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Stu McLaren
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I gotta admit, when I got a text from my wife at 4:02am this morning I thought something had happened.

She's in India right now and we usually don't chat until later in the morning because of the time zone difference.  But as it turns out, everything was ok and she was just very excited about her new business idea.

Then of course, I couldn't get back to sleep either because my mind was racing with ideas for her new venture.  

But here's what I will tell you...

This idea has been a LONG time coming.  But after seeing what's happened during her trip and the impact it's had on her clarity, I'm going to be more intentional about following the steps outlined in my latest blog post.

What do you do when you need to get clear about an idea or project?
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Trying to learn for others, like you:-) Just posted my first blog post in my whole life today and yep: focussing on my new business project. If you like to travel as you're wife does and if you both are entrepeneurs as I read between the lines, please check my blog (http://luxuryfromhome.wordpress.com) and my website http://invitetopresent.com/happylife 
This is what you call a business opportunity that creates freedom and flexibility. And owh buy the way... that picture of your wife in front of the Taj Mahal is beautiful:-)
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There is a super cute family at the 11 second mark of this promotional video for our local area ;)
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Nice little 5-second spot there!
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Attention Experts - Should you be worried if there is a lot of FREE content already available in your area of expertise? 

The answer is "NO" and I'll show you exactly how to compete with "free" as well as use it to sell your own premium courses, products and memberships in this complimentary workshop.
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Anyone else ever struggle with the fear of launching something new? 

Recently a had a bunch of "aha" moments when analyzing why it took so long (2 years) to launch our latest venture (Rhino Support).

The core issue was a mental block and in this post I share 5 steps for getting over the "hump" and launching your next project.
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My only concern these days is actually with EVS serving up videos for mobile devices.  I haven't had good luck with it and have since switched all my "protected videos" to VimeoPRO and/or Wistia.
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I work hard during the day so I can have quality time with my family at the end of the day :)
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Who's more excited that daddy's home? Hmmm.... ;)
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I tried saying something but I literally froze.  It actually brought me to tears (which was awkward considering I was on stage in front of 160 people).
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Why do people buy? 

In this post I narrowed it down to 7 primary reasons people buy and then share some examples (even some personal) that emphasize that a purchase isn't necessarily made because of a product feature or obvious benefit.
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Awesome post +Stu McLaren  This one makes the Evernote file! By the way, loving Rhino Support so far. Been using it for about a week. Should have done this sooner. I can already tell it's going to save me some time! 
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With the help of an iPhone app, a web service and my assistant, I now have a super simple 3-step process that virtually guarantees my ideas are captured - even when I'm away from my computer.

What’s even better is that when I need to reference these voice memos, I have an audio version, a text version and they are searchable as soon as I get back to my computer.

This is how I do it.
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In a flash, three months were gone.

I look back and it’s easy to understand “where” the time went.

But the flip side is I feel like I lost myself a little bit.

You ever get that way?

For me, several BIG opportunities began flowing my way (which was exciting) and one project after another began to stack up.

I was energized about all of them and just put my nose to the grindstone in order to get these projects completed – hence the craziness of the last three months.

Financially, it was worth it.

However, there was a downside and that's what I talk about in my latest post.  #LifestyleBusiness 
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Have him in circles
5,415 people
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Co-Founder of an Online Startup
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Marketing membership sites, building online communities and email marketing
Employment
  • WishList Products
    Run an online software company, 2008 - present
    As a Co-Founder, my primary responsibilities are managing the marketing and content creation for our company.
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I help overworked entrepreneurs make more money and create more time for the things that matter most.
Introduction
I'm the co-founder of an online start-up called WishList Products and our best-selling membership plugin (WishList Member) is now powering over 46,000+ online communities and membership sites.

I love helping people build a thriving community around their product, passion or hobby and regularly teach people how to do it for themselves.  For some examples, go check out our free Training Videos.

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The rest of my time is spent with my beautiful wife (Amy) and daughter (Marla) as well as raising money for our charity World Teacher Aid.

I like running, indoor soccer, t-shirts and of course zipping around in my MINI Cooper :)
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Our software (WishList Member) now powers over 46,000+ online communities and membership sites!
Education
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
    Business, 1998 - 2002