Cat Alford joins Grant Baldwin on How Did You Get Into That today to talk about freelance writing and blogging as a sustainable, successful business.

132 – How to Be a Freelance Writer, with Catherine Alford

Cat Alford joins Grant Baldwin on How Did You Get Into That today to talk about freelance writing and blogging as a sustainable, successful business.Have you ever wanted to make a living as a writer or blogger? Today’s guest is here to tell you how you can. Catherine Alford of Budget Blonde spends her days writing and getting paid for it.

In this episode, she shares how her love of writing has never left her, why she decided to pursue this career path and her best stratagems for creating a successful writing and blogging business today.

Listen in to hear all of that and so much more on today’s edition of How Did You Get Into That?.

THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW

  • How does she keep her content fresh?
  • Has Catherine always wanted to be a writer?
  • Why did she focus on writing about finances?
  • How do you make a full-time living from blogging and writing?
  • How comments can help you land writing posts.
  • When is it the right time to pitch someone for a writing gig?
  • Why are conferences so important to growing your income?
  • And much, much more!

BONUS MATERIAL:

  • What would she do differently today to start and build a blog?
  • The necessity of networking for success.
  • What strategies and tips does she have for freelance writers and bloggers?

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Aaron Walker talks success and significance on this episode of How Did You Get Into That?.

131 – How to Be Successful and Significant, with Aaron Walker


Aaron Walker talks success and significance on this episode of How Did You Get Into That?.

Many of us strive to be successful at our chosen profession and to make a good life for ourselves and our families.

But what if part of true success means also being significant to others? Our guest for today’s show has dedicated his life and business to helping people be both successful and significant.

In this episode, Aaron Walker of View From The Top, joins us to talk about how he helps men go from ordinary to extraordinary by reevaluating their lives, their businesses and where they focus their efforts. Tune in to hear all of that and so much more on today’s edition of How Did You Get Into That?.

THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW

  • How to identify what success means to you.
  • How can you make your life significant to others?
  • Why Aaron contributes to people who can’t pay him back.
  • The important role delayed gratification has played in his success.
  • Is happiness a trait or is it a choice?
  • Of all the things he could do with his life why did he chose coaching?
  • Why did he come out of retirement?
  • And much, much more!

BONUS MATERIAL:

  • How do you identify what you want out of life?
  • Is it important to write down your goals?
  • Accountability partners: why do you need one?

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JoanneWiebe of CopyHacker talks about copywriting on this episode of How Did You Get Into That.

130 – How to Write Convincing Copy, with Joanna Wiebe


JoanneWiebe of CopyHacker talks about copywriting on this episode of How Did You Get Into That.

What if your words could persuade people to take action? Our guest for today’s show, Joanna Wiebe, is a successful copywriter who does just that in her business.

In this episode, Joanna tells her story of how she fell into copywriting, and eventually started Copy Hackers. Copy Hackers helps businesses write better copy to gain and retain customers.

Joanna joins us to share why copywriting can be a great career for any writer, how her college experience impacts her career today, and so much more on today’s edition of How Did You Get Into That?.

THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW

  • Why doesn’t Joanna believe English is a useless college major?
  • How did a family tragedy help Joanna reevaluate her career trajectory?
  • What other types of writing does Joanna do?
  • How did a business emerge from free advice that Joanna gave?
  • The importance of discipline when it comes to writing.
  • How Joanna accidentally quit her corporate job!
  • Where can you learn to write better copy?
  • And much, much more!

BONUS MATERIAL:

  • What are the steps to getting started as a writer?
  • How do you build a portfolio?
  • Joanna shares her best resources for aspiring writers.

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129 – How to Use Story In Your Business, with Donald Miller

storytelling how did you get into that don miller blue like jazzStorytelling has long been how people create connection and share common bonds. Before the written word we told stories and passed them on from generation to generation. The way we use story today in business is no different: we use to create connection, establish and expand bonds with each other.

Here today to share how he’s made a living linking the two – storytelling and business – is best-selling author and successful serial entrepreneur Donald Miller.

Donald shares his insights on how we can integrate story into our businesses, why it’s played such a pivotal role in his life and why stories are fundamentally about selling; all of that and much more on this episode of How Did You Get Into That?.

THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW

  • Why he’s always wanted to be a writer.
  • How writing is a form of sales, even fiction writing.
  • What opened his eyes to the business side of writing.
  • What is Storyline and what is Storybrand?
  • How to become the person you say you want to be.
  • The 3 aspects you need in your life to experience deep meaning.
  • And so much more!

BONUS MATERIAL:

  •  How do we apply story to business?
  •  Why does story resonate with him so much?
  • What is the most powerful and compelling tool to a human brain?

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128 – How to be a Suitcase Entrepreneur, with Natalie Sisson


natalia sisson suitcase entrepreneur how did you get into that

Have you ever fantasized about spending your days traveling the world – and still running a successful business? Our guest for today’s show has done and continues to do just that – she’s the suitcase entrepreneur.

She didn’t start out as an entrepreneur, but she’s had an adventurous spirit all her life! On this episode Natalie shares her transition from 8 years in the corporate world to living life on the road, and building a successful enterprise in the process.

Natalie Sisson joins us to talk freedom, adventure, entrepreneurship and much more on this episode of How Did You Get Into That?.

THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW

  • How many countries has Natalie been to?
  • How many streams of income does she have?
  • What was one of the first books about online business I read?
  • Where does her travel/freedom/adventure bug come from?
  • How did she go from broke to 15k in one month?
  • Natalie’s practical steps to start building and living the life you truly desire.
  • And so much more!

BONUS MATERIAL:

  • What is one of Natalie’s craziest travel stories and what can you learn from it?
  •  What tools and apps does she recommend to make traveling easier?

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127 – How to Be More Productive with Mike Vardy


Mike Vardy productivity productivityist

Do you wish you had better time management skills? Today’s guest, Mike Vardy, is your answer! Mike runs a website called Productivityist, where he teaches how to be more productive on a daily basis.

Mike shares his journey from Costco employee to productivity strategist, speaker, and coach. Mike explains how he found his niche, the importance of relating to clients on a human level, and much more on this episode of How Did You Get Into That?.

THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW

  • How did Mike combine his passion for comedy with a seemingly unrelated topic?
  • How has Mike differentiated himself in a saturated market?
  • What was Mike’s first productivity writing gig?
  • What’s more important in terms of productivity: quantity or quality?
  • What is Mike’s advice for building relationships with a role model?
  • Does Mike have a typical client?
  • And so much more!

BONUS MATERIAL:

  • What acronym does Mike use for prioritizing and scheduling?
  • How can you be more intentional in terms of productivity?
  • What are Mike’s favorite productivity tools?

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126 – How to Launch a Best-Selling Book, with Tim Grahl


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One of the hottest marketing trends is to publish a book. Whatever your specialty or your career path becoming a published author is one of the most significant ways to establish yourself as an authority.

On this episode Tim Grahl, author and book marketing extraordinaire, talks about the strategies he’s used to help such notable people as Ramit Sethi, Guy Kawasaki, Dan Pink and Barbara Corcoran launch and market best-selling books.

We discuss why you need to build your platform before you want to release your book, why publishers aren’t going to market for you and much more on the 126th edition of How Did You Get Into That?.

THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW:

  • Why your email list is your top asset when launching your book.
  • How can you optimize for freedom? Tim explains.
  • The two ways to know what you – and anyone else – value most.
  • How he learned online marketing and online advertising.
  • Why he made the leap to work only with authors.
  • What’s the fastest way to build up a client list in ANY industry?
  • And so much more!

BONUS MATERIAL:

  • If he started over from nothing what is the first thing he’d do?
  • When is the best time and the best way to network?
  • What’s the easiest way to do outreach?

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125 – How to Build Your Handmade Product Business with Kiri Masters


Kiri

One of the hottest trends right now is handmade, handcrafted items. From homemade craft beers to knitting to vintage jewelry, there’s a cornucopia of homegrown items, products and businesses thriving today.

On this episode Kiri Masters joins us to tell us about her own success in this area: she teaches people how to make their own custom lamps and lampshades.

We dive into how she got into this area, what her business entails, when she knew to make the leap and why it’s worked on this episode of How Did You Get Into That?.

THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW:

  • What was her “light bulb” moment (pun intended)?
  • Why does she think handmade and DIY is so hip right now?
  • How long has she been interested in entrepreneurship?
  • Two ways to explore whether or not there’s a market for your business.
  • Her practical advice for transitioning into business ownership.
  • Why consulting gigs can be helpful when you’re just getting started.
  • And so much more!

BONUS MATERIAL:

  • How Kiri grew and scaled her custom lamp business, and her advice for you.
  • Why you should start slow when growing your business.
  •  Two alternatives to Etsy, and why you may want to explore them.

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124 – How To Become a LEGO Master Builder, with Chris Steininger


Chris Steininger How Did You Get Into That

What if you could get paid to play with toys from your childhood? That’s exactly what today’s guest, Chris Steinenger does! Chris works at LEGO headquarters in Enfield, Connecticut.

In this episode, Chris details his journey to becoming one of seven LEGO Master Builders and shares his insight into the toy brick business. He explains his time in the shop building, attending special events, and more on this episode of How Did You Get Into That?.

THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW:

  • How big is the world’s largest LEGO model?
  • What is Chris’ number one tip for building a strong model?
  • What was Chris’ first gig with LEGO?
  • The importance of working in an environment that fosters creativity.
  • Do the Master Builders have specialty pieces?
  • What are his recommendations for getting into a creative field?
  • And so much more!

BONUS MATERIAL:

  • What materials are used to reinforce large LEGO models?
  • What upcoming big projects does Chris have?
  • What happened when a giant model of a great white shark was shipped to Australia?

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Ryan Moran Freedom Fast Lane

123 – How To Build a Business Based On Your Skills, with Ryan Moran


Ryan Moran Freedom Fast Lane

Have you ever wanted to duplicate someone’s success? Today’s guest, Ryan Moran knows a better way!

In this episode Ryan details his entrepreneurial journey, going back to when he was just five years old.

Today he runs a multitude of successful businesses, including online stores, a coaching business, and a mastermind group. Ryan shares why you should consider your own unique skills and interests in the process.

THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW:

  • How did being a self-proclaimed computer nerd help Ryan?
  • Why you can’t duplicate someone else’s success.
  • The difference between being motivated and being committed to results: Ryan explains.
  • What is his ultimate dream?
  • Ryan’s resource for meeting goals: what is it and how can you use it?
  • What is the one question he asks himself daily?
  • What are the steps to validate a business idea?
  • Ryan explains why there are no hacks to success.
  • And much more!

BONUS MATERIAL:

  • How to create and sell a product.
  • Why it’s always smart to test your idea.
  • How to rank high in search results in a competitive market.

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