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September 2018

Business, Inspiration, Wellness

The Top 5 Pieces of Advice I’ve Gotten In Business

The Best Business Advice | Alexis the Greek blog

Statistics say invariably that most new businesses close within two years of opening. I myself have seen many storefronts come and go in my hometown, on commercial strips where I worked before I opened my business, and on online retail spaces like Etsy.

Perhaps even more often, I’ve heard friends and peers say they plan to start charging for some product or service, only to hear a few months later that they’ve put their business idea on the backburner, usually mumbling a vague reason before changing the subject.

While business ownership may not be for everyone, and that’s perfectly fine, for some I wonder if perhaps the dream is there, but the confidence or direction simply isn’t.

Therefore, in honor of the 2-year anniversary of the moment I was fully committed to entrepreneurship, I’m sharing 5 of the best pieces of advice I’ve gotten in business. These tips kept me going when it felt like the odds were stacked against me, and provided a guiding light when my circumstances or just business ownership in general felt too big to take on. I hope you enjoy them! Read More

Business, Inspiration, Reviews

If You Only Buy One Book on Success, Buy This One

Books on Business Success: If you only buy one, buy this one | Alexis the Greek blog

Tell me if this sounds familiar: “The only person who has the power to limit what you can do is you.”

How about this? “You are the ceiling on what you can accomplish.”

Or maybe this one: “If you really want it, you’ll make it happen. If you don’t, you’ll make excuses.”

Maybe I just grew up in an incredibly Tony-Robbins-centric world, but I must have had these ideas repeated to me in some form every week of my childhood. My parents said these things, my teachers said these things, my karate instructor said these things. They became the kind of words I’d receive with a wave of my hand and a, “Yeah, yeah. I know.”

I won’t say that they didn’t shape my approach to life. They did. They trained my willpower muscle. I accomplished a lot because I kept myself in check with these standards.

But, like anything else, when you’re fed the same thing over and over, it starts to lose its flavor.

Therefore I am incredibly grateful that somebody positioned this idea to me a little differently when I hit my late twenties. This “somebody” was an author, and he wrote a book called The Big Leap. This book reframed the way I approach—well, everything in my business. Read More

Business

Thinking of Hiring a Freelance Creative? 3 Things to Keep in Mind

How to Hold Freelancers Accountable | Alexis the Greek blog

If your startup or local small business can’t afford an agency to handle creative needs such as your logo design, bio video, website build, social media strategy, or photo needs, you might decide to hire a creative freelancer.

This is almost certain to be someone who comes to you by way of referral. A peer in business knows someone, or one of your new employees has a friend who does whatever it is you’re looking for. On faith, you meet with this freelancer, and if the price seems good, then you probably feel safe giving him or her a chance.

Creatives and young freelancers tend to think differently and play by an entirely different set of rules than the rest of us are used to. This can make working with one a stressful experience, unless of course you are mentally prepared ahead of time.

While in an ideal world any freelancers you work with will have rhythms and systems in place to hold themselves accountable, since you can’t always count on this, here are 3 tips for making sure the work you need gets done, and gets done at the level you’re hoping for. Read More