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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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.

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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.

#068: Sleep and Your Productivity [Podcast]

Recently, after what should have been a relaxing staycation with my wife, I confessed to her that I was feeling discouraged. We talked through a few possibilities without success, but then she asked me, “Are you discouraged or just tired?”

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The fact is that it is incredibly easy to confuse these two feelings because the symptoms are similar.

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Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn: An Interview with John Maxwell

Last week marked the publication of Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn by my good friend, John Maxwell. I recently had the opportunity to interview him about his book. In a moment, I’ll tell you how to get a free copy.

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John has been my friend and mentor since I first started working with him in 1998. He had just finished writing The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. I was the VP of Marketing at Thomas Nelson and and part of the team that helped get the book on the new York Times bestsellers list. It was the first of many for John.