17 Ways to Know You Were Born to Be an Entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur is hard. Really hard.

You put everything on the line: your talent, your creativity, your ideas, your money, and yet you still do it, sometimes again and again.

That’s why your friends often don’t understand. (Sometimes even your family doesn’t understand.)

“Why don’t you just play it safe and get a job?” they ask. The next time people ask, show them this.

Here’s why you’re an entrepreneur:

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Get Graphic! 8 Affordable Web Tools to Infuse Visuals Into Your Marketing.

Increasingly, the web is awash with visuals. Wherever you turn, they are there in the form of photos, infographics or videos.

And why not? You give people what they ask for. With the advent of Big Data, many readers simply don’t have the time to wade through a ton of content presented in the form of text. A study of Facebook posts found 87 percent of those that “get most action” are photos.

Given that social media is the most widely used marketing method among B2C marketers, with 63 percent believing it’s effective, it only makes sense to embrace visuals in your marketing mix, if you haven’t yet. It’s not hard or expensive. Here eight easy-to-use tools that won’t break the bank.

1. Visme

Visme is dubbed as the Swiss knife of visual content. It lets you create several types of visual content all under one roof without any coding necessary. You have free templates to start and create interactive infographics, presentation slides, call-to-action banners – you name it.

You can create a free account (or use Facebook for one-click login) and use Visme’s free templates for your content creation. It’s best known for interactive HTML5 infographics and as a PowerPoint alternative for presentations.

Price: Free for up to three projects.

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GrabTaxi Raises $65 million To Increase The Competition With Uber In Southeast Asia

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the taxi app war is exclusively a US phenomenon, such is the fierce battle between Uber and Lyft, but similar rivalries are actually ongoing across other parts of the world. The battle is heating up in Southeast Asia today, after GrabTaxi — a Malaysia-headquarted company that is active in six countries — announced a $65 million investment round that it hopes will enable it to defeat Uber in Southeast Asia.

The company has been busy raising funding this year. This round is the third investment it has announced since April. Though undisclosed, GrabTaxi says it takes it to “approximately $90 million” in funding this year. Given that it raised around $10 million in April, and a further $15 million in May, this Series C round is around $65 million.

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The 4 Biggest Myths About Leadership

Whether it’s the cause of business-school orthodoxy, or maybe it’s the odd directions of media attention or maybe it’s just a quirk of the popular imagination, there are so many myths that people believe about leaders and leadership.

The truth is leadership is a privilege–maybe even a calling. It’s something that has to be earned and learned over time.

Make sure you’re not building your own leadership on any of these commonly held myths and read on to uncover the truth:

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105 Service Businesses to Start Today

105 Service Businesses to Start Today
At your service: Convenience-craving consumers are always looking for a way to do things better, faster and cheaper. Often, that means turning to a specialty-services entrepreneur who knows how to get the job done right. Here, we provide some inspiration for aspiring service providers-from adventure-tour leaders to window washers. With 105 ideas to choose from, you have no excuse not to get started today with your own service business.

Once you’ve scrolled through our ideas and gotten a taste of what’s out there, read “How to Start a Service Business” to learn how to get started.

Personal Services
Mobile Pet Grooming
Snip, clip and brush your way to success as a mobile pet groomer. Fido and his owner will both appreciate the convenience of a “doorstep” doggie-grooming service. With the proper training and experience, a van and some grooming tools, start barking up the right tree by marketing your business in your neighborhood and others.

Collectibles Search
Collectibles searchers, who carefully canvas swap meets, thrift stores and garage sales, can collect a bundle locating objets d’art for clients. Once you’ve found your niche–be it antique lunch boxes, dolls or grandfather clocks–advertise your services in hobbyist publications, at collectibles stores, in specialty forums on the internet, or on eBay. Soon you’ll be taking up a collection of your own.

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Tumblr Debuts Its First Desktop App On The Mac App Store

On the heels of the release of Apple’s new Mac OS, OS X Yosemite, blogging platform Tumblr has just rolled out its first official desktop application with the launch of a Tumblr app for the Mac App Store. The app allows users to post to their personal Tumblr blogs from anywhere on the Mac, whether that’s content like links, images or videos you stumble across online, or files you have saved locally to your computer.

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