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What makes an entrepreneur successful?

I get to see and hear it all. ‘Oh, if I could just get organized, I would be dangerous!’. ‘I’m going to do it this year, I promise!’. I spent $5000 on this course learning how to do it, so I will now DO IT!’ But really all I eventually hear is: I’ll get to it later. That’s why I am listing the 8 Massively Important Entrepreneurial projects that get ignored. Because below are some of the heavyweights in your business that often get treated as unimportant right now and get swept under the rug until ‘someday’.

Truth is, most projects never get completed. By the time some entrepreneurs get ready to tackle a long-desired project, things change, trends change and they have to start back at square one to be up to date.

What have you been keeping on the shelf while you do the less significant and potent tasks like reading emails? How much time and money are you spending on learning how to do the stuff you never, ever make time to do?

I don’t mean to sound harsh here but when are you going to focus on the heavyweight projects that make you money, make your life easier and grow your business?

It’s the New Year. You’ve probably made many resolutions about health, business and relationships. Right? Well, let’s

Do the heavyweight projects first!

spend this time together focusing on the business side of your resolutions.

First of all, you are not alone in this vicious cycle of not doing or I wouldn’t be writing about it. And to be honest, I suffer from ‘Too Many Projects on the Shelf Syndrome’ myself. Chances are, those who have it together in this area are not even reading this. It’s just us!

Below are what I as a business coach consider some of the top projects that get ignored or at the very least, put on the back burner for way too long! Many of them are foundational and instrumental in building a solid business base. Most of these projects take thought and time to build, set up or create. They are typically Leadership type projects that can be passed along to a Virtual Assistant once they are created. But FIRST they must be created. Take baby steps and just start making steady headway. Before you resist any of these, consider that many if not all of these will simplify your business, which is what we all want, don’t we? For those of you who can’t bear to think about tackling these projects alone, don’t worry, I offer my services below!

CONTACT MANAGEMENT

– Setting up a working contact management system appears to have gone out the window. So many entrepreneurs don’t even have one. They often consider their email list their system. (if they have that!)

I am an advocate for industry related software systems that manage your contacts. I had one when I was a realtor for 25 years, which helped catapult me to one of the top realtors in my company. I have one now as a coach and I will continue to have and utilize the features because it makes my life easier and hey, it’s more professional, even when I am not!

If you don’t have or can’t get an industry related program, find one that works for you. One where you can input data about your clients, names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and notes. Add birthdays and names of their kids and pets and spouses. One that has autoresponder capabilities and billing if you can. When everything is integrated, it makes life so much easier. It takes time to set up, but you will be so happy you did.

My coaching software program allows me to create products and newsletters, does billing and creates lead pages. I have scheduling capabilities, reports and so much more. If you are a coach take a look.

Don’t take this one lightly. Being able to ‘touch’ your clients at any time is worth it’s weight in gold. 

SYSTEMATIZING YOUR BUSINESS

What? Many entrepreneurs are winging it at business. They just keep doing what
they do well and never stop to breathe let alone plan and structure their business to some day run itself or be sellable for that matter.

Systematizing your business sounds intense, but if we look at the way well-oiled businesses run, it’s because they have a system in place. You don’t need to have a large business to do this. As a matter of fact, starting a system while you are smaller, would help you develop it better.

Create a marketing system that you can bank on instead of marketing just when you get around to it.  Design a management system that includes planning and developing as well as admin and organizations systems. Create hours and schedules that you and your clients adhere to. Create a system for your products, suppliers and billing. As you start implementing new systems create an operation manual for others to follow for when you grow. Keep it simple. You can even create one with mini videos.

 

MARKETING

Oh my. This is a biggie. I once had a client come to me complaining that she had no business and couldn’t pay her bills. She admittedly and proudly shared that she spent most of her day learning about her trade. While it’s honorable to do so, there is such a thing called balance. When I suggested she market her business which she had not been doing, she replied that she didn’t have time for that. She was too busy learning. I told her that was why she didn’t have any money. I never saw her again.

Infinite Marketing. The rule is that you NEVER stop marketing. EVER! Not when you are too busy, not when you have little or no funds, not when you are on vacation and certainly not when you can’t come up with marketing ideas.

Times have changed and while some marketing is costly, there are literally no excuses for not marketing with all the free resources out there. Do what you can for free until you can afford to pay for someone to do it for you or for a more sophisticated marketing system.

BUILDING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE

Since we are talking about free to inexpensive marketing, I thought I should remind you about growing your online presence with social media. Whether you are an extrovert, introvert, internet savvy or all thumbs, social media is doable. If you can’t get started, find someone who can help you. The upkeep is minimal once you do. The idea is to be visible in the eyes of your target audience, so they know you are in business. It takes a lot more to make a sale these days then it did before social media, but it’s still the best way to get yourself out there with a tight budget.

SCHEDULING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING

– Being smart about what you spend your time on can make or break your success. Some people spend all day posting on Social Media and have little time to do what they do for a living! If you are a small business, consider outsourcing some of these tasks. It may look like a cost, but in the long run, you will save money. A few inexpensive avenues for outsourcing are fiverr.com and Upwork.com

FOLLOW UP

– Did you ever hear the term ‘sitting on a goldmine’? Well, often, entrepreneurs keep chasing the new and unknown when they are sitting on a warm and ready client in their repertoire of names and numbers. Some are just too darn scared to make a call while others don’t even know where the heck they put that number from that person who was very interested. Your contact management system will help to a certain point with follow-up, such as emails and reminders, but guess what? You have to communicate with them to close the sale. If you don’t have the skills to properly convey your products or services, then that should be a priority. Get trained in communicating to your target audience. Learn how to create a nurturing campaign and sales funnel and ultimately to ask for the sale. People will not always throw themselves at you to buy. Sometimes you have to romance them.

TIME MANAGEMENT

Well, that doesn’t sound like a project, does it? Oh, but it IS! There is an art to Time Management or as I teach, Time Freedom. It’s actually the glue that holds everything else together. Without proper time management you won’t be able to accomplish anything, so much as the big projects. Learn to compartmentalize your time and you will be able to complete EVERYTHING. Contact me if you want a private lesson on creating a time management system for yourself. Look for my upcoming Time Freedom digital mini course.

AFFILIATE PROGRAM

– Affiliate programs are like a sophisticated referral program. You can have one for your business. When someone recommends you or posts about you online, they would be given a personalized link that would credit them with the sale. It’s a great way to grow your business and reap the rewards of other people’s connections.

 

There are also affiliate programs where you get rewarded for passing along other people’s products. If you love sharing about your favorite finds, then you might as well get paid for them right? Every time I fall in love with a product or service, I ask to join their affiliate program. They are usually thrilled to have me and I am twice as likely to share about them now that I get paid. I share about those I support whether they have an affiliate program or not. Some of the links in this article are affiliate links. I will tell you that it’s nice to get unexpected checks or deposits just for sharing.

BONUS * BONUS * BONUS

This is One of my all time favorite things to help my clients with

because they typically won’t initiate it themselves

CREATING PRODUCTS

One of the best ways to leverage your income is to create products for your business. Whether it’s a digital product or a class that you teach or a package that you put together. Taking what you know and selling it a 1000 times will surely help financially. Most entrepreneurs would love to productize their business. They either don’t know what to create, don’t know how to create it or don’t make the time. It does take some learning to productize your business, but worth every bit of it in the long run. Take classes or become self-taught. If you want to productize your businesses try my Virtual Project Partner Program 

So here are my top projects that get ignored by entrepreneurs. If you can think of more or have something to comment on, please do so below. Please Like and/or share this article if you found it beneficial.

Don’t forget to check out my Virtual Project Partner Program and contact me for a complimentary conversation and let’s get your Project list complete so you can grow your business and make more money!!!

 

 

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From Stuck to Unstoppable

Many people are stuck when it comes to their To Do List, and could become immediately UNSTUCK if they only had a partner to accomplish their goals with. Let’s face it, something magical happens when you have support from someone who genuinely cares that you succeed. Don’t you agree? If you think this is you, then stop beating yourself up and start honoring the need to have a partner in accomplishing your goals. Contact Fran for more information. 

 

Think about all of your amazing projects and ideas just sitting there stagnant on your mental shelf …. you know, that digital product you want to create or those social media ads you want to put together. Maybe you want to organize and systematize your business or home but never get started. What do you think it’s costing you to have those tasks just SIT?

Now, imagine if you started completing them one by one…. comfortably, with a partner who will stay with you until they are DONE! How would that feel? You’d probably feel a huge relief from guilt and stress, right? You may also feel a long needed sense of pride of accomplishment. Yes, you can take a deep breath and feel it! Contact Fran for more information. 

Just know that you are not alone in needing support, or this program would not exist. When people find out that they are not procrastinators, but in fact they just do better with a partner, they feel as though they honored a real need and took affirmative action. The results of finally having completed projects are the proof! It’s similar to when someone finds out they have dyslexia and instead of beating themselves up, they realize that they just need to do things a little different.

It’s About Having a Brainstorming and Motivational Confidant, Even if you Have an Admin or Virtual Assistant.  

If you are looking to relax into the wisdom of another, where you can feel the ease of sharing the burden, then Project Partnering may be a good fit for you. It’s a wonderful experience to know there is another leader to fall back on. Someone you can call ‘partner, without devoting 50% of your profits to.  Choose well; someone who will do it WITH you and not FOR you.  Savvy, successful people know when to hire a professional to accomplish what they need.

As a life and business coach for many years, I find that my clients often do much better with ‘hand holding’ while tackling projects. I really love it when we get on an interactive screen-sharing call as we make progress completing their website or even creating an online store together.  The real-time conversation has us both on the same page, getting the job done much faster and with more ease. Most times I take the wheel as you direct, interact or just oversee the project, but we could always reverse the role if you want me to support you being the driver.

There are limitless projects we can do together from programming phones, setting up electronics, minor computer tweaking, launching  a social media contest to creating marketing plans. Heck, I’ve even been on a call where I supported a client while he cleaned out his storage unit. (you know who you are!). Contact Fran for more information. 

 

That’s why we should talk, to see what your project list looks like and start accomplishing it. Contact Fran for more information. 

So what are you looking to accomplish? What’s been gnawing at you for way too long?

  • Do you need someone to sit with you while you complete a project?
  • Would you like me to create graphics while you supervise?
  • Are you interested in opening an online store and it’s just too overwhelming to do alone?
  • How about learning  to schedule all your social media so you do it once and let it run itself?
  • Does the idea of having someone to brainstorm with about the future of your business or life sound appealing?

Get creative if you want to. We can get your contact management system started, design a logo  or write a blog. The point is, you just don’t have to do it alone any more!

It’s interactive, fun and productive as we collaborate on accomplishing your goals. Since you get to participate in the experience, you reap the reward of a completed task.

 

Oh, by the way, these interactive calls are casual, light and even fun! Come as you are to your computer. We sign in together, share a screen and start working on the project at hand.  At the end of each call, plan to feel a sense of accomplishment, partnership and motivation to keep going!  Contact Fran for more information. 

To get started all you need to do is Contact Fran for more information and download your access to Zoom – a free screen sharing program. We can record our sessions for your future reference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase your Project Partner call today!

  

Let’s start out with a complimentary conversation to discuss your needs. OK?

 To set up your complimentary conversation, here are your options:

  • Call Fran directly: 772-777-1122
  • Text: 954-494-1940
  • Email Fran: fran@thriveanyway.com
  • Schedule it yourself, right here and let’s get this ball rolling!

 

Getting things done never felt so good!

 

I can’t wait to hear from you

 

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*** Conventional Coaching Sessions are also available via phone or video call (all discounts apply).

 

Are you avoiding the most common Projects? Read my blog

I’ll Get to it Later! 8 Massively Important Entrepreneurial Projects the get Ignored


How to recycle your business materialHow do you recycle or re-purpose your business material?

You’ve written an article, posted a ‘how to’ on social media, taught a class, spoke at an event or appeared on a radio or tv show. Now what? What do you do with all the gold that you shared to a group of people for one brief moment in time? Is it lost forever?  I hope not. I would hope that you know that you have the power to re-purpose your material and reuse it until it no longer serves.

I’ve included a few ways to repurpose your gifts so that they keep on giving. You don’t always have to create new material.  My suggestion is that you get into the mindset that you will keep your ‘stuff’ alive as long as you can. It comes in handy when you really need it.

Take a look and see how many you can utilize for yourself:

  1. Put it in a blog – probably the most important place to re-purpose is in a blog. Once you insert a video, audio or document your great information into a blog, all you have to do is share the link whenever its pertinent.
  2. Create a video about it – (I’ll be creating a ‘how to’ on that soon) If you have a PowerPoint presentation or a presentation that you can turn into a PowerPoint, then create a video and put it on YouTube where it will live in perpetuity.
  3. Put your info on Pinterest – Pinterest circulates pins over and over again. So if you create a graphic for your topic and then link it to your blog, you will get more attention
  4. Twitter – Not just twitter, but Hootesuite in particular. If you post a tweet on Hootesuite (there is a free version) you can save it as a draft and post it whenever the time is appropriate. I will scroll down my drafts and choose which items I want to retweet today and schedule them all day. Since the life of a tweet is so short, repeating the same tweet will probably reach a new audience each time.
  5. Giveaway – Offer your information as a product when someone hires you for your services. Let it be an incentive to take immediate action.
  6. Lead Magnet – Are you trying to build your list? Then offer an optin form on your blog or webpage and have people sign up to receive this amazing offer!
  7. Share – You can ask other high-profile people on social media to post your information in return for reposting theirs.
  8. Guest blogger – Find other bloggers who are looking for material, to post your information on their blog. (make sure they acknowledge you for your work)
  9. Webinar – If you think your little article was pertinent, you can build a webinar or teleclass around it. You can do it live or even prerecord it and then use that to share with others.
  10. Create an eBook – Once you have accumulated a few pieces of work, you can create an eBook and use it as an optin or even charge for it. People WILL pay to get all your work in one place.

These are just a few ways to repurpose your information. Do you have others? If so, please share them here.

I would appreciate it if you commented and shared this blog with others. Thank you!

Fran


What inspired me to share 27 major reasons why people choose and online business – 
I became a business coach many years ago after having 2 successful businesses since I was 21. I loved sharing my experiences with others to help shorten their path to success. Over time, I realized that my entrepreneurial skills were morphing into opportunities with more ease and freedom. My commitment was to help people have a lifestyle supporting business, not just give them a JOB. Eventually, I decided since I am an online business builder that I wanted to help others do the same thing. I now help people create the right online business for themselves. One that truly resonates with them and their abilities, vision and financial means. It’s so rewarding to be a part of someone else’s joyful moments.
I will be writing a lot about online business from now on. I still help entrepreneurs of any kind, but my real love is providing a flexible and freedom based opportunity for others. I have so many online business ideas to share, I can’t hold them all in!
I put together this list of why people choose to start an online business. If you see yourself in this list, that’s wonderful. I hope you take action in achieving your goal. If you would like help getting started, contact me. I can help!
27 Major Reasons Why people choose an Online Business
1. Flexible lifestyle – Make your own schedule, work from anywhere
2. Easy to start and earn money quickly
3. No set hours, No traffic, No boss, No office politics
4. Typically, low startup costs
5. Stay home with the kids
6. So many online businesses to choose from
7. More people are using the internet to purchase products and services
8. They work a full-time job and want to make extra money while still being home
9. Global access to target market – available 24/7
10. They are in control of their earning potential
11. They can design their business to suit their lifestyle needs, financial budget and skills
12. An opportunity to utilize thwarted creativity and innovation
13. Because they need to work alone or at home due to personal circumstances such as anxiety,
physical handicap, legal issues, personal circumstances
14. They are retiring and want to work age appropriately
15. They are a student and they want to work around classes
16. You can actually be free of in person appointments and networking groups!
17. You can run multiple online businesses simultaneously
18. Financial transactions are easy
19. You can provide better customer support
20. You can build a team by outsourcing to other online professionals
21. Can be automated – Many online businesses make money while you sleep
22. You can offer a huge amount of information about you and your business in one place
23. Cost savings on office space, employees, equipment, inventory, insurances
24. Internet marketing is much more affordable than traditional marketing
25. Online business is typically environmentally friendly, saving on paper, electricity, gas
26. It’s fun and feels good to run your own online business!
27. It works!! Online businesses are making loads of money
Bonus – Why do consumers shop online?
1. No crowds or waiting in line
2. Online reviews help with making decisions
3. No travel costs or traffic
4. Easy to do when you have children
5. You can search for the best deal
6. Save time
7. It’s safer
8. You can shop any time and from any where
9. More variety at your fingertips
10. You can shop worldwide
Compliments of Fran Asaro, ThriveAnway.com
If you found value in the information above, would you consider leaving a comment and sharing this post? Every bit helps! Thank you.

Don’t forget to take a look at the Free Life Class offer below!

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT THRIVE ANY WAY SERVICES!

As a business coach, I do my best to provide great service to those looking to start or improve upon a business. Recently I was told that many of my connections may not know the extent of what I do. Not to sound boastful, but I like to think of myself as pretty well-rounded (not just my body) when it comes to marketing and managing a business.

I thought it would be beneficial to provide you with a partial list of what you can contact me for. But first….

CAN’T AFFORD A COACH? 

I want to let you know that I understand the financial challenges that new and struggling businesses go through. Sometimes you KNOW you need a coach, but you can’t afford it. So this is that I would like to offer you. If you truly need help starting or growing your business, contact me to see if we can work out a solution for you. OK? Send me your contact information below.

thrive any way services 26 things you may not know I do as a life coach

 

 

 

 

Here are some of the things you can contact me for:

  1. Need help Starting a brand new business?
  2. Deciding which business to go into? (whether you have no idea or too many)
  3. Want to know how to market your business on a budget?
  4. Need to organize your thoughts and your business?
  5. Map out your business for a visual flow chart (I do it while you watch through a shared screen)
  6. Some don’t know that I do my sessions via phone or Skype and do screen sharing
  7. Some don’t know that I am a resource queen.
  8. Do you want to create a product?
  9. Would you like to become an affiliate marketer?
  10. Would you like to become a coach or consultant?
  11. Have you considered opening up an online store (and you need ideas, tech support, any support)
  12. Are you trying to choose a Direct Marketing company for residual income?
  13. Have you been considering becoming an online business but don’t know your options or where to begin?
  14. Did you know that I offer Free business coaching to anyone who joins one of my direct marketing teams?
  15. Do you need help with technology? (phones, gadgets, email, software programs)
  16. Would you like to get a website started but need support? (we do it together with screen sharing)
  17. Could you benefit from someone who is a born brainstormer with so many ideas I’ll burst if I don’t share them?
  18. Need help naming your business, creating a tag line, logo or business plan?
  19. Do you sometimes just need a pick me up or support from a committed listener?
  20. Would you like to set up a social media presence?
  21. Are you trying to create a sales funnel?
  22. Ready to build a team but don’t want to train them, motivate them or need help communicating with them?
  23. Ready to start making videos? (need content, ideas or hints?)
  24. Do you want to build your contact list and autoresponders?
  25. Do you deal with a lot of fears that stop you from moving forward?
  26. Are you looking to design a lifestyle business that provides freedom & fun?

If any of these services ring a bell, fill out the contact form below and I will connect with you within 24 hours. I’m here to help you Thrive – in Spite of your current circumstances.

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COURAGE, RISKS AND REWARDS SELF PACED ADVENTURE PROGRAM!

courage risks and rewards programCourage and adventure are different for everyone. For some it’s jumping out of a plane, for others, it’s breaking old behaviors and doing things in a new way.

I decided this month that I wanted to offer my Courage, Risks and Rewards Self Study Adventure for FREE. I hope you take advantage of this 5 week (or quicker if you’d like) intensive program designed to connect you with your sense of courage. Take a look


What’s the difference between a business connection and a Professional Connection with a Heart?

Did you ever meet someone professionally and immediately know that you wanted to build a relationship with them? You just felt that they were compatible in the way you do business and it could be, well, fun as well as productive?

Well, I just met someone like that. Bobby, who calls himself ‘Your Hometown Guy’, called me one day while I was driving about one of my credit repair ads. Immediately, he asked what the incentive was for my customers to restore their credit and if it were because they wanted to buy a house, he was interested in being a referral source.

Poor Bobby had to sit back as I boasted about the reason for his call. I thought that was so innovative. I have had only a select few professionals who have contacted me on an ad where it was creative marketing in reverse. Since I am a business coach, I love creativity.

Back to Bobby, I don’t just refer professionals for the sake of referring them. I like to know about them and feel if they are a good fit for me and my clients. Bobby agreed; after all, he had no clue about my work ethics either. That’s why we planned a phone conversation when we both had more time to talk.

During our first conversation, I learned that I was spot on about Bobby. First of all, he was not just a family man, but a very proactive one at that. Our calls were important to him, he wanted me to feel assured, but his children’s needs were also a priority. He had a way of creating a balance to meeting the demands of his family and our call that led me to believe that he can dance with chaos and interruption with diplomacy and grace.

We spoke for quite a while. We talked about ourselves, our families and our business. Then Bobby told me about some of the programs he offers for first time home buyers and it blew me away. Not just for my clients, but I found out that I qualify for a first-time home buyer loan since I haven’t owned a home in 3 years. His rates were great and his terms were so enticing. I decided during that call that I wanted to work with Bobby and would be happy to refer him to my ‘people’.

I asked him to write a blurb so I could post it on my social media pages for everyone to see. But, then I thought to myself, ‘I like personal relationships and I know others do as well.’ I wanted you all to KNOW Bobby, not just read about his qualifications.

He’s super nice guy who cares tremendously about helping his clients. So much so, that he cared enough to learn about credit restoration instead of offering only one option of high interest rates and down payments to his clients. I loved that.

Now that I have connected with Bobby, I want you to connect with him if you are looking to buy a home. Give ‘Your Hometown Guy’  a call to see what he can offer. It will be worth your time. Tell him that his new-found friend Fran sent you. OK?

 

Bobby Alger
Licensed Loan Originator

NMLS# 1213486
Cell: 772-626-9610
Office: 772-252-6724
Fax :772-252-3344
Email: bobby@hometownfin.com
www.hometownfin.com
1186 SW Gatlin Blvd
Port St Lucie, FL 34953

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fran Asaro is an Agent for Financial Education Services – To contact her about restoring your credit visit her website


10 Basic Tips on Dealing with Debt Collectors

If you’ve ever had someone call you about a past due bill, you know only too well how intimidating it is. Even if it was just an oversight on your part, you may still be inclined to feel low and worthless. If you have a history of bad credit, this will be amplified by the amount of calls multiplied by the collectors and their technique for getting money – It’s upsetting, discouraging and stressful to say the very least. We avoid answering our phones, knowing there will be that ‘message’ waiting for us. Friends may ask why you don’t answer certain calls and you may be too embarrassed to tell them that you are avoiding a collection call. Well, there is help.

If you would like to manage your debt collectors with a little less stress, take a look at these 10 Basic Tips to Dealing with Debt Collectors. I think knowing your rights and what to say will help ease the discomfort.

 

 

 

If you would like to discuss restoring your credit and having more buying power in your life, contact me at fran@thriveanyway.com or take a look at this short video  called FES Protection Plan

 

 

 

 

For more information on Restoring your credit go to ithriveanyway.com

Fran Asaro is a Business Coach and Agent with Financial Education Services – helping people restore credit and earn extra money as a credit repair agent. If you are interested in learning how you can earn money helping others, contact fran at fran@thriveanyway.com

 

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