​In previous episodes in this series, we've discussed what you can do on a personal level to thrive in the current crisis, as how strategic thinking has to change in times of great uncertainty. In this episode, we take a clear-eyed look at opportunities that will arise from the crisis.

​Every crisis and every recession causes all kinds of damage, but they also give rise to new opportunities. And since keeping economic activity going is in the interest of everyone, as entrepreneurs, we should be on the lookout for such opportunities. Ideally, we can add value to the world while maintaining or growing income for ourselves.

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​Many businesses have been hit hard by the current crisis and many entrepreneurs are desperately seeking ways to replace lost income. And yet, other businesses seem to sail through even the worst of downturns.

What makes the difference? A huge factor is whether you, as a business owner, understand uncertainty and know the right strategies to respond. And in this video, we take a deep dive into exactly that.

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​As I'm typing this, most of the world is in the depths of a healthcare crisis. Like countless others, I've been asking myself: what can I do to help? Apart from participating in social distancing, how can I contribute to the greater good?

Well, here on ActiveGrowth and also at Thrive Themes, it has always been our mission to empower small scale entrepreneurs. I believe that small businesses are a potential force for good in the world. And now, I believe that's more true than ever.

​I've recorded a series of conversations about what I think entreprneurs need to know and take action on, to survive and thrive through the crisis. This is the first of those conversations.

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​The Coronavirus crisis is hitting many small business owners (and people in general) hard. We're facing a recession of uncertain duration, right now.

This post is my attempt to provide as much as possible in terms of strategy, tools and tactics that will help you generate an online income source and/or turn your offline business into an online business.

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​Being a digital nomad is a dream for many aspiring entrepreneurs. It seems glamorous and exciting to travel on a permanent basis and to keep discovering exciting new locations, countries and cities.

​Unfortunately, it's a lifestyle that is really bad for productivity. In fact, it's a lifestyle that's incompatible with, well, a good lifestyle in many ways.

In today's post, we'll discuss why this is and what you can do about it.

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Trello recently made a huge move: they integrated the "Butler" automation suite into the core features of Trello. Along with this change comes an updated and much improved user interface.

What this means is that Trello - even for free accounts - now comes with almost infinitely customizable workflow automation. Anything you had to do repeatedly in Trello, you can now do with the click of a button. Or even better: without having to click anything at all.

It's hard to overstate how much better Trello becomes with this addition. It was already my favorite project management tool before and this recent change puts them even further ahead of competitors.

Read on to learn how to use these new workflow automation features and to see ​examples of super practical workflows you can set up in your own boards, right now.

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Do you have the right mindset to attract wealth and prosperity into your life?

There's no shortage of gurus out there who would have you believe that this is an important question. Who would tell you that if you're currently broke and struggling financially, it might be because of your mindset, because of limiting beliefs, perhaps because of misaligned chakras, even.

As you can imagine, I've got a slightly different take on the topic...

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As not only the year but also the decade comes to a close, I'm taking a look back at 10+ years of entrepreneurship and asking: what are the most valuable lessons I've learnt along the way?

Out of everything I've done, all the successes and failures along the way, there are 3 things that stand out to me. These are my most valuable lessons and insights from the decade.

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By now, it's common knowledge that multitasking is a myth. Multitasking makes you slower, less focused and less productive (sources).

BUT...

...is that true for all kinds of multitasking? Is a laser sharp focus on single-tasking always good for us or can it have detrimental effects as well? Indeed, are we missing out on greater performance and productivity if we aren't practicing "multitasking in slow motion"?

Read on to find out.

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What's the best webinar software out there? This seemingly simple question can be frustratingly difficult to answer, as I found out in the course of this review project.

My goal was to field test every major platform in the webinar space to find out how they all stack up against each other and finally find something that serves my own needs for marketing and educational webinars.

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Many webinar tools have added a directory feature in the recent past. The promise is intriguing: list your webinar in a public directory and you could get more traffic and attendees!

But does it work in practice? Should you consider webinar directories for your webinar marketing?

In this post, I'll explain why these directories are (currently) pointless.

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Running an online business always involves some degree of creative work. That can be anything from graphic design and photo editing for content on your website to video and audio editing for video content and podcasts.

The default tool suite for this kind of creative work is Adobe's Creative Cloud. Many users are frustrated by the Adobe business model where you pay through your nose for software that you don't even get to own.

If you're looking for a solution to this problem, here are my recommendations for Adobe CC alternatives.

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