20 Publications That Pay for Your Content

Becoming a contributor to large personal development and business publications can benefit your business and bottom line in many ways. You can grow a large email list, get exposure for your books, products, and services. Be seen as an expert by conference organizers who hires speakers, and companies that hire consultants on the topics that you’re contributing content on.

Practically, you can also get paid to contribute. Today’s Pro Tip is a list of 20 publications that will pay you for articles. You can make a little money while taking advantage of all the other benefits that come from publications and exposure.

1. AskMen. They pay $150 an article and once you are established, they’ll pay $1,000 for larger form assigned articles (1,500 to 3,000 words). The person to pitch is Alex Manley: alex_manley@askmen.com

2. International Living Magazine. They pay $250 for 840-word articles and $400 for 1,400-word articles. If your picture is used in an article, they pay $50 for one-time use and you retain the rights. The place to send submissions is: postcards@internationalliving.com

3. B. Michelle Pippin dot com. They pay $50 to $150 per article around business topics. They pay more if an article goes to their newsletter. The place to submit articles is directly on their website.

4. Daily Worth (specifically for women). They pay $150 per article. They are looking for articles that help women with money, career and business advice. The place to send submissions is: editorial@dailyworth.com

5. Freelance Mom. They pay $75-$100 per article. They look for articles about helping moms run a business. The person to pitch is Lisa Stein: lisa@freelancemom.com

6. FreshBooks (the invoicing company). They pay $200 per article and you can negotiate a higher fee when you get accepted. The place to submit articles is directly on their website.

7. Income Dairy. They pay $200 per article. They are looking for articles on making money online, SEO, affiliate sales, and traffic generation. The place to submit articles is directly on their website. Read more ›

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4 Shifts That Help You Book Consulting at Companies Quickly

Companies all over the world will spend more than $365 billion dollars this year hiring consultants to train their employees on a variety of topics. They are looking to hire someone just like you. They want someone who will train on the topics you teach. It may not feel like it now but you can book these gigs, and they will pay you well. This is NOT a pipe dream–companies have been hiring consultants since the start of business.

In 2015, I made a major pivot in my business. I stopped focusing on just the online portion of my business and shifted towards booking consulting gigs at companies. I had done consulting on a smaller scale since 2012, but I made it a major goal to book higher-paying consulting gigs at corporations. It has been the gamechanger in my business. I traveled to 41 countries last year for consulting gigs at Fortune 500 companies and large multinational corporations. I’ll travel to 24 this year.

If you want to book consulting gigs at companies–and do it quicker–here are five shifts that will help you get there.

1. Clear up your messaging and branding.

The reason too many entrepreneurs can’t book consulting is because no one knows what they do. We have been taught about the need to niche–it’s been ingrained in us. In our efforts to stand out, we brand ourselves in a way that confuses companies. They will look at your website, your social media presence, and what you send to your email list. If the branding and messaging are not clear, they will not invest their time to investigate further. Just because you used digital marketing to build your fitness business does not mean you’re a digital marketing consultant. When a company looks at your branding, they’ll only see fitness.

To get booked quicker, you need a clearly branded foundation around expertise and a topic a company would understand. If you can’t get your message to fit all of your interests, sperate your platforms. Demonstrate your expertise in a clear way and you will get booked. If you’re not sure if your message connects, ask others for an honest evaluation of your platform. Be prepared to hear the realness and make the necessary changes. Read more ›

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Losing a Two-Million Dollar Contract Taught Me These Lessons About Consulting and Business

In September of 2017, I did something that absolutely terrified me. I had done consulting work for a large company based out of London (an N.D.A. that was signed prevents me from listing the name). They liked my training and offered myself, Chaka Dillon-El, and my team of 10 the opportunity to submit a proposal for a two-million-dollar digital marketing consulting contract. If we had gotten it, we would have taken over a small part of the digital marketing of a company that does 80 billion euros a year in business. To say that I was scared is an understatement. Up to that point, I had never dealt with the fear of success. The idea of becoming an instant millionaire–and growing my business that fast–scared the daylights out of me.

We put in the proposal along with 30 other companies. We knew that our odds of getting it were a long shot. But, we spent a month putting this proposal together and prayed we could land the biggest deals of our lives. It took a few weeks to hear back. We got confirmation that we had made the final cut and it was up to the board of directors to decide. In the end, they picked a company from London that had a bigger and more stable team in place. Chaka and I were bummed to be so close but felt grateful that we made the final cut in a field of so many prestigious companies. We licked our wounds and determined to put in the winning bid in 2018.

That experience and everything that has been happening the last four months has opened up every part of me. I am not the same Kimanzi as even five months ago. Losing that contract and the influence of an amazing person in my life has helped me see some important lessons about consulting, life and building a real business.

There’s a difference between an online business and a real business.

When I started this journey, I wanted to build a business that “made money while I slept.” All I thought about was self-publishing my ebooks and making money from them. My background in entrepreneurship is not online. I owned and operated an offline $500,000-a-year service business for 12 years. My business was a vacation-relief service for independent vendors. The business operated in three states and had six employees. It was a great business that I completely mismanaged because I didn’t understand entrepreneurship.

When I started to make money online, I spent it and lived life without thinking about business and structure. I didn’t create a team, have a strategic plan for growth, organize the structure to maximize profits and account for lowering taxes, have a solid marketing plan, and 100 other things. It took talking to and masterminding with an entrepreneur that’s an MBA, has a strategic planning background, and has worked for some of the largest companies in the world to see that I didn’t have a real business. I had an online and lifestyle business that made a great income but it could not scale with the way I was running things. Read more ›

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Corporations Don’t Know As Much As You Think (Why They’ll Hire You)

As you’re reading this, I’m in an Uber heading to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, France. I’m catching a flight to London. I’ve been in Europe for a week now and did consulting gigs for a multinational corporation based out of London. I consulted on digital marketing at their headquarters in London and on the entrepreneurial mindset at their offices in Paris.

This year, I’ll travel to 22 countries with my life and business partner for consulting gigs at some large and medium-size companies. I did consulting gigs in 41 countries last year.

Companies all over the world will spend $365 billion dollars this year hiring consultants to train their employees. They’ll hire them for a wide range of topics and pay them well. They’ll cover the travel expenses, license the consultant’s online courses, and pay for training programs to be set up.

As an entrepreneur, adding this income and opportunity to what you currently do is appealing. You’re probably thinking, “sign me up!” But, many reading this won’t purse consulting because there’s a major self-limiting belief that’s keeping you from even taking the first steps. That belief is that companies already know your topic but more specifically, they don’t want to hear from you.

Imposter Syndrome

This false belief is rooted in the deeper belief of feeling like an imposter. The thought that you’re not enough or that what you teach is not good enough for a company. This belief creeps around into your mind or it may have been reinforced in some way that was out of your control. Because you don’t feel good enough, you don’t start to take the steps that would get you booked as a consultant. Read more ›

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You’re Not Dreaming Big Enough

I’m writing this article to you from 37,000 feet in the air. I’m on a flight from Atlanta to London, England. I’m heading to London and Paris to do consulting gigs this week at one of the largest companies in the world. I’ll do six-hours of training and then get some time to meet with executives, hang out with online friends in person, work on my business tasks, exercise, and see a few of the popular sites.

Six years ago, I was on a bread truck delivering to grocery sites and thinking about nothing more than what I had to get done. I wanted to finish so I could go veg out in front of the TV for hours while I filled my body with junk disguised as food. I hated life and was happy to settle for existing. I had no dreams, no hope, and no desire to even think about what life could be like.

It was the death of my father that shook me to my core and lit a spark. That spark led me to podcasts and my first exposure to a life of freedom and financial security. Pat Flynn’s podcast opened my eyes and inspired me to think beyond the all-day TV life. It would take another two years before I could leave the bread life behind, but I did. I sold the bread business and got my chance to live the freedom life at the beginning of 2013. It was freaking glorious to walk away one day, and wake up the next knowing I was free from the bondage of my old life.

Since then, my dream and the business has grown exponentially.

There was a major hiccup in 2016—I always want to keep it real. That hiccup lead to some major life pivots and to a path that’s even better than before. I lost myself and my dream during most of 2016. I ended that year broke, broken, and desperate. I was a hard time for sure. Read more ›

Instead of Settling for an Online Business Build a Lifestyle Business

There are more than three million people that use the Internet, according to Time. Over $107 billion dollars was spent on online learning in 2015, according to Forbes. For entrepreneurs, there’s never been a more exciting time to grow a business. We can market our business, and the products and services it offers, to a captive audience that all goes to the same place. The allure of starting an online business is appealing.

Today, you can put together a website that demonstrates your expertise and passion in a topic. You can create digital information products such as books and guides. You can offer services such as coaching. You can create membership websites and online courses. You then market your online business on podcasts, social media and through other websites. The chances are you’ve seen Internet entrepreneurs posting income reports and crushing it online.

You see the opportunity and others who are doing well. You want to build an online business that makes money while you sleep. This model does work for some. For many, you’ll spend thousands of dollars on coaches and courses that promise to teach you the insider secrets to making real money. What you get in return, too often, is disappointment and a smaller bank account. The reality is that if you spend time on audience building and lead generation, you could make a decent income.

Here’s the thing, there’s a different type of business model that takes the good opportunity in the online business space and adds a stronger element. A lifestyle business has the components of online business: courses, products, services, passive income and financial freedom. But, it adds diversity to your income streams and the opportunity to build a business that puts your life first. Here are the elements of a lifestyle business and why it’s a better model.

Your life suffers when you build a business with no balance.

The 24/7 hustle lifestyle has been glorified as the new hot way to build a business. If you’re not always “on,” you’re made to feel as if you’re not doing enough. When you build a business this way, it affects other areas of your life. Your relationships can be strained and worse. There are definite times when you will work harder in your business, but those times shouldn’t come at the cost of everything else. There’s a tendency with an online business to go all in, but it will come with a cost. Read more ›

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Three People at Companies That Can Hire You

After you’ve established yourself as a consultant, you’ll get lots of offers to consult at companies worldwide organically. Companies will find you as a referral through the gigs that you’ve done, they’ll consume your content on large publications and on podcast interviews that you do, and you’ll meet executives on the road as you travel for gigs. Being in the right place—with the right social proof—will give you a consistent system for consulting offers without you seeking them out.

When you’re just starting out as a consultant, it’s a different story. You’ll be the one doing lots of pitching and seeking out opportunities at companies. When you’re doing this, it’s important to understand who at a company can actually hire you. The goal is to save time and send out the most effective pitches so you can book paid gigs that led to all the fun organic opportunities later. Here are three company people that hire consultants.

The Human Resources Manager/Director 

The HR manager at a company has the job of integrating the right people into a company, establishing programs to better a company, retaining and recruiting top performers, overseeing teams (and personalities), and helping with employee performance. Hiring consultants to train on all kinds of topics helps them with all of these duties. At a large corporation, the HR director is also one of the vice presidents of the company. Here’s an example:

Al Schoening is the director of HR for Civeo Corporation based out of Houston, Texas. The company does $15 million dollars a year in business, they have 1,500 employees, and have offices in three countries. They are big enough to hire consultants but small enough to be very approachable. You can pitch almost any consultant topic. You can pitch Al at al.schoening(at)civeo .com Read more ›

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The Path to Making a Livable Income in the New year

There are those who will read this that have been following me since I started my lifestyle business in 2011. You’ve read some of my first blog posts and have been on this journey with me through the ups and downs. There are those who will read this that have been following me for the last few years. I’ve connected and talked to so many of you along the way and have heard your stories.

Here’s the thing, if you’re reading this it’s probably because you want to make money through the various avenues of a lifestyle business. You want to build a business that creates freedom in every area of your life while giving you financial security. To build this kind of a business is not a mystery–it’s not rocket science.

If you have been going at this for some time and have not made a decent income, I want to give you some straight up truth. I have a big goal in 2018. My goal is to impact one-million people and help them stop existing. I want to see you win and build a business that makes a livable income. No more living in survival mode. Ask yourself how you’re doing in these five areas.

Stop over-consuming information.

It’s time to stop joining every free webinar you see offered. It’s time to stop joining every free challenge you encounter online. It’s time to stop joining five Facebook groups a week. It’s time to stop signing up for every newsletter that promises you the path to income. It’s time to stop reading three books a week that all say the same things.

We live in the information age. We also live in the interconnected digital age. Information is readily available, free, and you can access it easily in many different forms. But, that doesn’t mean you need to consume as much of it as possible to make money. Consuming that much information is confusing you, and having you chasing your tail with all the strategies. The reality is that you’re not seeing the full picture. All that “free” training won’t give you what you need. Read more ›

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Do This to Have an Amazing 2018

As we come to the end of another year, all kinds of thoughts are probably running through your mind. For some, this year was amazing and filled with cool wins. For others, this year was terrible and one you can’t wait to get past. Over the last two years, I’ve experienced both of these kinds of years.

2016 was absolutely terrible. What made it worse was realizing that everything happened because of self-imposed poor choices. I came to the end of 2016 broke, broken, and hopeless. 2017 has been one of the best years of my life so far. It’s not just because business has been fabulous. It’s because I finally understood and implemented self-love while working on becoming the best version of myself. I’m coming to the end of this year extremely grateful for the amazing opportunities and growth I experienced. 

I can’t see the future but I can tell you that 2018 is going to be even better. I’m manifesting greatness. I have one major goal: wake up each day and challenged myself. I’m taking my personal development to my next growth level. 

I’m putting my health at the forefront and continuing to eat clean and get in peak shape. I’m challenging my mind with content that breaks old negative thinking. I’m consuming books, videos, podcasts, classes, teachers and more that feeds into my goals. I’m learning Arabic. I’m setting a goal to help 1,000,000 people stop existing and start living the life they truly want and deserve. As far as business, that will fall into place as my personal development goals manifest. I will be charging more and travel less.

If you can’t feel it, let me tell you that I’m excited. I can sense and feel something so strong and amazing that it’s bringing me to tears as I write this. I feel like I’m more awake than I’ve ever been. My path is clear. It won’t be easy and I’m sure things won’t go as planned at times, but I’m fully prepared to enjoy every part of the journey. The good and not so good. 

It’s Your Time

What I hope you take away from this post and everything that I do is what’s possible for you. This coming year can be freaking amazing if you decide it will be. You have to see it and believe it before you can do anything about it. Too often, we think in terms of business and all the nitty-gritty stuff that has to happen. Your business goals will fall into place as your life goals do. 

Set a goal to become the best version of yourself. Love yourself strongly. Fully understand what that means. Stop seeking outside validation. Stop chasing shiny objects. Stop living your life with certain expectations. Stop comparing your life and journey to others. Stop letting self-limiting beliefs dictate what you do. Establish a strong foundation that allows you to receive.  

You are closer than you think. You can set and plan and learn the tactics. But, that comes after you’ve built a solid foundation within yourself. My goal is to help and make an impact—so I will be on this journey with you. But, I need you to get determined and start building that personal foundation. This starts with you. 

Will you join me in making 2018 an amazing year?

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Photo Credit: Flickr/ *vlad*

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4 Online Entrepreneurial Personas People Just Don’t Find Believable

We live in the interconnected digital age. Technology and access to the world are available at our fingertips. The first thing you probably do when you wake up each morning is to check your social media accounts. You see what family and friends are doing and get updates from the entrepreneurs that you follow and are connected to. You take a little bit of what you see from others and model your social media accounts and postings to best portray you as a person and entrepreneur.

While there is a lot of good stuff happening online, there are definitely some things and strategies that you don’t want to model. The ability to portray an edited version of someone’s life has led to fake personas and an unrealistic look at entrepreneurship. It’s not uncommon to only see the good in someone’s life when you know there’s a flip side. You know that there is more than that and it turns you off. What you see is the pinnacle of an entrepreneur’s success but they leave out the 100 other steps it took to reach that success.

You need a loyal audience and customers to build a business that stands the test of time. You get loyalty when you make a deeper connection. The deeper connection comes from authenticity because people already know there’s more to the story. Here are four ways you don’t want to portray yourself online. They won’t form deeper connections and make the impact that you’re trying to make with your business.

The “Hustle 24/7” Entrepreneur

You see this almost daily. The entrepreneur that’s always posting about their hustle efforts. They work on their business all the time and portray that strategy as the only way to be dedicated. They work long hours each day, on weekends and won’t enjoy the little pleasures of life — all in the name of entrepreneurship.

First, you know it’s a front. There are only a few entrepreneurs who actual work that hard. Names like Gary Vaynerchuk and Elon Musk come to mind. Second, why build a business to have it turn into a job for you? The best businesses are built with balance. Life and business intersect in harmony. Portraying yourself as always hustling won’t build a real connection with your audience. Read more ›

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