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In business, just as in life, it’s important to have an understanding of who you are, where you’re going, what you want to achieve, and why you want to get there. You need to have goals, and those goals need to serve an overarching purpose. But, to get there, it takes effort. That’s why having a solid vision and mission statement for your business (and yourself!) is important.
Watch the episode on YouTube December has arrived, and it’s time to set our sights on what we hope to achieve in 2017. In this episode of SPI TV, I’ll share the steps I’m taking to set myself up for success next year and take stock of what I accomplished in 2016. I’ll be using Michael Hyatt’s new ebook, Achieve More in 2017, to guide me through important steps in my planning process.
It’s Thanksgiving this week here in the United States, and since we’ve been talking a lot about gratitude this month, I thought it would be fun to finish off the month (whether you live in the US or not) by giving you a fun and rewarding challenge (and bonus giveaway)! Before the challenge starts, I’d first like to tell you a quick story about my executive assistant, Jessica.
If you know me, even just a tiny bit, you know that I make an effort to express my appreciation for the amazing people around me. Because, you know what? There are so many amazing people around me, and I wholeheartedly appreciate each and every one of you. Here’s why. Between 2005 and 2008, I worked in an architecture firm. While I was there, I worked my tail off day in and day out.
Watch the episode on YouTube Yesterday, I teamed up with the awesome folks at Teachable for a webinar on increasing the success rate of your online course students. We had such a great discussion that I wanted to share a replay of that webinar with you today. In the webinar, I’m joined by some fantastic course creators from a variety of backgrounds and business niches.
Important Goings-On in October One of the most important things that happened in October was that on October 1, tickets for the Backstreet Boys in Vegas went on sale. I wanted to buy tickets for my wife, who is a hardcore BSB fan. She literally has action figures of each of the members, among other types of random BSB paraphernalia.
On October 28, 2016, Smart Passive Income turned eight years old. I can hardly believe it! We’ve come such a long way since 2008, and I’d like to take a moment to reflect on how this community has changed. In this episode, you’ll get a glimpse of what life used to be like at SPI headquarters—including my not-so-glamorous home office and the very first incarnation of the Sm ...
From November 10th through November 13th, I'll be hosting a FREE email list building challenge! Sign up here: http://www.100emails.com If you're just starting out, whether you already have a business or blog or not, and you need help and some motivation to start your email list, join me and thousands of others who will be particip ...
I’ve studied several entrepreneurs throughout my journey as a business owner, and there are a few qualities that are pretty obvious in terms of what it takes to become successful. Characteristics such as persistence, leadership, and having an open mind are just a few. But, over the course of my eight years as an entrepreneur, I’ve learned about one quality in particular that ...
There’s a moment in each of our lives that defines who we really are as entrepreneurs. I had a defining moment in my entrepreneurial journey, and so will you. It’s these transformative, life-altering, amazing moments I want to talk about in this post. Ready for it? Let’s do it. Anyone who’s starting something new, like your own business, becoming your own boss, or venturing ...
For the first five years after starting my online business, I did about 99 percent of the work on my own. There were a few one-off projects here and there that I had help with, such as getting voiceover work done for my study guide at GreenExamAcademy.com (which I actually did try to do on my own at first), but beyond that, it was all me. I set up my own websites. I customized the themes.
Latest Goings-On in September “Do you remember the twenty-first night of September?” Bonus points for anyone who knows that reference September was a great month, which started with a family trip to Disneyland. Yes, we visit Disneyland a lot, but not always to just walk around the park. Sometimes we run! This time, my wife was signed up to run the Disneyland Half Marathon.
For bloggers, nothing's more terrifying than that blinking cursor at the top of a blank page. That's why I've gathered ten tips for getting past that blank page anxiety and writing the perfect blog post. Running a blog for the past eight years has taught me what works, what doesn't, and the kinds of things readers crave from your writing.
I used to think that, as an entrepreneur, being your own boss and being the CEO of your own company were the same thing. I was wrong. By definition, the CEO, or Chief Executive Officer, is someone who is the most senior corporate officer in charge of managing an organization. Depending on the legal structure of the company, the CEO also reports to the board of directors and ...
This was a post I wrote over two years ago, but I think it’s important to highlight again because it asks a question all of us entrepreneurs should be asking often: “How will you know when you’ve reached financial success?” My answer two years ago was different than my answer today, as it should be. My goals have changed over time.
Look underneath the surface of any good business, and you’ll typically find finances that are well-managed and in order. This is why I wanted to invite my personal CPA, Dave Heistein from ProfitwiseAccounting.com, to write a guest post to talk about what we as entrepreneurs can do to best manage the finances of our business.
One of my podcast listeners asked me, "Now that your first self-published, print book has been out in the world for six months, how is it doing? What did you learn from the process of creating Will It Fly?" I thought I'd answer that question in this special episode of SPI TV and offer you guys my honest thoughts about what I learned from Will It Fly?. Will It Fly? surprised me.
Latest Goings-On in August The biggest announcement in August was the brand new SPI Pro Theme, which became available for WordPress users worldwide this month. Through a partnership with the team over at StudioPress, we were able to re-engineer the SPI theme that was used on this site between 2013 and early 2016 to one that could be distributed as a downloadable WordPress theme.
Today I want to talk about how much money it takes to start an online business. This is a very common question that I’m asked, and it was definitely a question I had when I first started. There’s a common misconception about what it really costs to get started. Most people, including me at one point, think that it requires loads of money. I understand how that can be discouraging.
The SPI Pro Theme is here! Smart Passive Income and StudioPress have partnered to create this beautiful, new theme based on the one I used on SmartPassiveIncome.com from 2013 to 2016. Today, I'm walking you through just how easy it is to use. So many people ask me, "What's the best WordPress theme for my website?" This is it, folks: the theme I recommend you use for your online ...