An Atlanta torch bearer's 2012 Olympics spirit was a little dampened recently after a commemorative tattoo she got in honor of the big event turned out to have a whopping misspelling.
BBC reports that Terri Peterson, a resident of Atlanta, Ga., carried the torch through Derby in England on June 30th after being nominated as one of 70 international employees selected by her employer to participate. In honor, Peterson decided to commemorate the occasion by getting her first ever tattoo. Unfortunately, things went downhill from there.
Peterson brought a friend with her to a "really good" tattoo parlor in Georgia and had her chosen design, a torch logo and the words "Olympic Torch Bearer," inked for good on her arm. The tattoo artist, however, must have had a thing for Popeye, because Peterson walked out with a misspelled version of the phrase: "Oylmpic Torch Bearer."
Peterson, however, wasn't too upset, and she even turned down the artist's offer to fix it after she pointed it out: "He felt so bad when he found out. He wanted to fix it but I decided I want to keep it. It's fine. It's the Oy-limpics - it's as unique as I am."
The typo-besieged tattoo isn't the only Olympics ink making headlines this year: Nick Symmonds, an American runner, will be controversially sporting a temporary tattoo on his shoulder advertising for marketing firm Hanson Dodge after selling the real estate on eBay for $11,100.
Our recent monthly promotional emails (Work at Home Week, Teacher Appreciation Week, Mother’s Day Gift Guide, etc.) have
been a big hit, so we’re going to continue with them monthly to give every business that would like to be featured a
chance to be in the spotlight! Each month, we’ll have a week long event that includes daily emails to our list, social
network shout outs and blog features to give WHAM's a chance to share their business with our growing audience.
We’ll alternate monthly on sharing products and business opportunities, so, since last month was Work at Home Week, this
month we’ll do a shopping guide for “Christmas in July.”
We will be celebrating Christmas in July the 23rd through the 27th. If you would like to have your business featured in
our Christmas in July guide, you’ll benefit from a variety of exposure, which includes:
Email Blasts: We will be sending out 5 emails, one per day, during Christmas in July week.Each email will be
highlighting businesses among different categories with a different category being featured each day.
The schedule is:
Monday- Health, Wellness & Beauty;
Tuesday-Clothing & Accessories;
Wednesday-For the Home;
Thursday-Just for Kids;
You can choose to be included in the category of your choice. Our email list is comprised of over 3,200 moms, all ready
to hear about the great products you have to offer!
Social Network Exposure: We will post each day’s email to the Exquisite Taste Diva Network website, blog and Facebook
page, which have a combined audience of roughly 8,000 moms!
Solo Shout Out: In addition to the inclusion in our emails, you will receive 1 solo shout out on the Exquisite Taste
Diva Network website, blog and Facebook pages at some point in the week (date and time TBD by our team). This is your
chance to have your business in the spotlight on its own!
Website Guide: We will have a page dedicated on our website to Christmas in July and have it linked in our main menu
during the week. It will remain on the site indefinitely, giving you constant web exposure for a long time to come!
We have a very active site and last month had over 16,000 page views! In addition to the great exposure, having your
business linked on our website will also have great Search Engine Optimization benefits for your own website.
Optional Blog Feature: Finally, we will have 5 openings for Featured Mom-Run Businesses to be highlighted during the
week. These WAHM's will each receive a blog feature, showcasing herself and her business. You provide the text and
up to 5 photos. The feature will be posted to our blog, as well as shared on all of our social networking pages.
A blog feature has many benefits.
First, it becomes a permanent part of our site, giving you more exposure on the web. Second, you can use it as bragging
rights and clout for your business, letting your customers and fans know you were featured at
Exquisite Taste Diva Network page!
As with all of our opportunities, we will allow 1 rep from each company an opportunity to share their business, so don’t
delay in signing up if you’re interested! (Note-for the purposes of this opportunity, separate divisions within a
company will be considered separate opportunities, i.e. Scentsy/Velata, Willowhouse/Sara Blaine, etc.) Spots will be
first come, first served. A waiting list will be maintained in the event of a cancellation.
To learn more or reserve your spot, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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You’ve decided to take your business to the next level, and this involves bringing your own product to market. Whether you’ve decided to develop an info product or you’ve invented the next gadget destined for QVC or HSN fame, there are a few steps you can take to ensure your new product has the best chance of succeeding and being a profitable investment for your business. An important aspect of this process is to understand when (and how) you need to protect your intellectual property.
1. Do your market research: The chief reason why products fail is that no one needs or wants them. Test your idea with target buyers. Online surveys, Google Adwords campaigns and conversations with people who you think will buy your product can quickly let you know if the product has legs.
2. Develop a prototype: If you’re working on a physical product, create what inventors call a “looks alike, works alike” prototype. You can do this at home in your garage or hire someone through a site like Elance.com to do this for you. The idea here is a proof of concept: You want to be able to demonstrate that the product works and describe how in specific detail.
3. Decide if you need a patent: A patent shows that you developed an original product or process and prevents competitors from just copying it. Patents are used when you’ve created a unique product. Patents also protect unique processes like a software program or new and improved designs. You can conduct your own patent search to see if anything like your product already exists and read more about the patent process at: http://www.uspto.gov/patents/process/search/. A patent attorney can help with conducting a patent search, as well as actually filing the patent.
4. Determine if a copyright is appropriate: If your product is an original written work, like a book, you’ll want to protect it with a copyright. Copyrights protect the author’s right to sell and make money from original writing, art or music and prevent other people from doing so. To copyright a document, simply note at the bottom of the document that it’s copyrighted to you or your business, and add the date (for example, copyright Susan Smith & Virtual Assistance LLC 2012). You can also file formal documents with the US government via http://www.copyright.gov/.
5. Trademark any brand names: A trademark protects your brand and specific elements such as your business name, product names, logos, or taglines). While you don’t need a trademark, it helps prevent people from damaging your hard won brand recognition. To learn more, see http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks/index.jsp.
Once you’ve established this foundation, it’s time to take your product to customers. Now you’re ready to put a good sales and marketing plan in place and start selling!
Jennifer D’Angelo contributes writing to Red Chalk Group, an international company based in Chicago. She has a strong interest in the patent and intellectual property interests of small businesses.
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A press release can be a powerful tool to help spread the word about a business. The key to an effective press release is writing about something that people will perceive as newsworthy. Press releases aren’t meant to be a sales ad, but rather a news story to generate public interest in the news media. Today, I’d like you to figure out what may be newsworthy about your business and create and distribute a press release to publicize it.
First off, you need to decide what to write about. You can write about a new location opening, a community event you’re hosting, a new product launch, a charitable event you’re organizing, etc. What you don’t want to write about is a general product promotion, ordinary sale, etc. Your press release won’t get picked up if its perceived as nothing more than a regular advertisement. If all else fails and you can’t think of anything else to write about, we all have something in common that is quite extraordinary that many news media will love…the fact that you’re a local mompreneur trying to make it in your community! It’s estimated that there are now about 4,000,000 mompreneurs in the US. It’s a huge trend as our economy struggles and more and more moms are trying to make ends meet for their families by adding an extra income stream. You can highlight yourself as a local mom trying to do just that to your local media. I’ve written a press release to introduce our local groups that focuses on this angle.
Once you know what to write about, you’ll want to create your press release. There’s a standard format that’s used, and to have the best chances of being picked up, you’ll want to use it! To help you get started, I’ve created a template for you. You can use it to lay the groundwork for your release!
As far as content, you’ll want to follow some of the basic rules of news-writing. I know you’re not all journalists, so this may be tricky, but here are a handful of general guidelines to follow as you write.
- You’ll start with a headline. It should be brief and to the point, but enticing so that a reader will want to learn more and keep reading.
- You’ll write the headline in bold, all caps and center it on the page.
- You can then enter a sub-header to explain your article in more detail. You want to be catchy here and elaborate on the angle of your story.
- Now you’ll work on the body. Your first paragraph should contain all pertinent information about the story, including the who, what, where, when and why. Your first paragraph should include the meat and bones of the story and include all the facts. The remaining paragraphs should include more details about the story to supplement the main message. A good rule of thumb is to write your paragraphs in order of importance. The most important information being first and the least important information being at the end.
- A press release, as with any news story, is always written in third person.
- Your press release should be at least 500 words. On the flip-side, try not to make it too long and try to keep it all on one page if possible.
- News-writing is a bit different than regular writing. I was actually a journalism/advertising major in college and did quite a bit of news-writing. We follow a format called AP style in journalism. There are many subtle differences in the writing style. I often find myself forgetting what and where I am writing and combine regular grammar with AP style, a curse of many journalists. If you’d like to learn more about proper news-writing for future reference, I suggest picking up an AP style book. It’s a neat read.
Once you’ve got your press release written, now you need to decide where to submit it. If you’re going with a local angle, you’ll want to stick with local media. Research newspapers and magazines in your area, from small community papers to larger regional ones. Identify the editors of the area you’d like to be published in. This information is readily available online. You’ll then email a copy of your press release to the appropriate editor. Be sure not to send more than one email to a publication. No one likes a spammer and being too persistent may lead to your article getting thrown in the garbage (or trash bin of their email inbox)!
If you have an angle to your press release that is not local to your area, you should also submit your press release to online submission services. There are so many out there, some are paid and some are free. For a free service, check out www.prlog.org. They’ll get your press release distributed across the net and it won’t break into your business’s budget!
Connecting with other businesses is a great way to build your own business. One great way to do this is through link exchanges. This is where you make an arrangement with other businesses to host a link to their website or blog on your website or blog and they agree to do the same. It’s a free way to gain more exposure for your business and all it costs you is a little web space.
Another huge benefit of link exchanges is that incoming links to your website increase your ranking among the search engines. So, the more links you have out their pointing to your website, the better the chances your website has in coming up in search results.
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Part of growing as a business owner is connecting with other business owners. We’re all so unique and talented and there is a lot to learn from one another. Being a part of an organization will give you the opportunity to connect with other business owners where you can learn from them and promote your own business all at the same time.
We do networking and meet some amazing WAHM'S online every day, but there’s value in meeting people in person and building meaningful relationships. Today, I’d like you to research local organizations in your area to see what you can join.
We have WAHMS from all across the US and Canada, so here would be a great place to start. You can do a Google search for groups in your area and also look to sites like MeetUp for guidance. If you can’t find a small business owners group to join, you can also look into other groups for women like Junior League. They’re still a great way to connect with other women and give you an avenue to promote your business. Also hold an online Vendor Fair here at
Exquisite Taste Diva Chat and showcase your business.
Whether you are new to the online world or have had your business online for a while the truth remains the same for both, if your brand looks like an amateur you will be perceived as an amateur. One of the biggest mistakes I see online business owners make is not creating a professional looking brand for their company online.
If you are not an expert at designing websites, if you are not an expert at graphics, and if you are not an expert at anything you need to get your business set up online in a professional way, then make sure you take the time to find someone who is and invest in your company to make sure you start out the right way. (and by the way it does not have to cost a fortune … just make sure you do your research to find the right providers to work with.
Remember you never get a second chance to make a first impression!
Here are the top 5 things to consider when you are setting up your brand online to make sure it represents your brand in a professional and inviting way.
- Make sure your website represents your brand in a professional way, online your website is basically your storefront for your business, it is where your potential clients will make the first decision if you are someone they want to work with or do business with.
- When someone makes a connection with you online make sure you make it easy for them to connect with you throughout the web. Make sure to include links to all of your social media channels above the fold on your website so you make it easy for your visitors to continue the conversation with you as they go throughout the web onto other social media channels.
- Make sure your Website and all of your social media channels look the same throughout the web. The look of your brand should carry through with the same professional look on all of your social media sites.
- Use professionally done graphics for all of your online properties (if you aren’t a graphic designer don’t try to fake it, if you don’t take your business serious no one else will)
- Make sure to present your brand in an inviting and personal way. Advertising and Marketing have changed over the past year or so and the social aspect of every brand has become a very important factor in how well your business will do in the market place. Consumers want to know the people behind the company, they want to be able to form a connection with you and your business on a personal level.
I hope these tips will give you a good starting point to getting your brand set up online in a professional and inviting way. If you would like info about us creating YOUR OWN webpage here at
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Good Home Party Show Game
I have always maintained that the only good party game to play at
your home show is one that serves a purpose for everyone involved.
He presented it as a game to play in a restaurant with friends. Don’t you hate it when you are out to dinner and everyone is on the phone, Facebook or texting. This looks like fun!
Played in a restaurant or at your home show this game will improve the quality of your time. With some small changes this game is perfect for the home party show!
Home Party = Increase Sales
The value at the home party of this game is that everyone will be more attentive, sales will increase and guests will have fun, laugh and hopefully both the hostess and the consultant will have increased benefits.
The purpose of the game is to get everyone off their phones, away from Twitter, Facebook, texting, etc. and to encourage conversation. In other words, help cure the anti-social behavior that technology creates.
Everyone puts their phones in the middle of the room on a table. Whoever cracks first by touching their phone has a penalty. You can create a system of violations and rewards that match your business.“Don’t Be Anti-Social” Show Game
The rules for the “Don’t Be Anti-Social” cell phone show game are:
- The game starts after everyone sits down and as soon as the show starts.
- Everybody places their phone in the middle of the room on a table.
- The first person to touch their phone loses the game and others get violation points.
- Loser of the game has some sort of penalty and subsequent violators accumulate the penalty points. (In a restaurant the loser pays the bill for everyone’s meal).
- At the end of the show anyone who as not touched their phone is declared a winner.
Cell Phones In Restaurants
I plan on trying this game next time I am out to dinner with my teenage nieces! I am sure it will be a stretch for them!! LOL
With adults in a restaurant, it could really be a blast. Try it at your show, I bet conversation will rock and everyone will have fun.
Actually, the simplest way to turn a casual conversations when out and about into a business lead is to stop trying to do so.
One of my favorite lines is “stop recruiting and start making friends”. That really is the key to sales…. relationship building.
The easiest way to start the conversation is with a compliment!
- My what beautiful children you have! How old are they?
- What a gorgeous baby! What is her name?
- OH, I just love our earrings? Where did you get them?
There really are lots of ways to start a conversation with people. The first step is always put on your best smile and make eye contact. Then ask a question and always end in a question:
- Ask them about their shirt: I love Australia, did you go on vacation there?
- Ask them what they are cooking: I never used pomegranates before what are you making with them?
- Ask them if they are in a hurry? These lines are terrible…. are you in a hurry? Would you like to go in front of me?
You will find business leads when out and about if you are not pushy. When you make friends, you will be turning a causal conversation into a lead.
The lead may not convert today or maybe not ever but if you never make friends it is surely not going to convert into a closed deal!
Direct sales bookings seems to be an ongoing problem for many consultants.
I have been asked repeatedly for a training program similar to the Direct Sales Recruiting University that focuses on BOOKINGS. So….
By request…. We are in the process of creating a new training program called the Direct Sales BOOKINGS University.
Which one of these issues is preventing you from finding party plan bookings?
- You do not know where to find business leads.
- You DO know where to find business but do not have the skills to get that business.
- You are not motivated or willing to develop your skills or seek out that business.
Now, I’m not bashing any other sites in the space at all, but there are a lot of misconceptions out there about the work at home mom community with numerous sites selling “opportunities” rather than giving advice. We wanted to create a site that offered legit information to women with goals of kicking ass and taking names while working from home.
Our goal was to show women that being a work at home mom was not a negative and that there are many women doing it very successfully.
In light of that, I’d like to discuss a few myths associated with the WAHM entrepreneur moniker and shed some light on the reality about them.
All work at home moms sell [insert party plan product here]
The fact is that many people feel the phrase “work at home moms” is interchangeable with “party plan representatives” and it’s simply not true. While party plan products are a great work at home opportunity for some, it is definitely not the avenue every WAHM travels down.
Secondly, you’d be surprised how much really motivated party plan reps make. I personally know three that net six figures a year – which is likely more than the people who mistakenly look down upon their career choice as a “hobby for stay at home moms.” As with ANY career path, it’s all about your motivation and what you make with it.
Not all of us sell candles. But you know what? Selling candles can be really freaking lucrative for people with the motivation and business sense to rock the hell out of it.
Work at home mom entrepreneurs aren’t as serious as “real” entrepreneurs
Absolutely false. As I said above, it all comes down to the motivation of the individual and is not dependent upon whether they choose to make their company home base their home versus at an out of home office location.
There are women out there building multimillion dollar companies from their home offices while their children play in the other room. It simply takes a lot of organization (or hired help) to make it all work.
Work at home moms aren’t as productive as people in a “real office environment”
Another falsehood. Some people actually work better from home. I know because I’m definitely one of them.
I had a “real office” for several years with multiple employees working within it. It took me an hour to get ready, twenty minutes to get there and another forty minutes to say my “hellos” and get settled in to start working.
I felt like that was two hours each day that I lost in productivity by being in a physical office location, so I made the decision to close my office when I moved from Canada and not open another one in Texas (where I moved to).Work at home moms aren’t as productive because they have kids around
Many people hear work at home mom and picture a women with a frazzled face, a kid grasping each leg and cheerios in their hair, but it’s simply not true.
First, not all work at home moms work from home without child care. I myself have in home child care five days a week. I “go” to my home office each day the same as anyone else would go to a “real” office. But I can pop my head out when I want to (or need to) and spend free moments with my kids during the day.
And even those who do work from home without full time child care find ways to make it work. Successful work at home moms simply have to have “multitasking” as a primary skill on their resume. Couple your mobile broadband, laptop and your younger children’s favorite park and you can easily get several solid hours of work in while your kids have fun and keep themselves occupied. Many moms have school aged children giving them a solid six hour work day each day. We make it happen.All work at home moms work from [insert the smallest corner of their house here] on a plywood computer cart (AKA shabby conditions)
Most entrepreneurs start with nothing and build as they go along. When I started my company, I DID work in the smallest corner of my house on a plywood computer cart. And Apple and Amazon got their start in garages. It’s just that some of us choose not to leave our home office once our businesses take off, especially if we’re not in product sales.
My current office is a dedicated room in my home, painted to my taste with decor lining the walls. I have a solid wood desk that I probably paid too much for, an awesome office chair, an office grade printer/fax/copier/scanner, a separate phone line, a 27 inch iMac with an additional 27 inch Apple monitor. I also have my MacBook Pro laptop for when I feel like working from other locations in my house. Not to mention my iPad, BlackBerry, hosted exchange service and thousands of dollars worth of software installed on my computers.
And I’m not alone. I know several moms with sweet setups that would kick the ass of many you’d ever find in a physical office location. Working from home makes us no less likely to have all the amenities of a physical office location. Just like working from an office location doesn’t ensure we’re not working from a folding chair.
Work at home moms only earn “pocket money”
First let me start by saying there is nothing wrong with working from home part time and earning “pocket money”. For many moms, that’s the goal – a part time income to fund football, dance classes or the annual family vacation. And kudos to them for making it happen.
But motivated full time work at home moms can make significant income. I know several WAHM millionaires. Where we work and whether or not we have children at home while we work does not determine our earning potential. Our earning potential, like the rest of society, is determined by our own goals, desire, determination and hard work.
So the next time you hear the term WAHM entrepreneur, remember that they’re not to be dismissed and that many are an entrepreneurial force to be reckoned with.
And if YOU are a WAHM entrepreneur yourself, remember that the sky is the limit on what you and your business can achieve and never let anyone convince you otherwise.
Let’s face it. There are certain issues that other business owners and telecommuters don’t face. But we as work at home moms get it. We’ve all had the blow up with the family member who thinks we need to “get a real job”. The kids who think nothing of interrupting you at your desk because they never seem to remember that you’re working? We’ve been there. The babysitter canceling out an hour before you’re due on the most important conference call you’ve had during your career? Yep, we’ve scrambled during that crisis too. And we’ve definitely looked around our houses and thought “wow, where did this mess come from?” and felt overwhelmed with everything on our plates. Below you’ll find advice on how to deal with the situations you face each day that are specific to being a work at home mom.
this is the time of year we start gearing up for the backyard barbeques, picnics and beach parties. Some are simple pot lucks, everyone pitching in with food, goodies and fun. Those are fun, don’t cost much – and aren’t really going to be tax deductible.
But what about the more expensive parties? Well, next month, I’ll be in Las Vegas at Caesar’s Palace, throwing a dinner party for my friends. The cost will be in the low 5 figures, and will be fully deductible. Why? It’s tied to a tax conference. The invitees are TaxMama’s students, readers, friends and their guests. And if even one of those people bring along a friend who signs up for my EA Exam Review class – the party is nearly paid for. In fact, several of the ‘guests’ have turned into students and passionate fans – and friends.
OK, so you’re not going to Vegas just to write off a party. How can you go about writing off a party in your own home or area?
Make the party a sales pitch for your business or product, or the affiliate program(s) you represent. Tupperware was famous for their sales parties. Then came the lingerie parties. Sports fans can host fantasy sports parties. You can hold read-a-thons for children, or play time with toys from affiliate programs. Even back to school parties.
Let your imagination run wild. What kind of blatant marketing party can you throw – including prizes (samples of product) for participation – and for levels of purchases – or for new recruits.
What about the cost of spouses and children coming to such parties? Frankly, when it comes to network marketing programs, spouses and children are often fully involved. Exposing them to these experiences makes them aware of the products. And it gives them something to talk about to their friends as well.
Why do you think millions of dollars worth of advertising budgets are targeted towards children? Children are intense consumers. They exert a powerful influence on their parents’ buying habits.
What can you write off at such parties?
The products you consume from your inventory, naturally. The costs of food, beverages and any special entertainment to enhance the mood. The decorations. The invitations.
If you hold one marketing party each month, you’ll not only have a great time, you’ll meet new contacts, make new friends, and increase your sales.
What kinds of parties should you not expect to write off?
Weddings, bar mitzvahs, confirmations, graduations, Quinceañeras, etc. These are purely social or religious. IRS has a lot of experience with people trying to write off such parties.
The Scavenger Hunt Party Planner gives you a step-by-step formula for creating your own outstanding scavenger hunt that will make your party unforgettable. It's different than anything else on the market you've seen. This eBook includes the essential systems that I have developed over twenty years of organizing parties. It is so much more refined that my original email notes to Jackie that is almost not recognizable - and you have already read about how effective those old notes were. There are no less than 370 Scavenger Hunt ideas contained in this book. Yes, that's Three Hundred and Seventy!!
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- Events - Track upcoming events in your business and have the reminders sent to your e-mail.
- To-Do Lists - Have your “to-do” items sent to your e-mail such as ordering supplies, etc.
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Party plan and direct sales consultants are always looking for ways to find more bookings. Fairs and expositions bring new customers into your direct sales and party plan business and are an awesome way to find bookings. All good businesses take advantage of every available opportunity to strengthen their foundation. Don’t make the mistake and decide to pass on expos and fairs!
The results of the recent BOOKINGS survey was overwhelming! YOU the CashFlowShow subscriber told us what you want/need in bookings training and we learned a few things!
It seems as though it is far greater than just “finding business”! The needs of our loyal followers are vast in this area so read on to learn what we learned!
The Direct Sales Bookings University will be the most comprehensive training on party plan bookings ever to hit the industry.
The free Bookings University will start on or about 06/07/12.
OK, so you asked for it and we are delivering the Bookings University but do you have the motivation and willingness to take action? As a result of some of the survey responses we are adding a unit to the University on “lack of motivation” and “willingness to get out of your comfort zone”.
Unfortunately, if you are not motivated enough to sign up and show up, there is not much I can do for you!
The following graph represents the answers to this question on the survey:
Which best describes your situation regarding finding business/bookings?
- I don’t know where to find business
- I don’t have skills to date shows
- I am not motivated to find business
- I am afraid to get out of my “comfort zone”
Other Home Party Bookings Issues
While most of the other home party plan bookings issues were fairly predictable some comments were a surprise for me. It is impossible to keep this a class on BOOKINGS and include all of the requests.
These are 3 home party bookings training topics that were requested by enough people to justify inclusion in the Bookings University:
Direct Sales Training Topics
- Lead generation in Facebook.
- Getting more people to your online website/SEO.
- Using newsletters more effectively
These direct sales training topics will NOT be included but were in fact requested:
- It would be great if the articles and training were in Spanish! (LOL – now you are stretching me!!)
- Transcription of all the audio and video training into text is not compatible with the bigger issue of: CHEAP!
- Getting people to buy with total abandon is a great topic, but will not include it here!
- Host coaching is not going to be a part of the training as we cannot run the University all year!
- How to set up a blog is outside the scope of this class.
- Software solutions for party plan: while we may talk a bit about this it will be too much to include in depth.
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One of the best ways to improve your traffic is to ensure that your website will come up in a favorable location on various search engines. You can do this by helping to focus the content of your site on keywords that will allow potential customers to find your site easily when they do searches online. Search engine optimization services exist for a fee, and you can also alter the content of your site to feature potential keywords that are popular.
2. Create Unique, Valuable Content
People are more likely to visit your website, regardless of the type of business or site that you maintain, if you offer unique and high quality content to them. This means that the content should be entirely individual to the site and should not plagiarize other sites. Additionally, providing relevant, up to date content will help to drive more people to the site. You can make regular updates to your website in order to provide additional incentives for people to visit.
3. Avoid Content Generators
Along with providing high quality content, it's a good idea to avoid mass content generators. Although these are an inexpensive and easy way to fill up a website, search engines are becoming more and more sophisticated and are now able to weed out mass generated or copied content. This means that your website will be left out of search results, thereby costing you additional customers.
4. Make Use of Links
Link your website to others to encourage additional traffic. Consider ways to market your website through social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Four-Square if it's appropriate. Many websites will engage in link exchanges in which they'll help to advertise your site if you provide a link to theirs in exchange.
5. Provide Giveaways
Customers of all kinds will rally around free product giveaways. Whether it's an online service or a physical product, providing a giveaway or freebie of any kind is a good way to help encourage traffic to your site. Regular offers like this provide customers with a reason to return to your website later on as well, thereby helping you to develop a solid and regular customer base well into the future of your company.
Like most people, I love a good underdog story. Especially one with a cause. I was immediately taken with Jane Bingham's story. She founded The Bald and Beautiful Movement, whose mission is to get a bald Barbie made to "help young girls who live with hair loss due to cancer treatments, Alopecia or Trichotillomania . Also, for young girls who are having trouble coping with their mother's hair loss from chemo."
While Mattel won't be creating a bald Barbie, they do intend to make a bald friend of Barbie and donate 10,000 the dolls to children undergoing cancer treatment.
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Check out their Facebook page and see how inspiring they are.
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When you first started your business, you developed an online brand by creating social networking pages and directory listings. Chances are, that was quite some time ago. Your business has likely evolved since then, but, your business description and information on those sites is probably still the same. Today’s task is to visit every place on the web where you have information about your business. From your Facebook info page to your Twitter profile, directory listings to yellow page ads, make sure to visit each and every one of these sites and ensure that the information listed is up to date and accurately reflects your current business position.
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Most WAHMs don’t have much in the way of a budget. They’ll often times jot down some notes, or other times just keep it all in their heads. The problem with both actions is its easy to get carried away with spending, or worse, lose focus on the financial state of a business.
Today’s task will be to evaluate your business’s budget. If you don’t have a budget, it’s time to create one. You can use an online budget software, like Quickbooks, but, unless you have a million expenses and a variety of income streams, your budget can actually be quite simple and you can easily create a budget on your own. You can print 12 copies, one for each month, and place them in a notebook for your reference. Each page will allow you to budget for anticipated income and expenses, track actual income and expenses, and see a snapshot of your financial picture at the end of the month.
If you already have a budget, today I’d like you to revisit it to make sure it’s still relevant to your business today and make any adjustments if necessary.
When creating or adjusting your budget, keep all expenses in mind, including cost of goods, advertising, office supplies, etc. As far as amounts, only you know what you can afford and what you should budget each month for each particular item.
One item to note, however, is how to budget for advertising. Advertising is a crucial part of your business, and as such, it must be budgeted for appropriately. There are many recognized methods for budgeting advertising, but most are too complicated for WAHMs. Instead of using those, here’s a simple formula for you. Take 5% of your anticipated monthly revenue and place it into your advertising budget. So, if you plan to make $1,000 in sales, your advertising budget for that month will be $50.
As you move forward with your budget, keep in mind that you can make adjustments to it as needed. It’s important to revisit it frequently to make sure you’re staying on top of your finances and growing a successful, profitable business.
1. Make them Tangible
Type out a list to print, write it in your journal, or publish them on your blog. Get your goals out of your head and onto something tangible that you can refer back to. Otherwise it's like going into a grocery store without a list, blindfolded. Having your goals front and center daily, will help you create a plan to reach them and help you make important decisions along the way.
2. Give Yourself a Deadline
We are a society of procrastinators. Have you ever gone to the mall on Christmas Eve? Of course you have. You and the other 75,000 people trying to get the last leopard print Snuggie! Without a goal for your goal, it's just another 'someday' project. Give yourself a deadline. Put it on your calendar and work backward, adding things monthly.
3. Break It Down
Some goals are so huge and daunting and scary that we think about them and just freeze. Something like a career or relationship change or a business idea can make some people stop in their tracks. If you don't know where to start, that's a great place to start! Research has never been easier. Google things or go to a library (yes, we still have those) and find out everything that you can. No one is going to change your life for you, sister. Write down everything that you need to do and take regular steps to cross things off of that list.
4. Support Is Essential
Know anyone who got where they wanted to be by hanging out with Negative Nancy's? Surround yourself with like-minded, positive people. If you can't find anyone in your current circle, or you're new to an area, start your own club. Websites like www.foundingmoms.com are an excellent resource for finding or creating your own Meetup group. You'd be amazed how much more accountable you are to your goals when you share them with friends and collaborate on each others' ideas.
5. Believe in Yourself
No matter what your religious affiliation or belief system, you have to have faith in yourself and your dreams. Have faith that all that you are given along the way to your goals, is meant for your growth and improvement. After all, what fun would it be to have everything handed to you?
About the author: Amy Stewart-Wright is an 80' music listening, WAH rockin', outdoor loving, Moxie Momma who lives in North Carolina with her husband and 4 kids. Her dream and passion is to inspire thousands of women to find their passions and live their happiest life.
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