Intro to a Summer Business Survivor Guide

by Kim Starry on June 20, 2013

Intro to a Summer Business Survivor Guide

For the next few weeks we are going to talk about how to sail through the summer and have a thriving business in the fall.  For some the summer is actually a very stressful time children are home from school, and they are torn between wanting to spend valuable time with their kids and keeping commitments to their business and clients.  With some advanced planning you can keep everyone happy including yourself.

It's easier now then ever to do your business anywhere, and anytime with all of the electronics we have at our fingertips, and hotspots on our smartphones.

We'll be talking about how to avoid distractions, stay motivated, generate traffic if summer is a slow time for your business, how to stay on top of your social media, and many more topics.

Also, one of the newest things is hashtags for Facebook.  I'd love for you to come over to my Facebook page and tell me what you think.  Kim's Facebook page.

On Monday we'll be talking about avoiding distractions.  Have a great weekend.

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Reason #10: You Don’t Think You Can 

"We all talk to ourselves. A major key to success exists in what we say to ourselves, which helps to shape our attitude and mindset."  Darren L. Johnson

When it comes right down to it, there’s only one real barrier that will keep you from achieving anything you set your mind to, and that’s this: Your belief in yourself. If you don’t honestly believe you are capable of achieving your goals, your chances of doing so are very limited. And by the same token, if you honestly believe you CAN achieve your goals, there’s nothing that can stop you.

Many of us grew up with a limited sense of self-esteem and self-confidence. We constantly doubted our ability to do anything, from cross the street by ourselves to get a date. While this could spring from overprotective parents, who just wanted to protect us from the big, bad world, it resulted in lack of confidence that carried over to our adult life.

The only way out is through. The only way to build self-confidence is to do things you are nervous about. That means talking to strangers in line at the grocery store if you’re hoping for a career in direct sales, or posting some of your poetry on your blog if you’re interested in becoming a writer. In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

There is no shortcut to self-esteem or confidence. No one can give it to you, which is where so many of the school programs aimed at enhancing kids’ self-perception go wrong. It must be earned, the old fashioned way, through risk and reward.

The great thing about confidence is that you can start small. If you want to complete the Ironman Triathlon, you don’t have to start at Lake Placid. Instead, you can run around the block and swim a length of the pool. Then you run a mile and swim two lengths, and bike home. You build and build and build, and while you’re building your muscles, you build your confidence. You know you can swim two laps because last week you swam one and a half. You know you can sell $500 in a week because last week you sold $400. You know you can get three customers because you have two right now.

Sometimes you may fail; you only make it one and a half lengths, or you only sell $467 in a week. But by looking at where you’ve come from and how far you’ve gone, you know that the next step is within your reach. And when you feel that in your very soul, you will be unstoppable. There is no obstacle or challenge that will be too large for you to overcome, because you know you can.

In Conclusion

After presenting ten different reasons you aren’t where you want to be, it’s my intent not to overwhelm you with information, but to inspire you. Maybe you’ve identified only one reason you’re stuck where you are; maybe you saw yourself in all ten! In any case, I hope that you are prepared to make some changes to move yourself forward.

It doesn’t take huge movements to make progress; in fact, sometimes the biggest results come from the smallest actions, like giving up sugary soda, or making one more cold call at the end of the day. It’s the repetition of those small acts over time that brings about huge results.

I hope that after finishing reading these posts over the last few weeks you have some clear ideas of changes, small and large, that you can undertake right now, today. I wish you only the best, and I look forward to hearing from you about those changes, leave me a note or email me.

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“Success Mindset: The Top Ten Reasons You Aren’t Where You Want to Be – YET!”…Reason #9

June 13, 2013

Reason #9: You’re Scared of Success "Action is the foundational key to all success. " Pablo Picasso Susan wanted to go back to school after her twins had left for college to get her law degree. She wasn’t worried about being the oldest one in her class. She wasn’t worried about keeping up with the […]

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“Success Mindset: The Top Ten Reasons You Aren’t Where You Want to Be – YET!”…Reason #8

June 10, 2013

Reason #8: You’re Scared of Failure "Failure is success if we learn from it. "   Malcolm Forbes Any coach can point to a handful of clients who seemed to have all the talent, resources, and determination in the world, but for some reason, they were never able to reach their goals. They talked the talk, […]

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“Success Mindset: The Top Ten Reasons You Aren’t Where You Want to Be – YET!”…Reason #7

June 6, 2013

Reason #7: You Lack Stamina "Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure. " George Edward Woodberry Take a sprinter on a long run with a marathoner and you’ll notice something: The fastest man in the world isn’t so fast once you get past the first 10 miles. […]

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“Success Mindset: The Top Ten Reasons You Aren’t Where You Want to Be – YET!”…Reason #6

June 3, 2013

Reason #6: You Lack the Skills "Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture."   Lydia M. Child Someone can know academically how to remove an appendix, but you wouldn’t want someone to take a scalpel to you who had never been trained, no matter how many books they’d […]

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“Success Mindset: The Top Ten Reasons You Aren’t Where You Want to Be – YET!”…Reason #5

May 30, 2013

Reason #5: You Don’t Really Want What You Think You Want "Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you."  Thomas Jefferson Everyone wants 2.4 kids and the white picket fence… right? Everyone wants a vacation home in the mountains… right? Everyone wants to look like Jennifer […]

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“Success Mindset: The Top Ten Reasons You Aren’t Where You Want to Be – YET!”…Reason #4

May 23, 2013

Reason #4: The People Around You Don’t Support You "I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be.  I'm free to be what I want."  Muhammad Ali In the last section, we discussed lack of resources, including lack of support. In my […]

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“Success Mindset: The Top Ten Reasons You Aren’t Where You Want to Be – YET!”…Reason #3

May 20, 2013

Reason #3: You Lack the Resources "Great emergencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed. "   William James  Have you ever watched a show like Clean Sweep, Trading Spaces or The Biggest Loser and said to yourself, “Of COURSE they can lose weight/clean out their clutter/redesign their home. […]

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“Success Mindset: The Top Ten Reasons You Aren’t Where You Want to Be – YET!”…Reason #2

May 16, 2013

Reason #2: You Don’t Have a Plan to Get from Here to There "It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan."  Eleanor Roosevelt You can know specifically what you want to achieve, what it looks like, and when you want it…but without a plan, you’re like a vacationer planning to go […]

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It’s about your mindset…Let’s talk about it!

May 13, 2013

As we approach the half-way point of 2013 are you thinking about whether you are on track for accomplishing your goals for this year?  One important thing to look at is your mindset. Is you mind where it should be?  When you look at your life, you may be miles away from your goals and […]

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10 Business Lessons to Learn from Baseball…In Conclusion

May 9, 2013

Baseball is life – the rest is just details (t-shirt slogan) While the above quote is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, I hope by now I’ve convinced you that baseball holds a lot of wisdom that’s applicable to life in general, and to business in particular. From setting an example of how to handle adversity, to teaching us […]

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Lesson 10 What Baseball Can Teach You About Business: The Game Reflects Your Preparation

May 6, 2013

When you watch a Major League Baseball game, it can seem like magic. The organ is playing, the crowds are cheering, the diamond is groomed just so, and the players are all in the zone. It seems impossible that they can miss a ball or not make it to the base on time to beat […]

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Lesson 9 What Baseball Can Teach you About Business: Slumps Happen

May 2, 2013

In the classic baseball movie “Major League,” one of the players has taken to sacrificing chickens and rubbing mysterious voodoo tchotchkes on his bat in order to get a hit. Some of the other players belittle his efforts. until it appears to work. Superstitions aren’t just the stuff of Hollywood; Hall-of-Famer Kiki Cuyler refused to […]

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Lesson 8 What Baseball Can Teach you About Business: Review the Stats

April 29, 2013

Have you ever wondered when listening to a sporting event how they can come up with the stats on players so fast?  Easy they have people that do nothing but watch stats.  Are you watching the important stats in your business?  Do you review your stats regularly? Hidden in the announcer’s box is someone charged […]

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Lesson 7 What Baseball Can Teach you About Business: It Hurts Worse When You’re Losing

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I think we all can definitely agree no matter what is going on in life, it "Hurts Worse When You're Losing." Watch any sporting contest for long enough, and you’re sure to see at least one injury or near-injury. The runner stealing home collides with a  catcher blocking the plate; the pitcher gets mowed down […]

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Lesson 6 What Baseball Can Teach you About Business: You Play Better with a Coach Who Knows the Game

April 22, 2013

Coaches matter. In fact, a so-so team can be taken to an unimaginable level based solely on the coach they have. Coaches serve many roles for a baseball team: They see the big picture. A catcher or first baseman may see the game only from their limited perspective; the coach sees everything on the field […]

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Lesson 5 What Baseball Can Teach you About Business: Ignore the Hecklers

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Have you ever watched a professional baseball game and seen an athlete just go off on a fan in the stands when the fan went just a little too far in his taunting? It’s not a pretty sight. And no matter how abusive the heckler was, the athlete is the one who ends up looking […]

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Lesson 4 What Baseball Can Teach you About Business: The Better You Do, the More Fun It Is

April 15, 2013

  ↵  ↵  ↵  ↵ The Better You Do, the More Fun It Is Today is lesson four of what baseball can teach you about business.  We are going to talk about the better you do, the more fun it is.  I guess that is a no-brainer for most of us. Some might say that professional athletes have the […]

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Lesson 3 What Baseball Can Teach you About Business: You Have to Swing to Get a Hit

April 11, 2013

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Lesson 2 of What Baseball Can Teach you About Business: Play All Nine Innings

April 8, 2013

The last lesson taught us the importance of not letting one bad pitch, inning, or game ruin your season. This lesson is an extension of that , not giving up too soon, and also not getting comfortable in what appears to be an easy win. Nine innings includes 54 outs, hundreds of pitches, and dozens […]

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Lesson 1: It’s a Long Baseball Season and What it can Teach You About Your Business

April 4, 2013

Today we are going to kick off our series about what baseball can teach you about business and about life.  We are going to start off talking about about "It's a Long Season."   The Major League Baseball season stretches from April to October, and includes over 160 regular league games. And that doesn't include […]

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10 Business Lessons to Learn from Baseball

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Writer’s Block? Top Tips for Finding Topics

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Innovative Ways to Use Your Phone to Grow Your Business

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Making the Most of Your Webinar with a Strong Follow-Up

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Your Essential Webinar Tools

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Hosting a webinar isn't all about being a speaker who delivers the goods; it's also about having the right tools to get the job done. Today we'll talk about the essential webinar tools you're going to need to make a great first impression. Essential Webinar Tools Let's talk about some of the tools you’ll need […]

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Why and How You Should Tweet Your Blog Posts

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One way to use Twitter is to share your blog posts with your audience. It's an important way share your information with your followers. Here are some tips on why and how you should tweet your blog posts: Keep The Headline Under 140 Characters – Remember that if someone is going to retweet it, it works […]

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Planning Your First Webinar

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  Are you doing webinars for your business?  If not, is it one of your goals, but you just never seem to get around to it?  Today we are going to talk about planning your first webinar.  The best thing is to just commit to it, plan it, and do it! . I'll be doing […]

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How to Set Better Business Goals

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  Do you reach all of the goals you set for yourself and your business? If not, there may be a very real reason why. Perhaps the goals you set weren’t the right goals. Or maybe they just need a little tweaking. The following tips are going to help you with how to set better […]

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How to Install and Use Dropbox

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Seven Tips to Help You Create Great Content for Your Website

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How to Build a Social Media Plan

February 11, 2013

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Twitter, Are You the Kind of Follower You’d Follow?

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How to Write Better Tweets

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2013 Year of the Video for Business – Six Easy Formats for Those Videos

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4 Quick Steps to Planning Marketing Videos

January 17, 2013

Video marketing is not only one of the best ways to reach your audience, but it will also help you rank higher in the search engines.  How can you beat that combination?  Using video regularly and properly as a part of your marketing plan will almost certainly guarantee you the results you are looking for. […]

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10 Common Blogging Mistakes

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What to Share And Where to Share It!

January 10, 2013

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How to Create a Social Media Schedule That Doesn’t Consume All Your Free Time

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  Social media is an activity that can require a large time investment. As a busy business owner, you may not have an abundance of free time available for social networking. Yes, technology and contractors can help. However, one of the best strategies to maximize social media involves scheduling your interactions.  Step #1 Establish Social […]

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Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing

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What Holiday Movies Can Teach You About Your Business – Part 6

December 27, 2012

  It’s a Wonderful Life: Never Underestimate the Power of Tribes   One of the most memorable Christmas movies of all time is Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring the incomparable Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. It’s the ultimate feel-good movie, perfect for anyone who’s ever wondered if their life holds meaning.  It case […]

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What Holiday Movies Can Teach You About Your Business – Part 5

December 20, 2012

Elf:  Enthusiasm Is Contagious Take a six-foot tall adopted elf named Buddy (played by Will Ferrell) who wants to find his birth father, make that father the prickly James Caan, and throw them together  in the midst of New York City and see what happens. Buddy wants a warm and cuddly family reunion; his father […]

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What Holiday Movies Can Teach You About Your Business – Part 4

December 17, 2012

The Little Drummer Boy:  All Gifts are to be Honored Even if you haven’t seen the animated special, you’ve probably heard the story or the song. But here’s a recap if you’re unaware: The three Wise Men and the shepherds are heading to see the Baby Jesus, and the little drummer boy comes along for the […]

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What the Holiday Movies Can Teach You About Your Business – Part 3

December 10, 2012

How the Grinch Stole Christmas: There’s Someone for Everyone If you haven’t seen the original animated Grinch movie from 1966, you’ve likely seen the Jim Carrey version from 2000. But if you missed that one, too, here’s the recap: Green Grinch hates Christmas and hates the Whos, the sweet and lovable inhabitants of Whoville, who […]

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What Holiday Movies Can Teach You About Your Business Part 2

December 6, 2012

Jingle All the Way: Serendipity Happens Way back before Arnold was Governor of California, he starred in a Christmas caper called “Jingle All the Way.” As workaholic Howard Langston, Arnie races all over town on Christmas Eve, in search of the blockbuster toy “Turbo Man,” which he promised his wife he’d pick up months before. […]

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CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS: RESPOND TO MARKET DEMANDS

December 3, 2012

The next few weeks leading up to Christmas we're going to have a little fun talking about some well known Christmas movies and what they can teach you about your business.  First up we're going to talk about Christmas with the Kranks. “Christmas With the Kranks” is a slapstick comedy based on a book called […]

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Four Unexpected Benefits of Social Networking

November 29, 2012

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Remember Your B2B Social Connections and You’ll Go Far

November 26, 2012

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What to Share, What to Share: Your Roadmap to Social Networking

November 19, 2012

  Over the past couple of posts, we’ve been talking about  your target audience and finding your unique positioning when it comes to social media. These are crucial first steps to becoming a social media success and once you have those items a bit clearer in your mind, you’re ready to start experimenting with how […]

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Know Your Uniqueness and Score Big on Social Media

November 15, 2012

Now that you know your target market a whole lot better after our last post, it’s time to look at what you bring to the table. Social media marketing requires unique positioning just like the rest of your marketing. Today we are going to talk about how knowing your uniqueness can help you score big […]

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When You Know Your Target, Social Networking Gets Way Easier

November 12, 2012

When you know your target, social networking gets way easier.  That makes sense doesn't it? If you’ve been operating your website and business for a while, you probably have a good idea who your target market is. Each network is unique, so how you approach each one might be quite different.  It’s important to take the […]

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Growing Your Highly Targeted Social Media Following

November 8, 2012

We’ve all seen pages on Facebook with thousands…even millions of followers. We’ve seen the same with Twitter and other social networks. It may seem a little overwhelming if you’re starting with a small following and it may feel like you’re just not going to get anywhere if you don’t have a huge following.  But the […]

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Getting Lost on Social Media: Managing Your Time Effectively

November 5, 2012

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What’s Right for Your Business: A Closer Look at the Big 5 Social Networks

November 1, 2012

What's Social Media platforms are right for your business?  We'll talk about it when we discuss what I call the "Big 5" Networks.  If you’ve ever looked at Wikipedia’s “list of major active social networking sites”  you’d see they list over 200. That’s  a lot of social networks to potentially get involved in, but of […]

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Social Media for Your Business…The Series

October 29, 2012

If there’s one thing that has stood out in the world of online business in the past few years, it’s been the focus on social media. There’s no doubt that social media has an impact on the lives of many and has become the way many people receive and send information online. In this day […]

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How to Get Everything Done in Your Day

October 25, 2012

How to get everything done in your day?  That is a question you may ask yourself often. Does the idea of completing your "to do" list every day sound impossible? For many people, their "to do" list is so long they need a legal pad to make their list. The result is a never ending […]

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The Five Don’ts of Mobile Website Design

October 18, 2012

Today we are going to talk about the five don'ts of mobile website design.  More and more everyday our websites are being viewed on mobile devices and we want to make sure that they can be viewed properly. In mobile web design, one mistake could be all it takes. Some of these mistakes will cause […]

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Five Rules for Using Social Media for Branding

October 15, 2012

Social media is one of the most powerful branding mediums in today's digital age, and today we're going to talk about five rules to make sure you are successful. When social media first came on the scene, both major brands and small businesses  were hesitant to get in the game. Today, however, just about everyone is leveraging this […]

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Staying in PayPal’s Good Graces, Part 5

October 8, 2012

Responding to Disputes and Chargebacks Today in the last of our series of Staying in PayPal's Good Graces we are going to talk about responding to disputes and chargebacks. If you’re in business, sooner or later it will happen. Someone will file a complaint or a chargeback against you. Sometimes it happens because the customer […]

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Staying in PayPal’s Good Graces, Part 4

October 4, 2012

Avoiding PayPal Disputes Knowing how to properly respond to a PayPal dispute is important, but avoiding PayPal disputes all together is clearly a better option, wouldn’t you agree? Luckily, it’s not difficult to avoid disputes in most cases, just by following a few simple guidelines.  Terms and Conditions Every website should clearly display the terms […]

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Staying in PayPal Good Graces, Part 3

October 1, 2012

Affiliate Program Best Practices   One of the best ways to grow your online business is to offer an affiliate program. This type of “commission” sales is pretty common for both online and offline businesses (think Amazon), but it can also attract a fair amount of fraud if not managed properly.  As you can imagine, […]

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Always Be Accessible

September 27, 2012

  Always Be Accessible Are you always accessible to your clients and customers when they are making an online purchase?  Or do they have to search for you?  If the answer is search there is a very good chance you will miss the sale.  We’ve all been there: You’re just about to make a purchase […]

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How to Become a Verified PayPal Seller…It’s Easy!

September 24, 2012

  Introduction I am often asked what is the easiest way to sell either services and products online.  The easiest and cheapest way, in my opinion, in through PayPal.  There are many others that you may want to look at if you are a huge seller of products.  Over the next few posts we're going […]

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Back to School Lessons for Your Business, Set Your School Year Goals

September 20, 2012

Set Your School-Year Goals Set your school year goals, that was then, now it's about setting your goals for your business year.  Want to make the varsity football squad, get an “A” in biology, or finally date the head cheerleader? Nothing is going to happen until you set a goal and work at it. And […]

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Back to School Lessons for Your Business, Keep Your Locker Combination Safe

September 17, 2012

Keep Your Locker Combination Safe In today's back to school lesson for your business we are going to talk about the importance of keeping your combination safe. Remember back in school when the worst thing that could happen to you was forgetting your locker combination and you'd be late for gym class? Well, the stakes […]

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Back to School Lessons for Your Business, Have One Last Summer Fling

September 13, 2012

  Today's Back to School Lesson, Have One Last Summer Fling.  Just the sound of it sounds like fun doesn't it?  The beauty of being an entrepreneur is that you are in control of your own destiny. But that can make it really, really difficult to take time away from the computer or office to […]

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Back to School Lesson for Your Business, Take Placement Tests

September 10, 2012

  Today's Back to School Lesson for Your Business, Take Placement Tests.  And you thought you left that behind when you finished school.  At the beginning of every school year, students from kindergarten through college spend the first few weeks of school getting adjusted and finding the right classes. Key in that process is the […]

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Back to School Lessons for Your Business, Finish Your Summer Reading.

September 6, 2012

Today's Back to School Lesson asks, Did you finish your summer reading yet?  Did you even start on a summer reading list yet? Many people find more time to read in the summer.  Today we are going to talk about why it's important for your business to read and how to overcome the obstacles (reasons) […]

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Happy Labor Day

September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day.  Since today is a holiday I'm taking a break from our series on Back to School Lessons for Your Business.  I assume most of you are taking the day off and relaxing, maybe spending it with family and friends, having cookouts, or maybe taking advantage of great sales at the mall, and […]

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Back to School Lessons for Your Business, Start a Study Group

August 30, 2012

  Create a Study Group/Accounting Group According to those who have been there before, the key to success in law or business school is getting in with the right study group. These partners not only give you buddies to study with, they keep you accountable and on-task. If you let yourself down, you let down […]

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Back to School Lessons for Your Business – Set Your Schedule So it Works for You

August 27, 2012

  Set Your Schedule So it Works for You! Have you set your schedule so it works for you? Or do you let your day run you?  As summer winds to its inevitable close, college students are anxiously poring over their course catalogs, figuring out what classes will fit a schedule that will allow them […]

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Back to School Business Lesson…Check Your Business Wardrobe

August 23, 2012

  Check Your Business Wardrobe Today's back to school lesson is another easy one, check your business wardrobe. Who doesn't recall that annual excursion to the department or shoe store, searching for the perfect outfit or pair of shoes to start off the school year? And then, on the first day of school, wearing that […]

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Back to School Lesson for Your Business…It’s Time to Get Organized

August 20, 2012

  “A Clean Desk Is the Sign of a Sick Mind.” – plaque seen in gift store This is a picture of my work area. I attempt to keep it as organized as possible It's Time to Get Organized Today's Back to School Lesson for Your Business is an easy one it's time to get […]

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Back to School Lessons for Your Business – Time to Buy School Supplies…Business Supplies

August 16, 2012

Time to Buy School Supplies…Business Supplies It's time to buy school supplies….business supplies.  To some of us that is sweet music to our ears, we are, well almost addicted to office supplies.  Many entrepreneurs are bootstrapping their business, making do with as small a capital outlay as possible. While not spending yourself into a hole […]

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Back to School Lessons for Your Business – Intro

August 13, 2012

What back to school lessons for your kids can be beneficial for your business?  Stay tuned we'll be talking about it. The back-to-school season is upon us, at least it is here in Orlando, and kids across the nation are sharpening their pencils and packing their lunch boxes as they ready for the first day of […]

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How to Stop Wasting Time Online

August 9, 2012

I write about how to stop wasting time online because I was one of those people who would get onto Facebook and an hour later realized I just wasted an hour looking through wedding pictures, baby pictures, birthday pictures, or maybe Christmas pictures of some family I didn't know. Does this sound familiar…you sit down […]

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Five Tips On How to Improve Your Ecommerce Customer Service

August 6, 2012

We are going to talk about how to improve your eCommerce Customer Service today.  Before you say this doesn't pertain to me, I'm a service provider, or I'm not eCommerce. I would most likely disagree with you, or say if you are not, you most likely should be. Almost everyone could be and should be […]

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How to Generate Traffic When You’re Away from Your Office

August 2, 2012

It's always important to generate traffic to your site.  Today, we'll talk about how to generate traffic to your sites when you are away from your office. Even if you’re away from the computer for vacation, there’s no reason why you can’t keep generating plenty of traffic to your sites. Put processes into place now […]

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Save Time – Bring Out the Old to Make it Shiny and New

July 30, 2012

When I’m busy, one of things I do to save time is bring out the old to make it shiny and new.  I'm talking about old content here.  We all have it just sitting on our hard drive taking up space, why not make it shiny and new again. After all, we work hard on […]

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How to Outsource and Do it on a Budget

July 26, 2012

How to Outsource and Why It's Important to your Business Today we are going to talk about how to outsource and do it on a budget.  Not only are we going to talk about how to outsource, but why it's important to your business to do so.   Trying to perform each and every specific […]

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Summer Marketing Plans: Who Knew There Was So Much to Celebrate!

July 23, 2012

Today we are going to talk about Summer Marketing Plans.  This is not only for summer, but whatever your slow season is.  If you don't have a slow season you are blessed.  You still may want to incorporate these ideas into your marketing plans. Last time we talked about finding business in summer and/or other […]

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When Business is Slow in Summer: Think Seasonal

July 19, 2012

  A lot of people tell me that their business slows down in summer. And unless you sell vacation packages, swimming pools and water wings, I suppose it can happen. But here’s the thing…all you need to do is what those travel agents and swimming pool sellers do to get things revved up for summer. […]

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Lost and Found: Here’s Your Motivation to Keep Business Going This Summer

July 16, 2012

  Just a short post for you today because I don’t want to keep you from getting your work done!  Summer should be about enjoying yourself, getting outside and hopefully getting away from it all. Of course, most of us don’t have the luxury of avoiding work all summer long. Sometimes, we’ve got to roll […]

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Avoiding Summer Distractions: How to Focus on Your Business

July 12, 2012

  Summer should be about enjoying yourself, getting outside and hopefully getting away from it all. Of course, most of us don’t have the luxury of avoiding work all summer long. Sometimes, we’ve got to roll up our sleeves and get busy, but it’s not always easy if you work from home.  I’m sure just […]

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Blogging for Traffic…It’s Easier Than You Think

July 9, 2012

If you are looking for a way to drive traffic to your website, look to your blog. Blogs are an excellent way to communicate with your target market and invite them to visit your site. Here are some tips you can use to blog for traffic. Post on your blog regularly; at least 2 times […]

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Need Marketing Inspiration? Here are Some Pointers…

July 5, 2012

  You may not realize it, but turning on the television, radio, and Internet can teach you new marketing techniques and strategies.  Standing at the checkout aisle at the grocery store and reading the front cover of magazines and you can see where people's pain points are, losing weight, getting organized, and having more energy […]

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Simple Steps to Make Your Work Space Green

July 2, 2012

  Is your office environmentally friendly? Greening your office is a fantastic way to save money. It’s also a good way to make your own personal contribution to improving the environment. Here are a few easy ways to green your office. Plants – Plants help clean the air in your office. In fact, having a […]

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The Art of Prioritizing Projects

June 28, 2012

In business, there's always going to be a million and one things you can do with your time. Many of these things could seem important today, but in retrospect won't seem all that important after all. You could merely roll the dice to decide how to prioritize your projects, or you could learn how to […]

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How to Hire a Virtual Personal Assistant

June 25, 2012

Having a virtual personal assistant can help you save time on all kinds of different things. If you value your time at $100 an hour and could pay someone $20 an hour to handle certain tasks, why wouldn't you? You may pay more if those tasks are technical or more complicated in nature. A virtual […]

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How To Use Evernote To Organize Your Content

June 21, 2012

Do you create a monthly content plan? (If not most likely you should be creating some kind of plan, maybe you do it weekly.)  A content plan is an organized list of the articles, blog posts, newsletters, emails and other business content you’re going to publish each month. It includes keywords, publication date, purpose/goal, and […]

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Tips On How Your Business Can Thrive When Your Kids Are Home on Vacation

June 18, 2012

If you live in the United States and have school-aged children it's summer vacation time. If you run a home-based business it can sometimes be difficult to work while your children are at home.  Here are a few tips to help keep your business running smoothly during the summer.  If there are other families in […]

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How to Effectively Build Customer Loyalty

June 14, 2012

Customer loyalty can make or break your business. A loyal customer isn't just someone who'll buy from you time and time again. They'll also publicly talk about your business, defend you against criticism, refer their friends and family to your business and in general do everything in their power to help you be successful. How […]

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Why It’s Important to Set Goals For Your Business

June 11, 2012

I’m sure we can all agree that goal setting is very important in life, and that goals are very important when it comes to the success or failure of your business. Why are they so important? Goals act as a roadmap for you to follow. They let you know where you are going. You wouldn’t […]

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Should You Work During Your Vacation?

June 7, 2012

How do you answer that question?  If you own a business, and especially if it is a home-based business, it can be difficult to draw the line between “working hours” and “time off.”  It can be especially difficult during your family’s vacation.  While you may be ready for a vacation and a break, you may […]

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Web Content: Keeping It Fresh

June 4, 2012

If you are new to building websites, you may think that the actual construction is the hard part.  After a while, you will start to realize how hard it is to keep your site updated and full of fresh content. That is where the real work lies. Constantly adding new articles is the best way […]

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How To Stay Motivated During The Summer Months

May 31, 2012

  Staying motivated during the summer can be hard for anyone.  It can be especially difficult if you are running a home based business.  Throw school-aged children into the mix, and if you do not plan properly you could be headed for disaster. Here are some tips on how to stay motivated during the summer. […]

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Happy Memorial Day

May 28, 2012

I'm taking a day off from my normal posting to wish everyone a Happy Memorial Day.  No matter how you are spending this holiday weekend, whether it is at cookouts, weekend get-aways, baseball games, trips to the beach, or maybe you have to work this weekend, I hope you take a little time to think […]

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How to Optimize your Website…Link Building

May 24, 2012

  LINK BUILDING Link building is the process of adding links to your website in various places to get noticed.  Link building is a part of a good search engine marketing strategy.  Your link appears in your pay per click ads and content listings that are ranked in search engines. Submitting helpful content to directories […]

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How To Optimize Your Website…Search Engine Advertising

May 21, 2012

  SEARCH ENGINE ADVERTISING Pay per Click (PPC) Pay per click is an advertising formula that gives free upfront advertising (in most cases) and you only have to pay when your ads are clicked.  The strategy here is to have your ads placed in key areas where they will get seen by a large number […]

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How To Optimize Your Website…Keywords

May 17, 2012

  SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION – THE FIRST STEP Keywords The key to unlocking business on the Internet begins with words.  They are all around us and how we use them makes a huge difference especially in business. The million dollar question is what words you use to get the results that you want.   Everyone […]

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How To Optimize Your Website

May 14, 2012

What is search engine marketing?  It is one of the many buzzwords that have been created to define what companies do on the Internet to get noticed.  You hear about search engine optimization, pay per click, click through rate and other terms that seem to be interchangeable.   Search engine marketing is a newer component […]

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10 Ways to Conquer Procrastination – Step 10 Go With the Flow

May 10, 2012

Imagine a small country creek after a spring rain, coursing downhill. It's moving fast, and the water is roaring in your ears. You see bits of tree branches, broken bits of wood, leaves, and even an old shoe or two – all swept along in its path. As it crashes along, it seems to pick […]

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10 Ways to Conquer Procrastination – Step 9 Get Honest With Yourself

May 7, 2012

There comes a time when working towards a goal when no one else can do anything else to help you. The bribes, the rewards, the threats, the accountability: It means nothing. The only thing that matters is looking yourself in the mirror and getting deep-gut honest. If you find yourself continuing to procrastinate after working […]

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10 Ways to Conquer Procrastination – Step 8 Give Yourself a Break

May 3, 2012

  Sometimes, pushing harder just doesn’t work. You can threaten yourself, punish yourself, browbeat yourself, and feel bad all you want, but it just doesn’t make a difference. So what do you do? You take a break. Take an hour, afternoon, or even a whole day off. Do anything BUT what you’re supposed to be […]

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10 Ways to Conquer Procrastination – Step 7 Partner Up

April 30, 2012

  Not ready for the scorn and ridicule you might face, were you to make your goals public and then fail to achieve them? Then maybe what you need is a partner rather than a whole community of people monitoring your progress. There are a few types of partners, so let’s review the different kinds […]

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10 Ways to Conquer Procrastination – Step 6 Go For Public Shame

April 26, 2012

In the olden days, lawbreakers were put in the stocks in the public square so everyone in the village could walk by and take part in their humiliation. Nowadays, we practice a similar punishment when we publish the names of prostitution solicitors, this came to mind with the recent Secret Service scandal,  and drunk drivers […]

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10 Ways to Conquer Procrastination – Step 5 Make Your “Why” Bigger

April 23, 2012

In an earlier blog post, I asked you to take a look at your goals to see if they were big enough or too big, if they were yours or someone else’s, and if they were really your burning desires. All those are important, but even more important is your “Why” behind your goals. Why […]

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10 Ways to Conquer Procrastination – Step 4 Pair the Pleasant with the Unpleasant

April 19, 2012

In the immortal words of Mary Poppins, “Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” Sugar – or its psychic equivalent – doesn’t just work for medicine; it can help improve the “taste” of any nasty, scary, or unappealing task. Why do you think there are so many TV sets in gyms? No […]

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10 Ways to Conquer Procrastination – Step 3 Break It Down!

April 16, 2012

We’re an impatient society. We want it all, and we want it now. After all, this is the era of “It’s there in 30 minutes or it’s free!” and next-day Amazon deliveries. Why should we wait and take our goals a step at a time?  Because that’s really the only way to achieve them. In […]

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10 Ways to Conquer Procrastination – Step 2 Bring On The Pain

April 12, 2012

Most of us spend our lives in avoidance of pain. It’s not surprising; researchers have shown that the drive to escape pain is greater than the drive to experience pleasure. All things being equal, if we’re not hurting bad enough, we’re not going to be very motivated to seek out change.  The good news is […]

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10 Ways to Conquer Procrastination – Step 1 Evaluate Your Goal

April 9, 2012

Does this sign describe you? Procrastination…is it keeping you from the success you were designed for?  If you deal with procrastination in your life, over the next few weeks we'll be talking about how you can kick that habit to the curb, and be done with it!  Are you ready?  I hope I didn't just hear […]

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How to Build Your Motivational Toolbox

April 5, 2012

There are days when working from home can be very challenging. You may be under a tight deadline and it seems that a new obstacle creeps up at every opportunity. Perhaps your business isn’t moving as fast as you had hoped and you’re ready to throw in the towel. Whatever has you ready to give […]

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Social Media – Is Getting More Relevant to Your Business Daily…And Here is Why!

April 2, 2012

  One of the most, if not the most, prominent trends in internet marketing today is the trend of social media. Social media is getting more and more important. Whether you're a solo entrepreneur working from your home or a Fortune 500 company, you simply cannot afford to ignore social media anymore.   Studies Show Buying […]

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Top Marketing Trends to Expect for the Remainder of 2012

March 29, 2012

  What can you expect for the rest of 2012? The internet is one of the fastest changing industries in the world. If you can anticipate changes before they happen, you and your business can be rapidly propelled forward. What can you expect for the remainder of 2012? Here are a few marketing trends you […]

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How Outsourcing Can Grow Your Business

March 26, 2012

The term “outsourcing“ refers to hiring others to complete a portion of your business workload. While this is a great way to free up some of your time, or complete projects you are not necessarily skilled in.  Outsourcing some of your tasks can also help your business grow by leaps and bounds. For instance, if […]

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Creating a Swipe…What is it…And Why You Should Have One

March 22, 2012

If you are new to writing, you may be full of ideas.  You may be able to post on your blog every day without a problem, lucky you!  You may be constantly finding new ideas for content on your website.  Unfortunately, there will be a day when writer’s block hits.  A day will come when […]

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Don’t Know What to Write About…How to Find Ideas Quick!

March 19, 2012

If you write for any reason whether it's a blog, newsletter, whatever you are writing…then you surely have suffered the dreaded "writer's block." It can be difficult to constantly think of ideas for new blog posts or newsletter articles especially if you post on your blog regularly. (Which you really need to be!!) Here are […]

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Web Analytics to Track Customer Behavior – Why Is It Important?

March 15, 2012

  Do you have analytics installed on your website? If they are installed, do you look at the data regularly? Analytics can help you learn valuable information about your customers’ behavior. It can tell you how to provide more value and optimize every customer’s experience.   What Analytics Can Tell You:  There are varying degrees […]

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7 Easy Ways to Give Your Site an SEO Boost

March 12, 2012

An SEO boost can be invigorating both for your profits and also for your mindset. It’s an accomplishment that can have a serious impact on your business. Here are seven EASY ways to give your website an SEO boost. Target an easy search phrase – one that has lots of demand and little supply. These phrases […]

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Referral Fire Starter Tip #10: What NOT to Do

March 8, 2012

Tip #10: What NOT to Do We’ve spent some time talking about how to fix some of the things that can go wrong with your referral program; now, let’s discuss some things you’ll want to avoid at all costs. Any one of these pitfalls can sabotage your referral success: 1.      Not following up. We talked […]

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Referral Fire Starter Tip #9: Troubleshooting

March 5, 2012

Tip #9: Troubleshooting Most likely you've taken the time and completed your research and have a well oiled referral system set-up.  However, even the best referral program can run into some issues along the way. Here are some common problems and how to address them:  Get your program set-up right and you'll be a referral […]

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Referral Fire Starter Tip #8: Moving It Forward

March 1, 2012

Tip #8: Moving It Forward Once you’ve got a stack of names and contact information, you’ve got money in the bank, right? Well… maybe. Before you can start spending your new money, you’ve got to convert those leads to customers. Here’s how to make sure that happens: 1. Check It Out. Your first step is […]

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Referral Fire Starter Tip #7: Make It Easy for Referrers

February 27, 2012

Tip #7: Make It Easy for Referrers You can have the best referral program with fantastic rewards, but if it’s difficult for customers to use or understand, they won’t use it. Everyone is overwhelmed enough as it is; the last thing they want to do is to have to wade through piles of information or […]

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Referral Fire Starter Tip #6: Market Your Program Creatively

February 23, 2012

Tip #6: Market Your Program Creatively Once you’ve got the outline for a strong referral program in place, you need to start talking it up. If no one knows about it, no one is going to get excited about it. Here are some creative ways to promote your referral program: 1. Create a section of […]

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Referral Fire Starter Tip #5: Gather Customer Testimonials

February 20, 2012

Tip #5: Gather Customer Testimonials One of the most powerful tools you can have at your disposal when working to gather referrals is customer testimonials. Testimonials from satisfied clients work in a few different ways to strengthen your referral program: 1. They make the existing customer more committed to you. If their name and/or face […]

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Referral Fire Starter Tip #4: Give Great Service

February 16, 2012

  #4: Give Great Service It almost goes without saying – but I’m going to say it anyway. The number-one way to ensure quality referrals is to give great service in the first place. The happier your customers are, the more likely they’ll be to refer their friends and colleagues to you. Here are six […]

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Referral Fire Starter Tip #3: Reward the Referrer

February 13, 2012

Tip #3: Reward the Referrer Many people will come up with a name or two if you ask them for friends or acquaintances who might be interested in your service or products. But promise them a reward of some sort, and they’ll suddenly think of long-lost aunts and former roommates who are in the market […]

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Referral Fire Starter Tip #2: Set Up a Successful Process

February 9, 2012

Tip #2: Set Up a Successful Process In an article in a sales magazine, a successful veteran sales manager stated that when his team received stacks of business cards and leads from the marketing team after a multi-day trade show, the leads often sat on the salesmen’s desks, or ended up in the garbage. What […]

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Referral Fire Starter Tip…#1 ASK!

February 6, 2012

Introduction Whether you’re a self-employed dog-walker, an online business coach, a direct sales consultant, or a multi-million-dollar purveyor of electronic gadgets (Anyone heard of Apple?) the number-one source of your best new leads is through referrals. Experts say that leads received by referral cost less to convert, are more likely to purchase, and are more […]

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#10: Connect with “Experts”

February 2, 2012

10 Ways Small Businesses Can Use Social Media to Save Time #10: Connect with “Experts” Ever thought you could be involved in a conversation with Brian Williams, Tim Tebow, your favorite actor, or musician? What about some of your industry's rock stars? Well, you can, through social media, platforms like Twitter and Facebook make it […]

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#9: Utilize the Power of Surveys and Polls

January 30, 2012

10 Ways Small Businesses Can Use Social Media to Save Time #9: Utilize the Power of Surveys and Polls In an earlier section, we covered using your social media networks to get informal opinions from your followers and friends. Now, let's cover how to solicit more structured input. There are a number of ways to […]

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#8: Cut Through Customer Support

January 26, 2012

10 Ways Small Businesses Can Use Social Media to Save Time #8: Cut Through Customer Support Most people really dread the thought of calling customer support and either being put through a maze of pushing numbers, or saying what they want only for the machine not to understand what they are saying.  Some would rather […]

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#7: Share Important Announcements

January 23, 2012

10 Ways Small Businesses Can Use Social Media to Save Time #7: Share Important Announcements  You're changing the name of your podcast.  You are launching a new program.  You just gave birth to a baby girl. You're heading to Los Angeles for an upcoming trade show. You are releasing a new online product. All these […]

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#6: Take a Quick Break

January 19, 2012

10 Ways Small Businesses Can Use Social Media to Save Time #6: Take a Quick Break Whether you're working in an office or at home, taking regular breaks is essential for your mental and physical well-being. In the traditional office, you could head to the cafeteria for a cup of coffee, or head down to the […]

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#5: Find Resources

January 16, 2012

10 Ways Small Businesses Can Use Social Media to Save Time #5: Find Resources If you're in search of a great web designer, you may want to skip Elance and go directly to Twitter, do not pass go. Finding recommended vendors and freelancers for your business may be as easy as asking the hundreds or […]

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#4: See What People Are Talking About Using Social Media

January 12, 2012

  10 Ways Small Businesses Can Use Social Media to Save Time #4: See What People Are Talking About Large corporations spend millions of dollars, prowling the streets, seeing what the trends in fashion, music, and culture are. They rely on feedback from companies like Gallup, the Nielsen Ratings, and American Consumer Opinion to see […]

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#3: How to Get Fast Feedback Using Social Media

January 9, 2012

10 Ways Small Businesses Can Use Social Media to Save Time #3: How to Get Fast Feedback Using Social Media Everything online happens at the speed of light. Decisions that used to take weeks or months to make are now a matter of mere minutes or seconds. There is no time for a group consensus […]

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Get Answers to Your Burning Questions using Social Media

January 5, 2012

  It used to be that all answers to your questions could be found on Google. Then, when Google became overrun with junk sites and advertisements, Wikipedia became the guru of choice. But even Wikipedia won't give you the answer to every question you have. Sometimes the information is too arcane, or sometimes you don't want […]

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Social Media it’s NOT for Gossip…Connecting with Your Customers

January 2, 2012

  Happy New Year.  As we start 2012 we are going to be spending some time talking about saving time with Social Media.  When many people think “Social Media,” the automatic response is “waste of time.”  Facebook is the place you go to play Farmville while your boss isn't looking. YouTube is where you head […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 22, 2011

I wanted to take this opportunity to wish all of my clients and online friends a very Happy Thanksgiving.  I am so thankful to those of you who I am able to provides services to, and interact with on a regular basis.  You have a positive and profound impact on my life and I am […]

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Happy Veteran’s Day

November 11, 2011

I would like to say thank-you to all of our veteran’s and active duty military members and their families.  Especially to those that made the ultimate sacrifice such as the members of Seal Team Six. I am especially thankful and proud of my two favorite vets my husband, Steve, who is retired Navy, and my […]

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Set Your School-Year Goals

October 30, 2011

Want to make the varsity football squad, get an “A” in biology, or finally date the head cheerleader? Nothing is going to happen until you set a goal and work at it. And while January may be the prime season for goal- and resolution-setting, no time is better than right now to take stock of […]

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Keep Your Locker Combination in a Safe Place

October 22, 2011

Remember back in the day when the worst thing that could happen to you was forgetting your locker combination and you’d be late for gym class? Well, the stakes might be a little higher, but the challenge is the same: How to keep your private information private. ID theft is a very real threat. In […]

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Have One Last Summer Fling

October 12, 2011

The beauty of being an entrepreneur is that you are in control of your own destiny. But that can make it really, really difficult to take time away from the computer or office to let your hair down, relax, and have some fun. If you’re like most entrepreneurs,  you travel with an iPhone in one […]

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Take Placement Tests

October 5, 2011

At the beginning of every school year, students from kindergarten through college spend the first few weeks of school getting adjusted and finding the right classes. Key in that process is the placement test. Teachers evaluate their pupils for reading, math level, and overall socialization. These tests not only ensure that students end up in […]

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Finish Your Summer Reading

September 29, 2011

Reading, writing, and arithmetic – the three basics of a traditional education. As an entrepreneur, you already know how important the writing and arithmetic are. But reading is just as important, and the end of summer is a perfect time to start (or finish!) a few business-related books hanging around your nightstand. Of course, actually […]

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Create a Study Group

September 26, 2011

According to those who have been there before, the key to success in law or business school is getting in with the right study group. These partners not only give you buddies to study with, they keep you accountable and on-task. If you let yourself down, you let down the whole group. Finding accountability partners […]

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Set Your Schedule

September 22, 2011

As summer winds to its inevitable close, college students are anxiously poring over their course catalogs, figuring out what classes will fit a schedule that will allow them plenty of time to hobnob with friends, give them enough credits to allow them to graduate on time, and also not require them to get up before […]

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Check Your Back-to-School Clothes

September 19, 2011

Who doesn't recall that annual excursion to the department or shoe store, searching for the perfect outfit or pair of kicks to start off the school year? And then, on the first day of school, wearing that outfit or shoes put you in the mindset of opening a new chapter in your life. Anything was […]

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Clean Your Desk!

September 15, 2011

“A Clean Desk Is the Sign of a Sick Mind.”  ( plaque seen in gift store)   No matter what pithy plaques say to the contrary, every good teacher knows that effective learning starts with a clean slate, a clean desk, and a clean page – and the same is true for business people. According to experts, […]

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Lesson Number Ten: The Game Reflects Your Preparation

September 5, 2011

When you watch a Major League Baseball game, it can seem like magic. The organ is playing, the crowds are cheering, the diamond is groomed just so, and the players are all in the zone. It seems impossible that they can miss a ball or not make it to the base on time to beat […]

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