Change is in the Air

April 19th, 2016

Change ImageUpdating and making changes can be hard when you’re a business owner trying to reach success. It can be a scary thing because you think will the changes I make be worth it, will people like them or stop visiting my site because they hate it? It’s one of the scariest things you can do, but sometimes it’s a must.

I’m in the middle of this right now with the WAHM-Articles site. The original site was created by Denise Willms back in 2006 and hasn’t changed much. The problem is the site was created with html code that doesn’t go with the newer versions of the internet. My only options were to pay to have someone update the code so it would work again or change to WordPress.

While I thought long and hard about it, I chose to change to WordPress. I love WordPress and have created many, many sites for my Virtual Assistant clients using this program. It’s easy to use and doesn’t take much knowledge or skills to get where you want. You can make it look professional and not spend a lot of time or money doing it.

So while I struggled with the choice it was one I know, in the end will be the right one. I know I’ll be able to create a site I’ll be happy with; one mom’s and other women will love to visit and one that will stand out way above the rest.

So in the meantime, keep checking back and looking at what I’ve created and don’t be afraid to message me and let me know what you’d like to see on the site. I want it to be one you’ll come back to on a daily basis for incite and help with your needs.

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Tell Me Thursday – April 14

April 14th, 2016

Tell Me Thursday ButtonThe Wordless Wednesday post I shared last week is the logo the Ultimate Blog Challenge. If you missed the image, click here to view it.

The Ultimate Blog Challenge is a group anyone can participate it and they run quarterly for one month. While I tried to participate this month, it just was not the right time for me, but that’s the best thing about this challenge. There is no penalty if you can’t make it.

The Ultimate Blog Challenge is a great way to increase the traffic to your blog. You share your posts on the Facebook group and others have the ability to read and comment on your blog posts. It’s also a great way to increase the ranging of your blog on the search engines. Since the search engine spiders look for new content, participating in this challenge will help you with that task.

If you want to check out the Ultimate Blog Challenge and possibly sign up for the next challenge, click here today.

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Wordless Wednesday – April 6

April 6th, 2016

Make sure you stop by tomorrow to see what this image is all about.

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Using Freebies to Increase your Business

April 5th, 2016

Free StuffWhen marketing your business it’s important to draw your customers to your site. While there are a number of ways to do this, one of the best and easiest ways is to use freebies. People love to get something for free. They will be more inclined to visit your site and refer others to you if you give them something in return.

There are several things you can offer for free that won’t take a lot of time to create. You’ll find the amount of time you spend on them will be priceless when you see the increase in visitors to your site and purchases they make.

Here are a few suggestions.

1. Special Report
2. Ebook
3. Adult Color Sheets
4. Ecourse
5. PLR Article Pack
6. Sample Product

There are many other things you could offer based on your business. If you offer advertising, you could include them in a directory, if you are product based you could give away samples, if you have a club you could give them free access. The list could be endless.

The most important thing is to think about your customers and what they’d like to see. When you give them something for free they’ll come back time and time again just to see what you offer and what new things you’ve added since they visited last.corrie new sig

Article Marketing is Crucial for any Business

April 4th, 2016

Tous ensemble !Marketing your business is something you need to do on a daily basis. There is a lot of competition these days and it’s crucial that you show your market they need to go with you over your competition.

While this is not an easy thing to do when you offer some of the same things as the big chain type companies, it is still possible. The big chain type companies have money to spend daily on advertising and marketing which is something small businesses don’t have, but it doesn’t mean you can’t compete with them.

There are many ways to market your business in a way that will make you stand out way above those big chain type companies. A lot of people would prefer to go with a small mom and pop type company rather than a large company. They prefer to support the little guy or the local guy over someone that doesn’t even live in the same community.

One of the best ways to market your business is to use article marketing. Article marketing is a form of advertising through short articles similar to blog posts. An article has a bio at the end which is basically a way to advertise your business. Article marketing is one of the best ways to gain a large number of website visitors which turns into sales. It’s also one of the cheapest forms of advertising you can use for your business.

When you use article marketing as a marketing strategy for your business you are showing your target market you are an expert in your field and that’s exactly what they are looking for when they search for something they need. Words mean a lot more to people then pictures and ads for products. Anyone can sell something, but not everyone can write articles and be an expert.

When using article marketing for your business you need to submit your articles on a regular basis to article directories. You should put buttons linking to your article profile on these directories on your website and you should also market your articles on social media sites.

It’s always a good thing to promote your articles on sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Linked In. These sites will help you gain even more traffic to your site and increase your sells. Every little bit helps and the more exposure you give your articles the more likely you are to succeed.

Article marketing is one of the best methods you can use when you’re trying to grow your business. If you’re not using article marketing for your business, you need to consider it today. You won’t regret the decision.

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10 Tips to Help You Save Money

April 3rd, 2016

jar of money The economy isn’t doing very well right now which means we must do what we can to survive. Lay-offs are happening in the oil field which is causing issues in other businesses, so money is very tight for a lot of people. Whether your spouse can’t work or has lost a job, saving money and spending less money is a must.

There are a number of different things you can do to make your money go further each month. Some may work and some may not, but it’s best to give them all a try. Wouldn’t it be terrible to find out months down the road that you would have qualified for something or would have learned how to do something had you taken the time to follow the process? I’m sure the answer will be yes.

Here are a few suggestions to consider when you’re trying to make your money last longer and go further.

1. Apply for Medicaid
2. Apply for Food Stamps
3. Contact your electric or gas company and ask for assistance
4. Contact your cable/sattelite company and ask for tips to lower your bill
5. Consider cancelling cable/sattelite service
6. Search for perscription help online at needymed.org
7. Consider refinancing your mortgage or vehicle loans
8. Contact credit card companies for assistance
9. Stop going out to eat and make meals at home
10. Find online work you can do at home

There are many other things you can do to make your money last longer. You could consider getting a second job, you could sell items in your home that you no longer need, you can take a sack lunch to work, or carpool to work. Consider your bills, your money, and your needs and then see what you can do to make it easier on you and your family.

The most important thing to do is not stress. The situation will get better if you work hard and consider doing one or more of the things listed above. Make sure you keep each company you have bills with updated with your situation; they’ll be more inclined to help if you communicate with them and tell them what’s going on. Just don’t give up! You can do this.

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To-Do List for the Weekend

April 2nd, 2016

"family fishing"The weekends are for what you want to do. You could go on a long walk with your family, remodel a bathroom, or sit on the sofa and binge watch Grey’s Anatomy. No matter what you do with your weekend, it’s a time for you to relax and do what you want to do without a boss telling you to do this or that or something else.

No matter what you do, creating a plan at the beginning of the weekend is the best way to get the most completed by the end of the weekend. You’re sure to not forget something and who knows, you might even get everything accomplished then some.

I have found if I don’t make a list I feel like I don’t know what to do or what needs to get done. That’s not a good thing when you have so many things you want to get done in a short amount of time. I usually pack my weekends with family stuff which makes it hard to remember every task, every errand, and every project that needs to be done.

So when the next weekend comes along and you are feeling frustrated, lost, or feeling like you won’t be able to get anything done, consider writing out a to-do list. You may find it’s the best thing you could do.

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New Month, New Goals

April 1st, 2016

Ultimate Blog Challenge ImageToday is April 1st and I just can’t believe it. The first quarter of the year is over, it’s a new month, and spring is here. How are your goals coming along? Mine are right on track and it’s a wonderful feeling.

I’ve made some changes to my goals and they’re more in line with what I want to do with my business this year. While it will be a challenge to reach all of my goals by the end of the year I know I can do it.

One of the changes I made was to the WAHM-Articles site and blog. I found there is an issue with the site itself and because of that issue I am going to have to make some changes to it. This means all of the articles currently on the site will go away. I’m sad this is happening, but at time time the site is not working.

The other change I made is to the WAHM-Articles blog. I want to update it more often and so I’ve decided to do the Ultimate Blog Challenge this month. I’m hoping to increase the traffic to the blog and add a few more sponsors to the site.

So while this is a lot of work, I know in the long run this will be an awesome experience and one I can’t wait to achieve. I’m looking forward to making daily posts and helping all of you to learn more about article marketing and running your business successfully!

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Riding the Business Wave – Will you Jump On?

March 30th, 2016

Business Wave ImageIt doesn’t matter if you’re interested in clothing, shoes, or business you’ll find waves come and go. Clothing styles change, the need for shoes depending on the task, or the latest and greatest way to market your business; things change with the blink of an eye.

Just today alone on Facebook I’ve seen sponsored ads come up for ways to market your business. These include seminars to take or emails you’ll receive that contain information on how to market your business. Different people teach methods that ultimately end of being for the same task, but if they word it differently you won’t know that until you get in and see what they talk about.

This is exactly what they want. They want to stand out so they seem different and new to the average person scrolling through their news feed on Facebook or looking through their email. If you were to click on multiples to see how they can help you increase traffic to your site and grow your business, then each one of them has succeed. You need this too!

More than likely, you aren’t the only one in the world that offers the products or services you offer, so it’s important to do everything you can to show others you’re the one they should go with for their needs. This is where the business wave comes into play.

If you think about a wave in the ocean, most of them are long and are visible for a long period of time before the die out and fade away. This is how you want your business marketing wave to look like as well. You want to be a higher wave then the others and you want your information to be visible for a long period of time. That’s why it’s important to create a way for those that click through to maintain the information you provide to them.

That’s one reason why marketing taking time. While it’s easy to make Twitter posts or Facebook posts or ads, it’s not that easy when you’re trying to keep that wave going. You should write ebooks, special reports, create emails, and come up with seminars people can attend. This will give you the advantage over others because the information will be at their fingertips any time they need it and you’ll continually be in front of them. They’ll never forget what you offer and will always feel like you can help them get the job done.

Take the time you need to come up with a marketing plan that will draw in your market and keep them there forever. Create things that will help keep your business wave high and long so they know you’re there for the long hall and won’t be going anywhere in the near future. Show them you’re the business wave they want to ride.

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Spring Cleaning Business Style

March 22nd, 2016

imageWhen spring rolls around a lot of people go to their homes and clean. It’s out with the old and in with the new. Wardrobes change, bedding change, and there is a lot of cleaning involved. When it’s nice the windows are open and that can cause dirt to come in or dust to come to the surface. When it’s nice outside you want to be outside so it’s best to clean the house from top to bottom so daily or weekly cleanings will be a breeze.

Your business is the same way. Change may not always be easy to handle, but it’s possible it would be for the best. You’ll find making changes with your business will allow you to help more people or give you more time to be with your family. Either way it’s a win-win for you.

Take a hard look at your business and see what changes you can make to help with your desires. Eliminate products or services that aren’t working or are time consuming to complete. Consider hiring a Virtual Assistant to help do tasks that don’t directly need your attention. Whatever it is, the most important thing is to stream line your business so it runs efficiently and effectively. That way you’ll have a clean business. It’ll be fresh and ready for the world to see and ready for you to have the time away you desire.

No matter what kind of business you run, spring cleaning will help you to have the best business you can have. You’ll find you may have a more successful business when you make these types of changes and who knows, you might be able to have more time at the lake with your family or camping on the mountain with your spouse.

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