How To Create Multiple Streams Of Income Without The Overwhelm

As a business owner it is usually from your efforts alone that income is generated but what happens if you are sick, go on holiday does the money Stop!

For anyone who values financial security and ultimately desires financial freedom, creating at least one additional stream of income is no longer a luxury.

It has become a necessity.

Join us on April 26 to learn How To Create Multiple Streams Of Income Without The Overwhelm

During this live TweetChat, we’ll cover:

• How to replicate or duplicate your services so you earn more for the same effort
• The different types of income streams you can add to your existing business
• How to tap into the hidden source of lucrative income making opportunities

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Automate Don’t Procrastinate

Where would I be without my systems? Not very far let me tell ya. No matter what business you’ve in, there is no way in the world you can carry on doing it all manually. I talking about social media, responding to client queries, following up on leads, attracting new clients, working with clients, fulfilment, operations, administration, getting your products and services into the hands of clients. Lets face it, we are absolutely spoiled rotten with the technology available to us today. Most if it being free or low cost – spoiled I tell ya.

When you start your biz, all you really focus on is what you do, your services, the solution you provide to other people’s problems. I’m a Coach so I coach people Simples. Ah but here comes the kicker, I have to attract those people.

So how do they find me? How will they even know I exist? How do they even know I’m any good?  Can they even trust me?

Most of this part of my business I’ve automated. I offer a free Resources guide, which saves people time, energy and money. They sign up at my website. How did they find me , either through social media updates which  have been automated,  by listening to me on a teleclass or telesummit or through a guest blog or my Grow Your Tribe Tuesday Events , put it this way its not accidental its strategic.

So what can you automate?

  • Social media
  • Newsletters
  • Your client attraction system
  • Administration tasks

As you develop your business, start creating systems and processes that you use again and again. Start building an operational manual of how things are done so once you start outsourcing, get an assistant and start building your team you hand this file over to them. So every document you create or how to guide especially blog post, save them on file.

Let’s go a bit deeper into how to automate your social media. Depending on where your clients hang out, will depend on which networks you should be investing your time.  No you don’t need to be on every single one. My advice to my clients is to build one network at a time. I also advise not automating this process 100% as you need to have personal interaction with your followers and those who like you on social media, so responding to comments and adding your own thoughts and expertise is essential daily if possible.

I set updates for my  free guide to go out at least 4 times a day for 30 days at a time. I always see a huge surge of signups using this strategy. A great tool I use to create compelling headlines is this Headline Analyser by advanced marketing institute. This free tool will analyze your headline to determine the Emotional Marketing Value (EMV) score.

I also save a file with my favourite quotes and images so I don’t have to spend time trawling through the web looking for new stuff.

For my free guide I automate all the updates directing people to download it. It’s the headline which attracts people to either click on a link or ignore it. It has to be compelling and create a desire to find out more. So thinking of your offerings and your current updates “Are they compelling enough?” How many click throughs do they get.   You can use a Url shortener like bitly.com to get stats on which updates get the best response. I use a couple of versions talking of the benefits of my Free Resources Guide. I just change one variable at a time to test, which gets the best response.

Another resource I use a lot is a mindmapping tool called xmind ( the free version is more than enough) to create articles, blog posts, content for training calls, creating products, events, talks. It allows me to get all my thoughts organised with a brain dump, which I mine through, for some golden nuggets to use.

These foundational parts to your business are the most important and should not be rushed, take time to build solid foundations so that your business can withstand any challenges that come your way. The more time you invest in getting this right, the more successful your business will become, as it will have all the structures in place to take on more clients. Think of it like a plant, if the pot is too small it inhibits growth same with your business, it won’t grow unless you have created the infrastructure .

You should also journey through the customer experience you provide to potential clients.

Things For you to consider:

If they land on your website does it tell them straight away what you offer?

Is it easy to navigate and find things?

If you have a free gift, is it worth giving over your email address for?

Is there a follow up system in place?

 

Why Doing or Hosting a Podcast Can Boost Sales, Credibility, and Influence Your Business

I am Christina Nitschmann and the world of podcasting and online radio came into my life seemingly by accident. After a twenty year career in corporate finance, and at the urging of my ex-boss Al Sandoval, I started my own Accounts Receivable consulting firm at the end of 2011.

The first quarter in business went quite well. One of my ex-employers became my first client, and I received two more clients to end out that quarter, and was very happy. I hadn’t met my monetary goal for that quarter, but I was able to pay my bills, and was therefore very satisfied at the way things turned out. The next six months, as I went through the rest of my corporate contacts, business slowed to a dead halt.

There were a good portion of things I was not familiar with upon starting my business; two major and important factors were marketing and sales. I incorrectly thought, being how well I performed my job in the corporate world, this would result in massive sales and reorder. This assumption turned out not to be true.

Since I was new as a business entity, I had to continually build my list and go out and get sales. After of about six months of flailing, and copying other’s actions (doing teleseminars, going to networking events, managing my website, and printing business cards), I heard my friend was going to be interviewed on BlogTalkRadio. I had no idea what Blog Talk Radio was, or what podcasting was, but I was intrigued. I was fascinated when I found out a short time later from my friend, after interviewing on this platform; she was recruited by an actual radio station to host her own show. A voice inside of me said, “You have to host your own show.”

Now mind you, I’ve never been comfortable with public speaking, but I felt a great desire to do this, and hence a week later, Savvy Central Radio was born. The show would be devoted to business owners and entrepreneurs and provide them the platform and vehicle to express their dreams, hopes, lessons learned, and expertise with the world.

I would have never anticipated the benefits resulting from creating Savvy Central Radio for both me and my guests.

Here are the top ten advantages I’ve experienced.

  1. Work through any fears you may have around public speaking. Doing radio/podcasting either as a guest or a host helps you become a better speaker. The more you do it the better you get at getting your message out more clearly to your prospective clientele.
  2. Build your reputation as an expert in your field of business. Once listeners and potential clients get to hear that you really “Know your Stuff” in a particular subject or field, this fosters your credibility in your business.
  3. Create the “invisible handshake” as it were with your prospective clients. When potential clients get to hear from your own mouth your story and how you can add value to their life with your talents and gifts, this builds the emotional connection compelling someone to purchase your product, services, or information.
  4. A boost in sales will occur as listeners get to know you through your interviews and or podcasts; you build trust with your potential clients.
  5. Increase and build your network and sphere of influence. Prior to doing podcasting, I hosted teleseminars and went to networking events; both were great ways for me to meet potential clients. However, being relatively new to business, I only reached a relatively small group of people. Podcasting allowed me to get my message and gifts out to a much larger audience and hence build my sphere of influence.
  6. Enjoy an increase of opportunities (both personally and professionally). Once my reach expanded, there were new and exciting opportunities which came into my life. Some included invitations to speak at live events enabling me to meet influential and famous individuals. I was also asked to contribute to a recently published book written by one of my past guests.
  7. Inspire others. Through the sharing of your story, gifts, expertise, and knowledge with listeners of your broadcast, you aid and inspire others to live their best life.
  8. Become a sought-after speaker. The better you get at sharing your message, the more you will become invited as a guest of all media.
  9. Increase your knowledge. You can learn much from listening to other’s stories. Since I started my own online radio show, I have learned much from my guests on all areas of business.
  10. Building community. It’s been said, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Well, I believe it takes a village or community to build a successful business.

We have a popular myth in the United States stating, “The most successful arrived there by themselves without any help from anyone else.” This of course, is just a myth. In order to succeed, you need others.

I’ve found through doing my own show and being a guest on other shows, I’ve become part of a community of liked-minded folks who desire the same thing I do. We all want to share our God-given talents with the world. Together we can all be successful.

Savvy Central Radio was started in April 2012 and quickly snowballed into an amazing new entity, a platform supporting small-business owners in sharing their expertise, knowledge, tips, and stories with the world. As the demand grew, we’ve added additional days to broadcast each week.

We are now at 56,000 listeners per month and growing. We’ve had amazing individuals and businesses of all fields, including: Michelle Dunn an Eminent Collections Expert, Mr. William Wellman Jr. an actor in over 200 movies and television shows, Tosca Reno an Author, Model, Columnist, and Motivational Speaker, and Shalhavit-Simcha Cohen who earned the prestigious title of Miss Fitness Israel, just to name a few.

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But What IS a VA? What Can They Do?

Since I started writing my notes to help understand (and find things) Office 2007, I’ve gotten a variety of feedback. WOW, this is great thanks! Oh, so that’s where ______ is!! But one that got me thinking was along the line of I know there are a LOT of people/professions who use Microsoft Office, but what’s a VA? Or Virtual Assistant, what’s that?

Well, the great thing about Virtual Assistants (VAs) is that there is a wide variety of types and services. Some can help you with your website – various parts/stages, graphic design, marketing, receptionist services, bookkeeping, the list goes on, but you get the idea. There isn’t a short answer.

As for me, I provide a variety of services. I can help with a specific need and find a solution. Someone has a report/document they want re-vamped to look better but it’s just straight typing. I edit and can format it to stand out and be professional, make the copies and send out. Someone has a busy schedule and needs travel arrangements but doesn’t have the time to sit on the phone. They send me where they want to go and other information, and I take care of the rest. And that’s just part of what I do. Oh, by the way, I love being creative too! In short I supply a tailor made, top shelf professional and personalized concierge service.

There are also varying sizes of VA companies. Anywhere from the large firms – you pay a company for a specific service and they find a VA on their staff to fill that requirement. On to companies like mine, where (right now) it’s just me – the intrepid team of Me, Myself & I.

Now, we all know that the reason for outsourcing for a team is to achieve your goals for your business. Face it, you want the same support you had/gave when you worked that J.O.B. Right? But, before you hire your team YOU need to be clear on your goals. Where do you want your business to be, the direction to take? Because if you start hiring willy-nilly you could end up wasting a lot of YOUR time and money and not get any closer to what you want to achieve.

Too many business owners tend to be reaction driven – just doing the “in the moment” stuff that needs to be done. They don’t look at what’s coming down the road. You can’t move your business forward with this type of short-sight. The beauty, joy, glory of having support of a dedicated team – you can effectively reach your goals faster than trying to do everything on your own. (fewer headaches that way too)

But keep in mind, hiring a team or a virtual assistant is not solely about passing off tasks and stroking the ego with regards to having people “under you” but it is instead about being smart and allocating resources in the right areas. Look at what you can allocate to a VA. Remember that the reason for having a team is to allow you to go after the things you need to build your business – contact more clients. What can you truly let go of? What tasks are holding you back – but need to be done?

Figure out your goals – long term and short term. Doing this will help you get a clear picture of what needs to happen in your business, it will help you know how to break down tasks. After you’ve broken down the projects into steps (as detailed as you can based on your experience and expertise), it is now time to take a look at the tasks and figure out what you need to do and what your virtual assistant can do instead. You need a clear idea of what you want when you approach your team to be able to properly delegate work.

Having your goals clear in your mind, knowing what direction to take will help you (in the long run) know what to ask when building your team.

Now that you have your “Oh so, that’s what that is!” answer, when you go searching the internet to find your VA, remember to look me up. That’s right a shameless plug for yours truly, Liz LaClair, President of Virtually Helps, LLC. My site is http://www.virtuallyhelps.com

Liz LaClair, President, Virtually Helps, LLC (virtual assistant)

Was I Too Honest?

What do you tell a prospective client? Sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s too much and what’s not enough. Especially when you communicate via the internet (international calling is challenging sometimes). I will honestly tell you, this is what recently happened to me. A potential client didn’t know what to ask – had made a general statement of: I’ve never worked with a VA before and have no idea of how to choose the right person. Don’t know which tasks to effectively delegate and what systems to create. Then asked (and rightly so) to VA’s out there, how do you help your clients? How do you help them figure out what to delegate and what systems to use? What do you want to know from a potential client?

All very good questions. But when I answered, did I give away too much? You decide.

Well, who ever you hire as your VA (whether it’s me or someone else), you need to say just what it is you want your VA to do. I’m presuming you would want me (easier than saying “a VA” all the time) for the back-end of things: checking emails, following up on messages, schedules and such. I cannot give you an idea of charges and whether or not I am the one to help until I know what it is you need done. Also, I understand the desire to check in just once a week, but at the very start at least a few times within the week to get to know/understand what is expected.

As an example, for one client, I help her with editing articles and post them for her. Since she wants to set up the various accounts to be used, I have suggested a calendar program /website for her to set up allowing both of us access to her calendar so I know what her schedule is like to better assist her, and it will help her keep everything she needs to do in order. I am learning more of Volusion to better assist her with her shopping cart. I (currently) haven’t the knowledge to work/create her individual ad pages. However, if things are set up as a template in WordPress, I can work with that. I can work with website editing. My website: http://www.virtually-helps.com is basically handled by a company, but I use their templates to select the design I want, if I don’t like the pictures they have in their library – I look for (and buy) what I want. The site I use gives me the option of doing it myself or letting them make the changes for me (I generally do it myself – it’s faster). My blog: http://blogwithvhelps.wordpress.com/ is the same – I use their templates. For another client I confirm appointments and verify patient insurance coverage. Another client – I work on his proposals/reports/letters/PowerPoint presentations, design his business cards and envelopes.

And honestly, if what you want/need isn’t something I can provide for you, I do have sources I can contact to put in touch with you. I have done this with others.

Then (of course) the potential client wanted to know what I charged, and how that worked. I explained that they could go to my website and select the package that will work best (5, 10 or 20 hours per month), then told them the best way to reach me – instead of using social media.

The person then told me they would want to follow up with a couple of others. Of course I responded “Good, I would expect you to talk with others to make sure of who/what you want. Makes perfect sense to me.” This is what you really want, you don’t want a person wondering if you really are the best “fit.”

Well, it turned out that the potential client chose a different VA. Did I “give away” too much information? Did this help them know what to ask others and eliminate me because (perhaps – but not necessarily) they got what they needed and thought I was weak? Too willing to give so much information? I believe in being honest – but was I too honest?

Liz LaClair, President of Virtually Helps, LLC (virtual assistant)

How to use Mobile Marketing for Coaches and Speakers With Bri Clark

Often times trainers and coaches create packages for their clients. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to add texts to those packages. And be able to schedule those texts?
Speakers wouldn’t you like to be at an event and utilize every single attendee just by having them text you?

As a woman who people find it hard to say no to Bri Clark is a wealth of innovative marketing energy. With a spitfire attitude heavily coated in her southern twang and manners she usually has you agreeing to something before you even understand what it is. However, the beauty is her strategies are always top notch, effective, and innovative. Because of her ability to get to know her clients in an authentic and intimate level she is the ultimate “Social Ghoster.” It would make sense she coined the phrase and created the strategy. It’s not often you mention something and Bri “knows” someone in that industry. Because of her outgoing personality, overflowing desire to serve others without thought for herself she’s literally made friends across the globe. So when she does ask for a favor from colleagues (usually for a client) people are happy to deliver.

Specialties

*Online Platform Evaluation *Amazon Campaign *Social Media Campaign *Blog Evaluation *Website Evaluation *Branding and Strategy Organization *Career Strategy and Organization *Speaking Strategist

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5 Beliefs That Will Ensure You Never Achieve Success With Melanie Benson Strick

Each and every successful entrepreneur I’ve ever worked with has one thing that sets them apart from everyone else. They have a set of beliefs that cause them to be willing to do the right things at the right time to achieve that next level of success.

Contrast that with a growing pool of people who are stuck, frustrated and constantly overwhelmed in their pursuit of success. Many well-meaning, passionate people have all the right ideas and no shortage of talent – but when it comes to profiting from their great work they feel perpetually trapped causing them to barely get by.

Its like there is a hidden barrier between where they are now and where they want to be. This barrier is their belief system. The struggling entrepreneurs belief system causes them to work way harder than they need to, make poor choices, procrastinate endlessly on important tasks, and stress out about money.

Here are five of the most common belief systems that cause smart, capable, heart-based entrepreneurs to fall short of their potential and feel hopelessly stuck (and miss the opportunity to prosper in their business.)

1. The amount of money available on this planet is limited.

If you believe on some level that there is a limited amount of money that can be accessed then on some level you will hold yourself back from accumulating wealth. Dan Kennedy in his book, “No B.S. Wealth Attraction for Entrepreneurs” refers to this limiting belief as Wealth Inhibition.

Money is energy. Wealth is achieved by directing the flow of energy repeatedly towards the life, impact and dreams you have. An energetic alignment with unlimited wealth potential generates more wealth. But, on the other hand, if you have a belief that acquiring more money will ultimately lead to someone else’s demise, then you will unconsciously hold yourself back. Most of us don’t really want to negatively affect another person so you will inhibit your success by only doing enough to keep yourself from financial ruin.

2. I have to work hard to get ahead.

Ingrained deep inside our culture is the belief that we have to work hard to become successful. From our mid-west roots to the corporate upbringing that many of us started with, sacrificing our life to get more work done is a persistent belief holding many entrepreneurs hostage. The truth is that wealth is created from leverage – not more work.

You may achieve your first level of financial success with investing 100’s of hours a week on the grindstone. But you will not be able to continue to work that hard to achieve your next level of success. When you discover easy ways to leverage your time, money and resources you will see that you can attract 10 times the level of success you have now with a few simple tweaks.

3. Big success changes people for the worst.

We’ve all seen people we know turn into ugly monsters when they start making the big bucks. All of a sudden they are “too good for us” or become so money-hungry they hurt others in their obsession to make more money. But I’ve also seen just as many people do good things with their wealth.

Wealth is only a tool. How you use that tool is not dictated by how much money you have but by your values system. If you have unconsciously made a decision to avoid becoming wealthy so you aren’t “like them” then you are sabotaging your success potential. It’s time to unhook wealth and evil as partners and make a decision to do good things with the wealth that you attract.

4. I can’t be trusted with money.

If you have filed bankruptcy, accumulated significant debt, or took a big financial risk and failed, chances are you decided that you can’t be trusted with money. If you’ve formed this belief then all of your choices will unconsciously be to keep your bank account small. The truth is that you can learn how to be good with money. But if you unconsciously believe you can’t be trusted with it, you will always find ways to make it then lose it – fast!

In my MoneyDNA™ program, I help people dissolve their blocks to creating success while developing strong wealth attraction and management skills. Until you dissolve your sabotaging beliefs you probably won’t want to learn how to be better with money.

5. No one will pay this much for my offerings.

There is a fascinating phenomenon buried deep in our psyche. If we won’t spend money on it, on some level we believe that no one else will either. If you aren’t charging enough for your services you probably haven’t ever been willing to invest the equivalent in yourself. Deep down inside you don’t get how someone would pay what you’ve been unwilling to invest in the past. Then, unwittingly, we decide for others what they are willing to spend. You immediately discount or offer a lower price without ever giving the prospect a chance to say yes to your full fee.

You have basically decided for your prospect what they are willing to pay – based on your limited consciousness.

Here’s the good news. All of these beliefs are simply a limiting decision you made that can be reversed. In order for you to prosper and achieve great things beyond what you ever thought was possible you’ll need to make three new decisions:

1. You deserve to have huge success doing what you love most. You just have to be willing to do what works and stop doing what doesn’t.

2. Your ideal prospects can and will pay big money to have their needs met (especially if it can happen fast.) You just have to know who they really are and how to align your offerings with their search.

3. Money is just a tool to make things happen. The more money you learn to attract the faster you can make a bigger impact on this planet.

I hope you’ll join me and the thousands of entrepreneurs who are ready to grow beyond their wildest dreams and shift out of those old beliefs into ones that will support you in achieving unlimited impact, wealth and success.

Melanie Benson Strick, known as America’s Leading Authority on Optimum Performance, has a gift for guiding fast-paced, overwhelmed, driven entrepreneurs to thrive in their small business. With over 11 years mentoring thought leaders and big thinking entrepreneurs, Melanie is liberator – uncovering costly breakdowns and de-railers while re-energizing profits– ultimately freeing the entrepreneur to do more of what they do best.

Melanie has been on faculty with StomperNet as their delegation expert, spoke on stages across the globe, is co-author of Entrepreneur.com’s Start Up Guide to Starting an Information Marketing Business and has her success tips featured in magazines such as AmExpOPEN, Woman’s Day and the LA Times. Melanie is a proud lifestyle enthusiast and spends her free time in search of the best spas and beaches in the world.

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If You Can Manage Your Life, Why is “Time” Such a Headache? With Andrea Feinberg

Poor time; always taking the rap for your frustrations and disappointments at the end of the day. So you try to poke and pull at it with time management tricks that basically say ‘Work faster! Re-arrange your day! Get more done!’

Is this what ‘time management’ has felt like to you? This has never made much sense to me; why give control of your time to a clock that races you to the end of every over-stuffed day? The clock always wins, doesn’t it?

Time management is a myth and a diversion; I know you know what really needs management for this relationship to work out in your favor. Self-management will get the job done if you focus on priorities and these 3 options: either dump, delay, or delegate all else. Once you’ve allocated properly to those categories, the 4th choice is ‘do’. In its purest form, it would consist of those activities that advance your big goals in an efficient, bang-for-the-buck way (and sometimes, a meandering way, but you get the point: forward!)

Yet, your business is filled with minefields: other people’s emergencies, one-time-only ‘opportunities’, shiny objects, unexpected ideas – all these show up every day and can easily shred your schedule, turning your focus away from the main event: what you’d decided was THE priority for the day; MUST get done. This is a form of ‘business balance’, like ‘life balance’. The real success with that concept is not to give equal amounts of attention to each facet of life (health, finances, love, family, friends, spiritual pursuits, personal development, fun, etc.) Balance comes from giving each its due amount; that level of attention that avoids a sense of regret or stress that “I’m not handling X well.”

When you sacrifice any one element of your typical week – business/job, health, finance, love, friends, good health, family, spirit, etc. – your life is compromised and you feel it in the form of stress. That shows up all kinds of ways: headaches, stomach ache, sleepless nights, anxiety. You feel the imbalance keenly and will typically work towards finding a solution: attend to the ignored part of your life, reduce your focus elsewhere (I’m not addressing those infrequent needs or circumstances in which that simply can’t be helped; this past week in the Northeast US is one such horrific example).

Correct the imbalance and, not only does the source of anxiety lessen, you discover an increased satisfaction from the other life wheel wedges that were ignored. The same can be true in your business: while you’re focused on so many and diverse activities in your business that are NOT among those you sought to advance, you’re actually reducing your ability to be effective with any of them. Your thought process – do you need to be creative now? Analytical? Nurturing? Visionary? – is spinning from one to another so that no one gets your full attention. The result? Trying to handle more means each activity is done with less focus and care.

Ironic, no? You’ve shifted away from what was most important to you AND you’re less productive with the alternate choices. There really is a better way; really. I’ve set aside some time to help you figure this out so that you can advance your goals AND be more effective each day in your attempt. Sound good?

Andrea Feinberg is President of Coaching Insight, LLC. She is among the pioneers of the coaching profession as a 2002 graduate of Coach U, personally trained by Thomas Leonard, widely considered the founder of this field. Andrea’s on a mission to pull small biz owners away from the daily grind and into their big opportunities; that’s where you’ll find more money, a better-run business, a happier life and the time to enjoy it all. She especially enjoys working with business women who now seek their ideal life through business ownership.

A business owner since 1988, Andrea has an M.B.A. in marketing, is a Certified Professional Behavior Analyst, Certified EQ Mentor and Certified Strategic Business Leadership Coach.

From 2002 – 2006 she co-owned and built the largest Long Island, NY training and networking group for professional coaches, United Coaching Associates.

In 2011, Long Island Business News named her among ’50 Most Influential Women in Business’. In 2012, she was added to ‘Who’s Who: 100 Women in E-Commerce’, included in “Top 5 Coaching Blogs”, and named to ‘Top 5 Productivity Gurus’. She’s published 2 books, “The Essential Coaching Book” and “Time Junkie – 101 Ways for Business Owners to Break the Habit and Get More Free Time NOW!”

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Learn how to detach from drama and this help support happiness and personal effectiveness.

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The Balance Myth With Maria Marinakis

So often, we hear people talk about wanting to achieve balance in their lives.  How do you balance work, career, finances, personal fulfillment, parenting, family, physical well-being, and spirituality?  I’m overwhelmed just thinking about it.  What if the idea of having a utopian balanced life were all a myth?  Think about it.  Life is full of change and crises that help us challenge ourselves and grow.  If you’re like me, some days start out so nicely planned and end up with putting out one fire after the next.  So what about balance?  Where’s the balance?  Most days, we can feel like a hamster, spinning our wheels and getting nowhere.

I think it’s great to want to grow in all the areas of your life and it’s important to have a master blueprint of where you want to go, but it’s equally important to stay flexible enough to deal with what life throws in the way in the meantime.  I’ve written before about my master ‘to-do’ list, where I chunk activities into goal areas, say finance, career, projects, etc.  I give each area a title that excites me.  It’s hard to get excited about a life area that you title, “Dig Out of Debt.”  Think of something that will motivate and excite you to WANT to do the things that will get you there.  Here are some of my life area titles:  Home Sweet Home, Body Temple, Financially Fierce, Superstah Speaker, Marketing Maven, etc.

I set aside some time each week, usually Sunday night, to go through each category and think of as many things as I can do under each to get me closer to the final outcome I want to achieve.  I don’t sit and consider whether it’s feasible or not.  I just brainstorm everything I can think of, no matter how big or small.  Then, for the bigger items, I go back and break them down into smaller tasks.  Now, I have my road map.  Each evening, I review my list and prioritize the top 3 things I need to do the next day that will get me closer to my goals.  They may be simple things, like making a phone call, sending an email, etc.  The funny thing is, once I get rolling the next day, I actually end up accomplishing more than those 3 things.  Then, I move on to the next top 3 priorities.  Each evening, I review what I’ve accomplished and acknowledge myself for moving closer to the ultimate goals, no matter how small the baby steps.  By the end of the week, I’m amazed at how much progress I’ve made.

My friend, Dan Thurmon, who is an amazing speaker and juggler, uses juggling and balance in his talks as a metaphor for life and business.  He demonstrates and teaches his audiences to juggle, literally.  He talks about how most people think the art of juggling is difficult because they can’t imagine focusing on so many things at once.  He explains that, when juggling, as in life, he focuses on only one specific thing at a time–he just does it really, really fast!!

Dan’s motto is, ”Off Balance, On Purpose.”  He demonstrates some amazing balancing techniques (like juggling while riding a unicycle!) and explains how balance is a process of making constant small adjustments to keep from falling.  Visit his site for inspiration and watch some of his amazing videos at:  http://www.danthurmon.com/resources/videos/

So, quit beating yourself up for not being able to do it all at once.  Just keep in mind that you only have to do one small thing at a time and learn to do that faster and faster while making small adjustments to stay on track.  Before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to achieving all of your goals in every area of your life, while giving the outside world the illusion that everything is in balance!!  And you know, that’s exactly what balance is.

Maria M. Marinakis, Ed.M., LADC

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5 Top Tips For Business Blogging

Creating A money making blog

Ways to make money with your blog

  1. Treat Each of Your Articles as a Product – something that someone wants.  When you begin looking at your content and the posts you create as being of such high value that people would pay for it. Just by thinking this way will immediately change the quality of your posts. This leads to higher engagement and followers. Which you can then convert to paying clients, since they use your content to make sure you’re the expert they’re looking for.

  2. When you use your own images and video in your blog, This leads to enhanced SEO ( do this by optimizing your images with keywords and phrases & save them under keyword rich names)  others could link to your original article and you could get more exposure if your images are linked and used elsewhere. Like a spider web the more sites linked to yours, specifically high traffic sites the better your alexa ranking will be and the more opportunity you have to be found in web searches.

  3. Do interviews and invite guest bloggers to create posts for you. I’ve used this very effectively as I interview business experts monthly in my #WOW series which not only creates fresh content, it is also keyword rich and bring tons of extra traffic from the interviewees sharing the posts with their audience and gives my clients and audience  a fresh perspective. It also provides me with future guest blogging opportunities.

  4. Skip the promotion in your blogs – people read blogs to be educated , to learn something , to get an answer to their questions and give them useful tips they can implement straight away. Its a gift you’re giving you don’t want to give a crappy one and leave people feeling short changed ( robbing their time)

  5. Encourage community on your blog by responding to comments and interacting with your readers. Business blogging is a vital piece of your overall marketing strategy and builds your tribe.