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My Favorite Blog of All Time

My Favorite Blog of All Time The Blog of Seth Godin My favorite blog of all time is the The Blog of Seth Godin. I’m not sure why or when the question of what blog I love most popped into my head, but it did. Using criteria that are important to me, I considered several…

My Current Favorite WordPress Plugins

My Current Favorite WordPress Plugins These are the Plugins I Cannot Do Without Now that I’ve shared the importance of consistently blogging, I thought I would take a few moments to quickly post my favorite WordPress plugins. I use the free versions of the plugins featured here. (Yay!) I use plenty of good plugins that are…

Why You Should Blog Consistently

5 Reasons Why You Should Blog Consistently Nothing Builds Online Credibility Like Consistent Blogging No matter what you sell, you must establish and maintain credibility in order to sell it. There are many ways to do that, but as an online entrepreneur, blogging consistently is one of the best. A blog is a website that…

What is a Lifestyle CEO?

What is a Lifestyle CEO™? We Are Different From Traditional Entrepreneurs A Lifestyle CEO™ is a person who owns a business in order to enjoy the entrepreneurial benefits of freedom, flexibility, and fun, usually through a recurring revenue business model. I coined the term Lifestyle CEO on February 25, 2004. I knew immediately, that it…

6 Steps to Hiring a Virtual Assistant

6 Steps to Hiring a Virtual Assistant Start With a Success Recipe I hired my first virtual assistant at the Indie Business Network, over a decade ago. I shared a bit about the experience at Indie Business Blog. Today, I work with a very small team of people who help me manage the day-to-day tasks…

Rule No. 1: Don’t Trade Your Integrity

Rule No. 1: Don’t Trade Your Integrity Earn Everything The first and most important rule of Lifestyle CEOs is this: do not trade your integrity. For anything. This does not mean you don’t make mistakes. It does not mean you don’t do things incorrectly at times. But since the brand building actions you take in…

A Membership Site is Not A Business

A Membership Site is Not a Business Do You Know the Difference? In recent years, I have noticed an increasing tendency for people to confuse membership sites with businesses. They are not one and the same. The confusion seems to happen when people think that because a membership site may generate income, it must also…

The Perfect Lifestyle Business

The Perfect Lifestyle Business Follow These Steps to Create Yours I followed 10 specific steps to create the Indie Business Network, the perfect lifestyle business for me. As I look back, I didn’t articulate each step clearly as I went along. Instead, I built the plane while I was flying it. In hindsight, however, I…

The Community Economy

Recently, I delivered the opening keynote address to the 2019 United States Lavender Conference in Charleston, South Carolina. My topic was The Community Economy, and it was all about how to build community around your brand. Here is the graphic I used to illustrate my three-pronged approach to building community around your brand. The Community…

2019 Lavender Conference Recap

Last weekend, I delivered the opening keynote address to the 370 attendees of the 2019 United States Lavender Conference in Charleston, South Carolina. My keynote topic was The Community Economy, which I chose because of its importance to the success of your business. If there is no strong and engaged Community Economy around your brand,…

US Lavender Conference

I‘m coming to Charleston. Squee! In a few short days, I will deliver the opening keynote address at the United States Lavender Conference in that beautiful and historic city. I recently read that there are more than 300 independently owned lavender farms in the United States today. How great that we no longer have to…

FUN: Laughter Is Medicine

Laughter is the best medicine, don’t you think? My daughter and I got a good dose of it on Christmas day. With unseasonably warm weather in Washington, DC, we went outside and had some great laughs as she took pictures of me with the camera Santa bought for her. Here’s one of them. I Laugh.…

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