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  • How Godpreneurs Wait: Part 5 – Get Uncomfortable

    In November I found myself in a depression.

  • Twitter for Christian Entrepreneurs: 8 Tips for Establishing a Following

    I used to dislike Twitter. I avoided it. It felt like gossip and uncontrolled noise. Then, I had a change of heart. I realized that I could be using the platform to communicate with other Christian entrepreneurs the wisdom I was gaining from my morning Bible readings. Everything changed when I saw Twitter as a platform for spreading God's word to the business marketplace. The Bible says: Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! (Psalms 96:3 ESV) Those of us building a Christian personal brand can use Twitter to build our following, but there's a right way and a wrong way. After experimenting, tweaking, adjusting, re-evaluating, I want to make sure you're establishing your following the right way on Twitter. Here's an outline of the 8 tips for Christian bloggers, authors, coaches, consultants, and brands looking to establish a Twitter following and expand their message to this platform: Tweet frequently Optimize your posting time Post visual content Utilize hashtags Engage with replies, retweets, and tags Create an inviting profile Identify followers within your network Draw in followers outside of Twitter No bots, no spammy tactics. Just eight actionable steps you can take ASAP to attract valuable, flesh-and-blood followers. Whether you’re after more leads or just want to get the attention of big names in your industry, the following tips are totally fair game. 1. Tweet As Often as You Study God's Word (often, right?) Versus the likes of Facebook or Instagram, Twitter requires a more aggressive content strategy. According to data by CoSchedule, the “sweet spot” is anywhere between three and seven tweets per day to maximize engagement. On @DailyGodpreneur, I tweet as often as 15 or 20 times per day, though! But that's directly proportional to the fact that I tweet as I do my Bible reading and studying. I'm using Twitter as the first place I throw my ideas out. I don't do much self-promotion. Occasionally I'm throwing out an offer for a course or membership, but it's a very small percentage vs my other tactics: Personalize Bible verses Golden nuggets from a great sermon, but in a "business" context Tweets from my followers Tweets from Christian leaders and I give a business spin to it Relevant Christian entrepreneurship industry articles Bible verses (as image or text) Buzzworthy stats Breaking news (if the news is your "thing") Personal updates (rarely) The list goes on and on! Filling up your Twitter feed with fresh content lets potential followers know that you’re active, engaging, and worth following. With the help of social scheduling software, you can regularly queue up content without having to constantly tweet in real-time. This effectively allows you to attract new followers around the clock. 2. Time Your Tweets to Perfection And speaking of timing, blasting your tweets while your target audience is sleeping won’t help you gain new followers. I see the most engagement during weekdays in the early and late afternoons. Figuring out how to get more Twitter followers doesn’t mean sitting in front of the screen for nine hours a day, either. Ideally, you should schedule tweets to hit the times where users are more active and tweet in real-time at intervals throughout the day as well. 3. Post More Visual Content As you probably know, tweets containing visual content receive more likes, shares, and retweets than those without them. As such, you should strive to couple your tweets with some sort of accompanying image. Although there’s nothing inherently wrong with solely text-based tweets, images are better poised to stop serial scrollers and encourage them to take a look at your post. Even something as simple as a colorful blog post preview would work. Coupling our tweets with GIFs or visually appealing images is something we do often. Meanwhile, infographics are shared three times more often than any other type of image on Twitter. If you’ve got some compelling data to share with the world, go for it. And signaling the strength of video content marketing, this medium is six times more likely to be shared than a typical text-based tweet. Whether you’re looking to inform or entertain your audience (or both), filling your feed with visual content can help bring new followers into the fold. 4. Harness Your Hashtags Think of hashtags as a way to make your posts searchable, almost as a form of SEO for your Twitter account. According to data and best practices on how to use hashtags, tweets with at least one hashtag receive 12.6% more engagement than those without them. Statistically, tweets that feature hashtags get more engagement; however, you should be wary of weighing down your posts with too many of them. Using a couple of hashtags to any given tweet is a quick way to increase the likelihood of new followers finding your account. Plus, doing so, only takes a couple of seconds and there are plenty of hashtags to choose from. For example, you can use #Godpreneur, which is ideal for your Christian entrepreneur content :-P To inject some personality into your feed and to avoid sounding too suit-and-tie, you can also play with popular community hashtags such as #MondayMotivation. Additionally, you can piggyback on event-based hashtags as well (think: awards shows, sporting events, and anything else topical). The only thing to be wary with hashtags is that you don’t go overboard. Posts brimming with hashtags look spammy at a glance and are otherwise distracting. And besides, spamming isn’t necessary when you know which of your hashtags attract the most followers. By taking advantage of Twitter analytics, you can dig deeper into the top-performing tags for your particular brand. 5. Master the Arts of Tagging, Retweeting & Replying Getting more followers on Twitter doesn’t have to be a time-sink: it just means making the most of the time you spend on the platform. Sure, you can and totally should schedule tweets to optimize engagement. But at the same time, you don’t want your Twitter account to look like it’s completely run by bots. You need to get in the trenches with your followers, customers and industry leaders alike. Regularly engaging with other users via tagging, retweeting and replying immediately. Which lets new followers know that you’re human and gets more eyes on your brand. For starters, let’s say you’re replying to another brand’s tweet to try to get their attention. Writing out a detailed, thoughtful response will score you more potential followers than a brief one-word reply. Another smart way to get other brands interested in your account is by shouting them out. Tagging other brands as a compliment is a popular tactic to show some love to others in your industry. In turn, they might give you a shout out as well. Likewise, being tagged in a tweet can help you tap into new audiences by understanding who else is sharing your content. If you want to be tagged by others, you should do the same yourself. And despite only taking a couple of seconds, retweeting your fans and followers can help introduce you to new ones, too. Retweeting followers and customers shows potential followers that you're willing to engage with them These small pieces of your content strategy contribute to the bigger picture of attracting followers. Any combination of tagging, retweeting, and replying doesn't have to take long but are essential to letting those potential followers know you’re active. 6. Optimize Your Profile for New Followers Considering that up to 15% of tweets are suspected to be bots, you need to do everything you can to prove you're human. In addition to a diverse content strategy, there are a few subtle steps to make your profile friendlier to new followers. Optimizing your profile involves two straightforward steps: A clean profile photo. According to the psychology of social photos, an unobstructed facial photo is ideal if you aren’t using a high-res brand logo. Relevant tags, industry keywords, and location information. In short, your profile should be “complete” by describing what you do, your title, what companies you work with, and where you operate. A taste of your personality. Giving your followers a sense of who you are is always a plus. An optimized profile picture on Twitter proves that you're not a bot. Letting your Twitter followers know what to expect from your account is a nice touch. Simply put, fine-tuning these pieces of your profile help guarantee a positive first impression with new followers. 7. Find Followers Within Your Network Here’s a simple, straightforward tip for gaining some new followers and making yourself more visible in Twitter’s search in seconds. If you’re like most people, you’re hesitant about uploading your contact list to any social network. However, syncing your contact list to Twitter can help you tap into your existing network of people most likely to follow you. Importing your email contacts is a smart strategy for finding Twitter followers If your synced contacts are on Twitter, your account has a higher chance of showing up as a suggestion under the “Who to Follow” section. Depending on the size of your contact list, this can score you a lot of new followers with very little work on your part. 8. Funnel Followers from Beyond Twitter The last piece of winning more Twitter followers means promoting your profile beyond the platform. We promote our Twitter account when someone subscribes to our email list. We include a link to our social accounts on-site next to our opt-in form. I even put a follow button for Twitter in my email signature to give my contacts another avenue to get in touch with me. Oh, and I also have a link to my Twitter account tucked away in my Facebook “About” section. Linking your Twitter to your other social profiles helps funnel more users to your profile. Considering how commonplace Twitter is for marketers in general, there’s no shame in plastering your profile wherever you can to help encourage new followers. Finally, if you're a guest blogger, include your Twitter handle in your bio. Twitter is a quick and easy way for readers to get in contact with the author of a blog post. And that wraps up my list! What Are You Doing to Grow Your Twitter Following? Growing your Twitter following doesn’t happen by accident. A combination of planning your content, engaging with fellow users, and optimizing your profile is key to attracting new followers. If you’ve been struggling to figure out how to get more Twitter followers, start with these steps. Many of them only require a small commitment of time but can make all the difference in terms of new leads, customers, and exposure for your Christian personal brand. And on that note, what kind of traction are you seeing on Twitter these days? Anything special you do to bring in new followers? Let us know in the comments below! #EstablishingAFollowing #SocialMediaMarketing #PersonalBranding

  • What is a Ghostwriter? [Complete Biblical Guide]

    What comes to mind when you consider writing web content, a book, or correspondence? If you’re like my clients, it’s not because you can’t spell. You might need extra eyes to edit what you write, but you don’t lack talent. Entrepreneurs are usually great storytellers. It’s the nonstop tick of the clock, and endless demands on schedules, that steers people my way. Like you, they have an abundance of knowledge, skill and wisdom to share. They know frequent, current content creates energy and credibility in their business. But people have legitimate apprehensions. Entrusting your voice and intellectual substance to someone else is risky. More so, in some ways, than doing the same with a scientific formula or patented engineering process. Numbers and formulas, at the very least, do not change. Perhaps you’ve thought of hiring a ghostwriter and wondered, “How can someone else possibly take over my voice? How can they know what I know, and think what I think?” Or maybe you looked further down the road and said, “How could I take credit for something written by someone else?” Some authors insist on including the ghostwriter’s name in the title, such as this famous book: I affirm genuine concern for your intellectual property, and appreciate your desire for authenticity. Especially in the time we live in, good communication is as difficult to identify as it is to produce. Ghostwriters worth their salt in today’s market come prepared to accept consulting projects, in lieu of full-fledged creative work. Clients’ needs can be knee-deep (an extra set of eyes) to neck-deep (extra minds, eyes and hands doing the project for them). But, by the same authentic token, you risk depriving your target market of something, if you attempt to write your content on a pure solo basis. You will deprive them of the flood of creativity that comes with involving others in your project, silently or otherwise. Think for a moment of the endless creativity and infinite variety of musical styles and genres. Almost none of it is written, performed, produced, recorded and engineered by just one person. Music has such spiritual and emotional potency … because it is forged by the interaction of human souls, personalities, backgrounds and skill levels. Rare exceptions to this only prove the rule, courtesy of my friend, Rabbi Daniel Lapin: “True creativity always involves at least two human beings who are different from one another.” Just try starting a business without customers, a band without instrumentalists, or a marriage and family without a spouse, if you disagree. Why You’re “Already” Using Ghostwriters … You Just Don’t Realize It Maybe you’d be surprised to learn: marketing is much easier to do, with other people doing it for you. Your referral partners and existing customers are your “marketing ghostwriters.” I encourage people to leverage these relationships to create your own “unpaid sales force” in my book, Influencer Networking Secrets. As I built two businesses in the local insurance market, I found “imprinting myself” in the minds of others worked better than tooting my own horn. By investing in people, they would recommend me to their networks. They “ghost-wrote” my sales pitch … and usually did the “persuading” for me. Indirectly, I merged my energy with theirs. People do business with others they “know, like and trust” because of the spiritual exchange that takes place when we’re together. My partners functioned as “social proof,” and formed a chain of “affiliates” that endorsed me. Whatever you might write by yourself - web content, a book, a keynote speech, a shareholder letter - becomes more powerful, not less, when you work with others to write it. If it’s good enough for CEOs and US presidents … it’s good enough for you. How The Ghostwriting Process Changes Things If we believe that every word printed in the Bible belongs there, what do you do with obscure verses like this? “I, Tertius, who wrote this epistle, greet you in the Lord.” - Romans 16:22 Was Tertius merely taking dictation, or did he influence the content of the letter? I don’t know. I’ve never heard anyone teach on it. But you have to wonder why Sha’ul (Paul) did not write the letter himself. If you employ someone to write for you, the words you speak aloud will, in many cases, end up differently on paper. Love him or hate him, note the difference in the way President Donald Trump speaks at rallies, versus how he “reads” in his ghost-written bestseller, “The Art of the Deal.” You can tell by the thought content that you’re sampling Trump’s mind. What’s missing are the shorthand phrases, interruptions of his own thoughts and expressions he uses for emphasis. Now you may ask, “Edwards, who really cares about this?” Nobody, I suppose … unless you’re a theologian, or a ghostwriter. If you’re both of those things, like me, you begin to think of all the ways God built ghostwriting into His wisdom - and you find it quite believable that Tertius’ name appears in Romans because he did have influence over how it was written. Referring back to my “fan club,” God explicitly tells us to let other people beat our drum. Let others do your marketing for you, and shape how you position yourself. The Word says: “Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth.” - Proverbs 27:2 Well? What do you figure? It sounds like God wants us to have “ghostwriters” who praise our skills, talents and virtues. Knowing how he feels about our susceptibility to pride … it’s better that people hear about our strengths through others’ lips. Or do you think it’s coincidence people read reviews and testimonials like they’re going out of style? Would it be a stretch to imagine God feels the same way, when we choose to publish the substance of our strengths? He could have written the entire Bible by Himself. He didn’t need Moses, or the prophets, or the apostles. Why does He operate the way He does? Perhaps He recognizes the value of each contributor far more than we do. God also barrels on about the importance of transparency in our plans and tactics, refusing to let anyone think themselves an island: “Where there is no counsel, people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” Proverbs 11:14 “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors, they succeed.” - Prov. 15:22 It’s isolation that catches us off-guard, and wrangles us into discrediting ourselves. Whether you’re discussing character and personal development, or professional skills like communicating - we could do with a new mindset on authenticity and originality! If we choose to remain isolated when we engage our creativity: We’ll start blogs, but won’t keep them going. We’ll talk endlessly of writing books, and never get to them. We’ll intend one message to our teams, and end up sending another. We’ll have perfect spelling and grammar … and people will find us boring, vague, difficult to understand or lost in the outer space of our own navel-gazing. We’ll lead people down rabbit holes that have nothing to do with our stated topic Verbally, you can get away with things like this. It’s far less frequent to interrupt someone’s stream of consciousness spoken aloud, to get them to focus. But in print, you aren’t audible or visible. Your tonality and context are absent, especially if your reader is a perfect stranger. If you’re seeking to influence people, especially to consider investing in your expertise … you can ill afford to lose them because you can’t stay on-message. If you need help with a project you’re working on, I invite you to contact me. Here’s a little bit more about how we do things. #MarketingMyServices

  • Before Quitting to Go Work for the Church, Consider This

    I used to think running a church or non-profit was like the “ultimate Christian work” on the planet. I held these social entrepreneurs up in high esteem for the work they were doing. That being said, I would then look at my business as playing a lesser role in the grand scheme of things, but I wasn’t about to close up shop and start a church, so I’m kinda stuck with this. I’d put in extra volunteer hours and do web and graphic design work for the church so that I could feel I was contributing significantly like these pastors were. Many Christians entrepreneurs have the impression that church workers — especially evangelists, missionaries, pastors, priests, ministers and the like — have a higher calling than other businesses. There is little in the Bible to support this impression. Instead, because of priests and nuns given so much importance back in the middle ages, we’ve been conditioned to think those jobs are holier than non-spiritual work. This thinking is what causes us to think “how do I find significance in my industry?” In the Bible, God calls individuals both to church-related and non-church-related business. "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters." Colossians 3:23 NIV God’s guidance can occur just as strongly in non-church-related jobs and professions. Non-church business ownership is as much “full-time Christian service” as church work. All Godpreneurs are called (that is, commanded) to conduct everything they do, round the clock, as full-time service to Christ. The only businesses that do not have equal status in God’s eyes are those that require work forbidden by the Bible or are incompatible with its values. For example businesses requiring stealing, false witness or greed, usury, damage to health, or harm to the environment are incongruent with God’s heart for the world. This is not to say that people who own these types of businesses have lesser status in God’s eyes. Businesses of this sort might be the lesser of two evils in some situations. If your business is inconsistent with God’s values, you can seek to determine if it is necessary (and possible) to change businesses do your job differently or take action to correct injustice in your current industry or workplace While you should be thankful for all the people God has called to full time Christian work, you should also be thankful God has put you in your industry doing the business you’re in right now and has a reason. We need to continue to hear his call in our business life and learn from other Christian business owners on how to creatively partner with God in kingdom work. #NewEntrepreneurs #FindingMyPurpose #StrengthenIntegrity

  • Before Quitting to Go Work for the Church, Consider This

    I used to think running a church or non-profit was like the “ultimate Christian work” on the planet.  I held these social entrepreneurs up in high esteem for the work they were doing. That being said, I would then look at my business as playing a lesser role in the grand scheme of things, but I wasn’t about to close up shop and start a church, so I’m kinda stuck with this. I’d put in extra volunteer hours and do web and graphic design work for the church so that I could feel I was contributing significantly like these pastors were. Many Christians entrepreneurs have the impression that church workers — especially evangelists, missionaries, pastors, priests, ministers and the like — have a higher calling than other businesses. There is little in the Bible to support this impression. Instead, because of priests and nuns given so much importance back in the middle ages, we’ve been conditioned to think those jobs are holier than non-spiritual work. This thinking is what causes us to think “how do I find significance in my industry?” In the Bible, God calls individuals both to church-related and non-church-related business. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, Colossians 3:23 NIV God’s guidance can occur just as strongly in non-church-related jobs and professions. Non-church business ownership is as much “full-time Christian service” as church work. All Godpreneurs are called (that is, commanded) to conduct everything they do, round the clock, as full-time service to Christ. The only businesses that do not have equal status in God’s eyes are those that require work forbidden by the Bible or are incompatible with its values. For example businesses requiring stealing, false witness or greed, usury, damage to health, or harm to the environment are incongruent with God’s heart for the world. This is not to say that people who own these types of businesses have lesser status in God’s eyes. Businesses of this sort might be the lesser of two evils in some situations. If your business is inconsistent with God’s values, you can seek to determine if it is necessary (and possible) to change businesses do your job differently or take action to correct injustice in your current industry or workplace While you should be thankful for all the people God has called to full time Christian work, you should also be thankful God has put you in your industry doing the business you’re in right now and has a reason. We need to continue to hear his call in our business life and learn from other Christian business owners on how to creatively partner with God in kingdom work. #BibleStudy #calling #Collosians

  • Restart Your Business: Day 39 – Feel the Joy

    There is this great joy I felt when I paid off my credit cards both in my business and personal life. The joy wasn’t the act of paying it off, but instead came from looking back at all God had done to get me to this point. The joy came after covenants, thanksgiving, commitments, and dedications I made to the process of restoring my business. What a feeling! I felt the same joy as I completed the rebuilding of my business, Creative Complex. I now have clear direction, I’m focused, the team is with me, and we’re all on the same page. Also, we’re profitable!! That’s a great feeling! This is the joy we can all have and continue to carry on forever after Restarting our businesses. This isn’t the end of problems. Those are sure to continue. This is the beginning of joy in your business, regardless of the circumstances. If God did this once, he can do it always, and we need to remember that. Nehemiah 12:43 says And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away. God’s restoration of the ruined walls of the city and God’s restoration of the hearts of his people brought an indescribable joy. The people showed a renewed interest in the Word of God and his commands, and the desire to follow God’s Word. Their celebratory worship was truly a fellowship between God and man. It began with the prayer of one man, Nehemiah, and ended with the prayers of hundreds of families. When you and your business have been restored to right standing with God and seek fellowship with him, everything changes and joy enters our personal lives and careers. Such expression of wholeness can permeate through your entire organization and reach far into the future of your entrepreneurial ventures. Attempting to start great businesses for God often starts with a small step of faith and the knowledge that God is with us Godpreneurs always. The text says God made the people happy. Feel the joy, you deserve it ???? #BibleStudy #nehimiah #restartyourbusiness

  • Restart Your Business: Day 38 – Give Thanks

    On Day 37 I spoke about the powerful nature of a song I dedicated to my wife, and how listening to a song you’ve dedicated to someone can bring you to tears of either anger or bliss. As an entrepreneur, I need my mind focused in as much of the RIGHT NOW as possible. I don’t want it stuck too far ahead, and I don’t want it lingering behind. I also want my mind in as much positivity as possible. I have to curb my enthusiasm to watch the news, surround myself with positive people, and….here’s one you probably have never heard….listen to POSITIVE music. What do I mean by positive music? I have songs we turn to when I’m upset, depressed, sick of it all, and wanting to escape my reality. Music I loved in high school, a different relationship in my life, a different season I was far from God. I’ll start listening to music that has nothing to do with where I want to go in life. It’s like a drug. Here’s the trick I’ve learned, and its also a method Nehemiah and Ezra used in Chapter 11. What I’ve done is create a playlist of awesome Christian lyric songs that keep me in a state of THANKSGIVING. If I’m constantly being reminded to give thanks to God, my mind is ready to receive the opportunities He has for me and it keeps my eyes looking straight ahead, keeping the course. We all have tools to take us back to depressing times. It can be music, food, alcohol, drugs, other people, maybe an old stomping ground. But God wants us to stay in a mode of THANKSGIVING so we can keep moving forward. Nehemiah 12:31 says "I had the leaders of Judah go up on top of the wall. I also assigned two large choirs to give thanks. One was to proceed on top of the wall to the right, toward the Dung Gate." You know the songs that remind you of God, and what he’s done for you. Songs that literally bring you to your knees. In that moment of glorious surrender, God meets you and positivity and thanksgiving enter your body. What if every morning we had 2 or 3 songs we played that lined up our hearts and got us ready for the day? What about playing a couple in the car, on the way to work. Let’s make it a habit to give thanks to God through song. #ArticulatingMyIdeas #DifferentiatingMyself

  • Restart Your Business: Day 39 – Feel the Joy

    There is this great joy I felt when I paid off my credit cards both in my business and personal life. The joy wasn’t the act of paying it off, but instead came from looking back at all God had done to get me to this point. The joy came after covenants, thanksgiving, commitments, and dedications I made to the process of restoring my business. What a feeling! I felt the same joy as I completed the rebuilding of my business, Creative Complex. I now have clear direction, I’m focused, the team is with me, and we’re all on the same page. Also, we’re profitable!! That’s a great feeling! This is the joy we can all have and continue to carry on forever after Restarting our businesses. This isn’t the end of problems. Those are sure to continue. This is the beginning of joy in your business, regardless of the circumstances. If God did this once, he can do it always, and we need to remember that. Nehemiah 12:43 says "And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away." God’s restoration of the ruined walls of the city and God’s restoration of the hearts of his people brought an indescribable joy. The people showed a renewed interest in the Word of God and his commands, and the desire to follow God’s Word. Their celebratory worship was truly a fellowship between God and man. It began with the prayer of one man, Nehemiah, and ended with the prayers of hundreds of families. When you and your business have been restored to right standing with God and seek fellowship with him, everything changes and joy enters our personal lives and careers. Such expression of wholeness can permeate through your entire organization and reach far into the future of your entrepreneurial ventures. Attempting to start great businesses for God often starts with a small step of faith and the knowledge that God is with us Godpreneurs always. The text says God made the people happy. Feel the joy, you deserve it ???? #GainConfidence #FindingMyPurpose

  • Restart Your Business: Day 38 – Give Thanks

    On Day 37 I spoke about the powerful nature of a song I dedicated to my wife, and how listening to a song you’ve dedicated to someone can bring you to tears of either anger or bliss. As an entrepreneur, I need my mind focused in as much of the RIGHT NOW as possible. I don’t want it stuck too far ahead, and I don’t want it lingering behind. I also want my mind in as much positivity as possible. I have to curb my enthusiasm to watch the news, surround myself with positive people, and….here’s one you probably have never heard….listen to POSITIVE music. What do I mean by positive music? I have songs we turn to when I’m upset, depressed, sick of it all, and wanting to escape my reality. Music I loved in high school, a different relationship in my life, a different season I was far from God. I’ll start listening to music that has nothing to do with where I want to go in life. It’s like a drug. Here’s the trick I’ve learned, and its also a method Nehimiah and Ezra used in Chapter 11. What I’ve done is create a playlist of awesome Christian lyric songs that keep me in a state of THANKSGIVING. If I’m constantly being reminded to give thanks to God, my mind is ready to receive the opportunities He has for me and it keeps my eyes looking straight ahead, keeping the course. We all have tools to take us back to depressing times. It can be music, food, alcohol, drugs, other people, maybe an old stomping ground. But God wants us to stay in a mode of THANKSGIVING so we can keep moving forward. Nehemiah 12:31 says I had the leaders of Judah go up on top of the wall. I also assigned two large choirs to give thanks. One was to proceed on top of the wall to the right, toward the Dung Gate. You know the songs that remind you of God, and what he’s done for you. Songs that literally bring you to your knees. In that moment of glorious surrender, God meets you and positivity and thanksgiving enter your body. What if every morning we had 2 or 3 songs we played that lined up our hearts and got us ready for the day? What about playing a couple in the car, on the way to work. Let’s make it a habit to give thanks to God through song. #BibleStudy #nehimiah #restartyourbusiness

  • Find a New Way to Sell Your Product or Service

    Selling logos and websites since 2001, I’ve changed my pitch many times.  I change it based on the current times, based on who I’m speaking to, and based on the needs I perceive. Now I approach logos and websites from a spiritual perspective.  I approach it from a ‘purpose-focused business’ and ‘knowing your identity’ perspective.  I want people to know that logos and websites are the outward expressions of the entrepreneur’s inner identity.  And that inner identity comes from a caller, who has called the entrepreneur for a purpose, and that the entrepreneur was born to do something and we need to figure that out first. Whether my clients go to church or not, they are INTRIGUED.  Sure, I’m sure some dismiss me in their minds.  I probably won’t do business with those.  But the ones who are receptive to my message….well, I’ve totally changed their perspective on websites and logos.  Before, they thought its just some marketing tool.  Now, they see it as an extension of their own identity, and some even accept it as their calling by God. We all have services or products that can easily be commoditized.  It’s easy for us to get lost in a sea of other massage therapists, other consultants, other party planners. In Acts 17, Paul is preaching go scholars in Athens.  These guys do nothing but philosophize on life.  They love when new people come with new ideas.  They thirst for more knowledge.  So Paul lays it on them and explains who God really is.  Some dismissed him, some were intrigued, and some were immediately transformed. Instead of coming at your clients from the same perspective as everyone else, see how you can explain your offering from a way that hits the heart.  Enter the conversation already going on in their head. That’s why I come at the logo and website design from a TOTALLY DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE.  I let them find me through what they THINK they want, but then I hit them with what they really need….and that makes me the UNIQUE website/logo/branding guy.  People have literally told me that they think I’m the “business pastor”.  I like that 🙂 For me, I know a lot of people struggle with identity, with a purpose in life, and finding clarity on what they were born to do.  They don’t Google those search terms, they look for logos and websites to answer these questions, but won’t find it with just any regular designer. When we Godpreneurs are very clear on how our business is significant to God’s bigger purposes, we have the ability to come at prospects from a totally new perspective. Godpreneur Rule #87: God will show you the one thing that sets you apart from everyone else.  Tell that story. #Acts #BibleStudy

  • Blogging While Keeping the Appropriate Posture

    When I think of posture, I think about the way I’m standing. I know that if I want to perform at my best in a sport, or if I want to make sure my back is healthy, keeping proper posture is important. Posture also has another important definition. As a noun, it means a particular way of dealing with or considering something; it’s an approach or attitude. As a verb, it means to place (someone) in a particular attitude or pose. When I approach my writing, the way I “posture” myself and God is important, especially because one word from my writing can be the difference between success and failure for an entrepreneur. We Christian business bloggers need to make sure we are writing very carefully. God is entrusting us with His thoughts, and as beautiful of a thing it is, it carries a responsibility to treat it with the utmost respect. So what is the proper posture God wants us to have? This posture of writing is for us to make sure our words are communicating God’s will always. The bible says: My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. (Psalms 45:1 NIV) Throughout the Psalms, you will notice that the psalmist never wrote carelessly. His poems were his works, things he made – like a carpenter that makes a fine and useful piece of furniture. Your blogging is supposed to cost you something. Your writing is good material, therefore requires good workmanship. This means that before writing, you have to prepare your heart and mind. You have to digest what you want to say because it’s about to represent God! Your writing is your own, what you’ve personally been through with God. Your posture should be that of a ready writer, not just to pump out another post out of obligation or speed, but for exactness, elaboration, deliberation, and skilfulness expression. The holy spirit should fill us with enthusiasm, and therefore, our writing will be as perfect as the most skilled writers. We get to sit down calmly and write for the King of kings! This is posture. Not everyone was blessed with the skill of blogging for God. We shouldn’t restrain from the river flowing through us. Our hearts were gifted to glorify God through our writing. Like the Psalmist, our writing is poetry to the King’s ears, to enrich the service of Godpreneurs doing business God’s way. Selah! #ChristianBloggers #BusinessBibleStudy #GodpreneurAcademy Keys to Successful Christian Blogging In this course, I'll give you some keys God taught me about how to write a successful Christian blog. Heard of the Godpreneur Academy? Grow Your Business, God’s Way! Bible-Based Video Courses for Entrepreneurs Putting God First In their Businesses Click here to create a Free Account

  • Find a New Way to Sell Your Product or Service

    Selling logos and websites since 2001, I’ve changed my pitch many times.  I change it based on the current times, based on who I’m speaking to, and based on the needs I perceive. Now I approach logos and websites from a spiritual perspective.  I approach it from a ‘purpose-focused business’ and ‘knowing your identity’ perspective.  I want people to know that logos and websites are the outward expressions of the entrepreneur’s inner identity.  And that inner identity comes from a caller, who has called the entrepreneur for a purpose, and that the entrepreneur was born to do something and we need to figure that out first. Whether my clients go to church or not, they are INTRIGUED.  Sure, I’m sure some dismiss me in their minds.  I probably won’t do business with those.  But the ones who are receptive to my message….well, I’ve totally changed their perspective on websites and logos.  Before, they thought its just some marketing tool.  Now, they see it as an extension of their own identity, and some even accept it as their calling by God. We all have services or products that can easily be commoditized.  It’s easy for us to get lost in a sea of other massage therapists, other consultants, other party planners. In Acts 17, Paul is preaching go scholars in Athens.  These guys do nothing but philosophize on life.  They love when new people come with new ideas.  They thirst for more knowledge.  So Paul lays it on them and explains who God really is. Some dismissed him, some were intrigued, and some were immediately transformed. Instead of coming at your clients from the same perspective as everyone else, see how you can explain your offering from a way that hits the heart.  Enter the conversation already going on in their head. That’s why I come at the logo and website design from a TOTALLY DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE.  I let them find me through what they THINK they want, but then I hit them with what they really need….and that makes me the UNIQUE website/logo/branding guy.  People have literally told me that they think I’m the “business pastor”.  I like that 🙂 For me, I know a lot of people struggle with identity, with a purpose in life, and finding clarity on what they were born to do.  They don’t Google those search terms, they look for logos and websites to answer these questions, but won’t find it with just any regular designer. When we Godpreneurs are very clear on how our business is significant to God’s bigger purposes, we have the ability to come at prospects from a totally new perspective. Godpreneur Rule #87: God will show you the one thing that sets you apart from everyone else.  Tell that story. #FindMyCalling #BusinessBibleStudy

  • I Know My Calling, But I’m Stuck: Part 2 – Fearlessly Attack the Marketplace

    Some people get stuck before pulling the trigger to launch a business. One of my ventures, ‘Launch in 2 Days’, concentrates on launching brands. I’ve started many companies for people, but it’s a small fraction compared to the number of people who have NOT launched yet. We’ll have a discovery call, sometimes they’ll even pay me to consult them on the idea, and then I don’t hear from them again. Fear struck them, and they’re back to their comfortable place. See, I’m the exact opposite; I’m fearless when it comes to launching new growth opportunities, products, campaigns, or brands. I go after it with everything I got. What makes me different from most people that have a dream of starting a business? Faced with the decision to go after the business God has called to start, some retreat back to the “planning board” to rethink and reassess. Some of us press “mission abort” before launching because some clouds appear hundreds of miles away. Some of us don’t start because of fear of money. Yes, it costs money to go after your calling. Some don’t start because they don’t feel worthy. Some of us try reliving failure we’ve already been through in the past when attempting to re-launch the business. I’m over all of that. Been there, done that, and I’m here to write about my triumph. The Bible says: For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7 NIV) How do I personally launch now? I think it’s a combination of a little bit of crazy and a whole lot of courage. Since I’m operating from a place of gifting, being in God’s favor, covered by his grace, the Lord will be victorious. You can’t move forward as an entrepreneur until you learn to face all your fears and operate beyond them. I’m not saying be irresponsible and dive in without counting your logistics. I’m also not ignoring the fact that we all have fears. More importantly, God’s mindset is to mold you into a Godpreneur, relying on him and his word as a lamp that will guide us on our journey. Physically, entrepreneurship might be a solo endeavor, but not apart from God. In fact, it’s the opposite. Like a Rollercoaster ride, business will, for sure, throw at you unpredictable twists and turns with frequent stops along the way; sometimes with regressions. I keep thinking of the story of David and Goliath; here’s a youngster who saw his fellow men cleft in their camp, paralyzed in fear. He’s thinking “God helped me defeat a lion and a bear; so it will be with this colossal man!?” With one rock, the giant went down. Was it the rock that won the contention? No, it was the lack of apprehension to go after his mission. The Bible says: What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 NIV We all already have overcome fears in our past. Most of us have launched something that’s collapsed. We’ve all experienced impediments, either in a previous business or job. The same God that took you through that made you genuine because the Lord desires to guide us along the next step in our journey. Imagine if all Godpreneurs esteemed God to move forward with our callings! How many more excellent inventions would we beget? Many unique products/services would be offered by people operating out of their gifting and calling, not adhered to something they weren’t born to do. I have 3 questions for you: What business is it that you know God is calling you to do today? What’s keeping you from moving forward? Will you allow us Godpreneurs as a community to strengthen you by praying for you? We want to help guide you to get beyond any fears that are holding you back from launching. Go to ‘community.dailygodpreneur.com’ and join the campaign! #2Timothy #BibleStudy #romans

  • Client’s Confirm Your Plans

    Today I want to talk to you about clients confirming your plans. All entrepreneurs have these grand visions of seeing our products and services succeed.  We would buy our own services, and we’re 100% sure everyone in the market will buy it too! If you were in corporate America, you’d have to go through months, sometimes years of product development and testing to come out with a new service offering. But if we just do a little listening to our clients and some basic planning, God will use our clients to confirm our plans. In 2015 I made some major shifts in the direction of my business.  Towards the end of that year, I started to let God control more and more of my business.  I was so focused on doing everything myself, I wasn’t letting God into the entire process, even service development and prospecting. One day I woke up and said, God, I want to serve the people you want me to serve. I want to bring identity to those entrepreneurs that YOU’RE trying to save, that you’re trying to be a part of their business more. You see, God evangelizes wherever we’ll let him.  He’ll use you, the entrepreneur, to get to other entrepreneurs who he wants to be involved with. That very same day, after declaring that morning that I wanted to be used by God, 3 POTENTIAL clients called me back-to-back-to-back.  I spoke with each one, and each one was in the same place:  they each wanted a higher meaning and purpose for their entrepreneurial lives. I hung up the phone so happy after the 3rd person, I just thanked God for using me to reach entrepreneurs. What am I saying? If you align yourself with the plans that God has for you, God will use your clients to confirm the service offering that you should be focusing in on fully. When the children of Isreal were at the point before crossing the River Jordan into the promised land, they sent out two spies to check out the city of Jericho.  While they were there, they came across an inn keeper by the name of Rahab.  She was an entrepreneur, a hotel owner.  She wasn’t Israeli, she was actually the enemy. But she was different than the rest of the people of that city, and God was going to use her in a major way. Rahab spilled the beans to the two Israeli spies.  She said to them in Joshua 2:8-14 “I know that the LORD has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you.” Imagine you’re on the phone with a client and they tell you “I just know that you were placed here to help me, I felt it.” This surprising outburst of faith shows how God had a plan in bringing Rahab and the spies together. And see, it is the same kind of thing we see when God supernaturally brings us to clients who are open to our products and services.  God will use seemingly unimportant clients at the right time to confirm your business growth plans, your products and your services. But how do we know that the next 3 phone calls are going to be the ones?  How can we tell if it’s from God? That day I spoke with the 3 clients that confirmed my direction, all 3 of them dropped clues of their faith in a higher power.  This is when I knew God was at work. Rahab continues in Joshua 2 to confess to the spies “And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.” Rahab’s declaration “He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath” is proof of her faith. It is not strong faith and it is not perfect faith, but her faith is there.  In the same way, we’re not looking for clients to know their bible cover to cover, but just for a glimmer of faith.  We may not like the business that client is currently in, or we may have an impression of them as too small or even too big of a client,  but the fact is that God doesn’t see clients (and everyone for that matter) for their works, he sees them for their faith. Like Rahab, my clients knew who God was, knew who they were in themselves, and trusted God. You may be an accountant or a physical therapist.  You may feel strongly about a certain philosophy in your business style or your practice.  The clients that are for you are clients that will also show signs that they agree with your train of thought. For me, it’s important that my clients understand and know God, because, I do identity branding for their businesses from God’s perspective. #WhatBusinessIShouldStart

  • Client’s Confirm Your Plans

    Today I want to talk to you about clients confirming your plans. All entrepreneurs have these grand visions of seeing our products and services succeed.  We would buy our own services, and we’re 100% sure everyone in the market will buy it too! If you were in corporate America, you’d have to go through months, sometimes years of product development and testing to come out with a new service offering. But if we just do a little listening to our clients and some basic planning, God will use our clients to confirm our plans. In 2015 I made some major shifts in the direction of my business.  Towards the end of that year, I started to let God control more and more of my business.  I was so focused on doing everything myself, I wasn’t letting God into the entire process, even service development and prospecting. One day I woke up and said, God, I want to serve the people you want me to serve.  I want to bring identity to those entrepreneurs that YOU’RE trying to save, that you’re trying to be a part of their business more. You see, God evangelizes wherever we’ll let him.  He’ll use you, the entrepreneur, to get to other entrepreneurs who he wants to be involved with. That very same day, after declaring that morning that I wanted to be used by God, 3 POTENTIAL clients called me back-to-back-to-back.  I spoke with each one, and each one was in the same place:  they each wanted a higher meaning and purpose for their entrepreneurial lives. I hung up the phone so happy after the 3rd person, I just thanked God for using me to reach entrepreneurs. What am I saying? If you align yourself with the plans that God has for you, God will use your clients to confirm the service offering that you should be focusing in on fully. When the children of Isreal were at the point before crossing the River Jordan into the promised land, they sent out two spies to check out the city of Jericho.  While they were there, they came across an inn keeper by the name of Rahab.  She was an entrepreneur, a hotel owner.  She wasn’t Israeli, she was actually the enemy.  But she was different than the rest of the people of that city, and God was going to use her in a major way. Rahab spilled the beans to the two Israeli spies.  She said to them in Joshua 2:8-14 “I know that the LORD has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you.” Imagine you’re on the phone with a client and they tell you “I just know that you were placed here to help me, I felt it.” This surprising outburst of faith shows how God had a plan in bringing Rahab and the spies together. And see, it is the same kind of thing we see when God supernaturally brings us to clients who are open to our products and services.  God will use seemingly unimportant clients at the right time to confirm your business growth plans, your products and your services. But how do we know that the next 3 phone calls are going to be the ones?  How can we tell if it’s from God? That day I spoke with the 3 clients that confirmed my direction, all 3 of them dropped clues of their faith in a higher power.  This is when I knew God was at work. Rahab continues in Joshua 2 to confess to the spies “And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.” Rahab’s declaration “He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath” is proof of her faith. It is not strong faith and it is not perfect faith, but her faith is there.  In the same way, we’re not looking for clients to know their bible cover to cover, but just for a glimmer of faith.  We may not like the business that client is currently in, or we may have an impression of them as too small or even too big of a client,  but the fact is that God doesn’t see clients (and everyone for that matter) for their works, he sees them for their faith. Like Rahab, my clients knew who God was, knew who they were in themselves, and trusted God. You may be an accountant or a physical therapist.  You may feel strongly about a certain philosophy in your business style or your practice.  The clients that are for you are clients that will also show signs that they agree with your train of thought. For me, it’s important that my clients understand and know God, because, I do identity branding for their businesses from God’s perspective. #BusinessGrowthPlan #joshua

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