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How do you start with no financial resources?

Financing: Small Beginnings

When 40-year-old Salma Bai wanted to set up her own tea shop in Faisalabad, her main worry was obtaining the capital that was required to start an entrepreneurial venture. She had been supplying snacks to a tea shop at discounted rates since her husband’s death and realising her niche, had decided to establish...

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Tips for success that are backed by science!

7 Scientifically Proven Ways to Achieve Better Success in Life

Success is a subjective notion, if there ever was one. But for simplicity's sake, let's assume the higher you are on Maslow's hierarchy of needs, the better you're doing. In case you don't remember the levels from Psych 101, essentially, people can't be their best possible selves (self-actualization) until...

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Your time is valuable. Don't let others waste it!

Don’t Squash Your Big Goals for the Year by Squandering Time

What’s your annually renewed vow? Eat better, exercise more, lose weight? Spend more time with the kids? Keep a weekly date night with the spouse? Have you set a goal that's work related -- perhaps to keep a neater office and files? Are you trying to land that big client you’ve been going after for months?

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It's always important that the people you work with contribute positively bring you down with their own inabilities as well!

9 Ways Your Colleagues Are Holding You Back- And 3 Ways to Stop Them

It's true that people are responsible for their own experience, but others do have a role to play. The people around you may be giving and caring, but only to a certain point of self-sacrifice. At some level their own preservation and comfort will take priority and that may very well be at your expense.

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There's no right path to success. But some hurdles can be avoided! 7 Things That'll Keep You From Being Successful

7 Things That Will Keep You From Being Successful

"Success is not so much what we have as it is what we are." There's no one secret to success, but it doesn't happen by accident, either. Successful people work hard at themselves and their business. Importantly, they learn to stop hindering their efforts by avoiding these seven things. Sure, it's important to...

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Reading is another form of networking; new places to see, new people to 'meet'. Here's 8 books you MUST read

8 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2015

My dad always used to tell me that the difference between the “you” now and the “you” 20 years from now will be the places you visit and the people you meet. I would also add baldness and gray hair to that. He was right. Whether you meet someone in person or read a book he or she authors, people are pivot...

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Want to know what your counterparts across the border are up to? Here's some inspiring women entrepreneurs from India!

Creative, Confident and connected: inspiring stories of 25 women...

Author and researcher Rashmi Bansal classifies women entrepreneurs into three types, reflected in the structure of the book: Lakshmi (entrepreneurs who enlisted family support), Durga (women who overcame hindrances and victimhood and battled hard for success) and Saraswati (educated women entrepreneurs who struck...

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Here's a study that shows that Women entrepreneurs pay themselves less. But why do they do this? Why do women constantly under rate themselves?

Study: Women entrepreneurs pay themselves less

New research shows that when women are in charge, they tend to pay themselves lower salaries than their male counterparts. Is it due to women’s negotiation skills, career choices, discrimination — or some combination? A growing body of research into female entrepreneurs is raising more questions, as it points...

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Positive behavior changes not only improve our businesses but overall our lives. Here's the secret to changing bad habits and how to acquire new good ones!

One Remarkably Simple Secret to Changing Bad Habits Forever

Few forces in our lives are as powerful as our habits. If you brush your teeth three times a day and can't imagine going to sleep without clean teeth, that's a habit that will preserve your dental health for a lifetime. If your workday ritual is coffee and a donut every morning, that's a habit that may do you some...

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The key to success in Business is to keep innovating and adapting to changing times! Here's 3 Things Your Business Should Stop Doing in 2015........

3 Things Your Business Should Stop Doing in 2015

The key to success in Business is to keep innovating and adapting to changing times! Here's 3 Things Your Business Should Stop Doing in 2015

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We always assume being able to multitask is a positive skill. But is it? Does it mean you will be able to give the same focus to all you are doing?..........

The Real Harm in Multitasking

Do some people have a special gift for multitasking? Stanford researchers compared groups of people based on their tendency to multitask and their belief that it helps their performance. They found that heavy multitaskers--those who multitask a lot and feel that it boosts their performance--were actually worse at...

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Dear Entrepreneur, have you ever wondered about how you do your thinking?

How Entrepreneurs Think (Infographic)

How often do you think about the way you think? I remember how busy my thought process was in the earliest days of starting WordStream. At the time, I was bootstrapping my start-up with consulting fees while building the software side of the business. Everything seems urgent, all the time, when you're in high-gear...

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What is the one word women should eliminate from their vocabulary, Elizabeth Gilbert says its balance!

The Word Women Use As A Weapon Against Themselves

It doesn't have four letters, nor is it considered offensive -- but best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert says there's one word we should eliminate from our vocabulary: Balance. During Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend Tour, Gilbert spoke to a live audience about why she'd rather be a "beautiful mess" than a...

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Itching to productively get your work done for the day? Here's some great tips for you restless souls!

10 Things to Do Every Workday

Ever feel as if, in the quest to get everything done, you're not quite doing enough? For example, you've heard on various occasions (including once or twice from us) how important it is to keep in touch with former colleagues, whether you have strong ties or weak ones. But corresponding with old colleagues takes time.

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De-clutter! If we want new things to come into our life- we must make room and clear our personal space

34 Ingenious Ways To De-Clutter Your Entire Life

If you’re positive you won’t be returning it, you can safely discard the manual. Uploading an electronic copy to the virtual cloud of your choice keeps you covered in case the manufacturer stops producing the item and takes the manual down from its site. Whenever you’re cleaning a room, get rid of at least...

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Try this and do let us know to what degree these methods worked for you?

5 Things to Do Every Day in 2015 to Be a Better Entrepreneur

When you are an entrepreneur, there is always something to do when it comes to starting and running a business. As chief cook and bottle washer, the challenge is to prioritize how you spend your hours in a workday. For the new year, my goal is to be better at prioritizing my time. Below are a few tried-and-true...

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Tell us if you agree? Does this method increase your productivity or not?

The Key to Increased Productivity? Stop Working

Six months ago I wrote an article with the title "Want to Increase Productivity? Stop Working". In essence, it addressed the problem of getting caught up in the 'day-to-day' of our work; in doing so, we neglect the need to analyze and self-reflect. When we take the time to stop and think, we learn worthwhile...

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Still making plans for 2015? No problem. Here's 5 tips to make it a solid one!

5 Tips To Make A Killer Plan For 2015

Some people wait until the New Year starts before they start thinking about what they will do and how they will do it. They work in a reactive manner and then they wonder why they can never get ahead of the curve. Whether you run a company, a team or just your own life, you should put some thought and methodology...

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