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5 Ways to Validate a Business Idea, Right Now

Don't let your day job or lack of capital stop you from finding and testing a business idea. Here's how.
Last year, I embarked upon a personal challenge to validate a business idea in 30 days. To make it even more difficult, it was a random idea chosen by my readers. They asked me to do it without using my existing website, traffic and business connections and without spending more than 20 hours per week on the project. On top of that, I limited myself to spending no more than $500 validating this idea. The experiment was a success.In just two weeks, I built an email list of 565 subscribers without having an actual website. Then, I reached out to a handful of those subscribers and pre-sold 12 copies of a book that didn't even exist yet, all in less than 30 days. I wrote about the experiment in real-time with in-depth weekly updates, successes, failures and lessons learned along the way, right here in my validation challenge. Today, I want to share with you the five most effect…

One of Facebook's First Employees Explains Why Email Marketing Is Better Than Social Media Marketing

How you can take advantage when everyone else is focused on social.
Noah Kagan was the 30th employee at Facebook, so he knows a little about social media. But, he might surprise you, because he doesn't say Facebook is the best way to market and connect with your audience. It isn't Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat, either.
It's email.
Email marketing can get lost in the mix when there are so many other marketing methods, but it shouldn't. Why? Because it can help you connect directly with your audience and, more importantly, it's algorithm-proof. With email, you don't have to worry about your post showing up in recipients' feeds or whether they'll even get a chance to look at your content -- it will just be waiting for them in their inbox at any time. 
Click play to learn more about email marketing and the free tools you can use to improve your company's marketing campaigns.
Mark Fidelman

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