23Sep

7 Habits of a Self-Made Millennial Millionaire

Many of the world’s greatest thinkers, creators, and innovators have been defined by their routines and habits. There are many people who say that the way you start the day is what defines your success. For millennia, those who have made a consistent effort to contribute change to the world […]

23Sep

Want to Stay Ahead of the Competition? Get Virtual.

When “Pokémon GO” launched this summer, it got people talking — and not just about gym takeovers and Pikachus. The game’s popularity signaled the growing power of augmented and virtual reality (VR). VR, in particular, is a hot tech trend right now, but it’s been in development for some time. […]

23Sep

This App Helps Students Navigate the Road to Getting Their Driver's Licenses

This story originally published on Feb. 8, 2016. It was updated on Sept. 23, 2016. From video games to school work, it seems like kids do everything via smartphones these days. Thanks to Aceable, this includes taking driver’s ed courses. The Austin, Texas-based startup, which launched in 2014, provides online driving lessons […]

22Sep

To Entrepreneurs Everywhere: Don't Forget the Motor City

Ten years ago, if someone in Detroit said he or she was an entrepreneur, a listener’s first thought might have been, “This person is out of a job” — and with good reason: From 2000 to 2010, Michigan lost over 850,000 jobs — more than all other states combined. Related: Detroit Is Cultivating Local […]

22Sep

6 Ways to Boost Sales With AdWords Expanded Text Ads

Expanded text ads (ETAs) are here and marketers everywhere are jumping in to take advantage. You should too. If you’re unfamiliar with ETAs, they offer almost 50 percent more ad text that you can use to reach people in your target market. Unsurprisingly, the expanded format is designed specifically for mobile users. According […]

22Sep

How to Create an Amazing Customer Experience

If you want to build a successful ecommerce business, you need to be thinking about how you can create an amazing customer experience. Today, customer loyalty is dubious at best. People do not generally remember the product or the marketing that drew them initially to a website. They remember experiences. […]

22Sep

How to Win on 'Shark Tank'

This story appears in the October 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » In Shark Tank’s seven seasons (the eighth begins September 23), a total of 253 teams scored deals and 242 did not. What made the difference? “Presence and personality matters just as much as ideas,” says Vanessa Van Edwards, […]

22Sep

Great Entrepreneurs Are Addicts

I’ve been labeled compulsive, a work addict, obsessive, out of balance and impossible to work with. People have told me I’m unreasonably demanding and have unrealistic expectations for myself and others. Solutions have been proposed to “cure” me of this problem. Doctors throw labels at me  like ADD, ADHD, OCD and more. […]

22Sep

Don't Miss Our Facebook Live Chat With Inspirational Speaker Simon Sinek

Being a great leader isn’t about being a ‘boss’ and hitting arbitrary milestones. A true leader inspires and works alongside his or her team to accomplish their shared goals and rise to greatness. It’s about cooperation, trust, and change. No one knows this better than author and TED speaker Simon […]

22Sep

Long-Term Success Starts With Managing Your Startup's Runway

There are a few truths about founding a startup. You’ll work longer hours than you thought possible, you’ll be surprised at how many people fit into a three-person office, and managing your runway — how far into the future your money will take you — is just as important as […]

22Sep

How This Social Media Strategist Stays Focused on His Goals

Ben Pavlovic is founding partner of VineSprout, Inc., a privately owned social media strategy and public relations firm based in Chicago. The company has carved a niche in helping small Chicago businesses and tech startups grow and expand their reach via social networks, public relations and marketing efforts. In this […]

20Sep

6 Rules for Influencing How Customers Will Review Your Brand

TripAdvisor has long been a destination for finding cheap flights, but this summer, it unveiled its biggest redesign in seven years when it introduced user reviews of airlines. The reviews will contribute to an airline’s overall “flight score,” which affects its position in search results. Airlines with higher scores will move to the top […]

20Sep

The Shadow Side of Greatness

Pablo Picasso. He is one of the most famous artists of the 20th century and a household name even among people who, like myself, consider themselves to be complete novices in the art world. I recently went to a Picasso exhibition. What impressed me the most was not any individual […]

20Sep

5 Ways These YouTube Superstars Built Business Empires

The entrepreneur’s dream is to turn what he or she loves into something that will actually turn a profit. YouTube is home to more than a billion users, and some of the platform’s creators have been able to channel their passion and leverage the support of their fans into thriving […]

20Sep

The Keys Test: How to Determine If You Should Simplify Your New Business

The following excerpt is from Richard Koch and Greg Lockwood’s book Simplify. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes Successful simplifiers always come up with a new key, or keys, to unlock and transform a market. These keys are almost never based on market research. Instead, they come from insight — often a […]

20Sep

Want to Become More Disruptive With Your Startup? You Got 100 Days.

Companies struggle with deadlines for new product builds. It can take a long time to get everybody around the table agreed on a product — so much so that nobody dares let it fail. They throw money, time and effort against the wall, and launches get postponed again and again. […]

20Sep

Build Your Roadmap to Success

We’re experiencing an “explosion of data” thanks to the web, social media and technology, explains Todd Nash, president and founding principal of CBIG Consulting. CBIG Consulting is a professional services firm that helps clients leverage their data assets through big data analytics to produce timely, effective business strategies and tactical decisions. Nash […]

20Sep

The Keys to Success Behind a Multi-Million-Dollar Construction Company

Any business — whether it’s washing windows or consulting — needs to take advantage of technology or risk losing out on precious customers to faster and more connected competition. But that doesn’t mean every business has to create its own technology. Josh Downing, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based contractor, leveraged Thumbtack, an […]

20Sep

What Is Business' Role in the Migration and Refugee Crisis?

Economic vulnerability, climate change, violence and protracted conflict have displaced nearly 65.3 million people in the world. That’s equivalent to the population of France — Europe’s second largest country. Related: We Should Welcome Refugees. They Are Often Great Entrepreneurs. So, it’s no surprise that, this past year, the refugee issue has rightfully risen to […]

19Sep

8 Essential Growth-Hacking Tools to Build Your Business

One of the biggest challenges startups face is scaling user and customer bases. This is particularly daunting for startups and smaller companies: They’re marketing without a well-known brand or the financial resources needed to make a substantial impact through conventional marketing outlets like radio, TV or paid digital advertising. So, what’s a […]

19Sep

How to Find and Make Your Dreams Happen

I’ve been hosting a master classes this week about how to find and make your dreams happen. I love this stuff. It’s a huge part of why I started The School of Greatness and the main reason I started the School of Greatness Academy. Since we’re opening up the Academy for its 8th […]

18Sep

The Holy Grail of Profitable Shipping (Infographic)

When it comes to converting customers on site, little else works better than a free shipping offer. After all, 80 percent of U.S. shoppers cite shipping cost and speed of delivery as a heavily influential factor when they buy a product from certain brand. Lower the cost to free and offer two-day shipping […]

17Sep

The Easy Way to Boost Your Employees' Well-Being

Do you feel appreciated at work? The 2015 Health and Well-Being Study recently released by O.C. Tanner revealed a number of truths about the relationship between feeling appreciated and well-being. The survey of 2,363 people from around the world found that the more people felt appreciated at work, the more […]

16Sep

3 Ways to Use Geolocation to Increase Revenue

You may have noticed Pokémon GO players and the game’s characters popping up all over the place lately — at famous landmarks, public events, even inside local businesses. The launch of the mobile game last July represented not only a runaway success in the United States, considering that the game has already reached a […]