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The $24,213 Thank-You Letter

Dear Friends,

I got up at 5am in Anchorage last Monday to publish this post, all about a business offer I was partnering with to donate my proceeds to our Ethiopia project.

At the moment I pressed the publish button, I knew it was a good promotion and I trusted Karol and Adam—but I wasn't entirely sure how readers would respond. We had no pre-launch to let people know this was coming, it was a busy time of the year, and I was just wrapping up our own only-once-a-year sale at UnconventionalGuides.com ...

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Happy Thanksgiving from Southeast Portland

If you don't live in the U.S., you may wonder why the internet is so quiet today. Everyone else around the world, this is the day you get the internet to yourselves. Use it well, friends, because America will be back online and shopping tomorrow.

I do have a sale going on at UnconventionalGuides.com until Monday if you're interested (use discount code "PUMPKIN"). It's pretty much the only sale of the year over there, so it doesn't need much hype.

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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, I haven't really promoted the business at all.

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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 the new Josh Ritter album, I managed to pull it out and keep going. At mile six I was feeling great, and as I headed home, I was glad I didn't quit. Eleven miles for the win!

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The Unconventional Guide to Freelancing

Greetings, friends and readers. As promised, our final business project of the year is now ready to head out the door (and it's only June!). The Unconventional Guide to Freelancing helps service providers become solution providers. If you want to get serious about building a sustainable business model around the skillset you use to serve clients and customers, this might be a good fit for you.

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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 across North America are now represented. NYC, San Fran, L.A., and Vancouver have been fighting it out for the most signups thus far, but people will be out in full force almost everywhere. If you use Twitter, you can search for hashtag #ubt and see some of the other readers who are coming to various cities.

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Motivation and Product Launches

For a few months I used this image as my laptop background. Why do you do the things you do? is always a good question to ask yourself, whether in business or in life. This is the Sunday Store Update, where I write about the business side of AONC. Earlier this week I had the quietest product launch in world AONC history. A few weeks beforehand, we took over the internet with a barrage of announcements and reviews for the Empire Building Kit.

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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.

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Abundance vs. Scarcity, “Fun Shopping Cart Messages” Edition

Greetings from Frankfurt airport... or actually the skies between Europe and Africa, as I should be southbound to Equatorial Guinea when this goes out. Let the record show I'm in the back of the Lufthansa aircraft on this trip, with a bonus “wait-on-the-plane-an-extra-two-hours” stopover in Abuja. Sometimes even travel ninjas go long-haul Economy Class, when no upgrades are available.

This is the Sunday Store Update, where I look at some brief news about the business side of AONC ...

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