Thursday, December 29, 2011

6 Tips for Setting Your 2012 Goals


The new year will be here in just a few short days (can you believe it?)! Of course you know that setting goals is important because they help you reach the dreams you have in your life; so, here are a few tips to help you set amazing goals for 2012:

  1. Make them reasonable. You want your goals to be achievable and specific so that they are motivating. For example, one of your goals may be to earn more money in your business. However, it's not enough for the goal to be just "make more money;" it's more effective to have a specific amount: $20,000, $50,000, etc.
  2. Write them down. Doing this makes your goals concrete and helps them stick. If you try to just remember your goals in your mind, you'll likely forget what some of them were. So, write a post on your blog, (if you have one), or keep a journal so you can always look back and see what your goals are.
  3. Share your goals with other people. This helps you become accountable, and like writing them down, sharing your goals can reinforce the goals in your mind. Talk with a close friend or family member about your goals, and be sure to share your progress with them throughout the year. These individuals can help you stay focused, regain focus if you lose it and encourage you through the rough times.

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Motivational Monday- 12.26.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you


"Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it."

- Goethe

Thursday, December 22, 2011

How to Kick the Perfectionist Habit


I am a perfectionist in recovery (can you relate?). It is a habit that I'm working on, but admittedly, I still struggle with it from time to time. Fortunately, I found this article with great tips on kicking the perfectionist habit. If you need help, too, read on:

1. Address the real issue. At its source, perfectionism really isn't about a deep love of being meticulous. Actually it's about fear: The fear of disappointing other people, of making a mistake, of failure and/or success. So, the next time you're going around in endless circles on a project, ask yourself what you're afraid of (regardless if you feel consciously fearful or not); go deep for an answer. You'll be surprised at what you find out.

Once you've figured it out, deal with it head-on. Whether you're uneasy about working with a new client or afraid that you'll miss a deadline, go through the worst-case scenarios in your mind. Keep coming up with worse and worse situations until you can't anymore. A lot of times, when you deal with fear face-to-face, it loses its power...and then you're free to work more productively.

2. Make time limits. At times, it's difficult to know when you've gone from being meticulous to obsessive. When you're in the thick of a project, it's easy to really believe you have to spend all that time brainstorming, researching, revising, etc. Many times, it's only after you've been working for hours and hours that you see that half the work you've been doing wasn't really needed and that you wasted a lot of time.

Prevent time-wasting by setting an objectively sensible time limit to finish each task. If you run out of time, no matter where you are in the task, stop and move to a different one. This has two advantages: 1) It's like an alarm to let you know your perfectionist habits might be taking over; and 2) It forces you to take a breather and gives your mind the opportunity to relax. When you get back to the task, you'll look at it in a fresh way and be prepared against letting your perfectionism get the best of you.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Holiday Special!

The holidays are here, and 2012 is right around the corner! Now is a great time to make sure that your business website is up to par for the new year.

So, from now until December 31st, you can get two pages on your website reviewed for just $50! I will make sure everything flows smoothly, that your spelling and grammar are correct and that you are showcasing your business in the best and most fabulous light!

To take advantage of this offer, click the button below, and email the two pages you want reviewed to jamiefleming@mochawriter.com. If you have any questions, please contact me.

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Motivational Monday- 12.19.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!


"Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough."
- Og Mandino

Thursday, December 15, 2011

How to Write a Sales Letter That SELLS

By Ali Brown






No matter what type of business you're in - you've probably faced the challenge of trying to sell your products and services online. Maybe you have a brief description and hope the picture sells itself. Or maybe you went a little further, listing a few paragraphs, the price and a few testimonials.

If you're not getting the response you were expecting, it might be time to try something new. And a VERY effective tool to sell online is to create a special sales page w/a "slippery slope" sales letter.

Remember that game Chutes & Ladders? If you landed on a space that had a chute on it, you just went down. No turning back. That's how your sales letter should be -- a "slipper slope" that pulls in the reader because it's so compelling and interesting

Here's a basic outline of the 13 elements you want to include in your sales letter. (To see an example of them all in action, visit the sales page for my program called 24-7 Web Sales: Get More Leads and Clients Online at Little to No Cost).


1. Limit your navigation. Your web visitors should not be distracted by links that take her to your bio, other products, etc. The idea is to keep her on this page, reading your copy, focused and inviting her to order.

2. Give a powerful headline. Your headline can make or break your sales. If it's not compelling, your visitor will click away. Here's an easy headline formula: "How to ___________ so you can _______." Make sure the second part gives a big benefit, for example, "double your business" or "gain peace of mind."

3. Discuss the problem the prospect has, or incorporate your own story. Marketers call this "pushing the 'ouch' button." First discuss the problem or pain that the reader has, and then lead in to how your product will solve it. Or share your own failure-to-success story that the reader can empathize with.

4. Tell us who you are. If I'm going to buy your stuff, I'd like to know why you're qualified to sell what you're selling. Give me the feeling that you've learned a lot about this topic and want to share it with me.

Add a picture, video or audio message to help the reader instantly feel like she knows you better, increasing the "trust factor." And people buy from those they feel they know, like and trust!

5. Use bullets like mini headlines. Lay out everything I'll get from your product. Don't just list your table of contents verbatim! Turn each point into an exciting secret. For example, suppose your e-book features five tips on how to save money on groceries. That bullet could read, "Revealed: 5 ways you can save hundreds of dollars on your monthly grocery bill."

6. List plenty of testimonials. Show your prospects they won't be the first to buy. It's more effective to weave-in testimonials throughout your sales letter than to have a separate section for them. Give each person's full name and Web address and for extra power, post their photo and an audio or video testimonial as well.

7. Tell us why your product is such a great value. How does the price of your product compare if I hired you one-on-one? For example, your manual is a great value at $49 if an hour consultation with you would run me $250.

8. Throw in a few great bonuses. Offer special bonuses (preferably created by you) that are so good that you could sell them alone if you wanted to. It could be a list of resources, a collection of articles, a complimentary product, extra tips on a certain subject or a free consultation.

9. Give a guarantee. This puts your prospect at ease, giving her no reason to NOT buy. The amount of sales you GAIN from this strategy dramatically outweighs the risk. What, how and how long you guarantee can depend on many factors.

10. Request immediate action by having a limited time offer. Some sales pages use trick scripts to make it seem like the offer always ends on that day at midnight, but I find these insulting. If you really will be raising your price soon (and you always should be), list the exact date and stick to it. Otherwise, just say it's an introductory, limited-time offer.

11. Make it ABSURDLY CLEAR what to do next.  Nothing bothers me more than when I'm at a Website, have my credit card ready, and I can't find the order link! Make your order process idiot-proof. Exampple: "Click below to order now." Also, you may even sprinkle in order links throughout your page -- some people will be ready to buy before they get to the bottom.

12. Make one last plea. In your P.S., right after your signature, emphasize that I should act now. For example, "Don't miss out on this great opportunity. Remember you can buy now and change your mind at any time."

13. Don't forget your contact information! Readers WILL have questions, so provide an email address on your site that you or someone else will check at least daily. Also, don't you feel better buying from a Web site that lists a real address and phone number?

Your sales page is just one component of a successful, revenue-generating website. And if you'd like to learn how to transform EVERY page of your website into a fully functioning SALES machine, then don't miss my "24-7 Web Sales" program.
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Entrepreneur mentor Ali Brown teaches women around the world how to start and grow a profitable business that makes a positive impact. Get her FREE Cd "Top 10 secrets for Entrepreneurial Women" at www.AliBrown.com




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Monday, December 12, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 12.12.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!


"Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible."

- Tony Robbins 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Facebook Posting Methods That Work!


Have questions about marketing on Facebook? Well, a new study from a San Francisco-based social media strategy firm provides an in-depth analysis of the top 20,000 Facebok pages and up to a quarter million posts in an effort to figure out the most useful posting methods.

In a just-released report Engagement and Interaction: A Scientific Approach to Facebook Marketing, Momentus Media gives answers to seven of the most frequently asked questions by Facebook page admins: 

When is the best time to post? Although weekends and off-peak hours from 2 PM to 5 AM are times when page admins are least likely to add a new post, posts during those times get the highest interaction rates. On the other hand, Thursdays have the highest number of postings during the week and the lowest interaction rate. Since a high level of postings cause a lower interaction rate from users, posting in off-peak hours means you'll obtain more interaction from fans.

How many times should I post per day? While you may think too many posts would offend your fans, the report indicates that frequent posting actually increases interaction. And as you might guess, fewer posts lessen the chances of users seeing them. Although unsubscribe rates increase after three posts per day, they level off at higher frequencies. The secret? Find the balance between optimizing interaction and managing unsubscribers; this will be different for every business.

What kind of content draws the most interaction? Hands down, photos produce the highest interaction rate for the six varieties of content; status updates are number two, then -- in descending order-- it's video, music and links. Photos are at the top since they're visual, simple to digest and draws emotion.

Check out the other four questions and answers in my source, Facebook Posting Techniques That Really Work.


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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Favorite Posts of 2011

The year is almost over (can you believe it?)! As you probably know, I've written dozens of posts on this blog, so I wanted to share with you five of the most popular posts from this year (in case you missed them or just want to re-read):

Rockstar Business: Sweet Justice

Affirmations for Business Success

Black Women Entrepreneurs: Oprah Winfrey

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone 

7 Tips for Writing Website Copy 

Hope you enjoy them! : )


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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Stay Grounded and Connected with a Success Journal

By Ali Brown




It's said our purpose here on earth is to create, and I see achievement as simply stepping into our best creations. Whether it be making a million dollars or making our most delicious batch of cupcakes ever, achievement inspires. It encourages us to keep bettering our best and also excites others to reach for the stars as well.

When you have conquered a goal or challenge that once seemed impossible, you feel on top of the world, and with that comes an enormous sense of pride and satisfaction. But, that's not all. Success is energizing and a huge self-confidence booster, as you realize what you are really capable of! So achievement breeds more achievement. 

For each goal you achieve, view it as the first step into a much bigger venture -- it's the end of one journey and the beginning of many more. And one great way to stay connected with your success is to RECORD it.

One of the best things I ever did for myself, and my success, was to start keeping a success journal. It's my secret tool to winning big.

Buy a pretty notebook and keep it near your bed. I just picked up a new one from Amazon.com. Every evening, before you go to sleep, write down at least three successes from your day. If you find this a little daunting at first, remember this can be anything from big to small. My list often includes both. I had a chuckle recently when reviewing my list from one day -- it included "I was honored as one of Ernst & Young's Winning Women for 2010" along with opted for a salad instead of burger for lunch" and "organized file cabinet." That's how life is, ladies (and gents). The crucial thing is to get started.

You can write your journal entries at any time of the day, but if you do it as I do -- last thing at night -- you'll drift off to sleep in a positive frame of mind. I find sometimes it even helps me wake up with solutions to problems I had not considered the day before-- my subconscious kept wanting to achieve while I was sleeping!

The value of doing this every day is that it will not only increase your self-confidence, but it will motivate you to do more. Try it, and you'll see-- I promise.

I also love opening up my success journal when something is not going well. If I become discouraged over a project that isn't coming together how it should, or I'm down in the dumps over a mistake that I made, I open my journal to help remind myself how much I have accomplished already.

The good news: success becomes a part of you!


The act of writing down your successes daily-- especially at night before you go to bed-- fixes them in your memory, and they become a part of you. Your journal will continually and actively remind you that you are an achiever. This will keep your momentum going and help create more success in your life.

So don't wait any longer-- go out today and buy a pretty notebook and beautiful pen and write down those successes tonight. Your first one could be taking action on this article!

Entrepreneur mentor Ali Brown teaches women around the world how to start and grow profitable businesses that make a positive impact. Get her FREE CD "Top 10 Secrets for Entrepreneurial Women" at www.AliBrown.com




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Monday, November 28, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 11.28.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!


"Whatever you're thinking right now, think bigger!"

- Dee Marshall

Friday, November 25, 2011

Earn More Money, and Keep More of It!

Antonina Geer, CEO of
Simplistic Financials, LLC
Are you a woman entrepreneur who wants to earn more money and keep more of the money you earn?
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The solution to earning more money in your business, keeping more of what you earn and growing a successful business is properly managing the money side of your business! You will learn how to do just that with the Financially Savvy Inner Circle, created by Antonina Geer of Simplistic Financials, LLC. Through the circle, you'll be educated, inspired and empowered to, once and for all, overcome your financial challenges and take control over the money matters in your business and life.

The benefits of being a Financially Savvy Inner Circle member include:

  • Monthly Members Only Content Call with Antonina (where you'll learn strategies like increasing your cash flow, growing your cash and more)
  • Monthly Q & A Calls with Antonina
  • Guest Experts 
  • Monthly Member Spotlight
  • Worksheets, checklists and templates to help in working through what you've learned 
  • And much more! 

You can join The Financially Inner Circle Today for an investment of just $27/month and get your first month for just $1.00!

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Motivational Monday- 11.21.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!


"Don't worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try."

- Jack Canfield

Black Friday- Cyber Monday Special!

In honor of Black Friday & Cyber Monday, you can get 20 percent of ALL Mocha Writer services from November 25-28!

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  • Bios
  • Blog posts
  • E-newsletters
  • Press Releases 
  • Press Kits
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Grow Your Business- Even In a Slow Economy



It's Global Entrepreneurship Week, which is the world's largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere- through local, national and global activities- to explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.

To observe this occasion, below are some tips on how you can grow your business in this economy from CEO Coach Yolonda Mason. Although the economy may be slow, there are some entrepreneurs who are successful. And their success comes from remaining focused on the main strategies that ensure success. Here are some ways you can be successful, too:

Discover your 10 sales balloons. These represent the different ways a business will set out to generate leads and boost their brand awareness. The strategies will be different for each business, but the main thing is to do some of everything, all the time. Examples include getting referrals from customers and clients, networking, hosting workshops or seminars, distributing a newsletter and creating strategic alliances. All of these are strategies you can use to connect with potential customers. Mason says that entrepreneurs should be sure their businesses use all 10 strategies as opposed to just one or two-- you never know when a prospect might hear a marketing message. And if you only focus on one or two methods, you may miss out on certain opportunities.

Target market. In a not-so-great economy, it's even more essential to focus on who, exactly, your target market is and the marketing message. You must be sure you're talking to the right customers, and that's why you must understand your target market. If you're creating a business, do market research before your product launch. If you're an established business with declining sales, it might be time for you to revise your market research; some of your target market's demographic might have changed.

For two more ways to grow your business, check out my source, Tips from the CEO Coach: Tips to Grow Your Business in a Slow Economy.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 11.14.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!


"If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise."

- Robert Fritz

Thursday, November 10, 2011

11 Things I've Learned from Lifeclass



Along with millions of other people around the world, I've been watching, loving and learning from Oprah's Lifeclass. It's been really inspiring and thought provoking; here are 11 things I've taken away by watching:


  1. Your real job is to figure out your calling, who you're meant to be and find out how to do it in the best way.
  2. Sometimes, you have to do what you don't want to build a foundation to do what you really want.
  3. Honoring your calling makes everything else better about your life. Honoring and heeding your calling feeds and fuels your life.
  4. It's never too late to start to live your best life.
  5. The only way to know what to do in life is to pay attention to life now. Listen to God, not others.
  6. If that [whatever "that" is] is what you believe you were born to do, you do it!
  7. You are where you are because of what you believe.
  8. What you have done is not who you are.
  9. It's never too late to change.
  10. You rise into your best self when you know better and choose to do better.
  11. Only you have the power to make your life what it's meant to be.

What lessons have you learned from Lifeclass?


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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Learn to Use Social Media to Build Your Business Online

Tamyka Washington aka The CEO Mamma
Are you tired of wasting time on Facebook and Twitter and wondering why you're not getting new clients to notice you?

Do you want to know how to really use social media to build your business online?

If you answered "yes" to the above questions , then you'll love this: My friend and colleague, Tamyka Washington of The CEO Mamma is offering a free teleseminar on November 17th, 5 Social Media Secrets: Easily Attract Your Ideal Clients & Increase Your Income on a Shoestring Budget.

As an entrepreneur, I'm sure you know the importance of social media in your business: It helps you develop new relationships and networks, create brand awareness and allows you to tell your customers/clients about new products and services. I know that for me, it has helped me connect with lots of people all over the U.S. and the world, and it helps me grow my business. 

So, if you're ready to take your business to the next level, be sure to register for this free event!

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Tamyka Washington is a wife, mother to six, Founder/CEO of The CEO Mamma Network, marketing strategist, coach and mentor. She teaches new and seasoned women entrepreneurs how to utilize social media and network marketing to develop a recognizable brand and profitable business online.

Tamyka holds a great passion for helping women rediscover their passion and purpose while learning how to overcome limiting beliefs and past failures that keep them stuck and prevent them from moving forward and living to their fullest potential.

For more info about Tamyka, visit her websites, TheCEOMamma.com and CoachTamyka.com

Monday, November 7, 2011

Motivational Monday- 11.7.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!


"The only limits we have are the ones in our minds."

- Regina King

Thursday, November 3, 2011

5 Strategies to get 'unstuck' & take your business to the next level!

By Sylvia Browder


If you've ever watched a turtle slowly cross the road to get to the other side, you know it's a long journey across. As a business consultant, I talk to small business owners regularly who are at a crossroad and frantically want to take their businesses to the next level but finding it difficult to get 'unstuck.'

At a recent business conference in Washington, DC, I met Nell Merlino, CEO of Count Me In and creator of the Make Mine a Million initiative. In our conversation about how to avoid being 'stuck,' she stated, "To avoid being stagnant, it is imperative for women entrepreneurs to think BIGGER. To think and dream bigger will enable you to take your business to the next level!"

If your business has been a bit stagnant lately, here are five strategies to overcome your fear and get unstuck:

Conduct a SWOT Analysis
To move forward, you need to determine where you are at in your business. When conducting a SWOT, you are analyzing your business strengths, weaknesss, opportunities and threats. Strengths and weaknesses are internal conditions of your business. According to experts, most small businesses are great at looking at the internal aspects but fail to look externally, which are threats and opportunities. Take a closer look; here are some key questions you must be able to answer when creating your SWOT:


Strengths:

  1. What do you do well? For example, review your sales, operations, marketing and management.
  2. What are your core competencies?
  3. What experience do you bring to the table?

Weaknesses:

  1. Where do you lack resources? For example, evaluate areas such as customer service, marketing, accounting and business planning processes.
  2. In what areas can you make improvements?
  3. Where are you losing revenue?

Opportunities:

  1. What new requests are your customers asking for? Can you fulfill their needs?
  2. What are the technological advancements?
  3. What are the economic trends that benefit you?

Threats:

  1. What are the negative economic trends?
  2. What are the negative political and social trends?
  3. Where are your vulnerabilities?

Set SMART Goals
Your business success depends on designing an effective goal-setting strategy. Goal setting is crucial if you want to remain successful and competitive. Once you identify what goals you want to implement, you will need to find a way to review and measure progress. Some goals will take time to achieve, so it is important to measure your progress regularly. Try implementing SMART Goals into your planning. SMART Goals is a simple tool used by businesses to formulate an actionable plan for results. SMART illustrates the five characteristics of an efficient objective:

S- specific
M- measurable
A- attainable
R- realistic
T- timely

A common reason for failure in completing goals is having too many on your plate. Determine what your priorities are and then focus on them. By prioritizing your goals, you are focusing on those that are important to the overall success of your company. The key to success is setting goals for your business is making sure they are attainable and measurable.

Create Practical Time Management Goals
Once you've set your goals, you need a plan to manage them. Your time is your most valuable asset! Being able to manage your time efficiently is paramount! Time management skills are extremely important as you go through your day wearing the many hats it takes to run a small business.

Why do you want to set specific goals to manage your time effectively? Well, setting simple goals will force you to plan your time wisely, thus allowing you to get a sense of achievement and reduce work and life stress. For example, if spending time with your family is important, try working fewer hours on Friday so that you can honor that goal.

By scheduling your time based on your goals, you can assess if your goals truly align with your core values, both professionally and personally. If you find that your goals are out of align, then you are able to identify key areas that need adjusting before they get out of control.

Design a Stellar Customer Service Strategy
Having a well thought out and planned customer service strategy is a vital and important part of your business model. What is quality customer service? It involves relationship building, establishing communication, building trust and resolving potential problems or conflicts.

Are you at the top of your customer service game? Do you have processes in place to handle customer complaints? How do you measure quality service? According to most consumer surveys, a typical business hears from about four percent of its unhappy customers, while 96 percent just go away, and 91 percent will never come back.

Don't sit on your morals! You should never get too comfortable; instead, regularly assess the strengths and weaknesses of the quality of your services, your processes and your customer approach. As a business owner, you should make it a practice to over deliver and under promise.

Measure your Progress
You've been stuck in this rut for a while, and chances are, you weren't measuring your customers' satisfaction. Make it a part of your day-to-day routine to ask your customers for their opinions. Welcome suggestions about how you could improve their experience. A few ways that you can gather their feedback:

  • Surveys or questionnaires. The most effective way I have found is to create electronically. Though there are several popular services, I have had the best experience with Survey Monkey.
  • Phone. Make sure you are professional, and ask permission to take up their time. Create a simple script so that you can stay on target and consistent.
  • Email. This is a quick and easy way. Check your message for grammar and other inaccuracies.


Getting unstuck and out of your rut takes effort and intention. Moving through and letting go of your fears will enable you to stay focused and keep it moving!
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Sylvia Browder is CEO of Browder Consulting Group, a virtual small business consulting firm. In her role, she helps women in business grow and succeed. She is also founder of National Association Women on the Rise, a virtual community for aspiring and established women entrepreneurs. She is employed as Project Director for The Women's Business Center, Inc. She has served as an online volunteer SCORE counselor since 2004. 


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Monday, October 31, 2011

Motivational Monday- 10.31.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!


"Every day, do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow."

- Doug Firebaugh 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Better Me: A 52 Week Challenge

By Ms. Scripter






I AM LOST.
I am lost in transition. I am in a period in my life where there is so much I want to do, goals I NEED to accomplish, just things that I need to do to make sure I am working towards being the BEST that I can be! It's so easy for me to get caught up in the happenings of life I forget what really matters. ME. I matter. With being a mom, daughter, friend, essentially that ONE person that everyone depends on, put their burdens on and the leader in most things, it can be kind of overwhelming. Then something happens. It becomes redundant; I get sad/depressed and stuck in a rut until it is time to do it all over again. I NEEDED to do something about it. I was tired of feeling the same old defeated way. I was bored, confused, distracted and just freaking tired.

THEN. THERE. WAS. FEAR. 
Yes, I was scared. Terrified that yes, I wanted all these changes, I had all these goals, and yet I had no idea how I was ever going to fit them into my busy life, much less accomplish them. I have NO discipline! I have a real problem with discipline. The last goal I had completely went kaput! I told myself that I was going to break the habit of cursing ( I sometimes curse like a sailor; don't judge me), yet I called the blog owner a bitch (I just talk to her like that) before the goal was even two minutes old. Yeah, I was a real winner. What in the Fudge Popsicle stick (seeee, I'm trying) was I going to do? I can't just make a goal, say that I am going to do it and NOT stick to it. I do that ALL the time. I was tired of disappointing myself. So what did I do???

I CONFIDED IN A FRIEND.
So, I spoke to my friend who I'll call Christine (which, by the way, is her real name) and told her my feelings, my thoughts, my fears. Like the good friend that she is, she told me like it was. She said, "Yahna, you know what your problem is? You just don't know how to do you. Just do you." Sounds simple, right? Not. I understood the concept; however, to actually adhere to it was going to be the problem. How do I do this "JUST DOING ME CRAP?" Then, something happened.

A FRIEND HAD A PERSONAL CRISIS.
She was settling with her boyfriend and was unhappy. She was the adult in the relationship, and he was the child. Great guy in the sense of how he treated and loved her, but I guess there is more to a relationship than love. Her relationsihp proved it, especially when it started to break her spirit. Relationships shouldn't break your spirit, but heck, it was starting to show. This girl was very strong, very independent, a mother, a hustler, a go-getter, a diva, smart, funny, sexy, yet when looking at her, I saw me.

SHE WAS LOST
Just like me, she was lost. Getting trapped in everyday happenings of life, we forget. There is so much we have to be and live up to that before we even do for ourselves, the hesitation, guilt and fear settles in, and we stop. Just like that, we get defeated. While taking a break from life on my friend's couch instead of my therapist's (which I have yet to get, any suggestions?), BAM; it hit me. I had an A-HA moment while I was writing down my list of goals that I might or might not accomplish. Why not try to accomplish our goals, which happened to be the same but different all together? Great idea, right? Yeah. DUH! What better way to accomplish a goal other than with the help of a friend? Until...


ANOTHER AWESOME IDEA HIT ME SQUARE IN THE JAW...
Why try to accomplish all these goals at once? Not only would it be very hard to complete, but it can essentially become VERY boring, very overwhelming and super boring. No one likes boring. You can spruce it up so many ways, but when you have the symptoms of being an ADHD adult like me, you better mix that shit up (I'm trying-- *shrugs*). Being the super smart person that I am (totally being facetious, though I am totally smart), I figured why not make this a weekly challenge? We had enough goals to last until the APOCALYPSE, so why not at least go for it before the world ends. A whole 52 weeks of just focusing on YOU. Jump in with two feet on the ground. No turning back. No regrets. I mean, seriously, what is the worst that can happen? Absolutely NOTHING! (By the way, if you thought that something could go wrong with this, you are totally being negative. Stop it!).

WHAT WE DID...
Was organized our goals. Separated them into categories of spiritual, health, finances, relationships and miscellaneous (don't ask). We numbered our goals and listed them by importance, which, of course, was pretty hard because they are ALL equally important. Then, we had the daunting task of actually figuring out our main focus point. DOING US. DOING ME. So, we got the list together, and every week, we will focus on a new task and the following week, we would not only focus on a new goal but continue to stack our focus on the previous goal. I think it's a great idea. Don't you? Every six weeks, there will be a free week where we can monitor our progress and do something fun and entertaining. I think this DOING ME challenge will be great.

WANT TO PARTICIPATE?
You definitely can. What better way to change your life than on a Monday morning when it's totally UNEXPECTED?  You can follow this blog where every week, I will list each goal, and I will check in with you to tell you my progress, what worked and what didn't. Though because my life is very colorful, I'm pretty sure there will be some crazy stories, but hey, we are friends, right? Don't judge me, and I won't judge you. The cool thing about this is every week, you can tailor the goal to fit you. For instance, the first goal for this week is to...
Week 1: Praying- Focus on putting GOD first and including him in everything.
Challenge: Try praying more, reading scriptures, writing down thoughts that motivate you. You will need it in the upcoming weeks!
You may not be into religion or church, whatever floats your boat. But, there is something you may need to work on spiritually. Use this week to figure out what it is. Until next week = )

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For-The-Masses (F-T-M) is a group of writers led by founder Ms. Scripter from Brooklyn, NY who decided to embark on discussing about various topics on one platform for the masses. Whether it is entertainment, sports, politics or lifestyle, they will shoot right from the hip and give the masses their perspective. Check them out online at www.For-The-Masses.com and on Twitter and Facebook.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 10.24.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!


"Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal."

- Elbert Hubbard

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Rockstar Business: Right-Hand Mrs.

Rockstar Business is an interview series featuring businesses that rock!


Oneka Bady, Founder & Owner of Right-Hand Mrs.




Mocha Writer: What is Right-Hand Mrs.?
Oneka Bady: Right-Hand Mrs. is an Administrative Consulting Firm that provides custom-tailored administrative and managerial packages to professionals in the hair and beauty industries.

MW: When and why did you start your business?
Oneka:
I started Right-Hand Mrs. in December 2010. I worked solely with one hair stylist from August 2010 until December 2010 as her personal assistant. When I started, I knew that she was a very successful stylist who was by-appointment only and traveled between two states, servicing clients. What I didn't know was that she would stay up until 4 A.M. every night doing back office tasks, all after being in the salon for 12 hours. She would be exhausted and was getting burned out. I saw a need in an industry that was barely touched and dove right in.

MW: Who is your target market?
Oneka: My target market is traveling artists and by-appointment only artists, particularly hair stylists, makeup artists, nail technicians and estheticians.

MW: How did you become interested in doing administrative consulting and particularly for your target market?
Oneka:
I've been in the medical field all my life. Working in the hair and beauty industries was all new to me. Originally, I considered working with small business owners and event planners. Then I thought that I could break into an untouched market and be the first to do so. I so fell in love with the glitz and glamour of the industry and decided to grow. This was the best decision I've made to date.
         Artists that take walk-ins will not really benefit from working with an administrative consultant. Artists that are by-appointment only need assistance with bookings, responding to emails, scheduling, customer service, etc. Traveling artists need assistance with arrangements, being booked solid, accepting deposits to decrease/eliminate no shows, etc.

MW: What are some of your future goals?
Oneka: I see Right-Hand Mrs. becoming an agency that trains people to become administrative consultants and then pairing them with clients. I also see it transitioning from being a service-based business to being a freedom-based business. By this I mean being able to promote and sell informational products in the form of ebooks, teleseminars, workbooks, etc.

MW: Who and what inspires you?
Oneka:
Working a dead end job is what inspires me. I want to be able to leave a legacy and promote entrepreneurship so that my children will never have to work for anyone. My very first client is who inspires me. She packed up and moved across the country, basically to start over from scratch and made it happen all in one year. She is one of the most sought after Hair Extension Specialists in the country, with clients coming from as far away as Kuwait and Dubai. She made a name for herself in this industry and made no excuses while doing it all under 25-years-old. I'm very proud of her and proud to say that she is my BIG little sister.

MW: What do you love most about owning Right-Hand Mrs.?
Oneka:
This, by far, is nothing I've ever experienced in Corporate America. At this time in my life, the freedom to travel and create my own schedule are some great perks that I enjoy. Arranging photo shoots and attending grand openings of my clients are the best. Most importantly, [I enjoy] seeing my clients regain the love for their craft because they are no longer bogged down with the administrative tasks that come along with being a sought after artist.

MW: What is your favorite inspirational quote/saying?
Oneka: Faith is: Following without knowing where; Believing without knowing how; Trusting without knowing why.

MW: What tips/advice would you give to someone who wants to start a business?
Oneka: Running a business is not as easy at it looks. We see successful people and want what they have but don't want to do what they did. You must be willing to put in the work. There will be a lot of sleepless nights. There will be times when you're doing all the work because it's just you. Just stay positive and keep positive people around you because you will need them when you feel like giving up. Stay true to yourself and your vision. Lastly, make sure you have a support system.

MW: How can people reach you?
Oneka: I can be reached at oneka@righthandmrs.com; (347) 494.0695, Monday - Thursday 10 A.M. - 6 P.M. and Friday 10 A.M. - 5 P.M. EST.
[You can also find Right-Hand Mrs. on the website, Facebook and Twitter.]

Do you have a Rockstar business? You could be featured on Mocha Writes! Send me information about your business for consideration: jamiefleming [at] mochawriter [dot] com.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Motivational Monday- 10.17.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."

- Will Rogers

Thursday, October 13, 2011

7 Ways of Getting Your Customers to Say 'Wow'!

By Robert Warlow


Just imagine. You have walked out of a shop or put down the phone after purchasing something and your immediate reaction is 'Wow!' How do you feel? Excited; satisfied; fulfilled ... eager to return and buy again?

Wouldn't it be great if you could get your customers to feel the same way about dealing with you?

Lots of small business owners (and not so small) seem to think that the customer is merely an interference. But how can you get your customers all pumped up and ready to do business with you again? I'll share some tips on exactly how you can get a "Wow!" response and show how it can positively impact your bottom line.

Get promising
These days, too many business seem reluctant to commit to anything. As a result, you walk away with a nagging doubt that nothing is going to happen and so the whole experience is not pleasant. What a refreshing change to get a business that provides firm promises on dates and times or opening hours. Can you provide a clear promise to your customers? Have a think about each aspect of your business and highlight all your 'promisables' in your sales and marketing stuff. One great tip-- under promise and over deliver. Promise delivery in seven days, knowing you can do it in three days. When the goods arrive four days before expected, that's a 'Wow' factor if there ever was one!
         Important point -- if you can't deliver it, don't promise it!

Be a Tigger
Remember Tigger from Winnie the Pooh? He's all over the place, bouncing up and down with endless energy and enthusiasm. He just leaves his friends breathless! What a great person to be and do business with. Are you enthusiastic when you speak and deal with your customers? Are your staff brimming with enthusiasm? If you can't project an image which says, "I'm happy to be here," how can you expect your customers to feel differently? So, have a Tigger day every day!

First impressions
If you have a shop or office where customers visit you, what do your premises say about your business? Is it modern, fresh-looking, clean and tidy? Or is it worn, tired and generally looking run down? Like it or not, customers will judge you on what they see. They may say "Wow" but for all the wrong reasons!
         A pot of paint and splash of colour can make all the difference, and it doesn't have to cost the earth (these DIY programmes have a lot to answer for!).

Be a problem solver
Despite all businesses believing they have great customer service, the fact is that the majority don't. The main reason is that when people complain, most feel that they have not been listened to and their problem has not been solved. Be a solver of problems-- quickly and efficiently. A motto -- 'Resolve to solve.'

Be their friend
I don't know about you, but I am a sucker for business owners who take their time to know me and recognise me when I next call or visit! The bond and the desire to do more business with those types of entrepreneurs is strong for me. Do you take time to build a relationship with all your key clients? Do you go out of your way to greet them when they next do business? As the saying goes, aim to turn strangers into friends and friends into customers.

Value for money
In this day and age of new technology and the hefty prices that go with it, the concept of giving great value is sometimes forgotten. Creating a 'Wow' moment can be as simple as giving a little bit extra, something unexpected. It doesn't have to be of huge value, it's genuinely the thought that counts. However, don't restrict this idea just to price. Price on its own may not work; it has to be tied in with something else-- 2 for 1, a small gift, etc.
          The quality of your product must also reflect value for money. Don't try and pass off an inferior product with a superior price -- you'll, again, create, the wrong type of 'Wow' moment! Medium price and great quality-- a definite, positive 'Wow.'

Call them
The real killer 'Wow' is calling your customer a few days after he has bought. Asking him if the product is fine, whether it does what he wanted it to do, is one sure way of stopping him in his tracks! If everything is great, then you have a customer for life. If there is a problem, wonderful; you have the opportunity to put it right and...have a customer for life. This is a very simple and powerful way of creating 'Wow.'

So, that's it. If you follow these simple ideas, all your customers will be saying "Wow," and they will be coming back time and time again. Who knows? They may even tell their friends. Take some time to review these tips and see how you can apply them in your business.


Robert Warlow
Small Business Success
www.smallbusinesssuccess.biz

Small Business Success is a resource dedicated to helping small business owners be more successful. If you are looking for a regular flow of ideas and tips, then subscribe to Small Business Success, a free newsletter which provides you with quick tips, ideas and articles.
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Monday, October 10, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 10.10.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give the world your best anyway."

- Mother Teresa

Thursday, October 6, 2011

WEPP Power!




I don't think I told you guys, but I'm a part of a fabulous program called WEPP, which is Women Entrepreneurs Partnering for Profit, an exciting women's networking and partnership program that launched on September 1st of this year.

Here's a little more info about WEPP:

The brains behind this wonderful initiative is Cheryl Wood, a motivational speaker, author and entrepreneur. A 12-month recurring program, WEPP is specifically designed to promote the profitability of women in business via "Partnership Clusters"-- intimate groups of focused and committed women entrepreneurs who possess an equal desire to develop, grow and expand their profits through strategic partnerships. The program promotes an abundance mindset that empowers women-owned businesses to pull their resources together versus remaining individual elements. Each annual programs enlists 50 participants who agree to bridge the partnership and profit gap that so many women-owned businesses are missing. WEPP provides a platform to catapult profit earning potential by means of increased: (i) revenue potential, (ii) resources, (iii) exposure & visibility, (iv) industry expertise and (v) collaborations.

First WEPP Meet and Greet

Many trusted community leaders and organizations have joined this initiative as WEPP Power Partners. These high profile individuals and companies endorse and support the concept of the program and add value to the WEPP participants. The 2011 Power Partners include: A'Lelia Bundles (Author, Journalist, Speaker & Great-Great granddaughter of Madam CJ Walker); Dee Marshall (International Speaker & Coach); Cheryl Broussard (Sister CEO); LaFern Batie (Business Strategist & Executive Coach); Lucinda Cross (Mompreneur, Speaker, Founder of Corporate Mom Dropouts); Morgan State University; Heart & Soul Magazine; WomanTalk Live Radio, Sisters 4 Sisters, Inc.; EPNET (Entrepreneurs and Professionals Networking) and Prince George's Community Federal Credit Union.

WEPP strengthens local communities by supporting the financial independence of women entrepreneurs who, in many cases, are the bread winners of their households. The program is involved in a number philanthropic efforts and has launched a "Pay-It-Forward" Youth Entrepreneur Scholarship Program to support aspiring or beginner entrepreneur girls between the ages of 14-24 who want to grow thriving enterprises.

WEPP is currently accepting applications for 2012! You can become a part of this powerful program in the following ways:

  • WEPP Participant
  • WEPP Affiliate
  • WEPP Power Partner
  • WEPP Advertiser

Here's what Dee Marshall, one of the Power Partners, has to say about the program:

"Working for yourself shouldn't mean you have to work by yourself. Having served women business owners for several years, I understand the need and value in strong peer networks that offer more than just a motivational deposit, and the WEPP Program does more than that which is why I'm excited about the businesses that are going to flourish out of Cheryl's brainchild. See you at the top!"

For more information about WEPP, just click here.


Monday, October 3, 2011

Motivational Monday- 10.3.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe"

- Anatole France

Thursday, September 29, 2011

For a Successful Marketing Campaign, 4 Essential Tools!

By Sylvia Browder


Have you ever launched a marketing campaign yet it didn't yield the results you envisioned? Did you take the time to thoroughly research your campaign idea before executing it? Important elements to a sound campaign encompass identifying your product or service and your consumers.

The other day, I met with a client to discuss her upcoming marketing campaign. When I asked her to share her overall goals for this initiative, she looked at me bewildered and said, "I just want more sales."

Well, that's fine and dandy as we all want more sales, but to have a successful campaign, you must consider what your overall objectives are. Every successful marketing campaign begins with a plan. So, in the planning process, these four tools are essential:

  • Goals
  • Strategy
  • Time
  • Measure

Set SMART Goals
A common reason for a failed campaign is lack of commitment. Determine what your priorities are and then focus on them. Once you identify what goals you want to achieve, you need to find a way to review and measure progress. Some goals will take time to achieve, so it is important to measure your progress regularly. Try implementing SMART Goals into your planning. These are simple tools used by businesses to formulate an actionable plan for results. SMART illustrates the five characteristics of an efficient objective:

S- Specific
M- Measurable
A- Attainable
R- Realistic
T- Timely

Create a Strategy
What is the purpose of your marketing campaign? Creating a strategy involves anticipating the future outcome while making decisions in the present. Developing a strategy will help you stay on track with your goals while creating action steps to achieve them.

Make the Time
Have you considered the time it will take to manage your campaign? Time is the most common factor that needs to be incorporated in your campaign to prevent it from losing its effectiveness. So, as you plan your time, it should include the date your campaign will end.

As an example: "I want to increase widget sales by 20 percent between September and December." 


Measure your Progress
How do you determine if your marketing campaign has succeeded or not? Measuring your progress is crucial! Why? It helps in evaluating your efforts and gauging how you are managing your budget.

So, what metrics are you going to use? Here are two that I am familiar with:

  • Google Analytics gives you rich insight into your website traffic and marketing effectiveness. 
  • Social Report, a social network analytics solution, gives you rich insight into your social space and marketing effectiveness.

In conclusion, pre-planning your campaign allows you to target your market and track the results to determine your return on investment or (ROI).

Sylvia Browder is CEO of Browder Consulting Group, a virtual small business consulting firm. In her role, she helps Women in Business grow and succeed. She is also founder of National Association Women on the Rise, a virtual community for aspiring and established women entrepreneurs. She is employed as Project Director for The Women's Business Center, Inc. She has served as an online SCORE counselor since 2004. For more articles like this, visit Sylvia's website, sylviabrowder.com

Monday, September 26, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 9.26.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, September 22, 2011

How to Succeed in Life and Business



A book, "The Leadership Challenge," was recently written that told the story of U.S. Army Major General John H. Stanford. Although Stanford flunked sixth grade, he got into college on a ROTC scholarship. He also served in Korea and Vietnam and ultimately became the superintendent of the Seattle Public Schools and took public education to a new level.

In the book, Stanford is quoted as saying:

"The secret to success [in life] is to stay in love. Staying in love gives you the fire to ignite other people, to see inside other people, to have greater desire to get things done than other people. A person who is not really in love doesn't really feel the kind of excitement that helps them get ahead and to lead others and to achieve. I don't know any other fire, any other thing in life that is more exhilarating and is more positive feeling than love is."

In other words, the secret to success is to stay in love. And to stay in love with your business so it will be more successful, here are a few things you should be doing:

  1. Select businesses and product/service lines wisely. If you're choosing a new business to begin or choosing a new product/service line to launch (and all other things are equal), select the one you're the most passionate about, the one you truly love. Starting anything is very hard work; but if you love it, you'll have that extra fire that will help you succeed. Many people choose businesses and product/service lines only from a revenue or profit potential. However, if you choose based on what you love, you can get your clients/customers to love it, too. And as they say, the money will follow.
  2. Designate your "likes" and "dislikes." To stay in love, you should be working on the parts of your business you love doing, not what you "like" doing and definitely not what you "dislike" doing. For example, if you're handling customer service problems, and you really don't like it, then stop! More than likely, you're not doing a good job at it anyway, and it's killing your energy which prevents you from performing great on the things you do love. Of course, this is easier said than done; as entrepreneurs, we need to wear many hats. However, if you fall out of love, the consequences will be terrible. So, make a list of three things you love doing and three things you don't. Then, make a genuine effort to stop doing the things you don't love doing (don't just ignore them though; find someone else who can do them). 
  3. Hire individuals you like. Of course, we all (ultimately) want the best employees, but what if that person is really annoying? I'm sure we've all had either an annoying co-worker or employee at some point, and these individuals negatively affect organizations. When you come to work daily, you want to be excited about seeing your team. And when you lose that excitement, your love of the business fades and so will your employees' love and eventually, your success.
  4. Speak with others about your business. We've all heard the saying, "The grass is greener on the other side." As an entrepreneur, you probably sometimes think that other people have it easier than you. In actuality, everybody thinks everybody else's life is easier, and your life as a business owner is likely pretty good. So, talk to others about their jobs and businesses. You'll hear many people complaining about their bosses, their clients/customers, their employees, etc. Doing this will make you see that you do have it better than you think, and that will help you stay in love with your business. 

Love is a very powerful emotion, and it gives us massive energy and allows us to fight well after when most people would have given up. And it's just what you need to be successful.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Take Your Business to the Next Level with Expert Calls!


Throughout the month of August, WAHMs WIN held five expert calls, Virtual Village Expert Panel Calls.  Although I wasn't able to be on all of the calls, the ones I listened to were very informative, and I received many nuggets that have and will help me become a successful entrepreneur.

The experts featured on the calls (who included Antonina Greer, Pam Perry and Sheila Hawkins) contributed their knowledge to assist entrepreneurs in their success journeys. The overall topic was How to Develop Savvy in Your Business Relationships, and the sub-topics included How Your Authenticity Impacts Your Business Relationships and How Mentor Relationships Impact Your Business.

If you missed this wisdom the first time, you can get the weekly recordings for only $9.99, which is a 30 percent discount! You can also get Recordings Bundle: 6 Weeks of Wisdom from 16 Women Business Experts for just $30 (67 percent discount!!). This bundle includes several bonuses such as an individual strategy session/consultant with one of the experts from the discussion panels.

To purchase these fabulous and beneficial items, just click here. I promise, you won't be disappointed!


Monday, September 19, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 9.19.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!


"Don't ask somebody to be on your side and you're not already there. Expect yourself to be good, bright and excellent in all you do, but if you do fail, don't beat yourself up about it. Every failure is not a defeat."

- Maya Angelou

Friday, September 16, 2011

The 3 I's of success: Personality traits every entrepreneur should possess

By Sylvia Browder


Recently, I was faced with a situation in which I hired and trusted a seemingly smart, professional and successful business woman, only to be let down drastically by her actions. What you see is really not always what you get. Though I've always been a good judge of character, I must admit, I let my guard down, which left me doing damage control.

"Reputation is the shadow. Character is the tree." Abraham Lincoln

Character is who we are even when no one is watching; it's doing the right thing! So, what attributes should one look for when hiring an Independent Contractor, partnering with other entrepreneurs or collaborating on a business project? These are 3 I's that every entrepreneur should possess.

Integrity
Do you believe integrity is important both personally and professionally? Integrity is the foundation that we all should strive to live by. It exhibits the quality of one's character! While morality is often associated with integrity, morality is what we believe while integrity is what we do with what we believe.

As an entrepreneur, integrity should be deeply rooted at inception of your business as it becomes the heart and soul of your company's culture. Ask yourself:

  1. Is my business compatible with my values?
  2. Am I sure that my success is not coming at the expense of my family, personal and professional relationships or health?
  3. Do the vision of who I strive to be and the life I want to create fit the business decision I have just made?

Answering these questions can help you make adjustments where needed.

Inspiration
"If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader." Dolly Parton

The ability to inspire people to reach great heights of success is a key ingredient of a successful entrepreneur. Inspiration enthuses and ignites greatness. When you feel inspired, it triggers emotions and feelings that enable you to live a purposeful life. I created Empower Yourself Daily Quotes to help others jumpstart their day with positive thoughts! In addition, here are two ways to inspire others:

  • Encourage: People face many difficult obstacles in life. Being supportive during tough times will enable others to rise up and overcome life's hardships.
  • Challenge: Sometimes, people are not sure of that next step to take in their lives. Holding them accountable will push them to achieve more.

Involvement
Have you ever considered the impact you would make on the lives of others by sharing your time and talent? Volunteering or mentoring is such a non-selfish way to give back! There are many ways you can reach out; find non-profit organizations in your area that you feel compelled to work with and volunteer; help your local library or hospital; or mentor youths or adults.

In conclusion, though there are many traits necessary for success in business and life, these are my top three.

Sylvia Browder is CEO of Browder Consulting Group, a virtual small business consulting firm. In her role, she helps Women in Business grow and succeed. She is also founder of National Association Women on the Rise, a virtual community for aspiring and established women entrepreneurs. She is employed as Project Director for The Women's Business Center, Inc. She has served as an online volunteer SCORE counselor since 2004.



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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Dynamic Breakthrough Coaching for YOUR Business!


Are you ready to create the business you've always envisioned and transform your ideas and passion into a steadily increasing flow of eager clients and income?

If so, you're in luck! My friend and colleague, Tamyka Washington (a small business coach), is launching her brand new Dynamic Breakthrough Program on September 15th. Tamyka teaches women entrepreneurs effective strategies and skills that will attract clients and increase sales online!

At the end of her six week program, you will have a clear and focused understanding of how combining your passion, mission and purpose can provide you a rewarding and profitable business. Additionally, you will develop a mindset of success and be able to apply the skills learned to effectively plan, strategize and implement specific marketing techniques to start and grow a profitable business online.

For more information and to reserve your spot, click here.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I'm going away for a little bit...



As many of you know by now, I'm tying the knot soon. In fact, I'm tying it this weekend! That means I will be MIA until next Thursday, September 15th. I'll be replying to emails/messages starting at the end of next week, so don't think I'm ignoring you if I don't reply immediately.

I'll be back soon!




Thursday, September 1, 2011

Your Exchange Brings Your Change

On September 12, 2011, from 12-2 P.M., WAHMs WIN will be hosting its first annual networking and fundraiser event, "Your Exchange Brings Your Change: Understanding the Power of Partnering to Eliminate Weakness." The event will provide an intimate networking atmosphere and raise funds for the Atlanta chapter of the community- benefit organization.

The keynote speaker for this event is Cheryl Wood, a highly-regarded author, speaker and mom entrepreneur who empowers and equips women to take risks, overcome fears and eliminate self-imposed barriers in order to live "Fearless, Focused and Fulfilled." Additionally, she is the 2011 winner of Elevator Pitch Olympics from FraserNET Conference. Guests will also have the pleasure of hearing from a panel of women business experts from the WAHMs WIN Virtual Village. The topic will be "Converting Your Business Relationships-- How to Effectively, Consistently Turn Your Fans or Followers to Loyal Customers or Clients." The panel is the finale of a free series of expert calls WAHMs WIN has held throughout August.

The 5-star green restaurant chosen for this event is The Feed Store Restaurant, located in the historic College Park business district, near Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. This location has historical significance to WAHMs WIN because the ancestral owner was a "founding mother" of the second women's college in the U.S., Cox College, which happened to be located about a block away from The Feed Store Restaurant. Because the main goal of WAHMs WIN is to educate and empower women, this connection is very important.

The organization recommends that guests use the green MARTA public transit system as an inexpensive, low carbon footprint option for attending this event since it is just across the street from one of the main transit stations. Remember, "Green is the new black for your business budget."

WAHMs WIN would be delighted and honored to have you and your plus one be a guest for this highly empowering networking luncheon to help launch the Atlanta chapter for the WAHMs WIN community-benefit organization. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.wahmswin.org.

The purpose of WAHMsWIN.org is to help W.ork-A.t-H.ome Mom.s I.ntentionally N.etworking so that together, we win.

We know that universal wisdom says that Together We Each Achieve More.


Together, WAHMs WIN!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 8.29.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"Decide what you want...believe you can have it, believe you deserve it, believe it's possible for you."
- Rhonda Byrne

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Rockstar Business: GLAM SQUAD CITY

Rockstar Business is an interview series featuring businesses that rock!

CeCe Cordova, Owner of GLAM SQUAD CITY


Mocha Writer: What is your business?
CeCe:
GLAM SQUAD CITY

MW: When and why did you start it?
CeCe: Being a Freelance Makeup Artist and [doing] Freelance Hair Artistry enables me to provide a practical approach to beauty that the everyday woman can replicate. Rather than sticking to makeup models, I'd rather look at each client's face and personality and incorporate both into a new look.

MW: Who is your target market?
CeCe: Designers, weddings, fashion shows, models, anyone who needs on-location makeup and hair services.

MW: How did you become interested in makeup and hair artistry?
CeCe: My love affair with makeup and hair artistry can be traced back to my childhood when I used to play with my mother's makeup. I never dreamed that it would lead me to a career where I would be able to not only practice the art of enhancement but also be able to meet new and interesting people.

MW: What are some of your future goals?
CeCe: I am working towards having my own beauty salon.

MW: Who and what inspires you?
CeCe: Positive people inspire me. People who love what they do and are excited about doing what needs to be done to get the job done inspire me.

MW: What do you love most about owning your own business?
CeCe: Having my own business enables me to make my own schedule and spend more time with my family and friends. I absolutely love what I do, and it reflects in the care that I take in working with every client.

MW: What is your favorite inspirational quote/saying?
CeCe: "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything."

MW: What tips/advice would you give to someone who wants to start a business?
CeCe: Be patient, keep practicing your skills, keep networking, and keep your head up. You can really accomplish anything you are passionabte about!

MW: How can people reach you?
CeCe: On my website: GlamSquadCity.com or email MakeupcitySD [at] yahoo [dot] com.





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Monday, August 22, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 8.22.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"Having a vision for your life allows you to live out of hope, rather than out of your fears."
- Stedman Graham

Thursday, August 18, 2011

10 Black Entrepreneurs To Know


August is Black Business Month! To celebrate, here are 10 black entrepreneurs I think you should know about:

1. Akilah Richards: Founder & Chief Life Chanter, The Life Design Agency. Akilah focuses on life design, and her work aligns women with the resources they need to define, design and live their FULLEST lives. Her role is to help align ALL WOMEN with the resources needed to design their ideal lives.

2. Antonina Greer: Founder & CEO, Simplistic Financials. Antonina provides simple financial solutions for women who want more money, more time and more life. She and her team offers comprehensive solutions to small businesses that are ready to optimize profits, understand financials and streamline processes for maximum results.

3. Bianca B. King: Owner & President, Seven5 Seven3 Marketing. Seven5 Seven3 Marketing Group is an innovative marketing company, here to help business owners surpass their marketing and sales expectations. By being committed to their goals and clients, they provide unique marketing strategies that convert marketing campaigns into customers.

4. Cheryl Wood, Motivational Speaker, Author & Creator of WEPP (Women Entrepreneurs Partnering for Profit). Cheryl empowers and equips women to take risks, overcome fears and eliminate self-imposed barriers in order to live "Fearless, Focused & Fulfilled." She is also the author of How I Flatlined and Woke Up in 45 Days- A Guide to Empowered Living whereby she empowers others to discover their passion, step into their purpose, and live their best lives without regrets!

5. Itiel McVay, Co-founder & Owner, Smell Goods '98™. Smell Goods '98™ is not your ordinary purveyor of fine fragrance oils. Their target market has always been consumers that frequently patronize larger bath & body retailers, and they focus on creating products that clean the skin, condition the skin and make the skin aromatically pleasing.

6. LaShanda Henry, Internet Entrepreneur & Founder of Black Business Women Online. LaShanda owns 15 websites, is a web coach and social networking expert. She is also the creator of Black Business Women Online, a social network for women entrepreneurs of color and professional black women interested in learning how to start a business, boost their businesses and build relationships with other Black business owners online.

7. Mark Bailey, Owner, Yellow Dogg Designs. Yellow Dogg Designs is a graphic design and web development firm that focuses on creating web and print promotional products for small businesses. Their tagline, "Your Vision. Your Image," details their belief that the completion of a customer's finished product could not be possible without the vision they set forth.

8. Pam Perry, PR Coach & Social Media Expert. Pam delivers online branding and marketing solutions for best-selling authors, nonprofits and entrepreneurs. She is also the Chief Visionary of Ministry Marketing Solutions, Inc. and Internet radio host of Chocolate Pages.

9. Roderick Frizelle, So Ambitious Design & Development. A growing software development firm based in Chapel Hill, NC, they use an innovative, results-driven approach to create powerful web applications that blend elegant aesthetics, a smooth user experience and beautiful technology.

10. Tamyka Washington, Founder & CEO of The CEOMamma Network, marketing strategist, mentor & coach. Tamyka teaches new and seasoned women entrepreneurs how to utilize social media and network marketing to develop a brand and profitable business online. The CEOMamma Network is a social network for women entrepreneurs, women in business and those aspiring to be.

Are you a black business owner? Please share your link below. And don't forget to support a black business! : )


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