Dot Com Lunch at Pieology Pizzeria

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On this episode of the Dot Com Life Vlog, Sally and I do a Dot Com Lunch at the Pieology Pizzeria in Tustin, California.

Pieology Pizzeria is taking over America. The fast-casual pizza restaurant is the fastest-growing chain in America, according to data compiled by Technomic. Pieology has 60 units in 11 states. The company expects to nearly double that number by the end of the year. Make sure you try it if there’s one near you!

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3 Reasons Why Life is Better for Americans Abroad

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Each day, more Americans believe that life may be better abroad. With the recent presidential election, many people have stated their intention of moving to Canada as a better alternative.

What if we removed the Trump equation? Would people be so anxious to live abroad if Hillary Clinton won the election?

There are many reasons Americans decide to live abroad: 35% of American expats are looking for an adventure, while 31% simply enjoy living abroad. As an expat entrepreneur, I have lived abroad for almost 3 years in multiple countries. I enjoy the adventures and daily life.

Many Americans do not realize that they can experience a higher quality of life abroad. According to last year’s InterNations statistics,[1] 81% of American expats are generally satisfied with their expat life. Almost one-third (32%) of them stated that they would consider staying in their new country forever.

Here are three reasons why life is better for Americans abroad.

1. Education Opportunities

The cost of higher education has continued to rise in the United States. As a result, college enrollment rates have decreased in the last four years.[2]

So, there is no doubt that rising tuition rates are keeping students away from obtaining a college degree. However, there are better alternatives abroad:

  • Germany is the economic powerhouse of Europe, and offers free tuition at public universities for foreigners. There are 1,000+ college programs that are taught in English.
  • Norway is one of the Scandinavian countries where Americans can get free tuition at their state universities.
  • Czech Republic is another European country that allows anyone to study for free in Czech (their native language).

There are some other countries that offer free tuition to foreigners, including (but not limited to) Argentina, Finland, and Brazil.

2. Healthcare Opportunities

I have been amazed at the quality of health care in so-called developing countries. In Mexico, I was able to get a dental cleaning for $26, and a full thyroid blood panel test for $50. You can get surgery, blood tests, and other health procedures done for 40-60% off prices in the United States.

But Mexico is not the only example. You can find high quality health care in other countries, including (but not limited to) Panama and South Africa.

3. Housing Opportunities

Do you prefer to live in an apartment or house? Both options are cheaper and more plentiful in most countries abroad.

In Spain, I paid 15% less than the average monthly rental price in the United States. In Mexico, bargain deals are not hard to find at all. In San Miguel De Allende, it is not uncommon to find houses to rent for $400 a month, outside of the downtown area. Most of these $400/month houses are not furnished, but I was fortunate to find a furnished one.

These amazing deals are not limited to Mexico and Spain. You can find great deals in countries, including (but not limited to) Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, South Africa, and China.

The Final Word

You probably noticed a common thing in these three reasons. Low prices! They are significantly lower than prices in the United States.

Why pay more when you can pay less? Many American expats are retirees who find that their retirement checks buy more abroad than in America. Whether you are a retiree or not, living abroad offers a higher quality of life with a low cost of living. Many Americans aspire to be wealthy. If Americans could live a luxurious life abroad for less than $100,000 a year, I do not think most people would care about earning a six-figure salary anymore.

The expat population is growing. There are 8 million Americans abroad.[3] If the American expat population was one state, it would be America’s 13th most populous state.

Perhaps it is time that you join the club!

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Dot Com Lunch at Chef Hung Taiwan Noodle House

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On this episode of the Dot Com Life Vlog, I drive over to the Diamond Jamboree Plaza to have lunch at Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle.

Chef Hung start life back in Vancouver, Canada, and has expanded across the globe. There are now three stores in Vancouver, three in China, three in Taiwan, and one in the United States.

The City of Irvine is the only city in America where you can sample Chef Hung’s beef noodles. This isn’t really surprising since Irvine is home to the first 85C Bakery Cafe and BBQ Chicken in America. Asian restaurants seem to like using Irvine as a test bed for new launches.

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4 Ways You Can Build Up Your Belief While Hitting Rock Bottom

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Happiness is a beautiful thing, but I guess you already found out, that everything worth having comes with some level of struggle and sacrifice. I bet you know those days when even a simple step can take up all your energy. Days where challenges predominate and moments when you feel your life is testing you on how much you can endure and face. How can you handle it and manage to win?

In the past, I thought that life was a win or lose game, depending on how lucky you are.  Since I came from a very humble environment where riches are only in movies, I partly believed that I am destined to lose.

As I was growing up, I couldn’t stand the fact that there are only chosen ones. And they weren’t. Life is a mind game and the best time you can test your strength and belief is when things hit the fan, and you have only two choices. You either give in or learn from those life lessons and move on.

Since many of us often wonder how to handle hardships and challenges better, I have listed 4 ways which can help you to stay still and have faith when all the odds are against you:

1. Change your perspective

I recently read a very short, but concise post which says that most of the pain we experience in life is created by our thoughts and what we think. How true is that? The size of your problems and difficulties is often determined by how you actually see them. Sometimes things aren’t that bad, but because of your interpretation and thoughts, you make it twice as serious.

Next time, before you diagnose your life as worst and hardest ever, check your thinking and make sure that it isn’t your mind tricking you. I am not trying to minimize your problems because some situations are truly challenging and we can’t overcome them with a blink of an eye, but sometimes panic and stress get us, and we tend to exaggerate.

2. Surround yourself with tons of love

Whether it is your loving family, your closest friends or your pet, go where love is. It may sound corny to many people since we hear it often, but love is the best and fastest healing power.

Think about it. When you get weak, and you stress out because of some tough times, you need some safe and positive place to recharge. When you surround yourself with people or other attributes of love which fulfills you, it will be easier for you to get up and clear the fog which caused you to lose sight of hope and belief.

“You are who you surround yourself with. I know that’s such a cliche quote, but it’s true.” – Selena Gomez

3. Make a decision and pass the test

At some point in life, you will face a situation where you must decide, right on the spot, how you are going to handle it. We call them challenges because they are supposed to challenge us, right? How would you know how far you can go if you never pass the test if you never fight? Life is about taking punches and giving punches in the form of overcoming difficulties with a winning attitude.

The next time, when you are faced with such a challenge, ask yourself one question: “What is this going to teach me and how can I use it to make my life better?” Keep in my mind that there are given situations which will test you and make you better. There is something in life you need to learn in order to grow. Nothing just happens. Take it as a benefit and keep going.

4. Your mind is your friend

No person or circumstances can destroy you as much as your mind if you don’t train it well. Any time or energy you put into building a healthy mindset will always come back with even bigger power to help you when you are falling. I bet you know from personal experience that your mind can either drive you crazy or make you the happiest person on Earth.

Since this article is about challenges, knowing what empowers you is key. The challenge is a feeling so find things that make you feel good, things that give you a better perspective on life. In my case, such thing is a good book. Books on personal development from Tony Robbins, Bob Proctor, Napoleon Hill, you name them. Any of these guys can always lift up my spirit and not just inspire me, but also give me practical tips on how to improve the situation I am in.

“You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.” – Andrew Murphy

Look, one bad day or a week or a month doesn’t mean your life is over. For you to learn, you need to be tested from time to time. Your mind, your spirit and overall attitude will decide what quality of life you are going to build. So, if life is trying to bully you, stand your ground and show who the boss is.

What ways do you build up your belief system? Leave your thoughts below!

Your Epic End-of-Year Blog Audit Checklist: Where You’ve Been and Where You’re Headed!

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Your Epic End-of-Year Blog Audit Checklist | Get it now on ProBlogger.netIt’s time. There’s not a single day left of 2016 to blog on! You’ve done all you can, and you should be proud – no step, no matter how small, is too small. Had a gangbusters year? Good on you! Had a small year? I bet you’re further than you used to be! Now that’s progress.

The best way to look over all you’ve done and gather your thoughts about where you’d rather be next year is to go through your blog and social media and audit your performance. What went right (and how can you replicate that)? What went wrong? What felt yuck and what are you excited about doing again in 2017?

Last year’s audit checklist was so popular I thought I’d update it for this year and send you off on your merry way with a drink and a pen to revel in your year of blogging. May the force be with you!

Feel free to download the PDF checklist if you’re a paper-and-pen kind of blogger – you can download it here: problogger-end-of-year-blog-audit-checklist.

How to Do an End-of-2016 Blog Audit

Grab a pen and notebook, a fresh Google Doc, a spreadsheet if you’re into that sort of thing, or anything else you’re happy to take notes on or in, and go through each section of your blog thoroughly. What worked, what didn’t, what did you hate, what will you change for next year?

As science historian James Burke said once “you can only know where you’re going if you know where you’ve been”. True dat.

“You can only know where you’re going if you know where you’ve been.” – James Burke

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So let’s get stuck in.

Content:

You’re going to have to look at some stats for this, so open your WordPress Jetpack or Google Analytics and be prepared to dive in. First though, a look through the posts themselves:

  • How long were posts? Did you have a variety of word lengths? All long? All short? Which performed better? What would you say your average post word count would be?
  • What were the most popular posts? Overall, and for each category of your blog?
  • What type of posts worked? What resonated with your audience?
  • What fell flat, or just quite didn’t make it?
  • Did you write to your niche? Or did you branch out? Was that a wise choice?
  • Were you helpful?
  • What posts got the most comments/emails? Which one seemed to touch a nerve in your audience?
  • What was shared most?
  • What did you enjoy writing?
  • Where are you sourcing images? Are you making or taking your own? Could you start? What other options are there (you can find a selection of places that have collections of free, no-attribution images here), what program are you using to create and personalise your images? Is it enough or should you try something new? What are your image sizes? Are they optimal? Have you changed blog layout and now some of them are poorly sized? Make a note of them so you can update later with a better image.
  • Which day of the week got the most traffic? What were you publishing on those days? Was it consistent with your brand?
  • Was your overarching theme this year consistent with your brand?
  • What search terms got the most people to your blog? are you providing content for them?
  • Does each post have a good image that’s formatted correctly, a keyword-rich headline, and is it pleasant to the eye? Is there enough white space, and are there calls to action where necessary?
  • Were you providing enough value?

How to Do an End of 2015 Blog Audit: everything to set you up for a year of successful blogging

Back End

The nitty-gritty that we usually ignore unless something has gone wrong. Do a cleanout!

  • Are your plugins still working for you? What can you delete? What needs updating?
  • What do you have as a 404 error message? Can you make it more useful to the reader who finds themselves there?
  • Do you have broken links? (one way to find out is to use a broken link checker, or install a plugin that will do it for you). Can you update them?
  • What is your SEO plan? Are you inserting key words in all the right places? If you have Yoast installed, is there a green light on the majority of your posts? What can you do to improve in the new year? (Moz has a pretty comprehensive post here on doing a full SEO audit if you feel you need that much depth, and a content audit here).
  • Have you filled out the alt-text field on all your images with keyword-rich descriptions? (remember, this is what Pinterest pulls so make it user-friendly)
  • What have you been using to track metrics/traffic? Is it working?
  • Create a Google Analytics report about what has happened on your site, and who is reading it (and on what device!) Darren has a great tutorial here on how to find the most useful stats in Google Analtyics and use that knowledge to set up your next year of blogging on the right foot.

Design

We eat with our eyes, as they say, and readers will make snap judgements about you and your blog based on how it looks when they get there. What does your design say?

  • Is it functional?
  • Is it reader-friendly?
  • Is it pleasing to the eye?
  • Does it describe you and your blog at a glance?
  • Have you stayed consistent with colours and fonts?
  • Are there any widgets that need removing?
  • How is your sidebar working? What can you shuffle around or delete entirely?
  • Are you making the most of the bottom-of-the-blog real estate?
  • Are the ads old? Can you write to the advertisers and offer them a new deal?
  • Are you making the most of your design to point to where you could make an affiliate sale?
  • Are there several points on the page where readers can follow you?
  • Is your newsletter signup box prominent? Do you have more than one?
  • Is that pop-up box worth it?
  • Are your social media icons in the right order (you might want to put your most popular sites at the front). Are they linked to the right place? Are they the right size or colour?
  • Do all the links on your homepage work?
  • What can you remove from the design to enhance the look of your blog?
  • What are you using for social sharing? Do you like it? are people using it? Can you find something that works better?
  • Personal branding: is it recognisable? Have you been using the same branding techniques on your post images?

Pages/Topics

The umbrella of what you’re about. How’s that workin’ for ya?

  • Are the pages and topics you’ve sorted your content into still relevant? Have you moved onto other things? Can you merge some? Nest them?
  • Did you share content equally across all or did you find you wrote on a particular topic the most?
  • Is the navigation streamlined and user-friendly?
  • Are your pages and topics easily accessed?

How to Do an End of 2015 Blog Audit: everything to set you up for a year of successful blogging

Social Media

Our home away from home!

  • On what platform did you see the biggest growth?
  • Where was the most engagement?
  • What did you enjoy the most?
  • Have you changed profile pictures and bios lately? How current are they?
  • What brought most return for your efforts?
  • Where would you like try in the new year?
  • Is it obvious on all of these platforms what you’re about? What you can offer people?
  • Do all your platforms link to your blog, and are these options obvious and easy to find?

Your promotional strategy

You can’t just “build it and they will come”. Because they’re busy reading someone else.

  • How did you get your blog in front of new readers?
  • How successful was that?
  • What wasn’t worth the time invested?
  • Where will you invest your time next year?
  • What have you got as an opt-in? Does it need upgrading?
  • How are you offering your newsletter or mailing list? Have you been consistent with it, have you been tracking open rates etc?
  • Did you guest post anywhere? Was that worth your time? Where could you try this year?
  • Did you try to get some traditional media coverage?
  • Did you try any collaborations or cross-promotions? Who could you work with in 2016?
  • Did you do any giveaways? How successful were they?

How to Do an End of 2015 Blog Audit: everything to set you up for a year of successful blogging

Monetization

  • What has been your strategy this year?
  • What monetization models were you using?
  • What has been the most lucrative?
  • What hasn’t been worth your time?
  • What will you spend your resources on next year?
  • What programs, ebooks or courses need updating?
  • Can you bundle them together and do a quick lead-up to christmas sale?
  • Can you release something quick in time for christmas or new year?
  • How has your audience reacted to each monetisation strategy?
  • What model have you most enjoyed using?
  • What would you consider for the future?

Your goals

  • Did you create any? did you meet them?
  • Were you too ambitious? Or not enough?
  • What did you have in mind for next year?
  • Have you written your future goals and a plan for how to get there?
  • How could you learn from the mistakes you’ve made this year to help you reach your goals now?

Your feelings

  • How did you feel overall?
  • What did you excel at?
  • Where did you feel you could have done better?
  • Did you enjoy blogging?
  • Do you still enjoy it?
  • Have you thought about quitting, moving on to something else (like podcasting, for example), do you want to write a book, open an online store… did you think about expanding or moving on?
  • What would you like to do on your blog for next year?
  • What will you be leaving behind?

Ahhhh that’s better. Pens down, New Year’s celebratory drinks up! That’s you in a snapshot. May your 2017 be even more amazing.

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5 Steps to Instantly Turn Your Boring Life Into an Epic Adventure

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So lately, you’ve been spending your 9 to 5 most likely in an office chair, receiving orders like an errand boy from your boss and co-workers alike, anxiously waiting for the ever-slow ticking clock to ring 5 O’clock so you can finally take a deep breathe in relief.

Does this sound familiar? And yes, that’s not all — while trying to catch a little fun with the remaining hours of the day, you suddenly remember you’ve got to return home and take a rest to prepare for the next day’s misery — by reading this, no doubt you can relate to the above scenario in a way or two.

Well, you’re not alone. Yes, I’ve been there too. However, being quite aware of the fact that I’m never down for just working and paying bills till my last breathe, I rolled up my sleeves and followed the exact same tips below. Guess what, I’m presently living an adventure!

Below are 5 practical tips on how I turned my life from a boring sad story to an epic adventure, and how you can instantly do the same:

1. Decide what you want

Do you want freedom? I mean, do you really want freedom? How bad do you want it? Perhaps you once tried to make things happen in the past but later reached a bridge that seemed impossible to cross so you decided to suck it up and wait patiently for a miracle to happen. Well, it doesn’t happen! Ever!

If living the ideal life is an easy peasy or a miracle, who will be leading a boring life the first place? It’s going to be hard, yeah, sometimes all odds will be so in your disfavor that you might think “The heck, I might as well just live my boring life.”

At that point in my journey, you know what I did? Instead of throwing in the towel, I paused to reflect and asked myself diverse questions like:

  • How bad do you want it?
  • How much can you sacrifice?
  • Is this really all you can offer?
  • What if you’re just an inch away from hitting it real big?
  • If you give up, then what?

After providing the appropriate answer to the above questions and lots of others, I came to an instant conclusion: This is what I want and I’ll give it all takes, period! Hence, escaping your boring life depends solely on you. You either decide to suck it up or to give it all it takes to escape it.

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby

2. Seek for ways to make ends meet

No one ever runs out of opportunities, except you personally decide to shut yourself off from the world and put up with whatever comes your way. Exceed your low-paying job and seek for a side fix. Discover what you’re good at and capitalize on it.

You want good income and freedom? Search for jobs that satisfies your needs. Or better still, create one. Begin a startup on any field you have even the littlest experience in and be committed. Everything big starts small (The Coca-Cola industry sold just 25 drinks in its first year). Remember that!

3. Throw away that sheep skin

To live that life, to have all that luxury, to attend all the classy banquets, you definitely have to be prepared to act rashly sometimes, if not most times. Nothing ever happens when you’re acting all gentle and obediently following instructions.

You have to courageously take on whatever comes your way, whenever it comes and however it comes — like a hungry wolf in pursuit of his prey. Don’t aspire for a better life like a shy little girl, man up and fiercely stand up for what you believe in. Make a confident affirmation like “This is not my ideal life and I’ll never live it.”

4. Explore

Don’t wait until you become a “millionaire” or until you join the HNWI class before you create time for what matters to you. Use the little resources around you. A leave, a shift or a day-off? Request it from your employer and make it clear that you’re a human not a robot. You know what? Waiting to hit a jackpot before you live your ideal life will only make you seek unending riches with no freedom.

Don’t just follow the laid down rules and wait patiently for a miracle to happen. Become the exception. Go out and become the miracle. Go to shows that lifts your spirit. Go to places, meet new people and try out new things. Don’t follow the same old path. Take adventures. Take risks. New and exciting things happen only when you leave your comfort zone and try out new things.

5. Embrace the lifestyle when it comes

Lastly, once your startups become productive or when you get a better job, use your free time to engage in activities you love. Don’t put on the “busyness” attitude or ignore your ideal life to chase the dollars. Make your happiness priority. Learn to properly blend work and play. Find fun at work and always celebrate every little accomplishment.

“I want to have an epic life. I want to tell my life with big adjectives.” – Isabel Allende

Living that ideal life is traced back to your job and its working condition. You spend a ratio of your time there day in and day out. To live that ideal lifestyle, you must start by redefining your job. If your current job is nowhere near your ideal job, your freedom and happiness are bound to be compromised.

Hence, follow the above tips and exercise them in your life and career in any way applicable. Create a startup if there be a need. Living the life of your dreams is the ideal life and the ideal life is the best life.

How were you able to take your life from boring to an adventure? Please leave your thoughts below!

The Key to Success: Avoid Competition Completely?

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What happens when you are the small fish in a big pond? No matter how ambitious or how imaginative you may be, you are competing for the same food as the much bigger fish who have been feasting in these waters long before you showed up. Competition is fierce and, if you’re joining the game late and with fewer resources, you start off at a significant disadvantage.

Success isn’t impossible, of course. Apple was hardly the first company to come out with an MP3 player or a smartphone, but the market dominance of the iPod and iPhone speaks for itself. Trying to scrape out your own little cut of market share in these shark-infested waters is remarkably difficult. What if there was a different way?

“The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.”

The quote above comes from Peter Thiel, who you might recognize as the famed Facebook angel investor, PayPal co-founder, and Y Combinator part-time partner. A prime example of these “champions” is Elon Musk. His success did not come by accident, as illustrated by the infographic published on VisualCapitalist.com. He made strategic decisions along the way, like choosing to read for 10 hours a day as a small child.

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When he got involved with PayPal, there really wasn’t another online peer-to-peer payment system in place quite like it. When he decided to start Tesla, there really wasn’t another prominent automaker that focused entirely on electric vehicles. When he decided to start SpaceX, there really wasn’t another commercial space exploration company quite like it either.

He didn’t try to compete in existing markets; he created his own markets with his own unique businesses. He has the creative vision to think outside the box and peer far into the future. What started out with an unattainable electric sports car has evolved into a brand where hundreds of thousands of people pre-ordered a Tesla Model 3 in less than 24 hours.

Part of the reason why you may be motivated to get into professional blogging or Internet marketing is that you want to get out of the rat race. If you win at the rat race, you’re still a rat. If you run your own path, you can be your own success story. You can be your own competition. You can be your own champion.

spacex

It might be argued that the reusable rockets tested and made by SpaceX are competing against the Blue Origin rockets put forth by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, but this has come way after SpaceX was originally formed. And even then, they’re not really competing against one another, because they are both striving toward common goals for the greater good.

They’ve created a new market where they don’t have to compete.

In the context of blogging, Internet marketing and making money on the Internet, this doesn’t mean you need to reinvent the wheel. John Chow was not the first person to talk about making money online, but his story is unique and his journey has been different than everyone else’s. Tesla isn’t the first company to manufacture electric cars, but it’s doing it in an entirely different way. You need to bring to the table what only you can bring to the table.

You can certainly borrow inspiration from the success stories that came before us. We can all celebrate the victories of visionaries like Sergey Brin and Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. And while we can learn from their experiences, we ultimately need to forge our own paths. Because you don’t have to compete when you are truly one of a kind.

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The Top 6 Things You Need to Know to Start a Successful Business

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Congratulations for wanting to or already starting a business that you could call your very own. One of the hardest decisions you will ever make is to leave a cushioning job to start off a business that is going to lead you into the unknown. So now that you have started, what next?

I know that it has probably entered your mind at one point or another about the failure rate of people who start a business. It is definitely intense and scary to even think about. The last thing that you want to do is start a business just for it to close down in a few years.

So for all of you that have decided to be courageous and take the lesser traveled road, here are a few ways for you to stay in business:

1. Know Your Audience

One of several epic business fails is not knowing your audience. You can have this amazing product or service just to constantly get in front of the wrong people that don’t need it or don’t want it. If you know your audience, you will know where to reach them, what catches their attention, and how much they will pay for what you have to offer.

2. Brand For Success

Many businesses fail because people don’t know what they are, what they offer, and what makes them relevant. Branding correctly can solve these problems for your business and yourself.

When branding yourself, you need to know your Business Archetype, what you stand for or against, and because it is a noisy marketplace, you need to have something that is going to separate you from all the others.

“If your business is not a brand, it is a commodity.”

3. Surveys Are Gold

Your audience has something to tell you that can make them the best selling product you have ever created but if you don’t ask them, you will never know. As a business owner or entrepreneur, it is easy to create a product or service that we think the world needs. What’s hard is to put away our creativity and allow the people who we are trying to serve to create the product for us.

Don’t worry, it does get easier to do, especially after you see how much this works. Survey your audience and allow them to tell you their pain points, what they want, and how much they are willing to pay to have the solution to their pressing issues solved. Then create the product or service based on the information that they have given you.

4. If You’re Not Seen You Can’t Be Heard

You can have the best product and service in the world but if no one knows about you, it is not going to make you a dime or a positive reputation. You have got to be visible and let people know that you are there to give them the solutions that they have been looking for. It is a big world that has gotten smaller because of the Internet so a lot of times you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home to do this.

Just to name a few ways that you can accomplish this is to utilize your social media, brand leverage, publish your expertise in different places, and join social media groups that you believe your ideal customer will be in.

5. Have The Guts and Grit

Without guts and grit, you might as well throw in the towel. Being a business owner or an entrepreneur is probably going to be the hardest thing that you have ever done in your life.

Don’t let it stop you because all of those people that made it to the top, at one point, were looking up to others that were already there. They had to have the guts to pursue a dream and a vision relentlessly that was not guaranteed despite the doubts, the struggles, and the nay sayers.

6. Time Is Always The Main Ingredient

Time is one of the ingredients that we all have to apply in multiple areas of our day and life. So why should you believe that it doesn’t apply to your business? There is no such thing as an overnight success and if there is it is rare enough to know that it most likely won’t happen to you.

The people that have made it to their success have put in the work and most importantly the time. Most businesses didn’t fail because their products and services were bad, it was because they didn’t utilize all of these ingredients and most importantly they didn’t persevere.

If you can persevere through the rough times, the times when you have no money, and the times when you feel like nothing you are doing or have done is working, then you will eventually make it to your success. Give your dreams and visions time to manifest.

“Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” – Drew Houston

Starting a business will render you amazing results if you apply the right ingredients and continue to believe in yourself. Your business and life is worth the effort and if you do the work, your successful self will thank you for it later.

What else do you think someone needs to know to start a successful business? Leave your thoughts below!