Why it’s Easier than You Think to Start Your Own Business Online

The most difficult part of starting a business online is not what you’d think. Many people think you need a degree in Computer Science, investors, and to be part of a startup company. That could be true for some. However, in my case and in many people I see around me, you just need to…

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40-Day Free Social Media and Email Marketing Timeline for a Launch

A little background: Last year I organized a joint-venture project with a group of 7 online English teachers including myself and we did a week-long fire sale (a fire sale is a short time and low price) at EnglishPowerPack.com. The sale did really well with just 4 weeks of preparation (about $45,000 in 7 days).…

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What Really Happened to Me in 2015 – How I Went from Fired and Evicted to Running a Business with Four Employees in 10 Months

  Let me explain the situation at the beginning of the year.   I was working at the best job I’d ever had: the best pay I’d had as an English teacher, a year contract for full-time work, and a job title I could be proud of: English Lecturer at a university in Tokyo.  …

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What is the best camera and microphone for making YouTube and online course videos?

  I’ve built a business from making videos for YouTube and for online courses. The funny thing is, I have no background in audio or video, so it’s always been a struggle to find the perfect setup for me to deliver my message. After several years, I’ve found a pretty good setup that’ll fit a…

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Review of Why Spanish is Easy by Benny Lewis

Speaking Spanish is one of the great loves of my life, even though I could only enjoy fluency after years of frustration. It’s the same experience Benny Lewis describes in his guide Why Spanish is Easy. Benny writes like a cool TA I wish I had had in my university Spanish classes. He tosses the…

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A Permanent Vacation and Becoming an Expat

This post includes my unedited answers to seven questions a reporter asked me about being on a “permanent vacation” (his words not mine) and the choice to be an expat. 1. What was your living/work situation when you decided to move abroad? Why did you want to move to this location? How long have you been there?…

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How Can I Move to Japan and Teach English?

Here are some questions I get asked frequently, given my experience living and working in Japan, and my candid answers. I am currently living in Tokyo on a contract as a university English professor. I have lived and worked in Japan twice before, in two other different cities and on two different job contracts. My…

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How to Focus and Get Stuff Done – 5 Tips to Use Now

In the age of Facebook, where the average person checks social media and their text messages relentlessly, what kinds of tricks can we use to stay focused? Ironically, a friend of mine asked me this question in a Facebook message the other day. Thanks, Vernon. Here’s the low-down on what I told him: 1) Plan…

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How to Achieve a Winning Mindset – Observations from the Book The Art of Learning

On Focus: Do not pay attention to outside attention. Do not pay attention to people watching you. Do not pay attention to the score. You must focus on your own performance. [Tweet ““No one ever won a race looking sideways.””] That is one message that resonated with me. If you pay too much attention to what…

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How to Become an Expert at Any Skill – Lessons from The Art of Learning

This is my second post that references Josh Waitzkin’s book The Art of Learning. To read the first one, click here. Using vivid personal stories in his book The Art of Learning, Josh Waitzkin describes four main tenants to becoming an expert in any subject: 1. Lay a solid groundwork by studying less complex, basic…

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