The Worst Advice I’ve Ever Heard About Hustle

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Money talks.

That’s what they say, and that’s what he said to me.

Dangle $14 an hour in the face of a 14-year old kid, and I’m in. It helps that my buddy was going to do it too: go door to door and hustle porch renovations.

“In six months you could have enough money to buy a car,” he said. Just in time to get my permit. Independence beckoned.

The only problem was I hated selling door to door. I didn’t show up my first day.

You’d think I would have learned.

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6 New Rules for Becoming a Google+ Hangouts Hotshot in 2014

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Gary Vaynerchuk has achieved notable success through content marketing, and he sometimes says the unbelievable.

His crime this time? In his new book Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook he argues that Google+ is worthless.

In Gary’s defense, I think he simply has not given Google+ a fair shake.

In an interview with Marie Forleo, he shares a list of specific things to post — and how to post them — on specific social networks. He names all the usual suspects: Instagram, Medium, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr.

But no Google+.

That’s a shame. And strange.

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99 Ways to Market Your Art

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You’re an artist — a writer, musician, illustrator, or dancer. Maybe you’re into doll sculpting, keepsake jewelry making, fashion photography, plein air painting, or composing ambient electronica.

You’re pretty brave when it comes to creating, but the mere thought of marketing your work might make you break into a cold sweat.

Would you rather be shot out of a cannon than toot your own horn? Is balancing on a tightrope more attractive to you than asking people to shell out money for your masterpieces?

If so, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

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How a Stay-at-Home Mom Built a Million-Dollar Business (from Her Living Room) through Passionate Online Marketing

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Kelly Lester’s business is hugely successful (she’s on track to make $1.5 million in 2013) and it came straight from the kitchen.

She’s built her brand by working closely with bento bloggers and other diehard fans of her product. And, at the center of her business strategy is a surprising secret — Pinterest.

Kelly needed a solution to one her most pressing problems — she was looking for a quick, easy ways to create healthy, interesting lunches for her three kids. So she developed EasyLunchboxes, a slick, easily washable lunchbox set.

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The Super-Secret and Incredibly Complicated Master Key to Internet Marketing

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When I meet new folks, whether online or face-to-face, I often get a variation on the same question.

What will it take to make my business really successful?

What needs to go into it? What sacrifices do we need to make? What’s the magical secret ingredient?

I know you think I’m going to say, “There is no magical secret ingredient.”

But there is.

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Stop Hating on Marketing Automation, Try a Little Tenderness Instead

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There’s a preconceived notion among some in the B2B world that marketing automation is a bad idea, one that’s right up there with pop-under ads.

This misconception likely comes from the early days of social media marketing, when desperate, unscrupulous companies used automated third-party services to blast what truly amounted to spam across their social channels 24/7.

While that sort of automation is terrible, maybe even downright unforgivable, the last thing you want to do is discount automation altogether. Don’t be a hater, there’s so much about automation for a marketer to love.

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