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Double your productivity, without doubling your time

Double your productivity, without doubling your time

I recently read an idea that set of fireworks in my head.

It can completely change the way you approach your time, your projects, and your marketing (and get you a bunch of stuff fo’ FREE.)

I discovered this genius nugget when I read the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad — which is kind of a beginner’s guide to money management. Or, I should say, a beginner’s guide to alternative punk rock money management…because it goes against some of the traditional advice in favor of more entrepreneurial ideas.

One idea I absolutely love is that when it comes to investments, you always want to get something for free.

Let me explain — and give you 6 ways you can use this proven money-making strategy in your business…
 
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6 Ways I Mix Business with Pleasure

6 Ways I Mix Business with Pleasure

This spring and summer, work had been feeling a lot likework.

And I’m okay with that. I’m not one of those people who thinks every day should feel like a chocolate-covered rainbow with puppies on top.

But the tasks on my list felt like such an effort.Less like finishing a good, challenging workout and more like running a marathon on a humid 100-degree day.

Ever felt like that?

I got inspiration from an unexpected place and realized I had been doing “work” wrong for most of my life.

I’m happy to report I’ve found 6 awesome tactics to up my pleasure quotient. Read on if you’ve been stuck in work quicksand, too. Keep Reading »

How to Name Your Program with the Golden Trio Naming Method

How to Name Your Program with the Golden Trio Naming Method

I’m not a naming savant.

Naming programs, modules, webinars, strategies, you name it, is actually my very least favorite task as a copywriter.

The Golden Trio Naming Method works precisely because I’m NOT a natural.

I had to find a way to make it really easy when my clients came to me in need or the perfect name for their thing. That’s when I developed this simple three-step naming strategy that works every time.
 
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3 Time-Saving Ways to Repurpose Your Content

3 Time-Saving Ways to Repurpose Your Content

Okay, so we can all agree that blogging takes a lot of time.

It can take 4, 5, 6+ hours to create a really great piece of content.

And for most entrepreneurs…the payoff begins and ends with the blog post.

But what if there were a way to extend that payoff? To put that handful of hours to work for your business not just in the form of a blog post…but of much, much more?

That, my friend, is the whole idea behind repurposing your content.
 
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When failure brings you somewhere great

When failure brings you somewhere great

That day is still so clear in my mind.

It was my 23rd birthday. Old friends had flown into Chicago to stay with us for a few days. It was freezing outside when I went down to get the mail. I reached in and pulled out a small stack of letters.

There it was: an envelope from the University of Hartford.
 
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7 questions that get better client testimonials

7 questions that get better client testimonials

One thing we all want as business owners?

More and better client testimonials.

And with good reason…

88% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations.

68% of buyers read reviews as they’re building their short-list of purchase options.

71% of people agree that consumer reviews make them more comfortable that they’re buying the right product/service.
 
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6 Clever Ways to Wow Your Clients…In 10 Minutes or Less

6 Clever Ways to Wow Your Clients…In 10 Minutes or Less

I have this 10-minute rule.

As someone who feels chronically busy and someone who really likes a tidy house, I need to play mind games with myself to stay on track.

The rule’s simple: If a household chore will take me under ten minutes to complete, I just do it.

These micro-bursts of tidying make a huge difference to achieving my life goal of having a home that’s always surprise-visitor-ready.

As a big fan of the micro-burst of effort, I incorporate the same practice into my business.

Whenever I find myself with just a couple minutes to spare in between bigger tasks, the first place I go to fill that time is with small acts of client love.
 
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3 Tips for Setting Boundaries in Your Business

3 Tips for Setting Boundaries in Your Business

Setting boundaries in your business.

We know we could do it. We know we should do it. But it’s not an easy thing to do.

Especially when you’re a people pleaser or you just really like to make your clients and customers happy…and nothing makes someone happy like hearing a “yes”.

I heard a story the other day about Dr. Dre’s right-hand business brother Jimmy Iovine that made me see red, all because of business boundaries.
 
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5 Simple Email Scripts to Build Your Client List

5 Simple Email Scripts to Build Your Client List

One of the best parts of being an entrepreneur is the work.

Unlike your friends with a j-o-b, you get to decide which projects you take on, which challenges will stretch you creatively, and which tasks are the best match for your skill set.

One of the worst parts of being an entrepreneur? Finding that work.

When you dreamed of being your own boss, you didn’t fantasize about sweaty palms at networking events. Awkward sales conversations. Struggling over how the heck to install a Facebook tracking pixel.

And hey, networking events and social media can be great ways to find new clients. But there’s also a beauty in getting back to basics.

Finding clients doesn’t have to be complicated or anxiety-inducing. It can really be as easy as sending a few simple emails.
 
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