I’d lost my business mojo and my momentum was stalled. I needed to reset my business and I didn’t know how. So I went on a business retreat — with myself. I needed a few key ingredients to make my retreat a success including: a) wanting to do this; b) a picturesque and quiet location; c) an agenda of what I wanted to accomplish; and some way to spark my creativity when it stalled. Continue reading
This is a super quick video if you are frustrated as I was with opening a new Excel session for your dual monitor. I have Windows 8 and Excel 2010 and use Ultramon (love!) to move windows from monitor to monitor. Hope this helps you out.
Now that you’ve decided to start a home-based business service, you’re excited and love to think about setting your own schedule, naming your business, selecting a cool looking logo — the fun stuff right? And then maybe the overwhelm hits because there are SO many things to think about. To that end, I’ve created a checklist — not in any order because everyone has his/her own process — of tasks you want to complete before you go live with your business:
- Business Plan:
Many don’t want to take the time to think about their mission, goals and objectives, but really it’s the PROCESS of answering these tough questions that is the benefit. The Marketing Plan portion of the Business Plan forces you to figure out how to get clients in a concrete way, and without them you don’t have a business. The Financial Plan section helps you determine if your rate for services and forecasted revenue will bring you the level of income you need as well as determine your break even point. After completing your plan honestly, you’ll be able to tell if your business vision is viable. Continue reading
It’s not easy getting a full night’s sleep these days, is it? I just had a bout of insomnia myself, and it’s tough to function after many sleepless nights. Let’s remind ourselves that it is okay to shut down from time to time, really!
As Thanksgiving approaches, I hope to step away from the computer and smart phone, connect with family members and friends, appreciate what I’m grateful for (a lot!) including: a good night’s sleep! (Maybe this infographic will help you too!) Continue reading
If you have a product, program, or event, you can start an affiliate program to expand your reach and increase your sales. Affiliates will bring in sales from their sphere, bringing in customers that are beyond your reach and will get a cut for their trouble. Both parties benefit, but since an affiliate program takes time to manage, here are some tips to help ensure success. (This article assumes that you have already set up your affiliate program in your shopping cart [affiliate link], have some affiliates, and are ready to promote.)
- Make it easy for new affiliates to sign up.
Several times I have found a product or service that I really like and would like to promote by adding a banner to my website, but it is difficult to find their affiliate program. Make it easy — a bottom navigation link works. Continue reading