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Let's Make 2017 Your Year to Shine!

I've been very busy. Running my businesses. Rethinking strategies. Planning for next year. How about you? Are you ready for next year? If not, now is a great time to start thinking about 2017. If you have a business, start looking at ways to grow. New products. New delivery options. New promotional strategies. Perhaps even a whole new business venture.

If you don't have a business yet, there has never been a better time to start one. Thanks to the internet it is now cheaper and easier to get up and running than ever before.

What's holding you back? I'm issuing a challenge to all of you right now. Let's make 2016 your year. Each one of us has a choice to make. 2017 is right around the corner and it's calling to you to change your life. Are you coming or not? Will you make the choice to join us?

I know many of you will be afraid of leaving what is familiar and venturing into something that is totally unknown. Others of you will be excited and challenged at the thought. All of you will be asked to do things you never thought you could do - contact people, write a business plan, promote yourself and your business.

What if you decide to make the choice? What happens next? Contrary to many of the "gurus", there is no foolproof formula. What works for me may not work for you. I can't do what my friend Ken McArthur does. I use many of his ideas but I adapt them to my situation. But there are some steps you can take to increase your chances of being successful.

Moving Your Business Beyond the Idea Stage:  You have a great business idea. You know it will work and you could finally fulfill your dream of being your own boss. If only you knew how to get started.  Too many ideas remain just that - ideas. But you can move your business beyond the idea stage by following these simple steps.

Women Who Rock the Internet:  When I first started online, the internet marketing world seemed to be mostly dominated by men. A 2009 post of the top 10 internet "gurus" of the time included only 3 women. But what a difference a few years makes! Now women are claiming their share of the internet in ever-increasing numbers. Meet my favorite women who rock the internet and see how they can help you do the same.

The Top 10 Internet Marketing "Gurus" and What I Learned From Them:  Speaking of gurus, you have heard me preach endlessly about the value of learning from the "masters" - the experts in your chosen business niche - and following their lead. But who should you be following?

Finding Your Guru:  Starting your own business comes with its share of challenges. You will make plenty of mistakes along the way. One way to minimize the number of missteps is to find a good mentor or coach to help you.

Check out my website.  It is packed with information on finding, starting, and building the perfect business for you!

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