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4 Tips to Effective Networking

by Chris Atley

I have the privilege of both attending and speaking at a lot of events. It seems to me that a lot of people were still networking “old school”! Like sitting down at a table, passing around a stack of cards without even meeting anyone.

I’m excited to share some tips on how to build meaningful relationships that lead to referrals.

“4 Tips to Effective Networking”

Tip #1: The know, like & trust factor. Most of you have probably heard about this before. Essentially people usually only refer others that they know, like and trust. The popular networking group, BNI, is structured in this way. A weekly meeting is held and at each meeting members are expected to pass a referral or to have met with someone from the group in-between meetings. They understand that even when a person is involved in a networking group they will only refer to others within the group if they have a relationship with them and trust them. It takes a little time and effort to get to know someone before re…
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Self-Care for Entrepreneurs Starts with Getting a Good Night's Sleep

Starting your own business and being successful obviously takes a lot of hard work and dedication. But one of the most important things it requires, is taking care of oneself. Entrepreneurs constantly have their minds on their businesses so often, that often times their health can fall to the wayside.

Missing meals, restless nights, stress; all these can cause health issues down the road. In order to be successful, business people should keep their health in mind. Getting a good night's sleep is vital to a healthy lifestyle. Studies have even shown that sleep deprivation costs U.S. companies more that $63 billion a year in lost productivity. Here are some nighttime/morning routine tips to get better sleep and therefore, have a smoother morning.

Stick to a bedtime


Setting a bedtime is super important to helping get a good night's rest, but this comes with a few challenges. Most people think it's a success to make it into bed at a certain time, but then they start surfing the …

3 Pertinent Ways to Shift Your Limiting Money Beliefs

by Chris Atley

Beliefs. They are the underlying operating system for how we make our decisions and therefore what we decide to do and not do. They live in our subconscious mind, which does not have the ability to accept nor reject information.

Meaning, any time we have an emotional reaction to something, the belief around it is automatically accepted into our subconscious mind unless we are using our conscious mind (which can accept or reject information), to vet what goes in there. Most people don’t realize they can do this, and what happens if they don’t!

So if deep down we don’t feel worthy of success, we will see life and make designs form this lens. We must first get clear on what is in there, and then reprogram it with new empowered beliefs if what’s in there isn’t so great.

My motto is that we need to be of service first and foremost always in our businesses. When we can accept and trust the universe always has our backs, and is going to show-us more and more people and opportuniti…

International Women's Day 2017

International Women's Day, March 8, 2017

Theme: #BeBoldForChange


International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women's Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity.

No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women's network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women's Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.

"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights," says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. Internation…

Epic List of 50 Must-Have Blog & Business Resources for the Solopreneur

by Deborah A Bailey

Whether you're an "solopreneur" or an entrepreneur with a team, you'll need the right tools to make your life easier.

When you're working online (or working from home) you need resources to get things done. Here are some of my favorites.



Blogging & Web Hosting Resources
Bluehost- Hosting services. I use them for my self-hosted Wordpress sites.

GoDaddy - I get my domain names here and have a free landing page here as well. (GoDaddy offers promotions when you buy domain names.)

Blogger - This blog runs on Blogger. Use your Gmail login to create an account.

Blogging class- Jessie on  Journey teaches you how to create a blogging business so you can get paid to travel.

Restored 316- Wordpress themes (featuing the Genesis framework) and support. (They recently added a business planner to their offerings.)

Georgia Lou Studios - Feminine Wordpress themes and Blogger templates. She created the template for the Secrets of Success blog and the themes for th…

5 Tips for Getting Control Over Your Calendar

 by Chris Astley

1.  Get clear on your priorities. I remember an old mentor once saying that you can tell what is important to a person by what is in their bank account and on their calendar.

Take a look at your top 5 values, i.e. family, security, freedom, spirituality, etc. Make sure you have time allotted in your calendar for all of these.

It also makes saying no a whole lot easier when you’re clear. If values like freedom and financial security are on your list, that relates to growing a successful business. Also, make sure you are a priority in all of this and that your self-care is recognized. When you take care of yourself, you will be more grounded, clear and have more to give :-)

2. How to block time. I have found the most successful way to do what you want to be doing, and to be actively working toward your goals, is by scheduling everything. A lot of business owners have resistance to this because they feel controlled and that it goes against why they went into business in the …

5 Questions to Ask Before You Go Into Business for Yourself

by Deborah A. Bailey

Thinking about starting your own business? Or maybe all you want is a side hustle (with "hustle" being the key word). When it comes to business ownership, do you have the right mindset?

Here are some important questions to ask yourself first!

1. Are you afraid to fail? 

Failure is not a bad word in the entrepreneurial world. A high tolerance for risk and the ability (and desire) to reinvent yourself is required for long-term success. On social media you might only see smiling, happy entrepreneurs who claim to make six figures with every launch. But for every successful launch there's one (or more) that didn't work. You might not hear about those as often, but they're much more likely. Entrepreneurs have to be resilient enough to learn from what didn't work and keep it moving.

2. Do you hate working overtime?

There's no such thing as regular nine-to-five hours when you work for yourself. Even if you have employees or contractors, you'll …