About 2 weeks ago I started a facebook community to support, inspire, motivate and empower sisterpreneurs to MAKE IT HAPPEN IN BIZNESS!!! If you are a part of this community or have been stopping by to check us out, then you know what we have been up to lately and you also know how it has been so exciting to watch sisters transform in a matter of days! These sisters are stepping up, showing up, and shining their light! This community is not just your regular facebook group page, well at least we are all working to make sure of that.
Last week I challenged everyone to post a 60 second video about their businesses and it has just been amazing to watch each sister step into their light! Some of them are still contemplating but I just know they are gonna come out of their shell because the high energy is quite contagious! We are all posting inspiration and tips to support one another and one of the things I will begin to do are, live video posts discussing topics related to business and mental fitness. If you are reading this post then perhaps, you are someone who is just waiting for the green light/permission to step into your light! It’s time you own your talents and realize that they were not even given to you FOR YOU but they were given to you because YOU must deliver solutions to others who NEED EXACTLY what you have! Yes you have fears but those fears can actually help you move through to your success if you pay close attention and make them your allies. Know your fears acknowledge them and look for ways to overcome them. If you are not clear on how to do all of this hire a coach. We are pretty good at helping you push through and getting you to truly OWN YOUR SUCCESS!!! Plant your two feet firmly in the ground, put your trust in Allah, get the support you need, challenge yourself, and don’t even think of quitting because It’s time to move like FIYAH(Fear is Your Ally)!!!
“If Allah helps you, none can overcome you: If He forsakes you, who is there, after that, that can help you? In Allah, then, let believers put their trust.” [Qur’an Chapter 3 Verse 160]
See you on the other side of change because I no longer live in contemplation!
Your Mental Fitness Recovery Coach and Business Coachsultant,
Ukhtee Walida-Herspiring Bizness- “It’s Time”
Here are some expert tips on creating youtube videos to BRAND yourself and make some MONEY. This is a new venture I am embarking on and I searched to find some expert advice about it!
According to Entrepreneur.com, when creating youtube videos you should:
- Upload content regularly
- Focus on making videos with good content that are also high-quality
- Put time and effort into editing your videos
- Make videos based on what‘s popular on the Internet
- Make sure you add tags when uploading videos
- Use key words so people see your video
- Be sure to advertise your videos on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites.
Many women entrepreneurs are going nuts about how they will get start up funding for their new business ventures without having to ask for a loan. Some try fundraising, working a part time job and save, ask family and friends etc… Others are taking advantage of small business grants.
I just recently found out about a grant called the Amber Grant. I bumped into it while browsing the net for information on how to fund my business. The Amber Grant awards $500-$1000 to women entrepreneurs every month. There is a short application process(only a few minutes) and they choose a new recipient of the grant each month of the year. The next deadline for entry is August 31, 2014 so hurry fast and submit your application.
Information about the Amber Grant can be found at http://womensnet.net/get-an-amber-grant/
I sure hope you take advantage of this opportunity and pass on this great news to other women entrepreneurs whom you may know!
The 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Survey revealed the following about why women decided to start their own businesses
1. They had a vision for a business idea or a passion for solving a specific industry problem
2. They wanted control or a more flexible work-life balance
3. They felt like they were in the right place at the right time.
When women were asked what the biggest motivation for starting their business, the most common answer was
1. 28% indicated that they were following their vision
2. 21% indicated that their vision was followed by finding an idea that allowed them to become an entrepreneur
The survey also found that the most important traits for running a successful business are
1.Having a passion for an idea
2. Having a vision to succeed long-term after the business is launched
3. Having the willingness and attitude to fail before you succeed and to take risks
I hope these statistics were helpful to you all! Maybe this will boost your confidence about starting your own business in the next year or so. Sometimes we are more frightened by what we don’t know rather than what we think we know!
Great Day Beloveds,
I recently was invited to give a webinar on how to increase sales, particularly for online vendors. I was prepared to share any information that I knew and wanted to really help these women immediately increase their sales. However, the one thing I believe any business owner should be aware of before trying to get anyone to purchase their product or service is WHY people would want to buy from them and since online vendors rarely get to see their customers , I thought it may be very beneficial and motivating to know why consumers would want to spend time purchasing from them online..
I recently visited a website that gave a breakdown of the many reasons why consumers shop online from vendors and the top 5 were:
1. It Saves Time-73%
2. More Variety-67%
3. Easy To Compare Prices-59%
4. No Crowds-58%
5. Less Prices-55%
So now what? I am glad you asked! This information let’s you, the vendor, know that most people shop online because it saves them time, they have various products to choose from, they can compare prices on various products, they don’t have to deal with long waiting lines in crowded stores just to take advantage of a good bargain.
(Photo: ICNA MAS Convention 2014 Baltimore, Maryland-There were many women-owned businesses in the vending area!)
Women have been leaving their J.O.B.’s(Just Over Broke) to start their own businesses faster and faster over the last 10 or so years. We want to spend more time with our families! We are simply tired of having to wake up before the birds chirp and rush to the “plantation fields” where the employers tell us when to eat, take a break and go on vacation. Making ends meet is no longer our cry! We are talking about spending more time with family/spouses, getting closer to God, having time to spend with our friends, earning money on our own terms, finding our passion or life purpose, doing more to help others in society to make the world a better place, and building a better village to raise our children.
If you are a woman and any of this resonates with you , you may want to stop and think for just a few minutes about your current circumstances. Are you working a 9 to 5 with hopes that just one day you will never have to work for any one else because you hate it so much but are only in it to pay bills? ….. I thought so! I too lived that kind of life and it was a tough decision to make starting my own business for fear of losing SECURITY!!! I was wondering how I would even pay a bill if I did not have a paycheck in hand every Friday or every other Friday! This thought process was truly giving me a headache. I just knew I did not like someone having so much control over me to the point where I would compromise all my beliefs and values just to get a DOLLAR!!
“Verily Allah provides sustenance to whom He wills without measure.”- Surah al-Imran: 37
The way I saw it was that if God is our provider and He says that He gives provision to whom He wills without measure then my provision does not depend on whether I continue to stay at a job that stresses me out daily or quit! What I do realize is that everyone on the face of the Earth was born with a purpose and a gift(s) and we are given so much yet we take it for granted. God has already set your provision so really there isn’t anything to lose ,rather, you have to find out what you can do with the gifts God has given you to make an honest living. Just like the owner or president of the company that you work for had a vision to provide the best product/service to people in their own unique way and has built a team of top level executives to carry out their mission …SO CAN YOU!!! Yes it takes money to make money but you have got to start building towards your vision everyday that you live even if its just 5 minutes a day!
If you want to really start your own business and get out of the 9 to 5 rat race , READ ON!!! Start using your current situation as an opportunity to gain free education while getting paid for it!!! Take what you need, leave the rest and get paid is the new “earn while you learn” technique, because if you do it right nobody even knows what you are doing but you! Don’t waste time complaining but start studying the company’s structure. Learn how your position contributes to it instead of just clocking in and dreading the day ahead of you waiting till time to clock out. You need what they have because just about every business needs close to the same thing. Most often its called Core Values, Mission, and Vision. Focus on one core value and start measuring their level of deliverance in products/services regards to how they are meeting or not meeting it. Take notice to how they use their mission to drive their vision.
You don’t have time to worry about all the reasons you hate your job because complaining will leave you sitting in the same position year after year, whether it is at that job or at someplace else. If you truly want to have a business of your own you have got to learn the art of leveraging and learning on an ongoing basis. Build your relationships with people who have the same mindset and get out of the company of people who just don’t want to change their circumstance but rather complain everyday and accept it!
If you want to begin moving in the direction of earning money own your own terms and living your life in more happier and peaceful way spending more time with family and doing the things you love most then you have got to remove the one obstacle that stands in the way! That’s YOU!!!! You have got to want it bad enough and have to be willing to do whatever it takes because you only have something to GAIN. If you took a leap from whatever your circumstance is now, the difference would not be a loss if nothing changed because you never lost anything! You will probably just go back to whatever you were doing or be in the same circumstance you were in or edging, and that would be the same thing! Why not stick with the bumps in the road, getting stronger and more focused with each one, allowing change to give you an upgrade in exchange for your time and commitment!
Have you already started a business and are just searching for ways to stay inspired, motivated, and on top as you move forward?
Are you just stuck trying to decide if starting a business is the right thing to do right now?
Are you looking for an opportunity that would allow you to earn money on your own terms ?
Did you answer yes to any of these questions?
Great! I want to personally invite you to a VIP conference, with my business partners and I ,COMING SOON IN THE FALL OF 2014! You will have the opportunity to discuss some of your concerns and challenges regarding entrepreneurship and learn about ways to make a change to your current financial circumstance. This is a part of my campaign to reach 1000 women across America who are READY TO MAKE A CH$NGE!!! Stay tuned for details!
What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? What kind of people do you like to be around? Do other you believe others could benefit from something that you do(providing a product or service)? When was the last time you gave advice , sold a hand-made item or assisted someone in their business or personal life? How did they respond? How did you feel about their response? Did their response make you feel like you could do more and probably get paid for it? If you love what you do there is a greater chance of you committing to the process of achieving success even if it means failing more than enough times! It is your passion!
Honing in on specific needs of your clients is also one sure way to receive a decent return on investment for your marketing efforts. Take the time to identify specific problems of your ideal clients so that you are able to speak their language. When you can speak their language it becomes much easier for them to seek and discover benefits, you offer, specific to their needs. This is what is called a niche.
Specific clients need to feel that they can trust you and rely on your unique service or product to deliver the solution to their problem. They want to know that you have the best there is to offer for their unique circumstances. No one wants to buy- in to something that gives them little or no benefit.
While the economy is feeling its pains of recession, entrepreneurs and small businesses can still experience profits by tweaking their marketing efforts. Marketing can be costly but if done right it can build “stacks in the bank”. Plant the seed, water it and watch it grow!
Here are just a few ways you can begin to tweak your marketing efforts…
- Build a relationship with your ideal customer
- Learn their pain points(problems, issues, dilemmas)
- Ask yourself “how can my product or service provide a solution to my ideal customer’s situation”?
- Study your competitors
- Begin reaching out to your ideal clients , in large quantities, via social networks on the internet, seminars, meetings, workshops, etc.
- Stand out by getting recognized as a solution provider in your niche so your clients search for you instead of you looking for them
I hope that you have found these tips for tweaking your marketing plan very beneficial, however I really hope that you begin taking action to produce the results you desire! There are no results without action and no action without a plan!