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10 Free Online Courses That Can Benefit Every Entrepreneur

10 Free Online Courses That Can Benefit Every Entrepreneur
Every entrepreneur can benefit from continued education. Whether you are just starting out and handling multiple roles within your company or an experienced business owner -- enrolling in an online course is always a good way to improve your knowledge and has never been easier or more affordable. Long gone are the days of taking evening classes at local colleges and paying tuition. You can now take excellent courses in the comfort of your own home for free. Here are ten free online courses that every entrepreneur can benefit from. 1. 21 Critical Lessons for Entrepreneurs This two-hour video course by Docstoc CEO Jason Nazar takes his real-world experience and breaks it into several video lessons that discuss all the important steps of running a successful business, from vetting an idea and raising money from investors to scaling and growth strategies. There are a lot of coaching and training programs online that are put together by individuals that don’t have real business experience. 2.

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5 Things You Must Do to Successfully Launch a Business The effort required to launch a new venture can seem daunting. Of course, specifics vary based on the type of business you're establishing; manufacturers face unique challenges, as do retailers and consulting firms. But once you have your concept and your finances in line, there are some basics that are universal. We talked with business owners, consultants and professors to boil down the bare necessities of getting a startup off the ground into a handful of manageable steps. Apply these fundamentals to your own industry, and you'll be ready to tackle the specifics of creating your successful business. 1. How to get a terrarium started in 5 easy steps Once established, a terrarium creates an ecosystem that takes care of itself. (Photo: Sonny Abesamis/flickr) You know that sense of serenity you get when walking among lush plants at a botanical garden? There’s an easy way to duplicate that same sense of bucolic calm in your own home or office.

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Inside Automattic’s remote hiring process Home NOTE: This post is over a year old. I no longer work for Automattic, and the stats below are no longer accurate What is Emotionally Intelligent Leadership? Emotional intelligence may be a new term for you – but you may be hearing it more often when the traits of leadership are discussed. Emotional intelligence has been found to be an important factor in leadership abilities. More and more, organizations are seeking to recruit those who display a strong leaning toward emotional intelligence. Employees experience more job satisfaction, retain more information and display better performances when led by emotionally intelligent leaders. But, what is emotionally intelligent leadership? Basically, it’s certain factors which leaders have that make them stand out and perform better than the rest, including:

My Free eBook's - Download 'em NOW! For some people, the idea of writing a book is a scary one. Why, I don’t know! I’ve written several of them. Some have done better than others, but ultimately, I got ‘something’ out of each and every one of them. Five Tips for Creating a Positive First Impression It doesn’t matter how large or small your business, whether you work from home or an office at some point in time you’re going to have to attend a business meeting, an event or even a social function. One of the best ways to do well, at these meetings or events is to focus on creating a positive first impression. Research the Audience Every type of meeting usually has a specific audience type that will go to that meeting. If it’s a more universal meeting, research the people that you want to connect with that might attend.

The 4 Elements of Better Branding Your Startup in 2015 2015 promises to be a year of both challenges and opportunities for startups. The diminishing barriers to enter the marketplace and increasing avenues for reaching and serving new potential customers means that there is more potential for a startup than ever before. However, an abundance of opportunity means an abundance of competition. In an already crowded marketplace, setting your startup apart will be crucial to its survival and success. Harvard Unveils MRI Study Proving Meditation Literally Rebuilds The Brain’s Gray Matter In 8 Weeks Test subjects taking part in an 8-week program of mindfulness meditation showed results that astonished even the most experienced neuroscientists at Harvard University. The study was led by a Harvard-affiliated team of researchers based at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the team’s MRI scans documented for the very first time in medical history how meditation produced massive changes inside the brain’s gray matter. “Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” says study senior author Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program and a Harvard Medical School instructor in psychology. “This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing.”

5 Simple Ways to Improve The Performance of Your Tweets Twitter is one of my favorite social media networks. Besides providing breaking news faster than any network, Twitter's a really great brand builder, but unfortunately many people and brands miss out on the benefits of the platform because it does have a bit of a learning curve and many factors play into the success of a tweet. Tweetin’ ain’t easy - but it can be. Follow these 5 simple ways to improve your tweets. 1. Managing remote teams: key lessons on hiring, culture, and productivity from 4 top startups Kyle’s note: This is a guest post from Dan Virgillito. I asked Dan to examine and compare how some leading startups are managing their remote teams. Remote work is becoming an attractive option for both employees and businesses.

5 overlooked world treasures While tourists flock to the Great Wall of China and other popular tourist destinations around the world, why not explore some lesser-known hidden gems? Lonely Planet co-founder Tony Wheeler and Global Heritage Fund head Vince Michael recommend Pingyao Ancient City for a more complete picture of ancient Chinese life. Heading to Machu Picchu in Peru? How about exploring Chavin de Huantar, a pre-Columbian archaeological site that was a religious and ceremonial pilgrimage center for the pre-Columbian Andean religious world? One of the earliest known towns in the world, Catalhoyuk is a nearly 10,000-year-old example of a well-preserved Neolithic village in Turkey.

Drive Massive Traffic From Facebook (For Free): A Sumo-Sized Guide Every free strategy to skyrocket your site traffic from Facebook (with a checklist to make it easier) Feb 1st, 2016 by Sarah Peterson It’s your biggest frustration. The thing that keeps you up at night. That makes you want to bang your head against the wall over, and over, and over...