Follow Up by Using Drip Campaigns

Follow Up

When a prospect doesn’t buy what you sell, how many times do you follow up with them?

Most small business owners focus primarily on generating leads. But remember that, on average, less than 1% of prospects are Now-Buyers.

From all the leads 99% are not ready to purchase that day, but many of them will buy some time in the future. If you continue by nurture them by staying in touch with them on an ongoing basis. Unfortunately, the fast majority of small business owners rarely, if ever, follow up with their prospect after their initial contact with them.

So why is that important?

Listen to this very carefully. Of all sales 80% or more occur between the 5th and the 12th point of contact, between the business and the prospect. 80%!

If you give up after 1 or 2 attempts, then what you are selling must not be very important. Even if you are selling through the internet, leaving the follow up process to the individually skills and moods of your staff, will prevent you of ever been on top of your market.

Are you starting to see an opportunity her?

This is where you need to implement a drip campaign and a follow up sequence.

A drip campaign automatically delivers a form of communication to customers or prospects, on a predetermined and scheduled basis.  

Here is the key to your success on this.

Through out all your communication, don’t try to sell.

Instead inform and educate.

Teach or offer your prospect something valuable every single time. That way even if they are not ready to buy what you are offering, they look forward to your contact, because you are giving them something of value, versus spamming them.

Let’s see how this works for an actual business:

A child psychologist generated 300 leads per month through his website. Of those leads 60 opted-in for his informational offer.

And of those who did, 6 of those 60 became patients of his. That meant that 54 prospects did not buy his services.

Those 54 are the prospects that now entered the doctors Drip Campaign.

Out of those 54 prospects an additional 2 of them typically bought within in the next 30 days. This is a pattern which continued month after month. Every month 54 new prospects go into the top of the doctor’s funnel and 2 additional sales per 54 prospects continues to deliver from the bottom of the funnel.

Here is what the numbers looked like over the first year.

The doctor generated approximately 3600 leads which lead to just over 700 new prospects. From the 700 prospects he got 72 new clients immediately, due to his squeeze page. Then the doctor produced 24 new clients through his drip campaign.

That nearly doubled his profits. And that is just in the first year.

Now let’s calculate how this strategy will conservatively impact your business.

Remember 80 % of the sales take place only after 5 or more contacts. And it is doubtful that any of your competitors are doing anything like this what’s so ever.

Therefor you can logically expect to see a dramatic increase in both sales and revenue.

How ever for the purpose of today’s exercise, lets stay extremely conservative and calculate just an 5 % conversion rate for your drip campaign. That is an ultra conservative estimate that a drip campaign can easily produce for your business over the next 12 months. And that conservative amount can easily double each year.  Year after Year. For as long as you keep your drip campaign in place.

You see that a simple 5% gross revenue could actually mean a 12.5% increase in profits?

As you can see from our business example there is typically no cost involved when implementing a drip campaign.

This is an excellent way for any business to immediately increase both revenue and profit.

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Now let’s get you started right now by implementing this tactic:

  •  Start following up with your leads.
  • Start your drip campaign. Create emails with useful information which you send out every week, every month, whatever works for you. Most important is that you stay in touch with your leads. Even a postcard can work.
  •  Do you have an email list with leads? Start sending emails which inform and educate. Try not to sell!
  • Place every new lead in this drip campaign.

Here is to your success,

Baudina

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We also provide you with a 52-weekly program where you will receive one video and one e-class each week to bring your business to an even higher level than you are now. Without spending much more money. AND without spending a lot more time.

But there is way more. One of the many extra’s is that you also have access to an entire library filled with marketing solutions, which you can use and tweak without any extra costs.

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UpSell and CrossSell

UpSell and CrossSell

Are you familiar with upselling and cross-selling?

When you go to MacDonald’s and the person behind the counter asks if you like your meal supersized, that is upselling.  When that same person than asks if you like an apple pie to go with your supersized meal, that is cross selling.

Upselling means offering a higher grade or quality or size of the item that the customer may be interested in, at the point when the customer is ready to buy.

Cross-selling means offering other products or services which complement the item the customer is interested in, at the point when the customer is ready to buy.

Now here is what most business owners don’t realize. 34% of prospects will buy additional products or services at the time of their original purchase… if they asked to do so!

Most businesses never ask them and they lose out on this lucrative opportunity to dramatically increase their revenue.

Let me show you a brilliant example of this…

A restaurant that was experiencing reduced revenue, analyzed their profit margins on every one of their offerings. They determined their highest profit margins offers were wine, appetizers, and desserts. They then literally doubled their sales on all 3 of these by training the staff to offer them to every one of their patrons.

For example, they instructed their staff to bring in appetizer and one cart for each table, before the patrons ordered, and offered free individual samples. Then the staff repeated the same process at the end of each patron’s meal by bringing in the dessert card around.

By giving a free example of each dessert to everyone at the table, is a way to entice patrons to order one of them.

The taste and reciprocity instantly doubled their appetizer, wine and dessert sale.

But they didn’t stop there. The restaurant dramatically increased its total order revenue by implementing an initial Order Upsell Strategy with the wait-staff.

They trained the staff to describe the more expensive entrees on the menu and give the patron’s their personal recommendation. Most patrons have a tendency to go with the staff’s recommendations.

This has easily increase their total entree revenue by 15%.  Good upselling and cross-selling works like that. It makes sense. It’s natural. And everyone walks away a winner.

A lesson that this example teaches us, is that you have to take the steps and make the offer.

The philosophy behind upselling and cross-selling is simple. Your present customers trust you enough to enter into a buying relationship with you. You already gained their trust and now you have the opportunity to present them another level of products or services that you create, to offer to them and that they can take advantage of.

There are 3 questions you need to ask to make this work:

  1. What else do my clients want, if they accept my initial offer?
  2. What can I offer them right now?
  3. What can I find to offer them that my business doesn’t have, but could find from another business?

Remember that 34% of prospects will take advantage of your offer if they are asked to do so.

But since we want to be extremely careful in our estimates, lets be ultra conservative and lets say you just get 5% increase of your revenues. 5% is believable and it is certainly achievable.

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In this example we have a company with a million dollars Annual Revenue, a 20% Net Profit Margin and a 50% Gross Profit Margin.

If you make an additional sale, you already have covered the rent, utilities, salaries, insurance etc. Therefor you can measure the increased sales by Gross Profit Margins. You may have to pay commissions and hard costs, but you are left with a higher percentage.

So, if you implement your upsell and cross sell as a strategy and bring in a additional 5%, you will increase your revenue by $50.000. And since your Gross Profit Margins is 50%, you put $25000 in your pocket.

As you can see from our restaurant example there is typically no cost involved when implementing an upsell or cross-sell strategy. This is an excellent way for any business to immediately increase both the revenue and the profits.

Here is to your success,

Baudina

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We also provide you with a 52-weekly program where you will receive one video and one e-class each week to bring your business to an even higher level than you are now. Without spending much more money. AND without spending a lot more time.

But there is way more. One of the many extra’s is that you also have access to an entire library filled with marketing solutions, which you can use and tweak without any extra costs.

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Down-Sell

Do you currently use a down-sell strategy?

Down-selling means:

  • Backing off from your original offer when your potential customer appears to reject it.
  • Offering something less expensive or of lower quantity.
  • Once you establish the buying relationship, upselling and cross-selling at a later date.

The key idea is to get the buyer to enter into a long-term relationship by at least persuading them to buy something.

After all, it is much easier to sell to a “client”, than it is to sell to a prospect.

When a customer comes to you, wanting to buy your goods or services, they are skeptical.

However, the fact that they walked into your door in the first place, is a moment to be celebrated. That means that you do have their momentary trust guarded, as it may be.

There are 2 questions to which you want to prepare a ready and compelling solution. Answer these questions ahead of time and you will see your revenue and profits grow.

The questions are:

  • What else do my customers want if they reject my initial offer?
  • What can I offer them right now?

For example:

A local health club always ties to sell new members a full one-year membership.

If that fails, they will try to down-sell them by offering a 90-days “health-makeover” membership.

If that fails, they may go to a 30-days membership, or possibly a one-week-trial membership.

They know if they can just get them to buy something, then the odds of them stay with them long term will go up exponentially.

When the customer is about to walk out your door without purchasing, you should have at least one final offer, that would make the customer turn around and at least spend a few dollars.

It must be something of a high enough perceived value for a low accepted price. This begins a buying relationship.

At that point your job is to think long term and to see how you can serve that customer as much as possible, so that he or she are compelled to return and give you more business.

Think about it this way…

If 100 customers come into your store or come to your website every day, and only 20 buy, it means 80 of them don’t buy.

If you can convince just 1 out of 80 to make a smaller purchase through your down-sell strategy, than you gain 21 customers instead of 20 and have possibly increased your revenues by 5%

How easy is it?

Let’s say that you spoke up, when these 80 customers were heading to the door.

You said, “Excuse me, is this your first time in the store this month?”. Most of them will say “Yes”.

Then you ask “Have you heard about our first-time-in-the-store special offer?”

Perhaps that offer is a coupon for a certain percentage off the total price.

Getting one additional new customer out of 80 would be easy. You might achieve 10 or 20 additional customers with the right offer.

Let’s say you only get one. The impact of that 5% increase is going to surprise you.

In this example we have a company with a million dollars annual revenue and 20 % Net Profit Margin and a 50% Gross Profit Margin.

If you make an additional sale, you have already covered the rent, the utilities, the salaries, the insurance, etc. Therefore you can measure the increase sales by Gross Profit Margin.

You may have to pay commissions and hard costs, but you are left with a higher percentage.

So, if you implement your down-sell strategy and you bring in a additional 5%, you would have increased your revenue by 50,000 dollars.

And since your Gross Profit Margin is 50%, you put 25,000 dollars in your pocket.

As you can see from our business example, there is typically no cost involved when implementing a down-sell strategy.

This is an excellent way for any business to immediately increase the revenue and profit.

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Now let’s get you started right now by implementing this tactic:

Answer the following 2 questions to which you want to prepare a ready and compelling solution. Answer them ahead of time.

  • What else do my customers want, if they reject my initial offer?
  • What can I offer them right now?

Have everybody in your team ready to make this last offer.

Here is to your success,

Baudina

P.S. Like to learn FOR FREE 10 Tactics to accelerate your profits? Follow this link for more information..<10 Tactics in 10 Days>..

P.S. These marketing tactic is one of many, which will be available for you if you become a member of our E-Learning System.

We also provide you with a 52-weekly program where you will receive one video and one e-class each week to bring your business to an even higher level than you are now. Without spending much more money. AND without spending a lot more time.

But there is way more. One of the many extra’s is that you also have access to an entire library filled with marketing solutions, which you can use and tweak without any extra costs.

Like to know more…Follow the link to receive a short video with all you will get when you become an member.

And….

If you have any questions, you can message me personally at Baudina@SuccessWithoutBS.com

Internet Marketing

There are a multitude of ways to grow your business through the internet and the possibilities are growing by the minute.

These are 6 principle ways to market on the internet:

  • Advertising
  • Social Networking
  • Blog and Communities
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Online Press Release
  • Video Marketing

1. Advertising.

Advertising on-line includes:

  • Search Engine Marketing (SEM)  Example are Google Ad Words and Yahoo Search Marketing.
  • Display advertising at ads at certain platforms. Examples are Facebook or LinkedIn. Also banner adverting or classified advertising
  • Mobile Advertising
  • Affiliate Marketing

Benefits: You are not limited in geographic reach and you can be highly selective in choosing your target audience.

2. Social Networking.

Examples are Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumbler, Instagram, Reddit and many more.

Benefits: Social Networking gives you an increased brand recognition and brand loyalty. Furthermore, because you are being social with people, you will have higher conversion rates. And there should also be a decrease in marketing costs.

3. Blog Networks and Communities.

  • You can educate and build expert-status through blogging.
  • You can expand your influence through DMOZ, Alltop, Technorati and hundreds of others.

Benefits: There is almost no costs except for your time. Links from blogs to your website give it a higher ranking in the search engines. Also, it is possible to get a temporary stream of traffic from your blog to your website in a short period of time.

4. Search Engine Optimalization (SEO).

While advertising on Google and Yahoo can instantly get your website to the top of the page of the search results, SEO is the practice of getting your website ranked at the top of search engine results without advertising

Benefits: In an uncrowded market it is much easier to get your website ranked at or near the top of the search engines. Furthermore, your customers will tend to trust your site more over those that pay advertising costs to be there. Clicks to your website are free.

5. Online Press releases.

You can make a company announcement and send it to all the media outlets using online press releases. If you are fortunate a media outlet might pick a story and than you get increased exposure which might lead to sales.

Benefits: Press-releases gives your business credibility and the change to have media outlets interview you. One media interview could have 5 times or more the impact of a paid ad in the same media. The links from press releases also help your Search Engine Optimalization.

6. Video marketing.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video can have an even greater impact on your target market. You can post videos on YouTube or hundreds of other sites. You can livestream through Facebook or other sites,

Benefits: Video can be engaging and memorable, if they are done well.They can also tell a greater story with more depth and emotion than the written word. They are easily shared and are a powerful medium.

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You don’t have to be an expert in all these things. You do have to have a relative expert on your staff, or you need to outsource it.

Now think about this… if you are getting a thousand leads a year from the internet, is it conceivable that you could grow that by 5% without much effort?? 5% is just 50 leads per year. That is only 1 lead a week.

With any minimal effort we can accomplish this and much, much more. And that easy 5% could lead to an impact of 12.5% on your profits.

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Here is a proven idea to get you started right now:

  • Write out a list of the top and most frequently asked questions you hear from your prospects and clients.
  • Write out the top 10 questions they should be asking you. These are the questions they need to know about your product or service, but don’t.

Remember this important marketing proof: People want to do business with an expert. Someone who can help them with accomplish their goals and objectives.

These 20 questions position you as the expert. The first 10 questions give them all the answers they have about what you do. The next 10 establish your credibility and begin to build report.

The content you provide educate, informs, entertains and builds report with your prospects. That gives them a sense of connection with you and create an emotional relationship.

  • The third step is to create a 30-second to 2 minutes video for each of these 20 questions. You can do this with just your cellphone.
  • The forth step is to create a landing page where people can subscribe to get all your videos or to learn more about you and your business. This captures their contact details and allows you to continue to educate and to market to them through a drip campaign.
  • The final step is to upload your video’s to as many video sharing sites as possible. Once you submit your content, the search engines will gobble up your videos in a few hours and you will be indexed.

Search engines love videos and in 24 to 48 hours you will see your organic rankings rise dramatically and you will begin to see an increase number of prospects coming to your site.

When a prospects watches any of your videos and than visit your site, they are 5 to 20 times more likely to take action than they would from an ordinary link or a payed advertisement.

  • One more thing…You can re-purpose the transcript of your video’s and create blogs around them or you can take the audio’s and use them in podcasts. In this way you reach an entirely different market.

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Are you beginning to see how you can easily increase your leads by just one lead per week, which could equate to 12.5% impact on your profits? As you can see from the options at our disposal there are a multitude of ways for any business to immediately increase both revenue and profits.

Here is to your success,

Baudina

P.S. Like to learn FOR FREE 10 Tactics to accelerate your profits? Follow this link for more information..<10 Tactics in 10 Days>..

P.S. These marketing tactic is one of many, which will be available for you if you become a member of our E-Learning System.

We also provide you with a 52-weekly program where you will receive one video and one e-class each week to bring your business to an even higher level than you are now. Without spending much more money. AND without spending a lot more time.

But there is way more. One of the many extra’s is that you also have access to an entire library filled with marketing solutions, which you can use and tweak without any extra costs.

Like to know more…Follow the link to receive a short video with all you will get when you become an member.

And….

If you have any questions, you can message me personally at Baudina@SuccessWithoutBS.com

Put Them in a Trance…

Become an extraordinary entrepreneur

The 5 Essential Keys To A Successful And Reusable Marketing Campaign Launch.

We’re going to go through the 5 essential keys to a successful and reusable marketing campaign launch. Once you have these basics down, you can use them over and over again.

The 5 essential keys are:

  1. Define your Unique Selling Proposition (USP)
  2. Put an effective sales offer to work
  3. Avoid the marketing pitfalls
  4. Use a world-class marketing perspective
  5. Get results!

We’ll go through each one of these, so you can see exactly how to use them and how they all affect the overall outcome of your marketing campaign.

1. Define your Unique Selling Proposition (USP)

Take the time to ask yourself some questions from the prospective of the customers/clients.

  • What would it take to get your attention?
  • What needs do you have that need to be met?
  • What are the promises you want fulfilled?
  • What is your Market Dominating Position?

Once you know the answers to these questions you can start putting together a plan to meet these needs. Then take a look at what USP your competitors are using to help you develop your own USP. Your USP is what you are “promising” your customers/clients. This is what’s going to set you apart from your competition.

2. Put an effective sales offer to work

To develop an effective sales plan, you need to:

  • Put together a headline that gets immediate attention.
  • Share benefits of your products/services speaking from the customers’ perspective.
  • Identify the specific needs met by your products/services.
  • Make it easy to do business with you by offer guarantees.
  • Share your specific sales proposition.
  • Walk your customers/clients through how they should respond and act.
  • Motivate with a call to action.

What this all means is, you need to put together what makes your products/services special and compel customers to buy. If they don’t feel like they NEED your product, they won’t buy. You need to answer a question, solve a problem or feed an obsession.

You need to provide them with all the information they need to make an informed and confident decision. Buyer’s remorse is something you want to prevent at all cost.

More about Buyers Remorse you can find this blog post: Turn Prospects into Customers Overnight!

3. Avoid the marketing pitfalls

There are 5 major marketing pitfalls many businesses fall into and you should avoid:

  • Ignore market testing and push on with an inaccurate plan.
  • Offer an incomplete case, or reasons, throughout their marketing plan.
  • Fail to notice the needs of their prospective customers/clients.
  • Fail to diversify their marketing options.
  • Fail to get market opinions on their offers.

These are all areas to avoid. If you’ve been working through these lessons, avoiding these pitfalls should be easy and natural.

4. Use a world-class marketing perspective

World-Class marketing perspective is important, especially if you want to attract customers/clients from all over the world. You can do this a number of different techniques and activities:

  • Keep a marketing journal and scribble down anything innovate you see.
  • Keep encouraging your marketing department, or yourself, to try new things and dump the ones that aren’t working.
  • Order from your own company under a different name and analyze the process of ordering, shipping, online store, customer service and the product itself. This will show you where the areas for improvement in the customer experience.
  • Read every quality ad you can find and keep a file for future ideas to consider.
  • When out in public, watch how consumers behave in different situations and how they consider their purchases.
  • Step down a notch or two and work on the front lines with your sales and customer service staff.
  • Continuously acknowledge your staff, vendors and customers. Everyone works and shops better when they feel appreciated.
  • Always listen to feedback from employees and customers.
  • Continuously test markets, ads, and marketing techniques. This is the only way to stay successful and know what’s working and, more importantly, what’s not.
  • Offer more information in your marketing than anyone else. The more information you offer, the more products/services you’ll sell.
  • A great marketing plan can only get better. Continue to fine tune and refine your marketing plan based on testing results and feedback.
  • Be classy in your marketing. Make sure your marketing and advertising fits your company image, products/service and quality.
  • Improve your best marketing areas and drop those that aren’t working.
  • Focus on what you say, not how you say it. The best marketing ideas turn into the best marketing naturally.
  • Develop all your ads, campaigns and sales materials with an attention to compelling and factual information.

By using these techniques you can put your name out there to the world and become one of the top brands in your industry.

5. Get results!

The last area we are going to talk about is the best-satisfied customers. If your customers aren’t satisfied, you’ve wasted all your marketing resources and all chance of positive word-of-mouth advertising. You can satisfy your customers by:

  • Providing quality products/services
  • Providing high quality customer service
  • Providing a low-pressure, highly informative sales experience
  • Taking all the risk away with a great guarantee

To generate more business there are a couple of simple techniques that work every time:

  • Build your database with a contest.
  • Do regular mailings with sales, discounts, or other incentives.
  • Find other creative ways to keep your current customers coming back for more.

“As long as the reward is directly related to your product or service, you can’t lose. Why not get started today? It’s so simple, it’s so seldom done, and it’s so profitable. And that’s the bottom line.” – Jay Abraham

It is so simple! So, why aren’t you starting today? We can help you put together a great marketing plan that will get you results. We can help you by working on your business and make it even more successful. Try our FREE test drive and find the tools and resources you need built by some of the biggest names in the marketing world.

Turn Prospects into Customers Overnight!

Today I’d like to talk about how to turn prospects into customers and retain them for future marketing to.

While, your marketing is doing its job, you need to be working on turning those prospects into customers. There are a few key ways to draw them in and seal the deal. You need to be:

  • Inviting
  • Informative
  • Enjoyable

The biggest fear of most new customers is the dread buyer’s remorse. You want to avoid this at all costs and this should be mitigated if you’ve provided a quality product/service that delivers on the marketing claims you’ve made.

However, this can still occur. There are two ways to deal with this:

  • Offer to refund money-no questions asked
  • Offer a bonus they can keep even if they return the product


These offers alone will also mitigate buyer’s remorse because the customer will trust you more, just for offering these things.

There are number of other ways to turn a prospect into a customer:

  1. Offer a special price as an opportunity for you to test the market.
  2. Offer a lower price with the reason of pushing inventory to pay a tax bill, for your kid’s’braces, or another tangible reason. Customers love that this makes you feel so much more human.
  3. Offer a referral incentive.
  4. Offer a smaller, more inexpensive product first to build trust.
  5. Offer package deals.
  6. Offer to charge less for their first purchase if they become a repeat customer.
  7. Offer extra incentives-longer warranties, free bonuses if ordered by a set date.
  8. Offer financing options, if applicable.
  9. Offer a bonus if they pay in full.
  10. Offer special packaging or delivery.
  11. Offer “name your own price” incentives.
  12. Offer comparative data or other comparison tools.
  13. Offer a trade-up or upgrade to something they already have.
  14. Offer additional, educational information to help them make the decision.

The options really are as limitless as you make it. You can use these or other ideas to find what works the best for your business, products/service and target market. Remember this…

By making it inviting, easy, informative, non-threatening, educational, inspiring and fun to do business with you, you will lift your company above the competition

Jay Abraham

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8 Simple Ways To Charge Your Motivation Every Day

8 ways to charge your motivation

Do you know these simple tricks to stay motivated every day? These 8 simple ways are a good start to help you to stay focused and keep your motivation high so you can build a successfull business fast.

If you try to do something great, you’ll inevitably encounter obstacles. The more obstacles you encounter, the more difficult it is to keep your motivation at a high level. In these moments, you need techniques to fuel your motivation engine. Here are 8 simple ways you can supercharge your motivation.

1. Focus On The Things You Can Control.

When you focus more on things out of your control, the less motivated you will feel. When you focus completely on things you can control, you’ll realize that you can quickly and easily change your situation. For the reason, focus on the things right in front of you. Every day. Don’t waste your time or energy on things out of your control. 

2. Constantly Remember Your Purpose.

What is your big “Why”?? Why are you pursuing a goal or dream in the first place? What is the big, audacious purpose that motivated you to embark on the journey? More time with your family? More money? Getting the dream job? To keep your motivation high, constantly keep your purpose in front of you. Write it down, so you can re-read it every day.

3. Celebrate The Small Wins.

It’s also important to keep the big picture in front of you, but it’s also crucial to celebrate the small wins. Remember, you climb a ladder one rung at a time. You’re reaching your goal one step at a time. Celebrating the small wins will allow you to see the progress you’re making and increase your motivation levels.

4. Act First, Feel Later.

One of the best ways to get your motivational juices flowing is to simply take action. If your goal is to read fifty books in one year, sit down and read a book for five minutes. If your goal is to lose 50 pounds, go for a 10 minute walk. It’s common for motivation to follow action. Once you take the first step, you’ll feel motivated to keep going.

5. Do Visualization Exercises.

By visualizing your goal, you bring the future into the present. As you visualize your dream job and all the benefits it will bring, you’ll feel your present motivation skyrocketing. As you think about what it will be like to double your income, the obstacles you’re facing will melt into the background.

6. Break Your Big Goal Into Small Goals.

Depending on your ability to focus, you may rather have a couple of small goals than one huge goal. So it might be necessary to break up the goal into segments that last anywhere from one week to 12 weeks. This way your brain can experience success and logically see a positive long-term outcome. You’ll procrastinate if the path looks too challenging and to long.

7. Repeat Affirmations Daily.

Affirmations help you believe that you’re going to achieve your goal. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, burned out, or low on motivation, saying things like, “I AM on my way to a healthy body”. This can help you to keep going.

8. Finally Surround Yourself With People Who Motivate You.

This last one is about one of the most effective ways to boost your motivation. Just surround yourself with other people who can motivate you. If you’re building a business, spend time with other passionate entrepreneurs. If you’re working toward a goal weight, join weight loss support groups. You need encouragement and support as you pursue your goals.

These ideas may be simple, but they’re profound. Put these to work in your own life, try them out one by one and watch the success appear before you.

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The Do’s and Don’t When Following Your Dream as an Entrepreneur – Before you begin.

Become an extraordinary entrepreneur

Starting your own business is scary and a lot of people are afraid to take the first steps.

You are afraid you have to give up everything, that you won’t have a social life anymore and you will miss out on family time. Or you are afraid that you will loose all your financial security and that you would probably fail. Maybe family or friends will agree that everything will be a waste of time and money.

All this doubt and fear start to creep in and after the initial idea to start that business, your dream is crushed.

But the question you have to ask yourself is, is that the truth?

Stop making excuses for yourself. If you never make that step, you will never know if you will be successful. You know it will take a lot of guts to make that first move and to create that life you always wanted.

You can do it and I can help you!!

There are a couple of things you should do. And of course a couple of things you never should do. I created a serie of blog posts to help you on the way. This is the first one.

The first 3 things you have to look into before you even begin with your business

These are:

  • Do You Understand Your Future Customers.
  • Do You Understand The Economy.
  • Are You ready to start your business.

Understanding Your Future Customers:

Before you tell your boss he can continue on without you, you have to ask yourself if you understand how people think. What would make them want to buy your product. Who will be your future customers. Where are they living. What do they do. What are their interests. You have to decide who your ideal client is going to be. Who your target audience is. And believe me, “the entire world” won’t work.

Understanding The Economy:

Next you need to ask yourself if you understand the economy. What are the trends at this moment. Is your product sell-able? Who is your competition? Are you going to do it all alone or are you dive into it with a partner? Which suppliers are you going to use?

For both the most important thing is, do your research. You love your product, you want to share it with your future clients, but are your future clients waiting for you?

Are You ready:

I absolutely would never want to discourage you to start your own business! But…. before you begin you have to be real honest with yourself. This won’t be an easy path. You will have your ups and downs. It will be scary sometimes, but you also will have a lot of fun on your road to success. It will be hard work. You will fail sometimes, but you will also learn a lot.

Fulfilling your dream is something not a lot of people can say they did, but it will be worth it.

Are you up to the challenge??

If you are ready, I will be ready for you. I can help you take these first steps and help you start. Teach you important and valuable information (without costing an arm and a leg).

You don’t need an MBA to start your dream, you just need some basic knowledge.

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Baudina Slikker - SuccessWithoutBS.com Marketing Strategist and Coach for Small Business owners
Baudina Slikker – SuccessWithoutBS.com Marketing Strategist and Coach for Small Business owners

Lost

As a business coach I know a lot lot about the feeling of being lost. Especially business owners tend to do too much at the same time and at a certain moment they loose their insight, their goals for that moment, they don’t know what to do anymore and a feeling of loosing it starts to kick in.

And I must confess, I have it too. Talking about it with my coach helps me to get me back on track again. Unfortunately not everybody with a business is able to afford an coach. Although I think a coach should be able to create a way to make it affordable, but that’s a different story.

There are a few ways you can prevent that feeling.

First of all if you are doing too much at the same time your brain will stop working. If you are trying to focus on one thing, trying to forget about other (small, but also important) things, but also get constantly interrupted, your brain will end up in a crash. And nothing else will come out of it anymore.

That dreadful feeling will kick in, overwhelm will start and nothing happens anymore. And you give up. After a while you start again, and it is so hard to get back in the game again that you wonder why you are doing it and you are thinking to giving up. Again. A negative spiral will start getting into your head.

Before you reach that point you have to find ways to refuel.

Almost everybody who has a business will say “Sorry, but I simply don’t have time for that”. My answer would be: “If you are working yourself into a burnout, what will be left of your business then?” Think about it. Is 10 minutes of your day worth the time to prevent a burnout? Is 10 minutes spend now on refueling a better investment in your business then to give up completely on your business in 2 or 3 years? Because you have to give it up, because of a burnout, because you cant handle it anymore?

So what are these ways you can prevent this?

One of them is establishing a quitting time and sticking to it. This way of giving yourself time to refuel, is something I figured out not that long ago. Now I do it every morning and it became a habit to do it. Just decide what time you will stop that day working. Spend some ease and quietness with family or friends in the time after. And even if it is just for a couple of hours, you already created something positive.

Another one, which is scientifically proven it prevents a lot of physical and mental problems and gives you a lot of advantages is meditation. Nice thing about meditation is that it doesn’t need to take you hours. Only 10 minutes just before you dive behind your computer and start your busy day working on your business, or 5 to 10 minutes during your lunch hour, will help you a lot. Especially in reducing stress.

If you like to learn more, I have a free webinar where I discus 5 ways to decrease stress and create healthy habit. Just follow the link.

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Are You on the Verge of Business Burnout?

A burnout is a very real problem, especially for solopreneurs. Even though partnerships can have their ups and downs, at least you have someone to handle some of the stress and responsibility. Solopreneurs are by themselves and feel the entire weight of their success on their lone shoulders. This large responsibility often leads these business owners to work 14+ hour days and lose track of what’s happening at home with their families. But is focusing so much attention on your business a wise decision?

No, not if you want to achieve a work/life balance that makes you and your family happy. Even if you’re single, making time for self-care and relaxation will improve your overall health and mental wellbeing. Let’s talk about the signs to look for that indicate you might be headed toward a burnout.

1. Insomnia. If your brain can’t shut down because you’re consumed with work, your sleep pattern will get disrupted, leaving you overtired, lacking energy, and possibly lacking the mental energy to make wise business decisions.

2. Procrastination. Do you cringe at the length of your daily to-do list? Did these tasks once excite you but now they make you want to crawl under a rock? Procrastination leads to missed deadlines and opportunities to promote your business.

3. Fatigue. The human body is only capable of handling so much stress on limited sleep. Certainly you’ve heard the phrase “burning the candle at both ends”? That’s what happens when you work yourself to the bone and don’t give your body and brain enough time to recover before starting another high-stress day. At some point your body will want to give up, causing severe fatigue and possibly other illnesses that will keep you out of the office.

4. Changes in appetite. For some people, stress causes them to overeat; for others, stress reduces their appetites. Neither extreme is good for your body. For optimal health and mental clarity, take lunch breaks away from the desk and choose natural, healthy food choices instead of fast food items.

5. Anxiety. High stress causes anxiety, which can cause crippling fear or other physical symptoms. Keep in mind: there’s a big difference between the anxiety you feel when stepping out of your comfort zone versus stress-induced anxiety that doesn’t seem to go away.

Think about this: as a solopreneur, if you are not physically able to run your business, what happens to it? Chances are, you’d have to close your doors and any streams of income you currently have will disappear. Let’s avoid this happening! Take care of your whole body, mind, and spirit. Take quiet time to relax. Get outdoors and breathe in some fresh air. Unplug for a whole weekend and live in the moment with your family. Reconnect with old friends. Start a hobby. The choices are limitless.

Follow these 5 Tips for Easy Self-care

In just a few days I’m hosting a webinar dedicated to this self-care topic. I discovered changes in my own business and my mindset once I started taking care of myself and living life outside of the office. My webinar is titled, “5 Ways to Practice Regular Self-Care, Even if You Think You Don’t Have Time” and I promise you don’t need to dedicate hours a day or make any pricey purchases. Implement these tips in the privacy of your home. Grab your seat today!

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