Stop Hitting the Snooze Button and Start Intentionally Building Your Life and Business

Don’t beat yourself up for hitting snooze, just start going to bed earlier or setting the alarm later. February 11, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As you get ready for bed, you set the alarm clock on your phone for the next morning. You go to bed committed. You’re excited to wake up and work on building your business. You have a solid to-do list and every intention of accomplishing everything on that list. You know that this is how you’ll grow. Morning time comes and the alarm goes off. It’s blaring that annoying tone that makes you want to throw your phone. You get up, reach over and face a split decision. You’re either going to stop the alarm and hop out of bed. Or, you hit the snooze button to catch a few more “minutes” of sleep. Doing is fairly common. Data suggests […]

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You Can’t Build Your Business on Bartering and Free Information

Don’t come off as needy and desperate by offering barters that only make sense for you. February 4, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s common to bootstrap when you’re starting out in entrepreneurship. When you don’t have disposable revenue, you work with what you have. You might offer a barter arrangement with another entrepreneur who has a strategy or tool that can help your business grow. You offer what your business does in exchange for the service or tool you’re seeking. Value for value.  You’ll also take free training that’s offered online. The internet and social media have created an opportunity for entrepreneurs to read blogs, listen to podcasts, watch instructional videos, attend webinars and participate in free local Meetup training. All of the mediums present learning moments for parts or direct strategy that helps grow your business.  As entrepreneurs grow their business, they may barter […]

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2 Ways to Make Money Online This Month

You don’t have to be a superstar entrepreneur to get a corporate writing gig. January 28, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Ecommerce sales are expected to hit $4.88 trillion dollars by 2021 according to Statista. As of 2015, it’s estimated that 3.2 billion people use the internet every day according to Time Magazine. In the United States, 196 million people use social media every day according to Statista.  The opportunity online is great for entrepreneurs with billions of users on the web. Entrepreneurs can grow their business and generate revenue online in as many as 21 different ways and streams.  There is a wealth of content about making money online. You have probably read articles about creating courses, coaching, selling digital information products and offering services online. Today I’d like to share two non-traditional ways to make money online that you can add […]

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4 Essential Tactics for Building a Lifestyle Business

You have everything you need to build a successful lifestyle business. January 21, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. “Lifestyle business” gets a bad rap by association with less-than-reputable internet marketers. You’ve seen the ads promising quick cash and a life of luxury — if you buy their course. There are staged photos and big, misleading claims of wealth. However, lifestyle business is what you make it. You can build a business that allows you to live the life you want while generating revenue through new age opportunities. In a lifestyle business, you will most likely generate a most of your revenue online selling courses, coaching, digital information products, membership websites — the list goes on. You can also add the elements of paid speaking and corporate consulting at events and companies all over the world. This allows you to travel the world training on your lifestyle business topic. […]

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The New Year Is Your New Opportunity

Use this time of year to reset, refresh your mind, get clarity on your goals and get determined. January 7, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I’ve made many pivots in my businesses over the last 20 years of entrepreneurship. I’ve sold businesses and made a major shift from a mainly offline business to a lifestyle business. I’ve experienced exhilarating highs as my businesses grew explosively and devastating lows from my own poor decision making — even when I could clearly see the mistakes I was making.  There have been many times that I’ve come to the beginning of a new year with clear eyes and hope. I’ve used the first few weeks to reflect on where I could have done better and how I want to move forward in my business. I’ve had to let go of the feelings and emotions that had the potential to […]

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4 Tactics You Can Implement to Become an Elite Entrepreneur

Knowing as much as possible about yourself helps you understand when to push and when you need to take a break. December 24, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Professional athletes train hard and closely monitor what they put into their body. They have a team and even hire professionals on the side to help them reach peak state within their body and in their mind. They know this is how they’ll become the 1 percent of their profession. They’re always looking for that edge and they’ll go to great lengths to get it.  It’s the same for top entrepreneurs. You have no doubt read articles, watched videos, and listened to podcast episodes about 1 percent entrepreneurs such as Warren Buffet, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, etc. They are literally changing the world and setting an example of different ways to think about entrepreneurship and its impact.  […]

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Never Get Discouraged Because Customers Will Buy

If customers aren’t going for your deal, it’s time to offer a better deal. December 17, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As we come to the end of another year, it’s a mixed time for entrepreneurs. Some are finishing strong from a tremendous year of growth and opportunity. Others are taking their foot off the petal because this year didn’t go as planned. There’s also another group that is stagnant because they’ve bought into common chatter. There is a statement and belief in the entrepreneur space that’s been passed around like an urban legend. This belief has been internalized and it keeps entrepreneurs from taking the kind of action that leads to a strong end of the year. It’s a self-limiting belief that has the potential to keep you stuck in place. The belief is a version of this statement: “Customers don’t spend money on products […]

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Clarity on Your Goals Is Key to Growing a Business That Attracts High-End Clients

A good way to grow into a bigger company is for your well-heeled potential customers to think you’re that big already. November 12, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s probably not likely that you started your entrepreneurship journey by taking over or inheriting an established business. Businesses often get built from the ground up by someone with a vision and big goals. As you start to build your business, you do the best you can with what you have. You’re probably not starting out with a team and it may be years until you can build the business to that level. While you’re building, you’re focused on all the strategy and structures pieces that you need to do daily. You’re the jack of all trades doing everything from admin tasks to marketing to billing to support. It can be easy to get lost […]

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What to Do If Your Partner Isn’t Supportive of Your Business

Your partner doesn’t have to be jumping for joy but outright hating it won’t help your cause. October 29, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Building a business is no easy task. It requires sacrifice and time. It’s not uncommon to work more hours in a business than you have previously in a job. You have a goal and vision for what you’re building. You are creating a structure that gives you freedom, financial security and makes an impact in the lives of those your business serves. But, along the way, you need more. Support is a huge factor in the success or failure of a business. Who you surround yourself with has a direct impact on how inspired, motivated, and productive you’ll be. Even more so is the romantic relationship in your life. The person you’ll probably spend the most amount of time […]

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Implement These 4 Tactics to Grow Your Revenue

Only you have the power to make your goals a reality. October 15, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Chance are, you’ve worked at least one job in your lifetime. You might even be working a job now and building your business on the side. One nice feature of a job is knowing that for every week you work, there will be a paycheck coming your way. When you work full time, you get a steady paycheck. That’s not the case with entrepreneurship.  In a business, there are a number of factors that determine your pay. You get revenue through sales but that’s not income. Your revenue is subject to taxes and your business expenses. Too often, revenue can be sporadic leading entrepreneurs to quit or let frustration keep them from taking action.  There is a way to create consistent revenue in your business […]

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To Build a Global Business, You Must First Expand Your Vision of What’s Possible

Don’t “fake it until you make it.” Just make it. September 24, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As you’re reading this, there are customers all over the world buying products and services, joining programs and hiring entrepreneurs. Internet access, social media, software and new ways of reaching customers have created an interesting opportunity for hungry entrepreneurs. I don’t know how business is going for you. Maybe you’re experiencing one of your best years yet, or maybe you’re not generating enough revenue to pay your bills. You might be dealing with self-limiting beliefs that keep you from seeing what’s possible. Most of us set goals that are comfortable. We limit our vision. You can build a comfortable business that generates just enough to let you live a comfortable life. You can sell just enough and put in just enough effort to give you some freedom. But we live in […]

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Comparing Your Entrepreneurial Journey to Anybody Else’s Just Makes You Feel You’re Getting Nowhere

Your progress toward your goals is the only measure worth taking. September 17, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Social media is an enormous opportunity for growth-minded entrepreneurs. It gives us a place to add value to an audience and inform those that follow us about the products and services our business offers. It reaches potential customers where they are every day. But while you put in the work daily, you encounter something that could end up affecting your business in a negative way. It’s a sneaky and common issue. Often, you see entrepreneurs who you’re connected to post about the wins and amazing things they’re experiencing. They had a successful six-figure launch of a new product. They were featured in a large media outlet that brought in tons of new customers. They are traveling the world for corporate consulting gigs. You see hundreds of […]

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This Is the Main Reason Few Entrepreneurs Achieve Explosive Revenue Growth Online

It’s time to focus on building a group of people in tune with what you put out. September 10, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Tell me if this sounds familiar. You started your business around an idea — a way to help your target customers. It may be a brick-and-mortar type of business or you may have started it recently, which means the online component is huge. In either case, your marketing and lead generation abilities through the internet and social media are vitally important. There is a direct correlation between your online market and your revenue growth. In 2017, ecommerce sales hit $5 trillion, according to Digital Commerce 360. In 2017, Amazon alone generated $178 billion dollars online according to the BBC. The numbers and opportunity online are staggering. The growth of your business will be determined by the efforts you make towards […]

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5 Simple Adjustments That Bring In High-End Clients Consistently

Don’t settle for clients who pay late, ask for discounts and deals, waste your time and don’t do the work. September 3, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When you start a business, the goal is to build consistent revenue. In the beginning, entrepreneurs tend not to be too choosy about who becomes a client. As your business grows, you learn an invaluable business lesson: not all clients are worth the revenue. You eventually get that first client who makes you want to dropkick a punching bag. They are demanding, always looking for more than they paid for, always complaining. If you handed them a result on a silver platter they would still have an issue. These experiences teach you the value of higher-end clients who buy your highest tier offerings. They do their homework, show up on time and tell others about your business. They […]

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The Advisory Team Entrepreneurs Should Consider Adding to Their Business

The more you succeed, the more help you need. August 27, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You probably started your business by being the jack of all trades. You handled everything from website copy to billing to onboarding clients. At some point, it all becomes too much — especially as your business starts to grow. Savvy entrepreneurs understand the value of delegating and automation. You give tasks to others so that you can continue to focus on the big picture strategies that help your business grow. Practically, there are professionals you will need to hire because of their expertise. At some point, you’ll need an attorney, accountant, etc. But, what I want to talk about today are some experts that entrepreneurs may not think about hiring and partnering with. These are professionals you could use to grow your business. We live in the […]

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You Can Quickly Add $5,000 More Per Month to Your Lifestyle Business Income

The easiest and fastest way to improve revenues is to find new ways to sell the expertise you already command August 20, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you spend any time in entrepreneurial circles, it’s common to hear about entrepreneurs who are frustrated by the lack of revenue in their business. Your income and the ability to pay your bills fall on what your business does. There are ways to create income stability as an entrepreneur but it’s not the same as having a job. Entrepreneurs, knowing this, put in more work but more hours in your business doesn’t always translate to more revenue and income. A lifestyle business is your opportunity to build freedom and financial security in a business with multiple revenue streams and passive income. The focus of a lifestyle business is keeping the “life” part first. Th building blocks […]

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Here’s How to Earn and Keep the Loyalty of Your Customers

Nobody will buy from you unless they trust you, but once they trust you they will buy again. July 16, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Your business survives or thrives based on what you do with your marketing strategy. You see marketing every day when you log onto social media, look through email or consume content. This marketing, and your marketing, is essentially entrepreneurs asking for trust. Before someone invests their time and money there has to be some level of established trust. It can take years to build the kind of trust that creates loyal customers who are also evangelists for your business and what you do. These types of customers bring in more business through word of mouth marketing. While you’ve worked hard to get to that level of trust, it can be lost in minutes. And, it’s very hard to […]

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Rejection Is Part of Entrepreneurship. Here’s How to Handle It.

Successful entrepreneurs say “no” to most offers. Those are exactly the people you’re trying to do business with. July 9, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In our minds, we understand that we’ll experience rejection in our lives and as we build our businesses. But when it happens, it’s a completely different scenario. Whether it’s a “tiny” rejection or a major bump in the road, it’s very easy to get lost in the overwhelming feeling of loss. One rejection can easily lead to days (or more) of ignoring business tasks while you binge-watching your favorite Netflix series. If you are taking action on accomplishing your goals, you will experience rejection constantly. If you aren’t, you have to ask yourself if you’re taking big enough steps. Growth happens when you step outside of your comfort zone to do the things that scare you. In that place, rejection […]

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Use These Growth Strategies to Build a 6-Figure Business

Step one is knowing what’s possible. It’s a lot. July 2, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I built my first business to multiple six figures fairly quickly in 1999. It was a service business that filled a major need for a select industry. It’s a business that many entrepreneurs can still start and build successful today. I sold that business and started a lifestyle business in 2011. I heard good things about generating income online and doing it passively, so I figured I could get to six figures or more quicker. I was wrong.  For the first year, I made less than $10,000. I did everything the industry leaders advised to do. Yet, no forward progress. It was frustrating. I chased leads, I worked hard every day, and I felt like giving up more times than I can count. In 2012, I did “crack the […]

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Make These 6 Changes to Finish the Second Half Strong

Take back your power and get to work building the business that leads to freedom in every area of your life. June 25, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. We begin every year with big goals, dreams and definite things we want to accomplish in our business. It’s natural to spend those first few months going hard. We all know the story. After three months, it’s easy for the fire and ambition to fade. By then, the craziness of life takes over. At times, you’re just doing what you can to keep your head above water. Here’s the thing, if you’re going to have a year in which you accomplish more than you thought possible, it’s going to require you putting in the work. You have to make changes all throughout the year that help you stay consistent. Here are six changes that lead to explosive growth in every […]

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