Make art, make money — at the same time

December 30th, 2011

I was speaking at a conference recently and my buddy pulled me aside. "You have to meet this guy Chase Jarvis," he told me. "He's one of the world's best photographers." Chase and I ended up sitting next to each other, and I learned some fascinating stuff about him. For example, I learned that if he gets TEN photo clients ...

The psychology of buying high and selling low

December 23rd, 2011

It's easy to sit around and lecture people to cut back on spending, pay off debt, and get control of their finances. That's what so many financial advisers and writers do -- yet they never stop to ask themselves why so few of their readers actually follow through. So today, I want to introduce you to Carl Richards, one of ...

How I save 1 hour/day

December 21st, 2011

Here's a productivity tip I use myself. Years ago, I was invited to speak on some panel about technology and entrepreneurship, and the panelist sitting next to me was a senior executive at Google. This dude walked in, opened up his briefcase, and pulled out a neatly organized packet with colored Post-Its and hand-written notes. I glanced over it and ...

Fortune’s 6-page profile on me

December 19th, 2011

So Fortune did a 6-page profile on me, and I want to talk about that. But first, I thought I’d share a hilarious story behind the story... Rewind a couple months. The reporter, Mina, had been following me around for a few days, and she came to Chicago to watch me give a keynote speech at this personal-finance blogger ...

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December 14th, 2011

A few years ago, I started using a virtual assistant. And dear god, I made every mistake in the book: I tried to save a few bucks by using international assistants (I paid between $2/hour and $10/hour), but I ended up wasting tons of time explaining exactly what I wanted. Then I switched to American assistants and got ...

Live talk tomorrow, 12/13, on creative people + business

December 12th, 2011

I'm just about to get on a flight to Seattle to do a web show with my buddy Chase Jarvis, a master photographer and host of a hugely popular online web show. Tune in tomorrow, Tuesday, 12/13, to watch us live at 11am PST (2pm EST). We'll be talking about how creative people -- photographers, writers, artists -- can ...

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