You can’t believe everything you read on the internet. The internet is inundated with (inaccurate) information and Google is a black hole that will suck the life out of anyone. The one trusted source that (for the most part) won’t steer you wrong are good old-fashioned business and blogging books. The strategies, tools and advice that are printed in plain black and white are unmatched. Whether you decided to overcome fear, stop doubting yourself, or alter your mindset this year, I have curated this collection of the best business, career and blogging books that you should read in 2017. Enjoy! ( Oh, by the way, you can read most of these books and magazines for *free* with Amazon Prime. Click here for a free 30 day trial.)
In order to succeed in business, you need to learn how to set business goals. Why? Without goals, you will never know if you are on track, or be able to create the right kind of strategy to reach them. If you don’t know where you’re headed, how do you expect to get there? Let’s look at what your business is probably like right now.
Working for yourself has many challenges. For me, it was living in discipline and structure. I was cruising by doing the bare minimum, because my mindset was all off. I was more afraid of failing than I was willing to work for success. I didn’t want to put in the work, because maybe, nobody would buy. But I learned this the hard way: fear is a useless emotion fueled by hypotheticals. While I wasted time being afraid, I wasn’t investing in the things that would help me grow. I was doing just enough to stay afloat. The bare minimum will barely get you results. So I got my act together, launched the Glow-Up Challenge, and did the things I’m about to outline in this blog post. Everything changed
Your resume is important, because every piece of paper or profile that is associated helps to make you more marketable. If you can master a good resume and how to sell yourself on paper, you can sell yourself in your side hustle, for speaking engagements and other opportunities. Job seeker or entrepreneur, your resume is not to be ignored. By now you should know that whatever you learned about creating a resume design is probably outdated, especially if you're in a creative industry. It is the one piece of paper that we obsess over the most and the hardest one to get right it seems. Microsoft Word templates are just not going to give you the wow-factor that you need to stand out in a pile, and the contents on it is probably a lazy collection of copy-and-paste from past job descriptions. Your resume is your introduction and speaks for you. What does your resume say about you? While a resume is just one part of the job search process, it is what can get you in the door.
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of going to Philadelphia courtesy of the Visit Philly team. They showed us a different side to the city of Brotherly Love, and it is now one of my favorite cities. Who would of thought that you could find so much charm and vibrancy just a little over an hour outside of NYC? If you are in town for the Made in America festival or just a quick weekend getaway, take in the views of the Delaware River at Penn’s Landing, ride through the Italian market on a segway, and learn about so many of America's firsts. The Liberty Bell and the typical tourist sites are alright, but Elfreth's Alley will really take you back in time. On my trip I enjoyed so much of the city outside of the stereotypical cheesesteaks and historical sites. If you’re ever in Philly, you need to try these things.
One of the most common questions that I get asked is: how do you manage your business while working full-time? The key is to stop stressing the things that don't matter, also known as non-revenue-generating activities. If it isn’t making you money, why are you bothering with it? Before you go on your righteous, “It’s not always about money.” rant, go ahead and exit out of this post, because I think in dollar signs. If you aren’t interested in making money then you don’t have a business or a side hustle, you have a hobby and this post isn’t for you. Trust me, I’m the first one who loves a good hobby, but in order to make your side business more profitable or even do it full-time, you need to be worried about the money.