Aug

17

 

How to Make Social Media Marketing Work for Your Small Business

We all know that social media marketing is essential if you want to grow your business online. And with over 3 billion people online, having a presence in that space is critical. Social media marketing may seem overwhelming at first glance. With so many platforms and strategies to choose from, it's difficult to know what is most important for your particular business. The following are a few tips to make social media work for you, no matter the industry or size of your business.

How to Make Social Media Marketing Work for You

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Start small, stay consistent

The best way to make social media marketing work for your small business is to post to and engage with your audience consistently. Can't do it every day? That’s okay, do it once a week. Apply a consistent strategy that works so you don’t get burned out.

Track your results

To avoid the pitfalls of social media marketing, track your performance, so you know what's working and what's not working. Measuring your results does not have to be a complicated process. Start by establishing a baseline of your performance and consistent measure those same metrics.

Don't join every new social platform

Join the social platforms that work best for your business and will reach the most people that are likely to purchase your products/services. For example, businesses selling insurance probably won't find much of a market on Snapchat or Pinterest. Focus your efforts on the social platforms that work best for your business.

Social media marketing does not have to be complicated. Start small but stay consistent so you can track what's working and what's not working. Focus your efforts, so you don't get burned out. Plant the seeds of social media marketing and get started today so you can start seeing better results tomorrow. Contact Alan with AdvancingWithUs to learn more about how he successfully applies social media marketing to his marketing strategies.

 

   

Aug

10

 

How to Beat Work-Related Stress

Let’s face it, we all get stressed out now and then. No matter your job or career, there will be times that work can get stressful. Instead of letting work stress you out so much that it gets in the way of your normal life, follow a few tips to keep work-related stress in check throughout the workday and when you clock out.

Tips to Beat Work Related Stress

Man stressed out at work

Know your triggers

If the same things make you mad every day, maybe consider changing that thing or scheduling time to deal with the stress that it brings if you can't make it go away. You know yourself and what makes you stressed better than anyone else. Pay attention to what triggers frustration in you so you can better respond when it happens.

Take a break, you deserve it

Taking breaks throughout the workday doesn't just happen because it's the law. Taking breaks actually improves productivity over the long run. Giving your mind a break from the work day tension by going outside or stepping away from your desk can work wonders on your stress level. Give it a try and I can guarantee that you won't miss any work because you took 10 minutes out of the day.

Stop trying to multi-task

Multitasking doesn't really worky anyways. But trying to do too many things at one time is an easy way to start feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. Stop. Breathe. Take one thing at a time to ensure it gets done properly.

Get enough sleep

Going into work without a fresh mind for the workday is a good way to set yourself up for a stressful time. Get enough rest the night before and you will feel refreshed and better able to tackle the work day - no matter how stressful it may get.

Try meditation or breathing exercises

If you find stress is creeping into your daily life outside of work and you feel tense or anxious all the time, meditation and breathing exercises will help lower those stress levels. Meditation is good for everyone, but for those who suffer from chronic stress, meditation could be a lifesaver.

Get physical before or after work

An excellent way to relieve pent up stress from a difficult work day is to take it out at the gym or in a kickboxing class. Don't like kickboxing? Try yoga, zumba, or anything else that keeps you active.

Just say no

Stress often happens when we find ourselves overwhelmed by everything that needs to get done. The more people you say yes to, the more you have to get done later. This may be a hard lesson to learn, but sometimes you just have to say no. Even if you don't have something going on later, saying no to others so you can take care of yourself and your own sanity is extremely important. Spreading yourself too thin will lead to unnecessary stress that you just don't need.

Contact Alan with AdvancingWithUs to learn more about a work opportunity that will leave you feeling less stressed and financially secure in the long run.

 

   

Aug

03

 

Business Quotes Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know

As entrepreneurs and business owners, we need a boost of encouragement and inspiration now and then. What better way to get this boost than by listening to the words of successful entrepreneurs and business owners who came before us and made a lasting impression.

Inspiring Business Quotes

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“Choose a job that you like, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

  • Confucius

 

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

  • Thomas Edison

 

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

  • Mark Twain

 

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

  • Winston Churchill

 

"An entrepreneur is someone who jumps off a cliff and builds a plane on the way down."

  • Reid Hoffman

 

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

  • Steve Jobs

 

“Success is not what you have, but who you are.”

  • Bo Bennett

 

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”

  • Warren Buffett

 

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”

  • Napoleon Hill

 

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

  • Peter Drucker

 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

  • Mark Twain


Hope this helps you stay inspired! Contact Alan with AdvancingWithus to learn more about how you can create the life of your entrepreneurial dreams.

 

   

Aug

03

 

Free Marketing Strategies You Haven't Thought of for Your at-home Business

The thing about marketing is it can either cost you time or money and often it can wind up costing both. However, not all marketing strategies cost money. The following are a few of the best marketing strategies that will only cost you time. But if you do them well, the payoff can be huge.

Free Marketing Strategies for Business

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Use online tools to create business logo and image assets

There are a plethora of free online tools that you can use to create attractive and professional looking images for your business. Canva is among the most popular online design tools and other tools like Spaces’ free logo maker specialize in creating logos.

Use SurveyMonkey to collect customer opinion

SurveyMonkey is a popular online survey tool that asks 5.7 billion questions every year. It's a great way to gather customer information, discover trends and potential problems, and gather opinion for upcoming products or services.

Use MailChimp to design email marketing campaigns

MailChimp is an excellent tool to use when you are just starting out in business because the platform is user-friendly and is free to use until 2,00 subscribers.

Use social media; it’s free

Although social media marketing can cost money if you decide to use ads, the best social media marketing will still only cost you time. Unfortunately, social media can be time-consuming. It’s best to choose the social media platforms best for your business (including Facebook) and spend time engaging with your followers and potential followers along with posting consistently.

Use content marketing to promote your website

If you have the time and enjoy writing about your industry, consider creating a blog on your website and posting to it every week. The more blogs you post, the more likely your ideal audience will find something on your blog that they want to read. Blogs boost website traffic and credibility.

Free social media exist everyone, especially online. It’s just a matter of getting creative with thinking about how we can reach our ideal audience, and then spending the time necessary to reach them successfully. If you want to learn more about how you can reach your ideal audience online marketing health and wellness products you love, contact Alan with AdvancingWithUs who’s been doing it successfully for over 25 years.

 

   

Jul

26

 

The Power of Multiple Streams of Income

We live in a time where the cost of living has gone up, but wages have not kept pace. The lifestyles we want to live are no longer affordable on just one income. When jobs that we’ve worked at for 20 years can no longer provide financial stability, what’s the answer? The answer is multiple streams of income. 

The Benefits of Multiple Income Streams

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It’s easier to establish multiple small income streams…

...than it is to establish one large income stream. It can take years to work up the corporate ladder to finally land the high-paying job. And if that job goes away…

It reduces the risk of financial instability

If one job or one income stream goes away, there are others still working for you. Creating a life with multiple streams of income will leave you feeling financially secure, even if one goes away unexpectedly.

 

Ways to Produce Multiple Streams of Income

Begin a side business

Think about what you’re good at and offer that as a service. It doesn't have to be very expensive

Join a network marketing company

There are multiple network marketing and multi-level marketing companies to choose from to make a few extra buck every month. Make sure you pick a company with products you like and a mentor to help you succeed.

Real estate / Investments

There are investment opportunities and real estate opportunities to make extra money; you just need to know what you’re doing first.

Start a blog

Got something to say? Start a blog, and if it reaches enough people, you can charge companies to advertise on your blog site.

Online teaching

Online education is a growing field, and there are a lot of people worldwide who are looking to learn English.

Online freelance work

If writing or art design is a passion of yours, why not make some extra money at it? There are many freelancing websites designed to connect people looking for work with people who are doing the work.



 

   

Jul

20

 

4 Tips to Close the Deal and Make the Sale

Not everyone is born naturally good at sales. Selling is sometimes a tough job and, for some of us, closing the deal doesn't always come easy. But if you follow a few basic tips of advice, you can improve your sales numbers and close more deals no matter what industry you work.

4 Tips to Closing the Deal

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Be a Listener, Not a Talker

People love to talk about themselves and their business. When you are trying to close the deal with someone, let the potential customer be the talker. Tarun Pant says, “keep asking why till you understand what’s really driving change in the business.” The more your customer talks, the more you will understand what drives them (and their purchasing decisions).

Know Your Numbers

Walk into every meeting ready to answer questions about your industry on the fly. Know the data on the latest research, the latest trends, etc. - and use that knowledge to your advantage during sales meetings. Show how much of an expert you are, and you won't need to stretch to sell because people will be ready to buy.

Follow-Up

I cannot express enough how many opportunities are missed due to lack of following-up. Not only should you be following-up with every potential customer, but you should know how and when to follow up to get the best response for your industry.

Learn from Others

Whether you hire a mentor to help you succeed in your home-based business or you learn from the best sharks in your company, the best way to start getting better at sales is to watch and learn from someone who is already successful. Take the time to find someone who has the experience you need to improve your sales pitch.

Let’s face it; not everyone enjoys closing the deal. Sales are sometimes sticky, but necessary to continue growing your business or your career. To learn more from an entrepreneur and coach who has more than 25 years of success, contact Alan with AdvancingWithUs.   

 

   

Jul

13

 

4 Ways to Start a Productive Day

Being your own boss and successfully running your own business involves self-discipline and the ability to get up every morning to start a productive day. The following are a few tips to help jumpstart a day of productivity for your business.

4 Ways to Jumpstart a Productive Day

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Set a Routine and Stick to it

If you are a night owl, set a sleeping routine that will work for you and stick to it. If you are a morning person, set a routine to wake up every morning at a designated time and stick to it.

Drink Water

The first thing you should do each morning when you wake up, whether it's a work day or not, is to drink a glass of water. Add a little lemon, and it will help boost your energy levels throughout the day. Why? Lemons are packed with nutrients such as potassium, vitamin C and antioxidants.

Don’t skip Breakfast

No matter how important it is to start your work day, it is just as important to eat a well-balanced breakfast that will help you kickstart the work day with more energy and ability to focus. Breakfast is commonly called the most important meal of the day for good reason. It jumpstarts your metabolism, boosts your energy, and is the perfect way to start a productive day every morning. Plus, who doesn't love breakfast?

Eat a Frog Before Reading Emails

Okay, I know this one sounds weird. But in business terms “eating a frog” refers to getting the worst task done first. As Mark Twain famously said, “eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”

There are many ways to jumpstart a productive day. It’s all about what works for you and your family. But the most important thing to remember is to find a routine that works, and stick to it for optimal productivity. Talk to Alan to learn more about becoming your own boss and running your own successful business online.

 

 

   

Jul

13

 

The Power of Networking

Whether you are in business for yourself or someone else, the power of networking is so strong that everyone should be doing it if they want to grow. Even if you are networking for someone else, the connections you make today can lead to your success as a business owner tomorrow. Here’s why:

The Power of Networking for Your Business

Networking in a coffeeshop

Ever hear the term “it’s not what you know but who you know that matters”? Networking is so powerful because it provides the opportunity to know more people. The more people you know, the more connections you will have. The more connection you have, the more likely you’ll get business. After all, no one is going to buy your product or service if they don't know who you are.

While it's possible to meet new connections and do business through social networking sites, such as LinkedIn, it is just as important to networking face-to-face too. To make real connections, it’s not just what you say that matters, it's how you say it. 95% of those studied stated that face-to-face meetings are essential for long-term business relationships, and 46% used traditional networking to find new employment.

Taking the time to network with others in person can bring new connections, new friends, and new job opportunities you may have never thought of before. Learn more about four reasons to network for your business here, and contact Alan with AdvancingWithUs to find out more about how to use networking to start your own business.

 

   

Jun

29

 

Four things Every Entrepreneur Needs to Succeed

Every entrepreneur needs four essential tools to move forward, find long-term success, and grow their business. We've talked about online marketing tools that every entrepreneur needs, but being an entrepreneur is not just about being online. Whether they work online or not, there are essential tools that every entrepreneur needs.

Four Things Every Entrepreneur Needs to Succeed

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The right niche

Becoming a successful entrepreneur all starts with choosing the right niche for you, your family, and your talents/passions. There are many opportunities to work from home, and for yourself, it’s just a matter of finding the right one for you.

Organization

From knowing your numbers to using the best online marketing tools for your business, business won’t succeed long term without a little organization. To make organization easy, start doing it as soon as you start your business. Don’t put off for tomorrow what can be done today to make your business work a little smoother.

The ability to delegate

Without the ability to delegate certain tasks to certain people, you will never be able to grow and expand your business. No one person can do it all, so the sooner you figure out how to delegate the less important tasks, the better your business (and sanity) will be.

A vacation

That’s right, I said it. Being a successful entrepreneur means hustling when your business needs it, but taking a break and relaxing when your body and mind need it. No one can work all the time and continue to live a healthy and happy lifestyle. The happiest entrepreneurs are those who know when to take that vacation and soak up those sun rays so that way they come back to work regrouped, refreshed, and focused.

If you are considering taking the jump to be an entrepreneur and work your own business, contact Alan with AdvancingWithUs to learn how he made it happen for his family over 25 years ago. It’s not only possible to find success as an entrepreneur; it’s possible to make seven figures growing your business as long as you surround yourself with the right tools and the right team.

 

   

Jun

27

 

Potential Work From Home Job Opportunities

Quitting your job and working for yourself, on your own time and schedule, is possible. There are a plethora of work-from-home job opportunities. Choosing the right career for you and your family will vary depending on the type of self-employed job you are looking for. The following are a few work-for-yourself job options that are popular among self-employed and entrepreneurs looking to work from home.

Work From Home and Work For Yourself Job Opportunities

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Virtual Assistant

Becoming a virtual assistant is easy and in high-demand these days. From websites like Fiverr and Upwork to virtual assistant companies, there are lots of opportunities to become a virtual assistant online.

Social Media Consultant

If social media is your thing, why not get paid for it? You’d be surprised how many small business owners hate running their social media, but they know how important it is. This is where social media managers and consultants can get paid to get the social work done for them.

Tutoring

With so many people in the world, lots of them need help learning. English-as-a-second-language tutors are always in demand and, if you’re well-educated, you can even become an academic tutor online and get paid well.

Network Marketing Opportunities  

For those who want to quit their job and run their own business marketing products or services they love, network marketing and multi-level marketing opportunities are everywhere. From marketing green products sold in an online wellness store to marketing flameless candles or legal protection services, there are lots of opportunities available.

Freelance Writing or Web Design

If you have a skillset in writing or web design, graphic design or even video production, you can consider going solo as a freelancer to make your own money. You can find plenty of freelance opportunities online, including Upwork, Fiverr, Freelancer.com, and more.

 

These are just a handful of the many opportunities we have to work for ourselves and start our own business. Other opportunities to start your own business include becoming a blogger, a standup comedian, a caregiver, a life coach, grocery delivery, and more. We live in a time where the Internet allows us to work whenever and wherever we want. If you are tired of being an employee and looking for an opportunity to work for yourself and be your own boss, consider making the jump to quit your job this year. Contact Alan with AdvancingWithUs to learn how he successfully launched his own business over 25 years ago.

 

   

Jun

21

 

Six Best Books to Read if You are an Entrepreneur

If you are a lifelong learner, you know the importance of reading to stay educated. If you are an entrepreneur, you should know the importance of being a lifelong learner. The most successful entrepreneurs are those who are always getting better at their craft and learning and how to work more efficiently for more money. One of the best ways to improve your craft and learn lessons in business that will help you succeed is through reading. The following are a few of my favorite books that every entrepreneur, small business owner, and network marketer must read to continue growing and succeeding in their business.  

6 Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read

Entrepreneur books to read by AdvancingWithUs

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

This book is a classic and a must-read among entrepreneurs. With over 15 million copies sold worldwide, many successful people have claimed this book changed their lives.

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

This book is highly recommended by both Mark Cuban (self-made billionaire) and Charlie O'Donnell (a partner at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures). One line that sums up the book well is this: “The question isn’t who is going t o let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

The Power of Broke by Daymond John

Daymond John, Shark Tank star, explains how to use limited resources to your advantage when first starting a business.

Choose Yourself by James Altucher

This book is recommended by both Forbes and Lifehack, and for good reason. It is both honest and brutal, giving every entrepreneur the motivation they need to get started or keep going.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Another classic book about leadership and success, the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a timeless read. With millions of copies sold, this book is a must-read for anyone just starting out in entrepreneurial business.

The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris

This book has been recommended by many entrepreneurs, big and small. The author simplifies the steps it takes to bring your big idea to the marketplace, helping you to work smarter not harder.

Contact Alan with AdvancingWithUs to find out more about how to become a successful entrepreneur with the right niche for your family, the right support system for your business, and the right education.

 

 

   

Jun

12

 

Using Social Media to Grow Your Online Business

Social media is so popular, more and more business owners are beginning to see its value. But many others are still wondering how to make it work for them. Contrary to popular myth, using social media to grow your online business is easier than you think. Here are a few tips to help your online business flourish with the use of strategic social media marketing.

Tips for Using Social Media for Your Online Business

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Create Original and Good Content

Okay, this one may be easier said than done, but the truth is it just takes practice and paying attention to what works and what doesn't. Don't be afraid to get creative and try something new that attracts the right people to your brand.  

Be Consistent

One of the most important rules of social media marketing is consistency. The more consistent you are, the more people you will reach over time. Social media marketing is not a 100-meter dash. It is a marathon, and as such it requires consistency over time to see the best results.

Post at the Right Times and on the Right Platforms

There are lots of different social media platforms out there, so take heed in knowing that you don't have to be on all of them to get your business noticed. Pick the platforms that are best for your business and industry and learn the best times to post to those platforms for optimal engagement.

Ask Questions and Join Conversations

Social media works best when you ask questions and attempt to have conversations with your audience. Be sincere and authentic, ask questions that you are genuinely interested in, and respond to every comment, review, etc.

Share Relevant News

The best social media marketing practices include sharing valuable content that your audience will be interested in seeing. It's not just about self-promotions and engaging posts; it's also about being an active member of your industry and sharing valuable content.

Social media marketing is easier than you think. All it takes is a little consistency with good content and conversational posts. Don't use social media to sell your product and create customers, use it to create fans who love your brand and they will become customers for a long time. Learn more about social media and other internet marketing techniques that can be used to build your online business with AdvancingWithUs.

 

 

   

Jun

05

 

2017 Is the Year to Start Working for Yourself: 5 Reasons to Take the Jump

There has never been a better or more opportune time to start working for yourself than right now in 2017. When no job is truly guaranteed to last when the hard times come, isn’t it less risky to work for yourself doing something you love? Here are five reasons why NOW is the best time to start working for yourself.

5 Reasons to Start Working For Yourself Today

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  1. Working online is easier than ever before - The creation of the internet has led to many new opportunities in our society. One of the most notable opportunities is remote work online. Instead of going into an office, people can work for themselves online with networking marketing businesses, virtual assistant jobs, freelancing opportunities, or working with AdvancingWithUs, and more.

 

  1. You can't find a job that pays enough to make a living - This one rings true among young and older Americans alike. Many people have to work two or more jobs to cover the bills and provide for their family. Instead of spending all your time working just to live paycheck to paycheck, there are better ways to support your family by working for yourself. A part-time side business can turn into your full-time career if you take the risk to trust your gut and work for yourself today.

 

  1. You are unique and traditional jobs just don't work - The times we live in allow people to be more original and unique than ever before. While we are becoming more accepting of each other on a personal level, many corporate jobs are still stuck in the traditional mindset. If you’ve been struggling to find a job you love, create one that will fit your unique abilities by working for yourself from home.

 

  1. You can help the environment - Taking care of our environment is a critical issue in our time. To ensure the planet is still beautiful for our children, we must take care of it today. Working for yourself means no more wasting gas getting to and from another’s workplace. Less gas spent driving across town to work for someone else means more gas and money saved while starting your own business.

 

  1. It’s now or never - The best reason to start working for yourself in 2017 is the knowledge that life happens now or never. Don't spend so much time planning for your future life that you forget to start living it. Don't get caught up living your current life that you are too busy to start living the life you’ve always wanted.

 

If you always wanted to start working for yourself, or start your own business, now is the best time to take action. Take action with AdvancingWithUs and launch a successful business working when and where you want. It's now or never.  

 

   

May

30

 

4 Fatal Mistakes to Avoid When Starting Your Own Business

When first jumping into business for yourself, mistakes happen. Some mistakes can cause more detriment to your business than others. Avoid the following fatal errors, and your business will keep growing as long as you keep working for it.

Mistakes to Avoid When Going Into Business for Yourself

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Doing it alone

Remember that there were many business owners and network marketers who came before you, and many will come after you. Some of them failed, while others succeeded. Listen to the advice of both. Reach out for advice from fellow business owners who are reaching success. Find a mentor. Find a business coach. Whatever you do, just make sure you are not going at your business completely alone - because there are lots of people that can provide you valuable information that will help you succeed.

Choosing the wrong niche

Before going into business for yourself, spend the necessary time making sure you are going into the right business for you and your family. Choose a business that sells/markets products that you already use and love. Do some research on the various types of networking marketing opportunities and other self-employment options before committing to any one business path.

Skipping the marketing

No matter what business you choose, know that customers will not just find you now that you are a business owner. You must market yourself to get noticed, even by the people who call you a friend. They can't buy your products or service if they don't know what you are doing. That's why marketing is so important, no matter the size or type of business.  

Being a perfectionist

One of the worst mistakes you can make as a new business owner is to be so much of a perfectionist that nothing can move forward promptly. While we all want to be the best versions of our business selves and strive for excellence, the truth is that no one is perfect. And starting a new business means making mistakes, learning from them, and trying again. So let the perfectionism go, and you will achieve the excellence you seek through experience.

Keep these tips in mind when starting your own business. Whether you are marketing health and wellness products you love or working another virtual business opportunity, making the same mistakes will lead to the same outcome. Avoid the fatal business mistakes listed above and contact Alan from AdvancingWithUs to learn more from a business coach with 27 years experience to offer.

 

   

May

25

 

4 Reasons to Network for your Business

If you are a business owner, running a small business or working your business from home, you should know how important networking can be. Here are 5 reasons why you need to start networking for your business today.

4 Reasons to Network for Your Business

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New connections

The best part about networking for business is making great connections you would have never made otherwise. The more connections you make, the more likely you will meet someone good for your business. Even if the connections you make now won’t fit for your business, the people those connections know may fit your business in the future.

Great advice

One of the great things about networking is the opportunity to be in a room with like-minded individuals, all striving to make new connections and talk about business. Many of these business professionals face the same challenges you face as a small business owner. Networking is a great way to get advice from these professionals, and that advice could help raise your bottom line.

Improving your social profile

Networking with other business professionals not only makes you great connections in real life, but it will also boost your social presence online if you do it right. Every person you make a genuine connection with at a networking event should also be connected with online. LinkedIn is a great way to connect with other business professionals online and continue the conversation you had in person. Don't count out networking on social media, because that can get you a lot more business than you expect.

Better speaking skills and confidence

Don't we all want to feel a bit more confident in what we do? Getting out, getting social, and speaking about your business in front of others is a great way to boost that confidence in your business self. When you first start networking, explaining your business in a timely manner might be difficult. However, keep at it and in three months you will find yourself talking more confidently and concisely than ever before.  

Some people are hesitant to go out and network. It takes work, putting yourself out there, being social, and there is no guarantee you will walk away with a great connection. But the more you put yourself out there in the world, the more the world will get to know you and your business. The more the world gets to know you, the more business you will get. If you want to learn more about the importance of networking and networking marketing business opportunities, talk to Alan from AdvancingWithUs and don't be afraid to get social.

 

   

May

22

 

Employee or Self-Employed: 4 Benefits of Being Self-Employed

Are you trying to decide if being an employee or being self-employed is best for you and your family? Consider thinking of the pros and cons of each path, some you may not have thought of before. There are many benefits to being self-employed, below are just a few of our favorites.

4 Benefits of Being Self-Employed

man working as an employee

You are your own boss

No more waking up early to make someone else money. No more working late and missing family dinner to meet another person’s deadline. Now you can decide what time you want to get up in the morning, how long you want to work today, and live your life according to your schedule - not your boss’ schedule.

You can earn more money

It’s true that your next paycheck is no guarantee when you work for yourself. It all depends on how hard you work for it. But that also means that your next paycheck can be double your last paycheck. That’s an opportunity an employer won’t provide, no matter how hard you work.

You spend less money

No more wasting money on gas getting to and from work every day. No more buying lunch out every day because you are stuck at work. Being self-employed allows you the opportunity to save your pennies and spend money creatively.

Tax Benefits

If you are self-employed, you have to spend more time working on your taxes than when you were an employee working for someone else. But you can also take off more in taxes than you could as an employee. Your home office space, internet and phone, meals and entertainment, and even travel, can all be tax deductible. So while you’re spending more time doing your taxes, you are also potentially saving a lot more in taxes.

It can feel scary to become your own boss, knowing that your next paycheck is not guaranteed. It’s true that there is no guarantee that you will make as much money as last month, but there is nothing stopping you from making double either. If you are thinking about working for yourself, consider all the pros and cons to determine what's best for your family. Then, give Alan a call from AdvancingWithUs and see how a team of successful marketing executives can help you become your own boss.

 

   

May

18

 

Creative Ways to Save Money While Building Your at Home Business

The beginning of any business will require budgeting. When it comes to starting your own at-home business, budgeting becomes even more important to ensure that your money is going to right places. While you take the time to build your at-home business up, getting creative with saving and spending money wisely will help you succeed. Follow these tips to help save and spend money wisely when you make the jump to start working for yourself.

Ways to Save Money While Building Your Own Business

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Choose the right business for you

When you decide to work for yourself, you will notice that there are lots of opportunities to start your own business. Many network marketing opportunities are out there, and you will want to take the time to decide if this is the right path for you and which business matches your lifestyle best.

Take advantage of free advertising tools

Not all advertising costs a lot of money. When you first start your at-home business, do as much as you can to get in front of people you already know for free before spending money advertising to everyone else. Some of the best free advertising tools include social media, email marketing, and even networking.

Ask for help

No one starts out knowing the best way or all the best tools to use to run their own business. This is why asking others for their help, advice or tips is always a great idea. Asking your friends, family and business acquaintances how they got started and their favorite tools to use will save you a lot of time not having to figure it out yourself.

Invest in yourself

Becoming a succesful business owner doesnt happen over night. It requires training and learning to bring out your best business self. It’s okay to spend the money up front to advance your skills, just make sure to invest wisely with the right expert(s) that will best help you succeed.

Getting creative with money and keeping business expenses minimal is possible. Take the time to ask friends for help, use free tools, and invest in yourself in the right places, and your business will grow the smarter and harder you work for it. If you are interested, learn more about working with a team of professional marketing executives and running your own business marketing health and wellness products online with AdvancingWithUs.

 

   

May

10

 

Online Marketing Tools Every Successful Entrepreneur Needs

Whether you’re starting your own business or joining a network marketing business, every successful entrepreneur working for themselves needs marketing tools to see success. But which marketing tools are best for entrepreneurs? The following are the four best online marketing tools every entrepreneur and successful network marketer should have.

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Essential Online Marketing Tools for Entrepreneurs   

Social Media Management Tool

We all know that no one has time to sit on social media all day posting relevant posts about your business. That’s why social media management tools like Buffer are good to use. Now you can create your posts and schedule them out across multiple platforms all from one dashboard. Don't like Buffer? There are lots of other social media management tools, all of which offer slightly different abilities to manage your social media.

Email Marketing Tool

Email marketing is one of the most effective online marketing strategies out there. Use email marketing well, and you will see your business grow. The best part about email marketing for entrepreneurs and people just starting their own business is you can utilize email marketing platforms like Mailchimp for free. Mailchimp is perfect for newbies just starting out because it offers free templates, free video guides, and help you keep your contact organized as they start coming in.

Graphic Designing Tool

Let’s face it, most of us don't have a background in graphic design and creating great looking designs can take us hours when it would take a graphic designer only minutes. This is where easy-to-use tools like Canva can be beneficial. Canva is less expensive, and less difficult to figure out than Photoshop. Plus, Canva has hundreds of free templates to work with.

Google Analytics

For any entrepreneur or network marketer with a website, the most valuable marketing tool you can have is some way to track the performance of your website. This includes how much traffic you’re getting, which pages are performing better than other pages, how most of the traffic is entering your website, and how long they’re staying before visiting the contact page or exiting the website. Google Analytics can provide all of this and more, for free. Wordpress websites are some of the best and most user-friendly websites that entrepreneurs with no experience in website development can still use, and they support Google Analytics.

When you work for yourself to market something you love online, the sky of success is the limit. However, it's important to set yourself up for success by utilizing business and marketing tools that will help you achieve that success. Using free and inexpensive marketing tools online will help get your business seen by more people while you start to work smarter, not harder. If you want to know more about how to set yourself up for business success working for yourself from home, learn more Alan Pariser and don't be afraid to make the jump into self-employment when it feels right.   

 

 

   

May

02

 

Beginners Guide to Working from Home

The idea of working from home is growing in popularity. The thought that you can choose your own hours, be your own boss, and work remotely whenever and wherever you want is an attractive idea. But it is is easier said than done when you are used to working the 9-5 for another employer. However, there are a few tips that can help anyone thinking about working from home actually succeed in doing it.

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Beginners Guide to Working From Home

Set up an Office Area

Successfully making money while working from home requires more than a laptop and your bed or couch. To set yourself up for success, you will want to setup an office area that you can work in privately, no matter how small. Make sure your office area has a stable internet connection, silence when needed, a headset if you find yourself making calls all day, and anything else you need to ensure a successful working space in your home.

Get Dressed

Even if you don't have to exit your place of living today, it is still essential to get up and get dressed every morning you decide to work. Why? Getting dressed will get you ready to start your day. Just like going to any other job, getting dressed is the first step to begin the day productively. If you stay in pajamas all day, productivity while working from home will surely decline.

Don't be Afraid to Get Technical

We live in an amazing time that’s made working remotely from home not only possible, but workable. All of this is made possible through our advancements in technology, So don’t be afraid to take advantage of all the technology that is literally available at your fingertips. From online chat rooms and share-screens, to email software tools, writing assistance tools, and everything in between, if you need assistance with something in your remote work there is probably a piece of technology that can help. If you don't know how to find that piece of technology, just Google it.

Working from home has never been easier and more convenient than ever before. It is possible to actually make good money working for yourself without even leaving your house. All you need to do is follow the tips mentioned above and secure a good team of people supporting your new journey. Learn more about how you can own your own business, be your own boss, and secure your financial future with AdvancingWIthUs, and how we can help your journey to success working from home.  

 

   

Apr

25

 

Why the 40 Hour Work Week is Unproductive

Forbes wrote about it back in 2015. Successful business managers and entrepreneurs have discovered the flaws themselves. The fact is, the standard 40-hour work week is just not the best way to get work done. The traditional 9-5 is the tradition for what “full-time work” means in this country. But the standard isn’t always what's best for everyone. Here are three reasons why the 40 hour workweek is less productive than alternative forms of working.

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Why the 40 Hour Work Week is Unproductive

Not Everyone Operates Between the Hours of 9 and 5

Not everyone operates best between the hours of 9am and 5pm. We all know someone who is a night owl. Others may think that they are lazy sleeping in all the time but don’t know that these people actually get their best work done at night. Why force your body to operate between 9am and 5pm if you get better work done outside those conventional times of day?

Burnout

Burnout from a 40 hour work week happens in two ways. First, coming and going to work everyday at the same time to do the same exact thing will lead to mental exhaustion for anyone. This is why vacations are necessary for people working 9am to 5pm jobs. They have to leave the monotonous routine in order to come back rejuvenated and more productive... for a brief time before the cycle is mentally draining again. The second way burnout hits employees of the 9 to 5 is the fact that many employees consider 40 hours the minimum amount they should be working, often taking their work home with them in order to complete projects on time. While they are exhausted during the day, they stay up all night to meet a work deadline.

Boredom

As mentioned above, not everyone operates between the hours of 9am and 5pm. The same holds true for various types of businesses. When employees are faced with long hours of the day sitting in boredom only to be swamped by work in bursts that require overtime to get it done, there needs to be a restructuring of times when employees work. And let’s face it, corporate businesses don’t like to restructure until it’s absolutely necessary because bankruptcy is around the corner.

The 40 hour work week is dying. People are already working their own hours, with many of them working overtime for someone else’s dream. But with the advent of the Internet, more and more people are choosing to work their own hours, from home, and for themselves. If you are tired of working the 9-5 work week for someone else, consider AdvancingWithUs as your opportunity to break free from the standard 40 hour workweek and work for yourself from home.

 

 

   

Apr

18

 

When You Know it is Time to Leave the 9-5

Not every job is worthy of 20 years of our lives. You don’t want to spend those years working for someone else when you’re not happy. It’s important to know when it's time to leave that job to try something new, such as working from home selling natural products you love. Here are 4 signs you should leave your job for a new working opportunity.

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Signs It’s Time to Leave Your Job

1. You’re not learning or growing anymore

If you feel stagnant in your 9-5 job, working for someone else but not getting the growth you desire, it’s time to leave for a new opportunity. One in which you will continue to grow and learn in your professional career.

2. You’ve been at the same company and position for years with no advancement

For some large corporations, it's hard to advance quickly. But it should still be possible within a three year time frame. However, many employees still find themselves with the same job and position for years. If you want to keep growing in your professional career, it's time to start looking elsewhere and perhaps start working for yourself selling natural products online instead of working for a large corporation.

3. There is constant turnaround

If you are always going to coworker's going away parties, in which they are leaving the job for better opportunities, you can bet that there is probably a better opportunity for you too. Companies with disgruntled employees and constant turnaround usually indicates a bigger problem than just employees. You don’t want to be there when the big problems start coming to light, especially when you can find better opportunities elsewhere.  

4. It feels like it’s time to leave

Sometimes, it just feels like the time to leave a job. Whether it’s new leadership or constant restructuring or a combination of the above listed reasons, you will know when it’s time to go. And it’s best to leave when you feel that urge before future bridges are burned as you become less and less happy at the job.

Leaving a job you’ve been at for years can be tough. Taking the risk with something new, especially when you have a family and monthly bills to think about, can feel challenging. However, you can set yourself up for success from the beginning by choosing a career path that works for you, your budget, and your family. With AdvancingWithUs, you can work for yourself and be your own boss with a team of professional marketing executives behind you and supporting your continued growth marketing products for the largest online wellness shopping club, natural products you’ll love. Contact us to learn more.

 

 

   

Apr

12

 

5 Tools Every Person Working From Home Needs

Working from home can be either a success or a failure, depending on the tools you put in place to help you manage your time, business and whatever else your at-home business requires. Here are five tools every entrepreneur working from home needs to have to see the dollar signs of success.

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5 Tools Necessary to Successfully Work From Home

  1. High Speed Internet. This one may seem obvious. But that’s because it is probably the most important tool you need to make working from home work for you.
  2. Google. Google has become a lifesaver for many entrepreneurs working on their own. From Google Calendar’s ease of use, to Google docs for file sharing and Google hangouts of instant chats, Google is an excellent resource for small businesses and entrepreneurs.
  3. Skype. Or some sort of platform in which you can have business meetings remotely over the Internet. Skype is one of the most popular.
  4. Trello. If you have a team working underneath you, Trello, or another collaboration tool that organizes projects, will be a great way for your team to communicate on various projects.
  5. Automation tools. Whether it's automating your social media using a platform like Hootsuite or Buffer, or apps that automatically track your gas mileage, there are plenty out there that will make your life as an entrepreneur more streamlined.

Successfully working from home as an entrepreneur is easy as long as you put the tools and team in place to help you meet your goals. The tools listed above are just some of the many that are out there. As for getting the right team in place to support your success, contact AdvancingWithUs to learn more.

 

 

   

Apr

12

 

The Difference Between Direct Sales and MLM Companies

Multi-level and direct sales marketing companies are great alternative working solutions for those who want to be their own boss, work their own hours, and run their own at-home business. Despite popular belief, MLMs and direct sales marketing companies are not quite the same type of business. Although there are many similarities between MLM and direct sales, there are also many differences. Differences that might influence your choice of at-home business based on how the company you're representing is structured.  

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How Direct Sales and MLM Companies are Different

High monthly reorder rate / customer retention in direct sales

Unlike many MLM companies, direct sales companies who market green household products have a much higher customer retention rate. Many MLM companies sell products and services that come with a low customer retention rate for monthly sales, and require repeat sales presentations.

No “pyramiding” effect that allows the people above you to earn more on your efforts than you do with direct sales

One of the key factors of making a multi-level marketing company is the pyramid of commision they put in place. Multilevel distributors usually make lower commissions on product/service sales so more of that money can be funneled to people higher up on the pyramid. Direct sales companies don’t work like that. Distributors for direct sales companies tend to make a higher commision because there is no one up the chain that is making more money on their sale than them.

Many MLM distributors purchase and resell or stock product to meet monthly goals

Many MLM companies are structured in such a way that forces their distributors to purchase product monthly in order to keep up with their numbers and not fall behind the people below them. There is an immense amount of pressure every month to purchase or sell enough product to meet goals that leave distributors spending more money on their business than they’re making. At direct sales marketing companies, that pressure to meet numbers or fall behind is not there. You can choose to work as little or as much as you want, and you will always make the money you earned without having to worry about losing out for taking your time.

At the end of the day, there are many MLM and direct sales companies that are great business opportunities for those who are looking for something different than a standard 8-5 job. It’s important to do a little research on how the company you’re interested in is structured so you know exactly what to expect from each person you market services/products to.

 

 

   

Mar

31

 

What it Takes to Be an Entrepreneur (Hint: It's Not That Difficult)

Everyone wants to be successful. For some, success looks like stability and working a 9-5 job. For others, success means working for themselves and making good money while setting their own hours and spending time with family. If success means the latter to you, then read on to learn what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and work from home doing something you love.

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Four Tips to Follow to Successfully Work From Home

Time management

Time management is the first step it takes to successfully work from home and be an entrepreneur. There is no boss to hold you accountable, so working from home means becoming your own boss. You should create a work schedule, and stick to it, if you want to make an at home business grow and flourish.  

Do what you love

Successful time management isn't going to help you make money working from home with an online business if you don't enjoy what you do. The type of business you choose when working for yourself will influence how successful you will be, so make sure you pick a business that represents your values and is useful in your home-life. Selling health and wellness products online might be the type of business you choose to provide value to your customers and make money for your family.  

Focus on the Customer

Entrepreneur explains that “your home business is not about the products or services that you sell,” it’s about the people that you serve - your customers. It's about providing them with a product that they will love and will help them and their family live healthier lives. When you go into business for yourself, you want to make sure that your ideal customer will actually benefit from the products or service they use.

Promote your business without spamming your friends

Entrepreneurs and moms working from home want to have a business to be proud of, and they have every right to promote that business to their friends and family, and the rest of the world. However, there is a fine line between promoting your business and spamming your friends. Self-promotion is an essential and effective way to inform your connections of all the amazing things you are working hard to make happen. So don’t avoid self-promoting in fear of spamming others. Just make sure that you aren’t overdoing the ads.

Become an expert in your field

When you go into business for yourself, it's best to know the ins and outs of your chosen business. For some, learning while they go is their only option. But this leaves room for mistakes that could be otherwise avoided. For moms wanting to work from home, it's possible to go into business working for yourself and still have a support system of professional marketing executives helping you market for the largest online wellness shopping club in America.


Becoming a successful entrepreneur isn’t for everyone. But it is easier than you think, if you put in the work necessary to make it happen.

 

   

Nov

15

 

Entrepreneurs Day

Live your dreams and follow your passions.  #success #entrepreneursday 

Entrepreneurs Day

 

   

Feb

03

 

All about helping others!

Love our business and helping others. Last night  Sondra and I had a wonderful time at our Leadership Celebration with 23 super leaders who are making 2016 their best year ever!! All are enjoying the finest wellness products available and helping others earn an extra income! So much fun! Congratulations to our fine leaders!!

 

   

Jan

22

 

Residual income in a turbulent economy

WOW the stock market has been crazy the first three weeks of 2016! The worst start of the year in over 30 years! WalMart is closing over 250 stores. Are we headed for a recession? One of the things I love about our business is that it is recession proof. I have been helping others earn a living working from home for over 25 years in this amazing recession proof business! In fact, this month is our best month ever!! Learn what we do! Click I WANT TO KNOW MORE on this page.

 

   

Jan

19

 

Living life and earning money

For the next five days my family and I are in Montana snowboarding with my dad. We are having a blast! And we are earning  residual income while we are enjoying ourselves! Absolutely love love love our wellness business!!!

 

 

   

Jan

19

 

Helping other People

One of the best parts of our business is helping people change their lives! For 25 years I have been blessed in helping people do just that. There is no better feeling then watching someones life change with our company!!!

 

   

Feb

01

 

Best month in 30 years!!

What can more can be said then AWESOME!!! January 2016 was the best month in the entire 30 year history of our company! Who else can say that? Probably only a very few companies. Of course, with that exceptional record there are literally tens of thousands of lives that have changed around the world. Our President has said that we are in a "noble" business. I agree with him.  We are so blessed to be working with a company that continues to innovate and create opportunites for our families! There is nothing I would rather be doing and no other company I would rather be associated with! 

 

   

Jan

19

 

I love working with this company!

I love working with this company! On Saturday January 2, 2106 they came out with 30 new products including organic coffee!! They gave us an incentive where we could earn an Ipad Mini 2 ($270 value) or an Ipad Pro ($800 value)!! Then they flew 250 of us to Salt Lake City put us up in one of the nicest hotels I have ever seen, gave us floor rickets to see the Utah Jazz, handed out $460,000 of bonuses and gave us an incentive to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars more this year!! You should be a part of what we do-- what a fabulous company!!

 

 

   

Nov

01

 

I love working from home!

I love working from home. When I started my work from home business over 25 years ago the thought of setting my own hours an earning as much as possible was so enticing! And it has been a reality for over two and a half decades! My wife and I have been able to raise five children, pay for college and enjoy life with them!

We work with the best company on the planet and are always looking to help others do the same… let us know if we can help you too!

 

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