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12 Success Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs


12 Success Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

I was reading one of Entrepreneur's articles of 21 successful tips for young and aspiring entrepreneurs and wanted to give my thoughts on 12 of them. In business, your mindset plays a vital part to the amount of success you will have. This is a great starting point for anyone considering beginning  any type of business venture.

1. Challenge Yourself 

You may never know the great things you’re capable of if you never try. By challenging yourself you will get real world experience rather than theories of what is possible. 

2. Do Work You Care About

Steve Jobs noted that to be satisfied in your life, do work that you truly believe in. Having a passion for what you do will motivate you to put in the time to get things done regardless of circumstances.

3. Take The Risk

Not ever trying can be the worst kind of failure because you never truly know if something is possible until it is attempted. Failure is just a way to show you want you think is right is actually wrong and learning is a necessary requirement for growth in your life. 

4. Believe In Yourself

Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.” You’ve made accomplishments in the past , now keep moving forward to make some new ones.

5. Have A Vision

Your vision is the destination and your plan is the road map. Always keep your vision clear and follow the path that leads toward it and you will arrive at your destination even if having to take a few detours along the way..

6. Find Good People 

Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, noted that the fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be. Take a look at the people that you surround yourself with.

 Do they add to you are suck the life out of you. Those you spend time with should build you up and in turn get better from knowing you. Being surrounded by the wrong people will do neither.

7. Face Your Fears

The acronym for fear is False Evidence Appearing Real. The lessons that fear teaches is that the best way to overcome it is to confront it to get the facts. Learning how to drive can be scary at first, but by the time you get your driver’s license, the ability to drive changes your life.   

8. Take Action 

Walt Disney once said that the easiest way to get started is to quit talking and start doing. In order to become an expert at anything, you must first go through being an amateur. Take massive, imperfect action until you learn how to take smaller perfected action. 

9. Do The Time

Steve Jobs noted, “If you look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” Don’t ever judge your success by someone else’s time table. Having success is like running a marathon, not a sprint. In order to have a chance at winning you have to finish the race. 

 10. Build A Great Team

Business is a team sport. One person can build a house alone, but many people can build more houses, faster and with more combined years of experience. Learn how to surround yourself with the best and delegate tasks to others with more knowledge than you. Don’t try to be your own attorney, just hire the best and you’re covered.

11. Know Your Customer

Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy’s, cited knowing your customer as one of his three keys to success. It’s important to know the problem that your customers need solved in order for you to provide the best solution. Targeting a great product or service to the wrong audience is a recipe for disappointment. 

12. Deliver More Than Expected

Google's Larry Page encourages entrepreneurs to deliver more than customers expect. A business that provides a negative experience today is easily identified. Just read some reviews online. The flip side of having  instance access to how businesses treat their customers is by going the extra mile, word of great service gets around quickly.

Source: Entrepreneur           

Side Hustles to Make Extra Money

In this post, I will reveal five side hustles to make extra money from home with the potential to earn six figures. It doesn’t matter if you’re working a full time job or not, because you only need to dedicate a couple of hours each day to get started.  

Keep in mind that no matter the type of side hustle that you choose, each one will require work on your part and none of them are get rich quick strategies. I will start by listing them first and then will go over each one with separate blog posts.

What Are The 5 High Paying Side Hustles?  

1. Lead Generation For Local Businesses

2. Facebook Ads Manager

3. Amazon Children’s Book Publishing

4. Affiliate Marketing

5. Blogging

Let’s start things off with lead generation for local businesses. I recently dropped by a local pizza joint in my city that I’d heard good things about but never got around to visiting. I finally made the decision to drive down to the pizza restaurant to check it out only to discover it had gone out of business. 

I don’t know for sure why the restaurant was closed, but it’s a fact that many local businesses are struggling today. According to data from the U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics, around 20% of small businesses fail within their first year. The data also shows that after five years, another 50%  of businesses fail. After 10 years, the survival rate drops to about 35%.

The factors that cause many businesses to fail vary, but one thing that you can know for sure is that every business needs a constant source of customers to buy their products and services.

However, not every business needs your help, but many do. By providing lead generation services, you can provided needed assistance to many companies that are struggling to grow without your help.

How To Get Started

The first thing you need to do is pick a niche. It will make it easier for you to scale your business by picking one niche and becoming an expert in that niche rather than trying to generate leads for several different niches. Some niche ideas are plumbers, dentists, pest control, or lawyers to name a few.

Once you’ve decided on a niche, you can then pick a city that you want to work in. You don’t have to live in the city that you will be working in as you can do lead generation while working from home. Try to avoid large cities and look for small towns and cities with less competition.

How do you generate leads for a local business? 

The types of leads that you can generate for businesses are email addresses, phone numbers, and phone calls. We will focus on generating phone calls in this post.

Using Google paid ads is a fast way to generate calls for local businesses. When you sign up for a new Google Adwords account, Google will give you a $100 credit that you can use to get started generating leads. Then take those leads and give it to a business for free. The free leads prove your ability to generate leads to the business owner while providing instant credibility. 

Ranking YouTube videos on the first page of Google is also another method for generating phone calls. YouTube videos rank faster than websites and have a large thumbnail that stands out in the search results. Simply add a tracking phone number from a service like Twilio to the video description and forward the calls to the business. 

Google Pay Per Call Ads are similar to Pay Per Click, except you are sending calls to a business instead of clicks to a website. When it comes to generating phone calls, Pay Per Call is a better choice of the two because people may click on a website and not make a call.

You will still be charged for the click, but when a person makes a call from your Pay Per Call ad, you’re getting the desired result you wanted from the ad, which was a phone call to the business.  You can get cheaper calls by using Google pay per call ads. You can sell phone leads for $20, $60, $100, or more depending on the niche. 

Make sure that the business that you decide to work with has some type of online presence and are already spending money on advertising. If you don’t you will find it difficult to sell to a business that do not already have an advertising budget and doesn’t believe in spending money on advertising. 

How Do You Get Paid To Generate Leads?

You can charge the business on a per call basis. Let’s say that you send 50 calls per month to the business and charge $20 per call, you will have earned $1,000 for the calls. It’s important to remember that you get paid per call and not per sale. It’s up to the business to close the sale.

 It’s best to avoid businesses that have poor customer service or just don’t answer their phones. The way you find out is to call them yourself to see if they answer the phone and whether or not the person on the other line has good customer service.

Picking once niche and getting results for that niche comes into play once again when generating phone calls. When you create a successful call generating campaign in one city, all you need to do is duplicate that campaign in another city. This allows you to scale your business and income without having to start over again from scratch.

If you would like to learn more about how to generate calls to local business, be sure to attend the FREE online class and get your copy of the Google Pay Per Call Ads Cheatsheet: “How To Get Sales & Leads Cheaper Than Adwords”. 

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On my next post, we will move on to number two of five side hustles that can make you six figures working from home.

Until then, be blessed!

Work From Home Jobs Legitimate

7 Legit Work At Home Jobs

Here are a list of seven jobs that you can apply for to work from home. Some of the jobs do require a college degree and or experience and each are customer service positions. You can check them out below to see which ones you are qualified to work.  Links to the websites are below as well.

  1. American Express hires US based customer service agents to work from home . You must be able to work a minimum of 40 hours per week. The starting pay is $16 per hour but as you progress you can earn $28 up to per hour.  Click Here To Apply

  1. Brighten Communications contracts telemarketers based in U.S. and pays up to $18 per hour as independent contractors. A landline phone is required to carry all the business calls. Click Here To Apply

  1. Arise contracts work at home customer service agents in the U.S. Their pay can range from $10-$20 per hour and it depends on the client you are assigned to work with. Click Here To Apply

  1. Blue Zebra Appointment Setting hires appointment setters for cold calling and pays employees up to $25 per hour, depending on their level of expertise and experience.  Click Here To Apply

  1. Pleio hires workers who call patients and remind them to take their medications. The hiring process involves undergoing a screening, taking a test and doing a mock call. Pay is around $15-$20 per hour. Click Here To Apply

  1. Working Solutions offers diverse services including telemarketing, remote agents, and CRM solutions. Payment is per project and can reach up to $30 per hour. Successful applicants receive free training and can work from any location. Click Here To Apply

  1. NexRep hires customer service agents and sales representatives to take inbound and outbound calls. The pay is up to $25 per hour and based on commissioned. Click Here To Apply

Those are 7 legit jobs that you can work from home. Just keep in mind that working a job from home is not the only way or the best way to earn income while at home. If you've ever recommended anything such as a movie, a product or a restaurant, then you should consider affiliate marketing.

Affiliate Marketing is pretty much the same, only you get paid when people buy what you've recommended. Well know brands such as Wal-Mart, Amazon, and a host of companies large and small will pay you to tell others about their brand.  

If you would like to get a step by step plan on how to go from zero to an  super affiliate in 100 days, CLICK HERE.

Until the next time, Be Blessed...