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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...

When Crowdfunding Fails (in-depth case study)

Tom’s Note: this is a guest post from Matthew Turner, the indomitable author of The Successful Mistake. I don’t normally take guest posts, but Matthew’s article hit a nerve with me as I’ve dealt with a lot of failure in my life. If you’ve ever felt like quitting when things get tough, this article is for you. Read this. Bookmark the page. And then share with people...

11 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2015

Last week, I wrote about starting fires. I believe that a great idea is a spark… And that a spark can turn into a great fire that can change our lives, as long as we bring the resources and hustle necessary to make that happen. How then do we expose ourselves to great ideas?  The short answer: Books. Books are the perfect harbinger for ideas: Books give writers the space to explore and...

Starting Fires

In 2007, I read a book that changed my life. While the book itself is simple (borderline elementary now that I’ve gone back to reread it years later), there was a single idea that I couldn’t shake at the time; one that still sticks with me today. Before I explain what that idea is, I want to put this in context: I first read this book when I was a 20 year old West Point cadet. At the...

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...

It's Time to Stop Thinking Like a Freelancer

I started consulting 10 months ago. The first time I offered my services I felt like a phony. Who am I to offer training / coaching / consulting? There are so many people better than me out there in the world, why bother? Who would pay me for my time? While I felt comfortable and confident with the topics I teach (publishing, product launches, online biz, etc.), I wasn’t sure people would...

The 3 Step Framework for Starting Anything From Scratch

I get asked questions every day about starting, finishing, and shipping things. Let’s be honest: I bring this on myself. Not only do I write about these topics, but I ask everyone I meet or who joins The Resistance to tell me what they’re struggling with (and how I can help). The nature of this is that some questions come up again and again. I find they fit a certain trend. So today, I want to...

How to Launch a Business from Scratch (part 1 of 3)

For a more in depth look at building a team and shipping a product to market, checkout Collaborate: The Modern Playbook for Leading a Small Team to Create, Market, and Sell Digital Products Online. The Open Loop Product Development Framework A couple months ago, I mentioned I was collaborating on a new business venture – a business training platform for veterans. Last week, we wrapped up...

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...

The 3 Step Pivot Framework: How to Turn Failure into Success

Last month I got an email from a friend. After 6 months of hustle, she’s throwing in the towel. Why? Not enough sales. No traction. No growth. I felt bad. I hate seeing people fail. I hate it even more when a project fails that hasn’t  been properly tested in the marketplace. In my friends case, she had only tried one option. It didn’t work. Surely there’s a better...

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