Why the First $1,000 Is the Hardest… and the Expert Offer That Makes It Easy

You’re not getting paid what you’re worth. You feel under-appreciated, and no one takes you seriously. Your income comes in fits and starts, if at all… and it never adds up to enough. Here you are, trying to get your business off the ground, and it’s such a struggle that you’re almost tempted to throw in the towel! Why is it so frustrating and so interminably hard? Why Starting a Business Is Like Getting Into …

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How This Introvert Accidentally Networked His Way from Scratch to a 6-Figure Consultancy

It was done. Over. Finished. The business that I had worked so hard to start, fund, and build was officially dead. Customers had been told, employees had been let go, and investors had been notified. All that remained was me. Plus, a substantial amount of debt to keep me company, along with questions that kept me up at night, and gnawed at my soul. How would I pay my bills? Should I quit this whole …

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What We Believe

  We believe the best way to create lasting, positive impact in the world is through successful businesses. We believe business is about more than just making money. It’s about sustainably making the impact you care about making. We believe profitability is a necessary part of sustainability. We believe batteries should ALWAYS be included. Anything you buy from us should work right out of the box. We believe that with great power comes great responsibility… …

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5 Retention Strategies to Keep Your Students From Churning

Here’s an interesting statistic for you: 65% of a company’s business comes from existing customers, and it costs five times as much to attract a new customer than to keep an existing one satisfied (source). This means that, as a course creator, you’ll want to focus more on keeping your existing customers happy versus constantly investing in marketing initiatives to attract new ones. If your current customers are happy, they will buy from you more …

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On Challenge, Failure, and the Diffusion of Innovation (4 Course Building Mega-Trends)

A menacing thought sits in the back of every course builder’s mind. For some, it lurks in the shadows and only rarely ventures to the forefront, where it sends shivers of doubt down their spines. And for others, it is powerful and ever-present. It paralyzes them and keeps them from ever finishing their course, let alone launching it. It taunts with questions that cut straight to the bone: “Why would anyone pay money for this …

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We Put 200 Students through a Survivor-Style Bootcamp (And 124 Made It Through)

No less than 700 wanted to get in. After a stringent screening process, only 200 went through the doors. Every two weeks, those who didn’t deliver had to leave. It was a test of commitment, determination, and drive. But only the most steadfast could stay. When the dust settled, 124 were left standing. They survived. They won. It sounds like something straight out of a reality TV show. But, no, it wasn’t Survivor or The …

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The Nightmare of Business… and the Dream of What It Could Be

Your eyes open with a start. Drenched in cold sweat, you shudder, as you try to piece together the images swirling through your mind. They’re hazy, taunting you with the threat of vanishing forever. But slowly, they coalesce. You know this feeling. You were having a nightmare. Your mind frantically examines the fragments as they reassemble, looking for clues. Did something really happen? Or was it all just a horrifying dream? As it all comes …

On the Magic of Connection, Searching Our Souls, and the Humbling Devastation of Losing Your Way

Sometimes the hardest things are surprisingly simple. Not easy, but simple. We set goals, and we strive to achieve them. We work, we reach, and we stretch in the direction we’re trying to grow. Sometimes, we find greater success than we ever expected. Sometimes the goal posts move and, without realizing what happened, we just keep on chasing. And sometimes we find that, in pursuit of those goals, we’ve veered off-course, to a very different …

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How We Generated Over 750,000 YouTube Views (With Only 16 Videos)

If you’re reading this blog post, you can probably relate to how I felt when I launched one of my first online businesses. I was excited, optimistic, and scared all at the same time. The business we started was BootstrapBay, a marketplace for Bootstrap themes and templates (ie web design templates). As the initial wave of excitement wore off, we needed to figure out the answer to that one key question… “How are we going …