Obi Wan Kenobi. Merlin. Mister Miyagi.
In film and in stories, heroes and heroines have benefitted from the wisdom and advice of a mentor. Would you and your business benefit from someone who could provide you with knowledge, support and guidance? If your answer is yes, then it might be time to consider finding a mentor.
A mentor/protégé relationship is not one where the mentor offers his time and advice for compensation. Although paid consultants and advisors can be beneficial, a mentor is only interested in helping his or her protégé to succeed.
Valentine's Day is a special time for lovers, boxes of chocolate and hearts, not to mention a perfect excuse to send that special someone a sentimental e-card. It’s also a special time for businesses, and regardless of what type of business you have, you can use this holiday to show your customers some love.
Here are some ideas to help you become Cupid for a day:
January is almost over already. Do you know where your Q1 goal is? Like any goal, your plan for Q1 is more likely to be met if you write it down. Better yet, make your goals S.M.A.R.T.
S.M.A.R.T. goals have been around in one form or another since the early 1980’s. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and over the years they’ve been tailored to fit a wide variety of different businesses. Generally, being S.M.A.R.T means having goals that are:
Although they never met in person, Martin Luther King Jr. found great inspiration in Gandhi's teachings of nonviolence. Using this campaign, he was able to push forward the Civil Rights Movement in a mere ten short years. When you compare this accomplishment to other violence-related protests, such as apartheid in South Africa, it is truly a testament to King's drive and desire to fulfill his dream.
In any business, an entrepreneur needs to have that same drive, a passion to succeed under his own initiative. The entrepreneur needs to be able to persevere when faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles. He or she needs to have self-discipline and focus, to let nothing get in the way of his or her success.
Okay, so maybe that isn't the sentiment that typically occurs to you at tax time each year. If you're one of those people who usually procrastinates just a bit.... puts off gathering those receipts because there's “plenty of time yet”.... let's try to change things up. Here are some tips and advice to make filing a breeze this year:
Find last year's tax return. This is a good guide to what you'll need for this year's return. Look it over and note any changes; maybe you have new machinery this year or retired the old computer, which will affect your depreciation. Just looking through the paperwork may remind you of questions you had for your CPA or tax preparer.
Once the holidays are over, the decorations have come down and the presents have all been bought, will your cash registers still be busy? For many businesses, the end of the holiday season marks the end of the busy season. But those months don’t have to be slow ones for your marketing efforts. It's important to keep your marketing going strong, especially in the “slow” months.
For more than 25 years, hundreds of thousands of sales professionals and entrepreneurs have turned to Dan Kennedy, the “millionaire maker”, for help with their marketing.
So, your business has 1000 Facebook friends, 5000 likes, 3000 twitter followers, 1500 1st level connections on LinkedIn and you have a big presence on Instagram, Pinterest, and other social media platforms.
Guess what, I don't care about any of those numbers! What I do care about is...
Not every business owner is a born marketing expert, and there's nothing wrong with that. It’s a problem that can be easily solved with a little education and research. That’s where the Infusionsoft Marketing Library comes in. The library has dozens of free eBooks and webinars that can help you develop marketing strategies and generate more sales leads. Among the many great eBooks included in the library are:
The ABCs of Earning Customer Referrals. Word of mouth is the best advertising that money can’t buy. This step-by-step guide has over a dozen unique ideas you can use right away to enhance your referrals and create great leads. It contains proven ways to generate new leads through Facebook and Twitter as well as identifying and opening up untapped lead sources.