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It Is Not The End of the World

By Craig Ballantyne | 02/14/2012

With the global economy going to hell in a hand basket (AGAIN), people are scared … You see it in the “Occupy Movement” demonstrations taking place in various centers around the world. You see it in news reports about impending sovereign debt default in Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Italy and…


How to Be in the Top 5% of Your Industry

By Joe Polish | 01/26/2012

You’ve probably seen that bleak statistic before…. “50% of businesses fail within the first 5 years and 80% within the first 10 years.” A Google search will bring up reports hovering anywhere from 60%-90% fail rate in the first 5-10 years. Whatever the case…there are a lot of businesses that…


The Most Powerful Word in Advertising

By Mark Tier | 01/20/2012

The other day my cable company called to offer me two tickets to a special preview of the latest Sherlock Holmes movie. FREE. I wasn’t interested myself (this Sherlock wasn’t Basil Rathbone). But I knew my two boys would be. And the price was right. That evening, we were a…


Are You Using Up Your Life in Service of Your Business?

By Jason Leister | 01/13/2012

As a professional service provider, I’m guessing that you enjoy pretty good profit margins in your business. I know that, for me, past some small overhead in the form of technology infrastructure, and some marketing expenses, my service business is virtually all profit. So pretty much everything I make, I…


Three Essential Numbers for Your Finances

By Mark Morgan Ford | 01/10/2012

In marriage, there are three numbers you must know by heart: your spouse’s birthday (October 18), your anniversary (April 19), and how many minutes you can be late before you are in trouble (twelve). To run a business, there are also three vital numbers you must know: net cash flow,…


7 Steps to Establishing Yourself as an Expert and Industry Leader

By Craig Ballantyne | 01/9/2012

In the summer of 2000 I was finishing up my master’s thesis in Exercise Physiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario (Canada’s ‘steeltown’). At the time, I lived with two buddies, and the only computer with Internet access in our house was in my friend’s room in his basement apartment.…


Make Money on Vacation by Selling Photos

By Robert Ringer | 01/4/2012

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The same holds true for pictures. Any image can represent many different ideas to different viewers. A successful stock photographer has to learn that the hard way. Often when we’re composing a shot, we have a specific idea in our…


Make 2012 the Year Of Giving Excessively

By Craig Ballantyne | 01/2/2012

Over the Christmas break I watched a fascinating presentation by the inimitable Gary Vaynerchuk. As mentioned in a past Early to Rise American Dream feature, Gary was born in the former Soviet Union and his father brought their family to America where nine family members lived in a studio apartment…


When Innovation Doesn’t Matter

By Early To Rise | 01/1/2012

A client of mine came to me very excited about how she had improved her website. She had spent several months and about ten thousand dollars making it “easier to navigate.” “What good is that?” I asked her. She looked at me, dumbfounded. “Everyone knows that sites that are easier…


Debunking the Original Idea Myth

By Mary Ellen Tribby | 12/21/2011

Do you want to start an online business but don’t have an idea for a product? Or maybe you need to add products to your current line-up, or have an idea that is just not fully formed yet. Well, you are not alone. Many entrepreneurs get caught up in feeling…


Michael Masterson’s Secrets About Writing Copy

By Jason Leister | 12/20/2011

I’ve been a student of Michael Masterson for quite a long time. He doesn’t know I exist (although he’s critiqued some of my copy) and I haven’t met him personally… yet. But even without a personal connection to him, he and Bill Bonner (of Agora fame) have had more influence…


Great News

By Mary Ellen Tribby | 12/14/2011

It’s a self-marketing tactic I’ve really come to hate… I’m talking about “networking.” Sure, I’ve been hearing all about networking for years. I’ve even used the word myself! But when you get down to it, networking is cold, sterile… and it seems self-serving: one person trying to form a web…