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A Game of Lists…

Today kicks off the official unofficial US national holiday: List-building Week. Every year, bloggers, podcasters, and digital content creators across the world converge on the internet for one week to see who can build the biggest list of email subscribers. Thousands will enter, only one will reign victorious. To commence the week, and commemorate the list-building challenge about to...

Where Aspiring Entrepreneurs Should Spend Their Energy

When people sign up for my email newsletter, the first email they get is an inquiry: What is the BIGGEST pain / problem / or struggle you’re dealing with right now in your business? I typically get dozens of responses a week, and I do my best to answer each one. Over time, when I notice a similar questions being asked, I like to write a blog about it to help more people (and point new...

Why You Should Track Your Time To Improve Personal and Business Productivity

A few months back, I surveyed my audience to figure out their biggest challenge. The survey choices included: not enough time not enough money not enough connections I don’t know how to sell more of X I don’t know what to prioritize all of the above other As I examined the results, I found the most interesting thing below the surface… What I mean is this: If you look at the...

How to Make a Living Writing

Is it possible to make a living writing? If you  had asked me that 3 years ago, I would have said “hell no.” “There’s too much competition, I’m not a good enough writer, I don’t have an “in” in that artsy-fartsy whatever club…” “Maybe you can…but not me.” – (Young, naive Tom’s internal monologue) Luckily...

The OPA Method: How to sell your product or service even if you are starting from scratch and have no audience

I’ve been doing this “online stuff” for the last few years. (full time since I left the Army at the end of 2013) In that time, I’ve tested a LOT of things. Some worked: I’ve written and published my own books Launched my own infoproducts Published other peoples books Created and sold my own ecourse Consulted on and launched 30 books and other products / services in...

Focus, Growth, and $100k (2015 Year in Review)

Last year, I did my first ever year in review. That was a really fun, albeit time-consuming essay to write… And this year’s year in review (or After Action Review, as I like to refer to it) was no different. 2015 was a jam packed year and 2016 is off to a crazy start, so this essay took me many hours to write. My hope is that you can learn from my successes and my failures. But before...

7 Lessons Learned From Writing a Business Book

Wow, so it’s been a long time coming, but Collaborate: The Modern Playbook for Leading a Small Team to Create, Market, and Sell Digital Products Online is almost finished! Today, I want to share some of my lessons learned (the good, the bad, and the ugly) from writing this book… But first, a bit of background: I started this project a year ago this month. I actually ran...

One question to help you make better choices in life

As you know, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Wacky Wednesday, and a whole bunch of other cleverly named days are coming up… Each will present you with a plethora of discounted items, from TV’s and Furbies, to digital games, music, and software at bargain prices. I am actually a huge fan of this time of year. Not because it turns some people into stampeding, 28 Days Later zombies to get...

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