Here’s What You Need to Become a Genuine Thought Leader in Your Industry

A real thought leader is simply someone who is known as someone who knows what they are talking about. July 1, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The phrase “thought leader” has been given a bad connotation by shady internet marketing tactics but it doesn’t have to be. The dictionary defines a thought leader as a person who “is a recognized authority in a particular field and whose ideas influence and guide others.”  The main premise is creating authority in your industry to influence your target audience, and those following what you do as a leader. This indeed can be done in an ethical and authentic way to gather a loyal and engaged audience of potential customers.  Often, service professionals and entrepreneurs chase business opportunities. They seek discovery calls. They follow up with past clients. They deliver sales messages and try to close those who have expressed interest. This is […]

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Teach Others How to Treat Your Business

Respect yourself by taking care of you first and refusing to let anyone else compromise your values. June 10, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The goal of any business is growth. You started a business to create financial freedom, to be in control of your time and to make an impact. As you accomplish those goals and your business grows, the natural byproduct will be more exposure to people and situations that require your time and energy. Social media has created the ability for anyone to be reached. You can receive messages on most social media platforms and through email. As your business builds, you will get more questions and requests to connect with other entrepreneurs. You will field complaints and even odd messages.  If left unchecked, the extra attention can derail your schedule and take time away from doing the things that will help […]

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Understand This Strategy and You’ll Get More Done

May 20, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. There are countless articles written about productivity. There are courses, videos and coaches who teach entrepreneurs how to get more done. Productivity is important — if you don’t use your time efficiently, you won’t accomplish your goals. It takes a lot to build a business. There are a myriad of things to consider and different parts that need your attention. You’ll need to build your foundation, create a marketing plan, handle the paperwork, hire employees, farm out subcontracted work, partner with professionals, and much more. We built our digital marketing agency while working day jobs years ago. It took time but it allowed us to build a business that takes us to 15 countries every year for consulting training and projects at some of the largest companies in the world. There are a ton of entrepreneurs that […]

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If You Aren’t Prepared for Growth It Can Destroy Your Business

April 29, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Sit back and close your eyes. Daydream about when your business generates enough revenue to set you free financially. Sales are rolling in. A long list of clients want to do business with you. There’s no more stress about not making enough.  That day is the goal of entrepreneurship. We started a business to achieve time freedom, financial security and to make an impact on the lives of those our business serves. It’s not an easy path. At times achieving those goals requires more than we feel we’re capable of giving. You can reach those goals, and more, when you put in the work to build a solid foundation — a plan for marketing your products and services and getting exposure for what your business does. You use growth strategies that build your business beyond just a cute idea. […]

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How to Consistently Close High-Ticket Clients

Do it right and your first big client will be the first of many. April 8, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Closing new sales is an important part of growing a business. Success generating and closing leads is a solid indicator of where your business is going. As entrepreneurs, our focus can be one-sided. We focus on the product or service we’re building. While we’re building our masterpieces, who will buy what we’ll sell is often neglected.  In building an audience and potential list of buyers, we want to target higher-end clients. We want those paid-in-full, five-and-six-figure clients. One high-end sale can stabilize your cash flow and fund future growth. Working with higher-end clients often leads to more business through access to their network. Here are some things you can do right now to land this type of client. To close a next-level client you’ll need next-level infrastructure in […]

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3 Simple but Effective Strategies to Create Consistent Income Online

Consistency is more reliable than inspiration. March 25, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The lack of consistent income is one of the hardest parts of adjusting to entrepreneurship. When you work a nine-to-five, you’re getting a reliable paycheck every week or bi-monthly. You know roughly what that check will be and can plan accordingly. You don’t get that as an entrepreneur. When you work for yourself, you get paid when you generate revenue. Successful entrepreneurs have cracked the formula for creating consistency in generating that revenue. This isn’t a mystery. In a business, you get out of it what you put into it. So, if you ready to work and grow your business, here are three simple ways to create consistent income online. Related: 21 Ways to Market Your Business Online 1. Create a recurring revenue program. One of the beautiful parts of an online business […]

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Facebook and Instagram Going Dark Should Be a Wake Up Call for Entrepreneurs

Social media is a tool you use. Your website and your email list are assets you own. March 18, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. On Thursday (March 13th), Facebook experienced an outage on its main platform, and on Instagram and WhatsApp. During that time, users had issues posting, commenting, and accessing content. For entrepreneurswho use social media for their business, this should be a blaring wake up call. Scrolling through your feed today, you’re likely to notice entrepreneurs talking about the outage and how they were affected. Just like in times past, for some entrepreneurs their business is heavily dependent on organically posting on social media. The outage Thursday is a reminder of time-tested business principles. There is no doubt businesses lost revenue with this outage. For those who pay for advertising, their ads weren’t reaching potential customers. For those that rely on […]

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The Emotional Roller Coaster of Entrepreneurship

Getting control of your emotions is a superpower. March 11, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You’re a human being. You have feelings, emotions and beliefs. How you feel at any given moment has the power to affect what you do next. When you feel good, you focus on what helps grow your business and conquer your to-do list. When you feel don’t feel so good, everything inside of you tells your brain and body to blow off tasks and binge-watch your favorite Netflix series. Getting control of your emotions is a superpower. It’s the difference between successful days and wasted days. Elite entrepreneurs understand this. They consistently put in the personal development work to better understand themselves. Self-awareness helps them ride the emotional roller coaster without throwing up — so to speak. Building a profitable business requires working on these three skills that help you win the battle […]

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3 No-Cost Marketing Tactics You Can Use Right Now to Bring in More Sales

It’s doesn’t matter how good your product is if nobody has heard about it. March 4, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You can have the best products and services in your industry. You can have an impressive website. You can have the experience and knowledge that your customers need. You can have all the elements that it takes to grow a business but it won’t happen without good marketing.  Your marketing plan and efforts are what separates a successful business from those that won’t make it. You can’t generate revenue if no one sees what you offer. You’ve been exposed to good marketing and it’s the reason why you’ve purchased products and services. You see it every day from big brands and companies.  Marketing can be expensive. You can pay for advertising and hire professionals. But, there are also ways to market your business for […]

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The Secret Weapon to Experiencing Explosive Business Growth

Clarity provides the power to build relationships and achieve goals. February 25, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s the middle of the night and you have to use the restroom. It’s pitch dark when you get up. You know your bedroom but navigating in the darkness you stub your toe and are using choice language to describe how frustrated you are. Just a few seconds in the darkness affected your path to successfully accomplishing your middle-of-the-night goal. It works the same way in our lives and business. That “darkness” takes a different form but it has the same effect. We “stub our toes” in many different ways when we lack clarity. If your business is not achieving explosive growth right now, it’s more than likely that your lack of clarity is the culprit. There are many factors and parts to growing a business but not […]

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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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