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Execution. It’s one of those big business words that might apply more to entrepreneurs than anyone else. It’s also what matters most every day. Why? If a big business doesn’t execute, they might miss a quarterly earnings report. If an entrepreneur doesn’t execute, the rent might not get paid. Those are two very different things. But before we get to execution, let’s talk about hustle.
I’ve got a little bone to pick with a piece of extremely common advice I hear from successful entrepreneurs. I hear this advice everywhere. Watch the video (or read more below): The advice goes a little something like this: You just gotta get out there and do it! Just do it. Get after it. Make it happen. This isn’t going to happen to you, you gotta make it happen.
Earlier this week I stumbled on an example of absolutely terrible advice from the U.S. Small Business Administration. This advice made me angry and sad at the same time. Angry at the SBA and sad for anyone who follows the advice. I was googling some common phrases about building a business as research for an upcoming podcast episode.
On November 19, 2013, I became a member of the entrepreneurial training site, Fizzle. I wish I could remember the specific moment when I chose to join or what it was exactly that inspired me to take the leap, but the truth is I was on a learning feeding frenzy at that point. I was taking courses, listening to podcasts, reading books, and joining websites at a furious pace.
You want to be more productive and motivated? Let’s talk about your work environment — and more specifically how your work environment shapes your productivity. On the show today Corbett, Chase and Steph walk you through insights about how our work places effect our work practices. This one’s especially helpful for those of us who work from home (and coffee shops and librarie ...
There is a war about to happen across the internet: Resolutions vs. Screw Resolutions. You'll see articles about how resolutions are bad and that you should be willing to change December 15th as much as January 1st. Yeah, I get it. But I love me some resolutions. I think when we all yell HAPPY NEW YEAR, we get a new chance, a fresh start.
Being “inspired” as an entrepreneur can mean a lot to your business and life. To me, the feel of inspiration is towards possibility and opportunity… a far cry from the standard doom and gloom that can come with starting a business. But more importantly, I find my best ideas, my most creative moments, come not when I’m dour and heavy, but when I’m light and hopeful… which is wh ...
Email marketing is an insanely effective way for most small businesses to build trust and invite potential customers to purchase products and services. Unlike a Facebook or Instagram feed where your message is simply one of thousands (if it gets displayed at all), in the email inbox you’ll have a much higher likelihood of getting your message seen and read.
If you’re creating a business you are going to need help. At some point in your journey a suggestion from a peer, or an insight from an article could lead to a major breakthrough for you. But where do you go for that help? That is the question we dig into in today’s podcast, sharing insights from each of us about where we truly find help in modern business.
Far too many entrepreneurs jump immediately to the idea of hiring a full-time virtual assistant (VA) when they think about outsourcing. While a VA is one form of outsourcing, there are other ways to outsource, most of which are much easier than having to hire, train, and assign a full-time level workload to a VA.
Email newsletters can be a great way to grow an audience and keep them engaged. If you’re working to grow an audience through email, offering an email newsletter instead of the traditional subscriber giveaway is an option worth considering. With a standard opt-in gift, after you’ve delivered the initial offer, you have to decide what else you’ll send to keep your audience engaged.
If you’re trying to decide between Squarespace vs WordPress, you’re in the right place. We’re going to cover every important decision factor here, so you can make a decision and move on to the next step. Most of us feel like the right website can go a long way to helping us get discovered. But most of us also don’t have a large chunk of money lying around to pay for a beautiful custom website.
When we ask entrepreneurs what they are struggling with, it’s incredibly common to hear, “I want to get more done.” This comes to us as no surprise; the ability to use time wisely is one of the most valuable skills an entrepreneur can have in their productivity arsenal. Whether you’re already working on your business full-time, or trying to squeeze in a few effective hours of ...
Modern western culture is buzzing with ideas about living a happy and fulfilled life. I can’t walk down the street without seeing a #liveyourdream hashtag on something. There seems to be hundreds of books, podcasts, courses, shows and instagram accounts about it. But with all the gurus and research courses and books out there, is there a framework that can really help? I mean, ...
Martin Seligman, the father of the field of positive psychology, famously said in a 1999 speech that “psychology was half-baked.” He was referring to the fact that psychology up to that point had really focused just on mental illness and on repairing damage. He then said, “…that’s only half of it. The other side’s unbaked, the side of strength, the side of what we’re good at.
Overwhelmed. Submerged. Swamped. Engulfed. This is what it feels like to become lost inside your business. You get lost in the necessary day to day operations. You get lost wasting months on an elusive project that never gets finished. You get lost in the fog of un-motivation. (Or is it “de-motivation”?) You get lost in the anxiety and worry of declining metrics.
Let’s face it. Jobs suck. I spent 13 years of my life working in various jobs, and I never felt right about it. Not once did I feel like I was doing my life’s work. There was always a little voice in the back of my head telling me “you’ll never be happy working for someone else. When are you going to get the balls to try working for yourself?” In 2006 I found those balls.
“I did everything right, but my audience STILL isn’t growing. How do I get random strangers to discover me?” I loved how honestly the question was asked in the Fizzle Forums. It came from a woman who had taken one of our courses, the one about defining and understanding your target audience. The course had helped her make big improvements to her website, going so far as to d ...
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