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Inspiring Entrepreneurs in 2019

Entrepreneurs are business owners who design, operate, and launch businesses. They usually dump their 9-to-5 jobs to pursue an idea that they believe in. It’s not an easy or glamorous job; it takes a lot of hard work, determination, and grit to build a business from the bottom up. That is why it can be so inspiring when you meet someone who has worked very hard and taken their business to new levels of success. Read on and get inspired by these young entrepreneurs that you will most certainly be seeing more of this coming year.

Entrepreneurs to watch in 2019

1. Leigh-Kathryn Bonner

Bonner, 25, decided that instead of sitting around and worrying about the declining population of bees in the world, she would do something about it. So she did. She is now the owner of Bee Downtown, a company that installs honey beehives in urban areas. She has installed beehives in the corporate headquarters of Burt’s Bees, Chick-Fil-A, IBM, Delta, and Intercontinental Exchange. Bonner is a fourth-generation beekeeper and decided that, after studying abroad, that she needed to be concerned about the alarming rate that the bee population is declining. She decided that she could approach the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, NC and pitch the idea to place a beehive on the top of their building. The owner of the company liked the idea so much that he introduced her to Burt’s Bees and the rest isn’t quite history. She decided to keep running the business on the side as she finished her schooling. Upon graduation, she was offered a job. Instead of taking the job she pursued her business idea full time and with a loan of $15,000 from her parents she was able to take her business to where it is today.

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2. Jobert Abma and Michiel Prins

These two self-taught hackers are the creators of HackerOne. Their company helps businesses by finding security vulnerabilities and keeping cyber threats at bay. The company is based in San Francisco and run by the pair of childhood friends whose customer base is stacked with top corporations such as Starbucks, Airbnb, General Motors, and Twitter. They got their first contract job at Facebook by diving deep into the messaging application for Facebook and finding a bug. They were immediately invited to a social event by the group and given jobs. Once they secured their contract at Facebook, they decided to target other large companies they wished to work for and found cybersecurity bugs in their websites and before long they found themselves with a stacked clientele base.

3. Siqi Mou

Siqi Mou is the 29-year-old creator of HelloAva, an automated chatbot that can help you pinpoint the problems in your skin and curate a list best suited to fight your skin blemishes. Mou suffered from acne for the majority of her life. While she was formerly a news anchor in Indonesia, she was offered an opportunity to star in an ad. However, the advertisement was for a skincare product, before she agreed to do the ad, she looked up the harsh chemical ingredients in the products and got very annoyed. Her dissatisfaction with the commercial skincare products out today birthed the idea she had for HelloAva. Now users can consult with an aesthetician online and receive recommendations for products that are good for the skin.

4. Camille Baker

Pull Up a Seat offers foodies a chance to satisfy their cravings and allows businesses like bakeries, a way to reach broad and local audiences. Baker created this platform so that chefs could spend more time working on their food rather than using up so much time on creating a website and marketing. Now the food vendors can list their businesses on the site, and the foodies will come.

5. Krisna Bhargava

Krisna Bhargava was a Ph.D. student at the University of Southern California when he came up with the idea to create his business, ReoLab. He got the idea for the company when he realized that the tools that were used to run medical tests in hospitals were not as capable as they had the potential to be. These tests could take days at a time for results when people who were medical danger didn’t have that kind of time. He decided that by shrinking a testing lab to the size of a shoebox, he could have results that were ready in an hour. With some help from his peers and mentors, he has been able to gain funding for his idea which he has dubbed “like a Keurig machine for diagnostic tests.”

Many inspiring entrepreneurs make names for themselves each year. Why not be next?

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Good Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs

Tips for Good Habits for Entrepreneurs

You’ve probably heard the phrase that “humans are creatures of habit.” For good or for bad, it is true. Some habits make us happy and successful while others take up too much of our time or make us unhealthy or unhappy. It is essential for entrepreneurs to develop good habits that can make them successful and effective in their careers. Good habits help us to work smarter, work smoother, organize, and assist us when making effective decisions. If you are unorganized, lazy, or putting too much effort in other things, then perhaps you have not cultivated many good habits. So what are some good practices for entrepreneurs to make them more effective? Read on to discover some great habits that you can easily streamline into your everyday routine.

Visualize your goals

Well-thought-out plans often work out better than ones that you pursue right away without taking time out to think. Visualization is a way to expand your creativity; it’s like daydreaming; only more organized with a specific goal in mind. Take a little bit of time out at the beginning of your day and decide on how you wish for your day to pan out. Think about the people that you want to interact with, which deals you want to close, even how you want to interact with your family that day. This little exercise can help make your day go by much smoother, and you can use visualization on your work, too. If you’re stuck on a project, take a breath and visualize your end goals, let your subconscious mind take over and let it show you discoveries. We all can imagine and be creative, but some of us have to work on it more than others. Visualization is an easy way to work at expanding your creativity.

Get a head start to your day

Early risers are usually the most productive people. If you’re the type of person who can barely get out of bed in the morning, try to figure out what it is that’s keeping you from jumping out of bed, ready to tackle the day. Most people are exhausted when they get out of bed, but usually starting the day with a trip to the gym or just some jumping jacks can get you out of that funk. If you think that your problem may be because you’re not getting enough sleep, go to bed earlier. Turn off all electronics a few hours before bed, don’t eat anything right before bed, and save the stimulating conversation for earlier in the day. It also helps to avoid alcoholic beverages before bed, which can interfere with your REM sleep cycles. People who arrive to work before everyone else also tend to get more work done before all the others shuffle in.

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Create a schedule and stick to it

Successful entrepreneurs know that work is essential and that they need to finish a certain amount of tasks in a day before they can move on to other things like socializing. But socializing is also vital for all humans. Make sure that you are scheduling yourself well enough that you have time for both. Yes, it is essential to get all of your work done, but it is also important to get up from your computer and schedule time to connect with the humans around you.

Simplify your life

Create a practical routine for yourself instead of overpacking your schedule. Don’t take on heavy workloads that you know you can’t tackle. Taking on too much work will overwhelm you with stress. Simplify by setting limits for yourself, such as working only during a specific part of the day. Minimizing your tasks in an efficient matter can help free up space to focus on the important things.

Keep a journal

Writing in a journal is a great way to keep all of the necessary things you need to remember in one spot. You can use this paper to write down your thoughts, dreams, ideas, make lists, write out your goals, etc. Anything that is important to you or strikes you as interesting – write it down. This might seem unnecessary since you have a phone and computer that you carry around already, but writing helps you to connect with more existential pieces of life. Journaling can also help improve your emotional intelligence. Seeing goals in your handwriting will have more of a profound effect on you than keeping them in a document you never open on your MacBook.

What are some of the habits that you apply in your daily life that have made you more successful?

Events for Entrepreneurs to Attend in 2019

Entrepreneurs should be making an effort to attend as many events as possible each year. These events are helpful for industry insights, trends, networking, and giving you a leg-up over your competition. It is also the perfect opportunity to take a break from the office to learn and bond with members of your team. It is crucial to make time in your schedule to attend several of these events each year, because one day you may be up there doing the same thing; giving fresh insight to the new entrepreneurs and like-minded individuals.

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