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Over the past few years, I've talked and worked with lot of smart, talented and motivated entrepreneurs-in-the-making who all get hung up on some variation of the same issue. The problem is usually described like this: "I can't decide what my business should be about. Every topic is already covered by someone else. How can I create something real and unique and not derivative?"

The journey from newcomer to successful blogger isn't always easy to track. Wouldn't it be great if there were some milestones you could follow to figure out if you're on the right path? From my experience and from watching other people become successful online, I pulled together 20 milestones that might mark the journey of a typical a-list blogger in-the-making.

The idea of becoming location independent sounds great to most people. Who wouldn't want to be able to live and work anywhere you choose? The hardest part about reaching your goal of location independence isn't in having enough desire to do it. The hardest part is earning an income that doesn't require you to show up to work every day in one place.

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