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Implement These 3 Productivity Hacks Today

Implement These 3 Productivity Hacks Today

Productivity and efficiency are the popular buzzwords lately as more and more business owners try to make the most of their time during a busy day. No matter how hard you try, you simply cannot do everything yourself when it comes to running your business. Investing in your business not only decreases stress but it makes your business run more smoothly, therefore increasing profits.

If you need to improve your productivity, try these three tips:

Outsource It

Rather than being saddled with monotonous tasks and expensive software they may have to learn, many smart business owners are accepting their limitations and finding expert service providers to take over these tasks. What takes one expert an hour to do can easily take a non-savvy business owner 5 hours to complete. Is that really a good use of your time?

Start off by asking your business associates for referrals and conduct regular interviews, as though you were hiring an employee. Just because they are a virtual service provider doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have the same high standards you would expect from an employee.

Kick the Bad Habits

Are you stuck in the dark ages, doing things just because you’ve always done it that way? Analyze your business during the last year. Did you launch any programs? Were the results better or worse than you expected? Are there any new software programs or apps that will make your work more efficient? Are you still keeping your books in a handwritten ledger or are you ready to convert to a computer software program? Delegate tasks; find a new software; plan out new programs or updates; these are all things you can start doing today, not to spend money unnecessarily but to breathe some excitement into your business.

Create an Actual Plan

Use a project management program or an old-fashioned paper planner but put your projects onto a calendar and work towards achieving those goals. Without a plan, your actions are meaningless. You might decide to work on something unrelated to your goals or you might delay your own deadlines in order to put client business ahead of your own work. A business plan is your blueprint to reaching your goals, no matter how lofty they may seem. Seeing this plan daily will give you something to focus on, therefore increasing your daily productivity.

Overwhelmed at the Idea of Planning? Have No Fear!

While everyone’s goals will be different, we all have to create a roadmap and learn how to take real action. There’s no excuse not to grow your business this year!   After all, if you set out on a road trip with no destination in mind, how will you know when you’ve arrived?

Sure, the journey might be fun, but when you’re growing a business, that’s not your first concern…

Let me share a proven way to plan your best year yet!  This mini-course will give you all the things you need to create a strategy for long-term profit and growth!

Who knows – it might help you reach that 6-figure goal you have been trying to reach!

 

3 Pages Every Funnel Must Have—And What To Include On Them!

Confused about how exactly sales funnels work? You’re not alone. In fact, that’s the number one reason small business owners say they can’t get their funnels set up—they simply don’t know what to include where. 

Here’s the easy answer: At the very least, your sales funnel needs three pages. 

 

Sales Page

This one obviously comes first. You might call it a landing page, or in the case of a free opt-in, a squeeze page. It serves one purpose—to get the reader to take action. Whether that’s to buy a product or offer up their email address in exchange for a free gift, this is the gateway into your funnel. Everything that follows depends on this page, so you want to be sure you:

Include a clear call to action—“Buy Now” or “Click here to download this report for free”

Eliminate distractions—that means no links to other websites or even a navigation bar

Address the readers’ pain points and how your offer provides the solution

 

Confirmation Page

Here’s where we ask the reader to confirm their intent. For a sales funnel, this confirmation page might actually be your checkout page. It’s where they enter their payment details. For a free offer, it’s simply the page your email management system directs them to next. It’s a  holding page, if you will, while you wait for them to confirm their email address. 

If you’re setting up a free funnel, this page has great power—and you don’t want to waste it! 

Here is where you can offer an upset, remind people to follow you on social media, and give them a peak at your other products and services. 

Remember, though, that they will only see this page once, so don’t put anything here that they will need to refer back to. That’s what the thank you page is for. 

 

Thank You Page

This is where they actually collect their downloadable item, or get information about how your product will be delivered. 

Like the confirmation page, this is valuable real estate, so you want to be sure you use it wisely. In addition to the downloadable item your customer just purchased (or opted in for) you also want to showcase your other offers—especially those at a slightly higher price point. Here’s why: the person looking at this page is a hot prospect. He or she is in a buying mood. You want to be sure to take advantage of that by putting your most relevant offers on this page. To encourage buying, consider including:

A limited time offer—scarcity sells, so if you can legitimately limit sales to a few hours/days or number of units, then this is the place to do so. 

A “no brainer” coupon offer—an insider’s only deal can be a powerful motivator, especially if it’s a fantastic price. 

 

Extra bonuses—give them access to additional products/services if they buy through your link on that page. These should be bonuses that aren’t advertised on the public sales page for that product. Again—insider’s deals are motivating!

Putting together a sales funnel isn’t complicated—or at least it doesn’t have to be. As your business grows and you have more products to offer, you can expand your funnel to include more upsells and downsells, but for now, this simple setup is really all you need.  

 

Why Your Funnels Leak—And What To Do About It

Why Your Funnels Leak—And What To Do About It

For a business owner with a solid funnel in place, it’s easy to take a look at the number of subscribers at each level of the funnel and predict pretty accurately what the sales are going to be from day to day or week to week. 

If you’ve got a funnel in place, though, and your numbers aren’t looking great, chances are you have a leak somewhere. Your funnel has a hole (or two or three) where subscribers are falling through. There are four common causes for funnel leaks, and once you spot them, they’re pretty easy to fix. 

Not enough traffic. The very heart of your sales funnel is the traffic you bring in. Without visitors to your blog or opt-in pages, you’ll have no subscribers. Without subscribers, you’ll have no (or very few) sales. Without sales, you’ll have no business. Yet this is where a lot of people struggle. How can you get more eyes on your content and more subscribers into your funnel? 

How to fix it: Traffic generation is an entire industry of its own, but here are some tips: Use good SEO to encourage search engines to rank your content well. Be present and active in the places where your ideal reader hangs out, whether that’s on social media, in niche forums, or at live events. Use paid ads to drive targeted traffic to highly relevant pages. Recruit JV partners and affiliates to promote your offers. Buy solo ads in related email newsletters. 

No follow-up. This is a leaky funnel mistake that a lot of new entrepreneurs make. They spend a lot of time and energy setting up a great squeeze page and driving traffic to it, then they deliver the goods to their subscribers, and then…nothing. No follow-up emails. No offers to buy more. No related services or products. Nothing. 

How to fix it: Before you spend time building that opt-in page or offer, be sure you have a back-end to promote, or those subscribers you so carefully collected will end up costing you money instead of earning it back.  

No call-to-action. This happens most typically at the top of the funnel. Your blog posts, social media content, podcasts, YouTube videos—everything you offer for free—must have some kind of call-to-action, or it’s all just wasted energy. Your call-to-action can be as simple as “Subscribe to my YouTube channel” or “Follow me on Facebook for more tips,” but it must be there. 

How to fix it: Every time you write a blog post or an email, as yourself, “What do I want my readers to do when they’re done reading/listening/watching this?” That becomes your call to action. 

No product offers. When you’re just starting out, this can be a problem. You know you need to be building a mailing list, but with nothing to offer them, what’s the point? The truth is, there are lots of ways to make money in your funnel even if you don’t have a product to sell. 

How to fix it: Promote affiliate offers. No matter what industry you’re in, there are a variety of tools and products your readers need. Find those tools, sign up for the affiliate programs, and recommend them to your readers. Not only will your readers thank you for pointing them in the right direction, but you’ll earn a little cash, too. 

Got a leaky funnel? With a few tweaks and some attention paid to your follow-up sequences, chances are you can fix those holes and increase your profits in no time. 

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When Do Coaches Need Coaches?

When Do Coaches Need Coaches?

Just because you’re in the coaching industry, don’t think you would never have a need for a coach of your own. Seems like a funny thing to think about but even the best coaches could use some help streamlining their businesses or having an objective third party to talk to about personal or family matters. Heck, even psychiatrists are required to speak to other psychiatrists on a regular basis!

Business coaches can assist anyone with their businesses and often will find things to fix or change simply because they have an objective, outside viewpoint. Everything from billing inefficiencies to brainstorming product ideas, a business coach can be a non-judgmental sounding board who offers clarity and perspective.

Your Coach as Your Accountability Partner

If you have a plan in place for creating a signature program, utilizing a coach as an accountability partner is a wise investment. We all tend to work more efficiently when we know there’s a deadline looming but it’s also easy to ignore that deadline because we are the ones who set it. Rather than moving your deadline further and further away, use this accountability partner to keep your productivity on track. 

Accountability is necessary in many instances, though, not just in product creation. Whatever goals you have set for yourself, your coach will hold you solely responsible for meeting those deadlines and goals. 

Your Coach as Your Guide

A good business coach will have the ability to challenge your thinking and your goals in a non-threatening, non-judgmental way. Instead of staying inside our comfort zones, a coach will encourage us to explore what we fear in an effort to fight that fear and try something new. Coaches also have the skill to break down large tasks into smaller tasks that don’t seem so intimidating. They can also guide us with instructions for how to do or implement something in our business.

Your Coach as Your Mentor

When it comes to hiring a business coach, always hire someone you consider to be at a higher income level or level of success than you. After all, those who have already reached a level of success will have the best experience to share about how you can reach that same level. Your coach is one who will teach you the skills you need to be successful based on real life experiences.

Get Your Plan Started Ahead of Time

Before you spend good money on a coach, create a business plan with your goals and your action steps spelled out. You want to provide your coach with a starting point and chances are that would be your first assignment anyway with a new coach.

A business plan will help you build a business that will support you financially, have an impact on those around you, and leave a lasting legacy you can be proud of.

Your business plan functions as a “crystal ball” of sorts. It helps you to peer into the future and predict different outcomes.

 

3 Things Your Business Plan Must Have

3 Things Your Business Plan Must Have

3 Things Your Business Plan Must Have

Businesses of every type, including coaches, need a business plan. Don’t think you can skip by on this important step because you offer a service instead of a physical product. Every business can benefit from a business plan.

First Step, Focus.

When you create a business plan you need to focus on the reasons for the business: Who do you want to serve? What do you want to provide? When do you want to start? Where will you set up shop? Why do you want to start such an endeavor? How will you meld all these things together to create a prosperous business?

These are the primary reasons why you’re going into business and they should always be at the forefront of your mind when making decisions.

Something else to focus on is your big dream. How much money do you want to make over the next 5 years? Do you want to sell multiple products or have several locations? Everyone’s big dream will be different but you should write it down as part of the plan.

Second Step, A Plan.

Think of your business plan as a mountain. Your mission statement is at the base of the mountain while your big dream is at the peak. Everything in between is what you need to plan and these steps should also be incorporated into a business plan.

What products do you want to create? How often do you want to produce a product? How can you implement some passive income or affiliate income into your business? Are there any speaking engagements or online summit opportunities that will expand your reach and your followers? What can you add to your sales funnel for those not yet ready to commit to coaching?

Third Step, Action Steps.

This is where your planning steps are broken down into smaller, actionable steps. Instead of just saying I want to write a book, break the process down further. How much time can you dedicate each day to writing? Do you want to self-publish or find a publisher? You’ll need to hire an editor and someone to design the cover. These are actionable steps that can easily be crossed off your to do list once completed.

Don’t be thrown off here. You don’t need to plan 5 years’ worth of action steps at one time. The idea is to plan a year at a time, keeping your focus in mind, so that the action steps become a pathway or a blueprint to your big dreams.

Are you ready to have your most productive and profitable year yet?  Grab this 3 part course that gives you all the tools you need to plan, strategize, and profit!  

 

How to Launch a Course

Creating a new course takes lots of effort and hard work. Once you are ready to publish it, the only thing left for you to do is upload it, and you will be good to go. But is that really everything?

Of course not! You have to ensure that you exert the same amount of effort and work, or even more, to launch your course and ensure that it will gain the attention and interest of your target customers. 

Below are some useful tips on how you can successfully launch a course:

Get All Details Online 

Before you launch a course, first, you have to upload all the information that your students need. You have to ensure that potential customers know all the things they should know regarding the course so that they will reach a buying decision. 

These pieces of information include things such as:

    • Course name 
    • Course length 
    • Qualification gained 
    • Delivery method 
    • Cost of course


    • Some sample course materials to give your students a glimpse of what they can expect 

Make sure you check that every detail is correct and don’t forget to proofread things before it goes live. You wouldn’t want to attract the attention of hundreds of customers to your page only for them to see errors and mistakes there. 

Sell the Course Online

You have to make sure that potential customers can purchase your course and view all the details about it. Nothing is worse than finally deciding to purchase something only to discover that you need to send an email or make a phone call just to complete the sales process. This is the fastest means to lose customers who lack the inclination or time to complete an additional step to finish the sale.

Make Your Homepage Standout 

If you want to launch a new course, you have to ensure that your homepage stands out because after all, this is the very first thing people will see the moment they arrive at your website. It is specifically handy if you will launch a totally new form of qualification or topic that you haven’t covered before since new site visitors will see your offer right away. 

Include Links on Related Pages 

Although promoting the new course on the homepage is one good way to share it to all of your website visitors, you might also want to include details regarding the new course on those pages related to it. It means site visitors that go directly to the pages since they are searching for a specific type of training course can see the details of your new course simultaneously. Since this taps into their interests, your course might be useful to them and might be just the right course they are searching for. 

Use Social Media

Don’t forget to share the details of your new course on social media channels. Target posts to reach out to a specific audience with the use of paid ads or you can just post information to be seen by your existing followers.