Ask the Readers: Can You Trust an Expert Too Much?

Do you ever wish someone would tell you exactly what to do to move your business forward? There’s no shortage of online experts and step-by-step guides to running your business. And sure, all those gurus probably know more than you do. After all, they’re succeeding, and you’re not (yet).

Ask the Readers: How Do You Handle Hard Decisions?

Famous business guru Peter Drucker once said, “Ultimately, it all comes down to work.” I disagree. I think that success, ultimately, comes down to two things: great decisions and hard work. And today, I want to ask you about those decisions, especially the tough ones. Have you ever had to make a tough decision in your business? I bet that something popped into your mind the moment I asked that question. And I hope you’ll …

Ask the Readers: What Do You Think of Contracts and Non-Disclosures?

Some people swear by contracts, and won’t do business without them. Others feel that business is built on trust, and that contracts don’t really help or matter much. What do you think? Even more important, what’s your experience? There are many relevant situations here, so let’s look at a few: Would you use a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before discussing a new business idea? Why or why not? When starting with a big client, do you …

Ask the Readers: Are You In It Alone?

I left my day job and opened up shop as an entrepreneur 21 years ago. And, though I didn’t know it then, that was the day my father stopped understanding me. My dad was a professor. His dad was an entrepreneur. He didn’t like his dad. So, when I became an entrepreneur, it was the beginning of a great divide, though we didn’t see it at the time. Sometimes, this great divide is more clear. …

Ask the Readers: Who’s Responsible for Success in an Online Training?

This is a topic that’s important at Mirasee – and for almost every one of our readers, as well. As an entrepreneur, when you take an online training – whether one of ours or anything else – you have a goal. That goal is to improve the success of your business. And everyone wants that success. You do, as a student and as an entrepreneur. The course provider does – unless the course is a scam …

Ask The Readers: Do You Apologize For Your Prices?

One of the hardest things about running your own business is figuring out what to charge. It doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to price your consulting package, your newest set of binoculars, or the latest in your ebook series about urban fantasy pink unicorns. The bottom line is: pricing your stuff is hard. But it has to be done, and so you do it. You research what your competitors are doing and think about how …

Ask the Readers: What is the Value of Online Contests?

Contests are widely regarded as really good ways to increase your online engagement. They come in all shapes and sizes – from the massively detailed and logistically challenging Great Online Marketing Scavenger Hunts – to the quick and dirty book giveaways and random draws you so often see around the blogosphere. Likewise, there are all sorts of reasons that you may want to run a contest, from increasing social media engagement to teaching new skills …

Ask the Readers: The Best of Free or May-as-Well-Be-Free

There’s a lot of cool stuff out there you can get for free, mostly for free, or initially for free. Training, tutorials, information, software, services – lots of it, much of it high quality, and for nothing but the cost of your email address. Some of my absolute favorite free things are: WP Landing Pages, a free plugin for wordpress that let’s you create landing pages on the quick-fast. The GIMP, an open source image …

Ask the Readers: What’s YOUR Social Media Secret?

You may have noticed that the Mirasee team has started being a little more active on Twitter lately, thanks in large part to Stephanie Montreuile, the social media expert who helped us plan our strategy and who I had the pleasure of interviewing for our podcast earlier this week. I’m not going to lie – not everyone was as excited about it as I was. Even I can admit it – Twitter is weird. Come …