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Mid-Point Check-in! Plan to Succeed. Roll Call!?

We are halfway through the year! Where did the time go? Time flies when you stay on the grind. It is time for our mid-year check-in. Hopefully, things are going well in your business and you have been reading along with us this year. We have talked about deciding what business to start, making your decision a reality, balancing your relationships and work, WordPress, branding and measuring your success. It has been a jam-packed beginning of the year.

Full of content and opportunities for improvement. I don’t know about you, but we need a breakdown and digest of what all we’ve done. We put together a checklist for you to see how things are going in your business. This will help you see what are your strengths and your weaknesses so you can take advantage of tightening things up before you go into 3rd and 4th quarter which tend to be the busiest time of the year for entrepreneurs.

Getting Started: The following items are typically completed during the startup phases, but if you’ve missed something, be sure to get it done.

  Do you have a business plan?  

  What is your niche market?

  Who is your ideal client?

  Passion behind your business?

Health & Wellness: These are not necessarily related to your business success, but you’re important too! Staying healthy is key to being productive.

  Work life balance?

  Are you stressed often?

  How often do you have “me time”?

  Number of hours you work a week?

  Feel overwhelmed? How do you plan to manage this feeling?

WordPress: This is the bread and butter of your business. Do you have the basis for a strong online presence? Let’s see.

  Do you own your custom domain?

  Is your website up and fully functional, including link checks?

  Social media linked to your website?

  Email subscription list setup?

Branding: You know how vital branding is. You’ve read the blog posts. Right?

  Specific set of brand colors?

  Brand colors consistent between your website, social media, and packaging?

  Logo

  Engaging with your potential clients on social media?

  What is your mission statement?

  Your brand story? Is it visible on your website or product labeling?

Self-Audit: Here’s where we get to analytics and see how applying everything we’ve covered this year in blogs have helped your business grow. These methods will also help your business continue to grow in the future.

  Download Google Analytics

  Review your analytics on a consistent basis

  Goals set for 3rd and 4th quarter?

  Goals written down?

  Automated any of your business processes? List them.

  What is your ROI?

  Plans to improve your ROI?

  Looking into collaborating with someone like minded?

This checklist is lengthy but covers the main points of what we have talked about during the 1st and 2nd quarter. Once this checklist is completed, your business should be almost running itself and profitable. If you ask us, it’s been a great first half of the year and we have seen a lot of you grow! We look forward to more stories, higher numbers, and bigger brands.

How to Measure Growth

Success must be measurable. As entrepreneurs, we are all seeking some feeling of success. Your definition may be different from that of someone else. Nevertheless, you’re chasing this undefined feeling of gratification. Success in business is meant to be measurable. When you take on a new project, release a product, or launch a website you should have goals and milestones to measure your success.

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Brand like a boss: Understanding Branding and Attracting Your Ideal Client

There are millions of products on the market for branding right now. Each come with their own promise of success and infinite growth. Most of these products are written by entrepreneurs who have experienced social media fame and learned to monetize their following. These stories can be helpful and are excellent examples of how culture is evolving, but branding is much more than Instagram fame and a sponsored post in Forbes. Branding is a science. There is psychology, consumer research and many other factors that play a part in building a strong brand. Understanding the nitty gritty of branding will ensure that your brand has growth AND longevity.

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The Basics of Branding – What it is and why it’s important 

Branding is a word you hear a lot when building a business. With a number of ideas available on the internet forming your own opinion about what branding is and how to utilize branding in your business can be difficult. There is truth in the research about branding done by online bloggers and business coaches and for you, I’ve broken down the essence of it all in easy to understand chunks. Branding consists of three main components; your vision, your voice and your visuals. When you begin to get a better understanding of these individual pieces you will be able to tailor each to fit your business and form a strong branding base that you can market to your ideal consumer.

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How to Balance Your Relationship & Building A Business

 

Let’s be honest, your business (present or future) is your baby. Your business started from something inside you that you “birthed” and now you’re “raising.” A business you run often demands your constant attention, it occupies your every thought, can push you to the brink of exhaustion and can give you pure joy. If you let it, your business can become all consuming.

But what about your relationship? Where does that fit in? Today we’re talking about creating balance in the dynamic between your love life and your business. How do you get both to flourish?

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What 28 Inspiring Black Women Teach Us About Success

Happy Black History Month! 

As you know, The My Boss Is Me. platform is a dedicated to equipping women of colour on an entrepreneurial journey, there is nothing I love more than to shine a light on successful black women. Today I’m sharing the stories of trailblazing black women who’ve changed the game for all of us. They’ve aimed higher, overcome obstacles, worked harder and delivered value the world could not and cannot ignore.

They’re inspiring. But beyond getting inspired, we’re going to do what we always do around here – get practical. We’ll draw actionable lessons from the lives and careers of these legendary black women.

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How To Make Your Business Idea A Reality

Can you believe it, we’re already halfway through January.  Time’s been flying and this year is going to go by just as fast.

If you’ve got a great idea for a new business, or some amazing new ideas for an existing one and  you’ve decided that 2017 is going to be the year you’re going to up your business game then keep reading this week’s post is for you

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Plot, Plan, Slay : 3 Steps To Executing Your Big Idea

Here’s the thing! MILLIONS of people come up with incredible ideas everyday but the actual number of people that act on the idea(s) they come up with; are one in a million.

If I had a dollar for every time someone told me about a a great idea they had … trust and believe me I’d be RICH.  I’ve come to understand a few things about ideas.

  • They come a Dime a Dozen 
  • Rarely are they ever original

Let’s be real, how many times have you come up with an idea, done nothing with it and then seen a variation of your idea somewhere done by someone else.  It’s happened to me on more than one occasion.  When you have a good idea run with it, if you don’t someone else will.


PLOTStep 1 –  Plot

Plotting is something that should be done in private.  Negativity Is The #1 Killer Of All Things Great.  Give yourself a chance to at least completely think your idea through before you share your thoughts with anyone.

Use the alone time as an opportunity for you to take everything that’s in your head and put it on paper,  this is also referred to as a brain dump.

Don’t hold back, don’t think too much, just start to write. A great spiritual teacher of mine refers to this as unconscious writing she says unconscious writing is the act of just sitting and writing with no regard.

Write out everything that comes to your mind don’t worry about grammar, punctuation, or  structure at this point … write as much as you can for as long as you can, it doesn’t have to make sense right now that’s what the planning stage is for.

Start thinking about your big idea a vivd, detailed some-what outlandish way.

Think about:

  • Who is it for?
  • What is it?
  • Where will people find it?
  • Why people need it (what problem does it solve)?
  • How you make money?
  • The unimaginable what does that look like
  • It’s a good idea to keep all your thoughts in one place so you can refer back often and can add to it as you go along.

 

PLOT (1)Step 2  Plan

Your idea is just a wish without a plan and some goals.

All you need is a simple plan to get started.  A formal business plan in my mind are for business owners who are seeking financial backing in the form of bank loans, venture capital, angel investors, people who have a particular type of business that is more complicated,  more involved , with more moving parts.

If you are a solopreneur or are planning to have less than you know to employees an elaborate business plan is not necessary , all you need is a one-page document that outlines where you are now and where you want to be in the next 12 to 18 months.

Keep It Super Simple.  Take everything you brain dumped and start formulating your plan.

Start with your vision begin with the end in mind where would you like to see yourself in the next 90, 180, 365 days from now

Then think about your mission, simply put … what you will do daily to achieve your vision.  Then you want to detail:

  • What will you sell
  • Who was it for
  • What problem will your idea solve How will it help people
  • What will you charge
  • How you get paid
  • How will your customers find you
  • How can you encourage referrals
  • How will you know when you’re successful what does that look like how many clients will you have how many cells would you have made how much money do you need to make in order to feel like you’re successful at business

 

PLOT (2)Step 3 Slay

The thing that separates a good idea from a great one is execution.  Execution will trump an excellent idea any day. It doesn’t matter how amazing you think your idea is, if you sit on it and sleep on YOU, nothing will ever happen.

It’s time for you to put all of your plotting and planning into action.  This is the number one step that most people trying to start a  business fail to complete.  They spend all their time making everything perfect and pretty but have no profits.  What are you going to do in the next 90 days to make everything you’ve discovered a reality?  What specifically are you going to do first to set your plan in motion? Nothing will happen until you do the work.

That’s it, there it is – three steps to executing your big idea so you can get the business of your dreams up running and profitable and eventually quit your job.  Remember change can be nerve racking, but with proper planning, preparation and lots of action becoming the entrepreneur you’ve always wanted to be won’t be as hard as you think.

Now it’s your turn.  I’d love to hear from you!

Have you been thinking about doing something for years or have you been on the fence about starting something more recently?

What’s your big idea … Start Plotting and Planning it’s time for you to SLAY!

Hearing from you is always a pleasure,  leave a comment, share what’s on your heart.

Thank you so much for stopping by, reading this and sharing.

P.S.  If you want more support with getting your business up and running or putting a plan in place to walk away from your job, be sure to schedule a Startup Planning Session or an Exit Strategy Session today.

Much Love, 

Kike-Lola 

 

 

 

10 Things You Can Implement This Week for a More Successful Year

By now I’m sure you’ve taken some time to reflect on the previous year and your business’s progress, hopefully you taken the time to put a plan in place to develop your business in a big way this year.

With 2016 in full swing it’s important to have something in place to help you get really clear about what it is you would like to see happen this year, writing your plan helps you stay on track.

The top ten things I’m about to share are a result of my own introspection, hopefully they will help you get better result for yourself

Plot, Plan,Pray

Planning is essential when it comes to growing a successful, profitable business.  Taking the time to plan helps you to stay focused, adjust when necessary, change direction if need be and continuously make new goals.

Most people do this once a year or quarterly at best but I’m a fan of doing it weekly, every Sunday I recharge, reflex and plan, make it a point to know what your doing each day by planning the night before, it doesn’t have to be an intense, long drawn out process to be effective.  Taking a few minutes to think about your business and plan accordingly can ultimately save you a lot of time, money and stress.

Be Realistic, Stop Playing Yourself

“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten” – Bill Gates

Taking the time to come up with, well though out realistic, substance based goals will quicker lead you to the success you’re planning for instead of the distress that without it becomes inevitable.

Let It Go and Keep It Moving

If it’s not working, stop trying to fix it. This should be applied to anything and everyone that isn’t a good fit for you and/or your business.

It could be something you launched that didn’t do well, a business relationship that isn’t working out, a way in which you operate that doesn’t serve you or your business.

STOP investing your precious time and energy in trying to fix the unfixable and mend the unmendable, get a grip, move on and have faith something better is bound to turn up … I promise

Delegate
If you don’t know how, quickly learn how to and do more of it

I recently heard Sarah Blakey – The Spanx Billionaire; in an interview with Success Magazine and she said as soon as she was financially able to … she hired her weaknesses or the things she hated to do most which often times were the same things.

It’s so easy to become delusional about the things we think we need to do by ourselves all the time, then we wonder why we’re so exhausted and frazzled with no time to do anything else often times even neglecting ourselves and loved ones.

There are so many resources available, that for a minimal cost gives you the opportunity to find someone else to do some of the tasks that quite frankly are not worth your time and effort, knowing your worth and hourly cost can help you decide when it makes sense to let go and delegate

Promote, Promote, Promote

An entrepreneur is someone who hunts daily, slays the prey so they can eat each night. Closed mouths don’t get fed.
Often times women entrepreneurs especially spend so much time on everything else, making things all perfect and pretty but forget they need to also get paid.
Too often the tasks of marketing, promoting and selling get placed way too low and the priority totem pole.

If you want to run a profitable business you need to make promotion a priority.

Read More, Learn Something New

They say readers are leaders and learners are earners.
If you’re not continuously doing both then you’re not growing and when you’re not growing you start dying a slow death

What you chose to read or learn is entirely up to you, it can be business related or something that will add a new perspective or dimension to your life.

Make More Time For YOU

YOU are your most important commodity, without you there is no business
It’s so important to not only make time for yourself but to schedule it to make sure it happens.
If you are a Mom or have a family it’s extremely important to schedule time in for your loved ones too.
Taking the time to recharge, reflect and refresh is imperative to your overall well being and business success.
Every month I have an All About Me Day … you don’t have to do anything fancy or extravagant the point is to take time out doing NOTHING AT ALL is extremely effective but splurging a little for a nice dinner for one, spa day or a one day stay-cation or trip hurt nobody ever.
If you won’t take the time out to love and care for yourself who will?

Don’t Go It Alone

The one thing that plagues all entrepreneurs at some point or the other is isolation. There’s nothing like speaking with other people who understand the same language. Join a group, organization focused on entrepreneurship. Surround yourself with others who are excited about what they do, open to new ideas, can lend a listening ear. Whether in person or in the virtual world, make it a point to make some genuine connections this year. Not sure where to start? Join our ever-growing community right here …..

Invest In Your Success

Is there something that you need a new version of, is there something or someone that you’re lacking. Whether it’s an old phone, outdated laptop or the need for a need employee or coach, make it a point to stop selling yourself short, bite the bullet and get what you need.

The irritation of just getting by or making do isn’t worth it

Give Give Get

Make it a point to give in a big way this year.
Give not just money, give of yourself and your time. Volunteer, be a mentor

Those that give willingly always get more than they give

Find these tips helpful, share your thoughts in the comment section below

Loving the tips but feeling a bit unclear about to apply them to your life and business to get the success you deserve? If you’ve already started your business but you’re not exactly sure how to get it up, running and profitable, reach out and book a complimentary session to discuss your challenges and see how I can help.

Looking forward to connecting with you soon

Much Love

Kike-Lola

Make This Your Best Year Yet

Most people don’t plan to fail, they simply fail to plan

As you may have discover in last week’s post … I’m not a huge fan of resolutions I’m all about making plans.

A plan gives you the focus required to get shit done.

A plan forces you to take the time to write out and think about what it is that you actually want. There’s an unspoken magic that takes place when you write things down.

A plan will give you a roadmap to help you get to where you want to go faster.

A plan is important and the missing key to the success of many who fail to create one.

If you are ready to plan your best year yet here are seven steps that can help. I also provide you with a link where you can download a FREE Plan Your Best Year Yet Template

1. Get crystal clear about what it is that you want and more importantly exactly how you want to feel this time next year.

2. Get a pen and paper and write everything down. I know this is been said many times before but there are people that still do not the time to write down the things that are important to them. Oprah once said if you have a life worth living you have a life worth writing about. Pen and Paper although seemingly simple are so profound when used correctly.

3. Once you figure what it is you want, assign a completion date to each thing. Don’t let the idea of setting a deadline scare you, it’s really just a guess-timate and if you don’t reach your goal exactly when you planned I guarantee it will be very close to the scheduled guideline maybe even earlier, you may surprise yourself.

4. Once you’ve brainstormed and got some big goals written down, break those bigger goals down into smaller actionable steps

5. Now that you have your bigger goals and associated smaller actionable goals it’s time for you to create a plan. A plan is really just a master list of all your goals and action items that is organized and prioritized in terms of importance.

6. Once you figure out what will go first the next thing for you to do is take action. TAKE ACTION Do Something …

7. Last but not least remain consistent, never let more than two days go by without you working on your plan .

You got this … you have everything you need to make this your best year yet.

Need help creating a plan for 2016? I’ve got exactly what you need. Download my FREE Plan Your Best Year Yet Workbook (right here).

Need someone to work through figuring out your why or another one of these steps? Reach out to me, I’d love to share how I can help.

Much Love

Kike-Lola

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