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Wouldn’t it be amazing to enter the month of April without panicking because you don’t have anything scheduled for your blog?

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The month goes way too fast. It can be incredibly frustrating when you feel behind because time creeps up on us busy bodies so quickly!

It seems like every month I used to panic on the last couple of days because next months calendar was completely blank and I would either tell myself/convince myself that I had time or I would try the “plan as you go” method...which never worked. For me anyway.


Having the next 30 days planned for your business is simply glorious. And guess what? I challenge you to do it with me. Wanna?

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5 Mistakes Everyone Makes When They Have an Email List

Everyone covets that big email list.

But, everyone doesn’t seem to know that list building is something that needs attention daily. If you’re in the online business space, that seems to be all you hear and see too, “Build your list!” Build your list! Build your list!”

It starts to be white noise after a while, but don’t let that happen. Cause...it’s pretty important. Why? Because this is how you build and nurture relationships with your readers. And well nourished readers who feel like they get great value from you will eventually feel like they could be a customer of yours. That’s a pretty big deal. Right? Right.

Having an email list is just like a relationship. You don’t take someone out on a date and then shortly after you sit down for dinner ask them to marry you? Same as an email list. You wouldn’t welcome a new subscriber with a link to a sales page (unless they specifically asked for it) would you? That’s just bad manners now.

So, before you start thinking that you’re doing everything right, yet nothing seems to be working, take a look at these 5 mistakes you may be making with your list:

  • You don’t have the right mindset
  • You don’t provide any value to your readers
  • You don’t feel connected to what they need from you
  • You have a one way relationship with your readers
  • You’re afraid of unsubscribes so you stay away from emailing after the initial opt-in

LET’S BREAK THESE DOWN.

You don’t have the right mindset: are you a positive thinker? Do you wake up feeling excited about your business and it’s huge potential? Do you truly believe that you are doing this for a REASON?

If you’re a bit wishy washy on these questions then here are some suggestions:

  • Find a like-minded group online (there’s a Facebook group for everyone)
  • READ! Nothing inspires me to do my best and do what I feel I am meant to do more than reading. Suggested books:

YOU ARE A BAD ASS

BIG MAGIC

MAKE IT HAPPEN

You don’t provide any value to your readers: think about your friendships. Do you call or text them with random bits of information about yourself and never ask how things are going with them or if they need anything from you?

You’d be kind of a crappy friend if you did that. Think of the people who start every single sentence with the word, “I.” They’re very one sided and they basically have no interest in what you have to say or what you’re doing. Don’t be that person.

It can be very easy to fall in the cracks because it’s hard to come up with ways to provide value to an existing list. Or is it? Here are some ideas that you can use to nurture the lovely people that are on your list:

  • Books they would be interested in or find helpful
  • Links to articles they would find help helpful or entertaining
  • Find a sale on something that’s really popular with your readers? Share it!

See how each of these things literally have nothing to do with you? But you’re still feeding that connection with positivity and your readers will not only appreciate you even more, but they will look forward to the next treat from you.

You don’t feel connected to what they need from you: so, tell me. What is the biggest reason people have decided to sign up for your list? Do you have a really popular opt-in or newsletter? Why did people initially sign up to be with you?

And when is the last time you’ve checked in with them? Do you struggle with trying to think of things to give to your readers? How about this crazy concept? Ask them. Ooooo! I know.

And you don’t need some annoying survey or fancy questionnaire either. Yup. I said it. You just have to ask. Set up a broadcast or campaign (depending where you do business) and send a plain text email that says:

Hey there!
I hope you’re having an awesome day! I just wanted to write and ask you how things are going. I’d love to know and look forward to hearing from you!
Lindsay

--You have my permission to copy this and use it for your email list--

Sending them something super simple makes it look personal. Keeping it short tells them that this is all you want to know and there’s nothing in it for you. No links, no images. Nothing. Just ask.

You have a one way relationship with your readers: this one falls in with not providing anything of value to your readers. Actually it kind of wraps all of these together into one. So, to reiterate, your relationship must be a two-way street. You’re not just in it for the emails and the subscribes. You’re in it for the responses to your emails (yes, that totally happens), you’re in it for that special connection to your audience, and you’re in it to do what you are here to do. Help people. That mindset thing is making an appearance again! Funny how things work.

You’re afraid of unsubscribes so you stay away from emailing after the initial opt-in: this is probably the biggest bummer of all. Unsubscribes. Let me tell you this. When you send an email to your list telling them about a group of books you would recommend you will get unsubscribes. It’s part of the game. And once you get your head in the right spot these will no longer bother you.

All that’s happening with unsubscribes is you are just creating a more concentrated group of people that are closer together and hold that strong bond with your business. That’s all. Who care’s that Suzy Q. didn’t like your email. She probably wasn’t going to buy from you anyway. It’s not you, it’s her. You weren’t right together and that’s just fine and dandy.

I HAVE SOMETHING SUPER AWESOME FOR ALL OF YOU LIST BUILDERS OUT THERE. MY BRAND NEW LIST BUILDING STARTER KIT IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR FREE!

If you need to get started or clear the cobwebs from your list then sign on up!

Create a Passive Income and Grow Your Etsy Business With Amy Braswell

On today's episode of Self-Made and Savvy I chat with Amy Braswell about working from home with kids, Etsy, passive income, how to create up-sells in your shop, and collaboration with other brands.

A wanderer at heart, Amy at PaperFinch Design creates inspirational and geographic art and gift products in order to help people tell their story. She wants to help people illustrate and find the inspiration in their own journey – where they're going, where they've been, or their favorite life motto.

Amy fully believes that life is a daring adventure and wants to help you celebrate yours. 

Listed as one of the top 100 art sellers on Etsy, Amy has been featured on websites like People, Good Housekeeping, Fodor's, and Kohls. She just launched a mini travel blog on Instagram and offers one-on-one consulting to help you scale your business to it's fullest potential.

Email:
amy@paperfinch.com

Links: 
www.paperfinch.com (relaunching in Spring 2017)
www.paperfinchdesign.etsy.com
www.paperfinchdigital.etsy.com (Digital downloads for inspirational quotes)

Social Media:
Instagram - @paperfinchdesign
Facebook - @paperfinchdesign
Pinterest - @paperfinchamy
Twitter - @paperfinchamy

How to find inspiration while flying solo blog: http://paperfinch.com/blogs/news
 

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Delegate and Explode Your Business With Dusti Arab

You can listen to it on iTunes: , Stitcher, or click on the player down below. 

On today's episode I chat with Dusti Arab, who is the CEO of thinkCHARM, a content marketing agency for mission-driven coaches and creatives.

She's the author of several books, including her most recent, Stop Working So F****** Much: How to do less, delegate, and get more done.

A mother of two, she currently lives in Portland, OR, and is working on her next book, a memoir on divorce, dating, and making our own dreams come true.

Visit Dusti's Site: www.thinkcharm.com/

Find Dusti's Book on Amazon

 

How to Grow Your Online Shop With Rebecca Clements

Self-Made and Savvy

On this episode I visit with Rebecaa Clements. Rebecca Clements has started and grown two eCommerce businesses all while working a full-time, corporate job. She recently sold both of her businesses and quit her 9 to 5 all in the span of a month giving her the freedom to concentrate on helping others start and grow their own online shops through her eCommerce marketing consultancy, Bex Creative.

You can listen to it on iTunes: , Stitcher, or click on the player down below. 

When she’s not working, she enjoys traveling, working out, caramel lattes and spending time with her two pups, Jack and Summer.

Download her free 7 day course on How to Start Your Own Online Shop

How to Live a Vibrant Lifestyle with Miriam Popp

Self-Made and Savvy

On this episode of Self-Made and Savvy I visit with Miriam Popp. Miriam Popp is a Serenity Coach who helps overworked, overstressed women on a mission find inner peace, abundance, balance and direction. From stress management coaching to empowering women to take bold
action in their lives, Miriam is there to throw a little glitter around on your journey to greatness. After her first experience with a life coach, Miriam knew she needed to share the goodness with her fellow ladies. Her mission is to empower thousands of women to go after the life of their dreams confidently and boldly.

You can listen to it on iTunes: , Stitcher, or click on the player down below.

If you’re ready to get clear about your next steps to creating your dream life come check out Vibrant Lifestyle Coaching at www.VibrantLC.com. While you’re there, take a look at Miriam’s special gift for you at: http://bit.ly/2cI6wJO!

You can keep up with Miriam at:
www.instagram.com/itsmiriampopp

Always remember you are beyond worthy of all your dreams. When you believe in your worth, every limiting thought and belief doesn’t have the power to hold you back.

How To Become BFF's With Your Finances With Andi Smiles

Self-Made and Savvy

On today's episode with I chat with Andi Smiles. Andi Smiles is a professional bookkeeper and small business financial consultant with a passion for helping small business owners develop a transparent and loving relationship with their finances. She believes that when we create a healthy friendship with our finances, we can engage with our business, and clients, from a more authentic and empowered place.

You can listen to it on iTunes: , Stitcher, Google Play, or click on the player down below. 

She writes about all things solopreneur finance at her blog, the BFF course and is on a mission to take the shame and self-judgment out of managing business finances.


You can also get daily financial tips by following her on Instagram or by joining her free Facebook Group, Boss Babes Business Finance.

Links:
the BFF course blog- www.bffcourse.com
Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/bffcourse/
Boss Babes Business Finance (my free Facebook group) https://www.facebook.com/groups/bossbabesfinance/
Free 6-day email course- www.badassfinance.com

How a Food Enthusiast Brought All of Her Passions Together to Create a Business with Anastasia Sharova

Self-Made and Savvy

On today's episode I visit with Anastasia Sharova. Anastasia is the founder of Happy Bellyfish - an online marketplace for cooking classes, food and wine tours, tastings, culinary vacations and nutrition courses.

You can listen to it on iTunes: , Stitcher, or click on the player down below. 


Happy Bellyfish was born out of love and respect for food, cultures, environment and happy bellies. There are numerous talented chefs, local producers, farmers and nutrition experts who possess unique cooking skills and knowledge of their cuisines. Finding them and reaching out, however, isn’t always simple – even in your own city!

Happy Bellyfish makes it easy and convenient to learn about food and cooking from cuisines all around the world. It connects foodies with experts and promotes food as a learning medium about ourselves: our bodies, our cultures and our environment.

Anastasia’s connection with healthy food and traditional diets comes from her family. Since her childhood, discussions about nutrition, regional produce and traditional foods were a usual affair at the dining table. She grew up in Russia, surrounded by diverse foods from nearby regions and her family garden, and she saw how eating habits of entire generations were changing over time.

Despite that, she’d never thought that food would become the core of her future company and would bring all her passions together. Her entire life she’s been led by curiosity, not getting convinced by the idea that only a focus on one professional path is possible. Educated as an international lawyer, she went to study and work abroad, and switched her careers from a development aid professional, to a self-taught marketing and product manager and finally to an internet entrepreneur.

While traveling and researching, she realized that the way we produce and consume food impacts not only our individual health, but our cultures, our environment, and our future. Eventually, her personal beliefs, work experience, passion for travel and education came together and the idea of Happy Bellyfish was born.

Currently, Anastasia is based with her family in Germany, where she is building her company and runs occasional food events together with her husband, an Indian hobby chef and IT Consultant.

Visit Happy Bellyfish here: https://happybellyfish.com

Happy Bellyfish Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/happybellyfish/

Happy Bellyfish Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/happybellyfish/

Follow Anastasia on her personal blog Happily Globalized: http://www.happilyglobalized.com/

How to Create Effective Copy with Rachel Allen

Self-Made and Savvy

On today's episode I visit with Rachel Allen. Rachel Allen is the founder of Bolt from the Blue Copywriting, which helps small and brave business owners like you shake up the world one industry at a time with devastatingly incisive copy and content that gets right to the heart of who you are and makes your readers’ synapses sparkle.

You can listen to it on iTunes: , Stitcher, or click on the player down below. 

Want to find out why your content isn't converting? Rachel's got a short, easy quiz that will tell you exactly what you need to focus on to get your content converting and make it really work as an asset for your business.
http://www.boltfromthebluecopywriting.com/the-quiz

Recommended Blog Posts:
http://www.boltfromthebluecopywriting.com/blog/want-to-be-a-better-writer-forget-about-finding-your-voice-and

http://www.boltfromthebluecopywriting.com/blog/why-you-should-kill-your-client-avatar

http://www.boltfromthebluecopywriting.com/blog/the-aesthetic-of-authenticity-is-killing-the-smallbiz-space


Rachel's Links:

Site link: http://www.boltfromthebluecopywriting.com
Twitter profile: https://twitter.com/rcallenwriter
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/boltfromthebluecopywriting
Link to Words that Work: https://gumroad.com/l/wordsthatwork

Learn to Love Email With Nicole Murphy

Self-Made and Savvy

On today's episode I speak with Nicole Murphy, from Learn to Love Email, who shares her knowledge and skills she acquired as a professional Email Marketer in the corporate world and how she helps small business owners and entrepreneurs learn how to incorporate email marketing into their business.

You can listen to it on iTunes: , Stitcher, or click on the player down below. 

Nicole Murphy is an entrepreneur, blogger and Email Marketing expert. For the past 4 years, Nicole has worked as a professional Email Marketer in the corporate world but earlier this year decided to start her own business and pursue entrepreneurship. She started her business, Learn To Love Email, as a way to take all of her email marketing expertise and use it to help other small business owners and entrepreneurs learn how to incorporate email marketing into their own businesses.

You can find Nicole:

Website: www.learntoloveemail.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/learntoloveemail
Facebook: www.facebook.com/learntoloveemail
Twitter: www.twitter.com/learn2loveemail
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/learn2loveemail

 

Find and Follow Your Calling with Laura C. Cannon

Self-Made and Savvy

On this episode of Self-Made and Savvy I visit with Laura C. Cannon, the author of The Conscious Entrepreneur. Laura describes herself as a Conscious Creator, Light Shiner, Proud Mama, and Rich Hippie AND also a Entrepreneur, Speaker, Coach and Author.

You can listen to it on iTunes: , Stitcher, or click on the player down below.

At age 19 she experienced a series of life-changing events that catalyzed profound spiritual awakening in her life. She spent the 15 years that followed studying in various spiritual disciplines and travelled the world studying with shamans and curanderas in South America and Mexico. She became a yoga teacher and meditation instructor and even in her busy schedule she still teaches meditation and yoga weekly.

But what makes Laura so interesting is that while she definitely has the "spiritual hippie head in the clouds vibe" she is actually completely a feet on the ground type of gal.
She started her first business at 19 and she is a true serial entrepreneur. She owns one of the largest and most successful wedding officiant companies in the United States, along with several other businesses. She is a professional public speaker and author. Her book, The Conscious Entrepreneur: A Guide to Maximizing Your Potential for Success, Freedom, and Happiness was released this summer and is currently available on Amazon.

After spending the last nearly two decades mastering the art of "doing what you love" she now helps others to do the same. As a coach, Laura supports people who have big dreams but struggle with manifesting them in reality AND those who have achieved a lot of real world practical success but still feel like a connection to something deeper is missing. She acts as a bridge to help others get to exactly where they need to be. 

Offer for listeners: 

Free Workbook and Video to help "Find and Follow Your Calling in 7 simple steps"

http://lauraccannon.com/offers/

Website:

http://lauraccannon.com

To Purchase the Book:

http://consciousentrepreneurbook.com 

Socials:

http://www.instagram.com/lauraccannon

http://www.facebook.com/lauraconsciouscannon

Email: info@lauraccannon.com 

 

Building a Business with Your Life Experiences

Self-Made and Savvy

You can listen to it on iTunes: , Stitcher, or click on the player down below.

On this episode of Self-Made and Savvy I visit with Dominique De'Vizia who is the founder of DE'VIZIA & CO. She talks to me about how she created her business with her own life experience.

You can find more about Dominique by visiting http://www.dandcmediation.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deviziamediation/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deviziaandco/

Increase Your Books Visibility With Angela J. Ford

Self-Made and Savvy

You can listen to the show on iTunes: , Stitcher, or click on the player down below.

On this episode of Self-Made and Savvy I visit with Angela J. Ford who is the author of The Four Worlds Series and a Book Launch Strategist. She’s passionate about helping authors and bloggers do more work they love by helping them with book marketing. You’re most likely to find her with her nose in a book and a cup of coffee in hand.  

You can find Angela at:

http://www.angelajford.com/

You can find all of Angel's books on Amazon.

Six Figure Writing Secrets with Laura Pennington

Self-Made and Savvy

Listen to the twelfth episode of Self-Made and Savvy! You can listen to it on iTunes: , Stitcher, or click on the player down below. Thanks again for listening and be sure to subscribe. 

On this episode I talk to Laura Pennington. Laura Pennington burned out as a 7th grade teacher and decided to pursue entrepreneurship. What started off as a $150 writing job turned into a six-figure business in just 18 months. She now teaches others how to build at-home careers that are freeing and flexible with coaching, blogs, and online courses.

Twitter/Instagram @sixfigurewriter
Websites: www.sixfigurewritingsecrets.com and www.yourwaytova.com
FB: www.facebook.com/laurapenningtoninternational

 


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How to Float Your Business as a Solopreneur During a Crisis with Brittney Rossie

Self-Made and Savvy

On this episode of Self-Made and Savvy I visit with Brittney Rossie. She started out as a digital nomad while working and traveling internationally and she actually launched her business while abroad in Central America!

She’s a self-taught designer and began teaching herself online marketing for her and her husbands international work when she realized she could help others with these topics.

You can listen to it on iTunes: , Stitcher, or click on the player down below. 
 

A little fun fact about her: She’s obsessed with personality assessments.

So, it only makes sense to share that, in addition to being a business strategist and digital designer, she’s an INTJ (Myers-Briggs).

(Introverts, unite!)

Basically, finding simpler solutions and creating beautiful and intuitive systems is her jam.

You can find Brittney:

https://www.brittneyrossie.com/

To join her free email course go to:  brittneyrossie.com/basecamp and the Facebook community is facebook.com/groups/business-basecamp-trailmates .

And here is the link to Brittney's favorite Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1754831591420374/

Thanks again for listening and be sure to subscribe. 
See you next time! 
 

Time Management for Mompreneurs with Laureen Oliphant

Self-Made and Savvy

Listen to the tenth episode of Self-Made and Savvy! You can listen to it on iTunes: , Stitcher, or click on the player down below. Thanks again for listening and be sure to subscribe. 

On this episode I discuss time management for mompreneurs with Laureen Oliphant.

Laureen Oliphant is a time management and business strategist for mompreneurs. She helps them have less overwhelm and more abundance by fixing their relationship with time. She believes that without time management, no amount of courses, money, or skills will help you succeed in the way you truly desire. She believes moms can have it all and helps them figure out how. She is the author of the upcoming book, 6 Figure Mama. Links: Grab your free chapter from the book here.



Link to Free chapter: http://www.laureenoliphant.com/6-figure-mama-free-chapter
 

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BIZyMamas/ A community of mompreneurs that gathered to share tips and tools to enhance their time management and businesses. These time management hacks helps women in their roles as moms, spouses, friends, and business owners.

Instagram: @laureenoliphant


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Social Media: Stop the Time Suck

Self-Made and Savvy

Listen to the ninth episode of Self-Made and Savvy! You can listen to it on iTunes: , Stitcher, or click on the player down below. 

On this episode I talk to Leona Martin, a Social Media Coach Tech Geek, and Business Designer.

Social Media is one of the quickest growing and most powerful marketing opportunities for businesses. It's no longer just about finding friends on Facebook or tweeting every second of the day to tell about what's happening – it impacts every aspect of your organization. With this we find ourselves spending way too much time on these Social Media platforms. How can you time manage your Social Media time?

Join me at this roundtable session where we will go over various ways to time manage your social media.

3 walk a ways:
1) Ways to time manage yourself
2) 4 time savings systems you can use now - just pick one and go
3) Hacks to better expand your social media posts

You can find Leona at http://leonamartin.com and on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/LeonaMartinSocialMediaMaven

Thanks again for listening and be sure to subscribe. 
See you next time! 
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How to Build Your Email List When You're Just Starting Out

On this episode I talk about how to build your email list when you're just starting out. No bells and whistles required! Don't be intimidated to start your online business because you are afraid of all of the expenses that come along with it. There are ways to simplify and it's okay to do that! All that's important is that you just get started and you will grow and add on from there!

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