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How I Overcame the Fear of Being My Own Boss

These are some lessons I learned from Robert Kiyosaki’s “Before You Quit Your Job” before I started a business.

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This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.

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“Life is the sum of our decisions” – Albert Camus.One of the great obstacles I faced in deciding to walk away from my job to become an entrepreneur was fear. Fear of venturing, fear of being singled out, fear of failing. And probably the biggest: not being sure that, on the 15th, I was going to receive a specific payment.Terror of thinking that months or even years could go by without receiving a single penny.I felt judged by the stereotype of that guy in an expensive suit and a tight tie telling me that I was not going to achieve anything without having an MBA (sounds more complex and interesting in English) and a high position at some renowned firm.I think of that man, who worked for years, perhaps decades, so that his office bears his surname; who decided one day to start the project of having a firm in which he could generate jobs while closing clients on the 5th hole of a golf course.That office would not exist without the perseverance, discipline and dedication of that man who one day dreamed of having a successful company. I say someday because that is how entrepreneurs start. With the dream of growing our company, our baby. Usually against the tide.To achieve this it is necessary to break the paradigm and venture before finding perfection. There are times when we like to wait to close a cycle, to be promoted; that three more years pass to be able to learn something and then start a business of their own. Maybe we also hope that the stars align.The rat race, Robert Kiyosaki would say. Running and running, getting nowhere. All you need is conviction. The easiest way is to create habits that make it easier to meet your goals.As an entrepreneur, you cannot have all the answers. You have to look for them, invent them and if necessary, reinvent them. Hunger for knowledge. Kiyosaki would say that an employee is a specialist avid for answers, while the employer has to be a generalist. Know about all possible topics even a little. Anyone, with some initiative, can become an entrepreneur. Everything is in the mindset you adopt. Being an entrepreneur means making things happen.Here are some lessons from Robert Kiyosaki’s Before You Quit Your Job book that have been very helpful to me.A successful business is created before there is business.Find out how to turn bad luck into good luck. People learn from their mistakes “getting dumber and richer.”Know the difference between your job and your job. They pay you for a job, but they don’t pay you to do your job.Success reveals your failures. Fail as much as possible.The process is more important than the goal. Trust it. It determines who you become when you reach your goals.The best answers are in your heart, not your head. Success is not found in self, but in mission. Your mission begins in your marrow, in your soul, it is felt in your heart and it is expressed through your actions … not only in your words.The scope of the mission determines the product. Falling down is good, if you survive.Design a business that can do something that no other business can do.Don’t fight over the offer. It only attracts stingy customers. Show what your product is worth.In conclusion, the business of your dreams is waiting for you. If you have the conviction you will achieve it. Even if it involves more effort than what you put into your job. Just as good costs, those who work do well. If you ask Henry Ford, what would happen if you lost all your fortune? He would answer you: In less than 5 years, I would have her back.Don’t be afraid to fail, we have all failed. In business, there are two outcomes. Either you win, or you learn. But you never lose.

Pursuing Happiness In A Digital World

The pursuit of happiness can be elusive, but still remains an aspiration for many.  
Since 2012, the world has been celebrating happiness during the month of March, with the United Nations proclaiming March 20th as the International Day of Happiness. Happiness is a profoundly human and subjective experience; and yet, the scientific study of happiness has exploded. Psychologists are interested in understanding how people feel; economists want to know what people value; and neuroscientists seek to understand how the brain responds to positive rewards. Needless to say, happiness can be measured in a variety of ways as a result.

But if there’s one thing that scientific studies agree on it’s the importance of social networks. We are a highly social species. The recently released 2021 World Happiness Report, highlights how one major element in COVID-19 policy has been physical distancing, which poses a significant challenge for people’s social connections. According to this report, people whose feelings of connectedness fell had decreased happiness.  

The Power of Connections

One factor that was identified to predict well-being during the pandemic is the use of digital media to connect. At the outset of the pandemic, companies scrambled to look for IT equipment such as laptops and IT services like Zoom to get a grip of the new digital reality that came overnight. At the individual level, some studies show the increased use of digital communications to connect.  Young people, in particular, increased their digital communications usage compared to other age groups. Similarly,  2020 data from a Gallup/Knight Foundation survey demonstrated that a majority of respondents found social media to be important to remain connected during the pandemic. At the same time, the lack of access to and skills using the internet ie. households not having access to Wi-Fi, or older adults not used to navigating technology, may have exacerbated during the pandemic which puts these individuals at risk. Digital inequality may pose risks to well-being and happiness during the pandemic. 

Digital Technologies and Happiness
These findings, in the context of the pandemic, underscore the ongoing discussion on digital technologies and happiness. In short, digital technology can be a double-edged sword. For some people, the internet can offer a safe, non-threatening place to nurture and maintain social connections.  At the same time, increasing evidence about user surveillance and addictive technologies underlies the harmful effects of digital technologies on happiness.

In 2018, The Pew Research Center queried 1.150 technology experts, scholars and health specialists on the following question: “Over the next decade, how will changes in digital life impact people’s overall well-being physically and mentally?  The result was that some 47% of respondents predicted that digital technologies bring positive effects for well-being; while 32% believed that people’s well-being would be negatively impacted. The remaining 21% predicted little change in well-being compared to now.   The 2018 Pew Research Center report provides a summary of both the positive and negative relations between digital technologies and well-being that emerged.
In this report, some of the areas that digital technologies were thought to have positive effects on well-being are in helping to connect people with each other, tapping into crucial intelligence in real-time to solve health, safety and scientific problems, and in empowering people to improve and reinvent their lives. In addition to the risk of digital addiction and surveillance, digital technologies were thought to negatively impact people’s cognitive capabilities in regards to their capacity for analytical thinking, memory, focus and creativity. Distrust and divisiveness could be amplified, and that information overload and poor interface design could cause an increase in stress, anxiety and sleeplessness.
Do digital technologies make us happier or not? 
It is evident that technology can have both positive and negative impacts on the subjective well-being of individuals. On the other hand, digital technologies provide us with tools.  And it is up to us to decide how to use them appropriately. Indeed, we have a responsibility to leverage digital technologies to mitigate potential negative impacts to well-being.
Technology-Free Sources of Happiness
In the case of Action for Happiness-a movement committed to building a happier and more caring society, the move online from in-person live events and local groups brought some larger-than-expected benefits. “We were able to reach people who are more remote, isolated or socially-anxious; and bring people from different backgrounds/countries together in a same digital space,” explains Dr. Mark Williamson, CEO of Action for Happiness.
And yet, Williamson reminds us that many of our sources of happiness are technology-free. 
In his article, he points to three simple non-digital actions that have been proven to make us happier:
Get active outdoors – walk through the park, get off the bus a stop early or go for a “walking meeting” with a colleague.
Take a breathing space – regularly stop and take 5 minutes to just breathe and be in the moment – notice how you’re feeling and what’s going on around you
Make someone else happy – do random acts of kindness, offer to help, give away your change, pay a compliment or tell someone how much they mean to you.

Webinar Tackles Finding the Best State to Incorporate

While the adage location, location, location is attributed to real estate, it applies to virtually all aspects of business and life. The best locations give you the best opportunities. And that is what the webinar from CorpNet is going to address on  July 28, 2021, at 2 p.m. (EDT) as it applies to starting a business.Titled, Best State to Incorporate, the webinar is going to bring together Nellie Akalp, CEO of CorpNet.com and Anita Campbell, Founder and CEO of Small Business Trends. These two entrepreneurs will be discussing why one state is better than another, the issues of expanding into new territory, and when you should Foreign Qualify your business.Akalp and Campbell will be going over the following learning objective:Learn why Delaware, Nevada and others are ‘popular’ states with entrepreneursObserve what state option most business owners should chooseDiscover questions to help identify when a business must foreign qualifyLearn how to foreign qualify a businessYou can learn more from this free webinar by clicking the red button and registering.Register NowFeatured Events, Contests and AwardsWEBINAR: What Business Structure is Right for You?April 28, 2021, OnlinePicking a business structure is usually the first big legal decision for a new business owner and one of the most confusing. However confusing, it is an essential step to protecting your personal assets from any liabilities of the company. In this webinar, Nellie Akalp CEO of CorpNet.com, will share insight on business entities to help guide you to the best decision for your new venture.WEBINAR: Best State to IncorporateJuly 28, 2021, OnlineSome say Delaware, others say Nevada while someone else may say your home state. What is the best state to register a business in? What if your business is expanding into new territory? At what point should you Foreign Qualify? Nellie Akalp, CEO of CorpNet.com, will go in-depth to answer these questions and more in this webinar.WEBINAR: Steps to Start Your BusinessOctober 20, 2021, OnlineStarting a business can be an exhilarating time, where everything seems full of potential and purpose. But navigating the logistics of launching a business can be daunting. In this webinar Nellie Akalp, CEO of CorpNet.com, will outline the steps necessary to legally start a business and get up and running on the right foot.More EventsHow To Prevent Ransomware Through Air-Gapped BackupsMarch 30, 2021, Online6 Steps to Building a Sellable Business Hosted by Arif Boysan – AMB Performance GroupMarch 31, 2021, West Palm Beach, FLCybersecurity – How was I hacked and what should I do now?March 31, 2021, OnlinePower BI in 2021April 01, 2021, OnlineAMA: Growing Your Business and Effective Legal PoliciesApril 01, 2021, OnlineHR Benefits Conference, April 2021April 07, 2021, Las Vegas, NVZendesk x Pop-Up Magazine: Digital Tipping PointApril 08, 2021, OnlineWebinar: 3D Printing PCB Boards In Your LabApril 08, 2021, OnlineData Amplified 2021April 14, 2021, OnlineTECHSPO New York 2021 Technology Expo (Internet ~ Mobile ~ AdTech ~ MarTech ~ SaaS)April 15, 2021, OnlineAMA: Employment Law Policies and COVID-19April 15, 2021, OnlineDigiMarCon Mid-Atlantic 2021 – Digital Marketing, Media and Advertising Conference & ExhibitionApril 26, 2021, Philadelphia, PA2nd SPAC Opportunity SummitApril 27, 2021, OnlineDigiMarCon At Home 2021 – Digital Marketing, Media and Advertising ConferenceApril 28, 2021, OnlineOttawa Digital Marketing, Media & Advertising ConferenceApril 28, 2021, Ottawa, OntarioAustin Digital Marketing, Media & Advertising ConferenceApril 28, 2021, OnlineBaltimore Digital Marketing, Media & Advertising ConferenceApril 28, 2021, Baltimore, MDTampa Digital Marketing, Media & Advertising ConferenceApril 28, 2021, FloridaPittsburgh Digital Marketing, Media & Advertising ConferenceApril 28, 2021, Pittsburgh, PASan Antonio Digital Marketing, Media & Advertising ConferenceApril 28, 2021, San Antonio, TXMore ContestsThis weekly listing of small business events, contests and awards is provided as a community service by Small Business Trends.You can see a full list of events, contest and award listings or post your own events by visiting the Small Business Events Calendar.Image: Depositphotos

Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From an Olympic Runner Who Faced Sharks and Survived a War

This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Unbroken is a film that portrays the life of Louis Zamperini. What does a film about an Olympic champion, WWII bomber, and a prisoner of war have to do with being an entrepreneur? If you know the story of Louis Zamperini, then you probably already know: this man had guts.Louie, as his friends knew him, is an example of perseverance. As a child he was frequently bullied by other children for his Italian origin, which caused him to misbehave and drink alcohol to the disappointment of his parents. His older brother decided to step in and train him to be a long-distance runner — something that would help Louie build discipline and focus. He became so good that when he grew up, he earned the nickname “The Torrence Tornado” (for the Californian city where he was born) and managed to qualify for the 1936 Berlin Olympics. In the joust, Louie managed to place eighth in the 5,000 meter race.Later, this incredible man decided to join the military and become a bomber in a B24 Liberator for the US Air Force on the Pacific front during WW II. In 1943, his plane was severely damaged in combat and crashed into the ocean during a rescue mission.Louie and two companions were adrift on an inflatable raft for 47 days, enduring storms, a shark attack, the death of one of the survivors and a lack of rations (they ate birds and fish, and drank rainwater).The athlete and his remaining friend were captured by Japanese sailors and became prisoners of war locked up in different concentration camps. Louie was treated cruelly by the camp chief for being a former Olympian and an American soldier.One day, two Japanese journalists helped Louie send a message home saying that he was alive (the government had declared him dead at the front). However, the Japanese tried to force him to record anti-American propaganda, to which the soldier refused. The director of the concentration camp had every prisoner there beat him to teach him a lesson.Louie managed to endure the mistreatment and, at the end of the war, managed to return to his family to tell of his incredible journey.It was a movie that, in fact, was very real. He had an extraordinary life and refused to give up no matter what the situation. The adventure of an entrepreneur is based on the same character traits that define Zamperini.Here are five key lessons you can learn from this great character:1. Luck isn’t needed. Zamperini did not grow up with any skill or advantage. In fact, in many ways, he had disadvantages. His family came to California when he was a child and did not speak any English, which made him an easy target for annoyance. He got into a lot of trouble in his youth. He worked hard to train and become a runner, a situation that eventually led him to the Olympics.Whether it’s true or myth, the repeating line on the tape is: “If you can take it, you can do it.” That ability to withstand the challenges and obstacles that life throws at you is what defines an entrepreneur. Do not regret the difficulties that life gives you: accept them. Run towards conflict and overcome all challenges. Innovation comes from solving the world’s problems, not from having an easy answer. Be glad that it is difficult: for that reason you will be extremely good.Photo: Louis Zamperini before his death / W ikipedia2. Big risks lead to big rewards. It is important that, as an entrepreneur, you get involved in small and calculated risks. Your ability to take and survive risks will help you increase your self-confidence. When you do this, you can develop the courage you need to face future problems.Zamperini certainly understood that taking risks sometimes leads to failure, but it will pay off big rewards in the end. Taking risks is part of the entrepreneurial journey, and the more you develop the ability to be comfortable with discomfort, the greater your reward.3. Failure is part of the journey. Never let your failures define you or you will lose the game. As a child, it seemed that this Olympic champion was going to be a failure. He got into fights, drank at eight, and robbed strangers and neighbors. By the time he was a teenager, his parents knew the local police very well.I wouldn’t call that a great start, but with the support of others and some initiative, Zamperini turned things around. It would have been easy to give up and be defined as a failure, a lost cause. Why are you on the entrepreneurial journey? Don’t let others define your success. You can always find the right support and take the initiative to keep improving. The path of an entrepreneur is never straight, simple or easy.4. The right support makes all the difference. Speaking of support, it is debatable whether Zamperini would have achieved success at the Olympics without the support of his mentors. It was not only his parents who did not give up on him, his brother, the school coach and even the police became guides to lead him on a path that would eventually lead to the Olympics. Also, remember that you can give that support and motivation to other people who are starting.5. Never give up. Not only was Zamperini very clear about the message of never giving up, he literally wrote a book about it. At the age of 97, he published a book called Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In: Lessons From An Extraordinary Life. If anyone is qualified to share advice and wisdom it was this man.You can learn a little more about the life of this incredible man in the movie Unbreakable (2014):[embedded content]With information from Martha Elena Violante.

30 Days of Prayer for Your Unbelieving Husband

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Being married to an unbelieving spouse can be extremely difficult. I know because I’ve been there. I was married for 14 years and about 7 years ago, gave my life to the Lord. The second I did, our marriage suddenly changed and it was a challenge. All of the sudden, I had new desires….a desire to please the Lord, a desire to not sin, a desire to do what is right, and yet his desires, stayed the same.
It immediately caused a huge rift between us. An unspoken rift that we both could feel. All the sudden, we were on different sides of eternity, and we knew it.
But the books of the Bible and scriptures are clear. In such cases, we don’t divorce. We are to remain married to the unbeliever after we accept Christ into our hearts. While there are clear reasons that God allows for divorce, that is not one of them. So, I remained married, and prayed. Many of my prayers are listed below. I hope you find comfort in them as I did during that hard season of my life with a wayward spouse.

30 Days of Prayer for Your Unbelieving Husband
You can download the binder at the bottom of this post…
Day 1:  God is in Control {Psalm 9:10}
As the saved spouse in your marriage, it is important to put your full trust in God, not in yourself or in your unsaved spouse. He is in full control at all times. He does not sleep or get weary of watching over you and protecting you.
Day 2: The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Husband {Mark 11:24}
If you are Christian and you pray, the Lord is sure to answer every single prayer you pray. His answer may be wait, no, maybe, or yes, but every prayer is answered. Although your answers may not look like what you want, know that the Lord does answer all prayers in His own way and in His timing.
Day 3: Stay Close to the Lord {Psalm 145:18}
The Lord will be with you and near you when you pray. So keep praying faithfully and continually for your husband!
Day 4: Only God Can Save Your Spouse, Not You {John 14:6}
The only thing that can save your husband is Jesus, not you. Remember you do not control your husband’s salvation- it is in God’s control.  Remember to always be found putting your husband’s salvation in His hands, not your own.
Day 5: Trust in the Lord {Proverbs 3:5-6}
The Lord has allowed this situation to happen for your good. It is important to put all of your trust in Him. He does not make mistakes. Do not just count on yourself. God will direct your path!
Day 6: Love Your Husband {Genesis 2:24}
When you married your husband, you became one. You may feel like it is hard to love your unbelieving spouse, but you made a commitment to him. Today, I’d encourage you to ask God to help you love your spouse in a new and exciting way.
Day 7: Living With Your Husband {1 Corinthians 7:39}
Sometimes, you might feel your marriage was a mistake, especially if you came to faith after you got married, like I did. But, God does NOT want you to leave your unbelieving husband. Today, ask Him to help you to desire to stay and grow in your marriage and be content.
Day 8: Staying with an Unbeliever- Your Kids Will Be Okay {1 Corinthians 7:10-16}
Today is a great day to ask for help in being strong in your relationship with your husband. Ask God to help you be a positive Christian influence to your child/children or any you might have in the future.
Day 9: Don’t Preach {1 Peter 3:1-7}
When you have an unbelieving husband, it can be extremely tempting to tell them all about Jesus and the Bible, especially if you are a new believer! But, most people do not like to be preached at! Rather, win him over without words. Let the light of the Holy Spirit shine through you, so that your husband sees Christ through your behaviors and actions.
Day 10: Remember You Are Not Perfect {Romans 3:23}
It can be tempting as the believer, to think we are better or holier than our husband. But, we are sinners too! The Bible states, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Ask God to help you remember that just as your husband, you too are a sinner in desperate need of His grace.
Day 11: Have Patience {Psalm 27:14}
It can be frustrating praying for your spouse and not seeing results. Maybe you have been praying for days, or maybe you have been praying for many years! But, take heart. God answers all prayers in His own way and His own time. Today, ask God to give you the patience while you wait for Him to soften your husband’s heart.
Day 12: Encourage Your Husband {Romans 15:5}
Give your husband gentle encouragement as God gives us. Ask God to help you be an encouragement to your husband and to your family today.
Day 13: Be a Good Wife {Proverbs 31:10-12}
Finding a good wife- a wife is the crown of her husband. Be a good wife to your husband and you will both be blessed! Ask the Lord to help you be a good wife- to be more valuable than rubies.
Day 14: Find a Mentor {Titus 2:4-5}
It can be very helpful to find a mentor while you are going through being married to an unbelieving husband. An older Christian woman to help you through your trials and guide you on your journey and pray for you. If you cannot find one in person, there are a lot of groups online. Today, ask God to help you find a strong Christian mentor that you can trust and who can help guide you through your many trials.
Day 15: Look to God for Strength {Psalm 18:39}
If you are trying to do everything in your own power, stop! You never will be able to. You must get your strength from the Lord. Today, pray for God to give you strength, not just for yourself, but for your husband also.
Day 16: Submit to Your Husband {Ephesians 22-25}
Oh, that word submission! It is a sensitive issue for many. You might be wondering if you still need to submit to your husband if he isn’t Christian. The truth is, yes. Now, if he is asking you to sin (or physically abusing you or something like that), then you need to submit to God first, not your husband. But, to everyone else, yes, regardless if your husband is Christian or not, it is the wife’s call to submit to her husband, as the church submits to Christ. Today, ask God to help you submit to your husband, even when it is hard.
Day 17: Speak Kindly {Proverbs 15:1}
Maybe your husband is not only NOT saved, but makes comments against your faith and God. Maybe he tries to undermine you or is hostile toward you and your faith. It can be tempting to lash out at him. But remember, a soft answer turns away wrath. Today, ask God to help you speak kindly and not in anger to your husband.
Day 18: God Will Strengthen You {Isaiah 41:10}
When you feel weak and defeated, remember God is always with you and gives you strength. Ask Christ to help you remember your strength comes not from yourself, but from the Lord. Take comfort that He will strengthen you when you need it and never puts more on you than you can handle.
Day 19: The Holy Spirit Gives You Power {2 Timothy 1:7}
Remember that through the spirit of God inside of you, you have power! Do not be timid in your prayers! Use your direct connection to God to pray for your husband.
Day 20: Speak With Grace {Colossians 4:6}
Some days it can be hard to speak nicely to your husband. Maybe he is behaving in a way that isn’t Christ-like, which is to be expected, and you may want to be angry and lash out at him. Pray first, and ask the Lord how you can answer him with grace instead. Ask the Lord to help you speak with grace, even when you are angry.
Day 21: Call on the Lord {Jeremiah 29:12-13}
Remember, the Lord is always with you and fully able to help. All you have to do is call on him! Call on Him today to help you remember that even when you FEEL alone, you are never really alone. He is right there with you.
Day 22: A New Heart {Ezekiel 36:26}
It is written in the Bible that God will give us a new heart made of flesh, not stone, when we accept Him. Today, pray He give your husband a new heart- a heart to be open and receptive to the Word.
Day 23: Do Not Cause Your Husband to Stumble {Romans 14:13}
Something that might not be a problem for you, could very well be a problem for your husband. Try to help him towards a path of godliness, while not expecting him to be a godly man. Ask God to help you remove all the stumbling blocks in your power from your husband’s path.
Day 24: Do Not Be Scared {John 14:27}
It can be scary to have an unsaved spouse! You might worry about his soul for all eternity. But, the Lord tells us not to worry and not to be afraid. Ask Christ to help you to put your trust in Him, and help you not to be afraid for your husband, but to pray fervently for him instead.
Day 25: Ask the Lord {Matthew 7:7}
Sometimes we forget when we pray to tell the Lord what we want, but the Bible clearly says, “Ask and it will be given to you.” Today, ask God to open your husband’s heart toward receiving Christ as his personal Lord and Savior.
Day 26: Love Bears All Things {1 Corinthians 13:7}
Love bears all things, even an unbelieving husband. Today, ask God to help you endure this trial and give you a greater capacity of love toward and for him.
Day 27: Do Not Lose Heart {Galatians 6:9}
Maybe you have been praying for your husband for a long time, and you are tired. You have grown weary of the stress of being the believing spouse in an unbelieving home and a husband with a hard heart. The temptation to leave God and belong to the world can be strong. But, do not lose heart! The Bible says in due time you will reap if you do not grow weary. Ask God to help you stay strong and not grow weary in praying for your husband’s salvation.
Day 28: Delight in the Lord {Psalm 37:4}
Do you find your joy in the Lord? The Bible tells us that if we delight in Him, He will give you the desires of your heart. The more we love Him, the more we seek His will, the more our desires line up to His. Today, pray that He help you to find your joy in Him, and not my husband or anyone else in your life. Pray that your desires line up to His.
Day 29: Walk in the Way of the Lord {Psalm 119:1}
It can be tempting to stray away from God when you are married to an unbeliever. Maybe your husband does things or participates in activities that are frowned on by God. That does not mean you have to do them as well. Today, ask God to help you walk in His way, according to His precepts, and live a life that is blameless and pleasing to Him, regardless of what your unbelieving spouse’s behavior is.
Day 30: Praise the Lord {Psalm 19:4}
Above all else, put the Lord first in your life. Pray for your husband’s salvation, ask God to open his heart. “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

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10 Ways for Small Businesses to Adapt to New Technology and Changing Trends

Technology is constantly changing the way small businesses work. From new smartphones to social media platforms, it’s important to keep up with the latest trends impacting consumers. Here’s a rundown from members of the online small business community.Adjust to Changes in Your Social Media FeedsSocial media platforms are their own businesses. So they have to adjust based on factors that affect their industry – just like any other company. This may lead to changes for users. This is especially relevant right now, as Christian Zilles explores in this Social Media HQ post.Consider Mobile Vs. Desktop Trends in 2021The way customers interact with businesses online is changing. Some use desktop computers, while others focus solely on mobile technology. So understanding the trends is a must. In this SEM Rush post, Olga Adrienko dives into mobile and desktop trends for businesses in 2021.Create a Smart Future with Interactive QR PackagingIt’s not just online tools that are changing with new tech innovations. Packaging is another area that is seeing some changes, particularly when it comes to QR codes. Aeryn Watts explores the concept in this Pixel Productions post. And BizSugar members shared comments here.Improve Your Brand and SEO with Sites Like QuoraWhen people think about branding and SEO, they mostly focus on business websites. But there are tons of other sites that can make an impact. Sites like quora may be especially beneficial. Janice Wald of Mostly Blogging lists some of them in this post.Make Extra Money from the Sharing EconomyThe sharing economy has really taken off in recent years. If your business is struggling, or if you just want to earn some extra money, it may present opportunities. Or you may even be able to use it to grow your own team. Learn more in this Aha!NOW post by Allen Brown.Set Up a Healthy Home WorkspaceWorking from home is a major trend for tons of entrepreneurs and professionals right now. And many are likely to continue remote work going forward. So creating a healthy workspace is a must. Learn how in this Philipscom post by Philip Verghese Ariel. Then visit Bizsugar to see what community members had to say.Increase Visibility with These Search TrendsOnline search is always relevant for businesses. But the exact concepts that companies use may change through the years. In this UpCity post, Rebecca Lubecki examines some current trends in the search marketing space.Outsource a CFO and Other PositionsThe way businesses grow their teams is changing. Many are opting to outsource services or hire freelancers instead of bringing on full-time team members. This may even help companies looking to fill positions like CFO. Matthew May of Acuity details the concept here.Try These Facebook Trends in 2021Even though the platform is constantly changing, Facebook remains an essential tool for businesses. If you want to make the most of it this year, it’s important to understand how consumers currently use Facebook. Read more in this Sprout Social post by Chloe West.Learn the Innovations in Touchscreen TechnologySo many consumers today use touchscreen devices to interact with businesses online. So it may benefit you to understand how these devices work. And new innovations may also change some habits. Ivan Widjaya dives into the concept in this SMB CEO post.If you’d like to suggest your favorite small business content to be considered for an upcoming community roundup, please send your news tips to: sbtips@gmail.com.Image: Depositphotos

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Growing a business is hard enough. Growing it sustainably while keeping your employees, clients, and other stakeholders all aligned can be absolutely brutal.One of the best ways to keep everyone aligned is through learning management systems (LMS), but 83 percent of users say they want a better experience. That demand spurred the creation of Coassemble, a UX-driven platform that helps you translate business knowledge into clear, concise, and easily accessible courses for anyone who needs them.[embedded content]Coassemble is all about ease-of-use and democratizing information. With this intuitive tool, you can create training courses, track your team’s progress, and integrate with apps like Gmail, Slack, and Mailchimp to propagate information throughout your organization. Whether you’re a founder, manager, or HR professional, Coassemble makes it easier than ever to disseminate business knowledge and keep everyone on the same page.Customizing your online campus is easy with 40 customizable, interactive drag-and-drop templates. You can brand your space to your liking and add video courses quickly. You can update your content in one place and it will update everywhere, allowing everyone access to the most up-to-date information immediately. You can share in-house knowledge via a cloud-based, mobile-responsive platform, send out enrollments to your team automatically, and track individual team members’ course progress so no one gets left behind. Analytics also allow you to measure how your collective knowledge translates into performance and results and dig into details by learner, group, course, lesson, quiz, assignment, and more.Coassemble is so good at aligning teams, it’s earned 9.1 stars on Finances Online and earned a Winter 2021 High Performer Award by G2.With a Coassemble Kickstarter Plan, you’ll get a custom subdomain, unlimited storage, unlimited course creation, and support for 250 active users. A lifetime subscription to this plan typically costs more than $2,000, but you can sign up today for just $63 with promo code “DOWNLOADIT” at checkout for a limited time. Don’t forget to check out DiversyFund to start investing in private real estate in 2021. You don’t have to be in the 1% to get started. Invest today for as low as $500.Prices subject to change.

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In a perfect world, you could just buy one computer and be able to run all of the primary operating systems natively. Unfortunately, free enterprise exists and developers aren’t exactly keen on letting competitors work on their hardware. But, again, free enterprise exists, which is why ingenious tools like CrossOver Windows App Liberator for Mac exist.While there are plenty of clunky Windows emulators that you can run on your Mac, they’re just that: clunky. CrossOver is arguably the easiest, most seamless way of running many Microsoft/Windows applications on your Mac. CrossOver, first and foremost, is not an emulator. Instead, it does the work of translating Windows commands into Mac commands so that you can run Windows software in a way that feels truly native. It works with loads of Windows software, from productivity and utility programs to games, all through a single application. It’s a better, faster experience without the need for any additional licensing. Boot it up, and with just a click, you’ll be running Windows apps in no time at all without any lag to speak of.[embedded content]One happy buyer said, “Integrates really well […] allowing me to use my favorite applications almost natively on MacOSX, some applications run even better than in Windows.” If you’ve ever had to switch between Mac and Windows programs, you know what a huge pain it is. Eliminate that headache from your life. Normally $39, you can get a one-year subscription to CrossOver Windows App Liberator for Mac for 49 percent off at just $19.99 today.Don’t forget to check out DiversyFund to start investing in private real estate in 2021. You don’t have to be in the 1% to get started. Invest today for as low as $500.Prices subject to change.

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When it comes to getting your business off the ground, great design is absolutely crucial. Visually captivating your audience to hold their attention is almost as important as the product or service itself.Perhaps even more crucial is access to great design assets. While there is no shortage of great stock photography or vector library solutions available, nobody can really tell your brand story like you can. So if you want to endow your marketing team with the best design assets to grow your business, maybe you should just take the photos yourself.In The Complete 2021 Superstar Photographer Bundle, you’ll take a comprehensive approach to becoming a professional-quality photographer. Across 11 courses, all carrying 5-star ratings, you’ll cover shooting basic portraits, post-processing, editing, and much more to get a firm grasp of what it takes to produce truly extraordinary and repeatable photos.The courses are broken down to cover a wide range of styles of photography. You’ll learn the art of classic lighting and posing for taking beautiful portraits, as well as how to pose families and groups together. There are courses dedicated to landscape photography, night photography, and even food photography if you happen to run a restaurant. Of course, you’ll also learn how to process and edit photos in Photoshop and Lightroom, two of the leading photo editing tools on the planet. By the end of the courses, you’ll know how to take quality photographs in any situation and turn them into assets you can use to grow your business.Start shooting like a pro. Right now, The Complete 2021 Superstar Photographer Bundle is just $29.99.Looking to diversify your investments in 2021? Check out DiversyFund to start dipping your toes in private real estate for as low as $500.Prices subject to change.

Do You Have What It Takes To Get Rich In 1 Year?

There are so many budgeting tools and programs out there that all say the same thing: scrimp, save, sacrifice, defer and delay. Essentially, spend all your mental energy on what you can eliminate. But that’s reductionist thinking rather than production thinking, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my life, it’s that you can’t save yourself rich. Even if you end up with a good sum of money decades down the road, what good is money if you don’t enjoy it. There is a different way, one where you can enjoy the process along the way.  

I tried shrinking my way to wealth once. I read The Millionaire Next Door in college, so when my wife and I got married, I threw out the option of moving into her parents’ basement. What a great way to save money, right? Her response stopped me dead: “Rent free and sex free too.”
I allowed room in our budget for our own place, but my mind was consumed by what we spent and how we could reduce or eliminate those expenses. My wife and I got into arguments about the utilities being too high or if she bought resources for her classroom as a teacher. It was a miserable existence, one I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

Dale Clarke, a contributor to my book Budgeting Sucks, knows what I’m talking about. In 2005, Dale showed up at the first full day event we ever hosted because I’d been working as his dad’s financial advisor. Dale’s dad bought him a ticket, and when he heard there was free food, he decided to attend (true story). Dale was a miserable miser who spent less than $5 on holiday and birthday presents for his kids, often going to Goodwill to do his shopping. It drove his wife crazy. She once told him, “You’re obsessed with money. It’s all you talk about.”

Eight hours later, after going through our Curriculum for Wealth, Dale’s life was changed. He told me, “I’m going to become financially independent within a year.” I told him that was a bold proclamation since most people achieve this goal in three to seven years if they really work at it.

But Dale was determined. He spent twenty hours a week investing in himself and growing a portfolio of real estate properties. He wanted to escape a job he hated: designing airplane engines, especially since he couldn’t stand the smell of the burning gas and oil. Sure, the job had good benefits, but they didn’t benefit Dale. He was 70 pounds overweight. He had a retirement plan, but at the rate he was going, retirement was decades down the road.
After 362 days, Dale was financially independent. He was able to quit his job and started doing something he enjoyed, working in finance. Over the next five years he was making 10 times more money because he expanded his means, and focused on value creation rather than budgeting.
Oh, and he’s 70 pounds lighter.
How Dale Did It
Dale did three things that allowed him to become financially independent in a staggeringly short amount of time. We’ll get to those three actions in just a moment, but first, I can’t skip over the transformation that kickstarted his journey. Before he could take the first step to becoming financially independent in one year, Dale had to completely change how he thought about money.
He discovered that wealth is something far beyond accumulation. 
Here’s why: accumulation has you believe that wealth is a function of how much money you can put away and how much risk you can take. 
Here’s the problem: this is a slow process that neglects cash flow and invites unnecessary risk. You have likely heard that high risk=high return. But risk equals a chance of loss and one of the reasons people do not achieve financial independence.
What Dale had been led to believe was actually a failed financial experiment, retirement planning. It doesn’t work. We know that now, yet most of us stick to it because it’s all we know. We are told it is complicated or that we don’t have time to worry about it, just hand your money over to the professionals. But Dale took a different route. When Dale saw the possibility before him—to become financially independent and enjoy life—he took it.
Dale not only is financially independent and just moved into his dream home, he is also living better.  He took his wife on a dream trip to Hawaii. They also went to Europe multiple times a few years ago, where Dale played the violin because he used to be a professional violinist.
Dale never would’ve done this without first shifting his mindset. It was that shift that led to his financial shift, which was made possible through three distinct actions Dale took.
#1: Deliver More Value
Dollars follow value, so the first thing Dale did was make himself more valuable. He studied up on real estate and invested in properties that could offer people value in the form of a home.
As income came in from those properties, Dale kept investing in himself and the business. He bought more properties, which allowed him to serve more people. He was able to upgrade his properties, which served his existing clients in a deeper, more meaningful way.
This is production based thinking. It was a radical departure for Dale, who had blisters on his fingers from squeezing every last penny. His sole focus used to be living within his means, but as he learned at our event, there are three ways to do that.  
1- Budget and cut back.  
2- Be more efficient so you can keep more of what you make.   
3- Expand your means. Dale expanded his means.
By investing in  knowledge and relationships you can create more value, which then allows you to make more money.
#2: Create an Automated System 
Automatically save, then deliberately invest. In other words, pay yourself first. The easiest way to do that is with an automated structure. I’ve seen it countless times that those who don’t automate usually fall victim to Parkinson’s Law, which says as your income increases, your expenses will rise to meet or exceed that increase. It’s why people buy a new house or a new car after getting a raise.
If you spend two dollars for every dollar you make, get your spending under control first, budgeting is the right step for you. The key is to set up a separate account and automatically sweep money into it each month. See if your payroll service will deposit one check into your checking account and a separate one into a savings account.  
This can build up a “peace of mind” fund. With this fund, you’ll have staying power and won’t be wiped out by one financial setback. You won’t have to borrow on a credit card to pay for an unexpected health crisis or cash flow crunch.
That’s an important rule that Dale followed: he didn’t borrow to consume. He borrowed to invest, but for his expenses, he used the cash on hand rather than credit.
#3: Find People Who Challenge You
To achieve something he’d never done before, Dale had to find people who challenged him to think bigger and better. He needed cheerleaders and advocates who excited and inspired him, but also held him accountable. 
Dale found friends who pushed him closer to his goal and did business with them. They were the rocket fuel that propelled him to economic independence in less than a year.
The key is progress over perfection.
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Not some day in the future—now. You can’t save yourself rich, and even if you do, there’s a very small chance you’re going to enjoy life along the way. Why not take the steps to gain financial independence while also loving every step of the journey? You can do it if you offer more value, create an automated system and spend more time with people who challenge you to be your best self.
So, the question isn’t about what you have. It’s about what you’re going to do.