July 2013

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The 23rd issue of FeedFront, the official magazine of Affiliate Summit, is at the printer and over 41,000 copies will be going out to subscribers and events in early August 2013.

FeedFront Magazine, Issue 23

Issue 23 of FeedFront will also be distributed at Affiliate Summit Meetups and Affiliate Summit East 2013.

This issue of FeedFront Magazine includes Let Structure Set You Free by me, Networking for Introverts at Affiliate Summit by Shawn Collins, Five Benefits of Responsive Web Design by Rehan Zaidi, and the agenda for Affiliate Summit East 2013.

Also, there are articles on lead generation, email marketing, Google Affiliate Network migration, Google Ads, coupon affiliates, Google Schema, API’s, outsourcing to Fiverr, podcasting, and more.

Issue 23 of FeedFront Magazine can now be viewed online, downloaded, and printed from issuu.com.

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Years of laboring in the salt mines as you wonder what the specific ramifications of physically attacking your supervisor might do to your career are finally over.

Not only are you self-employed, you're the only place the “buck” stops.

But after a while, life as a solopreneur can become very routine. You may begin to feel isolated, easily distracted and then finally… bored.

These are the warning signs of what I call, “Solopreneur Rut” and if left untreated, it can be very damaging to the business you've worked so hard to build.

Here are 3 tips that I use to avoid the Solopreneur Rut:

Learn, Establish & Practice Effective Time Management Skills

In a solo office,  it's easy to adopt a “Whack-a-Mole” mentality towards managing projects, emails, social media, phone calls and administrative issues that arise during the day.

While you'll certainly feel that you've been busy at the end of the business day, you probably won't feel that you've accomplished what you set out to do that day. Unexpected issues will always arise, but the time you spend dealing with them should be the exception, not the rule.

Instead, maximize your productivity by practicing effective time management. Establish deadlines daily, evaluate any progress (or lack thereof) on each project and prioritize your tasks in order to get the job done efficiently and effectively.

Maintain Communication with Colleagues, Old Co-Workers, Mentors and Mentees

Regularly schedule meetings and keep in touch with individuals who support your vision. The meetings might range from a simple call, grabbing a cup of coffee at Starbucks, a lunch or joining a like-minded local group that you found on Meetup.com. (Here's one that I organize here in Orlando: http://www.meetup.com/ASMCOAFF/)

Not only will the contact keep you from feeling alienated and lonely, it can also help you professionally by establishing or strengthening your business network.

Best of all, it gives you the opportunity to troubleshoot things going on in your business and provides a chance to hear other opinions aside from your own.

Practice Regular Evaluations

Practice regular self-evaluations in the same vein as you probably received during annual reviews from your supervisor at your old job.

I like to schedule my self-evaluation quarterly as it gives me enough data and history to review without being too shortsighted.  I set it for the same date that I pay my Quarterly Estimated Taxes so I can get two distasteful tasks over at the same time. 😉

If you have a mentor, it might be good to set up a time for them to review your self-assessment and provide feedback.

Adoption of these tips can help you work smarter keep you going on an optimum trajectory.

What else helps you avoid the Solopreneur Rut?

In addition to the private networking group on Facebook for Affiliate Summit East 2013 attendees, there is also an app .

There are Android and iPhone versions of the Affiliate Summit East 2013 app.

Some features of the app…

  • Social feed with photos and comments from attendees
  • Ability to chat with other attendees within the app
  • All of the agenda items, and the ability to create personal notifications
  • Details on the sponsors, exhibitors, and speakers
  • Map with routing functionality

Install the app now on your Android and iPhone.

Sync up your Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts and fill out your profile in the app to start networking.