The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly: Who’s On Your Team?

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Which Employees are on Your Team?The chief pursuits of any business are basically twofold; deliver value to the company and its shareholders and delight its customers with a product or service they want and need. To achieve these goals there are a few things every company needs to do; possibly the most important of which is to recruit, develop and retain top talent. Read the full entry

12 Productivity Hacks for Entrepreneurs

12 Productivity Tips Every Entrepreneur Should KnowSure, a cold shower and a cup of coffee will wake you up. But what do busy entrepreneurs find works best for productivity once they are out of bed? To find out, we asked 12 entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) their favorite tips and tricks. Read the full entry

13 Techniques for Becoming a Brilliant Conversationalist

13 Techniques for Becoming a Brilliant ConversationalistNetworking is great. Coffee meetings are inevitable. But be honest: how many times do you actually remember the people you meet? More importantly, how often do you think they actually remember you?

The impression you make boils down to how well you communicate your value to others, and it happens within a few split seconds (Tweet This!). With that in mind, I asked 13 members of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share their top tips for becoming a master networker, no matter the setting: Read the full entry

The 10 Most Awesome Business Phrases Of All Time [Infographic]

The modern world of business can be a treacherous and confusing place. Strange customs and bizarre rituals abound in this maze of cubicles. Knowing a few select phrases can be the difference between getting the corner office or ending up in the unemployment line. Our teams of researchers have selflessly risked it all to compile this list:

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5 Tax-Saving Strategies for New Startups

tax tips for startupsTaxes regularly top an entrepreneur’s list of concerns –a study on business optimism in January 2013 sponsored by the NFIB found that 24% of respondents listed taxes as their most pressing problem (Tweet This!). Starting and running a business is already expensive enough, and a looming tax bill just makes that financial burden worse. But before you start to panic, keep in mind that there are certain tax strategies new small businesses can use to help cut down their tax bill. Read the full entry

Do Your Customers Care About Your New Product? 8 Ways to Find Out

It’s a classic e-commerce mistake: You’re sure your customers are interested in that great new product idea…so sure you log dozens of man hours rolling it out online and pinging your subscriber list with a discount code, waiting for the sales to roll your customers care about your new product?

But they don’t. Not one.

Before you spend time and resources developing a new product or offering, you need to make sure your customers want what you’re selling. Read the full entry

INFOGRAPHIC: Time Management Hurdles in the Modern Workplace

69% of people waste time every day at work (Tweet This Stat)

Whether you own a budding small business, run a busy HR department, or manage a distracted sales team, it’s no surprise to you that the office is saturated with distraction. From social media sites to unnecessary meetings, the modern workplace is full of distractions keeping us from completing our tasks. Take a look at our Time Management Infographic and find out which office hurdles are major interferences and what you can do to achieve company-wide productivity.

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12 Ways to Foster a More Entrepreneurial Culture

entrepreneurial cultureA big part of being an entrepreneur is working in an environment with like-minded, interesting people. But an environment like that doesn’t just materialize overnight — like anything else, you need to work hard to make it happen.

Curious about how other entrepreneurs went about creating a culture of “intrapreneurs” within their own startups, I asked a panel of 12 founders from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share their top trick. Their answers are as follows: Read the full entry

Must-Have iPhone Apps for Small Business Owners

iphone apps for small business ownersFor road warriors and nonstop CEOs, the iPhone has practically become another appendage.  Whether you’re in the office, on a train or in another state, you’re always searching for ways to successfully run your small business.  Take a look at these free or inexpensive business apps that tap into the mobile experience – no matter where you are – and help improve productivity and efficiency all day long. Read the full entry

Leaders Innovate, Followers Increment

great leaders innovateIt’s the start of a new year; a time to implement that budget you so painstakingly itemized out with senior leadership a few months prior. If you’re like many businesses, you’ve scrutinized every facet of the business and identified how you’re going to tweak your existing products to maximize revenue and profit. Similarly, like many other businesses whose time is running short, you could find yourself at the end of 2014 getting passed up in the marketplace by competitors while you try to squeeze every penny out of shrinking lines of revenue.

But, your plan was so detailed and the month-to-month incremental growth seemed so achievable. What went wrong? Read the full entry