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Episode Info: Want to become an online influencer and write for publications like Forbes? Meet Josh Steimle. In Episode 51 of the Bean Ninjas Podcast, Bean Ninjas CEO Meryl Johnston talks to digital marketing expert and Forbes contributor Josh Steimle about what it takes to become an online influencer. Want to become an online influencer and write for publications like Forbes? Listen to our interview with Josh Steimle. #influencer #forbes #contributor #brandingClick To Tweet  How to become an influencer: Josh Steimle’s brief history Josh Steimle is the founder of MWI, an international marketing agency. His articles on entrepreneurship, marketing, and business strategy have been featured in more than 20 leading publications including Inc., Time, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Fast Company, Mashable, and TechCrunch. He also appeared on national and international TV and radio, and on dozens of popular podcasts. In 2016, Josh also founded Influencer Inc. a publishing, training, and events company helping executives in becoming thought leaders. Josh started his first business MWI, the marketing agency that he’s been running for 19 years, while he was still in college. “I started out by myself as a freelancer so I knew how to do some web design. I was designing websites. I’d worked for some of these dot-coms that were around during the.com Boom in the late 90s, and I just wanted to do my own thing. I really wanted to be an entrepreneur. So I started designing websites and then after about eight or nine months I thought hey this is going pretty well, I bet I could hire some people on and start a real business and that was the start of everything.” If you already have your own business, and you are considering bringing partners in, then you should definitely tune in to this interview. Josh had partners that came on in 2000, but they both left a long time ago. His experience with partners was negative because he didn’t know how to run a business, or how to lead a team at the time. Related: The Breakup – Weathering the Departure of a Founding Team Member   That changed in 2013 when he brought on new partner Corey Blake. Corey is running the business with Josh now. He’s actually Josh’s brother-in-law. Corey was 10 years old when Josh married his sister. So in Josh’s mind, Corey was still a little kid, but when they started chatting about sales, Josh realized that Corey is a grown-up who knows what he’s talking about. Looking for a business partner? Josh would advise you to look for a person who has a different skill set to you. That way, your skills will complement and you’ll avoid stepping on each other’s toes all the time. Note that finding the right fit that’s hard, even if it’s the most perfect person. They’re not going to do things exactly the way you want them to. Related: 8 Critical Considerations for Choosing the Right Business Partner   How to become an influencer: Josh Steimle shares his thoughts on what it takes In 2013 Josh got...
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