Award-winning TV & Radio Personality Monique Caradine on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Topic: Are women secretly afraid of their inner millionaire?

Monique Caradine is an award-winning TV & Radio personality, Speaker and a Money & Marketing mentor for women entrepreneurs.

She uses her nearly two decades as a producer and on-air personality and 10 years as an entrepreneur, to help women in business be seen, make an impact and make money.

Monique has been featured on the top national media outlets including CNN, National Public Radio, FOX News, ESSENCE Magazine, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, the Chicago Tribune, Black Enterprise.com and many more.

Her international roster of clients includes globally recognized brands such as INC. Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, the National PTA,  United Way, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Nielsen.

Having mentored dozens of entrepreneurs on how to become influential high-earners, Monique is now seen as one of the most respected experts in the coaching industry when it comes to Visibility and Money.

Monique is a mom and wife who now lives full-time on the beautiful Island of Puerto Rico. http://moniquecaradine.com/


Special for Women Entrepreneur Radio listeners: Monique is hosting the OverFlow Retreat, an event for women entrepreneurs June 4-6, 2014 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Use code: "coachdeb" to receive a special value on your registration for the retreat!

Learn more here: www.OverFlowRetreat.com


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Where Do You Start Improving Your Business?

by Kendall SummerHawk

Whatever stage of business development you’re currently in, you’ll want simple ways you can improve your results. Making more sales, attracting ideal clients, up leveling your branding, hosting workshops, affording more team, growing your list and more.

Where most women entrepreneurs struggle is in knowing which activities they should prioritize first and even more importantly, how to hold on to the mindset that it takes when the business you’re juggling on a daily basis is a far cry from the business of your dreams.

This is where having a system and the right strategies pays off in a big way.

For example, if you’re not yet consistently making enough money to cover all of your expenses, then your focus is best spent on generating your first 8-10 clients at higher fees, rather than wasting your time on launching something like a membership site.

Hear this: Every time you up level your business you can plan on experiencing a period that is a mix of the old and the new. I laughingly refer to this as the “business equivalent of hormone imbalance” (LOL) because one minute you’ll be super excited and completely clear about your new direction, only to find yourself crying the next minute, wondering what you’ve gotten yourself into.

What I do during this time of massive up leveling is follow 3 simple steps that keep me centered and focused and out of overwhelm. I recommend printing these tips out and pasting them on your computer or bulletin board where they’ll help you make this transformation in your business smooth and exciting!

Focus Point #1: Give Yourself A New Mindset


My favorite mindset tip is to ask yourself, “What would a million dollar business woman do?” This is the same question I asked myself when I was looking to make a massive shift upwards in my income. The reason it works so beautifully is because it pulls you out of old patterns and challenges you to think, feel, act and believe as the business woman you desire becoming.

And what if you’re already at high 6-figures or even 7 figures? Simply up the amount. For example, you can make it “What would a 5 million dollar business woman do?”

Focus Point #2: First Create Consistent Cash Flow

Cash flow is the ruling Queen of your business. No matter what stage of your business you’re in, decide how much cash you need to create to cover your expenses, to pay yourself and to give you peace of mind. The key is to be specific and determine your amount first, then focus on the how-to. This (along with other strategies I teach on this topic) will keep you in a proactive mindset regarding your income, rather than in a passive, or reactive, disempowered place.

Focus Point #3: What You Start Your Day With Determines Your Success

In every stage of growing your business you’ll need to let go of tasks and activities that represent the old you, in order to make way for the actions that put you on the path of success at your new level.

My advice is to start your day with the 3 key actions that will bring in new clients, referrals and cash flow. Decide in advance what these are, write them down and do them first — before answering email, voice mail or hopping on to social media.

And Be Sure To Mentor With Someone Who Is Where You Aspire To Be

Women are energetic sponges for the people they surround themselves with. Which means it’s critical for you to invest in spending time with a mentor and get in a coaching group filled with high achievers who are continuously pulling themselves — and you! — forward. You’ll be amazed and delighted how quickly you too, become one of these high achievers that others are inspired to be around!

Would you like to learn simple ways you can brand, package and price your services, quickly move away from 'dollars-for-hours work' and create more money, time, and freedom in you business? Check out my web site, http://www.KendallSummerHawk.com, for free articles, resources and to sign up for my free audio mini-seminar "Money Blocks & Breakthroughs.

Award-winning small business expert Kendall SummerHawk is the leading expert in women entrepreneurs and money.

How to Profit From Your Social Media Profiles

by Sydni Craig-Hart

There is only ONE reason you should have a presence on social media for your business.

That's right. Just ONE.

The reason is - to use the platform to connect with ideal prospects and get them on YOUR mailing list.

It doesn't matter how many fans, followers or connections you have if those "relationships" aren't generating revenue for your business. To get results from the time spend tweeting, updating your Facebook page and posting on LinkedIn, you need to have in place a strategy that converts your connections to email subscribers.

Once a social media connection joins your email list, you now have the opportunity to get to know them, build a relationship and (when the time is right) extend an offer of a product or service to help them solve a problem they are facing.

Now that we are clear on what you should be using social media for, let's review 7 ways you can leverage your profiles to grow your email list:

  •     Tease the content of each newsletter issue before it's sent out with a simple post like "Coming tomorrow: [the theme of your newsletter]." Remind your social media friends why they don't want to miss out on the valuable info you have to share and include a link to your opt-in page.
  •     Post a brief summary of the juiciest part of your newsletter on your Facebook Page, either as a preview or after it's sent, and ask a provocative question that relates to it. If your fans want the whole story, invite them to subscribe to your newsletter.
  •     Pique the interest of your fans and followers by teasing that theme of your newsletter, either with some related posts or by asking your audience for their thoughts on it.
  •     Add an app to your Facebook fan page, which will allow users to quickly and easily add themselves to your mailing list without having to leave Facebook.
  •     When an issue of your newsletter is sent out, make sure you share it on Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+: "Extra! Extra! Read all about it!"
  •     Create or download an image that relates to your newsletter content and post it, along with a link to a sample issue of your newsletter on Pinterest. Tell your audience this is a preview of what they will get when they subscribe.
  •     Regularly post invitations on all of your social media profiles to your opt-in page to encourage new sign-ups. Don't assume everyone has seen it! You are constantly engaging with new connections and your existing connections may not be aware of the free offers, promotions and discounts you have available on your website.

Keep this in mind. Facebook, as we know it, didn't exist 10 years ago. Neither did Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+ or Instagram. Who knows, 10 years from now they may all be gone and we'll be playing with some new social platform.

But YOUR email list is a priceless asset that will always have value and profit potential. So don't get caught worrying about how many fans, followers or connections you have. Instead, use your presence on social media to grow your email list and build REAL relationships with REAL people.

Your pocketbook will be very happy you did!

Sydni Craig-Hart, The Smart Simple Marketing Coach, is founder of SmartSimpleMarketing.com. Known for her easy, strategic and results-focused approach to marketing, she also has the unique ability to find untapped profit centers in her client's businesses so they can create money NOW. Visit www.SmartSimpleMarketing.com for your FREE training course, "5 Simple Steps to More Clients, More Visibility and More Freedom" and apply for a FREE "Profit Breakthrough" session with Sydni!

Business and Money Mentor Elena Camp on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Elena Camp, business and money mentor to women entrepreneurs, returns to Women Entrepreneurs Radio.

She helps women who are in business or want to start a business make six figures and beyond.

Her purpose is to help women make more money, do what they love and enjoy more freedom.

She has a signature system that provides the tools and support to help women entrepreneurs:
  • Increase their Cash Flow
  • Charge What They are Worth
  • Discover their Hidden Profits
  • Create a Money Mindset
  • Establish themselves as Sought After Experts
  • Attract a Steady Stream of Clients

She also helps women understand the laws of money so that they understand and improve their relationship with money. Elena is the author of Passion, Purpose and Profits. You can visit her at www.easyincomestrategies.com.


Date: Wednesday, April 9th
Time: 8:00 pm EDT

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/coachdeb/2014/04/10/business-and-money-mentor-elena-camp-on-women-entrepreneurs-radio





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Author Kimberly Palmer on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Kimberly Palmer, author of The Economy of You
Kimberly Palmer is the senior money editor for U.S. News & World Report and writes the popular Alpha Consumer blog. Along with her staff job, she maintains independent side businesses. She is the creator of Palmer’s Planners, her own line of digital financial guides and money organizers for major life events and goals, such as having a baby, buying a house, and becoming debt-free, which she sells through her shop on Etsy.com. She is also a frequent speaker on financial planning, investing, and other money matters, and a published author.

In her new book, The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life, Palmer delves into a movement among people much like her—professionals and highly skilled workers of all ages who, for financial security and personal fulfillment, are successfully combining traditional employment with entrepreneurial side-gigs.

“Most of us don’t even think of ourselves as entrepreneurs,” Palmer says based on interviews with numerous members of this new breed of moonlighters, “and we didn’t start out with the goal of becoming self-employed. Some of us never plan to leave our full-time gigs. For the most part, we were forced to invent a new plan for ourselves after the original one began to wobble. Taken together, our stories of survival underscore a fact about our economy that few people can afford to ignore any longer: We all need more than one source of income today. Relying solely on a single employer is a surefire way to end up struggling, as so many Americans do.”

Palmer is also the author of Generation Earn: The Young Professional’s Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back. She has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CNBC, CNN, and local television and radio shows across the country to talk about making smart money decisions. She has written for The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Asahi Shimbun/ International Herald Tribune in Tokyo as a Henry Luce Scholar. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in history from Amherst College. www.bykimberlypalmer.com/


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Are You Giving Too Much Coaching?

by Kendall SummerHawk

You love to help others and you genuinely enjoy seeing them succeed. But is this same eagerness leading you to giving too much coaching, and getting burned out in the process?

This is a problem that can sneak up on you quickly, when you find yourself doing anything and everything to satisfy clients’ needs.

Over-coaching may feel like you’re going “above and beyond” to deliver great service, but it ultimately disempowers your clients and limits your ability to offer higher end coaching programs.

Just how much coaching is too much? Let’s see…
  •     Your clients have multiple ways of contacting you, including your cell phone, home phone, private email and more… and they use them all
  •     You routinely allow emergency or “extra” coaching sessions
  •     You often let coaching sessions go longer than scheduled
  •     You do the clients’ work for them because you can do it more quickly and easily (e.g., writing, doing research, initiating a contact, or taking notes)
  •     Your income level is stuck but you don’t have time to take on more clients

Here are 3 tips for turning over-coaching into just-right coaching:

Tip 1: You Don’t Need To Always Be “On” In Order To Serve Your Clients

Ironically, the more ways clients can reach you, the less valuable your services will be perceived. Start by reserving your private line for a few elite clients.

As your business grows, ask your assistant to field client questions. You’ll be surprised what a great job they can do on your behalf, and your clients will feel supported.

Tip 2: Set A Gold Standard About Your Time (Your Clients Are Noticing)

Unless it’s an occasional exception, coaching sessions should end on time, every time. This way, you’re signaling your clients to quickly get to the heart of what they want help with, to be prepared for your time together, and to respect both you AND themselves.

Remember, your clients are watching to see what you allow, and how you run your business. By having clear standards that you maintain throughout your relationship, you’re serving as an outstanding role model.

Tip 3: Stop Volunteering During A Coaching Session

Coaching sessions shouldn’t generate extra work for YOU. So if you’re tempted to say, “I’ll find the name of that book/article/resource for you”, stop! Instead, share with your client what you remember about the resource, then ask them to find it for themselves.

If you need to send your client a document that you have on your computer, find it while you’re on the phone with them and send it before completing the session. Better yet, pop an email over to your assistant to send it for you.

Trust me, your clients will appreciate both how efficient you are, and how focused you stay during your sessions with them.

Making These Little Changes Will Up Your Game, Helping You To Acknowledge Your Value…and Helping You Create Greater Profits While Being of Service

Powerful and profitable coaches are fully and passionately present. When you raise the bar using these simple tips, you’ll quickly find yourself falling back in love with coaching, and feeling energized and ready to serve with grace and ease!

Would you like to learn simple ways you can brand, package and price your services, quickly move away from 'dollars-for-hours work' and create more money, time, and freedom in you business? Check out my web site, http://www.KendallSummerHawk.com, for free articles, resources and to sign up for my free audio mini-seminar "Money Blocks & Breakthroughs.

Award-winning, million dollar marketing coach Kendall SummerHawk is the leading expert in women entrepreneurs and money.

The Ten Things Inventors Should NEVER Do

by Patricia Nolan-Brown, author of Idea to Invention

If you want to know how to invent a product, you can get all the steps to invention you need in my new book, Idea to Invention. Meanwhile, here is an Inventor Help Line with important information to help avoid the top ten traps that many inventors fall into.

1.    Never…Tell people about your idea before it's protected. Somebody you've told might agree that it's a fantastic product and run away with it. And "publicly disclosing" your idea (a fancy way to say "telling people about it") could ruin your chances of getting a patent.

2.    Never…Run right out and get a non-provisional patent first thing
. Why not? Because it's expensive and time consuming. There are lots of easier and less expensive ways to protect your idea without having to jump through all the full-on patent hoops.

3.    Never…Execute an idea before you do any research online or in actual stores
. This doesn't mean putting your idea in front of a firing squad! It means that before you invest a lot of time or money, make a prototype, or start ordering parts, you need to be sure that there's actually a market for your product.

4.    Never…Rely on family and friends for honest opinions. Our nearest and dearest are often groundlessly enthusiastic (or, worse, negative). More importantly, they're not usually the targeted end-user for your product. It's much better to do in-person or online polls (using very general questions so you're not disclosing any important details) to see if your idea has merit.

5.    Never…Quit your day job prematurely. Your income and health insurance are important, especially when you're just starting out. Because the Internet is open 24/7 and always at your fingertips, you can invent around your existing job until you're ready to be a full-time inventor.

6.    Never…Assume you need a middle person in order to succeed. Product evaluation companies, product submission/licensing companies, and many others make their money by convincing you that they can do it better than you can-and many such companies end up owning your patent. With a little time and patience, you can do many of the steps to invention all by yourself-for free! And if you do go through a middle person, be sure to read all agreements very, very carefully.

7.    Never…Be greedy. If a qualified company offers to buy or license your idea, you're just after a fair deal. Don't lose a perfectly good opportunity by asking for the moon.

8.    Never…Expect immediate success. The race to success is a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourself.

9.    Never…Go into debt, lose your house or your retirement funds. If an idea isn't panning out, know when to fold, swallow your pride, and go on to your next idea. Keep your assets untouchable.

10.    Never…Ignore social media
. The Internet is one of your most valuable business tools. You can use social media to promote and sell your products, for customer service, and market research. Not only that, it gives you the ability to contact almost anyone directly and quickly-and it's mostly free. Use it!

Wishing you all the very best ideas and inspirations.

Adapted from Idea to Invention: What You Need to Know to Cash In on Your Inspiration (AMACOM Books; January 2014) by Patricia Nolan.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Patricia Nolan-Brown is the author of Idea to Invention: What You Need to Know to Cash In on Your Inspiration and inventor of the original rear-facing car seat mirror. Patricia holds multiple patents and registered trademarks, and has sold tens of millions of products. Her inventions and their backstories have been featured in national newscasts and magazines. She also has a thriving career as a motivational speaker, for groups from Fortune 500 CEOs to grade-school science-fair hopefuls, and a popular video blog. She lives just north of Boston with her husband, three daughters, and her westie, Coconut.  Find more information about the author and her book at her website http://www.patricianolanbrown.com. You can also follow her on twitter @pnolanbrown or like her on Facebook.

Self Love Guru Jennifer Elizabeth Masters on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Jennifer Elizabeth Masters is The Self Love Guru.

Topic: Orgasm for Life:  A no holds-barred guide for creating BLISS

Born and raised in Toronto, Jennifer learned early that some of our most profound experiences aren't the ones that are the most fun. Not because they deliver treasures, jewels or joy but because they teach you so much about you!

Healing from a traumatic childhood of dysfunction and molestation set Jennifer on a journey that would take her all around the world: from Europe to India, Bali and all across the United States. Living in Montreal, London, Gaithersburg, Maryland, Atlanta, Boulder Colorado and now the sunny Mojave desert of California; Jennifer has seized each moment and found sweetness in every breath.

From flight attendant to Master Gardener, owning her own Landscape Design and installation business (For Heaven Scapes) for 11 years, she is a fearless woman who has done it all.

She is an author, hypnotherapist, Certified Life Coach, mother of 3, Master Energy Healer and ordained minister. As a Scorpio, she unabashedly says she has enjoyed sexual expression. She assists women to find the Sacredness in Sex. Married and divorced 4 times, Jennifer is an empowerment and sex coach for women.

Her motto is: If you don't love being alone with you, how can you expect anyone else to? When we love ourselves completely and compassionately we stop beating ourselves up and gratefully appreciate each experience in our lives as another way to enrich and nurture our soul and others.

Jennifer is an author and expert on Your Tango, a website for discerning women looking for answers about love and sex.

She has met some amazing people along the way.  Being a Spiritual Pathfinder, empowering women to find their own path, rather than follow her. A psychic medium and channel Jennifer's coaching sessions are never dull. She doesn't sugar coat it! http://jenniferelizabethmasters.com

Date: Wednesday, April 2nd
Time: 8:00 pm EDT
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Brand New Branding For Solos

by Barbara Saunders

Branding is a whole new ball game from even ten years ago.

It used to be – in the dusty past – that brands were seared into the flesh to identify the herd. Thankfully, those times are past (unless you count tattoos and piercings, we won’t).

Corporate branding tactics really weren’t much different, treating their customers like so many generic pieces on a game board. Consumer behavior has changed. Today, customers have the power so branding strategy – especially for Solos – needs to change with the times.

The change in consumer behavior

People have grown tired of being shouted ‘at’ but big business. They’re fed up with one-size-fits-all products and having to navigate complex automated phone trees when they have a problem. They’ve learned that they can turn to the internet to search for better options. They can share reviews of other consumers and learn from past mistakes. They can turn to social media to vent their frustration when a company doesn’t deliver.

Consumers today are also drowning in messaging. Compared to just a decade ago, people were hit with about 5,000 ads a day in 2006 (up from 500 a day in 1970). Today, it’s estimated to be over 50,000! Not only are consumers inundated by advertising noise, but their brains are automatically filtering messages for them. That’s why you’re seeing a drastic drop off in the effectiveness of marketing today – even with personalized email marketing that people have signed up for. It’s just TOO MUCH. So what do you do to survive in business today?

The solution has to do with branding

If I were to ask you to make a list of the 5 most influential people in your life right now, could you do it? Why?

Because those people have a personal impact on YOU. There’s a resonance. It’s personal. That’s the solution. Odds are the people you’ve listed said something or did something that caused them to be lodged into your consciousness. A good example is Oprah for me. Over the years, she’s expressed her opinion, shared her trials, and gave us a peak into her life. All with an open sincerity without trying to be someone she was not. While she does have a global company, she does not hide behind it. She’s connected with millions personally just by being true to herself. This is expert branding at its best.

Why it works BEST for solos


Let me share a business secret: You don’t need to reach millions. A solo-based professional only needs a few well-paying clients – and well-paying clients tend to refer people like themselves to businesses that treat them well and deliver the goods. You don’t need Oprah’s huge following. There are some caveats for this to be a successful business concept:

  •     You cannot charge rock-bottom prices by the hour – you don’t have enough hours
  •     You need to provide high-quality, high-touch products, programs and services – no Walmart thinking here
  •     You need to be a content creator – Share you opinions (related to your business expertise mostly), your resources, your reviews, your know-how, your insight, and then curate what other experts in your field are saying

What you need to do


  •     Show up as a competent professional with a level of expertise
  •     Demonstrate your knowledge and expertise through content creation
  •     Put on a credible professional image – good head shot with eye contact, professionally designed website and collateral, well-written profiles and material, show up with other experts in your field (you can do that by commenting on their blogs or interviewing them for yours)
  •     Position yourself as the leader NOT another one of the followers (be the speaker or sponsor)
  •     Take the time to get clear on exactly who you help (remember you only need a few), what they really are struggling with, and how you can help
  •     Create clear messaging – avoid cliches, puffed-up jargon, or exaggerated claims, no hype – just help
  •     Show up and share your story, gather nice words from others and share those too

What to avoid

  •     Don’t try to hide behind a ‘corporate’ image to try to make your business look bigger. That will backfire. People today distrust the big corporate wall. They want a person to help them. Just be the person you are.
  •     Don’t try to do it all yourself. Yes, there are TONS of cheap template websites and other services, and yes, you can eventually learn to design or code a website, but that’s time that you’re not getting paid for what you do – invest in your business and it will repay you over and over
  •     Don’t do trades, discounts, or any other activity that paints you as unprofessional – successful business owners do not devalue what they offer, they encourage people to set up to invest

Of course, there’s a lot more to strong branding for Solo Pros, but this will get you off to a strong start. If you need individual help, let’s schedule your Business Mapping call and well tailor your branding just for YOU.

Author Info: Barbara Saunders is the Solo Pro Business Success Expert who helps self-employed professionals go from floundering to flourishing! As the Founder of the Solo Pro Academy, she’s developed programs focused specifically on helping solo pros build a profitable custom-fit business for our new technology-drive global economy. Swing by SoloProSuccess.com and pick up your free ‘Income Accelerator Success Kit’. To connect with other solo pros, tune into Solo Pro Radio.

Author Q&A: The Economy of You by Kimberly Palmer

If you've ever been stressed out trying to make financial ends meet, or worried about losing your job, author Kimberly Palmer's new book, The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life (AMACOM, 2014), will show you how to add a "side-gig" or start a full-time entrepreneurial venture.

Kimberly Palmer is senior money editor and Alpha Consumer blogger at US News & World Report. She is the author of Generation Earn: The Young Professional’s Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back, as well as a series of financial guides, Palmer’s Planners, sold through her Etsy shop.

Kimberly has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CNBC, CNN, and local television and radio shows across the country to talk about smart money decisions. She lives with her husband and two children in the Washington, D.C., area.

Kimberly is stopping by the blog today to discuss her new book.

Deb Bailey: Thanks for joining me, Kimberly. What prompted you to write this book?

Kimberly Palmer: I realized that I, along with most Americans, had no job security, and I needed a way to give myself, and my family, more financial stability. In the event of a lay-off, I didn't want to find myself with no income. So I decided to launch a side business on Etsy to create a second stream of income, and I soon discovered many people doing the same thing. I realized that a lot of people have the goal of building a side business, so I wrote the book to help them do that.


Deb: The title of your book caught my attention right away. Could you elaborate on what you mean by, "the Economy of You?"

Kimberly: We all need to create our own mini-empires based on our skills, interests and passions -- "the economy of you" refers to that mindset, of thinking of yourself as an entrepreneur. For many people, myself included, it involves a shift in thinking. We are all entrepreneurs in the current economy, even if we don't realize it yet.


Deb: Exactly right! So, what do you want readers to come away with?


Kimberly: I want them to feel ready to launch their side business, to have the tools and ideas they need to act on their idea and build a stable, lucrative business. My interviews with 100 other side-giggers help provide inspiration (as well as tales of mistakes to avoid), too, so readers can learn from others.


Deb: "Moonlighting" used to have a negative connotation. Do you think that's changed?

Kimberly: Absolutely! I think we've seen a major shift in how we think about earning a secondary income outside of a full-time job, and our language reflects that shift. Back in the 1950s and 1960s people spoke of "moonlighting," which sounds like something you're doing that you don't want anyone else to know about. Today, we say "side-gigging" and "side-hustling," which I think reflects the more empowering sense that people get from earning extra money. Increasingly, companies themselves see side-gigs as a positive thing, too, because their employees are picking up new skills on their own time that they can then bring back to their day jobs.


Deb: Does someone have to be a full-time business owner to create their own economy?

Kimberly: Not at all -- I'm really focused on people who have full-time jobs they might never want to leave, but who want to also bring in extra money, as well as flex their creative muscles, on the side. The beauty of a side-business is that you don't face the incredible financial pressure that comes from having to pay the mortgage with your proceeds. Instead, you can use your side-business as a place to play around with your ideas and potential, test the market, and see what could really take off.


Deb: What would you say to a woman who wonders if entrepreneurship is for her?

Kimberly: Entrepreneurship is right for almost everyone. Even if you wade in in just a small way at first, it can turn into an incredible satisfying and empowering pursuit.


Deb: What inspires you to do the work you do?

Kimberly: My family! I launched my business when my daughter was born in large part because I wanted to guarantee that I could always provide for her.


Deb: This is a terrific book, and I know readers of the Secrets of Success blog will enjoy it. Where can people find it?

Kimberly: It is available everywhere books are sold, from Amazon to Barnes & Noble to independent bookstores. You can find links on my site, http://www.bykimberlypalmer.com/the-economy-of-you/.


Deb: Thanks again for sharing your book with us. Please share your website and social media URLs.

Kimberly: You're welcome! Here's where you can find me online: my site is http://www.bykimberlypalmer.com and my Twitter account is @alphaconsumer.

5 Simple Steps to Elevate Your Life

by Ali Brown

I know what it’s like to think that the lifestyle you want is out of reach. Just over 12 years ago, I would lie on my bed in my tiny 400-square-foot studio apartment and flip through magazines, wishing I could have the luxurious lifestyles I read about.

Despite that negative, nagging voice in my head that reminded me I could barely afford rent, I’m now living a beautiful life I created for myself from scratch. Instead of moping around an apartment I can barely afford, I now have the means to travel and to inspire others.

How’d I do it? By deciding not to settle for being average and thinking BIG.

Changing your mindset can be a challenge, but the rewards are well worth the cost. Here’s how you can get started…

Eliminate negativity. This includes negative self-talk, too. Why would the universe bring you a better life if you don’t appreciate what you already have? Show gratitude for everything in your life now. Those seemingly bad days happen for a reason, so whenever you find yourself thinking, “I can’t do this” or “that’s impossible,” reframe it as the opposite. “I can do that, that is possible…” You owe it to yourself to give yourself the love and support you need to succeed.
    
Document your dreams. I wanted to manifest a new house, so I listed all of the qualities in my dream home: a 3-car garage, workout room, walk-in closets… (Don’t censor yourself! Anything is possible, even if it seems silly now.) I also bought some real estate magazines, cut out pictures of homes I love, and created a collage. I’m constantly updating my “dream board,” which is now proudly displayed in my dream house!
    
Surround yourself ONLY with supportive people
. I only shared my house dream with friends and family I knew would support my decision. (NOT those prone to phrases like “Are you crazy? Who do you think you are? Ms. Trump?”) Your true friends and family will be happy to share in your dream. If you don’t have anyone else to support you, then it’s time to make new friends—join a local networking group or a mastermind.
    
Decide, believe, and watch for clues. It’s not enough to make a decision to work towards your dreams. You must also truly believe in them! Don’t worry about HOW your dreams will manifest themselves. Watch for clues, and the HOW will find you, perhaps in the form of a new business partner or a new client. But remember that the dream comes before the HOW.
    
ACT on opportunities when they appear
. Action involves risk. You might have to hire more people to help with a new client. You’ll need time to research that prospective business partner. Or figure out how to hire that amazing new mentor. But it’s up to YOU to take action when the path is revealed. The universe is supporting you, and each step will bring you closer to your dreams.

Question: What mindset strategies have helped YOU Elevate your life? Please share your insights in the comment section below.

© 2013 Ali International, LLC
Entrepreneur mentor Ali Brown teaches women around the world how to start and grow a profitable business that make a positive impact. Get her FREE CD “Top 10 Secrets for Entrepreneurial Women” at www.AliBrown.com.

Bestselling Author & Oprah's Ambassador of Hope Marala Scott on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Marala Scott is a Bestselling Author, Inspirational Expert, Ghostwriter, & Oprah's Ambassador of Hope

Marala Scott speaks from the heart with her life-changing words of faith and strength. Her efforts caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey who honored her as one of her five Ambassadors of Hope in 2009 and stated “A childhood of abuse almost kept Marala Scott from a life of happiness…until she discovered how to use her story to help others.” Ms. Scott is also a recipient of a Congressional award for her humanitarian efforts for sharing her prolific life story in efforts to help and inspire others. Marala's Award-winning books, In Our House, (an Amazon Bestseller #3) Surrounded By Inspiration and the newly released Bad to the Bone (an Amazon Bestseller #17) provide powerful lessons that inspire, provide hope and encourage change.

Intuition is a novel inspired by the true events of Marala’s life, co-authored with her daughter Alyssa
Curry. Marala was diagnosed with multiple brain aneurysms but it was her intuition that brought about the discovery when doctor’s continued to tell her nothing was wrong. She had a successful craniotomy to clip the aneurysms nearly three years ago, which spawned her novel Intuition only a few months later.

About The Book: Inspired by true events, Intuition is a timeless novel wrapped in a romantic psychological thriller. It will captivate you all the way to its spellbinding conclusion. Marala Scott, Author and Motivational Speaker, is sharing her most powerful message at a major speaking event when she is kidnapped. Her daughter Alyssa must now follow her intuition to save her mother’s life, while placing her own life in jeopardy. Marala is faced with an incredible test of faith to see if she will follow her intuition or do what she believes will protect her daughter and survive an unknown killer. Filled with many twists and clues, the reader is challenged to trust their own intuition to solve the mystery. More importantly, there’s a profound meaning and life lesson in Intuition that will encourage you to change your life.


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Date: Wednesday, March 26th
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Why No One’s Buying: 5 Mistakes that Kill Your Conversions

by  Christine Kane

If you’ve ever had a hard time getting a client, you might be tempted to wonder if you’re any good at what you do.

Or worse…doubt you’re cut out for business.

Most likely, however, the problem isn’t you. Most likely, the problem is your marketing.  [Insert big sigh of relief here.]

So, sit with me while I walk you through 5 marketing blunders that might be causing your prospects to slip right through your fingers…

Mistake #1 – They’re not clear on the results they get

You must have 100% clarity about who the heck your ideal client is and what her results will be from what you do. That means it’s not about the components of what you offer. It’s about what results s/he gets from what you offer.

This is always the first point of the conversation or the copy.  Not the cost. Not the great workbooks they get.  It’s about your clients and their results.

Mistake #2 – You offer too many calls to action

I recently visited the website of a life coach.

On the main page, she offered a link to her favorite new book, another link to some colleagues’ websites, a downloadable free guide to de-cluttering, and a whole bunch of payment options for her to be your coach.

It was exhausting!

Remember this:  A confused customer never buys.

Many solo business owners suffer from a “fear of being clear.”  They believe that if they don’t offer every possible option, they might miss out on someone. They insist that this is all about abundance.  Hey, the world is full of options, and people love options!

In truth, it is the ultimate lack mentality.  It’s the fear of being clear. Clarity is the ultimate wealth mindset.  In every communication with your prospect, you must know the answer to this question:

What is the one thing you want your prospect to do FIRST?

Mistake #3 – You hide your expertise


One of the keys to making lots more money in your business is positioning yourself as an expert.

At first, this can be a huge stumbling block.  Many of us have been raised to believe that if we’re any good, people will find us magically.

Plus, we’re scared of bragging.

But here’s the good news. Positioning is not bragging.  It’s much more organic.

Positioning combines credibility, authenticity, expertise, testimonials, success stories and even lifestyle to create a marketing message that establishes you as a go-to person in your field.

Mistake #4 – You fire-hose them

Okay, take a deep breath. This one’s a biggie.

Some folks get a little freaked out when they begin charging money or even when they post their first free offer.

So they become like the party hostess who runs around trying so hard to make sure everyone’s having a good time that they drive people away because they’re trying too hard.

Their free offer is 423 pages, plus a workbook, plus an audio and video training, too. They create packages promising you late night calls, early morning calls, their cell phone number – and their first-born.

Two problems here:

First, most people can’t process all of that.  It overwhelms them.  You want to engage with them, not fire-hose them.

The second problem is that you’ll eventually despise your clients if they DO sign up for your program!  You can’t possibly deliver on everything!

Again, we’re dealing with a fear/lack mentality.  You have to take time to think clearly and strategically.   What would most serve people – and what would be do-able for you to deliver on?

Mistake #5 – You wait for them to make the first move


“So, like, just call me if you ever find that you’re ready to, you know, talk about working with me. I’m here anytime.”

Does this sound like you?  (Okay, you can remove the “like” and the “you know.”  You’d never talk like that.)

If so, then it’s no wonder you don’t have clients!

Why is that? Well, your prospects want to know what they should do and when.  You need to learn how to make offers. This doesn’t mean getting pushy or selling hard.

It means you must provide clear instructions for how to become your client.  You must tell your prospect what to do next and when.

NOW YOU!  Are you making any of these five mistakes? And most important… what ONE THING will you change now that you know better?


Christine Kane is the Mentor to People Who are Changing the World. She helps women and men Uplevel their lives, their businesses and their success. Her weekly Uplevel You eZine goes out to over 32,000 subscribers. If you are ready to take your life and your world to the next level, you can sign up for a FREE subscription at http://christinekane.com.

Top 10 Business Time Wasters for Entrepreneurs

by Christine Kane

When you say “I don’t have enough time!” … are you always telling the truth? (Be honest.)

Is it possible that you DO have enough time – more than enough – but that you’re wasting it on stupid things?

Let’s get brutally clear about what must be removed from your plate. Maybe it’s bad habits. Maybe it’s the little things you do all the time. Maybe it’s a limiting mindset. It doesn’t matter what it is. It matters that you begin with awareness.

Here is my list of top 10 Time Wasters for entrepreneurs who know it’s time to Uplevel their business…

#10 – Bookkeeping

Yes or no:

A] Do you toss your receipts in little piles, telling yourself you’ll get to them soon?

B] Do you announce every April that you’ve got to keep better track of your invoices?

C] Are you considering a QuickBooks course at your local college?

If you answered yes to ANY of these, you need a bookkeeper.

The reason you stink at this stuff is NOT because you’re a procrastinator.  The reason you stink at this stuff is because YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO!    If you were meant to be a bookkeeper, you’d be one!

#9 – Customer service

In the early stages of your business, it’s good to connect with your prospects and clients and directly respond to them.   However, if the routine emails and calls swallow up hours each week, let go and hire someone to take over.

#8 – Running errands

One of my clients is a successful realtor.  Last week, she ran a “quick” errand to put a lock box on the door of a house. With traffic, this errand took 90 minutes.

This is a classic case of:  “By the time I show someone how to do it, I could just do this myself.”

Huh-uh.

If you do this activity once a week, you just wasted TEN 8-hour days of high ROI work you could be doing each year. Will it take you 10 working days to show someone how to run your errands?

#7 – Housecleaning


The simple act of hiring a housekeeper can save marriages, heal relationships with kids, and make you believe in God.  That’s all.

#6 – Blame

Blaming anyone (including yourself!) for your results or your actions is pointless.  Instead, take your power back and own your results.  Create a weekly habit of getting back on track with your priorities and your focus. We all get off track. We all have excuses. Keep up the habit of seeking solutions, not blame.

#5 – Worrying about competitors stealing your content

The days of intellectual property are mostly gone. (And I say this as somebody who has had entire blog posts cut and pasted with a new byline on other websites.)

Here’s what’s truer than theft:

No one can steal your energy.

The people who steal your content crack me up because – try as they might – they can’t steal the energy and intention that is behind the content.  AND, even if they get a client from your content, they most likely wouldn’t be able to deliver on the promise.  Not really.

And besides, your job is to just keep getting ideas and putting them out there. Your loyal fans and readers will come to you when they find someone ripping you off. By that time, you’ll be on to something else.

#4 – Endless alerts


How many alerts are pinging, binging, ringing, blooping, bleeping or vibrating your ass in any given hour? (Or even as you read this.)  Turn them off.  They’re making bad chemicals happen in your brain. They’re distracting your focus. And they are turning you into an anxiety-ridden rat.

#3 – Half-Ass Delegation

Here’s a 7-Act Play in one paragraph:

Hire someone. Be excited. Tell him a few things to do. Get busy the next day. Forget to show him other things to do. Get frustrated because he didn’t do what you wanted. Call friends and complain that you can’t find good help these days.

Try this instead:

When you hire someone, tell him EXACTLY what you want him to do. Lay it out in step-by-step format with desired results and timelines spelled out clearly.  Take time each day to continue the training.  This requires consistent clarity and focus. And it pays off.

#2 — Looking at your unsubscribes


Sigh.

How many times do I have to tell you to stop doing this?

Your unsubscribes are none of your business.  Turn off that alert NOW. Then, hire someone to manage your list and keep an eye on your unsubscribes.

(And yes, she will inform you the day your whole list decides they don’t like you anymore and collectively makes a mass exodus. In the meantime, the three people who unsubscribed this week can go out for cocktails together and talk about you.)

#1 — Taking the word “solo” literally


Solopreneur or solo business owner means that you run your own business. It does NOT mean that you should “go it alone.”

You can’t succeed without support from someone who is already successful at what you want to do.  It’s time to reach out, hire a coach, get a mentor, or surround yourself with other successful entrepreneurs.

Now, share with me!

What are you doing (sometimes or often) that is wasting your time – and when will you stop?

Christine Kane is the Mentor to People Who are Changing the World. She helps women and men Uplevel their lives, their businesses and their success. Her weekly Uplevel You eZine goes out to over 32,000 subscribers. If you are ready to take your life and your world to the next level, you can sign up for a FREE subscription at http://christinekane.com.