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Best Advice for Writing a Successful Business Plan

Best Advice for Writing a Successful Business Plan

Starting a new business can be a daunting task with many pitfalls along the way. Many new businesses fail within their first year of trading, while others struggle for 2 to 3 years before either giving up or breaking even. It’s certainly not for the faint of heart.

Starting a business can be one of the most rewarding endeavors you can undertake but to be successful in business it’s extremely important that you plan out your business model in fine detail.

Building a business from the ground up without having a solid business plan in place is a big mistake but having a business plan that is inaccurate or incomplete could hurt your fledgling business more than not having a business plan to begin with.

Fear not though, there are specific steps you can take while developing your business plan that will help you avoid the pitfalls that most businesses fall in to when first starting out.

A business plan won’t help you avoid every mistake there is to make but a well-structured business plan will certainly help you react and adjust to unforeseen and unpredictable situations more rapidly, while keeping in mind your ultimate business goals and objectives.

So here are my top 10 tips for writing a successful business plan.understand your business

 

 

  1. Understand Your Business

    Before you even begin to construct your business plan it’s extremely important that you completely understand your business idea, and in as much detail as possible.

    If you don’t understand what your business is and what it offers then you won’t be able to sell your idea to potential investors, banks or indeed your customers.

    This sounds like an obvious step in the process but it is one that is often overlooked by many new entrepreneurs.

    Having an idea is simply not enough, you’re going to need to know exactly what products or services your business will offer, how you will sell these products or services to your customers or clients, how much you plan to charge and the location you plan to operate your business from.

    This is exactly what the business planning process is for, to understand these details but it is a good idea to have a rough overview of what these are or may be before you begin planning.

    Think about your idea over and over in your mind first before you begin to write down the details. Slowly build up a picture up of what it is your business does before you progress.market research

  2. Research Your Market

    It’s important that you fully understand your market before you even begin to write and structure your business plan.

    You may find that there is far too much competition in the market for you to be able to compete, or perhaps there isn’t even a market at all.

    You’ll need to understand your customers and their buying habits. How much disposable income do they have? What are their interests? What age range is appropriate?

    Is your business seasonal? If so, what considerations will you make for times when business is slow and how will you manage these conditions?

    You’ll need to know who your competitors are, and what they charge. What makes you different and unique? Keep this question in mind as you progress, as you will need it later in the process.

    There are many things to consider during the market research phase and this is probably one of the most important steps, if not the most important step when developing your business model.profit

  3. Understand the Numbers

    If you’ve ever watched the TV series Dragons Den, then you’ll know that the one thing that the Dragons hate more than a lack of understanding of the market you’re trying get a slice of, is not knowing your numbers and figures.

    The financials are very important. If you don’t have your numbers right then how do you know that you are going to make a profit, or purchase your stock at the correct price? Do you know the difference between Gross and Net profit? What taxes should you be paying? How much will be required for wages, utilities, office supplies, rent and stock.

    You’re going to need to understand what is going to cost you money while operating and getting started, and offset these costs against your income. It’s so important that you get this stage correct. You’ll need to be as detailed as possible.

    During this stage it’s important to be realistic too. Don’t over value your business.

    When calculating potential profits, it’s important not to let emotions and excitement take over. Don’t fall in to the ‘This time next year Rodney’ trap. You may have the best business idea since sliced bread, and you may even be able to make millions in your first year but it’s important to be realistic. A good rule of thumb is to work on the lowest possible income values and work up. Start with a worst-case scenario and go from there.pay yourself

  4. Take a Wage

    When constructing a new business plan a lot of entrepreneurs will often forgo taking a wage from the company in the hopes that this will help the business get off the ground during the initial stages without adding extra financial burdens. This is a mistake.

    The fact is you and your family need to eat, pay the bills and enjoy some leisure time.

    Not taking a wage will cause unneeded stress in your personal and professional life, and this is a key indicator to investors or banks that you’re not in a position to run your business properly.

    You don’t have to take a ridiculous amount of money, just make sure you can cover what you need to cover. Taking a wage and making sure that it is factored in to your business costs will show interested parties that you are serious about what you are doing.

  5. Understand Your Business Structure

    Every business is structured and managed differently. It’s important that you understand how your business will be structured. What type of business will it be? A partnership, a limited company or are you a sole trader. Who will play the key roles in the business? Who’s responsible for sales? Who’s responsible for marketing? Will you have employees?

    These are all important factors to consider and get nailed down. Knowing who is responsible for doing what will make life a lot easier.

    It’s also very important to know how shares in the business will be divided if you’re a partnership. Have any of the partners or you invested capital in the business and if so how will this be accounted for?stand out from competition

  6. Stand Out from the Competition

    If you’re entering an already established market sector it’s important to show how you will stand out from the competition. How will your product or service be unique or different from the offerings of your competitors?

    Perhaps you can offer a lower price, or a better quality product. If you’re providing a service perhaps you can achieve the same results as your competitors but with a faster turnaround or a more streamlined process.

    You’re going to need a great unique selling point (USP) in order to differentiate your business offering from that of your competition.

  7. Understand Your Product

    You’ll need to fully understand what it is you offer in terms of products or services, and you’re going to need to communicate your offerings in a way that attracts potential investors and customers.

    Remember, you’re not selling features; you’re selling solutions or benefits. Once you have a clear grasp of the details of your products or services, sell them on the solutions they provide to customer problems, and not on the features they have.

    What problems exist that your product or service solves? Have you hit upon a common problem that exists but one that currently has no good solution? If so, does your product or service solve this problem? Sell the benefits not the features.

    Features are attributes of a product or service. For example, if you’re selling mp3 players, saying that an mp3 player has 16gb memory capacity is a feature. It gives the customer an idea of the products specifications but doesn’t tell them the benefits of that specific feature. If you tell them that this will allow them to store 100,000 songs, that feature now has a clear benefit and the customer will know that they will be able to carry their whole CD collection in their pocket while on the move.

  8. Know the Purpose

    What is the purpose of your business plan? Who are the intended audience?

    If you’re looking to gain funding for your startup, then you will need to tailor the plan towards investors or banks.

    If you’re going down the investor route, it’s important to understand that they will have different interests when compared to banks. Banks will want to know the same information in terms of your profit and loss details but their overriding concern will be whether you will be able to keep up repayments on any loan you get, while investors will be interested in the longevity of your business model and how fast they can expect a return on their investment.

    If you’re not in the market for funding, perhaps you’re pitching your business at retail outlets that you want to stock your products.

    The key point here is that you should tailor each iteration of your business plan to the audience you’re engaging with at that time.

    That said it’s important to have a complete and comprehensive business plan that covers everything too.set a goal

  9. Grow and Set Goals

    A business plan isn’t a one-time exercise that you use for the purposes of gaining funding or achieving a specific goal. A business plan is an important internal business document that should grow and change as your business does.

    Keep your business plan up to date with everything that is going on with your business, this will help you plan for the future and you will always have a comprehensive, structured document that will help guide you as you progress.

    It’s also important to set realistic goals and objectives for your business to achieve. Spread these over a 3 to 5 year period and be realistic in your expectations. This helps map out a clear direction and focus for the business.

    Working towards goals and objectives, helps you structure your business activities in a more focused manner. If you always have your next goal in mind you’ll always be thinking of the steps required and the best approaches to getting to that goal, constantly pushing your business forward.

    You don’t always have to achieve your goals but simply having them in place will help you to focus your efforts and the efforts of your employees.

  10. A Killer Executive Summary

    If you’ve ever written a business plan before or used any sort of business planning software, you’ll probably already know what an executive summary is. For those of you that don’t, an executive summary is an overview and summary of your entire business, detailing in short all the aspects of your business idea. It’s an important part of your business plan and should be shown first in the completed document.

    Most business planning tools show the executive summary first in the process though, and new entrepreneurs often get stuck at this stage and for good reason.

    If you try to write your executive summary before you have completed the rest of the process, you won’t understand all the necessary components in order to write a killer executive summary. So leave this part of your business plan until last. Come back to it later. If you do you’ll have a greater understanding of your entire business model and you will be able to write an executive summary that will impress the socks off of any investor.

    Remember, you’re going to need to grab the attention of banks or investors quickly. Most, investors have very little time to go through every opportunity that lands on their desk, and having an excellent executive summary that grabs the attention of potential investors quickly is key to securing funding.

12 Legit Ways How to Make Money Online Without a Website

12 Legit Ways How to Make Money Online Without a Website

Today, we are going to talk about how to make money online without a website. I am going to show you twelve legitimate ways to do just that.  Now I am sure if you do some research you might be able to come up with more than 12, but I tried to keep the list limited to the more realistic ways for you to earn some money online without a website.

Of course, if you throw a website into the equation, then the list of ways to make money online would number in the hundreds. We will leave that for a future article.  So with that as an intro, let’s get started and take a pick of the best ways to make money online without a website.

legit ways to make money online

1) Selling items on Ebay. Some of you may have already done this, but for the benefit of those of have not, it is something that is very easy to do. Just head over to ebay.com and open up an account.

Once open, you will have a tab that says, strangely enough, SELL. Press it, don’t be scared and the prompts will walk you all the way through to placing your first ad online. They will even help you price it, just in case you have no idea what to sell your item for.

As a matter of fact, just to be prepared to have a price ready, try  to “buy” a similar item and see how many people are selling exactly what you are trying to sell. You will also get a feel for how much to sell your own item for.  Also in preparation, you will need a paypal account so get one of those setup, just in case you don’t have one. Your advertising fees and the money you receive from a successful sale will all be handled through paypal, which is owned by Ebay, in case you did not know that.

Finally, where to get the items? Just look around your house for clutter. Next, check the basement, attic, garage, shed, you name it. You will be amazed at how much “stuff” you have that nobody uses anymore. Sell it and start making some money online.

2) Sell items on Craigslist. This is very similar to selling items on Ebay except the clients will be local, so there is a good chance there won’t be any shipping involved. That being the case, I would take any of the larger items that you found in number one above and use those items for selling on Craigslist.

Not that you couldn’t just skip number one and put everything on Craigslist but the main reason you wouldn’t do that is because many more people will see your ad on Ebay since it is not limited to your local region.

3) Join Swagbucks.com This is a free online program that gives you the opportunity to earn cash, gift cards and other rewards by simply doing simple things like taking surveys, answering polls, playing games, watching videos and giving feedback on a website.

You won’t be able to earn a lot of money doing this but it is certainly a great start to learning how to make money online.

4) Freelance Writing. If you like to write, you can become a writer for several different online companies that can use your skills. The two biggest ones are upwork.com and freelancer.com.  This is very easy to do, especially if you have a passion in any particular field as you will be able to write freely on topics within your chosen niche.

5) Join Fiverr.com. If you ever wondered is Fiverr a legit website, I will be one of the first people to tell you yes it is and many freelancers are capitalizing from it. While this can be very similar to number 4 in that fiverr has many different writing gigs, it is also much more creative as you can do just about anything to earn $5.00.

For example, you could design things, you could sing, you could dress up as anything and perform a task, you could do graphic design, you could perform any one of a number of tasks relating to website creation and performance, assuming you had the skills to that.

And the list goes on and on. Head on over to fiverr.com and see for yourself about all the different things that you can do to earn $5.

6) Join sponsoredtweets.com.  Did you know that you can get paid to tweet! That’s right, companies will pay you to tweet on their behalf. You will get paid through Paypal, so just like number one above, if you don’t have a Paypal account, open one today…it is free.

7) Blogging. Now I know the title says ” Without A Website”, but you can still blog on a free site like blogger.com and not have to worry about your own website.

If you put up your own blog on blogger, and then drive traffic to it, you will be in a good position to monetize your activity from your visitors. You will have to learn about two very important aspects that are beyond the scope of this article and they are

1) driving traffic to your site

and

2) monetizing that traffic.

Just like this article has twelve methods, these two topics (traffic and monetizing) also have a dozen or more methods for carrying out the functions of traffic and monetizing. So do some research and learn.

8) Make money taking pictures. If you like landscape photography, you can now sell your digital photos on several such as  shutterstock.com. Here, you can take your creativity and turn it into cash!  As their website advertises ” shutterstock serves over 150 countries and has paid out over 200 million dollars to photographers just like you!

9) Turn your hobby into cash. If you are creative, and can make things with your hands, you can sell your crafts on sites like Etsy.com. No more having to wait for summer craft fairs to display your wares. You can do it 24/7/365 on Etsy.com, so get started today and pick up some extra cash on the side.

10)  Zaarly.com  is a site that you can join if you are willing and able to perform random tasks like teaching lessons, or walking a dog or performing some shopping tasks for people. Obviously, these are local gigs and services but the initial contact is made through this online site which is why it appears on this list of online money making activities.

11)  Web design. If you have the creative skills and graphic artist skills to perform web design services, there are many sites that could use your services. You could start at warrior forum.com and place your ad under the warriors for hire section.

12) MLM Network marketing and similar activities. Multi level marketing has been around for a very long time. You know the routine, you earn money on all the people you bring into the fold and a certain percentage of all the people that your “downline” brings into the fold.

You need to do your homework very carefully before joining any one particular MLM or Network marketing company so that you feel comfortable working in that environment.

Here are two leaders to get you started thinking along these lines: Global Domains International at www.website.ws and Project Payday at www.projectpayday.com

Best Tips on Writing Effective Emails to CEO’s & Directors

Best Tips on Writing Effective Emails to CEO’s & Directors

This week I have the pleasure of producing an invitation email to send to some of the countries most powerful people. Chief execs, directors, heads of IT etc. This has to be, the toughest crowd to date.

Their time is precious, with many emails being viewed on their iphone or simply by their secretary without getting any further.

The content needs to be direct and to the point as they can sense waffle and sales from a mile away.

A personal approach is ideal to get passed both the external and internal spam blocker. Although they know it is an automated send out, it’s nice to see that we tried to make it personal, that we made an effort. Copywriting has always had this difficult challenge, however targets of this calibre make a decision on even the smallest mistake.

So, focusing on title, content and call to action (CTA), I need to make sure the whole thing is compelling, informative and actionable.

Title
If you knew how to write the perfect subject line, you’d be the most successful writer in the world. Subject lines are often the first and largest hurdle to get over. You need a professional tone that is engaging and “clickable”, b2c tricks don’t work here, no “limited time only” or “save 25%” With b2b catchy titles just won’t do it, your message matters too, you just need them to read it.

Content
Good content is paramount to a successful email strategy. High level communication has to be personal. CEOs and directors are people too, they are smart and can smell a sales pitch from a mile away. Being personal feels honest, a friendly approach, leaving jargon at the door to ensure you have their attention, not have them thinking a spam machine has been pumping out email after email.

A tidy CRM makes this job a lot easier, instead of “dear sir/madam” have “dear *first_name*”, sure they’ll know your CRM is getting used, but at least you tried to make your email personal, you’ll be surprised how far that goes.

Be honest. If you are inviting them to an event, be honest about the event, don’t lie about the panel or big up a speaker, directors and CEOs know each other, and often know each other well. The last thing you need is someone picking up on an extension of the truth.

Sent by
Let’s be honest, getting an email from a “sales officer” or “business development manager” or even “marketing manager” always has the sense that there is a hidden agenda (which there is). Try and get someone on a similar level to you targets to contact them, people respond well to equals and that is no different in the upper echelons of business. Send it from a director, a CEO or board member. Have a bit of guile.

Techy bits
– Have your email wired with analytics, find out bounce backs and click throughs to give you as much information to review your campaign.
– customise sent from addresses and names, don’t send it from salesgenerator@yourcompany.com or reply to sales@yourcompany.com. We have a natural spam filter and as soon as you see the word “sales” in an email that doesn’t appear to sell, you can kiss that contact goodbye.
– spelling punctuation and grammar! – I know this should be standard procedure but you’d be amazed how many emails manage to get sent out with spelling mistakes and wrong email addresses or phone numbers. Your email represents your business, if they think you can’t string a sentence together they are going to be brimming with confidence about your ability to deliver.

 

The Science Rockstars School of Tweeting With Persuasion

The Science Rockstars School of Tweeting With Persuasion

Picture this: your business has an amazing product, which solves an actual problem but you don’t have an active online voice?

You probably heard this one a couple of times, whether it’s someone in a suit or from a startup.

And of course, it sounds silly and it takes so danged long to build up a fan base.

Meanwhile, I’ve got a couple of fast ways you can improve your online presence immediately whether you are just on Twitter or actually focusing on driving traffic to your startup’s blog.

But wait, before we get started. I will tell you what my excuse was.

How the Time Troll Got to me

The biggest reason that I failed at blogging years back is that I didn’t keep on doing it.

I lacked the inspiration and felt guilty for going after the same tone of voice of some of the marketing blogs out there. Let me emphasize that: “I wasn’t inspired to create due to the activities that I was undertaking”.

Instead those activities felt like an obstacle to describing my personal experiences. I had been so wrapped up in launching some earlier projects that I used those experiences as an excuse for not creating. After all, there was no time!

We all know that this has to do with priorities. Not all tasks are created equal, but for a founder they all are! That is how I treated everything and in my mind, it was okay not to get to blogging since my mind was already full with other stuff.

So I started this blog as a platform for any of my ideas on how to grow your startup and on personal development.

Now Take a Guess What I Told a Founder Last Week

“You are crazy! You’ve got paying customers who are paying for a demo, and you’re not building a relationship with them?”

“Let me ask you a question: Do you find that most of your current customers are reaching out to you via phone and calling you?”

And he said “Our Beta pool is full, but I get a lot of phone calls with one off questions which drive me nuts sometimes.”

I went on to say “how awesome would it be if you started building relationships with your Beta pool of customers so you can drive traffic to your, quickly to be redesigned, website?”

Of course, he was interested.

The key here is, especially if you are B2B Startup, to get multiple of your customers in the same room. It can be as easy as a simple meetup at your office.

All these customers have questions and experiences and will most definitely talk about it because they are in the room with likeminded people and guess what: they are all using YOUR product.

Let’s get to it!

How to Start Tweeting More With More Persuasion, or Swagger

I am a big fan of Jon Morrow, his personal story reminds me of what the human spirit is capable of. Next to kicking back in Mexico, he is the Associate Editor of Copyblogger.

In order to help out that founder, I went through Jon’s Cheat Sheet of Headline Hacks and wrote 52 examples persuasive headlines that will get you more clicks by making your readership more curious.

 

How 52 Persuasive Tweets Look Like for PersuasionAPI

The key here is to be specific by studying your audience.


11 Threat Headlines – What keeps your readers up at night?

– How Safe is Your Website from Persuasion Profiling?

– Warning Signs That Keeps Your Website From Converting

– Warning: Persuasion Profilers!

– Can we Really Trust @PersuasionAPI? 5 Things you Should Know

– The Shocking Truth About Persuasion Profiling: Dr. Maurits Kaptein Reveals All!

– The Great Conversion Hoax

– How Companies Gamble With Their Online Reputation: 3 Ways to Protect Yourself

– 9 Lies Conversion Experts Like to Tell

– 13 Things Your Website Designer Won’t Tell You

– 5 Little Known Factors That Could Affect Your Conversion Rate

– Marketer Alert: The new Conversion Scam to Avoid


9 Zen Headlines – Promising Your Readers a Simpler Life

Make a promise that will simplify the worries they are having.

– The Minimalist Guide to A/B – Testing

– The Zen of Persuasion Profiling: 10 Ways Your Conversion Rate Won’t Suck Anymore

– Can’t Keep up? 7 Ways to Simplify Your Website

– How to Take Charge of Your Blog’s Comment Section

– 10 Shortcuts for Optimizing Your Website in Record Time

– Get Rid of Comment Spammers Once and for All

– How to end Your Fight With Weak Conversions

– How to end Screwing up Customer Development

– 15 Conversion Hacks: A Cheat Sheet for Making Your Website go from Ashy to Classy 🙂


6 Piggyback Headlines – Riding on the Back of a Famous Brand

Immediately connect with your audience in a powerful way by means of authority.

– Tim Ash’s top 5 Tips for Pimping Your Landing Pages

– Launch Like Steve Jobs: 7 Ways to Build Buzz for Your Next Science Rockstar Product

– The Yogi Berra School of Persuasive Writing

– The Hector’s Guide to Killer Content

– Secrets of Conversion Experts: How to Kiss A/B – Testing Goodbye

– What Jay-z Can Teach us About Science – The Rockstar Way


6 Mistake Headlines – Irresistible Teasers From the Masters

Position yourself as an expert by showcasing that you know exactly what your audience is going through.

– Do You Believe in the Objections More Than You Believe in Your Solution?

– Do You Make These 9 Conversion Mistakes?

– 7 E-mail Mistakes That Make You Look Stupid

– 5 Website Mistakes That Make Your Company Look Like a Joke

– 21 Conversion Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

– Don’t do These 12 Things When Your Startup Gets Press Coverage


11 How to Headlines – The Oldie But Goldie That Never Fails

“How to” forces the author to immediately communicate the value you are offering to your audience.

– How to Design for Conversion

– How to be Persuasive

– How to Get Clients Online, Even When Your Landing Page Sucks

– How to Make Your Website Rock Without Spending a Fortune

– How to Woo Investors While You Are Presenting

– How to do Less and Get More Leads

– How to Debunk an Online Marketer

– How to use PersuasionAPI to Grow Your Business

– How to Persuade Like Don Juan in 2013

– How to Attract Customers and Convert Them – The Ultimate Guide

– How to be Smart in a World of Emotional Shoppers


10 List Headlines – Bite Sized Content That Readers Adore

Small lists of lessons learned, funny stuff and anything you can think off.

– 5 Simple Ways to Make Your Landing Page Rock!

– 21 Social Triggers to Improve Conversions

– 56 Killer Resources for Improving Conversions

– The Top 10 Conversion Hacks

– 5 Persuasion Secrets Every Online Marketer Should Know

– 7 Surprising Reasons Why Your Website is Not Converting (oh Yes!)

– The 6 Immutable Laws of Persuasive Blogging

– 8 Steps to Become a Science Rockstar

– Get More Leads! 10 Ideas That Really Work

– 7 Things Your Online Marketer Needs to Hear You Say

Burn it up, baby!

There are people waiting to hear from you.



Here’s What You Need To Do Next…(Because I Want Feedback & Get to Know You)

First…

Check out Jim McCraigh’s book How To Write Words That Sell: Create Your Own Money Making Ads, Sales Letters, E-mail, and Social Media Hacks

It’s a great read, and it’s quick. And all hype aside, it can change your traffic stats!

Then…

I want you to leave me a comment on this page, and let me know how you plan on using what you learned from this post to be more persuasive and how you progress.

 

The Top 10 Best Online Businesses You Can Start Today

The Top 10 Best Online Businesses You Can Start Today

best online businesses

Have you been wondering what are some of the best online businesses that you can start online? Being a website entrepreneur is one of the most rewarding but challenging experience you can ever achieve.

However, there’s so much information out there that shows you how to make money online.

In the final analysis, the question remains: so is it possible to earn money online?

Of course it is!

I’ve certainly done it many times over.

I’m sure you’ve seen a countless number of advertisements out there online that talks about how to make money online. For the most part, most of these advertisements are requires backend cash to support it and can get really tricky to generate income from it.

However, there are ethical and honest online businesses that you can start from your home today.

I’ve always been passionate in the world of computers and the internet ever since I was a little kid. I got my first computer when I was only 16 years old and since then I’ve been online and on the computer.

I remember building my first website from scratch, it was back in the old internet days when search engines such as “Altavista” and dialup internet was around. There was no Google, iPads, iPods or even an Xbox.

Since then, the internet has truly evolved into social networking, business opportunities and launch pads for talented people around the world.

How I became a website entrepreneur

In my own experience, I’ve made money online via the following ways:

  • I’ve sold advertising on websites.
  • I’ve sold ebooks online.
  • I’ve built and sold websites.
  • I’ve created websites for corporations.
  • I’ve generated thousands of dollars through Search Engine Optimization.
  • I’ve made money through teaching others how to make money online.
  • I’ve built blog sites and monetized them.
  • I’ve created email lists and sold products through them.
  • I’ve setup seminars and spoken to people on how they create their own products and sell them online.
  • I’ve written ebooks on how to make money online and sold those books in bookstores and online medias.
  • I’ve even sold stuff on Facebook.
  • and much much more.

Today, I’m still experimenting with different and upcoming business opportunities you can do online.

In my previous years of experience, I’ve found there is a handful of good businesses that you can start online today.

Here are my top 10 Best Online Businesses you can start today from the comfort of your own home.

 1. Create an ebook and sell it online.

You can simply write your own ebook and sell it online. The only thing you need is knowledge in a particular industry and know how to create the website and sales letter. By writing your own ebook, which can be around 50 pages, you can sell it for around $47. If you want to learn more about this, click here.

 2. Create a coaching website.

Can you help someone online? Can you offer expert advice to someone in a particular topic? By setting up a website that provides your coaching services, you can charge around $150 per hour to simply offer advice. By setting up a website and online phone system such as Skype, you’re in business.

3. Start a website design business.

If your good with building websites, you can start a web design business from home. By building a simple website for a company, you can charge up to $5,000 for a good website. Building a successful website design business takes time but the rewards are great financially.

4. Teach English online.

I know many people who may not have great technical skills but they have something that they have of value, it’s their simple basic English skills. If you can speak English fluently, you can offer your english speaking skills to countries online which need an online mentor. I know my English isn’t the best but I know I can easily teach someone the basics of conversational English and can charge income for it.

5. Build a membership website.

You can actually create a series of information that’s valuable and charge people to get access to it. For example, if you’re in the business of dog training, you can setup a 6 month course on training your dog for better dog behavior. This online course can consists of videos and how to instructions and you simply charge your customers a monthly access fee to the site.

6. Sell stuff on eBay.

Do you have any junk you want to get rid of? Do you want to make additional cash from things you don’t need? Then sell it on eBay. Many people all over the world have turned eBay into a full time business. They look for products to sell and sell it to eager buyers on eBay.

7. Start a blogging business.

Do you have a passion for a particular topic? Why not blog about it? If you have a wealth of information that is valuable for a particular industry, you can simply create a blog site around that industry and build up a large number of readers to your site. This will attract more opportunities and customers for your business.

8. Provide Virtual Assistance services.

Many first-world countries are now outsourcing their jobs to other countries charging cheaper for labour costs. Jobs such as programming, content creation, PA work such as emails, researching, graphic design and much more are available out there. Go check out Freelancer and you’ll find a long list of employers who would love to hire you for your skills. It’s like working in an office, but your office is your home.

9. Sell advertising online.

If you build a high traffic website, you can easily monetize that traffic by selling space on your website for cash. Many companies are looking for high traffic websites that’s relevant to their customers and willing to pay large cash for it.

10. Build niche websites.

Competition is growing online and more people are starting businesses online every single day. However if you find a gap in a market that hasn’t been used yet, that’s where you want to be if you’re an expert in that area. By looking for niches in the market, you can be the go to person for that service.

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The advantages of being a website entrepreneur

Here are some advantages of setting up an online business and becoming an online entrepreneur.

  1. Your business is open 24/7.
  2. You make money while you sleep.
  3. The expenses of operating your business is incredibly low.
  4. You have a global market.
  5. You get to deliver your products and services with minimal hassle and huge financial costs.
  6. It helps you build the lifestyle you want.
  7. It’s very cheap to start an online business.

The disadvantages of being a website entrepreneur

Of course, it’s not a walk in the park when you start an online business. Here’s a few disadvantages of having an online business.

  1. It requires technical skills.
  2. It’s easy to get into but also easy to get out of.
  3. You must have good knowledge of that particular industry.
  4. It’s very competitive.

The results of being a website entrepreneur

So there you have it, the different ways in which you can start an online business today and also the pros and cons of starting one.

As a result of all of this, do you think you should start an online business? I believe so, the reason is because even though most of these businesses are easy to get into, the reality of this is that it requires hard work and dedication.

Just like getting a six pack. It requires you to work out every single day, get 8 hours sleep, eat quality and clean meals 4-6 times a day while reducing your calories to around 1,500 per day.

Working on an online business takes time and dedication. You need to work on it every single day and most importantly, be passionate about it.

If you’re not passionate in whatever it is that you’re doing, you’re going to give up early on in the game. However if you’re truly passionate in your career, no matter how many rejections and obstacles you face, you’re going to succeed because you’ll break through them all.

In my own personal experience, when I first started, I tried going into business just for the money and the market, however I left the business because I just didn’t have the heart for it. However, whenever I started a business out of pure passion, no matter how much competition I faced and problems, I somehow ended up making a lot of money.

I believe the reason for this is that I was passionate in that business. If you’re passionate in whatever it is that you’re doing, the money will follow.

So my final message to you before you go out there and start your first online business and become a website entrepreneur, check your levels of passion first, are your willing to stay at this business for the long term even if you don’t generate any income from it for now? If so, then you may have found a online business perfect for you.

One final piece of advice I would like to leave you with is the secret of trying new things. If you continually test and try new things, you will come across a winning business. Finding the right online business for you is like picking a joker out of a deck of cards. If you knew a joker was in a deck of 52 cards, you’ll flick through the entire pack until you reach it.

That’s your job, you should flick through the entire deck of online businesses until you find one that works and is right for you.

Until then, to your online business success! Let’s all become website entrepreneurs and achieve the lifestyle we want.

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What Is Life Like Being An Entrepreneur : A Personal Journey

What Is Life Like Being An Entrepreneur : A Personal Journey

If you’ve always thought about being an entrepreneur or simply wondered what it is like, then you’ve reached the right place. In this post, I’ll explain to you what it’s like being or becoming an entrepreneur from my own personal experience.

My Personal Story Of What It’s Like Being An Entrepreneur and How It’s Changed My Life Forever

I started off on the usual path. My parents told me to go to school and get a good job. So that’s exactly what I did.

I spent many years in school and studied hard for exams. I then made it into university where I studied my Bachelors of Science in Software Engineering and eventually completed my Master’s of Science in Software Engineering.

After I graduated, I spent nearly a year looking for a job. During that time while I was looking for a professional job, I was working as a manual labour guy cleaning floors, wiping tables and pulling rubbish bins. I had a Master’s degree and there I was cleaning up a cafe.

Eventually, I was lucky enough to land a job as a software developer for a major IT company. My main role was to help the company develop education software for large schools in Australia.

I worked with a software development team, I worked in a cubicle with grey walls, programming all day long and many people who worked there for several years even had grey hair.

An Entrepreneur Is Born

I remember clearly that on a particular day, I came to work and sat down and began my projects. The boss walked in casually at around 11am, waved hello at all of us and walked straight to his office.

This is when the seed of being an entrepreneur started.

I remember stopping everything and thinking to myself what would it be like to be my own boss and to have my own company one day.

I started asking questions, why am I working here? Do I truly get satisfaction out of this job? What would it be like to work here for the next 10 years? What if I started my own business and became an entrepreneur instead?

Michael Gerber in his great book “The E-Myth” explains that this is called “Entrepreneurial Seizure” when the day you quit your day job and become an entrepreneur.

Within a 2 weeks after that day, I handed in my resignation and decided to start my own business and try the world of entrepreneurship.

The Result Of Being An Entrepreneur

Around 6 years after that day when I quit my job and became an entrepreneur, I managed to achieve the following…

  • I travelled the world and visited great places such as New York, London, Paris, Austria, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Switzerland, Italy and more places.
  • I built several businesses that generated thousands of dollars online and offline.
  • I purchased my own house that was minutes away from the city.
  • I wrote and published my first book
  • I have been able to train people.
  • I was featured in several medias online and offline.
  • I gave thousands away to charity.
  • and much much more.

All of this happened because I wanted to pursue my dreams of having my own business and to become an entrepreneur.

The following sections will explain the advantages and disadvantages of what’s it like being an entrepreneur.

Entrepreneur Advantages

1. You get you pursue your dreams.

Nothing is more satisfying waking up in the morning and working on a project you absolutely enjoy doing. Especially if this project is your own dream. Let’s say that you’ve always dreamed of owning a profitable online business, the day you wake up and work towards that goal day in and day out, is the day you get lost in your work. Work doesn’t become work, it becomes play. If you look at the big picture, fast forward 20, 30, 60 years from now, you’ll be thankful you went after your dreams.

2. You work from home.

Working from home is awesome. Enough said.

3. You are the boss.

You make your own decisions and your decisions are final. You don’t have anyone telling you want you should do. You don’t have anyone telling you how long your lunch break is or how hard you have to work or what projects you should work on. You decide what you do.

4. You work on projects only you want to work on.

If you’ve been employed for a long time, you’ve probably been in a situation where you had to work on something you absolutely hated but you had to do it anyway. Being an entrepreneur means you can chose the projects you want to work on. It’s great waking up in the morning, coming up with an exciting idea and implementing it instead of someone telling you you should do data entry and feed the fish.

5. You learn a lot about business.

This is incredibly true. I once heard that when you create your own business, mysteriously your business teaches you everything you NEED to learn in order to progress to the next level. If you’re not good with people, you’ll learn how to work with people. If your not good with accounts, you’ll learn how to update your books. If you’re not good with sales, you’ll learn how to close deals and generate leads and prospects. Learning about business is a skill that you can apply throughout your entire life. Even if you fail in business, you’ll still learn something and reapply those lessons continuously for your 2nd, 3rd, 4th and even 10th business. You’ll always get better.

6. You build lots of confidence and character.

Having the confidence and character is essential if you want to be successful as an entrepreneur. You’re going to encounter lots of rejections and frustrations. However, in every cloud there’s a silver lining. The confidence and character you build will eventually translate to success because you build an unshakable attitude of proactive actions towards your goals and getting what you want.

 7. You learn a major skill that you can apply for life.

Building a business is a money making process. If you get good at building businesses through trial and error, mistakes, pain and frustrations, you’ll build a profitable business eventually which will look after you for years to come. Even if you lose your entire business, home and money, the knowledge you have from building a business from ground up and generating income is absolutely priceless. This means that no matter which country you go to, the knowledge of building a profitable company stays with you and you’ll prosper no matter where you go.

8. You make more money.

Business is a money making vehicle. If you work for a company, you get paid for time and we all know that everyone is given a certain amount of time therefore your income is limited to time. However if you build a business based on products, you’ll make more money and your fortune is unlimited. Let’s say you’ve invested 30 hours into building a great product, you get paid for that 30 hours for the rest of your life.

9. You’ll get to see your business grow into something you’ve always dreamed about.

Let’s face it. When you build a business that you’re passionate about and you love, it’s your baby. When you’ve spent years building your business from your kitchen table and it’s now featured all over the world, you get incredible self satisfaction that goes way beyond profits.

10. You create financial stability. 

Sure most businesses fail but so does the company you work for. If you work for a company for several years, you may be replaced with a younger person who will work for less. Your job may be outsourced to cheaper workers. But if you spend years building your own business, you create thousands of customers and clients. These clients are your bosses. If you had 1,000 bosses and you lose 50% of them, you still have 500 bosses to look after. But if you worked for a company, you have only one boss which is risky.

Entrepreneur Disadvantages

Unfortunately the world of entrepreneurship does come with a nice list of disadvantages too, that’s life.

1. You are not guaranteed fixed income. 

This is one of the scariest things about being an entrepreneur. Money that comes in completely depends on you. If you work for a company, you can show up to work, casually work on your projects and get paid even if you do a bad job. No matter what happens, even if you’re chatting with co-workers, you’re getting paid. When you’re an entrepreneur, you work constantly to figure out how to get cash in to pay the bills and your salary. If you slack off, unfortunately you won’t get paid for it.

2. It’s hard work. 

It really is. It’s tough. It’s not easy spending your limited cash to find clients and close them. It’s not easy doing multiple jobs such as looking for clients, doing the work, balancing accounts, hiring employees, learning new things, keeping up with technology, making sales and so forth. You’ll work 100 times harder than employees.

3. Everything depends on you.

All decisions are made by you. If you make a bad decision, you lose money. If you make a good decision, you make money. It’s that simple. If you’re an employee, if you make a bad decision, you get paid, if you make a good decision, you get paid.

4. You meet incredible frustration and rejection.

Very true. When you start your journey as an entrepreneur, it will NEVER be a walk in the park. You’ll come across problems, frustrations, obstacles and financial pressure. There’ll be 100 problems you’ll need to solve and more. It’s frustrating working hard and making money and spending it on advertising that flops. It’s frustrating working months on a project and watching it crash and burn. Another day at the office and part of the challenges of being an entrepreneur.

So should you be an entrepreneur?

In my humble opinion. If you still feel like entrepreneurship is the best path to go, I say, do it! Early in my life, I figured out that nearly 70% of your life will be spent working, if you are in a job that you hate, imagine if you stayed in that job for the rest of your life. Imagine if you turned your life around and spent 70% of your life doing something you’ve always wanted?

In my experience, being an entrepreneur was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I’ve lost money and made even more money and it was incredibly worth it. Another good idea is to also go entrepreneur mode part time. You can always work part time at your job and work part time on your fortunes. That way your bills are covered while you’re building an empire that will eventually take care of you and your family.

If you would like more information about how to transform your life as an entrepreneur, please check out

It’s a great book for anyone who is getting started and it will change your mindset about building a business and help you navigate what entrepreneurs must go through in order to achieve your goals.

Please comment on this article and share your thoughts of whether entrepreneurship is going well for you or if you’re thinking of becoming an entrepreneur.

Search Inside Yourself

Earlier today I was reading the book Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan. Chade was one of the early engineers at Google (number 109) who in recent years has become some what of a celebrity at Google due to his good hearted nature and desire to promote happiness across the world.

While reading his book I came across a section titled Optimize Thyself which immediately clicked with me. Currently I’m a Dual Degree student at Cornell University studying Operations Research in Engineering and Psychology in Arts and Sciences. I have a huge interest in personal development and am also interested in developing strong technical skills so I was very happy to find Chade who seems to have a similar approach to me towards issues of personal growth.

What you are reading here is the result of my recent inspiration to explore the idea of optimizing life in greater detail. Using Chade’s book as a blueprint to start out with, I’m intending to explore a range of personal development topics from a scientific and technical perspective.

Initially this blog will follow my progress as I attempt to tackle some personal goals. But eventually I’m hoping that this blog will also contain a large archive of interviews with experts in positive psychology, optimization, nutrition, exercise and other fields related to getting the best from life.

I’m glad you’ve made it here and I look forward to updating you about this journey!

In case your interested I’ve included a link to one of Chade’s talks at Google to give you a better understanding of what he is about.

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

This post continues a series of inspirational business quotes that continue to be a source of joy for me.  As I come across different inspiring business quotes, I’ll be sure to share them with you all.  At the very least, one day I will look back on all these wonderful quotes and who knows, it just might make a great gift for somebody.  =)quotes about stepping out of your comfort zone

“In business and in life, if you are not stepping out of your comfort zone, then you’re not growing…And if you’re not growing, then you’re dying.”

One thing I’ve learned over the past few years from the businesses that I’ve been a part of is that in business, you must always be OUT OF your comfort zone.  When you are uncomfortable, you are growing.  When you are comfortable, you’re NOT growing.

To give you an analogy, pretend that you’re stuck in a box.  Let’s say that you’re growing your company, but one of the things that’s preventing you from moving to the next level is you haven’t outsourced as many responsibilities as you would have liked to.

What is stopping you?  Is it fear?  Is it lack of trust in other people’s abilities?  Do you think that you can do it yourself in order to save costs?  Do you not have the system or process in place that will allow you to support this?  Or do you just love the feeling of having full control of your business because that’s the only way that things will be done correctly?

Whatever your answer is, understand that choosing NOT to outsource and give up responsibility for things in your business will only prevent YOU from achieving your full growth potential.  The only way to achieve full growth potential in your business is to work ON your business and not IN your business.  That was a concept that was taught to me by Michael E. Gerber quite some time ago.

For many people, including myself, outsourcing can be pretty darn uncomfortable.  When that happens, I simply remind myself that by choosing NOT to outsource, I’m staying in my comfort zone.  Or in other words, I’m staying stuck in a box.  Quite honestly, that box isn’t very comfortable.  =(

In order to understand the true potential of your business and be able to fully step away from the day-to-day operational processes, you must outsource and delegate the things that you don’t enjoy doing or the things that you’re not good at.  Doing so not only allows your business to grow, but it also allows you to step out of the box where the instructions are fully visible on how to play the game of business.

I hope this inspirational business quote has helped you out in some way, shape, or form today.  If there have been any inspiring business quotes that you would like to share with this community, feel free to include it in the comments section.  We’d love to hear from you!

Need Help With Life? – How to Know What to Do For a Career

Need Help With Life? – How to Know What to Do For a Career

Do you need help with life OR are trying to figure out how to know what to do for a career? If you’re like most people, these thoughts have probably come into your mind at one point or another.  For many, this is one of the toughest questions that they will face during their life time.  Whether you’re currently in a job, transitioning in between jobs, or are an entrepreneur looking to create a company or improve your company, you probably realize that behind this question lies an answer that will lead to a MAJOR breakthrough for you.  So what is the answer to this question??choosing a career

Earlier on in my career when I was building my 1st company and working 60+ hour work weeks, I used to ask myself this question all the time.  As I used to work late into the evenings, I would always wonder if there was more to life than the daily grind that I was going through.  In a sense, I felt stuck.  I felt trapped by my business and my work.  The passion and excitement for life had quickly waned and disappeared.

Did I need help with my life?  The answer was a resounding YES.  But… how would I figure out how to know what to do for a career?

Even though I didn’t have all the answers initially, I knew that if I kept searching for the answers, I would eventually find them…and find them I did!  As I continued to work long work hours, the frustration continued to build and I gained a better understanding of what I enjoyed doing and what I absolutely hated doing.

In your life, at your job, or in your business, are you crystal clear on what you enjoy doing OR what you absolutely hate doing?  If you answered ‘Yes’ to this question, look at that list closely because your answer lies within.  If you answered ‘No’ to this question, begin by creating a list of what you enjoy doing and what you don’t enjoy doing.  Even if you are unsure, start off with a blank piece of paper and a beginners mindset.  Find a quiet location free of distractions and let your mind flow.  If you find yourself getting discouraged, just understand that this is part of the discovery process.  Having awareness of this aspect of your life is the first step in discovering what you were meant to do on this earth.

So, sit down.  Spend 15 minutes going through this process.  What did you discover about yourself during this process?  Are you closer to figuring out how to know what to do for a career?

Increasing Workplace Productivity with Dragon Naturally Speaking 11.5

Increasing Workplace Productivity with Dragon Naturally Speaking 11.5

So after much debate and research, I finally purchased Dragon Naturally Speaking 11.5 to help with increasing my workplace productivity.  How it works out in the end?  We’re going to find out…

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For all those who may not be familiar with Dragon Naturally Speaking (From this point on, I’ll just call it “My Dragon” or “Dragon”), it’s a program that transcribes what you say onto your computer without having to actually type it.  I picked up a copy recently on Amazon (check it out here) .  *Hoping this program is awesome*

I just finished installing the program and going through the tutorials today.  Let’s just say the initial transition is definitely going to be interesting.  If you’ve ever hired a new employee before or started a new job, I would compare it to that.  There’s an initial warm-up or training period where it takes time to get used to the “lingo” or “operational processes” of how things work.

During this period of time, there may be mistakes, misunderstandings, and clarification that need to be provided.  The thing is, over time, these kinks get worked out as more and more feedback is given.

In this specific case, I’m going to be training my dragon to learn how to understand me!  I’ve never had a pet dragon before, but I guess I’ve always wanted a pet =)  Hopefully it doesn’t get angry at me and spit fire everywhere!dragon naturally speaking 11.5

I know, I know. This is a T-Rex and not a Fire Breathing Dragon. It was the closest thing I could find =)

To provide you with the background story, it all started a few weeks ago when I started to have some wrist pain.  I usually train at the gym about 4 times a week lifting heavy weights, so this tends to put a lot of stress and tension on my wrists.  Combine that with some heavy computer usage and let’s just say that I was wondering what was up with  my health!!  I’m only 27… almost 28!  I’m supposed to be invincible!  My body isn’t supposed to ache yet, IF EVER!!

But here it was aching, and there wasn’t much that I could do about it.  I mean, my options probably were:

  • Rest completely and let my body heal
  • Reduce the amount of time that I spend on my computer
  • Get treatment when I visit my Chiropractor or do exercises that will help strengthen my wrists

So I ended up doing all of these (and they’re helping), but to be completely honest, reducing the amount of time that I spend on the computer isn’t exactly something that I want to do at the moment.  I mean, a good chunk of my time is spent on the computer, as I would imagine would be the case with most other people during this technological age.

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So because of this, I went out looking for a solution.  I went one step further.  I purchased Dragon Naturally Speaking 11.5 Premium in the hopes that it would do a couple of things:

  • Ease the tension on my wrists
  • Help support activities that require heavy typing or extended periods of typing (Ex: blogging, emails, chatting, putting together reports, taking meeting/coaching notes, etc)
  • Help with increasing workplace productivity (Note: I can type pretty quickly already, somewhere in the range of about 120wpm.  So it wouldn’t help that much with the speed aspect of things.  The thing is, there’s a difference between how we speak when we type and how we speak when we are actually ‘speaking’.  I’m going to experiment and find out JUST EXACTLY what that “difference” is.  Maybe it’ll make some of my work sound more ‘natural’ as opposed to ‘overly serious business talk’.)

So there we have it.  I have a new pet!  Yes, I’ll say it again.  I have a new pet, and it’s a pet dragon!

Here’s to training the dragon in the hopes that it will help with saving my wrists and increasing workplace productivity!

And to cap it off, I’d love to hear from all of you.  Have you ever used Dragon Naturally Speaking before or have you ever experienced similar problems with aching wrists?  Are there specific tools/resources that you’ve turned to that have helped you increase workplace productivity in your life?

Is Your Ladder Against The Wrong Wall? – Finding Life Purpose In What You Do

Is Your Ladder Against The Wrong Wall? – Finding Life Purpose In What You Do

Are you finding life purpose in what you do? Or is your ladder leaning against the wrong wall?

All too often, people spend so much time climbing the ladder in life that when they finally reach the top, they find out that their ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.  Is this you?

One of the things that I’ve learned while working with T. Harv Eker and Michael E. Gerber is the importance of following your heart and being open to your true calling in life.  In life, everyone is here for a reason and has a mission during their time on this Earth.  Find your reason for living and know your mission in life.  When you start living your mission, the doors to life INSTANTLY swing wide open as you begin to live into your purpose.  This is the ultimate secret to feeling fulfilled, happy, and successful.

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So how do you know if you are finding life purpose in what you do?

How do you know if you are living your mission here on Earth?  How do you know if your ladder is up against the right wall?

For many people, this is a process that takes time.  It may require climbing several different ladders over the course of your lifetime in order to discover the answers hidden inside your heart.  Sometimes the answer is revealed quickly after only a few years.  Other times, the answer may not come for 10, 15, 20, or even 30 years.

For others, the process may be quicker.  They may know INSTANTLY without a shadow of a doubt what their calling was while growing up.  If this is you, kudos to you.  You are one of the lucky ones.

If you’re like most people, you’re probably somewhere in the middle.  You may have an idea of what your mission in life is, but you either need more clarity OR you need more  direction on how to turn it into a viable business venture.

If you find yourself at this stage in life where you are seeking clarity in your life, then I invite you to come check out the Dreaming Room, Michael E. Gerber’s School for New Entrepreneurs.

Are you finding life purpose in what you do today?

Do You Feel Stuck in Life?

Do You Feel Stuck in Life?

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Do you feel stuck in life? Do you own a business or are looking to create a business?  Do you feel like your life or career lacks meaning?  Do you want to create a life filled with passion and purpose while succeeding in business?

If you find yourself struggling with the question of how to find purpose in your life or figuring out how to know what to do for a career, or any of the questions above, The Dreaming Room could be for you.

I first came across The Dreaming Room back in May 2011 after hearing Michael E. Gerber, author of the bestselling book ‘The E-Myth’ speak at a business seminar.  I’ve always been intrigued by the concepts of Michael E. Gerber back from his days with The E-Myth.  His concepts about systemizing businesses and “working on your business instead of working in your business” really hit home for me when I was first learning his material.

To hear that he was working on a new project called The Dreaming Room really blew me away.  One of my biggest questions was “What exactly is The Dreaming Room?”

I quickly found out that The Dreaming Room is a 12 week entrepreneur incubator that meets 1x/week for 3-hour sessions (36 total hours).  Each session is limited to 9 people and the course takes business owners and entrepreneurs through a step-by-step process to create a viable, economically successful company that has a dream, vision, purpose, and mission.

The extraordinary process was created by Michael E. Gerber based on his 50 years of experience working with 10′s of thousands of small business owners and entrepreneurs.

The primary purpose of The Dreaming Room?

To “awaken the entrepreneur within” for individuals who may be thinking about starting a business, are sick of their job, don’t really know where their career is going, are stuck in life, or for whatever reason don’t really know how to go about creating a better life.

Fast forward to today and that’s all I needed to hear to get started and experience the process.  Anytime I have the opportunity to experience something that will allow me to find clarity in my life and help me answer the question of how to find a purpose in life, I’m in!  The process was extraordinary and now I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to facilitate the process.

So if you feel stuck in your life today, what are some of the reasons for why you have that feeling?  What does it stem from?

Inspirational Business Quotes – Blair Singer on Being Real

Inspirational Business Quotes – Blair Singer on Being Real

You want inspirational business quotes?  Well, here you all go!  Ask and you will receive!

Today’s quote is about “being real” …

“The biggest fear most people have is the fear of looking foolish in front of others.” – Blair Singer

The majority of the time, this is the only thing that stands in the way between you and authenticity.  When you’re really you, which is what most people truly want to see, you have a chance to access all of the strengths that are inside you, to be who you really are.

That is when you’re most effective because you’re coming from a place of power.  You’re coming from your true self, which is most natural.  In essence, you’re coming from the heart and a place of sincerity.

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For the better part of my life, this was one of the areas that I struggled with.  I always felt like I had to put on a front when around people.

Depending on who I hung around or what type of setting I was in, I always felt like I had to “ACT” a certain way.

Looking back at it now, by me “ACTING” a certain way, often times, that didn’t bode well for me.  Whether it was in a business setting (meetings, networking events, speaking with investors) or in my personal life (hanging around certain friends), there were definitely times where I was guilty of looking foolish or having to act a certain way.  It robbed me of my spontaneousness, my energy, passion, and my genuine love for others.

By having to “ACT” a certain way, I wasn’t able to access my “true self”.  As a result, I wasn’t able to build as strong of a connection as I wanted to with people because I was always so caught up in how others would perceive me.

Have there been instances in your life where you felt like you had to act a certain way when DEEP DOWN INSIDE you wanted to let loose and “just be yourself”?

We’d love to hear your personal story.

Motivation for Business – What is Yours?

Motivation for Business – What is Yours?

So I’ve always kinda wondered to myself, what are people’s motivation for business?  This thought is always running through my head as I head to educational seminars, networking events, purchasing an item from a store, or just working on my own business.  Heck, it even shows up on Social Media as I’m easily surrounded by entrepreneurs left and right.

Each person is doing what they’re doing for a reason.  What was their initial motivation?  Does it fulfill their purpose?  How did they come across their current path?  And is their current path fulfilling?

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What Path Are You Taking?  What is Your Motivation for Business?

Understanding the psychology of the mind and what makes people tick has always been something that just came naturally to me.  Maybe that’s why I graduated college as a Psychology and Social Behavior Major.  It was this passion and joy that stemmed from figuring out my own life that led me to what I do today, which is helping others create the lives that they’ve always desired.

I remember back when I started my first company shortly after coming out of college.

Back then, my motivation for business was money.

Plain and simple.  I wanted to retire by the age of 30 and quite frankly, it didn’t really matter how that happened.  I was willing to work myself to death and do whatever it took to do so in order to reach my goals.  The thing is, looking back at it now, that was totally the wrong mentality to begin with.

The concept of enjoying what I did, following my heart, discovering my passion, and serving people through my love and joy for others was a concept that was foreign.  It was non-existent.  I can’t blame myself though.  I was young, inexperienced, and I wanted to take on the world any way that I could.  It wasn’t until after getting beat up over time, not having the balance between my personal/professional life, and crying at night that things began to change.  Yes, I found myself crying because I was in a business that owned me and NOT the other way around.  Quite frankly, I was stuck.  I was working 60-70 work weeks, running around like a mad man, and always stressed out.

Finally something changed.  I reached my tipping point and I realized that my life had to change.  I transitioned out of my business, and did some MAJOR self discovery.  I studied and got mentored by some coaches who I will be forever thankful.  They changed my life and gave me hope.  More importantly, they changed my perspective on life and how I would choose to live it from this point on.

From that point on, I made the decision that my motivation for business would be based on my passion and my purpose.

Whatever it was that I was going to do, I was going to do it because it was either a hobby of mine or I just frickin’ loved to do it!

How is something like that even measurable?  Easy.   These were 3 easy metrics that I used to answer that question:

  • When I wake up in the morning, am I dragging my feet to get up or am I excited to start my work?
  • Even late into the night, am I still as energized as I was in the morning when doing the work?
  • When doing the work, does the time fly by?  Is it enjoyable?  Do hours pass by without me even knowing?
  • BONUS: Lastly, what am I always thinking about?  Does the concept relate to something from my business?  If so, then BINGO.

Through that process, I quickly realized what my motivation for business was.  It was to serve others and to make sure that they didn’t have to go through the same type of pain that I had to go through.  More importantly, I wanted to make sure that these people who were experiencing this pain had a way out, a way to create the type of lifestyle that they desired that was fueled by their passion and purpose.

I wanted to put the control back into their lives instead of allowing their circumstances to dictate their lives.  It was for this simple reason that I chose to create my current business, to serve others and improve the quality of their lives.  This is my motivation for business.

What is your motivation for the thing that you do?  Are you doing what you love?  Did you have an “AHAH” moment?

Why I Bought a New Webcam – Logitech C910 Review

Why I Bought a New Webcam – Logitech C910 Review

So I’ve been debating for awhile whether or not to purchase a new webcam.  Well…I FINALLY caved and purchased a new one!!!

logitech c910 review

I always figured that the built-in webcam on my Macbook Pro was enough to get me through all the content creation that I could ever want to create.  Well, after experimenting with the process recently, I discovered that the quality wasn’t quite up to par with what I was looking for.

I just needed something more powerful…especially for the separate desktop setup that I had going on.

After much contemplation, I finally settled upon the webcam Logitech C910.  I figured…it was about time for some Full HD 1080p Video =)

Creating videos has been something that I’ve been neglecting for awhile now.  I’ve always liked to stay somewhat low key, both in real life and also via the Internet.  Well, judging by this website that I’ve created here, so much for trying to stay low key.

The Internet is a GAME CHANGER.  Not only does it help to get your message out to the world, but it also CONNECTS you to the world.  More importantly though, it allows you to foster and grow relationships.

Compared to written text or even audio, video is the one thing that actually simulates being in front of a person.  That…and it can actually allow others to get to know you better, given that you’re not totally nervous in front of the webcam =)

So the lesson for today…if you aren’t currently incorporating video marketing for your business, definitely check it out.  Who knows.  You could be the next superstar on the web! Read More Here….

The Importance of Masterminds

The Importance of Masterminds

So I just finished up a long grueling week of travel and meetings.  To say the least, it was a fantastic experience!  One of the meetings was a 3 day seminar where we learned to create our very own Membership Site.  Who was leading the event?  A few of my mentors: Andrew Glantze, Chris Parkins, and Daniel Ramon.  That was a very special event because it was the first time that a seminar of that magnitude has been taught to people who want to create their very own Membership Site Online.

the mastermind group

One of the other meetings that I just finished up was for a Mastermind Group where we meet 3x/year throughout the United States.  For those of you who might not be familiar with what a Mastermind is, here’s a brief explanation:

The Mastermind Group was first introduced by Napolean Hill in his book “Think and Grow RichWhat is it?  It’s when 2 or more people get together to share their knowledge and experiences with the intent to work toward a defined purpose.  In other words, if you were trying to accomplish a specific goal, would you be more successful doing this by yourself or with the help of a group of people?  The quick answer is WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE.  When you have a group of people brainstorming and helping each other, the collective power and experience of the group outweighs the collective power of the individual.

More people = More wisdom and more experience.

To date, this was the first Mastermind that I’ve been a part of AND I’ve been having a blast!  Our first meeting was in Utah back in the summer of 2011.  Our second meeting was just completed in Los Angeles this past week.  Our third meeting will be backstage at Disney World in Florida during the summer of 2012.  Let’s just say that I can hardly wait to fly out to Florida for our third meeting.

Why might you ask?

Because every time our Mastermind meets, it’s like a reunion of sorts.  It’s a time for all of us to celebrate our successes and to get feedback on the things that we’re struggling with both in our business and in our lives.  It’s a time to see old friends and to catch up.  Most of all, it’s a time to serve others in the group so that we can achieve our dreams and make a difference in the world.

So, are you currently part of a Mastermind Group?  If so, how has a Mastermind Group positively affected your life?  If you haven’t been part of a Mastermind Group before, what’s been holding you back?

We’d love to hear from you.  Feel free to comment =)

Inspirational Business Quotes – Straight From The Dreaming Room

As I continue my journey through the Dreaming Room with Michael Gerber, each day I become awakened to a part of me that I never knew existed.  At times, I wonder to myself, “where has this awareness been?  Why did it take so long to be awakened to the realization that there is so much more to life than meets the eye?”  Other times, I close my eyes and just say thanks for the opportunity to learn from the #1 Small Business Guru of all time.

The following is from Michael Gerber’s book Awaken the Entrepreneur Within (pg 147-148).  It was shared by a fellow Dreaming Room Facilitator.  It is the essence of The Dreaming Room and of life.

“I want to create a world of meaning. I want to contribute to that by inventing a new business prototype that will exceed anything I have ever done. It will do what it does exactly as I perceive it. It will be a business of meaning. It will produce cashflows from the very beginning in excess of what it costs to produce that cash flow.

The business I am inventing will make a demonstrable difference in people’s lives. I will make that difference the point of my Story. My Story will describe that business to a T.  People will say when they hear my Story, “Wow, how do you do that?”  And I will tell them exactly how we do that.  But even more important, I will tell them why we do that.

My Story will get better and better each time I tell it.  It will become the passion that fuels my life.  I will see myself as a leader in the world of people making a difference in the world.  I will seek out those people who make a difference in the world to tell them my Story, and to ask them to tell me theirs.  I will seek out great Stories everyday and in every way possible.  I will build a personal library of great stories and read one of them at the beginning of every day and at the end of every day to fuel my life with their passion.

I am a writer of great Stories.  I believe in the power of great stories.  I believe in the power of great Stories as they are told by great teachers of great Stories.  I am dedicated to becoming a great author of my great Story and a great teacher of great Stories, mine and every other great teacher’s great Story.

I live to inspire human beings to live great lives.  I am committed to the Path of Greatness not for myself, but for those who will be profoundly affected by it.  For those who will follow me on that path.  For those who are hurting for want of a great Story, a great path, a great calling.  I will create such a great path, such a great Story, such a great calling as I write my great Story, as I invent my great path.

I envision a world of great warriors.  Inner warriors, not outer warriors.  Inner warriors who are equally committed to the Great Path.  Inner warriors who are committed to leading the Great Life.  Inner warriors who are committed to write their great Story, to tell their great Story, to create their great path, to live the great life, the life of a great warrior.”

-Michael E. Gerber (Awakening the Entrepreneur Within)

I hope that it touches you to push and strive each day to create a life and a business of meaning.  So the question at the end of the day is as follows: Does your business make a demonstrable difference in people’s lives?  Are you committed to creating a life and a business that comes from a place of passion, purpose, and creativity?

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