How to Embrace Your Fear as an Entrepreneur

How to Embrace Your Fear as an Entrepreneur

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The new year is the natural start of new beginnings, and while we don’t all make resolutions, we do leap into the new year with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and fervor to make this THE year. Make this OUR YEAR. The year we finally get our shit together, stop procrastinating and making excuses, living in coulda, woulda, shoulda land. [Tweet "There is still time to make this your BEST YEAR! Embrace your fears and take action!"] Ahhhhh… has the smell of the New Year faded? Are you back to your old habits of big ideas, slow execution and even slower profitability? Fret not my dear, many an entrepreneur experiences this as spring rears her head each year. According to U.S. News, approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the second…
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Why and How to Use Slide Shows In Your Content Marketing

Why and How to Use Slide Shows In Your Content Marketing

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You have no doubt been in a meeting or attended a conference where the speaker has used a slide presentation. Some of these presentations are dull and monotonous, while others are visually stunning and engaging. Slide shows can be a powerful presentation tool, if you consider the needs of your audience before you start up PowerPoint. Have you used slides in your presentations, either in person or virtual? How was your presentation received? Did your visuals capture interest, or put your audience to sleep? Why Use Slide Shows “Showing rather than just telling” your audience is a maxim that’s probably as old as public speaking itself. Giving your audience a visual image is one of the best ways to get and keep your audience’s attention. Slide shows can make your business…
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Gain 10 Hours A Week to Work on Your Business While Holding Down A Job

Gain 10 Hours A Week to Work on Your Business While Holding Down A Job

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How many times have we all said, “If only I had more time then I could get more done in my business?” The solution is not getting more time - we all have the same amount. We're all tied to the same 24 hours in a day. The key is to manage the time we do have and make it work more effectively for us. Even if you think you don’t have time to take on anything else, you might be surprised to discover how much time you’re actually wasting during the day. You can start an online business whether you hold down a full-time job or not. Sometimes when it comes to starting a business, many people have the mental picture that it’s all or nothing - that to…
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Are You Managing Your Time or Is It Managing You?

Are You Managing Your Time or Is It Managing You?

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It's amazing how much some people manage to get done, while others seem to be stuck in a rut without enough time in the day to accomplish much of anything. Time management is an art form. But, here's a li'l secret. Everyone has the same amount of time in every single day. It's one way in which we are all created equal. Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day. Are You Managing Your Time or Is It Managing You? Track Your Activities for a Week To get a real picture of how you spend your time, try tracking everything you do for at least one week. Use a small recorder to record when you start and stop any task, and include the time. Did you know? There's an…
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Copy, Calls to Action, and 17 Things You Need to Test Regularly

Copy, Calls to Action, and 17 Things You Need to Test Regularly

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The entire point of copywriting is to boost sales. Let's be honest here. Even if you write copy with the goal of getting more newsletter sign-ups, the entire point is still to boost sales. But, how do you know if what you're doing is working? You're writing, and hiring, and writing some more - but do you even know if all the work you're doing is paying off? The best way to know is to test, test, test. Here's a list of things you need to test regularly. Copy, Calls to Action, and 17 Things You Need to Test Regularly 1. Your Headlines How do you know a particular headline works over another? You conduct an A/B test. Make two slightly different headlines and send each headline to half your…
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Overnight Success Does Not Exist, and Luck Ain’t Coming to Dinner

Overnight Success Does Not Exist, and Luck Ain’t Coming to Dinner

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Rarely do I write a blog post because I am compelled to share a message in the here and now. If I am moved to speak on a topic immediately, I typically share a message in 140 (or perhaps 280) characters via a tweet or two, or I take to Facebook to post. And move on. However, this message from GaryVee is too powerful to simply share on Twitter or Facebook, to let dangle in the wind for 15 minutes before disappearing. I'm posting this for you and me, for when we need a reminder about why we do this thing called entrepreneurship. How this post came about Sooo, I was looking for something to listen to while I worked today, I guess I unconsciously needed a kick in the pants?? I started skimming social…
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Be Mindful of Using Technology for Increased Happiness

Be Mindful of Using Technology for Increased Happiness

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We live in an online world more often than not. We have so much technology now that’s supposed to streamline our lives and make it easier to connect with the people that we care about. It’s supposed to make it easier to do business and make good things happen for our careers. But is technology as helpful as we think it is? Or is it doing us more harm than good? The technology that was supposed to be the key to our happiness, comfort and success has the potential to backfire. Instead of helping, in many cases, the use of technology has led people to deeper levels of stress, feelings of discontentment and lives so busy that they’re hardly living at all. Studies performed on the link between stress and…
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How to Build Unstoppable Confidence

How to Build Unstoppable Confidence

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Confidence. Many of us long to be more outgoing, more secure within ourselves and simply more confident all around. If you currently don’t perceive yourself as a confident person or wish to develop more confidence, you’ll be pleased to learn that you can build unstoppable confidence with a few key tips. Here are my top tips to help you build unstoppable confidence:   Start Small. Just like Rome wasn’t built in a day, you can’t expect to instantly change your confidence levels. By taking small, daily steps towards your goal, however, you will undoubtedly start to see a difference. Set a goal of completing one confidence-boosting exercise everyday. It can be to simply say hello to the stranger standing next to you at the checkout line or smiling at someone on the street.…
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