How to Determine if Your Business Idea Sucks

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Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur is the founder and CEO of multiple successful businesses, including StickerJunkie.com and Delinquent Distribution.

Most recently — and alongside Dan “Punkass” Caldwell (the founder of Tapout clothing) — she has created Lessons.biz, which offers a six-week course on how to run a successful t-shirt business.

She skipped college and started her first business, Rhythm Sticks, at age 23.

She also appeared in season five of The Apprentice and won two tasks as project manager, before being fired by Donald Trump in week nine.

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How Steve Scott Makes $30,000 Per Month Publishing Kindle Books

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Most Authorpreneurs earn their living from speaking gigs, consulting businesses, and other indirect sources.

Rarely does one make the vast majority of their income directly from the sale of their books. Steve Scott is different.

Steve earns a great living selling digital books on Amazon’s Kindle platform … to the tune of $30,000 per month.

With more than 58 titles in his catalog, this self-publishing mega-star has rewritten the rules of success for authors who want to earn a living writing books.

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What it Takes to Leave the Corporate World (and Not Look Back)

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Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur is the founder and CEO of Small Business Trends, an award-winning online publication, which offers breaking news and advice for small business owners.

She is a former corporate attorney that left that corporate life and founded her own company in 2003.

She is considered an authoritative voice on small business issues and has been noted and quoted in respected publications (such as the Wall Street Journal).

Her name has appeared in multiple “top” lists, and she was featured as one of Hubspot’s 100 Most Powerful Women on Twitter.

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Launching a New Product? These 5 Tips Will Get You the Testimonials You Need

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Take a moment to try this thought experiment … At what point in your life did you look at your birth certificate to confirm that you were indeed born on the day that your parents said you were born?

For most people, the answer is never. You simply took your parents’ word. Because you trusted them.

Your parents hopefully did a lot of things to help build that trust — like feed and clothe you, teach you lessons, play with you, and protect you. People who don’t have that experience, however, feel something entirely different: they question everything. They don’t inherently trust.

For most of us, though, if we read or hear something from someone we know, like, and trust, we accept it without question.

As an entrepreneur, you need to think of your customer as a child who’s been burned one too many times. Who’s been hoodwinked, ridiculed, and neglected. Who’s defensive, reserved, and hard-nosed.

In fact, this is the case. Your job is to win the trust of that child.

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Social Media and the ‘ARC Reactor’ Approach to Digital Commerce Strategy

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Where does social media fit into your digital commerce strategy?

How can you use social effectively to generate more attention for your business, without becoming a social media spammer?

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Why Clarity Is Crucial in Becoming a Successful Digital Entrepreneur

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In this episode of No Sidebar with Brian Gardner, discover how the Authority Rainmaker conference paved the way to a six-figure line of business for one attendee.

In order to succeed in the business world, identifying and embracing your skills are crucial.

Without them, you run the risk of creating a business that simply fails.

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