Why Quitting May be the Most Profitable Thing You Do This Year

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“I’m not hungry,” I told my grandmother one night at the dinner table.

My stomach was in a knot. Food lost its taste a long time ago, but this was the first time in my 28 years that I’d turned down my grandmother’s meatballs. For an Italian grandson, this kind of behavior can get you condemned.

I had a blank, vacant stare, but my mind was racing a mile a minute. I was obsessed with my business.

More specifically, I was obsessed with finding new customers.

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Are You a Marketing Artist or Scientist?

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Let’s face it, you already know the answer to that question.

Instinctively, you know whether you belong with the black-clad Bohemians sipping coffee and absinthe in the cool cafes, doodling in your moleskine and staring into space as you dream up your latest creation …

… or whether you’re more at home with the gadget-toting geeks, crunching numbers, running tests, comparing data sets and outputting conclusions robust enough to survive rigorous peer review. 

It’s not a conscious decision or something you can change — you know in your gut which tribe you belong to.

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How to Upgrade Your Online Business for more Money, Success, and Enjoyment

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Owning a business can be heaven.

Freedom to call your own shots, manage your own risk, live by your values, and spit in the eye of all those nay-sayers who said you’d never be able to do it.

Owning a business can also be hell.

Endless hours, time spent on tasks you don’t enjoy and aren’t good at, financial insecurity, struggles to find customers, and the weight of responsibility that comes with ownership.

The truth is, owning a business can be both of those things on the same day.

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Discover Your Strengths and Supercharge Your Business

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Have you ever been kept awake until 2 in the morning having an imaginary conversation with one of your blog readers who thinks you’re great and left a long comment telling you so?

Or spent hours obsessively trying to figure out how to do better work, spurred by a fan letter from a customer about the terrific job you did?

Or is it maybe more likely that your late-night solo conversations and obsessive problem-solving go to the trolls, the complainers, and the folks who just plain can’t stand you?

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Do Customers Actually Care about Your Company’s Values?

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There’s a lot of back and forth about the value of online “engagement” for businesses.

Do customers want more engagement with the businesses they frequent? Do they care about it? Does the word engagement actually mean anything at all? Or is it just another feel-good buzzword?

A recent article from Harvard Business Review asserts that customers don’t care much about interaction with businesses — instead they feel most engaged (and buy more) when they believe they share values with the company.

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Here’s How Pam Slim Writes

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Online publishing and content creation is a full contact sport, complete with black eyes, shattered hopes, and dislocated egos.

Pam Slim is a fearless writer, speaker, and martial artist, who dropped by The Writer Files to share her experiences in the ring.

She is the award-winning author of Escape from Cubicle Nation, a book that offers readers the tools and training for finding a meaningful career in this “new world of work.”

Ms. Slim took time out of her busy writing schedule to talk to us about her techniques to beat writer’s block, the merits of coffee, living inside of a Stephen King novel, and her solution to all of life’s problems.

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