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Things You Will Never Regret in Life

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Mother & Daughter Enjoying Time TogetherIt is very easy to get hung up on the one hurtful thing we said that one time. Or, perhaps the time that we snapped, even when it goes directly against our better nature. The moments we question everything. And, there are plenty of things in life that will catch us off-guard, and we will have to make peace with. So you should. You should make peace with everything that you can and ask for forgiveness for those you can’t make right. But, what next? Well, the time spent feeling guilty or having on to regrets are of course much better spend enjoying things – something we could all do more. For every moment we spend beating ourselves up or holding on to negative emotions and feelings, we could be spending those with love and positivity. No one is perfect by any means but, spreading some good moments and appreciating them more? We can all get on board with that.


Laughing. We will never regret enjoying a good belly laugh with our most loved family and friends. Sitting around, eating popcorn (salted or sweet? Maybe toffee!) watching a movie. Blankets on the couch, warm thick socks, comfortable pillows and the rest of the house silent. The joy in laughing with family and friends is second to none. Some of the best times that we recall when we were children involves moments just like this. So go ahead and book in movie night with the kids. You will never regret these moments.


Learning. We have been gifted with these beautiful learning abilities. You might already have a few qualifications and are looking to upgrade them a bit, it might be time for a change. You might be pushed for time, like so many people, trying to fit in life, a full-time job and maybe even freelance work too. Luckily many online portals can help you tackle that time issue. Everything from journalism to rn to bsn online programs are available, so nothing is holding you back. You will never regret learning more than you know now.


Cooking. Admittedly we can’t all be brilliant home cooks, some of us are likely getting by with simple meals, but you know what? Simple meals are something to be loved. Many a tale is told by children who enjoyed the simplest meals the most. If you think you could do with working on your recipe base a bit more, then hit the internet hard, create a Pinterest profile and get a board ready for all the fantastic things you’re going to cook for you and your family (or friends). Try and get a few ‘fancier’ meals in there too. Think about slow cooker roasts, curries and rice dishes. Warm and cooked with love. You’ll never regret watching someone enjoy something you’ve cooked for them.

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Five Tips For Landing a Legitimate Work-at-Home Job

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According to the latest American Community Survey data, there are approximately 2.8 million people, not including the self employed or unpaid volunteers, who consider home their primary place of work. The struggling American economy has created the need for companies to cut back as much as possible. This has created growth in the work-at-home industry as it allows companies to save on expenses like office space, equipment and insurance costs.

However, the telecommuting world can be a hard place to get your foot in the door. Linda Dickerhoof, Public Relations Director at VIPDesk, one of the leading virtual concierge and virtual customer service providers in the United States, reports that they receive as many as two hundred resumes a day. With that kind of competition, it’s imperative that you stand out from the crowd. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when applying for telecommuting employment.

1. Do Your Research – This is, by far, the most crucial aspect of your work-at-home job search. There are many legitimate companies that hire at-home employees. However, in order to weed out at-home job scams, you need to know what “red flags” to look for.  A legitimate work-at-home opportunity won’t ask you for any sort of “affiliation fee,” nor will they send you any type of list of employers to contact.

A legitimate opportunity will also not offer an unrealistic salary. The ads that you see offering $5k/wk with no experience usually are just what they sound – too good to be true. Avoid work-at-home opportunities advertised via infomercials, signs taped to a lamp-post, stop signs or via spam e-mail. Always check with the Better Business Bureau to see what type of reputation the company you are considering has, then follow up with an Internet search to see what is being said about the company in blogs, on twitter, and in the mainstream media.

2. Resume Success  – Applying for a working-at-home position should be treated just like any other job application process. The company may allow you to work from home, but they will not tolerate an unprofessional attitude. In fact, it’s highly unlikely that your resume will be selected if it’s anything less than top-notch.

In order to get ahead, put together a professional resume outlining your job experience and highlighting any special skills or training applicable to the position you’re applying for. Keep your resume to one page, if possible.

3. Interviews Are Important – The interview process is more critical than usual in the work-at-home world because the interviewer will not be meeting you face to face. Most at-home employers have a strenuous screening process to filter out applicants who do not fit the professional standards required.

Prepare ahead of time for questions not only about your employment background, but also about what your home work environment will be like (they do not want to hear animals or children in the background). Interviewers will be listening intently to how you present yourself over the phone, so be as prepared and professional as possible.

4. Know What To Expect – One of the best ways to succeed in any career is to know what your employer expects of you. Before your interview, put together a list of questions that will help you understand what to expect from the employer, and what they expect from you. Ask about things like training, support offered during work hours, and specific job expectations.

5. Get Set Up – Once you’ve begun the process of searching and applying for telecommuting positions, it’s time to make sure your home workspace is appropriate. Most employers will be looking for you to have a noise-free home office that includes: a landline phone, a computer (most companies will have specific computer requirements that will need to be met),  and high speed internet.

If possible, do your research ahead of time to ensure that your home office set up will work for a telecommuting opportunity. There are some employers who provide the necessary equipment, but most will require you to have these items in place.

Telecommuting can be one of the most rewarding career decisions available today. It provides flexibility and scheduling that many other types of employment are unable to offer. Prepare yourself to stand out from the job applicant crowd and you’ll find yourself with a remarkable new job in no time.


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Mompreneurs: Grow Your Business With These Smart Tips

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Are you a mompreneur that wants your business to expand and be as successful as possible but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry you are not alone. Luckily,  you can get a rundown on the five most effective actions to take when you want your business to get bigger and better. Read on to find out more.


Expand into different markets

One way that mompreneurs can grow their business is to expand into markets that are different from the current demographic that they are pursuing. What this means is that through market research you identify another group of people that would find the product that you are offering useful or valuable and then directly market it to them. Something that means you grow the number of potential customers you will have to convert.

There are two main ways of expanding to consider as well. One is by expanding geographically which means that you look for a similar demographic to the one you already market to but in another country.

The other is by tweaking your product, so it appeals to a different domestic market. This may include replacing it, so it attracts men as well as women, to a different age range, or even marketing your product for an additional purpose to the one you initially set out for it.


Develop a new product

Next, if you are looking for a way to expand and grow your business why not consider developing a new product? After all, sometimes your fortune doesn’t lie within the first item that you come up with, especially in today’s volatile market that is often defined by fast-moving trends.

Of course, product development isn’t often a cheap activity to pursue, and unless you are willing to accept the speculate to accumulate mentality, it can seem daunting. In fact, sometimes business or individual with poor credit can have problems sourcing the finance they need to get a new product idea past the concept stage.

Luckily, it is still possible to get a short term loan with bad credit from some providers. A solution that can help you get your new idea up and running and that may lead to a profitable expansion of your business.


Improve your online presence

Also, don’t forget that power of the world wide web when it comes to growing your business. In fact, by increasing your online presence, you can build your brand, trust, engagement, and interaction with your customers. All things which can have a positive knock-on effect on your sales.

To do this, there are all sorts of tactics you can use, the first being to run a blog from your business website. In fact, having a well written and interesting blog can help your business grow for many reasons.

The first is SEO because having a blog provides you with the perfect opportunity to create backlinks to other pages on your site. Something that can help direct potential customers straight to offers, and ways of purchasing, as well as boost your visibility in the search engine results.

Also by including a well-written blog, you increase the chance that other blog will link to you via external backlinks, something that is known as offsite SEO. This once again boosts your SEO and provides an opportunity for interested parties to be taken directly to a landing page on your site.

Apart from blogs, upping your presence on social media, especially the platform that most directly appeals to your demographic can help your business grow.

In particular, the strength of social media is the opportunity for interaction between potential or current customer and your business. What this does it humanise your brand, and allows customers to see that you aren’t just another faceless corporation trying to separate them from their money.

It also provides a chance for them to get involved and feel a sense of community with others. All under the banner of your brand and product, something that can be hugely valve for growing your business.

Lastly, there’s value in the potential for customer interaction on social media whether before, or after purchase, because this can help reassure those that are on the fence about buying. Also, it can help to nip any potentially dangerous problems and disgruntled and problematic customers in the bud. While also showing other customers that you care about each individual and will do your best to resolve any grievances promptly and professionally.


Reward customer loyalty

Loyalty is a big thing in today’s commercial market, and it’s definitely something that you can harness to help grow your business.

You may wish to take a leaf out of many of the large supermarket chains books and offer a loyalty card system. On an essential level, purchases are rewarded with points which can then be exchanged for money off future purchases or specific reward items.

Although, it’s always worth considering offering extra benefits with such a card to ensure even more customer loyalty. These may include things such as a percentage discounts several times a year, and even collaborations with other brands that allow points to be used there.

Oh, and if you are wondering just how loyalty can help you grow your business, remember if that it will ensure that customers regularly return to shop with you, something that can increase your revenue stream. It will also mean that they will talk about their positive experience with your brand, something that is hugely valuable as this can lead to word of mouth refers to family and friends!



Apart from a loyalty card or reward scheme, it can also be beneficial in growing your business to develop a super fan following. A superfan is not just someone that likes or buys your products but is a person that essentially obsessed with them.

Superfans are highly useful because not only can they make up a large part of your regular customer base, but also act as excellent ambassadors for your brand. Introducing it to people that were previously unaware, and also demonstrating more credibility that someone that is working directly from your company.

Of course, to develop a superfan following can be quite tough, but you can start small with a VIP email list and a private Facebook group. Then start to introduce meetups, special offers, and even workshops and webinars to grow the group further.


Build an email list

Lastly, if you want to expand your business as a mompreneur, do not forget the value of building an active email list for marketing. To collect such a list you can use things like cookies on your website, as well as asking customers to sign up for particular special offers, benefits, and newsletters.

You may even ask them to exchange their email address for free content that has value in terms of information or entertainment, and your previous customers’ emails should also be added to list this as they are proven to warm leads.

Of course, such a list won’t help you grow your business unless you do the right things with it. This is why getting a handle on effective email marketing is so crucial if you genuinely want your company to expand.

Luckily, there is a lot of help with this online that you can research. Although a good place to start is focusing on the basics such as creating subject lines that hook customers in and get them to open the mail. You can also try highlighting the benefits of your product clearly, and making sure that there are plenty of links to the landing page that you want them to reach; embedded within the mail, you send. All thing that can help you make the best use of your email list, and in turn should help any mompreneurs grow their business successfully.

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Is Your Business Offering the Right Value to Customers?

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Customers always want to get the most value, and that value means both money and time. The more value that you offer your customers, the more likely they will be to purchase from you. It truly is that simple. However, achieving the right level of value provision is a challenge that will need a robust and proactive strategy. Providing the right kind of value is essential, but it will depend on your sector and your branding. If you’re not focusing your strategy on those areas, then the chances are that what you are currently providing is minimal, and that will reflect clearly on your bottom line. If you want to offer the right value, then these key areas should be your starting point.


Becoming an authority

The more that your customers see you as an authority in your field, the more trust they will place on your business. Look at your sector, and consider the reasons why someone might come to visit your website. If they come looking for answers to a question and you don’t have the answer to that question, then they have received no value and will seek it elsewhere.


Boost authority
There are several ways to do this, with content marketing the proven key to authority establishment. If your current marketing strategy is not working as well as you hoped, it may be time to focus on value by making use of professional experts. The experts at companies such as Click Intelligence are able to fine-tune your marketing goals and provide a clearly focused strategy that adds real value. Look at ways to improve your authority, and your value will grow organically.


Understanding consumer needs

The more that you know about what your customers want from you, the better you will be able to provide them with value. Any business that has not yet carried out an exhaustive market research campaign in order to understand the basics of their current customer base is going to be working with incomplete data. Make it a priority to understand who your customers are, as well as their habits and ways of using the internet. Look at your social media platforms and only prioritize those that you know your audience is using. You should know what devices they are using, what times of day they are most likely to be online, and most importantly, what they are looking for from your business. The more that you know, the more that you will be able to target your growth more accurately.

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Interview with Kim Vogel Sawyer, Author of Ours for a Season

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Tell us about your new novel, Ours for a Season.

Ours for a Season probably combines the most incompatible list of themes I’ve ever tried to meld into a single story: infertility, marital discord; questioning one’s faith; life-long friendship; homelessness; a serious health challenge; rebuilding a ghost town… But if I were to encapsulate it all into one thematic idea, I would say this is a story about starting anew. There’s a wonderful old hymn with the phrase, “Morning by morning new mercies I see…” That is what this story is about: God’s mercies blooming fresh in people’s lives.


Most of the book takes place in a Kansas ghost town. Being from Kansas yourself, are there any real places that remind you of the ghost town?

Several years ago, my critique partners and I visited a nearly abandoned Kansas town called Elgin. The crumbling buildings in the business district made my heart ache. One could imagine the once-thriving community and the pride the owners must have taken in operating their stores. One of my critique members commented that it was too bad we didn’t have the money to bring everything back to life, and the idea of restoring the historical structures sort of got tangled with the idea of rebuilding broken spirits and emerged in this story.


The book touches on human trafficking. How did you become interested in this topic?

I’ve always had a soft spot for people who suffer from abuse, especially sexual abuse. The subject of trafficking became personal to me when the young teen daughter of one my daughter’s neighbors was missing for several months and eventually rescued from the man who was pimping her out (such an ugly thought). If a child from small-town Kansas can get caught up in this net, it’s far too prevalent. The effects of being used in such a vile way by people who claim to care about you are deep and agonizing, and we all—every single person—need to take a stand and do what we can to put this soul-stealing industry out of business.


The book is in memory of your dear writing friend and author Diann Hunt. Can you tell us more about how she inspired this story?

Diann died in December of 2013 after a lengthy battle with ovarian cancer. Although the cancer ravaged her body, it never stole her faith or her infectious love for life. She wrote on Facebook on a day when she was feeling particularly low physically, “Stop! Right where you are. What do you see? Taste? Feel? Smell? Hear? Root yourself in this very moment. Memorize it. Life is made up of these. Don’t be so consumed by the past or with the future that you are blinded to your moment. Right now. The one you’re given by Almighty God to make a difference. Go out and live for Jesus today, my friends! I mean REALLY live!! You can do it! Start now. Ready. Set. Go!” She so loved Jesus (she glowed Jesus) and she so loved laughter (you couldn’t help but laugh when in her presence) and so loved life… She’s been gone now for several years, but she lives in the hearts and memories of her family members and many who had the pleasure of calling her friend. Brooke and Marty were to each other what Diann was to many of us—steadfast, encouraging, and ever loving. She wanted to make a difference, just as Brooke wanted to make a difference. Brooke did, and so did Diann.


What can you tell us about what you’re working on next?

Next out of the chute is a historical story set at the Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1895. Laurel Millard, youngest of seven children and expected to stay home and “take care of Mama,” becomes a silkworm weaver at the exposition in hopes of snagging a beau wealthy enough to support both her and her mother so she can have her own home and family while still honoring her siblings’ expectations. Of course, what we want isn’t always what God deems best for us. The story is called A Silken Thread and will release in early April of next year.


Where can readers find more information about Ours for a Season?
Please visit the WaterBrook website or my website:

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Organizing Your Home Office

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It can be a real challenge as a work at home parent to maintain an organized home office. Many times, the office or desktop is the last of our worries as we strive to raise our children, support our spouses and run our home-based business. However, keeping up with the clutter and chaos of your office may be just what you need to get you in a working mindset and help you to be more efficient while working.

There a few simple things that you can do on a regular basis that will help to de-stress organizing process:


  • Address your home office/desktop chaos in blocks of time. You may need to set aside just a few hours, or you may need an entire day. Decide what will work for you and stick to it. If it’s not possible for you to set aside a block of time, consider using a headset while you are on the phone and be de-cluttering, too!
  • Have the necessities on hand: a trash can, pen, file folders, mail baskets and other organization items that will enable you to sort, throw out and find a place for each item. Envision your goal and purchase the supplies necessary to create that environment.
  • Clear the space you want to organize (the desk surface, one of the drawers, etc.). Then make a pile of all the paper. Begin to evaluate each piece of paper, sorting it by importance. Throw out as much as possible and find a place for each of the other items.
  • If you start to feel stressed, take a break. Make a goal of how far you’d like to get during the time you have available and set an incentive for yourself if you reach your goal. It’s always easier to complete a task when you know you’ll be rewarded.

Once you’ve organized your office, it’s important to take small steps everyday to keep the room clean and tidy. It’s very easy to fall back into the routine of piling things on your desktop and around the room. There are five simple tasks that you can do daily to help maintain your organized space:

1. Clean out your “Inbox”. In today’s world this can apply to postal mail or email. Create a special basket for postal mail that needs to be taken care of right away, and another for items that can wait a day or two.

To keep your email inbox under control, create folders within your email program. Keep what needs to be done immediately in your inbox and distributed the rest into your folders. You can also use “rules” to help separate email and make it easier to manage.

2. Make sure all notes are transferred to your calendar, palm pilot or day planner. It is very easy to pile up a desktop full of paper by writing every note on a Post-it. You can also create an “Idea Book” to catalog all of your business ideas for future reference.

3. Remove all mail, catalogs & magazines from your desk. Put them in their proper place as you receive them. This will considerably cut down the amount of clutter on your desktop.

4. File as you go. This is the most basic and most important tip of all. If you file as you go your records will be in order, your desktop will be clear and you will feel like a professional.

5. Clean off your desktop each evening. There’s nothing better than sitting down at a clean workspace each morning. It helps to keep your mind focused on your business and makes finding important documents a snap.

By following these easy guidelines you will have a clean and organized home office in no time. Having a clutter-free workspace is the first step in creating an organized and professional home-based business.


Jill Hart is the author of several books and the founder of Christian Work at Home Ministries,

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How to Fund Your Growing Business

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In today’s world, there are more people starting their own businesses than ever before. However, very few make it past the first year, and this is largely due to financial struggles weighing them down. Every business owner deserves the chance to show the world what they are bringing to the table, which is why it’s a great idea to look for ways to fund your growing business. This can be a struggle when there are so many options out there, so you should take note of some of the best ideas, which will help you get your business on the road to success in no time.


Use personal savings

One of the most popular options when it comes to funding a business is using your own personal savings. While some people are fortunate enough to have large resources to fund their business with, others aren’t. Yet, this doesn’t mean all hope is lost. There are many ways you can top up your personal savings, such as keeping a part-time job on the side or by starting to trade on platforms such as TastyWorks. If you are new to trading stocks, you can read a reliable TastyWorks review to see if it’s the best option to help you save quickly.


Find a business partner

Sometimes, handling the pressure of owning a business and finding ways to fund it can be a lethal combination. This is when many people choose to bring a business partner into the fold, who can help them with certain responsibilities and funding aspects for a cut of the business. This is only an ideal option if you are willing to share ownership of your business, but it can be a huge help when you are struggling financially and time-wise to have someone there, and it can give you more free time to spend with your family.

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Review: Reload Love

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Will we try to forget all the things we’ve seen?
Or will we see, really see, and then let our emotions lead us into a new way of living?

Reload Love is the story of one woman who refused to look away from atrocities on her television screen. Lenya Heitzig allowed her heart to break at the plight of refugees and the deaths of innocent children, and then she begged God for a job to do.

In this gritty, passionate story, Lenya details the epic way God answered her prayers—how a spark came to life turning weapons of war into something beautiful. Experience the hope found in a children’s playground as you journey with her through the jungles of Burma and the war-torn streets of the Middle East.

Though the shape of your heart and passion may look very different, you will find hope and inspiration in ordinary people who go to incredible lengths to share God’s life-giving love.

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About the Author Lenya Heitzig’s heart is to reach out to hurting people through tangible acts of love. She is the founder of Reload Love, a ministry which touches the lives of children affected by terrorism. Lenya also serves as the executive director of she Ministries at Calvary Church, pastored by her husband, Skip.

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Why Professional Development is Important for Teachers

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teacher's appleOnce upon a time, it was considered OK to get the right qualification and then start off on your chosen career path, without looking back or needing to do anything extra. Things have changed considerably, particularly for those choosing a career in education. Continuing education requirements are now part and parcel of being a teacher. Sometimes they are only encouraged, while at other times they are mandatory. Whether you consider this an annoyance or welcome it with open arms will be a personal thing. However, there are a number of ways in which professional development can benefit you.

The Benefits of Continuing Education Courses for Teachers

There are a wide variety of continuing education credits for teachers to choose from. Subjects range from art courses to the principles of coaching and much more in between. There are courses on dealing with unruly parents, improving mathematical skills and how to help slow learners.

The education system has come on in leaps and bounds with the advent of technology, and it is still constantly changing. To be able to provide the best learning environment for your students it’s important for you to keep abreast of all the changes. You owe it to your students to be up-to-speed with the latest teaching techniques.

Taking extra courses provides an opportunity for you to network and hone your valuable skills. From a career perspective, it will improve your chances of promotion and your students will also benefit from your new skills.

Enrolling in a Continuing Education Program  

Trying to fit in new learning can be very difficult for a teacher. There are the weekends, but this isn’t always the most attractive option. Luckily, there are a number of online courses you can choose from. Enrolling for an online course means you can study at your own pace. Your choice, of course, won’t be restricted by your location, and the cost of traveling will be removed. There is a downside to online learning, which is that there won’t be the same interaction between instructors, classmates and the content of the course. However, most good courses do provide ways to keep in touch and interact to some extent.

Continuing your education long after you’ve gained the necessary qualification is important. Challenging yourself will keep you moving forward. This applies whatever industry you choose to work in as very few look the same as they did just a couple of decades ago. For the betterment of yourself both professionally and personally you need to keep up to date with the latest trends, attend seminars and take online courses to further your education. Getting stuck in your ways and not looking to better yourself will not only impede your career. It will also be of detriment to your students.

If you’ve not taken part in anything so far, it’s never too late to start. Do some research online and see what’s available. Ask your colleagues what they have found interesting and take the first steps towards improving your skills. It’s an investment you’re not going to regret making.  

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The Ultimate Guide To Setting Up Your Own Business

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When you first start to think about setting up your own business, it can be so overwhelming. Most of the time, you’ll find that your mind just automatically thinks about all of the things that you’ll have to do. So much so, you may see this on a huge scale! And that can always cause you to freak out! Instead, you need to take a few steps back and think about in all in stages. Little stages for a small business! Because if you’re going to get overwhelmed right off the bat, you may never get started. So don’t see this as a huge deal. Instead, you need to think about this as being a small business that you’re just going to casually set up and see what happens. When you do that, and you follow the right steps, you’ll find it so much easier to manage.

Now, the only question is, how do you get started? Because this is often what holds a lot of people back – actually knowing what to do to get the business off of the ground. But the good news is, this can all be learned. So let’s take a look at what you can do to get your dream business off the ground.

  1. Set Goals

The very first thing you need to do before you do anything, is figure out why you’re going this. In order for you to set up everything right from the start, and for it to work, you need to know what you’re going. This is where your goals come in. So start to think about what you want to achieve with your business and what you really want to get out of it. Then put your overarching goals in place.


  1. Start A Business Plan

When you’re starting to think about what you want to achieve, you should start your business plan. Writing a business plan can seem very formal and important. But it’s really just a way for you to get all of your thoughts and ideas down for your business. It makes you really think about each area so you know what you need to do to make your company work. Find a template and get started on this next.


  1. Do Some Research

Now, one thing you will start to realize as you’re doing that, is you need to do some research. But that’s always the case when you’re launching a business. You’ll not only want to research the sections talked about in your plan, but you will always want to research the market you’re looking to enter and your competitors too.


  1. Define Your Audience

Then, one of the first things you need to do is to choose your target audience. When you launch a business, you need to know who your customer is. You need to know who you’re aiming your products at and what they are looking for from you. For this, you want to sort of imagine a person that you’re marketing to at all times – what they like, dislike, their lifestyle, and their struggles. That way, the next two steps will be more effective.


  1. Create A Marketing Strategy

Marketing to your audience can be a lot of fun – but it has to be relevant to them too. No exceptions! You’ll want to really target all of your marketing activity to your ideal customer segment. This means that the channels you choose and the content you put out will all need to engage them, so plan this carefully with a marketing strategy.


  1. Define Your Product Or Service

From here, you then need to really home in on your product or service. What makes it special? Why would your audience by from you over anyone else? You need to be really sure that your offering is the best it can be in terms of quality, pricing, and where you’re selling it.


  1. Gain The Skills You Need

At this point, you may find that you need to learn more. And that’s very normal. You may not know how to write or how to design or even how to use Facebook Advertising. but don’t worry – all of these skills can be learned. Practice your writing and take an online course if you have to. Use a simple design tool like Canva, if you want. And you can easily learn about ads online. Just make sure that you’re really pushing yourself to learn everything you need to know.

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