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Apr
20

Moses and Jethro—A Lesson in Branding

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Moses. A busy general of a brand-new nation numbering a million people. You think he was slightly busy? Oh yeah! He was the one man at that time that had a face-to-face relationship with God. Important, definitely.

But in Exodus 18, we learn some key lessons that I believe can be applied to our businesses and branding.

Here’s the background. Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, comes to visit from Midian. Jethro observes Moses engaged in judging disputes all day long and realizes that what Moses was doing was not wise. Jethro suggests another way, Moses listens, and the advice is effective. Jethro goes back to Midian.

Here are the various lessons learned from this passage:

1) Be humble enough to listen to advice from an unlikely or unexpected source. Do you have the humility to realize you need help and counsel or do you think you can “go it on your own?” Moses respected his father-in-law and immediately saw the wisdom that was presented to him.

Remember that “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” We always have something to learn, whether we are 15 or 85! Learning is a lifelong process and never ends! And there is wisdom and safety in many counselors.

2) Doing things all on your own is going to cause burnout. This is what was happening to Moses. Jethro anticipated what was going to happen if Moses didn’t change his approach.

I was caught up in this myself for years. I thought that I could do everything. We stay at home moms seem especially prone to this. We think we have to do and be it all. I’m telling you, it is not possible! We are not islands unto ourselves! God created us for relationship and we need each other!

3) Delegate! Moses had to let go of some of his work and authorize others to do what was simple. Read More→

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Mar
30

Taking Care of Yourself is Branding, Too!

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As business owners and work at home moms and dads, it’s so easy to put ourselves last. We often hear this guilt trip: God first, others second, me third.

I’m here to tell you that’s absolutely wrong.

Shocked? That’s because JESUS should be the center of everything in your life, including your brand! He has called you to be a work at home parent, right? Then you’ve got to be healthy!

That means being proactive. And I’m talking to myself also as I write this. In fact, I chose this topic because I need to do better!

As I write this, I know that I’ve slacked off on my exercise goal and also I have not been taking the right supplements for my allergies. The wind tonight is ghastly and it’s wreaking havoc on my sinuses! If I had been using saline spray I would not have as much of an issue.

Yes, sickness sometimes is unavoidable, but if we take care of ourselves as much as we can we will be in shape to obey God in our businesses.

Here’s a few ideas that I do to keep me on track. Of course, I am not a doctor and never will be a doctor. Follow this advice at your own risk, talk to your doctor, yada yada yada…

1) Elderberry syrup. I try to take a teaspoon daily. Back in 2010 when the Swine Flu was prevalent, my son and I always had our Elderberry Syrup. We were in a homeschooling enrichment program at the time, and everyone got sick. Except us.

2) Find a right balance of supplements. Some important ones that come to mind: Vitamin D3, Magnesium, and Omega 3 as well as a good cocktail of Vitamin B. Be wary of synthetic vitamins. They tend to go right through you without doing any good. I try to stick to whole food vitamins like those found in Garden of Life. We like to drink their Raw Protein Powder as it has tons of vitamins, and probiotics and prebiotics, which are key to good digestive health.

3) Feed your mind with good things. You know, it’s easy to pollute our minds with junk. TV is full of this kind of poison, and so is Facebook. Paul instructs us to think about whatever is lovely, pure, admirable…

Instead of listening to that radio show (and believe me, I love radio shows, especially those that are political in nature), listen to music. When was the last time you let yourself enjoy a song? There’s many of them on iTunes. Very uplifting songs. Make it a habit of listening to at least an album a week as you practice the presence of God.

4) Regular exercise. Full disclosure, this is a tough one for me. I don’t like going to the gym. I have feet problems so walking is difficult. Yet there is no excuse. I can exercise sitting down if I really wanted to! Why can’t I take 20 minutes to get a workout in when I can waste a half hour on Facebook as easy as pie?

Some suggestions: Faithful Workouts and PraiseMoves. I love exercising knowing that my spirit, mind, and body are fully engaged and I’m doing the exercise as an act of worship to God. Read More→

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Mar
23

Why Branding is a Better Sales Vehicle

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Keyboard & TelephoneWe’ve all had a slimy sales experience. I’ll tell you my latest one that makes me laugh. Maybe you’ll get a kick out if it, too. Maybe this has happened to you…

So a couple of weeks ago I got a call from a representative from a financial services company. Fairly well-known one. He had been referred to me and wanted to know if I would come for an “exploratory interview” for some kind of position at the company. He said it had something to do with management. He was purposely vague and wouldn’t tell me much about it.

Being curious, I scheduled the appointment. Then I started to do some research.

Turns out this company recruits 20 applicants and interviews them at the same time, then draws them off one by one where they are presented this opportunity to invest hundreds in their business.

Yeah, that sounds like a totally legit job opportunity! Well, maybe not…

So I canceled the interview and had a good chuckle about it.

But this tactic in one shape or another is often used by sales people. And it’s slimy. Like clickbait. It leaves a horrible taste in your mouth.

If I ever need a financial services company in the future, I will NOT be using them, that’s for sure!

So it also demonstrates that BRANDING is a much superior way to get clients. That’s because you are ATTRACTING clients to you rather than trying to FORCE them to do business with you.

Here’s a little example: this year my nephew and I started a homeschool club. I began promoting it last May. Our number one goal was to meet a need in the community that no one is meeting and we built a brand around that. It is now a steady income stream for my business and it provides my nephew a salary.

We show up to serve the people who want our services, and we have been growing steadily. We have raving fans and they come to us. We don’t have to chase anybody down or employ slime ball tactics because we offer something of value. We are ourselves. Our branding reflects that. We are building a COMMUNITY. Our customers have become our friends and these customers have become friends with each other. Read More→

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Mar
14

No Heavy Lifting

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dana Susan Beasley, the creator of an online training program called Brand Identity Quest, helps Christian families create sizzling brands so they can build dazzling futures. A graphic artist, writer, and homeschooling mom to a special needs son, she is the owner of AngelArts, an arts agency and publishing house. It’s purpose is to inspire audiences to reach for new heights in their lives and beyond through excellently-designed publications and products using original art and literature. To take her free mini-course, 5 Steps to a Wildly Successful Home Business, click here to start now.

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Mar
02

The Solution to the Problem of Not Getting Noticed

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DanaGetting iStock_000002807197XSmallnoticed above the crowd for the home business owner can be very frustrating and cost much in profits, time, and money. And very often, home business owners run on thin margins and even non­existent marketing budgets. How can you get the word out about

what you do when there is so much competition out there and very little money?

Well, here are some ideas to help you with two common problems when it comes to getting noticed:

1) Very little customer engagement.

You may be heavily involved in social media yet you get little response. What might take you over that hump is customer testimonials. Have none available? Then you might want to consider giving some copies away in exchange for reviews. Bloggers are always looking for content and they love to get free stuff! If you offer an affiliate link in exchange for promoting your work, then you will have the benefit of somebody else who believes in your product or service and who is motivated to help you.

When a customer is satisfied with your product or service, be sure to ask for a testimonial. Make sure that that testimonial is results oriented. Want a really powerful testimony? Ask your satisfied customers to make a video! And be sure to offer a link to a website so they see the benefit in taking the time for you.

2) Nobody knows you exist.

Without a marketing budget, you don’t have the means for advertising. Therefore no one knows you exist out there. How can you overcome that? Read More→

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Feb
16

Why You Need to Define Your Business

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Dana Susan Beasley, Branding for Success bloggerDefining Business by Dana Susan BeasleyThe Bible says that without vision, my people perish. Now in your work at home business, why should it be any different?

Because if you don’t understand what your Unique Selling Proposition (USP) is, or what value you bring to your customers, your brand will suffer and your business could even fail.

Even if you are a direct seller or network marketer, you need to understand why you are in business and who you are in business for.

One of my clients sells essential oils. After taking my course that helped her define her business, she made a plan to concentrate on a certain niche. This has resulted in incredible growth for her business and it has empowered her to help other members of her team.

The more clarity you have about your business, the more refined your brand will be. This requires careful analysis and planning. Sure, it is a lot of work up front, but the rewards are worth it.

I think of my husband, who spent much time defining his business long before it was started. Through this process, he positioned himself as an expert. When he was ready to launch his architectural business, the opportunities came to him. Because he had done the work beforehand. He was ready.

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Feb
09

Self-Confidence & Your Brand

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Dana Susan Beasley, Branding for Success bloggerSelf-Confidence and Your Brand by Dana Susan BeasleyIncreasingly, I am becoming aware that there is a direct link between success and self-confidence. If you don’t believe in you, why would you believe in your brand, and why would anyone else believe in your brand?

I also have found that self-confidence doesn’t cut it. What matters is God confidence! The more I trust in God, the more I trust Him with my business and the more steps of faith I am able to take!

Because I realize it is not about me, it’s about Him and bringing Him glory with what He has called me to do.

So how do you gain this God confidence?

First and foremost, you gain this God confidence by spending time with Him in the Word. Discover what your identity in Christ is all about. How does He see you? How did He make you? What unique talents and callings has He given you? What mission did He give you while you are on this Earth?

Additionally, spend time in soaking prayer. I have found this to be extremely helpful. I have realized that deep inside me are soul wounds that need healing. I have spent hours listening to meditative music while spending time in His presence. I have much more work to do in this area.

Being an entrepreneur can be a scary job at times. It brings you face to face with your weaknesses and insecurities. But that is exactly where God wants you to be!

Because that’s the business He is in–healing!

And the more confidence and trust you have in Him, the more you will be able to step out into who He has made you to be!

For instance, a month ago I decided to take a step of faith and publish a book to help Colorado flood and fire survivors. A year ago I would have been too scared to take this project on. Still, I find myself thinking old negative thoughts like “who am I to publish this book?” or “I don’t matter. Who cares about me anyway?” I constantly have to fight this thinking. I’m telling you it is not easy, especially when I know that rejection will inevitably come. Read More→

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Feb
02

Why Value Beats Cheap Every Time

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What do customers really want? Do they only want what’s cheap?

If that were so, then why do consumers by iPhones? Why is Lexus a popular brand of car? Why do flat TVs exist that cost $5000 or more?

Here’s the truth of the matter—value wins every time.

So how do you communicate that about your brand to a prospect?

You lead with value. Never talk about price first. Be generous. Show up to serve, not to make a sale. How can you help them? What little bit of information can you give them now that would make a difference?

Talk about how working with you or purchasing from you will benefit them. How will it transform their lives? Ask how much is that transformation worth to them?

When you give value and not cheapen your products or services, your business will flourish. You will also serve your customers better. Because you will have incentive to work hard for them.

If you always cheapen what you offer, you will perpetually struggle. And your prospects will not value you or your brand!

What you offer also can stand out above the crowd and have value in that way.

For instance, years ago I heard a story about a man who was looking to buy a bicycle as a Christmas present for his son. He went to the bicycle shop near his home and found out the prices. But he noticed that the bicycles needed to be assembled. So he asked the shop owner if they would assemble it. No, he was told.

As a busy man, he decided to look elsewhere. He went to a bicycle shop farther away and there were the same bicycles for a little higher price. He asked the shop owner if the bikes could be assembled and the bicycle owner said yes. They would do it for just $20 extra. And they would deliver the bicycle on Christmas Eve so the son wouldn’t find the gift until it was time! Perfect! Read More→

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Jan
26

A Good Mindset – Essential to Your Branding Success

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What is the number one factor that will ensure your branding success? Is it your knowledge? Experience? How many people you know?

Actually, the biggest factor is a positive mindset.

Why? Without self-confidence, you will sabotage your work at home business every step of the way.

As Napolean Hill says in Think and Grow Rich, lack of self-confidence is the number one reason businesses fail.

I take it a step further: As Christian business owners, we need GOD confidence.

After all, isn’t He our CEO, our boss?

I know He is mine.

The closer I get to Him, the more I trust Him, the more I know who I am in Him. And it follows that the more my identity in Him is grounded—a foundation, if you will—the more I can identify what He called me to do and the more courage I have to follow that calling. Then His presence is with me and what I do is anointed.

I see that in my own life. When I lacked self-confidence it was really a lack of trust in God. I was sabotaging my success, procrastinating, losing opportunities, afraid to be bold…

And what makes a difference in my work at home business is utter dependance on Him.

I realized that the summer of 2008 on Independence Day. I knew, as our finances were crumbling and we were faced with a failed vacation rental business and my husband’s hours cut back. I knew that I needed to stop treating my business like a hobby and get serious. Read More→

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Jan
19

How I was Changed by Entrepreneurialism

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Becoming an entrepreneur. When I embarked on this adventure over 14 years ago, I had no idea what was in store for me.

Perhaps in the back of my mind I thought it would be easy. Just get a product out there and it will sell itself. I had the knowledge and experience, after all, as a graphic designer and writer.

Aw good thing I didn’t know what I was about to face. Because more lessons are learned from failure than success.

Not long after I started my business, my husband and I decided to get into another business—we turned our Victorian home into a vacation rental. That was the Spring of 2008. Then the recession hit.

And our finances took a big hit. We lost that house to foreclosure in 2010. And in the meantime, my husband’s hours were cut back and his paychecks would often be delayed. If ever I needed my business to be a success it was then.

And yet, profits did not come. Very few sales were made. I began to realize:

1) God didn’t care so much what was in my pocketbook as what was in my heart.

2) I lacked confidence. In fact, I had some severe soul wounds that needed healing. God started this process through my journey as an entrepreneur.

3) I didn’t trust God to take care of me. In fact, I thought he would let me down.

4) All those years, I had been hiding. Hiding my talents, running from opportunity, afraid of success. Of rejection. Of disappointment.

5) I thought that I had to be successful in order to be worthy. Read More→

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