While the message and the market of your business may be different, there are some stumbling blocks that seem to pop up for even the seasoned entrepreneur.
Here are four of the ones that I frequently coach on with my private clients:
1. Not moving ahead even when they know what to do.
Almost always, this is a fear-based immobility. Whether it’s fear of failure or fear of success (the later seems more prevalent for entrepreneurs, including myself).
We come up with all kinds of excuses as to why something isn’t getting done, but most often it has nothing to do with anything other than fear of the possible result of moving forward.
If you’re afraid of failing, remember that in our online world, we get to test things out with very little risk. My favorite strategy is to ‘fail fast’. Put it out there, see what happens, tweak until you get the result you want.
If you’re afraid of success, then you need to take a look at your Big Money Why (BMW – see #4) to see how you can make it more powerful and motivating (tip: money is never enough of a motivator, believe it or not). And you need to put a process in place for how you will handle the abundance that’s to come.
2. Being self-disciplined enough to make and stick to self-imposed deadlines.
The wonderful thing about being an entrepreneur is that you’re your own boss. The tricky thing about that is most, if not all, of our deadlines are self-imposed. Which makes them very easy to move, doesn’t it? I know because I’ve struggled with this one more than once.
If we go back to knowing what your emotionally driven motivator is for the success you desire, you’ll be more likely to stick to those self-imposed deadlines – but only if that BMW is strong enough.
Here’s a simple but very powerful tip for you in sticking to your own deadlines: Make them public. When I launched my first info-product, I told my ezine list that they would be able to buy it on a certain date, which gave me about 3 weeks to get it done. And done it was.
3. Claiming leadership status and fully stepping into the role of the CEO of your business.
Once an entrepreneur gets the foundational pieces in place for their business, it’s actually easy to stay in the start-up phase, because it’s comfortable. And because often they don’t know what the next step is, what the next layer of the business should look like, to take them to the next level.
The sooner they can take on the leadership role, by becoming the CEO of their business (even if they don’t call themselves that), the faster the growth of both the entrepreneur and the business.
One of the ways you can step more fully into that role is by delegating. So if you’ve been in business for a couple of years and you’re still doing too much of the managing of it, and especially if you’re doing all the admin work, and you haven’t hired an assistant yet, it’s time. Start with one small project and add from there.
For every task in your business, ask yourself, “Is this something I should be doing?”
Because remember, even if you CAN do something doesn’t mean you SHOULD.
If the answer is no, then pass it off to a capable assistant.
4. Having an emotionally driven motivator for your Big Money Why (BMW).
This is probably the most important one…
Money is NOT enough of a motivator, no matter how much you want it, or are attached to the ’6-Figure’ or “million-dollar’ mark. There has to be a reason behind wanting it, something that is so strong that it drives you and the business forward, no matter what.
If you find things aren’t moving as quickly as you’d like, or it feels too hard much of the time, or you just aren’t using your time and talent effectively, take a look at your Big Money Why. And if you haven’t done this before, then that’s your coaching homework.
In as much detail as possible, write out why you want the financial success you do. Is it to give to your family, is it to give to others, is it to create a charitable foundation, is it to take care of elderly parents, is it to enable your children to get the best education you can give them, is it to travel and expand your world view, is it to buy a nicer home for your family, is it to give experiences to those you love – they are a thousand reasons why, but you need to be very clear of what they are for YOU before you can make them happen.
Inside the Lively Biz Business Club, we focus a lot on your Big Money Why, as it’s one of the most powerful exercises for shifting the members into passionate action in their business.
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I hope your new year is off to a roaring start and you know where you’re headed when it comes to growing your Lifestyle Business!
One of my goals for 2020 is to 10x my audience growth, and in celebration of that, I’ve kicked off a new FB Live series called…
Let’s Get Visible! 😉
In this series, I’ll be sharing with you tips, tools, resources and more about how you can grow your audience (without working harder!) this year too.
Here’s what’s in the first video:
Are you not reaching enough of your audience?
Do you catch yourself saying, “I know I need to build my list, my social media following, my networking efforts, but…”
In this video, I’m sharing one of the biggest reasons why you’re not growing your audience and what to do first to overcome this hurdle.
As a lifestyle entrepreneur, I know you may feel like this should be easy – and it can be – but until you get handle on why it’s not happening, you’ll continue to spin.
Watch below for more!
Let's Get Visible!
Are you not reaching enough of your audience?Do you catch yourself saying, "I know I need to build my list, my social media following, my networking efforts, but…"In this video, I'm sharing one of the biggests reasons why you're not growing your audience and what to do first to overcome this hurdle.As a lifestyle entrepreneur, I know you may feel like this should be easy – and it can be – but until you get handle on why it's not happening, you'll continue to spin.If you want to dive deeper on this, I've got a brand-new course coming, and you can get on the early notification list for it here:https://aforest.lpages.co/ft2t-interest-list/
Posted by Lively Biz with Alicia Forest on Thursday, January 9, 2020
If you want to dive deeper on this, I’ve got a brand-new course coming, and you can get on the early notification list for it here:
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Unfortunately, when it comes to your website, the “if you build it, they will come” strategy just doesn’t work. Fortunately, there are many ways to drive high-quality traffic to your website for free. The following 5 strategies will show you how.
5 Free & Easy Ways to Get Traffic to Your Website
1. Optimize your site for the search engines
You’d have to be a full-time SEO expert to keep up with all the changes the major search engines make, but there are a few basic things you can do to help your site come up for relevant searches. Here are 3 basic SEO traffic strategies to get you started:
a. Define your keywords
This is how people find your business online. The trick is to find keywords that are highly relevant to what you offer and popular enough that they will attract decent traffic to your site, but not so competitive that you can’t rank well using them. Use your keywords in your web page copy and blog posts.
b. Create your meta-tags
This is how the search engines “read” your site. Put your keywords in your meta-tags on each page of your website.
c. Create your meta-description
Your meta description usually summarize what your site is about, and it’s what Google will show as a snippet in the search results.
For example, mine says: Lively Biz programs help you design a priority-based online business that moves your income from 0K to $8k+ a month consistently in less than part-time hours.
You can do this very easily right inside your WordPress dashboard with Yoast (the free version works great!).
2. Post on Medium
I love Medium for repurposing my content because it gets me in front of new readers who then visit my website and are invited to join my email list.
Medium makes it super easy to import your existing blog posts. Then you just add a call-to-action at the end that directs your readers to your website.
Here’s my Medium page so you can see what I mean –> https://medium.com/@aliciaforest
3. Be a bonus participant
As a traffic-building technique, offer one of your valuable digital products as a bonus to a colleague’s launch.
For example, I often will offer my 101 Ways to Attract & Keep an Abundance of Clients & Customers as a bonus for someone else’s launch because it always brings me fresh traffic to my website and new subscribers to my list.
4. Join the conversation that’s happening in your market via Facebook groups
Seek out Facebook groups made up on your audience and join the conversation. Participate and educate, don’t sell.
As you offer your advice and suggestions, members will start to see you as an expert and will click on your Facebook profile to find out more. Just be sure you have a link to your website on your profile to drive traffic to your site. 😉
5. Be smart with your social media
When it comes to driving traffic to your website using social media, be sure your efforts are worth your time.
Show up on the social media platforms where you know your audience already is, post daily (easiest way to do that? Batch and use a content syndicator like Hootsuite), have a call-to-action back to your site, and TRACK your traffic.
For example, I didn’t know if Pinterest was worth posting on, but by looking at my analytics, I can see that traffic to my website from Pinterest continues to show up in the top 10.
These 5 ways of attracting targeted traffic to your website are simple things you can do right now to start driving more high-quality traffic to your online business today.
Which one will you do first?
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