57 Entrepreneurs Share their Favorite Entrepreneur Success Quotes

What is your favorite entrepreneur or celebrity success quote that really gets you going? Mine is short and simple — it’s “Get Shit Done!”.

I’m sure you have a favorite of your own. It might be super original, one that’s not well known, or might even be a common saying from a well-known celebrity or entrepreneur. No matter what it is, or who it’s from, I’m sure it’s super inspiring!

To help spread that inspiration and dedication to success, today we are going to look at 57 different success quotes from other top bloggers, entrepreneurs, marketers, and business owners from around. Not only will they be sharing what the quote is, but also why they love it and how it inspires them to find even more success in both life and business.

57 Entrepreneurs Share their Favorite Entrepreneur Success Quotes

Gina Horkey

One of my favorite motivational quotes is from Earl Nightingale, which says:

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”

I used that quote to fuel me through writing the first full draft of a fiction novel – while I never pursued bringing it to publication, writing an entire book felt like an accomplishment! Then later I used this same quote to encourage me as I started my virtual assistant business and blog.

This quote rings true in many facets of life – whether you’re trying to lose weight and get in shape, start a new business or pursue a passion like writing a novel.

Gina Horkey – Horkey HandBook

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Syed Balkhi

My favorite quote is: When someone tells you it can’t be done, it’s more a reflection of their limitations, NOT yours! The reason why I really love this message is that in our lives, we find tons of people who doubt your vision. This is especially worse when you’re an entrepreneur because often people don’t understand our way of thinking. My advice to all young entrepreneurs is to never let that slow you down. Keep working hard towards your mission.

Syed Balkhi – WPBeginner.com

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Marko Saric

My favorites quotes are along the lines of the way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing and most overnight successes took a long time. I find them inspirational and valuable as I believe they speak the truth from my experience. Too many people think about big things, dream and talk about them but too few ever actually take any action towards achieving their goals. And the interesting fact is that majority of people that actually do take some action give up way too soon as they have too high expectations and don’t see any instant results and quick progress.

Marko Saric – HowToMakeMyBlog.com

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Ryan Biddulph

“Follow your fun.” Not sure who said it but this is the ultimate form of wisdom for any entrepreneur, whether online or offline. Too many folks get into the business game with their eyes on profits or sales or even fame. But those drivers vanish immediately because newbie entrepreneurs with these outside motivators soon learn that money and fame only flow in when you have followed your passion, when you studied and learned your niche inside out, and when you have created value and built meaningful friendships with top entrepreneurs in your niche. Following your fun is hands down the most important aspect of being successful with your venture because

Ryan Biddulph – BloggingFromParadise.com

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Jon Dykstra

My favorite business quote is the Wall Street maxim “bulls make money, bears make money, pigs get slaughtered”.

I think that quote is applicable to so many business situations beyond investing in stocks.

What it means is investors with a long term view make money whether a market is going up or down while speculators and people looking for big short term gains (i.e. shortcuts) lose money. Investors minimize risk while maximizing upside potential. The degree of risk is an important part of the equation. Pigs disregard risk, taking on too much hoping for a windfall. The pig in the maxim is a gambler.

Of course any business involves risk, but that risk can be considerably minimized if it’s a sound idea and properly executed with a long term outlook. On the flip side, shortcuts can work and work spectacularly well, but often don’t result in a sustainable business. Yes, there are always exceptions, but the risk simply isn’t worth it in the aggregate.

Jon Dykstra – FAT Stacks Blog

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Georgi Todorov

My favorite success quote is by Shiv Khera. He is an Indian author of self-help books and an activist for equality. He launched a movement against caste-based reservation in India. The quote is: “Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success”.

I like it, because there is nothing more important in our life than feeling good and maintaining good emotional condition. This is how I define success: To feel good. And the best way to feel good is to reach to the best feeling though that you have an access to at this particular moment. After that, everything is easier. Your interpretation of the world is different. New clients are coming from all kinds of sources. Old clients are coming back to buy more. Miracles can happen when you stick to this principle.
Of course there is another way around. If you struggle on the positive, just do positive actions. It will affect your thoughts. Your thoughts affect your actions but your actions change your thoughts as well!

Georgi Todorov – DigitalNovas.com

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Ted Rubin

Quote: A Network give you Reach, but a Community gives you Power! Networks Connect… Communities Care. ~ Ted Rubin

A small, passionate community of like-minded people can often accomplish far more than a larger, less-connected group working on the same challenge. Building a dedicated community takes effort, but it’s one of the most effective ways to build your brand, your business, your home. The power of relationships scales up when you create opportunities for passionate people to connect.

So don’t get hung up on the size of your network. Instead, whether it’s around a cause, a topic of interest, or developing your next product or service… work on ways to connect that network into, and empower/enable, vibrant communities. Networks are just a series of nodes, communities supports each other, look out for each other, and have lifeblood. Don’t underestimate the power of the “collective.”

Ted Rubin – TedRubin.com

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Jeet Banerjee

My favorite entrepreneurial quote is by Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in this world”. I think it is so vital for entrepreneurs and business owners to understand the great wisdom in this saying. As entrepreneurs, many of us too often chase the wrong things in life. I love following this quote because it serves as a constant reminder to me what really matters. When I leave this world, I want to create a legacy that will hopefully outlive me. I want to change the world and there is so many things in this world that can use some change. Finding a purpose and a passion for your life is extremely important and we as entrepreneurs have the complete ability to chase a dream of any size. This has been my favorite quote ever since I started my entrepreneurial journey at the age of 17 and it continues to guide me in my future endeavors.

Jeet Banerjee – JeetBanerjee.com

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David James

Entrepreneur “Mike Harris” made a good comment about “filling the gap”. This is in response to how people respond to a challenge. No matter what goals people are tasked with achieving, or how difficult it may be, they will be creative enough to find a solution. The more bold the challenge, the more they will respond to the challenge.

David James – BusinessGrowthDigitalMarketing.com

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Janice Wald

This question is simple to answer. I know this quote as well as I know my own name. “Blogging is a marathon, not a sprint.” This is my favorite quote since it changed my life. I might not be blogging today if I hadn’t heard the quote.

To reflect: When I was a new blogger, I retained another blogger for a free consultation. I was frustrated and couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. When she told me that blogging is a marathon, not a sprint, I knew what I was doing wrong. I wasn’t being patient enough for success. The truth: I wasn’t being patient at all. My reflection post 18 Ways You Can Have One of the Most Popular Blogs details my early struggles with patience in Tip #5.

Today I’m a blogging tips coach. Whether I’m offering blogging tips in writing or coaching one one one, I always tell people that life-changing tip. Be patient and let success find you. Unfortunately, too many bloggers aren’t patient and abandon their blogs. Hopefully, they’ll read this interview and realize that online success can indeed find them if they wait for it.

Janice Wald – Mostly Blogging

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Andrew Lowen

A few years back, I had the pleasure of training under a less well-known entrepreneur named Jim Winkler. He is a C-level executive for Shop.com, and rose through the ranks as one of their top sales performers. During one particular training session, sitting aboard a yacht docked next to a mansion on the waters of Miami, Florida, he gave me the best business advice I have ever received.

The advice? “Do something.”

Simple in speech, easy in theory. But the lesson is more important than any lesson taught by the gurus I have seen speak and more valuable than any line I have ever read from a business book.

What does it mean? Simply this: Focus on result producing activities.

It is so easy to get caught up during the day with busywork. This work is “safe,” doesn’t have much risk, and doesn’t carry the possibility of failure or success (both equally frightening in their own ways). But that work isn’t what is going to keep you in business, and it is not going to get you any closer to your goals! Sure, answering e-mails is important, and so is answering your phone. But collecting money, ensuring you are serving your current clients with timely and top-level service, seeking customer feedback/reviews, and seeking new paying customers are things that are scary…

Checking your company’s social media accounts, doing your books, or straightening up your office might be something you need to do, but it is not what will make you successful in the end. As I look around, my office is an awful mess. Maybe I will pay someone to clean it for me with the money I earn from “doing something.”

Andrew Lowen – Next Level Web

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Jerry Low

My personal favorite is from Tony Hsieh and his book, Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose, and it’s:

“It’s important to constantly challenge and stretch yourself, and not be stuck in a job where you don’t feel like you are growing or learning.”“It’s important to constantly challenge and stretch yourself, and not be stuck in a job where you don’t feel like you are growing or learning.”

The quote serves as a core value and reminder to myself that growth and learning comes from new challengers. When things start to become easy, then I might become complacent, which is bad for my business and my customers. If I want stay ahead of the competition, then I need to always pursue growth and be constantly learning new skills.

Jerry Low – Web Hosting Secret Revealed (WHSR)
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Being the ultimate “blog ninja” that I am today, how could I choose a quote from anyone else besides the great Bruce Lee!

“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” – Bruce Lee

This is one of my favorite quotes, and one to live by, as it allows one to be happy with themselves and whatever else they might be working on — such as a website, blog, or online business. Run your business the way you want, and take pride in it — and you will never have to ‘work’ a day in your life.

Hiroshi – Blog Ninja
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Minuca Elena

“Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom” – Jim Rohn

I challenge myself to become better and improve myself every single day. That means never stop learning and experimenting with new ways to grow my business.

For everyone, the day has 24 hours, but some people manage their time better. The difference consists in the way we focus on our priorities and how much we are willing to work to fulfill our dreams.

Being an entrepreneur is not easy, but it’s so much more rewarding than being an employee. I get to organize my time as I wish, to travel where I like, and I am free to move anywhere in the world, even for a longer term.

Minuca Elena – MinucaElena.com

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Venchito Tampon

Focus and scale. I’ve heard this from my SEO friend, John Doherty but I guess, there are other entrepreneurs who said the exact quote/phrase online. What I really like about the statement is that it’s somewhat counter-intuitive. Most of the time, business owners wanted to scale their business too quickly, not realizing that they’re going too far away from their focus (whether that’s their core values, the main USP or their product/service or the main reason why started their own business at the first place). That being said, the statement, “focus and scale” – gives you a profound idea that as you scale your business, you should remind yourself of your entire focus – your “why”.

Venchito Tampon – Sharprocket.com.ph

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Alex Morrison

WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER.

I live by these words, in both my personal life and my business. It is so easy to waste your valuable time on things that don’t grow your business or fill you with joy. We live in a digital world where we have countless resources and tools at our fingertips that can help us to work less, earn more, and enjoy a better quality of life.

Being smart and strategic about where you invest your energy and effort (and always keeping your end goal in mind) will help you keep things in perspective. For example, why waste time invoicing your clients when you could use a free system that will send them automatically? Why waste an entire day struggling to create subpar graphics for your social media, when you could hire someone to do it and spend your day with paying clients instead? Think about it

Alex Morrison – Malamax Content Marketing

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Srish Agrawal

“Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don’t give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people.” – Tena Desae

This is a quote I personally relate with, along with everyone in our organization as well. In short, it’s important to appreciate everything you have and if you are going to work towards something, you might as well make the most of it. This also includes accepting feedback from others, no matter if it’s good or bad. Follow this quote and you will not only be more likely to success, you will also likely be more happy in the process.

Srish Agrawal – Logodesignteam.com

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James Norquay

I like this quote by Michael Jordan, it shows you that sometimes in business you need to fail and learn before you can succeed in the long term. All business is a learning process and we make mistakes. We learn from these mistakes and we are better business people as a result of the learning process.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

James Norquay – Prosperity Media

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Jacob Cass

“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

The human mind is a powerful thing when focused, which is why positivity in business is crucial for success.

Jacob Cass – JustCreative.com

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David Leonhardt

I once attended a Zig Ziglar performance. I call it a “performance” because it was so much more than a just a motivational speech. It was a full experience. This was probably the most successful motivational speaker ever, his career built on his previous success as a salesman. But he told us how his success story began:

“I was not an overwhelming success. I was not even a whelming success. But I did sell a few things. I sold my car, I sold my TV.”

What is motivational about this quote is that failure can be whipped into success if you keep at it long enough and well enough.

David Leonhardt – THGMWriters.com

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Arman Assadi

“Everyone holds his fortune in his own hands, like a sculptor the raw material he will fashion into a figure. But it’s the same with that type of artistic activity as with all others: We are merely born with the capability to do it. The skill to mold the material into what we want must be learned and attentively cultivated.” — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The main thing that we control in life is how we show up. This quote beautifully expresses that and shows the path to true life mastery.

Arman Assadi – ArmanAssadi.com

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Nirav Dave

While there are many inspirational and motivating quotes by famous entrepreneurs, one that stands out for me is by Conrad Hilton, where he quotes, “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”

I believe that in this competitive times, having an attitude of never ‘Quitting’ is extremely important no matter what our odds are, as this is what differentiates successful people from those who fail to make a mark. Also, having a positive and optimistic view of life, in general, is all important, as this, more often than not, translates into our work, allowing us to achieve the best in our chosen field.

Nirav Dave – NiravDave.com

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Gill Andrews

My favorite quote isn’t directly related to business or entrepreneurship, but I think it’s something every entrepreneur should keep in mind if they want to be successful:

“Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.”

Over the years, I discovered that consistent small steps in one direction amount to greater results than occasional big jumps. But I find it hard stay focused while taking these small steps and not give into the temptation of instant gratification – checking my emails, my social media notifications, or even writing a blog post that I know won’t bring me any long-term benefits just for the sake of that great feeling of hitting “publish”.

Yet, when I remind myself that I need to choose between what I want now and what I want most, making the right choice becomes easier.

Gill Andrews – GillAndrews.com

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Tim Bourquin

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pele

It’s always annoyed me when I was told, or heard someone say, “You are lucky!”. Being in the world of business, I know there is some luck involved, but at the end of the day it all comes down to the amount of time and work you put into something. Sure, some of us may have had some luck along the way, but luck will only get you so far.

Tim Bourquin – Afteroffers.com

James McAllister

“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn

What you do when you are approached by a challenge says an immense amount about the type of person you are. I could not find the above quote to be more true.

I receive a lot of envy from the people around me – especially former friends who are now graduating college. There’s a lot of jealousy. A lot of hate. And I understand why – I am an easy target. Today my companies have partaken in over 100,000 transactions, I have new employees joining every month, and I have a lot of freedom over what I choose to do each day.

Despite it not being easy to run 3 companies, I’m faced with good problems rather than bad problems, and the future is bright. I’ve never been more excited than I am right now.

However, it hasn’t always been this way. While people see the success that’s come my way, what they didn’t notice was all that I gave up to get to this point. While my friends would go off campus to get lunch during high school, I would go to the computer lab and work. While others around me were out drinking and partying every weekend, I was at home, working until I’d pass out on my desk – or on the air mattress we kept in the office. While family took days off to celebrate holidays, I worked straight through them, so that one day I wouldn’t have to. And now while many around me end their education to begin the next chapters of their life, I spend more time than ever reading and learning – seeking continuous improvement of my skills and of my life.

We all have the same 24 hours in a day, and what we choose to do with it is a matter of priorities. If you willing to make success and personal growth a priority in your life, then in time you will achieve it. Sadly, most people aren’t willing to do whatever it takes to achieve extraordinary levels of success.

James McAllister – Starlight-Baby.com

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Annie Sisk

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” ? Leonardo da Vinci I love this quote because, like da Vinci, I am hopelessly curious about so many — too many — things . (Unlike da Vinci, I’m no genius. Just pathologically curious.) But there’s a downside to this wonderfully sponge-like brain of mine: it gets distracted into paralysis way too often. It’s so much easier to sit down and read another book than to get out and do something, y’know? Uncle Leo reminds me to get off my gluteus maximus and take action.

Annie Sisk – Pajama Productivity

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Brian Jackson

My favorite quote is from the American business tycoon John D. Rockefeller.

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”

I saved this quote way back in highschool and have used it for every career move and business decision I’ve made over the past decade. I think sometimes people get too comfortable in their own little bubble, but it’s important to remember that sometimes risks have great rewards. You only live once, so you don’t want to miss out!

This quote is also great for those that work with clients. As many know, there are definitely good clients and bad clients. The bad clients usually end up taking up 90% of your time. Don’t be afraid to say no to the bad ones and only focus on the good ones. This can be one of the best decisions you ever make, not to mention a lot less stressful.

Whatever you do, don’t be afraid to take some risks. I’ve learned more through failing than I’ve ever learned through succeeding.

Brian Jackson – Kinsta.com

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Harris Schachter

My favorite quote in the business world is from Henry Ford: “It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.” I love this because it is a timeless focus on customer experience and focusing on the user. Of course back then he was talking about designing Model A cars but it applies to any marketing strategy or digital product developed now or long in the future.

Harris Schachter – OptimizePrime

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Michael Alexis

Back in January 2015, Elon Musk did an AMA on Reddit titled I am Elon Musk, CEO/CTO of a rocket company, AMA! In general, the community asked good questions, including some that were very technical. One of the most upvoted question, with 4163 points was “What daily habit do you believe has the largest positive impact on your life?” Elon responded, “Showering.”

You can call this a joke, or a tongue-in-cheek answer to a serious question, but I love it for two reasons. 1. Self care is important! And 2. Any entrepreneur knows that it’s easy to get carried away with the product or business you love, and forget to take care of the basics. Not Elon, he showers. I wrote about my own best tips here.

Michael Alexis – MichaelAlexis.com

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Sue Ann Dunlevie

Richard Branson has said, “to launch a business means successfully solving problems” which I have turned into the personal maxim of “Sell the problem you solve”.

So many bloggers and solopreneurs get too caught up in the product or service they are offering. Their approach is mainly focused on why they are the best at what they do, rather than focusing on the client’s needs, frustrations, and challenges.

People don’t buy products and services. They buy the advantages that purchasing a certain service brings. Successful marketing and sales strategies are based on finding the problems that customers have and are ready to solve and then offering the solution for those problems.

Find the client’s pain points and then focus on the solution to that pain.

Sue Ann Dunlevie – Successful Blogging

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Maddy Osman

I’m not sure that I have a favorite business/entrepreneur success quote, but I like this one:

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I just saw The Darkest Hour at the movies, and recently finished The Crown on Netflix, but Winston Churchill is such an intriguing person. He sticks to his guns and doesn’t let other people boss him around.

After spending a lot of time working on a recent article for 99Designs about failure, I’ve been thinking a lot about how this concept affects my own entrepreneurial journey. As Churchill hints at in the aforementioned quote, you can either let it rule you or use it as your motivation to move forward and try something else. I try to always strive for the latter situation!

Maddy Osman – The Blogsmith

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David Reimherr

I assume many people might be quoting an inspirational quote (which I love) so I will go another route that is a bit more on the tactical side of things.

“Do not build your content house on rented land” is a quote from “The Godfather of Content Marketing”, Joe Pulizzi, that I reference pretty much every week.

This was Joe’s way of saying and warning people that you must have a focus on building your own audiences on platforms that you own (i.e. Email Subscribers, Your blog, Print Subscribers etc…) vs. on platforms that you don’t own (i.e. Social Media Platforms). The reason being is because at any point in time, these platforms can change and you might be affected greatly in a negative way. Just look at what happened with Facebook’s organic reach (only 1-3% of your followers see your organic posts) or worse, look at what happened to Twitters’ Vine (completely went away). Joe is not saying to not utilize these platforms or grow your following on them, but you shouldn’t rely on these platforms and should instead look to drive people to your subscriber lists and the blog on your site. Bottom line, at the end of the day, your goals should be to have full concentration on growing your content house on the land that you own and you will guard yourself against any big changes that are completely out of your control.

Here is a link to a podcast Joe produced where he talks about this in great detail.

David Reimherr – Magnificent Marketing

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Madeleine Taylor

My favorite business/entrepreneur/success quote is “The difference between successful people and other is how long they spend feeling sorry for themselves”. This quote is by Barbara Corcoran who is a female entrepreneur and is currently on Shark Tank as an investor. I like it because I think it’s true. A lot of people who have experienced failure bask in their misery, pass the blame to others and make excuses. I think this is avoidance of the root cause of the failure. People refuse to be introspective and accept their failures as their own. Until you’re able to do this, you’ll never be able to address the root cause, and you’ll never be successful. The first step in all success stories is to experience a failure. The second step is to take accountability for it.

Madeleine Taylor – Content Refined

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Andrea Loubier

“There are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure.” ? Sophia Amoruso, #GIRLBOSS

I love it because entrepreneurial experience and success emerges from many failures…you fail and then you learn and become more experienced. A lot of what we do as entrepreneurs we’ve never done before, so we just do. Sometimes we screw up but that is the greatest learning opportunity. It teaches you to get into the habit of seeking opportunities for your business, constantly.

Andrea Loubier – GetMailBird.com

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Patrick Coombe

I really like this quote by Warren Buffet because it applies so much to online marketing:

Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.

I’ve read a few books where this quote is torn apart and analyzed, but its also ok to look at this quote in its most simplistic form. When we talk about growing online businesses we need to think more about the value of them. How are you truly helping people? I see so many people throwing up websites with regurgitated information just repeating the same information re-written with new grammar and it is sad seeing people ask “why am I not making any money.” Same with products if you have an eCommerce website that is essentially the same products as every other website, how is it different? How are you helping people? Competing with online retailers like Amazon.com or Alibaba is getting harder and harder each and every year. The only hope for most smaller retailers is to create small niche communities that stand out from the rest.

Patrick Coombe – Elite Strategies

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Danny Donchev

“It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.” – Warren Buffett

This gives you an opportunity to learn and grow your business faster. First, because you will save time learning from their mistakes and second they will help you to grow your network.

When you have the influential people in your industry on your side it is easier to spread the word about your product or services. Influencer marketing is exploding in the last few years and provides the highest ROI.

Building strong relationships pays off.

Danny Donchev – Fortunelords.com

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Cody McLain

It’s a philosophical quote, that ironically has very little to do with Business and more to do with the mental health of the business owner. The quote by Lucius Annaeus Seneca and also known simply as Seneca is about practicing poverty.

He says, “Set aside a certain number of days, during which you shall be content with the scantiest and cheapest fare, with course and rough dress, saying to yourself the while: ‘Is this the condition that I feared?’”

By practising poverty, you begin to eliminate its hold on you and you can free yourself from the fear of financial ruin. In 2018, in order to run a tight ship and remain lean and agile, this will be a must!

Cody McLain – SupportNinja.com

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Marcus Miller

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I have been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again. That is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

I really love this quote. For me, it epitomises my feelings about business and marketing. My SEO agency, Bowler Hat, is all self-funded. I have no financial backing and no investors. Every step forward has been based on lessons from failure. It is this experience that makes me a good marketer and a careful business owner. Equally, marketing is a game of micro failures, learn what works, learn what does not work, remove wasted effort. Strive for constant improvement. True success only comes from being able to handle the knocks and keep moving forward.

This is perfectly explained by another favourite of mine, this time a fictional character:

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” – Rocky Balboa

Marcus Miller – BowlerHat.co.uk

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Anil Agarwal

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Chinese proverb

The best time to launch a blog was 10 years ago. The second best time is now. Starting a blog is REALLY easy. You can even launch it within 5 minutes and start creating content to grow your audience. So you don’t any other stronger motivation to get started. Just start and network your way through to increase your online reputation as a blogger.

Anil Agarwal – BloggersPassion.com

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Ivana Taylor

I’m going to quote myself: “Marketing isn’t about what you DO, it’s about who you ARE.” I came to this observation back in 2006 as social media was starting out and it was confirmed to me as more and more traditional brands became victims of having their marketing messages challenged by actual experiences by customers i.e. United Airlines issues with passengers, the BP oil spill and even prominent individuals Tweeting their thoughts which go against the work of their expensive marketing and PR folks. Those entrepreneurs who can integrate their brand with who they are as human beings will not only have an easier time marketing, they will be more successful.

Ivana Taylor – DIYMarketers.com

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Evgeniy Garkaviy

My favourite success quote, is one allegedly said by the inventor of the light bulb, Thomas Edison. This amazing inventor was said to have tried hundreds, maybe thousands of different approaches to invent the light bulb, and failed. People who knew him asked why he had not given up, haven failed so many times. This determined inventor said to them “I have NOT failed a thousand times; I have discovered 1,000 ways not to invent the light bulb!”. His dogged determination eventually bear fruit, in the light bulb we all take for granted these days. The moral of the story is that, don’t let failure stop you, learn from your failure, modify your approach to tackling a problem and you may eventually succeed.

Evgeniy Garkaviy – Temi Web Hosting

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Todd

“What do you want to do for the rest of your life? Do that!” – Gary Vaynerchuk

For me this is why I’m in business and it also feels like one of the great answers to happiness and life. We’re not here to work, we’re here to live, so it makes total sense to do what we love. Gary’s approach to work and life is one I very much resonate with.

Todd – Spaghetti Agency

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Andy Sowards

I always come back to the guy who took all of our imaginations and design aspirations by storm – Apple’s Steve Jobs. His quote easily changed my mindset of the world and my life with the simple quote:

“Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is – everything around you that you call life, was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.”

The minute that you understand that you can poke life and actually something will, you know if you push in, something will pop out the other side, that you can change it, you can mold it. That’s maybe the most important thing. It’s to shake off this erroneous notion that life is there and you’re just gonna live in it, versus embrace it, change it, improve it, make your mark upon it.

That quote gives YOU the power to take hold of your own life. No one is going to do it for you, but you can do it, for yourself – and people have. Just having the proof that a human is capable of this amount of change should make you never again hesitate to do your best every single day to make something great, or move towards that goal you have been working towards your whole life.

Andy Sowards – AndySowards.com

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Peter Sandeen

“You’re responsible for everything in your life.” (Probably said by 99% of successful people in history.) You made a lot of sales because you built a good product and marketed it well. You’re busy because you took on too many commitments. You’re healthy because you prioritized eating right, good exercise, sleeping… over unhealthy indulgences or comfort. Sure, there are outside forces that affect your life—sometimes significantly. But if you hold on to an attitude of looking at what’s in your life realistically and taking responsibility for it, you can get far. If you blame others, cosmic injustice, bad luck, genetics, or anything else for negative things, then you’ll only be successful if you get unbelievably lucky. Don’t waste your time relying on things you can’t control. And the only thing you can control is your decisions right now.

Peter Sandeen – PeterSandeen.com

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Rafi Chowdhury

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – MARK TWAIN

Why? Because it’s all about doing it now and today. There is no better time to do anything than today. So, why not now? And if not now, then when??
Rafi Chowdhury – Chowhury’s Digital

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Jordyn Wegner

My favorite quote is, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started” from Mark Twain. This quote is so simple yet holds so much veracity, it’s easy for people (myself included) to come up with amazing ideas and grand plans of how we are going to execute our ideas but none of that means anything if we don’t actually do it. Instead of being like so many others who don’t ever move beyond their idea, get head and actually do something.

Jordyn Wegner – Hubstaff.com

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Ruben Gamez

My favorite business success quote changes depending on what I feel needs to be improved. Right now, my favorite quote comes from Jeff Bezos and his 2016 letter to shareholders.

He says this about making risky business decisions: “If you’re good at course correcting, being wrong may be less costly than you think, whereas being slow is going to be expensive for sure.”

I feel like over the last year or so we’ve slowed progress because we’re trying to be perfect with everything. We’re trying to not make the wrong decision. Maybe we’re making decisions that are a little better, but I don’t feel the trade-off (where we move slower) is worth it. I’d rather move faster and make slightly more mistakes because, as Jeff Bezos says, “it’s often less costly to course correct”.

Ruben Gamez – Docsketch.com

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Vipin Nayar

Don’t build links, build relationships – Rand Fishkin, Moz

This is one of the success mantras that I have been following throughout my digital marketing days. It is not about the links that you create, but it is about the relationships that you are building. Of course, you can create any number of links, but expanding and forming new relationships should be your focus. Relationships easily lead to networking. Creating a chain of relationships will carry your business goals far and wide, which is the major aim of our businesses. So, when you create links to ensure that you are connecting with genuine businesses that are in fact popular with a handsome number of rankings over the search engines as this will further fuel your chances of winning the rat race.

Your aim must be to satisfy your customers as the customer is your king and engagement is the queen. Only when your customers connect, engagement happens and your business flourishes.

Vipin Nayar – Acodez

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Ola Rybacka

Quote: “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing” – Walt Disney

Even if we aren’t sure about what we should do, at some point we have to try something, see what the results are. Then address the problems, adjust our approach, then try it again as often as it’s necessary. But there is just one condition: we have to stop talking. Nothing happens when we’re just talking about our plans for the future, nothing changes! All we need is to make the first step and turn the words into efforts.

Once we’ve stopped talking and started doing, we may find ourselves surprised at how much we can accomplish and how powerful we are. The first results wouldn’t be as high as you expected, but that’s the way our lives go.

Analyze what you did and what happened recently, then do something different next time, but never stop doing. Grab some piece of paper and make a list of things you’ve spent too much time on just thinking about them instead of acting. Try to write it down every month to check the progress. But remember to follow this strategy not only in business-related part of your life. To enjoy the full effect, you need to apply it to your private, home or social matters, etc.
Prepare for disasters and other things that may change your attitude. I know that it’s easy to say, but just be patient – it’ll be much easier to quit talking and start doing!

Ola Rybacka – TimeCamp.com

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Sean Si

“Negative results are just what I want. They’re just as valuable to me as positive results. I can never find the thing that does the job best until I find the ones that don’t.” – Thomas Edison

We are firm believers in experimentation, as trying out new things will help us grow more as a company. We are aware of the many challenges that we encounter during this long process, but in the end, we all see it as one big learning experience no matter the outcome.

Sean Si – SEO Hacker

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Ben Brausen

“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” -Mike Tyson

I think this quote highlights the failure many businesses have in planning and adjusting when their plan doesn’t go exactly as initially hoped. Many things can change between planning, execution, and completion. You need to ability to adapt and pivot, should the unplanned appear (and it frequently does). We see plenty of business failures happen when organizations don’t or can’t adjust their plan with the ever-changing market. Any business that fails to be able to do so, ends up like the opponent on the receiving end of a Mike Tyson right-hook.

Ben Brausen – BenBrausen.com

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Brett Langlois

My favorite quote about success is an old one attributed to Thomas Edison. Although the exact wording is in dispute, the story goes that when asked by a reporter about the incredible difficulties he faced when finding a suitable filament for the light bulb, Edison responded, “I have not failed once. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.”

This quote reveals the importance of learning from “failures” and reframing them as successes. Failure is an inevitable part of life, and the most important thing is to grow from it. If you can reframe “I failed at this” to “I succeeded in learning not to do this”, it will keep you motivated on your way to where you want to go and discourage you from giving up.

Brett Langlois – Pure SEO

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Jane Sheeba

My favourite business quote is mine:

Entrepreneurship is a mindset, a lifestyle. It is not something you take upon. It is something you become.

I love this quote and consider it as a very crucial integration within my mind in order to succeed in business. I see so many business owners take up entrepreneurship as a physical state. They see it as a position (like that of a CEO of a company) – being a CEO of a company doesn’t necessarily make you an entrepreneur.

To me, its all about the mindset. You need to change your mindset and your lifestyle. You become an entrepreneur by changing your mindset and lifestyle accordingly. It is not a job or a position you take upon. It is something you become! This clarity about entrepreneurship is what drives me in the right direction.

Jane Sheeba – Learn.Jane Sheeba

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Ammar Ali

My favorite quote is:

“Every master was once a beginner. Every pro was once an amateur.” – Robin

When I feel like I am a beginner and have no idea what to do. I remember this quote. It’s so powerful if one can realize the deep meaning of it. Every master has gone through up and down in their struggling time. They were once a beginner just like us. They kept working hard and at the end became master. Keeping this quote in mind when starting anything new will push you to limits and one day you will become the master of what you do. When someone tells me how hard it is to start something, I share this quote with them to boost their confident that one day they’ll also become expert.

Ammar Ali – All Blogging Tips

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Lorraine Reguly

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

This closely relates to another favorite of mine, by Albert Einstein: “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”

Both of these quotes are found in How to Achieve Entrepreneurial Excellence – 3 Ways, alongside many more awesome quotes.

I like these quotes because the focus is on the person, not the business. After all, a business can earn a truckload of money, but if you are not happy with yourself and the person you are, then what’s the point of having money? Money can’t buy health. It can’t buy happiness. It can’t cure your disease (if you have Cancer, for example). It can only enhance your life IF YOU ARE ALREADY A GOOD PERSON.

I’ve been through a lot in my life and have suffered many hardships along with several traumas. Many people know I was raped. Many know I used to be a drug addict and a prostitute. Some know that I nearly died (and had an epiphany as a result). Some know that I used to have suicidal thoughts on a constant basis… and that I learned to overcome them (which is why I wrote FROM NOPE TO HOPE).

I can honestly say NOW that I am happy.

I now use motivational quotes as ONE source of staying positive on a regular basis. I also use positive affirmations.

All I can say now is this: If Emerson and Einstein were still alive, they would both be proud of the businesswoman I’ve become!

Lorraine Reguly – WordingWell.com

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Mandy McEwen

I have so many favorite quotes on business and entrepreneurship, but at this point in my entrepreneurial journey, I would have to say this quote by Rockefeller is at the top of my list of favorites:

I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature. – John D. Rockefeller

Perseverance is why I’m sitting here at one of my favorite weekend getaway spots in Northern California, overlooking a beautiful lake as I type this response to you. It is the sole reason why I’ve been able to follow my dreams and pursue my passions for nearly a decade. It is how I launched numerous digital products in the last year (something I’ve been wanting to do for years) while still growing my agency client base. And perseverance will be the reason I meet my growth goals this year of helping hundreds of startup agencies and entrepreneurs achieve massive success.

So if there is 1 word that sums up my entrepreneurial journey, it’s perseverance.

Mandy McEwen – Mod Girl Marketing

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Fervil Von Tripoli

I’ve compiled the SEO quotes which have helped me hustle in online marketing every single day but here are my latest favorites for:

Business

“The job on top is a lonely one. But if you want to lead, you have to be one of the troops too.” – Liew Mun Leong, Changi Airport Group Chairman

I love this quote because I personally acknowledge how hard it is to be on the top of everything for a startup business. As the decision maker, there will be point of time that it’s all left to your hands. Making business decisions for a startup is crucial. You will need to consider everything and everyone. I feel that if you want to be a good leader, you don’t want to hoard every decision you make inside the company. I personally think that the best way to make things work for your business is to listen to what your staffs say to you: the difficulties they encounter daily, their strategies on how to be efficient and effective on what they do, and even their suggestions on how to make things better.

Entrepreneurship

“Ideas are s**t, execution is the game.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

You can consume all the best planning and strategy on how to make money and become a successful entrepreneur but it will be futile unless you work it out in actual and do the dirty sh*t.

Success

Embrace the suck.” – David Goggins

We all want to be successful but most people wanted to get it the easy way. There is no easy way. If it’s 4 in the morning and you still don’t want to get up, you get up. You don’t want to do the dishes at home, you do the dishes. You don’t want to clean the house, you clean the house. You don’t want to study, you study. Bottom line, you do something that suck everyday in your life. It’s a matter of time until you make it your lifestyle. That’s how you grow.

Fervil Von Tripoli – FervilVon.com

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Marc Guberti

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” —Napoleon Hill

Our minds are more powerful than we realize. This quote reminds me to continuously visualize my success so I can achieve that success in my life. If I doubt my ability to accomplish a goal, I either stop pursuing that goal or change my mindset until I believe in my ability to accomplish that goal. I only pursue the goals I conceive and believe because that will allow me to achieve. I strengthen my mindset by continuous education so I can continue pursuing and accomplishing big goals.

Marc Guberti – MarcGuberti.com

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Eni Odurinde

“Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re going to fail in everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, my dear?” – Marilyn Monroe

I could see the reflection of this quote in a business motivation book that I read. Colonel Saunders, the founder of the well-known, global fast food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), had a tough time getting started. Colonel Saunders is always praised by his friends and family for his tasty friend chicken. Upon retirement, Colonel Saunders wrote a business plan based on establishing a fried chicken outlet. He was turned down by his bank. He went to other potential investors, he was turned down again and again. This really determined pensioner did not let the rejection and doors slammed on his face stop him, he kept knocking on door of potential investors. Eventually someone said yes! He got the funding he needed to start his first KFC outlet.

Eni Odurinde – Mydatech.net

 

Make Money Online Ideas

“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet” – Bobby Unser

After reading through our awesome list of 50+ entrepreneur and success quotes, I’m sure you are quite excited to get back to work. Take the motivation you received from this article and put it into whatever you are currently trying to achieve in both life and business.

If you’d like to learn more about how to grow your own blog, brand or business online, be sure to check out a few of my best resource guides below.

  • Make Money with a Blog – A complete guide to starting a blog and turning it into a successful business.
  • Start a Free Stuff Site – This is an older post, but the concept of free stuff sites is still great a money maker today.
  • Create a Coupon Blog – Everyone wants to save money. Discover how to create a resource site and make money in the process.
  • How to Make Money on the Side – A few creative and effective ways to make your first few dollars online.
  • 50 Ways to Make $100 Today – A fun and interesting list of ways to start making money today. Great for inspiration!

I hope you enjoyed this expert round up and additional resources above. Be sure to contact me with any questions or new opportunities you might have.

 

Zig Ziglar Success Quotes to Make You a Better Entrepreneur

Zig Ziglar is one of the most quoted and influential men of the 21st century. There is a good reason for this. Ziglar had a way of inspiring people with his ideas, and he was able to shape this into meaningful words. In fact, he was the embodiment of what is meant when someone says that words and ideas can change the world.

One of the most notable aspects of Ziglar’s quotes and books is the fact that every single thing he said in his speeches, programs, and publications could be applied in some way to the real world.

For entrepreneurs, Zig Ziglar ranks right up there with people like Earl Nightingale and Brian Tracy, both who influenced entrepreneurs who were struggling with the concepts of starting and maintaining a business and achieving success.

10 Practical Quotes with Advice for Entrepreneurs

Goal-setting and implementation is at the heart of Ziglar’s tenets and idea. In this post, we feature ten fantastic quotes that Ziglar used to inspire and to encourage entrepreneurs to keep up the good fight and reach their goals.

1. Success is not a destination, it’s a journey.

Many entrepreneurs consider the end result the name of the game. But in this powerful quote from the famous motivational speaker, we are reminded that it is the journey and not the result that matters the most. Through the journey we learn how to be better, do more, and grow. Also, real entrepreneurs know that you never really get to your final destination until you retire or sell your business. There is always another challenge on the horizon.

2. The most practical, beautiful, workable philosophy

in the world won’t work – if you won’t.- This quote reminds us of more current entrepreneurs such as Mark Cuban, who always puts the highest value on hard work above all else. And they are both correct. No matter how good your ideas are, it is the day-to-day grind that matters most to getting you to where you want to be.

3. Discipline yourself to do the things you need to do when you need to do them, and the day will come when you will be able to do the things you want to do when you want to do them.

This is a saying that goes back quite a long time ago in one form or another, but Ziglar puts it together well here. The idea is to realize that you may not be able to jump right into doing your dream job or reaching your goals for success without first “paying your dues” with the more menial tasks, duties, or stopovers that you must make on your way. Patience is the virtue taught here and the reminder that good things are worth waiting for.

4. What you get by reaching your destination is not nearly as important as what you will become by reaching your goal.

This quote by Ziglar reminds us that it is more important how you grow as a person and a business owner than any material rewards, recognition, or achievements. Those things are just temporary. But becoming what you are destined to become is the goal, and the work is more important than the success.

5. I’ve got to say no to the good so that I can say yes to the best.

Both this quote and the one before it always remind me of Steve Jobs, Apple founder because of what he said to his business partner, Steve Wozniak. He said, “We have to be careful which doors we open.” There’s a lot of truth in this, and even others like Warren Buffet have echoed this sentiment related to investments, as well as people. The idea is that you need to make conscious choices based on informed decision-making and choose what you let into your business. These decisions will shape your business and your ideas more than you think. You always have to guard your time and decide how you will spend it. All of these choices will ultimately determine how your business does over the long term. Choose wisely and learn to say “no” when necessary.

6. You cannot make it into a wandering generality. You must become a meaningful specific.

Ziglar believed that you should be specific and become great at particular tasks. Learning to focus and learning to get good at the little things is the essence of fine-tuning your business so that people have no doubt where you shine and what you are really about. Don’t try to be everything to everyone. You can’t. Just be the best at what you do. And success will follow you.

7. There’s not a lot you can do about the national economy, but there is a lot you can do about your personal economy.

As mentioned before, the U.S. economy is in the best shape that it has ever been under the 2017 presidential administration. There are more job opportunities and opportunities for small businesses than there have ever been. But despite what the economy does in the future, good business owners understand that the most important thing is to learn to adapt to any economy. You do this by intelligently handling your finances and save your money whenever you can “for that rainy day.” Having a healthy reserve and understanding that entrepreneurship is about uncertainty and planning to succeed in any economic situation. This is the challenge entrepreneurs face. Getting good at this part is essential to your business’s survival over the long term.

8. Remember, you can earn more money, but when the time is spent it is gone forever.

Ziglar goes on to address the eternal debate about which is more critical to an entrepreneur: time vs. money. We have all thought about this discussion and how it affects the results we get. One modern entrepreneur echoes Ziglar’s sentiment here when he says, “You can always make or get more money, but you can never get more time.” (Peter Voogd) Both Ziglar and Voogd agree that time is more important than money because you can never recreate time. So think of time as your most precious commodity. Having well-managed time enables you to make money in ways that make better use of your time and resources.

9. If the standard of living is your major objective, quality of life almost never improves, but if the quality of life is your number one objective, your standard of living almost always improves.

This quote addresses the idea of things vs. life quality. You should think of improving your life as more coveted than having more things or more expensive houses, cars, or material possessions. By focusing your energy on improving your life, the other stuff will come to you naturally. Your income level will rise to the occasion when you place your priority on better, more honorable goals for your life.

10.With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide.

This quote is a reminder of the importance of having integrity in all that you do. We can relate this to black hat vs. white hat techniques if you are an online business owner. Online eCommerce owners understand that you may fool some of the people some of the time, but they will eventually figure out that you are using bad techniques to get them to your site or get them to do things, and then you will lose their trust. It’s better to go after clients that truly want what you have to offer by being honest and transparent. Then, you not only win a sale. You gain a loyal client. It’s also important to not worry that you could get into legal trouble so that you are doing everything right. Then, when you make mistakes, you will survive them because people know you to practice principles of integrity.

The Common Thread between Ziglar and Modern-Day Entrepreneurs

When you go back over these meaningful quotes from the great Zig Ziglar, we see a common thread between many quotes by more recent entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs, Mark Cuban, and others. Perhaps they too were influenced by Ziglar in their youth. Or perhaps, through time and experience, these younger entrepreneurs realized as they worked on their own business, the importance of integrity, hard work, and the “journey.”

To download even more Zig Ziglar quotes and watch one of his best videos, click here.

Regardless of how you interpret Ziglar’s quotes, taking these ideas and applying many of them in your way may help you to fine-tune your business goals and plan your journey in a way that will only produce success.

And not only that, you may find that you’re a better person for it. See you at the top!

7 Internet Based Businesses You Can Start for Under $100

One of my favorite things to talk about at conferences and write about on the blog is the many different ways to make money online. The internet has made it extremely easy and cost effective for anyone to start a business of their own. Not only is there really no excuse to not get started with an online business, there’s actually little-to-no investment required as well. This is especially true for anyone who just wants to test the waters and see what opportunities might be right for them.

While startups are always making news and headlines for the massive amounts of funding and investment money they are getting, this isn’t always required. In most cases, online entrepreneurs aren’t going to need to borrow money from banks, take out a small business loan or ever-present their business idea to a room of investors.

With this in mind, today I’m going to be providing you with 10 different ways to make money online and even start a personal brand or business in the process. Many of these opportunities are free, but at the most won’t cost more than $100 to get started.

Be sure to read through each of the methods below and see which ones might be of the most interest and value to you.

Start a Blog

Blogging is one of the easiest ways to get started with a website and putting your expertise to work. This is something I personally did back in 2007, and it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made. Through the use of content creation and putting my expertise to use, not only has my blog turned into a business of its own and help me grow my brand into much more than it ever was, it’s also helped me teach others how to make money online in the process. Since starting the blog, millions of people have been to the site and have generated millions of dollars as a result of my free tutorials, guides, and resources.

One of the greatest things about blogging is that the majority of sites on the internet today are powered by the free WordPress CMS platform. This means all you need is a domain name and web hosting to get started with a website or blog of your own.

Estimated cost: Free domain + $100 for 3 years of hosting (with Bluehost)

Freelance Writing

I always get a little frustrated when I hear people say it’s too hard to make money online. Sure, it’s quite hard to make money online as a full-time income, but there’s always going to be ways to make money on the side. One of the easiest ways to actually start making your first few dollars online is through the use of freelance writing.

With more than a billion active websites on the internet today, there is a massive demand for content creation services and hiring freelance writers. Thanks to sites like TextBroker, anyone can join these open marketplace writing sites and simply get paid the start writing content that is being requested from other sites owners, blogs, and brands on the internet.

Best of all, there are no costs for setting this up. You can join any of the freelance marketing sites out there for free. However if you do have a hundred bucks to spend, I would recommend starting a freelance portfolio site of your own, which would fall under the same pricing as starting a blog.

Estimated cost: Free to join writing marketplaces. Improve results with a personal blog and writing portfolio.

Outsourced Expertise on Fiverr

Just like there are platforms out there for freelance writing, there are also micro job sites that allow you to create an online business for pretty much anything you can think of. One of the most popular sites out there right now is fiverr.com. On the site you will find everything from micro jobs that focus on SEO, content creation, people doing video work, pranking people with silly voices, and much more.

This is just another example of a platform and audience that is already in place and waiting for you. There is no need to start a website a blog or even a social profile, all you need is to get active on these sites and start getting a few customers and reviews. Some of the top users on Fiverr are generating over six figures per year.

Estimated cost: There are no costs to create an account or start selling through Fiverr.

Creating Courses to Sell on Udemy

As we all know, content creation and putting your expertise to use are always going to be some of the most effective ways to make money online. As we’ve seen in two of the previous examples, getting your content and expertise in front of an audience is key.

This is exactly what we are talking about in this example as well. Udemy is one of the top websites on the internet for online courses and learning. Not only are there are millions of users on the site actively taking courses and purchasing them, Udemy is also making their instructors a lot of money in the process.

If you have access to a computer, you can start creating an online course of your own. I personally like to use Screenflow or Camtasia to record my screen when doing online courses and video training, but there are free options out there as well. You can also use your computer’s microphone which will work fine for recording your audio. Once you’ve created a course, you can then throw it on Udemy and start earning 95% on all direct sales and 50% of sales generated through their organic traffic.

Estimated cost: Free to sell on Udemy. Screenflow recording software costs $129. Find a promotional or discounted copy to knock it under $100 🙂

Start a Podcast

If you already have a website or blog and looking for that next level of content creation and audience engagement, a podcast might be a good idea for you. The benefit of podcasting is that this industry is growing at a rapid pace and advertisers are throwing a ton of money at podcasters to get featured on their shows.

Another great benefit of podcasting, is that audiences are now more interested in consuming content through audio and visual, over text content. As mentioned earlier there are now more than a billion sites on the internet and it’s becoming quite competitive to rank in the search results or even get people to your site. With podcasting still in its infancy, it’s a great way for anyone to jump into this market and grow a successful brand and following of their own.

While I have personally invested around $1,000 into my own podcasting equipment, this is not a requirement. Anyone can start a podcast by simply recording audio into their mobile device and uploading it online. However if you did have $100 to spend on a podcasting business, I would recommend you get a high quality microphone from Amazon.

Estimated cost: Spend $70 to get a high-quality Blue Yeti microphone from Amazon.

Affiliate Marketing

Having been successfully making money online for over 20 years now, affiliate marketing has to be my favorite method. The concept of affiliate marketing is quite simple. All you need to do is join an affiliate program and every time you sent a specific lead, sale, or action to a website, you will earn a commission. The benefit here is that you never have to hold any inventory, deal with any of the customers directly, or even process their orders. You are simply required to send the best quality of content possible while also making sure you’re advertising cost or less than the amount you are generating revenue.

When we start talking about building an online business with affiliate marketing and not spending over $100, you still have a few options to play around with. For example, if you were to create a website or blog focused on product reviews, coupons or “how to guides”, there are plenty of affiliate programs that you could join and recommend products and services through. This is a perfect example, but also one that will take some time to establish as you will need to rank in the search results and get some decent traffic to your site.

If you wanted to spend your $100 on marketing affiliate campaigns, you will need to do this at a slow and steady pace. A good way to get started with this might be through promoting dating offers or email/zip submit offers through media buying. Since these offers are pretty easy to complete and turn a commission on, it will allow you to spend a few dollars per day and split test in the process. The goal here is to not blow through your $100 in a short time. You need to make this initial investment money last so you can reach profitability and then scale the money back into the business when you are paid.

Estimated cost: Spend $5 a day on Facebook Ads and keep a close eye on your daily numbers, ad spend and conversions.

Create an Online Review Site

Another business opportunity with affiliate marketing and earning commissions in mind is to create an online review site. When someone goes to Google and searches for something, they are very interested in what the results are. This is especially true if there are looking for information to buy something, looking for coupons and definitely when searching for online reviews.

With this in mind, one could create a coupon or review site that could rank in Google for long tail keywords and start generating some decent revenue in the process. However, as with all site-building and search ranking efforts, you will need to go after a niche market that isn’t saturated and has a lower level of competition. Revenue generation for such a website could be done through affiliate marketing or simply placing Google AdSense on your site.

Since we are focusing on starting a business with just under $100, this money could be spent on a domain name and web hosting. If you are serious about growing out your site and getting visitors to keep coming back for me, you should also invest in a mailing list, which can be done through a service like ConvertKit. The rest of your time and effort would be focused on creating content and getting your site to rank in the search results.

Estimated cost: Free domain + $100 for 3 years of hosting (with Bluehost) + mailing list

How to Make Money Online… One Dollar at a Time!

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to make money online or even starting a business of your own for under $100. When I first started making money back in the mid-90s, I was actually using free AOL discs and hosting my sites through free platforms like Geocities and AOL member pages. I started to generate a few dollars per day with affiliate marketing and the Amazon Associates program, which then turned into $10 per day, then hundreds per day and eventually growing into what it is today.

The most important thing for you to take away here, is that you take action and build something today. It’s easy to read through all of this and see how many opportunities are available, but if you don’t take action someone else will, and you will miss the boat.

What You Need to Know Before Applying for a Business Loan

On the internet, it might seem quite easy to start a business of your own. In most cases, all you need is a domain name, web hosting, and an idea for your business. However, if you’re going to start a much larger business where you might be hiring employees and need investment money, you might be considering your different options for funding the company or even taking out a business loan.

While there is nothing wrong with investing in your company and getting funding for the necessary start-up phases, it is wrong to not have a clear understanding of what you should know beforehand. Not all business loans are the same, nor are the methods of getting funding for your business. Just like the internet has changed the rest of the world, it definitely changes the way people can create a business, get access to investment money, and build a successful brand in the process.

To help with this process, below you will find a list of resources and key data points that you should know before applying for a business loan.

Review Online Lenders and Banks

Not only has the internet completely change the way business is done in the world today, it’s now offered the opportunity for anyone to get started with an online business of their own. At the same time, it’s also eliminated the need to walk into a bank and apply for a loan in person. Now everything can be done online, along with the necessary research and due diligence to find a quality lender or bank that is right for you or your business.

With this in mind, it’s important to read through online reviews of top lenders and banks, while also searching what the best small business loans are. Not only will you find ratings for each lender, you will also find real reviews from customers and clients who have already gone through the process. No matter what type of loan you might be looking for, it’s likely there is already a resource guide online covering that exact topic and focus. Once you’ve found a selection of top lender that fit your needs, you should narrow down your list to just a few and then make your final decision based of each of the key points below.

Explore Your Funding Options

As mentioned earlier, there are many different options when it comes to borrowing money. Gone are the days when you have to dress up in a suit, throw together a huge business plan and walk into a local bank and pray they will accept your idea. Now it’s all about filing online and finding the right investor or bank for your loan request.

For those in need of getting their hands on money fast, cash advance and payday loan websites are an opportunity (though they usually come at a higher cost), while PayPal also has their own working capital borrowing program as well (which has proven to work well for many existing online businesses). The benefit to having so many options is having the ability to find the right borrowing method that not only fills your need but also has a wide range of payment options to choose from.

Know Your Credit Score

One of the most important factors when getting any type of loan is going to be your credit score. Individuals have a personal credit score and businesses actually have a credit score as well. Depending on the quality of the score and your financial history, the amount that you can actually borrow will vary along with the interest rate that you will have to pay the loan back.

A high credit score is anything above 700, while a low credit score it would be anything below 600. The higher your credit score, the more success and lower fees you will find when borrowing.

A recent article in HuffingtonPost had the following to say in reference to credit scores and loan financing:

FICO credit scores range from 300 to 850. Higher figures represent greater creditworthiness. Anything above 600 is typically considered all right, but you ideally want a score in the 700-850 range for optimal borrowing capability.

As Experian notes, credit scores are calculated using the following formula:

  • 35 percent: Payment history
  • 30 percent: Amounts owed
  • 15 percent: Length of credit history
  • 10 percent: New credit
  • 10 percent: Types of credit used

Have a Good Idea on How Much You Need

Before applying for a financial loan, it’s best to know why you are going to need the money in the first place and also how much you are going to need. Based on your personal and business history, along with your credit score, the amount of money you can apply for it and be accepted will vary. Another consideration here for how much you should be borrowing will also come down to your repayment plan and interest rates charged by your bank or lender. There is also a big difference between a credit line and a bank loan, as one will charge interest on the total amount borrowed versus the other which will only charge interest on the amount you actually take out.

Understand Loan Repayments and Interest Rates

As a business owner or entrepreneur, you are very good at what you do — which is running your business. However, this doesn’t mean that you will know everything there is about business financing and the terms and conditions that might be placed into your potential long. This is why it’s extremely important to take the time and research all loan repayments and interest rates before applying for your next loan. with so many different options now available online, not all loans are built the same way as traditional bank loans. Some might have upfront costs, others will have interest rates that you can pay over time and some will have a combination of both.

After reading through each of the resource guides and key points above, you should have a much better understanding of what it takes to get a loan for your business, while also knowing how much to request in the process. For more resources and business funding options, be sure to read through our six ways to fund your startup idea article.

3 Ways to Find the Necessary Funds to Start Your New Business

So, you’ve decided to start a business. Congratulations! You’ve got a great idea and a plan, but now comes the hard part: finding the funds to turn your idea into a viable business. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to obtain the funds you need to get your business off the ground — and also quite fortunate, starting a business on the internet is actually much more cost-effective than if you were to start an offline / franchise type of business.

Before jumping into a few different ways you can gain access to money to fund your project or business idea, let’s first list some of the cost considerations you should have in mind when starting a new business.

  • Domain, website, hosting and design
  • Paying staff and employees
  • Company registration (Inc, LLC)
  • Office supplies, desks, computers
  • Legal counsel, outside consulting services
  • Insurance for yourself and employees
  • Rental, mortgages and franchising fees
  • Equipment, inventory, and products

As you can see, before we even get started with the investment and funding options available, there are already plenty of things you will need to map out and consider when starting a new business. As exciting as it is to go live with your new site or business, the more time you spend on the foundation and pre-planning process, the less headaches and more success you will potentially have in the future.

Once all of this is in place, you can then start exploring your options with the following business funding and investment options.

Self financing

Of course, the easiest and most straightforward way to finance your business is to pony up the cash yourself, making this an attractive option for many people. However, even if you can afford to go this route, there’s one big caveat that needs to thrown up: If your business flops, you are on the hook for all of the funds you have invested into it.

If you do want to go this route, there are several ways you can do it. First, you could simply tap into your “rainy day” fund for the start-up capital you’ll need. This could be in the form of your savings account, inherited funds, etc. One of the biggest advantages of investing your own money in your business is that it sends a powerful message to future investors that you are fully committed to your venture. Investors may be more likely to invest in your company if they see that you have something on the line, too.

You can also liquidate some assets to pay for the start-up of your business. If you have real estate, stocks or bonds, or something else of value that you can (and are willing to) part with, this can be a quick way to get the funds you need for your business. Remember, however, that there can be some consequences of liquidation some assets, such as real estate, in terms of taxes.

If your credit limit allows, you could also use your credit card to finance your business start up. This is a convenient way to order supplies, for example — while also allowing for the opportunity to rack up a bunch of rewards or bonus cash in the process. However, always be aware that because credit cards carry with them hefty interest rates, so your purchases could end up costing you much more than it would originally seem.

A home equity loan is another possibility for personally financing your business. If you own a home, you can borrow against the equity in it in the form of a line of credit. However, there are some restrictions that may make this a less-than-desirable option for some people.

Taking out a loan

If personally financing your business start-up endeavor isn’t the best option for you, there are other things you can do. If you don’t own a home, for example, you can approach a bank or another type of lender for a personal loan. Personal loans from banks typically come with lower interest rates than do credit cards. If your credit is quite low, you may struggle to find a bank willing to lend you money. In those cases, it may be best to go to an alternative type of lender for a personal loan. Click to find out more about your borrowing options if you find yourself in that scenario.

Finally, you can always borrow money from family or friends if none of these other options are viable for you. People who know and trust you may be able to help you out, and you can repay the loan when your business starts bringing in money.

Paypal Working Capital

For anyone that already have a business online and might be simply looking for money to put back into their company, there are many ways to borrow money from banks and lenders, but these often come with a lot of verification, history reports, and high interest rates. Paypal has not only changed the way customers and business make financial transactions in the world today, they’ve also changed how businesses can borrow and access lump sums of money as well.

Through the use of Paypal Working Capital, Paypal customers can borrow up to $100,000, while not having to go through a credit history check in the process. The decision on how much money can be borrowed and by whom, ultimately comes down to the account history and how much volume is currently being pushed through the account. What also makes PPYC unique is that the borrow money is paid back through the use of incoming payments to the account, and you get to select how fast the loan is paid back (usually in 15%, 20% or 30% increments). There is also a flat percentage fee that is owed on each borrow amount as well.

Money is Simply Waiting There for You

These are just a few of the ways that you can find the money necessary to start your business. There are lots of others, depending on your current financial situation and business goals, but these are some of the quickest and most convenient ways to get the cash flow you need to get your business off the ground.

How to Make Money Creating Online Courses Around Business Needs

There are plenty of ways to make money online, but selling online courses and training material has to be one of the best methods. The reasons for this are many, such as low overhead costs when getting started, digital products have an extremely high-profit margin and there is a never ending need for good quality training material online — and lastly, people and brands are willing to pay good money for them as well!

Just take a look at what Udemy has created in a short period of time with their online marketplace for video courses and training material. The site now has over 17 million students and more than 27,000 instructors contributing content to their site — all while also working on a rev-share business model.

The hardest part of the course creation process is knowing what to build and how you are going to sell it. If this is something you are personally going to be creating and promoting, it should be something around your expertise and that you are known for. A perfect example of this would be if I was going to create an affiliate marketing or blogging course. Since I already have authority in these spaces and a loyal following, it would just make perfect sense for me to build something of value to sell to my audience.

With all of this in mind, today we are going to look at some different ways you can start creating successful online courses, while also doing some pre-planning and niche research in the process. The more research you do beforehand, the easier it will be for you to find success down the road.

Build a Course Around the Needs of a Business or Your Audience

When it comes time to create a course or training program, you will need to look at this from two different perspectives. Are you going to sell to businesses and brands, or individuals looking to learn something? If you are going to be selling to businesses and brands, you will likely need to have a more professional course, but will also have the ability to charge a lot more for it. Businesses always have money to spend, and if they are going to get value out of something, it’s usually a no brainer for them to invest in.

On the flip side, if you are going to create a course for individuals looking to learn something, you need to make sure you price it correctly. For example, if you were to create a course on how to make money blogging, it would be tough to sell it for a high ticket price, since your audience likely isn’t already established with a successful site or blog. The difference between these two demographics can be a huge contributing factor to the success of your business.

Sticking with a ‘business’ perspective, a great example of how you can take an existing industry report and turn it into much more (through an online course), would be this report on 50 Employee Engagement Ideas (From Glassdoor’s Top 50 SMBs). Businesses are all about productivity and they want nothing more to invest money in their company to see better ROI in the long run.

As for creating a course around this topic, all you would need to do is run through the list of 50 employee engagement ideas, then create a short video for each and a simple PDF checklist. This is more than enough for a business to invest a few hundred dollars into, then hand it off to their employees for a quick study. At the same time, you know the content and advice you are recommending is already proven and of value, as it’s based off a report from a reputable site like Glassdoor.

It might seem silly at first, but this is actually a perfect opportunity for someone to take existing data that is already out there and convert it into a video format that is easier to distribute and consume. When it comes to user engagement and learning, online video is consumed and absorbed at a much faster pace than written text. The latest video industry stats prove video is now more in demand than ever before, especially with mobile usage on the rise — which is how many students are currently taking their online video courses through. Creating just text and written content to your audience is simply leaving a huge gap in both your audience reach and potential revenue.

How and Where to Create and Sell Your Online Course

With the hardest part of figuring out what your course is going to be about, out of the way, it’s now time to consider your options for how to put your course together and where to sell it. There are many ways to accomplish this — some being more simple, cost effective and faster than others. If you are looking for a thorough guide on this process, I recommend you read this one on how to build an online course. Inside the reference guide you will find a collection of actionable tips, such as how to create quick reports to include within your course (as shown below)

The content within your course is going to be important, but how you deliver it to your audience is going to be even more crucial to it’s success. Here are a few bullet points to help with the course creation process, while also making sure your content is easy to consume by your audience.

  • Video is key, but PDF attachments and action sheets are also of value
  • When creating videos, be sure to use PowerPoint or Keynote
  • It’s best to create shorter videos versus longer videos for attention span issues
  • Break your course material into different sections and modules for easy viewing
  • Host your video course through a reliable video host like YouTube, Wistia or Vimeo
  • If possible, include a video of yourself speaking in the corner of each video
  • Make sure you have high-quality recording equipment so your sound is professional

In addition to planning for how you are going to create your online course, you will also need to consider your options for selling it online. As mentioned at the beginning of the article, Udemy is one option for selling online courses — however, most courses on the site are heavily discounted and can sell for as low as $10 each. Udemy is a great option and instantly puts your course in front of millions of potential buyers, but at the same time, you don’t own the customer data and have no way to follow-up or sell to them again, unless you use their internal communication platform, which can be limiting and also comes with its own terms and conditions.

Another option is to use a solution like Kajabi, which was specifically created to help ‘everyday people’ get online with their courses, without the need to learn any technical skills like web site design, payment processing and creating a members area. All of this can be accomplished through their drag and drop platform. Unlike Udemy, when using a platform like Kajabi, course creators will own 100% of the content and revenue from the site — however, there is also a monthly cost associated with using the Kajabi platform, where Udemy, on the other hand, is free.

Right Now is the Best Time to Create and Sell Courses Online

If you’ve ever had a passion or expertise for something and wanted to try and make some money from it in the process, right now is the perfect time to invest your time and efforts into creating and selling an online course. With there currently being over 2 billion users on social media and demographic/interest targeting options available through Facebook Ads, it’s simply a matter of going live with your course and then marketing it as effectively as possible. If you are going to price your course in the $500+ range, it’s recommended to go with a webinar solution, as this will allow you to really engage with your audience and pre-sell them on the concept, while also giving them a call to action at the end of the webinar. It’s also a great way to build a massive mailing list in the process.

Be sure to run through all of the recommendations and tips above, then get to work on launching a course of your own today!

Must Have Tools for Running a Successful Drop-Shipping Business

Drop shipping offers a great way for you to make money from home, to start your own business on a shoestring, or to attain financial independence. You don’t have to purchase inventory to get started, and you can sell virtually anything so long as you can find a reputable wholesaler to provide it. You can run the business while you are still working, or you can drop everything and put all your effort into making the business a success.

At the same time, there are plenty of Facebook groups and free resources online to help you get started with the process. In short, it’s definitely one of the most sought after methods for starting an online business right now and many newbies are finding success in the process.

For the more seasoned entrepreneur and online marketers, many people have made their fortunes on drop shipping. You just need to be persistent, use the right tools, and make the right choices for your business. Here are some of the top tools you should be using to be successful in your drop-shipping business:

Inventory Management System

Your inventory is everything. You need to know how much you are selling and how much is available. If you are drop shipping, you won’t have inventory on hand. But you will need to keep track of how much inventory is available through your wholesaler. You don’t want to disappoint or anger a customer by telling tell them that you don’t have the item available and sending a refund instead.

Over time, you may decide to grow your business by having the inventory on hand and selling in person at a store, a trade show, marketplace, or elsewhere. It is important that you have the right systems for inventory management so you always have what the customer needs in hand. Inventory management is also essential to make sure you don’t order items that you already have and cut into your profits.

Customer Management System

Sales don’t just appear out of thin air. In addition to running ads and other promotions, you need to generate leads and nurture them through your sales funnel. A good customer management system will help you keep track of your leads and where they are in the funnel.

Any time you get a lead – such as through a list serve sign up or a sale – you put that contact information into your CMS. You then keep track of all contact you have with the customer, including emails, phone calls, and sales. Over time, you build up quite a lot of information about your customer so that you have a more complete picture of what the customer wants and needs, and so you have more demographic information. You can use all that information to create better pitches that have a higher likelihood of success.

Content and Blog Management System

Just as important as the products and listings on your actual store, a blog can compliment your brand, service and increase sales in the process. This is something we are seeing many of the top e-sellers and dropshippers finding success with today. It’s no longer about just having an online store and listing products for sale, it’s about creating engaging content that grabs the interest of an audience and makes them want to buy.

This can all easily be setup with a WordPress blog, which is quite easy to learn — even for someone that’s never had a website or blog. Once you’ve added a blog to your online store, be sure to add social sharing buttons and also link back to your product pages whenever you reference something that can be purchased on your site. To see examples of how some of the top brands and e-commerce sites are already doing this, simply visit the ‘blog’ section on any of your favorite online stores.

Payment Processor

Paypal isn’t the only player in the game for payment processing. You have many options for accepting payments from your customers and for making payments to your vendors. It is important that you explore all your options so that you get the best terms. Even a small difference in fees can add up over time, cutting into your profits.
You must also consider whether the payment processor collects the payments that are most popular amongst your customers, and how good the customer service is. If your customers don’t like the payment process, you’ll also lose money.

Payroll System

When many people get started with drop shipping, they have a one-man operation. But once you start to make a little money and can grow your business, you may want to hire a few people to help you out. You may start with one assistant, but you may eventually have several people processing orders and answering customer inquiries. Once you have any kind of staff, you’ll need a system to help you manage payroll, from calculating hours and pay to determine the appropriate taxes. A good payroll system will do everything from issue checks to report taxes to the IRS.

Using the right tools for your drop-shipping business is more than a matter of convenience. Using the right tools can help you enhance your customer service, keep your costs low, increase your sales, and maximize your profits. Right after you find the right wholesaler to work with, you should start looking for the right software tools for your business – even before you have your website set up. The right software will help you create a solid foundation for the success of your business.

How to Fund Your Next Business Idea When You Have No Money

Starting a business is a dream for many, but this dream also comes with not only a time commitment, but usually a financial investment as well. For someone that is already financially stable, it’s probably no big deal to drop a few thousand dollars on a new business idea and see what comes out of it.

However, a large portion of would-be entrepreneurs and business owners won’t fall into this category. Especially younger audiences who would like to get started on the right foot before taking their chance at the 9-5 and corporate world. On the other side, we also have a great majority of people who aren’t in the best of financial situations, currently unemployed or simply don’t have the credit in place to borrow money or get a business loan.

The good news is that times have changed and it’s now easier than ever for anyone to start an online business, no matter what their current financial situation might be. To help with this process, I’ve listed some of the best options for getting your hands on investment money, fast cash or even working your way up to a positive cash flow one day at a time.

Pre-Sell Your Next Product Before Even Launching

For most entrepreneurs and businesses, the concept of selling means that you need to actually have something in place to sell before making any money. More often than not, this is true — however, there has been a drastic change in the way marketing and selling take place on the web with online courses and through the use of webinar training.

Time and time again we are seeing success stories of everyday people coming up with an idea for a business, and actually making money and sales before even going live with their course or product. This is referred to as “pre-selling” and more importantly… giving your business idea and model legitimacy.

The way the process works is quite simple. For more people it’s a matter of setting up a lead generation funnel that ultimately ends up with a 60-90 minute webinar where you discuss a problem, then provide a solution. At the end of the webinar, you then invite your audience to take action and get early access into your program (before it’s even live). This has quickly become one of the best ways to pre-fund your business idea before it’s even launched!

Apply for a ‘Bad Credit Loan’

As mentioned earlier, not everyone has the luxury of being in the right financial position to start a business, but for those who are desperate to get started and need immediate funding, there is always the option for ‘bad credit loans‘. While the name of the loan doesn’t have the best sound to it, it’s simply an option that’s available to anyone with less than perfect credit. In most cases, loans provided to individuals with lower-end credit scores are typically in the Loans from $250-$5,000 range. Interest rates will also vary based on credit history, the loan amount provided and how soon one plans to start paying back to the loan.

CreditLoan has a Guide to Bad Credit Loans that breaks down the process of what factors come into play when trying to get a loan, while also giving their audience an idea of how much of a loan they might be able to receive. With free credit reports being accessible to everyone these days, it’s important to keep an eye on your current score, as this can heavily influence how much you are paying for any existing or future mortgages, loans, credit cards and more.

Freelance Your Way to the Profit

Then there is always the option to simply start getting to work and making money online and saving up what you can. This can easily be done through the use of freelance writing, or any other type of freelance services you might be able to offer — however, writing is a great place to start, as everyone can do it.

Through sites like TextBroker or Contentmart, anyone can create a writer account and start completing writing jobs on these open marketplace sites. With over a billion active sites on the internet today, the demand for new and original content has no end in site. Having personally tested this method in the past, I was able to generate $1,000 in my spare time writing for these freelance marketplaces. I did this because I wanted to make sure that they were not only legit but also a viable way for someone to seriously start making $500-$1,000 with no technical or marketing skills required.

With all of this in mind, being able to pocket and save an extra $100 a week by freelance writing on the side can start providing you with a nice cushion while also building up your investment money for any other business ventures you might want to explore down the road. Make sure to look into checking accounts with great rates to keep your cash flow streaming with ease. You can check out a list of rates at http://aaacreditguide.com/best-checking-accounts/.

Find a Sponsors to Invest in Your Idea or Business

Keeping with the theme of coming up with original and new ideas for pre-funding your next business idea, here is another one that can work quite well. With so much competition and money in the online marketing space right now, companies have a ton of money to spend on advertising. This means they are also looking for new opportunities to sponsor ad campaigns, events, websites, webinars, podcasts and much more.

At the same time, there are literally millions of businesses and brands out there for you to pitch. This simply comes down to a numbers game. If you contact enough people, someone is going to bite and take you up on your opportunity.

This can be as simple as selling banner ad space on your site, doing a review on your blog, having a short 30 second commercial on your podcast or even co-hosting a webinar with your sponsor — these are all great ideas to quickly put some investment money right into your pocket from day one.

How to Start an Online Business with Little to No Money

As you can see, there are plenty of options for anyone to start an online business — no matter what their current financial situation might be. This can be as simple as starting a blog, becoming a freelance writer and getting paid for your work, or simply applying for a loan to get instant access to the necessary funding.

Depending on your business goals and current situation, everyone’s options will vary. Be sure to run through each of the scenarios above and see which might be best for you and your entrepreneurial journey.

10 Techniques to Keep Your Brand On Message as You Grow

Ensuring your messaging and communications stay on brand as your business grows is crucial. But growth, especially rapid growth, may mean you have new staff members who are unclear on what the message is, or how to best convey it.

New clients bring with them the temptation to expand to a broader brand message that, if done haphazardly, can hurt more than help. A muddled brand message may leave your target audience feeling confused about what you represent and what you offer, and may even cost you engaged clients.

So how can you keep your messaging consistent? We asked 10 members from YEC to share their recommendations for growing brands, from creating an internal guide to talking message with every new hire. Here’s what they had to say:

1. Identify Your Strategy Versus Tactics

My best tip on growing and staying on brand is identifying strategy versus tactics for your messaging and communications. Identify your brand’s purpose, positioning and personality. After those are identified, work on the strategy and tactics for marketing. Strategy is the overarching goal that matches the brand and won’t change regularly. Tactics are the things you do that fulfill the strategy.

Kenny Nguyen, Big Fish Presentations

2. Have a Brand Champion

Every company should have someone who manages all aspects of the brand. That person can then identify the advocates who can be trusted to speak on behalf of the brand to ensure that the proper messages are being sent out. Develop an approval queue so that there are always multiple eyes that oversee all communications.

David Ciccarelli, Voices.com

3. Imagine Your Brand as a Person

You really should try to communicate your messaging with the same “voice,” or write with the same sort of attitude. I find that it helps to imagine your brand as a person: Who are they, what kind of mood are they in, and what kind of word choices do they make? I find brands grow like a character, so this can be a great way to visualize them early on.

Matt Doyle, Excel Builders

4. Create a Content Strategy Document

We have an internal content strategy document that our marketing team put together outlining our goals and everything we want to communicate through our content and brand. We also hold regular management meetings to discuss updates and changes to our company, so our staff can communicate those changes with the rest of the team. This keeps everyone on the same page and reduces any confusion.

Kelsey Meyer, Influence & Co.

5. Make Sure the Guidelines Are Up To Date

Most businesses create a visual branding guide to help with print and website design projects… and just stop there. But it’s so important to stay up to date on creating guidelines for social media platforms, emails and blog posts, for instance. This way, when you have a new team member take on a particular project within the company, it’s easy for them to stay on brand.

Nathalie Lussier, AmbitionAlly

6. Enforce Strict Guidelines

As your business reaches mass appeal, many brand managers become tempted to update their messaging and communications in a way that connects with a broader customer demographic. However, the irony here is that you alienate more people when your messaging aims to speak to a wider audience. Use strict brand guidelines to stay true to your core values, which will attract even more loyal customers.

Firas Kittaneh, Amerisleep

7. Use Your Brand as a Backbone

Use your brand story as the backbone of all your communication efforts, especially when hiring new employees. Like the game telephone, the brand messages will morph and fizzle away as emphasis lessens. When your team is on top of the brand’s purpose and core ideals, they will also be on top of all incoming and future business prospects.

Maren Hogan, Red Branch Media

8. Break Your Message Down to Its Simplest Components

To see a brand through times of growth, it is critical that you are able to describe what it is in very simple terms. If your brand message becomes complex — or worse yet, becomes corporate — your employees will have a difficult time keeping on message as their workload increases. Breaking your message down to its simplest components will give your team tools to extend the brand as you grow.

Diego Orjuela, Cables & Sensors

9. Hire People Aligned With Your Brand

Your people are an extension of your brand and will be doing a lot of the messaging and communicating for your business. Hire people who align with your brand’s attributes, values and essence. If you hire people who live and breathe your brand, being on brand will come naturally. The key is to find people who align before you hire them, not after.

Robby Berthume, Bull & Beard

10. All Onboarding Staff Should Learn Brand Messaging

As your business grows, share brand messaging and voice with new hires as part of their training. This onboarding process should be the same for all new employees, no matter their department. Also be sure to take some time to educate new members of your company about your brand and how important it is to stay unified.

Stan Garber, Scout RFP

Using the Internet to Grow Your Brand and Reach 24/7

 

When the topic of brand exposure and reach come up, blogging and content creation are two of them most common responses. Once you integrates any form of content creation and marketing into your business, your branding and viral reach truly come into play. This is even more true if you put in the time, work and effort throw social media and advanced demographic targeting into the mix. If you don’t currently have a blog representing your personal brand or business, be sure to check out this how to start a blog guide. It takes less than ten minutes to setup and will make for a world of a difference in the longterm reach and branding for your business.

If you enjoyed this expert round up, I recommend you also take a look at some of our previous expert discussions on the power of chatbots, strategies to grow your Facebook marketing and also recommendations on the best tools for growing buzz around your brand.

Drop Shipping 101: A Quick Start Guide to Drop Shipping Business

Inventory and warehousing products are one of the most difficult aspects of owning a store. You need to have various stocking processes in place to keep track of everything, as well as hiring reliable personnel who can manage them. The actual thought of having to hold inventory, handle customer orders and run a real ‘brick and mortar’ business is more than enough to give any budding entrepreneur a headache or stress attack — hence why the world of affiliate marketing has become such a successful and attractive venture for many.

However, there is still massive opportunity and wealth in the world of selling physical products — even without the need to purchase, hold and ship products of your own. This is where drop shipping comes into play, which is another new type of warehouse management that has helped change the way businesses think about inventory.

This article is going to explain the need-to-know information about drop shipping and how it can help your business.

What is Drop Shipping?

Drop shipping is a method for selling physical products without needing your own warehouse, storefront or having to buy inventory in bulk while still getting wholesale prices from your supplier. It’s a method for retail fulfillment that doesn’t require the storeowner to even carry the products on hand. Instead, when a store sells an item, the business will purchase the product from a third-party organization and have it shipped directly to the customer. A drop shipper can sell anything from tube socks to PlayStations and never have to worry about warehouse space.

In many cases, drop shipping based businesses are quite similar to affiliate marketing, in the aspect that you are still marketing for customers, sales and leads, but you are actually keeping that consumer information and growing your own brand. Depending on the products you are selling, there is also potential for much greater profits as well. In short, if you have found success with affiliate marketing, there is a great chance you could find success with an e-commerce site powered through drop shipping as well.

Benefits of Drop Shipping

Starting up a inventory-based business requires a lot of hard-to-obtain seed money that will require some serious investment. However, it is much cheaper to start an ecommerce business and drop shipping helps lower costs even further. When you follow the drop shipping model, you don’t have to purchase any products until you’ve already made a sale and been paid by the customer. (ie: You get paid by the customer, then use their proceed to pay for the actual product from the drop shipper)

When it comes to overhead, you can’t really beat the one-two punch of ecommerce and drop shipping. Since you don’t have to worry about managing your inventory on-site or dealing with the hassle of a warehouse, your overhead costs can be relatively low. However, depending on the ecommerce platform you choose, which may come down to a comparison between Shopify Plus vs Magento Enterprise, your overhead will likely rise as a result of expansion.

Not to mention that an ecommerce business following the drop shipping model can be opened from anywhere on the planet with Wi-Fi. As long as you have the ability to communicate with customers and suppliers, you’re in good shape to run your business.

Again, for any experienced affiliate marketers, the transition to an ecommerce or drop shipping based business shouldn’t be hard to accomplish. At the same time, having such experience in the world of online marketing will help scale out your business even more. Adding email marketing, retargeting, Facebook Ads marketing and blogging into the mix, you may just find your ecommerce site quickly scaling past your other affiliate marketing efforts and earnings.

Downside to Drop Shipping

While drop shipping is a great way to keep your overhead costs down, it also comes with some challenges. Chief among these challenges is the issue of inventory. While not having to keep physical products on hand is a great way to save costs, it also means that you are at the mercy of third-party warehouses. For example, say that you only sell hand sewn tube socks and you only have one supplier of this product. If that supplier runs out of tube socks and you still have customers ordering them, you are going to have to either find a new source for tube socks, wait for the supplier to get more in stock or refund the cost of the items to the customer. A reliable drop shipper will have several sources for each other products listed on their page.

Drop shipping also puts you at the mercy of your suppliers. If they make mistakes while fulfilling orders, the onus falls on you to take responsibility and apologize to your customers. In today’s age of instant communication, being known for bad customer service is not something a fledgling organization can survive.

Ultimately, your methods for procuring product are entirely up to you. However, if you are looking for a low-cost, effective way to manage products without a warehouse—look no further than drop shipping.

Where to Find Drop Shipping Products to Sell

With all of this now in mind, the most important thing for any ecommerce or drop shipping based business, is to find the right products to sell. In previous years, this was quite task. Many online sellers have deals with direct distributors and privately purchase and ship items on drop shipping deals. Now the game has completely changed, thanks to sites like AliExpress. With millions of products on the site and thousands of merchants to choose from, there is definitely something for everyone on this site — most of which are easily set up for drop shipping based businesses.

If you wanted to get started with a drop shipping business of your own, all it would take is setting up an online store (using a platform like Shopify), integrating your products (user Oberlo) and then setting up a payment/shopping cart system (Samcart / Paypal) to accept payments and you are ready to go.

How to Start a Drop Shipping Business in 2017

As you can see, there is a whole world of potential out there when it comes to selling online, and drop shipping is just another option for you to consider. My best advice for anyone looking to get started, is to make sure they have a business model and marketing plan in place. It’s one thing to have an online store where you can sell products, it’s another to know how to market it and acquire new customers at a profit.