Join the Free 5 Day Infinite Growth Challenge!

Join the Free 5 Day Infinite Growth Challenge!

I’m beyond excited to kick this FREE challenge off!

You know why?

Because I see so many passionate women really struggling to stand out, get noticed and make a decent living online. You think it’s something to do with your product, your content or your business strategy (it COULD…)

But in reality?

99 times out of 100, it’s got NOTHING to do with any of the above, and EVERYTHING to do with YOU.

YES! YOU.

You’re solely responsible for your growth and how much money comes into your bank account each and every month.

It’s YOU who can choose to be an EXPERT in your niche, take over your market, and smash your income barriers, OR, play safe, be an average entrepreneur, making an average income (or nothing at all).

And if you’re currently struggling with the latter, let’s change that TODAY.

You are created for BIG things and I truly believe that.

I want to help you get insane results in your business. The next 12 months are going to be EPIC. Can you feel it?

 

 

HAVING AN INFINITE GROWTH MINDSET WILL HELP YOU…
  • Set BIG audacious goals for yourself (that the NEXT level requires of you)
  •  Attract the right people and connect with them in a totally oh-she-so-gets-it kinda way
  •  Look at your challenges differently and turn them into life-changing opportunities
  •  Lead & communicate powerfully, and create offers that highlight YOUR zone of genius
  •  Get new customers every single day, in ANY market, with ANY product, at ANY price point

 

If you’re into that kind of thing….then this FREE challenge is for you!

Click here to register!

“To whomever much is given–much shall be required.”

 

Give growing your best so you can become your best <3

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Successful Morning Routine for Entrepreneurs

Successful Morning Routine for Entrepreneurs

Today I want to teach you how to start a morning routine that will set you up for success.

Here’s the deal. Being an entrepreneur can be insane. If you’re not careful, you’ll start your day with emails, dings, distractions, or a kid peeling your eyes open saying ‘mommy mommy mommy mommy mommy mommy’.

What if you decided to wake up intentionally a little bit earlier?

Your day will start off calm instead of stressed.

Want to know the secret to having a super productive day?

It’s in your morning routine.

Your morning routine either sets your day up for success or stress.

Why have a morning routine?

Morning routines are so key when it comes to having a successful day.

In this post, I’ll share with you some of the essential parts of my morning routine, as well as some tips from other successful entrepreneurs.

Morning Routine Tip 1: Start the night before

My morning routine starts the night before.

I go through my day planner and decide what needs to happen the next day. What’s my main focus for the day? The ONE THING that needs to get done to move me closer to my goals?

I write it down, as well as take a look at my calendar to see what appointments I have the next day.

That way, I’m not scrambling to tackle whatever, I have a plan in place and get it done.

I put my planner, my bible, the book I’m currently reading out by my morning chair and I also get my coffee cup and water cup ready.

Also, when starting the night before, that includes getting enough sleep. If you’re going to start waking up earlier, you need to go to bed earlier too.

Morning Routine Tip 2: Start Small

If right now you typically wake up at 8, don’t try to wake up at 5 and do 3-hour morning routine #insane

Wake up 10 minutes earlier and read a few pages of a good book and jot down a few things you’re grateful for.

Once that feels good, you can try waking up 20 minutes earlier and sneak in a bit of meditation or stretching.

Morning Routine Tip 3: Eat Your Frog

One of the first personal development books I read was Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy.

Brian talks about getting your most important task done and out of the way before you move onto any other task that you want to do.

Try this and you’ll be so much more productive, procrastinate less, and actually get results in your biz.

Morning Routine Tip 4: Stick with It

Developing new habits take time. Be patient with yourself and stick with it.

Here’s my full morning routine:

Step 1: Positivity In

I usually wake up between 5 and 6 (my alarm is set for 6, but often I wake up before) and start by putting on my headphones and listening to a sermon or inspiring video (Elevation Church, Dani Johnson, Tony Robbins, etc).

Step 2: Hydrate/Caffeinate

Then I go downstairs and drink about 16 ounces of water, then make coffee.

You’re so dehydrated when you wake up so your body needs water stat!

Step 3: Read

Then, I light a candle and head on over to my morning chair and start reading while I drink my coffee.

I have the One Year Bible for Women, so I start with the content for the day, then I move onto the book I’m reading at that time.

Currently reading: Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren and The One Thing by Gary Keller

Step 4: Pray/Meditate

After reading about 10-20 min, I do prayer/meditation.

If you’re new to meditating, download the apps Calm or Headspace.

Step 5: Journal

I take notes on anything that sticks out to me during my reading and prayer time, write out a few things I’m grateful for plus my top goals for the next 90 days.

Typically by this point, my son is awake and I help him get ready for school and we’re off.

Step 6: Move

After I drop him off, I move my body in some way (walking our dog, yoga, weights, etc).

Step 7: The ONE THING

Then work on my ONE THING that needs to get done for the day.

Notice that I didn’t include checking email or Facebook at all—because I don’t do it until my one thing is complete.

In fact, my phone is charging in a completely separate room and I don’t even grab it until I’m done with my morning routine.

I am not perfect with my routine, but I do this 80-90% of the time, and notice the times I don’t I don’t have as much patience and I’m not in as good of a mood.

I crave my morning routine.

Here are some other morning routine tips from successful entrepreneurs:

Tony Robbins’ Morning Routine:

Tony has a practice called ‘priming’, which is a part of his morning routine.

Priming includes:

If you’ve ever been to a Tony event, he walks you through this entire thing. If you want to use his guided meditation (it’s great), you can check it out here: https://www.tonyrobbins.com/priming-exercise/

Also included in Tony’s morning routine is jumping into a cold plunge, working out, and eating a healthy breakfast.

Mark Sisson’s Morning Routine:

Mark (founder of Primal Kitchen and author of the Primal Blueprint) starts his day by taking a cold plunge in his pool, then does the LA Times crossword puzzle to work on his brain.

Steve Job’s Morning Routine:

Back in 2005 during a commencement he gave at Stanford, Steve revealed this profound part of his morning routine:

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like:

‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’

It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself:

“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”

And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

Arianna Huffington’s Morning Routine

Arianna, founder of the Huffington Post and Thrive Global has said:

“A big part of my morning ritual is about what I don’t do: when I wake up, I don’t start the day by looking at my smartphone. Instead, once I’m awake, I take a minute to breathe deeply, be grateful, and set my intention for the day.”

Tim Ferriss’s Morning Routine

Tim Ferris, the author of the 4 Hour Work Week, has interviewed thousands of successful entrepreneurs on his podcast and has adapted his own morning routine based on what he’s learned.

Tim starts his morning by making his bed. Then, he meditates for 10-20 minutes. Then, he works out for at least 30 seconds before making tea.

He finished his routine by journaling for 5-10 minutes.

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How To: Save Money, Reduce Risk, Remove Stress, and Keep On Your Journey (with Licensed CPA, Katie Ferro): Episode 50

How To: Save Money, Reduce Risk, Remove Stress, and Keep On Your Journey (with Licensed CPA, Katie Ferro): Episode 50

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Episode 050:

Happy 50th Episode!! Thank you so much for all the support, and getting us this far with over 30,000 downloads to date. (You guys are amazing!) Today I have a special interview for you, of a livestream I did last Friday with Katie Ferro! Katie is a licensed CPA with over 10 years of tax & accounting experience. She’s worked for a local CPA firm focusing on small business clients in all stages of their businesses and has managed the sales tax department of a multi billion dollar company. You are going to want to take notes, because you will learn SO MUCH! And be sure to sign up for her challenge! Let’s dive in.

Takeaways:

  • Katie shares that the numbers side of your business can be overwhelming, but it can be so empowering. Once you get good habits and really dive in, you see where it is you can save money, what you are doing right, and what your last months look like. You can learn from it, and create goals from looking at your numbers.
  • Use your numbers to see how to make improvements and what you can do to make more money!
  • Katie’s tips to keep things simple:
    • 1. Separate business and personal funds.
    • 2. Keep your receipts using Dropbox (or anywhere you can organize it)!
    • 3. Keep a daily journal, spreadsheet, or log. (Miles, where you went, what you did etc)
    • 4. Use some sort of bookkeeping software. (Xero)
  • Sometimes when you’re traveling, you might need to know how long you were there for travel. This is something that over time is important to keep track of.
  • Katie recommends not using paper, it’s too easy to lose when keeping these important notes that could be crucial for tax season.
  • Katie’s challenge starts TODAY! Be sure to check under resources to take part in it.
  • Her fear is that entrepreneurs will not keep track of their deductions. You have to be so organized as an entrepreneur, and it’s so important. Income is so easy to trace, so you have to keep track of your deductions. 
  • A lot of people don’t know what value a CPA can bring. Don’t be afraid to pay some money for major advice. It will be worth it in the long run. Invest in your business, and the things you don’t know.
  • Katie shares that one of her struggles was mindset, and the emotional part of considering her business a business. She shares that it took her a while to come to terms with her business, that it can really make a difference in the online space. She kept seeing free webinars, and worried how she could sell hers. She modeled what I was doing for what her business could do, so she signed up for Impact Blogging Academy (IBA).
  • Confidence and clarity are two things she has seen change since signing up for IBA.
  • Katie says her idea of making an impact is to really change women’s lives, and empower them to go out and make a difference, and start educating entrepreneurs of what she knows about. Using her voice to help other women succeed in their business and beyond.

Highlights:

  • (3:24) A little more about Katie, and how she got started in the business.
  • (5:45) Why entrepreneurs should be excited  about the numbers side of business.
  • (6:54) MY story about paying taxes, and saving this money. My main mistake.
  • (7:30) Katie’s suggestions to reduce your tax bill.
  • (10:10) Katie’s 4 Tips to Keep It SIMPLE!
  • (15:24) What is Trello, and why I use it!
  • (16:24) What can you do to get things under control and clean up your goals and business for the upcoming year?
  • (18:49) Why does Katie worry about today’s entrepreneurs?
  • (22:01) Mistakes Katie sees entrepreneurs making.
  • (26:23) Katie’s biggest struggle so far in her years as an entrepreneur.
  • (28:41) Changes she’s seen in her business since joining Impact Blogging Academy.
  • (31:12) What’s the best book Katie’s ever read?
  • (32:50) What does it mean to Katie to make an impact?
  • (33:29) What is for her? Be sure to sign up for her challenge!
  • (34:06) Where to connect with Katie Ferro, and how to sign up for her challenge!

Quotes:

“The reason you’re in business is to make money, otherwise you wouldn’t be calling it a business”

“Receipts are only there in case you get audited”

“If they don’t keep track of their deductions, they may end up with a big tax bill”

“I had no list before IBA.”

“There’s this huge movement of women empowering women”

“My idea is to really boost it for 2019”

Watch Full Interview:

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Listen to Episode 41 (First Steps on Starting a Business, and How to Take it to the Next Level with Helen Munshi)

Listen to Episode 42 (How To Get In Front of MORE People and Build An Influential Online Brand with Erika Ashley)

Listen to Episode 43 (Talking Money Mindset with Intuitive Business Coach Emily Aarons)

Listen to Episode 44 (Uncovering the Next Evolution of Your Brand Message with Adria Decorte)

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What are Pinterest Communities?

What are Pinterest Communities?

Pinterest Communities are the latest addition to Pinterest. What are they? How do you join a Pinterest Community? Create a community of your own? 

And most importantly…are Pinterest Communities worth your tim

I’ll dive into all of that in this post. 

I actually want to start with this main question, because then you can decide if you truly want to read the rest of the post or not.

I don’t want you to waste your time if you don’t have to (you’re welcome).

Are Pinterest communities worth your time?

In short, no. There may be people who disagree with me here. But this is why I don’t think Pinterest Communities are worth your time:

It’s distracting us from our main goal of Pinterest in the first place, which is FREE TRAFFIC. Traffic that helps you build your email list and make more sales.

Just remember this: Pinterest is a SEARCH ENGINE. That is what makes it so powerful.  I see communes on Pinterest as a shiny object that distracts its users from its original intent, which is to be a powerful, visual search engine.

Could Pinterest Communities change and will I change my opinion on them? Maybe. But as of right now, I don’t see the point in rushing into creating a community or adding to your list of ‘to-dos by joining tons of them and posting in them.

Remember: Pinterest is a long-term strategy, and it’s results come because it’s a search engine, not because it’s just another social media platform.

Now that we are on the same page, you can jump into some of my other blog posts that will help you use Pinterest as a powerful search engine here:

What are Pinterest Communities?

The easiest way to explain Pinterest Communities is to show you what it’s like on other platforms. Facebook has groups. Instagram has pods. Twitter has parties.

Essentially, Pinterest Communities are a new way for you to communicate with other sinners and to market your blog content.

Inside a Pinterest Community, you can have conversations, comment on other posts, and post links to your blog.

How do you join a Pinterest community?

Right now, in order to see the communities tab on Pinterest, search for communities, or create your own, you need to join at least one community.

Here’s Pinterest’s community finder community: https://www.pinterest.com/community/community-finder/ 

After you join your first community, you can search for others that are relevant to your niche.

Your Pinterest account should now have a tab at the top for communities, where you can click there and join/create a community.

How do you create a Pinterest community?

As of September 30, 2018, Pinterest applied a limit to how many communities you can create (2 per account).

So you def want to make your two count!

Click the button at the top right to create your community.

Next, you’re going to name your community and give it a description, as well as upload an image.

When naming your community, remember: Pinterest is a search engine.

You want your name that you think people might actually be typing in the search bar so that when they search for that topic, you show up.

Bad example: Rachel’s community for She’s Making an Impact

Good example: Pinterest for Bloggers

After you join a Pinterest Community, what’s next?

You have your Pinterest Community created and have joined a few, how should you act inside the community?

The first thing I do whenever I’m new to a platform is I observe. What are other people doing in here? Are they sharing links? Adding value? Posting often?

My rule of thumb with any platform is: ADD VALUE.

I wouldn’t just post a link to your latest blog post. I would add massive value and share content from that post that’s relevant to the people in the community.

I would see if people are asking questions that you can answer so you can quickly become the ‘expert’ in that community.

Related reading: Jab Jab Jab Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuck

Conclusion:

Pinterest Communities are the hot new thing. While it may be tempting to act quickly and jump into a bunch, I honestly don’t think it’s worth your time and it’s not the reason why I love Pinterest as a platform.

Question: Do you agree with me? Or will you be joining a million communities?

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How to Hire Your First Freelancer and Build Your Team (with Nathan Hirsch): Episode 049

How to Hire Your First Freelancer and Build Your Team (with Nathan Hirsch): Episode 049

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Episode 49 Show Notes

Today I’m interviewing Nathan Hirsch! He is a 29 year old serial entrepreneur and expert in remote hiring and eCommerce. He started his first eCommerce business out of his college dorm room and has sold over $30 million online. He is now the co-founder and CEO of FreeeUp.com, a marketplace where business owners can request, and get introduced to freelancers across the world! We talk all about how to hire your first freelancer, and the best ways to start building your team. Enjoy!

Takeaways:

  • Nathan shares that when he got to college, he started trying different entrepreneurial ventures. Before he knew it he had lines out his door of people trying to sell him their used text books. This was his first glimpse of being an entrepreneur.
  • Nathan knew quickly he needed to hire his first employee. He says it took up so much time to try to find someone to employ. This sparked his company, FreeUp!
  • Nathan says that entrepreneurs should be focused on high level work. Decide what you’re not good at, and that is what you should outsource. Truthfully, we aren’t all good at everything. It’s so important to hone in on what it is we’re not good at, and get those jobs outsourced to people who are!
  • It’s important to identify who your perfect person you wish to hire is. If you don’t identify it first, it’s nearly impossible that you’ll be able to find a good fit, because you won’t know what you’re looking for when it comes time to interview people.
  • Always be trying to improve your interview process.
  • Standard Operating Procedures are SO IMPORTANT. This means anyone can walk into your business and things are set up and ready to go. This makes changes in employees easy. Be sure these Procedures are up to date.
  • Is it better to hire one person? Or multiple? Nathan says that only hiring one person can really set your business back. Let’s say they quit, or need time off: you need to protect your business so you can diversify your business so you can grow, and not be set back.
  • Nathan says that as an early on entrepreneur, block out the noise. You shouldn’t worry about what people are saying about your business, or their criticism. You can’t please everyone, just focus on your passion and stick with it!

Highlights:

  • (1:46) A little more about Nathan.
  • (2:50) Nathan first glimpse of being an entrepreneur in college.
  • (3:48) His accountant ask him when he was going to hire his first employee.
  • (4:59) What is FreeUp, and how does it work?
  • (6:34) When does Nathan think is the right time to start hiring for your business?
  • (7:30) How to decide what you should get off your plate, what to outsource.
  • (8:39) Benefits of hiring freelancers vs. employees?
  • (10:27) How does Nathan find the right people for the tasks he wants to outsource?
  • (13:02) What is an SOP?
  • (13:58) How to combat communication issues.
  • (15:24) Where are freelancers on FreeUp from?
  • (17:01) One freelancer for everything? Or multiple freelancers for the tasks?
  • (18:48) What should you focus on as a business owner? Low risk, high reward.
  • (20:07) Two of the biggest mistakes Nathan has made in his time as an entrepreneur.
  • (20:35) Nathan’s advice for a young entrepreneur.
  • (21:43) What does it mean for Nathan to make an impact?
  • (23:02) What’s next for Nathan?

Quotes:

“If you don’t have a budget for ongoing work, hire for project based”

“I didn’t just wake up one morning and hire 40 people, I slowly built up”

“There is no right or wrong way to go about hiring”

“If you let someone in, set your expectations up front”

“If people spend more time figuring out what that perfect person looks like, and setting expectations before that work starts…thats how you have a better long term hiring experience”

“There’s no substitute for seeing someone in real time”

“Focus on as many low risk high rewards situations as you can”

“The more you do it, the easier it gets”

Resources:

Connect with Nathan:

FreeeUp Website (Mention podcast for 25% off!)

FreeeUp Blog

FreeeUp Youtube Channel

Watch Full Interview:

Thanks so much for Listening! Comment below with your #1 takeaway!

 

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Listen to Episode 41 (First Steps on Starting a Business, and How to Take it to the Next Level with Helen Munshi)

Listen to Episode 42 (How To Get In Front of MORE People and Build An Influential Online Brand with Erika Ashley)

Listen to Episode 43 (Talking Money Mindset with Intuitive Business Coach Emily Aarons)

Listen to Episode 44 (Uncovering the Next Evolution of Your Brand Message with Adria Decorte)

 

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