Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.

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10 Best Practices for Making a Good Impression

By YEC | March 6, 2015

Admit it: You judge people. Whether it’s the new guy in the cubicle next to you, the girl you always see on the phone in the hallway or the person at the coffee counter, we attach a fast glimpse at someone’s behavior to an impression, good or bad. And you’re lying to yourself if you…

10 Tasks Entrepreneurs Should Always Outsource

By YEC | February 27, 2015

It’s happening again. Your to-do list is massive—and it keeps growing. It’s a monster. But you can’t just run and hide under your covers or lock it away in your closet and cross your fingers that it doesn’t bust down the door. Because it will, piece by piece. So instead of helplessly watching its shadow…

7 Ways to Make Your Company the Best Place to Work

By YEC | February 20, 2015

What’s it feel like, walking in to work or standing in the break room, sitting at your desk or tucked away in your office or cubicle? The vibe of your workplace matters—if it’s ringing with silence or buzzing with chatter, if doors are open or closed, if employees are excited, or less than thrilled to…

8 Tips to Keep Professional Relationships from Fizzling

By YEC | February 13, 2015

Put sometimes-awkward small talk, firm handshakes and business card handoffs together, and what do you get? Networking. But don’t let your networking efforts trail off when the initial chitchat does. Networking relies on relationships—connecting with people, building those acquaintances and moving them past superficial meet-and-greet strangers to genuine, beneficial and lasting career connections. But you’re busy and…

10 Signs You’ve Made It as an Entrepreneur

By YEC | January 27, 2015

Other people call you crazy. But you call yourself an entrepreneur. It takes a different breed to transform an idea into something real, something successful, and Steve Jobs would have tipped his hat to you for signing up for the challenge. “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs…

Want to Work at a Startup? Read This First

By YEC | January 5, 2015

It’s Monday. Again. You’re on coffee number four, and the only reason you filled up another cup was because you were so bored at your desk—your cubicle walls were basically closing in, threatening to suffocate you. Maybe the daily grind of the same 9-to-5 office routine—that plays on repeat five days a week—isn’t for you.…

12 Gifts Every Entrepreneur Deserves

By YEC | December 23, 2014

There you are, daydreaming of a peaceful, holiday break coming up, and the phone rings. Then your email dings, and dings again. And then up pops a text message. So when your employee taps on your office door, you crumble up and toss the idea of a restful holiday break into the trashcan. Running a…

8 Things to Do before Unplugging for the Weekend

By YEC | December 19, 2014

TGIF, are we right? Your mind might be mentally clocking out, but clock it back in. There are some smart, productive things you can do before you run out of the office toward Friday night, your swivel chair still swiveling from your high-speed escape. We asked the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) for their advice on…

9 Places You Can Be Productive (Besides Your Office)

By YEC | December 5, 2014

It’s 2 p.m., and time is ticking away at snail speed. But all you can seem to do is watch the clock, waiting for 2:01… and then 2:02… Seriously, where is 5 o’clock? When productivity starts to wane and those cubicle walls just aren’t inspiring you anymore, get out of the office. Leave. And go…

Should You Hang Out with Co-Workers Outside the Office?

By YEC | November 26, 2014

You work with these people eight hours a day, five days a week. But do you reach past your office doors or cubicle boundaries to see your co-workers at 5 o’clock happy hour or a weekend baseball game? Would you go so far as to call your fellow employees friends? There are ups and downs…