How to sell ice to an eskimo.

One would think and eskimo doesn’t need ice; what with being surrounded by it and all. Just like millennials don’t need another clever t-shirt or “Build Your Brand in 5 Days” eCourse.

We’re all loaded down with stuff we don’t need or things we thought would finally be “that thing” to get us over the hump. To be honest, sometimes it seems like our generation is just over it. I know I am. We’re constantly being sold to so we’ve become jaded.

What do you do as a young entrepreneur? How do you get thousands of people buying into your business without seeming like another jive salesman?
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Before you turn your side hustle into your main hustle…do this

We’re living in some uncertain times in the job market. Where corporate America was once the go-to for the young educated individual, that kind of security doesn’t exist anymore.

The American dream is getting more expensive by the day and salaries are getting smaller. The average millennial can’t depend on pension plans or 401k to be there when it’s time to retire.

That’s almost a good thing. Scratch that, it IS a good thing.

I’ve always heard that necessity is the mother of invention. The current climate in the job market is making it easier than ever for millennials to make the decision to leave the “norm” and create their own lane. We’re seeing entrepreneurs go from start up to success in a matter of a few years.

This uncertain environment is pushing more of us to strive to redefine and create our own American dream, and I, for one, love seeing it.

But what if it’s not possible to just leave your corporate job and start on your own venture?

5 Habits that guarantee success as a start up

You know how they say that being an entrepreneur “aint for everybody” ? Well, it’s not. Most people are too scared to even think about stepping out on their own. It’s a scary thing to even dream of leaving the “security” of a 9-5 and taking your life, and finances, into your own hands.

While most people never dream of it, others do, get a taste and realize it wasn’t what they expected. They go running back to the work world with their tails between their legs. It’s an embarrassing pace to be in and one you can avoid by looking at entrepreneurship with an honest eye.

When I first started out as an entrepreneur, I was clueless. I had the mistaken belief, like most people do, that being an entrepreneur meant I could do what I wanted when I wanted, how I wanted. Suddenly, I didn’t have a boss to answer to and all my time was mine. I could go where I wanted, stay out late, sleep in. Or so I thought.

5 ways to save $1,000 by the end of the year

There’s nothing like the feeling of starting off a new year with a clean slate and hopeful outlook. Unfortunately, for many, October kicks off a string of major holidays that will ultimately lead them toward a wall of debt in 2017. The best way to ensure you kick off January debt-free is to be proactive — start saving now so you don’t have huge credit card bills to deal with once the holiday celebrations are over. Of course, it’s going to take serious budget cuts and commitment to reach a comfortable $1,000 buffer. So what can you do to save big besides giving up your morning latte and brown-bagging lunch? 1. Get rid of your cable already. Ever wonder how you can pay for so many channels and yet there’s never anything good to watch? It’s because there really is nothing good to watch. If you can find the strength, dive into a good financial book to read and skip the cable, save your money. Get rid of your cable television to save hundreds of dollars, hours of free time and probably a few brain cells before the end of the year. You’ll be amazed at how quickly the urge to binge on episodes of Real Housewives disappears. 2. Cook your meals, Dumb the Fast Food. Fast food, while delicious, is a budget item that’s equally expensive as it is unnecessary. Although some will argue the benefits of a daily quick meal saving time. Generally, fast food does very little to improve your health or bottom line. If you’re serious about saving money, skipping the fast food for a...

10 Businesses You can Start with Almost No Money

Today is the day of the entrepreneur. If you haven’t made the leap from your 9-5 already, you’re probably thinking about it. With so many options and outlets to get your business started, there’s never been a better time to decide to break out on your own.

We live in a time when anything you’re good at can become a source o income. Social media provides us with direct-to-consumer access, and also business options that don’t require any start up money.

Here are 10 businesses you can start today with almost no money.

Open an online secondhand shop

I’d say open an eBay shop but that’s not the only option anymore. There are an unlimited number of ways to open an online shop with no to low overhead.

7 Books to get your Money Mind right

7 Books to get your Money Mind right

Why does everyone feel good saying “it’s not about the money”? Of course, we don’t want to be money hungry, and in the days of the “passion-preneur”, most of us just want to do what makes our souls feel good. But money is the tool we use to build in this society, and saying it’s not important is like saying a hammer and nails aren’t important when building a house. Money is a tool, and if you want to be an effective builder, you’d better be okay with getting your tools in line.

A pitfall that we face in our community is lacking the knowledge to acquire and sustain money. The main principles most of us learned about money in our upbringing was that it doesn’t grow on trees and that we need to work hard if want to get even little bit of it.

We look around and see others getting it easier, keeping it longer and passing it on to their children. To put it simply, they’re being taught lessons that we’re not. Not because they’re any better or their parents/teachers are any better, but because our parents and teachers just don’t know.

If you want to be successful, do this before 8 am.

Most people want to be successful. We want to have the nice house and cars or maybe just the comfort and freedom that we think comes with success.

It all looks good from the outside.

Somehow, the people that work the hardest for their success make it look easy. Which makes those reaching for success think it actually is easy.

The part of success most people really don’t want is the part that requires discipline. The part that has to wake up early, stay up late, and be impeccable with your word.

Anyone successful person will tell you, that’s the part of success that sustains them. It’s also the hardest part to master. Discipline will keep the success you work so hard to get.

One of the easiest ways I’ve found to be more disciplined is to have a morning ritual. An early morning ritual.

Are you failing on purpose?

It seems like a crazy question right? No one fails on purpose. We’d think that everyone who’s on this path really wants to succeed “as bad as they want to breathe” (shoutout to ET). Who would waste their time going through all the stress of becoming an entrepreneur to intentionally fail at it?

You’d be surprised. Some of the failure habits we have are unconscious. Things that we do, habits that we hold on to that no longer serve us and actually serve to keep us from reaching our goals.

I read a book recently, (I’ll find the name and get back to you, lol) it talked about the “will to fail”. It’s the exact opposite of the “will to succeed”. Much like successful people have the uncanny, often relentless, will to accomplish what they set out to do; those who we see fail most consistently – even if they seem to be trying to succeed – actually are willing themselves to fail.

So how do you know if you’re participating in self sabotage?

If you’re not uncomfortable, you’re not doing it right

“Nothing great comes from comfort zones.” “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten” We quote those things to death, yet when we get to a bump in the road – or our car just straight up breaks down – we’re ready to quit and run back to what’s comfortable. It’s human nature to avoid pain. Here’s another overused but true quote for you – No pain, NO GAIN! The path to being a self-made man or woman means you must be made. There are no shortcuts, no microwaves, no elevators. You gotta slow cook this thing called success. The great thing about it is, the more obstacles you overcome, the larger the scale of success you’re prepared for. I remember my first year of entrepreneurship. I ran out of money. Not “I was down to my last $500”. No. I was BROKE! I wanted to quit a thousand times and go back to the security of a paycheck. And you know what? Eventually, I did go back to working a 9-5. I was really surprised to realize that that choice was even more uncomfortable! My soul was uneasy being an employee. That’s when I realized that no matter how you start out as an entrepreneur, those early days are meant to be uncomfortable. You’re supposed to want to quit, and guess what, you’re supposed to fight through that feeling. You’re supposed to remember why you started and do it even when it hurts. It’s a lot like working out in the gym. You go hard and when you’re done, you’re hurting...