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Top 7 Ways to Make Money Online

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One of the great things about the internet is that you can go into business for yourself from the comfort of your home. All you need is an internet connection, and you can make money online. Diving into the online world will free you from the daily 9 to 5 grind of a desk job and afford you more time to travel, indulge in hobbies, and spend time with the family.

Another plus is that there are so many different ways to make money online. To start, all you have to do is identify the profitable niche market appropriate for you. After that, there’s no need to hire staff, rent space, or purchase expensive furniture.

Here are a mix of tried and true online ventures, as well as new businesses and niches:

1. Affiliate Marketing

You may already know that affiliate marketing is one of the oldest online moneymakers out there. Here’s how it works:

  • As an internet entrepreneur, you’ll need your own web presence:website, blog, social media platforms, landing pages, sales pages, banner ads, or e-commerce site. But instead of selling your own products, you sell the products of other companies. You can use several of these combinations, if you like, as long as you get your marketing message to the public.
  • Then, pick a hot affiliate niche market; one with many potential customers. Look at social media to ID trends and see what’s hot on sites like Amazon and CJ Affiliate, for example.
  • Provide important content and marketing messages aimed at your prospects.
  • When customers on your digital platform click on a link to make a purchase, they are taken to your affiliate partner’s site to complete the transaction—and you get a commission for every completed sale. The best part is you don’t have to deal with shipping or customer service.

2. Selling on Amazon, eBay, and Etsy

One of the quickest ways to get started selling online is to leverage the power of third-party sites. E-commerce giants like Amazon, eBay, and Etsy are powerful sales and marketing platforms with a built-in prospect base. Millions of people regularly shop on these sites, and the numbers keep growing.

These mega-sites make it easy to set up shop so customers can browse your products, and there’s no need to build your own website. Also, you’ll find a built-in search feature so that interested buyers can easily find your online storefront. Plus, you get to use the site’s shopping cart. In short, you avoid a lot of the expense and hassle of setting up an independent e-commerce website.

Amazon: With Amazon, you can even have them fulfil your orders. The digital retailer also says there are more than two million sellers on their website, representing 40 percent of all sales.

eBay: With eBay, the procedure is very similar. You simply start by becoming an eBay seller and stay in good standing by making sure your PayPal account is verified, and then you can sign up for your store. These three steps allow you to piggyback on eBay’s reputation, reach, and sales and marketing infrastructure in order to sell your own products.

Etsy: If your crafty, Etsy is where you should set up shop. The web portal is focused on handcrafted and unique one-of-a-kind items and has 1.5 million sellers around the world. And, like Amazon and eBay, you can set up your own online shop on Etsy’s site.

All three of these sites are a very easy way to start your digital career, although you do have to pay fees ranging from $0.99 per item for Amazon, to $0.10 for eBay,to $0.20 for Etsy

The common denominators among all three sites are that you need to use clear, high-quality photos of your products, keep product descriptions detailed and specific, and know what your competitors charge so you don’t out-price yourself.

3. Blogging

Old-fashioned blogging is alive and thriving. If you provide valuable content on a regular basis, you attract like-minded people interested in your niche information and products. Your readers are compelled to keep reading to find out more and buy.

These people are primed to buy your products either via ads or affiliate links in your posts. Why? Because you’ve been providing useful free (targeted) content and people have come to know and trust you.

Also, you make your site / online storefront attractive in the eyes of Google by regularly adding useful information in the form of articles, videos, etc. This results in higher rankings in Google’s search engine so, hopefully, you appear on page one because most people don’t go to page two on Google.

4. Niche E-commerce

As a startup internet entrepreneur, you’re not competing with e-commerce titans or major retailers like Walmart. You also don’t need a warehouse or a logistics system to sell your wares.

What you do need to succeed is to narrow-focus. In other words, find your niche, and stick to it. That way you become the go-to expert and appear high in the search engine rankings.

The most important thing is that there has to be a market for your niche. For example, you might have a passion for 16th-century French poetry, but you won’t attract a lot of readers.

Instead, find the hot trends and markets that are current right now and marry those to your knowledge base. Pay attention to the news, social media feeds, and best-selling items on Amazon and eBay to get a read on what markets you want to enter.

5. Your Own YouTube Channel

Top YouTubers can make millions each year, and that includes 5 year-olds. Take PewDiePie who has made more than $15 million filming himself playing video games. But you don’t need millions of viewers to make money on YouTube.

Some ideas for valuable videos include how-tos such as recipes, unboxing (where you open a product for viewers), food and travel reviews, music videos, comedy skits, and so on.

Here’s how to make money on YouTube:

  • Set up your YouTube channel, the place where your videos will live.
  • Upload videos consistently and be specific when describing the content in your video. Make sure your videos are high-quality and contain useful or entertaining content. You don’t need a fancy camera to get going; a smartphone will suffice in the beginning.
  • Put the word out on your social media platforms like Facebook and your email marketing list. You should also share the videos on social media or embed them on your blog or website.
  • Respond to comments from viewers to create a fan base. Your job is to attract and keep viewers.
  • Monetize your undertaking by allowing YouTube to include ads in your videos. When viewers click on an ad, you split the fee with Google. The more views, the more revenue for you.

6. Selling E-books

The internet has put a dent in the traditional publishing world. These days e-readers are all the rage.

E-books represent about 20 percent of all book sales in the U.S. The good news is you don’t have to be a publisher with deep pockets to get in on the action. As a solo internet entrepreneur, you can sell ebooks directly from your own website. You can sell your own works or sell a public domain work. Simply upload it to your website (or seller account on Amazon) and start publicizing it on your social media platforms, on your email list, your blog, website, etc.

7. Develop Apps

Whether it’s an iPhone or Android, it’s got apps and everyone’s got one in their pocket.

You can’t compete with the likes of Pandora and Pinterest, but you can get in on the action. If you have a light bulb moment that addresses a need that people have, then create an app that meets that need. It could be a new way to store photos or a podcast download organizer.

Don’t panic if you’re not a programmer. You’re the idea person. You can hire people to create it. With the availability of programmers available at reasonable rates, you could probably find someone on a site like Upwork. Of course, the exact amount you’ll pay your developers depends on the complexity of the app.

One thing. You should create your app so that it works on both kinds of smartphones, Androids and iPhones. That way you maximize your customer base.

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5 Online Businesses You Can Start With No Money

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The internet is the great equalizer. In business specifically, it has leveled the playing field. Anyone can start a money-making online business—anyone with a computer, that is. But here’s the thing: no technical experience is needed. You don’t have to know how to build websites—no programming knowledge is required at all. You can also live anywhere you want, set your own schedule, and work as little or as much as you want, depending on how fast or big you want your business to grow. No business or marketing experience is needed either.

It’s a truly democratic medium for entrepreneurship.

Best of all, unlike a brick-and-mortar business, you don’t need a lot of startup capital. In fact, you can get many internet businesses up and running with no money at all because so many free services facilitate the possibility. For example, you can set up a website or blog for free using WordPress. Or you can leverage a third-party site like Amazon or eBay to sell goods. You use their selling platform in exchange for giving them a cut of your sales.

And this is just the start of the many available no-money e-commerce startup solutions. Let’s consider five of the top ways to make money online with little or no cost at all.

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1. Drop Shipping

The basic idea behind an online drop shipping business is that, as a small business owner, you don’t have to maintain a large inventory of products or handle any delivery to your customers. That eliminates the financial cost and risk of having a warehouse full of stuff you might not sell, and the hassle of arranging to send orders all over the country or the world. In fact, you don’t have to manufacture or store any products at all.

Instead, you work with a company that specializes in drop shipping. Here’s how it works:

  1. You list products for sale on your website or a platform like Amazon, eBay, or Etsy.
  2. When one of your customers makes a purchase, you purchase the product from a third-party company (the drop shipper, usually a manufacturer or wholesaler) for a lower price. This process is as simple as forwarding the order from your customer, a process that can actually be completely automated.
  3. Your drop shipper then sends the product to the customer.

Easy enough, right? With drop shipping, you can offer a wide range of products, so the operating expenses for your business are super low.

As you can see there is no risk on your part because you don’t even purchase the product (at cost) until the actual sale is made!

What are downsides to the drop shipping business model? You have to find a reputable drop shipper you can count on to deliver to your customers. If an order is late or doesn’t go out—or a product is a poor quality—you get blamed.

Also, because this market is so competitive, the margins—that is, the difference between the wholesale price and how much you can sell a product for—are lower. But still, it is a worthwhile low or no-cost startup option.

One way to stand out from the competition with a drop shipping business is to private label your products. That way you’re not selling the same product brand and just competing on price; rather you can use your own brand and face less competition. Consider these important factors when looking for a good drop shipping product.

Anyone considering a drop shipping business should seriously consider leveraging Amazon.com to grow their business and learn more about becoming a profitable Amazon seller.

2. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is somewhat similar to drop shipping but with some key differences. With this e-commerce model, you again don’t maintain an inventory of your own products, and you don’t have to worry about shipping products to customers.

Basically, you pick a profitable niche for your online business, and then you find an affiliate partner who has products available in that niche. Some of the most popular affiliate sites are Clickbank.com, Amazon.com, and CJ Affiliate by Conversant (formerly Commission Junction). Between them, they offer just about any digital information product (like ebooks, audio files, video files) or physical product you can think of.

You offer the products for sale, for example, on your blog or e-commerce website. Each product has a unique link that tracks back to your account with your affiliate partner. A prospect who clicks on the link is taken to your partner’s shopping cart for checkout. Once they buy, that purchase is recorded and you receive a commission. It varies depending on the affiliate partner, but is generally 5 percent to 25 percent, or 50 percent or more with digital information products. As you can see, there’s little risk on your part and virtually no investment needed either.

They key difference between this and drop shipping is that the business model is even more hands off. All you have to do is provide a link for the customer to click on and the merchant handles everything; billing, order fulfillment, customer service, etc.

All you have to do is handle the marketing to get your prospects to buy (through social media, email marketing, blogging, or whatever method you choose). But after they click the affiliate link, it’s out of your hands. You don’t have to ship products or handle any customer service questions. And you certainly don’t have to maintain an inventory.

All you have to do is focus on paid and free ways to market your online business.

3. Blogging

If you have expertise or a passion or interest for a subject, you’re ready to start making money with a blog. With a service like Blogger (www.blogger.com), you can start up your blog totally free. You can also create your own site and secure your own hosting for a low price, which is generally the route I recommend.

You may think blogging is all about writing. And it can be if that’s what you want to do. But written blog posts are just the start. You can post photos, videos, and links to other sites, repost news and other articles… anything is game, really, as long as it relates to your niche.

What sort of content should you provide? Anything that is engaging to your prospect. How-to topics, top-10 lists, commentary on trends in your niche, tips and tricks articles—basically, you need to provide useful content. There’s no shortage of ideas for your blog.

You make money in a variety of ways.

  1. Google AdSense. These pay-per-click ads appear on your blog. Every time somebody clicks on an ad (which is supposed to be about a subject related to your niche), you make a few cents. Small amounts each time, but it adds up. This is extremely hands-off. You just need to get a code from Google, place it on your website – and the ads will automatically appear on your blog. Google will only show ads that are relevant to your blog so it’s a good experience for your visitors and maximizes the amount of clicks you get, meaning more income.
  1. Blog ad networks. You can also work with ad networks, like Blogads, and run banner ads on your blog. Same as Google Adsense ads, you place the code once on your website and when your visitors click on the ads then you get paid.
  2. Affiliate marketing. You know this one already. You include links to products you are promoting as an affiliate, and every time somebody buys the product, you get a commission. With a blog you can integrate advertising with content to make it even more likely you’ll get the sale. For example, you could do a product review — which is useful content — and then include a link to buy the product under an affiliate link.

Here are a few successful blogging tips to make sure people can find your blog — and will keep coming back. This is key to building a following and making your blog a profitable venture.

  1. You need to provide useful content in an engaging way. If your blog is boring or the information can be found everywhere else, nobody will read it. Don’t hesitate to put your own personality into the blog.
  2. You have to post content on a regular basis. People thirst for the new, so make sure you put up articles, videos, or whatever consistently. It could one post per day or three times per week. Whatever it is, maintain the same schedule. A scattershot posting history means losing readers. At a minimum try to aim for one new post, video, or other form of content a week.
  1. Be genuine. Yes, your blog is supposed to make money. But you can’t make marketing pitches all the time. Focus on useful content so that your readers come to know, like, and trust you. Then they will naturally click on your advertising or buy the products you recommend. In this era of the internet and social media people are looking for authenticity.

Do all of this, and you’ll attract the notice of search engines like Google, which are always looking to put sites with useful, relevant content on top of the search results. This is what content marketing is all about.

You could start a blog in less than an hour. But it takes time to make money as you build readership, and only a small percentage of those folks end up buying your products.

4. Online Video

Have you watched a YouTube video lately? Of course you have! This is one of the world’s most popular websites, with more than 1 billion users watching hundreds of millions of hours of video each day. And it’s not all cats doing funny things, by any means.

You can leverage YouTube’s reach to make money online. No, you’re not trying to create a viral video, so to speak, although if it does go worldwide and is seen by millions, that’s a good thing.

Instead, you’ll be following a proven strategy for maximizing views of multiple videos on a regular basis. You’ll be creating useful content…something engaging that people want to watch. And it works in many, many different niches. It could be a how-to video, a talking-head video on a topic of interest to people interested in your niche…the sky is the limit.

You make money with ad revenue. Your first step is to create a YouTube account and start uploading videos. Then you enable monetization on your YouTube settings. Basically, this gives Google the go-ahead to include short AdSense ads with your videos, which you’ve seen if you’ve watched a YouTube video. When viewers click on those ads, you get paid.

Another opportunity to make money with a YouTube channel is through paid sponsorships. Build a large enough following and companies will be more than happy to pay you to promote or mention their products and services in your videos.

Some tips to create professional-looking videos (no expensive pro equipment needed):

  1. You can use your smartphone or a simple video camera. But make sure the lighting is good so that you and everything else in your video are clear and easy to see.
  2. Make sure the audio is clear. You don’t want an air conditioning hum, construction noise, or other distractions.
  3. Use simple editing software like iMovie to put titles at the beginning of the video and to edit out any flubs.

Above all, remember that your videos can be simple and don’t have to be slick. Just provide useful content and be engaging and interesting. Funny helps, too.

And to extend the reach of your videos, be sure to post them on your Facebook business page, Twitter, your blog, and other channels. Let people know you’re in the video business now.

In addition to ad revenue from YouTube videos, you can also use your YouTube channel to drive traffic back to your website, where visitors can read your product reviews, click on the ads on your website, or even get onto your email subscriber list—where you can make multiple sales with your email list.

5. Information Products

When you have an internet business, it doesn’t have to be about selling physical products. In fact, digital information products are one of the easiest and quickest ways to make money. Outside of affiliate marketing, it’s probably one of my favorite ways to make money online.

There’s no shortage of ways to create information products, but the most popular formats include:

  • Audio: a recorded teleconference, interview, course, or some other spoken-word product
  • Video: a recorded webinar, a how-to, an interview
  • Text: an ebook, an instruction booklet of some sort, a travel guide

In each of these categories, you can really get creative and make any type and format of content, as long as it’s engaging and useful.

No matter which way you do it, it’s passive income—money you earn while you sleep because you put these products up for sale on your website and a customer can buy and download them any time of day or night, automatically. All you have to do is check the sales periodically to see what topics or types of products are selling best so that you can make more of those.

Putting It All Together

The trick with any online business is to make sure you’re in a profitable niche market. So be sure to keep an eye on trends, check out bestseller lists on sites like Amazon, and consider what people are discussing on social media.

One thing to keep in mind is that you don’t have to restrict yourself to just one of these e-commerce opportunities. Start out with one and get it going. Then add new revenue streams as you’re able. That will grow your income and ensure that you have something to fall back on should one business start going south.

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My Experience In a 9-5 Job & 3 Ways To Quit and Do What You Love.

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Don’t believe the hype, don’t quit your job just yet. Be strategic about it, it’s very easy for someone who’s already a successful entrepreneur or someone who doesn’t have context about your life to tell you to quit your job and become an entrepreneur. If there’s one thing I try to do with my videos, blog posts and content generally is to always ensure that am saying it as it is and am keeping it 100, never over hyping and never oversimplifying anything. Keeping it white and black. 

Talking about keeping it 100 – even though I said not to quit your job just yet, I think having a 9-5 job is already a stressful space to be in and if you do not enjoy what you do at your job – this makes it an even harder space to be in. The truth about having a 9-5 job is that during the hours between “9am – 5pm” you have no power over your time, you are literately owned by the company and during those hours there is a very high chance that your actions (if you are a productive employee) is always geared towards the enhancement of the business you work for and not towards you as a person ( this is arguable, I know ) , The control of your time isn’t in your hands, it’s in the hands of your boss and company. Ever heard the saying The man who has control over his time has control over his life?”. There is no better feeling than waking up every day knowing you are a free man, you have power over your time and your life. Trust me, I say this often and I will say it again – even if I don’t make as much money as I would make in a 9-5 job or any job for that matter, as long as am happy and am free and am doing what I love and enjoy doing – this means a lot to me and its worth more than just money. Entrepreneurs know this feeling and can relate with what am talking about. As long as I stay steadfast and continue to improve myself and my business – I will hit it and achieve everything I have set as my goals in life. Am confident about this.

The man who has control over his time has control over his life?

I tried the 9-5 thing once, it was crazy. I only lasted 31 days. The funny thing was that I was doing what I loved, the company was based in one of those fancy buildings in the heart of London (Canon Street), the office space was beautiful, the employees and business owners were somewhat good people, the office had a very social environment and the pay was good ( I mean GOOD ) and to top it all up I was working just 3days a week. Monday , Thursday and Friday. But I still couldn’t breath, to be fair it wasn’t a “job job” per se.

The company is a multi national firm and they had a very very very very wack online presence, their website sucked and it was affecting their brand. So they wanted to re-brand and get a more modern, professional and clean outlook to their Brand. So they reached out to me, after seeing my CV- they were blown away I had achieved so much and had so much experience at that age (I was 22 years old) and we met for a cup of coffee and that was i got in. I normally work with my clients from the comfort of my home office but for this company, the case was different. Since they were a million pound company – they wanted me to be part of their team, see their operations, understand their culture and use my observations to build an outstanding online presence for them. They proposed that I worked from their office for 3days a week and do my own thing the other days of the week from my home. It sounded cool to me, I was still fresh in London, they seemed like a great team and I felt it would be my opportunity to see how the job life was – my time to have a taste how it feels like to have a 9-5 job. So, I accepted their offer and started the next day.

Remember I said – I loved what I was doing, I was basically their creative guy – in charge of their brand identity, the re-branding of their website and everything in between, that’s my bread and butter and that’s something have been doing for years now – I enjoy doing it but I still couldn’t breath like I said – the fact that I had a time to be at the office (8:30am), a time to go for lunch break (12pm-1pm) and a time to leave (Supposed to be 5:30pm but no one leaves 5:30pm on dot, you get to leave between 6-7pm) made me very sick and don’t forget I had a desk and chair of my own. It just felt more like modern slavery to me, I felt tied down and I had to catch the train back home, get home very tired, not able to do any other thing but sleep and rest to prepare for the following day just made me more sick. Remember I said I only worked 3days a week? even at that – it still felt like shit. I know a lot of people who have jobs rightnow will think am an ingrate – have got a job I do what I love, a good pay, a good company and I just work 3 days a week. What more can you ask for you this ungrateful Daniel?

Freedom, that’s what more I ask for. Freedom to think, freedom to pick my own hours, freedom to have control over my time and in turn over my destiny. This is something a 9-5 will not give you, its very easy to get caught up in the 9-5 rat race thinking you are going somewhere but in truth – you are just there to get paid so you can pay your bills, you are working to get money to pay someone else. You have little or no time to think, find yourself, give yourself some break and do what the fuck you like. I wont bore you more with the day to day stuffs at the office but immediately I was done with the website re-brand for the company, I had to quit. I saw somethings in the 9-5 space that made me sick and I couldn’t stand it. I could have been retained or I could have finessed my way to being retained as a full time staff, get a higher pay and start my corporate slavery journey but I chose to quit, shake their hands and return to my own thing where I have power over my time and the things I do with it.

Not everyone has the courage to quit their job and do their own thing because it takes some hard balls to live a life knowing no salary is coming at the end of the month, whatever you decide to do as your Hustle has to be able to sustain you, your bills and your family if you have one and this is what ties and holds people down to jobs they don’t like or they are not interested in anymore. The fear of the unknown and the fear of uncertainty. Trust me, I understand those fears and I think its human that is why I will never tell anyone to quit their job without being strategic about it and making calculated moves. In the paragraphs below, I will be giving you ways to find your new side hustle that you can eventually turn into your full time thing.

(1) Skill = Need = Supply.

Its a supply game. I can’t stress this enough. Making money is always a game of meeting other people’s needs, supplying a demand that is required or needed. And the fastest way to be the person that can supply a need or demand is to be skilled with a skill that people pay for or will pay for, a skill people will exchange their money for. This is key and its not that hard to figure out, is it? A quick example is this – if you are tech savvy and enjoy anything technology, I would advice you to learn and equip yourself with a skill that can be monetized within that field. My go-to advice would be to ask yourself  a question like I asked myself at the age of 19, “What do businesses and people always need in terms of tech to better their business?” and the answer that came to me was “Website and Graphics for their business and brand” and then, I took time out to learn and equip myself with both skills and till today, am still getting paid to provide those services to clients around the world.

It doesn’t have to be just web design and graphics, it could be social media management, video editing, explainer video creations and more, there is no limit. I strongly advice you to pick something you know you will enjoy learning and enjoy providing the service to people. I so much believe in skill acquisition because I can give £1000 today and you will think its heaven and earth but that money will finish and go with the wind, you know what will not go with the wind? Skill, you can use the skill to charge and make £1000 over and over and over again.

So, whilst you have your main job, you can be perfecting your skill acquisition and trying to get clients with it. If you start to see traction and see you can do bad on your own, you can take the plunge, leave your job and become a full time hustler – live life on the edge where everything is on you and you are responsible for how your life turns out. However, do not quit and burn a bridge because no one can walk on water, you always have to keep your options open and be strategic about such a move. Don’t follow the hype and motivational videos telling you to quit your job if you know you are not yet mentally ready, instead put yourself and happiness first. Do what makes you happy but don’t lie to yourself.

(2) It’s Already In You.

Two weeks ago, I had a very chilled Sunday with 2 friends of mine. They are girls, we were in my place all day just talking and vibing. Talking about life, relationship and everything in between from morning till night! (Yes, all day! I haven’t had a whole day like that where am not hustling and its just pure chilling and vibing). Both girls have a 9-5 job and one of them always complains about her job and am always like “Babes, you are based in London, live with your parents, have savings and you are British, you’ve got a lot of things working in your favour and you don’t have any bills or responsibility on you yet. You should be doing what you love right now and figuring what you really want to do with your life instead of staying in your job, complaining like a monkey and doing nothing about it especially at a job you don’t like”.

So, I asked her what she likes doing. She said “I make wigs for my friends and family and they are dope as fuck” , that’s a market she can tap into and she doesn’t even know it, I see girls on Instagram making bank doing this. Another thing she does which is very very dope is she has an amazing voice and she can imitate different country accents. Her Indian and Jamaican impersonation racks me up, so perfect and funny. I told her, you could also build a career as a voice-over artist and stuffs relating to that, you are already good at it – just do some research and find out how you can make bank from that.

This point is important because you do not need to acquire the skill, you already have it and might be overlooking it and not know there is a potential for you to make bank from it and build a career off it instead of slaving in a 9-5 job. You already love this thing anyways, so it will not feel like work to you.

(3) What’s The Internet For?

Seriously, what do you do with the internet? If you were to calculate the amount of time you spend online – what will be the ratio of the productive things you consume and the Bullshit you shove down your throat and brain? We now live in a world where a lot of things that were not possible years ago are now possible. People are now making a living off the internet, becoming millionaires and billionaires just from the goddamn internet and this is because there is a lot of information out there that can make you rich if applied the right way. Even though I say this, I still have to remind you that there is a lot of BS as well, stay away from those “get rich quick schemes” and all those promises of overnight wealth, if something sounds too good to be true – it always is, especially if you do your own research about that particular thing and find out things don’t check out!

For example, I started off as just a Graphics and website designer but now I do more than that. I create videos around my content, I have a blog which you are reading now, I have an online course where I teach people skills and I get paid from that ( I also have a free course too ), I have written eBooks as well – some paid and some free and all these things put together is building my personal brand Daniel Damilola Nejo which is making me an authority figure in my field with track record of work done and value added to numerous lives around the world. I now coach and mentor 100s of people around the world on entrepreneurship, hustle, design and life as a whole. Am not just a designer anymore, am a brand! And I learnt I could branch into all these things from the information I got from some paid courses from the likes of Eben Pagan, Brendon Burchard, Ryan Deiss and many more people I have consumed their content and enrolled on their courses. By the way, I just got into this new internet business thing that am currently testing and having fun with that will also start bringing me some steady income on the side.

Its all about information and ensuring you are using the internet to find information and opportunities that can get you out of the 9-5 rat race. If you do not want to learn a skill or you think you don’t have anything in you at the moment, then you should be leveraging the internet to find new trendy information and opportunities that can set you in the right mindset and frame to get out and become free, live a life where you are in charge of your time and life.

I hope you found this post valuable and you were able to pick one or two things from the article. I would love to hear your thoughts on the the article and if you have any question(s), be sure to drop your comment below and I will be more than happy to reply back within minutes.

If you want to learn Website Design, I have just released a FREE beginner friendly online course that you should enroll on and get that ball rolling. You will learn how to design websites without touching a line of code! This is the link to the FREE course The Puzzle Hustle 

If you would like for me to Mentor you as you make a decision to become a better version of yourself and live a life of happiness, I just opened limited spots on my website where you can fill in your details and I will be able to call you for 10 Minutes where we will talk about where you want to be, where you are and the things you can start and should be doing to get there and we will talk about every other thing in life. This is the link to that Daniel Damilola Nejo Mentorship 

 

          Source: PresidentialHustle.com

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Smartest Way to Become a Self Made Digital Marketing Expert

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As consumers spend more time using the internet and less time with other channels – advertisers are also forced to follow this trend. The ads have to be there where the eyeballs are. Unfortunately, digital marketing is not as simple and straightforward as traditional marketing.

Digital marketing is best done in-house and cannot be outsourced to a digital marketing agency for various practical reasons. This is the reason that digital marketing experts are sought after all over the world right now and the demand for such candidates will only go up in the future.

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If you have a marketing background and want to become a digital marketing expert; you may be wondering which is the best way to go about it. There are several courses on digital marketing which are being offered as workshops, online courses and one-on-one coaching programs.

There are even MBA programs with specialization in digital marketing such as this one: NYU Stern MBA Digital Marketing.  There are certification exams such as HubSpot Inbound Marketing certification program and Google Adwords certification. But does attending all these courses and getting all the certificates make you a digital marketing expert? The answer is a big NO. It may help you learn the fundamentals and even some advanced concepts in digital marketing but it does not make you career ready for a position like Digital Marketing Manager. Digital marketing expertise comes with digital marketing experience.

The best way to become a digital marketing expert is to start practicing digital marketing from today. The best thing about digital marketing is that you can start doing it at a very small scale. All you need is a computer, an internet connection and a small amount of money to play with. You can learn digital marketing by applying the concepts in your own mini-project. Here are the things you can do right now:

Applying Digital Marketing on a Small Scale

  • Choose a topic you are passionate about and start a blog about it. Cost: Approx $50 per year for domain and hosting.
  • Learn a little about SEO and write SEO optimized articles in your blog.
  • Install Google Analytics tracking code and see if you are getting some traffic to your blog. Explore Google Analytics.
  • Open an Adwords account and do some keyword research to see what people are searching for in Google to find information on the topic you are blogging about.
  • Write more articles and publish on your blog.
  • Open a Facebook page dedicated to your blog (apart from your personal page) and share the articles on your Facebook page.
  • Promote your page with Facebook advertising. Budget for promotion can be as low as $10.
  • Implement Facebook like box in your blog.
  • Embed social sharing buttons in your blog articles. You can do this using WordPress plugin and it is free.
  • Sign up for an email marketing service such as Aweber. Costs $20 per month. Also try MailChimp.
  • Embed email signup forms in your blog and collect subscribers. Email subscribers whenever you publish something in your blog.
  • Promote your Facebook page through email marketing and in turn also get more email subscribers from your Facebook page.
  • Promote your blog via Adwords. Get started with very low CPC bids. Most new Adwords accounts get a free $100 credit for promotion. If you don’t get it, call Adwords support and they will give you free credits to get you started.
  • Sign up for Google Adsense and deploy advertising codes in your blog.
  • Convert your blog into a mobile friendly blog and create mobile ads in Adwords.

All the above steps can be done in 30 days by investing one hour per day. After you do all the steps above your would have gained a bit of hands-on experience in the following areas which pretty much sums up to the following major components of Digital Marketing:

Components of Digital Marketing

  • Content marketing
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Paid Search (PPC)
  • Email marketing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Digital Display Marketing (Ad Ops)
  • Web Analytics and Reporting
  • Mobile Marketing

30 hours of experience does not make you an expert in Digital Marketing but you will be a much better qualified digital marketing professional than most of the people out there on the market. After this you can continue scaling up your mini-project and add even more things to it. For example, Google webmaster tools integration is something I have not mentioned in the above list but it is important for digital marketing. Your expertise will increase to the level you are ready to scale up your project.

I became a digital marketing expert on my own. My first project BikeAdvice.in started with the steps mentioned above. I kept scaling it up to a point where it reached more than 1 million page views per month and it was one of the leading motorcycle portals in India at that time. It became a fully operational business with 5 team members, significant revenue from display advertising and deep relationships with leading motorcycle manufacturers in India. As of now that project has been acquired by a big media company.

The job of a Digital Marketing Manager

Practical hands-on experience of applying digital marketing principles added with some qualifications and certifications makes you an ideal candidate for a job profile such as Digital Marketing Manager of a brand or company.

As a manager of digital marketing, you will be responsible for spearheading the entire digital marketing wing of the company. You may also have to manage a team of people who will be ready to execute specific digital marketing actions. Digital marketing is most effective when all the components of digital marketing are used in such a way that they complement each other. This is also called Integrated Digital Marketing. If the company is large enough, the job title can be VP of Digital Marketing where several managers report to the VP. Such jobs are coming up fast and can be highly lucrative.

If you are not interested in a full-time job like I have just mentioned, you can still use your digital marketing expertise to consult, speak in conferences and universities and grow your own internet projects.

So what are you waiting for? Get started becoming a digital marketing expert today. Now.

Source: digitaldeepak.com

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5 Social Media Hacks for Small Businesses To Increase Brand Engagement

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Social media has evolved into an ever-growing platform for small businesses to promote their products and reach out to potential consumers. More and more people are using some sort of social media every day which is why it is important to develop a social media marketing strategy, whether it is a campaign shared through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or even Snapchat. This is a prime opportunity for companies to engage with their customers seeing that Facebook has 1.71 billion active users and Twitter has 313 million active users (Zephoria) (Twitter). You may ask yourself, “why are companies having a hard time using social media as a marketing platform?”. Here are five examples and tips of what small companies and marketing professionals should be doing to make social media marketing more of a success.

 

1. Keeping An Active Presence On Your Social Media.

 

A lot of small businesses believe they can post content on their social media and that is enough to garner interest in their content or product. However, that is not the reality we live in. Once a company posts on social media, they need to be ready to communicate with anyone that interacts with their post. 78% of marketers said they saw increased traffic with as little as 6 hours a week invested in social media marketing (Social Media Examiner). With the increased traffic produced from investing only 6 hours in your social media, more leads will be generated. See the infographic below on how IBM took advantage of a unique social media campaign. Keeping an active presence on your social media is important in building the key relationships via social media your B2B company needs to effective social media marketing.

 

2. Humanize Your Company.

By keeping an active presence on your B2B’s social media, you are able to engage more with your customers and answer any questions they might have. By being personal with customers, it gives them a sense of reassurance that the company is human and wants to engage with them. B2B companies that connect with buyers on an emotional level see twice the impact of those still trying to sell based on business or functional value. The most connected companies with their audience enjoyed 31% greater revenue growth last year (Webbiquity). Customers appreciate when companies get back to them quickly if they have a question they need answered. 60% of buyers who feel a “high brand connection” are more likely to purchase, even at a higher price, from those brands versus competitors (Webbiquity). This ensures brand loyalty to the customers that you engage and interact with on your social media accounts.

 

3. Choosing The Correct Social Media Platform.

There are many platforms to choose from such as, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. First off, you need to think about several questions before you choose a platform to work with.

For example, Facebook’s purpose is to build brand loyalty and reputations through interesting content and informational posts. Whereas Twitter’s purpose is to deliver quick updates and promote new products with an instant feedback from your audience. Once you answer these questions with the social media platform you have in mind, then you are ready to choose which ones to use. The most popular social media platforms to use are Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn. In fact, more than 70% of all B2B marketers use at least one of the “Big 4” social media sites (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube) to distribute content (Digital Marketing Philippines). Now that you have your desired platform, you now need to figure out how to use it to its full potential.

4.Use Pictures To Get More Engagement.

Buzzsumo found that when someone posts on Facebook, a post with images receive about 2.3x more engagements than those without (Buzzsumo). What this means is that for every one like you get on a post without an image, you could have had at least two more with an image. It is natural to be more attracted to an image rather than a lengthy text post. People are more visual learners and by giving them images instead of text, they will be able to understand the information much better. Now you cannot just post an image and wait for the people to begin flooding in. You have to post a relevant picture to what you are talking about. About 54% of B2B marketers said they’ve generated leads from social media strategies and posting with compelling visuals and graphics could help to increase that number even more for your company (Rick Whittington).

 

Credit: The Presidential Hustle

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Apple Acquires Danish computer vision startup, Spektral

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On the heels of Apple  this morning inking a $600 million deal to acquire IP, talent and licenses from Dialog Semiconductor in Europe, it has also confirmed another acquisition of a smaller startup in the region.

Apple has purchased Spektral, a computer vision company based out of Denmark that has worked on segmentation technology, a more efficient way to “cut out” figures from their backgrounds in digital images and videos, reportedly for over $30 million.

This type of technology can be used, for example, to make quicker and more accurate/realistic cut-out images in augmented reality environments, but also for more standard applications like school photos. That was actually the first market the startup targeted, in 2015, although it appeared to shift strategy after that to build up IP and make deeper inroads into video. You can see a demo of how its technology works at the bottom of this post.

Rumors of the deal started to surface yesterday, first in Danish financial newspaper Børsen, without confirmation from Apple. We reached out, and Apple has today finally confirmed the deal with its standard statement: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

From what we understand, the acquisition happened a while back — which lines up with a LinkedIn profile for Toke Jansen, who had been a co-founder of Spektral but now notes that as of December 2017 he has been a manager of computational imaging at Apple.

Others associated with the company — including the other co-founder, Henrik Paltoft — have not updated their profiles, so it’s unclear how many others have joined. Børsen reports that the deal includes the company’s engineers and was in the region of 200 million Danish kroner, which is equivalent to around $31 million.

Spektral  href=”//techcrunch.com/2015/08/10/cloudcutout-applies-machine-learning-to-image-editing/”>started life as CloudCutout, built on algorithms from Jansen’s PhD. The startup initially pitched its product as a cheaper and more efficient “green screen” technology, to remove primary images from their plain (typically green) or standard-pattern backgrounds, with an early iteration of the product built by training the system on over 100,000 professional cutouts.

Spectral’s first application may have been the fairly retro world of school pictures, but what’s most notable here is what Spektral might contribute to Apple’s imaging business. That could be for applications that Apple has yet to launch, but also to improve the quality of those that are already in the market, from legacy products like PhotoBooth through to ARKit, the company’s platform for mobile development.

Segmentation could help add live filters to human figures in a photo but can also be effective in occluding AR environments behind figures to make digital AR content appear to interact with the position of humans.

Spektral’s segmentation technology is also able to run on mobile phones, making it potentially a quicker and more efficient way of processing AR images directly on devices. And one of its main selling points is how it copes with very fine details, such as hair.

“To provide high quality cutouts, the core of our engine exploits recent advances in spectral graph theory and neural networks. The computation of pixel transparencies (the alpha channel) for a single image involves solving multiple large-scale equation systems, as well as carrying out multiple feed-forward passes in our neural networks,” we reported the founders saying when the startup raised a seed round. (It raised more funding in 2017, $2.8 million from Litecap and Amp Ventures, to diver deeper into video.)

“We pose the problem of determining an alpha channel of an image as a machine learning task. Compared to usual chroma keying, this allows us to consider a much broader range of backgrounds since the model will learn, i.e., texture representations from existing training data.”

Computer vision has been a focus (sorry!) for Apple for a while now. The iPhone and Mac giant has made more than 40 acquisitions in Europe in the last 10 years — I guess we may still have some hunting to do — and a number of its acquisitions both in Europe and elsewhere have been in the area of computer vision. They have included Akonia HolographicsInVisage TechnologiesRegaindVrvanaSensoMotoric InstrumentsIndoor.ioFlyby MediaEmotientFaceshiftMetaioPolar Rose and more.

SPEKTRAL from Spektral on Vimeo.

Additional reporting Natasha Lomas.

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Digitrust Ghana to host The Techpreneurs Web Training in Kasoa

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Ghana’s premium  Web Solutions company “Digitrust Ghana” in collaboration with “Groupe KBLGH” and “The Techpreneurs University” presents the first-ever #Techpreneurs Web Training in Kasoa from Monday the 23rd July 2018 to the 28th July 2018 at the Talented Multimedia Institute in Kasoa Opposite the E.C.G.

The Techpreneurs training course is a training where experience techpreneurs will take their time to reveal the top secrets of techpreneurship and how young people can use them to their advantage.

With the rising figures for unemployment, the initiative is purposed at giving participants skills and expertise that is required in the job market to enable them to find easy employment or create them for themselves.

With the skills you acquire after this training, you can either start your own small business, start your own blog or apply for employment with the certificate and skill given you at the end of the course

The interesting part is you would be opened to employment opportunities that can help you work on a part-time basis and still earn more than the salary of an average 9-5 salaried worker.

 

Some of the area to be covered include:

 

  • Web Development
  • Digital Marketing
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Social Media Marketing Mastery
  • Blogging and Web Monetization
  • Branding and more!!!

The Techpreneurs Web Training would also take place in Accra (Lapaz), Accra (Achimota)Cape Coast, Kumasi, koforidua, Suyani, and Takoradi respectively. The cost of training is just GH30 per day which includes snacks and a certificate of completion.

Please call: 0545 064 096 or visit //thetechpreneur.com/training to register today!!

 

 

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10 Tips To Become A Successful Techpreneur

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In today’s world business and technology have drawn ever closer to each other. With this transition, a new class of entrepreneurs has arisen – The Techpreneurs. They form a subset of entrepreneurs and can be defined as those who manage to harvest technology and convert every seemingly minor opportunity into a successful commercial reality.

Techpreneurs successfully leverage high-end technology and advanced business practices to reinvent and reshape the society around them.

Like entrepreneurship, there is no pre-determined recipe to be a successful techpreneur. The only requisites are the ability to identify the real problems and the vision to transform them into business opportunities by judicious use of technology and refined business acumen.

Interestingly though, successful techpreneurs across the world do share certain traits and swear by certain best practices.

Of those, I am sharing my top 10 list which I consider necessary to become a successful techpreneur:

Persistence

A techpreneur needs to be persistent. All great ideas have humble beginnings, but, it is only by unwaveringly pursuing an idea and fleshing it out repeatedly can one hope to actuate and transform it into a finished product. No matter how difficult this path may seem, one must stay true to it. Maintaining a positive attitude irrespective of the situation helps in garnering tools to take on the challenges.

Tech Savvy

Good techpreneurs must have deep technical grasp of their product and the underlying technology involved. Even though it is often the subject matter experts who will be developing the technology for the product, it will be your vision and understanding that will ultimately guide them.

Intuitive

A techpreneur should trust their intuitions. To be successful, a techpreneur must be able to intuitively visualize and harvest hidden opportunities in such scenarios where the rest of the world only sees impediments.

Belief

Strongly believe in your product. Be very clear about what unmet need you are trying to address. And, be ready to tread on unchartered territories to bring your product to life and make it grow. Having a risk-taking mindset serves techpreneurs well. One need only take a glance at some of the most successful techpreneurs of today, such as Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos to reaffirm this.

Communication

It is very important for a techpreneur to clearly and accurately communicate the intended value propositions to all stakeholders – the target customers, firm’s investors and the team-members cum employees. Good communication can save time, effort and money. Not only must one regularly communicate with people looking to invest and vet your concept, but also with your team looking to grasp at the finer details of your product and execute your vision.

Resilience With Flexibility

Experiencing failures is a part and parcel of entrepreneurship. There are so many inherent uncertainties that a few setbacks are often unavoidable. However, what is important here is to learn from such experiences and take all measures not to repeat them. Overwhelmingly difficult situations do arise and at such junctures it will be imperative to maintain equanimity and self-control.

For example, when experiencing an extremely negative product reception from customers a techpreneur should be able to identify the lacunae and have the ability to change the product to improve performance and receptibility. Ability to find a way when everyone is lost is what differentiates a leader from a follower.

Winging It

A good plan can take you far but plans often last till the battles commence. Once a company is off the ground and running, situations beyond control may arise from time to time. A good techpreneur needs to have the ability to assess such situations and modify the plans accordingly.

The Right Team

Team is integral to success of the idea. Companies and businesses die untimely deaths by having ill-advised recruitment and team building policies. A techpreneur must always focus on building a team of talented and hard-working people having complementary skills. The team-members should have faith in the vision and capabilities of the techpreneur and should be willing to work cohesively for greater good. The whole should be greater than the sum of its parts.

Quality

To be a successful techpreneur one needs to ensure that not only is the product or service of a good quality, but also, it is superior to the quality offered by its closest competitors in the market. Remember, consumers, buy a product when they see value in it, which is only possible when the product offers more than what they pay for it.

Work Work Work

Becoming a techpreneur demands unflinching dedication and hard work. Being at the helm demands that one has grasp over all myriad tasks ranging from company formation and raising investment, to recruiting and managing people, building a product and selling it, and managing financials. There are lots of unknowns which further complicates things.

Despite the qualities and concomitant abilities what many aspiring techpreneurs seldom realize is that becoming a techpreneur is not an end in itself. It is the beginning of an experience and a journey to enjoy and relish.

Note: The views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views held by Inc42, its creators or employees. Inc42 is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by guest bloggers.
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Check Out These Five (5) Part-time Businesses You Can Start With Zero Capital

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Getting to work on part time and earning from the things you love doing is gradually becoming lucrative especially for the millennial. The state of running one’s own business does not only give you the financial freedom but enables you to make enough time for yourself and your family. The desire to run your own part time business to supplement your monthly income or to break free from some sort of financial challenges may keep burning every now and then. But the question is where and what to start with. In this post, I shall outline some five (5) smart part time businesses anyone can start for free.

 

  1. Trading a Skill that has commercial value

One of the smartest way to start your own business is to train in a particular skill or trade that can earn you commercial value. There are lot of free training seminars and videos on the internet that can help you get an in depth understanding of the skill or trade you want to get into. For example: you can learn digital marketing online and assist local businesses in marketing online, you can learn website designing and charge local businesses and individuals to design websites for them, you can learn to shop online and if you don’t have enough capital to start shopping yourself, the trick is you can charge to train your colleagues in the online shopping business to be able to raise a little capital to start shopping.You can also learn skills like fashion designing, makeups, hair and beads making etc. 

All these skills are high in demand and would be highly patronized if people get to know you for it.

 

2. Blogging

About some 20 years ago blogging did not exist but we have over 125 million blogs today and the number keeps increasing each day. Why do you think people would set up as many blogs like this? The answer is Blogging is one of the few smart ways to get paid to post stuff online, be it social media or blog pages. Thetechpreneur.com is an example of a blog. How do you earn from blogging?

This is one of the most search questions on google aside how to “how to start an online business”. There are over 20 ways to earn as a blogger. One of the most popular means is Google Adsense. Ad-sense is advertising program where google pays you to place their ads on your blog. One major alternative to ad-sense that can fetch you good income is marketing your ad spaces to prospective clients in your locality or even around the world if you have a a good amount of traffic. You can check out my recent post on the benefits of blogging for more insights. Now if you need to start your blog and do not have enough to pay a website designer, there are two free blogging options at your disposal. Blogger.com and WordPress.com. These two platforms gives you the opportunity to register for an easy to manage blog-site with a name like example.blogspot.com and example.wordpress.com.

3. Freelance Marketing / Affiliate Marketing

Marketing is the backbone of every business that offers goods and services to clients. One smart way to earn on  a part time basis is to freelance for an agency or company that offers affiliate marketing services. You may however not know whether or not a particular agency offer commissions to affiliates until you approach them with your interest. They may have an affiliate marketing system or may gain interest in introducing an affiliate system since the system would help grow their businesses. Real Life Example: I received a call from a young man in kumasi (Ghana) who wanted to work as a marketer for my Digital Marketing and Web Design Agency. Due to his location and the location of our office I told him to try a different agency because we needed to have a marketer who can meetup clients in Accra as a well. Interestingly, the same person called back the following week and asked me how much he was going to get if he introduced me to people who needed our services. I paused for some time and started my calculation because we had no such thing as commissions. I later assured him of a 20% commission per referral. We charged GH500 for personal websites and blog development, GH800 for business websites and GH1200 for premium websites. By the end of the same month the guy whose name he mentioned to me as “Jonas” had referred eight clients who needed website designing services. Five of these clients were business  owners in need of a business website whiles the other three were friends who wanted to start their own blogs and personal websites. By the end of the month, Jonas had made GH1700.00 by just talking to people about services he himself never tasted. Now that is the power of Affiliate Marketing 🙂

 

4. Offering Consultancy Services

A lot of people have business ideas and are in search of persons who can give them an advice on how to implement those ideas. A lot of such people would be willing to pay for your advice and guide as that would help them grow their ideas into realities. Even though consultancy services are not very common in some countries, it is gradually becoming a a part of many societies and institutions.

 

5. Guest Writing or Taking Online Jobs

This part is a two in one section. If you have the skill in writing, you can offer to write articles, marketing proposals, content marketing articles etc on a freelance basis for a local agency or online firm. Content creators are in short supply and their demand keeps increasing every now and then. If you have good writing skills then you can tap into any of the options above or resort to writing featured marketing publications and reviews for local agencies.

Now if writing is not your thing or you are the type who don’t want to sit down and take a pen and paper or sit in-front of a PC for hours, then this is another option for you. Find one of the many online jobs or work from home jobs like taking survey, reviewing products and services, online form filling jobs, costumer care jobs etc. Most of these work from home jobs have little to no prerequisites. It’s time to fill up your free times with hobbies that tend to put some random coins and papers into your account balance each time. Keep up the hustle and Don’t forget to share with us some of the part time jobs you know by scrolling down to the comment section. Please share if you like this 🙂

 

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Here are the top 10 books every entrepreneur should read

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1.‘THINK AND GROW RICH’ BY NAPOLEON HILL
“Think & Grow Rich” is one of those books that teaches timeless lessons anyone can apply, both in business and in life.

  1. Originally published back in 1937, this book tells us the principles, habits, and secrets of some history’s most successful business people: Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and many more.
  2. ‘ZERO TO ONE’ BY PETER THIEL

    This book is a collection of lectures delivered by billionaire investor and founder of PayPal, Peter Thiel, during his teaching years at Stanford.

    Along with co-author (and former student) Blake Masters, Thiel has put together a hard-hitting set of standards for entrepreneurs, startups, and thought-leaders to carefully consider when building a business that’s aimed at shaping the future of our society.

    ‘LEADERS EAT LAST’ BY SIMON SINEK
    In this book, author Simon Sinek lays out actionable insights about why leaders need to replace the old “carrot & stick” models of management with more sustainable approaches, that are grounded in empathy and designed to boost engagement and a sense of camaraderie that’s missing in the modern workplace…

    Pick this book up if you plan on — or already are — leading a business that’s comprised of teams of people that depend on working together in order to succeed.

    ‘INFLUENCE’ BY ROBERT CIALDINI
    Successful businesses are built by successfully selling quality products, programs, and/or services to large numbers of loyal customers.

    Successfully selling to these customers requires an individual to possess the knowledge + skills of effectively influencing “browsers” into becoming “buyers.” In his landmark book, “Influence”, Robert Cialdini breaks this down to a science (literally).

    In the book, you’ll learn about “The 6 weapons of influence” and how to utilize them in order to persuade prospects + people to buy using science-backed psychological triggers found within all of us.

    THE E-MYTH REVISITED’ BY MICHAEL GERBER
    As entrepreneurs, we want the best for our businesses. We want our business to thrive. To grow. To expand. To prosper… and sometimes, we get so caught up in make all of this happen, we forget about why we start the darn business in the first place.

    Before we know it, we’ve created a job for ourselves rather than a self-sustaining business. In “The E-Myth Revisited”, author Michael Gerber helps us approach our business as a business — not a job.

    ‘THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE’ BY STEPHEN COVEY
    Unless you’ve been living under a rock for couple of decades, chances are you’ve heard of “The 7 Habits” by the late great Stephen Covey — but have you actually read it and put it to use as a business book.

    If not, then now’s the time to consider doing that. The power of this book comes from the time-less principles (or habits) it’s based off of.

    Each of the habits laid out in this book are designed to act as individual prescriptions for effectiveness in every area of life: physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and financially, too.

    ‘NEVER EAT ALONE’ BY KEITH FERRAZZI
    Are you interested in getting ahead and getting the edge in life — without having to sacrifice your integrity to do it? If yes, then this is your book.

    “Never Eat Alone” is a classic book on connecting with others, and must-read for anyone living in the current connection economy.

    As author Keith Ferrazzi says in the book, “Success in any field, but especially in business is about working with people, not against them.”

    ‘GETTING THINGS DONE’ BY DAVID ALLEN
    You can have some of the greatest, most innovative ideas in the world — and have every single one of them flop due to a lack of ability to EXECUTE.

    If you lack the willingness + capability to get things done with effectiveness + efficiency, it doesn’t matter how great your ideas are because when it’s all said and done, success depends upon consistent action.

    Lucky for us, here to help us close out this essential list of business books is David Allen’s “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity”.

    ‘HOOKED’ BY NIR EYAL
    If you’re interested in learning the mechanics of what goes into designing habit-forming products, then this book is for you.

    In this book, author Nir Eyal breaks down the ingredients of a habit-forming product, and uses supporting examples to clarify his points, so that you can really learn how to implement the triggers that popular apps like Google, Facebook, Yelp, and Twitter have used in order to get us “hooked” on their products.

    ‘BOLD’ BY PETER DIAMANDIS, STEVEN KOTLER

    Want to learn how to leverage exponential technologies to accelerate growth like you’ve never seen before? “Bold” is the business book for you.

    In this powerful book, you’ll learn about using exponential technologies, moonshot thinking, and crowd-powered tools to create extraordinary WEALTH while you make a difference in this world.

    Source : thewealthygorilla.com

 

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How to quit procrastinating and ‘do it now’

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One way or the other, we seem to continuously procastinate things we should do at a particular time and end up mostly in rush-hours trying to deal with the same task we could have accomplished when there was ample time. This sometimes leads us to doing things shabbily realizing the consequences can be detoriating.

I am going to show you five amazing hacks to deal with procastination and ‘do it now’.

Create a To-do List & Tackle Your Hardest Tasks First

To-do lists are the single best solution for making sense of your work and daily life.

Organization and scheduling is much easier if you’ve got a daily, weekly, or monthly to-do list as your point of reference. Most of the time, you’ll spot your least favorite tasks at the very bottom of your to-do list. The trick to getting these done is simply moving them to the top.

Measure Time Spent on Various Tasks

One of the best methods to stop wasting time is to start measuring it. Record how many hours you spend on various activities during your day and put them all into a chart.

Every time you look at this chart, you’ll want to keep it moving in the right direction. That’s how you get a powerful motivation boost for your work. If you procrastinate, you’ll see its consequences right in front of you.

If you’re facing a series of things you absolutely need to do but don’t enjoy, create a chart to keep track of the time you spend on working towards their completion. This anti-procrastination technique is excellent if you’re having a bad week and can’t find the motivation for tackling the hardest or dullest tasks in your schedule.

Set a Timer

If you need to complete a short mindless task, set a timer to ensure that you get it done as quickly as possible.

Create a specific window of time and you’ll be challenged to keep your focus throughout the activity. This way you’ll also get to more pleasant tasks sooner.

Focus on Your Task

If you think that getting over with a task as quickly as possible is a measure against procrastination, you’re making a huge mistake. This kind of attitude actually prevents people from getting started at all.

Instead of thinking about all things you could be doing instead of this one, focus and do your best to complete it as efficiently as you can. Who knows, maybe you’ll start enjoying it in the process?

Lastly,

Quit Procrastinating !

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