3 Tips for New Business Owners

Are you interested in becoming an entrepreneur, but don’t no where to start? It’s simple.. just start.

Yes.. as simple as that!

Most small businesses fail within the first 5 yrs according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. The main reasons are due to:

1. A lack of knowledge.

2. A lack of funding.

3. Failure to price product or service correctly.

Most people dream of entrepreneurship, but many never take the next step or they give up too soon. Just a side note.. Entrepreneurship is not for the faint at heart.

If you are comfortable where you are, you probably won’t make it. I advise new, thrill seekers of these 3 things when starting a business.

After you’ve mastered that, I suggest you hire someone to teach you how to start, market, grow and become profitable. If you can’t find anyone, I just might be available. Check here for available times.

After you’ve done all this, now it’s time to put the foot to the medal and put a strategy in place.

Are you working part-time or full-time in this new business? What are your professional and financial goals as an entrepreneur? Where do you see yourself a year from now in this business? If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Subscribe to The People Connect Podcast for business tips, inspiration and motivation to keep you in the loop and on top of your business.

So start planning…

Be prepared to invest in you and your business if you are serious. If finances are low, invest in free business tools to get started. There are tons of them. You need a website or a blog, an email provider (CRM system) and a product or service. You can also get The Start, Market & Grow Business Bundle if you need an indepth knowledge of building that business online.

The life of an entrepreneur can be fun, stressful and really challenging. Join business groups on Facebook and connect with other business people.

The more you learn, the more comfortable you will be as a new business owner.

Are you social? If not, you better get that way. There are over 6 billion people in the world ready to be introduced to your business idea. Connect with me on Instagram for more tips & strategy about business.

I’m Nichelle! A certified business & life strategist. I help you start, market, grow and profit as the CEO of you.

Until next time..

Blessings & Peace,

What Does Your Image Say About You?

Here’s the deal! People not only remember what you say and how you make them feel, but they remember how you look too.

Your image is your brand. You are your brand and your brand is you. No matter what you do in life, your image matters.

We often speak of businesses having images. Well they do, but so do you.

Personal image has been known to disqualify you from a job or a promotion and even the type of opportunities you are presented with. For example, Beyonce has been very good at building a personal and profitable image. People buy her clothes, her music, her books and spend hundreds to attend her concert just to get that experience. She’s even got a fan club called the Beyhive. Beyonce and other notable musicians and entertainers have taken image to heart and started to use it to uplevel their personal and professional lives. You too have the same opportunity.

Don’t fear being different. Fear being the same.

In business, an image is why people buy or not and even refer. People like to be associated with an image. It makes them feel notable, established and having a sense of arriving at a certain level. For instance, name brand merchandise is attributed to a certain financial clout, i.e., Range Rover, Michael Kors. These brands have a targeted market that keeps their image alive.

Why is it important to have a personal image?

1. It validates who you are.

2. It denotes how you feel about yourself.

3. It gives clarity as to what you value in your life.

Check out 4 more reasons here.

A good, personal and business, image can take you far in life. Working on your image daily can open many doors and provide tons opportunity.

When opportunity knocks, if someone likes and relates to your image, they will more than likely connect with you to learn more.

Everyday you should be evaluating your image in regards to your goals. If there is no alignment, perhaps readjusting, shifting or changing your image is always an option. This message right here resignates the truth.

What image do you portray? How has your image advanced or taken away from you? If you’ve never thought about it, now is the perfect time to access. It’s never too late to recreate what you do to do it better.

I’m Nichelle, your Life Transition and Business Strategist. I help you identify your weaknesses, maximize your strengths, find opportunities and devour your threats in your life and business. Learn more about me and what I do to help you at The Start Up CEO.

Interested in learning more personal and business tips filled with inspiration and motivation? Check out The People Connect Podcast.

Live in your image and let your image live in you.

3 Things They Wish You Didn’t Know

Have you ever wondered why things work the way they do? Do you understand your role?

While out doing my daily grind, I had a moment to sit & think. Life isn’t so bad. Why are so many people unhappy? Then I realized this.. it’s more about us than it is about them..

1. What you think about yourself matters.

2. What you think you can not do matters too.

3. Your action dictates your results.

Here’s my proof… Tuesday Life Hack.

So what do you think? You may agree or you may not. Nevertheless, it’s worth thinking about. Some things require an analytical, thought provoking perspective. 💯

Whatever you do, do it for you. When it all boils down, your happiness with self matters. Don’t let anyone sip your tea that doesn’t deserve to use the cup.

If you are ready for your next level, start today. Freedom.. is when you clearly can say I’m going to be happy in spite of.

I’m Nichelle.. your Life Transition Strategist & Business Strategist. Realize your potential and never doubt yourself. This right here says it all. Learn more about what I do to help you here. Listen to The People Connect Podcast for business tips, strategy, inspiration & motivation.

Blessings, Peace & Much Success,

Nichelle.

13 Ways to Drive Traffic & Build Social Influence

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In the business of online marketing, you must be reaching people to convert them to followers, cheerleaders and buyers. The most powerful people online have mastered how to get people to find them, like them, share them and be a part of their tribe.

Building influence is the name of the game; however, it does not happen overnight. It takes time to see results and earn your respect. Everyone starts somewhere. If you are new to business or you are stagnant and need growth, check out the Start, Market & Grow Bundle to help you build a profitable business consistently.

Listed below are 13 ways to guide you towards social influence domination.

“When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It’s very simple.” Paulo Coelh

Build your Site for Search Engine Optimization

Keywords are the key to being found among millions of other websites. Sort of like hashtags, keywords help people find you. By optimizing your website for search engines, you will be able to gain more traffic from people searching those keywords you attach to your website. This is a powerful tool and will eventually lead to a lot of traffic.

Have a Social Media Contest

Starting a contest on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Periscope or Snapchat will definitely get some attention towards your brand with follower shares. People like give away’s and free. It’s a great way to build your list and offer something of value at the same time.

Use Polls to Get Opinions

People love to offer advice and give opinions. Facebook has a tool built-in to help with this process. Survey Monkey & Google Forms are also great for polls. Ask your followers questions as it pertains to what you do & how you can make it better. You would be surprised. You may generate new ideas from people telling you what they want and don’t like.

Start a YouTube Channel

People love video and YouTube is currently the largest video subscriber. Post videos and have them link back to your website. This will add more sources of traffic and will also be a platform for viral video marketing. Need more inspiration? Connect with me on YouTube.

Post on Your Social Media Platforms Consistently

When you post on your sites consistently, it will lead to more people seeing your content and engaging. Be sure to engage back. Like their photo’s, give compliments and provide simple tips to drive traffic to your platforms for more traffic.

Post on Your Facebook Wall and Ask Your Friends to Share

As simple as this may sound, this is something that will certainly get instant traffic to your site. People respond based on know, like, trust and respect. Well.. most of your Facebook friends will probably fall into this category. If they share you with their audience, it factors in that you probably reputable if they were willing to share. People are curious and nosey and will often seek you out. Post tips, strategies and pictures of what you do to gain interest and build more followers.

“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” Les Brown

Viral Video Marketing

Get uncomfortable with being comfortable of doing the same thing! Think of a unique, out of the box and funny way to make a viral video about your business. It’s certainly a great way to get instant traffic. This can lead to millions of hits, shares and follows. This simple strategy has made some people instafamous for sure. Catch me LIVE on Periscope where I share business tips & tricks to do this.

Attend & Post Current Events

Go to community as well as neighborhood events and share them with your audience. Talk to them, possibly video the event and become the go to person for what’s going on. This is a great place to network too. Pass out business cards and talk to people. Post pics on your social media to show your involvement and gain interest.

Promote Your Brand Offline

When socializing or doing your daily task, slide in with a bit about your business when around people. Put your website and social media links on your business cards. Wear paraphernalia with your business name on it. Put door magnets on your car. Host an open house for your business. Attend meet-ups and chamber of commerce meetings. Buy billboard space. Collaborate with local businesses. Even in the restaurant, talk to your waiter or waitress and don’t forget to leave a business card, an ink pen or trinket with your business name on the table with the tip. Need help with branding your business, click here.

Include Your Business URL in Every Signature

Email marketing isn’t dead! This is prime real estate to share your message and gain by in with your business. Every email you send, people will have the opportunity call you or go to your website for information to buy your products & services. Learn how to grow your email list here. Even with text messaging.. use your website or a link to what you do.

“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.” Kobe Bryant

Create Back Links to Your Website

Back links are a sneaky way of sharing your information without sharing your information. Back links can be placed in blogs, websites and other social media forums to drive an audience to your sites.

Your Network is Your Net worth

Network with people and don’t be shy. Attend happy hours, go to sporting events.. wherever people are, you be there too. The more people you meet and tell them what you do, the more leads you will find heading your way. Open your mouth and don’t be afraid to be your best advertisement. No one can tell your story like you.

Guest Blog

Blogging is the new craze and stamp of expertise. Your blog can easily brand you and your business in your niche’. Connecting and networking with other successful bloggers, by guest blogging, you get an appearance in front of their audience to make a lasting impression. Use it to the best of your ability to make an impact.

Try these 13 quick ways to drum up and build influence around your business and you will certainly see a big difference. If you found this information valuable, please like it and share it with others.

I’m Nichelle, the Start Up CEO, helping you to start, market and grow a profitable business. Connect with me on Instagram for inspiration, motivation and information to push you out of your comfort zone and into your greatness.

Until next time.. Blessings & Peace.

Ways to Make Extra Money in Your Jammies

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Hey There..

Is it Friday yet? Yes it is and I am super excited because it has been a long, long week. I feel like a need a vacation from vacation. Anywho.. it’s Freedom Friday and you probably are excited because it is probably payday too. If you aren’t, I am. I got another vacation to pay for.

“You gotta run more than your mouth to escape the treadmill of mediocrity. A true hustler jogs during the day, and sleepwalks at night.” – Jarod Kintz

Have you ever had to rob Peter to pay Paul? Well.. I have and it has never been fun. In fact, it always had me wondering how other people where able to live the lives of their dreams and I was struggling day to day with 3 college degrees.

I’ve always made good money, but the way my life is set up.. I love to live a great life. This includes eating great food at nice restaurants, traveling to exclusive places and lounging in 5 star resorts. Yes.. I can do it with my salary, but why? Especially when I can make some extra money to live the lifestyle I desire. Living a great life requires you making some extra ends.

If you are broke in 2018, it’s your fault. Why? There are so many ways to make an additional stream of income with little to no effort…. I’m kidding.. it’s not that easy, but anything worth having isn’t either. Nevertheless, you gotta do something in order to see the results you expect.

Guess what.. the great thing is you don’t have to punch a clock to do it. You can do this in your spare time.. even while you are at your 9 to 5, you can be making an additional stream of income. So if this sounds exciting to you, check out the 4 ways listed below. Get started today and start making money today as well. Like really.. today.

“Hustle until you no longer need to introduce yourself.” – Anonymous

  1. People ask for your opinion and we often share it. What about if you got paid to do it? Yep.. Get paid to tell others how you feel. Share your opinion here and join others who are making extra money in their spare time.
  2. Have you ever thought about opening an online store? Well.. it’s not as difficult as it used to be however, it’s not as easy as some may say. I opened my store about 9 months ago using what I learned here. Since that time I earn weekly income simply by drop shipping merchandise. You better get with the program. Some inventory I own and some I don’t. Regardless.. I love when that direct deposit hits my bank account for a store that own. You can thank Amazon for creating a platform to make money online. Look at Jeff Bezos. He’s a billionaire now.
  3. Earn money with your smartphone by completing small projects at local stores. Yep.. you read that right. Your smartphone ain’t dumb at all and it can help you earn extra money too. Simple task, some big, some small.. all pay. I’ve been using this app for about 2 years to make weekly extra income in my spare time. If I’m in that area, I pick up a job. I love the timely deposits that I receive. Sign up here to get started today.
  4. It just makes sense to earn money while you shop. If you’ve never used coupons, now is a great time to start. This app helps you save money and pays you while you are doing it. Again.. if you are broke in 2018, it’s by choice. Sign up here to start earning while you shop.

So.. if you are in need of extra money or just want some extra money to start enjoying that extra life, I hope you enjoy these opportunities. In case you missed it, check out what I did in Cuba here. Now don’t just earn it and spend it. If you need to get out of debt, do that. If you want to take a trip, save for it. I have found this Rize to be an amazing tool for helping me prioritize my goals. Check it out and get started reaching your goals too.

If bad habits are keeping you broke, check out How to Create New Habits. It will revolutionize your strategy to refocus your attention towards achieving your goals and dreams.

“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

Please feel free to share this article with others who are seeking to make an extra income or two. After all, even billionaires are always seeking ways to make more money.

I’m Nichelle.. Thanks for subscribing and being a part of my space. If you like daily information, inspiration and motivation, connect with me on Instagram. I love meeting new people.

Blessings and happy earning…

Nichelle

A Father is more than a Father

It is a wise father that knows his own child. William Shakespeare

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A father is more than a father. He is a revolution. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads, grandfather’s, stepfather’s and those who have fathered without being a sperm giver. Father’s play an important role in any child’s life. Father’s are the nucleus of the family. They nurture and love a mother and give guidance and structure to the children.

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Growing up with a father in the home is almost rare these days. Some will question if this is part of the destruction of the family. Father’s never get the recognition they are due. Having a father in the home has many advantages.

  1. Father’s bear authority. According to the word of God, man (father) is the leader and the family should follow. Without a man in the home, there is lack of direction.
  2. Father’s have a love that mother (woman) can’t give. God made it necessary for man to nurture, love and protect.

My father didn’t grow up in the home with me, but he was there every step I took & every move I made. I’m fortunate to say he still does. Meet my handsome dad. I consider my life blessed because not only did I have my dad, my granddad’s were present too. Having a man in the home who represented a father was normal to me.

As a wife and mom, my son’s have experienced the same. My husband’s presence has had a dramatic impact in how I rear my son’s. They see him as an example and they follow his lead.

A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life. Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than simply being a good husband and father. Frank Abagnale

The world can never have enough great men filling the role of father. Men who are father’s.. you are needed and certainly appreciated. Society will say one thing, but from a woman who appreciates your presence, your dominance, your guidance and your stature, thank you for all you do.

Until next time.. blessings & peace,

Nichelle

 

Cuba.. How it Can Change Your Life with One Visit

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”

Mark Twain

Day 1  We just entered Cuba.

I was so waiting on this trip. I couldn’t wait to experience all the fears of others who told me about it. I didn’t know what to expect. Nothing I heard was good. I wanted to see it for myself so I booked a cruise and started on my way to the largest Carribean Island of Cuba.

Riding through the streets of Cuba

Believe this.. some of what they told you is true. Believe this.. a lot of what they told you was a lie.

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“One’s destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things.”

Henry Miller

The Cuban people are great people. They are warm, beautiful, friendly, culturally correct and some are living in conditions no one should have to endure. I was baffled by what I saw, yet I felt so blessed to be able to see it. Seeing Cuba through my own eyes made me realize 3 things.

  1. I am so blessed! Never again will I complain. Why? I can change my circumstances if I want to. I am FREE to go and do as I please. I can earn, learn and empower myself without any approval of another.
  2. Appreciate the little things and thank God daily. A house, running water, food, transportation, clean air and everything else in between. When you see how others suffer due to control, you recognize that you are powerful and didn’t even know it.
  3. Don’t get trapped in the fears of others. Live your life. See for yourself. Don’t allow others to give you a perspective they hear about. You be the judge. If I had listened to and fallen in the trap of fear, I would have never had this Cuban experience.

Will I go back? Yes.. I believe the more we learn about others, the more they can teach us. I met some great people on my tours and while visiting the local neighborhoods. They just want to be recognized for who they are.. human beings. They want what you and I want. A good life without limitations. Cuba deserves to be on your list of travel. It is a worthy visit.

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

Mark Twain

 

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Oh and.. did I mention that I celebrated my 22nd Anniversary with my husband in Cuba.  Here we are loving on each other while chilling and relaxing

If you would like to learn more about my daily life, business packed with motivation and inspiration, connect with me on Instagram I look forward to meeting you.

Until next time.. Blessings and Peace,

Nichelle