Two Podcast Interviews on Branding & Monetization

An interview on Blogging & Blog Monetization w/ Rob Rammuny

 
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An interview on Brand Building with Mark Cenicola

 
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The Anatomy of a Start Up

You think it’s all glitzy and glamorous don’t you? You imagine I’m sitting on a beach somewhere, sipping a Mai Tai and living the good life as this damn start up starts itself! Well you’re wrong I tell you, wrong! I haven’t gotten my beauty rest in days and I’m about to throttle people!

phew… sorry for the rant, I’m operating little sleep, a half a bagel and nursing a raging head ache… I’m a little testy as you can see!

Anyhow, I am writing this for two reasons. First off, I want to explain to you what it REALLY takes to start a start up or any kind of business for that matter. And secondly I am offering a sweet contest at the end (including 2 hours of business consulting + a free $450 membership + my undying love (umm deal!). So hold onto your horses pard’ner and see the real anatomy of a start up, it’ll save you lots of time and money as you start up your own business or if your really impatient skip to the end to enter the contest!

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Zen Entrepreneurship an Interview with Leo Babauta of ZenHabits.net

If you haven’t already heard of Leo Babauta, the well spoken & written blogger behind one of the largest blogs on the web ZenHabits.net then you really must check out what he’s up to. Leo has gone from zero to every entrepreneurs dream in a short amount of time, mostly due to his amazing attitude and the passion he puts into his blog business. Leo said in this interview he thinks, at this point, he has over 200,000 subscribers and his site has blossomed into a blogging empire.

The insights and ideas that Leo imparts on this interview will refresh and inspire you to be an even better entrepreneur and a truly passionate blogger.

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The Start Up Diet

For too long, early on in my life, I thought that one of the major parts of being happy was being rich.  I think back on it now and realize that all the things I thought one had to be rich to enjoy were actually just things you had to be FREE to enjoy. Like taking long walks on crowded city streets (I’m not much of a nature person) or eating yummy hot dogs from a food cart (again, my desires are simple &  urban). When I hit this realization it changed everything for me, I got rid of tons of crap I kept for no reason other than the fact that having more stuff made me feel wealthier.

Today the start up diet, as I call it, is one of my secret weapons that I use whenever I’m  starting a new venture or getting ready to embark on a new adventure. The start up diet consists of going through all the physical things you have and slimming down a few sizes, thus keeping only what you need and use the most. Not only does this do wonders psychologically (having less makes you feel freer, more agile and more empowered) but it does wonders when you need a little infusion of quick cash or want to get mobile to make your travel dreams come true.

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Serious, Funny & a Story by Yours Truly

Serious

I’m sitting at a cafe in the heart of Seattle, the last few days have been an awesome adventure traveling with fellow bloggers & entrepreneurs Andi & Collin. As I sit here I just think Wow, I could never, ever go back to a 9 to 5 because the freedom and happiness I get from doing what I am doing is overwhelming at times.

This is a feeling I want each and everyone of you to have, hopefully sooner than later. If you get amazing amounts of fulfillment from your 9 to 5 job than that is great – and you’ve already arrived. But if you are still doing something you don’t wake up loving – you need to take a serious look at your life and think Is this really how I want to be spending hours I will never get back. Just remember, our time on this Earth is limited… every day, every hour and every minute is precious.

Funny

As I was writing this a guy came up to me and started talking, the ONLY way I can describe the situation that ensued is through this amazing Mad TV video below… he even commented on my up-do.

Story Time!!

I was talking to Collin on the drive out to Seattle about my writing and how much of what I write goes unpublished and saved in my own ‘vaults’. I write a TON of fiction – often sci-fi – usually funny, sometimes morose, but it is what drives me. Because this is a whacky, all over the place post I decided to finish up with a short story I wrote a while ago. You may like it, you may hate it but it is liberating to have a place where I can post it so deal with it, my lovelies.

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Building an Empire, $5 at a time: The Story of Fiverr.com

I got the idea of interviewing Micha Kaufman, the co-founder of Fiverr.com shortly after using the site several times in one day. I was hooked, for five bucks I got someone to record a very professional voice over for my grasshopper.com telephone number.

I also got someone to create an eBook cover and toyed with the idea of taking the girl up on her offer to wear my company’s name on her forehead to high school for a day – but then thought naah, that’s not my target demographic.

This interview is chock full of amazing advice from a man who in six months has grown Fiverr.com to epic proportions, they have over 75,000 active listings on the site and have been featured on news outlets everywhere. Micha gives great perspective for those thinking about starting an internet business and his ideas on making everything simpler is truly ingenious. If you get half as much out of this interview as I did it’ll be well worth the 30 minutes spent – so turn of your rerun of True Blood & listen to some entrepreneurial goodness!

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This Post Could Save you $10,000 and Hundreds of Hours

I’ve always been one of those people who go in 100 directions at once, like so many other entrepreneurs I’ve always had a nasty case of ADD which has been both a blessing and a curse. The upside is I am never at a loss for new ideas, inventions or inspiration – the downside is that every idea I have I want to pursue, which can lead to disaster… fast.

About two months ago I finally came to the realization that I had wasted around $10,000 bones (slang for dollars) and hundreds of hours of my life chasing down 7 different projects at once and trying to basically be Super Woman. This is a cautionary tale for those of you who are tempted to try your hand at several businesses before mastering one – please if this is you read this post & it will save you thousands of dollars and countless wasted time.

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How Many Irons Can You Have in the Fire?

This is a post by Clark Benson, I first heard of Clark while doing my daily routine of listening to the great business tips on Mixergy.com. Clark is a serial entrepreneur, currently involved with Ranker.com & was gracious enough to answer a question I had for him in the form of a guest post so everyone could benefit from it. This guy is the real deal, so listen up and you may learn something epic!

Maren saw my Mixergy interview, which focused a lot on my entrepreneurial history – I have run as many as 4 businesses at once – and she asked a very good question:

Is it ever a good idea to have several irons in the fire?

The answer is – maybe, with reservations.

I do not recommend running 4 businesses at once to anyone, it’s simply too much to both focus on and have some semblance of a life.There are different kinds of businesses – in a very simplified way I would define them as Growth Businesses and Cash Generators. Growth Businesses are ones that you want to build up and potentially sell, or at least build up to a point where they become powerhouses with 100s of employees.

Cash Generators are ones that can generate a steady stream of income but that aren’t likely to be sold and that probably have a finite market (for example, opening up a small café that you don’t really plan to ever duplicate in other locations).

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The Idea Incubator – Work While You Sleep!

This is a short video where I describe the awesome method I use to solve problems, find inspiration & literally get work done while I sleep. It is based on the principles of psycho cybernetics and if you dig this video I highly suggest you either read or listen to the audiobook version of New Psycho Cybernetics.

The Idea Incubator from maren kate donovan on Vimeo.

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