Author Archives: Anna

How to stick out from the mass – 2 simple business ideas

Moments for wine

Today I briefly want to share with you two simple but powerful business approaches I’ve  recently come across that have inspired me and will hopefully inspire you too to stick out from the mass and do things differently. Both ideas are about how to position your product in the wine industry but the idea behind it can be easily copied to other industries and sectors. The first idea comes from two entrepreneurs who have recently opened a new wine store in Amsterdam called Moments4Wine. Instead of arranging the wine bottles in their shop in a rather conventional way (based on … Continue reading

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Is it good to be busy?

To me, the answer to this question is yes and no. YES, since being busy means we are active, and being active means we don’t stand still. And if we stand still, we don’t learn. NO, if we are busy in order to feel useful or reinforced by others. Unfortunately we live in a culture where we often measure success in contribution of time instead of measuring the actual outcome of our actions. “He has been so busy in the last couple of months with this project, he really deserves a raise”. Or “She is very busy lately so things … Continue reading

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Efficient Email Management – 10 Tips how to get rid of your email addiction and save time

Do you recognize any of the two situations mentioned below? Situation 1: It is a new day with new opportunities. You are early and you are confident it will be a successful day for you. Before you start working on your “project”, you quickly check your emails to see if there is nothing urgent….and the next thing you know is that it is almost lunchtime. How could this happen? You are angry with yourself that you lost another morning by losing yourself in your inbox. Situation 2: You don’t want to miss anything. Therefore you check your emails a few times per … Continue reading

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Small update from the other site of the world

I am writing this post from the other side of the world compared to where I usually live. I am currently at the airport of Karratha, Australia heading back towards Perth where I will spend 1,5 more days before returning to the Netherlands. If you know Karratha, you probably ask yourself how in the heck did I end up here because it is everything but one of Australia’s famous tourist attractions. In fact I haven’t seen any tourists at all.  And if you’d been here, you would understand why. Karratha is known for its coal and gas recourses and for … Continue reading

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What are your “Big 5”? – Do the ultimate personality test!

Yesterday my friend Sarah called me from New Zealand to let me know that my website was hacked. This is definitely bad news, especially if you consider that I have been working on the site for several months. When I checked, my little baby turned indeed black with some groovy music on it and the note that it was hacked by some Bangladeshi hackers. And despite all, I was not really worried since I somehow knew it was going to be OK. And indeed, a few hours later, my site looked “normal” again. I have no idea how or why … Continue reading

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The natural energy formula

Did you know that according to research about 80% of our natural energy GOES to: Digestion (about 50%!!) Stress / tension Sex Sport/physical exercise? And that 80% of our natural energy COMES from:  Our mind-set (mental attitude) Breathing Nutrition (Food & Drinking) Sleeping / Relaxation? In other words: You can increase your energy level immensely if you pay attention to: what you eat (it takes your body on average 8 hours to digest a steak, 1,5 hours for vegetables and only 30 min for fruit), how much you sleep, and if you make sure you have a positive mind-set. I experienced this last … Continue reading

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RSS Feeds – How to stay up to date and save time

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Do you have certain websites or blogs that you check regularly for new information? Then RSS is definitely something for you! RSS (short for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary) is a technology that allows you to keep track of your favorite websites and blogs in an efficient way. So instead of you going out to all the different websites to check if there is new information like in the good old days, it is the information that comes to you. With RSS you tell a website to let you know whenever something happens on them. You save time and energy … Continue reading

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Dropbox – The internet USB

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Next to Evernote, I use Dropbox quite a lot. Dropbox is an online document storage tool making sure you will never lose a document again. It is like an internet USB that makes document sharing really easy. It is free till 2GB which is more than enough for the average user, I think. Advantages of Dropbox: Access to all your files from every computer, laptop or smartphone Online back up You can easily work together with others since you can give access to certain documents or whole files to one person or a whole team (document sharing) You always work … Continue reading

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How does affiliate marketing work? – 6 easy steps to success

Affiliate Marketing

It is already some time ago that I last wrote about financial freedom. I just saw that I have 239 days left to win my 365 Days Financial Freedom Challenge. This is not a lot, especially if you consider that I set myself the goal to earn 10,000 EUR per month as from 15 April onwards, but I still think it is possible. And I believe my key to success lies in AFFILIATE MARKETING. Why that? Because affiliate marketing offers a good way to earn steady amounts of passive income once you have everything in place. But let’s start at … Continue reading

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Evernote – The king of note taking

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Today I want to share with you my favorite and most used tool: Evernote, the king of note taking. With Evernote you can store text, audio recordings, pictures and many different kinds of files in one place making sure you can remember and re-find information! And the best thing about is is that it is for free! You can download the Evernote software from evernote.com. Evernote is available for Mac and Windows, as well as many portable devices, including iPhones and iPads, Android phones and tablets, BlackBerry devices and Windows Mobile phones. Once installed, you are ready to start! This is a screen … Continue reading

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