Posted on October 15th, 2013 No comments
Kate Northrup has a video series she shares on Friday’s about financial freedom. They are fun and informative. If you are familiar with my blog then you may remember my review a few weeks ago about her new book Money: A Love Story: Untangle Your Financial Woes and Create the Life You Really Want.
Whether you are just starting a new business or expanding an existing business, examining your beliefs surrounding money are imperative. If you are consistently in feast or famine mode you most likely have some limiting beliefs still holding you back. I know it’s not always easy tackling your beliefs around money but I can tell you from experience once you break through self-imposed restraints life feels and flows so much better. Achieving your goals becomes easier and let’s be honest, money is not the most important thing in the world but it sure does make it easier. Being able to help others in need, provide shelter and clothing for your children, eat out at a nice restaurant and take a much needed vacation makes for a better way of life. It feels good. When you can move away from surviving to thriving your creativity begins to flow.
Here’s a look at one of Kate’s recent videos.
The Secret To Having It All.
Read my review to learn all about Kate’s new book. Kick start your road to financial bliss today!
If you want to skip my review head straight over to Amazon to purchase Kate’s new book
Posted on October 11th, 2013 No comments
Randy’s been checking out UseChisel.com.
UseChisel is a fun way to create photo memes for your website and social sites!
Posted on October 9th, 2013 No comments
The Book of Afformations World Tour kicked off October 7th. We are very happy to be part of the tour and bring you more information about Noah St. John.
My new friend, author Noah St. John, has just released his new book from Hay House, The Book of Afformations: Discovering The Missing Piece to Abundant Health, Wealth, Love, and Happiness and it’s an amazing read.
Noah tells the story of how he invented Afformations one morning in 1997. He was in the shower when he asked himself a question that changed his life: Why are we trying to change our lives saying statements we don’t believe when the human mind responds automatically to something even more powerful?
Here are just a few of the remarkable, real-life stories from people around the world who have used Noah’s Afformations Method to change their lives…
- Stefanie, a 13-year-old student from Wisconsin, used to suffer from chronic worry and insomnia. Using Afformations, she cured her insomnia in one night and never lost another night’s sleep again. Stefanie’s mother Mary even used Afformations to grow her home-based business and help her husband land his dream job!
- Brandon was a struggling insurance salesman who’d spent more than $40,000 on every self-help program under the sun without seeing results. Using Afformations, he tripled his sales in 30 days. By the end of the year, his income had increased by 560% and he was named Agent of The Year.
- A home-based business owner in Virginia had tried for four years to qualify for the car her company uses as an incentive for sales performance. No luck. She heard Noah speak about Afformations at her company’s annual convention, started using them immediately, and qualified for her first company car 90 days later.
- Kaisha, a sales professional from London, was worried she might lose her home if she didn’t start making more money. She read about Afformations, started using them, and tripled her sales in less than a month. Two months later, she was offered a new job at twice her old salary!
- Sam and Shirley from Phoenix had been trying to sell their home for over a month with no luck. After a friend told them about Afformations, they started afforming that their house would be sold at the right price. Less than 24 hours later, a couple made an offer on their home, and Sam and Shirley got the price they were looking for.
Noah St. John is famous for inventing AFFORMATIONS® and and creating high-impact, customized strategies for fast-growing companies and leading organizations around the world. His sought-after advice is known as the “secret sauce” for creating superstar performance in high-growth businesses.
Find out how business professionals have succeeded using afformations.
Posted on October 4th, 2013 No comments
This is one of the most EXCITING blog posts I’ve ever had the opportunity to share! So please, stop what you’re doing and pay attention… it won’t take long and it WILL be worth the interruption.
I’m very excited to share with you someone who has not only been turning the head of major media outlets during the last 6 months, but who also is the successful brain behind several multi-BILLION dollar nationwide brands.
I first met Sandi a few years ago when she taught her WordPress class. The step by step methods that she used were ground breaking for helping many companies get their footprint online growing quickly. Watching her then build her brand and bring such a big impact into the market has been nothing short of SHOCKING! 1 MILLION clients in under 4 years! 600,000 on social media in 20 months!
Are you baffled by the methods, systems and strategies that major brands are using to get success in the social media world?
Or are you a smaller business and just don’t know where to start?
THIS is for both of you!
Sandi has been featured by CNBC, in Forbes Magazine as one of the TOP 20 Social Media Influencers of our generation today and has recently become the hands and brain behind several very large brands on television and nationwide. When she told me she was holding a POWERFUL virtual summit on the topic of Mobile Marketing I didn’t want any of you to miss!
“The Social Media GPS Mobile Marketing Summit” will be broadcast from her brand new $150,000 TV studio! It will be life changing for both you and your business.
Now listen up, because Sandi has more than 1 MILLION clients in her client base and more than 255,000 on her Facebook page alone, This WILL sell out fast!
Are you still guessing how to increase your ROI, maintain the focus of your brand and then how to capitalize on the fastest growing platform of our day?
Never before in HISTORY have so many people gathered at one time, in one place, on the earth, like the REVOLUTION that is taking place online through social media!
DO NOT miss out on this!
I’ll see you there!
P.S. If you are a business owner or someone who works from home as a social media manager or virtual assistant. Sandi’s courses are a great training resource!
Posted on October 3rd, 2013 No comments
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Grow your business tip #1 – Use ebooks/books to build your brand, establish yourself as an expert in your niche and to grow your business.
Business Tip #2 - Use live events, speaking engagements, webinars and telesiminars to establish yourself as an expert in your field and increase your clientele. This allows you to step away from teaching one person at a time to being able to teach many at once.
Business Tip #3 – Increase revenue with reoccurring memberships. Such as a special newsletter your clients pay a monthly fee for. This is different than your normal newsletter and emails. It contains more information and can be written by guest writers, you and your team.
Business Tip #4 – Use audio programs, podcasts and video TV to expand your reach, connect with the part of your audience that learns through listening or watching instead of reading.
Business Tip #5 – Having your own company App can keep your clients/customers tapped into your products, blog posts, training’s events and updates on the spot.
Business Tip #6 – Use online courses, dvd home study courses and a series of training videos to grow your list, increase your sales and show off your expertise. Your audience wants to know what you know!
Business Tip #7 – By offering coaching, consulting or mastermind courses you can take your training to another level. Increase your revenue and become the go to person in your field. This allows those in need of your services to work with you on a more personalized one on one level.
Carol Lawrence is a social media manager and owner of Social Media Help 4 U, author interviewer, book reviewer, conscious parenting adviser, co-host of The Intentional Conscious Parenting Show and assistant editor for the All Things Healing parent and family community. Connect with Carol on Twitter and Facebook.
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Posted on September 30th, 2013 No comments
Life has been moving along at full speed. Luckily there are special times in our lives that help us to take time to smell the roses. My 45th birthday was one of those times. There’s nothing I love more than getting together with family and friends. Here’s a snapshot of my 45th Birthday celebration.
I had so much fun Saturday celebrating my 45th Birthday with family and friends. We listened to music, checked in on our local college football game, enjoyed a camp fire and played board games. My special Sunflower birthday cake was custom designed with love by the La Puma Baking company. My god daughter Sarah and her husband Joe, who is a fifth generation master baker are taking orders for the holiday season! Hint, Hint!
Some of the games we love to play are Taboo, Pictionary and Apples to Apples. A friend brought over a new game called Quelf. At first we were hesitant but then decided to give it a try.
Quelf is nonstop out of control fun. Word of caution. I recommend playing it with people you are comfortable around. We had to do crazy things like sing Opera to the team on the left, act out three mimes, guess hilarious trivia questions and more. We really liked this game. We play games all the time and this one made the “must have” list. We had a wonderful evening of fun. Eventually the kids all tired out and most of the company went home but there was a handful of us that played until 1 in the morning until we couldn’t laugh anymore! I’m a lucky lady. I have an incredible husband who I’ve been married to for 27 years and counting, 2 incredible loving loyal sons, family that loves me and friends who might as well be be sisters and brothers, who are definitely part of my soul pod and clients I love to serve. Life is special. Don’t waste it. Surround yourself with people who make you happy.
Thank you my beautiful family and friends. You make my world go round! Thanks for celebrating with me all weekend long, dinner with mom on Friday, party on Saturday and a special dinner on Sunday to celebrate my oldest son Tony’s girlfriend Ashley’s birthday. Us Libra’s must stick together!
Carol Lawrence is a social media manager, author interviewer, book reviewer, conscious parenting author & assistant editor for the All Things Healing parent and family community. Connect with Carol on Twitter and Facebook.
Posted on September 24th, 2013 No comments
By Guest Blogger Alyssa Clarke
Starting any new business venture is often a daunting job to accomplish. You encounter a number of challenges every now and then. This is more relevant in the perspective of global financial downturn when the world is seen combating a bad economy. Hence at such junctures embarking with a new business is not an easy nut to crack. However, there are certain smart ways in which you can overshadow these challenges. The only mantra here is to launch a business on a budget and find out reasonable ways of doing business. These strategies can help you in taking a smooth transition and make things simple and productive. The fact of the matter is you can carry out a couple of things in a limited budget, which can easily render you a successful venture. So, how about checking these ways or tips for starting a new business venture on a budget as under:
Better avoid loans
Investing in any new business by taking up loans from any bank or other financial institution should be avoided. This is because if you fail to return the loan in the said prescribed time frame, you would be forced to shut down your business and return the money somehow. The best way to avoid this is to think small and start doing things the smaller way. Regardless of the final objectives there are certain ways for starting your business by moving gradually and naturally towards your goal without getting into serious troubles like debt. Having some of the new bills to pay on a monthly basis should be your last resort you would require when you are venturing out any business.
Work from home
Home is the best place to start while launching any new business venture. This will avoid paying off the rents or lease amount to the landlords thus helping you a lot in carrying out your business on budget. Rather investing your money in any physical space put the money in creating some high end and professional kind of business website. Putting your money in your online presence like your website and getting the word out about your business over the web is one of the best ways to save money and act wisely in your business venture. Furthermore, make sure people or clients you deal with don’t know that you are working from your living or bedroom, which is only possible through a professionally run website. At such junctures creating a PO Box can be called as the best friend to make things look professional and cost effective.
Follow your passion
The people who are successful in running any business are the ones who invest their time, money and efforts in ideas which interest them the most. Expecting something tangible for making money from such business, which do not interest you would be perhaps the worst thing you can do. People who consider something tangible and a potentially good business option but lack experience and knowledge in it would simply end up failing. Hence the best solution here at such juncture is to follow your passion or interests. You should therefore invest in something in which you are genuinely interested in since it’s easy to explore the business ideas in such options rather than following an unknown idea. One of the classic examples can be of Steve Jobs, who did things only in the domain in which he was very much passionate about.
Carry out proper research
Launching any business venture is a serious decision to take. You cannot therefore think of starting up any new business as per your own whims and fancies. Only a proper and thorough research can back your decision. The first thing you need to do is to ask a question to yourself- do you really have the demands for your business idea? Carrying out a good and tangible research is not an overnight job as it takes months and hence it is called as one of the most vital ingredients of business, which means it should not be simply rushed out under any condition. So, take out a pen and paper jot down all your ideas on the page and start working out the initial cost you need to launch your new business venture. This initial thing is vital for embarking with any business. The more you research and do your homework the better you would remain over the potential bumps coming in your way you tread.
Starting any business is often a daunting experience especially when you see tough economic conditions in the world. However, the reward you get at the end of the day by being your own boss is really worth enjoying. If you are able to plan things properly and in a cost effective way, you simply end up making your new business venture a big hit. The above tips can help you in carrying out your new business venture on a budget.
This Post is written by Alyssa Clarke. She is a writer/blogger. She writes articles on Technology, social media, WordPress, Gamification, luxury interior design, website development, blog and online development etc. These days she contributes on punchh.com.
Posted on September 17th, 2013 No comments
Hello everyone, I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Laura Rike. Laura is a virtual assistant, graphic designer, photographer and a mom! I know many of you are wondering how you could work from home. I’m sure you’ll find Laura’s answers very inspiring. If you have any questions for me or Laura please leave them as a comment.
1. Laura, thanks so much for your willingness to share what you do with my audience. Many people, especially stay at home moms are looking for jobs like we both have working from home. I know I really enjoy running my own business and working from home as a social media manager.
How did you get started working as a virtual assistant?
It started out just as an internship to be honest. I was laid off from my job and so being a single mom I decided to take the time off as a way to “jump start” my career by working as an intern at a few places simultaneously. From there I got virtually hired on from 2 of my 3 internships and then it just kind of clicked that I would be able to work from home and be there for my son at the same time!
2. What are your tips for growing your client base?
Honestly social media platforms and blogging! Almost all of my clients have come from some form of social media communications! The next best thing to social media would have to be referrals! Customer referrals are the most honest source of new business. There are lots of different viral marketing tools and tactics that can help you get customers to refer other customers to your company, and who better than a satisfied client to be talking about your services!
3. How do you use social media to connect to your clients?
I do a number of different things. The main thing I do is post tips on how they can improve what they are already doing! I also search keywords on social media and “join in” on the conversation that may have already been started, with a topic that I specialize in.
4. Do you work from a home office or a special place in your home? How do you stay organized?
I stay organized a few different ways, which I would definitely suggest to anyone working from home!
- I maintain regular hours
- I keep a dedicated office area & computer to separate my personal life from my professional one
- I keep in frequent contact with all of my colleagues to ensure they know I am available and I am “work-focused”
- I Define what I am going to accomplish that day
- I use a desktop app call Freshbooks for invoicing and to record how much of my time was spent on certain projects for certain clients
- I communicate if I will be out of the office or unavailable for a certain amount of time and when I will be back.
- And last but not least I politely remind my clients that my services and working from home WORK! I do this by sending emails about projects completed early, or just by building the clients trust and confidence about the tasks that I complete for them.
5. How does being a mom effect or enhance your ability to work from home? Any tips for parents who work from home?
I have set up a room in my house specifically for my office, so that if someone were to be home during the day they know that is a “No go zone”. My son is now in school full time so the house is pretty quiet during the day, and gives me the ability to be a mom and work from home!
Few tips for parents who work from home:
- If you still have children at home with you while you are working from home I would suggest creating a schedule. It’s important to line up your day carefully, with set “office” hours. How many hours do you hope to work that day? When will you return calls? What can you accomplish while your son or daughter is coloring in the next room? You’ll get more done if you work smarter, not harder.
- Definitely capitalize on naptime. It’s one chunk of the day when you can generally expect to be able to plug away without interruption (at least not from your child). Whether your kid sleeps for one hour or three, use this time to finish assignments that require your complete focus and concentration.
- Finally avoid overscheduling yourself or your children. Many of today’s parents and children are overscheduled. Parents need to learn to say no to outside responsibilities and to scheduling more than two extracurricular activities for their kids. Living a hectic, frantic life is no fun for parents or children. Prioritizing helps you find more time to enjoy your life.
6. What kind of services do you offer? How did you narrow down exactly what you would offer to your clients?
- Graphic design
- Customer Service
- Email Newsletter
- Email Communications
- Event Management
- Social media
- Internet Marketing
- Marketing Materials
- Market Research
- Press/Media Management
- Trade Shows
- Web design and Maintenance
These are the services I love to do on a daily basis so that is how I came up with the list to offer to my clients. These services are what I went to school for and got a double major double minor!
7. Laura do you have any favorite mentors or coaches you follow to encourage you as you grow your business?
Kimberly Errigo (EssentialCoachingServices.com)! She has been an amazing mentor in making my transformational shift to what I love doing with my life!
8. Do you have any favorite apps you use to run your business?
Freshbooks – Invoicing & time management
Wunderlist – Keeps track of tasks for each client and due dates
9. What would you say to the person who is reading this interview dreaming of working from home?
Don’t give up on your dream. Sometimes you just need to take a leap of faith and do what makes you happy! Favorite quote of mine: “Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.” – Unknown
Don’t strive to get as many clients as you can right away. Gain trust in the few and show them why they can’t continue doing business without you. There is where you will find success!
10. One of the services you provide is making custom graphics for your clients. Can you tell us about this service?
Absolutely! I love graphic design. It is my passion. Offering creative solutions to solve business problems is what I do best. My clients come to me with a business problem they are struggling with and I partner with them to develop exciting and flexible marketing collaterals that build brand awareness, promote product benefits, enhance the product’s professional appearance, and in turn contribute to sustain ROI for their business. This cannot be done without graphic design! Design is finding new solutions towards creativity in an ordinary situation. The success of creative thinking, and my purpose is to develop solutions that are inviting and interesting but also mirror the client’s core values and mission.
I am all about quotes so another favorite of mine is: “Design is directed toward human beings. To design is to solve human problems by identifying them and executing the best solution.” Ivan Chermayeff, contemporary designer. I like to think of myself as a problem solver through my design work. I also keep my design work on the cheaper side of things because I know how hard it is to balance wants and needs in a business. Most people think of custom design work as a want – but really it is a need if you want to take your business to the next level!
Carol Lawrence is a social media manager, author interviewer, book reviewer, conscious parenting adviser, co-host of The Intentional Conscious Parenting Show and assistant editor for the All Things Healing parent and family community. Connect with Carol on Twitter and Facebook.
Posted on September 9th, 2013 No comments
When Money, A Love Story: Untangling Your Financial Woes and Creating the Life You Really Want, and Living Your Purpose arrived in the mail for me to review, I couldn’t wait to open it.
To be 100% honest I’ve had my own personal struggles with money. Raised in poverty it took awhile to realize money is just energy, a means of exchange. Over the years I’ve worked really hard to manage my money, get out of debt and do what ever it takes to create a life of prosperity. I’ve devoured many books surrounding the subject of money. So you can imagine my eagerness to dive into Kate Northrup’s new book Money, A Love Story: Untangling Your Financial Woes and Creating the Life You Really Want, And Living Your Purpose.
If you are ready for a reality check on how you really feel about the all mighty dollar. Money, A Love Story is the book for you!
Kate guides you through a process that entails examining your beliefs about money, how to create a budget, and explore ideas you can use to create financial freedom. Not only does Kate provide A Money Love Quiz to get you started, she also gives you exercises to help you get to the bottom of your financial blocks along with tips on how to restructure your thinking around money. Each chapter includes step-by-step exercises to assist you on your financial journey. The last chapter is a gem. Kate shares with you financial freedom ideas for creating passive, residual and reoccurring income. Perfect for the budding entrepreneur!
Money, A Love Story: Untangling Your Financial Woes and Creating the Life You Really Want, And Living Your Purpose is a refreshing read full of honesty, hope & love. ~ Carol Lawrence SocialMediaHelp4u.com
Money: A Love Story Book Trailer
Find out more about Money: A Love Story today!
What does your relationship with money say about you? Take Kate’s quiz and find out!Carol Lawrence is a social media manager, author interviewer, book reviewer, conscious parenting adviser, co-host of The Intentional Conscious Parenting Show and assistant editor for the All Things Healing parent and family community. Connect with Carol on Twitter and Facebook.
Posted on September 7th, 2013 No comments
Taylor Swift is a master at connecting with her audience. Take a look at how she uses Photo Tweets to show her personal side. She shows off photos of her pets and promotes her sponsors. She keeps her fans engaged. They can’t wait to see what she’s doing next.
Here are a few ways musicians and authors can connect with their fans though social media.
Share photos of yourself behind the scenes getting ready.
Picture of yourself tweeting your audience or updating your Facebook page.
Are you nervous before a concert or book signing? Tell your audience how nervous you are through a Tweet or Fb update and mention how thankful you are they are there to support you on your journey.
Picking out a new outfit for your big show? Big premiere? Big book signing? Little book signing? Share a photo of you behind the scenes picking out your new outfit.
Have someone capture a picture of you during a speaking engagement, signing autographs or simply speaking to a fan, sitting behind your desk dreaming up your next character.
The bottom line is you need to be consistently connecting and engaging with your fans. Growing your fan base. If you are a self-published author and dream of being successful or even published the traditional way you have to have an established brand/platform. You need to be where your audience is. What is the age group of your fans? If they are tweens you need to be on Instagram. If they are grown adults you need to be on Facebook. Twitter is a vital place to be. 400 million tweets per day is nothing to sneeze about. 4.6 billion people click the like button every day on Facebook! This speaks volumes Read the rest of this entry »