Five Signs Of A Legitimate Home Business Opportunity

Are you actively seeking out a legitimate home business opportunity? If so, you’re probably concerned about avoiding those options that are not on the “up and up”. Here, we’ve compiled the top five signs of a legitimate home business opportunity to help you weed out the good from the bad. #5: References are Readily Available Any legitimate home business opportunity that you explore should be able to provide you with references from other franchisees or owners. Without such contacts, it would be quite difficult (if not impossible) for you to gauge what working with the business will be like. Always ask for a list of at least five references; a legitimate home business opportunity won’t hesitate to comply. And make sure to follow-up with each person, asking pertinent questions about the organization and writing down each answer. #4: Every Aspect of Ownership is Spelled Out If you’re unclear about any aspect of the company, then you might not be working with a le…
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Featurd Podcast – Overcoming Mediocrity

Overcoming Mediocrity with Christie Ruffino is this week's featured podcast Overcoming Mediocrity is a podcast for success-driven women who want to empower their thoughts, design their dream businesses, and build beautiful lives that are aligned with their destinies—hosted by Bestselling Author and Business Strategist Christie Ruffino. This show is for every woman on the edge of change who’s ready to rise up, overcome mediocrity, reinvent herself, elevate her thinking, and transform her life. Each episode features today's top influencers and entrepreneurs on the rise as they share empowering stories and ninja tips meant to become the FUEL that will ignite a positive change in YOUR life and the lives of others. Our guests didn’t simply coast through life, they didn't let difficult situations stop them; they set big goals, kept their eyes on the prize and they’re joining us today to share insider secrets and valuable resources you can use RIGHT NOW to step into your power and …
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Featured Podcast – Athena Wellness Podcast

Today's featured podcast is Athena Wellness Podcast - Reclaiming Our Warrior Spirit with Kathy Robinson Take a seat around the community fire and listen to stories that inspire with host Kathy Robinson, author of The Athena Principles, Simple Wellness Practices for Overworked Professionals. Reclaim your Warrior Spirit, rekindle your passion and explore your mind, body and spirit in a safe, uplifting space. Once a successful corporate executive, Kathy followed her own passion and built a business including wellness and business coaching, women’s writing and meditation circles, speaking, blogging and podcasting. A passionate wellness enthusiast, Kathy shares how her biggest transformations have been born out of the still point – the quiet, soulful place that houses our essence and inner wisdom. Join the Athena Wellness Tribe – a kind, energetic group who believe their best years are ahead. The podcast format is a mix of solo shows, interviews and engagement with listeners like…
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Featured Podcast – Soul-Sourced Business

Soul-Sourced Business with Kristine Kane is this week's featured podcast Unconventional business advice for the highly creative, secretly sensitive, wildly ambitious entrepreneur. Recent episodes include: Planning Session for Your Year Ahead The external pressure to be the best possible version of yourself, to slay bad habits, to perform, implement and “crush it” (did I just say that?) can be overwhelming - especially as a new year rolls closer. The remedy to this never-ending spiral of despair is to slow down and get present. To help you do that, I’ll walk you through a mini coaching session today. And together, we’ll cover some key questions to help you gain clarity, direction, and self-acceptance. Planning Session for Your Year Ahead The external pressure to be the best possible version of yourself, to slay bad habits, to perform, implement and “crush it” (did I just say that?) can be overwhelming - especially as a new year rolls closer. The remedy to this never-ending…
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ARE YOU YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY?

Obstacles. Hurdles. Barriers. Roadblocks. These are all common sights along the road to achievement. If you have ever worked towards a goal that most people would label as “unrealistic”, then you have undoubtedly faced one challenge after another. In fact, when you reach the point where you feel like giving up, that is usually when things get even tougher. Believe it or not, these external obstacles are actually the easy part. They are obvious. We can examine them and devise a plan to work through them or around them. For example, if you want to start a business but lack the funding, there are a variety of tangible action steps you can take to resolve your funding issues. The real barriers to success are the internal roadblocks. This is where it gets difficult. This is where you battle your own self doubts, worries and feelings of unworthiness. You may have the best work ethic in the world. You may have the strictest discipline and self control. But if your mind is …
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How to Build a Team of “A” Players

You really can’t do it all alone. No small business becomes a big business with a single person at the wheel. It takes a team of experts to scale your efforts. The problem is, building that team brings its own stress. How can you know who to trust? Where will you find the time to train? What if you can’t afford to outsource? These and other questions are what prevent entrepreneurs just like you from turning a good business idea into a 6- or even 7-figure empire. Here’s what to do about it. Know Your Personal Work Style & Preferences Not everyone works in a similar style. Some people love to touch base by phone, while others prefer email. Some people require lots of direction and step-by-step guidance, others work better when they can figure it out on their own. No way is right or wrong, but if you’re a phone person and you hire an email lover, there’s going to be conflict. Look for team members who are a fit with your preferred work style, and you’ll be…
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Featured Podcast – Overcoming Mediocrity

Overcoming Mediocrity with Christie Ruffino is today's featured podcast

Overcoming Mediocrity is a podcast for success-driven women who want to empower their thoughts, design their dream businesses, and build beautiful lives that are aligned with their destinies—hosted by Bestselling Author and Business Strategist Christie Ruffino. This show is for every woman on the edge of change who’s ready to rise up, overcome mediocrity, reinvent herself, elevate her thinking, and transform her life.

Each episode features today's top influencers and entrepreneurs on the rise as they share empowering stories and ninja tips meant to become the FUEL that will ignite a positive change in YOUR life and the lives of others.

Our guests didn’t simply coast through life, they didn't let difficult situations stop them; they set big goals, kept their eyes on the prize and they’re joining us tod…

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Featured Podcast – The Drop in CEO

Inspire your team. Elevate your people. Transform your organization from within. The most common problem business leaders face is being able to identify a problem before it ripples into the entire organization. As the Drop in CEO I help businesses get to the root of the issue and use 15+ years of proven executive leadership strategies to fix the problem and make way for a brighter future. Join Deborah Coviello, each week as she connects you with CEO’s and industry leaders who are doing the work of transforming their businesses from the inside out. Learn how to be an inspirational leader, take control of your career, and build a strong foundation of purpose. What if the secret ingredient to your company’s success is you? Inspirational leadership starts with acknowledging that people are the most important asset in your company. Learn how to identify strengths within others and elevate them to the next level of success. Learn more and listen on Apple Podcasts
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Direct Marketing with Postcards or Sales Letters

A mistake that a lot of online marketers make is ignoring the potential of offline marketing. It used to be that direct mail marketing with postcards or sales letters was the go-to way to market. Then online marketing took off and many businesses left behind offline marketing opportunities - and they're missing out. But even if you decide that you want to use one of these forms of marketing, there can be a debate over which form of advertising is the better one to use. The answer is simple. The one that you choose depends on the business advertising needs. If your pitch is short, you won't need a lot of copy, so using a postcard is feasible and it saves money over sending a sales letter. This is especially true if you use headline marketing. However, some people prefer to get a sales letter because they think it looks nicer. Plus, using a sales letter allows you to add a responder. You can't do that with a postcard. People have become savvier about certain types of …
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Presentations Come in All Shapes and Sizes

There is more than one type of presentation that can be given to an audience. The purpose of each might be different, with the main goal being to influence the audience in some way. Below are some tips on how to get it right, as well as a list of some of the common types of presentations you might be asked to participate in throughout your life. Some you may have already tackled. Getting It Right Presentations are a way of communicating information to others. The best way to approach these presentations is to plan for them. As soon as you accept the challenge, preparation begins. Regardless of the type of talk, here are a few things to keep in mind. * Length of time – This dictates how much detail will be included. * Topic – If you choose your own, make sure that you get information on the target audience. If you are given one, research it thoroughly for important facts to include. * Outline – Plan what will be included in the presentation so you stay on topic. …
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Featured Podcast – Cultivating H.E.R. Space

This week's featured podcast is Cultivating H.E.R. Space: Uplifting Conversations for the Black Woman Terri Lomax & Dr. Dominique Broussard In a world where black women are often underrepresented and misunderstood, we need more safe spaces to just… be. Every Friday, join Dr. Dom, a college professor and psychologist, and Terri Lomax, a techie and motivational speaker, as they initiate authentic conversations on everything from fibroids to fake friends. If you’re a Black woman looking for an extra dose of inspiration on the go, pull up a seat and join us on the Cultivating H.E.R. (Healing, Empowerment, Resilience) Space podcast. Learn more and listen on Apple Podcasts
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Show Her the Money!

Is there really free money for my small business? This is the question many women entrepreneurs ask themselves when starting their businesses and when they need capital to expand or revamp their growing companies.

Are you a female entrepreneur in need of a small business or business grant? Are you in need of free money to begin a business but don’t know where to start? If these questions have crossed your mind of late don’t worry because there IS hope for your business.  It comes in the form of grants, scholarships and loans.  None of which is necessarily easy to obtain and yet, they are not impossible either. The biggest challenge is where to find them?  And how to go about getting them once you do?

These grants, loans and scholarships come in many forms. From private investors, to banks to corporations, to associations, to governments. For instance, if you live in …

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Finding Positive Role Models For A Better You

Having a positive role model makes a big difference in your general outlook on life. It doesn’t matter who it is, or whether it’s one person or several. The important thing is they motivate and inspire you to do better. The value of finding positive role models for a better you is much more than having someone to look up to. It helps you live a more rewarding, fulfilling life. In this article, we’ll talk about the benefits of having role models. We’ll also tell you what makes a good role model and how they can help you build a successful life. The Importance of Having a Role Model The novelist, Oliver Goldsmith, once said, “People seldom improve when they have no other role model but themselves to copy.” He’s 100% correct. You know you have a good role model when they have a strong set of core values. They’re also willing to accept their mistakes and learn from them. Positive role models influence our decisions for the better. When we’re going through a hard t…
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Featured Podcast – On One with Angela Rye

Today's featured podcast is On One with Angela Rye Tune in every week for the most honest answers to the pressing political, racial, and pop culture questions of the day. Topics include: Family Business Real Change in America Work Don't Stop! Sports, Activism and Politics Do You Want a Revolution Just Say Yes... Going Green And More! Learn more and Listen on Apple Podcast
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Top Questions to Ask before Launching Your Own Business

If you have decided to launch a business, you have made a very courageous choice. There are many things you need to know before launching a new business. There is inventory to take into consideration, initial start-up cost and upkeep, hiring employees, sales, marketing...and the list goes on extensively. Here are some top questions you need to ask yourself before launching your own business. Are you launching this business for the right reasons? Sometimes an individual or a group of individuals will launch a business because they think it is expected of them or because it is a family tradition to do so. Other reasons are simply for the monetary benefits. With high hopes of making tons of money, sometimes a new entrepreneur may lose sight of his or her customer. Once you examine your motives behind starting up a new business, go on to the next important question. Once you know what type of business you want to begin, ask yourself who your target audience is. Knowing tha…
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WHY BEING REALISTIC HOLDS YOU BACK

If you want to be certain that you will never face a challenge or find yourself in a difficult bind, then it is very important to have tame and realistic goals. Goals that you know you can achieve with minimal effort and hardship. However, if you want to have any degree of excitement and experience real growth in your life, then you’re going to have to make plans and set goals that other people will very likely label as unrealistic. These kind of goals often come with a high degree of risk. You rarely know how you are going to achieve them until you get started. And more often than not, the result you achieve will not be exactly what you set out to do in the first place. Many of the famous entertainers, doctors and scientists that we admire in our society today became well known because they achieved unrealistic goals. They had the courage to set the goals and the perseverance to bring them into reality. Unrealistic goal setters tend to be happier, more positive people. The…
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How Better Self-Care Can Lead To Success

Self-care is often brushed aside for things seen as more important; business meetings, social commitments, family obligations. While these things are important (and can in some cases contribute to self-care), it is important that we take time to ourselves when we need it. This personal investment will not be for nothing; in fact, self-care is important if we want to optimise our performance in any area of our lives. Taking the time to maintain our physical, emotional and mental health can lead to success in many ways. Helps us to maintain perspective Self-care, regardless of the form, allows us the time to reflect and therefore better understand ourselves as individuals. We are better able to identify our triggers and put things in to perspective, rearranging our priorities to understand what is important and what isn’t. This perspective contributes to a healthier life as we understand where stress is justified and where we should be more relaxed. Helps us to keep positi…
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Featured Podcast – Bold Female Voices

Today's featured podcast is Bold Female Voices with Cornelia Pauline If a woman uses her voice in a bold way, powerful change happens across the board. The purpose of the Bold Female Voices is to highlight bold women around the world in various professional fields that are crushing it through starting companies, revolutionizing their careers, questioning the status quo, surviving, and thriving through motherhood, and more. These women, furthermore, offer our listeners actionable and behind-the-scenes branding, digital marketing, psychology, mindset, creative, financial & business tips. Grab a cup of coffee and tea or a glass of wine, listen to the episodes, learn, and don't forget to subscribe if you like what you hear! Learn more and listen on Apple Podcasts
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