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Unconventional Guides Holiday Sale – Limited Time

Two years ago I started the business that now supports AONC in full, allowing us to operate the site without being beholden to advertisers or conducting donor drives. If you’re new here, I often use the “Weekend Update” space to talk about what’s happening in the business—but while I’ve been on the Unconventional Book Tour,…

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Win an $873 Gift Package from Unconventional Guides

Greetings, friends and readers. Book tour is just under one month away. I’m freaking out at the prospect of visiting 63 cities, but we’ll deal with that later. More news about the Unconventional Guides is expansion is below. If you just care about the contest, click this link when you’re logged into Facebook – –>…

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How to Conduct Your Own Business Audit

Last week I headed out for the Sunday morning long run, and my legs decided not to cooperate. After four miles, it was time to pack it in. Bummer—so I tried again a few days ago. The same thing happened… almost. At mile four I was ready to quit. Through an act of God and…

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The Solution Provider

First of all, thanks so much to everyone who signed up to come out the Unconventional Book Tour this fall. My goal was to put this out there and see how people responded. Well, respond you did! 450 people signed up in the first few hours, and hundreds more over the weekend. All 63 cities…

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Empire Building Kit: Take III

Two months ago, the Empire Building Kit launched out into the world. Thirty days later, we did it again, in one crazy launch with 30+ partners. Today, it’s going out again — once and for all. As of today, the EBK will be permanently available on UnconventionalGuides.com. Empire building for everyone! Yay. –>Read more or…

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Revenge of Empire Building – The Final Saga

Greetings, friends and readers. I made it back to America after the latest Round-the-World journey. People sometimes ask how jet lag affects me as I roam from continent to continent. Here’s the general rule, Twitter-style: Jet lag day 1 = zzzz. Day 2 = worst day! Day 3 = don’t fall asleep! Day 4 =…

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Empire Building Kit, Take Two

Greetings from the home base in Portland, Oregon. I’ve got a big French press filled to the brim with Stumptown coffee, and I’m settling in for a long day in front of the MacBook. And… the Empire Building Kit has now returned! (Insert your preferred trumpet blast here.) –>Read more or order your own copy…

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Empire Builder Strikes Back (on Tuesday)

Greetings, friends and readers. Thanks to everyone at the Seattle Consortium of Travel who welcomed me to their event on Thursday night. I opened up the talk with a “Name That Airport Code” game with airline amenity kits as prizes. You know a talk is going to go well when people start getting excited about…

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Freelancers Needed… Long Work, No Pay, No Glory

Greetings, friends, readers, and small army. I went on vacation for a few days and am now ensconced back at home in the great city of PDX. It’s always fun to go on vacation as a self-employed person, because a) you still have to work, and b) no one thinks you do any work to…

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EBK Day 4, Part II: Live from Amtrak’s “Bloggers’ Lounge”

A few notes on our very busy day here: 1. If you’re traveling on Amtrak at some point, I recommend the blueberry pancakes for breakfast. 2. Thanks for all the birthday congratulations. You guys are great. 2. A reader told me about the Bottomless Cup coffee shop in Havre, Montana. We have 25 minutes in…

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The Empire Building Kit Is Here!

The big day has arrived! Greetings from North Dakota, where I’m riding along the Empire Builder train en route to Montana, Washington, and eventually my home in Portland. As promised, the Empire Building Kit is now live. This project will help a select group of people build a sustainable lifestyle business in one year by…

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Win a Free Copy of the Empire Building Kit

Greetings from Kiev, Ukraine, the first European country on my latest tour of the world. I don’t speak Ukrainian or Russian, so in places like this I just walk around and look at things. It’s not a bad way to travel, all things considered. *** Two weeks from yesterday, I’ll be launching the Empire Building…

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