ClickFunnels has to be one of my most favourite tools. It’s not free (although they do give you a month’s free trial so that you can try it out) but it has made all the difference to my blog and business website.
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ClickFunnels is a company that provides templates that enable you to create drag and drop landing and opt-in pages. These templates are so easy to use that it took me all of 20 minutes to create my first ever opt-in page (and believe me I am not techy and have almost zero patience).
You create an account with them and then you can start to create your own sales funnels. Sales funnels are a way of leading your customers down a particular path, a bit like this:
A) Repeat the offer to them to try and entice them to take you up on it if they didn’t the first time around
B) Get in touch with them a little while after making the purchase to see how they are getting on and make them another fantastic offer on something that builds even further on the previous purchase.
Because I was able to build those funnels so easily, literally copy and paste or drag and drop, I was able to start mimicking what the big organisations do. I was able to create professional looking opt-ins to get subscribers to my blog and interested people to my website.
This meant that I was able to start building a list of people who were actually interested in what I had to say and sell. They were giving me their email address in exchange for information that I had and which they considered valuable.
Instead of just giving away all my secrets and assets (which I had been doing for years because that’s the sort of person I am) I could now behave in a more business like manner and actually collect names or email addresses of the people who wanted to know more about what I had to offer.
This meant that I could follow up with them. I had their email address so I could contact them and start to build a relationship with them. For me, and you if you want to build loyal and repeat customers, it’s about building that relationship where a trust is formed.
If people don’t like you, know you or trust you online then they WILL NOT buy from you. However, if you provide them with lots of valuable content for free or low cost then you will begin to earn their trust.
Once trust is established then sales are usually far more easy to make. I now have regular customers who come back time and again to buy whatever it is that I am offering because they have sampled what I do and like it and they trust that this latest offering will be to the same standard and offer the same value. Trust has been established and a bond created.
It was ClickFunnels that allowed me to do this professionally and, more importantly for me, easily. I am an older entrepreneur and I find technology can be confusing and can put me off doing something if it is too complicated. ClickFunnels is definitely not this.
As any of you who regularly read my blog will know, I specialize in providing free or low cost tools and resources which are easy to use, to new and small businesses and bloggers. This is my whole business model. You can check out some other great tools and resources in this post,”12 Free & Easy Tools For Technophobes”
As such, I am pleased to announce that ClickFunnels absolutely fits into this model. I will point out though that low cost doesn’t necessarily mean cheap. ClickFunnels isn’t exactly cheap at around $90 a month – but it is by far not the most expensive option either.
It is because of its ease of use that I am really extolling their virtue. For anyone who needs something simple that they can learn in a day then this is most definitely it. The CEO Russel has amazingly simple to follow video tutorials too, which you can follow along with and go back to whenever you need to.
The little banner you saw earlier which asks you if you would like to access my resource library, I made that in 5 minutes on ClickFunnels. I then just dropped it into my post using a short code that ClickFunnels provides which is created right here inside my very own website. I don’t even have to go off the page.
I’ll show you…
I’ve created my opt-in inside ClickFunnels. I then integrate ClickFunnels to my website and then it shows a ClickFunnels option on my dashboard menu like this…
I then hover over the tab which gives me the option to go to the shortcodes…
Once I do that it takes me to the page where I can choose which funnel or opt-in I want to show. It then gives me a code that I just copy and paste into my post.
It then shows the code as the actual opt-in page like this
This opt-in page will gather your email address, thank you for entering it and give you a password to access my Resource Library – go on, give it a go.
For those people who do ask for access I know that they must be trying to find resources to help them with their blog or business online. I can then make sure that the next cool tool that I find online I can tell them about.
This helps to build a long-term relationship because they know I will tell them about tools that will help them to succeed in business and that they are free or low cost and very easy to use.
Because I do this consistently, they can trust that when I tell them to try something, it will be something actually worth trying; and not just me trying to get them to buy something that is of no value or use to them.
It is because I started doing this that my sales sky-rocketed. I am now able to make repeat sales to loyal customers who trust me and believe what I tell them. This is absolutely priceless and has made all the difference to my business.
If you would like to find out more about ClickFunnels and how they can help your sales to sky-rocket then why not get this free book? It is written by Russel Brunson CEO of ClickFunnels and champion of the sales funnel online. He just paid for your book (where do you want it shipped?)
That’s it from me for now then, and my latest recommendation of a cool and easy to use tool for your business. Try out the opt-in form and get access to some really amazing tools that I have found that will help you to improve your blog, build your business or create better content. I will also send you more information on other great tools that I find on my journey around the internet.
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This is my story of how I came across the Six Figures Mentors and how they literally changed my life. I wanted to be able to work online and from home and they taught me how to do this and so much more. I now have a whole new business and career based on the lessons learned from these guys.
It is because of this life changing difference that they made to me and my business, and the fact that my whole business is centred around finding great value tools and resources for new businesses that I now promote them to other small business owners, bloggers and entrepreneurs and show you how you can get started with them today for just free.
Here’s what they say about themselves on their website…
“Our core value is this – we want to bring online marketing success within reach of anyone who has the courage to step out of the status quo (your financial security in the hands of an employer) and the drive to create life on their own terms. All you’ll need is a working computer, a decent Internet connection and the commitment to achieving your goals.
We’re here to give you the tools, training, resources and community support to help you succeed in the online arena – why serve a business until retirement when you can learn to create a business that serves you!”
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This is the usual course of a new online business…
…Once you have set up your business, and by set up I mean you have the website, the business cards, the tools and equipment necessary to begin plying your trade, then you start to look around for your customers.
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It is usually at this point that you realise that you don’t have any. Then panic sets in. You begin to wonder how you are going to attract people to your business and how to do it quickly.
You set up a business page on Facebook (if you hadn’t already), you start snapping away and posting on Instagram and Snapchat. You ask your friends and family to share your posts and like them and comment on them and anything else you can think of.
After a while your friends and family get bored of seeing the same old things from you popping up in their newsfeed. They stop sharing and commenting. You are now back where you started.
Chances are you still have no customers, or at least not enough to make a living from. Am I right?
How do I know this? Because every single one of my clients has had the same problem (in fact I did too), so I know your pain and frustration.
But I’m not here to gloat. I know you are fed up enough, and most likely thinking about giving up even before you get started.
You realise you need to start advertising your business
You realise with ever more dread and disdain that the only way you are going to get customers is to start advertising – like the big boys do. After all, if it’s good enough for McDonalds…
So now you start to dabble in a bit of Facebook advertising or Google Adwords. You’ve done a bit of research and you know about niches and audiences and keywords.
You put an advert together and get your friends and family to have a look at it and give you feedback. You twiddle with a bit and tweak it where necessary and then you are ready to put it out there.
You set your budget and press the go live button on whichever platform you are using and then sit back and wait for the orders to come rolling in.
They don’t. You have been running your advert for a whole week and had not one single sale – not even a sniff of a sale. You don’t understand it. Your offer is good and your product or service is excellent. Why is no one buying?
You do some more research and find out that you probably need to up the budget or run the advert for a bit longer. You do this and wait again. Still no customers. What is going on?
Why are they still not buying?
Oh the despair. I remember it so well. I couldn’t understand it either. I thought my service must be rubbish or that there was no market for it. Then I did a reality check.
I knew that neither of those things were true. Lots of people were making a living doing the same thing that I was trying to do. in fact they were making millions out of it. There seemed to be an endless source of people willing to pay this too. So why wasn’t I getting my share of the cookie?
You start to get “advice” from your friends
Now you have to know that at this point my friends and family are asking me if it’s worth carrying on. They think I’m wasting my time chasing after something that I’m never going to get. They say things like “never mind, you gave it your best shot” and “well working for yourself doesn’t suit everybody”.
Rather than put me off, this sort of negativity spurred me on. I was determined to find a way to be successful. I wanted to show those nay sayers that I could do it, I could achieve my dream of working for myself and having a successful business.
I started to take more notice of what people in my sector were doing. I read their posts, looked at their adverts, examined their headlines and images. I then realised that I hadn’t, in fact, given it my best shot. I hadn’t even given it a decent shot. I needed to do better – much better.
It was then that I looked around for someone who actually knew what they were talking about to help me. Relying on my friends and family for advice had been the wrong thing to do. After all, what did they know? (with the greatest of respect).
I needed someone who had already achieved what I was trying to achieve to show me how to do it. I wanted to be shown techniques and methods that were proven to work. I wanted to be given proper advice and guidance from experts.
For months I hunted around for this person who was going to show me everything. I began enthusiastically, then my enthusiasm turned to desperation and finally to despair. After six months of searching I hadn’t found anyone who could help me.
Not because there weren’t people out there, there were, hundreds of them, but no one that I could afford to work with. I was, after all a lowly new business owner with few if any customers.
The top marketing experts wanted thousands of dollars an hour (yes you read that right, and hour) to mentor me. Then I started to look for cheaper options and became even more despondent. The ones I could afford were either not that much better than I was, or they only did one specific part of the business building process, and I wanted someone who could show me everything.
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Then, one day, completely out of the blue, I was clicking about online when I saw a guy on a pedalo talking about online marketing and how it had changed his life. I listened, transfixed as he told me how to set up my business so that it could be automated and run mostly on auto-pilot.
I knew this guy was the answer to my prayers. I knew that he would be able to answer my questions and help me with my marketing. I Googled him and instantly became depressed.
Turns out he is one of the top online marketers in the world. He was not going to be able to help me because there was no way I could afford to pay him what I was sure he would be asking. But I couldn’t get him out of my head.
Everything this guy told me (while floating around on his pedalo) made complete sense to me. I knew I had to set my business up in the same way that he had described. The only draw back was that I didn’t really know how to go about it.
He had talked about email lists, subscribers and auto-responders, none of which I had heard of before so I decided to google a bit and see what came up.
Then this happened…
Cookies are wonderful things (that’s the computer cookies not the sweet kind – although they are great too). Because I had watched his video Google now knew I must be interested in him so a few days later he popped up again (fully clothed this time). He talked a bit more about how to build this amazing business model that runs itself.
This time I watched it all the way to the end, and boy was I glad I did. He was offering a 7 day video series that talked you through exactly how to market your business using this business model. And it was FREE
Obviously I clicked on it straight away and within 5 minutes I had received my first email. He introduced himself and told me a bit more about his business and history. He then got straight into the first of the 7 training modules.
By the end of the first video I was blown away. I couldn’t wait for the next day so that I could watch the next installment. I was totally hooked.
By the end of the week I was a different person. I was focused, motivated and had purpose again. For the first time in months I had a strategy, a plan for my business and I knew exactly how I was going to proceed.
I also found out that I could work with him. He would mentor me and show me exactly how he generates leads, builds lists, uses attraction marketing, uses a website to showcase his products and services and how he markets to millions of people all around the world via social media.
He was not going to charge me thousands per hour, not even thousands per year. He was however, going to show me how to market my business online professionally. how to build a website, how to create an email list that would become my loyal customers and lots more besides.
So how come he’s not charging thousands?
He has an online academy where he, along with other members of his team, mentors hundreds of students. This means that he can charge less per student and so make it affordable for people like me.
I signed up for $29 and it was the best $29 I have ever spent. I got access to a whole array of tools and resources. They even built me a website and showed me how to use it to market goods and services online to make money.
Over the next few months they taught me how to market anything to anyone anywhere in the world. And that’s what changed my life.
I was then able to market my own services much more effectively, and for the first time get paying customers come to me rather than having to go out chasing them.
Not only that, I now use what they taught me in my own mentoring practice and I have helped hundreds of people to start their own businesses and become profitable faster. I now have a career and business that I love and that I would never have had if I hadn’t seen that guy on the pedalo that day.
So in the spirit of reciprocity, I would like to give something back to him and at the same time help you too, win win 🙂
I am going to share my beloved mentor with you so that you can learn how to market your business in the most up to date and professional way by working with the best in the world and get started for as little as I did $29.
But first I would like you to watch the video series, the same one I did, 7 days of tutorials that will completely change the way you think about marketing your business online. Get Them Here
• I learned how to sell other peoples products and services and receive a commission for the sale (it’s called affiliate marketing).
• I learned how to sell my own products online by using my blog
• I learned how to build websites & I now do this for other people for which I charge
• I learned how to market effectively on social media using both paid and free strategies
• I learned about email marketing which is where I get my repeat customers from
• I learned about list building which is where I get my leads from
• I learned about follow up and how to use this to up-sell your customers so that they buy higher priced items from you
• I learned how to write content that gets clicked on which means more chances of sales
• I learned how to drive traffic to my website for free (which I now teach to others for a price)
The list goes on and on. Every day I am building on the foundations that this guy gave me. Every day I am increasing my sales and influence in my niche and every day I am getting a little more successful.
It’s great being able to look those people in the eye, you know, the ones who told me I should probably just give up. I didn’t give up. I kept going. I made things happen. I found someone to help me and I did what he told me.
If you want to know how to become profitable faster, without spending the family’s savings on marketing and advertising then you really need to work with this guy. Get your free video series here and get started today. Who knows where you will end up tomorrow.
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There are many hosting companies out there that will give you an excellent price to host your blog, you just need to know where to look.
I have put together what I believe to be the top hosting services for each country and here's why...(You can, of course, choose either option whether you are UK or USA based).
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This is just my opinion, but I have worked with numerous hosting companies over the years and with hundreds of my clients, so this is how I have made up my mind on the top hosting service for the UK
Of all the UK hosting companies I have used or come across over the years, TSO is by far my favourite. They are UK based and charge in £s which is easier for UK based businesses and bloggers. They have the most excellent support team that I have ever used and can be contacted by either telephone or instant chat.
They offer a free domain name with any of their hosting packages and support all types of website templates including Joomla and WordPress.
Their least expensive option works out at £1.61 per month for 2 years (although you do have to pay up front to get this price). Nevertheless, you can have a fully hosted website or blog for 2 years for just £32 all in. I consider that to be excellent value and have never been able to find anything anywhere near that price in the UK.
I have been recommending TSO for years to my clients and now I am recommending them to my wider online audience too. I have absolutely no doubt that you will find them to be as supportive and excellent as I always have.
If you choose this option, I have created a little step by step course on how to get your blog up and running in just an hour using TSO Hosting services. You can get your copy here for just £9.99. Happy Blogging.
This is just my opinion but I have worked with hundreds of clients who have used numerous different hosting services across the USA and this is the one I found to be top for value and service in the USA
Starting at $3.95 per month Bluehost offer a free domain name with your hosting service, 24/7 support and a 30 day money back guarantee (which I think is excellent if you are just trying things out).
Bluehost is an award winning webhosting service and has supported thousands of businesses and blogs over their lifetime. They have an enourmous amount of helpful posts on their blog which you get access to as a customer as well as great telephone support and an instant chat option if you need speedier support.
Their least expensive option is more than capable of supporting your blog and you would only ever need to upgrade your service once your readerships hits the hundreds of thousands or you need to upload lots of large files such as photographs or videos to your site.
In my opinion, Bluehost is an excellent hosting service and one that I would and do happily recommend to all my American clients.
If you are ready to start a blog and would like to know a little more about what a blog is, what it does, how to create one and how to get people reading it, then I have just the thing…
A little while ago I created a mini-course for my clients to help them get up and running quicker. I am making it available to those who read this post for just £9.99 so that you can get off to a flying start and do things properly from the outset.
Get your mini-course here for just £9.99 (approx $14 for those of you in the US)
Blogging is my favourite way to make a living (YES you absolutely can make a living from blogging). I love being able to share my knowledge and the tools and resources that I find along the way. I’m all about making life easier and cheaper for the new blogger or business person and that is borne out in this blog.
If you would like to be kept informed of the new tools, methods, techniques and information that I come across on my daily travels through the internet, then please subscribe to my blog and I will keep you regularly posted. Psst, I’ll also show you how to get subscribers to your blog too!
That’s it from me for now. I will be back in a day or so with some other great find so happy blogging and catch you later.
I’m all about finding excellent resources that are value for money and easy to use that I can pass on to my clients and that is why I am publishing this “Thinkific” review for my lovely readers.
Thinkific is an online course creation platform, and I have been using it now for about 6 months to create my own courses since being introduced to it and using it myself as a student while taking someone else’s course.
I love it! it is so easy to use and creating online courses has never been easier, or cheaper.
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Today we will be talking about what exactly Thinkific is, how easy it is to use Thinkific as a course creator and some of the extra benefits that Thinkific offer it’s course creators like you and me.
There are a lot of course creation sites and platforms out there and I have used a couple of them such as teachable and quickcourses, but my favourite to date, and the one I am recommending to my clients is Thinkific.
Who exactly are Thinkific?
You might well be thinking who are Thinkific. Below is a quick quote taken from their website:
“Thinkific brings beautifully simple course creation to your company. Whether you are educating 10 students or 10 million, feel confident that you’ve got the easiest technology and the best support in the business.”
Whether you are just about to create your very first course, or whether you are an accomplished course creator you will want to have a look at the ease with which course content can be created on Thinkific
Thinkific offer all of the above for free too. You can create your whole course, AND get students signed up for it totally for FREE…
Another thing I really like about Thinkific is that you can drip out your content. I have a course that is designed to be taken over a 12 month period as it is a really in depth coaching and mentoring course covering both business and personal development (you can check that out here if you’re interested, I even have a FREE Masterclass for you to take).
I know that if I just gave access to the whole course my students would be overwhelmed and wouldn’t do anything – and that’s kind of not the point. So I upgraded to a paid option which lets me drip out my content a month at a time.
Again, Thinkific make it so easy for you to drip feed your content. You simply schedule when you would like each chapter to be released and it does it all for you in just a couple of minutes.
This way I can have a roll on roll off option for my course. Thinkific’s drip option also means that I can offer payment plans for my students so they can pay as they go which is great for them and doesn’t leave me exposed if they stop paying.
Thinkific might not be quite as slick looking as teachable but I find it is so much easier to use both as a student and as a course creator.
Whether you are looking to create a little mini course or a whole year long course like mine, Thinkific have you covered. There is loads of support available too and tutorials to show you how it all works so you don’t need to worry about getting stuck.
They have a great team of support staff too, which on occasion I have had to take advantage of and I am very pleased to report that they treated me as a professional and not as an idiot, and they were very swift in their response and resolution of my problem.
Update: Thinkific have just released a step-by-step guide on how to create an online course in 2018. Grab your free copy here.
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Making money online doesn’t have to be hard. I know, you’re thinking that’s easy for me to say but what about those who are just starting out?
Well, for those who are just starting out, or those who have been trying to make money for a while but with little or no success, this post is for you 🙂
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Now by not hard, I don’t mean you don’t have to put the work in because you do. Tons of it. But if you are willing to work and willing to learn then it can be quite easy to make money online once you get going.
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The next thing you are going to need is something to sell. Again, don’t groan until you hear me out. You don’t need stuff of your own to sell, you can sell other people’s stuff and get paid a commission for every sale you make.
How does that work then?
It’s called affiliate marketing and there is a whole industry built up around it. What happens is that you promote someone’s course, product, service, book or anything else online so that more people get to hear about it. You are given a special “affiliate link” to use when you promote so that the company knows where the lead came from and then if a sale follows you get paid a commission. Simple.
Imagine you are into fitness and exercise. You use products to help with your exercise such as skipping ropes or yoga mats or ankle weights.
Go to Amazon and find these products. I bet you will find loads of them. Now go to Amazon home page and scroll to the bottom where it says become an affiliate.
Just click on it and follow the instructions to join, it’s completely free.
Once you have an affiliate link from Amazon you can then go and find those fitness aids and sell them on your blog to other fitness enthusiasts. For each sale you make, a commission is paid directly to you as a reward.
To find out how to use affiliate marketing on your blog, learn from a lady who is making over $50,000/month please click here to find out more.
If you would like a step by step tutorial on EXACTLY how to set up your blog and write posts that are engaging and get found by thousands of readers then download my mini course here for just £9.99
Amazon isn’t the best place to be an affiliate however, as they only pay tiny commissions. You really want to be looking at organisations that pay HUGE commissions.
Companies that pay larger commissions are generally a little more complicated than just a product on a page like Amazon. They have lots of moving parts like the system, the user interface, the customer service blah blah blah.
To be a great affiliate marketer you really need to market something that you have tried and trust yourself. If you want your business to grow you need to develop a reputation of recommending good stuff and how do you know it’s any good unless you’ve tried it right?
So back to the HUGE commission payers
One of my favourites is The Six Figure Mentors. They got me started in my online business about 5 years ago now. Before I found them I was soooo confused and had tried everything I could think of to get my business growing – and failed miserably. To find out more about that little fiasco please read this post entitled “Why I Love The Six Figure Mentors”
If you read that post then you will know why I love these guys so much, AND they pay HUGE commissions to their affiliate marketers – up to $2,000 as a top affiliate but even as a lowly free affiliate you can see that you earn a minimum of $20 per sale and then $100 and $250 when they upgrade. WOW!
And before you start thinking that surely no one would upgrade to the $2,500 membership, let me tell you I did, I went all the way to DEA gold and it’s the best money I ever spent. I learnt a whole new career and also have a whole new lifestyle that I would never have thought possible.
So now you know why I love them, because they saved my sanity and my business AND they pay out HUGE commissions too.
If you didn’t have time (or couldn’t be bothered) to read the other post then here’s the top line stuff why they are so great …
To get in on the action you really need to try them out for yourself, but don’t worry, you can do that for free to begin with and then apply to join them later if you want to – if accepted you will pay just $29.95 but can get a real idea of what they do, how they work and how they can help you and others – and this is what will help you sell them – but they are offering a month’s free trial at the moment so get your skates on.
To have a peek and see what they’re all about, and to get a copy of their amazing business start up bundle for free so that you can honestly promote them just click the link below:
Just imagine being able to sell anything to anyone anywhere in the world. Wouldn’t that be amazing? You would literally never have to worry about being broke ever again.
And the best part is that then you can start to sell your own things
Once you learn the basics of affiliate marketing you will know how to promote and sell your own products and services online because it’s the exact same principle.
If you are a coach or you are teaching something then you can create downloadable products like the couple of mini courses I have included in this post. Or you can create a full course on platforms such as Thinkific who I also use for my “Quick Start” mentoring course and are amazing, great value and easy to use. See my full Thinkific review here.
If you prefer to sell actual physical products then go for it. Again, the principle is much the same. You would probably want to use a marketplace such as Amazon to begin with to get the amount of traffic you would need to make sales. You can check out how I sell swimming goggles on Amazon via my blog here
Over to you
That’s all there is to it really. Find something you want to sell and then find someone who is making it. Set yourself up as an affiliate and promote it on your blog, social media sites and anywhere else you feel is appropriate and start earning commission straight away.
So there you have it. Making money online doesn’t have to be hard.
If you do decide to go ahead and make a start on your affiliate business, you might want to take advantage of some great free tools that I have come across over the years. They are all totally free and dead easy to use and will make all the difference to your content and marketing. They are all here in my post “12 Free & Easy Tools For Technophobes”.
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Do you want to grow a profitable business without it taking years?
If you are reading this post it is because you would love to know how to become profitable faster. Hopefully, I can help you out there, but you’ll have to bear with me a little as it’s obviously not something I can say in a sentence or two.
Now I know we just met but I’m going to ask you to do something kinda weird…
For just a moment I want you to imagine me hopping around my bedroom like a crazy person while my partner watches on with a mixture of concern and bemuzement.
Let me explain…
When I decided to give up my comfy paid job and become my own boss, things didn’t exactly get off to a great start.
In other words, I was broke.
Not broke enough to worry about losing my home or anything serious like that, but broke enough to need to worry about how I was going to pay my fair share of the bills.
You know those people who save a load of money and craft a well thought out business plan before they start their own business?
Well that wasn’t me.
I’m much more of a “leap and figure it out on the way down” kind of girl.
I’ll never forget the day when I looked pleadingly into my Partners eyes and asked him “could you please cover all the bills for the next 6 months or so while I get my business up and running?”
After an initial hour or so of questions (as it was a bit of bombshell for him), he agreed that if I thought I could make it work then of course I should have a go – or at least something like that.
To say the first few months of running my own business were tough is a massive understatement.
I worked non-stop for 15 hours a day trying to learn all I needed to know about sales, marketing, setting up a website, Facebook advertising, blogging, social blah blah blah.
I was tired and tetchy and not even getting dressed some days. He was frightened to say anything to me and we were both feeling the strain. I was making a little money, but not nearly as much as I needed. Can you relate?
I remember as though it was yesterday, sitting one night close to tears admitting that things hadn’t gone as well as I had hoped and that I would have to go back to doing a job I had hated.
I’m not going to tell you that some miracle happened because it didn’t. I did go back to work but only so that I could earn money to spend on my business. I was so determined to get it to work that I would have done ANYTHING!
But then this happened…
I had put together a massive book of training that I had done over the 12 months of trying to figure out my business. I was reading through this one day when an idea hit me.
I knew that I couldn’t be the only person who was starting a business and struggling to figure stuff out. I also knew that I had been fortunate enough to be able to afford the thousands of pounds I had spent on all this training whereas others probably couldn’t.
I contacted a charity that I had once worked for who helped people into self-employment and asked if they would like some free training for their clients on how to use social media. I figured this would be great training for them and great experience for me.
Not only did they say yes to my offer, but after the very first workshop they called me and offered to pay me and asked if I could run 3 workshops every month for them.
Cut to me hopping around my bedroom…
Now I run their workshops, my own workshops and have an online mentoring programme where I help people all around the world to become more successful faster.
Now you are thinking well that was just a lucky break, I wouldn’t have been so lucky if I hadn’t had the contact at the Charity, and you would be right, sort of…
But, what you need to understand is that I would never have thought of contacting them if I had not first planned my business and set my goals, and, more importantly done the training myself so that I was confident in what I was delivering.
I didn’t consider myself a business person at first. I was just making it up as I went along. I had no clue about business or what to do first, second or next. I was all over the place. I jumped from one thing to the next with no real plan or purpose.
Then things changed dramatically…
I went from generating an income of £2,300 in October 2016 to £7,300 in March 2017 (see my statements below)
A necessary something that needs to happen for any business to succeed…
I became profitable.
Not just a little bit but a lot. I’ll tell you more about that in a minute.
So how did it happen?
It didn’t come from sales calls (I hated making sales calls)
It didn’t come from more work (I didn’t have the time to do any more work)
It didn’t come from paid advertising (I didn’t have the money to spend on advertising campaigns)
It was my online marketing that made it happen.
It wasn’t the marketing itself, as I’m not the greatest marketer in the world, but it was what I was doing with my marketing that made such a difference.
Up to that point I had sort of just chucked things out there and waited to see what happened. I had no real strategy or structure. I truly believed that sales would just happen on their own.
Well they didn’t… Of course they didn’t!
But by taking SPECIFIC actions inside my business is how I was able to double my monthly revenue. This only came about because I was now working (in the job I hated) and so had to make every minute in my business count.
I had to figure out a way to get my marketing doing more for me. And then I did.
I was completely dumfounded. My strategy was actually working.
I decided to test out my theories on the clients I had now taken on (from the free workshops I was running) to see if they could produce similar results.
Me: Guys, I have been doing this in my own business and seeing some amazing results, I was wondering if you would like to try it out and see if it works for your business too.
Them: Sure, what is it
Me: It’s just a series of adjustments I have made to my marketing strategy but it’s made a massive difference to my lead generation and monthly turnover.
Them: Tell me everything…
So I did.
I told them everything. When they began implementing my strategy their results were even better than mine.
Now to be 100% honest with you, although the strategies were working, they were not sustainable.
Next I will tell you why they were not sustainable and what I did to fix it.
I finally cracked the code
A quick recap of where we’re at so far…
Thing 1. I had a strategy that worked.
Thing 2. It also worked for others
Thing 3. Unfortunately, it wasn’t sustainable.
Have you ever gone on a crazy diet and lost a bunch of weight and then put it all back on again? If so then the diet was probably not sustainable.
Well my old business strategy was kind of like that diet. It worked great for a while but it was almost impossible to keep it up in the long term.
Well we had great results, but it took so much TIME.
Even my clients were telling me that they had had to tap out. They just couldn’t devote the amount of time to do the necessary tasks each day to keep it going.
Sure the extra money was great but it was taking up every spare minute I had to be checking tweaking and adapting my marketing.
I needed something that was much less time consuming.
The feedback I was getting from my clients was amazing. They were literally telling me what they wanted and needed from a strategy and I was lapping it up.
The connection was great, and I felt like a mind reader. I had a group of clients telling me exactly what they needed from their coach and what a great strategy would be for them.
I started creating a new strategy based on what they were asking for.
I then got emails saying things like “Wow, Lynne, you read my mind, that was just what I was thinking”
But I knew I had to streamline the process and increase efficiency.
So I went back to the drawing board.
I remember feeling so TIRED and FRUSTRATED.
I mean, I was already working around the clock preparing my workshops, coaching my clients and preparing new courses (as well as still doing the job I hated at this point) and now the only remedy was to work even more to figure out a way of saving time
Have you ever signed up for a time management webinar and then not made the webinar because you didn’t have the time to watch it? Same thing.
After a few months of research, tinkering and testing it finally hit me. We already had a process that was working, I just had to systemise it so that it would take less time to do.
This meant that I had to automate the crap out of it. So I did.
As a side note, this wasn’t the first time I had done this, I actually did myself out of a job once because I got Excel to do my whole job by clicking just 3 buttons – yes honestly.
So now I was in familiar territory. All I had to do was figure out how to automate every part of my process and systemise it so that it could be done in the correct order and on auto-pilot.
I went from having to spend 3 hours a day on my business marketing to just 15 minutes.
I spent about 3 months testing it to make sure it was sustainable and didn’t break or fall apart somewhere down the line. It didn’t.
So in August of 2017 I decided to put everything I had learnt into my premium programme “Building Profitable Businesses Fast” Mentoring Programme.
I then went back to my clients to tell them I had CRACKED THE CODE.
I was terrified to let them in on my secret, because up to that point I had been their coach and they needed me to help them figure all this stuff out. Now I was basically saying “implement this and you won’t need me anymore.”
I was WRONG!
They tried my system and LOVED it. They were now able to get the results they were previously getting but in just a few minutes a day.
The new business owners were loving it even more because it cut their learning curve out almost completely and they became profitable in just a few months instead of the year or so that they had planned on.
They wanted more. They wanted me to look at other areas where they were struggling and help them solve those problems too.
Instead of losing clients, I gained them. Every person these loyal clients came into contact with who were about to start their own business were referred to me. They were sharing their success stories with those they met and telling people how they could become profitable much faster.
It was amazing, they were actually doing my marketing for me. This left me more time to concentrate on how I could help them, and the cycle continued. It continued to the point where I was making over £5,000/mo.
Finally, I could QUIT the job I hated – FOREVER!
If you are new to business or are thinking about starting something you might be thinking “will running a business really work for me?”
By now, whether you are just thinking about starting out, or already have your own business, you are probably pretty curious about whether you can build a profitable business in just a few months and are probably asking yourself
Well I’m happy to say I can give you a big fat NO to all of those.
My students/clients have experienced success from a wide variety of backgrounds, skill sets and knowledge bases.
One of my students went from complete business beginner, to having her website built, her branding sorted, her social media set up and her messaging and offer in place in just 3 weeks and the TOTAL COST was just £22.18. She made her first sale just 2 days later.
Here’s the kicker – she had spent NOTHING on marketing.
Another student SOLD OUT her online course BEFORE she even promoted it. How? She used what she had learnt about Facebook Pages and Groups to create interest in her product so that when she launched it she already had people wanting to buy. It was NUTS!
So No. You don’t need technical skills or lots of money to start a business. You don’t need to complicate things or scrap everything you have already done.
Just because it isn’t difficult or costly to build a profitable business doesn’t mean you should start one now.
First of all, if you have no clue about what you want to sell OR who you want to sell it to then you should probably not go into business just yet.
You’re also not ready to go into business if you are not prepared to spend time learning and implementing things. Just because it is not difficult does not mean it is easy.
So HOW do you know if you’re READY to start one?
After working with hundreds of small business owners, I have learnt that it works for 3 types of people.
Type 1: I know who I want to serve but I’m not sure what my product or service will include.
Type 2. I’m making sales here and there, but it isn’t very consistent.
Type 3: I’m generating consistent income but I’m now ready for more growth.
Do you fall into one of those categories?
Like I said before, running a business is not for everyone…
But if you are ready to take control of your life, generate your own income and be beholden to no one then running a business is most definitely for you and now I’m going to give you a chance to learn EVEN MORE about building a profitable business fast, so get EXCITED!
I know you are a busy person with lots going on right now, and I feel honoured that you’ve stuck with me to the end of this post, and I would just like to say a massive thank you for that.
The truth is, I just love connecting with people. I love hearing their stories and problems and I love even more being able to work with them to find a solution.
This is what led me down this path in the first place. I had just asked my Partner (you remember) if he would support me for 6 months while I quit my job and started something new and exciting.
I was going to be an ENTREPRENEUR (cue cheesy super hero music)
But, it didn’t work out all that well (you also remember) and I had to go back to work (cue violin)
Well I guess that was when I learnt that building a business is hard. But sometimes we make it harder than it needs to be (I know I did) that was until I found out there is an easier way…
My “Building Profitable Businesses Fast” Mentoring Programme is an all in one programme that helps you:
This is a complete Game Changer and most of my students have seen a 10X return on their investment.
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