Why Every Solopreneur Needs To Invest In These Four Items

Why Every Solopreneur Needs To Invest In These Four Items

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Running a business solo isn’t an easy adventure, but it can be exciting. The opportunity to build something from nothing and find success is quite a rush. Just as you use a GPS or map when going on a road trip, the journey to building a profitable company becomes easier with a few helpful tools. The typical entrepreneur wears multiple hats. Juggling all the daily tasks of running a business requires extreme organizational skills. Knowing what tools to use to get there is half the battle. How Do You Succeed As A Solopreneur? According to the latest State of Independence Report, the number of solopreneurs in the United States is 51.1 million, up about 34% from the previous study. The market seems to make room for as many freelancers and…
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A One Stop Shop To Simplify Your Virtual Business

A One Stop Shop To Simplify Your Virtual Business

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How many pieces of software are you cobbling together to run your business? If you’re like most of us who work online, in particular coaches, consultants and content creators, you have one piece of software to book calendar appointments, another piece of software to house your digital products, another piece of software to offer your lead magnets, another piece of software for your email list, and yet another for your funnels. Does this sound about right? I kind of figured as much! I mean let’s be honest. We need multiple pieces of software to run a virtual business. And we have to be tech experts to piece it all together! I happen to have been introduced to a one-stop store that is so freaking awesome, that I decided to not…
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What Do Clients Need To Know Before They Begin Working With You?

What Do Clients Need To Know Before They Begin Working With You?

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Oftentimes as business owners, we make the obvious invisible. For example, we often use industry jargon that our clients do not understand. We often have expectations that clients understand the process, whatever that process is. When in fact, they have no idea of the process and they're looking to us as the product or service provider for guidance. One of the more common false assumptions we make as business owners, particularly service providers, is that potential clients know what we do, how we do it, and what they need to do. Ha! Nothing could be further from the truth. What do clients need to know before they hire you? When a prospective client is considering hiring a service provider, it is often with a bit of nervousness and naiveté about…
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The Art of Creating Shareable Content

The Art of Creating Shareable Content

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Ever wonder what makes some Instagram posts, videos, or blogs “go viral,” while yours are lucky to have 3 shares and two comments? While it might seem like some well-kept secret, the truth is it’s easy enough to create shareable content. That is, if you put some thought and creativity into your efforts. The Art of Creating Shareable Content Everyone Loves Infographics Whether you want to know more about how coffee is grown, or you’re looking for ways to boost your blog traffic, you’ll find a variety of infographics to fill you in. And everyone loves to share infographics! These colorful, easy-to-read graphics share vast amounts of data while still entertaining an audience. By condensing numbers and stats down to easily digestible bite-sized pieces, you can make valuable information highly…
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Your Customers Are Talking, But Are You Listening?

Your Customers Are Talking, But Are You Listening?

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Our past, present, and future customers are talking about our businesses and/or our industries in some way or another. Past customers might be giving you a referral or listing you as a resource, present customers may be keeping track of what you’re doing via social media, and future customers may be performing searches right now for the same products and services you offer. So we can agree, there is a conversation going on about your industry, and hopefully your business, at any given time. With all this talking going on, are you listening? Are you keeping track of what’s being said and searched? Are you joining in the conversation, either directly or indirectly? How to Use Google Alerts to Listen to Your Industry (and your customers) Your customers are talking, but…
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How To Recognize A Really Bad Business Decision

How To Recognize A Really Bad Business Decision

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As a business leader or CEO, you constantly have to make decisions. In fact, that’s your job. You should be called the DMC – the decision-maker in chief. But, as you’ll know from bitter experience, making good decisions isn’t easy. When you're performing a low-level role in a company, your day-to-day efforts don’t matter a great deal. However, when you’re responsible for running an entire firm, you hold the prospects of thousands of people in your hands. The trick here is to recognize when you’re about to make a really lousy decision. But how? Let’s take a look. How To Recognize A Really Bad Business Decision You Have Decision Fatigue A few years ago, the concept of decision fatigue was all the rage. Everyone was talking about it. Since then,…
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Beyond SMART: Goal Setting for Entrepreneurs

Beyond SMART: Goal Setting for Entrepreneurs

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If there’s one thing we know about goals, they have to be SMART, right? After all, that’s what we’ve been told for years. The only thing that matters is that your goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. While that looks great on paper—and clearly it’s easy to remember—it doesn’t go far enough for those who want to achieve big things. Beyond SMART: Goal Setting for Entrepreneurs Think about it. Do you want to be stuck with “attainable” and “realistic” goals when what you really dream about is a 3-day workweek, frequent international travel, and enough money to fund a mission trip (or three). Seems pretty clear that those safe, smart goals aren’t going to get you there. In fact, they might even do worse than simply “not get…
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5 Tips to Double Your Writing Speed and Free Up Time for Yourself

5 Tips to Double Your Writing Speed and Free Up Time for Yourself

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If you are an author or writer, then you know how difficult it can be to find time to write. Between work and other responsibilities, there is simply not enough time in the day for most of us! This article is specifically for those who want to learn how to double their writing speed and free up more of their time for themselves. I've included five tips that will help you achieve your goal of doubling your writing speed; these include: Write every single day Write with a timer Write without distractions Write via dictation Write using word sprints So let's dive into these five tips on how to become a lightning-fast author. 5 Tips to Double Your Writing Speed and Free Up Time for Yourself Tip #1: Write Every…
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