How Owning Real Estate Keeps Food on the Table for Entrepreneurs

Posted on January 6, 2015

As an entrepreneur, your life equation looks like this: LIFE = FLEXIBILITY+ FINANCIAL GAINS – INSECURITY – STRESS. Wouldn't it be great to increase flexibility, financial gains, security, and reduce stress when things aren't going your way? Luckily, real estate is one of the best ways to do just that. Here's how and why this investment class can keep you from pulling your hair out, put food on the table, and a roof over your family's head ...

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Why Your Startup’s Blog Will Fail and How You Can Fix It

Posted on October 29, 2014

Google’s Penguin search algorithm update changed the game of SEO in 2012. Content creation became exponentially more important for search rankings, which in turn, made corporate blogs a strong tool. Soon, many businesses realized that quality blogs can lead to much more than good search rankings – increased sales, investment, and industry credibility. Unfortunately, most corporate blog managers have no rhyme, reason or strategy. This not only is a waste of time and effort on the company’s dime but also can actually bring harm to your precious brand. Here’s how to avoid those mistakes and set your blog on a profitable path.

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The Best Startup Cold Email I’ve EVER Received…and How It Could Be Even Better

Posted on October 14, 2014

I get at least 1-2 cold emails every day from various B2B businesses and because I’m also B2B, I tend to examine these and see if I can learn anything from them. More often than not though, the emails are unimpressive and they get deleted. HOWEVER, the following email arrived in my inbox, and I actually wanted to talk with them! Enough of the anticipation. Here it is, why it’s great, and how it could have been even better. Use these tips when crafting your next cold email; the 8 steps listed below made my own open rates go up from 5% to 50%.

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One Year Older in 2014

Posted on September 25, 2014

I'm one year older and in the past year, it has become overwhelmingly clear that I am here today because of all the incredible people in my life. You shape me, support me, and have moved me in more ways than you know. For my birthday, I don't need anything special. My time and memories with you are the greatest gifts I can ask for. As an entrepreneur it's those experiences that make the hard times bearable and the joyous times that much better. So, as I embark on my new journey, it would mean a lot to me if you're able to comment below and share a fun memory with me that we've had or any words of support. I want it here on my blog instead of on Facebook, so I can come back and read them whenever I need a smile.

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2 Essential Questions You Need to Ask Yourself When Assessing Startup Ideas

Posted on September 16, 2014

The downside of being an early entrepreneur is that everyone looking to make the leap pitches me regularly. On the other hand, one of the benefits is that I get pitched regularly. Yes, it’s a blessing and a curse. While running GlobalPetals, it became clear that our business model wasn’t “perfect.” Then again, arguably, none are. I got thinking though, if there was a perfect business model, what would it be? How can I flush out high-potential new businesses from duds? It didn’t take long for me to come up with a 2-step litmus test to assess startup ideas. It just so happens VCs would likely agree with it as well. It’ll save you time, money, and countless headaches as you begin your journey on any new concept.

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3 Leadership Hacks Entrepreneurs Need to Steal from World Religion

Posted on September 3, 2014

Wouldn't it be nice if your employees, investors, and customers were willing to follow you to the ends of the Earth? Impossible you may say. Well guess what, there are actually a handful of startups that have done just that. AND they emerged out of much more dire circumstances than you. Not only that, but these organizations have grown to serve billions of customers off of referrals. I’d say it’s worth taking note of the viral growth and its source...

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Why the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Went Viral

At this point, we should all know the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. If not, visit the ALS Association's website and stop living under a rock. The bottom line is that as of August 25, 2014, the organization has raised $80 million growing from $15M on August 18, 2014 (note the viral growth). They only raised approximately $2M in this time frame last year. How is this possible?! Well, there's many contributing factors, but it boils down to 3 essential age-old sales tactics imposed within the challenge itself. Here they are dissected...

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