The Powerful Resource You’ve Always Wanted When Presented with Creative Challenges

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In the fall of 2008, I had every aspect of running my online copy editing business carefully mapped out — but the unpleasant reality that callously illuminated my pretty little map was that there wasn’t much of a business to run.

I had a few clients to keep me busy, but I put way too much hope in my bare-bones website.

At the time, I thought that the mere presence of a website would make clients flock to me and graciously ask for writing help. I’d have a steady flow of clients who were happy to pay me substantial fees, and to pass the time between copy editing work, I’d recline comfortably, eat bon bons, and file my nails.

I was incredibly disappointed and frustrated not only because that scenario was not my reality, but also because I didn’t know the most effective ways to promote my online business.

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The Aggressive Work Ethic of Highly Creative People


Listen. You have control over inspiration. You run the show. Look at magicians, for examples. Curious bunch.

They pull furry mammals out of their hats. Levitate humans. Hide automobiles out of sight.

The great ones make a killing, jet set around the globe, and beat groupies off with a brass-tipped wand. The not-so-great ones — the average ones — are still amazing.

Getting to that point, where the illusion is flawless (thus, magical), involves hard work. Content creators are no strangers to hard work. But we often view what they do — their level of originality — as magical, something even mystical.

So what’s the trick?

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How to Deal with Creative Block and Creative Envy


There are two things that consistently get in our way of being creative entrepreneurs — and with a little bit of intentional effort, they can both be avoided.

If you’re a writer or designer, creative block and envy can easily limit your productivity.

So what’s the best way around it?

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Stephanie Halligan on the Compounding Effect of Daily Content Creation


Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur has dedicated her life to making the world a better, brighter place … with the power of doodles.

She was a Financial Empowerment Consultant and the founder of The Empowered Dollar. During this time, she helped millennials and low-income families fix their finances and feel empowered to take control of their financial destinies.

Her latest and fastest growing venture is Art To Self, which she started earlier this year. It is a website and newsletter of daily art and inspiration sent straight to your inbox.

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Passion Projects, Clarity, and the Evolution of No Sidebar


As an online entrepreneur, No Sidebar host Brian Gardner is learning just how crucial being agile is to running a successful business.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being involved in a personal project — especially when you’re passionate about it — but continually keeping your audience in mind is always a good thing.

Over the last couple months of running No Sidebar, Brian has identified three types of people he wants to specifically cater to …

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What to Do When You Absolutely, Positively Must Know if Your Content Will Rock

nobody knows anything ... except the audience

Ever had a great idea, and then started to doubt yourself?

Or maybe you’ve already executed on that great idea, but you’re hesitating to launch. Maybe it’s an article, or an ebook, or a new product or service.

How can you be sure it will work? Should you ask for feedback?

I’ll answer both of those questions in this article, but first I need to tell you a couple of stories from the nutty worlds of music and film.

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