7 Personal Finance Lessons from the Coronavirus

7 Personal Finance Lessons from the Coronavirus

  The Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak took a concept many investors love, compound growth, and turned it against us. What started as a distant problem overseas is now scaring nearly every person in the United States. Personal finance lessons aren’t the only things we’re learning from this humbling virus…   Primarily, the impact it is having on the health of ourselves, loved ones, and neighbors.   Though the pandemic is also making an impact in many other ways, including on everyone’s social life, ability to move around, and of course, the economy.   Local businesses are struggling, the S&P 500 is extremely volatile, and everyone’s personal financial situation is changing day by day.   Given all the uncertainty, I thought it would be helpful to share seven things that are for certain. That is seven known personal finance lessons from the Coronavirus that we can learn from and act upon.   […]

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5 Great Internal Marketing Tips to Boost your Revenue

5 Great Internal Marketing Tips to Boost your Revenue

Marketing firm hired – check. Money spent on Google Ads – check. Facebook page created – check. Then when we finally get that customer on the phone and into the office our precious marketing work is done – right? … Not so fast. Congratulations, you’ve earned yourself a first date with that customer, but now you need to fill that experience with great conversation, good laughs, and even a trademark smile. Let’s face it, now that they’re in the door isn’t enough. An internal marketing strategy now becomes extremely vital.    At our office, we’ve tried over a dozen different ideas to maximize the value of our new and existing customers. Just getting them in the door isn’t good enough. Now that we’ve earned the opportunity to treat their needs, we need to make sure that we’re presenting these great and trusting customers with the best products and services at […]

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Founder and CEO Anthony Zhang is Someone you Need to Know

Founder and CEO Anthony Zhang is Someone you Need to Know

  “Can you tell me what was going through your head when once you finished your pitch, [Mark] Cuban looked at you blank in the face and said, ‘You didn’t tell me shit…’?” After all the research I had done for this interview with Anthony Zhang, this was the question I most wanted to ask. Without skipping a beat Anthony replied, “I was shitting my pants… Excuse the curse word.”      Anthony Zhang has co-founded 3 companies, two of which have already been acquired and the third is his current project that I detailed at length in this post   (BTW – I can’t wait to invest in his current project Vinovest – click here to check out the company yourself). He’s held the titles of CEO, Board Member, Director of Growth, Head of Marketing and Business Development, and now Angel Investor… And he’s only 25 years old. In […]

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How Vinovest Pours a New Opportunity for Everyday People

How Vinovest Pours a New Opportunity of investing in fine wine for Everyday People

  When we talk about historical investment options for the average American, we discuss stocks, bonds, precious metals, and if we’re fortunate enough to have saved up enough capital maybe we dive into real estate or a business investment as well. One thing I hadn’t considered as a realistic investment option, though, is fine wine. Well, thanks to Vinovest, a new LA-based startup run by a proven set of co-founders, investing in fine wine is no longer reserved for the ultra-wealthy. Everyday people – you and I – can do it, too.    (Sponsored content)   I had the great opportunity to sit down with Vinovest co-founder, Anthony Zhang, just a couple of weeks ago   During our conversation, I had the chance to:     Learn more about how the company, and more importantly how an investment in fine wine through Vinovest works, Determine if these investments are safe […]

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Have Fun and Convert Sales?!? How to Best Answer your Business’ Phone

Have Fun and Convert Sales?!? How to Best Answer your Business' Phone

  “Thank you for calling the Hard Rock, Maui! This is Mike – how can I rock your world?!” I remember like it was yesterday. Hands down the second-best job I’ve ever had (running this dental practice is pretty great). Young twenties, summer breaks, Maui Hawaii, … There must be a lesson we can take from that experience to apply and dramatically improve our businesses, am I right? In fact, there were many lessons I learned that I carry with me today, but the one I want to focus on here is how we were trained to answer the phone at ‘The Rock’ (as we called it).    What my managers in Maui understood that I think many of us in the business world forget is that customers may come because of your brand or marketing, but they’ll stay because of the experience you provide for them. My question to […]

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How to Be a Great Party Host: Tips, Tricks, and More

How to Be a Great Party Host: Tips, Tricks, and More

  Achieving pro party host status isn’t something that happens overnight. It takes years of trial and error in the form of burnt casseroles, bad playlists, and running out of booze before you can consider yourself an old salt in the entertaining department. But even though most people aren’t born a natural Martha (Stewart, that is), it doesn’t mean everyone can’t become one.   Here are some of our best tips and tricks for advancing your status from amateur to pro the next time you host       Never Make Your Guests Ask for Anything One basic philosophy to adopt as the host or hostess of any event is this: Never make your guests ask for anything. Consider yourself the giver of all things for the four or five hours your home is transformed into party headquarters, and try to anticipate a party-goer’s every need before they even have […]

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How to Boost your Business’ Internet Presence

How to Boost your Business' Internet Presence

  Having a strong internet presence is pivotal to the financial well being of your business. Sure, you can go above and beyond to create a unique customer experience and send out an army of current customers recruiting new ones on your behalf. But at the end of the day, those prospective new clients are going to use the ‘trust but verify’ method when it comes to recommendations from their friends and family. And the ‘verify’ portion will be done by typing (your business name here) into Google.    Go ahead, take a minute, and do the same. See what those potential customers see when they search for your business. Do they find anything at all? And if they do find you, does what they see compel them to click on your website and eventually reach out to schedule an appointment?   The truth is that we can all get […]

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2020 I’ll Be Building ‘Brick By Brick’ – And a Look Back to 2019

2020 I'll Be Building 'Brick By Brick' - And a Look Back to 2019

  Hey, Team – Great to see you again! It’s been a minute…    As I’ll get into below, I’ve been prioritizing professional time in other realms which has been a great and at times slightly frustrating thing. And while I’ll cover all of that below, I want to let you know that although my new content hasn’t been nearly as frequent as it was when we started 2019 – I haven’t quit working behind the scenes.   Not by a longshot.   In fact, since I launched the blog (March 1, 2016) I’ve published over 360 articles covering the gamut of business, fitness, family, finance, entrepreneurship, personal development, … and how each of those topics has intersected with my specific life – and my journey – along the way. And in traveling that path with you, I’ve earned an income, made great friends, honed some aspects of my communication […]

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3 Actionable Tips to Make you Financially Fit

3 Actionable Tips to Make you Financially Fit

  Becoming financially fit, just like achieving a higher physical fitness level isn’t easy. It takes hard work, dedication, and granite-like discipline to make significant positive changes.   The fact is – you need to put in the work. Period.   But when you’ve got a ton of motivation and energy, but don’t know what to do with it, not only are you wasting your time… But you’re missing out on the potential for growing your personal wealth and boosting your net worth, too. And friends, that’s no good.   That’s why, I’ve got Robbie here today to help get us on the right path.   Take it away, Robbie!   3 Actionable Tips to Make you Financially Fit   Hi everyone! I’m Robbie and I’m a personal finance blogger over at EAT Money and am really excited Mike has given me the opportunity to share some thoughts with you […]

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Improving your Fitness Is a Full-Time Job

Improving your Fitness Is a Full-Time Job

  Mike! Put. Down. The. Doughnut!!! Is that ‘sugar-coated lie’ helping you toward improving fitness or obliterating it?   We all know the answer, yet in spite of Jocko’s unique moniker for sugary treats (sugar-coated lies), most of us tend to go past ‘everything in moderation’ when it comes to a few vices…   Me?   Lately, it’s been mint chocolate chip ice cream and Aldi’s off-brand Keebler Elf cookies. A couple of scoops won’t suffice quite like the whole pint.   And with each ‘relapse’, the same 3 stages of guilt cycle through my head.   Shame – Regret – Rebirth   The ‘Shame’ and ‘Regret’ pieces speak for themselves, but it’s the ‘Rebirth’ piece I’d like to touch on a bit.   After binging on some edible delicacy, I’ll typically swear off the item for the foreseeable future   For example – last week I ate a sleeve […]

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