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Every conversation goes something like this:

“Wow, you work from home? That’s so awesome, I’m so jealous. I wish I worked from home!

I bet you can just work in your pajamas all day if you want, huh?”

I’ll smile, and launch into a mildly self-deprecating discussion of how, while it is awesome in so many ways, working from home also means that I have to go through some pretty intense self-motivation in order to avoid feeling like the ultimate sloth.

For the better part of the past three years, I’ve been remotely employed. I’m very lucky; I can work where I want, I don’t have a commute, and yes, I could (in theory) work in my pajamas if I really wanted to. However, I’m also intimately familiar with the pitfalls of working from home.

Working from home is awesome—except when it really, really isn’t.

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Briana MorgaineBriana Morgaine

writingThe written word has never been so powerful.

Whether it’s through emails, text messages, business websites, or something else, it frames many key interactions with prospects and customers.

Everyone is a writer these days. Forget the fact you might not be getting paid to do it. Chances are you still write a good deal. If you want to succeed in today’s ultra-competitive environment, it’s imperative you express your message clearly and effectively. You must be understood!

Here’s the good news: even if you dislike writing, there are plenty of practical tips you can learn to create an immediate impact on your prose. With just a little care and attention, you can apply them without too much trouble. No expensive writing courses or seminars needed.

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Corey PembertonCorey Pemberton

EnergyEveryone has the same amount of time to work with.

But how come some entrepreneurs are able to accomplish 10 times as much as others?

We all know the type. Maybe you’re one of them yourself. The kind of person whom just looking at their daily schedule can make a “normal” achiever feel a bit sick.

They’re driven and focused, sure. But they also have a secret weapon that many of us don’t: tons of energy.

Many people chase more energy for years. How can you finally find it, and use it to start making the impact you’d like to make?

Keep reading to find out!

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Corey PembertonCorey Pemberton

A man holding a sign reading "No".You’ve put in the perfect sales pitch, ticked all the boxes, and yet somehow you didn’t win the project. You’re baffled and frustrated, and no wonder – just what do you have to do to win those important contracts?

Pitching often seems like more of a black art than a science, particularly when you’ve had a few rejections. However, in reality there are usually a few key reasons for rejection that are reasonably easy to rectify given a little thought.

In this post, we’ll look at six key reasons your pitch was rejected, and suggest some positive ways to improve your chances of success. Let’s have a look!

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A road sign indicating a problem.Running your own business is amazing in so many ways. You get to work for a fantastic boss, work the hours you want, set your own pace, and choose your own destiny. However, there are pitfalls that everyone will bump into at some point in their career, and they’re the sorts of issues it’s best to prepare for well in advance.

There are a multitude of problems that can be minimized or removed with a little elbow grease and a smattering of ingenuity. A reduction in these problems clears your head space, and enables you to get back to the money making aspects of self-employment.

Below, we’ll take a look at six of the most common (and worst) business problems you’re likely to encounter, and suggest some effective strategies to reduce them. Let’s have a look!

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