mentoring

Becoming an entrepreneur is exciting, but it can also be a bit scary.

You’re stepping into uncharted territory, and even if you’ve taken all the courses and read all the books, some things are best learned by experience. But that doesn’t mean you have to leave these things completely to trial and error.

Getting feedback and advice from fellow businesswomen can be a huge help to entrepreneurs who are just starting out. By seeking out a mentor, you give yourself the opportunity to learn from someone who has been there. You can benefit from her experience, avoiding common mistakes and learning the tricks to running a successful business.

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The Internet – The Great Equalizer

Originally considered primarily a man’s territory, the Internet has become a home for women. Today, over half of Internet users are female.

But women aren’t just browsing websites and shopping –  they are making their presence known.

The  Internet has made it possible for women to overcome hurdles of the past. Women who pursued stereotypically male hobbies such as technology, for example, had few opportunities to be heard before the Internet came about. Now they can purchase a domain, a hosting account and publish their findings and opinions for all the world to see.

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Building blocks for successful solopreneur women

Thinking of starting a new business or updating your current business?

There are 5 essential building blocks that you need to consider before you “open for business.”

As with building anything, you need a solid foundation.  Skip one of these essential steps, and you will find your business becomes shaky and prone to collapse.

If you have a business but can’t seem to find customers, chances are you missed one of these critical components which threw off all of your efforts to build a strong business.

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Your gmail or most other major email hosts can be one of your best “quiet” tools. Supercharge your custom signature and get every email you send to do a little marketing for you.

As part of my 21-day challenge to grow my list by 500 contacts in the next 100 days, I started researching all kinds of strategies and this one popped up as a no-brainer.

I’ve always had some kind of text in my signature line with links to my social profiles but I just upgraded my whole sign-off with the help of a free program called WiseStamp.

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Woman frozen by fear

As solopreneurs, we often suffer from paralysis due to fear.

 

 

 

Fear of not being good enough. 

Fear of failing. 

Fear of being a fraud. 

The list goes on and on.

Once that chatter starts in our head, we often “check-out.”  Suddenly there’s email to check, laundry to be done, or a video game that just needs to be played. 

No matter what your delay strategy is, when fear grips us, the work we need to do, comes to a screeching halt.

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distracting chaos

Are you guilty?

Do you find yourself wasting time surfing…the internet?  Do you look forward to wasting that time?

I’ll be the first to admit it, I am guilty.  There are days, like today for instance, where I just don’t want to work and I am using the internet as a pleasant distraction.

Whether you’re starting your own business, working at an established company, or just trying to get things done around the house, there’s a good chance that the one thing intent on keeping you from getting things done is the Internet.

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BUILD YOUR BIZ

Social media like LinkedIn are known to be a great way to promote your small business but many women just don’t know where to begin. I recommend LinkedIN in particular because it’s a more professional version than other types of social media like Facebook. LinkedIn is more like being involved in a “business after hours” networking event than a party like Facebook is. It’s a place to show only your professional side and connect to people who are serious about business. Here are five ideas to get you started using LinkedIn to promote your small business.

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The-Miracle-Morning

This book gets my “definitely worth reading” vote.  It’s a short read which is great because so many books waste pages and words saying things that could have been said much simpler and to the point.  So one point for brevity.

While the concepts in the book aren’t new, the presentation is fresh and extremely motivating.  If you can’t commit to a morning routine, you are saying you don’t want to commit to success.  So point two for compelling content.

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You Tube Logo

YouTube  has quickly become one of the hottest destinations on the Internet and is the single most searched video source.

Once a handicapped platform due to slow Internet connections, the widespread use of broadband has made online video a popular attraction.

YouTube, one of the bold first sites to have been built around online video,  has made sharing and watching home-made videos extremely popular.

Marketers were quick to catch on to the possibilities presented by YouTube. They began to create “viral videos”, clips that were intended to draw interest and spark widespread distribution. YouTube’s embed feature allows anyone to place videos on his blog or website, so by creating funny or informative videos, marketers could spread their message far and wide.

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BuildYourFollowingNow

It starts NOW!

Now is the best time to start growing your following even if you are still building your product/service.

The Build Your Following Now Newsletter will give you a brand new 21 Day Challenge each month that will help you grow your list.

For 21 Days both you and I will be working the same strategy.  As a challenge participant you will have a dedicated mastermind forum to ask questions, share your results and see the results of others.

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