How to Manage Your Productivity & Workflow with Google Calendar

When you start a work at home or freelance business, one thing you need to do fast is manage your workload. There are dozens of tools out there to help you do that all requiring different levels of investment. But after more than 10 years of running my own freelance writing business, I found that one essential tool, that’s both simple and free, is Google Calendar. It’s the easiest way to get started with scheduling, …

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Ari Meisel on Productivity through Outsourcing and Automation

Productivity is something every single entrepreneur, and aspiring entrepreneur, struggles with. Whether it’s finding time to keep your business running smoothly, or finding time to launch your business while you have a day job, people are looking for a magic bullet. While there isn’t a way to make all your work disappear, there IS a way to make sure it gets done, whether or not you’re the one doing it. Today’s guest, Ari Meisel, is …

The Ultimate Guide to Business Productivity for Couch Warriors

This post is a finalist in our Ultimate Guides Contest. Show your support for this, or any of the finalists by commenting, sharing and joining the conversation! As a solo myself – web developer, writer, and aspiring novelist – I’m fascinated by the nexus of the solopreneur (I call us “Couch Warriors”) experience and the question of increasing productivity. How we get our stuff done, why we don’t get our stuff done, how we make …

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Productivity Interview: Erin Blaskie of BSETC and ErinBlaskie.com

A few years ago, when I started doing my entrepreneurial thing, I received a Facebook invitation to “like” this girl, Erin Blaskie, the owner of what seemed to be a VA (virutal assistance) firm. Her Facebook profile was interesting, her business was interesting, her website was well done — and she was kinda cute, so I did. Fast-forward many years and I’ve watch this VA firm owner become an monster-implementer and dynamo. Every time I …

Productivity Interview: Joshua Fields Millburn from The Minimalists

One year ago, Joshua Fields Millburn and his friend of 20 years, Ryan Nicodemus, got to talking about happiness. They realized that now that they have “made it” and got what society told them would make them happy – they weren’t. So, they embarked upon a journey of shedding excess, living more meaningfully and in the process found themselves, their health and their passion. To chronicle this transition, they start the website The Minimalists, where they …

Productivity Interview: Danny Iny from Mirasee

Note: The Productive Marketing Survey is open and we really need your help! It takes 10 minutes, multiple choice, and there are prizes to be won. Click here to access the survey. Danny has had a monumental year. He took the Mirasee Blog to over 10,000 readers per month, guest blogged himself into notoriety, wrote and published two books, ran a marathon, got married and is the CEO of his own startup. I look at Danny …

Productivity Interview: Michael Sliwinski from Nozbe.com

Michael Sliwinski is the founder of one of the best online productivity tools, Nozbe.com. Written to fit with the principles of “Getting Things Done”, Michael, a productivity junkie and trainer, and a bit of a software geek, wrote up a bare-bones version of Nozbe.com in an evening. Five years later, he and his staff of twelve have rolled out Nozbe 2.0, mobile apps and in just a few days, a “desktop” version of Nozbe. So …

Business Productivity Interview: Gini Dietrich from SpinSucks.com and Arment Dietrich

It’s really hard to express how simultaneously cool and nice Gini Dietrich is as a person. We all know her as the founder and CEO of Arment-Dietrich, Inc., a digital marketing and PR firm, and as the author of the really awesome “I’ve cornered every blogging award out there” blog Spin Sucks. But did you know she makes a mean hamburger bun, is a nutter for the sport of cycling while somehow managing to run her …

How to Increase Productivity and Use Deadlines To Your Advantage

Deadlines make me productive – especially when I have a bunch of them stacked one after the other, in rapid succession. Now, I know that we’ve all had the experience of buckling down and working all night on occasion to meet a deadline, but that’s not what I’m talking about. Working more hours is basically about overcoming laziness (or lack of motivation, depending on how charitably we want to describe it). But that’s not what …

How to Create a Winning Top of Funnel Marketing Strategy

There are 3 stages of a lead funnel. But most people always seem to forget about one. It isn’t that this one is the most important part of your lead funnel. Each stage is just as important as the other, but without this one…nothing else can happen! And when we talk about nothing else happening, we mean: Marketing that works. Sales that close. Content that converts. Emails that are delivered, opened, and read. Campaigns that …