5 Signs It’s Time to Hire an Assistant

by Ali Brown

I often see my entrepreneur clients fall prey to a stubborn mindset: they strongly resist the idea of hiring help. Women entrepreneurs especially get stuck here.

But the truth is, trying to do it all yourself doesn’t make you a better business owner. In fact, it can hurt your business growth and throw your personal life off balance. An assistant can help you manage your business more efficiently, freeing you to focus on the big picture.

Here are FIVE tell-tale signs that you need to get help asap:

1. You forget to perform tasks, like sending out invoices, updating your website, or confirming appointments. Imagine how much better off your business would be if these routine tasks didn’t fall through the cracks. An assistant can easily be trained to help with billing, online updates and scheduling, so that these business functions always happen when they should.

2. You waste time looking for lost documents or emails. Entrepreneurs’ inboxes are usually overflowing with correspondence with clients, industry newsfeed updates, e-zines, prospects and leads, and more. If you find that you’re losing track of important items, like invoices and invitations, it’s time to have someone come in to help. An assistant can take these items off your plate, so you don’t miss payments or make costly administrative mistakes.

3. You don’t have time to see family or friends. When you find yourself missing out on brunches or birthday parties in favor of work, then it might be time to reprioritize. Hiring an assistant–even one who works just a few hours a week–frees you up to focus on what matters, like spending time with loved ones and experiencing those once-in-a-lifetime moments first-hand.

5 signs it's time to hire an assistant

4. Your billable rate is higher than an assistant. Let’s say that you bill client at $100/hour and you can get an assistant whom you pay $20/hour. Rather than taking time away from your paying clients to send out invoices or book appointments, pay an assistant her $20/hour while you earn $100/hour from your clients. Even after you pay your assistant, you’ll still bring in $80/hour that you otherwise wouldn’t have time to earn.

5. You’ve been putting off tasks that you dislike. Most of us have tasks we dread doing. Some people hate filing. Other people can’t stand paying bills or making appointments. The great news is, there are people out there who actually LIKE doing what you despise, so why not bring them on to handle these tasks with passion and dedication?  It’s a win-win! All it takes is a little legwork to find someone you trust to get the job done.

Once you decide to hire an assistant, you can ask your colleagues for recommendations. Or look at websites such as IVAA.org (the International Virtual Assistants Association) and AssistU.com to start your search for virtual help. Good luck!

© 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 Success Secrets for Entrepreneurial Women” at www.AliBrown.com.

Elena Camp Business & Money Mentor on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Elena Camp is a business and money mentor to women entrepreneurs.  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, January 29th
Time: 8:00 pm EST


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Easier Said Than Done

by Doreen Rainey

I’m sure you’ve heard many people say this and you’ve likely said it quite a few times yourself:

“It’s easier said than done.”

When I hear this, I automatically think “Well, duh.” Of course it’s easier said than done. If it wasn’t, everyone would be doing it, right? However, we all know the sad truth - which is that because "it's" hard, most people won't.

Most people won't ever:
  •     Write that book.
  •     Change careers to one they love.
  •     Start the business that's in their heart.
  •     Volunteer and help others in need.
  •     Deal with energy stealers and toxic relationships.
  •     Be uncomfortable and inconvenienced to make their goal happen.
  •     Take a risk and see what happens.
  •     Go back to school.
  •     Say "yes" instead of no.
  •     Say "no" instead of yes.
  •     Be okay with people not liking them, approving of them, judging them.
  •     Realize that their greatest contribution is being their authentic self.
  •     Define success for themselves and get the guts to go after it.
I love this quote from Jim Rohn: “Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.”

The reality is - starting something new, doing something different, making a change - will never be easy. Never. Ever. Really---never! So to get what you really want, you have to be better. Being better allows you to get through the "not easy" part until it becomes easy (or at least until you get what you want). So the question to ask yourself is: "In what area do I need to be better?"

Do you need to be better at:
  •     Discipline.
  •     Planning.
  •     Surrounding yourself with the right people.
  •     Taking a risk.
  •     Taking a stand.
  •     Making tough decisions.
  •     Accountability.
Knowing what areas you need to improve in is only half the battle - the other half is how will you do it. The truth is, the areas you need to get better in is probably not a big surprise for you. Many of us already know the reasons we aren't moving forward with our authentic goals. Again, the real issue is how will you do it.

Here are three pieces of advice I want to share to help you do it.

1. Get New Information

Many people try to fix their challenges on their own with what they already know. Well, what you already know has gotten you exactly where you are. Whether you read a book, take a class, get a coach, research online or talk to an expert, you have to go on the hunt to find out what you don't know about getting past your obstacles. You need new information.

2. Get New Influencers

The people in your life definitely influence your thoughts, behaviors and actions. And while this isn't necessarily about getting rid of the current people in your life, it's about expanding your circle. There are so many ways to align yourself with people who are doing the things you want to do and accomplishing goals that interest you. Find them. Connect with them. You need new influencers.

3. Get New Strategies

If you've set goals in the past and haven't reached them - take a look at your strategy to make them happen and change it. If you've never written goals down - write them down. If you've never created an action plan - create one. If you've never done a monthly, weekly or daily tracking sheet - do one. If you've never worked in an accountability structure - find one. You need new strategies.

These three concepts can help you move your goals from "not done" to "done!" And if you really want a good place to get new information, get new influencers and get new strategies - I highly recommend the Best of Get RADICAL Deluxe Set - 24 powerful sessions covering all this and more.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this article!

RADICAL Success Coach Doreen Rainey helps her clients Get RADICAL - by defining success for themselves and getting the guts to go after it. Get her FREE RADICAL Success Starter Kit at www.doreenrainey.com.
© 2013 Doreen Rainey

Are you Duct-Taping your Business Together?

by Christine Kane

At first, it’s kind of fun.

You offer this thing you do.  Someone buys it. A business is born. Then you try something else. That works too.  Your business grows. After a while, there’s no time to plan because things are rolling along too quickly.  Too much to do now.

So, you hire someone because you need someone. She doesn’t want to work the hours you need.  And hey, you don’t have the time to post the ad again, so you adjust your needs to meet her schedule.

Then you give a client a discounted rate because he asked, and hey, why not?  He’s a nice guy and he was one of the first people to pay you. Your website designer is actually your brother-in-law who doesn’t make the fixes you need because he has another job in data management, so you have to wait for him to be available.

Your business – this passion of yours – gets duct taped together over time.

And when something goes wrong, it’s a big deal.  You never learned how to look at the source of the problem, so you just put more duct tape on it.

The assistant leaves, and you hire someone else mediocre. Your low-paying client says he will have to leave if you charge him more, so you keep letting him make the rules. Your brother in law gets upset when you tell him you may have to find someone else – so you just let things teeter along.

Here’s the thing.

At some point, you’ll have to decide if you want to continue to slap things together with a temporary fix or if your business is worth having what you want and being strategic about getting it.   This is an important threshold.  Not everyone makes it.  After all, it’s easier to not be clear.  No one gets threatened and no line gets drawn when you’re not clear.

So, what do you do?

Start by finding your biggest drains, what’s causing you the most pain in your day-to-day work. Then, be brave enough to create criteria and standards for exactly what you want in each of those areas. After that, settle for nothing less.

Sound simple?  It is. But it’s not always easy.

You may be waiting for the world to honor the work you do before you’ll take it seriously enough to bring in real resources and real support. But it’s the other way around. It starts inside of you. Take your business seriously with your clarity, and by not settling for any quick fixes no matter what.

You’ll be amazed at what happens.

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 26,000 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.

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Secrets of a Great Resume

Could your resume be holding you back?

Secrets of a Great Resume is available for Amazon Kindle.
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You have the skills and the experience…but still no response. Been out of the job market for a while and not sure how to deal with gaps between jobs? Concerned that your age will work against you in the job market?

Day in and day out, you send resumes to employers for jobs you know you are perfect for, yet you’re not receiving any calls for interviews. In today’s ultra-competitive job market, you can’t afford to go unnoticed.  Your resume needs to stand out from the stack of other job applications the hiring manager is looking at.

When you’re not sure how to highlight your key strengths or how to format your jobs and education, updating your resume can be a stressful process. But it doesn’t have to be!

This easy-to-follow book covers:

  •     How to format and structure your resume for the best results
  •     How to craft a compelling summary
  •     How to use social media to get your resume in front of the right people
  •     How to quickly create a cover letter template
  •     What keywords are and how to use them

This book is perfect for:

  •     Experienced professionals seeking corporate positions either as full-time employees, contractors or consultants
  •     Professionals returning to the workforce who need to quickly update their resumes

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Easy Content Marketing

by Barbara Saunders

It’s been said that we’re leaving the ‘Information Age’ and entering the ‘Implementation Age.’ If you want to succeed – and thrive – as a Solo Pro you need to learn to use information to drive clients to you for help with implementation. Content Marketing and Curation is key. To stand apart from the generic service provider you need to be perceived as an expert.

Content Marketing and Curation is like sharing your ice cream.

In this article I’m going to explain what each is and why it’s so essential to your business branding and positioning and then I’m going to share a few of my favorite tools to make it so easy to do this yourself. I’m going to challenge you to try to add Content Marketing and Curation to your weekly marketing schedule – I’ll explain in a moment, but let’s start with a few definitions:

Content Marketing is content you’ve created yourself and released through different channels which might include:

    Articles, blogs, and email newsletters
    Videos and podcasts
    Live talks, presentations
    Webinars and teleseminars
    white papers and reports
    or others…

Content Curation is content created by others that you deem of value to your followers. When you pull that content into your sphere you become an ‘Information Hub’ that your followers come to trust as the ‘go-to’ source for informaiton in your area of expertise. Sources of this type of information might include:

    Industry newsletters and articles
    National and business articles (like Harvard Business Review)
    Events and workshops you attend
    Videos, radio interviews, etc

Your followers can search the web for days, find all sorts of conflicting information – or they can come to you. When you present yourself as the expert in this field and you present pre-flitered information with your stamp of approval on it, you’re doing your followers a huge service. It relieves the overwhelm and confusion. It also raises the value of what you provide – meaning you can now charge more.

An additional bonus is that as you bring more people to your site to see the content you’re creating or curating, not only does your SEO rankings improve drastically but since you’ve got them on your site, you’ve got an interested audience for your promotions. Be sure every opportunity has a call to action.
My Favorite Content Marketing and Curation Tools

RebelMouse. This free tool pulls in all of the things you’ve created and posted on your social media platforms or your blog and it puts all of that into a grid and displays it like your own daily newspaper. It keeps it current. You can embed its stream (with a pre-generated code) onto a page on your website. Here’s an example of mine on my radio site here: http://soloproradio.com/rebelmouse/. It’s nice and easy. It brings really dynamic content into your website.

Scoop.It. This service goes out onto the web and searches for content that relates to your chosen keywords or phrases and displays it for you. You can choose to ‘scoop’ a resource or discard it. Then it posts it to your stream. BTW: Scoop it also has a widget that you can embed in your website. I have one also posted on my radio site’s home page: http://soloproradio.com/ (It’s at the bottom of the page – you’ll have to scroll – on the right side). Additionally, Scoop.It has a button that you put on your browser’s toolbar so that when you’re researching on the web and run across information/articles that you think your people should read, you can ‘scoop it’ right there and it puts it into your stream.

Evernote. This tool has been around for a while but it’s HUGELY valuable if you do any type of research or creating content. With Evernote you can capture website, images, or even offline data. You can assign tags or categories to them and even sort them by product or concept to keep them organized. It’s a free tool as well and your data is saved in the cloud so that you can get to it from any device.

Adding Content Marketing and Curation to your weekly plan

Spending just an hour a week on the content portion of your marketing will have a drastic affect in your SEO and the traffic to your website. Fine tuning your calls to action and the offers you’ve got on your website will increase conversions.

Try to blog at least once a week, if not more – and then get out there and ‘scoop’ the articles that you think you’re followers will be interested in. This is how you begin to stand apart as a leader and present yourself as an expert.

Author Info: Barbara Saunders is a publication designer and has run a successful solo pro business for more than a decade by maximizing the power of partnerships and collaboration. Now as the Solo Pro Success Coach and Founder of the Solo Pro Academy, she’s here to guide you to a successful custom-fit business. She also hosts the Solo Pro Radio show everyday at 10am Pacific and 1pm Eastern.

Martin Luther King Day - A Day of Service

"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a vital figure of the modern era and a pivotal figure in the Civil Rights Movement. His lectures and dialogues stirred the concern and sparked the conscience of a generation. His charismatic leadership inspired men and women, young and old, in this nation and around the world.

After a long struggle, legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a "day on, not a day off."

It's part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."
- from http://mlkday.gov/index.php

MLK biography on Nobel Prize.org

The King Center

MLK Research and Education Institute

The "I Have a Dream" speech audio and video

The Corporation for National and Community Service

United We Serve

The Greatest MLK Speeches You Never Heard

The "Beyond Vietnam -- A Time to Break Silence" Speech

"The Drum Major Instinct" Speech


Are You Stuck In Neutral?

by Kendall SummerHawk 

Admittedly, nothing can feel more unbalancing for a woman entrepreneur than being stuck in neutral. This phase can happen for a variety of reasons:

You’re ready to take your business to the next level…only you’re not sure what the best steps to take are that won’t upset the apple cart with your current clients

Your current business model is leaving you stressed out and hyper-busy… but without the income to make it worthwhile at this pace

What you thought would be the perfect niche…is proving to be more difficult to get going than you expected

You keep hearing, “I need to hire you”…only they don’t

You have a ton of ideas…but they feel jumbled rather than feeling like a clear plan of action

If any of these sound familiar then take heart! Not only is this a phase (and yes, like all things, it too, will pass) but you’re also probably closer to a solution than you might think.

My advice? Follow my 3 simple tips to help you find your footing again. Once you do, you’ll have all of the clarity, vision and steps to move forward quickly. And you’ll begin to see the income streaming in as a result.

Step #1 Clarify Exactly Where You’re Getting Stuck

When you’re in the midst of feeling stuck, everything can seem like a mish-mash of unclarity. Your best bet is to first identify exactly which decisions you need to make, and in what order. Then, you can move forward making these decisions quickly.

For example, let’s say you’re attracting clients randomly, making it difficult to feel any sense of security regarding your income. This is a common problem for many women entrepreneurs.

For starters, in this situation, the decisions you’ll need to make are:

    evaluating your niche
    Is it clear, specific and easy to market to?

    determining if you’re marketing is reaching enough of the right people
    Are you hiding out behind your computer, hoping prospective clients will magically flow in when you should be creating massive visibility in-person by speaking and networking?

    getting an outside expert to review your offers and your pricing
    Are you investing in mentoring or are you trying to figure everything out alone?

Step #2 Recognize What You May Be Afraid Of

Women entrepreneurs are much more likely than men to get stuck right at "the moment before the miracle" of up-leveling their businesses. Why? Because growing your business stirs up old patterns of self-doubt.

The solution? Recognize an old pattern for what it is: the ego (or what I call, the “guardian mind”) trying to do everything in its power to keep you small. Recognizing this gives you the key to freedom, because with this awareness you can make a new, empowered and thoughtful choice.

At first, moving forward is going to feel more uncomfortable than staying put. So don’t let common excuses such as “It doesn’t feel right” or “I’m waiting for a sign” keep you stuck. Remember, you can consciously direct your self-talk, using phrases such as, “I can do this” and even “I refuse to give in or give up!”

Step #3 Practice Making Decisions Quickly

I learned a vital success strategy from one of my favorite mentors (this guy took a company from $2 million per year to over $100 million so clearly, he knows what he’s doing). The strategy is to put a timer on your decision making.

Any decision you need to make can get done in 30 minutes or less. Most can be accomplished in 15 minutes or less. Speeding up your decision making will re-energize you and begin to give you the momentum you’re seeking.

Here’s a great exercise you can use to help you get unstuck and moving forward…

Grab a pen and fill in the answers to these simple questions:

I’m in neutral (stuck) because _______________.

The decisions I need to make are ____________.

The mentor who’s going to move me forward powerfully is ____________.

Getting out of neutral feels awesome and yes, you can do this!

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.


Kerry Heaps Founder and President of Kerry's Network, Inc on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Kerry Heaps is the Founder and President of Kerry's Network, Inc., a membership-based organization that provides exposure for business owners with access to the media and association directories, a talk radio program on Blog Talk Radio and a business e-magazine called The Business Review. Kerry also owns Omega Image, an image consulting firm for men and women and K|Kouture cosmetics, an exclusive line of skincare and cosmetics.

Kerry has an extensive background in Sales, Networking, Recruiting, and Training. She is a former Model who specialized in Trade Show and Print work. She is also an experienced judge on the beauty pageant circuit. After a brief career in modeling, Kerry soon found herself on the other side of the desk as a Modeling Instructor, booking models on assignments and teaching classes on Color Analysis, Make-up, Body Language and Acting.

Kerry is also a contributing writer for www.divinecaroline.com www.womenco.com and hosts a talk radio program with Blog Talk Radio. Kerry has interviewed celebrities such as Co-Host of Shark Tank, Barbara Corcoran, Author Larry Winget, Former Miss West Virginia and QVC Talk Show host, Kim Parrish and many more successful business entrepreneurs.

Kerry is the author of Marketing Ideas that make Sen$e a marketing development book that covers networking, cold calling, establishing yourself as an expert, creating your own media, marketing ideas and sample scripts. Kerry's Volunteer efforts include helping out at the local humane society, contributing her time to teach college graduates resume writing and interviewing techniques and as a survivor of domestic violence, also contributes to many Domestic Violence Causes. http://www.strictlymarketingmagazine.com

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What To Do If You're Struggling to Grow Your Business

by Sydni Craig-Hart

Whether or not you are a person who makes New Year's resolutions, one thing is for sure. You'd like your business to be more profitable and more successful than last year. As entrepreneurs, we all want to be progressive and accomplish our goals.

It takes more than good intentions to do that. Success as a small business owner requires that we be willing to make adjustments, work through challenges and improve our habits. For many, the new year provides an opportunity for a fresh start. So how do you ensure that you follow-through on your good intentions and achieve your goals?

Here's how:

 Commit to building better habits - Make the decision to identify and act on your marketing priorities EACH day. Tomorrow you will be gifted 24 hours. Let's say 8 of those are dedicated to your business. How will you spend them? Will you give in to distraction or focus on ONLY your priority tasks. Will you allow email, the Internet, unimportant tasks, phone calls or other distractions to consume your day? Or instead can you, WILL YOU, take complete responsibility for how you choose to spend your time? Of course there will be things that pop up that are out of your control. Even so, you can still take control of your time and choose to focus on taking the necessary action to grow your business.

Stay in your POWER zone - Perhaps you are great at networking, but the thought of writing a blog post or an article makes your head hurt. Maybe it's the other way around. You love to write but you'd rather eat nails than go to a networking event. If you are looking for a quick way to jumpstart your marketing efforts and increase your profits, focus on these three things:
  •         What you enjoy doing
  •         What you're good at doing
  •         What has generated the best results
That's IT! If you aren't too excited about a particular marketing strategy, don't force it! Trying to convince yourself to do it creates unnecessary pressure and drains your energy, which guarantees that the strategy won't work well anyway. Instead, strive to ENJOY (wow, what novel idea!) growing your business and focus on the things you do best.

Ditch your "superhero" cape and get some help! - A lot of entrepreneurs find a sense of satisfaction in being a business martyr. If you have ever found yourself thinking:

        "If I want it done right, I have to do it myself!"
        "If it's not hard, it must not be right!"
        "If I'm struggling, I must be on the right track..."
        ...Or something similar.

You may be guilty of trying to be a business martyr. I have one thing to say to you about that. STOP! :)

There is no glory in making your journey more difficult than necessary. And there is no shame in reaching out for help. It's simply what smart entrepreneurs do.

Have you been working solo for a while and find that you consistently don't have enough hours in the day to get through your task list? Hire an assistant.

Are you not sure what step to take next to get more clients and increase your profits? Hire a coach!

Did you have a coach before, and then decide you could "do it" on your own, but now find yourself floundering? Hire a coach ... again!

Investing in yourself is the BEST investment you can make. It's guaranteed to pay off. How much more would you get done if you had someone truly holding your feet to the fire and guiding you by the hand? Wouldn't you be more focused and less distracted? What kind of affect do you think THAT would have on your bottom line? Choose today to leave the excuses behind, and reach out for the help you need. It's the one thing that all successful entrepreneurs have in common, so come join the club!

Achieving more success in your business doesn't necessarily require a massive overhaul. By taking charge of your time, focusing on what you enjoy doing to market your business and getting help where and when you need it, you'll get further than you've ever thought possible! Isn't it time to end the struggle and start thriving in your business? Yes, I think so too!

What first step will you take to break through your current marketing struggles? Share your thoughts with me on the blog!


    Take control of your time - Plan out your work days so you know exactly what you'll be doing and when. Minimize distractions by only checking your email at specific times each day and turning off your phone when it's time to focus on your work. Tackle one project at a time and resist the urge to multi-task.

    Make a list of what you enjoy doing to market your business. Plan out time each day to work "in your power zone."

    Get help in your business in the one area where you need help the most. If you are struggling to get everything done each day, hire an assistant. If you need direction and accountability, hire a coach. Invest in yourself to make sure the important, profit generating tasks in your business are being handled properly.

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!

Beyond Facebook Part2 - Content Marketing and Social Media on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

In part 2 we'll be looking at social media such as Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn, Blogs and content curation platforms such as Scoop it.

Marketing trends are ever-changing, and small business owners have to be ahead of the curve. Wondering what you have to do TODAY to be seen and keep clients coming in - or GET them coming in?

Listen in as I share what I've learned over the years and how you can apply it to your business. There's no time to waste. Things are changing fast. Don't get left behind. Find out what you should be doing NOW.

Deborah A. Bailey is the host of “Women Entrepreneurs Radio" and author of the books, Think Like an Entrepreneur: Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge of Your Life and Think Like an Entrepreneur: What You Need to Consider Before You Write a Business Plan

After earning her B.A. degree in English from Douglass College, she went into a career in fashion and retail, earning an A.A.S. in Advertising and Communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She made career transitions from fashion copywriting to working at companies such as AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Johnson & Johnson. In 2005 Deborah transitioned into entrepreneurship and graduated from Coach U.

She’s been a guest on TV and various radio stations, including The Entrepreneurial Moment talk radio show on KCTE HOT Talk 1510, the NJ Perspectives show on ABC6 TV. Fox News Strategy Room and Good Day Street Talk on Fox 5 NY. Deborah has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Crain’s NY Business, Moneywatch and Glass Hammer magazine.

She's had bylines in Baseline magazine, Dailyworth.com, Identity magazine, Bankrate.com, The Bridges, Daily Career Connection, More.com, Women&Biz.com, CNN.com, MSN.com.

Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and her work has been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun. http://DBaileyCoach.com.


Resolutions Don't Break Resolutions...People Break Resolutions

by Doreen Rainey

Studies show that people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals then people who don't explicitly make resolutions. But studies also show that only 8% of those who make resolutions achieve them.

Are you in the 8% or the 92%?

If you're in the 8% - fantastic! Keep the momentum in 2014. If you're in the 92%, let's take closer look at "resolutions." Poor “resolution.”

All that word was doing was minding it’s own business and creating a foundation for people:
  •     to decide
  •     to be determined
  •     to be firm in commitment
  •     to persevere
  •     to have tenacity
  •     to demonstrate strength
  •     to have fortitude

And what did we humans do? We took something that was meant to ground us in powerful solutions to make positive changes in our lives and we pooped all over it.

WE made resolutions WE didn’t keep. WE excitedly declared what WE were going to do, and then didn’t do it.

WE passionately shared with our family, friends, co-workers and the world what changes WE were going to make and the results of those changes and then WE didn’t do one thing different.

We enthusiastically wrote out goals, broke them down and posted them on the bathroom mirror, on the steering wheel and on a post-it on the computer, and then WE didn’t take action. And then WE have the nerve to blame “resolution.”

The truth is – resolutions do their part. They inspire us, motivate us, help us see a better way, show us what’s possible when we make positive changes and gives us a glimpse into our future – a future where we are healthier, more content, fulfilled, prospering and doing more of what we love and less of what we don’t.

The breakdown occurs when we are suppose to do our part. Where we are suppose to be disciplined, stick to the plan, be uncomfortable, be inconvenienced, move through the fear, have the difficult conversation, decide to leave, decide to stay, stop the spending, go the gym, forgive, apologize, show up or be there.

So this year, let’s give “resolution” a break. Let’s cut it some slack. Let’s stop staying “resolutions are stupid” or “resolutions don’t work.” The real deal is that resolutions DO work. We don’t.

RADICAL Success Coach Doreen Rainey helps her clients Get RADICAL - by defining success for themselves and getting the guts to go after it. Get her FREE RADICAL Success Starter Kit at www.doreenrainey.com.
© 2013 Doreen Rainey

Beyond Facebook Part 1 - How to Market Your Business in 2014 on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Marketing trends are ever-changing, and small business owners have to be ahead of the curve. Wondering what you have to do TODAY to be seen and keep clients coming in - or GET them coming in?

Listen in as I share what I've learned over the years and how you can apply it to your business. There's no time to waste. Things are changing fast. Don't get left behind. Find out what you should be doing NOW.

Deborah A. Bailey is the host of “Women Entrepreneurs Radio" and author of the books, Think Like an Entrepreneur: Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge of Your Life and Think Like an Entrepreneur: What You Need to Consider Before You Write a Business Plan

After earning her B.A. degree in English from Douglass College, she went into a career in fashion and retail, earning an A.A.S. in Advertising and Communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She made career transitions from fashion copywriting to working at companies such as AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Johnson & Johnson. In 2005 Deborah transitioned into entrepreneurship and graduated from Coach U.

She’s been a guest on TV and various radio stations, including The Entrepreneurial Moment talk radio show on KCTE HOT Talk 1510, the NJ Perspectives show on ABC6 TV. Fox News Strategy Room and Good Day Street Talk on Fox 5 NY. Deborah has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Crain’s NY Business, Moneywatch and Glass Hammer magazine.

She's had bylines in Baseline magazine, Dailyworth.com, Identity magazine, Bankrate.com, The Bridges, Daily Career Connection, More.com, Women&Biz.com, CNN.com, MSN.com.

Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and her work has been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun.


What Makes Your Heart Sing?

by Mariana M. Cooper

From the time we are very young - finding our passion is a theme that is found in most peoples lives.

As babies, parents attempt to instill their passions in their children by dressing them in baseball uniforms with emblems of their favorite teams, ballet costumes etc hoping that the child will take on the love of their parents interests.

"What are you going to be when you grow up?" Is probably one of the most asked questions of kids and teens alike. And much to our surprise, that question comes up for adults even more! It may be in a slightly different form but with the same undertones. We ponder:

What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I contribute something great to the world?
Whats my purpose?
What can I give back to the world?

Before we can truly be successful the answer to the "What am I most passionate about?" question must be answered. Because if we pursue something that we are not passionate about it created so much imbalance and strain that we can never truly be fulfilled.

We may make money but eventually it will stop if the underlying joy is missing.

So how do you find your passion? Here are 3 simple ways to get some insight on what it is:

1. Think back to what you most enjoyed when you were a child. Your most favorite childhood memory. What were you doing?

It is very rare to be passionate about something that have never tried or had a keen interest in before. I started dancing when I was 3 and rode my first horse when I was 6. By the time I was 15 I was coaching and teaching riding, inspiring my students to be all they could be. My core passions began to emerge very early on.

2. Take note of what your friends, family and acquaintances come to you for advice for the most. Are you the go to person for problem solving? Relationship advice? Cooking advice? Accounting? The best vacation spots? Interior decorating advice or fashion sense?

This is a true indication of your natural passion and thetalents, that people would come to you for. With some organization, a business spin and focus these same people (or those with similar profiles) could also become the ideal target clientswho would pay for your services!

3. What magazines, TV shows, films, blogs, websites  you most drawn to? Basically what would you be doing if money were no object? What would you actually consider doing even if you were not getting paid?

The answers found here can give you a great indication of what makes your heart sing!

4 . You know what you love also by how your body feels as you do it.
You are on the right track when you feel:
* Joy
* Lighthearted
* Excited
* Time seems to stand still
* You want to share what you are doing

The Aha! Prescription for This Week:
Action + Attraction = Your Aha! Moment

The  Aha! Action:

Take an inventory of your life and make a list of what you most like to do. Look back to your childhood as well for clues.

Make a list! If you get stuck make a list of the things that you know you don't like to do! Then write out the opposite. You will definitely see a pattern! Once you have the list move on the Attraction part of our prescription.

The  Aha! Attraction:

Putting positive energy toward everything you do is far more important than the mechanics which will always work themselves out with the right energy in place.

Get quiet for 1 - 5 minutes and ask yourself: What truly makes my heart sing?What is my passion? What passion do I have that I could share with the world?

Make sure to have your journal handy to record insights that you get. And remember the insights may come to you later in the day, in a dream or as a series of synchronistic signs to let you know you are on the right path!

Put these easy steps into action and you will be well on your way to finding your Passion!

And Remember to Always Trust your Aha!

Mariana M. Cooper, Aha! Moments, Inc. Intuition Expert and Mentor. For more information, products and services go to: http://www.ahamomentsinc.com


Coach Faith Saunders of Discover a New Future on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Topic: "Secret Strategies Practiced by Successful Women That Ensure Their Success"

Faith Saunders is a Life Coach, Trainer and founder of Discover a New Future. Her company's mission is to help women connect with their reason for BEING, DO what is important to them and brings them fulfillment and HAVE the life that they desire and truly deserve.

She has over 18 years experience working in various capacities – training, coaching, project development, etc. – with many groups, including women in recovery, teenage mothers, youths and adults with emotional challenges. She has a Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Rehabilitation from UMDNJ.

She was the recipient of Central Jersey National Association of Business Owners prestigious Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2009 and has been a contributing author to several publications, such as Stephanie Clark’s book: "Life As A Single Mom: It isn’t Easy, or Is It?" She's the proud mother of two adult children (her greatest accomplishment) and lives in Somerset, New Jersey.

Date: Wednesday, January 8th
Time: 8:00 pm EST

How to Create More Clarity and Consistency in Your Business

by Sydni Craig-Hart

Creating a successful business is a simple, step-by-step process that anyone can follow. Of course, there will be challenges along the way. You may make a few mistakes - I know that I have! I have literally made every mistake that an entrepreneur can make - but it hasn't stopped me from being successful.

In fact, I think I'm more successful because of some of the mistakes I've made. Learning from them taught me priceless lessons I wouldn't have learned otherwise. It's been proven time and again that as long as you stay focused on your goals and do the right things consistently, you can create your version of a successful business.

Here are three simple keys that you can use to create more success in your business NOW:

    Get clear - What does business success means to YOU? If you try to follow some "guru's" version of success, you're going to end up disappointed. Don't get caught up trying to create someone else's dream.

    Break your dream down into smaller goals that you can easily achieve. How many clients will you need? How much money needs to be coming into your business? How much time do you need to devote to your business in order to produce those results?

    Getting clear will help you minimize distractions and say no to opportunities that aren't the right fit. It will free you up to spend your time, money and energy on what is truly important to you.

    Get organized - If you want to create more success in your business, start with organizing your marketing efforts in a plan. Outline what you want to accomplish on a monthly basis so you can break down those goals into easy to implement action steps.

    Review the resources you already have and secure the resources that you need. You'll also need to get organized with your time. Make an appointment with yourself to complete your marketing activities each week (or each day) and treat it just like it was your favorite, highest paying client.

    Be consistent - It's very easy to let marketing fall by the wayside and only think about it when you need to increase your income. A steady stream of new leads can only come from consistent marketing.

    In order to stay consistent, it's best to focus on just a FEW key marketing strategies at a time. Hone in on those strategies and do them week in and week out. Consistency builds trust, credibility and strong relationships. It makes it easier for people to say yes to your solutions.

    Trying to tackle video marketing, blogging, social media, speaking, networking, direct mail AND email marketing all at one time will only lead to overwhelm and frustration. Just pick two to three strategies, create systems for them and WORK your plan each and every day.

With these three keys, you can create more success in your business starting TODAY. Once you clarify your unique vision for your business, get organized, collect the right resources and create a consistent marketing plan, you'll be able to increase your income and experience more freedom.

Your Action Plan For This Week:

    Get clear on your vision for your business. Write down a short paragraph that outlines exactly what you want to experience with your business.

    How much money do you want to make? How many clients will you need to have to get there? How much time will you need to spend on your business in order to see the results you want?

    Write it all down so you can refer to it later.

    Get organized. Outline what you want to accomplish on a monthly basis for the next 3-6 months. Then break these monthly goals into daily and then weekly steps so you know exactly what to do and when.

    Get consistent. Plan out the two to three marketing activities that you'll use on a regular basis and then create systems so you can follow through with your plans.

Sydni Craig-Hart, The Smart Simple Marketing Mentor, 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 kit, "5 Simple Steps to More Clients, More Visibility and More Freedom" and schedule your FREE "Profit Breakthrough" session with Sydni!

New Online Series: 8 Secret Strategies Practiced By Successful Women

Two-part series: "8 Secret Strategies Practiced By Successful Women That Ensure Their Success"

Presented by: Faith Saunders of Discover a New Future

When: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 7:30 PM - Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 9:00 PM (EST)

Where: Online

Register here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/8-secret-strategies-practiced-by-successful-women-that-ensure-their-success-tickets-9850196202

This two-part online series (4 weeks each) is for women who are ready to make change and move from contemplating to taking action!

Bonus: Each participant will have an individual 15-minute phone session with Faith to receive personal support!

About Faith Saunders:

Faith has over 18 years experience working in the mental health field in various capacities. She has a M.S. in Psychiatric Rehabilitation from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is also an artist and last, but definitely not least, the proud mother of two.

Recipient of Central Jersey National Association of Business Owners prestigious Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2009 and being a contributing author in several publications like Stephanie Clark’s book: "Life As A Single Mom: It isn't Easy, or Is It?"


The Magic of Mentors

by Miata Edoga

You're out to do something big - with your career, with your finances, with your life. You're tired of working hard but never feeling like you're really moving forward. This is the perfect time to consider putting time and energy into finding and developing a relationship with a mentor.

A mentor is defined as "a wise and trusted counselor or teacher." Doesn't that just sound like a person we should all have in our lives? There is also plenty of research demonstrating that mentored individuals earn more money, advance faster in their careers and are generally happier in their work.

Let's look at just a few of the primary ways mentors can make a positive difference in the results you are creating.

   1. A mentor shows you that it's possible. Whatever it is you want to do, there is enormous power in the knowledge that someone has successfully done it. Inspiration is probably one of the most effective tools for breaking down barriers and launching over hurdles and, by "walking the talk," mentors provide inspiration through their very being. Whenever we might be inclined to give up, certain that we can't possibly be successful, a mentor is a source of hope - bringing to life the qualities and results to which we aspire.
   2. A mentor models AND shortens the path to success. More than just showing us the desired results, mentors illustrate the path we can follow to get there. Study your mentors thoughts, their words and their actions - because all of those things work together to create their success. What books has your mentor read and learned from? What activities fill their time on a daily basis? Ask questions and be open to advice that allows you to formulate your own plan of attack, while learning from and avoiding some of the past mistakes of your mentor.
   3. A mentor challenges you to stretch beyond your comfort zone. Working with a mentor who believes in and supports your potential can be a great source of courage and confidence, making it so much easier to take risks. Much of the time it is these risks that will allow us to break out of a rut, and therefore move forward faster.

It's important to be realistic and recognize that mentors usually aren't just lining up waiting to give you their time, energy and support. Start with your existing network of family, friends and business associates and then expand your search from there. Finding the right match will likely require focus, self-confidence and certainly patience. Be brave! Make phone calls, write letters and ask for introductions. Take every opportunity to network and meet all the people you can in your industry and/or area of focus.

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for individuals who love to help people grow. They're out there. The more that you demonstrate your willingness to work hard, to listen and to learn - the more likely it is that you will find the perfect allies for your journey.

©2010 Abundance Bound, Inc.
Abundance Bound was created to support actors, artists and creative professionals in the development of financial stability and independence. To learn how to begin the journey towards prosperity, register for the free resources available at www.AbundanceBound.com.

Happy New Year!

Wishing you a happy and prosperous 2014!
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