sick

Entrepreneur Of The Week: Meet Vincent Zurzolo, The CEO Of One Of The Largest Dealership Of Vintage Comics In The World

Vincent Zurzolo grew up in Rockaway Beach, Queens in New York City. He’s always loved comic books as a kid. He decided to make a business out of something he loves so he began buying and selling comic books with a friend – he was 15 years old at the time. He started at the bottom of the ladder, he was even selling comic books on the streets of Manhattan. When he graduated in 1993, he was selling comic books part-time through school. Six years later he merged companies with his partner Stephen Fishler. After years of working hard, he eventually achieved success and he is now the co-owner of Metropolis Collectibles, the largest dealership of vintage comics in the world. In 2007 they started a second brand called ComicConnect.com which is the premier online auction company in the world and in 2015 they started Metropolis Gallery which is the only gallery in New York City that focuses on comic books and fantasy art.

StarCentral Magazine recently caught up with Vincent to talk about his journey to entrepreneurship and here’s what went down:

Could you please tell our readers a brief background about yourself and how you started your business?

I grew up in Rockaway Beach, Queens in New York City. I started as a child who loved comic books. I loved everything about them. The stories, the amazing art, the fantastic heroes and villains. I began buying and selling comic books with a friend while in my teens.

Can you describe your journey to success? When did you start? Did you ever imagine you would become this successful?

I’ve been selling comic books since I was 15 years old. I started at the bottom of the ladder, even selling comics on the streets of Manhattan. I worked hard and set goals and I am now the co-owner of Metropolis Collectibles, the largest dealership of vintage comics in the world. I know I would do well but wasn’t sure how I would become #1. I was selling comics part-time through school but when I graduated in 1993, it was only 6 years until I merged companies with my partner Stephen Fishler. From there it was just like Superman, Up, Up and Away!

What are you currently doing to maintain/grow your business?

In 2007 we started a 2nd brand called ComicConnect.com which is the premier online auction company in the world and in 2015 we started Metropolis Gallery which is the only gallery in NYC that focuses on comic books and fantasy art.

How did your business stand out?

I believe in our brand. My team is passionate. We believe and know we are the best at what we do. This comes through in everything we do. Our clients know we care about them and treat them with respect and courtesy.

How did your brand stand out from the rest of the other brands out there that is similar to your niche?

We have inventory and auction offerings that are unparalleled in the world of vintage comics and art. Our location in midtown Manhattan makes us easily accessible by the client in the area as well as those flying through. We hold 5 Guinness Records and are ambassadors of vintage comic book collecting and investing including selling the first comic for a million dollars, Action Comics 1 (first Superman) and the world-record $3.2 million for another Action Comics 1.

What is the toughest decision you had to make in the last few months?

The toughest decision I had to make was whether or not to move into a new area of collectibles. We decided against it and to focus on what we were doing. I am convinced we made the right decision.

What money mistakes have you made along the way that others can learn from (or something you’d do differently)?

Looking back, before starting a brand new lease I wish we explored buying a place in Manhattan as the real estate market has exploded.

What have you learned in the process of becoming wealthy that others can learn from?

I’ve learned several things. While money can’t buy you happiness it can make life a little easier in certain respects. I feel very blessed in my life. I do something I am passionate about. I have a great partner and team around me. People love investing in and collecting comics and there passion further fuels my passion.

What new business would you love to start?

I would love to start a restaurant. I grew up in the restaurant business. My father was a restaurateur and chef specializing in Italian food. It is in my blood. I know if I wasn’t in the comic business I’d be in the food business.

If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?

That is a tough question as I feel so blessed with what I have right now. Back in 1996 I started a comic convention business. I left it quickly do to differences with my partner at the time. Looking back on it, I wish I’d have found a way to make it work as it has become a very lucrative business.

Do you have any favorite business-related or personal development related books that you can recommend to other entrepreneurs?

You should read a lot of them. Some of my favorites are the 1-minute manager, the 4-hour workweek, Who moved my cheese and Tony Robbin’s Unlimited Power CD set. The CD set changed my life.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

My mother always told me I could do anything I set my mind to. My father always told me that knowledge is power. It’s important to know that my parents came to America from Italy with nothing. My father hardly spoke English and worked his way up from being a dishwasher to pizza man to chef and restaurateur. My mother grew up part of her life in an orphanage. She had a very limited education but the wisdom to know how important it was for me to study. Without the love, guidance, and wisdom they imparted to me, there is no doubt in my mind I wouldn’t be where I am today.

What advice would you give to a newbie Entrepreneur setting up their first business?

Believe in yourself, arm yourself for battle with knowledge and an unyielding thirst to succeed. No matter what obstacles you face, overcome them. I started out competing against other dealers who had much more money and knowledge than I did. I saved my money, learned my craft but early on also utilized something I was good at from growing up in the restaurant business – customer service. My ability to give that little extra to my clients has paid dividends throughout my career.

sick

If You Want To Be Wealthy, You Should Avoid These 5 Mistakes

Becoming a millionaire seems like the perfect dream for most people. In order to make this dream come true, though, it takes a lot of determination and hard work. Although many of the people dreaming of becoming millionaires will end up settling for less, this does not have to be the case with you. If you are driven by the thirst to succeed, you need to build on solid ground and start making life changes.

However, there are a lot of misinterpretations that can get you off the right course towards success. Some things just are not necessary and in fact can be proven extremely damaging to your goals. How to be rich does not depend on any of the following misconceptions. Read the following points below carefully and find out what you do not need to do:

• Work on conventional niches

This is a safe way towards failure. In other words, you do not want to engage in niches that have been regarded as a traditional money-making business. You cannot expect to get rich any time soon by practicing law or medicine or architecture. These professions require a lot of time, and you slowly build your income, up to a point.

• Assume that just by studying hard will bring in the cash

There is no guarantee that your studies will pay off in the future when it comes to your professional career and money boost. On the contrary, most of the times you will be expected to choose a different professional path, which has nothing to do with what you have studied.

• Depend on luck

Luck is definitely not the main factor that determines if you get rich or not. You should focus on taking advantage of any opportunity coming your way, rather than wait for luck to knock on your door.

• Indulge in scams

Nothing good has ever come long term from scams. Even if you are lured by short-term winnings, you will most likely learn the hard way that such money does not last. So it is not worth risking your career for something with dubious results.

• Maintain a rich social life

Unfortunately, when you set your mind on how to be a millionaire, there is no time to waste. This means that you must be considerate and schedule all your social plans according to your optimal benefits professionally.

Of course, these are just few of the things you ought to avoid on your path to success. You need to set realistic goals and do not let go till you reach them.

sick

This CEO Happens To Be The Brains Behind Some Of The Biggest Gym Chains In Australia

Selena Short’s business acumen was revealed quite early on in her life and in a most unusual way. Short reveals that “as a kid, while others played games, I played shops, would even make up raffles to sell. Actually, I would raffle off my Mum’s frozen chickens, without her knowing about it, sorry mum!”  From that nefarious beginning, Selena Short has built for herself not only an incredibly successful career but one that is full of passion and purpose.

If one hears of a big-name fitness club, chances are Selena Short has had a hand in it.  The New Zealand native holds a Master’s Degree in Commerce from Victoria University in Wellington and has been working in the fitness industry for 18 years.  A fortuitous move to Hong Kong (having previously worked for Air New Zealand as a Business Analyst) gave her the chance to apply for, and secure, a job as Marketing Manager for California Fitness Centres (CFC).  She shares that “over the 7 years with this company, I worked my way up into a senior role as Vice President in charge of Marketing and Human Resources.  I managed an annual marketing spend of over US$5 million and oversaw the HR for over 2,000 employees across 6 countries (Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, and Malaysia).”  When the company was sold in 2005 for a record $1.6 billion US, Short made enough from her shares to be able to make the move to Australia in 2006 and start her first gym.  She reveals that “alongside my husband and business partners Mark Mastrov and Eric Levine we started V Club, a revolutionary concept and a gym that won the best gym in Sydney 4 years straight.  Since then we have grown the business into 10 Crunch gyms across Sydney and Melbourne.”  Selena was also involved in opening the first international locations for UFC Gym and Hard Candy Fitness, the fitness company started by music superstar, Madonna, and her manager, Guy Oseary.

It’s obvious that Selena is passionate about fitness and health.  But the 46-year old is also passionate about, she shares, “seeing people grow in their unique gifts and purpose…we have over 750 in our team who are responsible for close to 55,000 members, I get to equip our teams to inspire and motivate people to live better…I love building strong teams that are on a mission to help people ‘perspire to greatness’…if our business can help someone become stronger and be healthier, then we will have played a part in helping them live their life to the full.”

Massive success has the unfortunate side effect of warping one’s sense of self-worth and sense of entitlement.  But nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to Selena Short.  Take for example her revelation of what has been the most memorable experience of her career so far: “Opening the doors of our first owned fitness club for the first time will always be a defining moment…it is a moment I relive with every new club opening to this day. I am personally on site helping set the club up and finish the final clean! I’m there on opening day and I do the first workout with members. But right before we open our doors I pause and say a little prayer for all the lives we are about to change from that day onwards! It’s powerful, we impact communities!”  This from a woman who has worked with stars such as NBA legend, Magic Johnson; model extraordinaire Cindy Crawford; UFC President Dana White and NBL Australia’s Executive Director, Larry Kestelman!  The half Kiwi/half Cook Islander directly attributes her continued humility and down-to-earth nature to her Christian beliefs – “I believe I am positioned where I am today because it is God’s plan.  All I had to do was obey the signs and work extra hard for it.”

Any successful business entrepreneur got to where they are because there were people who influenced them along the way.  For Selena, these included her business partners, Mark Mastrov (founder of 24 Hour Fitness) and Eric Levine (founder of California Fitness).  But perhaps the most influential, and who provided the impetus for Selena to start her own gym, is movie legend, Jackie Chan.  She fondly remembers “working with Jackie on design concepts for a Jackie Chan-endorsed California Fitness Centre.  He wanted a whole lot of crazy concepts in the club, I was the only one who would tell him ‘no’, but together we came up with some cool ideas!  Jackie spoke life into me, it prompted a confidence in me to move on to start my own business.”  In China, Chan’s philanthropy is as legendary as his acting career.  Short recounts attending Jackie’s 50th birthday party where the action star became annoyed at guests who gave him big, flashy flower arrangements.  He growled that he preferred to be given money – but the money wasn’t for himself.  Selena shares that “he then sent his team out into the party with buckets for all his guests, the who’s who in Hong Kong to take off their expensive watches and jewelry and donate it to his causes.  I love that he is not just about his movies and business, but is driven to help children living in poverty in China.”

The now Sydney-based wife and mother of 3 continue to have big plans to inspire others to ‘perspire to greatness.’  She shares that they “plan to continue to grow our business in Australia and possibly into New Zealand.  We have a few new clubs in the pipeline now.  We are also going into franchising, I look forward to mentoring franchisee owners and helping them build their own fitness businesses.  Personally, I am starting a foundation to help support women and families through health and fitness initiatives.”  And it all started with a few frozen chickens!  But, as Selena shares, you must figure out your ‘why’ first.  She emphasizes to “figure out what it is that you are passionate about.  What gets you out of bed.  What gets you excited.  And go for it!”  She passionately urges others to actively seek their calling, put in the hard work for it, and enjoy the ride – “When things are going well, enjoy it, you’ve probably worked hard for it. When things are tough, don’t give up but fight harder, you are just being shaped for greater things to come.  Love the saying, tough times don’t last but tough people do!”  And there is no better example of this advice than Selena Short herself.

We also asked Selena for some more in-depth business and marketing tips and here’s what she revealed:

What social media platforms do you usually use to increase your brand’s awareness?

We use mainly Facebook, Instagram, blogs, and now more on YouTube to engage people through sharing inspiring stories and useful information.

What is your primary tactic when it comes to making more people aware of your brand and engaging your customers?

Crunch has a unique culture of making fitness fun and affordable for everyone. Word of mouth is our most powerful tool; we ensure our members love the Crunch way especially our “No Judgments” philosophy and our passionate team. We strive to be the best referral business in the universe.

What advice would you give to a newbie Entrepreneur setting up their first business?

In life, you can play now and pay later or pay now and play later. In other words, you can pay the price now to get ahead and improve your life position. You can make the sacrifices now and work harder, give up some of life’s pleasures, go above and beyond and get your qualification, progress your career, sport or business, and enjoy the benefits of progress. Or you can play now and pay later, no career path, confusion in your purpose, and unhappy in your life positioning later.

Be in it to grow! Know your ‘why’ and have a passion strong enough to withstand the challenging times. When it hurts real bad, chances are you are so close to a break-through so don’t give up. And keep a ‘scoreboard’ (in our business this is done daily, monthly, and yearly) to measure actual performance against goals. This makes you accountable and more disciplined around making each day count towards achieving your plans especially the business’s financial objectives. If you do not make money, you cannot grow so what’s the point?

sick

Meet The World’s Top 10 Young Millionaires To Watch Out For In 2020

It’s quite inspirational to look back at how some of the world’s most famous celebrities, game-changers, and entrepreneurs got started on their journey to success. While some get lucky by getting a good break, the majority of them had to work extremely hard to make their dreams a reality.

While most young people end up settling for a 9-5 job, others follow the road less taken yet amazingly succeed at a young age. There is no minimum age to become a millionaire, as these inspirational millionaires know firsthand. From acting to uploading YouTube videos to creating an app to starting up their own companies, get to know these 10 millennials who made millions before turning 30.

Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie is one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actresses, who achieved massive success at a young age. Robbie, shot to stardom with 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street when she starred alongside Leonardo Di Caprio, and her career has been on fire ever since. She has so far received nominations for two Academy Awards and five BAFTA Awards for her acting prowess. In 2017, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and in 2019, she was ranked among the world’s highest-paid actresses.

Evan Spiegel

Evan Spiegel is the co-founder and CEO of the multimedia messaging app Snapchat which he co-founded with Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown while they were students at Stanford University. Spiegel initially launched a prototype called “Picaboo”, which they all later renamed as Snapchat. The mobile app was a hit and its popularity grew at such a rapid pace that in 2012, Evan decided to leave Stanford to focus on Snapchat shortly before completing his degree. As of October 2019, Snapchat has 210 million daily, active users.

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande began her career in the 2008 Broadway musical 13 but she rose to stardom for her role as Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious from 2010–2013, and in its spin-off, Sam & Cat from 2013–2014. She eventually decided to pursue a solo music career and in 2013, she released her first studio album “Yours Truly,” which entered atop the US Billboard 200. The album’s lead single, “The Way,” opened in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, with critics comparing her voice to the legendary Mariah Carey. As of June 2017, Ariana’s music videos had been viewed a whopping total of more than nine billion times online. She has received three American Music Awards, three MTV Europe Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, and four Grammy Award nominations.

Ryan Higa

Ryan Higa aka “nigahiga” is an American comedian, YouTuber, and actor. He achieved YouTube star status for his comedic videos on YouTube. His YouTube channel, “nigahiga,” was actually the most subscribed channel on YouTube for 677 consecutive days from 2009–2011. Currently, he has one of the most-followed comedy YouTube channels in the world, boasting 21.4 million subscribers.

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving is a professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A six-time All-Star and two-time member of the All-NBA Team, he won an NBA championship with the Cavaliers in 2016. According to Forbes, his jersey is actually ranked fourth among the NBA’s bestsellers during the 2018-19 season, his Nike shoe is among the NBA’s top sellers and a viral Pepsi ad campaign featuring Irving as the elderly Uncle Drew was so popular that it eventually led to a 2018 Hollywood feature film.

Kayla Itsines

Kayla Itsines is an Australian personal trainer, author, and entrepreneur. She is the creator of a series of fitness ebooks titled “Bikini Body Guides,” and a meal-planning and workout app, called “Sweat with Kayla.” Sweat with Kayla generated more revenue than any other fitness app in 2016. Kayla initially created the Bikini Body Training Company with her partner, Tobi Pearce in 2014 so that she can coach and motivate more women. In 2017 Forbes declared her the top fitness influencer on the Top Influencers list.

Nick Molnar

Nick Molnar is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in online retail. Nick is the co-founder and CEO of Afterpay, one of Australia’s fastest-growing fintech companies. Afterpay enables customers to pay retail merchants via a ‘buy now, take now, pay later’ service that does not require customers to enter into a typical loan or pay any upfront fees or interest to Afterpay.

Jordan Maron

Jordan Maron better known by his online alias “CaptainSparklez,” is a YouTube personality, gamer-commentator, and electronic musician. Maron is famous for playing the video game Minecraft, which is featured on his main YouTube channel, “CaptainSparklez,” and the channel “CaptainSparklez 2.” His main channel is currently one of the most-subscribed channels on YouTube with over ten million subscribers as of July 25, 2019.

Sean Belnick

Sean Belnick is the founder of BizChair.com. When Sean was 14 years old, he created his first website “BizChair.com” back in 2001. Using the drop-ship business model, this website’s purpose was to sell office furniture, shipping it directly to customers. Sean’s stepfather Gary Glazer, was an independent furniture veteran who had 20 years’ experience in the office furniture industry under his belt. Leveraging Gary’s connections with furniture manufacturers and importers, Sean began running BizChair.com. He may have modestly started his business inside his bedroom – but now BizChair.com is a multi-million dollar business.

Kaila Methven

Kaila Methven might be a KFC heiress, but she is a success in her own right. She currently runs two high-end lingerie brands: Madame Methven and Lactrodectus (LDKM)(madamemethven.com). Kaila has been featured in several magazines, including the covers of Femme Rebelle, Ellements, LA Fashion Magazine, Maxim South Africa and she has also appeared in Contrasts, Runway, Basic, Most, Fab UK, Maxim US, Marie Claire Italy, Business Insider, and The Sun. She has won Best International Designer Haute Couture and lingerie twice. She was also awarded the Most Dynamic Woman of the year by Angeleno Magazine as well. Kaila’s designs have been seen on many celebrities, including Oscar-winner Apollonia Kotera, Kitty Brucknell of X factor UK, and cast members of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

sick

Meet The Man Behind The Cover Of The Latest Issue Of Global Millionaire Magazine: The Amazing Deven Powers Aka Mr. Hollywood

Around 18 years ago, Deven Powers had hit rock bottom. Beaten down by life, with shattered self-esteem – his past actions of breaking the law has lead to significant jail time. He was financially, mentally, and spiritually bankrupt. At the lowest point in his life, he eventually realized that a life of crime isn’t something he wants to do for the rest of his life. After months and months of contemplation, he finally decided to pursue a vision of becoming more. In 2003 he made the conscious decision that he’s going to turn his life around by becoming a successful entrepreneur one day – so he began studying and taking classes in business management and consumer science. While he was in jail, he managed to pick up several skills, and one of which is hair styling – he learned how to braid, cut, and style hair. He never in a million years imagine that this particular set of skills would eventually lead to a very lucrative business model.

Along his journey of personal growth and self-improvement, Deven saw an opportunity to disrupt the film festival industry – he somehow found a gap in an established market. There weren’t many festivals in Los Angeles that actually catered to African American Filmmakers at the time so he decided to create a film festival that not only screened independent filmmakers but also applauded them by giving them screening blocks.

Fast forward to today, Deven Powers aka “Mr. Hollywood” is now the CEO and founder of the Black Film Festival Los Angeles, Mr. Hollywood TV Show, Mr. Hollywood Blogs, Mr. Hollywood Magazine, and Discover My Music Radio. He has also been the host of the LA Live Film Festival from 2018 through to 2020. When Deven’s not gracing the cover of magazines or hosting red carpet events, he’s hosting the “Mr. Hollywood TV show” which airs on AT & T, channel 99 in U-Verse, and channel 32 in Charter Spectrum.

The Global Millionaire Magazine recently caught up with Mr. Hollywood to discuss his journey in the entrepreneurial world and here’s what went down:

Could you please tell our readers a brief background about yourself and how you started your business?

Hi, my name is Deven Powers and I’m The founder and CEO of the Black Film Festival Los Angeles, Mr.Hollywood magazine, Mr.Hollywood blogs, Mr.Hollywood TV show, and Discover My Music Radio. I built my first business “Mr.Hollywood Styles” 10 years ago, as an independent hairstylist mainly braiding and cutting hair. I saved almost every dime I made from the business for a period of 5 years. I was determined to save and I even became homeless at one point in time living in my car just so I can save money in order to be able to invest in The Black Film Festival Los Angeles. My sacrifices eventually paid off because now, my idea is worth millions.

Can you describe your journey to success? When did you start? Did you ever imagine you would become this successful?

My story is actually quite unique. My journey wasn’t an easy one, it began 18 years ago when I was just a young 19-year-old kid sentenced to a stint prison. During my incarceration, I turned my life around and realised that a life of crime wasn’t something I wanted to do for the rest of my life so I decided to make a career change by becoming an entrepreneur. Back in 2003, I began studying and taking classes in business management and consumer science to better myself. by learning the ins and outs of business marketing and consumer spending. Although I was originally trapped under unfortunate circumstances, I made the best out of the situation by turning my life around and becoming a better person and decision-maker. During my incarceration, I picked up several trades – one of them is becoming a hairstylist. I learned how to braid, cut, and style hair. Which would later in life help me to start and invest in my first business. I never in a million years would have imagined that a hairstyling trade would eventually lead to a concept that’s earning millions of dollars in revenue.

What are you currently doing to maintain/grow your business?

Online marketing such as adding SEO to my websites, Facebook promo ads, Instagram promo ads, Pinterest ads, TV and Radio commercials, as well as appearances along with magazine promos.

What is your main tactic when it comes to making more people aware of your brand? How did you stand out?

My main tactic is effective marketing and presentation. First I have to find a way to market my event to the right audience and I also have to make sure that my brand is appealing to that specific market. For example, if I’m promoting my music I’ll find out what type of music caters to people who are aged between 13-35. I even go as far as doing research and finding out what colour schemes appeal to the audience. I do that by researching other successful brands in my field.

One of my other main tactics is to approach things from a gorilla marketing standpoint. I find a void in a particular market and I target it by providing the need. For example, I would email blast and set up promo ads based on the age and demographics of the target audience.

What form of marketing has worked well for your business throughout the years?

Email promotion. I would gather thousands of emails and send clients up-to-date news flyers. I also use Facebook and the old school word of mouth mixed with building a powerful brand reputation.

How did your brand stand out from the rest of the other brands out there that is similar to your niche?

My brand stood out because for a while in Los Angeles there weren’t many festivals that catered to African American filmmakers. I created a film festival that not only screened independent filmmakers but applauded them by giving them screening blocks.

What is the toughest decision you had to make in the last few months?

Whether or not to run digital ads or to physically print flyers. Believe or not the old school way of marketing still works.

What money mistakes have you made along the way that others can learn from (or something you’d do differently)?

Early on in my career, I used to rely on my feelings when it comes to making an executive decision. But I soon learned that was a bad idea. I’m not going say to my readers and fans to not trust their gut instincts when it comes to making executive decisions because sometimes your gut feeling is right. But when it comes to investing, don’t take anyone’s word for it, please do your research. Take up a few online courses to find out what you can do to improve your business by successfully targeting a market. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of marketing and planning – you can never plan enough. I learned early on that if you fail to plan then you plan to fail. In the past, I failed to create the right business plans which in turn caused me to lose money. I .would have definitely written a stronger business plan so that my weekly, monthly, and yearly goals would have all been properly documented.

What have you learned in the process of becoming wealthy?

I’ve learned that it’s not easy. You’re going to have many sleepless nights and you’ll also run into several unforeseen obstacles. With most of my past businesses, the main issue I ran into was business planning and time management issues. Lots of businesses fail because they don’t market their business correctly.

What new business would you love to start?

I’d love to start a basketball league. I’m in the process of starting a league called the NSBA TOUR.

If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?

I would do more business planning and organizing my business structure as well as more brainstorming.

If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were first making a name for yourself, what advice would you give yourself?

I would tell myself not to listen to the haters and dream killers. Remove them from your circle and surround yourself with positive and successful people and spend your money wisely. So many times especially with newer business owners, we invest money in things that we want instead of things that we need. For example, I could purchase a new computer but then a good, used one with up-to-date software can easily get the job done anyway. Make sure you create a list to identify the difference between what you “want” and what the business needs.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

To believe in yourself before others can believe in you. You have to believe in yourself first.

What advice would you give to a newbie Entrepreneur setting up their first business?

Keep God first and pray over your business. Ask God. or your higher power to lead you and guide you in making successful business investments. That’s a secret I’ve learned – you need to manifest your destiny successfully. All great ideas start as a thought first which becomes a word then becomes an action. Which is what I would call the process of creation. Everything in life is all energy so the energy you put out there is what comes back from the universe. Therefore, you need to expect the unexpected. You need to also sure that you have partnership contracts ready to pass on to future investors. I’m going to leave you with this quote: Never give up because if I can make it in business with the odds stacked up against me then you can make it too! To all the readers out there, I represent hope and I’m living proof that you can turn your life around.

sick

How To Overcome Rejection And Turn It Into Power By Refocussing On Your Big Goals

As an entrepreneur you are going to run into rejection, it’s inevitable. You might turn in a proposal that gets denied or try to sell your services and get denied. Either way, it’s important to remember your goals and keep pushing towards them. Don’t let a simple no stop you from achieving your goals. Some of the most successful people have been denied multiple times before reaching their spotlight. Just keep that in mind on this journey of entrepreneurship.

Never take it personally. Most rejections are based on the wellbeing of the other company. If you get rejected it’s simply because they don’t think it’s a good fit. It’s not because you suck and your company sucks. It’s literally just business. Let business be business, and don’t take it to your heart. Don’t let it affect your motivation, or ability to market yourself.

You should use rejection as a tool to figure out what your next step is or even how you could present yourself better next time. Take it as a learning opportunity and figure out what needs to change in order to land that next deal. Your goal is to be successful and grow your company, so use rejection as a tool to guide you in a better direction. Just because one person denied you doesn’t mean there’s not someone else out there that has been looking for someone just like you.

Never be afraid of rejection. Rejection is part of the growth process, and without it, you wouldn’t know where to begin, or even where you should go next. You should never fear being denied because a denial is all it is. It doesn’t affect you negatively to be rejected. If anything, you and the person that denied you are the only ones that are even aware of the rejection. You don’t have to showcase how many rejections it took until you succeeded. Just remember that each rejection leads to another possible deal. Don’t hesitate to put yourself out there in fear of being rejected. Just live for the moment and if you get denied then that’s all that has happened is you got denied. You are still an entrepreneur and you are still striving.

Another thing is don’t give your hopes up to soon. Just keep in mind that rejection is inevitable, and it’s bound to happen to you at some point while venturing as an entrepreneur. Stop hesitating to put yourself out there, because, in the end, it will be nothing but beneficial. You can’t land deals, without putting yourself out there. Regardless of rejection, you are still an entrepreneur and you still need to get your services out there. You can’t wait around and expect something to come to you because that is not realistic. Like I said, rejection is bound to happen on your journey, just don’t let it stop you from marketing your services or company. Use it as a tool to succeed.

sick

4 Smart Ways to Use Social Media to Grow Your Business in 2020

Social media marketing has exploded into the online marketing industry within the last few years and has completely redefined it. With well over 3 billion active users, the figures are set only to rise, and many companies have already begun to capitalize on its valuable assets, influence, and connectivity.

We have outlined 4 secrets below to growing your business with social media and ultimately improving your revenue and audience.

 1. Promote your e-commerce store

This point may sound obvious at first, but it is critical that this is executed correctly. Ensure users can easily find your store by linking to it in your profile descriptions, posts, stories, and tweets; However, you must keep in mind that consumers do not want to be ‘sold’ to. Some businesses swear by certain ‘content to hard sell’ ratios, for example, 5 posts of purely unique content and inspiration that your followers will value, then 1 post with a hard sell and direct link to your online shop or service.

 2. Content is King

Little and often, an age-old saying, but one that reigns true in the world of social media. Your customers and followers do not want to be bombarded every hour, they can quickly grow tired of your content, no matter how unique or engaging it is. You have to leave them wanting more.

In terms of what your social media posts should contain. Content really is king. The videos, photos or text that you post cannot be repetitive or flat. Some of the most popular types of posts that have gone viral include humor and creativity. Ensure though that you keep your target audience in mind when creating content and keep it relevant.

3. Influencers and Bloggers

Once a very misunderstood industry. Businesses are now understanding the vast potential influencer marketing has for their business. Influencers are everyday people from all walks of life, who particularly inspire a group of individuals who idolize or respect their values and opinions. By expertly selecting influencers who match your product or service values you have the ability to reach a very niche but widespread target audience.

4. Communication

Social media is a means of communication after all. It is important to engage in conversation with not only your followers but other businesses and brands too. Being polite, witty and friendly when interacting with others on social media is key.

However, you must ensure that any awkward or abusive comments and interactions from users are dealt with professionally and calmly. If you have an employee who controls your business account, it is of paramount importance that they understand this too. The world is watching, and social media has the power to spread rude or abusive reactions from a business very quickly. In the past it has even helped to completely destroy the reputation of brands, so count to 10 and reply with consideration and respect.

 In conclusion, social media incorporates a huge number of target markets, although different platforms appeal to different types of users (for example Snapchat appeals to ages 18-25, and Facebook pre-dominantly ages 18-45), social media as a whole is used by almost every culture, age, and nationality on Earth. As long as you are providing enriching content and utilizing appropriate marketing techniques like influencers or adverts, you will begin to see positive growth in followers and engagement on your social accounts, which should transcend to sales and profit for your business.

sick

Meet The Man Behind The Cover Of The Latest Issue Of Global Millionaire Magazine: The Inspirational James Purpura

Around 17 years ago, James had hit rock bottom – beaten down by life, with shattered self-esteem. His addictions had resulted in jail time. He was financially, emotionally, and spiritually bankrupt. At the lowest point in his life, he met his future wife and business partner, Steph, and together they pursued a vision of becoming more.

Along their journey of personal growth and self-improvement, James and Steph saw an opportunity to disrupt an industry that ironically appeared to be perpetually stuck in the dark ages – the personal development industry. As a rag to riches, a non-formally educated, successful tech founder with a serious interest in philosophy, James recognized the uniqueness of his position to disrupt the personal development industry for the better.

Together, James and Steph felt an urgency to pursue their life mission to inspire individuals to tap into their unlimited potential and push humanity forward through a personalized combination of philosophy, science, technology, and community. They agreed it was time to launch their next venture, Powerful U, The World’s First Personal Evolution Company. James and Steph and their team have published a book, produced an award-winning movie, developed a game-changing personal perception assessment, and launched the Powerful Universe, a global platform for teaching and learning personal evolution. James has built strong international partnerships and an influencer network that already reaches over 50 million followers. Onstage and on camera, James is compelling, authentic, riveting and has enriched audiences around the world.

The Global Millionaire magazine recently caught up with James to discuss his journey to entrepreneurship and here’s what went down:

Could you please tell our readers a brief background about yourself and how you started your business?

Only two years removed from solitary confinement in jail, I began my journey into the tech world. In 2007, I took a chance on a small construction software start-up called PlanSwift. I quickly ascended to Vice President of Sales and then, a year later, took over as President and became an equity partner in the company. Under my leadership, PlanSwift grew from $8,000 a month in volume to over $1,000,000 a month in volume and over 50,000 customers in 24 countries, becoming one of the most well-known and largest technology companies in the construction industry.

In 2013, I lead the M & A process to sell PlanSwift to a firm outside of Chicago called Textura. Shortly after joining Textura, I helped the company go public. Over the next few years, I ran four different business units at Textura and played an instrumental role in facilitating a $650 million exit of Textura to Oracle. I spent six months working as a Vice President at Oracle before negotiating the purchase of my original business, PlanSwift, back from Oracle. Again at the helm of PlanSwift, I quickly led the company to generate sufficient revenue to repay the purchasing costs, positioning PlanSwift as an attractive acquisition target. With PlanSwift firmly established, I negotiated a lucrative sale to a large competitor, allowing me to exit and pursue my dream of creating the world’s first personal evolution company.

Can you describe your journey to success? When did you start? Did you ever imagine you would become this successful?

I started my journey to success in a jail cell, solitary confinement as a matter of fact. As I was standing there envisioning what I would make of myself when I got out every night I would yell as loud as I could that I would make the greatest comeback of all time. So yes, I imagined it but believing it took a while.

What is your main source of income?

After selling my technology company, I made some fairly strategic investments, one of which was a large commercial real estate office which is currently my largest source of income.

What are you currently doing to maintain/grow your business?

Our business is a little different than most peoples. In an attempt to start a grassroots movement in the personal development space, we’ve spent a lot of time and money to build platforms and services to reach people at scale by facilitating access regardless of their social-economic status. Most of our focus to this point has been geared around impact, not revenue. We believe that by focusing on impact first, generating massive amounts of revenue will be a natural byproduct of the massive impact we create in the world.

What social media platforms do you usually use to increase your brand’s awareness?

Mostly Facebook and to a lesser degree Instagram. We believe Facebook still has the largest reach and impact for the population at large.

What is your experience with paid advertising, like PPC or sponsored content campaigns? Does it work?

In my original technology company, we did massive amounts of paid advertising campaigns but success in that area is always dictated by having a substantial number of people already searching and looking for your products. Another key piece is having a price point associated with your product that supports that type of advertising model. Lower cost viral type initiatives do not work without massive amounts of investment money to fund those types of companies in the early stages of their development.

What is your main tactic when it comes to making more people aware of your brand and engaging your customers? How did your business stand out?

To this point, in our new business, we don’t have one because we are just now starting to take our products and services to the market. In the early stages, it’s important to try all of the different tactics to see which ones resonate with your potential customer base.

What form of marketing has worked well for your business throughout the years?

In a business to business software technology with an established market, Google ad words seem to be the most effective. In the early stages of this new business which is direct to consumers, it’s looking like social media marketing is more effective.

How did your brand stand out from the rest of the other brands out there that is similar to your niche?

We strive to have the best quality products and services that are based on solid scientific principles at the most affordable price.

What is the toughest decision you had to make in the last few months?

In every business that I’ve ever been involved in, there is a point in time that tests your conviction about what you are doing to the ultimate test, and very often it is the difference between success and failure. When you can stand and make a commitment to put it all on the line or more than you ever thought, that is the true test of an entrepreneur. With my new business, that test has come in the last few months as it related to continuing the business in lieu of what is going on in the world with the pandemic.

What money mistakes have you made along the way that others can learn from (or something you’d do differently)?

Do not put all of your assets into things that cannot be liquidated easily in an economic downturn. The worst thing that can happen is something like a pandemic that comes along where you find yourself in a cash shortfall even though you have plenty of money tied up in different things like real estate projects.

What have you learned in the process of becoming wealthy that others can learn from?

Accumulating wealth is never about doing, it is only ever about becoming which is why so many start-ups end up firing the original founders. They focused all of their attention on what they needed to do rather than what they needed to become and their own businesses quickly outgrew them. The thing you need to know is that your business can never grow faster than you do and if it does you will no longer be a part of it.

What new business would you love to start?

I could tell you but I would have to kill you! No, good entrepreneur give their secrets away. Just kidding! I am already running the business that I have always wanted to start.

If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?

Put simply, enjoy the journey more.

If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were first making a name for yourself, what advice would you give yourself?

A simple understanding that not everybody is going to like you.

Do you have any favourite business-related or personal development related books that you can recommend to other entrepreneurs?

Its called “Perception: Seeing is Not Believing” by James & Steph Purpura. Outside of the book my wife and I wrote sharing all of the information we wish we had before learning the hard way, the “Optimal Leader” by Mark Hattas is also fantastic!

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Success and all of the wonderful things in life were only ever about being of service to others. The way to get what you want is by helping others get what they want.

What advice would you give to a newbie Entrepreneur setting up their first business?

Fail early and fail fast. Don’t be afraid to fail.

sick

How to Develop a Millionaire Mindset in 5 Simple Steps

To become a millionaire – this is what many people want to be in their life. It may seem to be too ambitious, but there is nothing wrong about having such a dream. However, as we all know, it is easier said than done. We can all dream of it, but not everyone can achieve it. Your journey towards financial success will not be easy, but if you know how to do it, such will be possible. With this, keep on reading and learn from the insights that we will be sharing on how to be rich. You need to develop a mindset that will help to fuel the realization of your goal.

Visualize and Claim It

If you want to be a millionaire, the first thing that you have to do is to claim it. You need to be focused on your goal and visualize it. I can do it, and I will do it – this should be your way of thinking. You should always stay positive. Emphasize the things that will happen once you have accumulated millions of money. Where should I go? What should I buy? What business should I establish? Thinking about these things will help for you to not lose track of your goal.

Surround Yourself with the Right People

Your external environment will also have a huge role to play. With this, if you are thinking of how to be a millionaire, choose your friends wisely. Be cautious about the people around you. Stay away from those who will drag you down. Be friends with people who will encourage you. Look for an inspiration. By being surrounded with millionaires, you will be more motivated, and you will gain insights that will help you achieve your dream.

Invest Your Money

This is one thing that may seem to be basic, yet ignored by many. To be a millionaire, you must know how to grow your finances. Do not just spend it on anything. You need to carefully choose where to put your financial resources. You need to brave enough to take risks, but make sure that every move is carefully calculated.

Never Stop Learning

Invest in yourself. Read books. Enroll in online courses. Attend seminars. These will provide you with insights on how to be rich, including financial strategies that can prove to be effective. Learn everything that you need to know about market and economic fundamentals.

Rise Up From your Failure

If you fail, this should not be a reason for you to give up. If you want to be a millionaire, you should consider failures as opportunities for learning. Ask yourself about what went wrong, and more importantly, what can be done to prevent failures in the future.

sick

The Top 5 Mistakes Successful Leaders Never Make Twice

Becoming a successful leader is the aspiration of many ambitious and entrepreneurial individuals; The number of books tackling the issue of leadership is many, with lots of successful leaders looking to monetize their own success by writing guidebooks, the wealth of information is substantial. However, the tips and guidance on offer cannot be fully realized if the following common mistakes are being made…

1. Lack of communication

 Whilst some leaders may have all the needed and desirable traits to progressively manage a business and guide their team, being unable to listen and appreciate the importance of communication can be a major factor in restricted development, not only in yourself but the company as a whole too. It can also be discouraging for your employees if they do not feel that their suggestions and opinions are being listened to or understood.

 You could be missing out on a plethora of insightful information and interesting notes that could help to improve and develop the company, from the gardener mowing the lawn of your premises to the bookkeeper in your accounts department, you never know what gem of information you could be missing out on.

2. Micromanaging

 A rather common complaint from employees in reference to their team leaders, supervisors or managers is their lack of trust to let employees perform their own tasks without interference or micromanaging. The term is defined as controlling every part of a business or process. Instead of delegating, a manager will ‘look over the shoulder’ at each stage of an employee’s responsibility or job process and provide advice and guidance that could be largely necessary.

 Employees are hired for their ability and competence to perform certain tasks within a business, if the manager begins doing these tasks for them, instead of providing instructions only, they are not only wasting their time (that could be better spent on higher-level tasks) they are potentially aggravating an employee who may end up feeling restricted and under-appreciated.

3. Not setting a good example

 Holding onto unnecessary anger, wanting to gain revenge on competitors or other employees, cheating and gossiping are all traits that have no place in a leadership role. One particularly bad trait is not being able to admit when you are wrong; Perfectionism is unobtainable, no one is perfect, so do not shy away from your mistakes. Employees will learn a valuable lesson from your ability to own your mistakes, it promotes honesty and learning in the workplace.

4. Lack of forward-thinking

 Being a successful leader is not just about enduring through the day or week, successful leaders are proactive and they plan ahead. They look to the future and prepare for it with small and decisive changes that will better the company, whether that be in increasing revenue or a thriving and happy workplace environment

To conclude, leadership is not just about bettering yourself, but your employees, strategies, future planning and the business as a whole. Your actions and reactions have a direct, if subtle, effect on every aspect of the business. To be successful you must present yourself in a way that reflects what you believe to be the core values of your business.

sick

Meet The Incredible Woman Behind The Latest Issue Of Global Millionaire Magazine

Mabelle Prior is a former broadcast journalist and producer of the women and children’s program back in the ’90s at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation. She’s currently married and a mother of two and she is the president and founder of “Association Swiss Most Beautiful” which has around thirty executive members. ASMB organizes an annual Miss Swiss Most Beautiful pageant which was established in 2014. The event aims to promote diversity in women’s Beauty. She is also the founder of BIEL International Fashion – a platform that promotes multicultural inter-nationality within and around Biel and all over Switzerland while working towards establishing favorable relations and cultural ties between Biel, it’s surrounding residents, Swiss Nationals and foreign Nationals via the showcase of fashion, culture, and traditions.

Mabelle was popularly known as ‘The Queen Of The Airwaves’ when she used to work as a reporter for Ghana Broadcasting – a title that was given to her by the then Director and Deputy Director of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation due to her hard work and dedication to every radio program she was in charge of. She continued this activity in Swiss for a while before getting engaged in syndical activities and becoming the first young black lady in the Federatif committee of migration.

Mabelle is presently the editorial director of Swissglamour Magazine. She gives equal opportunity to every youth who is passionate about journalism to go to the field, make interviews, polish and develop their talent in the profession, write and publish news and gossips in a revolutionary and alternative youth style.

The Global Millionaire Magazine recently caught up with Mabelle to discuss her latest projects and book and here’s what went down:

Can you tell us more about yourself? How did you make the leap from being an award-winning journalist to the president and founder of Swiss Most Beautiful?

Once an award-winning journalist, always an award-winning journalist. But creating my organization Swiss Most Beautiful is the realization of my desire to see a world where every girl sees herself beautiful and valued no matter her shape, height, or origin.

What takes up most of your time at the moment?

Writing is one of my passions. I have written so many books. But I decided to publish Beyond Race first because it exposes so much about Africans and every other human being in general.

My family as well. I love spending time with my family. Especially my daughter Lina Prior, she is still young and needs all my attention. She is such an amazing child. My son Delase Ephraïm is now an adult but I’m always supporting and encouraging him in everything he does. And of course, my husband. We love spending time together with our kids. I love spending time with my sisters, Serwah, Shine, and their children. I love spending time with my mum Irene Asase founder of Doctor Asase Memorial Children’s Home. I’m a family person.

Can you tell us about your book “Beyond Race?”

Beyond Race is a social/cultural critic (aka agent provocateur), I had to put my strong opinions in a handbook that documents some of my thoughts about the idiosyncrasies of Africans. The lives and lies we live. The vagaries of our unique poverty that stretches into billions of dollars. Our worn habits dying for an updated version. I mirror our fears. I dissect our hypocrisies. I poke at our beliefs that care for us so much they rid us of every possibility to be exceptional. A book best describes my own method of saving my thoughts. I want my readers to smell the pages as they read.

Beyond Race is a handbook. I am not stuffing it under “literature.” I don’t want that stiff title. I want it accessible to everyone. It’s very easy to read. Many stories. Many truths. Very confrontational. I am so excited to continue sharing this with my world. Be one of the privileged to book a copy. I’ll be autographing more copies upfront. Book now on any of my social media accounts and you will get an autographed copy in a fortnight when it is still smelling like mint notes.

Can you tell us about your second book “A tale of deadly friendship?”

The book revolves around Selinam – a woman who was a victim of deceit, lies, betrayal, and false love. This is a story about a family who had wholeheartedly accepted a demon into their house, little did they know that this was the beginning of their doom. Selinam and the Amenyui family were manipulated and used because of the love they gave to Agbanator, a young sex-trafficking prodigy. Agbanator showed no remorse when it came to controlling the people who accepted her, as well as everyone else around her with her lies, facade, and lust for stardom and power.

How did you acquire the name ‘Ghana’s Radio Queen?’

That Radio Queen title was given to me by the then Deputy Director of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation Mr. Charley Sam, because of the exceptional renovations I brought into the profession, my dedication to my work, and the emblem of hope that I represented for the youth of Ghana in the ’90s.

We note that you speak six languages – what are they?

Oh, I see that you really did a thorough research about me… well, I actually speak French, German, English, and perfect Ewe because I come from Ho, Ghana.

Can you tell us more about your involvement in BIEL International Fashion? What’s it about?

Biel fashion International is a concept created by me. It’s a project of the Association Swiss Most Beautiful, to promote intercultural fashion, and to bring the youth together for a common goal. But I left Biel, Canton Bern, I now live in Canton Vaud Switzerland, we’re continuing the project here.

You’re currently the editorial director of Swissglamour Magazine – can you please tell us what this magazine is all about?

Swissglamour Mag is also a project of ASMB (Association Swiss Most Beautiful). Swissglamour Mag aims to give every youth interested in journalism the chance to learn the profession. By engaging them in article writing, reportage, etc..

What has been the most memorable experience of your career so far?

I have so many memorable experiences, if I start talking about them, this interview won’t end today.

Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?

I have met leaders of the world, and many other interesting people too.

How active are you on social media?

I’m active on Facebook because to me it’s one of the best social media platforms and Instagram.

What is your personal mission in life?

My mission in life is to live a good, healthy, successful, and honest life, to be the best mum for my children, and be the best person my loved ones can count on.

sick

4 Essential Characteristics of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs

Millionaires, billionaires, successful entrepreneurs and CEOs. What do they all have in common? Are there any particular characteristics that they possess that helps to define a successful entrepreneur? Below are 4 of the most common characteristics of successful entrepreneurs.

1. Excellent Communication and People Skills

A successful entrepreneur is highly confident in their ability to communicate with different groups of people, from all walks of life, from the factory workers who may create their product to their potential investors and peers. They are usually excellent at sparking motivation and enthusiasm in their workers and their excitement is contagious.

 Their confidence in talking to people is of paramount importance to their success, as businesses develop more efficiently when the entrepreneur or owner engages in networking and communication with others who will help to advance the business. Successful conversations with manufacturers and a good rapport with their staff help them to stand apart from their competitors.

2.  Self-Motivated and Determined

 A successful entrepreneur does not need their motivation to come from an external source, they are determined to succeed and will always be moving forward to realize their goals. Whenever they hit a bump in the road or become discouraged their determination is the force that drives them to keep moving and seek an alternative path to solve the problems they may be facing.

3. Passion and Belief

 We are not talking about passion in the romantic sense. Successful entrepreneurs are highly excited and motivated by their goals. The care and attention they provide to their business almost never switches off, they pour their heart and soul, blood, sweat, and tears into their business and they love their work; The joy they receive from their daily work goes beyond the salary they seek to earn.

4. Forward-thinking and willing to take risks

 Looking to the future (and sometimes the past) is an important approach for a successful entrepreneur. Planning ahead and making decisions today that affect tomorrow can be a hard weight to bear. These types of individuals will usually possess some form of schedule or timeline that maps out the success they wish to achieve, this can be in the form of a 5 year or 10-year plan. Do they plan to branch out into a new market, outsource their manufacturing or they may even wish to sell the company at some stage, these decisions must be considered well in advance of their execution.

 Every successful entrepreneur has to possess the ability to make hard decisions and potentially take risks. It is hard to conduct business without the possibility of any risk, small or large, a decision must be reached, and a successful entrepreneur will not look to others for action, they must provide the action themselves.

Confidence, motivation, passion and forward-thinking, these characteristics amalgamated together create one potent mix for an incredibly successful entrepreneur. When you possess an idea or concept that you know you must realize, these traits will come to you naturally as you strive to make your idea a reality.

sick

The 3 Surprisingly Simple Ways To Become A Millionaire

There are quite a few things that are going to make you happy in life and let’s be honest, money is amongst the most important ones of them. From a psychological standpoint, it is funny how something so materialistic can mean so much to us. But, whether we like it or not – it is what it is and I’d rather cry in a Rolls-Royce than on the street.

So now the big question is, how do you become rich? Is it even possible in this restricted and challenging society that we live in? Of course, it is possible. Becoming a millionaire might not be easy but it’s certainly not impossible.

Start Small

The first thing that you need to understand is that you are not going to become a millionaire overnight. There are no magic formulas or get-rich-overnight strategies. The sooner you get this out of your head, the quicker you are going to achieve your goal. Start small, but start smart. If you don’t have money to invest, there are plenty of things available online which are going to allow you to build your fortune from scratch.

Speaking of Online

If people in the 20th century became millionaires by establishing physical enterprises, production lines, manufacturing industries, and whatnot, we live in the era of the services. Placing your service on the market is a lot easier and risk-free than actually selling a product. Sure, it might yield smaller returns, but your possibilities are endless and not limited by physical faculties. With this in mind, that’s something that you might want to think about.

Now, as we said above, there are plenty of opportunities on the Internet. And that’s a fact. The Internet is a global networking tool which could let you reach out to hundreds of thousands and even hundreds of millions of people from all across the world. So, if you are having a hard time figuring out where to start this might be a good idea.

A Million Dollars is Not A Lot of Money

By definition, you are a millionaire as long as you have one million dollars, or any other currency, based on your location, in assets. This is not the goal you should pursue. Being a millionaire is about not thinking of money – it’s about thinking of achievements, power, growth and prominence. If you want to know how to be a millionaire you should start by getting your mind clear and identifying the goals you want to achieve and forging the path of least resistance towards it.

sick

5 Highly Effective Business Success Tips For Entrepreneurs

Do you really want to know how to be rich and successful in life?

If so, then you need to get ready to change your daily routine. It goes without saying that even the slightest detail may determine if you’ll end up succeeding in life or not. There is a huge competition out there hence the reason why you must be prepared to do whatever it takes to stand out from the rest.

So what does it take to be rich and successful?

Well, the answer is not simple. There are several steps you need to take to make sure that you gain the success that you’re aiming for. Let’s take a closer look at some of the tips that will help you in your path to success. Below are some surefire tips that will help you grow your revenue and eventually reach the milestone of a million.

1. First of all, you need to make use of your strongest points if you want to thrive in business. It is true that we all have our weaknesses, however, you need to concentrate on your strengths though if you truly want to succeed one day. Which areas are you great at? This is where you need to really focus on in order for you to make the most out of your business.

2. Another thing you must incorporate is the use of technology in business. With the latest advancements in technology, there is a whole new world unveiled before your eyes. A world filled with opportunities for you to grab and take full advantage of. Do not let them getaway!

3. If you want to know how to be rich, you must be ready to invest prudently. Find opportunities that require minimal risk and maximum profit margin. There are a lot of options for you out there if you simply analyze the dangers and separate the wheat from the chaff.

4. Once you have found opportunities to invest, you need to be cautious and assess the dangers. You should not rush into any investment, which might be proven fragile. Instead, you ought to weigh all the pros and cons until you reach your decision as to the most viable investment opportunity.

5. Do not be afraid to make a statement and be innovative. Do things your way, so that you can benefit from the outcome. If you are certain about something, go ahead and show the world what you are made of!

Keeping these things in mind, you can spread your wings and reach your goals. Implementing these tips in your daily routine will help you become a millionaire in no time.

sick

Four Essential Digital Marketing Elements To Consider For Your Business

Let’s face it; online marketing is evolving and helping transform lives. As the years go by, there will always be changes in the manner that people make transactions through the Internet – which means that marketing online can also change along with it.

In order to transition properly with the possible changes in the virtual marketing procedures, you must be aware of the essential elements that will surely lead you to come up with a successful business endeavour online. The following are the most vital elements that you need to know about online marketing for an efficient business venture over the Internet.

• Market knowledge

Every entrepreneur needs to know how to target their audience. The moment you identify the market that you will be dealing with, it will improve your chances of learning about the marketing strategy that you will use in the entire transaction in the business. Market knowledge is the foundation of any marketing technique whether it be online or a physical transaction.

• Responsive website

A responsive website is composed of images, videos and other important elements of an operational website. Your site should have a series of capturing leads that can help you gain potential customers that you might not be expecting at first. A website can be compared to a virtual brochure wherein you will have a catalog of your products and services. Having your own website will surely help in establishing a good business identity for your business.

• Content

Your content means a lot in online marketing. In most cases, a business can easily be identified through its content that is why it is necessary for you to come up with high-quality content. Internet marketing is a broad area in the virtual world wherein you are most likely to encounter a series of competitors in the same niche as yours. A business has a higher possibility of getting known in the market because the content is easier to contribute online.

• Quality design

Aside from the fact that you need to have quality content for your site, it’s also essential that your website has a creative design to attract potential customers. A good design for your website is a great investment that will give you higher chances of increasing the number of your audience. You should make it to a point to invest on quality design to make it more comfortable for your customers to deal effectively with you. Paying attention to great design is a way for you to arrive at the best results for your business.

Learning about these elements of online marketing is the first step towards a successful marketing plan over the Internet. Making money online goes on a careful procedure in order to increase your sales at the end of the day. When you work on each of these elements, you will be able to produce more sales and revenue by the end of the year. In this case, you can call your business truly a success.

sick

How You Too Can Achieve Financial Freedom with Property Investment

 

Achieving financial freedom through property investing is within most people’s reach, including yours.

But the earlier you start investing, the greater your chances of building a property portfolio that will generate an income that’s capable of letting you live the life you want.

The good news is that it has rarely been easier to take the first step on your property investment journey than in today’s property market. That’s because reduced prices and record low-interest rates make entering the Sydney property market a more affordable proposition than it has been for some time.

After you’ve taken your first step and, over time, both the value of your property (capital) and your rental income (yield) should grow. As your property grows in value, the equity in your investment property will grow too. You can then leverage this equity to invest in a new property and grow your portfolio.

While most property investors start their journey using negative gearing – ie the rent they receive doesn’t quite cover the mortgage repayments – this changes over time. Once they start paying down their loan and the market rises, their equity grows and the income they receive increases to the point where it outstrips repayments.

When that happens to your investment, you’ll start earning passive income which can supplement your other earnings and eventually, when you retire, even replace your income altogether.

For this reason, your wealth as a property investor usually depends on:

How soon you purchase
The market conditions you purchase in
How many properties you own, and
How long you hold onto your properties for.

That said, there’s no set number of properties to which you need to aspire. You should always base the size of your property portfolio on your own circumstances and financial goals. You should also be prepared to be flexible. There may be times you’ll want to sell a property and rationalise your portfolio, especially if you’re changing your investment strategy or you need the capital in your property to meet other goals.

Information for this article has been sourced from The Property Investors Alliance.

sick

5 Simple Reasons “Rentvesting” Will Help You Reach Financial Freedom

According to Realestate.com.au’s renter research, more than 1/3 of Australians rent in more than 2.5M properties in Australia. Kurtis Pirotta, Rent Specialist from REA, has identified that 8% of tenants currently renting own an investment property. With interest rates historically low, an increasing number of renters are becoming buyers – with 50% of tenants looking to buy in the next 5 years.

Here are 5 good reasons why more and more people are actually “rentvesting” (purchasing a property with the idea of renting it out):

You could qualify for generous tax breaks

Property investors often qualify for tax breaks such as negative gearing. This lets you offset the interest you pay on a home loan against your income so that you pay less tax. You may also be able to claim the depreciation on your property asset, especially if you buy a new property.

It can be very cost-effective

Because someone else is paying off your mortgage and you’re receiving potential tax breaks, you could purchase an investment property for less than you think. For instance, our analysis shows you could buy a property worth $650,000 for just $76 a week (out of pocket) if your income is $70,000 a year.

A new revenue stream

Eventually, as the rent on your property grows, you’re likely to start earning more than you pay your rent every month, meaning, you’ll have a new income stream – passive income.

You could start building a property portfolio

Over time, as you pay down your loan and the market rises, you’ll build equity in your investment property. You can then use this as a deposit on your next property, giving yourself the chance to grow an entire portfolio.

You can keep your current lifestyle

Because you’re not living in the property, you can buy in an area you can afford and stay in your current location so that your lifestyle stays exactly the same.

And if you’re a tenant looking to own your own home, the Federal Government’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme can support eligible first home buyers purchase a home sooner providing a guarantee that will allow eligible first home buyers on low and middle incomes to purchase a home with a deposit of as little as 5 percent (lender’s criteria apply).

Information for this article has been sourced from The Property Investors Alliance.

sick

Inside The Mind Of An Innovative Genius: The Top Secrets To Entrepreneurial Success By Madame Methven

Meet the woman who has awakened the Dominatrix in every woman through her timeless and sensual lingerie line.

Kaila Methven is the brains behind possibly the world’s most expensive lingerie label, and she’s not only successful she’s also drop-dead gorgeous.

Kaila’s family once upon a time owned The Rainbow Unlimited Chicken Company (RLC), which used to supply 90 percent of KFC’s poultry. After inheriting her family’s sale of RLC shares back in 1991, Kaila decided to step away from the fried chicken business and focus instead on a much sexier line of work: a luxury lingerie company.

At just 16 years old, Kaila interned at her first Paris Fashion Show and went on to earn a Master’s Degree from the International Fashion Academy – Paris. She completed advanced training at Polymodo in Florence.

Kaila has so far been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, and Maxim and she has dressed some of today’s sexiest stars including the likes of Demi Lovato, Katherine McPhee, The Kardashians, and more.

The Global Millionaire Magazine recently sat down with Kaila to find out more about her entrepreneurial journey and here’s what went down.

How did you become an entrepreneur? Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’ve always loved negotiating. My parents told me I would probably grow up to be a lawyer, I’ve always had a lot of momentum and drive even as a small child I was always very competitive. I have always been used to calling all the shots, which is something I enjoy even today as a business owner. The creativity involved in running a corporation is something I greatly enjoy on a daily basis as is seeing the ROI (Return on Investment) on all my investments.

How did you get your idea or concept for the business?

I always loved to draw and I was inspired by the fashion industry. When I went to University, I majored in costume design and lingerie, the business was the next step in me working as a designer for myself instead of a worldly corporation.

As an entrepreneur, what is it that motivates and drives you?

Art inspires me. Love inspires me. So do sensuality and passion. Passion for everything you do is a must otherwise it’s a waste of your time and money.

In one word, describe your life as an entrepreneur.

Divine.

What would you say are the key elements for starting and running a successful business?

An amazing team is the key, plus flexible internal infrastructures and key devotion to time.

How do you generate new ideas?

The world is my canvas. I use everything I encounter as momentum to generate out of the box content. I’m normally the one on my team pushing the envelope and I do this by being open to change.

How did you build up an entrepreneurial spirit, do you believe you were born with it or you developed it?

Both. I was always competitive as a child, but developing real-world experiences definitely helped me perfect the art of winning the game.

What is unique about your business?

I sell a fantasy! Wearable art is the art of seduction and I’m promoting female power with everything I sell to motivate my clientele. My brand grew from couture custom made stage wear into five new contemporary priced collections for mass-market which now includes lingerie, swim, sequins, lace and festival wear.

What sort of marketing do you do to make your image and brand more appealing to the audience?

We do a bunch of stuff from social media, Amazon, ads, parties, and other PR work.

What has been the most rewarding part of your business?

Dressing celebrities and having high-profile clients appreciate my talent as a designer. The pay-off is in my heart and soul. Collaborating with other successful CEO’s is also something I greatly enjoy. I’ve recently been in talks with edm.com and I Want EDM as I prepare to launch my new EDM festival wear collection for 2020.

What was your mission at the outset?

To design couture lingerie, art for the bedroom that induces love and admiration for single people and couples.

What do you hope to see happen in the near future for small businesses in the US?

More female entrepreneurs are something that the USA really needs to succeed. For far too long America has been dominated by men and we women have a lot of talent that is ready to be seen. Men are the tip of the iceberg.

Has your business been recently affected by the COVID-19 crisis?

Thankfully no, but the severity of the effects of COVID-19 worldwide and with the medical industry unable to find a cure for it at the moment has encouraged and motivated me to invest in finding a remedy to help. This is a cause I am so passionate about, as are millions of other people around the world. I want to channel my philanthropic efforts into helping find a cure and potentially saving the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. My charity, “PLUR Association” is also here to help combat the outrageous unemployment rate.

What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs who are starting out?

Be passionate about your goals and dreams, do your market research and hire a driven team that adds value to your master plan.

sick

6 Persuasion Tactics To Persuade Anyone to Do ANYTHING Easily

Did you know that there are certain tactics you can apply in your daily life to get anyone to do pretty much anything?

Let’s be honest, every single one of us would want to have the power of persuasion. If you’re an employee you want to be persuasive enough to get ahead in your job, if you’re an entrepreneur you want to be influential enough to drive your business to success or if you’re a man in the process of courting a woman, you want to be persuasive enough to make the woman fall in love with you.

If you want to unlock the secret to persuading anyone to do whatever you want then you’ve come to the right place. Below are six influence tactics that’ll help you persuade anyone to do anything.

Look the part

If you want to be able to persuade people to do what you want then you need to be an authority figure. People listen to authority figures because they can trust that whatever that person says is pretty much gospel.

Therefore, if you want to be able to persuade people to agree with you then make sure you look the part. Wear a decent outfit and talk as if you know exactly what you’re talking about. Most of the time people listen to other people because they look and sound the part not necessarily because they are an expert in the field.

Fake it till you make it. Even if you’re not as qualified as other people, as long as you look and sound like an authority figure then I guarantee you’ll persuade people more.

Build rapport

It’s quite obvious that if you like someone personally then you’re more inclined to be persuaded by that person.

Therefore, you need to get the other person to like you, you need to find a common ground to build rapport.

Do you both follow the same sport?

Do you both enjoy the same food?

Have you both experienced heartbreak at some point in your lives?

Do you both have the same sense of humor?

The more you can get the other person to like you and relate to you the easier it is to persuade them.

Exchange of goodwill

How hard is it to say no to a person who’s really likable and generous?

Most people would usually feel somewhat obliged to return a favour if you do something for them – no questions asked. If someone did you a special favour without wanting something in return, wouldn’t you want to repay the favour anyway if they asked?

Being generous no matter the level – may it be a free lunch or a cab ride might just be the key to locking in that multi-million dollar deal.

Creating a sense of urgency

Creating a sense of urgency has been the backbone of entrepreneurs since the beginning of time.

Have you noticed that people tend to persuaded to buy if there’s a sense of urgency?

Don’t you find it funny that people tend to be persuaded to buy something that is on sale for a limited time only?

That’s because people are more drawn to want what they can’t have and having that sense of urgency gives people that fear that they might be missing out on something amazing which they could regret about one day.

No one wants to buy something that is just sitting there with a standard price, as soon as you advertise that it’s on sale for a limited time only – watch the interest level go up!

Make yourself scarce because people want what they can’t have. Make it clear that the offer you’re extending to them won’t last forever, and they will be missing out if you decide to pull the plug.

Steer clear of verbal fillers

Verbal fillers are actually words or phrases that are used during a conversation to fill in a moment of silence between connecting thoughts or ideas. Verbal fillers such as “uh” or “um” can be off-putting and may cost you your credibility with whom you’re speaking to.

Make sure you think before you speak because adding fillers in between your conversation is a surefire way of turning that person off.

Mirror what they’re saying

Mirroring someone is the behaviour in which you imitate the gesture, speech pattern, or attitude of another person.

Replicating another person’s nonverbal signals is a great way of letting that person know that you are listening because you are basically acknowledging their thoughts and feelings.

It gives the impression that you really understand that person. This is a very powerful tool as long as it’s done right.

sick

Inside The Mind Of The CEO Of A Global Branding And Marketing Firm: Paige Arnof-Fenn

Paige Arnof-Fenn started a global branding and marketing firm 16 years ago (Mavens & Moguls) after a successful career doing corporate marketing at large companies like Procter & Gamble and Coca-Cola followed by heading up marketing at 3 successful startups that all had positive exits. When the company she worked for decided to cut their marketing team, she decided to take the leap right after 9/11 since she had nothing to lose and the rest you can say is history.

StarCentral Magazine recently caught up with Paige to talk about her entrepreneurial journey and here’s what went down:

Could you please tell our readers a brief background about yourself and how you started your business?

I did not plan on starting a company. I always wanted to go work for a large multi-national business and be a Fortune 500 CEO. When I was a student I looked at leaders like Meg Whitman and Ursula Burns as my role models. I started a global marketing and branding company in Cambridge, MA 16 years ago after starting my career on Wall Street in the 80s, going back for an MBA and having a successful career in Corporate America at companies like Procter & Gamble and Coca-Cola and working at 3 different startups as the head of marketing. I took the leap right after 9/11 when the company I worked for cut their marketing. I had nothing to lose.

Can you describe your journey to success? When did you start? Did you ever imagine you would become this successful?

Working for yourself and building a business you started in incredibly rewarding and gratifying. Since starting my business I have joined boards and volunteered at several organizations. I am a mentor to the next generation of leaders and have helped build a very successful anti-bullying program that >50,000 middle school-aged kids have gone through. As a marketing consultant, I am able to write articles, contribute to books and speak at events to share my experience and lessons learned. It has been a lot of fun, I joke that I am an accidental entrepreneur. I knew I had made it as an entrepreneur when Harvard wrote 2 case studies on my business a few years after I started it, we were very early to pioneer sharing resources on the marketing front (before my company it was really only done with HR, legal and accounting/finance). My definition of success has changed over the years but I always felt I would be successful because I knew I would work hard to make it happen.

What is your main source of income?

The majority of the fees come from consulting but I also get paid to give speeches and am a paid advisor to companies as well.

What are you currently doing to maintain/grow your business?

Most of my business comes from networking. I think what makes someone effective at networking happens to coincide with things that just come more naturally to them. I am an extrovert and have been told I am good at networking. I grew up in the South so maybe it is both nature and nurture in my case. The traits that work in my favor include: being naturally curious so you ask a lot of question, people love talking about themselves; being a good listener so you can ask them more as follow up; being warm and friendly, smile, be the first to introduce yourself; sending a handwritten thank you note or e-mail referencing something you discussed or including an article you think they might enjoy right after you first meet; and making an introduction for them to meet someone in your network who they would find interesting. When you stop trying to sell and just share what you know and love networking can be fun! People put too much emphasis on trying to be interesting instead of being interested in the other person.

Here are a few networking tips based on my experience it does not need to be a chore:

DO:

Give before you get.

Stop selling start listening.

Find a buddy to go to an event with so you can work the room together, it makes it much more comfortable and fun.

Bring plenty of business cards.

Send followup notes to the best prospects after the event.

DON’T:

Monopolize people’s time or let them do it to you, chat briefly and exchange info so you can follow up after.

Overshare, let them do most of the talking.

Get into political discussions with people you do not know.

What social media platforms do you usually use to increase your brand’s awareness?

I stick to LinkedIn and also contribute to other people’s blogs occasionally. Call me old fashioned but I still like the tried and true LinkedIn best. It is the most professional platform, my clients and prospects all use it, it is a great way to stay in touch with your contacts, exhibit thought leadership and do research on people. I like seeing who they are and are not connected to and asking about common interests and people. There is a lot of material there to work with. You do not need to be on every social media site but be strong on the ones you are on. Being invisible online is a very bad strategy. You must exist online today to be taken seriously.

What is your experience with paid advertising, like PPC or sponsored content campaigns? Does it work?

I do not use it for my business but I have clients who have found it is effective for them.

What is your main tactic when it comes to making more people aware your brand and engaging your customers? How did your business stand out?

Thought Leadership is also a great way to build your brand, increase your visibility more broadly, raise your profile and attract more clients. Activities like speaking at a conference, writing articles, building your following on social media all contribute to increasing your awareness with potential customers and building your credibility with a larger community. Instead of trying to start your own blog or newsletter, try contributing regularly to existing well-trafficked blogs in your industry or newsletters of like-minded organizations reaching the same target audience as you. Make sure you put your URL or contact info on it so they can find you and follow up. When your articles or talks become available online, make sure to send them out via social media to all your friends, followers and contacts.

What form of marketing has worked well for your business throughout the years?

Word of mouth, writing articles and speaking mostly.

How did your brand stand out from the rest of the other brands out there that is similar to your niche?

Authenticity, hustle, persistence, and determination. We work hard and love what we do and I think it shows.

What is the toughest decision you had to make in the last few months?

We parted ways with a client when it became clear that despite our best efforts to delight and service her account she would never be a satisfied customer. The leg work we had done on her behalf we were able to leverage for other women CEOs we are working with so none of the team’s great work went to waste. One woman’s trash is another one’s treasure! Sometimes it is just better to cut bait and move on but it can be hard when you know you are right. Let it go and find the customers who appreciate your work. You will be fulfilled and gratified when you help them achieve their goals.

What money mistakes have you made along the way that others can learn from (or something you’d do differently)?

I invested in a startup that folded but that is a risk most of my investments have done well so I cannot complain. You have to make the best decision you can with the info available at the tie but the market can change quickly.

What have you learned in the process of becoming wealthy that others can learn from?

Always spend beneath your means and don’t get caught up in trying to keep up with the Joneses.

What new business would you love to start?

If I had a great idea I would start it!

If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?

Not a thing, I learned from every bump and bruise along the way and it all got me here where I am today. Every bad boss made me a better boss. It is all part of the journey.

If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were first making a name for yourself, what advice would you give yourself?

It really is a marathon, not a sprint so do not set arbitrary goals like being named 30 under 30 or 40 under 40 because it may take you longer than Mark Zuckerberg to hit your stride and that’s okay. Most people take many detours on their career paths before finding their true calling. Don’t be disappointed if you get to 40 and are still exploring because the journey really is a great adventure so enjoy it.

Don’t be scared to fail, just learn from every bump in the road so you make better mistakes next time, that is where you learn the most! You learn to do by doing. Course correct and pivot along the way, it makes for a fun career path.

Do you have any favorite business-related or personal development related books that you can recommend to other entrepreneurs?

How To Win Friends & Influence People — it is a classic with timeless advice on manners and people/human nature.
The Tipping Point — I named my company before I read this. He really understands what makes people tick.
Good To Great — another classic that makes you think and ask the right questions every day to build a sustainable business for the long term.
Getting To Yes — I took his negotiations class in business school and this reminds me of what he taught us, we are constantly negotiating in business and you have to always keep in mind what your best alternatives are and be ready to walk away.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Focus on filling your pipeline, it is the key to any successful business and prospective customers can come from anyone anywhere anytime so you should always be on your best behavior & make a great lasting impression. Be nice to everyone & make friends before you need them, you never know who is in or will be in a position to help! It is true you should never burn a bridge, that really is great advice and I can tell you dozens of stories over the years where that has served me well. You just never know when your paths will cross again with old colleagues, former bosses, etc. Kill them with kindness and don’t ever burn that bridge, trust me it pays off! Also, be the best prepared at every meeting, work your butt off and smile. It has worked for me at least!

What advice would you give to a newbie Entrepreneur setting up their first business?

As far as mistakes go I would caution others that the people you start with are not always the ones who grow with you. The hardest lesson when I started my company was not getting rid of weak people earlier than I did in the first few years of my business. I spent more time managing them than finding new customers. I knew in my gut they were not up to snuff but out of loyalty to them, I let them hang around much longer than they should have. It would have been better for everyone to let them go as soon as the signs were there. They became more insecure and threatened as we grew which was not productive for the team. As soon as I let them go the culture got stronger and the bar higher. “A” team people like to be surrounded by other stars. It is true that you should hire slowly and fire quickly. I did not make that mistake again later on so I learned it well the first time. I wish I had known it even earlier though but lesson learned for sure!