A Post about Post Vacation Blues

Before I get into this post, I’d like to make it clear that this is a re-published post. The first part of the post will be new content about my recent vacation in 2016, and the second part will about my post-vacation blues in 2013. The reason I am pitting the two up against each other is this: I want you to get a sense of the type of business owner I was then, back in 2013, and the type of business owner I am now. It’s pretty fascinating to see the change and growth I’ve made in my business and life, from my organizational skills to my personal discipline. And, I think you can get a lot out of comparing the two experiences. A sort of what to do, and what not to do for your own post-vacation self! In 2013, after my vacation, I experienced a bout of post-vacation […]

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4 Things to Do When Your Team Grows Faster Than Your Business

Maintaining a consistent corporate culture can be difficult in a time of rapid growth. March 14, 2018 5 min read A Note From The Editor Think your company has what it takes to make our Top Company Cultures list? Apply now. Apply now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. For a business owner, rapid growth can be considered a “best worst case” scenario. Growth is a problem that plagues every business. Grow too slow, and your business could collapse. Grow too fast, and the lack of necessary infrastructure could be calamitous. From day one, it’s important to build a company with a clear mission and vision. Your corporate culture will become contagious among your initial team and will play a crucial role in attracting future hires. Related: You’re Crazy-Busy Scaling Your Company’s Growth, Right? Are You Also Scaling Its Culture? In addition to compensation strategies, which lend […]

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How to Optimize Your Mobile Website for Google Searches

It’s no secret we’re living in a mobile world. I’m hoping that by now, most of you have recognized this and adapted accordingly. While having a mobile-friendly website is a great start, it’s not enough to drive traffic to your site. You also need to make sure your mobile website is optimized for Google searches. More than half of people don’t look beyond the first page of a Google search. If your mobile site isn’t in the top few spots, people will find alternative pages to click. Roughly 60% of searches come from mobile devices. As you can see from the data, the results vary by industry. But overall, Google searches from smartphones and tablets have surpassed searches from computers. According to research from Statista, 52.2% of all global web traffic comes from mobile devices. This number has been growing each year for the past decade. We’re not seeing any signs of […]

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SPI 255: Deep Work with Cal Newport

March is Productivity Month here at Smart Passive Income, and I’m kicking it off with a very special interview with Cal Newport, author of the game-changing productivity book, Deep Work. Cal caught on to the radical applications of “deep work” when he noticed how a particular approach to focus was transforming his productivity. Deep work, as Cal defines it, involves focusing intensely on cognitively demanding tasks. It’s transformed both his workday output and his life at home, and he’s joined me today to explain how. In this episode, Cal explains the practice of deep work, reveals strategies for building your deep work skills, and shares more of his favorite tactics for maximizing productivity. His approach builds on the ideas explored in some of my favorite productivity manuals, like The One Thing, and opens up a fascinating new frontier of ideas on how to get the most out of our workdays. As a parent with big […]

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7 Easy Skills to Pay The Bills

If you’re looking to make money, it’s important to understand the tools of your trade and have the technical knowledge to wield your tools with confidence. But soft skills are equally critical in the quest to pay the bills. And that’s something they don’t teach you in school. Soft skills overlap as personality traits, meaning they are inherent to some people but not to others. If you’re missing any of these soft skills it’s important that you expand on them quickly if you want to get paid. 7 Easy Soft Skills That Pay the Bills In an age where anyone can learn anything thanks to the internet, it’s important to brush up on these 7 soft skills if you are going to remain competitive and relevant in the digital marketplace. #1 Communication Marketing your business online is all about mastering the art of communication. Just as it is essential that […]

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Domain Name Basics

If you are just getting started with blogging, Internet marketing, or otherwise making money online for the first time, you may be intimidated by what more experienced professionals already take for granted. You have to learn how to crawl before you can try running, right? And one of the first steps that you’ll need to take on your journey as an online entrepreneur is registering a domain name. Let’s start first by defining what a domain name is in the first place. Basically, it’s the address that people type into their web browsers in order to access your website. You type “google.com” into your browser’s address bar to get at the popular search engine, for example, and you type “youtube.com” to get to the popular video site. Can You Buy a Domain Name? At the most basic level, you’ll want to have a similar kind of domain name for your […]

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How Fintech Advances Are Creating New Opportunities for Micro-Businesses

Fintech companies are filling in the gaps in SMB finance that the banks left wide open. March 13, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I’ve been a small-business owner for over 30 years. When I started my small accounting firm in 1984, I had three clients. And, in the years since, I’ve had my ups and downs. I remember one Monday morning walking into my local bank trying to get a $25,000 loan; I’d just landed a major client and needed the cash to make payroll. Related: The Next 5 Steps to Take After You’ve Been Denied a Small Business Loan But, after spending over three hours with the bank owner, I came home empty-handed and had the same result with each of the four different banks I tried, even though I had my financials in order. To raise the cash, I ended up selling my […]

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What’s Really Broken in the ‘Content Marketing Playbook’

Sometimes it bums me out that we’ve become a culture of contrarians. Whether it’s Black Panther, 3D printing, or strawberry ice cream, there’s nothing so excellent that someone on the internet won’t tell you why you’re wrong for liking it. So sometimes it’s easy to miss the signals when a genuine problem does develop. And among the usual noise of “the thing you like sucks,” there’s been a fresh spate of articles on content marketing, talking about the “content marketing playbook” not working the way it used to. Unlike that guy who hated Black Panther (let’s face it, he was just wrong), there’s some substance to this. But it’s not something to panic over. In fact, it’s something to embrace. Does content marketing work like it used to? No. And this should come as a surprise to no one. If you aren’t familiar with Gartner’s Hype Cycle of Technology, you […]

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Smart from Scratch® Is Now Available

This announcement has been a long time coming, but I’m happy to share that my first and brand new course, Smart from Scratch®, is now available! Registration for Smart From Scratch opens today, February 27, 2017, and closes on March 5, 2017 at midnight PST! Register here today! Smart from Scratch is a detailed, step-by-step course I created to help you find one winning business idea that’s worth your time and energy. Through a series of “litmus tests,” you’ll be able to pick a business idea, have confidence in the decisions you make moving forward, and even work toward earning your first customer. Have you ever had any of the following thoughts? “I don’t even know where to start.” “I feel like I’m just wasting my time.” “I’m overwhelmed by all of the information out there to help me start a business.” “I’m not sure what kind of business I’d like to […]

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Randi Zuckerberg Discovered When She Was a Kid the Importance of Asking for What You Want

When you want something, sometimes you just have to ask. March 13, 2018 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Randi Zuckerberg is an entrepreneur with an extremely impressive career track. She is the former director of market development at Facebook, founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, editor-in-chief of Dot Complicated and creator of the animated children’s show Dot. She is an outspoken advocate for diversity in tech and created Sue’s Pop-Up Tech Kitchen to get kids, and particularly young girls, excited about tech. Related: Why Everyone Can Use Randi Zuckerberg’s Number One Focus Tip Kara Goldin, founder and CEO of hint, can relate to many of the challenges Zuckerberg faced as a fellow female entrepreneur. In this video, Goldin sits down with Zuckerberg to talk about the lessons she learned along the way, and the value of simply asking for what you want — a lesson […]

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SPI 254: Lessons Learned While Testing and Launching My First Online Course

Next week is the official launch of Smart from Scratch®, my very first online course, and I couldn’t be more excited. It also feels like the perfect time to look back on my previous launch experiences and explore what I’ve learned about creating, testing, launching, and maintaining a product. Before Smart from Scratch, there was Breakthrough Blogging, my first membership site. I eventually ended that project after realizing the crucial things I’d overlooked when designing and launching it. Those mistakes, however, helped me fine-tune future launches and gave me a deeper understanding of how best to serve this audience. In this episode, I want to share what I fixed about my launching strategy. You’ll hear what I’ve learned about validating product ideas, pricing a course, building community, and creating a product I can stand behind. You all have taught me so much about crafting the best resources possible. I’m thrilled to share Smart from Scratch with you […]

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7 Psychological Hacks You Can Use to Launch an Emotional Social Campaign

Consumer disenchantment with social media advertising is the problem. How are you going to fix it? March 13, 2018 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Facebook recently announced it would prioritize posts from friends and family over those from publishers. The implication? An already diminished organic reach will decline even further. Related: How to Sell With Emotion The only solution left for serious marketers may just be paid ads. But ads are not going to magically enchant your audience. In fact, consumer disenchantment with social media advertising is not peculiar to Facebook alone. Across social media channels, consumers are seeking content that feels “human” and improves their sense of community. Small wonder, then, that the most shared ads are those that rely heavily on emotion. If you’re a marketer hoping to be heard above the din, your best solution here is to run campaigns that satisfy consumer needs for friendship, family and […]

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Getting Around the “One Form” Problem in Unbounce

What is Unbounce? Unbounce is a well-known and well-regarded landing page creation tool designed to allow HTML novices to create impressive and impactful landing pages, while offering scope for more experienced coders to have a bit more fun. In this post, I’m going to list some solutions to what I refer to as the “one form” problem of Unbounce, their strengths and weaknesses, and which I personally prefer. What is the “one form” problem? As with any system that tries to take complex processes and make them simple to implement, there’s a certain amount of nuance and flexibility that has to be sacrificed. One limitation is that each landing page on Unbounce can only have one embedded form (there are a few community articles discussing the topic, for instance: 1, 2, 3). While there’s a definite risk of call-to-action fatigue if you bombard your visitors with forms, it’s a reasonable […]

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How to Get the Most Out of an Online Course

Whose responsibility is it when it comes to the success rate of an online course? Put another way: if one of your students fails to see results after buying access to your online course, is it your fault, or their fault? Responsibility lies with both parties, but the fault of a failing student depends on a number of factors, which I’ll dig into here in this post. Whether you sell (or plan to sell) online courses, or you’re a student who takes online courses, increasing your success rate is a worthy target. Let’s talk about how you can do that. The Course Creator’s Responsibility All of this is on top of my mind because on Monday, February 27, my brand new online course, Smart from Scratch, will go live. It was first launched late last year to a limited number of students on a very specific segment of my email […]

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A Guide to Reducing Unneeded Distractions and Time-Sucks so You Can Be More Productive

Do you answer calls from unknown numbers? Either way, you still have to stop what you’re doing every time you get a ring from a mystery number and evaluate how to proceed. If the same number keeps calling you over and over, you can block it. If you’re an iPhone user, you can tap the blue circled “i” symbol next to the number in your recent calls list and block the number from there. On Android, hold down the number in your recent calls list and select block. Wireless carriers offer a variety of free and paid options for identifying and blocking spam numbers, too. T-Mobile, for instance, has a $4-a-month Name ID service, which provides caller ID for those who aren’t in your contact list. Third-party apps keep databases of robocallers and fraudsters. If you subscribe to one of these services, such as RoboKiller, it will prevent unwanted calls […]

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SPI 253: How to Build Relationships with Influencers with Selena Soo

I’ve talked about relationship building a lot on the Smart Passive Income Podcast. It’s an essential—and potentially life-changing—aspect of growing your business and your reputation as an entrepreneur. That’s why I’ve invited a relationship mastermind, Selena Soo, here today to give you her expert perspective on approaching influencers and building your network. As a coach to countless successful entrepreneurs (some of them coaches themselves), Selena understands the kinds of tactics that win over new contacts and forge meaningful connections. You’ll hear stories from her own encounters with industry legends, the mindset she adopts when making a first impression, and common mistakes she sees other entrepreneurs make. Selena and I also walk through three fun, hypothetical scenarios where you’ll get to hear her relationship-building strategies in action. We’ll cover everything from marketing a new book to attracting high-level coaching clients—there’s something for every entrepreneur in this episode. Want to make a stellar impression the next […]

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13 Things Millennials Should Know Before Their First Real Job

When you’re job hunting, it can sometimes feel like the good jobs only go to people who have an inside contact. It might not be a coincidence. Go through your network of family members, friends, friends of friends, past professional contacts, schoolmates and teachers. Research the industries and companies each person is part of and then start making some phone calls and sending some emails. Let people know you are a recent graduate looking for a job in their field. They might be able to provide you with recommendations or help you get interviews or, at the very least, some good advice. source_link Related posts: The Financial Advice Millennials and Gen Zers Want to Know (Infographic) The Real Reasons Millennials Are Struggling (Infographic) Recruit More Millennials by Offering This One Big Perk These Are the Companies That Millennials and Gen Zers Most Want to Work for These Complaints About Millennials […]

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My January 2017 Monthly Income Report

Welcome to the first Income Report of 2017! Here, I’ll be detailing line items from January 2017, including income sources and expenses. As always, I’ll also be sharing what’s been going on internally and what the plans are in the coming months. If you’d like to get a record of all Monthly Income Reports dating back to October 2008, you can find them right here. Thanks again, as always, for your support. Now, let’s get started. Important Goings-On in January As with most people, I had a newly found energy and a ton of excitement as the calendar started fresh again. I was a little worried because my family and I had just returned from an Australian Christmas vacation, and usually when I come back from long trips I get jet lagged and don’t want to work for a while. This time, however, I recovered very quickly, and on day […]

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Making Money While Binge-Watching America Chopper

On this episode of the Dot Com Lifestyle Vlog, I binge-watch multiple seasons of American Chopper to catch up with the new season. Normally, binge-watching is not a productive activity, but I made $3,052.18 doing it! That’s what can happen when you live the Dot Com Lifestyle. How To Live The Ultimate Dot Com Lifestyle I have many internet products and services that makes me money while I’m sleeping. Continuity affiliate programs like Aweber, LeadPages, ClickFunnel, MOBE, and others ensure a steady flow of income no matter what I’m doing or where I am in the world. Of all the programs, MOBE has consistently been one of the highest earners. It’s the program I recommend for new and experienced Internet marketers. The best way to start is by applying for the 21 Step System. This is a step by step system that I created with MOBE to help you make […]

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To Avoid Distractions and Stay off Facebook, This Entrepreneur Uses a Special App That Limits His Internet Use

Everyone has their own tactics for staying focus. Learn what works for this founder. March 13, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In today’s busy world, it’s easy to get distracted. However, if you want to succeed as an entrepreneur, staying focused will be a major key to your success. Related: 27 Entrepreneurs Share Their Secrets to Staying Focused Jon Good, the founder and CEO of gourmet chocolate company Jon Good Chocolates, understands firsthand how hard it can be to stay on track sometimes. That’s why he’s discovered a digital tool that helps him keep his eye on the ball. Good uses a blocker app called StayFocused, which acts as a web browser and monitors your usage on certain websites that might serve as distractions. Like many of us, Good often found himself spending too much time on Facebook. Luckily with StayFocused, the amount of time […]

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