Entrepreneurs, Listen UP! – The ONE Thing I Wish I Had Done Differently… in Business!

by Chris C. Ducker · 39 comments

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Nowadays, I often get interviewed for podcasts, magazines and blogs. In fact I was just interviewed by Yaro Starak for his excellent entrepreneurial blog and podcast, which I’ve personally read for years myself.

I’ve been asked ‘If you could go back and start your journey as an entrepreneur all over again, what would you do differently…?’, on more than one occasion.

My answer is a simple one…

As an entrepreneur, I wish that I had gotten active online way, way sooner than I actually did – which is just two years ago.

Why I Enjoy Blogging so Much

My blogging, and the fact that I utilize social media, podcasting and online video as much as I do, has enabled me to far surpass my business growth targets, and has opened more ‘business doors’ than I can count!

In the video above, I go into my feelings on this a little more, and actually tell a couple of stories that reflect things a little clearer.

However, here are a handful of reasons why I wished I’d started my blogging and general involvement in the online business world, sooner:

  • It’s enabled me to build a fantastic personal brand. A brand that has catapulted me to ‘Thought Leader’ status in my niche of ‘outsourcing’, even to the point of being asked to speak at several international conferences and expo’s.
  • I’ve signed up so many new clients for my largest business (which currently houses over 300 employees), who have found me through my podcast and blog, I’ve lost count!
  • The networking opportunities that blogging and having a voice in social media brings, has netted me some of my best, and smartest friends.
  • Blogging has enabled me to create and launch TWO new businesses in the last 12 months.
  • Doing business online has shown me that the world is so much smaller than it used to be, and that the global economy is thriving!

As you can tell, I’ve become a big fan of doing business online.

How My Blogging Journey Began

When I launched this blog, two years ago, I did so with a 1-year goal to become a Virtual CEO. I achieved that goal. And one of the reasons I believe I achieved it (and a full month ahead of schedule, I might add!) is because I documented the entire journey through the pages of my blog.

I blogged about everything I was doing to achieve that status, and more. And I produced monthly reports for people to see what I was doing on a month to month basis to hit my goal, too. It gave me a focus that I’ve never actually experienced before… Seriously. Some might say that starting a blog, and everything else that I’ve done online over the last 24 months has changed my life…

Has Blogging Changed My Life?

In a word, yes, I think it has. For all the reasons I listed above, and because of the stories I discuss in today’s video, too. Plus, much more.

Has it made me a ‘better person’..? No, I don’t think so (I like to think that I’ve always been a pretty nice guy!). But, it’s certainly made me more accessible to potential clients and business partners – which, as any REAL entrepreneur will tell you is AWESOME!!!

Its also put me into a thought process on business that is, literally, never ending. That doesn’t mean that I don’t switch off from ‘work’, because I certainly do. What it means is that I find myself having more ideas, creating more opportunities for myself and my businesses, as well as allowing myself to truly represent myself and my businesses the way I really want to. I love that control.

Have YOU Started a Blog Yet?

If you have, well done. If you haven’t, and you really, truly want to make a difference in this crazy entrepreneurial world that we live in and enjoy so much – do it. TODAY! Don’t wait… like I did. There really is no point and you’ll achieve nothing by sitting on the sideline.

The fact is that people want to do business with other PEOPLE. And creating, starting and building a blog will give you tons more opportunities to connect with people (AKA, your future customers, friends and partners!) than any other medium out there today, that I promise you.

I’m a curious type, as you know, so I have a couple of questions for you…

If you’ve not started a blog yet – whats holding you back? And if you do have a blog, and you’re perhaps thinking about re-launching¬†it in some way, why is that? What are you not happy with?

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How to Start a Blog That Matters

As you might remember, in my last post I did a review of a new blogging course from my very good friend, Corbett Barr (who is also one of my Top 3 Bloggers to Follow in 2012). He had just gone live with How to Start a Blog That Matters‘, and I’m happy to say that there have been record numbers of people signing up for it.

In case you’re interested, you can read my entire review here, but here’s the general jist of it:

  • 13 week course will take you from Step A, B, C, all the way through to Z.
  • Over 8 full hours of high quality video tutorials
  • Direct access to Corbett at any time (this is worth the $97 alone, if you ask me!)
  • 4 awesome bonuses
  • 60-day, no questions ask ‘money back’¬†guarantee.

And if you purchase through MY AFFILIATE LINK you’ll get FREE access to an Exclusive 1-hour webinar that I am going to be recording that will show you how to do all the stuff you’ll learn from Corbett with as little effort as possible, by outsourcing the work to a team fo virtual assistants. I’m even including an audio version!

PLUS – a $50 discount off my Virtual Staff Finder service, for when you’re ready to get going and hire your first VA.

To get all this, plus my bonuses, you simply have to sign-up before February 3rd, which is when the launch promo ends. If you have any questions – just drop me a comment below.

 

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{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

Dwayne January 24, 2012 at 00:44

I’m glad that the 2 years you’ve been blogging has made such a huge difference in your life and your business. I just launched my own blog this month and I emailed you the link like you said so you can check it out. Thanks for the motivation to keep going.

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Chris C. Ducker January 24, 2012 at 18:13

Hi Dwayne

Thanks for the link – I’ve checked your blog, and replied to your email with a little feedback. On the whole it looked great!

The most important things is that you keep going with it. Most bloggers give up in the first couple of months, as they don’t receive the huge amount of traffic that they truly want. It will come in time… But, you MUST keep updating your blog.

Good luck, bud.

C

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Joe January 24, 2012 at 18:26

Hi Dwayne,

Totally agree with Chris there, don’t expect traffic to be fast, that means you won’t be disappointed :)

Get about a bit Social Media etc… and write quality content and traffic will improve and if you get a traffic surge great :)

Keep at it, be consistent with when you post(schedule posts rather than just hitting publish, Mon – Thurs 2pm and 5pm are the best times to publish new content).

It will happen just be patient.

Good Luck
Joe

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Chris C. Ducker January 24, 2012 at 21:54

That’s it right there…

CONSISTENCY and PATIENCE.

Great stuff, Joe – thanks for chipping in, bud.

C

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Lifestyle Flo February 25, 2012 at 20:12

Hey Dwayne,
just watched your Blog. Looks really good. Especially on the iPhone :-)

@Chris: You already said in our interview that you’ve defiantly should have gone online earlier. But would you say that we should build a blog first and then build the business around or should we build the business first an then the personal brand?

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Chris C. Ducker February 27, 2012 at 11:30

Doesn’t matter, either way works.

The bottom line is that BLOGGING is a massively important business tool now, I find. So whether you start one way, or another, it really has no major consequence. The most important thing is that you embrace blogging for business, and utilize it as the customer grabbing powerhouse that it has become!

C

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Justice Wordlaw IV January 24, 2012 at 01:13

Yeah, that is something I wish I focused on a bit more too. Being involved within social media is important and you need to invest the time on there.

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Chris C. Ducker January 24, 2012 at 17:25

Couldn’t agree more, my man.

But, even now – although I ‘use’ social media, I don’t let it consume me. I did once I got started, but now I spend no more than perhaps 20-30mins a day on the combo of Facebook, Twitter and G+ (and in that order, too).

Thanks for the comment, bud.

C

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Joe January 24, 2012 at 01:16

Hi Chris,
Just watched the video, it’s inpirational to hear other people’s stories and where they come from, it’s that true saying stop researching and take action or nothing will happen.

Joe :)

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Chris C. Ducker January 24, 2012 at 17:24

Hi Joe

Absolutely – the thing was that I did know how powerful blogs were, but literally had no idea how to get started – this is one of the reasons why such a great ‘How To’ course, such as Corbett’s was required – I just wish I had it myself when I got started!!!

Glad you enjoyed the video.

C

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Paul Donovan January 24, 2012 at 02:13

Hi Chris,

OK, you have just cracked the whip. I’m well known for my procrastination, and I think you have just reminded me that I am never going to have a virtual business going if I don’t get started now. I’ve got the crew to make it happen, so what’s my excuse?

Thanks.

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Chris C. Ducker January 24, 2012 at 17:22

Yes, Paul – consider the whip well and truly cracked.

Send me a link to your new blog once it’s up and running – i’d love to check it out.

C

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Maria January 24, 2012 at 06:35

The best part is meeting people you never thought you would meet.

E.g., once I had talked about a book on my blog, and suddenly I find that they author commented on my post and had added me as a friend on Facebook! That was a big surprise!

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Chris C. Ducker January 24, 2012 at 17:22

Hi maria

This is a great example of the networking capabilities, that are so important for business owners nowadays, in full effect. Thanks for posting this short – but, very REAL story.

C

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Stephen Warren January 24, 2012 at 18:24

Hi Chris,

The world is a much better place now that your a blogger.

SW

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Chris C. Ducker January 24, 2012 at 21:55

Ah, shucks… :-)

Thanks, Stephen – appreciate that, buddy.

C

PS. Where do I send you that $20…..?!?!!

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Sheyi January 24, 2012 at 19:32

Chris, you know what? We all are writing epic shits and starting a blog that matters in 2012.
Great post man

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Chris C. Ducker January 24, 2012 at 21:54

Hi Sheyi

I believe you’re right! Corbett Barr’s “Epic Shit’ mission is spreading, aint it…?!! :-)

C

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Rob Cubbon January 24, 2012 at 19:34

What is so interesting is what you’ve achieved in the two years and how you did that. I wish I’d started earlier as well :) but hey, we’re enjoying it now, as you say! :) Hope you’re well, Chris.

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Chris C. Ducker January 24, 2012 at 21:53

Hey Rob

Thanks, bud. Yep – now, I have worked HARD at everything over those two years – but, obviously… its been well worth it!

Hope all is good with you, mate.

C

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Sam January 24, 2012 at 22:52

Hey Chris,

I’ve talked to fair amount of business owners over the years and this continues to be one of the top things people would have done differently. Whether it would have been getting online earlier or just starting their blog faster, it ranks right up there. You’ve done a great job since you jumped online and I look forward to what you come up with next.

Sam

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Chris C. Ducker January 25, 2012 at 22:51

Hi Sam

It’s just one of those things, right…?! I don’t think I EVER could have foreseen what becoming a blogger was going to do for me, as a business owner. It’s remarkable.

Thanks for the kind words, bud.

C

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Dean soto January 25, 2012 at 08:16

Inspiring as ever Chris. Although the featured pic looked like you wanted to ask for my hand in marriage (haha, j/k), this is SUCH and important post that every entrepreneur needs to read. Especially since you aren’t a blogger turned business owner, but the opposite. You understand business and all that it entails so it’s not just the usual fluff.

Thanks for the motivation to keep going with my blog and to see it as a way to grow my business rather than just a time-suck.

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Chris C. Ducker January 25, 2012 at 22:53

Hi Dean

Haha… I was begging for peoples attention, thats what it was! :-)

You have a VERY solid blog, Dean don’t even think about quitting on it. It’s a solid resource, bud.

C

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Sergio Felix January 25, 2012 at 09:24

LOL EPIC SHIT

I think I’m FAR from writing things at that level but I’m pretty comfortable with what I have so far.

Thanks for the video Chris, I regret not having started a lot earlier either. I already knew HTML from way, way years ago and just watching a video from Frank Kern in the Underachiever like 6 or 7 years ago (not sure on the date) made me feel like I could have been in an entire different position right now.

But hey, that’s life and I’m happy to be right here, right now :)

Take care man and hope to speak soon again!

Sergio

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Chris C. Ducker January 25, 2012 at 22:54

Hi Sergio

:-) You laugh, but thats the real deal, right there!

Thanks for the upbeat, motivating comment, my man.

Have a killer day!

C

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Sergio Felix January 25, 2012 at 23:31

Oooh that should have read something like this: “I ALSO regret not having started a lot earlier TOO” lol sorry.

And it’s my pleasure man, you always bring us very cool information here. ;-)

All the best! :D

Sergio

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Chris C. Ducker January 26, 2012 at 12:18

Hahaha… Never any need to apologize on the VBL, buddy! This is as real as it gets! :-)

Thanks again for the kind words and on-going support.

C

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Valerie Deveza January 25, 2012 at 16:55

Totally agree with you Chris! Interacting with other bloggers really widens your network and helps you get established as a thought leader on your field. I’ve met a lot of virtual assistants and new friends since I started interacting with other people over the web.

I’ve just started re-branding my blog. Hopefully, i get it completed it the next couple of weeks. :)

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Chris C. Ducker January 25, 2012 at 22:54

Hi Valerie

Good luck with your new blog and once it’s done and finished, and available for the world to see, please do tweet me a link, okay! I’d love to check it out.

C

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Benny January 25, 2012 at 23:15

You’ve done a great job on the blog! Don’t remember how I came across your blog, but have enjoyed it since I did last year.

The video is great. You’re a natural in front of the camera! Hollywood hasn’t called you yet? Pat got on as an extra in a movie. I’m sure you could get a speaking role! :)

In my recent post, I mentioned some great reasons someone should start a blog. One is to become an authority in your niche. I mentioned you were an authority on virtual assistants! I’m sure you won’t mind!

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Chris C. Ducker January 26, 2012 at 12:17

Gee, thanks, Benny – appreciate the kudos, bud.

Hollywood – calling – I – doubt – it…!!! :-) But, I’d jump at the chance, trust me!!!

Thanks so much for the mention on your great blog, too – humbled. bud.

You’re a star.

C

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Anshul January 27, 2012 at 06:05

You should write a post with some tips on how to speak so fluently in front of the camera;), something I never got comfortable with even after a six plus years career working on big hollywood productions!

Your videos rock Chris!

PS I will email you a mini interview request for my own blog as my readers would love to check it out.

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Chris C. Ducker January 27, 2012 at 12:38

Hi Anshul

Actually, I’ve had several people ask me this question over the last couple of weeks. Will certainly put something together in the near future.

Thanks for the kind words, they are much appreciated.

C

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Amtej January 30, 2012 at 13:35

Dude, great video. I just got introduced to your website and everything you have to offer from Yaro Starak’s page. I listened to the podcast interview he had done with you over at his site and that ultimately brought me here. Great blog you got here. Keep up the great work. Very inspiring.

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Chris C. Ducker January 31, 2012 at 00:22

Hi Amtej

Thanks for popping over from my interview with Yaro – I appreciate it very much.

I’m glad you like the blog, too. Thank you.

Stay tuned, bud, and welcome! :-)

C

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Isabelle Fredborg February 6, 2012 at 21:03

Blogging might not necessarily make you a better person – but it sure helps your clients to know you better as a person.

Thanks for sharing your journey, it’s always interesting to see how blogging impacts people’s lives.

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Chris C. Ducker February 8, 2012 at 16:20

Agreed. 110%.

And that’s exactly what I am talking about here…

Every business owner out there NEEDS to start blogging, if they aren’t already!

Thanks for the comment, Isabelle.

C

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Michael Hawkins February 11, 2012 at 10:53

Chris –

Hey! Great video. I found out about you via Pat Flynn. You two are ultra-helpful. Thanks for what you do!

I just launched my site a few weeks ago and have a lot of work to do. Check it out if you have a chance. I would certainly appreciate your feedback.

Thanks,
Michael

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