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How to transform your business into a brand

Because your brand is an important ingredient to your success, whether you’re a big or small business.

“My business is small. Why should I get into branding? Plus, it’s quite an investment. I can’t afford it.”This is what most small business owners say when the subject of branding comes up in conversations. The truth is, you cannot afford not ...

by Sam Christopher Lim  | April 14, 2016 09:00:00
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Be happy first to get what you want

Achieving goals won't bring happiness until you learn to love the process.

What if I told you that everything you thought about setting goals was wrong? Forget motivation. Forget deadlines. Forget aiming high. Forget everything that you dream you could achieve in life. Why? Because I promise you that if you are thinking about ...

by Joe De Sena  | April 13, 2016 05:00:00
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5 business lessons I learned from surfing

Like surfers wait for the right wave, business leaders wait for the right opportunities.

Most of us will never surf and the ranks of corporate boardrooms are not exactly crowded with surfers, so it probably strikes some as odd that surfing can teach us some powerful lessons. Despite the obvious lifestyle differences between those who wear ...

by Phil LaDuke  | April 13, 2016 03:00:00
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What you need to know about income tax filing

Tax whiz Mon Abrea answers the frequently asked questions of taxpayers.

As the income tax filing deadline looms, most taxpayers are still confused about what to prepare, let alone what form to fill out with the multiple choices the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has made available to the public.Entrepreneur Philippines talked with ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | April 08, 2016 07:00:00
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Here's when it's OK to work for free

How do you know when to give your time for free?

Once you reach a certain level of business success, people will inevitably reach out and ask for favors. Some will ask if they can ‘pick your brain’ over coffee or lunch. Others might ask you to speak at an event. You may ...

by Janet Murray  | April 08, 2016 03:00:00
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7 ways entrepreneurs can invest in themselves

Because entrepreneurs focus so much on work they spend little time on boosting their personal skills and strengths.

Startup entrepreneurs often go at it alone or almost alone, serving every function in their new companies. They are the idea people, the passionate leaders, and the team builders, engineers, marketing experts, logistics officers, bookkeepers, and strategists all in one.  The reality ...

by Amy Rosen  | April 08, 2016 01:00:00
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8 social media management tips for small business owners

Because managing your business's social media pages is not like updating your Facebook page.

If you are a small business owner thinking about promoting your business, chances are you have set up your own Facebook or Instagram page. Small businesses are usually managed by a small team and, most likely, you are also running your own ...

by Nicai de Guzman  | April 08, 2016 09:00:00
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Financial Adviser: Is my business in financial trouble?

What's the number one tell-tale sign? Rising debt-to-asset ratio.

Q: My business has not been doing well lately. Though I am hopeful that it will recover soon, I am anxious that I have to do something now to avoid any financial problems later. How do I know if my business is heading ...

by Henry Ong  | April 05, 2016 09:00:00
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The 5 stages of business every entrepreneur goes through

As you grow and learn new life lessons, so will your business.

As an entrepreneur, coach, and mentor, I work with a lot of people in all different stages of their businesses. Over the past few years I have started to document a pattern: entrepreneurs go through phases.Shonda Rhimes, TV producer and writer known ...

by Shannon Kaiser  | March 29, 2016 09:00:00
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Financial Adviser: What is value added tax?

Know how value added tax works and what you should look out for as a business owner.

Q: I have a retail startup that I plan to incorporate and register with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). My friend advised me that once my business is registered, I will be liable for Value Added Tax (VAT). How does VAT ...

by Henry Ong  | March 29, 2016 09:00:00
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8 attributes of very successful business owners

Attribute no 1: They're up before sunrise.

Passion, motivation, persistence, and a little bit of luck all play a part in separating the successful business owners from the ones who aren't so fortunate. But, what makes some business owners super successful? They possess the following eight habits:  1. They’re up before ...

by John Rampton  | February 04, 2016 09:00:00
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The surprising perk employees want that costs the company nothing

Sometimes, a little bit of openness and communication is enough to keep employees happy and fulfilled.

Ping-pong tables, daily catered lunches, and company happy hours grace many of today's startups. However, perks like these aren't as important to employees as employers might think. While no one is likely to turn down free food or a ping-pong challenge, there's ...

by Matt Straz  | April 28, 2015 07:00:00
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7 secrets to employee happiness

A successful business has happy and content employees.

What do you get when you combine an entrepreneurial leadership style, a company vision that focuses on passion and positivity with a self-motivated group of employees that collaborate creatively? Success.But this combination isn't always easy. While, you as the captain, can control ...

by Stefanie Daneau and Stefanie Daneau  | April 25, 2015 06:00:00