5 Ways to Take Your Entrepreneurial Aspirations to The Next Level

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This is a guest post by Adnan Afzal, co-founder of Technorian, a budding tech-based entrepreneurial venture determined to make its mark. Firm believer in the power of significant online presence, Technorian extends top-notch development and maintenance services.

Having entrepreneurial aspirations but don’t know what step to take first? Here’s a different, smarter approach you can try by choosing to work on yourself first.

Personal development is a journey rather than a destination, a life-long process yielding you with enhanced life quality by virtue of personal discovery and nurturing of inner talents and potential, bettering your chances of accomplishing significant goals and dreams.

Isn’t this what entrepreneurship is also all about? Indeed, it is and that’s what makes personal development a significant part of your entrepreneurial development too.

It is also critically important to acknowledge that personal development goals are highly individualized. There are almost infinite facets of personal growth, but here we will focus specifically on 5 areas , which will serve to complement your entrepreneurial aspirations as well, helping you make the best of your startup ideas.

5 Areas of Personal Development That Will Augment Your Entrepreneurial Aspirations

1. Refining your skills and acquiring new ones.

Continuous learning is at the core of personal as well as entrepreneurial development. You cannot be a true entrepreneur if you confine your learning curve for one reason or the other.

As an entrepreneur you must always be willing and be ready to learn and enrich yourself to keep up with the rapidly changing trends. The more you develop yourself on a personal level by setting and accomplishing new goals, skills and targets, the better your entrepreneurial aspirations will mature.

Investors are always in search of the best mix of corporate and personal skills within entrepreneurs and it’s surely a good idea to get into something new, expanding your knowledge horizons and boosting up your innovation and creativity.

2. Self-discovery and developing your potential.

Every single one of us is gifted with something special, a specific talent, which is there to be discovered and nurtured.

In fact, it is one of the most challenging tasks you might assign yourself all through your life, but it’s worth taking a shot at, because the rewards are just beyond comprehension.

A good entrepreneur is one who is not afraid of setting new goals aimed at self-discovery, to explore the talent hidden inside and nurture it to get better in personal as well as professional life.

This is a tedious journey requiring you to move ahead step-by-step, never stopping and never giving up, building your confidence on the way and also measuring your success.

3. Improving social skills.

Not only confined to present-era, but socializing has been one of the biggest success secrets of the whole human race throughout the evolutionary journey spanned over millions of years.

However, the leverage socializing gives you nowadays, especially in entrepreneurial arena, is more than ever.

Present-day entrepreneurs are valued greatly for their socializing skills, as it has become almost impossible to make any difference playing a lone-wolf.

Your socializing skills as an entrepreneur create better business opportunities due to better interaction and networking with others around you.

Learn about different cultures and values and team-up with the best people across the globe to actualize your entrepreneurial ambitions.

4. Improving health and fitness.

Improving health and fitness is not an issue of personal development anymore for entrepreneurs. They should challenge themselves to spruce up their energy levels and cognitive abilities, as they will need plenty of both to excel their contemporaries.

Eat healthy, exercise regularly and set goals aimed at improved lifestyle. This will not only help you look and feel better, but will also help you tackle stress better, which has become an inevitable part of modern entrepreneurial lifestyle.

5. Sharing and caring.

Surprised? Don’t be, because it’s sharing and caring that leads to ever-evolving entrepreneurial horizons. You must be open to giving back as much as you are willing to take away from entrepreneurial community.

Great entrepreneurs always encourage knowledge sharing and mentoring. You must set personal goals leading you to help and share with others as frequently as possible; it’s pretty simple, give more to get more.

Remember, it’s never too late for a new and better beginning. Improving in these areas of personal development will also serve as an improvement in your entrepreneurial aspirations.

Do you have any other areas of personal development to share with us, which can help enhance in entrepreneurial development as well?

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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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