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  • 07/06/2014 1:06 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    Have you designed your business model? 

    Do you know what a business model is? Have you designed or need to redesign your business model? Don't worry, you are not the only one. Many entrepreneurs operate their business for years before they can even answer the first question. It took me a long time too. Trail and error was my eye opener. 

    I had a discussion with a client about business models. Their are several pieces to designing a business model. We talked about her Revenue Model. Revenue Model is one of the first pieces of the design. One of her Revenue Models is the Affiliate Model. This is when you allow interested people to promote your product/service on their website and they earn a percentage of the sale. You pay them what they earn either 2x month or monthly. Just be sure to honor your promise and pay up on time.

    Here are some great articles that you can read that will shed some light on Business Models:

    Wikipedi has a great explanation on what a Business Model is. 

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_model#Examples_of_business_models

    5 Business Model Components on Forbes

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericwagner/2013/05/23/5-key-business-model-components/

    Reinventing Your Business Model on the Harvard Business Review

    http://hbr.org/2008/12/reinventing-your-business-model/ar/1

    A New Framework for Business Models on the Harvard Business Review

    http://blogs.hbr.org/2010/01/is-your-business-model-a-myste-1/

    Virtual Goods is a model taking over cyber space

    http://techcrunch.com/2007/06/20/virtual-goods-the-next-big-business-model/

    If you know your business, leave a tip below for other entrepreneurs who may need some tips or motivation. If you need help with getting one designed, reach out to myself to schedule a coaching session or ask your coach to assist you with designing a surefire revenue generating Business Model. 

    Keep Rising, 

    ShaChena Gibbs



  • 06/30/2014 12:00 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    Home Based Business – Offline Marketing Strategies

    by ShaChena Gibbs

    The Internet has become the largest platform of communication; and has presented a lot of business opportunities across the globe. Online home based business owners tend to limit themselves to online marketing methods. Nevertheless, there is a huge potential to promote your home based business through some cost effective offline marketing strategies. Before the internet, major companies used offline marketing strategies to reach you and the rest of the world. It worked then and it still can work for you and your business.

    So what are the most effective offline marketing strategies for your home based business?

    1. Word of mouth in your circle of influence.

    Word of mouth is one of the best free advertising channels. We all have people we interact with on a daily basis, and these are potential customers. Make a list of all the people you know or interact with and how can you best tell them about your internet business. Every person knows about 10 more people you don’t know, even more. Be passionate about your internet business and always be prepared to tell someone about it when an opportunity to do so presents itself! Make a goal every day to tell at least 5 people about what you do in a conversation.

    2. Direct Mail of newsletters and flyers

    Mailing out newsletters or flyers can be effective if you target it to a specific 'group'. You could create one to distribute to local day care centers just as an example - and in your newsletter or flyer, highlight the benefits of an online business to the targeted group, for example earning extra money at home for moms or dads. Posting your home based business URL on bulletin boards can also be effective.

    3. Use and give away free branded ‘stuff’

    You can promote your business by having your URL on all your stationery, all written communication and other items you can give away for free. If you want to get a lot of people to know about your home based business, you will need to come up with some creative ways of promoting your URL. You can be limited only by your imagination. Have your business cards with your home based business URL. Give them out to people you meet, leave them every where you can, such as in your local coffee shop.

    4. Newspapers and magazines

    Local newspapers are good for advertising your online business. Most local papers have ‘home business opportunities’ section, so you run a regular classified advertisement. In addition, contact your local newspaper or business-oriented magazine and let the business editor know you have a new business and web site and what you offer. Local newspapers are frequently interested in featuring local business people and their accomplishments. This can be free or a fee advertising and should always be used. You can also contact your local magazine and offer to write a monthly or weekly guest column for them, and include your ‘author bio’ and home based business URL. 

    5. Joint ventures with offline business

    You can get into a joint venture partnership with an offline business which sells a complementary product or service to your home based business. If you can identify a partner that best fit your business, this is an important offline marketing strategy that can help you succeed in your home based business by enabling you to reach potential customers that you could not reach before. As an example, if you have a website selling fitness/health products or tips, you could prepare a leaflet and make a deal with an offline local fitness/health shop where they giveaway your leaflet to their shoppers with each purchase. In return you can put a link to their business website on your website or blog. You can even offer to do a write up on your blog reviewing their business.

    The offline marketing strategies outlined above can help you grow your home based business. I have used these strategies many times and they work well. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and promote your business offline!!

    For more tips for starting a successful home business checkout The CEO System | Building Business Mastery


    Keep Rising, 

    ShaChena Gibbs 


    ©Real Sisters Rising, LLC 2013 All Rights Reserved 

    Entrepreneur, mentor, and Small Business Educator, ShaChena Gibbs is helping women across the world with starting a successful business from home. ShaChena Gibbs is the Founder of Real Sisters Rising, LLC an award winning Women Business Association. http://www.realsistersrising.com 

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    Keep Rising, 

    ShaChena Gibbs 


    ©Real Sisters Rising, LLC 2013 All Rights Reserved 

    Entrepreneur, mentor, and Small Business Educator, ShaChena Gibbs is helping women across the world with starting a successful business from home. ShaChena Gibbs is the Founder of Real Sisters Rising, LLC an award winning Women Business Association. http://www.realsistersrising.com 

    CLICK COMMENT BELOW AND TELL US WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THIS ARTICLE. THANKS~

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    Keep Rising, 

    ShaChena Gibbs 


    ©Real Sisters Rising, LLC 2013 All Rights Reserved 

    Entrepreneur, mentor, and Small Business Educator, ShaChena Gibbs is helping women across the world with starting a successful business from home. ShaChena Gibbs is the Founder of Real Sisters Rising, LLC an award winning Women Business Association. http://www.realsistersrising.com 

    CLICK COMMENT BELOW AND TELL US WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THIS ARTICLE. THANKS~

    - See more at: http://realsistersrising.com/blog/2997966#sthash.mNERw5W7.dpuf

    Keep Rising, 

    ShaChena Gibbs 


    ©Real Sisters Rising, LLC 2013 All Rights Reserved 

    Entrepreneur, mentor, and Small Business Educator, ShaChena Gibbs is helping women across the world with starting a successful business from home. ShaChena Gibbs is the Founder of Real Sisters Rising, LLC an award winning Women Business Association. http://www.realsistersrising.com 

    CLICK COMMENT BELOW AND TELL US WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THIS ARTICLE. THANKS~

    - See more at: http://realsistersrising.com/blog/2997966#sthash.mNERw5W7.dpuf


    Keep Rising, 

    ShaChena Gibbs 


    ©Real Sisters Rising, LLC 2013 All Rights Reserved 

    Entrepreneur, mentor, and Small Business Educator, ShaChena Gibbs is helping women across the world with starting a successful business from home. ShaChena Gibbs is the Founder of Real Sisters Rising, LLC an award winning Women Business Association. http://www.realsistersrising.com 

    CLICK COMMENT BELOW AND TELL US WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THIS ARTICLE. THANKS~

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  • 06/01/2014 10:05 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    8 Mobile Apps for Busy Entrepreneurs

    by ShaChena Gibbs

    Running a successful business on the go could be really difficult if it wasn't for these amazing mobile apps that were created. When we are on the go our customers / clients still need and want our products / services. Our team needs to get our signatures or information from us. 

    Mobile Apps for BusinessWith so many productivity apps out there it could be a very difficult decision on which one you should use. My suggestion is to use the one that fits your lifestyle and that is easy for you to use. I'm a technical person, so something that is easy for me may not be as easy for you to use. Find the app that you are comfortable with so that you will actually use it. 

    Here are a few of my suggestions

    PayPal Here (free)
    PayPal Here offers you the option to collect payment on the go. You can accept Credit / Debit Cards, Cash, Generate Invoices, and Checks via your mobile device. Available on iPhone and Androids.
    www.paypal.com

    Ever Note (free and paid plans)
    Ever NoteEver Note can be use for many task that can help a busy entrepreneurs job easier while on the go. You can use Ever Note to record audio, take notes, clip articles, plan trips, communicate with your team, and so much more. Available on iPhone and Androids
    www.evernote.com

    Textgram (free)
    Textgram is an online / mobile tool to allow you to make beautiful pictures with text and share them on your social media platforms. Available on PC/Mac iPhone and Androids.
    www.textgram.me

    HelloSign (free)
    HelloSign offers a simple way to scan, edit and sign your documents on your mobile device. Whenever you need to sign a document while on the go, the HelloSign app saves you from the laborious process of printing, signing and scanning. All you need to do is import any PDF from your email or take a picture of the document you need to have signed. From there, you can create a signature with your finger, which looks just like an ink signature. Then via email, you can send the signed document to the desired recipient. This app is indispensable when you need to sign and complete important and timely documents such as consulting agreements, contracts and more. Available on iPhone and Androids www.hellosign.info

    Expensify (free)
    Expensify makes capturing receipts, tracking time or mileage, business travel and creating expense reports quick and easy. It has been acknowledged by the tech community as the best app for expense reporting. Expensify takes the time and paper out of your expense reports! Use Expensify to take a picture of your receipt, then select which report the expense goes on, and you’re done. SmartScan technology reads the receipt and creates the expense, eliminating any manual entry and saving you valuable time. Did you know the average salary for a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) is about $65,000? As a small business owner, you can use tools like Expensify so you don’t need an accountant on staff (it’s still good to consult an accountant regularly, though). Available on iPhone and Androids
    www.expensify.com

    Dropbox (free and paid plans)
    Dropbox offers secure content sharing. It makes it easy to access and edit your files, share content and stay connected with your team from anywhere on any device. Share important files with your staff, keep your presentation at your fingertips, comment on documents on the go and view updates to your spreadsheets instantly. Available on iPhone and Androids
    www.dropbox.com 

    HootSuite (free and paid plans)
    HootSuite enables you to schedule posts in advance to go to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+. You can plan out your posts for the day, week, or even month. Set it and forget it. HootSuite tracks engagement (how many people click on your links) so you can see what’s effective and what’s not. The mobile app is great for making spur-of-the-moment posts – you can post to multiple social networks at one time, so you don’t need to copy and paste the same content into three or four different apps to reach all of your social media network. Available on iPhone and Androids
    www.hootsuite.com

    PayByPhone Parking (free)
    If you do a lot of driving while traveling for your business, you’ll find PayByPhone is a big help. We’ve all found a great parking spot at a meter, only to realize we don’t have any change. Then you have to find another spot, or try to find change – either way, it’s a big hassle! With PayByPhone, you can use the app to pay by credit or debit card. It’s not available everywhere, but you can use it in over 50 cities in the US and Canada. Available on iPhone and Androids
    www.paybyphone.com

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    Keep Rising, 

    ShaChena Gibbs 


    ©Real Sisters Rising, LLC 2013 All Rights Reserved 

    Entrepreneur, mentor, and Small Business Educator, ShaChena Gibbs is helping women across the world with starting a successful business from home. ShaChena Gibbs is the Founder of Real Sisters Rising, LLC an award winning Women Business Association. http://www.realsistersrising.com 

    CLICK COMMENT BELOW AND TELL US WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THIS ARTICLE. THANKS~

    www.paypal.com

    Ever Note (free and paid plans)

    Ever Note can be use for many task that can help a busy entrepreneurs job easier while on the go. You can use Ever Note to record audio, take notes, clip articles, plan trips, communicate with your team, and so much more. Available on iPhone and Androids

    www.evernote.com

    Textgram (free)

    Textgram is an online / mobile tool to allow you to make beautiful pictures with text and share them on your social media platforms. Available on PC/Mac iPhone and Androids.

    www.textgram.me

    HelloSign (free)
    HelloSign offers a simple way to scan, edit and sign your documents on your mobile device. Whenever you need to sign a document while on the go, the HelloSign app saves you from the laborious process of printing, signing and scanning. All you need to do is import any PDF from your email or take a picture of the document you need to have signed. From there, you can create a signature with your finger, which looks just like an ink signature. Then via email, you can send the signed document to the desired recipient. This app is indispensable when you need to sign and complete important and timely documents such as consulting agreements, contracts and more. Available on iPhone and Androids www.hellosign.info

    Expensify (free)
    Expensify makes capturing receipts, tracking time or mileage, business travel and creating expense reports quick and easy. It has been acknowledged by the tech community as the best app for expense reporting. Expensify takes the time and paper out of your expense reports! Use Expensify to take a picture of your receipt, then select which report the expense goes on, and you’re done. SmartScan technology reads the receipt and creates the expense, eliminating any manual entry and saving you valuable time. Did you know the average salary for a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) is about $65,000? As a small business owner, you can use tools like Expensify so you don’t need an accountant on staff (it’s still good to consult an accountant regularly, though). Available on iPhone and Androids

    www.expensify.com

    Dropbox (free and paid plans)
    Dropbox offers secure content sharing. It makes it easy to access and edit your files, share content and stay connected with your team from anywhere on any device. Share important files with your staff, keep your presentation at your fingertips, comment on documents on the go and view updates to your spreadsheets instantly. Available on iPhone and Androids

    www.dropbox.com  https://db.tt/jLZzqIho

    HootSuite (free and paid plans)
    HootSuite enables you to schedule posts in advance to go to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+. You can plan out your posts for the day, week, or even month. Set it and forget it. HootSuite tracks engagement (how many people click on your links) so you can see what’s effective and what’s not. The mobile app is great for making spur-of-the-moment posts – you can post to multiple social networks at one time, so you don’t need to copy and paste the same content into three or four different apps to reach all of your social media network. Available on iPhone and Androids

    www.hootsuite.com

    PayByPhone Parking (free)
    If you do a lot of driving while traveling for your business, you’ll find PayByPhone is a big help. We’ve all found a great parking spot at a meter, only to realize we don’t have any change. Then you have to find another spot, or try to find change – either way, it’s a big hassle! With PayByPhone, you can use the app to pay by credit or debit card. It’s not available everywhere, but you can use it in over 50 cities in the US and Canada. Available on iPhone and Androids

    www.paybyphone.com

    http://realsistersrising.com/blog/1177698

    PayPal Here (free)

    PayPal Here offers you the option to collect payment on the go. You can accept Credit / Debit Cards, Cash, Generate Invoices, and Checks via your mobile device. Available on iPhone and Androids.

    www.paypal.com

    Ever Note (free and paid plans)

    Ever Note can be use for many task that can help a busy entrepreneurs job easier while on the go. You can use Ever Note to record audio, take notes, clip articles, plan trips, communicate with your team, and so much more. Available on iPhone and Androids

    www.evernote.com

    Textgram (free)

    Textgram is an online / mobile tool to allow you to make beautiful pictures with text and share them on your social media platforms. Available on PC/Mac iPhone and Androids.

    www.textgram.me

    HelloSign (free)
    HelloSign offers a simple way to scan, edit and sign your documents on your mobile device. Whenever you need to sign a document while on the go, the HelloSign app saves you from the laborious process of printing, signing and scanning. All you need to do is import any PDF from your email or take a picture of the document you need to have signed. From there, you can create a signature with your finger, which looks just like an ink signature. Then via email, you can send the signed document to the desired recipient. This app is indispensable when you need to sign and complete important and timely documents such as consulting agreements, contracts and more. Available on iPhone and Androids www.hellosign.info

    Expensify (free)
    Expensify makes capturing receipts, tracking time or mileage, business travel and creating expense reports quick and easy. It has been acknowledged by the tech community as the best app for expense reporting. Expensify takes the time and paper out of your expense reports! Use Expensify to take a picture of your receipt, then select which report the expense goes on, and you’re done. SmartScan technology reads the receipt and creates the expense, eliminating any manual entry and saving you valuable time. Did you know the average salary for a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) is about $65,000? As a small business owner, you can use tools like Expensify so you don’t need an accountant on staff (it’s still good to consult an accountant regularly, though). Available on iPhone and Androids

    www.expensify.com

    Dropbox (free and paid plans)
    Dropbox offers secure content sharing. It makes it easy to access and edit your files, share content and stay connected with your team from anywhere on any device. Share important files with your staff, keep your presentation at your fingertips, comment on documents on the go and view updates to your spreadsheets instantly. Available on iPhone and Androids

    www.dropbox.com  https://db.tt/jLZzqIho

    HootSuite (free and paid plans)
    HootSuite enables you to schedule posts in advance to go to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+. You can plan out your posts for the day, week, or even month. Set it and forget it. HootSuite tracks engagement (how many people click on your links) so you can see what’s effective and what’s not. The mobile app is great for making spur-of-the-moment posts – you can post to multiple social networks at one time, so you don’t need to copy and paste the same content into three or four different apps to reach all of your social media network. Available on iPhone and Androids

    www.hootsuite.com

    PayByPhone Parking (free)
    If you do a lot of driving while traveling for your business, you’ll find PayByPhone is a big help. We’ve all found a great parking spot at a meter, only to realize we don’t have any change. Then you have to find another spot, or try to find change – either way, it’s a big hassle! With PayByPhone, you can use the app to pay by credit or debit card. It’s not available everywhere, but you can use it in over 50 cities in the US and Canada. Available on iPhone and Androids

    www.paybyphone.com

    http://realsistersrising.com/blog/1177698

    PayPal Here (free)

    PayPal Here offers you the option to collect payment on the go. You can accept Credit / Debit Cards, Cash, Generate Invoices, and Checks via your mobile device. Available on iPhone and Androids.

    www.paypal.com

    Ever Note (free and paid plans)

    Ever Note can be use for many task that can help a busy entrepreneurs job easier while on the go. You can use Ever Note to record audio, take notes, clip articles, plan trips, communicate with your team, and so much more. Available on iPhone and Androids

    www.evernote.com

    Textgram (free)

    Textgram is an online / mobile tool to allow you to make beautiful pictures with text and share them on your social media platforms. Available on PC/Mac iPhone and Androids.

    www.textgram.me

    HelloSign (free)
    HelloSign offers a simple way to scan, edit and sign your documents on your mobile device. Whenever you need to sign a document while on the go, the HelloSign app saves you from the laborious process of printing, signing and scanning. All you need to do is import any PDF from your email or take a picture of the document you need to have signed. From there, you can create a signature with your finger, which looks just like an ink signature. Then via email, you can send the signed document to the desired recipient. This app is indispensable when you need to sign and complete important and timely documents such as consulting agreements, contracts and more. Available on iPhone and Androids www.hellosign.info

    Expensify (free)
    Expensify makes capturing receipts, tracking time or mileage, business travel and creating expense reports quick and easy. It has been acknowledged by the tech community as the best app for expense reporting. Expensify takes the time and paper out of your expense reports! Use Expensify to take a picture of your receipt, then select which report the expense goes on, and you’re done. SmartScan technology reads the receipt and creates the expense, eliminating any manual entry and saving you valuable time. Did you know the average salary for a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) is about $65,000? As a small business owner, you can use tools like Expensify so you don’t need an accountant on staff (it’s still good to consult an accountant regularly, though). Available on iPhone and Androids

    www.expensify.com

    Dropbox (free and paid plans)
    Dropbox offers secure content sharing. It makes it easy to access and edit your files, share content and stay connected with your team from anywhere on any device. Share important files with your staff, keep your presentation at your fingertips, comment on documents on the go and view updates to your spreadsheets instantly. Available on iPhone and Androids

    www.dropbox.com  https://db.tt/jLZzqIho

    HootSuite (free and paid plans)
    HootSuite enables you to schedule posts in advance to go to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+. You can plan out your posts for the day, week, or even month. Set it and forget it. HootSuite tracks engagement (how many people click on your links) so you can see what’s effective and what’s not. The mobile app is great for making spur-of-the-moment posts – you can post to multiple social networks at one time, so you don’t need to copy and paste the same content into three or four different apps to reach all of your social media network. Available on iPhone and Androids

    www.hootsuite.com

    PayByPhone Parking (free)
    If you do a lot of driving while traveling for your business, you’ll find PayByPhone is a big help. We’ve all found a great parking spot at a meter, only to realize we don’t have any change. Then you have to find another spot, or try to find change – either way, it’s a big hassle! With PayByPhone, you can use the app to pay by credit or debit card. It’s not available everywhere, but you can use it in over 50 cities in the US and Canada. Available on iPhone and Androids

    www.paybyphone.com

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  • 02/25/2014 8:36 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    10 Tips to Succeed in Your Legitimate Home Business

    By ShaChena Gibbs

    Virtually everyone would jump at the chance to start a legitimate home business so they could work at home and attain financial freedom. But not everyone has the necessary information or education to transform a home business opportunity into financial success. Here are ten tips that will help you achieve your personal and financial goals through running your own legitimate home business.

    1. Secure your start-up funds. Any successful business owner will tell you that you need to invest money in your business in order to make money. A home business is no exception. Expect to spend a maximum of $5,000 for a legitimate home business opportunity. If the opportunity is sound, you should be able to get back your initial investment within a matter of days or weeks, but you do need that initial investment. 

    2. Get high-speed Internet. If you don't already have a wifi/broadband Internet connection, you should have it installed. The best home business opportunities are Internet based, so you need reliable and speedy Internet access.

    3. Find the right opportunity. Like every other person, you have a unique set of strengths and weaknesses. Find a legitimate home business that draws on your strengths. If you aren't a salesperson, for example, stick with a home business that doesn't require you to make cold calls.

    4. Get support. Launching your own business can be a daunting process, so be sure that you have the support you need. Look to family members and friends for encouragement, and look to the company with which you affiliate to provide you with a sense of community.

    5. Take advantage of available resources. Unless you are a seasoned entrepreneur, you probably aren't aware of the minor details of running a business. The home business opportunity you choose should have a number of resources available to you, so take advantage of them. These resources might include a back office set-up, daily or weekly conference calls, and online tutorials.

    6. Key in on marketing. The success of any business, whether a brick-and-mortar store or an Internet-based business, is marketing. The bottom line is, if people don't know about your business, you'll never make a profit. Take full advantage of the marketing tools and advice that you're provided.

    7. Set up a wok schedule. The wonderful thing about being able to work at home is the flexibility that comes with it. However, setting your own work hours doesn't mean that you don't have to work. It's helpful - particularly when you're starting out, to schedule your work hours as though you were going in to a "regular job." In doing this, you'll ensure that you put in the time necessary to make your business succeed. You must commit to your business as you did/do to your job.

    8. Minimize any distractions. If you've never worked from home before, it's easy to divert your attention from the task at hand. While you're working, close the doors of your home office, turn down the ringer on your home phone, and vow not to check your personal email. Forget the laundry and the errands, and concentrate on your business. Make a special announcement to your family that you are busy working and you do not want any distractions.

    9. Keep good records. It may not seem important know, but come tax time, you'll need financial records of all of the expenses and income associated with your home business opportunity. Some people use a spreadsheet, while others use special accounting software. Either way, keep track of everything, and keep your receipts.

    10. Have fun! Having the knowledge that you're working toward your financial freedom while being able to work at home in a legitimate home business is incredibly rewarding. Always keep your goals in mind, and have fun creating a stable future for you and your family.

    To your success!


    Shachena GibbsEntrepreneur, mentor, and Small Business Educator, ShaChena Gibbs is helping women across the US with starting a successful business from home. ShaChena Gibbs is the Founder of Real Sisters Rising, LLC an award winning National Organization for Women Entrepreneurs. www.realsistersrising.com 

  • 02/18/2014 2:15 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)
    How Do You Run Your House and a Home Business?
    by ShaChena Gibbs

    A lot of people wonder whether a home based business is right for them or not. One reason many people never get started is that they Multi Tasking Mommado not believe they can run a home based business and a home and have a happy family at the same time. Running a successful home based business means that you should be able to be at home to take care of the things that you normally wouldn’t be able to take care of, while also earning money from your business. You are supposed to have balance when doing both. There are several potential pitfalls you should be aware of in order to run a successful home based business and home. There are several things that you can do to make this process much easier, and if you do it right, you should easily be able to run your home business as well as your home, with very little hassle.

    Creating Systems

    The first thing that you will need to do is create a system for your home business and to create a system for your home as well. When you work from home it is very easy to simply work for days at a time. Since your business is at home it can be open 24 hours a day, especially if you are online. You might be tempted to take on other projects or orders or to do more so that you can make even more money. However, if you don’t set limits for yourself, you’ll find that you aren’t able to run your home as well, at the same time.

    In order to avoid this problem, the first thing that you need to do is set realistic business hours. Look at the hours you want to work. Just like a regular office your home business should have office hours and hours when you are not available. It is simply too easy to work all of the time, even if you need the money. But keeping hours and making sure that you keep them regularly is a good way to make sure that you will also have time to run your home, as well as your home business. If you put some systems on automation, you can make money while you are not available to work hands on.

    Own Office

    The other thing that you have to remember is that you are going to want to be sure that you have your own office space for your home business that is different than your actual home. Even if you devote a corner of your kitchen or living room to your home business, there should be an area that is only fit for your business, which will make it much easier for you to keep the two things separated. If you can keep your home and your home business apart, you’ll have a much better chance of doing them both well.

    Family Time

    Spending time in your office area will let your family know that you are busy. However, the family will need time with you as well. Set aside time to do homework with the kids, have dinner prepared or be available to set at the dinner table with your family. When you are scheduling meetings, schedule time to go out with the family and create some new memories. This can all be overwhelming so also set aside time for you to unwind.

    To your success!


    Shachena GibbsEntrepreneur, mentor, and Small Business Educator, ShaChena Gibbs is helping women across the US with starting a successful business from home. ShaChena Gibbs is the Founder of Real Sisters Rising, LLC an award winning National Organization for Women Entrepreneurs. www.realsistersrising.com 

  • 01/14/2014 11:18 AM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)
    Simple Facebook Strategies
    by ShaChena Gibbs

    Are you new to Facebook Business Pages? or Need to update your current page? Great! Even if you been in business for many years and you have a business page already representing your brand on Facebook, you can always add to your page to give it a little facelift. 

    Just setting up a page is not enough. There are a few strategies I encourage you to implement to better serve your community. These steps will give your community easier access to finding what they are looking for to get to know more about your company/services and even you.

    Facebook Business PagesYour name or page title - Choose a name/title that tells what the page is about. Use your company name, your name, your target market (ex; Women Entrepreneurs, The Coaches Coach, or Work at Home Moms in NY) you can also use a title that represents what your product is (ex; Pre Paid Debit Cards, Schools Supplies, or $5 Accessories for Teens)

    About Section - Complete this area with a brief description about your business or self. In the 1st or 2nd line add your website url or the link to where you want your community to visit. This is so that it can be viewable and easier to access for those who are searching for it. If someone has to search for your information they may not or you may just loose their interest. 

    Engagement - Talk to your community, let them know you are real and you care about what they have to say. Ask questions to get their input on current products or services. Offer special discounts to loyal customers or clients. 

    Implement these few steps and you will begin to see some changes in Likes and engagement on your page. Just remember to communicate with your target audience, be consistent, and honest.



    ShaChena Gibbs
    CEO/Founder 
    Real Sisters Rising 
    Women Business Association

    Entrepreneur, mentor, and Small Business Educator, ShaChena Gibbs is helping women across the US with starting a successful business from home. ShaChena Gibbs is the Founder of Real Sisters Rising, LLC an award winning National Organization for Women Entrepreneurs. www.realsistersrising.com 

  • 12/30/2013 5:41 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)
    6 Steps to Starting a Successful Business
    by ShaChena Gibbs

    Are you ready to start a business? 
    Did you do the necessary steps to get started? or
    Did you start and just jumped right into it? 

    Don't worry you are into alone. Thousands of people start businesses every day and hundreds of them just jump right in and they miss a few steps too. Which is all good. 

    Start Your Own BusinessStarting off right can make things easier for you down the line. Now, if you didn't it's not too late to go back and fill in the blanks. The last thing you need is for a legal issue to happen and you have to pay fines or maybe if you need funding and it requires a certain document. If you have this document at the beginning then it will save you a lot of time later. You may not have to miss out on financial or media opportunities. 

    In The CEO System there are 6 Phase's. The CEO System was developed to assist entrepreneurs with proper business growth. 
    Phase 1 - The Non Paid Intern
    Phase 2 - The Paid Intern
    Phase 3 - The Entry Level CEO 
    Phase 4 - The Manager CEO
    Phase 5 - The Director CEO
    Phase 6 - The Master CEO 

    In this article I'm going to share some details from Phase 1 of The CEO System. The Non Paid Intern. 

    1. The Idea - Assess your strengths and your business idea and then put it all together. 

    2. Naming your business - Be creative and authentic. Think of something memorable that your customers will remember. 

    3. Knowing if there is a need for your product/service - Do your market research. Contact the Census Bureau, ask friends, even do online surveys. 

    4. Know your Niche Market - Know who you are marketing your services too. You may be able to serve everyone. However you need to market as if you are talking to just one ideal client. 

    5. Choosing a location - At the beginning you need to decide where will you be running your business. Will you work from home, a virtual office, a coffee shop, the library or you have enough funding to open a street location along with all the over head. 

    6. Get a Journal - While doing all of the above you want to journal about your journey, your failures and your successes. 

    To get the full version of Phase 1 The Non Paid CEO and all other Phases become a member of Real Sisters Rising Women Business Association www.realsistersrising.com

    Keep Rising you can do it! We believe in you and your visions. 

    ShaChena Gibbs
    CEO/Founder 
    Real Sisters Rising 
    Women Business Association

    Entrepreneur, mentor, and Small Business Educator, ShaChena Gibbs is helping women across the US with starting a successful business from home. ShaChena Gibbs is the Founder of Real Sisters Rising, LLC an award winning National Organization for Women Entrepreneurs. www.realsistersrising.com 
  • 12/02/2013 2:00 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    Women, Business, & Partnerships

    By ShaChena Gibbs

    Are you a women in business? Have you ever thought about joining forces with other women in business? What stopped you from moving forward? You are not alone. Many women are partnering for success. Why not you?

    Partnerships are designed to be a win/win situation. Both parties are supposed to be able to capitalize from the agreed partnership. Us women often let our emotions get in the way of success and that includes working with other women. It could be fear of reaching out to women who you believe are more successful than you are, or you “feel” she is not on your level. How about you just don’t like her style of dressing?! Not good.

    Set your emotions aside and think about it like a BOSS a CEO. Will this partnership increase sales or visibility? If you said Yes to any of the two, then go for it!


    Here are a few ways you can consider partnerships with a few great women in business:

    • Telesummits
    • Live events
    • Book Collaborations
    • Product Creations
    • Marketing

    These are just a few ways and simple ones at that. All you have to do is come up with a great win/win and then contact the women or woman you may be interested. Much success in your new partnership.  Oh wait, make sure all agreements are in black and white. Generate contracts or agreements and get them signed. 

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    Entrepreneur, mentor, and Small Business Educator, ShaChena Gibbs is helping women across the US with starting a successful business from home. ShaChena Gibbs is the Founder of Real Sisters Rising, LLC an award winning Women Business Association. http://www.realsistersrising.com

  • 10/05/2013 5:27 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    How to create your own Income Opportunities

    By Shachena Gibbs

    Are you ready for the holidays? Are you looking for extra cash to get the bills paid? Looking for more money to grow your business? You are not alone. There are many ways you can create additional income to your household.  This can be done without starting a new business. You just have to be creative and motivated.

    Think about how much money you need and also how can you create more in your business. If you have a service business or product you can create additional income. I am not sure what you have going on in your business currently, however I am going to share a few ideas that may be helpful in your financial growth.

    As you are working on these ideas, keep a journal so you can measure the results. You want to know if the strategies are working for you or a waste of time. You may just need to tweak a little.

    Strategy #1: Go Global

    Real Sisters Rising Goes GlobalOpen up your market to other countries online. Do some research to find out what you need to have done to make it happen.  Contact a Business Attorney for your specific business type.

    Strategy #2: Membership Programs

    A membership program can really help with your growth. Even Costco has a membership program. Joining a membership program for many people means additional discounts. Your membership program can be weekly, monthly, or yearly. Decide what you will offer your members for their money. It can be discounts, education, even sample products. Be creative.

    Strategy #3: Fundraisers

    Many organizations and companies run fundraisers to get money for a specific reason. If you decide to run a fundraiser, I recommend you to use your own brand to do so. Put your logo on some mugs or tshirts or both and sell them online, use a sign up flyer, or at a vendor’s event. The goal is to make more money and brand your company.

    Creating additional income opportunities are unlimited. Just be creative and motivated. Show excitement for your cause. You have to understand how much more you need and want. Know the structure of your business now and where you want it to be. Be prepared to ask for help. Your dreams can come true with a strong team.


    ~Entrepreneur, mentor, and Small Business Educator, ShaChena Gibbs is helping women across the US with starting a successful business from home. ShaChena Gibbs is the Founder of Real Sisters Rising, LLC an award winning National Organization for Women Entrepreneurs. http://www.realsistersrising.com 

  • 08/04/2013 5:14 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    How to position yourself as an expert.

    By ShaChena Gibbs

    Do you have a skill or talent that you would love teach? Are you afraid people will not respect you as an expert in your field? Are you wondering how to become a known expert in your related field?

    You are not alone. Positioning yourself as an expert is not hard at all especially if you are passionate about your craft. You may be already practicing your craft, however for FREE. Becoming a known expert can increase your visibility and income with these tips I am going to share below. The goal is be able and ready to step out and be seen and heard. If you are ready to go BIG…..continue reading.

    2013 is here and there are many new entrepreneurs and many entrepreneurs who are taking their business to the next level by creating products and services. Some have even began public speaking and joining new organizations. How are you going to increase your income and position yourself as the go to person in your field?

    First thing first….you must believe you are and expert and you are the BEST at what you do. There are many doing the same thing you do, you just have a different way of delivery. Go for it!

    Record yourself on audio

    Recording an audio of yourself teaching a lesson is as easy as picking up your phone and calling into a conference line and begin your lesson.  Once you have downloaded your recording to your PC, you can also download to a CD, design, and sell.

    Write a book

    A book is one of the best business cards you can have. It gives you creditability not only with your audience also with the media.

    Conduct a workshop

    Host a live workshop and have it recorded onto a DVD, design, and sell. You can purchase a flip cam or use a digital camera that has video enabled.

    Develop and eBook

    Ebooks are very very easy to do. You can begin writing and formatting in Microsoft Word and if you have 2007 or later version you may have the PDF plugin already or you can download a Free version at www.primopdf.comand easily convert your document to PDF. Now you can upload to your website and begin selling with a few other minor details.

    Speaking

    Begin speaking locally or on conference calls. You can speak for free or a fee. I prefer a fee.  Speakers are considered experts. Get out and let people know who you are and how you can help them become better with your assistance.

    Keep Rising,

    ShaChena Gibbs

    www.realsistersrising.com

    Entrepreneur, mentor, and Small Business Educator, ShaChena Gibbs is helping women across the US with starting a successful business from home. ShaChena Gibbs is the Founder of Real Sisters Rising, LLC an award winning National Organization for Women Entrepreneurs. http://www.realsistersrising.com


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