30 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2016

30 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2016

After spending several hours trying to come up with a perfect opening paragraph for this blog post I got a little demotivated. I’ve read hundreds of non-fiction books on different subjects and many authors claimed that this struggle for perfection is often just a sign of procrastination. We tend to look for excuses that will explain our lack of action and our reasons for postponing tasks. This post isn’t about writing a perfect introduction, it’s about books so I’ll jump right into it.   Normally I order books on Amazon. Whenever I walk by a thrift shop I always walk in and spend 15-20 minutes browsing the used books section (and I often find a book that I keep hearing about). I’ve been reading quite a bit in the past few years and I just realized I only read non-fiction books. In fact, I tend to read books that would benefit my business or my personal life. Mixing business with pleasure. I know that many of us don’t have the time to sit down and read a book but I still highly encourage everyone to give it a try. You can easily exchange a few hours of Netflix time for a few hours of reading. If you look at successful entrepreneurs you’ll learn that most of them read books. “85% of rich people read two or more education, career-related, or self-improvement books per month, compared to 15% of poor” (source: Business Insider). Books give you ideas. Books let you dig deep into people’s experiences, habits and personal traits. Books help you become better. As we’re just starting a new...
HostWithLove – Review After 1 Year of Use

HostWithLove – Review After 1 Year of Use

I’ve been wanting to do a full review of my experience with HostWithLove hosting company for a long time. However, I wanted to spend at least one full year as their customer to get a real feel of the company, their service and more importantly their support. HostWithLove Review In 2007 when I first started my online marketing venture I bought a hosting package from HostGator. I’ve been with them for 7 years (as I am a very loyal customer) but things started to go sour. If you want more details feel free to read my Hostgator break-up letter. As my hosting renewal date was in November of 2014, I started looking for a new host a month in advance. I narrowed down my choice to only a few companies and Host With Love (HWL) was one of them. Feel free to check out my adventures of switching web hosts here. Although HostWithLove is a relatively small company, they are steadily growing and expanding their server locations around the world to better accommodate their customers. At the moment of writing this they have servers in Texas, Michigan, California, Orlando, Sao Paulo – Brazil, Amsterdam in the Netherlands, London in UK, New Delhi in India and Singapore in South East Asia.     HostWithLove Sales Experience The very first thing that got me excited about this company was their sales team. I know this sounds unusual, who the heck gets excited about being sold to, right? Well Cody from HWL addressed all of my concerns on a public forum where I was looking for advice on hosting companies. The responses...
Swagbucks Review – My Personal Results

Swagbucks Review – My Personal Results

I joined Swagbucks in the end of October 2014 and shared my first impressions in this Swagbucks Review blog post. During the months of November and December I was relatively active on that platform. If you’re asking your self: “is Swagbucks legit?” the answer is yes. Can you make a lot of money with it? The answer is… no. I say I was relatively active with Swagbucks because I would spend an average of less than 5 minutes per day on it. This translates to about 1-2 hours per month. All this effort brought in about $35 of earnings. So a total of 3 hours for $35 which can be interpreted as $12 per hour, not too horrible. Some would say that I should have invested more time which would result in more money but that’s not really the case and I will explain why.   How to make money with Swagbucks. I work from home so my computer is always on. When I take a break from working (or find myself wasting time on Youtube or Reddit) I would often visit the Swagbucks page and complete some of their tasks.   Daily tasks. Task one: use of Swagbucks button for 1SB reward. You can install a Swagbucks button in the top of your browser and simply clicking on it once a day will earn you that 1 swag buck. This takes a second. However, you can complete this task only once per day. Task two: Daily Poll. Once a day Swagbucks will ask you a simple question, when you answer it you get 1 Swag Buck. This task...
Divi Review – World’s Best WordPress Theme

Divi Review – World’s Best WordPress Theme

Thousands of people are constantly searching for the best theme to use on their WordPress based website. If you spend any considerable amount of time on that research you would always come across 2-3 options. There are millions of WordPress themes, free and paid but only a few make it to the top and deserve the title of “World’s Best WordPress Theme”. “Divi” by Elegant Themes is one of these options.   At some point I had my blog hacked and the hacker exploited the free theme I was using. I can’t go into details since I am not a programmer or a hacker so I don’t know how exactly it was done, however I found at that the theme I was using was at fault. This is when I decided to stick with Premium (paid) WordPress themes since they usually offer a lot more security. The natural way to go was with Elegant Themes (ET). I chose them mostly because all their themes looked great, I had access to about 80 themes the price was low (get 20% discount here) and their support seemed pretty good. I used different ET themes on my blogs and in December of 2013 a revolution happened. ET introduced their all new Divi theme. I was blown away by it and in early 2014 switched one of my blogs to Divi. Later that year Divi 2.0 came out and I made the decision to switch most of my websites to Divi. So this is more of a Divi 2.0 review. Divi Theme – Best Theme Yet! So what’s so special about Divi? Divi...
My Adventures of Switching Web Hosts

My Adventures of Switching Web Hosts

In June of this year I’ve written a blog post about leaving hostgator, after using them for almost 7 years. In November I’ve finally made the move to another hosting company. Update, November 2015. It’s been a year since I switched to HostWithLove. Here is the very detailed and full HostWithLove review.   The back story. I have used Hostgator since 2007. Besides using them I have also actively promoted their services as an affiliate. As you can read pretty much all over this blog I only promote products and services that I personally use and enjoy. Hostgator is one of the most known hosting providers on the planet and I’ve been very happy with them until 2013 or so. I’ve started seeing more and more down time and sometimes my sites would go down for 4-6-12 hours at a time which is simply unacceptable. I also started having other technical issues with my sites and unlike before, HG technical support had become very slow and totally useless. It felt like most of their reps had no clue what they were doing, neither did they care. After doing some research I’ve found out that Hostgator was bought out by Endurance International Group (EIG) in 2012 for about $225 Million. It appears that EIG has been actively buying out every hosting provider that was making some kind of impact on the market. EIG now owns over 60 hosting companies. However, EIG’s got a pretty bad reputation for one simple reason. Unlike small hosts who care about the customer and do everything possible to satisfy a client, EIG does not seem...

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