’s one of the findings of the 28th annual Retirement Confidence Survey just released by the nonprofit Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) and the research firm Greenwald & Associates. The annual survey, conducted in January among 1,002 workers and 1,040 retirees, found that only about half of workers 55 and older had calculated their cost of living and how much money they would need to have saved to pay their bills. And despite healthcare costs in retirement […]

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Influencer Marketing Isn’t Just for Fashion, Beauty and Food Anymore.

No wonder financial brands want in: Influencer marketing experienced a 198 percent increase last year alone. June 8, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Influencer marketing has seen substantial growth in the past year, experiencing a 198 percent increase last year alone, according to a study by Klear. But this growing social media marketing tactic isn’t limited to just consumer brands anymore. As influencer marketing matures, brands outside of fashion, beauty and food are catching up on its use. Related: The Road Ahead for Influencer Marketing: 2018 and Beyond The healthcare industry, for example, has witnessed an onset of influencers among its brands. And now even financial companies– from banks to insurance companies to personal finance apps — are recogining the benefit influencer marketing can pose for their brand awareness. Indeed, financial brands have a number of unique opportunities and considerations when it comes to […]

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7 Rules for Shipping Internationally

Win over customers with an affordable and predictable buying experience. June 8, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you haven’t already started selling internationally, it is time to start! According to Statistica, from 2014 to 2021 worldwide ecommerce sales will grow almost 246 percent, from $1.3 trillion to $4.5 trillion. The global competition for customers is increasing, with a significantly growing number of shoppers buying from sellers across international borders, including 83 percent of shoppers in Canada, 81 percent in Brazil and 78 percent in Mexico, according to the global UPS Pulse on the Online Shopper study. In the U.S., nearly half (47 percent) of shoppers purchased from merchants outside the U.S. Related: 7 Tips for Reducing Your Shipping Costs Smaller ecommerce companies often turn to marketplaces like Amazon and eBay to support selling internationally. Marketplaces like these allow customers to make international purchases […]

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How Crying Could Save Your Business

Entrepreneurs need to let emotions out and people in. June 8, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When’s the last time you cried? I cried this morning. I thought about how many people were relying on me to make the right decisions and how much those decisions had the potential to hurt the people I know and love if they went wrong. If I had a nickel for every night I fell asleep scared stiff about failure, I could fund my next five businesses. Related: 11 Signs That You Lack Emotional Intelligence Unfortunately, being an entrepreneur comes with an unrealistic expectation for bravado: We think a thriving entrepreneur must over-represent the positives, overlook the negatives and maintain grit. We believe insecurity, fear, and shame need to be pushed aside in order to inspire confidence in our friends, employees and investors. With 70 percent of upstart tech companies […]

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For Women Looking to Start a Company, Here Are 3 Ways to Propel Yourself to Success

From overcoming the emotional labor stigma to having a supportive partner, here are a few pointers to help you succeed. June 8, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I’ve started four or five companies in my life: I was a florist, owned a bath product company, ran two agencies and am now launching a skincare company, I’ve not only had to handle a series of issues that are unique to women but also watched and learned from other female entrepreneurs. It is unequivocally hard for anyone to start a company, but I think it can be a special challenge for women and not just because it’s hard to getting funding from VCs. For women looking to start a company, here are three things you need to do right now. 1. Overcome the unpaid emotional labor stigma. As a female founder, the hardest thing for me has […]

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How the New Tax Law Affects Private Equity and VC Firms

Tax reform will greatly impact private equity and venture capital businesses. Are you prepared? June 8, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Six months after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was enacted, businesses are still trying to decipher its nuances and impact on their specific industries. The private equity sector in particular will be greatly affected, with immediate effects already underway. It is imperative that private equity and venture capital firms understand how these changes will impact their funds, portfolio company investments, investors and management team. In this piece, we will explore the most important changes that will affect the private equity sector moving forward. Related: How Amazon and Entrepreneurs Can Pay Zero Federal Income Tax, and Do So Legally Fund impact There is no denying that the carried interest rules are a topic of contention. The TCJA imposes limitations on long-term capital […]

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25 Cool and Useful Podcasts, Books and Other Resources for Entrepreneurs in 2018

Ever hear of Shopify’s Business Name Generator? Or Rand Fishkin’s new book, ‘Lost and Founder’? Here are resources you need to know about. June 8, 2018 10 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A staggering 50 percent of all startups will fail within the first three years, according to information gathered by Insurance Quotes. Therefore, as an entrepreneur, you face a steep uphill battle that will test your business acumen, patience and motivation. To help you along the difficult path of building a successful business, here are 25 podcasts, books and resources created by some of our preeminent business minds. Use them to help you build a business that will last generations. Related: 5 Podcasts Every Entrepreneur Should Download Today Podcasts 1. MFCEO Project Podcast. Andy Frisella built a $175 million empire from the ground up. By embracing the mindset of a warrior, he was able to weather the […]

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How to Invest in Your Happiness

Perhaps second only to love, money is probably one of the most popular subjects when it comes to quotable quotes. We love to talk about it, because money makes the world go around. It’s with money that we can aspire to live better lives filled with massive mansions, fast sports cars, and the fanciest new toys and gadgets on the block. A common turn of phrase that you’ve likely heard before is that “money is the root of all evil.” In the movie Boiler Room, we’re told that “anybody tells you money is the root of all evil doesn’t [expletive] have any. They say money can’t buy happiness? Look at the [expletive] smile on my face. Ear to ear, baby. You want details? Fine. I drive a Ferrari 355 Cabriolet. What’s up? I have a ridiculous house in the South Fork. I have every toy you could possibly imagine. And […]

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3 Powerful Lessons From Women With Ambition

While the world is still dismissive of women with ambition, plenty of female power players are hoping to change that. June 8, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. While the world is still dismissive of women with ambition (the word is seen as a positive in men and a negative in women), plenty of female power players are hoping to change that. The key issue: likability. Women with ambition are seen as “unlikable,” according to a Columbia Business School study. It’s not exactly a revelation, but the gender bias needs to be addressed. Powerful women are doing exactly that. Cindi Leive, Glamour’s former editor-in-chief, says “Let’s resolve to redefine likability to include women who want things, badly, for themselves and for others.” In other words, women who are ambitious. Related: What You Can Learn From These 3 Celebrity Women on Using Social Media for Social […]

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What Jobs Really Offer Equal Pay?

Here are the few jobs that have successfully removed the gender pay gap. June 8, 2018 3 min read This story originally appeared on Due Most logical people would argue that two people doing the same job should earn equal pay, but we know that is not always the case. In many roles at many companies, women are paid less than men for doing the exact same thing, which is known as the gender pay gap. While we know this is wrong, a number of professions actually do offer gender pay equality. If you want to know what jobs have successfully removed the gender pay gap, follow along to learn more. How bad is the gender pay gap? The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, on average, women make 83 percent of what men do across all industries. The worst profession for women is in the legal industry, where women […]

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Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain Found Dead at 61. 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. June 8, 2018 1 min read Celebrated chef, author and television personality Anthony Bourdain was found dead Friday morning in France. He was on location shooting his CNN series “Parts Unknown.” The network confirmed the cause of death as suicide, just three days after fashion designer Kate Spade reportedly took her own life.    Suicide is a significant public health issue, and it’s important to discuss it openly and honestly. If possible, talk to loved ones about how you — and they — are feeling. You can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-TALK or visiting SuicidePreventionLifeline.org, and you can reach the Crisis Text Line — a free, 24/7 text message support service — by texting 741-741. Read_more Related posts: Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain Found Dead at 61 Vegan Celebrity Chef Chloe Coscarelli Says Entrepreneurs Should Push for Change Even When No One […]

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Ex-Convicts Make the Best Entrepreneurs. Here Are 3 Reasons Why.

Think about it: They’re expert bootstrappers, comfortable with unknown situations and likely to have a healthy disregard for ‘the rules.’ June 8, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. According to a recently published U.S. Bureau of Justice study, 76.6 percent of the prison inmates released in 2005 were rearrested within five years. That means that for every 100 inmates of the 404,638 prisoners in 30 states researchers studied, more than three-quarters were locked up again. Related: How This Ex-Con Started From Nothing to Build a 7-Figure Business That’s a staggering statistic about recidivsm given that the United States makes up 5 percent of the world’s population overall, and accounts for 25 percent of the world’s incarcerated population (as shown on the website of The Last Mile, an organization I’m involved with, which goes into prisons to teach inmates skills). This and related statistics have garnered national attention. So much so that […]

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Mental Illness May Plague Entrepreneurs More Than Other People. Here’s Why (and How to Get Help).

One entrepreneur walks us through her struggle with the anxiety and depression that affects so many, as has come to light after the tragic deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade. June 8, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In seven years of running a startup, I experienced just about every emotion entrepreneurship has to offer: the adrenaline of launch; the calm energy of focused flow; the brittle, jittery high of riding a 2 a.m. work jag; the terror of feeling the mask slip, of telling an upbeat story to customers as panic churns in your guts; the grief of failure—and the relief of failure, too; the ghostly lost-limb feeling that asks, Who am I if I’m not running this business? However, my mental health résumé is a lot longer than my entrepreneurial one. I’ve been dancing a medicated tango with depression and anxiety since childhood. I’ve racked up just […]

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Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain Found Dead at 61

The chef, author and TV host died in France while shooting his CNN series “Parts Unknown.” June 8, 2018 2 min read Anthony Bourdain, the celebrated chef, author and television host who spent nearly 20 years illuminating cuisine and culture from the corners of the world, was found dead Friday in his hotel room in France. He had been shooting an upcoming episode of his CNN series “Parts Unknown.” Eric Ripert, an award-winning French chef and Bourdain’s close friend, found him unresponsive on Friday morning. The network confirmed the cause of death as suicide. “Tony will be greatly missed not only for his work but also for the passion with which he did it,” wrote CNN president Jeff Zucker in an email to employees. Bourdain’s success as a global food icon can be attributed in part to his fierce loyalty to his own standards. “I’m willing to accept less of […]

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The First Black Woman to Own and Run a Billion-Dollar Company Says That Trusting Yourself Is Key to Success

The ActOne Group founder and CEO Janice Bryant Howroyd shares the mindset that helped her build an international business over the course of a four-decade career. June 8, 2018 7 min read In this series, Open Every Door, Entrepreneur staff writer Nina Zipkin shares her conversations with leaders about understanding what you have to offer, navigating the obstacles that will block your path, identifying opportunity and creating it for yourself and for others. Janice Bryant Howroyd didn’t set out to be an entrepreneur, but a taste of being in charge changed everything. She’s since made history, becoming the first African American woman to run a company that makes more than $1 billion a year, which has garnered her a net worth of $420 million. In 1976, with $900 to her name, she headed to Los Angeles to see her big sister and got a temp job working as a secretary for […]

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What I Learn by Going ‘Undercover’ at My Company

There’s no substitute for talking directly to customers — who don’t know I’m the CEO. June 8, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. “Hi, I’m Mark from Zaius.” But, who am I exactly? When you meet someone over the phone, can you tell if you’re talking to a junior sales representative or the CEO of the company? Related: That Time Bill Gates Answered a Tech Support Call … and Crushed It Let’s say you’re talking to a junior rep. What tone do you use? How do you ask questions? Would your tone change if you’re speaking with the CEO? Do you become more deferential or more respectful? If your interaction would be different depending on a person’s title, you’re not alone. For this exact reason, I often pose as an “undercover boss.” You probably remember the TV show where the CEO of a company would […]

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Marketing 101: Copywriting vs. Copy Editing vs. Content Writing

Marketing has a language all its own. This is our latest in a series of posts aimed at helping new marketers learn that language. What term do you find yourself explaining most often to new hires during onboarding? Let us know. I recently received the following request about one of our MECLABS Institute Research Partners  (MECLABS is the parent research organization of MarketingSherpa.) … “One of the pages we are building is a Bio page/section. The Research Partner is having their people write their own bios. I know you’re already working closely on the other pages, but wanted to see if you would be able to take those and do some minor copy editing …” Now, we have an excellent copy editor (the blog post you’re reading right now is likely far better than my original draft, thanks to Linda Johnson). And while I’m quite confident of my copywriting skills, I […]

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How This Entrepreneur Repaid His Most Valuable Employee: His Mom

An entrepreneur’s mom worked for him for years — without a salary. When he finally made it, he wanted to give her something she’d love. June 8, 2018 3 min read This story appears in the June 2018 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Jake Kassan started his first business in high school: a T-shirt company he grew through YouTube and social media channels. It went…a little too well. “I was generating $10,000-plus a week,” he says, “and I needed help.” He was just 16, after all, and he was falling behind on shipping, accounting — the whole operations side. Luckily, he found the perfect person. She lacked business experience, but she was a quick study, a hard worker and unusually loyal. Plus, she worked for free.  Related: 5 Reasons Why ‘Family’ and ‘Business’ Do Mix She was his mother, Marla. His mom helped out on his second startup, too, which sold apparel […]

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