Redefining Success: What If Success Isn’t What You Thought It Was?

Everyone wants success, but we can’t get a consensus on what success is. You’ve probably found yourself talking about success at one time or another and then found yourself unable to articulate even for yourself what it might mean. You might have considered success while in your office, or at home, or in the shower or at the gym. You’ve likely talked success through with your spouse or partner, family or friends. (You might have …

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How to Stop Being a Starving Artist and Start Charging What You’re Worth

When the prolific science fiction writer Harlan Ellison was asked to contribute an interview for a film project on the making of the TV show Babylon 5, he said, “Absolutely!” He just had one small stipulation: “All you’ve got to do is pay me.” “What?” the young woman on the other end of the call asked, as depicted in a video on YouTube. “You’ve got to pay me!” he replied. “Well,” she said, “everyone else …

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How to Start a Side Business When You’re Fully Employed

Would you like to start a side business, but you don’t know where to begin? Are you fully employed and think you don’t have enough time? Too many family obligations? Not enough financial means? If you answered positively to any of these questions, you’re not the only one. Many people, just like you, dream of leaving the rat race but have family responsibilities that put demands on your time. And you might be short on …

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Why The Digital Nomad Lifestyle Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be

We’ve all seen the Instagram posts: the sun setting over a beach in Koh Samui. The caption reads, “Work finished, going for Mai Tais and grilled Cobia #blessed.” Does it make you jealous? It shouldn’t. I’m writing this from my home office, looking out over another gray and dismal day in Yorkshire. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Digital nomadism can be a lot of fun and, for some people, it’s the perfect …

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How to Get Motivated When You Feel Like Giving Up

You started your dream project with gusto, but you’re just not getting the results you were expecting. You feel frustrated, disappointed, and flat. Reading about people who have made it only adds salt to the wound. Now the voices of the naysayers have grown even louder in your head: “What? Leave your full-time job? Embark on a writing career, NOW?”  “Start an internet-based business? (Or whatever other phrase fits here for you). Are you crazy?” …

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And You Thought Business Plans Were a Waste of Time

You’ve built a reasonably successful business, and you’re earning an income that’s “enough,” if not comfortable, that meets your needs. You sell stuff pretty regularly, too. And you did it all without a formal business plan. But an opportunity presents itself. A potential business partner. A mobile app. The perfect storefront space you’ve been dreaming about for that day when your Shopify store becomes a curated brick-and-mortar shopping experience. You’re ready to scale up, but …

Boost Your Productivity with These 7 Apps

Imagine working for hours on end and accomplishing nothing. All the emails or social media responses you made? Those don’t matter in the grand scheme of things. The important tasks that require doing are still there, waiting for you. *Cue the frustrated scream. Could it be that you have a time management problem? The internet is a double-edged sword after all. On one hand, you can use it to communicate with business partners and clients …

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The Life-Changing Magic of the Business Coach/Mastermind Group Combo

Business coaches… what and who are they? What support and benefit can a business coach truly provide to increase the success of your business? How could one help you develop as an entrepreneur and person? Why even bother to hire a coach? I answer these questions by sharing my experience of having a business coach combined within a mastermind group. My story unpacks the layered services, events, benefits, and results of a business coach to …

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The 4 Steps to Becoming a Powerfully Productive Blogger

You love the thought of growing a successful business and an audience that craves your content. You look at top players in the field and think, “I’m going to be like them.” All sorts of ideas are floating around in your head, and you can’t wait to see your dreams come to fruition. You walk towards your desk, turn on your computer, and then… pop! The bubble has burst. Ten minutes later, you’re laughing at …