Three Top Tips to Starting a Successful Business

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Social Media Manager, Blog Consultant and Trainer at Ask Coach Donna
Social media training and promotion for entrepreneurs, professionals, and business bloggers.
Certified Business Coach, Intuitive Strategist ~ As a Social Media Manager and Coach, I do the work for you and/or train corporations and small businesses how to set up their blog and a Social Media Marketing Plan around their blog/website as their business hub. As a Social Media Marketing Expert, I teach Relationship Marketing and Social Media Mastery, consulting and speaking services for corporate, business owners, and conscious entrepreneurs around the globe!
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3 top tip to SuccessYou’ve heard it a lot, true success is not in employment but in doing business.

  • Many entrepreneurs have proven that doing businesses is actually more profitable than being an employee.

==> And, many entrepreneurs are bound to fail.

So what should You do?

Learning to become an entrepreneur can happen without graduating from college.

  • Self-study, research, experience, and a business coach – these things will give you an huge edge in entrepreneurship.

And, I am sharing 3 of the most helpful business tips out there.

Take these tips and expert advice to heart and stay on course… Read more

2 Steps in Your Business Vision

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Social media training and promotion for entrepreneurs, professionals, and business bloggers.
Certified Business Coach, Intuitive Strategist ~ As a Social Media Manager and Coach, I do the work for you and/or train corporations and small businesses how to set up their blog and a Social Media Marketing Plan around their blog/website as their business hub. As a Social Media Marketing Expert, I teach Relationship Marketing and Social Media Mastery, consulting and speaking services for corporate, business owners, and conscious entrepreneurs around the globe!
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Business VisioningHave you ever wondered why you need to write out a Business Vision Statement?

I found that the real value of creating any parts of the business plan is not in having the finished product in hand; rather, the value lies in the process of researching and thinking about your business in a systematic way.

And, during the process, your focus will always be on your target audience and clients. Which helps you articulate your business when writing and talking to and about clients.

So what about the vision of your business plan? What is the mental image you have of your business and where will it be in 3 months, 6 months, etc.

OK – you can dream. Then you can – DEVELOP A VISION STATEMENT – it is your ticket to success – the vision statement is about what your future business will look like. It has been said that a vision statement imagines what success looks like. Read more

Your Competitive Edge In Business

Your Competitive Edge In Business

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Social media training and promotion for entrepreneurs, professionals, and business bloggers.
Certified Business Coach, Intuitive Strategist ~ As a Social Media Manager and Coach, I do the work for you and/or train corporations and small businesses how to set up their blog and a Social Media Marketing Plan around their blog/website as their business hub. As a Social Media Marketing Expert, I teach Relationship Marketing and Social Media Mastery, consulting and speaking services for corporate, business owners, and conscious entrepreneurs around the globe!
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Competitive EdgeWhat is the most important aspect to your success as a small businessperson?

Sometimes my clients feel concerned thinking that they need to have the letters behind their name, or are new to presenting their product, and they feel they need an online presence as soon as possible. But, this isn’t what brings success.

This is what my clients feel will help them have it more together as they start off.

And we all know that our business’s reputation, product, price, the marketing, delivery, and guarantees add to the puzzle of our business unique-ability. Add to that wonderful testimonials and brand awareness, oh, plus social media strategy and we’ve got it just about covered as you step to the brink of success.

Yet… Read more

Need a Business ‘Start Over’

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Social media training and promotion for entrepreneurs, professionals, and business bloggers.
Certified Business Coach, Intuitive Strategist ~ As a Social Media Manager and Coach, I do the work for you and/or train corporations and small businesses how to set up their blog and a Social Media Marketing Plan around their blog/website as their business hub. As a Social Media Marketing Expert, I teach Relationship Marketing and Social Media Mastery, consulting and speaking services for corporate, business owners, and conscious entrepreneurs around the globe!
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Business Coaching

Need a Time Out – Or just a Business ‘Start Over’

One or more baseball outings won’t give you what you need to be an amazing baseball player.

But, what if you had a coach (like most do when learning to get better at baseball), and what if you played, practiced everyday? What would your baseball game look like in 12 months from now? Would you be a few steps closer to becoming a good player and teammate?

We can’t always predict the future, but we do know that if we don’t do anything different than we have been doing, the future won’t look much different than the past.

If you want to have consistent results and not work so hard, you will always have to become the top 10% in your game or business niche. And this is developing a mindset and belief that you will make it. Add to that – learning more, practicing more, and being enthusiastic and patient with a strong faith of what is to come.

Oh, did I mention strategy and tactics? Read more

Business Action Steps

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FreeDigitalPhotos.netWhen you think of and write your business action steps, remember you don’t have to do everything. You just have to be consistently persistent with what you do.

  • Goals are what you “plan” to accomplish. And, business action steps come from your planning – then take you to your goals.

So, write your goals down. Then, start filling in the blanks.

  • I like to say bridge the GAP, between Point Z (where you see your business) and Point A (where you are now in your business). The act of writing your ideas down will force you to think in actual terms. This is the birth of your action plan.

Follow that action all the way. Consistently and persistently.

As a business, rather you are a consultant or small business owner; you need to have some sort of idea of your goals for that next project.  Know that having your goals broken down into smaller steps will make it a lot easier for you to achieve your goals.

I know many of us find goal setting boring – Here is my own solution for that. Read more

Business Planning

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Certified Business Coach, Intuitive Strategist ~ As a Social Media Manager and Coach, I do the work for you and/or train corporations and small businesses how to set up their blog and a Social Media Marketing Plan around their blog/website as their business hub. As a Social Media Marketing Expert, I teach Relationship Marketing and Social Media Mastery, consulting and speaking services for corporate, business owners, and conscious entrepreneurs around the globe!
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Business PlanningWhen do you need more than your business planning?

Your actions steps will lead you where you want to go in your business and life.

Here are 4 of those steps for your Business Planning:

  1. Make a decision.

I have found that we must be clear about why and who we are in business, what we do for others, and what we want. We need a plan, and goals. Then, we are able to take action more easily because we have clarity of where we are going.

  • Decisions , and growth, come a bit easier when there is clear communication going with others and ourselves.

We often want a guarantee before making a decision, and having more clarity around our decision helps tremendously! Read more

Facebook Business Page

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Social Media Manager, Blog Consultant and Trainer at Ask Coach Donna
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Certified Business Coach, Intuitive Strategist ~ As a Social Media Manager and Coach, I do the work for you and/or train corporations and small businesses how to set up their blog and a Social Media Marketing Plan around their blog/website as their business hub. As a Social Media Marketing Expert, I teach Relationship Marketing and Social Media Mastery, consulting and speaking services for corporate, business owners, and conscious entrepreneurs around the globe!
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You know that a Facebook Business Page has become all the rage for large and small businesses! A lot of people are creating content, interacting in with businesses on the Facebook Business Page (commenting, contributing, etc).

Indeed, Facebook now has over 500 million active users. If you’re in business online or brick and mortar, those numbers probably have you drooling right now.

Just think – 500 million users all gathered in one place. And best of all, they tend to be organized according to their interests (i.e., by niche). What good is that to you? Well, if you don’t know, we really need get you some sales and marketing training! Read more

Business Planning Goals and Concepts

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Social Media Manager, Blog Consultant and Trainer at Ask Coach Donna
Social media training and promotion for entrepreneurs, professionals, and business bloggers.
Certified Business Coach, Intuitive Strategist ~ As a Social Media Manager and Coach, I do the work for you and/or train corporations and small businesses how to set up their blog and a Social Media Marketing Plan around their blog/website as their business hub. As a Social Media Marketing Expert, I teach Relationship Marketing and Social Media Mastery, consulting and speaking services for corporate, business owners, and conscious entrepreneurs around the globe!
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Have you ever wondered how others ‘get’ their successes, I mean really understand how to get it, and how does that support you?

Cultural differences aside; what I’m talking about here is the concept of your success in the terms of professional accomplishment.

Success seems to be largely gauged in terms of the pursuit of knowledge, and money.

The idea of success is also in terms of our desires to get exactly what we want.

But, are we aiming at our desires, with old concepts? So, when you consider concepts that are new to you – or that you haven’t tried – you will probably hit roadblocks and stumble (fear can put a halt to successes) – but you can and will find the solutions.

Understand this important lesson, here: Read more

Business Goals, Vision and Growth

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Social Media Manager, Blog Consultant and Trainer at Ask Coach Donna
Social media training and promotion for entrepreneurs, professionals, and business bloggers.
Certified Business Coach, Intuitive Strategist ~ As a Social Media Manager and Coach, I do the work for you and/or train corporations and small businesses how to set up their blog and a Social Media Marketing Plan around their blog/website as their business hub. As a Social Media Marketing Expert, I teach Relationship Marketing and Social Media Mastery, consulting and speaking services for corporate, business owners, and conscious entrepreneurs around the globe!
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Most entrepreneurs, and small businesses, have their goals, a vision, and all the right things to be successful – except for sales and marketing systems. They seem very unsure and unclear about this.

  • These systems may seem unimportant, at first.
  • Then the challenge comes for: what areas do we sell in and where to do marketing – oh – and what information is needed for this. Such as:
  1. brand development
  2. copy writing
  3. advertising Read more

Giving and Putting Value In Your Business

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Certified Business Coach, Intuitive Strategist ~ As a Social Media Manager and Coach, I do the work for you and/or train corporations and small businesses how to set up their blog and a Social Media Marketing Plan around their blog/website as their business hub. As a Social Media Marketing Expert, I teach Relationship Marketing and Social Media Mastery, consulting and speaking services for corporate, business owners, and conscious entrepreneurs around the globe!
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Have you ever felt moved along and spellbound when some sales people start selling you. They start off as if they care, but if you say ‘no’, they make you feel ashamed?  This may be why so many people don’t want to talk to a ‘salesy person’, or someone that advertises hype.

I recently was mesmerized by an online marketing guru’s sales people – and said yes to everything and agreed to it all. In the back of my mind, I was trying to wake myself up – finally when we hung up and a bit of time passed, it was like waking up. I couldn’t believe that I said yes to their offer. I called and had to go through another 30 minutes of just saying ‘no’ and I wanted to cancel. It was a terrible experience! And, I blocked all emails coming from them and anyone else that was hype and ‘salesy’ sounding. Read more