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5 Excuses You Tell Yourself That May Be Keeping You From Your Destiny

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Excuses are easy to make and they hold less responsibility. Think about how many you have made over your lifetime. I personally am guilty too. I never really understood how excuses affected my life until one particular day. Instead of making an excuse, I said why not. This was one of the best days I could remember in 2017. If I had made an excuse, I could have lost out on an amazing deal that literally has changed my life moving forward. Making decisions can be tough, especially when you are uncertain of the result. I've learned to be less reserved and more adventurous while making less excuses.

Listed below are some of the excuses that I've heard over the years. More importantly in 2017. I've even made a couple myself.  I bring these to your attention to identify with where you are now and where you hope to be. Mindset is everything and everything is mindset. if you are not careful, your mind will play tricks on you to believe otherwise. You will consistently stay in a state of hoping, wishing and not doing. Get focused now by starting 2018 off right with  The 5 Day Mindset Diet. 

When you are good at making an excuse, it’s hard to excel at anything.
— John L. Mason

1. I don't have any money. The truth is money is available, but you may not be budgeting or spending appropriately. People spend money on things they want, but not necessarily on things they need. When I personally look at some of the things I've spent money on, I get sick to my stomach. Adding it all up, I've could have paid off some debt, taken a trip or invested in some coaching to assist me with making wiser decisions. If saving money is a problem for you, RIZE is a great place to start your savings journey. Out of sight, equals out of mind which equals more money. Interested in investing, check out ACORN

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2. If it's meant for me, it will happen. Well that's not always the case. If you don't respond, how do you know it's not for you. A lack of action leads to nothing happening. "Faith without action is dead." If you are sitting around waiting for that better relationship, that new job, that trip, to start that business or to do whatever. If you are not doing what's necessary for it to happen, it probably never will. 

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3. I ain't never heard of that so it must not be real. Well.. there are a lot of things in the world you will not hear of. Nevertheless, it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Google makes it easy for us to begin our own research to learn more about what you ain't never heard of. The key is to be open minded and receptive to learning and hearing about new things. A closed mind will never understand that opportunity is free, but a hustle comes with a cost. You either will pay on the front end or the back end. But nevertheless, you will pay. 

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4. Who else is doing it? Why does it matter who else is doing it? Does it solidify you doing it? Too many people seek to fit in instead of standing out. Everything is not for everybody. Those who understand opportunity realize that only the ones who have the ability to take risk and respect a challenge are typically the one's who receive the reward.

Excuses are tools with which persons with no purpose in view build for themselves great monuments of nothing.
— Steven Grayhm

5. I'm not good at sales. Shhhhhhh! You don't have to be good to make money! I bet you didn't know that. Not only is it one of the highest paid professions, many sales position don't require formal education. All you need is a hunger, a desire to help people and a winning attitude. 90% of excellent sales people have never read a book, but they know how to sell just about anything.  I've been in some form of sales my whole life too and I tell you what, I've never returned a commission check because it was too small.

The reality is you probably have been selling stuff your whole life and just don't realize it. When you refer someone to a place, offer a suggestion or show someone how to do something, you are selling based on a suggestive or indirect sale and more than likely you are not being compensated for it.  What a bummer!! Every coin chimes and every dollar folds. Your loss and someone else's gain. People get paid daily to refer people to a link, a site or a business. Look at how much money you've been missing referring people and sharing information. Interested in some referral income? Learn more here

In today's society, you must diversify your skills in order to remain competitive.... 

Overall, I truly believe that you have not because you ask not. Changing your life or a situation requires you to not be afraid of the other side. Being open to change is not easy. But on the other hand, don't complain about what you are not willing to change. If you ever need one on one coaching to help you get out of your comfort zone and battle your fears, contact me here for a POWER CALL. Your next level is going to require another level of you. 

I am Nichelle Womack. As a people building coach, lifestyle and business strategist, I specialize in helping you reach your greatest potential through self-reliance and pushing you to and through your internal greatness. I provide information, inspiration and motivation through online and offline community engagement, power speaking events and one on one consulting. Positive thoughts and language are my fuel for energy and my desire to help you find yours. Looking for more great life tips, check out "The Master Tip Manual for Personal Success".  Many blessings and much success to you!!  Connect with me on InstagramLearn more about me and what I do to help you at The Start Up Ceo

Stay Motivated and Achieve Your Goals

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Being able to achieve the goals you set isn’t always easy. This is why it is incredibly important to be able to stay motivated to get what you want in the long term. In today's hectic world, it can be even more challenging to stay focused on reaching your goals. If you are looking for things you can do to help you stay motivated to achieve your goals here are several tips to consider.

Make Sure Your Goals are Yours

All too often we live for those who expected something different from us. This leads to inconsistency and eventually depression. If you are not living your goals for you, you won’t be highly motivated to complete them. One of the most significant challenges in staying motivated and sticking to your goals is making sure that the goals you've set for yourself are ones that you truly want to attain. Often our goals are reflections of what others think we should do, rather than what we truly want to achieve. Make sure you are setting goals for things that make you happy and are ones that you want to accomplish. This will make it easier to attach complete to the goal.

Visualize the Results

Hey there.. I'm Nichelle! Thanks for stopping by to read my blog. I love meeting new people. I enjoy eating gourmet foods, traveling and spending quality time with my family, not to mention helping others live a bigger and a better life.  I'm kind of a social butterfly too. If that's you, connect with me on Instagram and let's learn more about each other. Blessings, Nichelle

Hey there.. I'm Nichelle! Thanks for stopping by to read my blog. I love meeting new people. I enjoy eating gourmet foods, traveling and spending quality time with my family, not to mention helping others live a bigger and a better life.  I'm kind of a social butterfly too. If that's you, connect with me on Instagram and let's learn more about each other.

Blessings,

Nichelle

Start with an end in mind. It is important to clearly visualize the results you want in order to stay motivated in reaching your goals. When you visualize the results, you want to think about how it will feel to reach your goals and what it will look like when you finally achieve them. Visualizing your goals will be what keeps you going through setbacks and challenges. If you need assistance with clarity, let talk. Connect with me here for a 15-minute POWER session.

Tap into Other People’s Positive Energy

This is so key. Jim Rohn once said “you are the sum of the five people you hang around.” As a self-motivated person myself, I still find it plausible to be around others who challenge me and lift me up. Surrounding yourself with positive thinkers who emanate positive energy is important to staying motivated in reaching your goals. Humans give and receive energy and inspiration, by surrounding themselves with the positive energy of others. This will ensure you are receiving more than you are handing out.

Set Your Goals High and Don’t Stop Until You Get There.

Get Organized

Get rid of the old and receive the new. If you’re still holding on to it and you haven’t used it, the chances are slim that you will. Bless somebody else with it. Not only should you organize and declutter your life and environment, but you should take time to organize your thoughts as well. Having an unorganized mind and environment will quickly zap your motivation and energy. Begin creating a to-do list to keep your thoughts organized and schedule specific times to complete each task.

Stop Worrying About What You Can’t Control

When it comes to staying motivated in reaching your goals, it is important to take control of what you can, and stop worrying about what you can't. If you tend to play the "what if" game you will never reach your goals. The best thing you can do is let go of the things you can't control and start focusing on producing quality work.

Staying motivated to reach your goals is something that you can accomplish. Following these tips and keeping your end goal in mind will keep you excited and motivated and allow you to achieve anything you want. The 5 Day Mindset Diet is a great tool to help keep you on track.

I am Nichelle Womack. As a people building coach, lifestyle and business strategist, I specialize in helping you reach your greatest potential through self-reliance and pushing you to and through your internal greatness. I provide information, inspiration and motivation through online and offline community engagement, power speaking events and one on one consulting. Positive thoughts and language are my fuel for energy and my desire to help you find yours. Looking for more great life tips, check out "The Master Tip Manual for Personal Success".  Many blessings and much success to you!!  Connect with me on InstagramLearn more about me and what I do to help you at The Start Up Ceo

Yes.. You Can Start a Business with Little Capital

"Many people work the business wrong, then claim the business is wrong when it doesn’t work.” - Len Clements, Founder & CEO of MarketWave, Inc.

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“Don’t hate what you don’t understand” - John Lennon

Yes.. I said you can start a business with little capital. I didn't say free, but I said little capital. Real talk.. anything free won't give you everything you need to be profitable. When going into business, you must be prepared to invest something in you and/or your business. Don't be fooled! This is the truth. 

So let's dive into the how you can do this. Pay attention, take notes and just think about the fact that if you want something, you gotta give it all you've got. No excuses. Excuses don't go to the bank. But desire and results make regular deposits. When I was literally broke, I had to get my mind positioned to receive this. 

Here's the truth, most people dream of starting their own business, but most don’t have enough capital to do so. The most popular business in America is McDonald’s. It has a recognizable name and most everyone has eaten at one. To become a franchise owner, the company requires a minimum of at least $750,000 of non-borrowed personal resources to consider you for a franchise.

The average person doesn’t have that so they continue to look for something that they can afford. The reality, most brick and mortar highly profitable franchises are going to cost a significant amount of money to start. They are also going to require liquid assets and a book of financials to offer you the opportunity. Not to mention, the fees you will pay to use and profit from their name.

If you still are interested in becoming a business owner, may I suggest you consider multi-level marketing? The reason multi-level marketing or MLM’s are so popular is because of its low cost to become a business owner, the ability to work from home and the reality that you can run your own business from anywhere in the country. It literally is considered a franchise with little to no fee and the rewards are astronomical. Your small join or sign -up fee is buying a piece of a company, just like a franchise, that was started by someone else.

You buy the opportunity to market the business, be the CEO of your own organization, use the products and even more, partner with other business leaders and earn an income while doing so. This income can be as large or small as you want. Depending on your efforts, your ability to learn and be coachable, you determine your growth from there. Now I must be honest and say this is not so easy to do. Just like owning a brick and mortar franchise, you must put in the work in order for it to be successful. This is the main reason why most don’t succeed at Multi-Level Marketing.

Networking is an essential part of building wealth.
— Unkown

If you are considering an MLM home based business? It could be a very lucrative home based business option for you, but you should also know exactly whether or not what you are getting into is truly an MLM home based business or something else. Plus, you need to weigh out the positives and negatives of an MLM home based business before you decide that it is the right business for you.

Making sure you are actually getting involved in an MLM home based business, or multi-level marketing home based business, is important to save yourself some difficulties later. An MLM home based business involves the direct selling of products or services through the recommendations or endorsements of independent representatives/distributors. So, if you are the representative, you receive a commission on any sales that came from your endorsements. Also understand that most products sold through an MLM home based business are not necessarily advertised through mainstream media or in stores. They are considered specialty items and typically can only be purchased through you.

The currency of real network marketing is not greed, but generosity.
— Keith Ferrazzi

The confusing part of determining if your MLM home based business is legitimate is that there are a number of pyramid schemes out there that are dangerously similar to legitimate MLM home based business concepts. Remember, a pyramid scheme is illegal, and getting involved in one can cause you more trouble that it is worth. You will need to do your research into any MLM home based business that you are considering so that you are sure the MLM home based business you are going to run is valid and legal. Usually, if your investment in proportionate to the product or service you are selling, your MLM home based business will probably be valid.

There are a number of advantages to having an MLM home based business. First of all, you will be working from home where you can virtually set your own hours, which is probably why you are considering an MLM home based business in the first place. Also, you will not have to manufacture (profit saver) any products, because you are usually selling things that are already made and the MLM home based business will usually come with a pre-determined marketing plan. Many people suffer through the process of determining the most effective methods for marketing their products, but with an MLM home based business, you are relieved of that stress. Consider it a business in a box with all the bells and whistles. Just in case I've peaked your interest, check out what I've been doing for eight straight years with success here

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The disadvantages of having your own MLM home based business, though, depends a bit on your personality. If you have good leadership skills and are as self-starter, then an MLM home based business will pose little hardship to you. However, if recruiting and selling gives you hives, then starting and maintaining an MLM home based business may be more of a challenge, since your success depends on your ability to be proactive in the business by possibly recruiting and selling your products/services.

Still, having your own MLM home based business means that you can live out your dream of being your own boss, having flexibility in your work schedule and create an extra stream of income that could possibly replace your current one. The cool thing is, you do not need any prior experience unlike most high paying jobs. You can rely on your personality, your desire to learn and your ability to share information as the benchmark to maintain your business.

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Just like corporate America, MLM organizations look for leaders. Those individuals who have a desire to exceed expectations, help the organization grow and develop a rewarding lifestyle doing so. Still, do your research to make sure your MLM home based business is a legal business so that you can truly enjoy the true freedom that the MLM home based business offers. There are many opportunities to create the income and the life you deserve if you are willing to put in the sweat equity and work.

I am Nichelle Womack. As a people building coach, lifestyle and business strategist, I specialize in helping you reach your greatest potential through self-reliance and pushing you to and through your internal greatness. I provide information, inspiration and motivation through online and offline community engagement, power speaking events and one on one consulting. Positive thoughts and language are my fuel for energy and my desire to help you find yours. Looking for more great life tips, check out "The Master Tip Manual for Personal Success".  Many blessings and much success to you!!  Connect with me on Instagram. Learn more about me and what I do to help you at The Start Up Ceo

Hey there.. I'm Nichelle! Thanks for stopping by to read my blog. I love meeting new people. I enjoy eating gourmet foods, traveling and spending quality time with my family, not to mention helping others live a bigger and a better life.  I'm kind of a social butterfly too. If that's you, connect with me on Instagram and let's learn more about each other. Blessings, Nichelle

Hey there.. I'm Nichelle! Thanks for stopping by to read my blog. I love meeting new people. I enjoy eating gourmet foods, traveling and spending quality time with my family, not to mention helping others live a bigger and a better life.  I'm kind of a social butterfly too. If that's you, connect with me on Instagram and let's learn more about each other.

Blessings,

Nichelle

Cha -Ching with the Bitcoin Bling: 4 Strategies to Get Yours

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If you haven’t heard of the latest craze in investing, you’ve been under a rock. It’s being called a risky business investing in highly volatile bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies. The future of virtual money has hit the mainstream and it is hot right now. With no physical presence, these currencies are all electronic or virtual in nature. They don’t even have intrinsic value. However, no one can deny that right now these cryptocurrencies are extremely valuable and those who invested in the early days, and held on to their investments, are living the high life now as multi-millionaires and some have claimed the title of billionaires!  Does it pay to get in early? Well… it depends on who you ask. 

I invested $40 dollars in Bitcoin in 2015. The last surge I saw my investment climb to $800. Wowzer.. off of $40??? If that's a great indication of the future, well I'm jumping on the bandwagon looking for a greater return. Nevertheless, as my grandmomma would always say, "Never put all your eggs in one basket." What a wise woman she was. 

Here are 4 investing strategies that I've gathered along the way.

1 –  Expect Volatility Early On

It’s basically a given for cryptocurrencies that they are going to be extremely volatile. One minute the price is sitting at 5 digits, and the next it’s at 4 or even 3 digits! It’s unpredictable and if you don’t take its volatility seriously, you could get in a lot of trouble. You could panic and sell off your crypto so you can minimize your loss.

However, if you’ve braced yourself for scenarios like this, then you’d probably just shut down your computer, or turn off your TV, and lie down and sleep off your doubts. Tomorrow is a different day, the price could go back up, and all will be fine with the world. Being prepared for volatility is tough, but it’s doable.

2 –  Play at Your Own Risk

Do your research before you start investing in bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies. When you’re dealing with hard-earned money, you don’t want to lose everything in one day.  You’re investing to make a profit sometime in the future. Don’t go all in without studying what you’re putting your money into.

3 – Be Versatile in Your Investment Portfolio

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, so to speak. Don’t just invest in bitcoins. If possible, invest in other cryptocurrencies as well as traditional assets like stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. At least if bitcoin prices drop, then you’re not going to be totally in the red. Your other investments will help keep you afloat.

4 – Seek Different Storage Options

Store your virtual coins in cold wallets. Investing is a long-term game, and it is not advisable to keep your cryptocurrencies in online wallets such as your exchange’s wallet, or even your mobile app wallet. Keep your private keys in cold wallets such as paper or hardware wallets since these aren’t connected to the Internet. You can keep small

Well this is just a synopsis of how interesting Bitcoin is and will grow to be. I don't know about you, but I love to stay on the cutting edge of what's next. The more you are in the know, the more opportunities you have to profit. If you are interested in learning more and how to invest in it, The Basics and Need to Know About Bitcoin is a great place to start. '

I hope you found this information interesting and enlightening. Connect with me on Instagram for information, inspiration and motivation to push you out of your comfort zone. Let's start, market and grow to our next level.

Blessings and Peace,

Nichelle

 

3 Real Estate Tips that Will Make You Money

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If you are seeking to diversify your wealth building portfolio, real estate investing is always good and at the right time, it’s SUPER hot! When it's hot dozens of real estate seminars begin rolling across the country and thousands of people spend thousands of dollars investing in education.

It's startling to learn that of all those thousands of eager folks who attend these seminars, only about 5% are serious enough to take what they’ve learned and buy at least one investment house. Why? The real estate gurus sell the "sizzle" and make profiting from real estate sound easy. The truth is that it's simple, but not easy. 5 Things to Know Before You Buy Investment Property will give you insight into what is required.

As a real estate broker and a licensed agent for 18 years, I must say that real estate is exciting. Nevertheless, you need knowledge in order to make it work otherwise you may be at risk of losing more than you gain. It can also be very profitable if done with the right knowledge and a great team by your side. So if you are seeking to add additional streams of income to your portfolio in 2018, real estate is an excellent alternative.

Here's a quick plan that will enable anyone to begin building financial independence with real estate.

There are three basic steps to investing in single family homes that will help you move forward.

1. Buy homes below full market value. Yes, people really do sell homes for less than the home's full value. The key is to understand that most home owners will only consider a purchase offer that is all cash and within 5% to 10% of their asking price. The successful investor learns to find financially distressed home owners who have no choice but to sell for less than market value. They have lost their job or been suddenly transferred; they are divorcing; they been living beyond their income; the family has been overwhelmed with medical bills and not uncommonly these days, their money has gone to support a drug habit. Those are examples of motivated sellers. They must sell, and they will accept something other than a conventional, all cash offer.

2. Find motivated sellers who are looking for you? How do you do this? Work at it! It’s not easy, but it’s done every day by new and experienced investors. Like any business it is important to develop a little marketing plan. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  The Business Plan Template will help you with your planning efforts. Real estate investing does involve sales. You can’t be afraid to ask for the money. In order to convince the distressed seller that you know what you are doing, you must sell your skills and be confident. Your goal is to be there when they need you and it is your responsibility to get the job done with little to no hiccups. You are there to solve their problem by buying their house. Be a solutionist!

After you've found a motivated seller and built a relationship, create a win-win situation.  You must understand how to frame offers that provide benefits for both you and for the homeowner. A good real estate investor quickly learns that this is not a business of stealing property, but of solving problems in a way that benefits the seller. Don’t ever come across as a scam.

The homeowner is in a tight spot of some kind and you can save them from public embarrassment and in most cases, give them at least a little cash to get a fresh, new start. Save them from their misery and you will be their hero. Always do right by the people you do business with. Word of mouth is the fastest way to build or tear down your business.

3. Understand that you make your profit when you buy! Never make a purchase until you've carefully determined exactly how you will get to your profit. If you hold it as a long-term investment, will the monthly rental income more than cover the monthly mortgage payment? If not, it may be a liability. Will you sell the deal to another investor for fast cash? Great option if there is leverage. Will you do some minor fix-up and sell the property for full value? This could be quick cash if you can get at least $10,000 or more out of it. Will you quickly trade it for a more desirable property? Value is the key here. Bottom line… Have a plan before you buy otherwise you can and will be out of a lot of money.

These three steps and the tools that I’ve shared will change your life. You can start this business with just three to four hours per week and profit significantly. What's the missing ingredient? Your determination, perseverance and perhaps knowledge. Are you ready to grow your investment portfolio in 2018? Join me on a learning, action oriented mission with How to Buy and Profit with Real Estate. If you will unfailingly follow the plan and strategies for a few months you will be well on your way to financial independence.

am Nichelle Womack. As a people building coach, lifestyle and business strategist, I specialize in helping you reach your greatest potential through self-reliance and pushing you to and through your internal greatness. I provide information, inspiration and motivation through online and offline community engagement, power speaking events and one on one consulting. Positive thoughts and language are my fuel for energy and my desire to help you find yours. Looking for more great life tips, check out "The Master Tip Manual for Personal Success".  Many blessings and much success to you!!  Connect with me on InstagramLearn more about me and what I do to help you at The Start Up Ceo

Well it’s been great hanging out with you. If you found this information valuable, share. If you would like clarity or need assistance beginning this task, contact me here.

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Until next time, blessings and peace,

Nichelle

 

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4 Assets that Require a Consistent Investment

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“If you count all your assets you always show a profit.”

Wilson Mizner

Wise investments pay hefty dividends. Knowing where to place your resources enable you to have more control over your market and have less fear in its volatility. In life, we have more control over things than not. Depending on priorities, we decide which if any, gets attention. Therefore, the decision to be proactive and invest versus reactive and guessing, can enable you to live a more profitable life.

1. Relationships – great connections with people allow you to excel in life. They hold you up when you are down and lift you up as you continue to rise. It nurtures your confidence to have good ones. Good relationships give long life and bad ones can cause disease. Examine who is good for you and who is not. Put each in its perspective and place. Don’t give in to dropping stock, invest in long-term growth. People who are by your side and tell you when you are right and wrong have proven to be great finds. 

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2. Health – Your health is your wealth because without it, you are broke. Poor health robs you of a rich lifestyle. It imprisons you to medication and ultimately affects your entire portfolio and limits your growth. Great investments in eating healthier foods, cutting back on things you know you shouldn’t have and letting go of things that exploit your vessel will optimize your performance across the board. What you eat, you become. Incorporate balance in your diet, exercise, think great thoughts and love the body you are in. Looking to eat your way to healthy? The Power Within a Raw Diet is a great tool to start. 


3. Spirituality – This gives you balance, power and authority. It builds confidence in you and gratefulness in your gifts. It provides fulfillment to hopes and wishes. When you can call on or go to something that is bigger than you, it gives you peace and security to know that things will not only get better, but that you will be alright. Spirituality gives confirmation that greater is HE that is in you than he that is in this world. You not only handle conflict and misfortunes better, you face the battle with understanding that it’s not yours. The 5 Day Mindset Challenge gives you the mindset to put all things that come at us in perspective. 

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4. Income – It’s a survival mechanism, a tool for stability and advancement as well as a means to be a blessing to others. Without it, hardship exist. The more you know about it and how to grow it, the more you will acquire. Income has no limits when strategically planned out. In most instances, you are in control of how many zero’s you add to your life. Save more money here towards your future.

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You are the primary beneficiary to a life full of wealth, including great relationships, excellent health, strong spirituality and increased income. These are your assets that can prove valuable trifold. Your decisions can make or break you in these instances. What you place priority on and give attention to grows exponentially with great investments. 

 

I am Nichelle Womack! As a people building, life transition strategist, I specialize in helping you reach your greatest potential through self-reliance and internal motivation. I provide inspiration through community speaking engagements, one on one consultation and group/team training. Positive thoughts and language are my fuel for energy and my desire to help you find yours. Learn more about what I do to help you start, market and grow here. Are you social? Connect with me on Instagram for daily inspiration, motivation and information to push you out of your comfort zone.

Until next time, blessings and peace

Nichelle

How to Get More Out of Your 2018

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If you want more out of life, you will have to get more out of yourself. Planning, setting goals and sticking to them will set you apart from someone who makes resolutions versus one who makes a commitment and follows through. 

In order to have your best 2018.. 

1. Live everyday better than the day before. Be in competition with yourself. No one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes. The more you are accountable to you and what you do, the more confident you will become. There's always another opportunity to correct, start over and redo. Be your biggest cheerleader. Clap for yourself and seek less approval. 

2. Opt-in for more happiness and seek greater abundance. Instead of looking at what is wrong or what could go wrong, focus on what could go right. Make a daily commitment to be happy about something. Gain clarity and get better. The more you work on bettering you, the less you will be concerned about the things around you that are not right. A mind focused on abundance can help you strategize this plan. Check out the 5 Day Mindset Challenge to help you get on track. 

3.  Adopt new behaviors that will stretch you. Being stretched breaks the normal aspect of what you are used to. Seek the advantages of trying and doing something new. Your value is greater than your worth. In developing an attitude of gratitude, you will learn that by stretching, you are actually pruning yourself for what is to come. Check out Why You Should Take Your Elevation Seriously. Your next level is not only going to require more of you, but it will require you to make some decisions that will make you uncomfortable. 

4. Explain less and explore more. Most often you never try anything new because you have to answer to someone about why you want to do it. In 2018, become more in control of your destiny. Do you and never apologize for wanting to change, grow or improve. You owe it to yourself and those you love to be the best you can be everyday.

Explaining to people who may doubt you and talk you out of it will only stifle your desired growth. Explore new things and get uncomfortable being comfortable. 

5. Live above your means. Now this is contrary to what society will tell you. But the reality is if you live below your means, you are limiting your potential towards achieving the life you desire.

Nothing in life is free and freedom is an asset. If you want it, it's going to cost you to get it. As a result, you may have to seek additional streams of income in order to make what you want a reality. You must plan accordingly and that includes setting goals that are attainable and those that may be above what you can afford. The more you aim towards your goals, the less attention you will pay to the distractions. You will become focused and determined to achieve a full life versus lack. 

2018 will only be what you decide it to be. Every year comes with challenges. Take each day as it comes and always look at the bright side. Yes.. there is always a bright side to every situation. Know that life is only short if you are not living.

If you want to explore new purpose or direction in your life, consider life coaching. I can be reached here for a one one 15 min consult to assist you with planning an amazing 2018 and beyond. 

Until next time, blessings and peace

Nichelle

5 Things They Forgot to Tell You About an Email List

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When I started my business 25 years ago, email was no where in sight. Our business was acquired through word of mouth and referrals. Business was good back then.

Today, if you don't have an email system or know what it is, you may not only be missing out on a lot of money, but your competitors may be acquiring your customers. Email is the back door to building a solid community of consistent buyers. Business today can be be so much greater. 

If you are interested in building a business that last and remains profitable, these 5 steps will give you a cutting edge on what you need to do to get on the map. 

The first thing you need to do..

1. Build a one on one relationships with people who follow you. There's something to say about a relationship that goes beyond social media. Through email marketing, you can share personal stories that will bridge the gap and draw you in closer to your customers. Not only is this good personally, but financially it can pay off big time. People typically buy from people they trust, respect, like and know. By you popping in their email box on a regular bases, they will get to know you and how you operate. If you need help building a list or understanding how to grow your email list, check out The Email Marketing Success Bundle. 

2. You own your list. It's not on rented space. Since social media is not owned by the content provider, you are at the mercy to their analytics, shutting down the site and blocking you from your account. We all know too well Meerkat, Blab and others who have lost out to the online world. Both sites lost momentum. All of the relationships that were not on email were lost. How horrible is it to build your business then lose it? By the way, are you on my list?

3. Your customers gain a real insight into your business and life. When you are constantly in contact with your clients, share your ups and downs and your struggles. This builds the relationship bond stronger and allows for a personal point of view. 

4. It's the cheapest way to run a business. All you need is an email address and an autoresponder to communicate. As you build your business, you will want to add on other resources as time goes by. The Start, Market & Grow Online Guide is a great nugget of information to get started with the process. 

5. It's the easiest way to monetize. No one goes into to business just to say they are in business. If your goal isn't to make money, perhaps you just have an expensive hobby. Many people earn a serious profit from live streaming, email marketing and just simply showing up consistently online. Business is strategic and making money should be a part of the strategy. 

These 5 tips will not only give your business life, but also should give you a position to remain competitive in an already crowded market. 

Are you ready for business growth? Contact me for a one on one consult and let's put a growth plan together for your business success. 

Are you social? Connect with me on Instagram for tips, inspiration, motivation and information? If you like LIVE, catch me on Periscope

Until next time blessings and peace,

Nichelle

 

Email has the ability to create a personal touch.

6 Ways to Grow Your Business in 2018

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A goal without a plan is just a wish.

For any business, online or offline, content marketing is the best and easiest way to get information to your clients or customers on a regular basis. This is also the perfect way to gain the trust of your customers and consistently increase your sales. The problem is choosing the most effective type of content and presenting it in an attention grabbing manner.

If you are seeking to grow your business in 2018, check out these tips on choosing the most effective content for your content marketing strategy. 

1. Point out the competition’s mistakes. We all make mistakes, but people, in general, want to avoid painful experiences as much as possible. By pointing out all the ways your competitors fail to make life easier for your potential customers works to your advantage. Don't bash the competition, just show and tell why you are a better choice.

Content such as a top ten list on this kind of thing such as “10 most common mistakes” or “10 things you don’t want to do” are especially effective in driving people to you, rather than your competitor. I’m not saying you should specify or point fingers at specific competitors . That’s not professional. Instead, use general statements and point out what makes your company better than others. You never want to burn the bridges of others because you never know where it will lead. Keep the game clean, but competitive. 

2. Give out industry “secrets.” Make it so specific to the customers needs and wants. Express how much it will help them if they had it and how it can help them with their problem. I always like to consider myself as a solutionist to the start up's problem. Honestly, there's really no secret to success but hard work. You can also create content with bullet point lists showing how to do things faster and easier or how to make something work better. It's fair game! Use what you have to stand out and differentiate yourself. 

People love lists about things because lists are easy to filter through and pick out those points that pertain to them specifically. They also help people retain the information. 

3. Organize it for them. One of the biggest hurdles for some people is the organization of certain things. Do the work for them by giving them plans and ways to organize things to make their life simpler. If you can make something straightforward and easy for someone, they will appreciate it and repay you with their business. 

4. Answer common questions. When you're discussing a common problem or situation,  do people tend to have the same questions. By providing the answers before someone even asks the questions, you make them feel more comfortable. It gives them the impression your company truly cares about them and their needs because you’ve taken the time to learn what they want or need. Is your business ready for 2018? Take this assessment in order to find out. 

5. Latest trends reports. The latest and greatest is always in demand. This is a way to help your clients and customers keep up to date with the latest information from your company. This type of content lists the newest information or technologies and explains them in an easy to understand fashion.

6. Get proactive with social media. Unless you've been under a rock, social media is the new media for engagement, advertisement and building a profitable business. The right strategy is consistency. The more you show up, the more you will get noticed. Build relationships and get to know the people you are connected to. 

Don't be overly pushy and don't forget to ask for the sale. After all, your business won't grow if no one knows what you do. There are so many great resources available to assist you in growing your online platform and be more strategic in your business practice. Landing pages are key. Especially if you don't have a website. They are cheaper and easy to create and maintain. Landing Monkey is a great place to start. It's easy to learn and operate. SociLiveStream offers better engagement on Live stream while reaching multiple platforms. InstaStories is another video creation that will help you dominate Live streaming., more specifically, Instagram. 

Effective content marketing is all about continually giving the client or customer whatever information they deem useful. It demonstrates to prospects your company is paying attention to the needs of their clients and responding in an resourceful and expeditious manner. If the frequency and/or quality of information begins to slow down, your client base will begin to find another source of information, taking their sales dollars with them.

Making use of a freelance writing service is a good way to fulfill the needs of consistent and effective content writing. By using writers to help create your content, you can easily continue to provide fresh, new content. Once you have the articles, reports and other documents, offer them to your customers freely through email or a blog. Not only will your customers thank you in replies and comments but, more importantly, with their continued loyalty.

Be different, stand out and grow your business consistently. If you need assistance growing your business, check out my resources to help you start, market and grow your business.  Are you social? Connect with me on Instagram for tips, motivation, inspiration and motivation. 

Until next time blessings and peace,

Nichelle

 

How to Live a Meaningful Life

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Being in Love With Life is the Key to Eternal Youth
— Doug Hutchison

Working in the field of hospice, I often come in contact with people who have a wish list they never completed. They have goals they never achieved. And they have people that never knew how they felt. Many people go throughout their whole life not knowing what it is they want to do or become.

Finding your life’s goal and your true passion in life sooner versus later will help you find great satisfaction in everything you do, it will also help you to live every day to its fullest as will even help to inform who you truly are. Finding this meaning can transform your life in all the best ways. If you are uncertain of your calling in life or if you need to get clear, perhaps I NEED CLARITY  will give you perspective. 

But it’s not so easy to do that for most of us. Many of us don’t have a single objective or dream and this can leave us feeling a little listless and directionless.

But here’s the thing: meaning doesn’t have to come only from one goal or one of your life’s mission. Meaning can come from small things too depending on how you approach them. Remember..  the small things can be life changing as well. 

Here are some tips to make everything more meaningful in your life. 

Find the Meaning in Things That are Important to You

Meaning is really something we assign to things and nothing more or less than that. Activities in your life have meaning only if you believe they do. Things you own have meaning. The people in your life have meaning. 

Unfortunately, many of us go through through life never acknowledging how important they are to us. In fact, most believe a vast amount to be boring or unimportant. One trick is to always try to ‘notice the best of everything’. Or at the very least, just focus on what it is that others might find exciting or important about the thing you’re doing.

Share with Others and Don't Forget to Serve too

If you do something and no one knows about it, then it has no lasting impact. You can’t discuss it and it will quickly fade away from your memory.

But when you share a moment or an achievement with someone, it gives it much more meaningful impact. Not only is this a powerful way to build a bond and become closer to someone, but it is also a great way to make sure that your moments impact more than just yourself and have a wider reach.

If you can’t share the moment then the next best thing is to immortalize it by writing about it in a journal. Writing our thoughts and feelings out on paper can resurface the impact that it has on our lives and certainly the lives of others. 

It is in service that we believe in mankind. Your service to others can bring you in touch with your inner soul and your spiritual truth. Service finds gratitude that spills out into what it is we do. Your helping another gives you a reason to be thankful. It makes you think that things could be worse. You understand that being grateful is a responsibility not an obligation. 

Take Your Time and Don't Complain

Things can have more meaning when we spend more time reflecting on them, taking them in and enjoying them.

You can make everything more meaningful and have a better experience in this way; whether that means just taking the time to eat your food slowly and savor every morsel or whether it means looking around, listening to the sounds and looking at the sights. Take the time to savor every morsel of life and it will all taste that much richer. Appreciate every second and every moment, because they are priceless. Time is something you can't get back. Moments turn into seconds and seconds turn into hours. Leverage the now. 

Complaining never got anyone anywhere. It does no good. In fact, it sucks more energy and enthusiasm out of you than before. Your complaining can stop you from excelling to another level. If you can't or you are not willing to find a solution to the problem you are complaining about, why do it.

Your life is a depiction of your thoughts. How you think and what you think about can really add to or take away from a meaningful life. If you find conquering your mind to be difficult, THE 5 DAY MINDSET CHALLENGE will elevate your thought and give you a more defined perspective.

Until next time blessings and peace,

Nichelle

9 Creative Ways to Find Your Dream Job

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This is the time of the year when people are either laid off or seeking to start a new venture in the new upcoming year.  Even throughout the year, a career change can be stressful or enjoyable.  Finding a new job is not always easy, especially if you’ve been out of the job market for a while. I always suggest to my clients to take some time to seek out what you like, what you’ve been wanting to do and adjust your life accordingly until you find it.

There’s nothing worse than looking for a job and you can’t find one or looking for one and you get one you don’t like. Since we spend most of our waking hours working, it’s very important to do what you like a little bit at least. Check out my top 9 ways to find your dream job. At least one of them should prove to be money in the bank. 


1.    Prospect among friends and family.  Often people hire based on referrals. Sometimes there’s a bonus attached. Maybe friends or family know someone in a company where you would like to work. No one can speak about you like friends or family. Ask them to be on the lookout if they know of anyone seeking what you have to offer. 


2.    Keep a positive mindset. The mind is a terrible thing to waste. It can literally get the best of you if you don’t keep it focused. Looking for a job and, wanting a new career can be depressing. It’s important to stay around people who encourage you and want the best for you in the process. If you need balance and find yourself doubted more than being encouraged, sign up for my 5 DAY MINDSET CHALLENGE. 


3.    Attend happy hour near major corporations. Often when work is over, some people still go across the street to the pub or a local diner. You go as well and network in the gathering. Start with small talk and conversation. Make certain to have a business card or resume with you so they know how to get in contact with you. This is a perfect time to see what and who people are outside the corporate walls. 


4.    Volunteer for a charity, school or employer. There are so many organizations that can’t afford to pay people to come in to do the work. Even though that sounds daunting at first, you could be what they need to turn the organization around. By offering your services and showing your skills, you are literally inconspicuously interviewing. If they can’t hire you right now, they may be able to in the future or know of another organization that can. 


5.    Create a document that solves a problem for the organization. Often people on the inside can’t see what someone on the outside does. If you notice an area that could be corrected or improved, find out who the head of the department is and find a solution to the problem. Dress it up like a proposal and submit it. Not only will they be intrigued, they may just hire you in that position to implement your strategy. You never know unless you try. 


6.    Find out who the hiring managers are and pick up the phone. The reality is most likely they won’t talk to you, BUT you never know if you don’t try. If you don’t get to speak with them, get their email address and send a convincing email notating your skills and accomplishments and how you would add value to the organization by being added to the team. If you want to take it a step further, send the hiring manager something to remember you by with your resume included. Hey… whatever it takes to stand out, do it!


7.    Search social media for decision makers and influencer's in your industry. Social media is more than socializing and posting pictures. It’s a gold mine for people who own corporations and people who know people who do. Become a social butterfly. Connect with people who have influence. Communicate, communicate, communicate and build a relationship. Your network is your net worth and perhaps your next step towards your dream job. I share how to use social media to your advantage in THE MASTER TIP MANUAL FOR PERSONAL SUCCESS. 


8.    Step outside of your industry and try something new. Opportunity is always available and something new may be just what you need. Research different industries and seek to find what you have that is transferrable. This may include more salary, greater responsibility and more opportunity. When you stay with what you are comfortable with, it’s difficult to get your up level to your next level. Step around the box and explore. You never know what it will have in store for you.


9.    Create your own job. If you are still looking for a job after 6 months, you’ve wasted a significant amount of time. The internet has provided so many opportunities for people to work at home or on the go. You could become an independent contractor/freelancer doing what you did on your job. Charge your own rates and become your own boss. Work with as many companies and people you choose to on your time. You also get the opportunity to decide who you don’t want to work with too. Creating a job for yourself gives you the best of both worlds. The only thing is you cannot treat a business like a job. If you don’t work, you won’t get paid.  Owning your own business requires you to show up everyday regardless. Even if you don't feel like it or if you're sick. Need help starting a business? I can help you here.


If you find these tips helpful, share them with a friend. If you need assistance creating your next move in your career and you feel stuck or lost, contact me for a FREE one on one consult  at I NEED CLARITY.  Learn more about what I do to help you here. Are you social? Join me on INSTAGRAM for inspiration, motivation and information to help you jump out of your comfort zone and into your gifts. 


Until next time many blessings and much peace,


Nichelle

Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.

How to Write Emails That Capture Your Reader's Attention

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When I started my business 25 years ago, there was not much emphasis on an email list. Today, if you have a business, you should also have an email list. If you don't have a list then not only are you missing out on a lot of money, but possible future money too.

Big brand businesses have been doing this for quite sometime. There's not a day that goes by that I don't get an email from the one's I'm signed up with. Building a list can take time. You must also have something to offer the list to make signing up enticing. 

The contents of the email marketing messages can keep your readers focused if they are written and presented well. Since readers like to scan through emails instead of reading them entirely, they understand more when less is explained, but emphasized. So your content should be convincing and well written without any grammatical or spelling mistakes. Work towards gaining the trust and interest of your readers. 

The biggest selling point is to be consistent throughout your email message. In other words, say what you are going to say and get straight to the point. 

A small list that wants exactly what you’re offering is better than a bigger list that isn’t committed.
— Ramsey Leimenstoll

Don’t cloud the email body with lots of sites, products and services. Keep the
flow steady, tight with great content and well focused. Building relationships with your readers is the ultimate goal.

Inside the email, have good navigation and tell your readers right where you want them to go. If using links, make certain you can click on the link and it opens. This is very important. 

Also, make sure whatever you ask your readers to do in your email, be it sign up for a newsletter, get a report or purchase a new eBook or package, this process should be able to be done as directed. The following 6 Tips will show you how to write emails that capture your reader's attention. 

1. Your email subjects should impress & invite. Have a compelling opening message in the title. It must be attention grabbing!

2. Focus on keywords to get the attention of your readers in the title. Perhaps whatever you are writing about with a fact. 
3. Use bullet points or a numbered sequence. It makes the subject easier to understand.

4, Use plain layman language to present your ideas. Use powerful, smaller words and words that are simple to comprehend. Know your audience and who you are speaking to. 
5. Avoid using puns or metaphors. They tend to leave the reader confused and not clear on what you are asking or referring to. Be straightforward with your message. 
6. Try to grab your readers with the conclusion, then sum up at the end. Give them a bone to nibble on until the next time. 

7. Don't sign off without a call to action. This is where you gain commitment and expect results. If not the first time, maybe the second. But never forget to ask for what you want. 

By giving your readers a well prepared, targeted email message, you are preparing to see how they will reward you in return. Again, I go back to the point of the email and that is to build a relationship and earning the right to ask the customer to buy what you have to offer. Make it interesting and worth the read each and every time. 

If you are interested in learning how to build an email list with powerful content and strategy? Check out The Email Marketing Success Bundle

Are you social? Connect with me on Instagram. Learn more about what I do to help you here

Until next time, blessings and peace

Nichelle

 

 

12 Ways to Develop a Mindset of Winning

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The mind is a terrible thing to waste. Often times stress and struggles, worry and concern cause us to distract our mind from all that is good around us. if you take the opportunity to look over your life, I'm sure you can find something to be thankful for. Listed below are 12 reminders to give you perspective and to document that there is hope. Invest in your mind and change your life.

1. The past can't be changed. What's done is done. Move on and create new memories. 

2. Opinions don't define your reality. Somebody will always have an opinion. What matter is what you think and believe about yourself.

3. Everyone's journey is different. No two stories are the same. Live your life and your journey the way you choose.

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4. Things get better with time. It's been said that time heals all wounds. Well that's true. Keep living. You may not forget, but you will learn how to live.

5. What goes around, comes back around. Karma is real and it bites like hell! "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

6. Judgments are a confession of character.  If someone is judging you, understand that typically that is their opinion of themselves. People who don't find happiness within always find something wrong with others.

7. Happiness is found within. Realize this.. if you can't make yourself happy, don't expect anyone else to either. Outside of the love of God, self love is priceless. 

8. Smiles are contagious. And they look good on you. The more you smile, the more you feel better about the situation. 

9. Kindness is free. It doesn't cost a dime to deliver it. It's another feel good aspect of being a better you.

10. Overthinking leads to sadness. Let go! The more you think about something, the more you are forced to believe it. Your thoughts are prayers that take form and shape your life. "As a man thinketh, so is he."

11. You only fail if you quit. Quitting is easy. Nothing is ever achieved by quitting. Don't ever give up on you. 

12. Positive thoughts create positive things. Think it, believe it and receive it. Whatever you want is a thought away. 

Your mindset is important in order for you to achieve your goals. Check out this FREE 5 Day Mindset Challenge and start 2018 on a positive page. Need to see these 12 steps in a grid? Go here.

It was a pleasure connecting with you.. Until next time.. 

Blessings and Peace,

Nichelle

Slowly Fill Your Glass Until it's Full

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If you are not willing to risk the usual, then you will just have to settle for the ordinary.
— Jim Rohn

Let me ask you a question. Do you know a person who always seems happy and positive about themselves and life in general? They never seem to have a problem and seem to be able to deal with things in life with composure and grace.

Overall... I find these people to be far and few in between. If a person is this way, social perspectives will tell us that they are either faking it until they make it or something else is going on in that picture. The reality is that there are people who exist that live life intentionally with now excuses or apologies. And it’s nothing wrong with it. We all need to surround ourselves with people who have a positive mindset and who are living life on purpose versus just by happenstance.  Do you wish you were more positive and could relate to this behavior? Are you able to deal with your life circumstances with a positive attitude?

These people have a way of seeing life as being a “half full glass” where even if things are going very wrong, they find something positive in it to focus on. Viewing life this way is natural for some people, but for most people who use this approach to life, it is a learned response. It develops from making an intention to look at the positive and not dwell on the negative. This behavior is practiced. It’s not necessarily developed overnight, but it is a daily process that is always a work in progress.

Now all of this may sound easy on paper, but, it’s not. How do people learn to focus on a half-full glass and not the half-empty one and remain positive? It’s not easy to be thankful when faced with difficult circumstances. That’s a fact! However, practicing gratitude daily helps us deal with a lot of thing and being able to deal with the most difficult experiences we may face in our lives. It is the key to the optimism that we see in the positive person we admire so much.

When we complain all the time, we can quickly lose our perspective. Your thoughts are prayers and they can turn into what happens in your life. Yes, we are all different and move at a different pace. What one does in less time may take a longer time for others. But before you complain, consider the work quality between the two. Maybe our concern is justified, but if the work produced is superior in quality, then maybe the extra time was justified? Quality versus quantity will always supersede

A “half glass full” thinking seeks to clarify a situation before complaining about it. It asks whether a complaint will make the situation better or worse and if it will help to resolve the issue. In most cases, the answer to both these questions is no! On those occasions where it is justified, then we should do something about it. A clear perspective on the situation can help us to resolve an otherwise irresolvable problem. Maintaining an attitude of gratitude helps us maintain a positive perspective on most things that happen in our life. It helps to keep the glass half-full even in the most difficult of circumstances.

Strive to keep your glass full always. Understand that you have the authority to make your life a reflection of your ideas and thoughts. Know that you can purposely live in your light, shine bright and be whoever you want to be without apologizing for your greatness. Say it is so... If you need to clarify your thoughts for 2018, if you are interested in living a bigger life in your faith, lifestyle, health and wealth, I’m offering you a FREE transformation class here. Let’s plan and prepare to dominate our greatness and move through roadblocks with determination and inspiration. I will see you on the other side of fear. Don't forget to share this blog post with someone who needs that extra push.

Blessings and much peace,

Nichelle

P.S. Are you social? Connect with me on INSTAGRAM for daily inspiration, motivation and information to push you out of your comfort zone.  

 

 

 

5 Customer Focused Sales Strategies

Selling is an art and a skill. In order to be effective in getting results, you must understand who you are talking to and what it is they need from you. There are 5 selling strategies that you can use to find more customers and close more deals and they are classified as the 5 C's of selling.

1. Connecting with people. It is through connection that we identify who people are.

2. Having real conversations. Conversations break the ice and uncover a need.

3. Communicating is a deeper version of a conversation. It is here that you explore how you can help.

4. A community is your tribe. This is where you can be yourself and get the support.

5. Collecting is the core of why you are in business. Without collecting, you are just enjoying a hobby.

For more specifics and details, listen to the video below. If you need further assistance in identifying, clarifying or growing your business, contact me here for a one on one session.

If you would like to learn more about selling online or offline, check out the Start, Market and Grow Online Guide here.

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How to Use Instagram to Grow Your Business

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Instagram has become one of the most popular social media sites. Many companies do not understand how to use it for marketing purposes and therefore could be missing out on a lot of opportunity. Instagram has a whole slew of features that companies can use for marketing. Understanding how to use Instagram will make your marketing more effective and allow you to reach an entirely new group of potential customers.

5 Ways to Develop a Personal Brand

5 Ways to Develop a Personal Brand

If you are a millennial, branding self is your way of life. You know what it takes to separate yourself from your parents and others who are doing what you do. If you've been around the block a couple of times, branding to you may be fitting into the brand of your employer to model yourself after the company.

A lot has changed since I graduated from undergrad. Grad school was pre-online. Since then I've noticed the more things change, the more they seem to stay the same. In this new way of doing business and career search, if you are not changing, you will find nothing changing for you. 

As a small business consultant and certified life coach, I work with corporate brands as well as personal brands. No... I'm not a branding coach, BUT, branding is more than just an idea, a logo and color. It's an impression of you. Not that those characteristics aren't important, but there is more to a brand that often goes unnoticed. Branding is building a message around a package that represents what is delivered. It separates you from others and makes you one of a kind. Here are 5 ways to help you identify with you and build a brand around what you consider marketable.

Your personal brand should answer…

1.      Who are you? No one can answer this better than you. You should know what you represent and how you want to have it represented. Understanding what you bring to the table is key to your success. Knowing how you bring it is even more important. Have a clear message that speaks volumes even if you aren’t in the room.

2.      What’s your story? This is what makes each of us unique. Yes, you have a story and probably a darn good one too. No matter how big or small, it has significance. None of our stories are the same and all have facts that make it worth listening to and sharing.

3.      Why is your story relevant? Relevance is key in personal branding. It identifies why people should want to know more about what and how you do it.  The impact of your story should be your "ah ha" moment. What makes it personal and how does it describe what's taking place in your life right now? 

4.      Who is it for? In business, this would be your target market. You can’t speak to everyone and expect an answer. Why? Because everyone won’t need to hear what you have to say. Be specific in how you identify who it is for. This can be challenging if you don’t drill down and have clarity on what that target looks like. 

5.      How can your story help others? Your story is your testimony. What did you do to overcome where you are or were?  If it changed your life, it may possibly change someone else’s too. Don’t be afraid to share your victories, your struggles, your trials and your tribulations. It identifies you and what you are becoming.  

Upon answering these questions with clarity and a message to promote, you are well on your way to marketing your value and pricing your worth. Don’t ever underestimate your worth. If no one values it, make certain you do. Never compromise with it either. In the end, the more you do to excel in your life with knowledge, experience and education, the more you will find yourself free to be who you want to be in every way.

Need clarity in how to be specific, focused and paid for your brand? Contact me here for a one on one. Go into 2018 confident, prepared and ready to dominate your brand. 

Until next time, go and start building your brand,

Nichelle

How to Target Seasonal Markets for Holiday Profits

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Online Business Success

The holiday season is the perfect time to capitalize on its profits. More people spend money during holidays than throughout the year. 

Seasonal markets are described as the peak time of the year, such as Christmas, Halloween and Easter. Generally, they have a limited window of opportunity when they are busiest, with the rest of the year slowing down or even stopping completely. In this article we're going to look at some strategies for working in these markets.

1. The first thing you need to consider is the busy season for whatever market you're considering. We'll look at Halloween as an example. Halloween traffic starts to pick up in mid- to late-August and keeps increasing until the peak about a week before Halloween.

2. If you are marketing digitally, you need to plan well ahead for a site that's going to promote Halloween related offers. A new site will take a month or two to get some traction for natural search traffic. Paid traffic can be generated at a much quicker rate.

If you want to build a site that's going to capitalize on Halloween traffic, you need to have it built in June so you have a couple of months to do some promotion for it, which will prepare it for the start of the busy season.

The biggest drawback to seasonal websites is the fact that the majority of its revenue is generated over a short period of time. Little or no revenue is generated throughout the rest of the year. So as a business owner, you must be prepared for the down season, while preparing for the next season again. 

If you build sites and businesses that will generate traffic and revenue at various seasons throughout the year, you'll be able to have a more consistent income which is highly recommended. Multiple streams of revenue will assist in keeping any business profitable and able to handle the downtime. 

As an example of diversity, you might have sites about Halloween, Christmas, New Years topics like weight loss, Easter and various other things that will each peak at different times. You can draw clients in during the off season to prepare the season.

A lot of small business owners find this strategy more appealing as they build and grow their online income. Instead of working on the same topic all year long, you get to switch things up every couple of months. This helps keep you from getting bored with the topic as well.

The cool thing about holiday sites is once you've built the sites, they'll still be there the next year for a repeat business cycle. You can either build more or let them keep working and start other seasonal sites to create more income. 

An online business can be a great supplement to your income. The more you learn how to convert and build a customer base, the more profitable your business will be. If you want to learn how to build, covert and profit as an online business owner, get the "Start, Market & Grow an Online Business Guide" here.

4 Professionals Every Entrepreneur Needs on their Team

4 Professionals Every Entrepreneur Needs on their Team

Even though small business owners wear many hats, it’s always good to have key people in your life just in case something happens that is beyond your expert level. Whether you keep them on retainer or use them on a regular basis, all will benefit you at some point in your tenure as a business owner.