How to be tactful when trying to get clients!

Do you own a service-based business, where you sell your services to other people or companies? Then this post is for you.

Here are some pointers on how to be a little more tactful and earn business.

  1. If you are sending private messages to people or companies on social media you want to make sure you are friendly and ask questions.   Example:  Start a conversation. Get to know the person. Hi Sheena, my name is Daniel. I am a graphic designer and came across your website.
  2. Always start with a compliment… I love what you’re doing with the pearls and wanted you to know everything looks great…
  3. Then come in with your company details. I design logos and wanted to know if you’d take a look at some of my work… open-ended question…
  4. Never sell, always persuade. Depending on the answer you could say, great here is a link to my website, or say no problem but if you know anyone looking for a logo or need any services in the future please keep me in mind… This keeps you in a friendlier light and does not come off pushy or degrading the companies work. 

Do not message them with something like this:

Hello Sheena,  My name is Daniel a Business Consultant. I was looking at your website Mommy Boutique and found out that the logo is way too outdated and does not look very professional at all.  If you are interested I can give you 2 logo concepts to choose from totally free
The above example comes off pushy and rude and does not tell me anything about the person. Furthermore, it definitely does not make me want to do business with this person because, in all honesty, they just said my logo looked like crap! Ouch. No business owner wants to hear that!
The 1st example is way more tactful and more likely to get a return response. The 2nd example comes off pushy and arrogant. 
Now that we worked on the right and wrong way to send a message,  let’s talk about your social media presence.  Today your online entity is pretty much your resume. Let’s be honest, when you message someone, the first thing they do is click on your profile. This is even more true with companies or business owners. If you message me and your profile is empty with just a profile picture, I will not give you my business.
Before you ever choose to message a company to sell your services you have to have a strong online presence. Your Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, and any other platform you use has to have your information listed on it.
You would not go into an interview wearing PJ pants and slippers… No, you would want to look professional for your 1st impression. Well, you have to think of your online presence in the same way. Each time you message someone they are looking at your online resume (your social media pages)! If you have no photos, no info, no activity on your pages, then that tells me/them you are new and don’t have any experience. However, if I see you have information, a portfolio, and some activity I am more likely to work with you, even if I’m your 1st customer. You are building my trust by letting me see who you are.
Nowadays your online presence is everything. Companies almost never ask for paper applications anymore, and if you are selling a service you have to make sure your online identity is solid before asking people to pay for your services.
I would love to give you more pointers by offering you some mentoring sessions! If that seems like something you might need, feel free to check out my packages.

5 Real Struggles of a Mompreneur

Are you considering dropping the day job to become a mompreneur? Honestly, I can say that there is no better time to launch a new business than the present. However, there are a lot of things people don’t tell you when you quit working for someone and start working for yourself.

Here are my top 5 tips that have saved me when I first launched my new boutique. For details on my business please visit www.mommyboutique.net.

  1. Taxes – Yes, we are all aware that Uncle Sam needs to get paid on anything you sell, but what they don’t tell you is that in the state of Florida, you have to file sales tax every 3 months! For someone who knows nothing about taxes, this was a huge wake-up call for me. Luckily, I spoke with a very patient and understanding lady from the IRS who walked me through the whole process. To avoid me having a panic attack the next time, I actually enrolled in a program called Tax Jar (This is an affiliate link). After not knowing what the heck I was doing I started researching tax programs and fell in love with Tax Jar. The reason is that they make it super easy for you. You link your website to theirs, then they provide you with all the information the Government will need, plus you can see your net profits. That’s not all, here is what sets Tax Jar apart from the others in this industry. You can enroll to have them file your quarterly taxes for you. Yep, that’s right! They do everything for you and honestly, it’s so worth it, so that I have peace of mind, and don’t have to worry about the stuff I know nothing about. I feel confident that they have my back. Check them out, you’ll thank me later https://taxjar.grsm.io/MOMMYBOUTIQUE
  2. Wages – As a work at home mom or Mompreneur you expect to get paid for all your efforts right? WRONG! Yeah, you’ll make money when you sell stuff, but all those hours you’re promoting your brand, organizing, buying products, and doing sales pitches are all your time. Now, there will come a point when all those hours will pay off and you’ll be able to pat yourself on the back for sticking with it through the hard times, but believe me, there are many hard times. This is something no one ever tells you. They say yeah, quit your job and work for yourself, but they don’t tell you the long hours you’ll be grinding away, learning your craft. The hours you will spend arguing with your spouse over money issues, and the times you will have to tell your kids no ice cream when the ice cream truck comes around. Being a mom is hard, but adding your own business takes it to a whole new level. Now, don’t get me wrong I would not trade working at home, for anything. My kids get to be a part of my job, they even do live video’s with me on YouTube. But no one ever tells you about the real-life struggles that you face, the long hours, and the exhaustion that sets in when you are first starting out. You do way more work then what you get paid for at first. Our goal is to get to a point where all these efforts pay off, and we are able to hire someone else in our place! But don’t go into this thinking you’re going to be making a lot of money at first. The money follows the efforts! 
  3. Sweat – Blood, sweat, and tears! We’ve all heard the saying, but when you’re a mom working for yourself that brings on an entirely new meaning. For me, I mean literally sweating! I have a booth at a flea market every Monday and I sweat. Some day’s I do really well and I can say the day was worth it, other days I’m sitting in the Florida heat for hours and never make one sale. During the summer I had to drag my kids along with me and they had to endure the heat as well. I mean let’s be honest who can afford childcare these days? Especially for kids in diapers (FORGET IT)! So, on those days with no or little sales, you really start to question if you made the right decision. From experience, I want to push you to hang in there. Consistency wins people’s trust. If you can stick with it during the slow times, you’re going to see the benefits during the busy seasons. At least that’s how it’s been for me. Most of us become mompreneurs and work at home mom’s (WAHM), so we won’t have to pay a babysitter or daycare, so keep in mind some days are harder than others. Remember you are building a legacy, and hopefully one day your children can take it over, or help you with it when they are older. That’s my plan anyway. 
  4. Balance – This is one I talk about a lot on my podcast – WAHM RADIO. Balancing your daily life with kids, and your work is not easy. Most of us have errands to run, chores to do, a to-do list, and not to mention if you’re married, then that list gets even longer. You have to worry about dinner, girl scouts/boy scouts, tutoring, Bible class, speech class, laundry, dishes, and afterschool sports. We have to help with homework, baths, lunches, diapers, and the list goes on and on. This is before we even start to focus on our work at home job. So balance is your lifeline. No one ever told me that you’d have to be very disciplined to stay at home and work. The reason I say this is because your bed is going to look mighty cozy once your baby takes a nap mid-day, and the never-ending list gets overwhelming. However, to combat this, I have learned to set alarms and schedules. I give myself a daily schedule. We all have smartphones, so get out your calendar app and start giving yourself a daily schedule. Then set alarms for everything. I have about 30 alarms that go off during the day. They range from: it’s time to feed the baby lunch”, to “go pick up the girls from school”, or “do marketing on social media”. I have to give myself a small task that I know I can finish in order to get anything done. Otherwise, I will leave everything until tomorrow and then nothing get’s done. Time management is going to be your best friend when running your own business! 
  5. Getting incorporated – When starting a small business, one of the most asked questions I get is when should I incorporate? I have had many businesses in my life, some have been successful, some not so much, but here is one thing I’ve learned through the years. When you start making enough money to cover your business cost and daily living wage, then you need to consider an LLC or Corp. Now, I can not advise you as to what is best for your business. I’ve been on both sides and had LLC’s as well an S – Corp so you’d want to speak with a business advisor on what will fit your company best. The reason I say to incorporate once you see profits is to protect yourself and your business.  When you become a legal corporation you no longer are liable for anything that may happen through the business. Right now, if you were to get sued they could take your house, your car and any other assets you may have. When you have an LLC or Corporation, now the business has it’s own set of assets and they can no longer go after your individual assets. Plus, it’s a great way to record your income, and prove you are a dedicated business owner to your clients or customers. Most people want to see the LLC or INC behind the name. It builds trust and helps people know you’re not just playing around, but in it for the long haul. If you are selling cakes for friends on Facebook, then maybe waiting is a good idea, but if you have an online store like me “Mommy Boutique” then perhaps getting incorporated is worth it. Along with this comes other factors like business licenses, tax licenses, county licenses and so on. Be sure you have someone to speak to about all the requirements for your state. If you’re in Florida here is where you would go to get incorporated. http://dos.myflorida.com/sunbiz/

 

There is a lot that I can’t cover in a blog post, but I hope this gives you some things to consider when becoming a mompreneur. We are powerful, we are worthy, and we can accomplish great things when we put our mind’s to it. Together we stand as women, and support each other on our daily grind that is life, working from home, kids, spouses, and all the in-betweens!

 

 

 

 

Be A Secret Shopper!

Secret Shopping

 

I know you’ve heard of this before, right? You can call them Mystery Shoppers, Secret Shoppers, Quality Control Consultants, Customer Service Evaluators, or Service Checkers. Whatever name you choose, they all do the same thing.

What exactly is a Mystery Shopper?

Well, basically, it’s a person who poses as a completely ordinary customer, but while shopping takes mental detailed notes about specific products, store cleanliness, or employees. The goal of a Mystery Shopper is to improve the quality of service, and in return get higher sales for that company.

Now, the Mystery Shopper will have to fill out a very detailed form after they complete the shop and send it to the Mystery Shopping company that assigned them the job.

I had no idea this was a legit job!

To be completely honest with you, I have heard of this sort of thing, but I didn’t realize you could actually do it for a living.

Now, with that being said you are an independent contractor, so you and you alone are responsible for searching out jobs, keeping track of records, taxes, and all other things that go with being a contractor.

I am excited to say that I am now an actual Secret Shopper. That’s right! I can give you first-hand details on how exactly it works. There are a lot of things I can’t share, however, because being a shopper means you cannot EVER disclose any details on where you are going, when you will be there, or what you said in your report. All of that is confidential and if you are ever caught disclosing details, you will be dismissed from the Secret Shopper community, and it’s likely you won’t be given jobs afterward, and in most cases, you will not be paid for that job.

A great way to make extra money…

If you are a stay at home mom looking to make some extra income on the side, or if you are wanting to make a consistent income, being a Mystery Shopper gives you that flexibility. Yes, you will have deadlines, and in some cases, you might be able to bring your kids, but keep in mind you have to always be professional, and observant. If your kids are anything like mine, it’s hard to focus on anything but them when we are out in public.

I found an awesome resource for learning more about Mystery Shopping. Her name is Bethany, and I purchased her books and am so grateful I did. Because of her, I feel prepared and ready to start being a shopper. Note: this link does include an affiliate, and I will be paid a small % if you purchase this book from this link. Thanks.

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If you have any questions, or perhaps want to join some of the mystery companies I work for, just email me or find me on social media! I am always glad to help.

Good Luck my friends and happy shopping!

If you’d like to listen to my podcast on Secret Shopping, you can do so below!

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Do you have a side hustle?

What exactly is a side hustle you ask?

“A side hustle is a way to make some extra cash that allows you the flexibility to pursue what you’re most interested in. It can also be your true passion – a chance to delve into fashion, travel, or whatever it is you care about the most without quitting your day job.”  As stated in www.entrepreneur.com

I have always had some sort of side hustle in my life.  Whether it’s Freelance Writing. Or, one of my many attempts at MLM businesses, I always try to keep a steady side hustle going. Right now, I sell things on Amazon and eBay, and I’ve also started doing the popular pearl parties everyone is raving about these days, with a cute online boutique, I call “Mommy Boutique”.

Did you know that most successful business owners have at least two side hustles? Having a good side hustle guarantees that you will have some sort of income, even if you lose your regular day job. Even the popular Gary Vaynerchuk has a side hustle. He goes to yard sales every weekend to buy things he can resale online. He talks about it in some of his videos linked above.

I recently took a course on how to start a content marketing agency, because I am launching my new full-time career very soon called “Digital Marketing Fairy”. The teacher of this course is James Burchill, and he has unintentionally become my mentor on all things side hustle as well as content marketing.

James is from Burlington, Ontario and helps thousands of people find their side hustles. Check out his website, and Youtube videos because they are filled with wonderful tidbits to help you find your side hustle.

So, what is your side hustle?

If you don’t have one, but want to start doing something after work, or with free time, now is a great time to start. We are moving rapidly into the digital age where much of the higher paying jobs are being replaced with robots.

Have you been thinking of writing a book, baking cakes for friend’s parties, or building websites? Perhaps you are an artist wanting to sell your art or music! These are all great ways to bring in some extra cash. If you see a yard sale, stop and see if you can find anything of value that can be resold to make a profit.

Do not make excuses. There are so many ways to make extra money, you just have to be willing to put in the work. It’s not called side HUSTLE for nothing. You actually have to HUSTLE to make it happen. Just because it’s not your full-time job does not mean you’re not going to spend hours doing it. On the contrary, a lot of side hustles do take time to start, but once you get it going, they can become like a well-oiled machine, and that’s the goal!

Whatever your passion is, turn that into something that will make you money. If you like superheroes, perhaps start a YouTube channel or podcast where you talk about your favorite comics. If you’re doing something you truly enjoy, it won’t feel like work, so the hours you put in will go by quickly. Once it grows and you start making money with it, that’s when the true joy will come through, because you would have made money doing something you love, and that, my friend, is a pretty wonderful feeling.

For more information on side hustling, visit James Burchill. Also, check out my podcast for more work at home tips, WAHM Radio.

Good luck side hustlers!

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10 places to find freelance jobs!

Back when I first started freelancing, most of these sites were not around. It would have been awesome to have had these sites back then because it would have been easier to get work. I would spend countless hours searching for freelance gigs, then, after I finished the gig, it was back to digging for more jobs.

However, in today’s article, I am going to share 10 really awesome freelance sites that will help you get jobs. Most of the sites I am mentioning take 20 percent of what you make, but that’s standard, and when it comes down to it, you’re saving hundreds of hours of searching, so it’s totally worth it.

1. Up Work – I really like this site and am currently offering freelance writing on here. I will also be adding my marketing as well.
From their website:
A world of opportunities through Upwork businesses get more done, connecting with freelancers to work on projects from web and mobile app development to SEO, social media marketing, content writing, graphic design, admin help and thousands of other projects. Upwork makes it fast, simple, and cost-effective to find, hire, work with, and pay the best professionals anywhere, any time.
Upwork’s vision to connect businesses with great talent to work without limits.”

2. Fiverr – This is one of my personal favorites, so much so that I have an affiliate link because I talk, as well as use Fiverr so much. This is actually the 2nd time it shows up in one of my posts, I have an entire article dedicated to Fiverr, and you can read it by clicking here.
From their website:
“Fiverr is the world’s largest online marketplace for freelance services, beginning at a cost of $5 per job performed, from which it gets its name.

3. Peopleperhour – Now, I have not personally used this one, but have heard from others that they have gotten work from it.
From their website:
We strive to create a trusted and dynamic online workplace that will help people realize their dreams and lead a free and independent life.
Everyone deserves an equal shot at success, and it’s our mission to make it a reality.”

4. Craigslist – I know they get a bad reputation because of the shady people that sometimes post fake jobs, but I have had pretty good success with CL. You just have to know what to look for before taking a job. If nothing else, perhaps sell some stuff while you’re there!

5. Local Facebook Groups – Again, you have to be careful when looking for jobs on here, but a lot of big companies use Facebook to hire. I have found a few good writing gigs through Facebook groups. Just search for the freelance job you’re looking for. In my case, it was always writing. I got a few paid blog post like this, so it’s worth a shot.

6. Guru – This is another site I have not used, but by doing some research it looks like a very solid format for getting jobs, as well as getting paid. From their website:
Create a free Employer or Freelancer account in minutes. Employers post jobs — Freelancers create profiles and submit quotes to open jobs. Employers review the quotes, communicate with the freelancers, and choose who they want to Hire.”

7. LinkedIn – Believe it or not a lot of companies post freelance jobs on LinkedIn. If you don’t already have a profile, I strongly suggest you create one. I talk about LinkedIn a lot because it’s a great place to showcase your talents. It’s a virtual resume that will show potential employers that you know what you are talking about.

8. SimplyHired – This has always been my go to when looking for jobs. I love this site because I know that if a business posts an ad, it’s usually a real job, plus they search all the other job sites for you, including Indeed. Type in freelance and see what pops up. Some may not be remote jobs, but you can at least inquire.

9. Flexjobs – This is a paid site, so I don’t use this one for that reason, however, if you are tired of digging and waiting for gigs, this might be worth it for you to check out.
From their site:
FlexJobs knows that there’s a ton of junk out there for job seekers. Whether it’s the too-good-to-be-true business opportunities, endless ads, broken links, repetitive postings, or just straight-out scams… well, yes, there’s a lot of junk out there. And it’s often burying the actual good job opportunities. FlexJobs can change that. We can make your job search experience better, easier, faster, and safer.”

10. Google keywords – A good ole Google search might surprise you with some jobs. As a matter of fact, when I first started Freelance Writing by Sheena Diane, these freelance sites were not around, and I found 70 percent of my jobs by google keywords. Type in “Write for pay”, “Freelance Marketing”, or “Website design needed.” You might just find your next job!

Good luck with finding your next gig. As a freelancer myself, I know it’s all about digging and finding that next job, so I hope these 10 freelance sites will help in that journey. Check out WAHM Radio to hear more about freelance jobs!

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Creative Breaks

Creative Breaks are sometimes needed!

Today’s post is going to be a little different. I want to encourage you, if you’re doing a project and start to feel a little lost, overwhelmed, confused, or at a standstill, to take a creative break.

That’s not to say to get lazy or be away from your project too long, because that can have a negative effect on your end goal. What I’m saying is take a breather once in a while. Take time for yourself. Take some e-courses to get your creative juices flowing.

Invest in yourself.

Once you get a new outlook, you can come back to your project or business and start again. As an entrepreneur, I feel it’s vital to not get burnt out too quickly. We tend to eat, sleep, breath our new goals. This is good, don’t get me wrong. You need to become obsessed with your new goals to make them a reality, however, I caution you to take breaks. To allow yourself downtime, and invest in yourself.

I just need ME time!

I am the first to admit that I’m so bad about this. I go all in, pedal to the metal, and when I don’t see any progress right away I get upset and feel unaccomplished. I have to remind myself to step away for a few days when I start feeling this way, give myself some time off from that particular thing, and work on something else. Watch some of my favorite Netflix shows, get my nails done, etc. I just need ME time!

Stop and smell the roses…

Don’t be afraid to step away. I promise the momentum will still be there, just don’t take too long of a break, because then it’s harder to start where you left off. You will feel ready and rejuvenated after you stop and smell the roses. Go outside, let the fresh air hit you, and enjoy nature. Do something with your kids, and just have fun. We get so caught up in work, work, work, that we forget to have some fun along the way!

Creative Juices Flowing Again

This is exactly what I am going to be doing. I am taking a creative break for a few weeks. I will be back, I promise, but in order to provide good content, I feel the need to give myself some time away from the WAHM Club. Just for a little while, so I can get my creative juices flowing again.
You can still reach me on all my social media handles.

Thanks for all your support, and I look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, check out my podcast Audio Blog as well as WAHM Radio for updates on the happenings of my life!

Start a photography business

Do you love taking photos? How about starting your own photography business?

It’s easier than ever before to take amazing photos. You don’t even need a $500 camera to do it. You can take amazing photos just using your smartphone.

Download a good editing software from your computer, and you have yourself a great startup to your new photography business.

Make a portfolio

The easiest way to get known is by having a good portfolio. Anytime we have hired a photographer for family photos, I always check out their profile page, and look through all their photos. I want to make sure we will get good results from our session.

When you first start out, you’re not going to have a lot of photos to show clients, so you’re going to have to start offering FREE services to your family and friends, in return for good reviews, and rights to use their images for your portfolio.

After getting a least five different groups, or individuals, you will have enough to start charging for your photos. Remember photo sessions are fun, and you want it to be low pressure for your customers. Have poses lined up, and don’t ask them to pose. Unless they are professionals, having them pose themselves turn out bad in photos. Believe me, anytime a photographer said just pose yourself how you feel comfortable, I always came out looking constipated!

Side income, or full-time income

Starting a photography business can be a great side income, or full-time income if you get the right clients. A very good friend of mine landed a job at National Geographic because he took really amazing photos of animals and bugs.

One of the ladies who took our photos rented a storage unit with AC for her studio. I was a little apprehensive when I pulled into the storage lot, but she had it decorated really cozy, and it was two units put together, so there was a lot of space. She had a nice cozy chair to sit, with a mirror, and even a tiny play area for the kids. Then on the other side was all her camera equipment and backdrops. It was honestly a very inexpensive way to have a studio set up. The photos she took came out great.

You can get creative with this type of business. You don’t have to have a studio. You can take photos on location. I personally love the way those photos come out way better than being in a studio. And without a studio, you have no overhead.

Just use what you have to start

To start out, just use what you have. Use your smartphone, take great photos, and invest in a photoshop or a good editing software.

At first, you don’t even need a website. Create an Instagram account and a Facebook business page for your photography and add your photos there. Promote it and see if you can book some sessions. Once you start making some money, then invest in a website. As you continue getting business, buy better equipment. Let your clients buy your supplies so that you won’t have a big up-front investment.

As time goes on and you get better known, then invest in Facebook advertising. You can customize the market you want your ad to show to and bring in the clients you want.

This is a great hobby, side income, or could become a full-on business if you want it to. Find your niche and go all in or do it all. There are so many adventures to roam with photography. You can shoot weddings, baptisms, birthday parties, babies, animals, bugs, wildlife, plants, headshots, the list goes on and on.

Get creative, and make it happen. Stop thinking about it and do it! That’s the hardest part… Doing it!

Unplug and make connections

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Family Connections – Why we unplug.  

We are all attached to our smartphones and laptops but once in a while, we need to unplug.

As a work at home mom, I am on the computer eight-plus hours a day. It’s so easy to get caught up in working because it’s right at my fingertips.
I have three kids, and monkey sees, monkey do! My two daughters are constantly using their tablet or on their phones as well. I can’t be upset being I am doing the same thing. However, because I understand that we live in a time where devices control our attention, we have made a few rules that I believe keeps us strong and connected as a family.

The first rule is every night we have dinner together as a family. No devices are allowed at the table during that time, and we make a point of talking about our day. We ask each other the highs and lows of the day. It’s a fun way to get us all talking and listening to each other.

The other rule we do in our house is on weekends we spend time together. We play board games, go to the movies, bounce houses, have a dance party, and just have fun together. Once we have our fun, we will watch our favorite shows on Netflix, and perhaps before bed play some online games together. Sunday is when my husband is off work, and so this is the day we go to theme parks, visit family or travel. Sunday we are almost always unplugged unless we are visiting family with no kids. Then they can play on their tablet or phone for a short while.

No matter what your rules are in your house, it’s a good practice to have at least one day of family unplugged fun. It will not only make you feel better, but it will help your children feel a stronger bond towards you as they get older.

How face to face contact can help build your brand!

Unplugging at home is a great practice, but let’s dig into why it’s also just as important to unplug when you are starting your own business or working for a company at home.

It’s really easy to just rely on the internet for sales. It’s quick, convenient, and you can be online at all hours of the day or night. However, it’s not as easy to speak to potential clients or customers face to face. We tend to hide behind our keyboards, never wondering into the outside world.

One thing that I have found with all of the businesses I’ve started, is that it was vital for me to not depend solely on internet sales. You have to get out of your comfort zone and go to meet local people. Perhaps put flyers up at stores or pass out business cards.

A few things that really helped me grow my businesses were getting involved with mommy groups in my area. We have a program called MOPS (moms of preschoolers) and they are nationwide, so you should be able to find one in your area as well. Most of the time you see them being held at churches. This was a great way for me to meet local moms, as well as promote my businesses without being preachy, or spammy. Once I got to know the ladies, most want to know what I do for a living, and this is my opportunity to tell them.

Another great program you can get involved in is meetup groups. You can find them on Facebook, or online at meetup.com. Look for your area’s playgroups. If there is not one, then make one! If you are the admin of the group, this works even better in your favor because after a while of getting to know your group, hanging out with them, and learning about them, then you can ease into telling them about your business.

Meeting people locally is a wonderful way to get people interested in you as a person, and overall it builds your brand. You can join a bible study at your church or even a class on a topic that interests you. Find like-minded people to connect with, and grow your business with word of mouth advertising.

To quote Grant Cardone, start thinking to yourself “Who has my money?” Now, this is not to say be fake with meeting people. Don’t join the groups for the sole purpose of making a sale. Go in wholeheartedly to make connections. Your kids will benefit from the play dates, and you’ll get some much-needed adult time! So, it’s a win-win even if you don’t make a sale right away. You’ll be building your brand, making connections, meeting locals, having fun, and perhaps getting your business known around town, all at the same time.

Unplug once and a while – It does a body good!

Unplug from your daily internetwork and join a group of friends for coffee. It’s really going to help your morale to disconnect now and again!
Internet sales may be your main source of income, so keep plugging away at that, but don’t forget how important human face to face interaction is.

Even if you have a drop shipping eBay or Amazon business, you can still promote it with at a meetup. Just remember to hold back until they get to know you. Otherwise, people will feel you are pushy and it might scare them away. We all know that ONE PERSON! You know the one, she/he only calls because she/he needs to make a sale and wants you to order their product. Yeah, that one! Don’t be that one person. Instead be a friend, and make a sale because you are respected, not pushy!

Men, you’re included in these groups as well!

Unplug at home with your family at least once a week, to build a stronger connection, and get your mind clear for the following week of nonstop computer work. Then find a day that you can unplug for a meetup or mom’s group. It will be so worth it, with or without a sale. And for dad’s out there, don’t feel left out. Many churches have men’s groups, and there are also meetup groups for dad’s.

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How to start a free podcast, get a custom URL and host it for free!

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This is a little off the cuff of my normal post, but I wanted to share something with you, that has been vital to building my brand.
Anytime you embark on building your own business, you need to get your voice heard. The way to do that is social media. However, you can’t stop there.

One of the biggest and best tools I’ve used to get my name out there has been by podcasting. When you get a podcast that starts to build engagement, I think it ranks you higher on so many levels.

Because of my podcast, I’ve been able to connect with people all over the world. As a matter of fact, I sent Girl Scout cookies to one of my listens in Ireland. I live in Florida, so this was pretty awesome.  I’ve spoken to many people from the UK and done interviews with people thousands of miles away. In all honestly podcasting is an amazing way to connect with people on a deeper level, from all walks of life.

There is something about the voice that creates a deeper level of comfort. More so than video, or text.
I wrote a blog post on this subject when Ileane Smith who is very big in the podcasting community, came on my WAHM RADIO show.

Today, I want to teach you how you can also build some great relationships by using a free podcasting app. It’s called Anchor.
You download the app from your phone’s play store and create your station. I have two stations and would love for you to check them out sometime. My first station is my Audio Blog, called Sheena Diane’s Audio Blog. This is where you join me on my day to day activities as a work at home mom with three kids. My second station is my professional station called WAHM Radio. This is where I give you all the tips and tricks on balancing daily life as you work from home, and also give you places to find real work at home jobs!

I’ve made many connections on these two channels. I’ve tried other podcasting platforms, but I always come back to Anchor. The reason being, is the social aspects are amazing. Your listeners can call you to comment on your segments, and also, they really seem to be more engaged with my content.

Once you create your station name and set up your account, now it’s time to start broadcasting to the world. I will warn you though, it get’s pretty addicting.

 

Learn to listen first.

Now, one of the biggest difference between Anchor, and some of the other platforms is to get engagement, you first have to be engaged with them. Meaning, if you just get on record your segment and close the app, you are not going to get many listens. You have to first listen to others. This does not mean just call into as many stations as possible to promote yours. The people of Anchor are very passionate, and as a matter of fact, we call ourselves the Anchor family. In order to get listeners, you must first learn to listen! Once you start building those relationships, you will see the numbers go up and creating content becomes exciting, because now you know people are actually listening and will call in to comment and interact with you.

 

Getting your personal domain name

Now that we covered how to get listeners on Anchor, let’s move on to getting yourself a personal URL. I have used Go Daddy for all of my website domain names. They have the best customer service by far. Anytime I’ve had a question, they are always very patient, and walk me through the issue.

Here is an example of my husband’s podcast URL. His channel is called Gator Johnny’s AudioPhile. So, I purchased the domain name www.GatorJohnny.com

 

A free way to set up web hosting for your podcast

If you only want your URL to be for your podcast then I have a simple and free way to set it up. However, if you want to do more with your site, and make it more of a blog, or informational website then you can message me for more info on that. Instagram or Facebook are the best places to reach me for questions.

If you’re here because you want a way to host your website for free, while promoting your FREE podcast, then this is for you! You can get a .com for as low as $9.99, depending on where you buy it. Go ahead and purchase that domain name without any other bells and whistles. Just buy the domain for one year at first. You can decide to renew it later. You also have the option to get a .info for even less money, so really, it’s up to you. As long as you can get the name you want the .com, net, info, or us, does not really matter.

You have your domain name, now what? Normally you’d have to buy hosting. It cost anywhere from $100 to $200 for the year. If you’re not really making money with your podcast yet, then this can really seem like a lot of money to drop.  Here is the solution. With Anchor, you have a domain name. For the sake of this example, we are going to use my husband’s podcast URL. https://anchor.fm/gatorjohnny 

I purchased the name I wanted, forwarded it to the Anchor address with masking, and now you can visit my husband’s podcast by going to Gator Johnny . com.

 

Video Tutorial purchasing your domain, and forwarding it to Anchor podcast.

Here is my video tutorial to guide you through it. I use Go Daddy, but the process should be similar no matter what domain site you purchase your name from. https://youtu.be/hEC7jYZnonE