Why? Because most jobs just suck.
I'm heavily disillusioned with the world of jobs and bosses and the general lack of dignity afforded to wage slaves. Most of my friends are, too. This means that we're often broke because we refuse to work for people and companies we can't stand.
So we've started talking about entrepreneurship.
Don't get me wrong. I'm no unqualified fan of capitalism (especially the globalized corporatism that we have now). I'm thrilled with the Occupy Wall Street movement and plan to stay for the long haul with Occupy Pittsburgh. I look forward with high hopes to us one day having a sacred economy and I offer a lot of what I do as free gifts (Talk to Me - Gift Economy Style). But I do however recognize that I need to make money. Without having a boss.
How to Succeed in Business By.... Really Trying
So I plan to launch my book Awesome Your Life: The Artist's Antidote to Suffering Genius later this year via this website. I'm inspired by all the success stories and great resources I've found around the web, and I'm eager to share these stories and resources with my friends. I guess I've become something of an digital entrepreneurship evangelist.
So here's what's helping me:
The Business Goddess eCourse by Goddess Leonie Allan
As you may have noticed, I'm kind of fluffy. I needed someone equally fluffy to explain online business stuff to me. Goddess Leonie makes her living online offering lovely hand-illustrated creativity guides and she happens to dress in flowy velvety dresses. So I felt like she might be on the same wavelength. Boy, was I right.
In the Business Goddess eCourse Leonie breaks down all the technical stuff that just plain mystified me (how to set up a shopping cart; how to receive payments via pay pal; how to create digital products; how to get the word out). And she does it all with such guileless kindness! Click here to view more details - this'll take you to the Business Goddess eCourse page
Dave Navarro's Online Business Tool Box
The online product launch coach, Dave Navarro, recently decided to take a break from the interwebs. As a parting gift, he made available an incredible resource-- ALL of his programs (which formerly cost 100's of dollars) for FREE!
Sadly, Dave is not very fluffy and does not dress in long flowy velvet dresses. His style is rather more gruff. He has a kind of "grab 'em by the balls and sell 'em stuff" attitude which doesn't completely vibe with me. But he offers really great in-depth information, so we'll forgive the hyperbolic guy stuff.
As a caveat, I don't know if I would have been able to grasp all the technical stuff in Dave's free offering first if I hadn't already taken Goddess Leonie's course. But you might be a bit savvier than me.
Here are just a few of the (ball-grabbing) courses you'll find in the Toolbox:
Creating Products That Sell
Building a Responsive List
Becoming a Big Player in Your Niche
Click here to view more details - this'll take you to the Launch Coach Online Toolbox
The Middle Finger Project by Ash Ambirge
I may have said it before, but I'll say it again: I love Ash Ambirge. A lot of what you really need to get started as an entrepreneur is attitude and willfulness and Ash has plenty of it to spare.
The Middle Finger Project is a blog that wakes you up and gives you a swift stiletto kick.
The title of her brilliant book, You Don't Need a Job, You Need Guts rings through my head about five times a day, each time I consider giving up. I'll catch myself looking at "help wanted" sign and I'll think to myself, "Hey, Carolyn-- you don't need a job, you need guts." And then I smile and feel much better. Because I just feel in my heart that it's true.
Click here to visit Ash Ambirge - This'll take you the page for You Don't Need a Job, You Need guts
I hope you find these resources as useful as I have. I'll be sure to keep you posted about my own entrepreneurial progress. Right now, I'm working on increasing the readership of this here blog. So if you like it-- tell your friends!
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