Tips & Tools

Sep 052016
 
[BLACK] TOOL: Stripe Payments

Charge it. Cha-Ching. Are you looking for an easy to use credit card processor for your company?  Look no further. One of my favorite business solutions is Stripe, a software tool for collecting credit card payments. Positioning itself as the ‘payments infrastructure for the internet,’ Stripe is the perfect solution for those looking to build a marketplace, mobile app, online storefront or subscription service. Stripe Features Do you need to accept payments quickly and easily? Stripe is not only easy [read more…]

Aug 242016
 
[GREEN] TIP: Just Google It

If You’re Stuck, Just Google It. I can’t begin to tell you the number of times that customers, colleagues or friends have been stuck on something and don’t know what to do, so they’ve called and asked me. Do you know what I do if I don’t know?  I google it.  Sounds obvious, I know. But many times, the obvious is un-obvious. Yesterday, I had a customer ask me what to do because they got an error message when trying [read more…]

Oct 082015
 
[GREEN] TOOL: Freshbooks

Do you need a simple accounting software? If so, I highly recommend Freshbooks because of it is so easy to use. Freshbooks makes your accounting tasks easy, fast and secure — three descriptions that every entrepreneur desires. I have been a customer of Freshbooks for over two years now, and I can say that the service they provide constantly exceeds my expectations.  As a matter of fact, of all the software programs I use to run my businesses, Freshbooks is [read more…]

Sep 032012
 
[VIDEO] How to Get Your Ideas to Spread

How to get your ideas to spread Seth Godin is a marketing guru and successful entrepreneur who can tell you to how to stand out in a world saturated with products and time-strapped customers. According to Godin, you need to stop targeting the average person in the market, as they are very skilled at ignoring you. This is handy advice, as he points out all those brands that are doing it right. “The riskiest thing you can do now is be [read more…]

Aug 262012
 
[GREEN] TOOL: Todoist

Are you looking for a new “to-do”? There is one task manager tool that I use all the time. Not just every day, but every hour. It not only is one of my most used tools, but it’s also a huge help when it comes to keeping my work organized on my computer. Todoist helps you keep your desktop and your life organized. First, create a project. Then create tasks related to that project. You can add due dates and set up [read more…]

Aug 222012
 
[BLUE] TIP: Email Prospecting

 Tips for Prospecting via Email Your prospects are busy.  They don’t have time to read through lengthy emails, so they keep their finger on the delete key — just waiting for the opportunity to pounce on it. Here are seven tips to increase your email prospecting success. Tip 1: Delete the Fluff Re-read your email and look for any superlatives, exaggerated expressions or other fluff. Some serious offenders include: exciting, state-of-the-art, solution, partner, leading edge, passion, unique, one-stop-shop, unique, one-of-a-kind, etc. Tip [read more…]

Aug 112012
 
[BLUE] TOOL: Click to Tweet

Have you seen those click-to-tweet buttons on websites (like the one below) and wondered how to get one for your site?  Fret no more. Here’s the answer: Click-to-Tweet. This software service is the best, easiest and simplest way to promote and advertise your stuff on Twitter.  As a matter of fact, Twi5.com (the one stop place for users searching for twitter apps) claims that “ClickToTweet can rightly be called the easiest twitter application to include retweet text in a link.” As simple [read more…]

Aug 012012
 
[BLUE] TIP: Twitter Lead Gen

Do you want to turn your twitter followers into blog subscribers?  If so, this brilliant TIP I stumbled upon from Momekh of LifeETC is for you. What is it? When a twitter follower (or prospective twitter follower) visits your twitter profile page, they are more than likely going to check out your Twitter Bio.  Hopefully, if you’re a smart marketer, you’ve not only added a quick bio about yourself, but you’ve also included a link back to your website and/or blog. Instead of [read more…]

Jul 132012
 
[BLUE] TOOL: LaunchRock

Do you need to set up a “Launching Soon!” web page to determine interest, spread the word and build your audience? What is it? LaunchRock is a web based application that helps you set up a social “launching soon” page in minutes, share your page and start gathering emails. With LaunchRock, you can incentivize and reward users for telling others about your project — just use their built-in sharing tools. Prior to launching your business, it’s important to love each and [read more…]

Jun 252012
 
[BLACK] TOOL: Shoeboxed

Ready to eliminate paper clutter? As entrepreneurs, we’re always collecting receipts. Yet, it seems like we never have any spare time to organize them. Shoeboxed.com is ready to come to your rescue!  Consider Shoeboxed your full time virtual assistant that saves you time and money (especially during tax season)! Shoeboxed takes the pain out of paperwork.  All you do is send the paper documents (receipts and business cards) by mail via the supplied envelope or upload them via your mobile [read more…]

Jun 222012
 
[BLUE] TOOL: Brand Yourself

Do you really need a free and easy way to manage your online reputation, Google ranking and personal branding? Yes, you do. We were all taught that a firm handshake, professional attire and a strong resume were the necessary pillars of a good first impression. Unfortunately, this philosophy is no longer enough. With the advent of social media, making an unforgettable first impression in-person is no longer the only thing you need to worry about.  Whether you like it or not, you’re being [read more…]

Jun 202012
 
[BLUE] TOOL: Smore Flyers

Do you need to get the word out about an upcoming event?  If so, you should know that the days of posting a flyer around your neighborhood are long gone. What is it? Meet your new event coordinator: Smore.  This online service helps you create amazing online pages that you’re proud to share.  Smore allows you to quickly and easily create beautifully designed flyers and publish them instantly online for all to see. That’s right.  You can create beautiful web [read more…]

Jun 112012
 
[BLACK] TOOL: Meeting Ticker

How much is your time worth? If you’re anything like me, when your work day comes to a close, you find yourself asking this frustrating question “Where did all the time go?” Even more so, you’re probably exasperated by the fact that you didn’t get a lot more accomplished — in spite of the fact that you were not only ‘cranking out’ work all day long with not so much as a lunch break, but you were also attending worthless meetings. [read more…]

Jun 032012
 
[DOUBLE DIAMOND] TIP: Too Busy To Slow Down? Doubt It.

I have been taking it really easy lately which is definitely a good thing. I’ve been cranking out some work, and admittedly, I’ve been recuperating from too much over-indulgence. There’s definitely something to be said for stopping.  Just stopping whatever you’re doing and getting present. I received an email from a friend and potential business partner this afternoon that screamed ‘overwhelmed’ to me. I’ve been there so many times, so I know. You could just tell from her writing — the anxiety [read more…]

Jun 032012
 
[DOUBLE DIAMOND] TIP: Who Can You 'Kudo'?

After another late night of working into the wee wee hours, I decided to meditate to start my day off right. I always intend to take the time and do this, but I’m not always successful. Meditation is completely appropriate and much needed during any business launch period. Today’s guided meditation — one of my favorites — was on trust and surrender.  I find it  helpful to remember these two action verbs when bootstrapping my start-up. Entrepreneurs find themselves working long hours, day in [read more…]

May 302012
 
[BLUE] TOOL: Google +

What is it? If you’re not using Google Plus yet, you really should ask yourself why not?  Google + is a social media channel similar to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.  By combining the best features of the top social media sites; Google Plus is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with. And then some. If you are going to get serious about building your brand via content writing and distribution, then building a Google + community must be part [read more…]

May 302012
 
[DOUBLE DIAMOND] TOOL: Mixergy.com Entrepreneur Interviews

Are you frozen by fear, scared to make a move and wondering what the heck you should do next on your entrepreneurial journey? There’s one place I go to learn from others who have come before me, and that’s Mixergy.com.  Mixergy is a place where successful people teach ambitious upstarts what works for them, and what doesn’t. The people who speak on the Mixergy web site or at live Mixergy events are well-known business people who take time out of [read more…]

Apr 262012
 
[BLACK] TOOL: Hello Fax

There’s a new kid on the block when it comes to faxing services, and trust me…this is one tool you want to get your hands on. Hello Fax. If you’re anything like me, you hate having to print out documents that require your signature, sign them, scan them and then fax them back.  It’s always so time consuming and frustrating that just the thought of someone asking for a signature sends chills up my spine. Until now. If you’re ready [read more…]

Feb 032012
 
[GREEN] TIP: 50 Tasks in 90 Days To Start Your Biz

Is it time you start turning your dreams into reality? Over the last three months, I’ve been working like a fiend trying to get my new brand building company off the ground. In addition to the Resort Lifestyle Network that I manage, I had been providing consulting services on the side to generate additional revenue.  However, with more business coming in than I could manage, I decided to turn my ‘side gig’ into something more. And thus my new online [read more…]

Feb 012012
 
[GREEN] TOOL: Lynda.com Online Training

What is it? Lynda.com is online software training videos that really work.  Really. They offer classes for the very basic beginner who’s clueless about software all the way through to the expert who needs to brush up on their skills. Whatever your line of business, you should get to know ‘Lynda.’ It’s no longer OK to get by in business life without knowing basic computer skills.  Actually, being naive about technology is ludicrous considering how much business is done online [read more…]