Topic: Business Mindset

Do You Hold Back to Protect Yourself?

Do You Hold Back to Protect Yourself?

I read a really good blog post last week, and it inspired the heck out of me. I HAD to share it with you….

Christine Cress is the name of the leadership coach who wrote this amazingly insightful blog post titled “Was He Ever Invested?

You really, truly, should make time to read this…

In the post, Christine shares a story about her tween son who had a summertime mentor/friend. This young man is a college student who comes to work on ‘special projects’ with him. (Amazing idea, parents!)

Two weeks into this fast-forming and fulfilling relationship, Christine’s son excitedly asked her if the mentor will come next summer too. She immediately got what was behind that question…

Christine goes on to share the […]

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How to Deal with the Loneliness of Being an Online Entrepreneur

How to Deal with the Loneliness of Being an Online Entrepreneur

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes feel discouraged or confused – looking for indicators I’m on the right track.

Yesterday I was sitting on my back porch thinking about how my business has never been better. Our team is thriving and loving the work. Our clients are thrilled at our performance and hiring us for more projects. We are up 40% over our best year ever.

Yet, I found myself looking inward and looking for validation that I’m on the right track.

You know those times?

Nothing was wrong. I was just searching for encouragement.
(Oh we humans are funny creatures…)

Being an online entrepreneur can be lonely. Friends and family don’t really understand what you’re doing or why. You so badly want to […]

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Authentic Leadership: Leaders Aren’t Born, They Are Made

Authentic Leadership: Leaders Aren’t Born, They Are Made

A good quote and reminder for you:

“Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.”
~ Vince Lombardi

As we march the sometimes lonely solopreneur journey to business success, there is suffering and doubt marching by our sides. We wonder if we really have what it takes to make our dreams and goals a reality.

You do have what it takes…

You have a great responsibility…

People ARE watching and listening to you (even when you are convinced otherwise).

Authentic Leadership is something I believe very strongly in.

Being authentic is all about being genuine. Taking the time to be present and listen to […]

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The Total Impact Series with Amber Vilhauer and Ash Ghandehari

The Total Impact Series with Amber Vilhauer and Ash Ghandehari

Today I want to invite you into my mindset around the two highest uses of your time for long-term growth: blogging and strategic partnerships.

Without a doubt, blogging has (and continues to be) one of the most effective ways I’ve grown my business. Google has brought me a tremendous amount of traffic just because I consistently put out valuable content to my audience.

But possibly the single greatest way I’ve grown my business is through strategic partnerships (similar businesses referring their clients to me on a regular basis).

In fact, through just one strategic partner, I’ve been able to bring in $50,000-$75,000 each year for the past several years in a row. In the past three months, I was able to generate just over $45,000 from […]

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3 Quick Productivity Reminders to Stay on Your A Game

3 Quick Productivity Reminders to Stay on Your A Game

The demands on an entrepreneur are at an all time high and the intensity is only rising. To-do lists are getting longer and customers expect results faster which means you are being forced to manage your time – every minute of it – otherwise your business will crumble.

If you want to stay on top of your A game, these are some helpful tips:

My highest productivity tip is to “get it done in the moment.”

If a task comes in that takes me less than 5 minutes, I immediately knock it out. That could be an email request of someone needing a file, or me delegating a quick task to a team member. It’s the volume of tasks and emails that stress […]

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Q&A: How Much Free Content Should You Give Before Asking for the Sale?

Q&A: How Much Free Content Should You Give Before Asking for the Sale?

Tom Rubens, www.theaccountabilityfactor.com, submitted a question for the “Ask Amber” Podcast asking what is a good balance between giving away valuable free content, versus when it’s best to ask for the sale.

This is a great question that a lot of my coaching clients ask me. You definitely want to offer free content as a way of proving your value, showcasing your credibility/expertise/experience. But you also want to monetize and make sure you’re not just giving away the farm, right?

All of this is explained (with a detailed strategy plan) and more in this Authentic Leader Q&A episode!

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