Six figures, six figures. It seems everyone who is an online coach or consultant uses these words as some sort of validation that they are doing well in their business. From the very first day of my online journey, I followed persons who boasted of making 5-figures in their business. I saw them as an authority and as an influencer. Even though most of these persons were making their money in US Dollars, I always felt like 5-figures in my currency will mean the same thing. So I set out the goal and made the decision to do it.
I followed every webinar and every free training to understand the basics of this online coaching world. There were many sleepless nights, burning eyes and frustrating moments as I worked night and day to get ahead. I did the work and I paid the dues for the first year. I put myself out there when I had nothing. I was living at my in-laws in not-so-good conditions. I did Facebook live-streams anyway. I organized my first Telesummit (the first in my country) and got connected to the moguls in Online Business. I never thought I would be interviewing the likes of Tepsii Thendo, Cassie Howard and Aprille Franks-Hunt. I hosted webinars and workshops. I created and delivered Coaching programs. Wow! Looking back, at that time, it seemed like I would never make any money. But I stuck with it.
In the second year, I continued moving up bit by bit. I could see how things were progressing, even though it was slow. Then...........BAM! I got a client to do some blogs for their business. They quadrupled their order about a month after. Amazing! I could finally afford the coach I wanted to teach me the good stuff (not the 'free' stuff). I worked with the coach for two months and everything went up from there. For the next few months, I was overwhelmed with the amount of work that was coming in from this little idea that I had of becoming a mom coach.
I added other services like Blog Management and Virtual Assistant. I also created free and paid offerings that are bringing me passive income almost weekly. My goal is to get that passive income daily!
Tomorrow is my birthday! I just ran an income statement report from my Wave account, just to see what's up. I was so surprised to see that my income from January to present is over six-figures! That was a shocker, but I knew I worked damn hard for it.
So, how can you do the same? Work your ass off! It may not happen in the first year, or the second year, but stick with it. Be consistent, get out there, make connections, ask for referrals, create content daily, be honest and PLAN! Believe in yourself and get rid of the haters.
You can do this!
If you want me to teach you in detail what I learned to fast-track my success, send me an email ASAP at email@example.com. There is an investment involved (because persons who invest in themselves ROCK!) but it won't break you. Let's get in touch.
See you at the top.
My time got pretty tight over the past few months.
I was working on my online business. I did all the foundation work for the past two years, so now it's much easier for me to manage since I worked with my coach. She advised that I should set up Fiverr and Upwork accounts to gain clients. I wasn't too fond of this, but I followed her instruction. BAM! I got a longterm client from Fiverr who was paying me in US dollars every week. The thing is she needed me to work for her 10 hours a week. I worked that out to be 2 hours on a workday. Sounds great. I accepted.
This semester I'm doing 3 courses for the first time. If I think about it, I need at least an hour a day for each subject to keep ahead of things. Three hours a day. No problem.
I have 2 other businesses with my husband which I think I need 2 hours a day to keep things current. No problem.
I was invited to become a contributing blog writer for www.bossbabe.com. Awesome! That would take at least 1 hour a day to fulfill my obligation. Yes!
I have 4 young kids that need my attention so I figured I needed at least 2 hours after school between 5-7pm to handle them all. No problem.
I am a wife, so I need to make sure the house is clean, meals are prepared, and the home is running smoothly. Thinking about it, I need at lest 2 - 3 hours a day to to all those household tasks. Umm......okay.
I am spiritually grounded, so I need at least an hour to journal and for prayer. Okay. That's a must.
I got offered a corporate job last month that I could not refuse. Wait.....what? That's 8 hours! How was I going to handle all these commitments! In this day of so-called recession, I had to make some serious decisions. My time over money!
I can tell you it was not easy. I got very frustrated. The first thing I had to do was figure out what I needed to let go in order to be effective. The hardest decision I had to make was to put my online business that I worked so hard to build over the past two years on hold. I also archived all my groups and stores. I only left my Fanpage up. I simply could not dedicate the time.
My husband and myself decided he will handle the family business and I would only come in for administrative and Social Media work. He would also help out more at home (priceless!). I rearranged my school timetable to 2 subjects a day. Great move.
I kept the private client until the end of October. Even though she was paying me in US dollars, I was becoming so distracted from my school work and at my new job. I gave up that extra money for my time and sanity.
So, making those decisions have made me a happier and less-stressed woman. I am not at peace and I'm ready to give my whole self to what I am doing at any moment.
Life comes with decisions. Making money should be effortless when you act smart. Never sacrifice your sanity for working overtime. You will be ineffective and very stressed.
Do you need help strategizing your time? I'm here to help. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can go through my Time Management Mastery session for 30 days. You will see the amazing things you can do when you plan.
The year 2017 so far had a lot of focus on Goals and Goal Planning. You are wasting a lot of time if you don't have your goals set. You should already have at least the first quarter of 2018 planned, also to the last quarter of 2017.
This kind of planning can be identified with those who are letting go of procrastination, and those who are bent on becoming a success. There is a Quote that I always follow from my mentor. It says, 'Successful people do daily what unsuccessful people do occasionally'. If you want to be a success, you must have your goals and dreams planned out. In addition to that, you have to decide that you are in fact a success. Nothing must stop you from achieving your goal.
I have been tested in so many ways this year. At one time, I thought that I could not make it. I was on the verge of giving up, again. One move in FAITH caused me to step out on the unknown, and since that day EVERYTHING has worked in my favor. So, my lady, never give up on your dream.
Here are some of the things I did to ensure I kept on track.
Write and re-write your goals. Things change daily, sometimes by the minute. Those changes can have an effect on what you are planning to do. Don't sweat it. Just re-write your goal to accommodate the change, or write a new one that aligns with your purpose. There is nothing wring in doing this. In fact, it totally shows that you care about what you want in life.
Read your goals aloud daily. Each day, look over your written goals. It's not enough to just think about it. Say it aloud, get it into the atmosphere, let the world hear your plan. That way, things get set in motion to get what you want to you faster. You can also put them in places you can see throughout your day.
Ensure you write SMART goals. Make sure your goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time based. This will help you be more strategic, and will give you more realistic results.
Get organized. Get one main notebook or journal where you want to keep your goals. You may want to have another book handy where you would jot down all your ideas that come to you. That would assist in achieving the goal. Ensure you have a daily/monthly planner so you can keep track of your progress. Don't forget to celebrate each win.
There are four more months in 2017. You still have time to do something great. Amazing things can be done when you purpose in your soul to be great. Start today, for tomorrow and the days that follow will go by so quickly. You will wonder where the months and years have gone, leaving you still with your dream in your mind.
Get cracking. You can do it!
I want to share this true story with you.Today is my first born's birthday. He is 12 years old. I never would have thought how much the twists and turns of life would affect me in the years following his birth. Two years after he was born, my mom died (down moment). Two years after that I had my first business (up moment). Four years after that my business crashed (down moment). Two years after that I have two brand new income generating businesses (aha moment)!
You see, in every phase in life, you have ups and downs. The one thing that would get you through those times is the right mindset and Faith. What else will give you hope and the energy to go on? I wasted many years on my journey because I didn't recognize the power I had within me. I didn't realize how much my negative self-talk was keeping me back from realizing the biggest income generating year of my life. I lost out on joy that could have catapulted me into a different status because I was wallowing in self-pity.
I'm so glad I got a hold of myself and started thinking differently. I shifted my focus, changed my friends, read the Word and lifted my faith. Since then, I have seen drastic changes in myself and my life.
Last year, I could not afford to get anything for my son. I told him that he won't get everything he wants all the time. I spoke to him this morning and told him that I was sorry for telling him that. This year, I am now able to get him what he wants. I assured him that his life can become great if he works hard and believes in himself and a greater One. I told him to lift his Faith at all times and he will see just how good life can be.
You may be feeling stressed and down right now, but I want to tell you, that there is a better way. There are certain things that you can do to get your life to where you want it to be. You just have to do the work.
I want to invite you to join me in my Money Mindset Blueprint session starting June 3rd. We will go deep and discover what is holding you back, and get you on the right track financially and mentally. I recently concluded a 3-night webinar on this that was absolutely amazing. Attendees are still thanking me for the information I shared. If you would like to be a part of the training for the awesome price of only $100 US, email me asap at email@example.com .
If you would like a replay of the webinar to get more information, email me at the same address firstname.lastname@example.org . Doors close on Sunday 2nd July and I have a limited number of spaces available.
Let's get this thing going! This is your year! Claim it!
As we continue the Power of Positivity message, I have this special Monday Motivation Message for you Moms. In this video I did last night in my group Successful Mom Entrepreneur Network, I speak about the power of your tongue and show you that what you say comes to reality in your lives, whether good or bad.
Take a few minutes and listen to this message and begin implementing the tips and see things begin to change in your lives. Let me know what you will change about the way you speak in the comments below.
Enjoy your day!
I used to think the many mistakes I made in life would cause me to be punished for the rest of my life. It brought me depression, heartache, shame, embarrassment, and continued thoughts of failure. Those thoughts consumed me so much that those things actually happened. I lost my strength and passion. I never thought I would get back to where I was.
But looking to the WORD in John 11, I saw that Martha's brother, Lazarus, had died 4 days. Jesus, his friend, came to see them. Martha told Jesus, "If you were here, my brother would not have died. But now I know, that even now, whatsoever I ask of God, God will give it to me." And Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
What will you ask of God today? I asked for restoration of my life and family. Did it happen? Yes!
What Will you ask of God today? Restoration of a relationship, finances, business, vehicle, celebrity status, your voice? Remember, you have nothing, because you asked for nothing. Be sure when you do ask, your heart is pure, and you don't consume the thing on your own lust.
I've been through much, and have so much to share about the goodness of my King and good people that are still around to help you when you are down. My smile has returned, and the journey is resumed.
Send me a PM if you want to share your story.
Sometimes in life, you may make mistakes. You may make that mistake at a time when you did not know better, without thinking who it may affect, or maybe you made that mistake knowing that indeed you would be hurting someone else. Whatever your state at that time, if you have recognized your mistake and you genuinely make steps to correct it, you would be redeemed. There may be people who you have hurt. Whether it was 10 years ago, or 10 days ago, do your duty and reach out to make amends. It may be that the person forgives you, or they may make you feel worse and remind you of what they think about you. There may be people who tell you that you are not their caliber of friend. Whatever the statements, give your apology with your whole heart, and move on.
We live in a society where hate, envy and strife wants to dominate. Society does not want forgiveness and love to rule. It may be the opinion of others that you are no good, stupid, deceitful, grimy, dumb or unproductive. I say to you today, YOU ARE NOT THE OPINION OF OTHERS! Own your fault, correct it, make amends and MOVE ON.
If you are still not received, yes, you may feel bad, but hear this, you are making room for a better friendship. Be sure to take your time and change from the inside out. Analyze every thought before you take action on it. Don't let cycles repeat themselves to give anyone a reason to point fingers.
Know today that you are beautiful, strong, fearless, intelligent, resourceful and BLESSED!
My 11 year old son left me this message. He was studying for an exam which he had to take the next day. My kids wake up at 6am. The younger ones are in bed by 7:30, but this son has major Exams next year called SEA to advance to Secondary (High) School.. He also has extra classes on afternoons until 5pm.
So, I have a question. How many hours do you think is "enough" for your kids to study? Any Child Psychologists here?
Let me know in the comments below.
Since the beginning of time, females have always been special. They have special privileges that men simply do not have. Women have used these privileges for good, and also for bad. Women should know the power that they have, and use it.
These privileges extend even as far as their businesses. It's a fact that the proportion of Grants and Incentives for women who want to have their own business far outweigh those of their male counterparts. Women, know the power you have, and use it!
In 2013, I had to make the decision to close my store that I had since 2007. I found myself in debt and an unhappy place, trying to keep the business afloat. But I had to realize, keeping it open was doing more damage than good. (Side note: Know when its time to let go! That's another blog post by itself.) I had no business, and no income coming in. I had no other stream of income coming in (yet, another blog post). I had 4 young children and we were struggling to get by. At my lowest point, I vowed to never be in that position again, and I made calculated steps to get myself back to the TOP!
So, there I was, two new business ideas: no funds to get them started. I had exhausted all my other resources, or so I thought.
The fact is, there are various opportunities for women to get capital (some of which you don't have to repay) to get your business going.
Here are the steps you need to take to ensure you get in on the MONEY!
1. Make sure you have a Registered Business
No Investor wants to give away money to someone who doesn't have their shit together. It takes a maximum of 3 weeks to have that Certificate of Incorporation in your hands, as long as you complete all the processes efficiently. Take a week or two, decide what type of business you want to incorporate, send out surveys and questionnaires to make sure your idea would be profitable, and get going. Also, ensure you have a business plan.
2. Make sure your Idea is in line with a greater good
Investors love projects that bring about a greater good to society. There are hundreds of grants available with the following categories:
a) Private Grants - funded by an individual or organization who has a personal interest in promoting certain kinds of activities through their generosity. They give to Foundations and Non-Profits. This kind of business is more likely to receive funding because of the benefits to minority groups. It's also a huge tax break for the giving organization.
Corporate grants are developed and administered by companies who wish to fund projects that either enhance their reputations or have a reasonable chance of producing benefits to the funding company. Some companies and organizations have a history of making grants available for women to use for education or career advancement.
c)Professional Grants - Professional grants are usually made by non-profit organizations and universities within a given profession to advance the status of individual members of the profession and the status of the profession itself. Many professional women’s organizations offer career development or advancement grants for use by members of the profession for travel, education or counseling.
3. Search Locally for Grants that fall within your project objective
My project was an online digital Magazine for moms called 21st Century Mom Magazine. The main result was to help moms be the best they can be to themselves and their loved ones, focusing on entrepreneurship, so they can increase their income and add value to their household. This initiative would in-turn create a better society of more confident moms and generally put them in a better economic category.
So I started looking. Here are some of the places I approached and the links to their websites:
Digicel Foundation - http://digicelpngfoundation.org/apply-for-funding/
Caribbean Airlines - http://www.caribbean-airlines.com/index.php/contact-us/sponsorship-requests/apply-for-sponsorship
Digicel Epic Program - https://www.digicelgroup.com/tt/en/mobile/explore/other-stuff/digicel-foundation-e-p-i-c-programme.html
Blink|Bmobile Foundation - http://www.tstt.co.tt/blink-bmobile-foundation
Ministry of Community Development - http://www.community.gov.tt/home/node/1254
TTConnect - https://www.ttconnect.gov.tt/gortt/portal/ttconnect/!ut/p/a1/jdDBCoJAEAbgp_HqjIqV3TyUqVFpWLqXUNhWw1zRTXv81FOBWXOb4fvhZ4BACKSIm4zFIuNFnPc7mV1cT0XdNjS0jEBB1ffM3dyxNTwoHYjewd631h1Y6crGPWmI-F8ev4z5M3-kBZyBTLK-xScYqTmAiR4OEJbzZPhJZBaJtmBAKnqlFa3kR9WdUyHKeimhhG3byoxzllNZCAnHEimvBYQfEMp7ED7tm543W_MFWUCA9Q!!/dl5/d5/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh/?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/gortt/wcm/connect/gortt+web+content/TTConnect/Business/Role/AnNGO/GrantsandFunding/The+Sport+and+Culture+Fund
The U.S. Embassy - https://tt.usembassy.gov/education-culture/request-grant-proposals/?_ga=1.156690043.1780789102.1471026350
You can also write to your local Chamber, Government Organizations and Large Corporations and ask for sponsorship or a grant for your project. The more you approach, the more likely you would be approved by at least one potential Investor.
Some may take longer to respond, but please, follow up every week or so. You want to avoid your proposal being dumped or not attended to. Follow up is key to actually getting that cheque in your hand!
Good luck, and happy applying. I'd love to know your needs. Feel free to comment below.
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