Entrepreneur Advice: Tips for Working from Home?





Enabling Creator Ecosystem Success – from Influencers to Marketers – through Education, Events, Memberships, and Partnerships

“VloggerFair” has been rebranded as “CreatorAdvocate,” but will CONTINUE to focus on the creators themselves throughout the year in a subscription service that can be found on http://CreatorAdvocate.com/ now.

“CreatorAdvocate” is not just for vloggers, however – it is for anybody who finds themselves being or becoming an independent content creator.

Our mission, thus, is as follows:

Empowering independent content creators with qualified advice & intelligence based upon actual experience, answering questions that can’t readily be answered, and sharing discoveries of new developments that will further accelerate the ability to create in any capacity.

99 Ways To Make Money Using Twitter

There should be an image here!Produced by entrepreneurial blog Geekpreneur, creators of the popular Geek’s Guide to Twitter, the book covers methods as varied as TwitPitching, app-building, trend-spotting and affiliate selling, and is filled with practical ideas for everyone.

Illustrated with case-studies and proven examples, 99 Ways to Make Money with Twitter reveals how individuals and businesses are using microblogging to build brands, land sales, and win new customers. Each chapter explains where to start and how to do it, and even provides a real-life commercial model to copy.

Since winning the SXSW blog award in 2007, Twitter’s growth has been phenomenal. From 500,000 users in early 2008, the site now hosts around 10 million microbloggers, and is used by enthusiasts, professionals and businesses alike.

Crush It!: Why Now Is The Time To Cash In On Your Passion

There should be an image here!Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk is about… well, it’s pretty self-explanatory from its title.

Everything has changed. The social media revolution has irreversibly changed the way we live our lives and conduct our business. There are billions of dollars in advertising moving online, waiting to be claimed by whoever can build the best content and communities. Despite this change, most people keep working at jobs that don’t make them happy and businesses continue to ignore the major marketing and public relations benefits that can be found online.

Myth #1: I’m not passionate about something sexy or popular like wine so these lessons don’t apply to me.

The Internet has drastically decreased the costs of building communities around niche subjects, allowing for even the most obscure subjects to draw enough eyeballs to command advertising attention. Starting a video blog about tortilla chips may seem farfetched until Doritos gives you a call and offers 40,000 a year to sponsor and advertise on your blog.

Myth #2: My business already has a Twitter account and a Facebook page, we’re set in the social media department.

This is the equivalent of claiming twenty years ago that just because your business bought a TV spot and a few ads in the newspaper, you didn’t need to pay attention to your advertising department. Social media isn’t about joining in, it’s about being involved.

Myth #3: I’m happy at my job so this book is irrelevant to me.

First of all, congratulations on finding work that makes you happy! However, the lessons in this book are valuable to anyone, regardless of their employment status. Crush It will show you how to utilize high level and platform specific social media and marketing strategies that will improve your work. It will also show you how to build a personal brand so that even if you’re forced to leave your job, a situation that’s especially relevant today, you’ll be able to easily find employment elsewhere in a field you’re passionate about.

Myth #4: I need to quit my job to take advantage of this book’s entrepreneurial lessons.

While the entrepreneurial strategies in this book do take time, it’s completely reasonable to start the effort as an after-work project to build up until you’re able to replace your current income with the income from your online presence. While you may have to fall behind on the current season of Lost or let your Madden 2010 game suffer, because you’ll be doing something you love you won’t mind putting in the extra effort.

In Crush It, Gary Vaynerchuk shows how anyone can build a career around what they’re passionate about. He also delivers both high-level and platform specific strategy and analysis, allowing you to take advantage of the current business environment while preparing you to succeed as it changes and evolves.

This book isn’t interested in making unrealistic promises while glossing over the work involved. Making a living by building content around your passion isn’t simple and it doesn’t happen overnight. What it is, however, is fulfilling and in most cases just as profitable, if not more so, than your previous job.

Furthermore, a business can’t just pay lip service to social media and expect it to return results. The transparency and accountability inherent in its structure necessitates a comprehensive and dedicated strategy in order to reap its tremendous benefits.

By combining practical analysis and strategy with the same passion and humor that’s made Gary one of the most in demand keynote speakers in the U.S. as well as network television’s go to wine expert, Crush It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand and harness the future of business and work.

Learn: Why social media has evened the playing field, destroying the “gate-keepers” who had previously dictated the distribution of content.

Learn: How to beat unemployment and create wealth-building opportunities by building and maintaining a personal brand.

Learn: Why storytelling is the most important business concept in the current marketplace.

Learn: How you can build an online business around your passion without quitting your day job.

Learn: Why Twitter and Facebook are just tools and not a social media strategy.

Learn: How to take advantage of the half-billion dollars in advertising that are moving to the Internet.

Learn: Why transparency and being true to yourself are now winning marketing formulas.

Learn: How to build and maintain an online community around your passion and brand.

Learn: Strategies for turning attention into money.

Learn: Why the legacy element of the Internet era is so underrated.

Gnomie Discount For Entrepreneur University

If you enjoyed Gnomedex and are excited about the prospects of starting your own business, or growing your startup, check out NWEN’s Entrepreneur University. On Thursday, November 5, come be inspired by nationally recognized speakers and local heroes, and put to work. With four interactive workshops peppered throughout the day, get your hands dirty wrestling with such challenges as “Will the dog eat the dog food? “How do I finance this puppy?” “How can I give my elevator pitch a lift?” and “How can I harness social media and take the power to the people?” Not to mention 90 minutes in which you can sit down with an investor one-on-one in the always-popular VC bistro… and/or sign up for a lunch date with experts in raising money, marketing, sales, law, and entrepreneurship.

NWEN is offering a special $25 discount to Lockergnome fans. You can register here. To get the discount, simply enter the promotion code: Pirillo, after entering your own email address.

*If you’re not a member of NWEN, your ticket will be discounted to $250 (from $275). This package deal includes a one-year NWEN membership (offered at $125), and a ticket to Entrepreneur University (otherwise offered at $150 to members).

If you are a member of NWEN, the price will be $125 (vs. $150).

Either way, this promotion is only available to the first 10 people who respond. Hope to see you there!

Startonomics: October 2nd In SF

Calling all geeks, entrepreneurs, startups, angels, VCs, etc.!

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Startonomics, Dave McClure’s new conference on startup metrics, takes place this Thursday (October 2nd, 2008) in San Francisco.

Startonomics is a one-day workshop designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs on how to create simple, actionable metrics; and how to use them to make better product and marketing decisions for long-term growth and startup success.

Dave anticipates “it’s going to be the best conference I’ve ever helped put together, and I promise any of you who attend you won’t be disappointed. Over 250 geeks, startups & entrepreneurs will be joining us… hope you can, too!”

If you’ve been aware of the conference but on the fence about joining, please get off the fence and register now!

Non-students can register & get 20% off with this promo code: START208