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Today, I am going to take you behind the scenes and share twelve things you can do for success and happiness every day. Note, Disclaimer: I rarely do all 12 of these things. It is difficult to do one of these things every day! But I try, and that is what is important. Some are better than none and I always have a better day when I do some of these.

I created this list about a few months ago after my daughter was born. I do not have the quiet or alone time that I used to have. But I try to get as many of things as I can. The days that I get to as many of these habits as possible I am happier.

I know doing these things was part of what led to the success of our physical planner we recently released. If I had not been trying to do these things, I don’t think I would have been in the right place mentally to actually make that goal happen. So, I believe great daily habits are going to help you reach your goals.

Let’s start talking about the habits I try to do every day! 

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  1. Working out or stretching: Do something active every day. Ideally going to the gym, taking a class. I try to get it in before lunchtime these days with a newborn. 
  2. Read personal development book: Something positive and encouraging so I can learn something.
  3. Review goals: I review my annual goals so I know where I am headed. This will impact what I do that day and the ideas I have. My best ideas come while driving and while in the shower. Not working is when I have the best ideas. Reviewing my goals helps get those ideas flowing.
  4. Gratitude journal: Everyday I write down three things I am grateful for in my gratitude journal. When you’re grateful for the things you have, those things instantly increase. The more gratitude you feel, the happier you will be. Studies show people who practice gratitude have closer relationships, are more connected to family and friends and have people look upon them more favorably.  Even being thankful for your boss will give you more patience, understanding, compassion, and kindness. You will forget about the things you use to complain about them if you are thankful for them. I once had a very tough client in my previous corporate consulting job who was not nice to me AT ALL, but I was and still am SO THANKFUL to her for showing me how to handle difficult clients and situations with class. This is exactly why I make it a habit in my morning routine to write down three things I am grateful for each day. It just makes me happier and gives me a better outlook for the day.
  5. Affirmations: If you listen to last week’s podcast, you know how much I believe in affirmations. Repeating positive statements every single day. I’ve been doing this with my daughter lately and we’ve been saying, I choose to make today the best day of my life.
  6. Journal/write: write a blog post or write in my 5-year journals for my daughter memories of our days. This is another form of gratitude for myself and my writing my blog helps me help others and that makes me happy. Sometimes its just writing an Instagram post on my @annarunyan account. As long as I’m doing this daily I feel better.
  7. Drink water: Fill up four bottles of water in the fridge the night before and try to drink them throughout the day.
  8. Work on my top priority: I have three priorities every week so every day I try to do something that will help me complete that priority.
  9. Vitamins: Gotta take them!
  10. Meditation: Even if its 30 seconds of shutting my eyes. Quiet is really hard to find in my house!
  11. Green smoothie: Spinach every day!
  12. Devotional: Reading my bible or daily devotionals that I get sent to me every day. Habits make them easy for you.

Come follow my Instagram accounts, Classy Career Girl and Anna Runyan to see the behind the scenes of me doing these habits each and every day!

One last thing: Remember this. You can create your future! You are in control of your calendar, your day, your response to what happens in your life. You can make your dreams happen. I believe in you! Let’s make do it!

Have a great day and I’ll see you next time!

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Recently, we asked our audience where they struggle the most with Facebook. Here are some of the responses:

I feel like I don’t have anything to talk about that someone wants to hear. I want to get out of my own head and just do the darn things.(FB Lives)

I’m not used to promoting myself, and I need to do it… everywhere. I have a fear of putting something rock solid out there because then… It’s really OUT there. Haha.

I can’t figure out the algorithms

I don’t really want to have to keep up with it.

I have no Audience, no idea what to talk about, 1000 of other things to do (content), fear of being ridiculous, no aim.

Facebook ads…don’t want to waste my money. I’ve heard so many people get little ROI.

Getting people in a Facebook group! And how to get participation when there are only a few members.

Today, I’m going to dive into some of these frustrations and give you a jump start to help you utilize Facebook strategically so you don’t waste your time and money.

1. Facebook Ads

Many people are scared to lose money with Facebook Ads. Some people dive in way too early and don’t understand how to correctly use them. We wanted to break it down for you so you know when you are ready to use Facebook Advertising. 

You should consider using Facebook ads if:

  • You have a proven funnel in place and it is working organically to bring in sales without advertising.
    • Ex: blog to a strategy session to a sale
    • Ex: blog to a webinar to a sale
  • If you are getting closer to making enough income to support yourself full-time. You are confident in your future and excited about the opportunities that lay ahead and the difference you can make as a full-time entrepreneur.

     

Warning: Don’t advertise unless you know your sales funnel is working. Ads are for growing and scaling a sales funnel that already works.

We didn’t run Facebook ads until four years into growing our business. We started Facebook ads in 2014. We grew our business with courses and coaching organically from 2011-2014 and started advertising in 2014 so I could bring in leads while on maternity leave.

Ready for Facebook Ads? Go here: Check out our Facebook Ads Bootcamp.

2. Facebook Pages

How to know if you are ready to have a Facebook page:

  • You know what business you want to create and you are ready to create your business plan and conduct market research. You want to map out how to make your business grow quickly and successfully
  • You know your business name and who your target market is.
  • You know the content that your target market enjoys.

KEY: Stop promoting your “stuff” on your Facebook page. Start promoting other viral content your market will like, comment and tag their friends on.

Why a Facebook page is more important than your personal profile:
  1. You can’t advertise from your personal profile and it’s actually against FB rules to promote your business from your personal profile.
  2. Your friends and family are not your ideal customers. Maybe in the beginning, but not long term. You can’t build a business off friends and family alone, you need a larger reach. 
What content to post to post on your business profile page. 

Mindset: Facebook values conversations back and forth between people.

3. Facebook Groups

Here are two ways to grow your business Facebook groups for free. 

1. Join other groups 
  • Join other groups with your target market in it. Make sure you know the group rules and be a helper.
  • Interview opportunities. 
  • Shoutouts and tags from Group leaders.
  • New business opportunities and connect others.

The how:

Help others! Spend time commenting and answering people’s questions in the comments. It’s not about the posts and promotions (those get deleted). Instead, it’s helping people in the comments.

2. Start your own Facebook group. How to know you are ready for a FB group:
  • You have a lead magnet ready and a clear path for your members to follow. 
  • You know who your ideal clients are and have done market research. 
  • You have identified a problem that your Facebook group solves. Don’t be vague.

Create a community around your topic of ideal clients. Your community builds your know/like/trust with your audience.  You are a real person and people will start to trust you.

  • Invite people to join: Hi there friend! I just created a group all about (niche topic). I know you are as obsessed with (niche topic) as I am – can’t wait to talk all about it with you! Can I send you the link or just add you to the group??
  • Start conversations and get people to talk to each other.
  • Serve and help in your group.
  • Stay consistent. Schedule your content once per week (3-5 posts per week). Then, engage by spending 10 minutes per day in your group answering questions and comments about your posts.
  • FB groups build your list. Make sure each post has a link to a lead magnet.
  • If you are overwhelmed creating content, your audience is overwhelmed consuming it. Don’t just dump content out.
  • FB will start recommending your group if it is active.
  • Ask questions before someone joins.
  • Be yourself.
4. Facebook Live

I love using Facebook lives to connect with our audience. They are a lot of fun, and pretty easy to do. Here is what you need to do to get the most out of Facebook Lives!

Tech to use for Facebook lives: 

A final tip for getting the most out of Facebook Live: Set a regular time each week to host your live Q&A. Get questions from your group or surveys and answer those questions live! 

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We just finished our 2019 planning challenge here at CCG. It is incredible to see the clarity and relief that comes from doing the plan.

For a long time, I had no idea what tasks I needed to do, and it kept me stuck! One of those things that I really, really wanted to do was create a physical planner. I always wanted to get it out in the world. But I didn’t know the tasks I needed to do to get me there. 

Finally, I created a 90-day plan in October and it got done! I am doing this, I am committing to this. I am sick of dreaming of this, I want to make it happen. The first 30-day task was just to do research on HOW to create a physical planner. Start with an easy task, you don’t have to know all the step. 

First task: I emailed the shipper and asked for more info. That’s it! Is that hard? No! Did it get my dream started? YES! Then, I got some quick wins and it boosted my mood. It carried me through the tough times–and there were tough times. The designer created it and then my laptop would mess it up. The sizing was wrong. But, I believed it was possible and all the dominoes were starting to fall into place. I was motivated through the process.

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LEARN: Don’t feel like you need to know all the tasks that need to be done. Ask for help. Take one simple step. See the example above. Don’t feel like you need to know all the steps. 

COMMIT: Make a commitment and make it a priority. Keep it as an appointment on your calendar. A big goal, downloading the planner or buying the physical planner is only part of the process leading to your success. You have to take action.

Order your very own Classy Career Girl physical planner today. 

ACTION: Stop planning and start taking action. There’s a reason I wanted you to just do this in 5 days and spend 20 minutes on each section. Then GO! Start somewhere. You’ll do this again starting in April and it will change! It doesn’t have to be perfect. That’s why we have the annual experience where we ship your planners quarterly so you always know when to start again.

Stop dreaming. Start doing. Your plan actually doesn’t have to be that detailed. Start with the easiest task first. Just do one thing today.

Before we go, one last thing. you can create your future. This is your year. This is your time. Nothing is stopping you. You totally got this! Think of me as your personal cheerleader. I ‘m cheering you on!

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Instagram is our #1 focus in 2019. We’ve been using it for almost four years now and each year we’ve devoted more and more time to it. In 2019, with the ability to get so much engagement from our audience on our Instagram stories, we’ve decided to make it our social media focus for the year. We’ve had a lot of success with Instagram, especially over the last few months and we wanted to share our tips with you to help you have an excellent year with Instagram, too. Make sure you are following us on our @classycareergirl Instagram account so you can see how we are using Instagram in 2019. Here are the five things you need to know to have Instagram Success. We recommend breaking this down into five days to give yourself a five day Instagram Challenge.

1. PLAN YOUR TIME: We are kicking it off with the foundation of Instagram success, PLANNING YOUR TIME. You don’t want to waste time on social media. You want a plan and schedule, so you get results with the limited amount of time you have. You want a business that makes a difference in the world and we are going to use Instagram to do that. If you are stuck figuring out how and when to post, use these five tips: 1) Quality is better than quantity. Post on your profile less and your Instagram stories more. 2) Batch your content creation once per week and give yourself a short amount of time to do it quickly. 3) Scheduling systems like Planoly and Later can be really helpful. 4) Take the time you spend scrolling every day and start using that time for engaging with other accounts instead. 5) To save time each week, document what you are doing instead of creating brand new content. 2. PLAN YOUR BRAND: We are moving on to an essential part of growing a business–a great BRAND. If you are stuck figuring out how and when to post, here are five tips for when to post on Instagram: 1) Think of words that you want to communicate in your stories and pictures. Here’s a long list to get some ideas from James Clear.  2) Identify the different categories and topics your posts will be about. 3) What is your why? Watch Simon Sinek’s video on finding your why. 4) Think about what you would say to your followers if it was the last thing you could say on social media. What final message would you want to leave them with? 5) Find an Instagram Role Model. Not someone who makes you jealous, but someone who makes you feel good and that you would love to model (not copy) in your style, branding, posts, and photos. 3. PLAN YOUR BIO. It’s time to create an elevator pitch to attract your ideal clients and make them want to stalk you on Instagram. If you are stuck figuring out your bio, here are five tips to get you going: 1) If you were riding an elevator with your ideal client, what would you want them to know about who you are and what you do? It can only be a sentence or two. (That’s why they call it an elevator pitch!) 2) How can you connect with your ideal audience in your bio and let them know they are in the right place? 3) How do you serve others and why is it important? 4) What page on your website can you link to so you can continue to build trust and a relationship? Note: This is advanced if you are just getting started but something you want to start thinking about. We use www.linktr.ee to link to multiple URLs. 5) How can you use the NEW Instagram Stories Highlights feature to show the categories you talk about on your Instagram feed? (See @classycareergirl and @annarunyan for examples) This helps people see immediately what your page is all about. Note: This is advanced, so don’t worry about this one if you are just getting started. 4. PLAN YOUR CONTENT. It’s time to figure out what to actually post on Instagram. If you are stuck figuring out your content, I have five tips to help you figure out what to post on Instagram. 1) Is there a time in your life where you experienced what your audience is going through right now? How did it feel and what did you do? 2) Check out my social media writing prompts for questions to help you create your story. They are totally free and just what you need to get inspired. 3) Have you done a survey? What questions does your ideal audience have and how can you answer those questions and show your expertise on Instagram? 4) Do you like talking, writing, connecting or planning? Pick an Instagram feature that will work for you to create content! Writing: Post blog posts on your profile.
Talking: Do Instagram stories throughout the day and share what you are working on.
Planning: Plan out 10-minute how-to videos, record them, and post them on IGTV. (Learn more about using IGTV here)
Connecting: Host regular Instagram Lives and engage and answer questions from your audience. 5) Make a list of your favorite quotes and post them. Quotes get the most engagement on our @classycareergirl Instagram profile, and everyone needs a little positivity in their life. You can’t go wrong with quotes. 5. PLAN YOUR ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY. It’s finally time to figure out how to find more customers on Instagram. If you are stuck figuring out your strategy, here are two tips: 1)FIND: Are you spending as much time networking on Instagram as you are creating content? My favorite strategy is: -Go to an Instagram profile with a similar target audience to mine.
-Check out their latest posts and find the people who are commenting on their posts.
-Leave comments, ask questions, and start genuine conversations on their profiles. I also often go to similar accounts to mine and click the followers button. Then, I find people who look like they might be my ideal clients and start engaging! (Here are some more tips for getting more Instagram followers.) 2)ATTRACT: Are you using hashtags in all your posts? Using relevant hashtags in the first comment below your post will help other people find your profile. If you click the # button and start typing, it will allow you to see all the hashtags that are popular. I usually mix it up and choose different hashtags on all my posts depending on the topics I am talking about. Note: Want to learn how to go from Employee to Entrepreneur in 2019? Join me for my upcoming free webinar. Grab your spot here.

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Instagram is our #1 focus in 2019. We’ve been using it for almost 4 years now and each year we’ve devoted more and more time to it. In 2019, with the ability to get so much engagement from our audience on our Instagram stories, we’ve decided to make it our social media focus for the year. We’ve had a lot of success with Instagram especially over the last few months and we wanted to share our tips with you to help you have an awesome year with Instagram too. Make sure you are following us on our @classycareergirl Instagram account so you can see how we are using Instagram in 2019. Here are the 5 things you need to know to have Instagram Success. We recommend breaking this down into 5 days to give yourself a 5 day Instagram Challenge. 1. PLAN YOUR TIME: We are kicking it off with the foundation of Instagram success, PLANNING YOUR TIME. You don’t want to waste time on social media. You want a plan and schedule so you get results with the limited amount of time you have. You want a business that makes a difference in the world and we are going to use Instagram to do that. If you are stuck figuring out how and when to post, think about these 5 tips: 1) Quality is better than quantity. Post on your profile less and your Instagram stories more. 2) Batch your content creation once per week and give yourself a short amount of time to do it quickly. 3) Scheduling systems like Planoly and Later can be really helpful. 4) Take the time you spend scrolling everyday and start using that time for engaging with other accounts instead. 5) To save time each week, document what you are doing instead of creating brand new content. 2. PLAN YOUR BRAND: We are moving on to a very important thing you need to grow a business, a great BRAND. If you are stuck figuring out how and when to post, think about these 5 tips: 1) Think of words that you want to communicate in your stories and pictures. Here’s a long list to get some ideas: https://jamesclear.com/core-values 2) Identify the different categories and topics your posts will be about. 3) What is your why? Watch Simon Sinek’s video on finding you’re why. 4) Think about what you would say to your followers if it was the last thing you could say on social media. What final message would you want to leave them with? 5) Find a Instagram Role Model. Not one that makes you jealous but one that makes you feel good that you would love to model (not copy) in your style, branding, posts and photos. 3. PLAN YOUR BIO. It’s time to create an elevator pitch that attracts your ideal clients and makes them want to stalk you on Instagram. If you are stuck figuring out your bio, think about these 5 tips: 1) If you were riding an elevator with your ideal client, what would you want them to know about you before they get off on their floor in just a sentence or two? (That’s why they call it an elevator pitch!) 2) How can you connect with your ideal audience in your bio and let them know they are in the right place? 3) How do you serve others and why is it important? 4) What page on your website can you link to so you can continue to build trust and a relationship. Note: This is advanced if you are just getting started but something you want to start thinking about. We use https://www.linktr.ee to link to multiple URLs. 5) How can you use the NEW Instagram Stories Highlights feature to show the categories that you talk about on your Instagram feed? (See @classycareergirl and @annarunyan for examples) This helps people see immediately what your page is all about. Note: This is advanced so don’t worry about this one if you are just getting started. 4. PLAN YOUR CONTENT. It’s time to figure out what to actually post on Instagram. If you are stuck figuring out your content, think about these 5 tips: 1) Is there a time in your life where you felt what your audience is going through now? How did it feel and what did you do? 2) Check out the my social media writing prompts for questions to help you create your story. https://www.classycareergirl.com/socialmedia 3) Have you done a survey? What questions does your ideal audience have and how can you answer those questions and show your expertise on Instagram? 4) Do you like talking, writing, connecting or planning? Pick an Instagram feature that will work for you to create content!
Writing: Post blog posts on your profile.
Talking: Do Instagram stories throughout the day and share what you are working on.
Planning: Plan out 10 minute how-to videos, record them and post them on IGTV.
Connecting: Host regular Instagram Lives and engage and answer questions from your audience. 5) Make a list of your favorite quotes and post those. Quotes get the most engagement on our @classycareergirl Instagram profile and everyone needs a little positivity in their life. You can’t go wrong with quotes. 5. PLAN YOUR ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY. It’s finally time to figure out how to find more customers on Instagram. If you are stuck figuring out your strategy, think about these 2 tips: 1)FIND: Are you spending as much time networking on Instagram as you are creating content? My favorite strategy is: -Go to similar instagram profiles to mine.
-Check out their latest posts and find the people that are commenting on their posts.
-Leave comments, ask questions and start genuine conversations on their profiles. I also often go to similar accounts to mine and click the followers button. Then, I find people who look like they might be my ideal clients and start engaging! 2)ATTRACT: Are you using hashtags in all your posts? Using relevant hashtags in the first comment below your post will help other people find your profile. If you click the # button and start typing, it will allow you to see all the hashtags that are popular. I usually mix up my hashtags on all my posts depending on the content I am talking about. Note: Want to learn how to go from Employee to Entrepreneur in 2019? Join me for my upcoming free webinar. Grab your spot here.

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Happy New Year!! Hello, 2019!! Who is ready for an incredible year? Stick with me because this year I’ve got some amazing content to help you make your career and business dreams happen!

I love vision boards. I’m going to tell you all about it in this episode because I think it’s a huge opportunity for you. Thanks for hanging with me and let’s get started! Listen below or read on for a short recap of this weeks episode. 

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When you start planning, things come true. Sometimes things become even better than your vision board or your vision journal. Here is a step by step guide to creating a vision board or journal!

Step 1: Write down your goals, do the vision journal from the 90-day planner.

You want your vision board to be built around your goals, so the first step is to set those goals. Our free 90-day planner has you do this on page 4. You need to know the answers to these questions: What do you want to create in the future? What words and phrases represent your goal after you have achieved it? Why do you want to reach this goal? When you imagine completing your goal, what does your life look like?

Love beautiful planners? Get ready for the new year with our first physical planner! Get the Create Your Future Planner

Step 2: Decide on the type of vision board you want to create and make it.

There is more than one type of vision board. Most people think about cutting out pictures and putting them on a board, which is totally one type of vision board. Get a bunch of magazines and cut out words and pictures that represent where you want to be. You can also create a journal-notebook and cut things out index cards. Or you can use a secret Pinterest board.

Step 3: Look at it morning and night and all the time. Carry it with you.

Make it a habit to look at this. It’s important because when you are out there pursuing opportunities and when you are talking to people about who you are and what you want to create in your life. The more clear you are about this, the easier it’s going to be for the right people to find you. Use your vision board to make decisions.

Ask yourself, does this job, this opportunity, this client or whatever it looks like, fit on my vision board? Because if it doesn’t, then that’s probably a good indication that it’s going to take you in a direction other than the direction that you really want to go. This will help you decide what activities you need to say no to in your life.

You May Also Like These Classy Career Girl Podcast Episodes: The Top 5 Places Women Get Stuck and How to Get Unstuck How To Be Present and Find Focus in a Busy World

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There are a million things you could do in 2019 to grow your business. But what steps will actually make a difference? Today, I’ll break it down for you and share with you the seven focus areas that I recommend to make a noticeable difference in your business.

These are the seven focus areas of Corporate Rescue Plan PLUS (CRP+), my group coaching program with accountability and personalized business coaching from me.

Doors will open tomorrow at 8am EST about how to join CRP+.

Doors will be open until Wednesday, Jan 2nd at 8:59 PM Pacific / 11:59 PM Eastern. Add your name to the advance notification waitlist here.

1. Build Your Email List

Social media changes. The only thing you really have control is your website and your email list. You have to make building your list a priority.

LET’S PRETEND:

Visualize yourself taking a break for three months. You want to take a break, go on a trip, take care of a loved one or have a baby (in my case). You want to collect enough leads in those three months to come back and launch your new product/business/service. You don’t have to work so hard.

Set this up, and you can take those three months of growing your email list. Read #4 on this list of maternity leave tips.

IF YOU AREN’T BUILDING YOUR EMAIL LIST, STOP WHATEVER YOU ARE DOING AND SPEND ONE WEEK TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. Your business WILL grow as soon as you get this up and leads coming in.

2. Build Your Team

You can’t do everything, especially if you are still working a day job or have other priorities (family, etc.). You have to make delegating and doing work you love (and delegating the rest) a priority.

One of my first hires six months into having a blog was my virtual assistant, Lor. She helped me replace myself by giving her the work I couldn’t get done. When you are working a full-time job, you have to start delegating and outsourcing tasks you don’t have time to do. I would never be here today if I hadn’t started outsourcing early on to Lor.

3. Build Your Content
Your content will attract your ideal clients. It’s about quality over quantity and knowing what your messaging is first. There is so much noise right now. You need to stand out. You have to put more time and thought into making it great.

Why is this important? You want to elevate your brand above the rest. This will allow you to charge the prices you are worth.

In the beginning, it’s about getting that first post up. Just start somewhere. But, if you have a post up already, I want you to be more thoughtful about your next post. Maybe take a couple more minutes to make it great rather than ok.

BOOKS: I recommend all these if you are building a website EVEN IF you are working with a website designer. Don’t expect a designer to get your brand. Be prepared by doing the hard work first.

How to Style Your Brand

Brand Brilliance

StoryBrand

4. Build Your Systems

Make your life easier. Make your client’s life easier. Systems will pave the way for freedom, revenue, and happiness. We once tried to work with a Financial Planner. We wanted to hire her, but for months we went back and forth on details and little things like what our address was and what our financial goals were. We even had in-person meetings and many phone calls. After months, we were ready to move forward with a plan. We were sent documents to sign and the paperwork at our wrong address. We were very upset and told her that we would not move forward because her systems and processes were taking way too much time.

This is not what you want to do to your customers. You want to eliminate stress and overwhelm and guide them through the process of working with you with no headaches.

5. Build Your Recurring Revenue

Everything changes when you have consistent income every month that you can count on. This decreases stress and brings more clarity and fun. The reason that I was able to quit my job and have a steady income coming in each month is because I started to build my recurring revenue.

I could go to my husband and show him the numbers and say I’d be able to replace the income from my day job because my recurring revenue was growing each and every month. When you rely on big launches, one month your revenue may be huge, but the next month you might not make enough to pay your bills. This is why I always recommend building recurring revenue into your business model.

6. Build Your Fulfillment

We need to continually re-evaluate if we are happy in our businesses. Your business model might change. You might outgrow something. This is totally normal! Initially, I did a lot of individual coaching until I realized it didn’t excite me.

What I loved was building communities and leading a group of women to change their careers. So, instead of doing individual coaching packages, I moved to group coaching, online courses, and membership sites. Everything I do in my business I have to make sure I love doing. If I don’t, I change things up!

7. Build Your Freedom

Your business can allow you more time for your passions and more time for the people you love. You can control your calendar and what goes on it. What are some of your hobbies? What did you use to enjoy when you were younger? Think about what you haven’t had time to do in your busy schedule. Your business should give you the freedom to do what you love.

Now, in the beginning, you’ll be working your butt off and may not have time on your hands. But, just take one hour per week and do something you love. You are worth it and it will motivate you to work harder to create the funds and more time and freedom to do more things you love in the future.

In Corporate Rescue Plan PLUS, we focus on one of these 7 focus areas each month. That means by the end of 2019, you could have a profitable freedom-based business machine and be able to do what you love every single day.

Would you like to watch your business grow in 2019 or continue to be stressed and overwhelmed trying to figure out how to earn more money.

CRP+ is a small community for a reason. Each month I provide Q&A group coaching calls and hot seats and strategy sessions. My coaching program is designed so I can go deep with a small group of people.

I hope you’ll be able to join us tomorrow if this speaks to you.

Doors will open tomorrow at 8am EST about how to join Corporate Rescue Plan PLUS.

Doors will be open until Wednesday, Jan 2nd at 8:59 PM Pacific / 11:59 PM Eastern.

Another post you might love: 25 Ways To Make Extra Money 

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As the holidays are winding down and the new year is about to begin, I wanted to make sure I document some things that happened this year. I do this every year and this year was another huge year! Having another baby was a huge personal change that affected my life, my family and my business. I learned a ton and wanted to share what I’ve learned. I’ve also learned a ton as a CEO and managing people was probably one of the biggest growth areas for me this year.

Here are my biggest lessons learned in 2018: 1. Lessons Learned About Hiring Staff This year I learned that no employee will love my company as much as me.  As much of a bummer that is, because I love our mission so much, it’s just not possible. Employees don’t have to stick around and may not be with you forever. This year one of our contractors whom I trusted a lot, quit abruptly. I was shocked and had no idea how I was going to be able to handle it at the time since I had delegated so much to her. We had very little turnaround as we decided it was better to end things quicker rather than prolong them since this person had a huge impact on our community. Initially, I felt terrible. But, what I learned after giving myself some times to process it all was that it was completely my fault. I had given her a lot of new tasks because I thought she was able to handle them and was doing an excellent job. But, I never updated her job description so there was a huge lack of oversight and communication between us. Totally my fault. I learned big time that if there is an issue on my team, it’s usually my fault. I will not blame her or anyone else for things that go wrong. I may not like how it went down or give a recommendation but it’s always the manager’s fault when there is a clear lack of communication. And in this case there was. It truly was a bummer and one of the most stressful and frustrating times of 2018 especially since I was 20 weeks pregnant and planned to have her help with my maternity leave. But, by the end of the year, the rest of the team had completely absorbed that role in other ways and we got rid of a lot of tasks that didn’t need to be done at all so that I could have a 3 month maternity leave. We realized that the role wasn’t even needed. We had added a lot of work to our team and I had put a lot of management requirements on myself like extra calls and communication. Once that stopped, I was honestly relieved. I had to pick up a lot of her tasks but I had less to do. Sometimes, an employee can put a lot of pressure and extra assignments on you that you don’t even need. YOU DON’T NEED A BIG TEAM! Just because someone else has a team of 20 doesn’t mean you have to. Try to do more with less and cut tasks that aren’t needed. Find the BEST people for the job not just the people who are doing OK. And an even bigger lesson learned in 2018, sometimes employees don’t fit the brand you are trying to create. This was a big eye opener as I am working on a rebrand and website update in early 2019. What I want to communicate and HOW I want to communicate is not what we were doing when this employee was on our team. This is why hiring right is so important and if/when I hire again, I will be watching for so many more things to ensure I hire the right people who fit our brand and mission. 2. Lessons Learned About Growing Your Business Income and TAXES As you grow your business, your needs change. I am no longer running a hobby blog on the side of my day job. I am running a business that has grown to support my entire family. What this means is that the experts and contractors that I hired to help me with finances and accounting when I first started (and wasn’t making enough to survive) are not the same experts I should be using today unless they are growing with me. This year we got to tax time and had a tax bill that was thousands of dollars. Unplanned. Out of nowhere. Holy cow. First of all, if you have a tax bill it means you made a lot of money and this is a good thing! Except when you weren’t prepared for the bill like we weren’t. I’ll never forget getting the email from our CPA walking out of church and telling my husband. He immediately started thinking of ways to make extra cash on the side. We are usually pretty awesome at managing our money and our cash flow but we weren’t prepared with thousands of dollars on a rainy day to throw away on our taxes. After some evaluation, we were able to do some research and review of our available balances ourselves. Through that research, we found out that we were able to contribute to our retirement accounts instead of paying the IRS. Thank God! The lesson learned here is to make sure you have the right people supporting you as you grow and hire the people who will watch out for you. We had an incredible year and made a lot more money. We needed someone helping us to avoid a last minute tax bill that we weren’t prepared for. This year, we are working with a CPA who manages companies with multi-millions of dollars. Before the end of the year, we know what we need to do to avoid a last minute crisis and how much we need to set aside if needed. As you grow, celebrate that extra income. But also hire the right people so you know what to do with it. 3. Lessons Learned About What I Offer For many years I have put my attention and focus into creating affordable and quality online courses and membership sites. Overdelivering at every step and providing as much value as I possibly can is what I love to do. For this reason, my focus has been OFF of coaching and working one-one-one with people and even in group settings but this year I brought it back on a whim. My mentor, Stu McLaren, gave me a push and said heck yes people would love a higher level of your membership site. Why don’t you ask them if they would be interested first? So I did. I sent out an email to my Corporate Rescue Plan members in April and got over 25 responses from people interested in a group coaching program. We kicked off CRP PLUS in April and it’s been an incredible 8 months of diving deep with a smaller group of women and really help them grow their businesses. I love getting to know these ladies and seeing their progress since April is astounding and so exciting. We are kicking off 2019 with a new group of CRP PLUS members and for 48 hours on Jan 1-Jan 2nd 2019, I’ll be opening enrollment to the public. This happens only ONCE a year to the public so if you want to learn how to join my group coaching group for 2019, add your name and email to the waitlist here. What I learned is that I love going deep with a small group of people. I learned that I love group coaching and the energy that comes from getting the right group of women together that is encouraging and supportive. I still offer so many affordable ways to work with me but now there is something to strive for and work towards in our group coaching program. I am opening the door for these ladies to say yes to themselves and invest in getting extra support to create the businesses of their dreams. This is exactly what someone else did for me back in 2013 and my business TOOK OFF. Getting support and guidance changed everything for me and helped me turn a hobby into a real business. There’s only so much I could learn and figure out myself and there was a time when I had to take the leap and really invest in myself. I’d love to work with you in 2019. 4.Lessons Learned About Content Creation This year I had to make some tough decisions about content creation. Planning out a 3 month maternity leave made me really focus on what was important. Towards the beginning through mid year, we were pushing out a ton of content. We had guest contributors posting 2-3 times per week and I had a contractor helping me with coordinating the schedule, communicating with the writers and editing and publishing the articles. The good part about this was that we got a ton of content out there throughout the years and on weeks when I didn’t have time to publish a blog post, content was still going out! The bad news is that not all the posts fit our brand and style. While on maternity leave, we published an article that was not in our voice and did not fit our brand. I hated that I didn’t know what our brand guidelines were anymore and how to communicate this with our contractors and writers. A few weeks later our contractor who was posting the guest articles told me she had to take a break to focus on school work. I made the hard decision to say no to guest articles moving forward. Without her help and on maternity leave, I didn’t have the time to take on the work. And I wanted to start producing higher quality content myself when I returned from maternity leave. So for a few months, we had little content posted on the blog each week. But I was ok with that. I decided when I returned from maternity leave that we would focus on quality over quantity in everything we did online. Less blog posts but put way more time in making them great. Less podcasts. Less instagram posts. I would only put out content that i was 100% proud of. This has changed everything. I am now proud of everything we create and passionate and excited about our brand again and where we are headed in 2019. I started taking my own photos and planning out the creative part of our brand. I hired another contractor at the end of 2018 to help me create and plan out this high quality content and I’m excited about where this will take us in 2019. 5. Lessons Learned About Motherhood and Working My daughter is 5 months old and we are inseparable. My days are a mix of work and life. I read a quote by Richard Branson when he was asked how he maintains work-life balance. He said, “Work? Life? It’s all the same thing. I call it LIVING.”⠀ That’s how I feel. There’s no balance. It’s just my life. It’s two of my passions mixed together all day long. I don’t have a schedule. I don’t get that much work done each day. ⠀Definitely not getting as much done as I used to get done. But I get the few RIGHT things done each day. I don’t sit at a desk for 9 hours. I do a lot of catch up between 8-11pm. My morning work hours are long gone with Sienna waking up between 3-6am repeatedly. But it’s ok. I’m soaking up the cuddle time focusing on what does matter while still doing what I love here and there throughout the day. My biggest lesson learned about becoming a working mom again for the second time around is that I can’t do it all. I’m an achiever but I can’t achieve as much as I used to. Focusing on my tasks and priorities is the only way to reach my goals and dreams. I’m not answering emails (sorry). I’m not wasting time. That’s the only way that our planner got launched in December. After two years of thinking about it I finally said I’m making it happen. I didn’t have time. I had a newborn but I was determined. I made a list of just what needed to be done. And each day I kept taking 20 minutes to move myself a little closer to making my dream happen. And it did. A highlight of 2018 is launching our first physical product, The Create Your Future 90-Day Planner. When you achieve your goal you have been dreaming about for over 2 years, what can’t you do. Watch out 2019! Lesson learned: Don’t do it all! Stay hyper focused on planning out your priorities and only doing the most important things each week. I love sharing my lessons learned and do this each month with members of our group coaching program, Corporate Rescue Plan PLUS. If you are interested in learning more about joining me when we open for just 48 hours to the public on January 1st and 2nd, click here to add your name to the waitlist.

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