8 Ways to Get Creative During a Credit Crunch

by Ali Brown

Although the credit crunch is still weighing on millions of people, it doesn't mean the end for every small or medium-sized business. In fact, this is a great time for savvy entrepreneurs to grow a business and prosper by thinking creatively and strategically. To make sure your business thrives during the downturn, you need to take a good hard look at your business.

Here's how you can flourish during difficult times. It just takes a bit of creativity...

1. Trim the fat. Now's the time to review your company finances in a calm and collected manner. Be sure to look at what is being paid on time. Then look for waste and how you can save - there are sure to be a few places where this is possible. Eliminate expenses that aren't essential to your core business.

2. Know your customers. Spend time with your customers and find out more about their needs so you can deliver what they want when they want it. Also consider sending out a customer satisfaction survey to gain additional insights. Continue offering great service and going above and beyond so that every customer feels as if they are getting the VIP treatment.

3. Stay ahead of the competition. Researching your competition is invaluable so you can make sure you're competitive with their quality and service. Also remember that during a downtown, some of the people who are laid off may start their own businesses. Monitor the market for newcomers, but remember that you have a head start.

4. Enhance your offering. Cutting prices is one way to make your product or service more attractive, but it's not the only way. Once you lower your prices, it can be hard to raise them again. Think about adding other incentives like reduced delivery times or added bonuses instead.

5. Adapt to the market. If you notice that sales are declining in one area, focus your efforts on areas that are seeing more sales. Don't waste your time on sectors that are in freefall. If your business is focused on a single product, consider repositioning it and be ready to cater to people's changing needs.

6. Invest in you. Now is the perfect time to build on your knowledge, skills, and talents by attending conferences, taking a professional development course, or investing in a business coach. It will help position you as an expert in your field and give you a competitive edge!

7. Make more noise. Continue advertising if you can afford it, but look for other inexpensive ways to get the word out. Perhaps start a blog, join web forums in your field, or write a column for a trade publication or local newspaper.

8. Prepare for the good times. Remember that a recession is a periodic event, but it doesn't last forever. Resist the urge to run for cover. Instead, keep doing business.

Come out fighting and energize your business to ensure that you don't go the way of the dinosaurs. The good times will come again - this is your chance to make sure you're a part of them.

© 2009 Ali International, LLC

Self-made multimillionaire entrepreneur Ali Brown is devoted to creating financial freedom for women globally through the power of entrepreneurship. To learn how to create wealth and live an extraordinary life now, register for her free weekly articles at www.AliBrown.com

5 Secrets to Manifesting a Business You Love

by Ileana Kane

Your income and your integrity is in direct proportion to your self-confidence and to the degree you are serving others. Imagine your income has soared and you've manifested a business and a life that you love. This is no small feat because there is so much fear that we all have to face and there are so many different internal challenges - much more so than the external challenges that we have to deal with.

For me, there were a number of things that changed internally. Let me share with you my secrets so you can have similar results.

1. Shift the way you are thinking

I started really shifting the way I was thinking. The first thing I did was to take 100% responsibility for the thoughts I had. These thoughts actually create your own reality. AsI had a thought that was not congruent with what I wanted, I started to take a look at reframing. This is a practice we all know about that can give you change. We all know about it, but it's another thing to practice it. My thoughts and the reframing method are something that I'm conscious of every day. From the moment I get up, it's a choice about how I'm going to create the day and the thoughts that I'm going to have .

2. Become grateful for you what you have

So many of us focus on what we don't have. The one thing I continually work on is being grateful for my life and everything in my life. And this is no matter what's going on. I always start off by being grateful.

3. Believe in yourself

I also started to work on my personal belief system, believing that I can really do the things I want to do and then fulfilling my life purpose. I know, for me, it was believing that what I have is of value. And things just started happening. It's a place in my business where I created the inner game of marketing. I combined money, marketing and mindset all wrapped into one. I believed I could do the thing that was a big challenge for me, and the speediness of it manifesting in my life was uncanny!. I saw that I was the one in charge.

4. Manifesting what I truly desired.

Another thing I did was manifesting: really creating the business that I wanted to be in and being clear about it. With that comes confidence, clarity and I'm able to design a plan. Another thing that has made a huge difference is that I'm complete with the past. From past experiences, we have disappointing situations and many of us think they're going to happen again. So there is fear of taking risks and stepping outside your comfort zone. I'm really complete with my past events so I'm now taking risks. I take bigger chances that I ever did before and sometimes it's uncomfortable. But I've stayed with it! It gets scary and exciting when I've not done something before, but I'm following my dream, I'm staying the course and I'm moving through the fear.

5. Become fearless

Another secret is being able to be fearless. What I mean by that is, experiencing fear and stepping into it. We all have fear, but when you step into it, awaiting on the other side is excitement. There may be some fear, but I don't let it stop me. I look at the fear and I acknowledge it's there and then step forward. So I'm always taking a step forward.

This is what I bring to my work. I love sharing with other people. There are miracles on the other side. There are so many possibilities in our businesses and so many extraordinary opportunities. And the marketing part - I can teach people every strategy they want to know because I've taught marketing for so long. So much of it is internal, it's in the mindset. It's about loving people and about relationship building and that's what I bring to the table. Really believing I can do it.

If you are not succeeding in your marketing, you're just not going to be in business very long. Now, particularly, we do have to get out there and really market. I want people to have fun, be authentic and to be creating relationships in their marketing.

Embrace these secrets, practice these 5 secrets and watch your world make a real turn around!

© 2009 Ileana Kane. All Rights Reserved.

Ileana Kane, founder of "Turn Your Passion to Profit Marketing Breakthrough System," publishes a weekly E-zine 'Opportunities on Marketing & Success for Your Small Business'. If you're ready to take your business to new heights with ease and you’re ready make more money, have more profits and more time off, get your FREE Audio 'Turn Your Passion to Profit" in 5 Proven Simple Steps. Go now to www.MillionDollarMuse.com.

Christine Specht on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Christine Specht

Christine Specht is the president and chief operating officer of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin-based Cousins Subs, a regional quick-service restaurant chain specializing in sub sandwiches, salads and soups. Though Cousins has always been part of her life – her father and his cousin founded the chain in 1972 – Specht has been with Cousins professionally since 2001 as the director of human resources.

Since assuming the role of president in April 2008, she has implemented a strategic plan for growth and reorganized the corporate structure to better service the system’s needs. Additionally, Specht holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Law Studies from Marquette University, Master of Public Administration from American University and is credentialed as a Professional of Human Resources (PHR).


"Boost Your Marketing by Hosting an Internet Radio Show" Two-Session Teleseminar

Tuesday August, 11th & 25th
8:00 pm Eastern time
Location: Your telephone
Investment: $49.00

Presented by Coach Deb Bailey, host of Women Entrepreneurs - The Secrets of Success internet radio show

Using internet radio to build the "know, like and trust" factor, I've increased my exposure beyond my expectations. I've been asked over and over: "How did you do it -- and how can I get the same results?"

Imagine using your voice to connect with your prospects and continue to build those valuable client relationships.

No expensive equipment to buy, no specific training to invest in - and no new technology to master. If you can use a telephone, you can host a radio show!

In this two-session teleseminar you will:

*Design and create your own show/podcast - we'll identify the right solutions for you: Podcast or internet radio show? A free or paid platform? Not sure how to generate revenue? Get your questions answered!

*Learn how to fit your show into your marketing plan and how to promote it: Are you marketing a book, product or service? Who is your audience? Your plan will help you to quickly build your platform!

*Identify what type of guests you want on your show: Not sure if you want celebrities? High-profile guests in your field? You'll receive strategies to promote your show to a wide audience!

*Receive templates to help you plan your show and to send to prospective guests and use in your PR and marketing: You'll get expert advice on creating a professional broadcast that will help you to get started right away!

If you can't make a session you will receive the recording.

In addition, if you haven't already purchased my "Boost Your Marketing & Your Visibility with Internet Radio" ebook you'll receive a coupon for 10% off to get your copy.

Register today and get started on your radio show for the special price of $49.00 for the two-session workshop!


Ayesha Mathews of Pixink on Women Entrepreneurs - The Secrets of Success

Ayesha Mathews

Currently residing in San Francisco, CA, Ayesha's pursuit of design has carried her far and wide, from Bangalore to Paris to New York.

A graduate from Parsons with a major in Communication Design, she nurture's the spirit of exploration and adventure that infuses her work.

Her design philosophy stems from a fluid evolutionary process ~ one that germinates from the roots of a brand's character and branches out through the elements of its culture.

Over the past 8 years she's worked both client and agency-side and launched PixInk, a branding and design practice in October 2008.

Her strategy and creative work has led to successful interactive and marketing campaigns for clients ranging from Fortune 500s to start ups, including Apple,
Oracle, CAT Footwear, Harley-Davidson, Skin by Alison Raffaele, Camel, Savor the Success and Picaboo.

Spirited, saucy and sensible, Ayesha has a flair for plain-speak that sometimes gets her into trouble. Her globe trotting adventures taught her to embrace
contrasts and contradictions but her craving for hot peppers remains stubbornly Indian.
She spends far too much money on baubles and loves to surround herself with objects and characters of beauty.

Visit Ayesha's website at http://www.pixink.info/


Launch Your Business While You Work Teleseminar

Begins Wednesday, August 12th

8:30 pm eastern time/5:30 pm pacific time

Location: Your telephone

Presented by Coach Deb Bailey

Investment: $97.00 for three sessions plus bonus 30-min private strategy session

Are you an "entrepreneur moonlighter" trying to balance working full-time and running a business? Or are you an employed professional who's tired of working for someone else, but unsure if you can step out on your own and make the move to entrepreneurship?

Join me, Coach Deb Bailey, for this three-part interactive workshop, I’ll provide you with the same material as my coaching clients (at a reduced cost) PLUS you’ll learn in a group environment where you’ll have ongoing accountability partners and support.

The workshop includes: Three one-hour sessions, one 30-minute private strategy session, workbook and recordings of each call that you register for (or all three session if you sign up for the entire teleseminar)

Wed., August 12th
Session 1
Planning: How to plan your time to transition from being a full-time employee to being a full-time CEO.

Wed., August 19th
Session 2
Entrepreneurial thinking: Identify the qualities of an entrepreneur that you can tap into so that you can keep your business moving forward.

Wed., August 26th
Session 3
Make the sale - even if you're not comfortable with selling: Create the framework for getting (or keeping ) your business on track utilizing tools such as networking, marketing and sales. Even if you think you're not technical enough (or have no time) to utilize social media, you'll learn the strategies to incorporating these important tools into your action plan.

Attend all three sessions for only $97.00 - if you prefer individual sessions you'll pay $39 per session. NOTE: You must register for all three sessions in order to receive the 30-minute strategy session with me.

6 Best Tips to Cost-Effective Marketing Online

by Kristin Marquet

With traditional advertising costs through the roof, companies need to find more effective ways to target their markets, specifically through online media outlets – public relations, banner advertising, SEO, blogging, and branding.

Here some low cost ways of effective advertising:

1. Research and understand the goals, values, and behaviors of your market. Once you have a thorough understanding of your market, you will know how to deliver messages effectively.

2. If you decide to hire an agency to manage your advertising, make sure you are the only account they are managing in your market. If the company manages any competitors, look elsewhere.

3. Tell your market what your USP is and why you are better than all the rest of your competition. A USP is the Unique Selling Proposition, the one element that makes your business better than everyone else’s business (superior customer service, late hours, 24 hour customer service, best prices, or highest quality).

4. Use the right places to advertise online. There is nothing worse then placing an advertisement in a food e-magazine (that has little or no relevance to your market) when you are trying to sell cosmetics, which should be placed in a fashion e-magazine or some other complementary publication.

5. Create an irresistible offer. You want to attract prospects and make them contact you immediately. Offer a discount for first time buyers; offer an introductory period, or a gift that has a high perceived value.

6. Diversify your marketing efforts. Use online advertising, blogging, social media marketing with branding and public relations to get the best results. You should also determine where your marketing dollars are generating the best ROI to prevent careless spending.

With a no B.S. attitude, Kristin Marquet is the founder and managing director of Creative Development Agency (formerly award-winning firm, Marquet Media). Kristin also develops, manages, and implements various internal and external communication and social media initiatives. With a strong eye for creating memorable brands and a diverse range of knowledge, Kristin provides strategic counsel to clients interested in developing successful internal and external communication programs across all media platforms. https://creativedevelopmentagency.com/

Photo credit:

Jens Kreuter

Get Rid of the Stress and Get Things Done

by Deborah A. Bailey

It's the end of the day and you're feeling overwhelmed because you haven't accomplished everything that you set out to do. Not to mention the fact that now there are more things to add to your "to do" list. If you've ever had that experience then you know how frustrating it can be.

Where did the time go?

Even though we all get the same 24 hours in a day, we might not be using that time as efficiently as we'd like.

A friend of mine, who's also an entrepreneur, says she's only getting a couple of hours sleep a night because she's trying to get everything done. It's not unusual for her to go to bed at 5:00 am, only to have to get up again at 8:00 a.m. to start working again. Though we can have good intentions when we start out, it's so easy to get sidetracked with time wasters.

If you find yourself wondering why you're not getting things done, it's time to change how you're managing your time.

  • Don't answer every call as it comes in. Screen your calls and return the lower-priority calls at a later time.

  • Close your email program. Reading and replying to emails all day long is a major time stealer. Choose two or three times during the day to check your mail.

  • Keep a list of things to accomplish for the day and stick to it.

  • Take time for breaks in order to keep your energy level up.
  • Working for hours without clearing your mind will make you less productive.

  • If you work from home establish boundaries. Don't get stuck on the phone with friends or family who feel that if you're at home you're not working.

  • If a potential client contacts you, arrange a time to meet. A consultation that you think will take 15 minutes could end up taking a large chunk of time out of your day.

  • Create systems to handle repetitive, day-to day tasks.

If you plan out your day and create systems to stay on track, you'll be able to accomplish more. At the end of the day you can look back on all the things you've completed and not be frustrated by what's been left undone.

Copyright © 2008 - 2009 Deborah A. Bailey

Deborah A. Bailey is author of two non-fiction books including, “Think Like an Entrepreneur: Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge of Your Life.”

Kendra Kett of The Pinwheel Girls on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Kendra Kett

Kendra Kett is the author and illustrator of The Pinwheel Girl Takes Flight ~ Every Woman's Journey Through Seven Stages of Transformation, a unique book designed to assist women through life changes and transitions.

The Pinwheel Girl Takes Flight offers over 100 poetic affirmations encouraging women to live the lives they and want, be true to themselves, and pursue their dreams fearlessly. She earned degrees in Psychology and Education and is an award-winning school administrator. She is a recipient of the Moving Into the Future Award from the Work and Families Institute for her work in organizational change and impact to families.

She has used symbolic sight and poetic metaphor since early childhood when her love for the mystical truly began. At the age of four, she recalls harnessing the strength of empowerment when she was hospitalized for, and survived, a life-threatening illness that had killed an entire prior generation of women in her family. She considers herself a survivor of not just serious illness but also the numbing routinization of life, the dull ache of abandoned dreams, the sorrowful errors of youth, following rules and scripts, and the regrets that come with not knowing.

She created the Pinwheel Girls for every woman who knows it feels to pretend to be less than she truly is. The Pinwheel Girl Takes Flight is available at www.pinwheelgirls.com or on Amazon.com


25 Skills and Classes Necessary to Become a Great Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs are the backbone of today’s society – even more so now than ever. Whenever the economy gets rough or things begin to tighten up, it is always the entrepreneurs that are the first to rebound and lead the way to recovery. In fact, during tough times, is when the smartest business people become the most profitable and go through the most rapid growth and expansion. This cycle has repeated itself many times over and is evident all the way back to the Great Depression. Yes, many lost a lot, but a record number of people skyrocketed their success during those very same times.
Submitted by Nancy White

Kelly Fallis on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Kelly Fallis

Meet the Resourceful and Style-Savvy Kelly Fallis

The woman who started it all is an ambitious trendsetter who loves nothing more than a good challenge. Fallis developed the Remote Stylist to meet the need for rapid, reliable and personalized décor advice. “Type the words ‘gray paint’ into Google and you'll get 500,000 results to sort through. That isn't an effective way to make decorating decisions,” she says. “Likewise, if you don't know where to look, sourcing design items locally can be a real challenge. Decorating simply does not need to be so complicated.”

With five years of hands-on experience preparing countless homes for sale at her Toronto-based home staging operation, Organized Outcomes, nothing surprises her. Solving every possible dilemma, from challenging layouts to where to get the look for less, and pleasing even the pickiest of clients along the way, it was only logical to take it virtual! The Remote Stylist was created in early 2009 to make decorating decisions easier. “With the overwhelming amount of information out there, the problem becomes sorting through it,” says Fallis. “We’re all time starved, so we go with the décor stores, designers and resources we know. What we really want is the very best info, available quickly and inexpensively.”

So how does it work? The Remote Stylist harnesses the expertise of the top home décor artisans, brands, retailers and design professionals and delivers their inside knowledge directly to consumers. Whether you are planning to, in the midst of, or just dreaming about redoing a space, the Remote Stylist has you covered. The best part - it doesn’t matter whether you consider yourself a trendsetter or décor-challenged, the Remote Stylist can help regardless of where you live. Visit Kelly's website at http://www.remotestylist.com/who-we-are.html


Knowing When to Change Direction

by Deborah A. Bailey

Why do we stay in bad situations? If you're in a job where you are disgusted, angry or frustrated, then you know what I'm saying. Or maybe it hasn't gotten that far yet. Perhaps you're just tired, bored and feeling like you could be doing something else with your life.

Yes, I've been there plenty of times. There's a point where you know you're not happy, but you keep going through the motions because it's easier than calling it quits.

We stay long past the time when we should've left, then we end up rationalizing why we're staying. If we want to move on, we have to prepare for it.

In my last corporate IT job I procrastinated about making a career transition. My new career was not going to just show up on my doorstep and knock on the door. I had to at least meet it halfway. Instead I tried to talk myself into staying because after all, it wasn't that bad. I was getting paid. So what if the environment was negative and I felt stifled, was it really going to be different somewhere else?

Sometimes we procrastinate because we aren't ready to make a change. Even though I disliked by job situation, it was familiar. Strange how we can be unhappy with a situation and comfortable with it at the same time.

The same situation can happen when your business has stalled and you're reluctant to go in a new direction. Perhaps you're not making the money you desire, yet you're reluctant to make the changes that could get things flowing.

Though it's human nature to wait until we're forced to take action, it's not the best course to take. I've done that enough to know that in the end, it's not worth it.

What I've learned (finally) is that it's better to move towards something than to be running away from something. When you know when to leave, you get to decide where you are going.

Copyright © 2009 Deborah A. Bailey

Deborah A. Bailey is author of two non-fiction books including, “Think Like an Entrepreneur: Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge of Your Life.”

Crystal Warner on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Crystal Warner

A true artist with an extensive background in the performing arts Crystal majored in Film/Theatre Arts and received her BA degree at New Jersey City University.

As a dancer/choreographer has graced the stage with the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall--Easter Show, Dance Africa at Brooklyn Academy of Music and performed with the late Gregory Hines. Crystal has toured around the world as a dancer/choreographer for R/B and Pop artist Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Shabba Ranks and Black Box just to name a few. As an actress Film/TV credits include: New York Undercover, Law & Order, Sex in the City, The Bedford Diaries, Copland, Once in the Life, US Marshals, Just My Luck and The Thomas Crowne Affair.

As an entrepreneur Crystal recently received an honorary certificate of recognition by Mayor Cory A. Booker and the City of Newark, NJ for her participation in the “Small Business Training & Technical Assistance Program.” “Crystal is a phenomenal woman with a phenomenal story who understands that the best way to succeed is to empower others. She is our “jewel of the city” as an Entrepreneur; says Mayor Booker.”

Presently, Crystal will be launching her “Faces of Color” campaign for her cosmetic line of makeup Crystal Glass Cosmetics. Makeup designed for Every Woman, Every Need, And Every Lifestyle. www.CrystalGlassCosmetics.com

As an Author; available in stores now is Crystal’s first wedding planning book publication “Today’s Bride & Groom For Couples”. Starting this summer Crystal will be touring to promote her book scheduled stops include: Los Angeles, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Albany, Georgia, New York, Florida, and Philadelphia. Contact us for more tour dates. www.todaysbrideandgroom.wordpress.com

As an Artist, Crystal will continue to create beautiful photography and makeup artistry in fashion for Karen Sabag Couture, NY Fashion Week, Ford & Elite Model Agencies, and independent films. www.CrystalGlassGallery.com

As a director/writer/producer Crystal has started film development for her series of short films and documentaries slated for pre-production Winter of 2009 to 2011.

“How do I measure success? It’s the journey that makes you a success at what you’re passionate about. Getting paid for it is a blessing and the icing on the cake!”

Are You A Part of the Indie Business Revolution?

If you know Donna Maria Coles Johnson, you either are you soon will be!

Donna Maria Coles Johnson, a prior guest on my radio show , has launched a nationwide tour to bring together small business owners and entrepreneurs from all walks of life to encourage and uplift one another!

She’s already taken the show to several cities, including Charlotte, Washington, DC and Columbia.

The next event is July 18 in Atlanta! Her special guests will be JoAnn Hines, the Packaging Diva and product launch guru, Jim DeBetta.

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2009 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)

Location: La Madeleine Country French Cafe
1165 Perimeter Center West
Atlanta, GA 30346

The event is free, but registration is required so be sure to let your friends know this if you refer them. You’ll buy your own food.


* 9:00 - 10:00: eat, meet, greet, open networking
*10:00 - 10:15: Indie Business Revolution
* 10:15 - 11:15: Q&A and discussion
* 11:15 - noon: open networking

Upcoming cities include Portland, Boise, New York, Louisville, with more to be added!

Donna Maria says that being Indie is all about maximizing your potential in life and business. Her motto is: “Enjoy your life! Build Your Business! Have Your Way!

Now that’s a revolution I want to be a part of!!

There are limited slots left so reserve yours today, or tell a friend. To register to attend, click here: http://indiebusinessbreakfastaltanta.eventbrite.com/

Johanna Sawalha on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Johanna Sawalha

Johanna Sawalha, Senior Vice President of the Handel Group Private Coaching Division. In addition to 12 years of coaching experience, Johanna Sawalha has founded and headed several companies and teaches those business strategy skills to her clients. As a speaker and writer, she has led courses at the Learning Annex in New York City and worked as a columnist for Modern Economy doing global analysis of world trends, among other forums.

Johanna Sawalha graduated with honors from New School University, Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training, as well as from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Her understanding of music lends creativity and out-of-the-box thinking to her coaching style.

Her clients range from corporate executives to up-and-coming artists.
She also has expertise in the area of health and well-being with particularly great results around weight loss. Johanna Sawalha produces extraordinary results for her clients by getting them highly effective and fully engaged in their own lives. As a native of Sweden fluent in several languages, Johanna Sawalha works with clients both domestically and internationally. Her business experience combined with her arts background provides the foundation for her remarkable client relationships. Visit Johanna's website at http://www.handelgroup.com/


DC Entrepreneur Empowers Teens Globally to Rebuild Local Economies through Micro Businesses and Social Entrepreneurship

Washington, DC - Group Interactive, Inc. today unveiled a strategic partnership with Chicago, IL based Wheatle Peart, a social consulting business that helps businesses become socially responsible through helping them implement economic development projects globally. Under the partnership they will launch a series of co-branded socially responsible initiatives aimed at rebuilding local economies across the globe by engaging teen entrepreneurs at a grassroots level.

"Whether people realize it or not the economic crisis in America is a global concern. Two thirds of the world's population lives on less than $2 a day and they depend on us to be innovative and fiscally strong. Their youth are accustomed to having a tremendous amount of responsibility and our youth are struggling to find jobs. So it is natural and timely that they collaborate with each other to create socially responsible micro businesses that will create economic sustainability and directly impact their future," said Group Interactive Founder, Shonika Proctor.

Under the partnership Group Interactive will provide coaching services to teens and support them with creating and building their niche businesses utilizing their Teen Entrepreneur Success Secrets book and Teen C.E.O. Blueprint,which is the branded curriculum and training program that Proctor co-developed with her teen entrepreneurs. Wheatle Peart will focus on Global Program Management and Development and will work hands on with strategic and beneficiary affiliate partners.

About Group Interactive: Founded in 2005, Washington, DC Based Group Interactive is the creator of the Renegade CEO's, a progressive and experiential coaching company geared towards empowering emerging teen entrepreneurs in the U.S. and abroad. To date, their books, programs, speeches and coaching services have impacted over 2,000 youth in the U.S. and in countries such as the UK, Canada, Singapore, Bosnia, South Africa, Moldova, Hong Kong and United Arab Emirates. Youth enrolled in the Renegade CEO's Program have established innovative niche businesses and have written and published books, launched onto the speaking circuit and been featured in a 1 hour TV documentary. They have won leadership and entrepreneurship awards at the national and international level and have been featured in major media outlets such as CNN, Black Enterprise Magazine, Business Week and Fox Morning Business News. www.renegadeceos.com

Additional information:

On 8/22/09-Youth Economic Development Seminar in Jamaica that is very interactive team building and engaging for youth 14 to 21 years old. 18 Knowles Road, Mandeville, Jamaica at 10am to 2:30pm. Youth receive education about how to use business to revitalize the Jamaican economy. Youth come from several different colleges and high schools around Jamaica. The program allow youth to learn about entreprenuership and larger macroeconomic dynamics of the world. Wheatle Peart want to teach youth how to create job opportunities for themselves.

Wheatle Peart is looking for people that are willing to also assist through supplying us with resources or making contribution such as laptops, business related material, purchase of the business books, or sponsoring other initiatives such as getting their tshirts printed or their business bad logoed. We will make sure that you are recognized in all media. Please contact Tonietta Wheatle if you are interested in the program or want to make a donation: twheatle@wheatlepeart.com or 312.731.3196.

Tonietta Wheatle
Founder & President
Wheatle Peart
233 South Wacker Drive
Suite 8400
Chicago, IL 60606


Author Kaira Rouda on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Kaira Rouda

Kaira Rouda is an award-winning entrepreneur, marketer, consultant, speaker and author of 20+ years. She is the bestselling author of Real You Incorporated: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, founder of Real You and president and brand creator of Real Living—the first national women-focused brand in real estate.

As an authority and sought-after speaker on entrepreneurship, branding, marketing to women and work-life balance, Kaira has been a speaker at conferences across the country. She has been featured in Entrepreneur magazine, FOX Business, ABC, NBC, WomenEntrepreneur.com, ABC Radio Network as well as hundreds of newspapers, television and radio shows coast to coast. Kaira is also a columnist for Reaching Women Daily and MomStyle.

Kaira was recognized in Entrepreneur magazine’s Top 50 Fastest-Growing, Women-Led Companies list and won Best Entrepreneur from the Stevie Awards for Women in Business. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University and resides in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and four children.

To learn more, visit KairaRouda.com.


"Launch Your Business While You Work" Free Teleclass

Date: Thursday, July 16th

Time: 8:00 pm Eastern

Location: Your telephone

Learn how to take your business from moonlight into the daylight!

Are you an "entrepreneur moonlighter" trying to balance working full-time and running a business?

Or are you an employed professional who's tired of working for someone else, but unsure if you can step out on your own and make the move to entrepreneurship?

You've made sacrifices, given up your free time and are working towards your dream. but, let's face it. your business will only grow so much if you are also working full time for someone else.

Join me for a free, information-packed call to find out how you can make a successful transition into running your business full-time.

Or, if you haven't started your business yet, you'll learn how to bring your entrepreneurial dream into reality.

I'll also be sharing information about the new Launch at Work™ coaching group, and giving you an exclusive opportunity to get started right away.

I know what it's like to make the shift from employee to entrepreneur - and I've made it my mission to help others do the same thing.

Let's work together to help you make the necessary shifts so that you can have real financial and professional freedom.

Click here to register for the teleclass!

Make the Move from Moonlighter to Full-Time CEO

by Deborah A. Bailey

You may have heard that you should start your business before you quit your job, however, doing both things at the same time can be a huge challenge.

Even if you have the ability to put in hours on the job and in your business, eventually you will have to make the transition into being a full-time entrepreneur if you want your business to grow. Getting that regular paycheck can be very reassuring and give you a feeling of security that will be hard to give up. Having a plan will keep you on track.

1. Pick a date for when you'd like to move into running your business full-time. Set a date that feels comfortable for you.

2. Look at your finances. Do you need a certain amount of money for starting your business? Will you be covered once your regular salary is no longer coming in?

3. Start eliminating debt if you can. You may need to incur debt to invest in your business, so get rid of as much as you can while you still have a regular salary.

4. Keep your family in the know about your plans. It's best to discuss any concerns now. Don't wait until you've left your job and then have to deal with issues around your decision.

5. Once you are responsible for creating your own income, it won't be the same as living with a paycheck coming in on a regular (and predictable) schedule. There will be fluctuations in your income. Figure out what money you'll need in order to provide for your business and living expenses.

6. If you're working from a home office, being a full-time entrepreneur may mean you'll be spending a lot of time alone. Start networking and connecting with other entrepreneurs so that you can build a support system before you go out on your own.

7. Create your vision for what you want to accomplish. If you have limiting beliefs they will impact your business success. Need help as you make this transition? Consider getting a business or life coach to support you. All successful people have coaches and/or mentors; they are a critical part of an entrepreneur's "power team."

Starting a business takes courage and vision. By becoming a business owner, you are stepping out of the mainstream and stepping into a way of life with limitless potential. When planning this major career transition, give yourself time to plan it properly so that you can insure your business success.

Deborah A. Bailey is author of two non-fiction books including, “Think Like an Entrepreneur: Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge of Your Life.”

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Beth Cooper and Gina Kopera

Beth Cooper and Gina Kopera are partners in the Cincinnati Franchise for 10 til 2. 10 til 2 is an innovative staffing company that specializes in providing businesses with part-time, college-educated employees. 10 til 2 provides a cost effective solution to allow companies to grow and focus on their goals by providing the right person to do a job with one phone call. Whether you are a large company with hundreds of employees or a small start-up trying to break through in a tough economy, 10 til 2 can help decrease your expenses… and allow your business to thrive.

Beth Cooper’s career focus prior to starting 10 til 2 was in training and organizational development. Originally from Tennessee, she is a graduate of Tennessee Tech and Vanderbilt University. Beth has been married for 15 years and has a 7-year old son.

Gina Kopera is an Industrial Engineer from Virginia Tech, with a Masters from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. Gina also has an engineering consulting business, and is a solutions oriented problem solver. Gina is thorough and meticulous to detail, compassionate, and able to multi task well. Gina is a single parent of two teenage boys that bring her joy every day. Visit their site at http://www.tentiltwo.com


What do you SEE???

by David Neagle

In business and in life we see only what our brains tell us to see. This can be a difficult thing to overcome because we surround ourselves with agreement in every direction.

Whether it's our pain or our pleasure, we have been conditioned to see things accordingly. Meaning: whatever will validate that pain or that pleasure. Even when we seek the advice of others, we must be sure that the people looking will "see" objectively and not just tell us what they think we want to hear. It isn't easy to hear what we don't like and our minds want to keep us in the safe place that has been created there, even if it hurts in our day to day life.

In business, all the money, fame and success we want is here just waiting for us to grasp it. It is ready to come in at any moment that we are ready to let it, but if we only "see" all the reasons why we can't, we block our reception of it.

I just returned from a long over due trip to Maui, a very peaceful and serene place... so much so that from the moment you step off the plane, you are pulled into a peaceful state. Here's what important to "see": it's the people of Maui that are feeling at peace, adding to the peace of the environment itself. Yes, the environment is powerful also... but what's even more potent is the apparent decision of the population to be in harmony... to receive Spirit in each moment.

Here's an example of what I mean: I went to several places for dinner while I was there and each time was astounded by how audibly quiet the space was, even though the restaurants were full of people talking. It was like this at every place I went. When I got back to San Diego I took my kids out to dinner at a small but nice restaurant and was in body shock at how loud it was. It was so loud that we could hardly hear each other talk. I thought this was very interesting because the people all "seemed the same", but clearly they were not as their environment was representing the chaos of what they were feeling inside.

When we navigate through our business and our lives, we really don't realize how much we are reacting to our unconscious perceptions of what is going on around us. When we do realize that we are reacting to something, we start looking for agreement to justify how we are feeling... and you know what? We find it!! What do you want to find in your life? Love? Success? Health? What are your circumstances suggesting is your reality? Suggestions are nothing more than unconscious projections from your mind making you believe that everything is happening to you. Guess what it's not true!!

You have a choice and with that choice you can create anything you desire.

Activate that choice everyday and let yourself bask it the peace that is all around you!!


© Copyright 2009 - David Neagle's Life Is Now Inc.
All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

David Neagle, Million Dollar Income Acceleration Coach, mentors entrepreneurs to quantum leap their current businesses past the 7-Figure income level in just 12 months. David invites you to download--as his GIFT to you--his legendary Art of Success" 4-hour audio program. This audio series is a tremendously compelling and comprehensive program that demonstrates--once and for all--that Success has nothing to do with "getting" or "achieving", and everything to do with WHO we much BE to manifest our hearts' true desires.

How to Pick a Self-Publishing Company

by Sophfronia Scott

It happens all the time. An aspiring author will send me an email asking "What do you think of this self-publishing company?" or "What have you heard about that one?" I will respond if I do know the company in question, but there's no way I can have had experience with all self-publishing companies. Of course there's no replacing you doing your own research on the company, but what questions should you ask?

Fortunately, Mark Levine did all the research for us. He's the author of The Fine Print of Self-Publishing, in which he presents the results of his research on the top 39 self-publishing companies. I had the opportunity to hear Mr. Levine speak at the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop last year. What follows are his tips on what makes a good self-publishing company. By the way, I highly recommend you order the latest version of Mr. Levine's book. In this update he includes an analysis of the actual profits made by each self-publishing company in printing markups and royalties. You can order it by going to www.BestSelfPublishingCompanies.com.

A Good Reputation Among Writers

Of course, the best way to do this is by speaking to other authors who have published with the company. You can find these authors on the company's website, but you should also do a search for the company on Amazon.com and try to contact authors who are NOT mentioned on the company website. After all, a disgruntled author would not be featured as a glowing testimonial! You can also check out the company's reputation by consulting the Better Business Bureau and self-publishing sites such as "Preditors & Editors" at http://anotherealm.com/prededitors.

Fair Publishing Fees

Mr. Levine says the following: "Fees [for self-publishing] can range from $299 to $30,000. It's impossible to get a custom designed cover and professional layout plus the other basics you need for less than $1,000. If you can't afford to pay at least that, wait until you can." I agree. Unfortunately in self-publishing, the phrase "you get what you pay for" is highly accurate. Furthermore, you should acquire samples of the company's past work to ensure their product is up to your standards.

Low Printing Markups

Of course, you should expect some markup in what the self-publishing company pays for printing the book, but the markup should be within reason. "A 15%-20% markup is acceptable," Mr. Levine noted in his presentation. "Inflated printing mark ups result in an artificially high retail price being set which can hurt sales."

Generous Royalties Without Any Fuzzy Math

Royalties should be at least 30% of the retail price of the book less actual print costs. You can consult Mr. Levine's book for sample calculations on this, but the idea is that your royalty set up should not have the publisher "double-dipping" and making money on both ends of each book you sell.

Favorable Contract Terms

Before you sign any publishing contract, Mr. Levine says, you need to make sure the contract contains: 1.) a way for you to terminate the contract within 30-90 days without any penalty, 2.) a clause that states that you own all the rights to your work and any derivatives of your work, and...

A Fair Policy Regarding the Return of Original Production Files

This means your contract contains a clause that requires the publisher, upon termination of the contract, to provide you with all original production files that contain the cover art, formatted version of your book, and any other material you paid to have created. Mr. Levine notes, "You want these files so you can publish the book on your own or with another company and not have the entire book formatted again. You can just swap out the copyright page, bar code, old publisher's ISBN and such." This is only right. After all, you've already paid for this work, it should be yours.

One Last Note

The best way for you to choose the right company is to start by knowing exactly what you want out of the publishing process. Write it all out if necessary and use it as a checklist when researching self-publishing companies. You can have all the facts and figures in the world, but no one can give you what you want if you don't know what you want. Good luck, and good publishing!

© 2009 Sophfronia Scott

Sophfronia Scott is Executive Editor of the Done For You Writing & Publishing Company. Learn what a difference being a published author can make for your business. Get your FREE audio CD, "How to Succeed in Business By Becoming a Bestselling Author" and your FREE online writing and book publishing tips at http://www.DoneForYouWriting.com.

Great Expectations

by Deborah A. Bailey

"Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing, and the overtaking and possessing of a wish discovers the folly of the chase." William Congreve, "Love for Love"

"Now, I return to this young fellow. And the communication I have got to make is, that he has great expectations." - Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations"

What happens when our desire for a different kind of life is in conflict with our current reality? We've been conditioned to believe that change has to occur on the outside first. This is what leads many people to believe that losing weight, or having the perfect relationship, perfect job or lots of money in the bank will solve all of their problems. It would be nice if it was true, but it's not. For some of you reading this, that's not exactly new information. For others, you may feel I'm only saying what coaches are supposed to say.

Speaking from my own experience, I know how difficult it can be to continue to believe in your dreams. The situation you're in can make those dreams seem totally ridiculous. That's when my inner critic decides to make an appearance and remind me of a few things. Real life is tough, you've got to try and survive and forget about fantasies. There have been times when I refused to believe I could have a better experience. Of course if you aren't getting what you want out of life, it is much more interesting to picture yourself as a brave survivor than someone who made bad choices.

So, if I'm honest with myself, I have to accept past decisions and learn from them. Then I have to open up the possibility that what happens next will not be a repeat of what has happened in the past. Easier said that done, but it is at the very heart of shifting your paradigm. It takes courage to see a thriving business when right now all you see are financial losses. Or see a healthy body where now there's one that's out of shape or unhealthy. It requires courage to open yourself up to loving again when you've been hurt or betrayed. It takes courage to take risks when you don't see how it will all turn out, or when people are telling you that you're crazy. It especially takes courage when someone tells you that they believe in you...that you can do it...but all you feel is fear.

It does sound like a cliché when you're told to move through the fear. However, that's the only way to get to the things we desire. My coach told me that all that is required is to make the decision and take action. I don't know exactly how it's all going to happen, but that's not really important. What is important is to believe that you can manifest your desires in spite of what you see around you in this moment. When you're holding the vision for what you want - and you make the decision to move forward - you've got great expectations.

Deborah A. Bailey is author of two non-fiction books including, “Think Like an Entrepreneur: Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge of Your Life.”
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