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You’re an Entrepreneur! So What’s Your Job Title?

Recently, Oleg Starko posted an article entitled Weekend Warrior: How to Write an Elevator Pitch in which he recommends crafting your own job title as a way of helping you stand out from your competitors. Having read similar advice in Michael Port’s “Book Yourself Solid,” I created my own job title and description. It’s a simple process but not necessarily easy. Using my experience as a guide, here’s some advice for when you create your …

Multitasking Doesn’t Work (So Here’s How to Do It Better)

If you’re think you’re multitasking successfully, you’re probably wrong. For 98% of us, says Psychology Today, multitasking is an abject failure because our brains just aren’t wired to handle it. That’s right multitasking doesn’t work. Except for the 2% of supertaskers, whose brains work better the more stuff they have to handle, multitasking turns our brains mush and productivity and effectiveness take a hit. For the rest of us, trying to do more than one …

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Hiring Hacks! How to Get More Help on a Tight Budget

Whether you recently started your business, or you’ve been at it for 20 years, there will always be more work to do and not enough hands to do it. So there you are, hard at work but your biggest ideas still not brought to life. As a busy entrepreneur, you’re faced with a common dilemma. Do you refuse to work more hours at the expense of staying stuck at your current growth level? Or do …

Why Your Unhealthy Habits are Killing Your Productivity

Being a workaholic is seriously ruining your business and killing productivity. If that sounds weird, think about this. Working long hours does not translate to true productivity. In fact, being chained to your desk leads to unhealthy habits that actually make you LESS productive—and that’s not good for business. Here are five bad habits that not only ruin your health, but also impair your productivity. 1. You Don’t Take Enough Breaks Ever worked in an …

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The "Bridge Crossing" Method to Building Customer Trust

After painstakingly building your list like all the gurus told you to do, segmenting said list, and hours of writing the perfect autoresponder copy, you’re ready for your first big product campaign. Despite being told not to, you can’t help but continually checking your stats once your campaign is finally live. Day 1 Open rate: 63%! CTR: 37%! Sales: 0 Not bad. Not bad at all. No sales, yet, but that’s OK. It’s only day …

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Want More Free Time? Schedule Every Minute of Your Day

Now that you’ve started your own business your time is finally yours. Or is it? You unchained yourself from the corporate cubicle and said goodbye to the long commutes, scheduled break times, and clock watching. It’s a wonderful feeling controlling your own schedule and doing whatever you choose each day. But a lack of structure can also sink you right from the start. So many new entrepreneurs look forward to the freedom and flexibility of …

21 Mobile Apps You Need to Keep Your Business on Track

A business has many touch points. And it requires time and expertise to effectively access those points. Mark Cuban, owner of Dallas Maverick said: “An entrepreneur is someone who can define the business they want to create, see where it is going, and do the work to get there.” Manually handling all the business processes is quite exhausting. These processes consume a lot of mental and physical efforts. Fortunately, thanks to the mobile revolution a …

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It’s a Trap! A Surprising Path to Stop Trading Time for Money

Do you want to stop trading time for money? Yep—you, and everybody else. Thanks to the Tim Ferrisses of the world, “not trading time for money” has become the rallying cry of people who are stuck in a job that they don’t like and want to create the freedom to quit and do something different. They say it with pride, confident that they are making the smart, strategic choice that their corporate colleagues don’t have …

Expert Advice to Increase Your Productivity

You just went out on your own. Congratulations!  So now what? When I launched my company Working Simply, I had only a bicycle, no car, no phone, no computer, no printer. I had to return each of these to my former company when I resigned from my sales position.