#070: Help! I Married An Entrepreneur, Part 2 [Podcast]

My wife, Gail, often travels with me when I speak at various events. Inevitably, she is asked, “How do you live with a entrepreneur?”

Couple in B&W

In fact, two literary agents have encouraged her to write a book on this topic. So I sat down and interviewed her about this very topic. It was lot of fun. So much so, that we have decided to make this a three-part series.

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Last week, I made the mistake of upgrading to the new Mavericks operating system on my MacBook Air. I immediately began to experience problems with Apple Mail and my Gmail accounts. (The problems have been documented in numerous places, including this article on TUAW.) I am now testing alternative email clients. Which email program do you use? Why do you love it—or hate it? Tell me in the comments below.

Are You Making These 8 Twitter Mistakes?

Twitter is a great tool for extending your influence. You can engage your “tribe” in real time, offering leadership and assistance in a way that would have been impossible just a few years ago.

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However, Twitter is not without its challenges. I have made just about every mistake you can make. But assuming you want to grow your influence and increase your follower count (and I realize not everyone does), here are eight mistakes to avoid:

I am looking forward to speaking at NMX 2014 (formerly BlogWorld) and networking with other new media professionals.

Date: January 4, 2014—January 6, 2014
Event: NMX 2014 (Formerly BlogWorld)
Topic: TBD
Sponsor: New Media Expo
Venue: Rio All Suite Hotel
(866) 746-7671
Location: 3700 W. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103
USA
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

Click here to check out my speaking page.

I am looking forward to speaking at Social Media Marketing World and networking with other social media professionals.

Date: March 26, 2014—March 29, 2014
Event: Social Media Marketing World
Topic: TBD
Sponsor: Social Media Examiner
Venue: Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
888-421-1442
Location: 1 Market Place
San Diego, CA 92101
USA
Registration: Click here to register.
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Click here to check out my speaking page.

4 Reasons You Should Consider Crowdsourced Design for Your Next Big Project

My first experience with crowd-sourced design was four years ago. I sponsored a contest to design a new logo for my blog. I paid $200 and received 280 entries in seven days. I am still using that design to this day, albeit tweaked a bit since the original.

Since then, I have sponsored three design contests:

#069: Help! I Married An Entrepreneur, Part 1 [Podcast]

My wife, Gail, often travels with me when I speak at various events. Inevitably, she is asked, “How do you live with a entrepreneur?”

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/Tsuji

In fact, two literary agents have encouraged her to write a book on this topic. So I sat down and interviewed her about this very topic. It was lot of fun. So much so, that we decided to make this a three-part series.

Click to Listen

Play
The Virtual Assistant Solution

Last week, I ran a contest on 99Designs to have a cover designed for my new ebook, The Virtual Assistant Solution: Come Up for Air, Offload the Work You Hate, and Focus on What You Do Best.

After three days, I chose five finalists and asked my readers to select their favorite. More than 2,700 people voted. What you see here is the winning design (with a few tweaks), created by Niels van Londen from the Netherlands.

I’ll tell you more about the book when it is available for sale next week, but I wanted to share the results with you here.

3 Ways to Start Monetizing Your Blog Now

When I started blogging, using my platform to make money was the furthest thing from my mind. Back then, I just wanted to share my ideas and connect with others.

Now that I’ve build an entire business around my platform, that may be hard to believe. But, I just didn’t know what was possible, and I definitely didn’t know how to get started.

Which eBook Cover Do You Like Best?

I have selected the winning cover. You can view it here. If you want to know why I used crowd-sourced design, you can read about that here.

I have a written a new eBook called, The Virtual Assistant Solution: Dig Out from the Pile, Offload the Work You Hate, and Focus on What You Do Best. It is based on what I have learned in the last two years about building virtual teams. It will be available for sale in the next few weeks.

The Virtual Assistant eBook Cover Contest

I’ll tell you more about it later, but right now I need your help.