Welcome to Leave the Corporate World Behind

Leave The Corporate World Behind

Hello! I am Adrienne Dupree. I am an author, an entrepreneur and a Program Manager for a government contractor. Specifically, I am an online and affiliate marketer.

My book, Leave The Corporate World Behind, chronicles the stories of online marketers who have left corporate America and now have a full-time online marketing business. It also includes part-time online marketers who still work in corporate America. I am also a contributing author to What Is Your Why? and Positioning Yourself as an Expert: How Savvy Entrepreneurs Become Credible Authorities.

Welcome to the Online Newbie. My mission is to teach people in corporate America who want to get out of the rat race how to start an online internet marketing business. The goal of this online marketing business is to replace their income. It will also allow them to control their own destiny and stop trading time for dollars.

The Online Newbie has developed various products that can assist you in developing a successful business. How To Create An Amazon Store is step-by-step video training will show how to create your own Amazon aStore that is fully integrated into your WordPress site. How To Create A Sidebar Widget is video training that will show you step by step how to create your own image for your sidebar widget. You can create sidebar widgets that can be used to promote your own products or affiliate products. Top WP Plugins For Business is a product that I created with Connie Ragen Green that introduces the top 20 WordPress plugins for your online business. `12 Days Of Online Marketing teaches you the tools, tactics and resources that are required for a successful online marketing business in just 12 days. Measure Your Web Analytics provides an introduction to Google Analytics, gives you step-by-step instructions on how to set up your Google Analytics account as well as step-by-step instructions on how to run the various reports.

The Online Newbie will equip you with the tools and knowledge that you need to get started online whether you have a technical background or not. The Online Newbie can help you to start realizing your dreams of controlling your own destiny and developing a successful online business. Even if you have to start part-time, I can help you because I know how to juggle a demanding corporate career and an online business.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Dropbox

DropboxI am sure you are familiar with DropBox. DropBox is a multi-platform application that lets you store files in the cloud for free. You can always access your files as long as you have an internet connection. You can store and share photos, documents and even videos.

What you probably didn’t know is that there are 10 ways that you can use Dropbox that really increases your productivity. As an online marketer that still has a full-time job, I am always looking for ways to be more productive to include being as efficient as possible.

#1 – Give Access To Your Dropbox

If you have people working for you, then they have to send you files. For example, your Virtual Assistant has edited a PLR report and now she needs to send the edited copy back to you. Instead of sending it in email, you can set up a unique link in Dropbox so you can securely receive those files from your Virtual Assistant.

#2 – Form Creation

If you want to embed a form on your website, there are various ways to do that. One way is to use an application that lets you create the form in Dropbox, embed the form on your site and send the completed information from the form to your Dropbox account. You can build custom forms and even surveys.

#3 – Connect All Your Cloud Services

Do you use multiple cloud services? I know I do. I use Google Docs, Dropbox, Amazon S3, etc. Wouldn’t it be great if you could connect all of your cloud services together and access them from one account? Well, there is a Dropbox application that lets you do just that.

#4 – Email Attachments

Have you ever wanted to store all of your email attachments in one place? Some people will store the email attachments on their computer but then you only have access to them if you are on that computer. A better alternative is to send your email attachments to Dropbox.

#5 – Email Integration

When you are in your email program, there are typically no ways to access your Dropbox account simultaneously. There is a Dropbox application that is an extension to your browser that allows you to integrate your email with Dropbox. You can send your email attachments to Dropbox with the click of your mouse.

#6 – Text File Collaboration

Sometimes you have the need to collaborate with someone real time. What if you could edit a text file and someone else can view the file as well? When you make changes to the file, the person on the other end hits refresh and sees the updated file. That is way more efficient than sending the file back and forth through email.

#7 – Listen To Music From Dropbox

What if you want to listen to music and you don’t have access to your iPod or MP3 player? You can listen to MP3 files right from your Dropbox account. You could also use this method to store messages that you want to share with your clients.

#8 – Dropbox Automation

When you share your files with others, you normally want to save them in a format that is not easily edited. The most popular format for this is PDF. Instead of saving your file as a PDF before you send it to someone, there is a Dropbox application that will automatically convert your file to a different format when you upload it to Dropbox.You can send a Word document to Dropbox that is automatically converted to PDF.

#9 – Web Snipper

Have you ever been surfing the web and come across some good information that you would like to save for later? What it you could use a Dropbox application to clip the information and save it right to Dropbox? I know this is something that would be very helpful for me because I am always saving all of these bookmarks and then forget why I saved the bookmark. Now instead of a bookmark, I can view the pertinent information right from Dropbox.

#10 – Workspace Collaboration

In these days of telecommuting there are many times when you must find tools to collaborate with your colleagues virtually. There is a Dropbox application that facilitates this as well.

As you can see there are many Dropbox applications that can definitely increase your productivity. If you wold like to learn more about these applications and how to use them, then you want to check out How To Maximize Dropbox and Save Hours Every Day. This product includes 11 videos that will walk you step-by-step through the 10 free ways to put your Dropbox account on steroids. Learn how to be more productive right away by learning how to use these 10 free Dropbox applications.

4 Reasons You Should Become A Published Author

Published AuthorI am sure you have been told on more than one occasion that you should write your own book. Everyone who has their own business should have a book. You may be thinking that you don’t have the expertise or the experience to do this, but you are wrong. There are so many reasons why you should publish your own book. Even though I believe in Kindle books, I believe that you really need to publish a physical book. The main four reasons for becoming a published author are to gain credibility, increase your visibility, you will be invited to speak and you can tell your own story.

Reason #1 – Gain Credibility

It is something about a physical book that instantly propels you to a different level. When you are a published author, you gain instant credibility. Authors are revered and people instantly believe you are an expert on the subject matter that you have published.

Reason #2 – Increased Visibility

When you are an author, your visibility increases as well. More people are exposed to you because of your book. Because people are talking about you as an author, more people discover that you exist. Many people go to Amazon and search for topics that they are interested in. You can be discovered this way if your book shows up in their search results. You can hold a book signing in your local community which increases your visibility.

Reason #3 – Speaking Engagements

Once you are an author, speaking engagements will start to appear. As I stated earlier, people think of you as an expert when you are an author. They want you to speak to their audiences about your expertise. The funny thing is you were an expert before you wrote the book, but writing a book changes things.

Reason #4 – Tell Your Own Story

I believe that everyone has a story to tell. By writing a book, you can tell your own story. Everyone has something that they are passionate about. The best way to get your passion out to the masses is to write a book.

As you can see, there are many reasons to write a book and now there are ways to do this without having to spend a lot of money. It is very easy to publish a physical book. Gone are the days when you have to order a boatload of books and store them in your garage. There are print-on-demand options such as Amazon’s CreateSpace.

CreateSpace Re-Released is step-by-step training that teaches you everything you need to get your physical book published on Amazon. This product includes a Quick Start Guide and 8 videos. The 8 videos cover the following topics:

  • New Account Setup
  • Adding a New Book to Your Account
  • Interior Book Setup
  • Book Cover Setup
  • Book Review
  • Distribution & Pricing
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Wrap-Up

If you are serious about becoming a published author, get the training you need so you can fulfill your dream.

Biggest Obstacles To Leaving The Corporate World Behind

Leaving The Corporate WorldYou’ve made the decision to leave corporate America behind and venture out on your own to pursue entrepreneurship. It’s exciting but scary at the same time. You’re looking forward to building a business around your strengths and doing something you’re passionate about. But on the other hand, you’re concerned about a few obstacles of leaving the corporate world behind. Let’s take a look at these obstacles and how you can overcome them.

Obstacle #1 – Reliable Paycheck

This is the scariest and biggest obstacle when it comes to leaving the corporate world behind. At least with your job you know that every Friday (or whenever/however often) someone will deposit a paycheck in your bank account and you will probably know the exact amount that paycheck is going to be.

This is definitely an obstacle and a good concern to have. One of the “easier” ways to overcome this obstacle is to not actually leave your corporate job until you have a more established, secure online business. This means you’ll have to start and run your online business on the side – working it on the weekends and in the evenings after you get home from work.

It may mean that you’re going to have to sacrifice some family time but in the long run it will be worth it. After you’ve started to bring in a steady income with your business, then you can feel more comfortable leaving your corporate job. I can tell you from experience that this is a viable solution. The first thing you can do to free up time is reduce the amount of television that you watch. I have given up a lot of the shows that I use to watch. The few that I really do want to see are recorded. I then watch them and skip through the commercials. You would be surprised how long an hour show really is. You don’t have to become “missing in action” with your friends and family, but you will have to sacrifice some events.

Obstacle #2 – Debt

Another obstacle to leaving the corporate world behind is debt. And when I say debt, I’m not referring to a house payment or rent. I’m talking about consumer debt – credit cards, car payments, etc.

This can definitely be an obstacle when it comes to leaving corporate America behind. If you owe a large amount of debt that you were paying down, it’s scary to think about leaving the reliability of a steady paycheck behind. Again, just like in #1 above, you can overcome this obstacle by deciding to not leave your job behind until you have more of your debt paid off. If that’s not an option, try consolidating it into one payment so you only have one payment instead of several payments. Develop a budget and stick to it. Start with the credit card with the lowest balance and make a concerted effort to pay it off. Once you pay it off, add that money to the bill for the credit card with the next lowest balance. You will be so proud of yourself when you pay off your debt.

You should also keep in mind that you could potentially pay off debt quicker once you build a profitable online business because the potential to earn a very good income is possible. It’s just a matter of building your business around a model that works for you and your market.

Obstacle #3 – Doubt From Those Around You

Don’t be surprised if people around you look at you like you’ve grown a few extra heads when you tell them you’ve made the decision to leave the corporate world behind to start your own online business. It’s a normal reaction especially because so many people don’t understand the internet and building a business around it.

This can also definitely be an obstacle but one of the best ways to overcome it is to arm those around you with knowledge. You don’t have to give them a detailed business plan, but make it simple for them. Basically just ensure them that you have researched this, you’ve given it a lot of thought and have a solid business plan in place.

While these aren’t the only obstacles when it comes to leaving the corporate world, they’re a few of the biggest ones. Now that you have armed yourself with this knowledge on how to overcome them, it’s time to get busy building that online business of your dreams.

For encouragement and inspiration, read Leave The Corporate World Behind. Leave the Corporate World Behind chronicles the journeys of online marketers who have left corporate America and now have a full-time online marketing business or are in still in corporate America but have a part-time online marketing business. You will learn what you must do to get started as well as the things to avoid. This book features the stories of people who have actually left the corporate world behind.

Why Someone Would Decide To Leave Corporate America

Leave Corporate AmericaMaking the decision to leave corporate America isn’t an easy one, especially if it’s a job that pays well, has benefits and more. But people do it and they do it for a number of different reasons – their company downsizes and they are ‘forced’ to leave, a loved one becomes terminally ill, going on maternity leave and deciding they don’t want to go back, or they have just had enough.

Talk to these corporate America workers and you’ll find that most of them feel like they’re underpaid and overworked. And again, most of them are extremely unhappy in their jobs. They talk about how not only are they not living the lifestyle they want, but they don’t have enough time with family and friends and that they want to do something they have passion about which they don’t get to do in the corporate world.

This unhappiness and the desire to have more flexibility to live the lifestyle they want, leads to entrepreneurship and building an online business. So today we’re going to talk about leaving corporate America to pursue entrepreneurship.

As mentioned above, it can be hard leaving corporate America if the job pays well. But most people have come to realize, and this is especially true as people get older and begin to realize just how short life really is, that money isn’t everything. And while money isn’t everything, keep in mind that entrepreneurship and starting your own online business actually gives you the opportunity to earn more than what you can working at a job because you get to set your own prices, give yourself raises, etc.

Another reason that people leave corporate America to start their own business is because they want the freedom and flexibility that having an online business can provide. Not only does it give you freedom and flexibility to spend more time with family and friends, but it also has the potential (depending on how hard you work at it to make it financially successful) to provide financial freedom to live a certain lifestyle – traveling, owning a vacation home, buying a house, etc. (whatever the lifestyle you wish).

As you can see, there are definite benefits to leaving corporate America behind and venturing out on your own. Yes it can be risky, to leave the comfort of a corporate job that offers steady pay and reliability and jump into entrepreneurship. But many people choose to do it and build an online business. And not only do they build that business, but they are successful at it. It can be done! You just have to weigh the options and decide whether leaving corporate America and starting your own online business is right for you, your family and your family’s needs. Only you can make that decision.

There are many ways to make money online but you want to learn from a reputable source. 500 Bucks A Month teaches you 7 powerful ways to easily earn $500 a month online. If $500 sounds too scary then you can start with 5 Bucks A Day. In conclusion, whatever your reason is for wanting to leave corporate America, I want you to know that it is possible.

Do You Really Need A Coach Or Mentor?

CoachI am sure you have heard that you should get a coach or a mentor. A coach is considered a teacher, a mentor or a role model. Over time, they may even become a friend and confidant. The question is do you have a coach or mentor right now? If the answer is no, then there are probably various reasons why you do not. If you are new, you probably think that you are too new to have a coach or you cannot afford one. If you have been around awhile, you probably think you don’t need a coach.

I disagree with all of these reasons for not having a coach or mentor. If you are new to online marketing, you definitely need a coach. It is so easy to get off track and become unfocused. There are so many marketers with offers every day. They don’t always agree on the best approach so you can find yourself going around in circles.

Even if you are not new, you still need a coach or mentor. There is always someone who can help propel your business to the next level. Even if you are considered a “guru”, you should have a coach or mentor. A lot of professional athletes employ personal coaches. For example, many basketball players have a shooting coach.

Another excuse may be that you have an accountability partner so you think you don’t need a coach. I strongly encourage accountability partners but they don’t take the place of a coach. An accountability partner is great for keeping you on track in between your sessions with your coach.

If you believe that you cannot afford a coach, then you can seek group coaching instead of one-on-one coaching. This is how I started. I joined a group coaching program where we had regular coaching calls/webinars and email access. Training took place during the webinars as well as the opportunity to ask questions.

There are several online group coaching programs available but I recommend the 10K Laser Coaching program. With the 10K Laser Coaching Program you can:

    • Be a ‘fly on the wall’ to watch a highly successful online marketer as she conducts her private coaching sessions
    • Get all the powerful benefits of personal, one-on-one mentoring without the expense
    • Watch the entire process of building an amazingly successful online business, learn from these successes, and be able to see and avoid the mistakes along the way
    • Let someone else be in the “Hot Seat” so you can learn the strategies to build your own income

Do you know who is in the 10K Laser Coaching “Hot Seat” right now? Yes, it is me. I am the current 10K Laser Coaching student. You can learn from my experiences and mistakes for much less than the cost of one-on-one coaching or even group coaching. You pay a one-time fee and can watch all of my lessons as well as the lessons from the two previous 10K Laser Coaching students.

I am very transparent during these calls. My goal is to help as many people as I can with their business. I don’t want others to make the same mistakes or have the same struggles that I have had. Connie Ragen Green and I are also working with a 10K Protégé right now. This is a person who is a part of the program that we are now coaching. I strongly encourage you to check out the 10K Laser Coaching Program.

Amazon S3 How To Product Review

Amazon S3 How ToDo you use Amazon S3? Do you know what S3 stands for? S3 stands for Simple Storage Service. Amazon S3 is an online file storage web service offered by Amazon Web Services. Amazon S3 provides storage through web services interfaces. This product review is for Amazon S3 How To. This product is a tutorial for Amazon S3. This product comes with a PDF and 16 videos. The videos cover the following topics:

 

  • Video 1 – What is Amazon S3 and why use it?
  • Video 2 – How much does it cost?
  • Video 3 – How to setup a S3 account
  • Video 4- Cloudberry explorer install and tour
  • Video 5 – Cloudberry explorer how to setup CB Explorer
  • Video 6 – Cloudberry Explorer how to create bucket
  • Video 7 – Cloudberry Explorer how to share files
  • Video 8 – Cloudberry Explorer how to create expiring URL
  • Video 9 – S3 Fox Organizer install and tour
  • Video 10 – S3 Fox Organizer how to setup S3 Fox
  • Video 11 – S3 Fox Organizer how to create bucket
  • Video 12 – S3 Fox Organizer how to share files
  • Video 13 – S3 Fox Organizer how to synchronize folders
  • Video 14 – S3 Fox Organizer how to create expiring URL
  • Video 15 – Your S3 logs
  • video 16 – How to stream videos from your S3 account

If you are streaming videos on your website, then you should be using Amazon S3. If you get a lot of traffic to your video, you can slow down your website. Also, if you are using shared hosting, you will be limited to the amount of bandwidth that you are allowed to use. You may be concerned about the price of this storage. I will tell you that my bill is very low.

There are 4 things that determine the price of your storage – Storage, Data Transfer, Requests and Get. The good thing is that your account costs you nothing until you actually use it. Video 2 of this training series shows you how to calculate your storage costs.

There are 2 free tools that you can use to manage your Amazon S3 account – Cloudberry Explorer and S3 Fox Organizer. This product teaches you how to you set up these tools, how to create buckets, how to share files and how to create expiring URLs.

I currently use Amazon S3 but I learned a few things from this training. I did not know that you could set up expiring URLs or that you could use it for synchronized backups. The last thing I learned is two different ways to stream videos from Amazon S3 and also how to protect your videos.

This training was very comprehensive and I recommend that you purchase it if you use Amazon S3.

Your State of Independence

IndependenceSince we just celebrated Independence Day on July 4th, I was thinking about independence. According to the dictionary, the definition of independence is “freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others”. I know by virtue that I live in the United States; I have the ability to have more independence and freedom than many people in other parts of the world. But when you really think about it, do I really have freedom from the control of others?

I would say not in my case. I still have a full-time job where I work for someone. Since I have an employer, do I really have freedom from control? I have a supervisor and manager that I must answer to. I have vacation but I must get permission to use it. My company decides how much I will be compensated for the position I hold. If you are still working for someone, I would ask you to determine how independent and free you really are.

I believe that when you leave the corporate world behind, then you can really have independence and freedom. The problem is how do I replace my corporate income? Your lifestyle has probably kept up with your income. You may have a mortgage, car note, student loans or credit card debt? You can’t just walk away from your job but you can start on a part-time basis.

There are a lot of online marketing businesses that you can start. You can do affiliate marketing, create information products or sell physical products. I actually do all three but I think the fastest way to get started quickly is to sell physical products on Amazon. Fulfillment by Amazon or FBA is the program that allows you to sell products on Amazon.

You can find bargains at stores and ship them to Amazon to sell. You do not need a list, your own information product or an affiliate product to promote. If you don’t like to shop you can also find products online to sell on Amazon. There are many books and training that teach you how to do this. There are two books that I recommend. The Amazing Amazon Genie: FBA: How To Earn A Full-Time Profit With Amazon FBA, Starting With $0 And These Little-Known Secrets by Dennis Becker teaches you everything you need to know to get started with Fulfillment by Amazon. Arbitrage: The authoritative guide on how it works, why it works, and how it can work for you by Chris Green also teaches you the details needed to be successful with FBA.

If you prefer videos as opposed to print, then I recommend Jessica Larrew’s course. She has a beginning course as well as the full course. Amazon Boot Camp – Basic Training includes 14 videos that includes everything you need to get started selling on Amazon. This is a great package if you want to learn without investing a lot of money. Amazon Boot Camp includes step-by-step training as well as a private Facebook group. This package includes 33 videos. If you know this is something you want to do, then I recommend that you get the full package. Both of these packages are on sale through July 8, 2014. Use the coupon code FREEDOM. Jessica also has other training that covers specialized topics such as Back To School and Online Sourcing Strategies. Check out the Financial Freedom Sale through July 8, 2014.

I believe that everyone needs another source of income outside of their job even if they do not desire to leave the corporate world behind. Selling on Amazon is a viable option.

Podcast #5: The Online Newbie Podcast – Connie Ragen Green

Connie Ragen Green wrote the foreword for Leave The Corporate World Behind. Leave The Corporate World Behind tells the stories of people who were in the corporate world and now have full-time online businesses or are still in the corporate world and have a part-time online business.  I  was honored that my mentor and friend agreed to be a part of my first book.

Connie Ragen GreenDo you think that you don’t have time to start a part-time online business? Think again. When Connie started her online business she had two jobs. She was a teacher and also worked in real estate as an appraiser and broker.  Now what is your excuse?  You have to be willing to sacrifice to make changes in your life. Connie always says “Do for a year what others won’t so you can live the rest of your life like others can’t”. Every time I get discouraged or am feeling tired, I think about this quote.

Finally, Connie really turned into a mover and shaker. She made a bold move and quit her job and gave away all of her real estate clients. She jumped into online marketing head first with no safety net. To learn more about Connie, her story and her advice to you, listen to the podcast.

A former classroom teacher and real estate appraiser, Connie Ragen Green left it all behind to come online in 2006. Since then she has become a bestselling author of too many books to mention, and an international speaker and trainer. She helps people on six continents to get started as online entrepreneurs with product creation, affiliate marketing, authorship, and coaching. Connie is also active with a variety of charitable organizations in both Santa Clarita, California and Santa Barbara, the two cities she calls home. To learn more about Connie visit her site Huge Profits Tiny List.

Podcast #4: The Online Newbie Podcast – Debbie O’Grady

Debbie O'GradyDebbie O’Grady is one of the featured authors in Leave The Corporate World Behind. Leave The Corporate World Behind tells the stories of people who were in the corporate world and now have full-time online businesses or are still in the corporate world and have a part-time online business. Debbie O’Grady’s story is very intriguing. She didn’t start in corporate America but moved there after going back to school to get a Computer Science degree.  When she left, she first went into consulting. She now has an online business centered around accountability.

I met Debbie a few years ago at an online marketing conference.  She is someone who is always smiling and has a positive attitude. She has so much great advice that she shared in this podcast.

Debbie O’Grady, dubbedQueen of Accountability’ by her clients, is a thought leader and mentor on leveraging accountability to achieve successful outcomes. Debbie works with forward-thinking coaches who want their clients to stay focused and on track to accomplish their goals and achieve success as rapidly as possible. The elite group of coaches that are Debbie’s clients totally recognize the benefits and value of supplementing their own existing high-end coaching program with progress tracking and accountability, and know they don’t want to do it themselves.

Debbie also works with individuals who understand that accountability translates to focus, progress, and success. Even if these individuals already have a coach, they recognize that Debbie’s Accountability Program complements and enhances the benefits they are receiving from their current coach. The Accountability Program helps them transform the knowledge and direction imparted by their coach into action and achievement. You can find out more about Debbie at Revenue Recharge.

How the 10K Laser Coaching Program Changed My Business

10K Laser CoachingWhen I first discovered online marketing, I was really excited but unfocused.  I was trying to follow multiple people and kept switching from one thing to another.  I spent a lot of times on webinars and teleseminars.  I was learning a lot but not implementing anything.

I also had a serious problem with buying a lot of products. I had what is referred to as Bright Shiny Object syndrome. I would get excited about the next new thing, buy it and never use it or never follow through completely. I was somewhat impatient.  If I thought something didn’t work in enough time, I would switch to something else. I see now that I was all over the place.

The thing that changed my business and got me on track was the 10K Laser Coaching program. I finally figured out that I needed a mentor/coach and hired Connie Ragen Green. That definitely started me on the right path. She is famous for saying “What is for sale today?” In the beginning, I couldn’t honestly say that anything was for sale. I was promoting some affiliate products but I did not have any products of my own.

When Connie asked me to become the next 10K Laser Coaching student, I was shocked and excited. I remember it vividly. We were at NAMS in February 2013. We had lunch together and she asked me. That weekend was special for me because I turned 50 years old. What a great birthday present for me. I know now that I was having some doubts about my ability to really make this business work. Her belief in me made me believe that I could really do this.

The 10K Laser Coaching program has made me even more productive.  I want to make sure that I have made some progress before the next call.  I don’t want to disappoint the members or Connie. I feel like I have an obligation to give back since I have been given this wonderful opportunity. It has also helped me be more open.  I am an introvert and a pretty private person.  I try really hard to be transparent when it comes to my business so I can help others.

The 10K Laser Coaching program is a great opportunity for you as well. You can be a “fly on the wall” as Connie is coaching me.  You have the opportunity to see my mistakes as well as celebrate my successes. My goal is to help the members of this group avoid the pitfalls and mistakes that I have made. When you join this program, you not only get to watch all of my webinars, but you get to watch the webinars from the two past 10K Laser Coaching students as well. This is a great way to receive coaching without having to spend a lot of money.