Practice doesn’t make perfect… but it comes pretty close

A researcher demystifies this game of success, and shows that exceptional performance is not necessarily the direct result of special talent, experience, or sheer luck.

Giving it 200 percent: Marketing your product

A common mistake people make is that they’ll spend 500 hours creating a product and then 20 hours promoting it. Then they wonder why no one is buying.

8 traits of successful entrepreneurs: Do you have what it takes?

Starting a business is a lot of work. Anyone who tells you it’s not is either lying or has never actually started one themselves.

Smart tips to reduce clutter & organize your home office

Organizing can be broken down into a step-by-step process that anyone can follow.

Red? Blue? Yellow? How logo color affects feelings about your brand

A researcher has found that the specific colors used in a company’s logo have a significant impact on how that logo, and the brand as a whole, is viewed by consumers.

Blogging success cheat sheet: 10 tips from a pro

If you have ever wanted to know how to turn a content site into a virtual gold mine, you’d be smart to ask an expert how he or she managed it.

Trade secrets: How freelancers can land more virtual jobs

As an increasing number of freelancers depend on the virtual workplace, how can they make themselves more attractive to potential employers?

How to make your beliefs work for you

None of us make decisions based on reality itself. We make decisions based on our beliefs about reality.

Seth Godin on failing until you succeed

In this video with Bryan Elliott for “Behind the Brand,” best-selling entrepreneur, marketer and author Seth Godin shares his views on taking risks, challenging the status quo, and starting a business.

5 tips to be an indispensable freelancer (and earn more money)

For many freelancers, success and more income come from nurturing and deepening relationships they already have. Here are some ways you can do this.

6 tips for better business negotiations

Negotiation, like networking, is one of life’s necessities that you either love or hate. But if it’s the latter, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Chief Everything Officer no more! 6 options to staff your growing business

Being the Chief Everything Officer is okay for some, but if you’ve got plans for growth or simply need an extra pair of hands, what are the best staffing options for your business?

How to make Facebook work for your business

Does your small business maintain a Facebook page? Are you thinking about venturing into social media with a presence on this ever-growing social network?

Choosing a name for your business

Choosing a business name is an important step in the business planning process. Here are some tips to help you pick, register, and protect your name.

10 ways to relaxify your workspace

Some people claim they work well in a high-stress environment. I’m not one of them.

What I’ve learned as a writer

I’ve been a professional writer since I was 17, so nearly 24 years now. I’ve made my living with words, and have written a lot of them — more than 10 million.

Why to give back by contributing to your field

Contributors get noticed and attract new friends and opportunities easily, and contributing is much easier than you might assume

Business is a social game

If you want to be an effective entrepreneur, you should have at least 10 good friends who are already successful entrepreneurs. Few entrepreneurs succeed in isolation, because, business is a social game.

The basics of creating a marketing plan

We all know marketing is key to small business survival and success, but it can be overwhelming to know what to do to be an effective marketer.

5 inspiration hacks for creative people

The most common problem faced by anyone trying to create something – no matter what their subject or level of experience – is lack of inspiration.