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?
Check out the Financially Savvy Inner Circle!

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!

For more info and to join me and many other fabulous women in the circle, click here

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
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  • E-newsletters
  • Press Releases 
  • Press Kits
  • Proofreading/Editing
  • Social Media Maintenance
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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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