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  • 02/11/2013 6:00 AM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    Simple Systems to apply to your business

    By ShaChena Gibbs

    Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed with managing your business as a solopreneur?  You are not alone. NO one tells you how to run a business properly. We usually learn through trial and error. There are many resources online and off that tell you how to get started in your business. Not as many teach you how to run & manage the back office of your business.

    The back office means the tedious & not so tedious task you must perform Creating Systems to be able to service your clients/customers properly. There are many task from small to large we as entrepreneurs and business owners must perform to operate our empire smoothly.

    To keep from getting overwhelmed while growing a business solo, I encourage you to put systems in place at an early stage. However, if you haven’t already, then begin to do so immediately. You can create systems for the smallest task. Such as how you answer frequently asked questions.

    Here are 3 task that can get you started on creating your systems and also can assist with your time management by giving you more time to focus on the bigger day to day operations.

    • Be mindful of how you answer your phone during business hours. Create a script that can be duplicated later on when you decide to hire someone or if someone has to temporarily assist you. Practice this script each and every time you answer your phone. It’s like McDonald’s, each cashier ask every customer the same question with the same salutation. “Hello, Welcome to McDonald’s, May I take your order?” some even say their names. This is the system they put in place for all their McDonald’s globally. Create your Telephone script and remember answer the phone with a smile.
    • Checking your email can take up a lot of your time. I know I receive dozens of emails per hour. If I answer emails all business day, I will never get anything done. I learned a fantastic lesson from Timothy Ferris, author of The 4 hour work week. He suggested that we check out emails 2x per day if we must check out emails. I check my emails 11 am before lunch, because my lunch time is my time and I value my time. Then again at 4 pm before my work day is over. I also have an autoresponder for my people who email me letting them know the time I answer my email. This will let them know an estimated time frame they may hear back from me.
    • This is for the social media community. If you are using social media as much as I do, this tip will help you a whole lot. On Sunday’s I plan my week. I include all upcoming events and activities. My tips and motivational quotes are also included. Then I prepost them and schedule them in Hootsuite. And my Facebook Fan Page I also utilize the feature to pre schedule post. This is big time saver. However, you still want to engage with your community. Choose a time during the day or evening whichever is best for you, to respond to post.

    Spend some time today thinking about what systems you can put in place right away to begin running your business with less stress and more time to do what is more important.

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    Keep Rising,

    ShaChena Gibbs

    Shepreneur of Home Business Success

    © Real Sisters Rising, LLC 2013 All Rights Reserved

    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 National Organization for Women Entrepreneurs. http://www.realsistersrising.com


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    THANKS~

  • 01/11/2013 4:14 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    Business Tools that ROCK!

    By ShaChena Gibbs

    Using 3rd party business tools can help you with better time management and productivity, which will allow you more time to do the things you love.  You will have ability to run your business on the go, while you sleep, delegate, and so much more. There are many tools you can use that are unique for your professional and personal needs.

    Review some of the daily, weekly, or even monthly task you perform in your business life. Start by choosing the task you really don’t like to do. Then, decide if you want to hire someone to perform these tasks or would you want it to be automated (run alone). I know you may not be sure what sought of tools are out there for you, so here are a few I want to share.

    These tools and resources are very popular and have been proven to work if you work them. My suggestion is for you to learn and watch the videos of the tools you choose. You would want to use each tool to its full potential to make life much easier for you and your team.

    Fiverr.com – A great resource for delegating task and only paying $5 per project. www.fiverr.com

    Elance.com – Hire a freelancer to help grow your business and work on projects. www.elance.com

    Aweber.com – Begin building your mailing list. Auto responder, newsletters, and more. www.Aweber.com

    Skype.com – Download and use Skype to connect with business Skype | Video Chatpartners, team members, and anyone who you would love to see face to face via video. If you have a web cam this is a great tool. You can send messages, text, and also make calls without video. This tool also has a mobile app. www.skype.com


    Hootsuite.com – This is one of my favorite tools. Hootsuite allows me to schedule my social media post, view, like, and comment. I love this tool because of the convenience and the ability to engage on all my communities without login in and out of each one. www.hootsuite.com

    Evernote.com – This is a tool that is new for me. What I love aboutEvernote | Screen shots | Notes | Audio | Video this tool is the ability to take a snap shot of images, websites, and/or articles I have interest in. www.evernote.com

    Skylightit.com – Great for project management www.skylightit.com

    Google.com – Check out all the tools Google has to help you build your business. Such as Google Voice (Phone, text, and more.) Boomerang (schedule emails) Docs (create, save, and share documents, presentations and more.) Visit Google.com and check out all their business resources.

    Association Web Hosting | Wild ApricotWildapricot.com - Nonprofit and membership based web hosting. www.tinyurl.com/shagibbsgroupsites


    Startlogic.com - Affordable website hosting & domain names. Also includes Word Press add on. www.tinyurl.com/shagibbswebsites

    Although there are thousands of tools you can use for your business, I know these tools will be a great start for more productive days.

    We would love to here about your experience with the tools/resources you have chosen. Please visit us on Facebook and share with us which tool you signed up for and what was your experience. Like Us on Facebook~

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    Keep Rising,

    ShaChena Gibbs

    Mega Coach for Women

    © Real Sisters Rising, LLC 2013 All Rights Reserved

    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 National Organization for Women Entrepreneurs. http://www.realsistersrising.com


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  • 01/02/2013 10:58 AM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)
    Ask Coach Brandy is a Monthly Q & A for entrepreneurs seeking assistance with their business growth. If you have a question please submit to shachena.gibbs@gmail.com Subject: Ask Coach Brandy

    Dear Coach, 

    Q: I have read a few articles about ‘coaching’ and have a few friends that have hired a coach.  What can you tell me about the purpose and benefit of hiring a coach?

    Elizabeth, Boston, Massachusetts

    ADear Elizabeth,

    To answer your initial question, coaching is one of the leading tools that highly-effective, successful people use to create and sustain a life that is everything they want and need.  Through regular, coaching sessions via telephone, a coach supports, challenges, coaches and serves as a sounding board for his/her clients to identify priorities, align their values with their actions, develop effective strategies for attracting what they want and make progress towards major life goals at an accelerated pace.

    Even those who are at the top of their game have the potential to get better when they have someone focused on them, pointing out the things they cannot see, encouraging and challenging them to stretch beyond their comfort zone.  Individuals work with a coach because they are serious about their personal growth, maximizing their potential, and living the life they were born to live.  The difference between working alone and working with a coach is that a coach is trained to listen in a way that generates questions and options that will help you get to the core of your innermost values and desires quickly.  

    Here are some other reasons you may work with a coach:

    §  You want to expand or renew your vision for your career.

    §  You are ready to enrich your personal life or find more of a balance between it and your professional life.

    §  There is a dream that you have yet to bring to reality.

    §  There is a transition you have been wanting to make.

    What are the benefits?

    §  To decrease your stress level without compromising your success level

    §  To make deliberate, focused decisions and actions 
    (through our sessions together, your goals and desires become clear)

    §  To have more positive, productive energy 
    (when working with a coach, you are continually moving forward)

    §  To reach for more in life ... much more 
    (as your coach, I will help you create the space in your life to do so)

    §  To uncover your purpose and better use your natural gifts and talents

    §  To strategize and plan so that you attract what you want most in your life 


    A strategist and visionary, Brandy Adamson works with her clients to identify their purpose and authentic selves.  She also teaches her clients to monetize their authentic selves, resulting in living life by design, not by default.  Adamson develops customized, effective strategies for brand and product development. She is a public speaker who addresses the needs of her clients in the areas of empowerment, entrepreneurship, leadership and diversity.www.brandyadamson.com

  • 12/17/2012 5:22 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    Get the most out of your Facebook Group

    Do you have a group that you manage on Facebook? Does it seem a bit overwhelming at times? Do you know about the features of the groups that can help you better control your group activities?

    As we all know Facebook is frequently adding and taking away features. Some we like some we don’t however, we adjust to it any way and continue using this awesome community.

    Groups were developed so clubs and networks can create a community of like Facebook Groupsminded folks to engage in discussions more often than we do on our Fan Pages. Groups are supposed to be more familiar than pages. 

    Here are some of the great features of Facebook Groups for group administrators.

    • Banner or No Banner: You can create a Banner for your header with your group’s rules, logo, etc. or you can leave it without a banner and you will see pictures of active members.
    • You can Pin important post to stick to the top of the groups wall. I love this feature because, no one can post and the information gets pushed down lower on the wall. If a member visits the group, they will not miss this message.

    When you set up your group, there are a few other features that you may love. For instance, you can have your logo as a main image.

    • You can set up an email address for your group and that email address will also be your group’s web extension in its url.
    • Another group feature for me is the Message feature. You can begin a chat right from the group and you have the option of inviting the entire group or certain members. Even if the member is not online it will go into the inbox.  This is great if you have a special broadcast message to send out or you can schedule a weekly group chat.

    Have fun with your groups. Don’t misuse this feature on Facebook, depending on what you are using it for, it can an extremely useful tool for growing your network and business if done properly.

    Join our Facebook Group and join in our Weekly Business Discussions.


    © Real Sisters Rising, LLC 2012 All Rights Reserved

    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. http://www.realsistersrising.com


  • 11/08/2012 8:17 AM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    How to Create a Facebook Interest List


    How to Create a Facebook Interest ListIf you are a Facebook user you know the team at Facebook is always working up some new ideas. You wake up each morning asking yourself...What's new on Facebook today? You literally have to be prepared for something new each day or frequently.

    Not so long ago Facebook rolled out a new feature called Interest List. It's really easy to do, however many of my friends do not know about this feature. If you are a Page owner this is a very important feature for you to pay attention too.

    If your page is not listed in someone's interest list, it will not get soo much attention :(

    Ask your community to add your page to their Interest List so they can see your page's post on their walls.

    To the Real Sisters Rising community, please add us to your Interest List. You can choose to name your list anything you like. I have one for each Coaches, Media, Women Groups and even Money.

    Here are a few pictures to help you create your Interest List and don't forget to add Real Sisters Rising to one of your Interest List. We have great information to share with you that can help you grow your business.

    1. Step 1Go to page of your choice. Then hover your mouse over the word "Liked" or "Like" and click "Add to Interest List"

    If you do not have any, it will prompt you to create one.






     How to locate your interest list

    2. This is where you will locate your Interest List. On the lower right side of your Facebook Home page.



















    Don't forget to add us to your Interest List! Keep Rising *


    © Real Sisters Rising, LLC 2012 All Rights Reserved

    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. http://www.realsistersrising.com


  • 08/27/2012 2:00 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)
    7 List Building Strategies
    by ShaChena Gibbs

    Do you even know what list building is? Are you just starting out building your mailing list? Don't know where or how to start generating a list?

    List Building TipsBuilding a list of followers in business these days seem to be a must have. Everyone wants to know how many subscribers you have? Some will not work with you unless you have thousands of subscribers on your list.

    List Building means to invite your target audience to join your mailing list by opting into an email program. When they opt in, this means they are interested in knowing what you have to offer.  That is as simple as I can get.

    There are many ways to build your list. I mean it takes work and it's not hard. Either you can block out about an hour or less in your day to focus on list building or you can hire someone else to do it for you.

    Here are 7 List Building Strategies you can try today!
    1. When you are having a Free Online Event. Try Using your email auto responder to host the event, oppose to creating an Eventbrite or other like site. Have the guest Opt into the auto responder such as Aweber and once they sign up the event details will be emailed to them immediately.
    2. When you are hosting a free live event you can do the same as above for the Online Events.
    3. Add to your email auto responder. Say Thank You for Contacting. We would like to show you our appreciation and offer you this special gift, then include the direct link.
    4. Add "Join Our Mailing List and Receive a Special Gift" or similar to your email signature along with the direct link for easy sign ups.
    5. Create related post for Social Media and included the link for easy sign ups.
    6. Comment on other Blogs. When you comment leave your signature and include your Free Newsletter & Special Gift with the direct link.
    7. When you are commenting on Fan Pages for the first time, invite your new friends to get your Free Special Offer. Grow your list!

    Start working on building your list. There are many successful entrepreneurs who can not receive certain sponsorships unless they have well over 100,000 subscribers. Remember be creative and get to creating a list.

    If you are not on my list and would love to receive your Special Gift, join us now and get your copy of "10 Networking Strategies for Women Entrepreneurs


    © Real Sisters Rising, LLC 2012 All Rights Reserved

    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. http://www.realsistersrising.com

  • 08/03/2012 12:03 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)
    Extreme Marketing Explosion

    Real Sisters Rising Freebie Friday

    Inspired by List a Palooza, Pj Van Hulle

    Hey Superpreneurs, Let's have fun and grow our list...Together!

    Many of us have Irresistible Giv A Ways on our websites and we need subscribers to opt in...am I right?

    Well, if we work together we can achieve that goal. After all we all have the same goal?!

    Let's Get Started!

    Step 1: Click Comment below and tell us Who your Target market is. 

    My target market is women entrepreneurs, earning $35,000, in the east coast area, who seriously wants help in starting, growing, and running their business.


    Step 2: When you complete your comment, this is how you should leave your signature:

    ShaChena Gibbs

    The Mega Coach for Women

    Real Sisters Rising, LLC

    Get Your Free Report

    "10 Networking Strategies for Women"

    www.realsistersrising.com


    Step 3: Check out the Freebies of other Friday Freebie Commenters. Visit their blogs and leave insightful comments.

    By commenting on other peoples’ blogs:

    1. You are gaining exposure and visibility to people that read that blog post in the future.

    2. You help them improve their website ranking.

    3. You are also gaining more visibility for your website in the search engines.

    OK LET'S GET STARTED!!!! COMMENT BELOW!



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  • 07/25/2012 10:35 AM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    ShaChena Gibbs | Social Media Marketing

    Learn How to Master Your Social Media Marketing

    with ShaChena Gibbs

    On Saturday, August 11, 2012

    You will be learn many ways to enhance your Social Media Strategies such as....

    • Facebook Secrets every entrepreneur should know.
    • How to integrate your social media communities to save you time.
    • Leveraging your time on with Social Media with 3rd Party Sites.
    • How to measure your Rate of Engagement for more effective communication.
    • How to grow your Twitter Following and FAST!

    WomShaChena Gibbs | Extreme Marketing Explosion | Social Media Marketingen’s Empowerment Advocate & Social Media Maven, ShaChena Gibbs is the creator and founder of Real Sisters Rising's Networking Organization.

    Real Sisters Rising's National Networking Organization for Women Entrepreneurs is an association designed for new & mid level entrepreneurs who are seriously seeking assistance in professional growth.

    They support women entrepreneurs with business development, training and member to member support. ShaChena is a sought after speaker and networking guru.


    REGISTER TODAY!

  • 07/01/2012 7:16 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    “Discover the Hidden Gold in Your E-mail List”

    By PJ Van Hulle

    You’ve probably heard that, “the fortune is in the follow up,” but if you’re like most of the 1,000’s of entrepreneurs I’ve worked with over the last 11 years, your follow up systems leave something to be desired.

    Here’s why “the fortune is in the follow up,” and what that looks like… 

    According to my friend and online marketing expert, Vrinda Normand, in most niche markets, or the specific group of people you serve:

    3% are actively shopping for what you offer

    7% are aware and open to your services, but not looking

    30% are not aware of their problem or your solution

    30% may know you exist, but it’s not the right time

    30% are simply not a fit

    This means that if you’re not following up, you’re leaving behind the 67% of people that might be ready to sign up for your products or services down the road!

    When you follow up consistently, you will stay in front of these people.  Maybe they’re not ready now, but when they are ready, you’ll be at the top of their mind and therefore you’ll be the one they hire over someone that didn’t follow up.

    Imagine how much more money you could put in your pocket just by staying in touch with those 67% of people who may need you in the future.

    The easiest and most effective way to follow up and nurture those relationships is to build an e-mail list of clients and potential clients who have “opted in” and given you permission to send them e-mails.

    A good rule of thumb for monetizing your list is to shoot for $1 per subscriber, per month.  So if your goal is to generate $10,000 per month in income, focus on growing your e-mail list to 10,000 subscribers.

    With a profitable e-mail list you can:

    ● Fill your seminars and programs

    ● Attract more clients and sales

    ● Turn current clients into repeat clients

    ● Promote other peoples’ programs that you believe in and earn $1,000′s in affiliate commissions

    Building your list is like taking advantage of compound interest.  The sooner you start, the better.  And the longer you nurture your list, the more profitable it will be.

    To quantum leap your e-mail list to the next level, I recommend participating for FREE in the List-a-Palooza 90 Day List-Building Challenge.

  • 06/27/2012 8:05 AM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    Successful Secrets to Customer Retention

    By ShaChena Gibbs, Small Business Educator


    Retention BlogFor many business owners, getting the customer is really easy, some are born sales people. They may even be some kind of people magnet.

    However, do you have repeat business? Are your customers loyal to you? How do you keep your customers informed? Do you make your customers feel special, like their opinion counts?

    Customer Retention is a very key step to business growth. This is also an area many of us entrepreneurs seem to miss. We must pay close attention to our customers’ wants and needs.

    Knowing what works for your customers and what does not will assist you in the future planning of your business.  We must pay close attention to our customers. If you are having trouble in this area, try some or all of these tips I am sharing with you. I recommend you get a journal and take not of which idea works for your business and which does not.

    • Plan a Customer Appreciation Day/Night. Give a special discount on the most ordered product or service.
    • Order some awesome promotional items to give away.
    • Ask for customers opinions on new products on your Twitter or Facebook Fan Page.
    • Start a Customer Birthday Club. Send a really attractive card to your customer email or direct mail.
    • Post a picture of your most frequent customer on the wall or website.

    Remember the most important goal here is to keep in touch with your customers. Let them know you did not forget about them and they are the reason your company is still growing. There is nothing wrong with showing customer appreciation.

     


    © Real Sisters Rising, LLC 2012 All Rights Reserved

    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. http://www.realsistersrising.com



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