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How to Find Your First 1,000 Customers (a $100 million case study)

In 1993, Jeff Miller took over as CEO of Documentum, a document management company that had been stagnant at $2 million in revenue for the past several years. This might seem like a good problem to have, except that companies that aren’t growing are usually dying. Something had to change. So Miller started at the beginning – “who is our target customer?” As it turned out...

Work From Anywhere in the World with these 14 Business Apps

Last week, my computer crashed. Have you ever had one of those “Oh ****!” moments? Well this was it for me. I run my entire business from my computer, so this was like finding my office space burned to the ground. To make matters worse, I am in the Philippines and the internet here is basically nonexistent. Not a good feeling. While this could have been one of those freak-out moments...

The Complete Guide to Crowdfunding Your Book

UPDATE: thanks to all your support, I finished my crowdfunding campaign with $12,979.00 in preorders. The last few days saw the crowdfunding campaign skyrocket – something I did not predict happening at all. This has been a whirlwind ride and I’m so grateful – so thank you! If you’re interested in being notified about the book when it releases, to hear about its progress...

How to Build a Business from Scratch with a GUARANTEE You Won’t Lose it All

I had a conversation with a friend the other day. We were talking about her situation and what her 5 year goals were. The response: “to be self-employed with a healthy, cashflowing business.” “What’s stopping you?” I asked. “My biggest reservation to becoming an entrepreneur is money. Current funds are limited, and I’m not sure the steps I need to take to make money in the beginning. I mean, I...

How to Lead a Revolution (lessons for startups and bootstrappers)

On 16 October, 1890, in a small farm off the windswept southern coast of Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland, the leader of the Irish Revolution was born. Of course, no one could predict this at the time, but like all history it now seems inexorable. The youngest of 8 kids, Michael Collins didn’t grow up with a lot of money, but what his family lacked financially his parents made up for with an...

How to build an antifragile business that gains from disorder

The Incredible Hulk is a pretty rad superhero. When he gets angry, he becomes indestructible. Actually, better than indestructible; the more people mess with him (shoot him with bullets, RPGs, lasers, whatever), the STRONGER he gets. At one point, Hulk even went up against Superman (supposedly the strongest / most invincible hero in comic-world), and it ended up a draw. Talk about one nasty honey...

The 5 Most Effective Online Sales Techniques I Learned from Two Girls in Indonesia

Indonesia is a funny place. On the one hand, you find some incredible artisan craftsmanship – stuff that would cost 10 or 20 times more in the States (minimum). On the other hand, you have someone trying to sell you something (anything) every ten feet. *true story: as I was walking down a street in Bali, amongst the offers of lunch, massages, and places to stay, a guy asked me if I wanted a tune...

A Simple Question to Help You Find Purpose in Your Business, Art and Life

A Train to the Arctic Circle In 2006, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Russia. At one point, toward the end of the semester, my friend and I had a brilliant idea – to visit the Arctic Circle. In a spur of the moment decision, we hopped on a вокзал (train) to one of the most northern cities in western Russia: Мурманск (Murmansk). We were on that train for close to 3 days (we made stops in...

A Simple Framework for Getting Your Project Unstuck

Over the last few months, I’ve received dozens of emails from readers asking me how to get their idea or project unstuck. I’ve done my best to answer everyone’s question individually, but for every person who emails me directly, I can be sure there are two or three others with the same problem who haven’t spoken up. So today I want to talk about how to get a project unstuck by leveraging a...

Here is Your Opportunity

Preparing for Opportunity Time is not a luxury we have. I wish it was.  And I wish I could get more on demand. If I had an extra 36 hours a day, I would have time to read all the books I want to read, study all the materials I want to study, and write all the pages I want to write (and, for once, get enough sleep). But I don’t have an extra 36 hours.  Neither do you. Instead, we each have 24...

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