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3 paths for entrepreneurs and creators if you find yourself with a business that’s failing

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If you start a business, it’s likely to fail or at the least suffer from some serious setbacks. And this is good — to an extent — because that’s how you learn what works and what doesn’t. Look at pretty much any successful business or entrepreneur today and you’ll see in their past they had lots of failures.

So, you’re not alone. But you do need to make a choice as to what you’ll do with your business when it does fail.

Whether your failure is a disappointing product launch or years with no income from your online content, it’s…


My realistic writing challenge

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On Monday, I will start a full-time job after 6 months of unemployment. Therefore, I need to be careful to be realistic about what I can expect myself to complete in my first month of balancing a full-time job, my coaching business, my YouTube channel, and writing on Medium.

To you, 10 articles in 30 days may seem especially low. I know many creators encourage at least writing every day if not submitting articles every day. However, my intention for the month of May is not to highly grow my Medium account, but to not neglect my account.

Therefore, I…


And what you should do instead

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So you have just finished putting the finishing touches on your online course. Now, it is time to hit publish and start bringing in the money.

I wish that the world worked that way. However, once you publish your course, you need to market your course. Your marketing starts with an amazing sales page. This is where you will direct interested people to and where they will make their final decision to purchase or not.

If you search the internet, you will find tons of advice on what you should do on your sales page and what tactics you should…


How I created a best-selling online course and how you can too

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Online courses have become a popular way of making money online. They are consistently pitched as easy ways to convert your knowledge into a product. However, simply sharing your knowledge and tips on a topic will likely result in little sales and income.

Best-selling courses perform well because they move the student from a point they are stuck at to their desired point. To create these courses, you need to reverse engineer your course to truly help your students. Gone are the days of creating a successful course that simply contains tips on a specific topic.

Therefore, I want to…


Join the challenge even if you can’t write 1 article per day

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If you do not know about David Majister’s 30-day challenge, it is a challenge to write 30 articles in 30 different publications in 30 days. I took part in the challenge in the original round. There were many benefits to completing the challenge which you can find in my results post, but it can also easily lead to burnout, especially if you are not a full-time writer.

Therefore, I want to introduce you to three variants of the 30-day challenge that you can choose. The goals of this challenge are to increase your relationships with writers and grow your audience…


One simple change that would help both writers and readers

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There are plenty of stories talking about how stats are down because of changes in Medium’s algorithm. While the algorithm is hidden, Medium’s homepage is public and shows a huge potential to both help writers and readers.

One thing that you may realize is that the homepage is filled with the latest from people that you follow. However, this setup of their homepage leads to difficulty finding new publications and authors.

It also makes it difficult to see the latest from the authors you are most interested in. As you can see in the image above, the featured stories are…


Those who suggest you are not should check their privilege

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I have been writing on Medium for a few months now. I have tried very hard to improve my craft, which has led me to join email lists of some writers who have done well on Medium.

This morning I woke up to an email that instantly made me mad. While I generally enjoy Tom Kuegler’s writings, waking up to an article entitled “If You’re Just Writing For The Money, Then Your Not A Writer” made me so angry that I needed to share some thoughts.

While towards the end of the article, Tom Kuegler does talk about how you…


3 ways to determine what your audience wants at any audience size

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When I started my business, I was focused on building the product I thought people would want. I made lists of products that I believed would sell well. After a few months of coaching, I launched my first course. My audience was still small, but I was excited to get into the game of online courses and launching my business.

My course was a complete failure. While I did have two people buy my course, they both refunded. Both individuals have stayed engaged on my email list. …

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