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Walk into any boardroom two minutes before a meeting and you’ll find the same scenario: a table full of executives checking their phones with their heads bowed in the “smartphone prayer.”
Text messaging is the fastest way to communicate in business. Quicker than email and more convenient than a phone call, it’s become commonplace. But it’s not always the best choice.
Choose to text message for simple notifications or reminders like “I’m running five minutes late,” or “Remember to bring the report.” As a general rule, consider texting only appropriate for a maximum of two messages -- one message and one reply.
Here are five rules to avoid a text message business blunder.
1. Keep it positive.
Like email, the tone of a text message can be misinterpreted by the recipient. Quick messages can make you come off as flippant or harsh. Instead of staccato phrases, write complete sentences. Add polite touches like “please” and “thank you.” Re-read every message before pressing send to double-check your tone (bonus: no embarrassing typos).
2. Avoid serious topics.
You wouldn’t break up with your girlfriend over a text message -- to be clear, you should not -- and the same goes for business. Never give negative feedback or fire someone via a text message. Any serious conversation should take place face-to-face. It allows for subtle interaction through facial expressions and will ensure clear communication.
3. Don’t abbreviate every other word.
Abbreviations are common in casual texts, but you should be careful how often you use them. Common abbreviations like “LOL” (laugh out loud) and “np” (no problem) are safe choices. However, if you’re communicating with a new customer or acquaintance, take 30 extra seconds and type out each word.
Avoid informal shortcuts like “u” (you) and less common abbreviations like “SMH” (shaking my head) or “MFW” (my face when). Don’t leave your clients and colleagues confused; your texts should convey messages quickly and clearly.
4. Don’t text a last-minute cancellation.
There are a thousand reasons someone may miss a text message. Don’t depend on a quick note to cancel a meeting or change a lunch venue. For an important or time-sensitive message, pick up the phone.
5. Double-check the autocorrect.
Smart phones can occasionally be a little too smart. Autocorrect and voice-to-text features have a sneaky way of changing your intended message into something entirely different and often embarrassing. When using voice-to-text, ensure you’re in a quiet location. It picks up on background noise and may type a nearby conversation instead of what you’re saying.
A Daily Mode of Operation is a must for anyone who is serious about building a home based business In this post I’d be telling you not just what a Daily Mode of Operation means, what it entails, but also how to go about setting up one that would work excellently for you.
The truth is that things can really get very overwhelming on the web. I mean you get to your laptop to do some work and you see a very lovely link (it usually starts from facebook), you click on it and on and on you go on to another link till you see that you have not accomplished a lot of the things you set out to do online.
What is even more pathetic is that we claim there is not much time to do all of the things we want to do, yet the time we have is spent at unproductive activities which eventually make a lot of people feel guilty.
So I ask you what do you do when you first wake up Check your Emails on your phone or your recent news on Facebook? if your like me you check your Emails, Why? you ask cause at time people like myself are up at 4am online looking for different services the best so what do you do. Reply comments on facebook or an Email. You got it Email Why? cause if you start facebooking you will never get to that important email. The only time you should look at facebook is when you Promote or post a really important Status, For Example if your having a Workshop or you are part of a group or a Like page. I leave you with this click on the Pdf link print & fill it in how ever your mode of Operation is and if your not getting all your work done then take a step back and find out why you are not able to complete your work
Why You Need A Daily Mode of Operation
Without a Daily Mode of Operation, you WILL end up making a mess of your business efforts.
I was having a conversation with my friend who is seemingly frustrated online. He asked me if common people really make money from a home-based business or it's only the gurus that keep milking the poor guys.
He told me of how he had bought so many books and CD's and how he had read, listen and watch a truckloads of them.
I told her don't quit, I said matter of fact where did that get you He said nowhere I told him look at the where your'e at right now and tell yourself I am a director making $3,000 and just get to work start talking to everyone. NOW i have to tell you he talks to everyone every chance he get you can't shut him up. 6 months later i messaged him asked him how he was doing he said i am where you told me to be I said where are you she said Bronze making 3,000 a month I passed what i was suppose to be at. I said how did you do it, He said I went to work got into a Routine
If you have a lot of products that you have not used, you do not need a soothsayer to tell you that you are buying too much and that you should just stop buying and start using what you have.
For instance, what’s the purpose of a doctor buying medical instruments that he doesn’t use? That wouldn’t make sense to him, and it shouldn’t to you too.
Something I see lacking in many people just starting in the Home-based business circles is the lack of determination to get started and maintain a Daily Mode of Operation, where every one of their activities is hinged.
For instance, I know that I cannot be online for 24hrs. It’s not even recommended health-wise. I have a series of activities that I have jotted down somewhere in my pad (Yes, I still love the old-school pen and paper). They are activities I engage in on a daily basis. I do them every day. I train myself to stay consistent in doing them. Is it easy to stay consistent with them? No. But like I tell some of my friends, I’d rather do this now that I can and reap the rewards thereafter than leave my business to chance.
Then if while in the course of the day, I come across something I need to implement online, I make sure I pen it down and add it to my list for that particular day.
I know people who use Google calendar, and it works very well. You might want to try it out.
Key Points to Help Kickstart Your Daily Mode of Operation
1) The first thing is actually making out time to have a Daily Mode of Operation and commit to having one in the first place. How you will do this depends on how important your business is to you and what it is you are looking to achieve in your business.
2) Like Jim Rohn said, work more on yourself than on your business. That means you should constantly commit to personal development and continual appraisal of why you are doing what you are doing. For me, it has to do with watching my Mind movie at the start of the day and reading or continue reading a personal development book. I am currently reading ‘The Secret of the Millionaire Mind’ by Harv Eker. Lovely book!
3) If you are in Network Marketing like I am, you must get in touch with people as regards your business. Talk to people about your business using the principles of attraction marketing on facebook,skype ,etc. Or call your optin leads and build a relationship with them. What to say to them I wrote about in this post:
4) Produce at least one content daily, be it Facebook Note, Blog Post, Press Release, Article, Hubpage, Video, Slide Share, starting a forum thread in a place like BetterNetworker etc
5) A good advice will be for you to plan ahead the day before so you can give your brain work to do in the course of your sleep.
6) Don’t beat yourself up if you fail to keep up with your daily mode of operation. Learn to be flexible. What is not so great is you going an entire week without sticking to your schedule. Occasional lapses here and there is not the end of the world. For instance I have had days when there just was no internet access, days when my laptop suddenly malfunctioned. What do you do when something like that happens? So don’t beat yourself up. Okay?
7) Continually review your Daily Mode of Operation and make necessary adjustments to suit your circumstances and objectives. Remember you are not in competition with any one. Your goal should be to stick to your Daily Mode of Operation as consistently as possible.
Did you notice I did not advice you to go around tweeting a ton of tweets, or mention checking your email, or hanging out on facebook all day and commenting on all status updates you see on your home page? Spend your time on income-producing activities and I tell you result is a great motivator.
It’s your turn now. If you have a daily mode of operation, leave me a comment below and let me know how that is going for you. If you don’t have one, I would love to hear from you — leave me a comment below with any questions or thoughts.
If you love this post, kindly SHARE it on facebook, and TWEET it. Thanks! Be sure to download the DMO
Like every startup entrepreneur, Meet Rodney Nelson who needed a great website. Woolly Pocket, the company he was building with his brother, Miguel, aimed to sell its cleverly designed, eco-friendly wall planters online. But there were problems.
"Our first site didn't follow the standard design protocol of a good website," remembers Nelson, who is also a business-management consultant in Phoenix. "It was difficult to navigate; customers had to scroll all the way to the bottom of the homepage and then to the next page to find 'buy it now.'"
The brothers moved on to another developer, but their second e-commerce site didn't work well either, and they found it hard to get the tech team to respond quickly. "I think we paid under $7,000, but we had to redo it maybe six months later," Nelson says. "The second time it cost $15,000; we were happier with it, but we weren't ecstatic. Then we went to another company about a year later. We did three websites in one year. In the end, we'd done four websites in one and a half years before we got one that worked."
It might not be your website that ends up costing you dearly, but something will--it's the Murphy's Law of startups. There are a seemingly endless number of ways to spend money, and it's impossible to be wise about all of them. But a few common costly mistakes can sink a bootstrapped business. Here are six pitfalls to look out for, along with expert advice on how to avoid them.
Expensive mistake #1:The wrong team Bill Aulet, managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and author of Disciplined Entrepreneurship, says choosing the wrong team is the single costliest error entrepreneurs make, resulting in not only lost income and time but depleted morale.
"Choosing who to hire and work with in a startup is like playing basketball in the schoolyard; you can pick your friends and play for them, but if youwant to be good and continue to be on the court, you have to carefully pick your team," he explains.
It's crucial to choose people with varying skill sets. However, Aulet says, "much like a great sports team, they must also share some common values and the ability to trust each other in tough situations. That's why past experience working with your co-founders and early employees in stressful times is much more important than being friends."
Expensive mistake #2: Bad pricing"My single biggest mistake with my first business--a handbag company--was in pricing," says Sarah Shaw, CEO of Entreprenette, a consulting firm in Durango, Colo. Hers is a common misstep for product manufacturers.
Entreprenette's Sarah Shaw
"I didn't understand that with any kind of clothing or accessories, you have to calculate the square footage of fabric, including the wasted fabric," Shaw explains. Without an accurate understanding of her costs, she couldn't price her products correctly.
"I thought you sort of doubled everything, but that's not correct," she says. "It's a 2.5-times markup from cost to wholesale, which covers marketing, the showroom fee, all your expenses."
By the end of her first two years in business, Shaw had put in more than $100,000 of her own money. Thanks to perseverance and media buzz (celebrities loved her bags), she ended up with $1 million in annual revenue and attracted investors, but she couldn't recover from the downturn after 9/11 and closed the business in 2002.
Like Shaw, Tobin Booth, CEO of Blue Oak Energy, paid dearly for a pricing mistake. It occurred in 2010 when the California-based company, which engineers and constructs solar photovoltaic power systems, took on a contract to install solar units for a retail chain with stores in eight states.
"That was a level of complexity we had zero experience with, in a very competitive market," he says. "What we didn't understand across all these states were the tax consequences and how much variation there was in labor rates. Then there were delays because of weather and shipping."
The company, which also hadn't planned for project delays that led to incurring storage fees, lost about $500,000 in 2011. Booth says the miscalculation was one of the worst experiences he has been through as a business owner, but there were some positives: "The cliché is absolutely correct. The painful experiences are the ones you learn best from."
Expensive mistake #3: Waiting for perfect when good will doWhen you've got a killer idea, it's natural to want to introduce it to the world in a fully formed state. But it doesn't take a CPA to figure out that the longer you take to launch, the longer you go without money coming in.
"This is a common mistake, especially for tech people," says Drew Williams, co-author ofFeed the Startup Beast. "Many want to build an app and won't let it go until it's perfect, but then you take too long and spend too much." Specifically, this error will likely leave you with no "runway"--the cash you'll need to sustain you as you're trying to get your product off the ground once it's ready, but before you have customers.
"You need to come up with the simplest, basic version of your product that gets the idea across and try to find someone you can sell it to," Williams says. "Find one or two clients who are willing to do a pilot where you build, test and iterate it. Inevitably, your product will be different than what you expect, and then you build it. If you get a real, live client, you create a better product in a very cost-effective way."
Expensive mistake #4: Not understanding technologyMary Juetten was no Luddite when she launched Traklight, a software company that helps individuals and businesses identify and protect intellectual property, but she didn't know everything. "I understood how to lay out what our software would do ... but I didn't know anything about coding software or web development," says Juetten, a CPA and Canadian chartered accountant.
She relied on a co-founder with that expertise, but when that relationship ended, she floundered. "This is where I made my biggest mistake: I looked for the best deal, and I didn't educate myself about different programming languages or bring someone else into the mix."
The team she hired to create Traklight's software told her that it "couldn't" be built in one programming language and "had" to be built in another. "If someone designing my website came up to me and said, 'You should use this color instead of that color,' I'd be asking 17 questions about why," Juetten says. "But I never asked why about this, because it was technology."
The four-month window for software development turned into eight months, then nine more. "With technology, it's all about time to market," she says. "So entrepreneurs who are not technical should educate themselves."
Eventually Juetten took a "tech speak for entrepreneurs" class. She suggests other startup founders who need more expertise find similar instruction at Codecademy or General Assembly.
Expensive mistake #5: Skimping on attorneysBooth of Blue Oak Energy might like a do-over on pricing that multistate order, but he's also sorry about skimping on legal fees in his company's infancy.
"If I could do some of the early stuff over, it would have been to pay a few thousand dollars to have an attorney write up a proper contract," he says. "I didn't have the right attorney who really understood my business."
A few early customers simply didn't pay up, so Booth tried to move matters to a collections agency. "I found out that there were some clauses [in the contract] that didn't allow me to collect on attorneys' fees," says Booth, whose company now does nearly $20 million in annual revenue.
Shaw, meanwhile, unknowingly signed a contract that gave her handbag company the trademark to her name, so when investors came in, her name belonged to them. "I can't use my own name in business again," she says. "I wish I had hired an attorney to watch out for me."
Expensive mistake #6: Being cheap about marketing"People think, everyone else has to market their product or service, but I don't because this is so good," says author Williams. The related myth is that you can rely on social media to build virality and attract customers for free. "Social media is not free," he says. "To do it properly takes unbelievable amounts of time, and it'll typically take six months to a year before you've got even slight momentum--it's not fast."
If you're not sure how much money to budget for marketing, Williams suggests aiming for 10 to 20 percent of your targeted gross revenue. "As you become a more established business, that drops to 5 percent to 10 percent of gross revenue, and for the largest businesses it's typically 5 percent or a bit less," he says.
After launching Traklight, Juetten found that her website wasn't indexed properly for search engines. "No one was finding us," she recalls. So she decided to invest in an inbound marketing program. "That initial payment is scary for a small company, but we don't have to pay developers to make changes to our site, and they do e-mail marketing and CRM," she explains. So far it's working: In April 2013 the Traklight site recorded just 100 visits per month; by the end of the year it was getting 2,800.
How much does Juetten estimate she lost early on between the missteps in software development and inbound marketing? "As far as dollars thrown away--actual checks written for useless things--that would be in the tens of thousands," she admits. "As far as lost time [and] products not developed on time, it's in the hundreds of thousands. We would be much further ahead now."
In the end, the best way to avoid costly mistakes is obvious: Save and spend wisely. "Keep spending really, really tight," Williams advises. "Leverage everything you can and give yourself as long a runway as possible. You're going to need it."
1. You micromanage. We know, no one knows how to run your business as well as you do. But if you want your company to grow, you have to stop standing over your employees telling them how to do stuff. Give them the tools they need to reach the goals you’ve set, then let them figure out how to get there. Bonus: You’ll have more time for the important stuff, like strategizing future growth.
2. You change course every 10 minutes. Entrepreneurs generate new ideas as naturally as breathing but coming up with ideas and acting on them are two different things. If employees know you’ll tell them to drop everything for Plan A in the morning, then do a 180 to Plan X in the afternoon, they’ll stop taking you seriously (and likely get frustrated at going nowhere). Take time to think through your ideas, select the best ones and develop a plan for implementing them before setting your employees off on a wild goose chase.
3. You email them at 4 a.m. on Sunday morning -- and expect an answer. Your business is the most important thing in your life. Reality is, though, it’s not the most important thing to your employees -- no matter how dedicated they are. And that’s okay. Giving them downtime to rest and recharge will keep them dedicated -- expecting them to work 24/7 will leave them burned-out husks.
4. You don’t listen. Think about the last time you had a good idea and no one listened. Remember how that felt? Next time an employee ventures to offer a suggestion, listen -- really listen -- to what he or she has to say. Better yet, actively seek your team’s input. The next great idea just might come from them.
5. You’re cheap. Pulling yourself up by your bootstraps is the hallmark of an entrepreneur, and getting your business off the ground without a ton of capital requires pinching pennies. But once your business is beyond the fledgling stage and ready to really grow, it’s time to put your money where your goals are. Don’t waste money but wisely invest in whatever you need to get to the next level -- whether that’s your technology, marketing or your employees.
6 Confident Boosters
There are six behaviors that increase self-esteem, enhance your self-confidence and spur your motivation. Incorporate these habits to become a more confident person today.
1. Greet others with a smile and look them directly in the eye. A smile and direct eye contact convey confidence born of self-respect. In the same way, answer the phone pleasantly whether at work or at home, and when placing a call, give your name before asking to speak to the party you want to reach. Leading with your name underscores that a person with self-respect is making the call.
2. Always show real appreciation for a gift or compliment. Don’t downplay or sidestep expressions of affection or honor from others. The ability to accept or receive is a universal mark of an individual with solid self-esteem.
3. Don’t brag. It’s almost a paradox that genuine modesty is actually part of the capacity to gracefully receive compliments. People who brag about their exploits or demand special attention are simply trying to build themselves up in the eyes of others—and that’s because they don’t already perceive themselves as worthy of respect.
4. Don’t make your problems the centerpiece of your conversation. Talk positively about your life and the progress you’re trying to make. Be aware of any negative thinking and take notice of how often you complain. When you hear yourself criticize someone—and this includes self-criticism—find a way to be helpful instead of critical.
5. Respond to difficult times or depressing moments by increasing your level of productive activity.When your self-esteem is challenged, don’t sit around and fall victim to “paralysis by analysis.” The late Malcolm Forbes said, “Vehicles in motion use their generators to charge their own batteries. Unless you happen to be a golf cart, you can’t recharge your battery when you’re parked in the garage!”
6. Choose to see mistakes and rejections as opportunities to learn. View a misstep as the conclusion of one performance, not the end of your entire career. Refuse to see yourself as a failure, though you must own up to your shortcomings. A failure may be something you have done—and it may even be something you’ll have to do again on the way to success—but a failure is definitely not something you are.
Even if you’re at a point where you’re feeling very negatively about yourself, be aware that you’re now ideally positioned to make rapid and dramatic improvement. A negative self-evaluation, if it’s honest and insightful, takes much more courage and character than the self-delusions that underlie arrogance and conceit. I’ve seen the truth of this proven many times in my work with athletes. After an extremely poor performance, a team or an individual athlete often does much better the next time out, especially when the poor performance was so bad that there was simply no way to shirk responsibility for it. Disappointment, defeat, and even apparent failure are in no way permanent conditions unless we choose to make them so. On the contrary, these undeniably painful experiences can be the solid foundation on which to build future success.
Your Life, Your Success
It's not about when;It's about what your going to do about your situation. I'm in the business of helping people make money and yet people have said they have no time to, but i guess you have time to complain about your problem, you should be spending more time on a solution then time on a problem. STOP SAYING YOU CAN'T....YOU CAN, BUT YOU CHOOSE NOT TO, THE MORE YOU REFUSE THE MORE YOU LOSE
Don't wait til Tomorrow take action today
If you don't know where you're going you just might end up somewhere Else. The level of commitment will be the level of your success you attract what you are not what you want. Only reason you and that team member bump heads is because you both are almost alike. Sell The Dream and don't hope to build a business know it cause in the End Words whisper actions scream.
What are you Worth ????
It's your Life It's You Success It's you Freedom
# 1 reason why people will not become wealthy is because They are stuck in the " I DON'T KNOW" ATTITUDE
I Don't know if I will succeed
I Don't know where to start
I Don't know who to talk to
I Don't know if People will like me
How many people will you talk to? the more people you talk to the more $$$$$ you make they may not be your client now but they will remember you. It's easy to fail, but easy to succeed copy success to be successful. Change the things that are, so you can have the things that will be.
In the end Success comes from Constant steady
1. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
2. “If you only do what you know you can do- you never do very much.”
3. "Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and Dive in.”
4. “Don't wait. The time will never be just right.”
5. "Action conquers fear.”
6. "everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.”
7. You Can Make excuse’s & you can make money but you can make both
How are you Promoting
Get a like Page on Facebook This will tell home many people have used & liked your product or they just like your page
Start a Blog This needn’t be an everyday thing but posting to a blog a couple of times a week is a way to keep in touch with your customers and to convey more about your business and the market in which you operate to your potential clients.
Blog Commenting Contribute to the conversations on blogs by bloggers in the same niche in which you operate.
Forum Discussions Find and sign up to forums on a related topic to your business. Actively take part and get to know your fellow posters. Try searching for “Your Topic + Forum” in Google to find relevant conversations.
Register Your Business with Google Local Google has been offering local businesses a chance to register their business address and phone number in its local listings for some time
Register Your Products or Services with Google Merchant
Another helpful and free service from the search giant, Google Merchant is a place for businesses to upload a data feed which includes products or services.
Make Your Business Cards Memorable Choose a design that stands out.
Consider Paid Search Google AdWords is the largest sponsored search result program. While this marketing channel isn’t free, it does fall under budget marketing ideas for new businesses simply because you are able to manage it yourself within a small budget.
Build a Basic Reward System Offer an exclusive incentive to your regular customers which will help the business retain customers and win new ones.
Let Customers Know You Appreciate Them
Customers who feel appreciated are going to give the love right back in the form of loyalty. Send them and email, make a call, interact with them any way you see fit. Just let them know they are important.
Don’t Forget Current Customers
We’ve all heard the old adage that it’s easier to keep an existing customer than win a new one. But it may also be worth going through your list of older inactive customers and trying to reactivate a few of the better ones. Give them a call, tell them you value them, ask what it will take to get them back. You might be surprised at how simple or low-cost it is. If they say no thanks, consider it a learning opportunity and wish them the best. Then call them back in a year and ask again.
Advertise on Yourself Make some simple t-shirts with your company name and website on them, wear them around town
Advertise on Someone Else Check out guys like iwearyourshirt.com for a fun, creative, and relatively cheap way to get your company seen.
Add your Business to a Review Site Adding your business to a review site such as Feedback Jar can help put you in touch with customers.
Email Signature Use every email as a way to promote yourself and your business.
Social Networks There is a social network for every niche. Join one and start networking.
Leave Biz Cards You’ve followed #7 above, now don’t just leave those cards in your pocket! Give them out, to anyone, everywhere. Heck, just leave them laying around, or in library books, or anywhere your customers may see them.
Postcards on Windshields Easy and cheap to print, place them under windshields at parking lots. The more creative your card the more they’ll get noticed.
Flyers on Community Boards Community cork boards are everywhere. Try putting up a flier or two on these boards…cheap and easy, and you never know who will read them.
Join Your Local Chamber of Commerce
A local chamber can be a great way to get your business out in the community for very little cash outlay. Chambers offer programs and services free for their members, and oftentimes refer business to chamber members.
Give a Talk at an Event Any chance you get to get in front of a group and show your expertise – do it!
Send Special Deals to Your Newsletter List Give your newsletter subscribers even more value by offering a “Newsletter only” deal.
Don’t Have a Newsletter List? Get one…
Give it Away for Free If your product or service rocks – it’s your best advertising. Give it away for free, for a limited time of course, then charge when they can’t live without it.
Ask Your Customers for Referrals Don’t be shy, come right out and solicit referrals from happy customers. They will be happy to tell their friends about you.
Give Something to Give Put something in the hands of your happy customers they can give to somebody else. Free samples, a “refer a friend” coupon. Build a small army of happy customers to help you spread the word.
Use free classified ad servicesto promote your product or service. Aside from big online classified ads (Craigslist), there may be other free options specific to your geographical area, maybe even some free inclusions in local print media. Do some Google searches and see what is available in your hometown.
Reciprocity Advertising Talk to local business owners and explore cross promotion you may be able to do with them. They are probably in the same boat as you, and would be willing to work out a “scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” type of marketing campaign.
Barter You may think of bartering as particularly “old school”, but there is no reason you can’t trade a product or service with another business in exchange for some marketing opportunities. Trading an hour of your consulting time, or a couple free products to a local business who is willing then to plug you in their newsletter or mailings could result in a better deal than paying out of pocket for the same marketing. Start with the barter directory, and go from there.
Write a Press Release Write your own press release and submit it to the appropriate channels. If what you’re doing is particularly newsworthy, send it to local media. Also submit your press release to the free services online.
Networking Scout out free networking events in your area, you’d be surprised how many “meet-ups” there are. Not only are they a great way to get out of the house, but think of every networking event as a mini-marketing campaign. Use MeetUp.com to scan for opportunities near you.
Organize a Meet Up Not seeing a meet up that meets your needs? Organize one.
Link Exchange with Other Businesses Offer link exchanges on related business websites where your link will add value to their visitors, and their link will add value to your visitors.
Cross Promote Like a link exchange, but more in depth. Set up a cross promotion with another business. For example if you sell pencils, find a business that sells paper and work out a deal to send each other business.
Develop a “Niche Discount” That You Get Known For I read about a guy who gives a “Laugh Discount” – a small % off if a customer can make him laugh within X minutes of meeting him.
Guest Post on Blogs Expand your reach and audience. Use a service like MyGuestBlog to find blogs looking for guest articles. Or guest post with us.
Publish a Free Report or White Paper Put out a free report related to what you do on your website, or distribute it to those in your target market. A report is a great way to get your name out there, show your expertise, and best of all these reports tend to get shared. Also, use the free report as an incentive to subscribe to your newsletter email list.
Encourage Sharing Once you have a free report to give out, better than waiting for it to get shared, build in some encouragement to do so. Offer a deal if they share it with “X” number of people.
Make a Helpful YouTube Video Video is pretty easy to produce now, and nobody expects it to look like Scorsese directed it, so put up a couple helpful videos explaining how to use one of your products or how we can benefit from your service. Better yet, answer a common question about what you do, or solve a problem in your video, it will get shared if you’re good.
Video Testimonials / Interviews Better than just you on video ask some satisfied customers to take part in an interview where they talk about you and what you do. This is the best social proof that you don’t suck.
Partner With Another Business to Give Away a Prize Don’t have the money to give away much on your own? How about partnering with a complimentary business to give away a great prize and getting some great advertising for the two of you? Then figure out a way where both of your customers can enter for a chance to win!
Sponsor an Event Cheaper than you think, and sponsoring a local event can really give you a lot for your money.
Use Your Friends and Family Ask friends and family to spread the word about your business.
Print a Coupon on the Back of Your Business Card. People rarely use their business cards as a form of advertising. But if you want to have people remember you, or actually use their service, why not put something on your card to encourage their business…you’re giving those cards out anyway, right?
Join and Attend Professional Groups Join a couple professional groups. These don’t have to be related to your niche, they could be something you want to get better at (such as Toastmasters), or an area of interest. You’ll meet other professionals, and who knows what those contacts will turn into.
Newsletter Cross-Promotion Buddy up with another business and do some cross promotion in your newsletters. Again, you’ll want to be complimentary businesses to each other for this to really work.
Do Something Different Write down everything you and your competitors have in common, then come up with one thing you can do differently than them – then do that.
Start an Affiliate Program Use a service like Shareasale.com to start your own affiliate program. Offer a nice commission and people will be happy to sell your products/services.
Ask for Testimonials & Use Them! Ask for testimonials from existing clients. Good testimonials are perfect for your web page and promotional items. Don’t just ask for testimonials and then let them sit. Put those things on everything you do – website, advertising, handouts, newsletters, etc.
Send Promotional Items Send out invoices to your clients? Why not send them a small promo gift to go along with it? You never know where those pens will end up.
Join a Social Networking Site For Business Owners & Entrepreneurs
take a look and find one that suits you and your business. Then get using it.
Pull a Publicity Stunt Are you the creative type? Not shy in front of crowds? Try a memorable, creative, or weird publicity stunt!
Hold a Webinar Creating live, online seminars or webinars is relatively easy these days. Why not hold a webinar relating to your expertise, then promote it as a freebie or special benefit to current customers or to attract new customers?
Offer a Guarantee
It’s been shown that guarantees result in more sales. Make an iron clad guarantee, or better yet offer a guarantee that is outlandish and gets noticed…but if ever called on it, be sure you hold up your end of the bargain.
Use ReviewMe.com to get reviewed.
Become an Expert on Q/A Sites Jump on a Q&A site and be helpful, answer questions related to what you do, become a trusted expert. These should get you going:
Donate to a Charity Auction Charity auctions are constantly in need of things to auction off and raise money within the process. You’ll feel good about your donation, and get your name out there.
Do a Memorable Giveaway Local tire sellers Les Schwab has a “Free Beef” event every year. Buy tires, and get free beef – what does one have to do with the other? Your guess is as good as mine, but it gets people talking and that has been a very popular sale for many years now.
Use Your “Thank You” Page When someone signs up for your online newsletter they are taken to a thank you page. Customize this page to offer them something of value, give them a deal, coupon, whatever – just use the space creatively!
Use Someone Else’s “Thank you Page” Chances are other website owners haven’t thought about using their own thank you page to promote something. Why not offer to buy some add space on their page? It will probably be cheap, and as long as there are some synergies between your businesses it can be effective.
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SEO Your Website Making sure your potential clients can find you is important. Take a few minutes to make sure your site is SEO’ed.
Know you USP What is your unique selling proposition? You first need to know why people should buy from you. Once you do, you’ll have no problem telling them.
Create an Elevator Speech In 30 seconds or less can you tell me what you do, what makes you special, and why I should care? That’s your elevator speech. Think about how many times you are asked what you do, the better you get at explaining it the more customers you will get – easy as that.
Sponsor a Local Youth Team When I was 6 my soccer team was sponsored by the local Uhaul. Almost 30 years later I still remember that…30 years from now some grown up kids could remember your business, and their parents could have been using your business.
Place Google Ads for Influential People You Want to Meet
Do what this guy did to get a job, but replace the names with people you want as clients.
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Out of 100% of people - 97% have a JOB - 2% own their own business but 1% succeeds
We get low income jobs cause we think that’s what were worth but we need to demand more cause we are worth more than just $8.00 an hr
We settle for what we have cause were taught to work hard...if you have Giant goals to achieve complete the little goals first one day at a time
Failure is not an option it’s a choice....losing is a mindset wining is the choice not an option
"THERES NO HOPE" Why do we say this some much because we don't hope for anything we only wish for what we want but why wish when you can move all the obstacles out of your way (GO & GET IT) stop Being so Scared
Key to have a great successful business is great correct communication
Difference between leaders & managers (Leaders have followers) (Managers have subordinates)
TEAM =TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE GET THAT STRIAGHT
There’s two types of people in our industry
1.those who make things happen
2.those who let things happen
Network marketing = it has the word TEAM,MAKE IT,MARK IT, NEW, WORK,ME,TAKE,TIME & MANY OTHER WORDS
3 key things that can help you with your business 1. (Concern) be concerned for people 2.(presentation) show them what we are about how it helps 3 (product)let them try it
When you say you can’t you put a limited to yourself.
A great learner is a great leader
Key ingredient to have a great business is having a relationship with your customers they will keep coming back for your services
Nobody wants to take in real life we just settle for fantasy we dream about all the things we could have but don’t go after what we want
Driven frustration…It’s when you go & start building your business to prove others wrong not knowing how big it will get.
If you’re not organized You are bound for failure cause no one wants to wait for information don't be pushy DON'T BE A SALESPERSON if you can follow this advice you will be great @ everything you do....one more thing JUST JUMP IN DON'T TIP TOE
If you’re not being productive you should fire yourself cause people who are non-productive are not active all the time
You can be original creative or you can be fake by copying off another person company, But for best results you need o be original & Creative.
To get where you want to be you need to break you own spirit sometimes so others see that your humble, flexible, coachable, teachable now you can spare your dignity let those who are there to help let them carry you
If you want your situation to change you need to stay positive & change some things in your path
Motivation is a mystery why does 1 sales person see his 1st prospect @ 7am & another salesperson is just getting out of bed @ 11am
When you think of the amount of money you want to make that’s what you will make...unless you think outside the BOX you will always be trapped by FREAR
I am powerful I am strong I am courageous I am the future I am successful I am the best I am a soldier I will never give up I will never give in I AM______________
When you try to be someone trying to please everyone you please no one
Leadership is when you move out of the way you’re just there to direct & to mentor
Building a relationship with the client first will make your business very successful
If u want more results you need to create more action stay positive don't worry about what others are doing "JUST DO WHAT YOU DO BEST"
If u need great advice here is some....don’t be afraid to take a chance you never know what could happen
When you work a job there’s just no more time for you to do anything not even to spend with family
There has to be pain, tears, blood & sweat for you to succeed because we spend more time worrying about what’s going happen next
When you work a job you spend money & time when you own your own business you create financial freedom & time freedom
You can make money & you can make excuses but you cannot make both, cause winners focus on solutions losers focus on problems
If you want more out of life you need to do the impossible~ stretch like a rubber band cause when you break you will make things happen
In network marketing you HAVE TO BE CREATIVE & do what works for you....what works for you may not work for me
Being in network marketing is about coming up with more simple ways to make things work for you but stay with the original
To learn something you need hands on training in order to become successful in what you are doing if you need to copy it so it fits you & its effective
Why are we afraid to go after something we want so bad if you have the passion for it go after it
The price of success is much lower the price of failure
Those who seek to be heard are never heard of; those who are never heard of are those who are heard
If we can change our thinking we will achieve more that what we have already achieved
If we’re not doing something for a cause then why are we doing it, the purpose of life is always a math equation How+Who+When+Where =WHY (Why is always the question asked...Every time I got in trouble at school I was asked "Why Did I Do It"
Even Growing a Business it's Always WHY (How are you going to make it happen)(When are you going to take action)(Where will you be in the next 30 days)(Why are you doing what you doing)---Find something that your passionate about Jump in head first yeah its going to hurt a little and Just do it.
Do you have what it takes?
1. Have a skill - you can never succeed if you don't have skills to bring to the table always be learning & practicing. Some skills are learned then loved and then some are talent thats a hidden skill
2. Have a passion - Always love what you do no matter how hard it gets, never give up keep try different things until you succeed at what you trying to do. That takes me to my next topic
3. Be Creative - Find what type of crowed you want to pull in to look at what you doing, think of ways to get peoples attention. Here's some Ideas Flyers, Promotional items, Website, Network with other People. Remember "ABLE" (Always Be Learning everyday) find ways to get your name or skills promoted by other people
4. Just do it - Forget what others will think always remember you have accomplished something they may not be able to do. People will say negative things about you or your skill that you have. I tell people that say negative things about what I do, I always ask What have you accomplished that took pain heartache and many hours. I wait for their answer and they normally don't say anything. So just Keep going no matter what happens (Rocky Balboa Stated) " It's not about hard you get hit its about how hard you can take a hit and keep going" so with that said When People talk negative about you thank them for thinking of you and your work and remember "JUST DO IT"
I've learned that no matter how much i care some people just don't care back.
I've learned that just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't they don't love you with all they have.
I've learned that it takes years to build trust, and only seconds to destroy it.
I’ve learned that it's not what you have in your life, but whom you have in your life that counts.
I've learned that we are responsible for what we do no matter how we feel.
I've learned that either you control your attitude or it controls you.
I've learned that sometimes when I'm angry i have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.
I've learned that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you have learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you have celebrated.
I've learned that two people can look at the exact same two things and see something totally different.
I've learned that no matter how good a friend is they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.
I've learned that it isn't enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to forgive yourself.
I've learned that just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other...and just because they argue ,it don't mean they do
I've learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop at your grief.
I've learned that no matter how you try to protect your children, they will eventually get hurt and you will hurt in the process.
I've learned that you should never tell a child their dreams are unlikely or outlandish. Few Things are more humiliating and what a tragedy it would be it they believed it.
I've learned that hero's are people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done regardless of the consequences.
I've learned that you can keep going long after you can't
I am young man who owns a business and would like to help you grow yours
3 Keys To Success
5 Bad Habbits
5 Biz Texting Rules
6 Confident Boosters
6 Mistakes Starting A New Business
Daily Mode Of Operation
Hows Your Biz Being Promoted
Is It In You?
Keep Moving Forward
Secrets To Success
Things To Grow Your Business
Who's Advice Are You Listening To?
Why You Should Own A Business
Your Life Your Success
You Won't Follow Through