Everyone goes through periods of not wanting to do something. But if you’re stuck on an important business task, your path to profits is blocked. Try one of these 8 practical ways to improve self-motivation. It happens to everyone – you know what you SHOULD be doing, but you just can’t get yourself to get it done!
As an Entrepreneur, do you have a mind swirl of new ideas all of the time? Of course, some of these are going to be golden nuggets, but most are going to be bright shiny objects that distract you if you let them. Since it can be hard to filter your ideas, here are 5 steps to help you find the gold but leave the rest.
Springtime is the perfect season for planting the networking seeds that will grow your business all year long…and you can ENJOY doing it! Networking has a huge impact on your business’s cash flow. But it’s also easy to operate in an all or nothing mode.
A business plan will provide you with a focused path, which ultimately saves you from spending your valuable time, money & energy on the wrong things AND maximizing your profits.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed as an Entrepreneur. Networking events, invitations for coffee or lunch, partnership opportunities, business ideas, new projects and more…Even though you have a full schedule, do you feel guilty when you say NO?
Many times Entrepreneurs feel overwhelmed and scattered because they are trying to sell a wide variety of products and services. Focus on your best offerings to ease your stress AND be profitable faster.
If you’re stuck—professionally or personally—the solution is to MOVE. Each time you do, it will be a step towards where you want to go.
The new year is a great time for Entrepreneurs to reaffirm their goals and boost their motivation. The new year can be the perfect time to reinvent yourself, your schedule and your business’s systems. It’s the perfect time to start anew. There are three things about the past year that need reviewing.
The Thanksgiving Dinner behavior the same thing I see with many Entrepreneurs when creating their business and marketing plans. It’s easy to get excited about the many ideas you have for marketing tactics or potential revenue streams for your business. Think about them like your Thanksgiving Dinner buffet – all so tempting…and it seems like you have to do them all at one time.
Remember that document that is supposed to be the foundation of your business? Well, I also know that MANY BUSINESSES never actually got around to completing this. THE BAD NEWS – That saying, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Well, it’s true. THE GOOD NEWS – Define Your Strategy by with my Simple Process
Do you find that you’re constantly thinking about the list of all of the marketing things you “SHOULD BE” doing, yet feeling guilty for not doing them? I know the voice inside your head. I hear it, too. If you are in the cycle of feeling guilty for not doing more, here are a few examples that have haunted me or my clients.
You are most likely aware of the alarming statistics regarding the possibility of your business failing. These 10 tips are your first line of defense in ensuring that you do not become a statistic yourself.
This statement sounds so simple, but I could give you dozens of examples of people NOT putting it into practice. I’ve been guilty of this same cycle myself. But now I’ve stopped my networking overwhelm!
Everyone can open up a business, but not everyone can develop their business successfully. Have you ever wondered what someof the reasons for failure are? Keep reading to learnfrom these mistakes!
If you’re like many Entrepreneurs, you want more clients. So how many? There are 45 days left in 2013. So how many new clients can you actually take on during that time? Now it is a great time of year to ask yourself this important question.
Yes, it’s great to think about where you’ll want to be at the end of the year, but if your goal is too big, you won’t get there. Let’s say you want to make 6-figures this year. Instead of focusing on this end result, shift your focus to the smaller, do-able things that will result in your larger goal.
Most people never think about it until it happens, and the consequences can be deadly. One day your site goes down. For every minute that your potential customers can’t find out about your business online… YOUR BUSINESS IS CLOSED!
Between emails, social media, pressing problems, never ending tasks and distractions, it can be difficult to get things done. Sometimes that looming task or project, just doesn’t seem to. Try these ideas to get refocused now.
What to consider when trying to select what services are right for your business… right now, and in the future.
I’ll tell you a secret…it takes some effort to feel confident, both personally and professionally. These tips are easy and will boost your spirits so you can feel great when you network.
Have you ever been pounced on by a sales person the second you stepped into a store to browse? Did you make an immediate decision to buy? Probably not…so don’t think social media will lead to immediate sales.
Often we think of marketing as something new & complex that gets promoted to the masses. But effective marketing builds on relationships over time.
Setup your brand so potential clients can find you online, 24/7!
Build your brand, 24/7! “Social proof” of your customer’s rave reviews will increase your credibility & help to attract ideal clients!
Have you ever noticed different businesses that popup and then before you know it, they are gone? One of the reasons this happens is a lack of proper marketing skills.
Does the idea of BUSINESS NETWORKING make you cringe and seem like a chore? Many people are shy or intimidated by face-to-face networking. Here are some tips to make it easier…
Need to plan around important business & life obligations? Create multiple Google calendars that can be viewed together to easily find time for your priorities (and help you say NO to over-booking!)
Attract ideal clients & get more referrals with your brand identity, website, business cards, advertising, PowerPoints, brochures & other marketing materials. Your brand is a virtual salesperson that works, 24/7!
Expand your reach 24/7 & boost your SEO with videos! Use on your website & social media to speed up your sales funnel. Is video right for your business or just another TO-DO?
G Suite is a cloud-based productivity suite that helps you and your team connect and get work done from anywhere on any device. It’s simple to setup, use and manage, allowing you to work smarter and focus on what really matters.
Choosing a good webhost is critical to your success. Here are several options for you to pick from.
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Bring your vision to life & boost credibility with simple, but effective marketing materials. Use my designer’s eye to review what you have in place, recommend sources for templates and graphics and help you stretch your marketing budget. I can also give you an honest assessment to let you know if it’s time for a professional upgrade or if you can DIY it as you’re starting up.
Attract ideal leads & referrals as you share your value with confidence & sell without being “salesy”. Learn how to attract ideal clients with my 4 easy steps to craft a compellingmarketing message. This process will be used over & over for all of your product & service offerings! If you’ve been stuck on what to say to stand out from your competition, this is a great starting point!
The biggest target I can think of finding is another Earth-like planet with life. The approach that scientists took can be applied to your business to find the ideal client you are looking for. It’s a common mistake is to say that “everyone” is your target market so you begin the search looking everywhere.
Many Entrepreneurs will work at a part-time or full-time job as they launch their business venture. I highly recommend this, as it’s a great way to have cash flow while you are developing your other business model.
Are you currently asking for referrals but not getting any results? Referrals won’t magically happen just because you’re providing an outstanding service. And how many times have you heard someone say “do you know anyone…?”—yet, you aren’t sure exactly what they do, who they want to meet or how to easily contact them? They want YOU to do all of the work to grow THEIR business!
Your sales process allows you to gather information about your prospects & qualify them as being an IDEAL fit for your business. That’s right—you aren’t going to work with everyone. A common mistake is to do a lot of networking and marketing without a good sales process—this is like building a brick wall between your potential clients and your revenue!
Zero in on your best contacts, networking events & social networking options. Save time, money & energy by getting focused. Shift from attending random events to a systematic way of meeting new people & staying in touch with your current contacts in order to grow your business. This will jumpstart your efforts as you introduce your fastest route to income & expand over time.
Increase your cash flow with your fastest path to profits, optimal pricing & promo offers. You need a way to make money with your brand before investing in marketing. Identify your “fastest path to profits”. Review your business plan ideas or current products / services. Planning saves time & money!
Next time you are feeling less than, or feeling like a failure for not doing more, take a moment and look what you have accomplished.
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High-quality, professional images will make your business appear more credible. Here’s my roundup of the best stock photo resources and tips to find the PERFECT image to communicate your message!
Brand Strategy, Graphic Design & Websites – Since 1994, I have worked with a wide variety of companies, giving me a unique set of skills and experience to apply to your brand.
Attract ideal leads & referrals your marketing message to increase profits. Share your value with confidence & sell without being “salesy”. Increase hot leads that are interested working with you. Know what to say in conversations to compel leads to work with you. Create content to use on your website & other marketing materials.
Saying NO to people that aren’t a good fit for your business is best for everyone—including the people you turn away. Here’s 5 reasons why you should sometimes say NO, thank you.
Hyperlocal marketing can be focused on a specific city, county, or even a specific neighborhood within a community. Regardless what kind of small business you have, you can benefit from a hyperlocal marketing strategy.
Ease the stress of building your brand! Technology helps you automate & streamline processes for your sales funnel, WordPress, online marketing, productivity & communication.
Every single blog post you write tightens up your marketing message. Thinking about my message on a regular basis mean that I’ve asked myself over and over “what does my target audience want to hear about?” This is the core of marketing.
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Design services include logo design with a selection of a color palette & fonts. This is a simple way to create a brand identity & bring your vision to life.
Are you feeling overwhelmed with your long list of online marketing TO-DOs? How will you ever find the time to get them all done? I know how you feel. I’ve been able to greatly reduce my stress level by setting up business systems with various tech tools.
Increasing website traffic is just one of many marketing tactics that a business might opt to use. Whether or not it’s a good strategy for your business depends on your business model.
Construct your custom action plan! Before spending your valuable time, money & energy on a complex project, let’s review the easiest & fastest way to build your brand. The first step in making progress is getting an outline of what’s important and what you can take off your plate.
A flexible solution to give you exactly what you need with a custom blend of strategy, design, tech & marketing. Buy time as needed, based on your goals & budget.
Your blog is an important part of your business. It connects your audience to your business. It provides value and information. It sells, promotes, and increases awareness. But creating content can be time consuming. The key is to learn how to write effectively and efficiently – consistently. Learn some of the top tips and steps to make this happen.
Do you have some marketing pieces in place…but something isn’t quite working? My approach uses 6 “Brand Builder Essentials”. If any of these are missing, outdated or not in alignment, it is very difficult to attract leads and referrals.
Build your brand with a custom blend of services. My modular solutions will create a perfect fit for you! Your brand works for you 24/7 to attract ideal clients & referrals. Let’s talk about your goals & budget to create your custom plan.
Bring your vision to life. Create your custom brand with a logo, color palette, fonts & styling.
Happy 2013! What does this mean for your business?! Five years ago today, I did what every Entrepreneur dreams of. I made the decision to quit my job & to believe in myself enough to launch my own business full-time. Can you see how happy I was at that moment? I want to hear about your journey! Please share about it the comments!
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Connect with your network, 24/7! Simplify your social networking plan with a custom plan. Get a recommendation for social media posts, blog posts, custom graphics and more. I’ll help you implement a tech setup so you can EASILY monitor and then share these sources on your social networks.
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Close your eyes and imagine yourself connecting to others to share your PURPOSE. How are you currently letting others know about your vision and passion? When you take a trip, you can map it out or you can head in a general direction and course correct along the way.
One of the best ways to market to your network is by using email marketing, also called your “email list”. However, if you’ve never done it before, the process and the technology involved can seem daunting.