I believe that God has given each and every one of us gifts to use for good and for profit. My goal is to help you figure out how to do that. Faith+Business+Fun
Amy, Is there a way to subscribe the calendar?
4 months ago on Announcing #SSSVEDA April 2014 [VIDEO]
Hey Gini! I love this topic. I'm a BIG proponent of the personal brand myself. Especially for very small businesses. I find it much easier to attract your ideal client, penetrate a competitive marketing, and build a loyal customer base when you integrate your personal brand into your business. I think the key to making it work is to develop a business that while built around a personal brand, could continue beyond your life time. Think Jim Rohn, Apple, Etc.
1 year, 5 months ago on Two Reasons a Personal Brand is Imperative to Business Growth
I freakin' love you on video. You crack me up!
1 year, 11 months ago on Happy VEDA Day 1! [VIDEO]
So well written and stated. I think this just points to an even bigger problem among the female gender and it's the overwhelming lack of unity. As you said, we already have struggles to overcome by virtue of being women, why the heck do we have to tear each other down? How come we have to hold each other up to such scrutiny? Why isn't there any praise for our individual choices and sacrifices, because we all have them.
It just goes to show that as women, we have a long way to go if we plan to make an impact in this world that matters to us and those we love. Until we can stop focusing on what divides and committing to the beauty that unites us this discussion and it's consequences will only continue.
2 years, 2 months ago on Do Career Women Bring More Value to the Economy?
Bravo Ms. Savvy Sexy Social! Love that your paving your own way and helping others realize they can do the same. Congrats on one year in, and here's to many more on this wild yet fulfilling ride of self-employment. :)
2 years, 4 months ago on One year later
@Leslie Samuel@Farnoosh I'm all for it Leslie. Thank you for the invite. :)
2 years, 5 months ago on Where in the world are the Christian Internet Marketers?
I could go on for ages about what you've shared here. I'll just suffice it to say, I know what you mean and I am with you. I recently took a turn in my content to reflect the true impact my relationship with Christ has in my business and my life. I'm glad @Farnoosh shared this post with me, because much like yourself I'm seeking others in online business who share the same passion for faith that I do. Good stuff, Leslie. :)
You've done an amazing job here at bizchicks and I feel very blessed to have been given the opportunity to be a part of it. I know whatever the future holds for bizchicks will be incredible, because the creator herself is exactly that. Here's to wonderful, happy, and prosperous New year for you and for the entire bizchicks community!
2 years, 6 months ago on bizchickblogs - a time for rest
@AllieRambles Thanks for your insight here, Allie. It's nuts how little gratitude is instilled in the culture of businesses these days. I'm convinced that as the marketplace gets more competitive this concept of gratitude will be a major point of differentiation for consumers making decisions.
2 years, 8 months ago on 3 Ways Showing Gratitude Helps You Build a Profitable Business
I'd like to nominate Farnoosh Brock of @prolificliving . Farnoosh blogs with passion and commitment to readers - she always gives her all in every post whether it's about blogging, travel, or staying motivated, Farnoosh is definitely a top ten blogger. I'd also like to nominate Ashley Ambrige of @tmfproject - Ashley's not only inspirational, but she's really helping people live our their dreams and laughing their way through every minute while reading her work. And lastly, I'd like to nominate @tiapeterson . Tia has built and incredible community for women to find solid and sincere support. I've gotten so much out of being a part of the BizChickBlogs community. I think Tia certainly deserves credit for a job well don!
2 years, 9 months ago on Top 10 Chick Bloggers and Women's Blogs - Your Votes
@onhighheelzPR@MARLdblE Sometimes you just have to create the group for yourself, D! Get out there and make it happen - it WILL prove invaluable to your business growth.
2 years, 9 months ago on Why There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a Chick in Business
@Incredible_Eye_Care So true! Thanks for your comment.
@Tia Peterson I'm so glad you enjoyed the post, Tia. I too have tried to do it all and it is not only overwhelming -it's unreasonable. Thanks for sharing your experience here!
Oooo Child! Did you bring it in this article or what?! I was nodding my head the whole time and can only echo your sentiments. I learned the hard way about trusting my intuition, because I've found almost every time I've gone against it, my intuitive hit was right. I will say, though, that it wasn't just hard knocks that strengthen my trust in my own intuition - it was a spiritual thing too. My faith is an integral part of my life and who I am, and when I ignored that I lacked a sense of security when it came to my intuition. Now that I live my life more in tune with my spiritual needs, it's easy to trust my intuition because it's almost always affirmed (or not) by my spiritual guidance too. I bet that sounds woo-woo, but I'm so not woo-woo. I think I'm saying that having a strong foundation on which you build your confidence lends itself to trusting your intuition more easily.
2 years, 10 months ago on An Insider's Guide to Trusting Your Intuition
Thanks for your additional insight here. I agree with your points, but I think they belong in a different segment of the selling process. As you refer to it, "selling" in advertising is something you do before you've made contact with your prospect, and the ever important aspect of asking questions is something that you would do during the live meeting (although they are important once you've made contact too) - Think those things lend themselves to act of getting a sale instead of building trust with the prospect prior to getting into a sales situation. Does that make sense? Nevertheless, your suggestions are spot on and definitely should be part of the selling process.
2 years, 10 months ago on How to Transform Prospects into Buyers - Instantly!
@Tia Peterson Hey Tia, I absolutely agree with Patrick and your point about using your blog to demonstrate your expertise. I view blogging as a marketing tool that helps you establish yourself as an expert in your field. If you're not doing that, you are missing a huge opportunity.
As to doing things differently. I would have scheduled a phone all with them first where I asked the important questions as it related to their needs. Then I would have done some research and followed up via e-mail to give them an overview of what I was offered based on what I learned. If they still had concern or wanted an in-person meeting, I would have offered it to them at that point.
I should also note, though, that now that I've been serving that industry for some time, most of my clients come pre-qualified because they are familiar with my work via the web. Ultimately, I think I had to go through the process to figure out what objections to cover in my web content to begin with.
@EvelynBourne@evelynwrites Hi Evelyn, you are spot on with helping for free. I think the best way to approach that is to give what I call the 10% solution. That is you resolve 10% of what they are facing. This way they see that you can help them, they experience results, and they are inclined to hire you for the other 90%. Thanks for your insight here!
I just bought this book based on your review, and being that I serve self-employed professionals, I can never be without insight on how to best help them grow their businesses!
2 years, 10 months ago on Book Review: Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed
Fellow 3Ter here, great article! I didn't realize that there was another way to truly "organize" using anything other than a list. Partly because lists work great for me. I'm curious about what kind of productivity personality I have, so I plan to swing by and take your test for sure!
2 years, 10 months ago on Why To-Do Lists & Plans Just Don't Work for All Personality Types
What I love about this post is that you truly practice what you preach. In my opinion you've mastered this stuff, Lewis. But the great part is - you're genuine about it. A lot of people can read this advice and try to apply it, but if they don't have a genuine interest this advice doesn't matter. Prospecting and networking are two different things and I think you've clearly articulated that difference here.
2 years, 10 months ago on Personal vs Professional Relationships: The Key to Business Success
Awesome, practical, and easy to do. Great advice Gini!
2 years, 10 months ago on Using LinkedIn to Prospect
Hey @MartinaIring ! This is what I've heard referred to as marketing insect - where one business copies the bad habits of another. It's so detrimental to business owners. As you suggested, competitive recon is very important, but you have to know the difference!
2 years, 11 months ago on Use your competition to guide your search engine marketing
Hey Nicole, this is such a solid article. Thank you for sharing it. I've been doing a lot of these things intuitively, but I haven't seen it put plainly like this before. I'm really big on 2,3, and 5. I think it totally sets the standard for how you will be view in the social media landscape.
2 years, 11 months ago on Content Curation – 5 Ways to Succeed…Eventually
Hey Gini, This is really interesting. I think you have a solid point and agree with your perspective - developing an engaged community is all about giving first. That said, I do think blogging to build community vs. blogging to build your business can sometimes present conflicts. For example, when you "stroke the ego of others" for comment it's likely that you are engaging your peers not your clients. That is great, but it takes time away from revenue generating activities. I think it goes back to your additional points which is to have goals. Why are you blogging? If your primary goal is to build a community then do those things. If it's to build your business than do that. Yes, sometimes community and customer's converge (that's ideal), but a lot of times the people who actually buy from you don't even understand these deeper principles of building community to begin with. Am I making sense? Loved this post. :)
2 years, 11 months ago on The Secret Sauce of Online Community Building
I think this is one of the most compelling, personal and inspiring posts I've ever read on your site. A lot of what you shared here resonated with me. I too have a "leaders compass," but I call it a personal mission statement. Based the content of mine, however, I can see that they are similar documents.
When I read: " I believe that every individual has an endless amount of potential. All they need is someone or something to help direct their path towards finding their greatness.
I value God, Family, Friends, Teachers, Coaches, Education, Honesty, Unconditional Love, Respect, Accountability, Hard Work, Dreaming in the seeming unattainable and attaining it, the inspiration I receive from successful Dreamers, and the small moments in life that create warmth in our hearts."
I wanted to stand up and clap. I actually cheered a little on the inside. So much of who I am is built around those very things.
Really cool read. :)
2 years, 11 months ago on How to Become a Leader by Creating Your Leaders Compass
@Tia Peterson So glad you did the video workshop! Isn't great to realize that you really can do everything you need to do. It just requires clarity. I hope the rest of the bizchicks readers will follow in your footsteps and do the exercise too. Thanks for sharing your experience here.
2 years, 11 months ago on Kick Overwhelm To The Curb - Now!
I love Mika B. I became familiar with her from Morning Joe. At first she rubbed me the wrong way, but she grew on me. Your insights from her book have given me a whole new set of eyes towards her. I'm definitely going to be checking out this read. Thanks for sharing, Tia.
2 years, 12 months ago on Women, Value, and Getting Paid What You're Worth
It's been awhile, but I'm happy to be here today. I must say, I've encountered quite the same reactions from people who don't understand the notion of healthy debate and discussion. I've never quite understood why these types of conversations have to result in personal attacks. Personally, I think most people just take themselves way to seriously. In the scope of things the majority of the world doesn't know who is "adored" online or who isn't. If you ain't Lady Gaga, you ain't mainstream. Yes some people care, but not THAT many. It's nothing worth personally offending, insulting, or attacking another human being over. All that said, I appreciate the people who are bold enough to disagree, assert dissenting opinions, and take a stance they rather not move. Despite what some may fall victim to believe, life is not a popularity contest.
2 years, 12 months ago on Polarization, Fanboys and the Non-Middle Ground
Hey @Jk Allen !
I think you make a very valid point in #2 that I resisted at first read. I resisted it, because personally, I don't think that your performance level in a corporate setting is indicative of your entrepreneurial ability. After considering it for a moment, however, I do agree that having to "submit" to corporate structures and juggling the many inter-personal factors that go into being a high performer do carry over very well for anyone pursuing self-employment. Great food for thought, Jk!
3 years ago on Unleashing the Entrepreneurial Mind By Becoming An Intrapreneur
You are spot on, @Tia Peterson ! When you don't really believe in what you're doing marketing and selling is soooo painful. The other thing is as solo entrepreneurs it's easy to put marketing and selling on the back burner once you get "enough" clients. The problem is...those clients won't be there forever. You have to fill the pipeline! :)
3 years ago on 10 Simple Steps for Experiencing More Success in Your Business
Hey Tia! I love this post and I'm so glad you took the chance to shine the light on this very cool biz chick. I'm very inspired by her story and look forward to learning more about her food fancy!
3 years, 1 month ago on biz chick spotlight: Meet Tanuja Paruchuri, Founder of Food For Thin
Oh how I can relate to the things you've shared here. I remember a time in my life when I wanted to settle for mediocrity because it felt safe and easy. I ended up miserable. Striving to squeeze all you can out of life and offer up all of yourself isn't without challenge, but that's what makes it so great. Thank you for continuing to encourage us to reach our maximum potential every single day!
3 years, 1 month ago on Are You Settling for Mediocrity?
I'm so excited for you, @Tia Peterson ! Thanks for the mention here. I can't wait to see how things will unfold for you!
3 years, 1 month ago on How to Get Clarity in Your Business. Free. Now.
My heart is swollen for you and your son. Not for pity but for understanding. My father was an absent parent. Till this day I don't have a deep connection to him. That said, my mom did it alone and she did it brilliantly. And where my earthly father fell short, my heavenly father provided ABUNDANTLY. Your call to father's is important, but I'd also like to tell the many courageous single moms out there that it may not be perfect, but with love and faith you can do much more that you think.
3 years, 1 month ago on Mom, Can I Have a Dad?
I love you authenticity, honesty and guts Brankica. I have nothing to add. Just props.
3 years, 1 month ago on Are bloggers the most self centered creatures in the world?
You totally nailed it her woman! I have nothing to add except to say that I totally agree with your fact v. fiction analysis.
3 years, 1 month ago on Three Social Media Myths
@TheLibzter Glad you like them Libby! Best sure to let me know how the ones you try work for you!
3 years, 1 month ago on 5 Ways to Take a Break from Your Business for Even Better Results
@weekdaysolomommy Yep! The other part to that is when your home is a mess (and you work from it) everything else feels "messy". It can really play mental games on your working attitude. Keeping things fresh and stepping away from the grind affects much more than your feelings. Thanks for your comment!
LOL! I love it. Wishing for no reception! I hope you get the downtime you need. You'll be soooo glad once you do. @College Stress
Hi Tia, I love the cleaning one. I'm a clean freak so that's part of it, but I also love music so I put on some great jams and clean away! Let me know how it works for you. :) @Tia Peterson
@Evelyn Parham I completely agree Evelyn! Can't wait to hear how you feel when you get back from your bona fide break! :)
We are definitely on the same page this month. Self-care is essential to better all around living. Sometimes it's hard to take a step back when you feel so overwhelmed by life's responsibilities or surprise. Ironically, taking a step back can actually help you deal with those things even better.
3 years, 1 month ago on Five Reasons Why Taking Breaks Makes You Feel Better
I like the idea of making a list like this. I think it's really easy to let summer just roll on through, but making a list like this ensures that you make the most of what could turn into lazy summer days.
3 years, 1 month ago on My Top 10 List for Summer
This is a cool article because I've never considered using technology to help me relax. Just goes to show sometimes you need someone tech savvy to point you in the right direction!
3 years, 1 month ago on 6 Mobile Apps You Can Use to Relax or Take a Break
@Elge Premeau, Internet Marketing Consultant I had the same experience the first time I signed up and I was literally angered by it! LOL. There is a place in your profile and on the post where you can stop them. It would be nice if there were a warning though. :)
3 years, 1 month ago on The Switch to LiveFyre Comment System: Quality over Quantity, Discussion over Links
@SusanOakes so glad you signed in to join in on the fun. I share in your sentiments completely, but I've found that if you're really part of a community (like you are here) you eventually bite the bullet and join in.
@Tia Peterson I completely see how your reasoning fits in here. After speaking with @jennalanger a #bweny I was very impressed with what she shared with me. I had always had an aversion to livefyre, but first started using the system ages ago because I'd occasionally comment on @LewisHowes blog who was an early adopter.
I'll be interested to see how many more non-bloggers you have engaging using this system. Personally, I suspect it would be more of a hindrance than less so. I'll look forward to your results in that area. I also have left blogs because of the load delay. This is especially true for blogs with lots of comments. They seem to take ages to load.
As for my own blog, I enjoy being able to offer my readers a place to show case their work and give back to their conversations. Many connections I've made with others have been due to catching my eye via a comment luv link. And as far as I've read, most SEOs make it pretty clear that link juice via comment love is minimal at best.
I also like the fact that the wp default commenting system is not so intimidating for the average computer user. I've had very, very novice pc users comment on my site with relative easy (they aren't blogger's either).
What I find most intriguing about livefyre however is it's social network integration. I believe that it's notification system and reach are going to prove very, very useful to growing a blog community.
I'm not ready for livefyre yet, but I've got my eye on the system. Looking forward to your long-term feedback!
Wow Griddy! You are one incredible chick. I admire your boldness and your commitment to being your true self. I think you said it beautifully here: "I believe in profit from passion." Amen to that. Thanks for sharing this!
3 years, 2 months ago on The Entrepreneur's Journey - A Lifestyle Entrepreneur