How I Launched my Own Business — And Got my Boss to Pay Me to Do it

This past June, I celebrated a very special anniversary: Three years. Three years since I walked into my boss’s office and told him, “No, I do not want to be on the fast track to VP.”Crazy, right?Well, not really…When I’d taken the position as HR manager for a subdivision of a Fortune 500 manufacturing company in 2010, I had been upfront with my hiring manager.I let him know that while

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How to Publish a Book on Amazon (and Sell Over 100,000 Copies the SMART Way)

When I published The Coaching Habit, little did I know how big it would be for me. Within a year, my book turned into a Wall Street Journal bestseller, sold nearly 200,000 copies, received more than 500 reviews on Amazon, and maintained the number-one ranking in the business/coaching category for about 95 percent of the year.In this post, I’m going to give you the painstaking details on exactly how I

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4 People Who Turned Love Into a Six-Figure Business

You can’t put a price on love.At least that’s how the saying goes. And while that may be true, you can still put a price on services that help others findlove.Many have tried it — from matchmakers to dating coaches. After all, as long as people have beating hearts and yearning souls, there’s a market for these products.So before you get too frustrated trying to find your big business idea, consider this:

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The Pet Rock: How to Make Big Money From Simple Ideas

In 1975, the pet rock sold 1.5 million units at $3.95 a pop. And even though it was a fad that lasted only 6 months, it made the inventor, Gary Dahl, a millionaire overnight.It’s one of those ideas so simple you think, “Man, why couldn’t I have come up with that?!?!”Most people will chalk up the runaway success of the pet rock as luck. But if you go beneath the surface,

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3 Unique Online Business Ideas for Writers

As you continue to test your ideas in the market, it’ll become easier to find the ones that are truly unique and ultimately profitable.It’s one of the best things I’ve published, and totally free – just tell me where to send it:Host of Netflix's "How to Get Rich", NYT Bestselling Author & host of the hit I Will Teach You To Be Rich Podcast. For over 20 years, Ramit has

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How to structure a coaching contract clients can’t wait to sign (example + free templates)

Raise your hand if you run a coaching business and any of these sound familiar:Coaching is a human-based business. (Unless you’re coaching, I don’t know, rabbits.) And with humans come, you guessed it: human error.That’s where a coaching contract comes in.Contracts are about morethan wrapping your clients up in red tape and telling them what they can’t do. Think of your contract as relationship insurance: it does all the hard,

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Case study: How Joyce created a $1,000 product in less than a week

In 2012, Joyce Akiko landed her dream job right out of college. At least, that’s what she thought. Almost immediately she found out the work wasn’t a good fit.“From the outside looking in, everything seemed to be going great. I was doing what everyone expected me to do, but I wanted more meaningful work and to have an impact with what I did day-to-day.”So during her free time, Joyce taught herself

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From $4.95 to 7 figures: The real math of how do websites make money (and how you can, too)

The first product I sold from my site was a $4.95 ebook called Ramit’s 2007 Guide to Kicking Ass. It’s pretty embarrassing to look at now, but from those modest beginnings I’ve grown IWT into a multi-million dollar business. It’s not magic. It’s math. Now, I’m going to pull back the curtain on how websites make money, using my own and other students’ websites as examples to study so that your own website

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How an app developer learned the secret to creating successful products online

About Matteo:A 35-year-old software developer from Amsterdam, Matteo is the founder of iOS Foundations. He wanted to learn how to start an online business because he was tired of spending months and months (and countless hours) developing products that nobody was buying.How he used Zero to Launch:Matteo’s background in computer science lead him to believe “if you build it, they will come.” But, after unsuccessfully launching a business around several apps

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