You may be suffering from procrastination and a lack of productivity. Feeling stuck, even. But in this, there's also a potential advantage...
Doing focused, deep work, being productive and avoiding distractions and procrastination is getting harder for everyone. It's not just you.
I would go so far to say that focus is a rare and somewhat exotic skill, these days. And that means that if you learn it - if you build this skill - you gain a massive advantage over (almost) everyone else.
Some people always come up with new ideas, always see new business opportunities and love to start projects that solve some problem or change the world in a better way.
This is often referred to as being "multi-passionate" or being a "multipotentialite".
If you're one of these people, you have strengths to be reckoned with... but you also have a big, problematic weakness: you're great at starting things, but you suck at follow-through.
If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you need to be good at getting sh*t done. It's no secret that I believe your personal character and skills determine the success or failure of your business.
Reading that might fill you with dread. After all, you've not been particularly productive. In fact, it seems that you're more distracted now than you used to be. You spend more time procrastinating and less time working with deliberate focus, on what matters most.
Why is that? Are you getting lazier, somehow?
Actually, that's not it. Your ability to focus hasn't gotten worse, but your environment has changed... and if being productive is crucial for entrepreneurs then succeeding is slowly becoming more and more difficult.
Watch the video to see why this is and what you can do about it.
In our previous ActiveGrowth podcast episode, we had a chat with Tim Soulo from Ahrefs about the importance of SEO and knowing your potential customers to increase your website traffic without spending much on it.
You learned that SEO doesn't exclusively happen on your own website: to get quality backlinks and reach more people, you should get featured on other channels. And to make it happen, you need to start doing outreach.
Today, we brought to you Colin Shipp, networking, PR and outreach expert, to dive deeper into effective targeting and outreach. You'll learn how to do your research, reach out to the right people and get the "yes" you need to get more traffic, customers and quality relationships that will help you level up your business.
As much as we advocate the Customer First Approach, once you have a solid product and paying customers, you want to get more of them by increasing your website traffic.
But getting just any sort of traffic won't cut it.
If I send a thousands of middle-aged men to your local lingerie store, some might buy something, but most of them would leave empty-handed. It's the same online.
No, you want quality traffic. People who are actually interested in your services and want to hear more about you, purchase from you, tell your friends about you.
How can you find these people without spending a fortune on ads or a skilled marketing team?
If you're new to SEO, read this article before listening to the podcast!
If you're an entrepreneur, you need to hustle 24/7. You need to be always on. You need to make superhuman efforts and far outperform the average 9-to-5 working chump.
And getting a solid 8 hours of sleep just doesn't fit that picture, does it?
This is the kind of message I'm seeing a lot in entrepreneurial circles. More specifically, I've recently seen the spread of the idea that entrepreneurs ought to wake up at 5 AM or earlier, to get some extra productive hours in.
It fits the picture of the look-at-me-I'm-working-so-hard hustler, but it has little to do with real productivity. In this video, I explain why I think getting up super early is the dumbest trend in entrepreneurship.
Everybody wants more traffic. And free traffic, especially.
We've previously covered why you should forget about traffic when you start out. Instead, focus on getting paying customers, right away. If you follow the advice on this site, you'll soon find yourself with a solid business and a small number of customers or clients... but what then?
At some point, traffic generation becomes the logical next step to focus on. That's what this post and our next series of podcast episodes is about.
To start things off, here's a comprehensive list of methods and strategies you can use to get traffic. Specifically, these are bootstrap-friendly "free" traffic generation methods.
"If you don't build your dream... someone will hire you to help build theirs." /Tony Gaskins/
We don't think so.
Here's what we think: If you agree with the quote above, you're never gonna be a successful entrepreneur.
In today's episode, we continue the gentle but kind discouragement we started last time and discuss all the reasons why running your own business might not be your path after all.
Being an employee, an entrepreneur, a freelancer or an intrapreneur can be equally cool depending on your character. With this episode, we help you find the right alternative - or further confirm that you were born to be an entrepreneur.
Listen in before you quit that dreadful nine-to-five.
When you think of great entrepreneurial role models, who comes to mind?
Probably über wealthy startup founders, CEOs and angel investors who's books on entrepreneurship are hailed as the modern day blueprints to business success.
These entrepreneurship icons often tell us that growth at all costs is key. Get enough early investment capital and you can even operate your business at a loss from the very beginning until you find a way to dominate your market.
Of the tiny startup minority that finds success (9 out of 10 startups fail), those founders then sell their companies for a multi-million dollar payday, earning their place among the angel investors to begin the cycle anew.
Given that strategy's tiny potential for success, why would you even try to be a startup?
We think it's not only dumb, but dangerous...
You don't have to be a celebrity anymore to take high-quality pictures with branded products and get paid for it. In fact, all you need is a large enough audience, and sponsorship deals will come to you and pay your bills.
That's what everyone seems to think these days anyway.
In this episode, you'll hear about the ActiveGrowth take on influencer marketing and getting a large number of following on social media or high traffic on your website, so that you can use those platforms to place ads on and just wait until you get rich.
But is it a viable business model? Can you really make a living or even just enough money to cover your travels? And if you do, how long can you keep this up?
Listen in to hear our take on these questions, which direction is online advertising heading, and what do we think you should do instead to make more money and provide more value!
We all want to be successful. Whether it means becoming a millionaire, making enough money to travel the world, gaining recognition, popularity or making a difference in the lives of others... the entrepreneurial-mind usually wants more. We like to think of success as a shiny place with cherries on the top where only great things happen.
Yet, the news is full of highly successful celebrities who somehow end up taking their own lives. Money and fame just aren't enough to make them stay...
But what should you do if you're the type of person that wants success and wealth? Should you drop it all and live as a monk? How can you hustle and build your empire without destroying yourself?
Today we're dealing with a heavier topic, inspired by an earlier episode of The Fizzle Show podcast: managing your mental health as an entrepreneur.
We're talking about the types of challenges you're inevitably going to face, and how to tell the hard times apart from each other – the ones that are normal and the ones that you need to do something about. As always, we're not just telling you what to do, but how we think you might go about doing it.
Please note: while this episode is intended to help you, it is in no way a substitute for professional help. If you are in distress, please reach out to a healthcare professional.
Thanks to The Fizzle Show for bringing the topic up and allowing people to realize they're not alone with their internal battles.
Check out any article on any website or blog online and you're almost guaranteed to find some colorful social sharing buttons alongside it. Content creators want to get their content spread far and wide and it stands to reason that prominent buttons help with this.
There are countless WordPress plugins to add social sharing buttons to your posts, but how do you decide which one to use?
In this post, you'll find the answer to that question.