Thursday, April 28, 2011

6 Tips for Achieving ANY Goal You Have

I was trying to think of a topic to write about today, so I decided to look through some interesting articles I had torn out of old magazines. I came across one from the November 2008 issue of ESSENCE (don't judge me lol), and the article was called "Yes You Can!" In it, there's a little section with tips on how to increase your odds of accomplishing any goal you have. Keep reading to find out how:

  1. Write it down. Say and write your goals in terms that are affirmative, real and tangible. Saying, "I make great profits from my business" is less effective than saying, "I make $2,000 per month from my business."
  2. Say it aloud. According to Pastor Creflo A. Dollar, each time you speak, you're planting seeds in your heart and setting events in motion.
  3. Make it measurable. "I'm going to network more," is not as attainable as "I will network two hours per week online and attend one networking event per month.
  4. Take small steps. Yes, turning your business into a million dollar enterprise might be your ultimate goal, but you need to break it down into steps you can take in your spare time or on the weekends.
  5. Get support. But be selective about who you get it from. According to Valerie Burton, sharing your goals with people who encourage you can be powerful.
  6. Drop and add. Have you outgrown any goals that you had years ago? Get rid of 'em! Let go of the old, and embrace the new!

What are your tips for achieving goals?

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 4.25.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"Be your own cheerleader. Don't look for acceptance from anyone else... look in the mirror and say to yourself, 'I can do it!' "
- Alvina Alston

Thursday, April 21, 2011

25 Ways to Deal with Stress as an Entrepreneur

If you own your own business, I'm sure you know that stress can be a common occurrence in your life. And while a little stress is okay and can even be beneficial, too much of it can have not-so-great effects on you.

Stress can cause headaches and migraines, fatigue, sleep problems, sadness, depression and a lack of motivation.

Since April is Stress Awareness Month, here are 25 tips to help you lessen your stress so you can focus on taking your business to the next level:

  1. Divide up household responsibilities with your family.
  2. Exercise regularly.
  3. Get enough sleep.
  4. Eat healthy foods and a balanced diet.
  5. Stay away from negative people and situations as much as possible.
  6. Get massages (either professional or from your spouse/partner).
  7. Organize, and use your time wisely.
  8. Talk with friends or family about your thoughts, goals and fears.
  9. Learn to say "no" to things that will make you feel overwhelmed.
  10. Take regular breaks to relax and rest.
  11. Pray.
  12. Meditate.
  13. Do yoga.
  14. Journal (vent your feelings, and write down things you're grateful for).
  15. Keep a flexible schedule.
  16. Try to maintain a clear boundary between work and personal life.
  17. Prioritize, and plan your day before it begins (the night before or in the morning before you start working).
  18. Work on each task individually (no multitasking).
  19. Declutter, and organize your work area.
  20. Eat some chocolate.
  21. Breathe deeply (inhale slowly through your nose while counting to four, exhale slowly through your mouth while counting to eight).
  22. Listen and/or dance to music.
  23. Take a walk.
  24. Repeat affirmations.
  25. Always think positively.

How do you handle stress as an entrepreneur? Feel free to share your tips below! : )

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 4.18.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"The thoughts we choose to think are the tools we use to paint the canvas of our lives."
- Louise Hay

Thursday, April 14, 2011

5 Ways to Stay Healthy as an Entrepreneur

As an entrepreneur, you probably have a lot going on: working on your business, marketing, doing the work for your clients/customers, spending time with your family and friends, making time for yourself, etc. And because you have a lot going on, you may find that living a healthy lifestyle is the last thing on your mind. Well, it shouldn't be. If you're not taking care of yourself, it's going to be very difficult for you to handle everything else you have going on in your life.

With that said, here are five tips to help you become healthier:

  1. Schedule time to work out. Exercise is essential when it comes to keeping your body healthy and your immune system strong. Doing aerobic and strength-building exercises consistently will help you feel more alert and keep your energy levels stable, which helps you do your best work and can directly impact your success. If you have to, write "work out" on your calendar or in your planner so you know it's a part of the day's activities (that's what I do).
  2. Eat a balanced diet. Trust me, I know how hard it is to do this. It's a lot easier to grab a burger or candy bar when you're hungry, especially if your day is super busy. But, for your health, it's important that your diet is balanced. As much as possible, eat whole foods, vegetables and lean meats. And for snacks, try fruit, nuts like almonds or pretzels.
  3. Get the essential vitamins and minerals. These are important when it comes to maintaining your bodily functions and enhancing your health overall. If it's hard for you to get the recommended intake through natural sources (fruits and vegetables), think about supplementing your diet with vitamin pills.
  4. Stress less. This can be easier said than done, but stress over long periods of time can have serious adverse effects on your mind and body. Ways to avoid and/or lessen stress include a nice walk, meditation, exercise and yoga; any activity that relaxes you and takes your mind off of whatever is stressing you should work.
  5. Get enough sleep. Ideally, your body needs between seven and eight hours of quality, uninterrupted sleep to function properly and help you stay alert.

How do you make sure you stay healthy as an entrepreneur? Share your tips below! : )

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 4.11.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

- Mark Twain

Thursday, April 7, 2011

7 Tips for Writing Website Copy

As an entrepreneur, I'm sure you have a website. And if you have a website, I'm almost certain that that's where a lot of your clients/customers find you, especially if your business is solely online. Because of this, it is vital that the copy on your website is fabulous.

Here are seven tips to help:
  1. Don't use too much copy. When someone visits your website, they don't want to have to scroll on and on and on to get your message. People are impatient and want to know what your business can do for them, and they want to know quickly. So, make sure you're not putting too many words on one page, and be as concise as possible. In other words, get your point across quickly!
  2. Keep it simple. When you're writing content for your site, keep your audience in mind. You want them to understand what your business is about; so, if you must use industry terms, make sure you explain them. Also, keep your sentences short, and use paragraphs (i.e., blocks of text). Do not make one really long paragraph; no one is going to read all that.
  3. Don't use all caps (or lots of exclamation points). I know this is probably a no-brainer for most of you, but hey, someone may need to read this. Writing everything in caps and using five exclamation points makes people think you're yelling at them, and that's no bueno. In my opinion, the only time you should use all caps is when you're saying something is FREE, a SPECIAL OFFER or something like that.
  4. Use words that will make people want to buy. These include words like effective, exclusive, guaranteed, benefit and quality. For more words to use, check out this blog post.
  5. Write like you're talking to a person one-on-one. In other words, use the word "you" when addressing your audience. This makes it more personal for them and makes them feel you're an actual person as opposed to just a business.
  6. Sell the benefits. If you want to sell your products and services, you have to write about the benefits of using them instead of their features. What's the difference? A feature describes your product, while a benefit is what the user gets from it. So, for instance, I could write: "A press release is an announcement sent to the media to let them know what's going on with your business." That's the feature. The benefit could be: "Press releases increase the visibility of your website and increase your credibility with search engines." Essentially, you need to tell your customers how your product will improve their lives and/or businesses.
  7. Edit, edit, edit. You want to be sure that your copy is grammatically correct, that there are no spelling errors, that everything flows smoothly and that everything is consistent. Having errors can cause you to lose credibility with your audience, and in turn, can cause you to lose clients-- and money. With that said, be sure you (or someone else) go through your copy a few times before publishing it.

Need someone to write compelling copy for your website or edit copy you already have? I can help! Contact me for details: or (864) 202.9568. : )

Monday, April 4, 2011

Special Offer!

On Facebook last week, I was promoting my business, asking if anyone needed editing services for their eBooks, etc.

Well, one of my networking buddies, Bianca King of Seven5 Seven3 Marketing Group, offered to sweeten the deal. How? By offering three FREE covers for the first three people to get their eBooks edited by me!

eBook editing is just $25/hour, and the turnaround time is quick-- generally one to two weeks. So, if you need someone to make sure your spelling and grammar are correct and to make sure your words flow smoothly, contact me for more info: or (864) 202.9568.

I look forward to hearing from you!

April 2011 Goals!

Well, April is here, and that means it's time for some new goals. I did pretty good on my March goals and even exceeded some: I received two more sponsors for this month, and I exceeded the number of likers on my Facebook pages that I wanted.

So, my goals this month are (written as affirmations, of course):

  • I successfully earn the money I want this month!

  • I continue working on Mocha Writer and For Colored Gurls, making them the best they can possibly be!

  • I secure three more advertisers for FCG for May!

  • I successfully launch FCG's radio show!

  • I successfully increase the exposure of MW and FCG!

  • I have 1200 "likers" on FCG's Facebook page, and 400 on MW's Facebook page!

  • I increase the numbers of visits and page views on FCG, and I increase the number of newsletter subscribers!

  • I do fabulous work with my current clients!

  • I attract new clients that allow my income to increase!

  • I stay focused and in the present moment, which brings me great joy!

  • I trust God 100 percent to supply all my needs!

  • I expect the best!!

What are your goals for April? Feel free to share! : )

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Motivational Mondays- 4.4.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you! "No matter what happens, no matter how far you seem to be away from where you want to be, never stop believing that you will somehow make it. Have an unrelenting belief that things will work out, that the long road has a purpose, that the things that you desire may not happen today, but they will happen. Continue to persist and persevere." - Brad Gast
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