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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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How to Start Making Money as Your Own Boss

If you want to launch a profitable business this year and to start making money as your own boss, you’ll need to know how to make a profit. Making a profit starts with building your money making muscles by earning that first dollar. Here are three moves you can make this year to start counting that cash as you implement and grow your business:

Here are three moves you can make this to start counting that cash as you implement and grow your business this year:

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7 Skills Every Woman In Business Must Master

Whether it’s your administrative hat, your marketing hat, or general ‘get along well with people’ skills hat, you’re going to need to figure out how to do many things in order to get your business up, running and profitable.

There are many business skills that you’ll need as a woman in business, but the following  seven are “must master”  skills required to achieve business success:

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How To Think Less and Do More

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” But there’s another trap that never gets as much shine … you can over-plan and end up getting absolutely nothing done.

Most of what we do in life follows the basic cycle of planning-execution-analysis. It doesn’t matter if you’re making a sandwich, developing an app or setting up your business. Without a plan, you won’t know where you’re going. Without execution, you won’t get anywhere. Without analysis, you can’t measure your success or get wiser for the future.

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Failing to Plan is really Planning to Fail

You’ve most likely heard this one before, but trust me keep reading you’ll want to focus and take note!

For some people, planning is one of those tedious tasks, and for those who are not the best planners it sometimes feels like one more roadblock between you and your goal.

The fact that your excited and want to start working on whatever it is that you have in mind is a good thing. Keep that enthusiasm! And at the same time, know that passion without preparation can be disastrous. In order to make sure you don’t run straight into a brick wall and lose all of your steam altogether, dial it back a bit, take a deep breath and take some time to plan.

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5 Tips For Working From Home

Working for yourself, on your own terms, from the comfort of your home can be absolute bliss and a blessing. BUT the blessing can quickly turn into a recipe for disaster without structure, focus and the discipline required to avoid distraction.

Each day working on your business will differ.  Some days will be super productive and others may be spent in pj’s, in bed with your laptop not getting much done at all.

I’m a huge believer in what I call ‘learning yourself’.  Everyone is different and the only way you can truly get to know what works for you is through the process of  trial and error.

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8 Mistakes All New Entrepreneurs Make … And How To Avoid Them

It doesn’t matter if you’re surfing solo from a couch in the living room or you’re starting off with a small team.  The moment you decide to start your own business, the unexpected will appear and things will go wrong.

In business, challenges are inevitable … you’ll be faced with the uncertainty of how to go about doing things, deal with the internal struggle of whether or not you can really accomplish your goals, become annoyed by the little voice in the back of your head questioning whether or not you’re good enough, but the burning desire in your heart for more (even when you’re not exactly sure what more is ) will pull you through, if it’s strong enough.

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How To Get Over The Fear Of Sharing Your Business With Others

Like everything else in life, learning how to share your business with others, takes time.

Talking about something you hold so near and dear to your heart, whether it’s with strangers or even people you know, is not always easy.

Your business is most likely something you’ve poured your heart and soul into, so it’s normal to be a little nervous or sensitive when you are explaining it to others. Plus, it can be hard to hear what other people might say about the one thing that you really want to work and do well more than anything else.

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5 Reasons Why You Need a Business Best Friend

Planning, launching and growing a business can be a lonely endeavor.  It’s important to have someone in your corner who feels your pain, knows what your going through and can offer you both reassurance and support.  Two committed individuals are always better than one.  Two people on the same page can become invaluable assets towards helping each other achieve their goals.

Business Besties come with Benefits.  They encourage each other, share information that will enhance or is beneficial to both of their businesses and can help each other stay on track.

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5 Ways To Beat Frustration When Learning a New Skill

Anyone who owns and operates a business knows first hand how much there is to learn especially in the beginning.   To be a successful entrepreneur the need for constant and never ending learning is something you must accept wholeheartedly.  

But what happens when you have a hard time learning new things?  

When I started conducting the majority of my business online, to say that I was frustrated with all the new things I had to learn is an understatement.  I felt completely lost, off my game and ignorant about everything.

I’ve always been a “hands-on-get things-done” type of girl, so when I made the decision to transition to a more location independent lifestyle, that would allow me to work from just about anywhere in the world, that decision can with me having to learn a whole slew of new skills; online marketing, copywriting, opt-ins, sales funnels, maximizing my social media efforts, you name it, I had to learn it … the entire process felt like learning a foreign language to me.

In the beginning, as soon as I would feel frustration coming on, I would find myself wanting to throw in the towel (which is not like me at all), I some how convinced myself It was too hard, which led me to look for someone with more expertise and experience to pawn whatever I was working on off to, but I slowly started to realize the importance of knowing how to do almost everything in my business myself.  

I’m not saying that you have to do everything but you should, at least, know how to do everything. 

What I came to realize about myself concerning my ability to learn a new skill or concept that was not innately interesting to me (especially most things technical ) is that I can become easily frustrated.

I wanted to understand why this was, so I did a little research. 

Here’s what I learned … There are four phases of learning

  • Unconscious Incompetence – when you don’t know, what you don’t know
  • Conscious Incompetence – when you are aware of what you don’t know
  • Conscious competence – when you are aware of what you can do
  • Unconscious competence – when you’re so good you take your skills for granted

What I also found out is that creative people ( like myself ) tend to retain less information when learning something new than perhaps other people with different learning styles.  The creative mind is constantly racing, which makes learning and retention a challenge. Since not learning new things will never be an option for me I had to figure out a way to reduce the frustration and curb the learning curve.

Here are a few quick tips that have helped me to learn and retain information a whole lot better:

Be patient with yourself – Rome wasn’t built in a day, you can’t learn a newly acquired skill in 24 hours

Start Slow – It’s not a race … slow and steady wins

Breakdown whatever you’re trying to learn into smaller digestible pieces –Learn one piece of a new skill at a time … try learning the hardest part first

Set a Timer – The Pomodoro technique helps tremendously, working with focused attention for 25 – 30 minutes and then taking a break to do something no related helps you to release dopamine which helps to release stress and improve the entire learning experience.

Practice – Makes perfect … it takes about 20 hours to get good at just about anything.  20 hours is about 45 minutes a day for a month or about 2 hours a day for fifteen days.  

Always remember some things can be difficult as first but eventually they get easier.
Becoming aware of how you learn is a powerful thing.  If you’ve ever experienced extreme frustration take a few minutes as I did to figure out why.  Determine what learning stage your in and also your learning style.  True mastery of all things starts with mastering thyself.  

Do you ever get overwhelmed or really frustrated, what do you do to cope … share with me in the comments below I would love to hear from you.

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