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6 Simple Ways To Have a More Productive Day

If you’ve ever wondered how you could possibly have a more productive day, look no further. Below you’ll find six easy tips that will help you make the most out of your time.
1. Create a good morning routine.

One of the best ways to start your day is to get up early and eat a healthy breakfast. It’s shown that CEOs and other successful people have similar morning routines, which include exercising and quickly scanning their inboxes to find the most urgent tasks. You can also try writing first thing in the morning to warm up your brain (750 words will help with that). But no matter what you choose to do, remember to create good morning habits so that you can have a more productive day.
2. Prioritize.

Sometimes we can’t have a productive day because we just don’t know where to start. When that’s the case, the most simple solution is to list everything you need to get accomplished, then prioritize these tasks based on importance and urgency. Week Plan is a simple web app that will help you prioritize your week using the Covey time management grid. If you get the most pressing and important items done first, you will be able to be more productive while keeping stress levels down.
3. Focus on one thing at a time.

One of the biggest killers of productivity is distractions. Whether it be noise or thoughts or games, distractions are a barrier to any productive day. That’s why it’s important to know where and when you work best. Need a little background noise to keep you on track? Try working in a coffee shop. Can’t stand to hear even the ticking of a clock while writing? Go to a library and put in your headphones. Don’t be afraid to utilize technology to make the best of your time. Sites like focus@will and Simply Noise can help keep you focused and productive all day long.
4. Take breaks.

Focusing, however, can drain a lot of energy and too much of it at once can quickly turn your productive day unproductive. To reduce mental fatigue while staying on task, try using the Pomodoro Technique. It requires working on a task for 25 minutes, then taking a short break before another 25 minute session. After four “pomodoro sessions,” be sure to take a longer break to rest and reflect. I like to work in 25 and 5 minute increments, but you should find out what works best for you.
5. Manage your time effectively.

A learning strategies consultant once told me that there is no such thing as free time, only unstructured time. But how do you know when exactly you have free time? By using the RescueTime app, you can see when you have free time, when you are productive, and when you actually waste time. With this data, you can better plan out your day and keep yourself on track. Moreover, you can increase the quality of low-intensity time. For example, reading the news while exercising or listening to meeting notes while cooking. Many of the mundane tasks we routinely accomplish can be paired with other tasks that lead to an overall more productive day.
6. Celebrate and reflect.

No matter how you execute a productive day, make sure to take time and celebrate what you’ve accomplished. It’s important to reward yourself so that you can continue doing great work. Plus, a reward system is an incredible motivator. Additionally, you should reflect on your day in order to find out what worked and what didn’t. Reflection not only increases future productivity, but it also gives your brain time to decompress and de-stress.





Why You Should Choose Happiness when You've Been Hurt.

A  cheerful  heart  is good  medicine  but  a broken  spirit  saps a person’s strength…Proverbs 17:22(NLT

Heart break isn’t breakdown.

You can control how you react when someone breaks your heart or attempts to take away your happiness.  You have the key to stay happy. Yet this is easier said than done. It could be tough going through a heartbreak and it usually takes time to recover after one’s heart has been shattered by people we trusted it with.  Our power lies in the realisation of our inner strength which is despaired into us by God. Our strength doesn’t come from leaning on our understanding trying to figure out a way out of our challenges,  our healing comes from understanding and imbibing mentality of going forward even if the road has been dented. We can make it forward but never backward.

And in as much as we can’t control other  people’s attitude towards us,  this explains to us that we have a choice to prepare to handle hurt from people when they attempt to do so,  we either apply break or accelerate.  The choice is always yours. Choose wisely choose based on your happiness to stay happy despite past hurt.

Happiness is life to your soul. It is a DECISION you make especially when life brings to you so many reasons to be unhappy about a failed relationship. WHen you’ve been through a period of heartache that comes with scars, that’s exactly the moment you should decide to be happy.

It makes you stronger. It shows the discovery of a connection between you and your inner peace.

Many times when you’ve gone through a tough time of hurt and roller coaster of emotional pain, heartbreaks aand disappointment,  you are tempted to loose touch with happiness.

Happiness can’t be taken from you except you give someone the POWER to do so. It means you’re in control of how you feel. Despite the pain you feel due to an ex left you stranded or abandoned you or you were molested by a trusted partner, use that inner power wisely to guard your heart.

Don’t give them the chance to leave you feeling miserable by giving them the power to. You’re in charge !



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The 7 New Business Facts Of Life For Entrepreneurs

Startups are the corporations of the future, and I have long believed entrepreneurs who study existing corporate models (rather than ignoring them with disdain) will likely profit from the effort. This means you need to recognize early and capitalize on the changes that are bringing many big companies to their knees, before that company is yours.

We see evidence in the news every day of these irresistible forces of change, like the pervasive global penetration of the Internet, the impact of terrorist activities even to peaceful countries, the power of social media in building business relationships and the depletion and pollution of natural resources. These are all huge challenges, as well as huge opportunities, for entrepreneurs.

A new book by business consultant Diana Rivenburgh, The New Corporate Facts of Life, highlights these challenges and opportunities to the corporate world, but I believe they need to be understood by every startup as well. Here is my interpretation of Rivenburgh’s forces for the entrepreneurs out there:

1. Disruptive innovation. This occurs when a new product, service or business model renders the old way of doing business obsolete. It used to happen only a few times per century, but now I see disruptive innovation highlighted in almost every business plan I read. That means if your new startup doesn’t plan for continuous innovation, the company may never reach corporate status.

2. Economic instability. Financial uncertainty today threatens all countries, industries and people. Our hyper-connected world links economies around the globe, so manufacturing moves to emerging nations and tiny country woes ripple quickly to impact the most innovative companies, like Apple and Nike. Yet, instability is also an opportunity to prosper.

3. Societal upheaval. Poverty, pollution, unemployment, limited education and inadequate health care are sparking some of the biggest opportunities for social entrepreneurs today. The best startups also see these as opportunities for brand recognition and viral marketing, to simultaneously benefit people and boost the bottom line.

4. Stakeholder power. For years, public companies have been too focused on board members and shareholders as the only stakeholders with power, leading to unintended consequences. Today, the roles have changed: Customers and employees are the new stakeholders for every business. Explore new models like conscious capitalism, a model dedicated to advancing humanity, while using tried and proven business principles, and benefit corporation that focus on socially-conscious mission statements to win with all stakeholders.

5. Environmental degradation. The old model that humans can plunder the earth at will and suffer no consequences is obsolete. Negative perceptions of a company’s impact on the environment decrease brand value, while positive perceptions increase it. Going green doesn’t always hurt the bottom line, and many investors now look for startups with sustainability.

6. Globalization. Our world is getting smaller and markets continue to overlap, as communications technology and rapid transportation are connecting all citizens of the world together. We now talk about “reverse innovation,” where customers in developing countries adopt new technologies first and global reach allows scaling of young companies to happen almost overnight. Be there.

7. Demographic shifts. With more people on the planet and faster shifts from one demographic to another, more products and services are consumed — from basics to high technology. Luxury goods flood into emerging nations and urbanization brings needs for sustainable development. Startups can win carrying less baggage onto this playing field.

The new facts of business life will not go away any time soon, and they will increasingly determine whether you will succeed or fail as an entrepreneur. Every time you make a business decision, you should consider the implications with respect to the new business facts of life.

For companies just launching, a key step is to design a resilient organization from the start. Organizational resilience means building in the flexibility to manage challenges, putting in place a future-oriented structure to distribute accountability, linking functions with networks to get tasks done and a focus on the best people practices.

Great entrepreneurs and great leaders are the ones who are energized by these opportunities, rather than overwhelmed by the challenges. Is your energy and your new business idea big enough and bold enough to set the model for the new corporate world?


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How to Manage Time With 10 Tips That Work

Chances are good that, at some time in your life, you’ve taken a time management class, read about it in books, and tried to use an electronic or paper-based day planner to organize, prioritize and schedule your day. “Why, with this knowledge and these gadgets,” you may ask, “do I still feel like I can’t get everything done I need to?”

The answer is simple. Everything you ever learned about managing time is a complete waste of time because it doesn’t work.

Before you can even begin to manage time, you must learn what time is. A dictionary defines time as “the point or period at which things occur.” Put simply, time is when stuff happens.

There are two types of time: clock time and real time. In clock time, there are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day and 365 days in a year. All time passes equally. When someone turns 50, they are exactly 50 years old, no more or no less.

In real time, all time is relative. Time flies or drags depending on what you’re doing. Two hours at the department of motor vehicles can feel like 12 years. And yet our 12-year-old children seem to have grown up in only two hours.

Which time describes the world in which you really live, real time or clock time?

The reason time management gadgets and systems don’t work is that these systems are designed to manage clock time. Clock time is irrelevant. You don’t live in or even have access to clock time. You live in real time, a world in which all time flies when you are having fun or drags when you are doing your taxes.

The good news is that real time is mental. It exists between your ears. You create it. Anything you create, you can manage. It’s time to remove any self-sabotage or self-limitation you have around “not having enough time,” or today not being “the right time” to start a business or manage your current business properly.

There are only three ways to spend time: thoughts, conversations and actions. Regardless of the type of business you own, your work will be composed of those three items.

As an entrepreneur, you may be frequently interrupted or pulled in different directions. While you cannot eliminate interruptions, you do get a say on how much time you will spend on them and how much time you will spend on the thoughts, conversations and actions that will lead you to success.

Practice the following techniques to become the master of your own time:

  1. Carry a schedule and record all your thoughts, conversations and activities for a week. This will help you understand how much you can get done during the course of a day and where your precious moments are going. You’ll see how much time is actually spent producing results and how much time is wasted on unproductive thoughts, conversations and actions.
  2.  Any activity or conversation that’s important to your success should have a time assigned to it. To-do lists get longer and longer to the point where they’re unworkable. Appointment books work. Schedule appointments with yourself and create time blocks for high-priority thoughts, conversations, and actions. Schedule when they will begin and end. Have the discipline to keep these appointments.
  3. Plan to spend at least 50 percent of your time engaged in the thoughts, activities and conversations that produce most of your results.
  4. Schedule time for interruptions. Plan time to be pulled away from what you’re doing. Take, for instance, the concept of having “office hours.” Isn’t “office hours” another way of saying “planned interruptions?”
  5. Take the first 30 minutes of every day to plan your day. Don’t start your day until you complete your time plan. The most important time of your day is the time you schedule to schedule time.
  6. Take five minutes before every call and task to decide what result you want to attain. This will help you know what success looks like before you start. And it will also slow time down. Take five minutes after each call and activity to determine whether your desired result was achieved. If not, what was missing? How do you put what’s missing in your next call or activity?
  7. Put up a “Do not disturb” sign when you absolutely have to get work done.
  8. Practice not answering the phone just because it’s ringing and e-mails just because they show up. Disconnect instant messaging. Don’t instantly give people your attention unless it’s absolutely crucial in your business to offer an immediate human response. Instead, schedule a time to answer email and return phone calls.
  9. Block out other distractions like Facebook and other forms of social media unless you use these tools to generate business.
  10. Remember that it’s impossible to get everything done. Also remember that odds are good that 20 percent of your thoughts, conversations and activities produce 80 percent of your results.



Five Things You Should Know Before Starting A Business

Starting my company Gloss and Glam was the best thing I ever did. But before I opened my business, I spent countless hours speaking to lawyers, accountants, and other entrepreneurs trying to figure out next steps. Save yourself countless hours — and the possible headache of making a huge foundational mistake — by getting these five things straight before you start up:

  1. Own your name. Make sure the company name you choose is one with an available trademark and Internet domain name. To see if a trademark is available, you can do a trademark search online through the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s website. Failure to properly obtain a trademark could put your fledgling business at risk — not to mention that the time and money you have invested in establishing your business name could go to waste if someone else owns the trademark. Don’t assume your new business name is not trademarked because you were unsuccessful finding such name on the Internet, either. Someone could have used the name for a business that closed, or filed a trademark and never used it..
  2. Get in with the law. Understand what regulations, licenses and taxes you will need to follow, obtain and pay for your new business. After doing some initial research on your own, consult with a lawyer and accountant to confirm your understanding and to help structure your business to be in compliance with the law. Generally speaking, you will need to need to (i) ensure you are charging the correct amount of tax your service or product that your business is promoting, if applicable and (ii) obtain all of the proper licenses needed to run your new business, at a minimum. Establishing a successful business is hard enough. The last thing you need is some technical legality or administrative detail to stand in the way of your success.
  3. How much do you need to live? When working on your business plan, do not forget about the most important factor: YOU. You need to take into account your living costs. Rent, mortgages, and health insurance — these are all things that don’t pay for themselves. You will most likely need to cut out all the unnecessary extras you can live without. Make sure you account for unforeseen or unexpected expenses by factoring a little flexibility into your budget for those “just-in-case” moments. You might even consider taking a part-time job until things pick up with your new venture and speak to a financial planner to help you budget yourself properly.
  4. Where are you in your life? Starting a new business takes brains, bravery, and what will seem to be endless hours of hard work. When you own your own company, there is always something that has to get done. You will most likely find yourself working at least 60-80 hours a week for the first two years. With that said, I’ll ask you one very important question: Are you ready to give up your personal life for the next three years?
  5. Don’t over — or under — spend. Starting a business can be incredibly financially taxing on you and your family. You will need to learn where and when to spend. It’s important not to waste those precious seed dollars but it’s equally important to spend where necessary. In any business, you often have to spend money to make money.  Don’t skimp out on things your company needs. For example, it may be worth it to put $1500 in an online vendor listing, but it may not be necessary to give every new customer a $15 mug. Be sure to keep up with technology too — there are many time-saving programs and apps (including free or inexpensive ones) that can help you keep track of it all, and as we all know, “time is money.”



Real Executives Make Their Best First Impression

When looking for an executive job, first impressions matter; and like it or not, decision-makers will notice whether you’re real, a fake or a wannabe. Here are 10 tell-tale signs:

Please, take these with a grain of salt to allow a little humor.

Real executives have their own website. Fake executives use their ISP, LinkedIn, FaceBook and other free providers. Wannabes don’t have a website.

Real executives send email from TheirName@TheirWebsite dot com and TheirWebsite dot com works. Fake executives send email from TheirName@TheirWebsite dot com but TheirWebsite dot com doesn’t work. Wannabes send email through hotmail, gmail, msn, aol and the other free email providers.

Real executives print their letters and resumes on Cranes paper at $40 per ream. Fake executives find something nice like Strathmore for $20 a ream. Wannabes spend $4.

Real executives have their stationery and business cards engraved using a hard metal die. Fake executives use offset printing or thermography. Wannabes use a LaserJet.

Real executives send thank you notes on engraved, monarch-size stationery. Fake executives use nice, regular-size paper. Wannabes send an email.

Real executives make sure their telephone connections are perfect all the time. They use a hard-wired landline whenever possible and a headset with a microphone boom. Fake executives use VoIP to save money and hope you won’t notice the slight drop in quality … or they use a speakerphone (an insult) so they can type with both hands. Wannabes use a cell phone evenings and weekends when airtime is free … or they ask you to call them back on a landline.

Real executives have a high-speed internet connection. Fake executives use minimal slow-speed connections. Wannabes camp on to their neighbor’s connection.

Real executives are fully licensed on the latest versions of Microsoft Word and Excel. Fake executives are one or two generations behind and can’t read some attachments. Wannabes have a bootleg copy.

Real executives know the value of a first impression. Fake executives take shortcuts hoping no one will notice. Wannabes don’t know the difference.

Real executives never look tasteless and cheap. Fake executives occasionally look tasteless and cheap. Wannabes always look tasteless and cheap.

The take-away: If you want a real executive job, be a real executive.



Subsidy can only be removed by amending Price Control Act 1977, says Dogara

Abuja – Mr Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives, says any call for removal of petroleum subsidy can only be done through amendment of Price Control Act 1977.
He said the amendment cannot be by presidential fiat or government policy.
Dogara said this while addressing national executives of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), led by its President, Chinedu Okoronkwo in Abuja on Monday.
`As a legislator, I can tell you there is something about subsidy removal that we are not looking at.
`If you look at Section 4 of the Price Control Act, it talks about regulating the prices of products that are listed in the First Schedule of the Act.
“One of the products listed in the first schedule is petroleum. So by law in this country, we must control the price of petroleum products.’
According to the Speaker, the law passed by parliament gives the responsibility of adding up items on the schedule to the Price Regulating Board.
`I am not sure we have that board in place. So, for any discussion to be meaningful, you have to put pressure on the executive. It is not the legislative work to constitute the board.’
He explained that members of the board could remove petroleum product from the schedule of the Act.
The Speaker, who expressed regrets over the failure of past administration to encourage domestic refining of the nation’s crude oil, described Nigeria as laughing stock among comity of nations.
`I don’t know if there is any country that produces oil like Nigeria that refines outside its shores.
`For me, it is illegal; this is most inexcusable because we have turned this nation into a laughing stock.`Why is it that we can’t refine oil here? Why is it that in an oil producing country, citizens have to queue for nine hours to buy a product that should just be there?
`This is something that I believe that with your expertise, you need to leverage on.’
Okoronkwo, IPMAN President assured that efforts were in top gear to ensure successful implementation of the $4 billion refinery projects in Itobe, Kogi state and Aggeh, Bayelsa state.
According to him, the core investors Watercarbon File of Peru and their training arm, Blue Oil in London, will be paying a working visit to Nigeria for further discussion on the project.
He said, “the government and people of Kogi have given us about 1,385 hectares of land near Itobe river.
“Right now, the drawing and necessary works are on going, we are awaiting the licence to kick-start the project.
“We intend to build about 200,000 barrel a day refinery there and another 200,000 barrel a day in Bayelsa”, he said. (NAN)

Source; Vanguard Newspaper


Don't Wish to Be Successful. Expect to Be.

We all hope to be successful, but most people don’t expect themselves to reach a level of extraordinary achievement. Rather, they hope and wish for that to be the case someday. Hoping and wishing will never be enough to get you to where you want to go. Going into business for yourself and hoping and wishing will never build a thriving business.

There is a major difference between hoping to be successful and expecting to be successful. When we hope to be successful, we are basically saying we are unsure if it will ever happen. To an extent, this attitude dictates our level of belief in ourselves and the way we work. When we expect to be successful, that means we know deep down that regardless of how hard times will get throughout our journey, that we will eventually get to where we want to go.

There are a lot of reasons why most people just hope for great things from themselves or to reach a certain level of success. One of the main reasons is because they have let where they are at right now in life dictate their ways of thinking. Just because you aren’t where you want to be in life doesn’t mean you can’t expect greatness from yourself. Just because you don’t have the resources and money to back your idea doesn’t mean you can’t expect yourself to build and start an incredibly successful business.

You must stop this way of thinking. Don’t let all of your misfortunes prevent you from expecting great and wonderful things from yourself.

I know you want to be great and somewhere deep within you have the desire to achieve extraordinary things in your lifetime. You read Entrepreneur searching for ways to grow and learn. Or maybe you already are a major success and just love reading ways you can enhance your game. Whatever it may be for you, start expecting greatness in every area of your life instead of just hoping and wishing one day it will all come together for you.

Moving forward, increase your expectations in every area of your life. Don’t wish to be great — expect to be great. Don’t wish to become a successful entrepreneur — expect to be one. Don’t wish to change the world — expect to.

Ultimately, the difference between being average and being extraordinary will all come down to you executing your expectations.



An 8-Point Checklist to Help You Find the Startup Partner of Your Dreams

As an advisor to startups, I often get asked what to look for in an ideal co-founder or business partner. My first response is that it’s much like finding that ideal spouse, where chemistry, common interests and complementary communication skills are key. After some reflection, I now realize these attributes are necessary but not sufficient to be an ideal business partner.

Other attributes of a great business partner, such as real experience and near opposite ends of the age spectrum, may actually be counter to ones you look for in a spouse. A great example was when Eric Schmidt, with years of experience at Sun Microsystems and Novell, joined forces with Sergey Brin and Larry Page at Google. This was a win-win in business, but not a marriage.

In either case, it pays to find someone that you trust and enjoy being with for hours at a time, even through hard times. Otherwise, the relationship will be doomed to conflict, stress and unhappiness. Believe me, life is too short to have that happen in business, or in a marriage. I recommend that you look for these additional traits to make a business partnership work:

1. Recognizes the need for relationships

Building a business is not for loners or autocrats, no matter how smart that person may be. Many of the entrepreneurs I meet prefer to focus on the technology, so they desperately need a people-oriented partner for balance. Together they can attract investors, employees and even customers.

2. Able to help, rather than be a helper

This means every entrepreneur needs partners who are smarter than they are in complementary domains. For example, a technologist needs a strong finance person or a strong sales person who is willing and able to make decisions. You need to believe that you can learn from them, not manage them.

3. Shared vision, values and culture

If your vision is to change the world, don’t sign on with a partner whose primary drive is to get rich. This also applies to how you both see quality, service, work ethic and employee relationships. Too many entrepreneurs later see their partners as working against them.

4. Credibility, visibility and connections you need

Most startups need investors, vendors, distributors and industry support at different stages to achieve aggressive customer growth and penetration objectives. These are partner values that can far exceed any budget you might allocate, or all the hard work you might contribute.

5. Similar dedication and work habits

More than one startup team has been broken due to differences in work style — for example, if one person works on the business 20 hours a day, while the other has a nine-to-five mentality. It’s very difficult to maintain a productive relationship when one person prefers texting, and the other only communicates face to face.

6. High integrity and commitment

Most business people form a quick impression of the level of integrity of people close to them, and become very uncomfortable trusting their future with those who are perceived to be on a different plane. In the same fashion, they expect a level of commitment that’s at least equal to their own.

7. Business ethics and moral values

In the last few years, the ethics and moral compass of a business have become more and more important to success or failure. In a world of instant communication, everyone knows if employees are not treated with respect, or if business practices are negatively affecting the ecology or economy.

8. No perceived negatives or red flags to overcome

As a startup, your key team members’ image is your brand. Thus partnership decisions are much more critical then employee hiring decisions. Even if all initial interactions look positive, don’t forget the due diligence process, especially follow-up discussions with previous partners.

If you can find and attract a business partner or two that satisfy all these criteria, your company may likely be the next Google, no matter what the business idea is behind it. That’s how important the right people are to a new startup.



8 Invaluable Online Classes for Entrepreneurs

You have to continually expand your knowledge to succeed as an entrepreneur. Thankfully, educational institutions and technology are making continuing your education more convenient through online course. While there are thousands of  informative and inspiring online courses you can take, here are classes you definitely need to enroll in if you want to be an entrepreneur.

1. How to Build a Startup

This free course over at Udacity is instructed by Steve Blank, serial entrepreneur, educator and developer of the famous customer development methodology. The course is an introduction to the basics of the Customer Development Process which includes learning how to develop and test ideas, how to listen and engage your customers, and how to deliver your product to your audience.

It only takes about a month to complete the eight lessons.

Related: 15 Free Online Learning Sites Every Entrepreneur Should Visit

2. Essentials of Entrepreneurship

Through Coursera, you can learn some of the basic components of entrepreneurship by University of California, Irvine, instructor David Stranden, MBA. It’s an interactive course that consists of approximately four to eight hours of video and reading lessons, along with the occasional quiz.

The course covers entrepreneurial skills and tools, marketing strategy, human resources and accounting.

3. Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate

If you already have work experience, and about a grand to spend, then this online course offered by Stanford University is designed just you. The course was influenced by the spirit of Silicon Valley and will provide students with the tools and strategies to launch their start-up. What’s most appealing about this course is you can hear from successful entrepreneurs and customize the program with classes relevant to you.

The course is self-paced and should be finished within 90 days. After completing the course, you’ll have the official Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate.

4. 21 Critical Lessons for Entrepreneurs

Presented by Jason Nazar, CEO of Docstoc, this two-hour video courseincludes 21 lessons Nazar has experience himself. Covered in the course is vetting ideas during the early stages of your startup, how to raise money, selecting the right team, and practical growth strategies.

This priceless course is great for potential entrepreneurs and can be taken for free at Udemy. You’ll even get a nifty certification after completion.


5. Startup Funding for Entrepreneurs

Professor Michael R. Pratt from the University of Maryland instructs thisgreat introductory class on when and how entrepreneurs can raise funds. Additional lessons include where to find investors, looking at various funding options, the components of a term sheet, how to perform key valuations, and how to make your pitch to investors.

This four-week course can be taken for free on Coursera.

6. Introduction to Finance

It’s one thing to secure funding for your startup, it’s another beast when it comes to valuing the company. That’s why this course, taught by Gautam Kaul of the University of Michigan, is a must-take for all entrepreneurs. It will teach students how to make the appropriate personal and professional financial decisions by exploring the fundamental principles of valuation.

The 15-week course can be taken on Coursera and includes real-world examples and video lessons.

7. Law and the Entrepreneur

Taught by Esther Barron and Steve Reed of Northwestern University,this course offered at Coursera covers how to choose an entity for your business, selection of a company name and trademark, and protecting intellectual property. It also teaches entrepreneurs how to structure agreements with partners and investors.

The format consists of case studies and four or five short video lectures each week, as well as reading assignments and a quiz.

8. Introduction to Marketing

What’s the point in starting your own business if you can’t market to the right audience? This course is instructed by Barbara Kahn, Peter Fader and David Bell from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, which is constantly ranked as one of the top marketing departments in the world. The course discusses key principles like branding, customer centricity and go-to-market strategies. I used this to learn how to better brand my online business. It’s taught me to pay attention to detail and make things stand out.

The four-week course consists of lecture videos, quizzes and discussions.


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