How Blogging & Digital Marketing took me to China

I received an email with a strange subject line. The subject line had Chinese characters in it. I was pretty sure that it was some spam email. I would have almost deleted it that day. If I had deleted that email, I would have missed the greatest adventure of my life. The Chinese characters you see about means “Invitation” in English. It was an invitation from the Chinese government to visit their annual Motorcycle convention called CIMA Motor 2009. I just stared at the email with disbelief. You might be wondering – why did the Chinese government invite me? I …

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An Interview with Ankit Singla from MasterBlogging.com

In the past, I have interviewed some of the top bloggers in digital marketing and this time it’s going to be Ankit Singla, founder of MasterBlogging.com. Ankit was just 17 years old when he started his first blog and after that, there is no looking for back for him. Here is the conversation that I had with Ankit. I hope you would take some inspiration from how he embarked his journey to start your own. 1. Hi Ankit. Thanks for being with us today. For our readers can you tell a little about your background? I am from Delhi and …

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Stay at the Edge of Sanity and Hold on to that Dream

If as an entrepreneur, you think you have bigger problems in your life than making your startup succeed, then you are not prioritizing your startup enough to succeed as an entrepreneur. I personally do not know anyone or have heard of people who succeeded as entrepreneurs by giving second priority to their startup venture. You have to prioritize your startup’s success above everything else in your life. When I say that, it doesn’t mean that you have to prioritize it at the cost of other areas of your life. Never give up health or relationships for the success of your …

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Pay Your Consultants and Professionals Well

As an entrepreneur, there are certain things you can’t do yourself. Though you might try to understand it, you might not be able to master it. Many professional verticals require years of learning and experience to achieve mastery level. In my business, I understand design and copywriting to some extent, but I am not a master at it. And as long as I can have consultants and professionals help me in areas that I am not strong at, I don’t need to master it. I don’t mind mastering other subjects, but there is an opportunity cost. I will be taking …

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Be a Great Bookkeeper

Bookkeeping is a hard habit. Even if you get into that habit, it is easy to fall out of that habit. Humans have a tricky relationship with the concept of money. If the topic of money makes you emotional or makes you uncomfortable, then you have to overcome that to succeed as an entrepreneur. Most entrepreneurs at the early stages of their startup will not have a financial team looking after their transactions. Startup founders have to do bookkeeping themselves. Though for small businesses bookkeeping is not mandated by law, accurate bookkeeping helps you see clearly where you are financially …

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