Boost your confidence and get customers, fast, without spending a dime

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Consulting is profitable and rewarding. It’s not hard to get started, but you need the right attitude to succeed. Try these 3 hacks to boost your confidence and get customers fast.

1. Answer questions

In every industry there are questions that need answering. Your first step to a consulting gig is to start answering questions. Consulting requires expertise, so I am going to assume that you have some expertise and experience in your chosen field.

Trawl forums, LinkedIn groups and Reddit for questions from your industry that are (a) common (b) not…

This simple, repeatable process takes the hassle out of publishing online courses

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Creating and publishing online training for your employees and customers doesn’t have to break the bank. It’s possible to turn your company’s existing training material into a secure, online, on-demand learning experience, quickly and cheaply, from (almost) anywhere.

This simple, repeatable process is the one I use to make online training courses for my employer, my business and for platforms like Skillshare and Udemy. I do it without video cameras, production companies or IT specialists. It makes use of screencasting software, to capture a presentation from your computer screen, combine it with your voiceover and convert it to video.

What you will need to get started:

  • A…

How I break all the rules and still make money anyway

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It seems like everywhere I look these days there are ‘successful’ entrepreneurs sharing their perfect daily routines and preaching about how to become a work-for-yourself writer. Yawn.

All these successful entrepreneurs seem to be following the same script. In order to become a successful online entrepreneur (they say);

  • You must aspire and dream…
  • and hustle and grind.
  • You must begin your day at 5:00 am with a meditation session,
  • use a bullet journal (whatever the fuck that is).
  • Create a powerful mindfulness routine.
  • Schedule social media posts and create…

… even if you don’t have an idea yet

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So you want to start your own business? Do it! Everyone should have a second source of income in these crazy times.

You might not be ready to launch yet. You might not even have your business idea yet. But there are five things you can do right now that will help you achieve success. These five things will help you find great ideas, save you time and improve your outcomes.

ONE: Pay Attention

The number one thing you can start doing today is pay attention.

Look out for problems that need to be solved. Don’t look for ways to make money. …

What the hell am I doing here?

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I was forty-two seconds into part two of James Wedmore’s Your First 100 Leads mini-course when my brain unexpectedly slammed on the brakes and screeched me into an out-of-control skid. Hadn’t I heard this stuff a million times already? What was I doing listening to more entrepreneur-wannapreneur digital marketing guru magic-beans babble? And, hold on, what did I want new leads for if I have nothing to sell?

I have nothing to sell. (Screeeeeeeeeech……….)

Not only did I have nothing to sell, there was nothing I WANTED to sell to those (imaginary, fictional…

Wrap up of a16-week weight-loss journey with Noom

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Noom = skinny jeans dreams (these are totally not my legs, but keep reading for actual before and after pics). Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash

I’m breaking up with Noom.

Breaking up with Noom isn’t easy. Here’s a secret the other Noom reviewers won’t tell you: stopping Noom is scary. Not quit-your-job-to-go-live-in-Cambodia-scary, but not an easy decision either. I’d committed to 16 weeks of Noom and my time was up, so I was determined to quit. But I couldn’t shake my doubts: I had lost weight with Noom, so without Noom, wouldn’t I get fat again? (okay, not ‘fat’, I was never super-fat to begin with, but ‘bigger’; wouldn’t I get bigger again?).

You see, I like…

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Dear Society,

We’re here to give you a piece of our mind. Because our names are Karen. And that’s what Karens do.

Yeah yeah yeah, Karens are a pain-in-the-ass, Karens are entitled, Karens are white and middle-aged and drive soccer mum cars. We’ve heard it all before.

Our name is the butt of countless jokes and insulting memes. But we’re not afraid of a few tasteless gags. Believe it or not, we’re glad for the derision and ridicule. Because it means we got you uncomfortable enough to take notice.

Karens are assertive, Karens are annoying, Karens ask to speak to…

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  1. AquAdvantage Salmon is the first transgenic animal to be approved for food in the USA. The US FDA announced that the salmon is safe to eat in 2015.
  2. A transgenic animal is one that has been genetically modified by adding genes from other species. In this case, the Atlantic salmon was modified with genes from Chinook salmon and ocean pout (a perch-like fish with good tolerance to low temperatures).
  3. The FDA review and assessment process took 20 years.
  4. The FDA’s safety assessment considered risks to people who are allergic to fish. …

My Gut Told Me to Run Like Hell

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My sales process is usually pretty seamless. But every now and then I let it get out of hand. And when I do, it screws me.

When you’re in my line of work (food safety consulting and information products), customer service has to be your top priority. So when a potential customer wants to buy a digital product without using my normal automated system, I go out of my way to help.

When I sell products manually, it usually ends up costing me money. …

A not-so-sweet story about the company that killed its customers

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Food fraud takes many forms. When a food company makes deceptive claims about its products to gain an economic advantage, that is food fraud. The American company Blue Bell Creameries created a deadly food fraud incident in 2015. Now the former president is facing a grand jury and potential jail time over his role in the affair.

At a glance:

  • Blue Bell and its former president have been accused of covering up food safety problems.
  • Three people died and at least 10 more were sickened by dangerous bacteria after eating…

Karen Cherry

Business owner, bread-winner, floor mopper, CEO, secret tree-hugger, forex-trader, ocean-lover, earth explorer. Refusing to dumb it down.

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