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  • 12/17/2014 12:04 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    7 Key Reasons Why Event Marketing Should Be Part of Your Marketing Strategy

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    When it comes to any corporate or company marketing strategy you should include plenty of social and professional industry events to the list. When you add these types of events into your marketing strategy, you are able to make contacts with many other professionals and it will help your company or business flourish.

    Event MarketingOne of the biggest reasons why you include events in your marketing strategy is the fact that you make so many contacts. When you make contacts you are able to find new channels and ways to expand your business, as well as, make your business grow by reaching new markets. You never know what you can gain from having new associates.

    Another type of event is Give Back events. Having events where you give back to the community shows the public that your company or business cares. This is a key point for businesses that are big in one area. They grow and find success in the community and should give back to the community. It gives the company more of a public edge.

    Also, you should think about your competition. When you host parties and such, you will find the opportunity to mix and mingle with the competition. You can get a feeling for their next move through what the others have to say. You will find that everyone talks about everything at corporate events and you find out a lot about what people think of you and the business.

    When you through a party or professional event, you can also introduce a new product. You may find that a professional event is the perfect time to show off your new investment or allow your guests to try out a new product. It's kind of like a testing, but an unofficial one. You can get an idea of how it would sell on the market by giving it to your guests. Then you can release it or forget about it depending on your guests.

    Here is a great reason why you should add social events in your marketing it’s to keep your company name in the papers and on the minds of the community. When you do this type of marketing it is called reminder advertising. You are keeping the company and the products of the company in the minds of those who are in your target market and community.

    You should also host social events so that the community and competition knows that your company is still in the good. If you can host huge social events for the company then it means that you must be making a profit, right? Well that's what people are going to think. You should keep this in mind when it comes to any social event.

    Also, companies should through events for the company just because it is a way to give back to the employees or your dream team. They work hard all year long and a party every now and then will be a great benefit to being an employee or on your team. It will also make the company look better in the public eye. The community would be more supportive knowing that the company gives back to the community.

    There are hundreds of reasons why a company should invest in their employees/team. The more active that the company is in the community and society, the more they are going to get supported if they ever wanted to expand. With give back, professional, and social events you not only gain the public's interest, but their support as well. That could be one of the most important reasons why you would want to host events.  Events have a lot of benefits for any corporate or company's marketing strategies. Planning an event can be time consuming, but it is worth it.

     

    Keep Rising,

    ShaChena Gibbs

    ShaChena Gibbs | Business Coach


    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

  • 12/10/2014 12:05 AM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    Easy Home Based Business – Offline Marketing Strategies

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    The Internet has become the largest platform for communication; and has presented many business opportunities. Online home based business owners tend to limit themselves to online marketing methods only. Nevertheless, there is a huge potential to promote your home based business through some free to low cost offline marketing strategies. So what are the most effective offline marketing strategies for your home based business success?

    1. Word of mouth marketing

    Word of mouth is one of the best free advertising strategies. 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 home business. Be passionate about your internet business and always be prepared to tell someone about it when an opportunity to do so presents itself!

    2. Mail out newsletters, flyers and postcards

    Mailing out newsletters, flyers and postcards can be effective if you target it to your niche market. 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 your online business to the targeted group, for example earning money at home for stay at home moms or dads. Posting your home based business website on bulletin boards can also be effective.

    3. Give away free branded ‘stuff’

    You can promote your business by having your website 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 website. You can be limited only by your imagination. Have your business cards with your home based business website. Give them out to people you meet, leave them about 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 is free 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 website.

    5. Joint ventures with offline businesses

    You can get into a joint venture partnership with an offline business which sells a complementary product or service to your home based business target market. 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 and by adding more value to your business services. 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.

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

     

    Keep Rising,

    ShaChena Gibbs

    ShaChena Gibbs, CEO Founder | Association Executive


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

    Entrepreneur, Educator and Association Executive, ShaChena Gibbs is helping women across the world with starting a successful business from home. ShaChena Gibbs is the Founder of Real Sisters Rising Women Business Association an award winning women's network. http://www.realsistersrising.com - See more at: http://realsistersrising.com/business-articles/3171501#sthash.CEldPoao.dpuf
    Entrepreneur, Educator and Association Executive, ShaChena Gibbs is helping women across the world with starting a successful business from home. ShaChena Gibbs is the Founder of Real Sisters Rising Women Business Association an award winning women's network. http://www.realsistersrising.com - See more at: http://realsistersrising.com/business-articles/3171501#sthash.CEldPoao.dpuf
    Entrepreneur, Educator and Association Executive, ShaChena Gibbs is helping women across the world with starting a successful business from home. ShaChena Gibbs is the Founder of Real Sisters Rising Women Business Association an award winning women's network. http://www.realsistersrising.com - See more at: http://realsistersrising.com/business-articles/3171501#sthash.CEldPoao.dpuf

  • 12/03/2014 10:43 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    Success In The Home Business Owner's Eyes

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    Success lies in the eye of the beholder. Or maybe that's just beauty. We all define success differently. Some define it according to a bottom dollar amount. Did the home business owner earn more than he spent? Some will define it according to time. Did the home business owner spend time with his kids this week? Did she log in a date with her mate? Some will define it simply according to relationships. Do his kids like him? Does his wife not want to kill him this week? Some may define it based on accomplishments. Did she reach her goals this week? Home business owners have found success in several arenas with some simple principles.

    Balance Work at Home and Family | #wahm #workfromhome #business #entrepreneurFirst and foremost, successful home business owners find a way to balance family and work. They remember why they started working from home in the first place. Few home business owners choose to work from home because they have lost their job and had no other choice but to open their own business and work from home. Just about anyone can get a job if he really wants to. Many home business owners typically begin to work from home for one or two reasons: to be their own boss and to spend time with their family. These home business owners find a way to both work hard and play hard. They take their business and family time seriously.

    Secondly, successful home business owners read. They educate themselves on business practices, money management, and even family life. Home business owners know they must read trade publications to stay ahead of their industry. They understand the value of seeking out wisdom in various arenas of life. Additionally, the successful home business owner knows that she will grow as a person and an entrepreneur when she applies whatever she learns to her business and family life. She studies those who have succeeded at what she wants she has interest in. She recognizes their habits, demeanor, and practices, and she mimics them with great detail all while make it her own.

    Finally, a successful home business owner manages her money.
    She understands the need to manage money both at home and in the home office. Before she spends her money on bills or desires, she first writes out a budget. She involves her family in the personal budget, and she involves her professional team in the business financial activities. She will show her family how they are spending money at home and receive their input on the budget. In the same way, she may involve her family in the business as well, hiring her kids as associates or minor labor, thus giving them the opportunity to learn about money management as well, with the first lesson being the correlation between hard work and money.

    Success truly does lie in the eye of the beholder. Some people might deem a woman who makes only $40K while spending the vast majority of her time at home a failure, and yet others deem her strong family relationship a success. Thus with this in mind, the home business owner must first of all define his concept of success, and then take the necessary steps to become successful in his own eyes. Lastly but not least, a smart and successful home business owner creates systems for their home and business that contributes to creating balance.

    Keep Rising,

    ShaChena Gibbs




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

  • 09/22/2014 1:57 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    Don't forget the Personal Touch

    by Cee Cee Caldwell Miller - NJ Member


    What has been one (1) marketing strategy that has helped your home business succeed?

    Cee Cee Caldwell Miller - Customer AppreciationFor me the one strategy that has helped me is : THE PERSONAL TOUCH. In the wake of the technology avalanche business owners rely so heavily on email, chat, text messaging, virtual assistants and systems just to name a few, which are all very much needed in building business and continued growth. However, I believe that The Personal Touch is critical to any business success. I feel that business owners hide behind their computers screen and stay submerged too long in cyberspace, that they forget to come up for air and connect with people who are buying their products or services.

    To me my clients/customers are the reason I started my business so therefore, I must make them a priority and let them know that I value their business.

    There are simple ways to stay in touch with customers/clients on a consistent basis:

    - Send a birthday card
    - Send a thank you note personally written by you
    - Give them a gift for being a VIP client/customer
    - Call them on the phone and make them feel special

    These are just some suggestions on how you can connect with your client/customer base. As a small business owner you must realize that you need to set your self apart from your competition especially the Big Shots. You do this my adding The Personal Touch and trust me it will mean a great deal to your clients/customers. They don't care how much you know, they want to know how much you care. Add meaning to their lives, solve a problem and provide value and you will have a LOYAL Client/Customer for Life.

    Cee Cee Caldwell-Miller - Holistic Practitioner
    http://www.thewellnessarchitect.info

  • 08/17/2014 2:24 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)
    How to create a Retention Strategy

    by ShaChena Gibbs

    Being is business isn’t just about getting a customer, selling him something and moving onto the next one. It’s all about making sure that your customers keep coming back to you … and spend more money!

    But how can you make sure that your customers stay customers for life? What strategies can you put into practice to keep bringing them back for more? A planned customer retention program is something every established small business should have in place. That sounds great, but what is a retention plan and what should it include?

    Do the Groundwork

    Cutomer Retention on Real Sisters Rising.comBefore starting a retention program, you need to understand where your business stands now as regards its retention track record. Ask yourself these 3 questions:

    1. Do you know how many customers you have lost in the last 12 months?

    2. If you do know how many, do you know why they stopped dealing with you?

    3. Have you ever quantified the impact these losses have had on your bottom line?

    Before you can put an effective retention plan in place, you have to answer these questions. They are the key to understanding and implementing an effective retention strategy. Let’s look at each of them in turn.

    How Many Have You Lost?

    It’s essential you know how many people stop doing business with you at any one time. Keep a database of all your frequent customers; how often they buy; what they buy and in what quantity. Every month review the information and see if you can spot any worrying trends. Has the average order value been declining over the last 3 months? Has one customer’s regular order dried up altogether? If someone orders a large range of items each month but suddenly stops purchasing one particular range, why?

    If you can’t track the customers you are loosing, how can you keep them or tempt them back?

    Why Have They Turned Their Back On You?

    Armed with the information on who’s deserting you, the fight back can start in earnest! There are sometimes very good reasons why business can dry up – the owner could have died, moved away, or closed down. Not a lot you can do about that! But what about more worrying reasons? Your product quality has gone down hill; the customer feels he is no longer getting value for money; your general service levels have declined. These are areas you have to know about, so you can get the business back on track.

    If you see a slippage in business and you can identify who is contributing to it, then pick up the phone and get talking! Find out what the problem is. If you can bring them back into the fold, then great but if it’s genuinely too late, then at least you have gathered some important knowledge about where the business is going wrong.

    What Has It Cost You?

    You may be thinking that the odd customer here and there is not going to have a major impact on your lifestyle. Think again! Remember, it’s not just one sale, it’s a lifetime of sales that you are loosing. Supposing a customer spends $1,000 per month with you. He walks away into the sunset and you never see him again. Imagine that he could have been doing business with you for the next 20 years – that’s $240,000!

    Interested now? Well you should be! Working out the financial impact of loosing just one customer can really bring home the impact on the business. This should get you into action and get you working on a retention plan.

    Your Retention Plan

    Having now convinced you that you need a Customer Retention Plan, what exactly should it include?

    1. Have a system in place which allows you to answer all the questions we have just reviewed. Understand what is going on in the business, so you can identify and put matters right. Make sure you know who you lost, why you lost them and how much it has and will cost you

    2. Get your staff together on a regular basis and remind them of the importance of retaining your customers. If you don’t get them on board then you have no hope

    3. During your staff meetings hold brainstorming sessions so everyone can come up with ideas on how to hold onto your customers

    4. Implement the good ideas and measure the results so you know what is working and what is not

    A good retention plan can be just as effective as a good marketing plan; they achieve the same results – a contribution to profit. So, sit down and have a think about the steps you can put in place to keep your customers.

    I saw a sign in shop one day, it said, “It’s not how many come in, it’s how many come back that’s important.” Doesn’t that say it all!

     

    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 Women Business Association. http://www.realsistersrising.com

  • 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 

    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~

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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

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    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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    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 



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