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How Your Company Can Stay Connected to Customers in the Digital Age

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.27.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Connecting with customers is getting more and more challenging. Your consumers are getting smarter, refusing to listen to one more hard sell or pitch. And even though it seems like they're "connected" around the clock, all that technology they're hiding behind doubles as some excellent personal security.

9 Tips for Softening Bad News to a Client

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.26.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Everything doesn't always go according to plan. Which means that unfortunately, you sometimes have to give a customer or client badnews. To help you out, we polled 9 entrepreneurs on their best tips for softening this blow.

SaaS Companies Must Adapt to Capitalize on the Cloud

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.20.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

CES 2015 saw the debut of smart objects that we've never seen connected before, including "rings, pendants, jackets, handbags and so on." All of these devices that are part of the so-called Internet of Things, as well as devices like smartphones and tablets, will run cloud-based applications.

8 Top Tips for Mitigating a PR Disaster

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.18.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Marketing crises can -- and do -- happen to the best of us. To find out how best to handle even the toughest of situations, we asked eight entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) their top strategies.

3 Tips for Launching a New Venture in a Crowded Market

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.19.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Every great venture starts with a great idea. But unfortunately, many of those ideas never get any further when the thought of navigating a crowded market seems too daunting. Don't let that stop you. There's no market too crowded for the next great idea if you do it right.

Why It Makes Good Business Sense to Give Away Your Product for Free

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.12.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

In a world in which software-as-a-service tools and cloud-based apps are as plentiful as grains of sand at the beach, consumers have nearly limitless buying options. Why should they choose yours? How can you rise above the noise and break through to new prospects?

5 Nasty Entrepreneur Surprises to Watch Out for

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.11.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

No matter how much prepping, planning and meeting with mentors you do, there are some common nasty surprises in store for many entrepreneurs. It's all part of the learning experience, but that doesn't make it any easier.

Where Is All the Big Data We've Been Promised?

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.11.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

When "Back to the Future 2" came out in 1989, Marty McFly's trip to 2015 got me pretty excited about the cool things we'd be doing by now. So it's pretty disappointing to arrive in 2015 and find out that I still can't commute to work in a flying car or cruise down the sidewalk on my hoverboard.

Millennials Don't Travel Like Other Generations, and It's Creating Major Business Opportunities

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.05.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

The Internet, technology and social media has turned our generation upside down. No longer do we plan as far ahead for travel. If we see a deal, we jump on it. With more people booking travel through mobile phones, this spontaneity will only increase over the next few years.

The True Test of a Great Business Idea

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.05.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

People often ask me how I figured out what type of business I wanted to start. Unfortunately, I have to tell them that I didn't figure anything out. All of my previous endeavors have just sort of happened. However, that's not to say I didn't enable them in some ways.

Smart Glasses Will be the Internet's Portal to the Physical, Hands-On World

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 02.26.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Using smart glasses (like those manufactured by Vuzix, Google and others) as a portal, the Internet will reshape traditional industries by bringing information and expertise where it was previously not possible: into hands-on arenas.

3 Mental Exercises That Increase Productivity

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 02.24.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

The cliché, "The mind is more powerful than the body," has proven to be a successful strategy. However, determining specific mental exercises that actually increase productivity is subject to the individual. As the COO of mHelpDesk, these are three strategies I have found useful.

3 Ways to Become More Likable (That Your Competitors Don't Know About)

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 02.12.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Author Arel Moodie is a best-selling author, authority on likability, professional speaker and the host of The Art of Likability, a top business/care...

Big Sharing Is the Future

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 02.10.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

The technology beside you and in the cloud is the product of large-scale collaborations. Our shared culture is not scientific, never has been, probably never will be.

The 5 Keys to Success When You Work With Your Spouse

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.28.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Navigating a marriage with its seismic energy can be stressful enough, so just imagine your future if you are in business with your spouse. If something happens to your business, not only are your finances in jeopardy; your marriage may be on the rocks.

16 Tricks for Making Lightning-Fast Decisions

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.14.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Usually, you don't have the luxury of being able to hem and haw. We asked 16 entrepreneurs to give us their tips for making well-thought-out decisions on the go.

How to Launch a Killer Kickstarter

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.31.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

If you want to get that much-needed funding for your product, crowdfunding is a great option. But to guarantee success, you have to launch a top-notch campaign. Beyond reading the creator requirements for Kickstarter, these eight steps can help ensure your campaign gets shared -- and funded.

How to Make the Move Toward Entrepreneurship

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.29.2015 | Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

So you want to start a company? Leave behind that mundane, repetitive desk job, along with your crazy, cranky boss? Mark Zuckerburg, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and even Kim Kardashian did it, and so can you.

3D Printing, Ethical Fashion, and Collaborative Manufacturing

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.24.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

3D printing will not be bringing back manufacturing jobs lost to China anytime soon. It will, however, support new opportunities for design, limited and customized manufacture.

8 Creative Ways to Leverage Positive Online Reviews

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.22.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Are your customers and clients giving you glowing reviews online? Great -- now translate that praise in a way that moves your business forward. We asked eight entrepreneurs how they use online reviews to their advantage.

14 Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Ideal Celebrity Hire

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.21.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Over the years, many startup founders and leaders have gained notoriety in their own right. From Steve Jobs to Elon Musk, most celebrity entrepreneurs are known for their quirky characteristics, innovative ideas and an unconventional approach to business.

Creating a Long-Term, Sustainable Vision for Your Business

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.08.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Author Christophor Jurin is the Founder and CEO of Construct-Ed, Inc., an e-learning technology startup that has been established with the primary go...

4 Tips to Help Your Brand Reach the Millennial Market

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.08.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Author Mike Matousek is the founder of Boston-based Flashnotes.com, the student-to-student study materials marketplace. He founded the company while...

15 Ways to Get More People Interested in Attending Your Webinar

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.14.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

It can be a pain to get your target audience to understand how beneficial an online webinar or live Q&A can be, simply because they are short on time. We asked 15 entrepreneurs what creative measures they take to get people to tune in.

What Does It Mean to Be a Lean Startup?

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.08.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Author David Ehrenberg is the founder and CEO of Early Growth Financial Services, an outsourced financial services firm that provides early-stage comp...