How calculating the value of your time will change the way you make decisions

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As entrepreneurs, it’s pretty common for our productivity to directly correlate with the numbers in our bank accounts. If your income is based on actual productivity rather than clocking a certain number of hours, an extremely practical exercise can be to calculate how much your time is worth and start making choices accordingly.

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The top 9 best ecommerce blogs to follow in 2016

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The top 9 best ecommerce blogs to follow in 2016

One of my most popular posts of all time is 11 top blogs you should follow as an ecommerce entrepreneur. That list was written back in 2013, and it's currently result #2 in Google when you search for "ecommerce blog," so I figured it's time for an update!

Here are the top ecommerce blogs I recommend you follow to stay on top of what's going on in the world of ecommerce. The blogs listed below will teach you loads of invaluable info about choosing an ecommerce niche,, conversion rate optimization, SEO, the latest tips and tricks for marketing your products, and lots more.

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Essentials Habits Of The Successful Entrepreneur: Part 2 (Get Shit Done)

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Essentials Habits Of The Successful Entrepreneur: PART 2 (GET SHIT DONE)

If you ask ANY entrepreneur what is the ONE commodity they wish they had more of, it's almost always time

Time to attack that massive task list. Time to spend with family at the end of the work day. Time to pursue other passions outside of the business. (WAIT, you do know there are other things you can be passionate about besides your business, right?)

Take a look at these 4 productivity habits that help Entrepreneurs manage their day to day with room for family and fun: 

1. Build routines that ensure progress and consistently track that progress.

Once you figure out what is holding you back, it's much easier to move forward.

The most successful entrepreneurs have daily routines that are in line with their identities, and in turn, their routine feeds that same identity. 

James Clear, one of the experts on the science of productivity and habits, advocates choosing goals that are important to you and then scheduling to work towards them consistently.

“For top performers, it’s not about the performance, it’s about the continual practice. The focus is on doing the action, not on achieving X goal by a certain date.The schedule is your friend.

You can’t predict when you’ll have a stroke of genius and write a moving story, paint a beautiful picture, but the schedule can make sure you’re working when that stroke of genius happens.”

– James Clear, Productivity Expert

And no worries, if you slip up. Adopt the mindset of 'Never Miss Twice' and stick to it. That takes the stress off when you do miss a day and prevents you from feeling so defeated that you stop your good habit altogether.

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How listening to podcasts changed my life

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How listening to podcasts changed my life - Leighton Taylor

Podcasts are the most intimate and powerful form of media, in my opinion. Video is up there too, but one reason podcasts are so wonderful is that you don’t have to be sitting in one place, staring at a screen—you can be exercising, cleaning your house, driving, shopping, working, or whatever you normally do, and podcasts will be changing your life in the background.

The single habit that has had the greatest impact on who I am as a person, my income and career, and my mindset is listening to podcasts. 

If you want to take your business to the next level, learn a new language, study philosophy, or just become a more well-rounded and interesting person, you should be listening to podcasts on a daily basis.

I’ve listed to podcasts almost every day for the past 5 years, and they have absolutely changed my life for the better. Let me tell you how.

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Essential Habits Of The Successful Entrepreneur: Part 1 (Know Thyself)

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Essential Habits of the Successful Entrepreneur: Part 1 (Know Thyself)

You're an Entrepreneur. A Freelancer. A Solopreneur. A general Badass. 

You're hungry and you've been chasing the dream: a thriving business that affords you the lifestyle some people have only dreamt about. 

With such ambitious dreams, it can be easy to become immersed in your business at the expense of your mental and physical health. 

The best entrepreneurs are the ones that recognize that their business is an extensions of themselves and that striving to be the best version of themselves is critical to their success. 

These four habits will ensure you never lose sight of what's most important to realizing your dreams: YOU.

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3 steps to take after you launch a new ecommerce business

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You've launched your ecommerce site. Now what?

You've picked a niche, found suppliers, set up a website, and celebrated the opening of your new online store. Your hopes are high, and your excitement is through the roof. You are now officially an ecommerce entrepreneur!

But as you stare at your computer screen, waiting for orders to come rolling in, a question floats to the surface of your mind: How can I make my first sale? And my second? And how can I continue building my business into a thriving shop? What's next?

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My mobile office

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Lifestyle entrepreneur. Solopreneur. Digital nomad. Location-independent entrepreneur. Wantrepreneur?

My wife Ryan and I were laughing the other day at some of the buzzwords and made-up words that we see going around the interwebs these days. Whatever you call yourself, there's a growing community of people who have left the 9-5, started their own thing, and are now location-independent (or are working towards it). 

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The Great PPC Experiment: Part 1

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For the past few months, I've been saying that I would not use advertising (like PPC) as a primary method of driving traffic to my ecommerce site. I've been told by other ecommerce pros that as a dropshipper with relatively low margins, it would be difficult to spend money on advertising and still make a profit.

However, I've been experimenting with Facebook ads and Google PLAs, and I've made some surprising discoveries that I'm going to share with you as I continue to experiment and learn. Today I'll share some basic PPC principles and what I've learned through using Facebook ads, and then I'll update you in a future post on how the Google PLAs are going.

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