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The Economist, famed enemy of billionaire worship, says the media (and its consumers) have an unhealthy obsession with the work habits of successful businesspeople, especially their long hours and early mornings. By acting like getting up at 5:30AM is what made these people rich and powerful, we ignore the obvious, says the socialist outlet.

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If you’ve ever struggled with an outdated payroll system, or slogged through a bureaucratic HR department, you can see the appeal of Justworks, which offers modernised payroll, benefits, HR and legal compliance services to small businesses and growing companies. It’s still a growing company itself, competing with legacy giants such as ADP as well as startups such as Zenefits, WageWorks and Gusto.

We talked to founder Isaac Oates about that classic startup origin story: Turning your own business’ pain points into your next business’ product.

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Richelieu Dennis runs a family business. He, his mother and his sister named their beauty brand SheaMoisture after the shea butter products that Richelieu’s grandmother made and sold in West Africa. Richelieu built his company into Sundial Brands (acquired in 2017 by Unilever), which sells hair and skincare products primarily designed for black women.

He also oversees the $US100 million ($137 million) New Voices Fund that invests in businesses owned by women of colour, and early this year he bought Essence magazine.

We talked to him about building a business with a cultural mission, making business decisions with his family, and how he addressed the outcry over a controversial ad.

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Every overnight success is years in the making. Boxing trainer Leyon Azubuike's first attempt at starting a gym didn't pan out, but he went back to work as a private coach and tried again. Now his gym, Gloveworx, has two LA locations and is soon expanding to New York. We talked to him about his career path, his coffee substitute, and how he still runs private training sessions while managing a growing business.

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Stuck in a rut and want to get more out of your day than sitting at a desk, punching keys and drinking lukewarm coffee? Hate reading those dull self-help books that are just a stream of 'do this thing and you'll be fulfilled'? Well, good news - we've lined up seven books that will help you get your crap together and take your career, personal life and leisure to the next LEVEL.

Here they are.

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Negotiation is a messy, stressful process. But redditor B1aze688 breaks it down into three fundamental elements: The deal you want, the deal you'll accept, and what you'll do if you can't get either. Never enter a negotiation before you know all three.

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People often make purchasing decisions predominantly based on the brand. That is, they may pick one product over another based on a company's brand reputation, even if the quality of the offerings are the same. That's why brand value is important. So which Australian companies are deemed to be the most valuable in terms of brand? Here's the top 10 list.

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We are living at a time of unlimited potential. Never before have we experienced such a rapid growth in the number of young entrepreneurs who've begun working for themselves. From app developers, to freelance writers, business consultants, creative producers and startup founders, there's no shortage of people willing to take large calculated risks in the name of sculpting their own self-employed dream careers.

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The costs of global terrorism on business go beyond the destruction caused in the attacks, to impact the value of brands and supply chains for products, new research shows. It can also give a competitive edge to some companies while destroying others. In the 15 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks, terrorism and its tragic consequences have become transnational in nature and in impact. Terrorism moved from an unquantifiable uncertainty to a risk, with an ever-increasing frequency that exceeded 70,000 attacks within the last 15 years. The cost of these attacks on human lives is alarming and devastating. But today, we step back and take a closer look at the impact of terrorism on businesses.

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It's exciting to work for a startup. You can become part of a team that disrupts the market -- be true pioneers in a particular industry. But not all startups are created equal and there will be misguided entrepreneurs who you definitely want to avoid because they're either up to no good or are just bad at what they do. But how do you identify them? One ex-employee of a dodgy startup shared her experience and red flags to watch out for.

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I have met many brilliant and entrepreneurial people in my life who have had grand ideas for a businesses. They enthusiastically give me details about their ideas and some actually go through with them. I can see they're determined to succeed and yet I've seen many of them fail. It's often the ones who don't know much about the ins and outs of running a business that stumble. Here's why.