How Rachael Ray Grew Her Brand Way Beyond the Kitchen

How Rachael Ray Grew Her Brand Way Beyond the Kitchen

Even if you’re not a foodie or a fan of talk shows, chances are you’ve heard of Rachael Ray. The everyday cook started promoting her 30-minute meal idea locally at a store in upstate New York. Someone from the Today show happened to stumble upon her work, and as the story goes, a few guest segments on the morning show later, she was offered her own show.

Though adamant she’s not a chef, she’s clearly an expert, and coming up with over 5,000 recipes gave Ray unique insights into tools and products that were missing. This lead to the invention of multiple products, such as the Moppine and the oval Pasta Pot. She now has over 365 SKUs of cookware on the market in partnership with the Meyer Corporation.

Most impressive, though, is how far she has extended her reach outside the kitchen. To learn how Ray grew her brand, read the article on Entrepreneur.com.

How to Leave Your Corporate Career and Successfully Launch Your Own Gig

How to Leave Your Corporate Career and Successfully Launch Your Own Gig

Debra Bednar-Clark is the CEO and founder of DB+co, and the curator behind the popular style blog DB Style. Her business today -- a leadership coaching firm dedicated to helping leaders bring their whole self forward to achieve success with fulfillment -- was formed from her own personal struggle. She was at the top of the tech world in her position as a global head of strategy and growth at Facebook, which came after time at Microsoft, McCann Erickson, Arnold Worldwide and Accenture. But she realized that in order to climb up the ladder, she’d left pieces of herself behind. She had success without achievement. So she decided to launch DB Style as a hobby for her feminine, creative side, and began the slow transition to where she is today.

Read Entrepreneur.com for her steps for leaving one career in order to start another, more fulfilling venture that incorporates all of your passions and talents.

How to Redesign Your Life for Success and Happiness

How to Redesign Your Life for Success and Happiness

Entrepreneurship is never easy and it’s not always fun. For many entrepreneurs, the first business idea does not pan out as planned, and some find themselves left with all the grind and none of the passion. After the buzz of freedom has worn off, you may realize you don’t love the work, the industry, the product or the service that is now your livelihood. If it’s time to stop and overhaul your products and services, redirect your business and even restart your life, this article is for you.

Recently I had the opportunity to interview Gretchen Rubin in New York, which was exciting because I feel like she is sort of my counterpart; as I break down success for the rest of us into small, actually-applicable-in-everyday-life steps, she does the same with happiness.

Currently the leading authority on happiness, Rubin is the host of the wildly popular podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, and her books about habits, tendencies and happiness, Better Than Before, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, were all New York Times bestsellers. Online, millions of followers watch her live streams, take her quizzes and read her daily blog. She offers multiple tips and insights on why we make habits, how to break them, and small changes that can have huge effects on our happiness levels.

Though a “happiness bully” now, she was once unhappy, unfulfilled and unsure of what to do next. That’s when she completely redesigned her life and became the influencer she is today. Here’s her advice on how you can do the same in your life, on Entrepreneur.com.

How Melanie Duncan Built Multiple Seven-Figure Businesses

How Melanie Duncan Built Multiple Seven-Figure Businesses

Melanie Duncan is a serial entrepreneur who, along with her business partner and husband, Devin, has been experiencing success since college. While studying, they started Custom Greek Apparel, an online store offering sorority and fraternity members apparel with customized colors, fabrics and embroidery. Next, they launched Luxury Monograms, offering custom monogrammed home decor items. Soon their products were being featured in magazines and on Good Morning America, the Nate Berkus show and more. When Duncan's businesses were well-oiled machines, she decided to jump into the online education space, offering classes and support for makers and small business owners selling physical products. Now she has had over 160,000 students go through her training programs, she’s consulted on digital strategy for major corporations, and spoken on stages all over the world.

I caught up with her recently in New York to ask her what she believes led her to such massive success, and what other makers and online entrepreneurs can do to follow in her footsteps. Here were her best tips, found on Entrepreneur.com.

How Hard Do You Need to Work to Reach Success?

How Hard Do You Need to Work to Reach Success?

As the driven, innovative, informed Entrepreneur reader I know you are, you already know you need to put in the hours to make your idea successful. If you’ve read my writing or watched my show, The Pursuit, you know that nearly every successful person mentions the power of hard work.

If you haven’t come across my work before, allow me to explain that this article comes from over 4,000 hours of the study of success in under two years. I’ve had the privilege of interviewing today’s leading entrepreneurs, celebrities and influencers -- people like Larry King, Tony Robbins, Barbara Corcoran, Seth Godin, Kathy Griffin, Simon Sinek and HGTV’s the Property Brothers. Usually these insightful, once-in-a-lifetime conversations happen in person in the guest’s home or office, giving me a sneak peek into their day-to-day life.

Following the interview -- and the prior hours of listening, reading and watching everything I can about them and from them -- I break down what I call Success for the Rest of Us. How do we apply the tactics of millionaires in our everyday lives? How can I -- a midwestern mom, wife, writer and media entrepreneur in suburbia -- implement what I learn from someone like Gary Vaynerchuk?

Let’s dive into those questions, specifically as they pertain to hard work. Is simply putting in long hours enough? What if I don’t have the capacity to work 18 hour days? What about “work/life balance”?

Go to Entrepreneur.com to read my top five keys to success for the rest of us when it comes to hard work and work habits, in order to produce your best work and become your best self.

How Serial Entrepreneur Jennie Enterprise Builds Successful Membership Businesses

How Serial Entrepreneur Jennie Enterprise Builds Successful Membership Businesses

Jennie Enterprise is not just the mastermind behind one of New York City’s most prestigious private membership clubs. She is also a serial entrepreneur who has created one successful venture after another.

As a teen, Enterprise noticed that her local community lacked a tennis program for kids, so she started one. She recalled that she borrowed $100 in May, and by September had made $10,000, calling the entrepreneurial experience addictive.

Later, as a student at Fordham Law School, she won a business competition, creating a coffee shop and entertainment venue concept. The venue not only booked solid but eventually expanded to multiple locations. This concept gave Enterprise her next idea, which would eventually become Reebok Sports Club.

Her most recent success, CORE: club, offers its 1000-plus members lodging, dining, culture programs, movie screenings and a home base from which to work, train with a personal trainer, get a spa treatment and more, for an annual fee of $17,000 plus a $50,000 initiation fee. For those of you running the numbers in your head right now, that’s almost $1.5 million in revenue each month.

I recently met Enterprise at CORE: to discuss her entrepreneurial success. Here are a few lessons from her on turning your business into a one-of-a-kind destination, particularly for those with membership or subscription-based business models, on Entrepreneur.com.

Glenn Beck’s Advice to Aspiring Media Moguls

Glenn Beck’s Advice to Aspiring Media Moguls

Love or hate his politics, Glenn Beck is one of the most successful media entrepreneurs of our time. When his talk radio career began to take off in 2002, Beck created Mercury Radio Arts to produce all of his radio programs. Since 2004, "The Glenn Beck Program" has been one of the nation’s highest-rated radio shows. In 2006, CNN added Glenn Beck to its roster of media properties, and Beck has hosted a popular daily television show ever since. He is also a 13-time No. 1 bestselling author through Mercury Ink, the publishing house he owns in partnership with Simon & Schuster (with No. 1 national bestsellers not only in the non-fiction genre but in fiction, self help and children's picture books as well.)

I sat down with him to discuss highs, lows and strategies every entrepreneur can benefit from. Find his advice on Entrepreneur.com.

Dave Ramsey’s 10 Steps to Success

Dave Ramsey’s 10 Steps to Success

If you have ever so much as Googled the word debt you’ve probably heard of national radio host, TV personality, author and money management expert Dave Ramsey. The no-nonsense CEO of Ramsey Solutions is on a mission to get American families out of debt.

He has a popular story: The young bankrupt husband and father rebuilds his life and starts a business that grows from a church Sunday school class into a 500+ employee media empire. Along the way he wrote five New York Times bestselling books, grew his audience to 12 million weekly listeners and has had more than four million customers go through his flagship program, Financial Peace University.

I jumped at the chance to join him at Ramsey Solutions in Nashville, Tenn., recently and ask him how he bounced back and built his mission into a massive success. Get his 10 steps to success in my article on Entrepreneur.com.

Multimillionaires Share 7 Steps to Structure Your Day for Success

Multimillionaires Share 7 Steps to Structure Your Day for Success

In just under two years on The Pursuit, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing dozens of today’s leading entrepreneurs, celebrities and influencers including Gary Vaynerchuk, Tony Robbins, Barbara Corcoran, Seth Godin, Simon Sinek and Chalene Johnson. I've had these amazing, coveted conversations in person, usually in the guest’s home or office. The setting gives me a unique peek into their day-to-day life. To prepare, I listen, read and watch hours of content from or about the guest. Following the interview, I analyze and digest what I’ve learned into written articles and video segments.

I have spent upwards of 4,000 hours studying success in under two years, which puts me in a unique position to dissect success for the rest of us. What are the habits of successful people? What are their secrets? How did they start? How did they defy the odds?

My guests have collectively written more than 20 New York Timesbestselling books and employed thousands of people. They have a total combined net worth of more than $800 million. Though they each have a unique story and perspective, the one thing they undoubtedly have in common is these people know how to structure 24 hours for maximum success.

Here are the top seven keys to success for the rest of us when it comes to structuring your day in order to produce your best work and become your best self, found on Entrepreneur.com.

How This Mom Grew Multiple 6-Figure Businesses From Home

How This Mom Grew Multiple 6-Figure Businesses From Home

If you’ve ever thought about working from home or starting a home-based business, you'll want to familiarize yourself with Carrie Wilkerson, also known as the Barefoot Executive. The Barefoot Executive is a website, community and bestselling book that she created to help work at-home professionals.

The site quickly grew into an empire with tens of thousands of subscribers, leading her to become a sought-after speaker and sales trainer. While she built multiple businesses from home over the past 19 years, she was also raising four children, getting out of six figures of debt and losing more than 100 pounds. Named Internet Marketer of the Year in 2009, Wilkerson has been featured on Forbes.com and Fox Business News and has worked with clients such as Google, John C. Maxwell, Zig Ziglar and more.

Clearly, she has a lot to teach us about success, so I visited her Texas home recently to ask how she built her powerful brand and how other entrepreneurs can build a successful empire from home. Read the tips in my article on Entrepreneur.com.