This week:

  • Book Recommendation
  • Remove image backgrounds in 5 seconds
  • Offline Connections
  • Online productivity hack
  • Get more links to your website
  • Passive income for teachers
  • Active income for teachers
  • Why email is still king
  • How I got you to open this email
  • Every freelancer should do this at least once

Book Recommendation

Mindset by Carol Dweck is a modern classic, diving deep on the concept of fixed vs. growth mindset. It’s one of our reads this month in the Freedom Business Builder book club.

An excerpt:

Just because some people can do something with little or no training, it doesn’t mean that others can’t do it (and sometimes do it even better) with training. This is so important, because many, many people with the fixed mindset think that someone’s early performance tells you all you need to know about their talent and their future.

Darwin and Tolstoy, for example, were considered fairly ordinary children. But by working persistently at their craft, they produced much better and more impactful work than many people who were considered to have more talent.

Remove image backgrounds in 5 seconds

Words can’t describe how excited I am to have found, a tool that removes the background of any image… for free… in only 5 seconds.

I’ve probably spent weeks of my life cutting people out of backgrounds the old tedious way in Photoshop.

Never again.

Offline Connections

Sometimes, the best way to find clients or customers for your online business is to connect with people offline. This guy challenged himself to walk into 500 businesses in his local area and offer his services.

The result?

$30,000 in increased sales the first month.

(Related: the same guy mailed 500 lottery tickets to his existing clients and generated a nice chunk of additional business.)

Online productivity hack

This productivity “hack” probably saves me more time than any other.

It’s a free plugin for Chrome that allows you to easily adjust the speed or skip around pretty much any video online, most of which can be watched at 1.5 or 2x speed without loss of comprehension.

Works on YouTube ads, too.

Use the keyboard shortcuts for bonus productivity ninja cool points.

Get more links to your website

You know I’m a big fan of the guys at Authority Hacker, have learned a lot from them over the years.

They’ve just released a new course called The Shotgun Skyscraper Blueprint. Only serious SEO geeks need apply.

Check the latest episode of their podcast for a solid overview of how they build links to their websites at scale.

(By the way, if you get good at building links there’s a massive opportunity to sell that as a freelance service. I’ll likely by hiring someone for that myself later in the year.)

Passive income for teachers

If you teach online but are tired of trading your time for money, check out Teachers Pay Teachers. It’s an online marketplace for original educational resources.

For example, this 47-page reading comprehension guide for kids sells for $8, has almost 2,000 ratings, and presumably many more sales.

Active income for teachers

Of course, passive income ain’t easy. (See here for the inconvenient truth.)

But while you’re building that up, you can jump on some of the many “active income” online teaching jobs available.

For example, BlingABC will pay you up to $38 for teaching English online.

Why email is still king

Here’s an interesting article from WIRED: We Launched a Paywall. It Worked! Mostly.

They don’t give exact subscription numbers, but some good takeaways in there nonetheless, including the importance of testing different offers.

Here’s the bit that really caught my attention:

So what’s the lesson here? I think it’s that people will subscribe after reading all kinds of stories if they’re done well.

They’ll particularly pay, we also learned, if you send them newsletters. The propensity to subscribe by people who enter on a mobile device is rather low—unless they come in via a newsletter. (To give one data point, a visitor who reaches us via search is 1/19th as likely to subscribe as one who comes in from a newsletter; a reader coming in from Facebook is 1/12th; and a reader coming in from Twitter is 1/6th.) That’s one reason why we’re launching all kinds of new newsletters, tied to specific sections of the site.

How I got you to open this email

Speaking of email marketing, here’s a handy list of 87 email subject lines you can draw inspiration from.

I used formula #3 for this email.

Since you’re reading, I guess it worked 😉

Every freelancer should do this at least once

A tweet from Danny Margulies:

If you’re a freelancer and you’ve never hired a freelancer, I highly recommend doing it. Even if it’s just a small task for $20. Better still if it’s something important to you. You’ll learn a lot and it’ll be an eye opener as you get to see things from a client’s perspective.

I tried hiring a freelancer via Upwork last year and it was an eye-opening experience, shared some insights in an article and video here.

That’ll do it for this week.

Keep working.

I appreciate you.

Niall Doherty
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