Here's my recent Interview with Janet Mueller, a Business Success Coach working with Direct Sellers & Network Marketers. I had lots of fun talking to her and sharing some tips. Enjoy! http://ht.ly/68o0D
"Choose your mentors & role models based on character, not just accomplishment." Carrie Wilkerson
Read this before you do your taxes this year: 10 Tax Benefits For The Self-Employed Forbes http://ht.ly/48Ro2
8 Sales Tips for Shy People http://ht.ly/4a8ge -- I especially like tip #4 Let them do most of the talking.
Interesting article about a husband who joined his wife's business when she became injured. Meet "Bob the Avon guy," a top salesman for the cosmetics company http://ht.ly/4aY2I
"The secret of getting ahead is getting started." ~ Agatha Christie
Tip of the Day: Marketing by walking around: Wear a t-shirt or jacket with your company logo on it or attach a promotional button or piece of jewelry to your shirt, jacket or purse strap. It's an easy way to get exposure for your company and products and to invite people to ask you about your business.
Social networking is hot right now, but most small business owners are getting cold results from it.
Here's an excerpt from 9 Rules of Facebook Promotion Every Small Business Should Know by Nick O'Neill of allfacebook.com that will help you heat things up:
"You’re the owner of a local small business and you are trying to figure out the best steps to get on to Facebook to drive new customers. It can be a daunting task and with little extra time in the day, how can you be expected to spend time promoting your business on Facebook? I completely understand the challenges of running a small business and after speaking with lawyers, florists, dentists, and many other small businesses, I’ve compiled the following list of strategies that should help ease the process.
1. Go Slow And Steady, Don’t Overdo It
Any form of promotion is like compound interest. It takes time to build up the residual returns but if you stick with it, the pay off can be substantial. Many people hear that Facebook is a great way to promote their business but after trying it out for a few days or even a couple weeks, they don’t see significant effects so they give up and decide to keep paying for Yellow page advertisements. Who knows how well Yellow Page ads pay off but that monthly check must be going towards something, right?
The difference between Facebook and more traditional promotional channels is that the small business owner needs to invest a little bit of their time. The extra effort can go a long way and can even provide a rewarding experience as customers begin to provide feedback and communicate directly with you. So how much time do you need to be spending? Not hours a day! While promoting via Facebook can become an addictive process, you can allocate little more than an hour a week to your promotional activities.
While it’s never bad to start off enthusiastically, you don’t want to waste all of your efforts in the first few days. Build up your fan base steadily and you’ll begin to see the benefits. " Read the other 8 Rules here ....
"It can be difficult finding the time to be social on all these social sites and some, like Facebook and Myspace seem to take more time than many other. There are several ways you can manage your activities on Facebook that will increase your presence but don’t take up all your time.
1. Limit your contacts - With Facebook you will get a lot of people wanting to connect with you. Check them out first and only connect with those that are going to be of value.
2. Limit your activities to twenty or so groups - Thirty groups max. Select groups that are relevant to you and to your niche; getting involved with groups outside your niche just uses up valuable time." Read more here: