15 Ways to Be a Wiser Content Marketer

It’s great to be smart. It’s wonderful to have clever strategies and tactics that help us do our work better. But sometimes, it’s also a good idea to think about how we can be wise. This week, we offered up 15 ways to be a wiser writer and content marketer. Jerod Morris started us off with seven steps to improve the quality of our thinking. We’ll be playing some more with this theme in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out. On Tuesday, Claire Emerson brought us three strategies to strengthen your relationships with clients so you (and they) can have a much happier experience. And on Wednesday, Copyblogger Certified Content Marketer Austin Mullins made his debut on the blog with a post on five things that successful copywriters do to make sure their well-crafted content gets the audience they deserve. Do you have all of these covered? Over […]

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18 Movies Every Entrepreneur Should Watch

Ever find yourself pushed to your limits in the pursuit of power and success? Wall Street unravels this theme through the eyes of Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), an ambitious stockbroker who navigates the economic rollercoaster of Wall Street, adopting the “greed is good” mantra. This movie is a window into corporate finance, portfolio management, investment law principles and capital markets. More telling is the story of a young, susceptible mind, showing how easy it is to get carried away with the glamorous lifestyle that accompanies wealth. Plus, if you thought The Wolf of Wall Street was a bit too much, this movie is a tamer, more socially-critical version. Topics covered: corporate finance, portfolio management, capital markets, investment law principles, mergers and acquisitions, company valuations and business ethics Read_more Related posts: 13 Must-Watch Movies for Aspiring Entrepreneurs 10 Powerful Quotes From Hollywood Star, Producer, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon Jordan Peele […]

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3 Powerful Strategies for Pain-Free Client Relationships

When you’re a freelancer, your clients impact everything. Who you choose to work with (and how you choose to work with them) directly affects your income, lifestyle, productivity levels, mental health, and the satisfaction you gain from being self-employed. In other words, your relationships matter. And when they aren’t built on a solid foundation of trust, value, and mutual respect, business becomes stressful, and you end up plagued with the awful anxiety that comes with not feeling in control of your environment. No one does their best work in those conditions. But the good thing is, there are some simple ways to prevent that loss of control and instead build strong, pain-free client relationships that allow you both to flourish. Where bad relationships begin … Poor client connections are usually a result of unclear boundaries, lousy communication, or a mismatch in your marketing strategy. Of course, these are all problems […]

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5 Effective Methods to Goal Setting for Business Growth and Success

Entrepreneurs are all of the buzz lately. Put on a television station like CNBC or visit any of the top tech or news sites online, and you will likely come across a whole set of new entrepreneurs that you’ve never heard of — yet are likely on their way to making millions of dollars or creating new technology that could change the world. The truth is — entrepreneurs are inspiring other entrepreneurs all the time! Related blog posts and resources: As a great, we often aren’t jealous of each other, and instead learn and congratulate others for what they have accomplished. Just like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates used to battle it out and “steal” from companies like IBM, it’s all about who can create the best product for their customers, and build a revolutionary and world changing brand. To keep the inspiration alive and well, here are some of […]

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Top Business Expenses (and Deductions) Entrepreneurs Need to Know

Entrepreneurs are all of the buzz lately. Put on a television station like CNBC or visit any of the top tech or news sites online, and you will likely come across a whole set of new entrepreneurs that you’ve never heard of — yet are likely on their way to making millions of dollars or creating new technology that could change the world. The truth is — entrepreneurs are inspiring other entrepreneurs all the time! Related blog posts and resources: As a great, we often aren’t jealous of each other, and instead learn and congratulate others for what they have accomplished. Just like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates used to battle it out and “steal” from companies like IBM, it’s all about who can create the best product for their customers, and build a revolutionary and world changing brand. To keep the inspiration alive and well, here are some of […]

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Stick With the Basics to Quickly Establish Your Authority as a New Entrepreneur

An expert doesn’t know everything about everything, just everything about what they claim is their expertise. January 25, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Entrepreneurship is hard but it doesn’t have to be complicated. More often than not, new entrepreneurs struggle to get their footing and end up quitting before they experience wins because they focus too much on making magic happen instead of working towards effectiveness. Businesses exist to solve a problem and to service others. In this, there are fundamental ideas that can help steer you in the right direction and to help guarantee you some kind of success. If you want to learn how to quickly become the expert authority as a new entrepreneur without turning people off, consider these four tips. Stick to being an expert in one thing. In the digital age, it seems archaic to only be known […]

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5 Inspirational Entrepreneur Quotes to Keep You Inspired Through 2019

Entrepreneurs are all of the buzz lately. Put on a television station like CNBC or visit any of the top tech or news sites online, and you will likely come across a whole set of new entrepreneurs that you’ve never heard of — yet are likely on their way to making millions of dollars or creating new technology that could change the world. The truth is — entrepreneurs are inspiring other entrepreneurs all the time! As a great, we often aren’t jealous of each other, and instead learn and congratulate others for what they have accomplished. Just like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates used to battle it out and “steal” from companies like IBM, it’s all about who can create the best product for their customers, and build a revolutionary and world changing brand. To keep the inspiration alive and well, here are some of the best entrepreneur quotes to […]

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11 Things to Know When Partnering With a Larger Company for the First Time

As an entrepreneur, you’re constantly behind a computer screen, on a smartphone screen, or interacting with fellow business people in meeting after meeting. Like the Energizer Bunny, you keep going, and going, and going. But you’re no robot. So, the question is, why are you treating your body like you are? Don’t worry — you’re not the only entrepreneur dealing with this. Research shows that Americans as a whole in the 21st century are working much longer hours than they did in the 1990s — longer than anybody else in today’s industrialized world. Although building your own business is certainly something to be proud of, make sure that you don’t neglect yourself in the process. Here’s a rundown on 10 self care tips for surviving and thriving as an entrepreneur in the 21st century. Let’s get started! 1. Watching Your Diet A wide range of resources today tell you what […]

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7 Effective Strategies for Growth They Teach in Business School

As an entrepreneur, you’re constantly behind a computer screen, on a smartphone screen, or interacting with fellow business people in meeting after meeting. Like the Energizer Bunny, you keep going, and going, and going. But you’re no robot. So, the question is, why are you treating your body like you are? Don’t worry — you’re not the only entrepreneur dealing with this. Research shows that Americans as a whole in the 21st century are working much longer hours than they did in the 1990s — longer than anybody else in today’s industrialized world. Although building your own business is certainly something to be proud of, make sure that you don’t neglect yourself in the process. Here’s a rundown on 10 self care tips for surviving and thriving as an entrepreneur in the 21st century. Let’s get started! 1. Watching Your Diet A wide range of resources today tell you what […]

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10 Self Care Tips for Busy Entrepreneurs

As an entrepreneur, you’re constantly behind a computer screen, on a smartphone screen, or interacting with fellow business people in meeting after meeting. Like the Energizer Bunny, you keep going, and going, and going. But you’re no robot. So, the question is, why are you treating your body like you are? Don’t worry — you’re not the only entrepreneur dealing with this. Research shows that Americans as a whole in the 21st century are working much longer hours than they did in the 1990s — longer than anybody else in today’s industrialized world. Although building your own business is certainly something to be proud of, make sure that you don’t neglect yourself in the process. Here’s a rundown on 10 self care tips for surviving and thriving as an entrepreneur in the 21st century. Let’s get started! 1. Watching Your Diet A wide range of resources today tell you what […]

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A Plan for Mindful Growth and Bringing Fun Back to Your Writing Process

This week on Copyblogger, we’ve been talking with writer, designer, and entrepreneur Paul Jarvis about mindful growth for our business projects and organizations. Paul’s new book, Company of One, explores how we can be more intentional when thinking about the size of our businesses. On Monday, Stefanie Flaxman reminded us that bringing more enjoyment to our writing processes can result in work that brings more joy to our readers. She looked at three game-changing (and satisfying!) steps that can put us in the right mindset to put the most care into our content. On Tuesday, Paul Jarvis showed up to offer some of the benefits of keeping your business or project small. He presented ways that larger businesses — like big predators — can become vulnerable within their ecosystems. Paul’s book is also our next choice for the Copyblogger book club! If you’d like some company and conversation while you […]

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Our Book Club Selection for January: ‘Company of One’ by Paul Jarvis

It’s time for our first book club selection of the new year! Over in Copyblogger’s Killers and Poets Facebook Group, we get together and discuss useful books. It’s informal and a lot of fun, as we share insights and our favorite quotes or passages. This month, given our conversations this week with Paul Jarvis, it just made sense to make his new book Company of One our selection for January. (Or … January-ish. We like to keep things fluid.) 😉 “Staying small doesn’t have to be a stepping-stone to something else, or the result of a business failure — rather, it can be an end goal or a smart long-term strategy.”– Paul Jarvis Paul’s book is all about making more conscious choices around the size of our businesses. It’s so easy to get caught up in the notion that “bigger is always better,” but that isn’t always the case. Quoting […]

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What Elephants, Rats, and Apex Predators Can Teach Us about Creating Durable Businesses

There is a tendency in nature for apex species to get larger and larger. But there is a counterbalance where nature has a tendency of making larger species extinct quickly. This is also true in business: the bigger the business, the more fragile it becomes. When it comes to scale, there are clear parallels between evolution and business. The most dominant creatures in nature also tend to be the largest. T-Rex’s, bears … even our own evolution started with our early ancestors being about half the height we are now. This shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Larger animals have strong advantages — they can be great at catching prey, they don’t have to be as fearful of other animals swallowing them whole, and they can dominate large areas of space. But the largest species are also the most fragile. They require a lot of food (unlike smaller animals). They […]

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The Next Big Steps in Business—with Matt Gartland from Team Flynn

Matt Gartland: Yeah. It’s tremendously exciting, gratifying, and probably, mostly just a humble moment for me, and certainly for the team. Because as we’ve talked about today, we didn’t necessarily know, I didn’t necessarily know it was going to lead to this tremendous moment, right, but it naturally, I think, led there. You have always been . . . Pat Flynn: You’re listening to one of my team members, Matt Gartland, who I have on the show today, to make a huge announcement with you about the SPI brand, about where I am in business, and about where we are in business. Matt’s been on my team for quite a while. Some of you may not even know what our relationship exactly is, and my relationship with the team is. I’m just going to tell you upfront, right here before we get into it, that up until January 1st, I […]

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6 Workplace Design Tips to Transform Your Office Space

A buzzword floating around for a while now has been “side hustle.” Many entrepreneurs are turning to side hustles as a way to increase income without signing onto massive commitments. This approach can potentially have more flexibility than part time work, allowing entrepreneurs to gain needed income or experience, without over-stressing their routines. For entrepreneurs looking to fund an initial venture, side hustles may be the perfect solution. As there are a wide variety of side hustles out there, we asked entrepreneurs from YEC to share the kinds of side hustle they think are worth considering, along with how to get started. Here’s what they said: 1. Do Something Automatable To fund my initial venture, I started selling cell phones on Amazon. I was able to do this because I could ship all of my inventory to Amazon and they would handle all the shipping and returns using their Fulfilled […]

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13 Side Hustles You Can Use to Fund a New Venture in 2019

A buzzword floating around for a while now has been “side hustle.” Many entrepreneurs are turning to side hustles as a way to increase income without signing onto massive commitments. This approach can potentially have more flexibility than part time work, allowing entrepreneurs to gain needed income or experience, without over-stressing their routines. For entrepreneurs looking to fund an initial venture, side hustles may be the perfect solution. As there are a wide variety of side hustles out there, we asked entrepreneurs from YEC to share the kinds of side hustle they think are worth considering, along with how to get started. Here’s what they said: 1. Do Something Automatable To fund my initial venture, I started selling cell phones on Amazon. I was able to do this because I could ship all of my inventory to Amazon and they would handle all the shipping and returns using their Fulfilled […]

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Chewing Their Way to the Top

When these two dog owners couldn’t find the dog chew they wanted, they went into business. January 5, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. We’ve often said, “If you really want to change things, put a buck on it.” That philosophy has been recently documented by Nielsen, the leader in CPG market data. The biggest mega trend we see for 2019 is being driven by consumers who want to “vote with their purchases.” They are increasingly demanding transparency from CPG producers …and getting it! Americans love their dogs. So why shouldn’t they want transparency from the company that provides them with their dog chews? That was the catalyst for Nature Gnaws founders Jay Mokbel and Steve Mamak. The risk they took in 2016 to produce and sell, all-natural dog chews has been validated by stellar growth over the past two years. We love entrepreneurial […]

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9 Secret Tricks for Paying Off Your Business Debt in 2019

If you are planning to expand your business from a one man company, to a multi-person organization, you will likely need to start thinking about employee benefits and how you might be spreading the best packages across your employees and staff. As much as I love the concept of being a sole-entrepreneur, if you want to grow and scale your business in size, this is just another process that is required to have in place. Wondering if you should go the extra mile for your employees? 79% of employees would choose a benefits package over a salary increase. But a small business may have as much to lose as it has to gain by offering a benefits package. Below, we’re taking a look at the pros and cons of offering a small business benefits package to employees. Pro: Attracting Quality Employees The most obvious advantage of offering employee benefits lies […]

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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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Why One Entrepreneur Turned Down a 9-Figure Offer for Her Hair Care Company

Carolyn Aronson, owner and CEO of It’s a 10 Haircare, talks about her path through entrepreneurship, beginning as a hairdresser before realizing there were needs in the hair care market that were going unmet. December 22, 2018 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Building a brand from scratch, especially in a competitive market like the beauty industry, is no easy task. Carolyn Aronson, owner and CEO of It’s a 10 Haircare, discusses the trials and tribulations she went through founding her first business, and how that experience prepared her to build It’s a 10 Haircare into one of the most unique brands in beauty. Host David Meltzer and Carolyn talk about the challenges of being a woman in a (surprisingly) male-dominated industry, and how she has used her lifelong passion for hair to become one of the leading businesswomen in the fashion and beauty industry. […]

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