You’re Focusing On The Wrong Thing – What to Stop, Change and Start Doing to Make Progress

A one-person business can be overwhelming. You're the CEO, the marketer, the support ​rep, the apprectice - all in one person. You just escaped the dreaded 9 to 5, and before you know it, you're working 5 different jobs and there's not even free office coffee.

This episode is specifically for solopreneurs. We'll discuss what you need to do to move your business forward without wasting time, what you should stop doing, what you could do differently and what are the key things you definitely should spend your time on instead.

Ready to take your one-man show to the next level? Listen in!

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Keep It Simple Stupid: 5 Lessons You Can Learn From a Hair Tie Business

Whenever people talk about entrepreneurship, they usually discuss groundbreaking businesses. You know, like Tesla, SpaceX and Amazon.

It makes you feel like you need to be an Elon Musk level super genius to start a successful online company!

The truth is that straightforward products solving basic problems create fantastic business opportunities. In fact, a lot of businesses are successful because they KEEP...IT...SIMPLE.

That's why we're going to start analyzing some simple businesses to show that you can succeed through simplicity too! If that feeling of "I can do this!" sinks in, you'll finally take action on your own ideas to break through the crippling wantrepreneur phase.

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How To Get Your Message Across Faster, Better, Clearer

We've all listened to speakers who were simply not able to finish their long introductions and just get to the point. Once they get there, we wonder how it's all related to anything and if it's just us not getting what they're trying to explain. 

Those speeches are the worst. You know there's something important or interesting that you could learn from the expert on the stage, yet your head is filled with question marks and eventually you start zoning out. 

The same might be happening to your audience when they listen to you or read your content. Clear, concise communication that's also not boring doesn't come naturally to most of us. 

In this podcast episode, after a ton of requests, we're continuing our discussion on efficient communication - listen in!

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Create Kick-Ass Content Using this Outlining & Planning Technique in Trello

​If you want to ​publish better content, you have to change what you do ​before​ you start ​writing or filming.

In this post, I'll show you the content outlining technique that I use to create better blog content, videos, presentations, sales pitches,... whatever form you end up communicating in, the first steps should always be the same.

Check out the video to discover my technique.

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How To Grab Your Audience’s Undivided Attention in 2018

Don't worry, this won't be a long read. You wouldn't read it if it was, anyway.

At least this is what the trend shows: our attention span is getting shorter when we're online, making content creators' job harder.

While we can't compete with all the distraction coming from Facebook, Instagram, Candy Crush and who knows what else, constantly nudging your pocket like a little child hungry for attention, not all is lost. 

As an entrepreneur, you might face the same problem. But there's one thing in your hands that Candy Crush is lacking: real value.

But how can you fight for a moment of attention in this messy jungle to let people see your worth? Should you join the club of addictive apps or there's another way? 

Listen to our newest podcast episode to find out! 

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Manage Your Tasks & Projects Like a Badass (with Trello)

In this post, I'll share 3 tools with you, that can help you take your productivity to the next level. Actually, it's more of a 3-tools-in-one Swiss Army knife kind of deal: the first tool is the task management app Trello (which you can use for free). The second tool is a specific Trello setup that I use for personal productivity (and I'll walk you through exactly how to set it up). Finally, the third tool is a a collection of my favorite, time-saving shortcuts in Trello.​

Combine all 3 and you'll be blazing through your daily tasks like never before!

Check out the video to see my exact setup and strategy.

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Bento Box Thinking – How to Make Your Message Crystal Clear (and Be Seen as an Authority in Your Niche)

Communication. We all do it on a daily basis, yet so often we tend to misinterpret each other with even our closest friends. It only gets harder when you're trying to explain something to an audience that doesn't even know you in person.

In this episode, you'll learn how you can apply the "Bento Box Thinking" to the way you communicate that will help you get your point across easier and faster both in speaking and in writing, save time on coming up with a draft or script, and sell your product our service better! 

This episode is not only going to give an awesome boost to your marketing skills but you'll be able to use what you're about to learn even in your personal life!

Listen in!

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What if You Don’t Want to Write Blog Posts, Make Videos & Do Creative Work?

Here on ActiveGrowth, we talk about creating things of value, improving your skills, building and shipping things rapidly and generally becoming better at challenging, creative work.

If you're thinking that all that sounds like a lot of work, you're absolutely right! Not only do we advocate doing a lot of work, we also advocate doing very difficult work.

This could be a problem. Maybe you got into online marketing because you wanted to do less work and because you were hoping for some hands-off, passive ways to make a living...

If that's the case, I've got some bad news and some good news for you.

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Are We Living in the Patreon Era?

Trends are changing faster than ever before. Most of us still remember life without the internet, yet even what used to be "the thing" online is outdated now. Those who want to keep on growing simply have to keep up.

Online advertising, the lifeblood of much of the internet as we know it, is slowly dying. We can feel the next wave coming. Those who can catch it early could win in a big way.

If you've been wondering why your online ads are less successful than they were in the past or you're a creator or personal brand, this episode is for you.

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Treat Every New Subscriber like a VIP Using This Email Automation Template

You’ll agree that every time a visitor to your website subscribes, it’s a moment to celebrate.

But are you actually treating that conversion with the proper respect it deserves?

I mean, are you just lazily delivering your new fan with a one-and-done “Thanks for signing up, here’s your content upgrade” email? Or are you treating every new subscriber like a VIP and dropping automated value bombs in their inbox every few days after signup?

Look, if you’re not using automated emails to educate, nurture and build trust with your new subscribers, you’re shooting yourself in the foot! Not only are you missing out on longterm sales, but you're also doing your new followers a huge disservice by not providing with them the in-depth content they came to you looking for!

Want to start treating your subscribers like VIPs?

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How to Turn Yourself Into an Idea-Generation Machine

What is your unique skill? The one thing you're here for to share with the world... well, assuming you have something like this. Sorry. We don't all do. But the good news is that with a little work, we all can build up a skill that has unique value. 

While some people can't even go to the shops without seeing a business opportunity, others struggle. Or maybe they have good ideas, but doubt they're good enough to pursue them. 

In this podcast episode, we're going to talk about business ideas: how to train yourself to see them, how to know what makes sense and how to get the skills you need to excel at these areas. To go even further: do you even need the skills to run a successful business? 

Listen to this episode to find out, but there's a warning: after listening to this, you will start seeing new ideas in the most unexcepted places!

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Why Entrepreneurs Need to Reconnect With Their Wild Side

Here on ActiveGrowth, I'm always looking for tools and strategies that will make you a better entrepreneur.

Note the emphasis, there: it's about you becoming a better, more focused, stronger entrepreneur. That's a key point. External things like technology and marketing tactics matter, but not as much as you.

The greatest tool you'll ever be able to apply to building a business is your brain. And today's episode is all about those two things: becoming a better entrepreneur by building a stronger brain.

Listen in to hear our unconventional, but highly effective approach to this.

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