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OFFICIAL NOTICE: Your Future is Waiting...

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How's your year going so far?

It's not to late to Plan Your Business Year, if you haven't already.

At this point in the month, you should be making some steps toward the goals you set out to achieve this year. But if you are still struggling to get your goals in line and create objectives that will move your goals forward, you are in luck. I know how you feel, because I was once just like you.

With the last week of January approaching, I want to help you refocus on those big goals you set for your business this year. And the first thing I recommend is that you get really clear on the thing that's holding you back, so that you can recognize when it creeps up on you and nip it in the bud!

To find out whats holding you back I've compiled a few questions that will give you insight into those blocks right away. Answer these 6 questions here to get clear.

What's Your Biggest Business Setback? Find Out Now!

Then after you complete that, join me in Business Planning to Rock Your Year, a 7 day mini sprint designed to help you make plans for growing your business. It's absolutely FREE, so all you need to do is Sign Up! I'm not talking airy-fairy stuff here. These are hands-on, actionable tips and strategies you can use every day to embrace planning, set ambitious goals, and then work towards reaching them.

If you haven't made progress on your goals, or simply didn't make any, or you want to learn strategies to make them successful, JOIN ME!

Each day during this sprint, I'll walk you through:

  • Why Business Planning Is The Secret To Success

  • Know Where You’re At Right Now To Measure Growth & Figure Out What You Should Be Working On

  • Increasing Traffic, Subscribers & Customers To Boost Your Bottom Line

  • How To Work Backwards To Set Your Business Goals

  • Why You Have To Write Your Business Goals Down

  • Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone

  • How To Engineer Explosive Growth By Stacking Your Efforts

Here's what you can expect when you work with me...

  • Planning templates

  • Daily Strategies and prompts

  • Tutorials

  • Q + A

Each day will have lessons and examples from my business of 10 years, that you can draw inspiration from, and learn the lessons I had to learn the hard way. You'll walk away with a Plan of Action that will keep you focused and help you measure your results.

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Create a Framework for Business Growth.

Join the FREE Rock Your Business Planning Challenge!

Build a Business, Not Another Job

Many people dream of working for themselves, being their own boss, and having the freedom to only take on clients and projects they love.

What they don’t realize, though, is that there is a huge difference between building a business and being self-employed.

Business owners scale their income. Self-employed people trade dollars for hours

Business owners leverage the skills and talents of others. Self-employed people rely only on their own skills.

Discouraged yet? Don’t be. Every business owner started out self-employed. Just don’t stay there. These tips will help you build a sustainable business instead of just another job.

Don’t Try to Do It All Yourself

Building a sustainable business requires that you leverage the talents and time of others. While it might seem cost-effective to simply do everything yourself—especially in the start-up phase when you likely have more time than money—it’s a path to burnout and stress.

Instead, separate your tasks into those that you love and are especially suited for (such as marketing) and those you dislike and aren’t good at. Then make a solid plan to get those that you aren’t good at off your list of things to do. If you feel like you can’t afford to outsource it all right now, start with what you tend to procrastinate the most on, even if it’s just a few hours each month.

Learn How To Systematize Your Business Here

Don’t Allow Yourself to Work All the Time

The trouble with working at home is that you live at work. And that means that there’s no clear line in the sand between your work day and your home life.

Since there’s always work to do, it’s easy to find yourself working every available moment—often to the detriment of your family relationships.

You can help avoid this by:

  • Setting—and maintaining—clear work hour.
  • Having an office with a door you can close when you’re done
  • Scheduling time for family and other activities.
  • Taking time for yourself

Vacations and Downtime Are Important

Don’t create a business that requires you to be “in the office” every day. At the start, you may need to be available more, but you should definitely be planning for the day when you can be “off the grid” for extended periods of time.

  • Have trusted contractors who can handle things when you’re not available.
  • Leverage automation tools such as autoresponders and autowebinar systems.
  • Create repeatable systems so you’re not always re-inventing the wheel

While you might not be able to hit the road with no internet access for weeks at a time, at the very least you should be able to reduce your workload to a daily check-in.

Sound impossible? It’s not. With some forethought and planning, you can create a team—and the systems they need—to successfully run your business without becoming overwhelmed and overworked.

 

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The Secret to a Thriving Business?  

Action on the right ingredients. The Business Building & Development Group is a member-only group dedicated to the education, connection and inspiration of multi-passionate newbie entrepreneurs. (Yearly & Monthly Plans Available)

Quick and Easy Website Tweaks to Automate Your Sales Funnel

When it comes to leveraging your time, automation is the sharpest tool in your toolbox. It allows you to get more done in less time, and to smoothly move people through your funnel.
For many small business owners, though, the one area that’s often overlooked is your website.

Use Your Blog to Build Your Mailing List

Like any smart business owner, you likely have opt-in forms on your website. They’re in the sidebar or maybe the footer, and you might have a pop-up to capture attention as visitors are about to leave.

But do you have a solid call to action at the end of your blog posts? When a new reader is finished consuming your posts, she’s primed to learn more. Give her the opportunity by offering an opt-in at the end of each post.

Even better, make it a logical next step by creating a related offer for each post. Called a content upgrade, these offers typically consist of a simple checklist or worksheet, and capture attention by providing even more information about a topic they’re already interested in.

Keep Them Reading With Related Links

How often do you revisit old blog posts to link to newer content? This is an important maintenance job that will help provide visitors with the information they’re looking for by linking related posts together.

Not only is this strategy good for keeping visitors on your site, but Google approves as well. Posts that link to each other encourage search engine bots to crawl your site more thoroughly, and help boost the rankings of your most relevant posts.

[Hint: This is a perfect job for your VA.]

Make the Best of Your Download Pages

Whether you’re giving away a free report or paid product, your download pages can pull double-duty by offering visitors a “what’s next” option. For free download pages, a related, low-cost product is best. It gives readers the chance to learn more about you with a small investment.
For paid products, consider offering a complementary product instead. If you’re protecting your download pages with a membership script such as Customer Hub, you can even offer upsells based on what they already own, making the choice even easier for them.

And if you’re using a double-opt-in mailing list, make use of that confirmation page, too! That’s the perfect place for a quick upsell or an invitation to join you in your Facebook group or weekly Periscope.

Here’s a good rule of thumb to follow on your website: Whenever a reader lands on a page, she should be offered the next logical step. When you write your blog posts or create your download pages, keep that in mind, and your funnel will practically fill itself.
 

 

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Want some quick & easy Website Tweaks for your website?

Join me in the 7 Day Autoresponder Mini Challenge. By the end of it, you will know exactly what's working on your website, what's not working and how to fix it.