How To Create A Virtual Internship That Will Change Your Life

Working for free – in the form of unpaid virtual internships with authors Seth Godin, Ramit Sethi, and Tucker Max – kickstarted Charlie Hoehn’s career. His experiences ultimately led to a full-time job working for prominent author Tim Ferriss, and to Hoehn launching his own books, including Recession Proof Graduate. [Read more at Forbes]

How to Make Someone Want to Do Business With You

How can you build your book of business? You may get short-term results from invasive, hard-sell tactics. But they won’t last for long, as clients retreat whenever they feel pressure or desperation. So, to create a sustainable business that succeeds over the long term, you need to ensure clients want to work with you and proactively seek… [Read More]

Making The Business Case For Diversity

  Can diversity be good for the bottom line? Todd Sears thinks it’s essential. He started his career as a Wall Street investment banker, where, in his first job, he faced a “relatively homophobic boss” and went back into the closet. But in subsequent jobs, where he found a more welcoming atmosphere, he flourished and eventually shifted… [Read More]

How To Become An Angel Investor

With interest in startups booming, it’s now a status symbol to be an angel investor, with celebrities like Ashton Kutcher getting in the game. Anyone with enough resources – an “accredited investor” with a million dollars or more in investable assets – can technically become an angel. But it’s not easy to do it well,… [Read More]

How To Increase Your Profitability – Today

When will your business become profitable? Next month? Next year? Mike Michalowicz, author of Profit First: A Simple System to Transform Any Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine, says it should be today. “I always thought that I could run my business on the idea that I should sell as much as… [Read More]

How To Reinvent Your Business Model

This article by Dorie Clark first appeared at Forbes. Jargon-loving executives and entrepreneurs throw around the term “business model” all the time, but “very few people are conscious of what their business model actually is,” says Alex Osterwalder. Even within the same company, executives generally don’t have a shared language around the concept, which can… [Read More]

Take a Step Back to Propel Your Career Forward

This article by Dorie Clark first appeared at Harvard Business Review. For my first real job after graduate school, I earned $26,000 a year as a full-time reporter. It wasn’t a handsome salary — in fact, I could barely live on it — but I was getting paid to write. That’s more than I can… [Read More]

Why You Should Embrace the Small Pleasures

Laura Vanderkam has some surprising advice for you: go ahead and buy that latte. Unlike the legions of naysayers who counseled people to abandon their Starbucks habit during the recession to save a few bucks a day, Vanderkam contends in her new book All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About… [Read More]

Money, Fame, and Blogging

The great blogger Chris Brogan had an interesting post recently about thinking of your audience as “currency” – but not as “money.” It’s a particularly ripe topic because these days, with 1) the advent of social media;  2) the ease of content creation; and 3) the expectation that thought leaders will create such content, many… [Read More]