August 2012

The 40 Step Checklist for a Highly Successful Launch

Every time I do a launch, I always begin with this question: How can I make it impossible for this to fail?

Practically speaking, I don’t think you can make failure 100% impossible. But asking this question forces me to see how I can do whatever it takes so that the odds are stacked overwhelmingly in my favor. And because of that, to date, I haven’t had a failed product launch, or a launch that didn’t meet our minimum goal for success.

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We’ve all at one time or another invested an immense amount of time, energy and care into a project.

It could be a new book, a website or your first product. Whatever it is, you’ve poured your heart and soul into it. You’ve put love and attention into every detail so nothing is overlooked or unattended to.

Now it’s the final hour. It’s time to actually push the button. It’s time to hit publish or announce your grand opening.

And… you’re absolutely freaking out.

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The Fears That Hold You Back (And How To Fight Them)

Note from Jonathan: When Maneesh asked if he could write a guest post for Paid to Exist, I was eager to see what he’d come up with. I’d seen his work at several other places, such as Scott H Young’s blog, and I knew it would be great. Of course, Maneesh didn’t disappoint.

Please take the post below to heart, and try to commit to doing one thing this week that scares you. Also, don’t miss the special bonus he’s put together just for Paid to Exist readers below.

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How I Quit My Job, Doubled My Pay and Cut My Hours in Half

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Ethan Waldman of Cloud-Coach.

Recently, I quit my job. I submitted my written resignation, my boss gave me a hug, and I walked back to my cubicle a changed man.

But I’m not leaving. Far from it. Oh, and they’re also going to keep paying me. More than double my hourly rate.

Think I’m kidding?

I’m not. Everything I’ve written here is entirely true. This is the story about how I quit my job, cut my hours in half, and got a raise all at once.

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