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Recipes for success: how top chefs achieved their goals

​There are so many routes to success. And what's better than hearing the stories of successful folks who did it their way? In creative fields, such as cooking and entertaining, tapping into your own strengths and being true to yourself is essential, and these top chefs did just that.  This graphic from Kitchen Cabinet Kings shares the unique recipes for success from eight world renowned chefs. 
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Is your startup making these 6 tax mistakes?

Launching a new business is often filled with equal parts of excitement and trepidation. It can even be overwhelming at times. Because there are so many details involved, especially when it comes to startup taxes, you want to be extra careful. Sales tax and your compliance with federal and state income tax laws creates extra challenges for most startup owners, and you want to avoid mistakes at all costs. Below are six common tax mistakes startups make that you need to be aware of. #1: Tax deduct...
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Startup Tips: Introduction to Venture Capital

Venture capital is a way of financing a startup, especially when seed rounds and investments from angel investors run dry. In a nutshell, early stage businesses with high growth rates receive funding from established firms through a dynamic venture capital ecosystem. This ecosystem can be intimidating for many new entrepreneurs, so knowing where to start and best practices is key to navigating the VC ecosystem. What is Series A funding Series A funding is commonly known as the first step on the ...
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5 key areas for startups to outsource

You're ready to launch your startup, and you know you need employees. Does the task seem overwhelming? Recruiting, hiring and training employees is an intimidating task for even the most seasoned businesses. What's more, you may not have the finances you need in the beginning to provide a salary, benefits and even office space and equipment for an entire team. This is where outsourcing comes in. Outsourcing is a terrific way for startups to take care of essential functions when your budget is sm...
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5 ways to make money if you are tired of your job

Most people who are working a 9-5 job every day of the week get tired of it at some point. Even if you love your job it can be hard to feel satisfied with doing the same thing over and over again each day. However, if you are feeling a bit burnt out and you are looking to explore something new, there are a number of things that you can do to make money that are not boring and tiresome. 1. Become a care worker If you want to find a way to give back to the community that gives you a little bit of ...
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5 team building activities for startups

​For many employees, just hearing the words, "team building" and "ice breaker," are enough to send them on an extended vacation. While they understand your intentions, traditional team building activities can be a source of stress for some of your employees. Yet, team building activities are good for your staff and your company, so how do you encourage happy participation? Let's look at five team building activities for startups that are exciting, fun, and less emotionally painful for your team ...
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Business lessons from a car salesperson

Sales is not an easy job. No matter your profession, delivering a successful sales pitch is tough and intimidating. Not only do you need to be brimming with confidence, you need to develop your own sales strategy that convinces prospective clients and closes deals. Developing a methodology takes time, however, and your strategy will look different depending on the industry you're in. For example, pitching your company's multimillion dollar business solution to a Fortune 500 enterprise will not r...
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Time management tips for busy CEOs

The average startup owner works well past the traditional eight-hour mark with some clocking well up to 70 hours per week. While some of that is true work, you can bet that much of that is eaten up by tasks that don't need to take as long as they do such as perusing email and attending numerous meetings. When it comes to wasted time, startup CEOs are just as guilty, if not more, than the established business CEO. What can you do about it? How can you manage your time better and streamline your w...
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A crash course in direct to consumer marketing

Many business people are familiar with the terms B2B and B2C, but are unfamiliar with D2C. Direct to consumer marketing (D2C) is a strategy in which companies markets and sells products or services directly to consumers, removing any and all intermediaries. D2C marketing is popular among millennials, the generation driving economic change, which means that companies are adopting D2C practices to capture this demographic. Some characteristics of D2C companies that are attractive to millennials in...
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What startups need to know about vacation policies

Do startups offer vacation time? How much vacation time is normal? Does everyone get the same amount? Because this can be such a hot topic for your newly hired team, we look at what startups need to know about vacation policies. Today's workers, especially Millennials, don't like the traditional model of earning vacation where you have to wait months or even years to get two weeks of paid vacation. To cater to this growing subset as well as the generation of workers coming up behind them, you wa...
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What is a subliminal message and how do companies use them in advertising?

Various shapes, words, or colors can make small but powerful associations between a brand and an intended meaning. Brands like Amazon or FedEx have mastered this even in just their logo. Subliminal messages are one way to create this meaningful and lasting association for customers. Subliminal messages can be used through many mediums – whether it's a TV commercial, print ad, or email campaign. It taps into a customer's subconscious mind and creates repeated exposure to form a brand meaning. Fro...
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Why founders and CEOs need to delegate

Are you tempted to do everything yourself? If so, you're not alone. It's a common dilemma for startup founders and CEOs. It's easy to see why entrepreneurs would want to maintain total control of their products, their marketing, their sales, their finances, and their delivery systems, but it isn't realistic. The art of letting go and delegating can be a hard task to learn, yet it is vital to the success of your startup. Why delegate One of the most important and perhaps obvious reasons you shoul...
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How to be more environmentally friendly at home

As climate talks take centre stage at just about every political event across the globe, it can become difficult to take a back seat in making changes in our own lives. There are so many avenues that are effortless to take to reduce our impact on the environment which can also save us money at the same time. If you're looking for some direction or a few ideas on how to be more environmentally friendly in your day to day life, then there are a few great tips for you listed down below. Use Smart O...
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4 tips for startups looking to improve their interview process

As a startup owner, you wear many hats, and so do your employees. One of those many hats may be that of a hiring team and interviewers. Hiring is often a task that everyone must assist with on top of everything that's on their plate. To help you have the most effective recruitment and hiring process possible, check out these four tips for startups looking to improve their interview process.  #1: Prepare for the interview Many startups overlook this important first step. It's easy to do, esp...
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12 foods that fight stress

We lead busy lives. Cramming schedules with work, family, and other obligations leaves little room to stop and take a breather. As a result, our stress levels often go through the roof. Luckily, this infographic by Shari's Berries is here to help you destress in a way that you'll probably love! Feelings of stress are caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the body. To replenish the chemical fuel tank in your brain, it's important to eat nutritious foods that are rich with antioxidants and vitami...
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