Why NOT to Seek Funding When You're Just Getting Your Business Started

Social_FundingArticle_072715Many people seem to believe that to have a successful business, you have to take some kind of investment to get to where you want to be. I disagree. If you do take an investment (or multiple investments) to get your company started, there is nothing wrong with that. But I want to explain why I personally have never looked for funding in any of the businesses I?ve built.

If you?re trying to get funded, you?re not working on the business.

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Our Students' Sales on Amazon Prime Day Blew Us Away! (UPDATED)

This post was updated on July 24, 2015 with even more exciting data!

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On July 15, 2015, Amazon launched their very first Prime Day: a global shopping event offering more deals than Black Friday, exclusively for Prime members. New and existing members shopped Deals of the Day, and thousands of Lightning Deals starting as often as every 10 minutes.

Social media and the blogosphere were a-buzz about #PrimeDay on July 15…with less than impressed feedback. Despite customers’ cynicism, Amazon announced that Prime Day was bigger than Black Friday, and will be held again.

In our most popular course, Amazing Selling Machine, we teach students how to build a business by selling physical products on Amazon. We knew our students would be impacted by Prime Day…we just didn’t know how well, until now! Continue reading “Our Students' Sales on Amazon Prime Day Blew Us Away! (UPDATED)”

An Entrepreneur's Do's and Don'ts: A Visual Guide

A First-Time Entrepreneur's Do's & Don'ts

When you’re an entrepreneur, mistakes are inevitable. Entrepreneurship is a learning process, and the mistakes are the lessons. But not all mistakes are worth making, and there are shortcuts to starting your entrepreneurial adventure with smooth sailing.

At Amazing.com, we’ve put together a neat infographic showcasing do’s and don’ts  for first-time entrepreneurs based off of Jason Katzenback’s 10 common mistakes he personally made as a first-time entrepreneur and how to avoid them.

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8 Hard-Earned Lessons About Following Your Passion While Building a Business

BlogPost_071615-1I am a huge proponent for building a business built on what you are passionate about. I am truly passionate about creating businesses and teaching others how to build businesses so they can live a life they want through personal financial freedom. I?ve also worked on businesses that I wasn?t passionate about, thinking money was all I needed, and trust me, it is NOT worth it!

Below I share eight hard-earned lessons I?ve learned over the years about following YOUR passion in business. I explain why passion is so important when building a business, and also why it isn?t the only thing you can rely on for success.

1. Money doesn?t provide satisfaction.

In my experience, more and more money can actually equate to more and more stress. Luckily, I love what I do, so it excites me. However, I have abandoned profitable businesses that did not align with my passion. If you think that… “once I get money, everything is going to be better”… you may be in for disappointment. Money does not provide satisfaction. Money is a tool, and that’s all I ever look at money as. Money, in my opinion, should never be an end goal, but a resource that helps you achieve that goal (such as in my case money is the tool that helps me achieve my goal of a specific lifestyle I want to live). The reality is you usually don’t need as much money as you think you need to achieve and if the way you are making money now is causing you to be stressed and miserable? do something else (yes, YOU are in control of that choice)! Continue reading “8 Hard-Earned Lessons About Following Your Passion While Building a Business”

Amazing.com Celebrates Amazon Prime Day!

Amazon has been teasing us all since last week when it announced Prime Day: a one-day shopping event on July 15, 2015, with more deals than Black Friday. Today, our Amazing.com office checked out Amazon Prime Day for ourselves! We went around and asked everyone what deals they got from Prime Day, so here you go – check out our new swag!

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Amazon’s best deals include: Amazon Echo ($129.99), Kindle Fire HD 7 ($79.00), and the Amazon Fire TV Stick ($24.00).

We also found some pretty cool toys such as this ICE Orb Floating Bluetooth Speakers ($127.49) and this adorable Olaf-A-Lot Doll ($9.99).

How was your experience with Amazon’s Prime Day? Share with us your best deals, whether or not that includes dishwasher detergent.

Looking to start your own business? Check out these 50 hot products you can sell right now on Amazon.