Ohhhh snap! Things are changin’ around these parts and this week we’re kickin’ it freestyle. Meaning gone are the days of scripting our videos, flubbing lines, and simply skimming the surface of our answers.
Because we felt our videos weren’t really all they could be. They weren’t “us”.
They were at risk of becoming boring, losing personality, and falling into a rut.
So we pulled the plug, ditched the script, and are keeping it real from now on. Real and rut-less.
Speaking of ruts, a few weeks ago Lauren wrote in looking for some guidance on how she could get her butt out of a rut, stop feeling like a fraud around her friends and family, and get back on track with starting her business.
Since I personally know exactly how she feels (as I have fallen into many a’rut over the years), I wanted to answer this just in time for the end of 2013 so she (and you!) can kick off 2014 with a renewed sense of motivation and direction. [Keep Reading]
So there you are, all jacked up about your newest business idea, venture, or milestone and riding the high that comes with it all when you go to tell someone and are met with an eye roll, a deafening silence, or worst of all that I-actually-think-this-is-a-stupid-idea-but-you-seem-excited-and-I-don’t-want-to-stomp-all-over-your-dreams-so-I’ll-just-pretend-to-care forced look of excitement.
I mean, is it just me or is it not stupid easy to spot when someone just doesn’t believe in your ability to make your dreams and goals happen?
I have met my fair share of unsupportive people on my path to lifestyle freedom, and while most of them mean well, and just want us to be happy and successful, there are some who will try to undermine what it is you’re trying to do.
You know those people: The passive aggressive “supporters” who innocently wonder “What are you going to do if this doesn’t work out?” or worry “Can you even make money doing this?”.
Yeah, those ones. [Keep Reading]
Does the thought of handing off daily work tasks to an almost-stranger stress you the eff out?
It sure as hell stressed me out.
In fact, when we were first starting to figure out what we wanted to outsource in our business I encouraged Josh to outsource his tasks first so I could hold onto my control for just a liiiiittle bit longer.
Actually not only was it ridiculous of me, but it was detrimental to our business growth.
Fast forward nearly 6 months later and we’ve handed off all of our content for our affiliate sites, most of our SEO work, admin tasks, buying and creating websites, design work, as well as our video editing and production.
And let me tell you, it’s been liberating! [Keep Reading]
Day in, day out we are mentally assaulted with the sheer amount of content—from blog posts to podcasts to videos—floating around on the web, each vying for our attention.
Yet, most of those pieces of content rarely entices us to actually click the headline and consume it.
Well, to be blunt about it, because a lot of it is downright lacklustre. Meaning it doesn’t teach us anything new, it doesn’t make us feel anything, and usually there is hardly any personality behind it. [Keep Reading]
One of the biggest challenges a lot of people (*cough* me back in the day *cough*) face when they first start guest posting is finding the high-profile sites within their niche that actually take guest posts.
And I’m not talking about the sites that you personally enjoy that are relevant to your industry and you HOPE take submissions. I’m talking the websites that are not only in your industry, but have “write for us” pages, and are sitting pretty just waiting for you to pitch them topics, write content for them, and link to your site. [Keep Reading]
It’s no secret that we’re
big inappropriately huge fans of guest blogging. After all, it helped take our skincare site from making 2 sales from January-March 2012 to $5215.30 by the end of July 2012.
So yeah, we’re kinda into it and the staggering effect it can have on your business.
Which is why we decided to screw Camille’s Q when she wrote in looking for advice on how she could promote her business effectively, without having to resort to paying for ads.
Well, that and the fact that our free training series all about guest blogging just launched and we wanted to spread the good word!
Naturally. [Keep Reading]
Have you ever wished you could add just one more measly hour to your day? I mean, really, is 25 too much to ask for? I don’t think so!
Maybe if I had 25 hours in a day I could actually finish everything I need to finish….and still have time to watch Sons of Anarchy. Don’t judge me; those are some hardcore bikers with hearts of gold. *dreamy sigh*
Fortunately I met Natalie Sisson from The Suitcase Entrepreneur recently in Bangkok and got her to dish some of her best productivity-boosting tips.
Trust me, this woman knows her stuff. After all, she spends a big chunk of her time travelling from city to city, country to country, continent to continent, so it only makes sense that she would have some killer tricks up her sleeve to help us busy webpreneurs streamline our businesses and create some personal white space in our daily lives. [Keep Reading]
One thing we absolutely love about running a business together is that we get to work together, side by side, day in and day out.
Yet, one thing we sometimes loathe about running a business together is that we work together, side by side, day in and day out.
I mean, it can be awesome having your partner there, encouraging you, cheering you on, brainstorming with you, and tweaking your ideas, but it can also get a little overwhelming having them there all. the. time.
Whether you have a business together or run separate businesses and just work together, it can be hard to keep the peace 24-freakin-7—even if you have the “perfect relationship”.
That’s why when Joel wrote in suggesting we cover the subject of living and working with your partner we knew we had to screw the topic! [Keep Reading]
There are plenty of aspects about running an online business that we find so damn fascinating…and challenging…and maddening…and so freakin’ rewarding.
From figuring out your niche to how to market your business and stand out from the crowd, outsourcing your work to knowing what areas of your business you should invest in, creating content to getting your site found in the search engines, the learning never stops!
Yet one area so many first-time webpreneurs get hung up on is the amount it costs to actually get their business up and running online.
They figure it will cost them hundreds, if not thousands, to get their site online and functioning the way they want…and it leaves them paralyzed and wondering how they could ever afford it. [Keep Reading]
I know we harp on and on about the importance of building an email list, but there is good reason for it. And it’s not just because you get to pimp yourself in your emails—although that can be awfully fun.
It’s because email marketing is one of the best ways to not only build a relationship and trust with your audience, but generate sales.
Don’t believe me? Check out these stats I found after gettin’ my research on: [Keep Reading]