February, 2012 Archive

Congratulations, Matt Gooden!

February 24th, 2012 by Ric in Sharing Success

Congrats to Matt Gooden for getting his new Automated Cash Sites up and running! http://www.LEGENDARYGUIDANCE.COM/bill-phillips/

Congratulations, Charmaine Hopson!

February 23rd, 2012 by Ric in Sharing Success

Congrats to Charmaine Hopson for getting her new Automated Cash Sites up and running! http://www.selfhelplifestylenow.com/robert-kiyosaki/

Drafting Your First Business Plan

February 20th, 2012 by Adaire in Financial Freedom

I have a slightly embarrassing confession to make. While starting out, I encountered challenges and setbacks that were really demoralizing. Do you want to know what kept me going? Inspirational quotes. I’m happy to admit that many of the things that led to my success can be found on the most common, most unremarkable greeting cards.

One of my most favorite quotes is, “He who fails to plan, plans to fail.” I consider myself lucky to have come across this quote very early in my career. I realized soon enough that many of my setbacks have been due to a lack of preparation. Back then, I thought of planning as something that is for people who lack the creativity to improvise. That, of course, was a bad assumption. Experience and research have taught me that planning is a prerequisite for success.

In fact, until today I still scour the Internet for information that can help me make better planning decisions. One of the gems I found was an article from Small Business CEO entitled, “Summary of a Business Plan.” This article by Don Sandoval reminded me of many of the key points about business planning that I always try to remember:

- Acquire the necessities that would help the company get established. Where is company headquarters going to be located? What type of construction or renovation needs to be done?

- Indicate your marketing plan. What markets are you planning to attack? How will you market?

- Decide on what you plan to market first. When do you plan to open for business? What will you produce first?

These are the main principles that you’ll have to incorporate into your business plan. Yes, there are going to be a lot of questions you have to answer and if this is your first time drafting a business plan, you may find that dealing with these details is a little tedious. You might even feel the urge to skip it altogether. Let me tell you right now, persevere and make a business plan because it’s very, very important. As Dan says, “The Business Plan is very important and basically serves as a road map of how your business is expected to grow.”

Now, you might be thinking, “Yes, Adaire, I want to make a business plan. If only I knew how…” If this is a concern of yours, then I have the perfect solution. There’s something also from Small Business CEO that can definitely help you draft your first business plan. Andrei Boudnikov wrote a very informative article called, “What a Business Plan Is,” where he provides a foundation for an effective business plan. Here are some items found in his article:

- A brief description of your business. This section of the plan should include who you are, what your products are, and who you intend to sell them to.

- A business strategy. This part should include a brief description of how you intend to market or promote your product or service.

- Your personnel. This is where you have to indicate what type of employees you need to run your business.

I encourage you guys to read the rest of his very informative article. It’s certainly worth your time. Once you learn how to create great business plans, you can start presenting them to potential partners or investors. Who knows? You might even find a way to start a business without spending so much capital.

Always remember that with an effective plan, you’ve already won half the battle. As the wise inventor Thomas Alva Edison once said, “Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.” It takes more than luck and skill to reach your dreams. You need to be ready when such opportunities come, otherwise you might not be able to take full advantage of them.

So, take those creative business ideas and turn them into organized business plans! Soon enough you’ll be able to draft a plan with great potential that you can carry-out as a business project.

Good luck! :)


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Congratulations, Hernan Molina!

February 16th, 2012 by Ric in Sharing Success

Congrats to Hernan Molina for getting his new Automated Cash Sites up and running! http://www.wise-selfgrowing.com/loral-langemeier/

Congratulations, Cynthia Apollo!

February 15th, 2012 by Ric in Sharing Success

Congrats to Cynthia Apollo for getting her new Automated Cash Sites up and running! http://www.purplemeproud.com/tony-robbins/

An Introduction to Internet Marketing

February 13th, 2012 by Adaire in Financial Freedom

Today I’m going to talk a little about one of the biggest earning secrets of the Internet: internet marketing. I’m going to be honest right now and just tell you upfront that internet marketing is the gold rush of the 21st century. It has made millions for companies, and has created millionaires all over the world. It is one of the most convenient ways to make money online.

Initially, I thought that marketing online was going to be complicated. In the real world, before you can endeavor in marketing you’re going to need a company, several licenses, a client list, an office, and the worst part – you’re going to need money. What if I told you that in internet marketing you wouldn’t need any of these to begin? It is truly a great opportunity as it allows you to start earning immediately without having to make a capital investment.

I was thinking of the best way to introduce you to the topic of internet marketing. Thankfully, I came across an article from Internet Marketing TNT. It’s called, “The Basics of a Home-Based Internet Marketing Business.” As soon as I saw that title, I knew that I found exactly what I was looking for.

This article by Sam Schneider provides all the basic information you’ll need to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of Internet Marketing. In that article he talked about:

- The advantages of home-based internet marketing businesses. Sam calls internet marketing “the perfect model for a home-based business” because it can be started from home, does not require special training, uses minimum equipment, and it doesn’t require a start-up cost.

- Limitations of internet marketing businesses. Like all businesses, internet marketing has its limitations too. One of which is its bias for new technologies. You really have to be aware of the most recent developments that make online transactions easier. Other concerns involve internet security and broad return policies.

- The types of home-based internet marketing business. There are several types of internet marketing businesses. In his article, Sam provides a brief introduction of the most popular ones: online commerce, service-based commerce, Multi-Level Marketing, and Publishing and Advertising.

I really hope you read that article. All the information contained there will put you on the fast-track towards a successful internet business you can run from the convenience of your own home!

However, since internet marketing is such a popular business choice, I realized that you may encounter a lot of competition. I started asking myself, “What advice should I give my readers on how to gain a competitive advantage in this business? What skills would they need to succeed in this business?” Then, I suddenly remembered an article I previously read at Internet Marketing TNT. Karen Newman wrote an article called, “Executive Level Skills = Internet Marketing Success,” where she explains how developing certain executive levels skills can turn you into the perfect internet marketer. Here are some of the skills she mentioned along with a few short excerpts from the article she wrote:

- Leadership Skills: “In the parlance of Internet marketing, a leader is a successful entrepreneur who can assist others in achieving success.”

- Organizational Skills: “Being able to manage a myriad of ever-changing tasks is a necessary skill for any Internet marketer.”

- Sales and Marketing Skills: “Sales and marketing professionals understand how to define and promote powerful messages that attract potential customers to an opportunity.”

- Technology and Computer Skills: “A solid understanding of technical matters will increase your chances of success.”

- Mentoring Skills: “An important facet of any executive level position is the development of subordinates into effective managers and employees.”

- Motivational Skills: “The motivational skills necessary to succeed in Internet marketing come in two flavors-personal motivation and team motivation.”

- Self-Discipline Skills: “There will always be ups and downs as a business unfolds, and a tremendous amount of self-discipline is necessary to stay focused and committed to long-term success.”

The short excerpts I included here do not do justice to the amount of insight she provides in comprehensive explanations found in her article. I hope you take a look at it and really try to understand what she’s saying.

One key attribute that can help you find success in business and in life is a thirst for knowledge. Take knowledge wherever you can find it: read articles, listen to good advice, learn from your experiences and find good mentors. Gain a competitive advantage in internet marketing by knowing more than your competitor. It is usually what brings victory. Knowledge is power.

Good luck! :)


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A Few Reminders on Family Health

February 6th, 2012 by Adaire in Lifestyle

Being a career-woman can be pretty exhausting. If you want to stay ahead of the competition, you have to maintain a pretty intense schedule. Some days are so busy that you go from one business meeting to the next with barely enough time to eat a snack in between. With everything that’s going on, it’s quite easy to forget to take care of your health. The extremely busy schedule you keep often prevents you from preparing healthy meals or getting regular exercise.

While I was contemplating on my own personal health, I came across an article from Healthy Wealthy nWise. The title says it all – Health Needs to Be Top Priority for Parents With Busy Schedules, Say Experts. Needless to say, I became more concerned about health. You should be too, especially if you’re a parent. According to Dian Griesel, PhD and Tom Griesel, “Our children need us to be there for them, and putting your own health on the back burner may be detrimental to those who count on you as a parent.”

Thankfully, the article itself provides plenty of advice regarding how we can maintain our health and, at the same time, not compromise our productivity. Here are some of them:

  1. Don’t eat unless you’re actually hungry.
  2. Focus on fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds and small amounts of quality animal protein.
  3. Eliminate refined foods, processed foods and sweeteners, particularly high-fructose corn syrup.
  4. Avoid fast food.
  5. Prepare your own meals and keep them simple.
  6. Stay on your feet as much as possible.
  7. Incorporate short exercise sessions into your day.
  8. Take time daily to relax, de-stress and focus on goals.

These tips are just a preview of what you can find in Dian and Tom’s article. However, if you would like more comprehensive information on the topic of health, I suggest you checkout their new book as well, “TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust.”

Our health as professionals and as parents is not the only thing we should be concerned about. Our children’s health should be a priority as well. Another article also from Healthy Wealthy nWise called Many Young Adults Stop Exercising When They Hit College talks about the how young adults tend to develop sedentary lifestyles upon entering college. A sedentary lifestyle might not seem like a dangerous threat until we realize that it is linked to diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

Sometimes, in our desire to earn a bigger income to better provide for the financial needs of our family, we overlook one of their most important needs: good health. I certainly hope that the information in these articles has inspired you to make your family’s health a top priority.

As business professionals, it is our main duty to do our jobs well and to maintain profitable businesses. As parents, it is our main duty to ensure that the needs of our family members, especially their physical health, are well provided for. Since most of us are both parents and business professionals, we must strive to find a delicate balance between these duties. The key to do this is awareness. We have to be aware of what we’re up against. We have to be aware of what we need to do.

With the right information, we can overcome anything. :)


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