Mar 202013
 
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Welcome!
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Happy Wednesday! As I have pointed out before, I think that we should all work together to help our businesses grow and flourish, which is why I started Welcome Wednesdays!

Today I want to showcase a dear friend of mine’s website. Her name is Stephanie Stevens and she runs the website FrugalMommyTalk.com. Frugal Mommy Talk is dedicated to helping people save money and live a frugal lifestyle. Stephanie had some issues with her website last year, but is now getting everything back to tip top shape!

 

 

 

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FrugalMommyTalk.com

Stop by Frugal Mommy Talk and show Stephanie Stevens some comment love!

Do you have a website or blog you would like to advertise. Leave me a Comment!

Mar 132013
 
Welcome Wednesdays 150x150 Welcome Wednesdays! Promote Your Website

Welcome!
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Are you looking for a way to promote your website for free? Would you like to increase your exposure? I would love to help!

Send me your information–tell me about your blog or website and a little about yourself and I will showcase you and your website on my blog. Just recently we showcased Melony Gilstrap and her blog, Legit Online Work from Home.

Leave a comment or send an email with your information!

I can’t wait to hear from you!

Mar 112013
 
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Do you have a fear of success?
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On one of my journeys across the web, I ran across an article that talked about the fear of success. The article spoke about responsibility was a prerequisite for becoming successful and how they had to overcome not wanting others to be dependent on them before they could reach success. After reading this it struck me as this dependence can often cause a fear of success in people who work from home; but in a different way.

When you work from home, in most cases, you aren’t dependent on anyone but yourself. You are the boss, chief cook and bottle washer. All of the duties of the day are on you and you alone. If your business succeeds, or fails, you have no one to blame but yourself. When you work outside of the home, you normally have an office, or other establishments, full of people that help share your workload—at least to some degree. Make no mistake, you can succeed or fail at a “normal” 9 to 5 job; however, your success, or failure, may also depend on other people.

When you work from home, you know that you need to work hard to become successful. You are the only one controlling that factor and it is up to you to make it happen. This can be a frightening realization. If you are struggling with the fear of success, try to remember why you wanted to work from home in the first place. Was it to be there for your children? Were you seeking more freedom to do what you wanted to do? Are you caring for elderly relatives? Maybe you wanted to leave your mark on the world. These are the things you need to think about when that fear of success creeps in—your reasons for starting this journey in the first place.

For me, it was the need to be home with my children. I wanted to be there when they were little to help them learn and I wanted to be the person to pick them up from school and who they spent their evenings with. This was my reason for wanting to be successful; and it was enough to combat any fear of success that crept into my mind.

What is your reason for wanting to work from home?

Mar 012013
 

If you want to be a work at home success, you have to brand yourself successfully. Branding is the process of causing yourself to stand out among the other entrepreneurs in your field. Entrepreneur.com defines branding as the following” “Simply put, your brand is your promise to your customer. It tells them what they can expect from your products and services, and it differentiates your offering from that of your competitors. You want to be the person that people remember when they are looking for the service or product you offer—be the go-to individual in your business. In order to do that, you need to learn how to successfully brand yourself and your business.

While I have come a long way in the past few months, I still have quite a bit of work to do where branding is concerned. Branding yourself takes total commitment, a lot of time and, of course, a lot of work. However, successfully branding yourself and your business will pay off tremendously in the long run. Below are 5 tips to help you start branding yourself, and help put you on a path to success.

Connect with your Clientele

It doesn’t matter if you are selling a physical product, an e-book, or marketing a service—if you don’t connect with your potential customers; you aren’t going to be successful. Take the time to get to know your potential clients or customers, whether it be through social media or face-to-face. This practice allows you to know what your clients are really looking for and to build their trust –people buy much more easily when they know they can trust where the product or service is coming from.

Rid yourself of Self-doubt

Okay, this one may sound a little “fluffy”; however, self-doubt can doom your business, and your branding techniques, from the start. How do you expect anyone to believe in you, or your products and services, if you don’t believe in yourself? You want to position yourself as a leader in your field. In order to do that, you have to first act like a leader. Throw the self-doubt out the window and step up to the plate. People seek out those that are successful and trustworthy—be that person.

Network, Network, Network

Networking with other successful individuals in your same industry is a great way to begin branding yourself. If you want to be as successful as other people are, you have to put yourself out there in the same spot in the world with those people. If you know your business, do not be afraid to step out with the big dogs—they were once only pups themselves.

Develop a Motto

Whether it is a motto or a catch phrase, you want to develop a statement that will stay with individuals and cause them to immediately think of you—in a positive light, of course. I have a friend that is known for stating a famous movie quote—“Never give up! Never surrender!” Whenever I hear this quote, I immediately think of my friend. She has been successful—at least with me—in branding that quote. You want people to think of your name and your business—give them something to remember!

Make Honesty Your Policy

You want to brand yourself as an honest, dependable person. No one wants to purchase a service or product from someone who likes about what they are selling or that is far from trustworthy. If you use deceptive tactics to encourage sells, people will find out and they will remember. However, if you are honest and upfront about everything in your business, people will see it as an eagerness to truly help your customers.

If you can learn how to successfully brand yourself, you are one step closer to reaching the top of your industry.

What suggestions would you give to someone who is trying to learn how to successfully brand themselves and their business? Drop me a line, I want to know!

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