6 Sources of Daily Motivation for Entrepreneurs

6 Sources of Daily Motivation for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs have no higher-ups to deliver motivation, so daily motivation for entrepreneurs can be hard to come by. Thankfully, there are some accessible sources of daily motivation for entrepreneurs – here’s how 6 successful business owners get motivated and inspired every day: Question: What is your biggest daily motivation to keep working hard?  JESSICA BAKER Aligned Signs Our Impact on the Community On a daily basis, I try to set realistic goals that remind me of why I started Aligned Signs, which allows me to continue to see the positive impact we are making in the community. Then, when reflecting on the day, it feels good to see we’ve made progress. I like to inspire myself by setting further bite-size goals for the next day. MAX COURSEY Tiger Prop Our Purpose I believe in the purpose of my work. We are helping people with one of the greatest gifts an American can acquire: a home. Further, our value proposition puts the consumer into a more equitable position in the home, saves them money on fees and offers better marketing. Knowing what we are doing and how it is impacting people’s lives makes me feel a quasi-moral obligation to grow and succeed. ROB WALLING Drip My Team Having people around me and feeling like we’re all moving in the same direction is game changing. I spent many years as a solopreneur, and the motivation then was harder to nail down. Now, seeing everyone striving toward the same goals is daily motivation (even when we’re remote — Slack works wonders). STEVEN BUCHWALD Buchwald & Associates My Desire for Excellence The legacy of excellence...
10 Ways to Make Your Blog More Successful

10 Ways to Make Your Blog More Successful

Take some notes from these successful entrepreneurs on how to make your blog more successful: Ever wanted a blog that readers come back to again and again?  Well, you’re in luck. We have some expert entrepreneurs who shared their best tips on how to make your blog more successful:  Question: What is one thing I can do to get my customers/clients actively reading my business blog? PETER DAIYSME  Invoicing Quote Them “We’ve found that actively quoting customers/clients is one of the best ways to get them to actively engage our blog. Most of the time they will come back monthly to check the site. The more you quote people and the companies they are working on, the more they will come back. It’s a great technique to get them also to share information about your company and the amazing time they’ve had with it.” KELLY AZEVEDO She’s Got Systems Answer Their Questions “Turn to your clients and customers for their burning questions and make a point to answer them through a video or written post. Keep a running list of content ideas and who had the question so you can reach out when the post goes live.” SYED BALKHI OptinMonster Send Them an Email Notification “Your customers are busy professionals. Often, businesses publish their blog post and let it sit in their blog’s archives. The best way to get your customers to read your blog is to send them an email notification once a week to let them know about your best, new content. After a few newsletters, they’ll come back to check themselves (granted that you’re producing top-notch content).”...

3 Critical Steps to Adapt as an Entrepreneur

The ability to adapt as an entrepreneur is a key success factor, but it isn’t always easy. To help you stay agile, here are 3 lessons in adaptability.   Of all the characteristics that are touted as the cornerstone of success in entrepreneurship (financial management, time management, passion, work ethic, etc.), adaptability is the one that is the least discussed and understood. Adaptability is defined as the ability to adjust oneself readily to different conditions. These different conditions are most commonly assumed to originate from changes in the economy, market conditions or even disruptive technologies that change the industry landscape entirely. While these changes are things that every business — startup or established — has to deal with, there is a greater adaptability issue that entrepreneurs have to face, and that is adapting to their evolving business idea. When starting a new business, founders will have certain ideas about their target market, the projected use of their product or service, and even the pricing classification that they anticipate offering. However, within the first 365 days of starting a new business, every entrepreneur learns many things they did not know about before they began. Entrepreneurs learn lessons that help to speed up their time to market and increase revenue, as well as face numerous expenses that they did not anticipate. Many times, the same entrepreneurs face the harsh reality that their plan was insufficient in understanding the intensity of the competitive landscape, the size of the available market or the sales cycle and their respective times to close. These are all things the entrepreneur will have to understand, and, if they...

5 Ways to Build an Unforgettable Presence

What do some of the most influential leaders have in common? They all have an unforgettable presence.   Recently, one of my best friends asked me a simple question: “Do you think people can be taught to have presence in a room?” After years of studying human interaction, public speaking, hosting events and looking at things unconventionally, here is what I have found: Start With Confidence Want to captivate a room? It starts way before you arrive. People can tell if you are insecure or when your words don’t align with your intentions. If you are going somewhere, why not first try sitting quietly and becoming clear about what you want out of your social interactions? If your intention is to close the deal, then you have to really believe you can close it. You have to exude confidence that your product is the best, which needs to come from within. If your product isn’t the best and you plan on lying, the other party will most likely be able to call your bluff or just get bad vibes from you. Other people can sense when you’re not genuine, whether you realize it or not. Next, Start Visualizing Want to own a room? Start visualizing what it means to be extremely confident and see that in your head. If your visualization is strong enough, you’ll actually feel what it’s like to be confident in your entire body. When your whole body is involved, the feeling that you just walked in a room and nailed it should radiate through you. Most olympic athletes, professional golfers and other high performers use visualization as a form of practice. Their...

The 12 Best Online Scheduling Tools

Entrepreneurs share the best online scheduling tools that will keep you organized.   As a rule, most entrepreneurs are busy people, which is why having the best scheduling tool is necessary to stay organized. To help you keep track of your busy schedule, here are the best online scheduling tools for busy entrepreneurs according to YEC: Question: What is a great, easy-to-use/easy-to-install tool for scheduling a high volume calls and appointments? ANDREW HOEFT Pinpoint Software, Inc. Calendly “We use Calendly, which syncs with your Gmail calendar (and others) to show available and unavailable time slots. You can then set up meeting durations such as 15 mins, 30 mins or an hour. Our sales prospects just pick the length of call and time that works for them. A calendar invite is then automatically sent to them. No more back and forth about their availability and what works for us.”[email protected]   MITCH GORDON Go Overseas ScheduleOnce “We use ScheduleOnce for scheduling high volumes of interviews, calls, client presentations, etc. It’s a great two-way system where you can update your availability and clients can book time with you. It saves a lot of time scheduling and going back and forth to confirm meeting times. I highly recommend it.”[email protected]  NATALIE MACNEIL She Takes on the World TimeTrade “We use TimeTrade, integrated with Google Calendar, to schedule appointments. We have different booking calendars for different clients or groups of clients, and they have a link for scheduling meetings and calls. It saves us a lot of time to not have to go back and forth through email to find a time that works for all parties.”[email protected]..