Is Information Overload Killing Your Dream to start your own business?

Want to know what often can  hold us  back from pursuing our dream to start our own business?

Dan Miller and Michael Hyatt

Okay, so it may be a lot of things, but I’m willing to bet that one of your biggest obstacles is overwhelm, or…

Information overload!

How do I know? Because throughout the last couple of years, I have read countless blog posts, listened to hundreds of podcasts and watched dozens of webinars.

Let’s face it – it’s much easier and much more uplifting listening to eight hours of motivational podcasts than digging your heels in and actually putting in the work.

So, is learning bad? Am I shunning podcasts and webinars as an unnecessary evil?

No way!

The point I’m trying to make is that instead of getting excited over every shiny new thing that comes along, it’s best to find 2-3 teachers that resonate with you and your business goals and reserve your learning time for their expertise.

Believe me, I’m not berating you if you’ve fallen into the trap of “over-learning.” We all do it at one time or another, but I’m here to try and save you from yourself, because I was you!

The Podcasts That Changed My Way of Thinking

Of course, your path is your own, and you may find these are not the self-improvement experts you want to follow, but I can tell you from my own experience that these two are responsible for a lot of growth. They both have teachers’ hearts and a very generous spirit.

Michael HyattMichael Hyatt

Several years ago, I went to a book signing and came across Michael Hyatt for the first time.  He was giving a talk on the book he had written called “Platform.” He delivered his talk with such energy and passion that I went straight home, looked him up and subscribed to his blog. Ever since then, I have been an avid listener of his podcasts and he’s never steered me wrong.

Check out Michael Hyatt’s blog at:  michaelhyatt.com

Dan MillerDan Miller

Some time in the late 90s, I happened upon a local radio program here in Nashville by Dan Miller. You might know him from his 48 Days to the Work You Love projects. He’s a very unorthodox guy and known for his ability to “think outside the box,” which happens to resonate very well with me.

One of my favorites stories that he shares is that one time he was on a national radio program and the subject was “starting your own business.” The host asked him if he had a list of businesses that could be started with little or no money. Dan responded by saying, “Yes. Just visit my website.”

After finishing his interview, he quickly came up with a list and had it posted on his website before the show aired. That particular list he created on a whim has been downloaded thousands of times and helped thousands of people.

But that’s not all. My VERY favorite Dan Miller story is one that hits closer to home.

Last year, I met up with a new friend who was in town for a few days. Prior to coming to town, he had emailed Dan and mentioned that he would be in the Nashville area. To his surprise, Dan offered to take him to lunch! That left a lasting impression upon my friend, and on me! I love that Dan is approachable and has a passion to help people succeed.

Check out Dan Miller’s blog at: 48days.com

Over to You

I suggest that if you’ve been using “learning” as an excuse to put off “doing,” that you limit yourself to 2 or 3 podcasts or bloggers to learn from at a time. Once your business is off the ground and your productivity is soaring, you can always add more if you feel it’s needed.

Question: If you had to pick your 2 favorite podcasts to faithfully listen to, which would you choose, and why? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Just take a step,

Michael

10 Characteristics of a Successful Entrepreneur

What it takes to be an Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur

I’m not going to sugar coat it…being a entrepreneur can be hard. Yes, it’s fantastic setting your own hours, creating your own income and not answering to a boss, but the truth is, you need to either currently possess or hone some skills to make sure you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

When you first quit your job to do what you love, the feeling is euphoric, but if you’re not careful, you can end up binging on Netflix for a month before you realize your cable is about to get shut off.

So, how do you decide if you’re ready?

There are 10 characteristics most successful entrepreneurs possess. If you don’t have them, it doesn’t mean you’ll never be an entrepreneur. It just means you’ve got some stuff to work on.

Ready to learn?

1.    Discipline

This one should be obvious. If you lack self-discipline, you’ll end up at the movies with friends instead of buckled down at your laptop. You’ve got to be able to stick to your schedule and get something done every single day.

Discipline is not an easy skill to develop, but if you’re motivated enough, you can find a way to train yourself!

2.    Unafraid of Risk

There is ALWAYS risk with entrepreneurial endeavors, but to be honest, there is with any job. Your secure bank job is only as secure as the customers supporting it. Huge corporations go belly-up all the time. You just have to decide for yourself whom you’re willing to take the risk on.

3.    Decisiveness

Life is hard when you struggle with making your own decisions, and being an entrepreneur is even harder. You won’t have a boss to turn to for answers when facing a huge decision. You will just have to buck up and take responsibility yourself. The faster you can become at making them, the easier it will become. Trust your gut!

4.    Self-Control

If you’re bootstrapping your business and starting out on a budget, it can be difficult to know what you need to set aside and what you can spend. The bottom line is that you’ll probably need to reduce your spending to ensure you have enough to cover taxes and business expenses the first year. Get control of your finances and find out what’s coming in and going out.

5.    Dreamer

That’s right. Anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit has usually envisioned his or her success in his mind long before they ever took the first step. While daydreaming instead of working can be detrimental to your success, a healthy vision is a necessity for future success as an entrepreneur.

6.    Positivity

Let’s face it, any endeavor has its ups and downs, but it can be especially true when you go it alone. It’s easy to get down in the dumps and forget to see the big picture, but if you keep a positive outlook, things will go a lot smoother for you!

7.    Self-Confidence

Along with a positive outlook toward your new venture, you also have to believe in yourself enough to know that you have what it takes to accomplish your goals. Without it, you’re likely to crumble at the first sign of adversity!

8.    Flexibility

Almost nothing goes exactly as planned, and that’s okay. One of the best qualities you can have is the ability to roll with the punches and adjust accordingly.

9.    Humility

Nobody can do it all on their own, and even if you start out that way, there WILL come a time when you need a little help. Be it advice, assistance or just a shoulder to cry on, don’t be too proud to turn to people you trust!

10.  Self-Awareness

All of these qualities really boil down to self-awareness. Be willing to see the bad with the good in your own character and make the necessary changes to succeed.

Get to Work!

If you find yourself lacking in any of these areas, don’t give up hope. All these skills can be learned and developed with a little hard work. That’s why so many entrepreneurs start their endeavors as side hustles and hone their skills before they leave their day jobs.

What’s the old saying?

“If it were easy, everyone would be doing it!”

Our First Freelance Writing Gig: 11 Experts Share Their Stories

For freelance writers just starting out, sending your first pitch and landing your first freelance writing gig can be a little intimidating. Believe it or not, we’ve all been there! Even the most successful freelance writers started right where you are today.

Freelance Writing Gig

In order to inspire you to keep on keepin’ on, I asked a few experts in the freelance writing world to chime in about their very first freelance writing gig – how they got them and what they involved. Every one of these amazing people would be happy for you to reach out to them for advice. And one or two of them even have courses available to kickstart your career or take you to the next level!

Let’s see what they have to say!

10 Bloggers Who Make More than $10,000 a Month – Blogging Income Reports

I don’t know about you, but I love, love, LOVE reading entrepreneurs’  and other bloggers share their blogging income reports. It’s extremely inspiring to see what others are doing to make a living. After all, that’s probably why you’re here – to get inspired to pursue your dream of working from home.

That was the reason I decided to start sharing my own blogging income reports. I want you to see that working from home and making a living online is entirely possible! So I thought it might be fun to share the blogging income reports from a few other bloggers I follow.

I keep up with several bloggers in the freelance writing niche, but they’re definitely not the only ones I follow. I encourage you to find bloggers who are doing what you want to be doing and stick to them like glue. If it’s working for them, it could work for you! Small disclaimer: make sure you’re just getting inspiration from the bloggers you follow, not copying their work. It’s really important to be yourself (yep, Mom said it first)!

The 5 Secrets to Discovering Your Calling

Have you spent years trying to find your calling...your purpose...your passion? Discover 5 secrets learned that will help you find out what you were born to do!Have you spent the last 5, 10, or even 20 years trying to figure out your divine calling. In other words, what you were put on this earth to do?

I hear ya! I spent almost 2 decades trying to figure out my “why.” I read books, took classes, prayed endlessly. And for some reason, I always felt like I was spinning my wheels. But one New Year’s Eve, I felt like God was telling me to write. Just write.

That one word changed my life forever! As I focused on that one task, doors opened up for me I would have never seen before. I started out journaling and then looking for places to write online. A few months later, my life-long dream of working from home started to take shape.

But what does that mean for you?

How I Quit My Day Job to be a Work from Home Freelance Writer after only 6 Months

Since I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how I was recently able to quit my day job and work from home, I thought I’d go ahead and write a blog post on the subject. My hope is that it inspires you to take action toward living the life you’ve always wanted!

First, a little about me…

I’ve been finding ways to make money working from home for about 15 years. As a single mom, money seems to always be a little tight to say the least! I could take up a whole page telling you all the things I actually tried, but just a few of my ventures were crafting, cooking, online selling, direct sales, eBay and Amazon.

I was able to make a decent income from most of my work from home ventures. In fact, I could’ve pretty easily turned my eBay business into a full time work from home job if I’d been willing to spend more time on it. I still sell on eBay some and bring in a great supplemental income when I need to, but it just doesn’t offer the freedom I have with what I do now.

The Side Hustle that Finally Paid Off

So what is it I do now?

Glad you asked!