Embrace the Full Value of Your Life

The late Claire Wineland is a constant reminder that we are more than our professional selves. September 24, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Are you one of the millions of people worldwide who followed the inspiring Claire Wineland? Chances are, if you didn’t, one or more of your friends did. Claire, who passed away last September, was the beautiful young YouTube star with cystic fibrosis who founded the Claire’s Place Foundation, which provides emotional and financial support to families living with CF. And she had a phenomenal perspective on life.  Watching Claire’s videos was a reminder that sometimes, in our pursuit to build the perfect business, craft the ideal career or perfect the most successful marketing campaign, it’s easy to forget that “putting food on the table” is not the primary reason you are alive. No. You were born for more than that. You are not a cog in a system. You […]

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8 Simple Steps to Use Your Book to Grow Your Business

Your latest published work can also serve as a larger marketing tool. September 10, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Getting a book published is pretty easy these days, at least if you’re willing to self-publish. But using a book to grow your business in a practical, tangible way is a strategy a lot of people don’t take time to learn. This article will give you eight important, sequential steps to glean the results you want from your book.   1. Decide if you fancy yourself doing many books in the future.  If you are solely interested in releasing a book to grow your business, it’s fine to self-publish and just get it out there, but if you plan to write more books in the future, you’ll need and want to spend a lot more time plotting the marketing of your title and yourself before, […]

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How to Get a Book Contract From a Legitimate Publisher

It could be the key to marketing your business and advancing your career. August 13, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You know that publishing a book could exponentially grow your business. It can bring you more sales, more fame and launch you into a new industry as a speaker or consultant. In essence, it can give you the brand name needed to make your dreams come true. That said, you probably also know that self-publishing should be your very last option, because it is fraught with problems and con games and costs money out of your pocket. But how do you get a legitimate publisher interested in your nonfiction book? (Note: this is not about publishing your novel. I know nothing about that!) You’re going to need two things: an excellent proposal and a strong marketing plan. Read This: Ultimate Guide to Platform Building | Amazon | Barnes […]

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How to Know Whether Writing a Book Will Grow Your Business

Follow these guidelines to make the smart choice and get the most out of it. August 8, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Some entrepreneurs think that getting a book published or self-published will magically become the calling card that gets them more business. Others know that calling cards do you no good if they stay in your desk in one of those little white boxes. The same holds true for books, too. Being published will do you no good unless you leverage it the right way and twist every nickel out of the fact that you are a real author. There are two primary ways to get a book to market: self-publish or pursue a traditional deal, where some legit publisher writes a check for the honor of releasing and distributing your work. Since there are more than 30 million books sold on Amazon, and more than a million self-published titles are released annually, it’s wise […]

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7 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Business

These hard truths will help you know when to fold ’em. August 1, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If time is the only resource that we cannot acquire, then spending your days trying to run a business you no longer love — or that doesn’t serve your needs — is one of the biggest ways to squander our lives. With that in mind, here are the seven signals and truths that indicate it might be time for you to find something else to do with your precious life span: 1. Your dreams have stopped. Remember back when you were so excited about your business? You went to bed thinking about it. Brainstorms popped into your head at the dinner table. You told everyone who would hold still to listen. Maybe you dreamed you would take over or revolutionize your industry or imagined the lifestyle this little baby […]

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The 3-Step Process to Hiring Your First Assistant

What sort of assistant do you need? Read this guide before you make a hire. November 28, 2018 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In the never-ending quest for increased profitability, greater efficiency or just feeling less overwhelmed on a daily basis, finding the ideal assistant is a critical growth step for every entrepreneur or small business owner. We all dream of finding that perfect person who can read our minds, get the work done as fast, do it as well as we could, take the little annoyances off our plates, and maybe even become a fun and trusted colleague.  So why isn’t finding a great assistant as easy as it seems? Because of fear: fear that the assistant will make mistakes, take advantage of us, or won’t get stuff done on time. Some fear that we cannot afford this person, don’t have enough work for them […]

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