It is time to LEVEL UP

With just 100 days to go before Christmas, there is no time like the present to make the decision to LEVEL UP your business. What do I mean by that? Well quite a few things actually:

STOP HIDING BEHIND YOUR COMPUTER

While social media is a powerful tool it is not the only way to reach your audience.

Some of the people who need and want what you provide are listening to a radio, reading a newspaper, attending networking events…. they may NOT use social media to search for the solution that you provide to them.

Stop being lazy and stop making excuses and do the work to get in front of your audience if you really want to make the sales you truly desire.

People would not buy from you if they do not know you exist. You have to create a business that gets seen and heard in the clutter of all the noise and traffic that your ideal clients are experiencing everyday.

PLUS, your marketing and sales strategy should include how you show up in different ways in different places so you can reaffirm with your clients that you are the ONLY solution to the challenge they are facing.

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Just 2 years ago when I jumped into coaching I was working Sunday to Sunday sometimes up to 17 hours each day. I was on a constant roller coaster of booking calls, getting people on the phone and talking to as many people as possible. Somedays I would talk to at least 15 people at a time. PLUS I spend a load of time posting in other groups, doing videos, sending emails and attending events…because I thought this is what I needed to do in order to make my business take off.

Little did I know at the time that I did not have to burn myself out to exhaustion to have a business that I loved. I started to focus specifically on a strategy that would make me happy that was specific to my business and the life I wanted. I was never interested in being like any other coach or being compared to anybody else. I chose the quality of life that I wanted and I had to design my business around that.

I raised my prices
I increased the value in my programmes
I cut down my work days from 7 days to 4 days
I did targeted videos and ads
And I got really specific about who I wanted to work with ( I say NO to alot of people if I do not feel they are the right fit)
And I hired people to work alongside me to grow my business

That was a conscious decision I made to LEVEL UP my business and my life so I had more time to spend with those I love and pursue other things that gave me pleasure. I am still learning and growing but until I made that decision, my life was in chaos and my health was topsy turvy.

You decide what your life and business should look and feel like. It is not a once size fits all and you do not have to do all those tons of things you do not want to do.

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One size does not fit all and what may work for me in business may not work for you for a number of reasons

1. Our goals may be different
2. Our ideal clients are different
3. Our budgets are different
4. Our tools and resources are different

So stop watching what your competitors are doing and instead focus on creating a marketing strategy that works specifically to your business.
One that develops out of the goals you set for yourself.
One that speaks directly to your ideal clients.
One that you can afford and one that utilizes the best tools and resources that you do have available

Not because everyone is doing it means that is what you need to do or that is the way you should be doing it. Make your marketing look and feel unique to your audience.

Now is the best time for you to LEVEL UP and I do not know how else to say it to you. To be successful you can longer be contented to play small and just do the bare minimum to get by. You have to make the decision to be uncomfortable, to ask for help, to stretch yourself beyond your limits and put in the work to get the results that you truly desire in life and business.

If you are ready to make this bold leap, then just simply reach out to me and join me in my private facebook group of over 3000 entrepreneurs from around the world. Join us and let’s keep the discussion going.

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I do not care what you do

The truth is most of your clients do not care what you do…they care how you make them feel or how your product makes them feel and improves their lives. They are not concerned about your job title that you like to boast about or about your logo or brand colours, or how cute your selfies look or how often you post. They want VALUE.  And that value must change their lives and have an impact on them in a way that makes them STOP and take notice. It does not matter whether you are a one man show or a team of 50, share the value, change their lives and they will buy from you and come back for more.

If you want to get clients and you want to close the deal show people how you can help them.

Stop telling them what you do or what your job title is.

Show them how you can help them.

Show them the tools you use and how it can help them
Share your story and your journey

Let me break it down:
1. Show them how you schedule time using a calendar or how you use Trello if you are a virtual assistant
2. Show them how to save money and time using wave accounting or Peachtree if you are an accountant. Don’t just tell them to use the tool show them how to use it.
3. Show them how a piece of clothing can accentuate their figure and hide problem areas of you sell clothes. Don’t just tell them, show them.
4. Show them how cutting out flour can reduce bloating if you are a nutritionist. Don’t just tell them, show them.
5. Show them how contouring or using certain colours accentuates their eyes if you are a make up artist. Don’t just tell them, show them

If you want to really see your business move, grow and build stop telling us what you do and what your job title is. Show us exactly what you do!!

It means you have to stop being lazy and stop posting fliers and links
It means you have to tap into your creativity, push your boundaries and try something totally new

This is what MARKETING is. The showing of the thing not the telling.

And if you want to know how my clients tend to access me 24 hours a day for even more marketing advice then join me in my private facebook group of over 3000 entrepreneurs from around the world. Join us and let’s keep the discussion going

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No reason to crash and burn

At 1 time in my life I was working a full time job (7.30am to whenever), was teaching 2 courses at UWI, planning my wedding, buying a house, studying for my Masters, writing for 3 Caribbean magazines, running my own local magazine, helping my mom run our flower shop and doing marketing and PR for companies for FREE.

I was doing it all and you know what happened to me? I CRASHED AND BURNED! Yep it all went up in flames. I fell into a depression so deep it was unbelievable. Things started to fall apart right in front my eyes. Nothing was working and I was engulfed with panic attacks almost everyday. It was brutal. I had to STOP!

Because I was trying to manage my TIME. I was trying to be a super hero and do everything and be everything to everybody and it made no sense. I was not prioritizing and I was not taking care of my mental or emotional well being.

I decided to take 2 months off of my business and I ended up taking 2 years off because the burn out was that intense. But I learnt and now I know it was never about time but about me, because I do not have to do everything and everything does not need to be done immediately.

I learnt the hard way but I learnt a well deserved lesson.
I prioritized
I asked for help
I delegated
I eliminated

And I became happier, healthier and a better version of myself.

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Now people feel I am always working!

I have been on vacation for days with no internet access and got a message from a client asking me if I really went on vacation because they were seeing me showing up everywhere!

That does not happen by magic and I had to learn the hard way how to show up, ask for the sale and manage myself not my time so I still had time to disappear for a few days and still make money and be visible to those who needed me.

I delegate and automate alot of what I do so I can get my mid day naps, go to dinner every week and spend a ton of time with my family and still smash major goals every week.

You have to be realistic with what you want your life to look like and how you want your business to evolve. I LOVE what I do but I do not want my head to be in business 24-7 in order for me to make money and make a difference in people’s lives.

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Do you know that you do not need to be tied to your business 24-7 in order to make a profit.

That you do not need to locked onto social media all day everyday

That you do not need to answer an email as soon as it pops up in your inbox

That its not true that the only thing you should be talking about, reading about or listening to should be about business

That you have to give up time with family and friends to make your business succeed

Or that you can only really run a business when you leave your 8-4 job

All of these things is what has been taught to us but it is not true. It is all tied into this silly notion that we do not have enough time to do and be and get everything you want.

Don’t get me wrong…. starting and running a biz takes hard work, sacrifice and determination but there is a healthy, logical, purposeful way to do it without being burnt out and frustrated.

There is no reason to crash and burn and if you feel this way then it is time to get some help so you can live the life you really want. Let’s get on a call if this is you.

10 ways to prepare for 2018

So we are fast approaching 2018 and the panic has set in for many. How do I finish off the year? Did I complete everything I said I would?  How much money can I make between now and Christmas? What exactly am I going to do differently in 2018?

Rest assured, this is a common feeling and dilemma that many entrepreneurs face and feel at the end of the year. The new year feels overwhelming but have no fear, I am here to share with you 10 ways you can prepare for 2018.

1. Do a brain flush

This simply means writing out all the ideas you have in your head in no particular order. Get it all out and on paper until you feel you have everything out so you have a fresh clean slate to start on

2. Write out a new goal

A goal not written is merely a wish list. To go into the new year, get very clear about what you want to happen in your life and your business. Write out a very specific goal which will highlight exactly what work you want to do, who you want to serve, how you want to serve them, how much money you want to make and by when you want to make the money.

3. Reach out to your clients and ask for a testimonial and a referral

Your past clients are your best clients…because they already know how awesome you are and will gladly spread the word once they have been blown away. So before the year is ended, ask them for a testimonial and a referral of your services so you can increase your client list and get more eyes on your business

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4. Review your analytics

If you use social media to actively promote your business, then this is a great time to review your analytics. Have a look back over the year and take note of the posts and information you shared that performed really well. The post which got the most views or engagement. The blogs that had the most responses. The videos that had the most engagement. Spend time going through your analytics so you get a better sense of what resonates with your audience so you can do more of those things as you work to increase your visibility and brand presence.

5. Choose 10 books you have to read to help grow your business

As an entrepreneur we know that we should be continuously learning and growing. Books should be our bets friend whether in hard copy or as an audio book. Reading is a great way to keep on top of your game and stay motivated as you climb the ladder to success. There are so many great motivational and personal development books that continue to help us be the best that we can be. I recommend you start with

The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill

The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

6. Make a list of collaborators

Collaboration is a great way to grow your business fast! The key is to choose persons who already have a great client base and add value to their existing clients as well as yours. Identifying who you want to collaborate with and why you think the collaboration is beneficial to both of you is bound to elevate your business in 2018.

7. Create a content list of all the topics you can share with your audience

By now you should have a clear idea of the information that your ideal clients need and want. Using bullet points, start to make a list of topic ideas that you would like to share during the year. The list will not be exhaustive but it should serve as a jumping off point for you to start the year off on the right foot. Your list can then be used to write value post, send emails to your audience, do live or pre recorded videos and so many other things.  Planning in advance is key to the your successful growth

8. Identify 5 clients you have to land

No more shooting around in the dark. You know the clients you want to work with. You already know you your sweetheart client is and you understand exactly how you can make an impact in their lives. Start the year by writing out their names and how you plan to help them solve a challenge they presently have.

9. Choose a mentor

Having a mentor is one of the best things you can do for your business. No matter what stage of business you are in, it is great to have someone who has already been where you presently are to guide and support you along the way. There are many entrepreneurs who are willing to mentor new and budding entrepreneurs. Make a note of some of the people you really admire and seek them out as mentors. This will do wonders for your business, your moral and your motivation in 2018.

10. Identify 2 new skills you need to learn

Keep learning! It’s that simple. As we grow, we continue to learn. None of us have all the skills necessary to run a business. So we learn as we grow. Identify 2 new skills that you know you want to learn to improve your business and schedule a period of time during the year when you will start the process of engulfing yourself into learning that skill.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but it is a great starting  point for you to overcome the overwhelm of finishing this year and taking a deep dive into 2018. If you still feel stuck, then I am just a click away.

Success is uncomfortable

I have been working closely with quite a few clients lately, more than my usual amount but I wanted to do it to see how I would manage. It has been tiring and eventful but fun at the same time. But the one thing I heard from at least 5 of my new clients as we developed new strategies and they got into action was that they were uncomfortable.

I found it amusing that each one of them used that exact word. Not that they were afraid or stressed but that they were uncomfortable! And it was the truth. They were uncomfortable because I was asking them to do things they had never done before. Things that took them out of their comfort zones. Things they never thought they would ever have to do. And it was not that these clients were lazy but they got comfortable complaining about how their businesses were not growing. Comfortable just getting by and barely paying bills. Comfortable being just comfortable with nothing to show at the end of the month even though they had a burning desire to do more and be more in their business and for their family.

Working with a coach (me!) forced them to get uncomfortable and do more than they even thought possible. It made them go one step further than they would have gone if they were doing this all alone.

Their success means they have to get uncomfortable!

Starting, growing and sustaining a business is not easy.  In fact, it may be one of the hardest things to do if you do not have all the tools or knowledge at your disposal but it is not impossible. As entrepreneurs we have to be ready to get uncomfortable to get to our success or our version of success, because then we will appreciate it even more.

One client even told me before she sent an email her stomach was upset. Another said before she did her live video and while doing the video she wanted to literally throw up. Being uncomfortable looks and feels different for everybody but it is something most successful entrepreneurs have experienced as they grew their business.

 

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The point being that if you really want success you have to get uncomfortable trying and testing  things that you have never done before. Whether that is doing a live video, speaking to a CEO, speaking on a stage in front of 1000 people or getting published in a major newspaper or magazine. Our success depends on hoe much we are willing to push ourselves beyond our safe limits to get exactly what we say we want in business and in life.

We have to push past our fears and our anxieties. Acknowledge that they exist and then make a conscious decision to keep moving even though you feel the pain in the pit of your stomach. Because truth be told, you will never know until you try! There is no time like the present to get exactly what you want, so let’s work together to make this happen.

Still looking for guidance and support as you grow your business? Look no further! As your coach I will provide you with the extra push to move you from uncomfortable to comfortable in your business and it starts with just an email or a call

M is for Marketing

The dreaded M word…lol. Okay I may be stretching it a bit, but truly that is the number 1 complaint I get from most of my clients. They do not know where or how to market their business. There is a mis guided belief that they just need to start a facebook page, post pretty pictures and motivational posts everyday and business will come knocking at their door. It is because of this misguided belief that so many business fail.

Even in school where I did marketing, I am not sure they actually showed us HOW to market. Yes we learnt about product, place and price but the actual HOW I think was sorely lacking and it rolls over when we are actually ready to start a business.

Marketing your business does not have to be daunting. It takes work but once you devise a plan and strategy that works for your business, the pieces start to fall together and the sales start to roll in. I want to share with you some key elements of any marketing strategy you devise. There is no one size fits all, but there are key elements that you need to consider before you get ‘busy’ with the ton of activities you feel are necessary to execute a solid marketing plan. So, let’s begin

1. Have a goal/plan

You need to be very specific about what you want to happen. You know that old saying about ‘Start with the end in mind’? Well here is where it comes in. What specifically do you want to happen in your business over a period of 3 months, 6 months, 1 year? How much do you want to earn and how many clients do you want to serve? Where do you want to be seen and heard? You have to hone down on this idea so that you can see and feel it before you even begin execution of any plan.

2. Know who your audience is

Too many times entrepreneurs try to sell to everybody and they end up burnt out and frustrated. Everybody does not need the solution you are providing. Get specific about who needs your business so that you save time, money and resources by speaking directly to them on a consistent basis. The more specific you get the greater the results will be. In my last blog post- Who is your ideal client we examined why they were important and how you start to find them.

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3. Have multiple solutions

By this I mean, that your ideal clients may need what you offer in a variety of ways so ensure that you provide them a variety of solutions that fit not just their pockets but their needs. Gone are the days when you just have to sell one thing over and over. The best sales people know that you should be selling multiple things to satisfy the different stages of your ideal clients.

4. Have an opinion

What exactly do you want to be known as/for. People want to know that you stand for something and that they can rely on you for that thing that you stand for. Make sure than in any communication you share that your opinion is clear to your audience and that it resonates with what you are selling

5. Be consistent

This I cannot stress enough. Whatever medium you decide to use for your marketing strategy, you need to be consistent. Showing up once a week will not cut it because your audience is bombarded with information every 2 seconds. The challenge is to show up in an authentic yet creative ways so that your message stands out but none the less you need to be consistent in the delivery of your message and in asking for the sale every single day!

6. Do NOT rely on social media alone

Yes, I know billions of people are on social media but guess what — they all use social media differently. Social media is a powerful tool to get your message to your audience but its should not be the only way. A business page, a blog, a you tube channel, a podcast are all great ways to talk to your audience. But also utilise traditional media like radio, television, newspapers and magazines. Get involved with your community and network with your audience. Show up and let them see and hear exactly who you are away from your computer. Reach out and touch somebody (literally!!!..but not in a creepy crawly way please)

7. Do your research

Stop guessing about what people need and want. Ask them. Do a survey. Ask questions in groups; send an email or a text. Your role as an entrepreneur is to understand what your audience wants and tap into their emotional needs so that you can sell consistently. You cannot guess what their needs are. Start to ask them simple questions so you can structure your business to solve their challenges in a meaningful way that seems true to them. In a previous blog I asked- Are you doing your research? and I walked you through some of the ways to conduct research so that you grow your business consistently. Have a look and tell me what you think.

8.  Always measure

How will you know if your plan is actually working if your do not measure your growth. Every few months, take a look at the progress you have made. Ask your clients about the service they received and how it can be improved. Make note of where you may have fallen short and what you need to amp up in your business. To grow a sustainable business you need to measure your growth consistently.

Marketing is a mysterious task for many persons but it is something that you can learn to master with the right guidance and tools. As your coach, I understand the challenge you face and I would love to guide you to make marketing easier for you.

Let’s schedule a call this week and see if you would be the perfect fit for my MOB (Marketing on a Budget) Squad!