Show Yourself Some Love

Show yourself some love…do what you love 🙂

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Trying to start a business from home is a very popular choice of occupation these days. Trying to figure out which business to pursue is a little bit tougher. For most, it’s either an issue of having too many talents (if that’s an issue), too many interests or not enough enthusiasm about one particular thing. For a lot of us out here, blogging is one of those options that made the final cut. Now blogging in itself is pretty awesome. You can pick any topic you’d like to start blogging about and then you get to share your wisdom with lots of awesome readers, like YOU!

Finding that topic you’d like to blog about is another one of those ‘pen-to-pad’ moments. Again, you’re hung up on all the topics you like, would like to talk about or know a lot about. In order to reach the best market for you, it’s a good thing to specialize in something vs. writing in general. Then you get caught up in trying to figure out what’s popular and what do readers want to hear about? While that’s all fine and dandy, remember that you have to like what you do. It can’t all be about what other people want. Simplify your life and go with what you love, what comes easy to you.

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You ever hear the term, there’s someone for everyone. This is true for blogging, too. Any subject matter floating around in the digital world will find its mate. If you love technology, you’ll find an audience. If you love weddings, you’ll find an audience. If you love cooking, you’ll find an audience. You get my drift. What I’m saying is, don’t be afraid to do what YOU love. When you put your best foot forward and provide valuable, quality content, there will be someone who can benefit from your knowledge. Why bring this up now? Because I’ve just recently had an epiphany of my own.

I had an aha moment where I realized how difficult it can be to try to create or search for topics to blog about when you’re blogging about something that’s not your love. I’m pretty passionate about entrepreneurship and helping people start businesses. I love writing, so I love blogging but I felt something was missing from my blogs.  I read an article yesterday about 5 habits of Millionaires. Something that was consistent on that list was taking care of yourself completely. Every aspect of caring for yourself, from your mental state to fitness, spirituality and developing routines.

I realized that my first love and something that comes easy to me, is living a healthy lifestyle. Over the years, I’ve developed so many habits that have been beneficial for myself, my family and anyone around me who will listen. This is something that I would also love to share with my blogging audience. These are all critical things that have changed my life for the better and promote clarity in being. With that said, I’m going to show myself some love and also blog about my first love, living a healthy lifestyle and including the family. I hope that you can benefit from the gems I’d like to sprinkle your life with. Stay tuned!

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And did I forget to mention, I’ve just self-published my first book on Amazon! Super exciting for me. It’s called How to Start a Hair Braiding Business From Home. I went out of my comfort zone and did lots of research to put this book together. Because of my passion for entrepreneurship, I want anyone who has skills to utilize them to their own financial benefit. I hope that people who have braiding skills will benefit from my book. I enjoyed the challenge and my sense of accomplishment in completing it. I’m working on my second book in a series to promote self-employment in communities. This one is about niche ideas for home daycares and how to market them. Another exciting journey for me.

Well there you have it guys, I’m going to start showing myself some more love and doing the things I love. I want the same for you. Re-evaluate your priorities and make sure you’re doing something that makes you smile. Show yourself some love…do what you love. Is anyone doing something in their lives that they love and would like to share? I’d love to hear about it. Anything from working out more, cooking, blogging about something you’re passionate about, feel free to comment below.

Best to you, Shante ♥


 

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Author: Shante Stoner is a homeschooling mother, solopreneur and health and fitness wannabe. She started a business from home where she specializes in creating email collection funnels and blog post writing. She loves her adventures with family and trying to get her business to take off. She’s blogging the journey and any info she feels will help others on theirs.

The Importance of ‘Why’ You Want to Start a Business

Knowing the importance of why you want to start a business from home.

It seems like ‘the thing’ these days to have your own business. Everyone is raving about the joys of working from home. I don’t disagree that it’s awesome to have the ability to start a business from your computer or just remotely, period. However, just like anything in life, it’s not for everyone.

When you have a good thing going, it’s great but the idea of getting into a business to get rich quick or looking for some magic formula to where you don’t have to do anything is a fantasy. Those ultimately lead to dead ends, frustration and more importantly it ends with quitting. Just having some point of reference for yourself about why you want to start a business will do wonders for you in the long run. Here’s why…

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1.) It may lead you to what you want to do

There are so many legit opportunities out there aligned with your skills or interests and knowing ‘why’ can help you narrow down all those fields. For example, if you want to be with your children you may think of running a daycare. If you just love driving and socializing you may want to start a driving service, and so on…

If you’re stuck on ideas, DOWNLOAD HERE my top 20 ways for moms to make money from home in this free printable!

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2.) It may lead you to the duration of how long you want to run your own business

If your reason for wanting to start a business is because you’ll be on maternity leave and won’t get paid, you may want something temporary like selling Avon or Lu La Ro. Since these are direct selling companies, the entire formula and product line are laid out, there’s minimal work on your part as far as that goes and you can do it for as little or as long a time as you’d like and then jump right back into your routine when you’re ready.

 

3.) It will keep you on track when you try to go in 10 million different directions

If you know your ‘why’ you can create a simple plan of action from the beginning and keep referencing it when you need to get back on track. Because there are so many things to get into, it’s easy to know that you can do them all and then get caught up in which one you should actually be pursuing. Go back to your plan of action whenever you feel this way and stay on track.

 

4.) It will remind you not to give up on those tough days

If you’ve sworn off never working for someone again or told yourself you want to be home with your children when they get off that school bus or never face getting laid off again, you will remember to push through your anxiety and never give up on making things happen for yourself.

Keep your ‘why’ on your mind and keep your plan of action handy so that you know your path and never lose focus. Of course tweak things as you go along but maintain your overall outlook on your business and why you want it and you’ll be just fine for the long haul. If you need help or encouragement, reach out.

Best to you, Shante ♥


 

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Author: Shante Stoner is a homeschooling mother, solopreneur and health and fitness wannabe. She started a business from home where she specializes in creating email collection funnels and blog post writing. She loves her adventures with family and trying to get her business to take off. She’s blogging the journey and any info she feels will help others on theirs.

Believe in Your Own Dreams

Tips to give you the push you need to believe in your dream and make them a reality.

As it may seem, no one should have to tell you to believe in yourself. But in a world of uncertainty and constant judgement, there are times when it is hard to believe in what you believe without someone’s approval. The fact of the matter is that no one will ever have a reason or a desire to naturally believe in what you want for yourself. Sure, you have family and close friends who would love to see you succeed and want the best for you but nobody has your back like you do.

Here are some tips I want to share with you to safeguard your dreams and take the leap of faith:

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1.) Start small and grow in to your own

Don’t think you need to have all the pieces to the puzzle before you start. Start from where you can, learn and adapt along the way wherever you see fit. This is your dream, mold it as you wish.

2.) Safeguard your dreams

Don’t share your dreams with everyone. Some people are not prepared to support you and some people secretly don’t want you to succeed. Don’t give anyone the opportunity to block you before you get going.

3.) Indulge in Self-Talks

Even though it may sound silly and you might feel silly at first, talk your dreams in to reality. Take a few moments each morning and tell yourself who you are, what you want and what you’re going to do. This will go a long way toward building confidence in yourself.

4.) Be Consistent

Once you do start, keep going. If you’ve built a profile on social media, be consistent with when you post. If you’re blogging, be consistent about when you put out new content. For whatever you get into, once you get going, keep going.

5.) Subscribe to lists of Motivational Quotes

Sometimes we need a little encouragement. This step will help you to stay in a state of remembering what you’re trying to do. If you’re looking for a good one to follow on Facebook, Like my page at https://www.facebook.com/AwesomeEntrepreneurs/ where I post daily inspirational quotes, articles and videos to help entrepreneurs stay motivated.

6.) Create a vision board

Create a digital vision board, a poster or even a binder full of visual aids to keep you in the spirit of moving toward what you want for yourself. Be sure it’s somewhere you can see it or reference it regularly. Seeing is believing.

7.) Don’t forget to be true to yourself

Be authentic, it separates you from the rest because even if someone else is doing what you’re doing, no one else will do it like you.

To leave you with, I’ll share one of my favorite quotes that I’ve shared with my followers on Facebook: ‘Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.’ – Oscar Wilde

On that note, believe in yourself and get out there to show everyone what you’re made of. Please share if you have tips of your own.

Best to you, Shante ♥


 

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Author: Shante Stoner is a homeschooling mother, solopreneur and health and fitness wannabe. She started a business from home where she specializes in creating email collection funnels and blog post writing. She loves her adventures with family and trying to get her business to take off. She’s blogging the journey and any info she feels will help others on theirs.

Tips for Self-Care While Running your Business

Tips to reduce your stress and enjoy your free time for business owners and entrepreneurs.

It’s easy to get caught up in the daily tasks of running your business. You have lists beyond lists beyond lists of things you don’t want to forget. If you have a family, you give them their time and you still have to manage your duties of running your home and keeping up with everything. One area we fall short in, is taking care of ourselves.

You must take time out to be still. Time needs to be spent NOT working on your business, NOT chasing the kids, NOT cleaning or cooking and NOT feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders. You must take time to care for yourself. This is something that no one else can or will do for you but it’s essential if you want to keep your sanity. Here are some helpful tips that I hope you can put in motion.

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1.) Sneak in a morning workout

Yoga is really good to get your blood flowing, get a good stretch in and clear your mind for the day. Whether it’s 15, 20 or even 30 minutes, a workout is a great way to start the day with clarity, not to mention great for your overall health.

2.) Read

Another great way to escape reality is to get lost in a good book. You can choose to read a topic of your liking, a spiritual text or even something educational for your field of business to help you expand your knowledge and improve your skills. Get in some comfy clothes, set the mood and lounge on comfy furniture. Give yourself about 20 -30 minutes.

3.) Take a nice bath

For a tried and true method of total relaxation, a good bath has never failed. Go all out and infuse your water with essential oils, bath salts or your favorite types of aroma, get a nice bath pillow if you can, dim the lights or use some candles and maybe even add some soothing tones. Soak away the worries of the day.

4.) Take a leisurely walk

I know we’ve technically addressed getting in a good exercise but if you can sneak in a stroll through the park or even your neighborhood with great sunlight or a midday breeze, your happy endorphins are in for a real treat. There’s nothing like a good walk with nature to clear the mind.

5.) Indulge in a hobby or your favorite pastime

If you organize your time properly, you should be able to fully engulf yourself in your favorite hobby or pastime. Whether you love to sew, paint, bake, play tennis or shoot some hoops, make time for it. Again, set aside a good 20-30 minutes to yourself and have fun!

Stress will find you if you let it and you can easily become overwhelmed with work. Make time for yourself and enjoy some of the things that make you happy instead of always focusing on everyone else. Until next time, take care.

 

Best to you, Shante ♥


 

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Author: Shante Stoner is a homeschooling mother, solopreneur and health and fitness wannabe. She started a business from home where she specializes in creating email collection funnels and blog post writing. She loves her adventures with family and trying to get her business to take off. She’s blogging the journey and any info she feels will help others on theirs.

Tips to Stay Accountable in your Business

Tips to help you with accountability in running your business.

Let’s talk about accountability. When you work for an employer, you have someone telling you when to start, stop and break. While working for yourself, and from your home, it’s all on you. You must be disciplined enough to know when to start, how long to take breaks or tend to other tasks and when to quit. Being organized about how you utilize the time you have is crucial to your success.

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Here are some tips to help you hold yourself accountable in your business and be more productive:

Keep an accountability log – let’s start simple. You can easily create an Excel spreadsheet with dates and columns of repetitious tasks and headings that identify goals you want to hit. It doesn’t need to be fancy to get the job done. Every day that you work, fill in the cells with what you’ve done that day. It’ll give you a snapshot of your progress over time and allow you to have something to show for your time spent working and identify modifications you may need to make in your business.

 

Create a schedule. Just because you’re working for yourself doesn’t mean you don’t need one. Not only will this allow you to be more productive, it will help ease stress. When you think of all the things you must get done throughout the duration of the day, it’s hard to focus on the task at hand. If those tasks are already planned and you know when you will get to them, you can focus on your work and give it your all in its respective time.

 

Get out. Occasionally, grab your laptop and work materials and find a new place to work from. If your phone can be a Hot Spot for you, you can literally go anywhere. Try a nice park, a coffee shop, a book store, library, anywhere you want to. Some cities even have offices where entrepreneurs can share common areas and use meeting rooms just to get out of the house to do work. Sometimes we need to leave our comfort zone to get some work in.

 

While these are just a few things you can implement, there are so many more. Find what works for you and get into a steady groove. Make things easy on yourself and get to work. As usual, if you need any help, I’m around.

 

Best to you, Shante♥


 

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Author: Shante Stoner is a homeschooling mother, solopreneur and health and fitness wannabe. She started a business from home where she specializes in creating email collection funnels and blog post writing. She loves her adventures with family and trying to get her business to take off. She’s blogging the journey and any info she feels will help others on theirs.

6 Tips to Help Find your Niche Market

Hello creative minds!

We’ve discussed the fact that marketing is crucial to the success of your business. Target marketing takes this a step further and can mean even better results for you. Some people find it difficult to narrow things down. Why not just offer my services to everyone who will listen and see who responds? Um, because no one will hear you, to respond.

You don’t want to just be in the business, you want to be the go-to person for your product or service. You want to become the expert in your industry and be known for whatever it is that you do or provide. How do you let others know that you are that expert? You must effectively target a specific market.

Here are straight to the point, clear cut tips to get your brain moving and ideas flowing!

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1.) Brainstorm your assets

Often we do things so much that we forget what we can do and what we’re good at. Create a list of 5 things you love, 5 things you’re good at, 5 things you like to do, 5 jobs you’ve had and 5 educational courses/classes you’ve taken. Evaluate your list to see if there’s a pattern. You may be on to something.

 

2.) Identify and analyze your current audience

If you’re in business already, let’s see if there’s a trend, something you can hone in on.

 

3.) Analyze the product or service you are marketing

See what it is that you really have to offer and see exactly who is buying. Make sure you are speaking the right words to the right audience.

 

4.) Find your potential audience

With information from the previous tip, figure out who your audience is. Be precise. How old are they, where do they live, how much money do they have to spend, what do they like, where do they hang out, do they have children, are they married, are they in school, are they frugal, etc… you get my point. Build a profile of this person. The more you know about them, the easier it will be for you to know exactly what to say to them and provide them with what they want and need.

 

5.) Pinpoint 1 segment

Try to narrow your niche down to one specific concentration if you can. If you’re a baker, maybe you specialize in baking cookies or you’re known for your cupcakes. If you work in retail, maybe you narrow it down to specialty shoes or unique dresses. I hope you understand where I’m going. Be as specific as possible. You can grow and develop in this area and become the expert and demand expert rates!

 

6.) Design your site for your target audience

Once you’ve figured out who your target market is make your website appealing to that audience, be sure they know you’re speaking to them. Have photos, words and messages that are catered to them and what they want.

 

Hopefully you got some creative juices going and feel pumped to dive into creating a new marketing strategy. If you need help, let me know. If you’re all set, go! Show the world what you’re made of.

 

*If you’re struggling to find your niche market, DOWNLOAD HERE this free worksheet I put together for you to narrow things down.

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♥Best to you, Shante


 

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Author: Shante Stoner is a homeschooling mother, solopreneur and health and fitness wannabe. She started a business from home where she specializes in creating email collection funnels and blog post writing. She loves her adventures with family and trying to get her business to take off. She’s blogging the journey and any info she feels will help others on theirs.

Marketing Tips for your Business

You can have the greatest business in the world with the most powerful message but it will not do you any good falling on deaf ears, or no ears for that matter. To get your name and your business out there you must market. Not only do you have to market, you must market effectively.

While the industry you serve will play a major role in how you market and who you market to, let’s take a look at short simple steps that everyone should be doing:

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1.) Set goals for your company

Know what your message is, what problem you will solve for your customers and what you want to be known for.

 

2.) Understand where you should be

Depending on your business, know if you should be advertising locally or if online is better. If you will be online using social media, understand what platforms will work best for the business you have. You do not need to be on all of them.

 

3.) Know your target market

If you yelled very loudly in a room with dozens of people, it’s likely no one would hear what you have to say. Ineffective marketing is essentially doing the same. Everyone is not your customer. Let me say that one more time, EVERYONE is NOT your customer. You need to come to terms with who will consume your product or desire your services. Then you must narrow down your marketing efforts to speak so that they hear you, be in the places where they will be and give them the answer to their problem.

 

Next week we can get more in to finding your target market for tailored marketing efforts. Your marketing is going to be the heart and soul of your efforts because without it, no one knows that you exist.

If you have specific questions or need some suggestions about what you’re trying to do, please ask in the comments or join us on my Facebook Page: Entrepreneurs are Awesome! I would love to help you out! Until next time, stay motivated and keep doing great things.

 

♥Best to you, Shante


 

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Author: Shante Stoner is a homeschooling mother, solopreneur and health and fitness wannabe. She started a business from home where she specializes in creating email collection funnels and blog post writing. She loves her adventures with family and trying to get her business to take off. She’s blogging the journey and any info she feels will help others on theirs.