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How To Use TRELLO for Project Management (2020 Trello Tutorial)

How To Use TRELLO for Project Management (2020 Trello Tutorial)

BUSINESS STRATEGIES

How To Use TRELLO for
Project Management
(2020 Trello Tutorial)

August 5th

Kimberly Ann Jimenez,
Digital Strategist & Founder

If you’re looking for the perfect tool to manage projects or initiatives in your business and life, look no further than Trello! In this post, I’m going to walk you through our company project board to get tons of ideas to set up your project workflow.

Let’s start!

HOW TO USE TRELLO FOR PROJECT MANAGEMENT (2020 TRELLO TUTORIAL)

There are so many different ways you can set up your project management board. I highly recommend getting ideas and inspiration for how you want to manage your own.

We have our Big Fat Projects board for us in the company, and we made this solely for all our projects. It’s our primary way to collaborate and manage our projects, and it’s quite busy.

However, even if you’re not collaborating with different team members or don’t have other people other than yourself, I recommend this workflow. It’s crucial to have a place where you can look at your projects at a glance and manage them systematically.

We have a Start Here list where team members can reference on how to use the board, what the labels mean, the list of resources, to name a few. This is helpful for our team members, especially the new ones.

We also have a list for What We’re Working On This Month. This is where we add all the projects we need to be working on for a specific month. Each card represents a particular project, and inside, we have the description, the different workflows, and the people who will be responsible for various aspects of the project.

MONTHLY REVIEWS SHOULD BE PART OF YOUR WORKFLOW

At the end of every month, I take the time to assess what we’ve accomplished. I also prepare for what we’re going to work on in the following month. Doing a monthly review keeps my team and me in check. If there are processes that we need to work on, the monthly review is a good time to make some adjustments. 

Daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly reviews should be part of your productivity workflow. I can’t stress enough how important it is. It will help you hold yourself accountable.

Not-so important things will always come up, and that’s why you need a Project Shelf. This is a list where we keep all the projects coming down the pipeline in our company. These are projects that we want to work on at some point, but are not important to our goals.

Our entire approach is specificity. We like having clarity on the Profit Generating Projects to stay focused on what’s going to move the needle forward in my brand. What strategies will allow us to bring on other people in the company and meet our revenue-generating goals? All those projects will be added to this list.

Whenever we complete a project, we use the same approach that I’ve mentioned in the first part of the Trello series, which is to move our cards from left to right. We celebrate all the projects we complete too.

We also have a list for projects that are on pause because life happens and plans change, right? Sometimes we have to hit pause on something, and whenever we’re ready, we revisit this list later.

OVER TO YOU

So this is how we organize our Big Fat Projects board. We work on this board every day.

One last thing that I want to emphasize is that setting this up didn’t take overnight. There’s always going to be adjustments.

Check out our Trello Workflow Board to take inspiration from it and add your little twists.

Question of the day! Are you using a project management tool yet? If so, what are you using, and why do you love it?

I’d love to know your thoughts. Share them down in the comments section below.

‘Til the next post!

 

X,

Kim

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10 Productivity Hacks To Master While You Work From Home

10 Productivity Hacks To Master While You Work From Home

BUSINESS STRATEGIES

10 Productivity Hacks
To Master While You
Work From Home

July 22nd

Kimberly Ann Jimenez,
Digital Strategist & Founder

Having a good mindset is 70% of productivity. The other 30% is all about your strategy. So in this video, I’ll be talking about what you could be doing to set yourself up to win every day.

Plus, ten simple but super effective strategies to make sure you’re massively increasing your productivity while you work from home. 

10 PRODUCTIVITY HACKS TO MASTER WHILE YOU WORK FROM HOME

A few years ago, I stumbled upon this fantastic idea by Steven Pressfield. He talked about why it’s important to lead on your day with this one concept in his books.

“How would you behave if you were the best in the world at what you do?”

– Steven Pressfield

If you were the best basketball player in history, or the most incredible scientist, or the best marketer or the best fitness pro, how would you behave day-to-day?

How would you respect your time and energy?

How would you spend your attention?

What are the habits that you would develop

How would you conduct yourself in the world? 

I think this is such a significant mindset shift. Look at how you’re spending your time and how you’re choosing to invest your energy from a strategic standpoint. 

We as entrepreneurs, small business owners, and creators, we’re in it to win. We’re here to put the very best out of ourselves into the world. We’re here to share our gifts to serve other people and make a bigger impact. We can’t do that if we’re not actively aware of the behavioral patterns that we need to be improving.

THE MINDSET

Mindset is crucial when it comes to productivity. It’s about 70% in my opinion. Entrepreneurs and business owners struggle with productivity a lot, especially when they’re working from home. It’s not easy to create a structure and to form habits around your workflow. When there isn’t necessarily a boss or other people holding you accountable, it’s easy to be distracted with so many things and not have anything done.

GET CLEAR ON YOUR WHY

Like with all other things, we have to be clear on our objective. Why do we want to become more productive? Be clear on that. 

There are four critical emotions to look out for whenever you’re at leveling up in life. In this case, we’re talking about productivity. 

Number one is resistance. You might have some resistance whenever you’re implementing a new strategy to improve your productivity. Your brain might tell you, “Hey, we have so much to do. Do we need to find a better workflow?” That is resistance.

Look out for it and expect it because you’re more likely to accept that emotion and to move forward, regardless.

Number two is overwhelm. “Oh my gosh, but I already have so much to do! How am I going to fit any kind of improvement on my schedule? Like it’s just too much to handle.” My friend that is a lie. Overwhelm is a choice. You are in control of how overwhelmed you let yourself feel. You have everything that you need to make progressive changes in your business, and your life and productivity is not the exception. 

Number three is the fear of failure. You might be thinking that you’re never going to stick with a new workflow or a new way of handling your to do’s, a morning routine, or a new health habit that will help you become more productive. That’s normal and understandable. 

Whenever you’re starting something new, you have a high tendency to revert to your old ways. So when you can catch yourself feeling that kind of emotion, make sure to acknowledge it and move forward regardless.

You don’t have to be afraid of failure because you’ve proven to yourself many times that you can overcome anything you set your mind to.

Number four is the “know-it-all” attitude. “Oh, I’ve tried all the things. I’ve heard all this information before. I don’t need to learn anything new.” We all know that this type of attitude won’t get you anywhere. Again, recognize the emotion and move past it.

THE STRATEGY

Now we’re left with 30% of the equation, which is the strategy. How will you implement active habits that’ll help you continue to move forward in your productivity journey? Let’s dive right in.

#1 CREATE A MORNING ROUTINE

Here’s the thing about morning routines: you have to craft one that works for you. There are so many morning routine videos on Youtube and podcast episodes out there. Many entrepreneurs try to mimic someone else’s morning routine, and that’s where they get it all wrong. 

I want you to use others as inspiration. Find what inspires you and test new things. You’ll come up with a routine that works for you in whatever stage you are in life. 

Don’t try to layer a bunch of different habits all at once too. Start with one simple thing that you could do every single day and then add more. 

Remember, your morning routine needs to be tailored to you and no one else.

#2 FIGURE OUT WHEN YOU WORK BEST AND PRIORITIZE CREATIVE TASKS

Make sure you’re working in times that work best for you. Maybe you’re not a morning person, and you function best in the evening or the afternoon. Perhaps you’re an early bird! Whatever time you feel you’re the most productive, make sure to set that in stone and protect it.

Of course, make sure that you’re prioritizing creative tasks. The minute you start working, do the creative tasks first like shooting a new video, writing a new blog post, creating social media content, or even having creative meetings with your team.

The first few hours of your work time are the “prime hours” for your brain to accelerate and be creative. So you must prioritize anything that has to do with your creative side as early as you can.

#3 PLAN YOUR DAY THE NIGHT BEFORE

This strategy has helped me so much throughout the years. At the end of every day, I sit down with my Full Focus Planner, and I plan the next day. 

RELATED READ: The Best Planner For Entrepreneurs – Full Focus Planner Review

It takes me 10 minutes to do it, and it helps me start the next day with so much clarity and intention. I don’t have to wonder what I’m going to do because it’s already laid out for me the night before.

#4 CREATE TIME BLOCKS

Creating time blocks is one of my favorite things to do. It’s a great way of stripping down the things that you need to get done by time. You can set a time to work for two hours in the morning and then six in the afternoon because you still have to spend time with your kids in between.

Don’t forget to set time for some breaks too. Watch a fresh episode on YouTube for ten minutes or go for a short walk. Having time blocks helps give you some structure.

#5 BATCH ANYTHING YOU CAN

I’ve talked about this strategy at large on both my YouTube channel and The Business Lounge podcast. Batch creating means grouping similar or related tasks as much as you can and doing them in chunks.

For example, you can batch all of your blog posts for the month or batch shoot your Youtube videos. We do this in the company for 90 days at a time. So anything that you can do in batches do them intentionally. It’ll save you so much time and energy as you continue to grow and become busier.

#6 SET NON-NEGOTIABLE TASKS

Set up your non-negotiable tasks every single day. This is all about prioritizing the tasks that will help you move closer towards your goals. You should set a maximum of three tasks per day because this is how you stay consistent.

#7 DON’T START PROJECT B UNTIL YOU HAVE FINISHED PROJECT A

Jim Rohn said… 

“Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don’t fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.”

– Jim Rohn

I agree with this quote, so I want to make sure that you’re setting yourself up for success, regardless of where you’re at in your entrepreneurial journey. Do not skip any step and be consistent. 

Don’t try to do everything all at once. Remember, don’t spread your energy and your attention in a million different directions. Finish project A first before you move on to the next one.

#8 CREATE TEMPLATES AND CHECKLISTS FOR TASKS THAT YOU DO ON REPEAT

If you have to remember the small tasks you need to do every time you create a blog, you have to create a template for it! Your brain should not be full of all this tiny information. 

Leverage whatever tool you’re using – a written journal or an online tool like Trello – and create a template that you can pull out every time you’re working on a specific project or a more significant task. So you won’t have to worry about remembering all the tiny details. 

#9 SET UP A DISTRACTION-FREE ENVIRONMENT

Here’s the deal. Wherever you’re working, whether it’s a corner in your bedroom or a studio or office, make sure that it’s a sanctuary. Put your headphones on if there’s too much noise. Set your phone on Do Not Disturb mode.

Pay attention to how many times you grab your phone to check Instagram, or how many times you get interrupted by a text message or a phone call. Don’t let anything disturb your flow, unless it’s an emergency, of course.

#10 LET YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS KNOW YOU’LL BE UNAVAILABLE

Let your family and friends know when it’s okay to contact you and when it’s not okay at all. When you’re unavailable, it shows people that you respect your time, that you value the work that you’re doing, and they’ll respect it as well. 

So if you need to have a family meeting, let everyone know when you’re going to be working and when you’re available. 

OVER TO YOU

Remember, your time is priceless. It’s a hot commodity that can’t be purchased or replaced, and it deserves your respect.

So my wish for you is that you use these strategies and resources to level up your productivity. Give your business your all and have the time and energy to enjoy your life, take care of your health, and inject so much joy and happiness into your work. 

Here’s the question of the day. Are you more productive when you are working from home or less productive?

I’ve been both in different seasons of my life and I love to hear from you. So leave me a comment below. I’d love to know your thoughts!

‘Til the next time!

 

X,

Kim

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It’s time to choose profitability over popularity and get needle-moving results.
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7 Simple Ways To Boost Conversions On Your Website

7 Simple Ways To Boost Conversions On Your Website

BUSINESS STRATEGIES

7 Simple Ways To
Boost Conversions
On Your Website

July 9th

Kimberly Ann Jimenez,
Digital Strategist & Founder

If you’re looking for ways to improve your website conversions and turn more leads into actual sales and customers, this post is for you, friend 

We’re going to dive into SEVEN TIPS that you can implement to up-level the conversion rate on your website.

Whether you’re an eCommerce store owner or you sell services or you sell a digital program or product – I got you covered.

Let’s start!

7 Simple Ways To Boost Conversions On Your Website

“Don’t find customers for your products, find products for your customers.”

– Seth Godin

This quote by Seth Godin is such an important marketing principle. If you have a rock-solid offer, it has to be dialed in to serve your ideal clients.

You can get away with having a not-so-great conversion optimization on your website if your offer is super legit. However, there’s no amount of conversion optimization hacks and tricks that you can deploy to fix a bad offer. 

So let me assume that you’ve already validated your offer, that you’ve gone through the process of making sure that it’s legit and that people want it. Now you’re ready to level up. 

The next thing you need to do is…

#1 KNOW YOUR NUMBERS

When it comes to conversion optimization on your website, it’s all about knowing your numbers. 

This tip may sound so basic, but in reality, 90% of entrepreneurs that I’ve talked to don’t know their numbers. They have no idea how many people are landing on their website or where they’re coming from.

They don’t know how many of those people are turning into leads and converting into customers and what products are they purchasing. All that data empowers you as an entrepreneur or a small business owner.

Knowing your numbers is even more important If you’re a solopreneur. There are four key aspects that I want you to assess as you’re leveraging simple and free tools like Google Analytics, or even a paid tool like Hotjar

You need to look at the total number of website visitors you’re attracting every month. Then, you want to see specific individualized data points that help you figure out where your audience is falling off in your sales process.

For example, you’re counting people coming to your homepage from social media, from search engines like Google, and maybe even from paid ads. Then you have a call-to-action on your header that takes them to your sales page.

You want to see how many people are landing on your homepage and then going to your sales page. Then from there, you need to figure out how many are leaving, and how many are turning into paid clients.

Maybe you have extra steps like you’ll take people to a shopping cart after landing on your sales page. You should have individualized numbers for each step. You don’t have to be fancy and crazy about it. Just create a spreadsheet and have clear numbers that you can see.

#2 USE POP-UPS

Some people might be on the fence about this because they don’t want to interrupt the flow or the user experience on their website.

However, the reality is that you can create tasteful pop-ups that will encourage people to become leads without being extremely sales-y or too in-your-face.

The key is to offer them a lead magnet, or a next step, or a bribe, or a freemium that entices them. It should appear on your website repeatedly, and it’ll probably turn into the highest conversion opt-in form on your entire website. 

Here are a couple of examples that I think could inspire you.

SOKO GLAM

Soko Glam is an eCommerce store, and they have this pop-up on their website. They sell physical products, and they usually offer discounts. This type of pop-up is one of the easiest that you can create and have it appear on multiple pages on your website that’s related to your lead magnet. 

Eventually, you’ll see a pretty remarkable uptick in your conversion rates, as it pertains to moving your website visitors to become actual leads.

You should do this so you can follow up with them through email. Doing so brings them back to your website that helps them build that trust if they’re not ready to buy the first time they land on your site. 

COSCHEDULE

Here’s another well-crafted pop-up, and this one comes from CoSchedule. It’s an exit intent pop.

When people leave the blog, this pops up on the screen and says, “Before you go and improve your marketing with 20 plus downloadable templates and resources. Get it now.”

I do advocate for making your lead magnet very specific instead of giving people access to an entire library of resources that might feel vague. Still, for Coschedule, this pop-up probably works well. 

It’s all about testing and experimentation, and there are always exceptions to the rule.

JAMES COFFEE CO.

This last example last one comes from James Coffee Co. I’ve used their website as an example many times. I think they have a great website with exciting offers, but I don’t want to steep this as part of your marketing strategy on your website.

It’s a pop up that says, “Let’s stay in touch. Sign up for the early access list.”

The deal is people don’t need more emails in their inbox. So it’s infrequent that you’re going to get a high conversion rate from merely saying, “Hey, join our newsletter. Let’s keep in touch. Let’s communicate.”

The people who will sign up are those who love the brand, or they are already super fans, or they are curious.

However, as a rule of thumb, you want to make your pop-up very specific. Instead of merely assuming that they’re going to want to automatically sign up to your newsletter, you have to give something of value in exchange for someone’s email.

WHAT TOOLS SHOULD I USE FOR MY POP-UPS?

I’ve talked about my favorite email marketing tool, Convertkit because it has done wonders for my business. It’s so worth investing on.

Convertkit already has pop-up designs that come with them. But there are other tools that you can use like ThriveLeads, PopupAlly, and OptinMonster.

#3 OPTIMIZE YOUR HOMEPAGE’S HEADER

This conversion optimization strategy is such a simple thing, but most people don’t do this. And that is optimizing your header on your homepage. This is prime real estate. It’s where people land first when they get to know you or find you on the internet.

You must be clear about what you do, how you help people, and what you have to offer. Let’s take a look at a couple of examples.

NEIL PATEL

Here’s Neil Patel’s homepage header, and I love it. He’s extremely clear about what he does, and he leads with an offer.

I love how clear he makes his messaging. This strategy isn’t for everyone. I just think that Neil makes things so simple and straight to the point. Plus, he’s leveraging the ability to grab his website visitors’ information, get them excited, get them to take action, and get them engaged with his website.

DOLLAR SHAVE CLUB

Dollar Shave Club is a product-based business, and I love that their header is very clear. Now it’s cool to see a visual representation of their brand through their video, but you don’t have to get very fancy right away. It’s just about having clarity. 

From these examples, you can see how you can clarify your offer, or your message, or whatever it is that you want people to take action on. Leverage that space on your homepage to make a massive difference in your conversions, to lead people to where you want them to go. 

Most people are playing guessing games. They have like a billion different links, or are taking people in multiple different directions, or they’ve oversimplified their website.

So I want you to experiment with what’s going to convert best for you. This is a great starting point in terms of clarifying your message.

STORYBRAND

The final example that I have for is from StoryBrand. Again, they have a clear header that’s optimized with a clear message about what’s going on right now in their business, what they want you to take action on, and then it’s fortified with visual imagery. 

They have a clear call-to-action too, which is encouraging visitors to watch the video. StoryBrand’s website is a good one to model and get inspiration from.

7 SIMPLE WAYS TO BOOST YOUR CONVERSIONS ON YOUR WEBSITE PART II

#4 CREATE ORGANIC AD SPOTS ON YOUR CONTENT

The next thing that I want you to leverage is creating your ad spots in your content. If you’re an entrepreneur and have products and programs to sell, you should use your content as advertising space.

We do this all the time on our blog, and it’s something that I don’t see creators do. In our blog posts, we include related resources as opt-in opportunities.

We have lead magnets and ad space that promotes our courses and our programs. Sometimes you’ll see this at the end of the post. Other times, you’ll see it within the content piece itself. It’s a great way of getting attention from people who are consuming your content, who feel like they know and trust you and are ready to buy something from you, but they may not know that your product or program exists.

#5 INCLUDE TESTIMONIALS OR REVIEWS

Next step. I want you to leverage testimonials, reviews, case studies – anything that’ll legitimize your brand, products, programs, or services. 

One of the ways that you can do this is by having other people write a recommendation about their experience working with you. That is if you’re just getting started, and maybe no one has bought your offer yet.

I had my boss, and a couple of the clients that I worked with (for free) do this for me. When I started to build my portfolio, they wrote me a recommendation and used it on my website. 

Years later, after I started working with tons of different clients and customers, our company has serviced over 30,000 people. We have an abundance of client testimonials and case studies. 

Be strategic with this. If you’re a product-based company, you want to feature your reviews, right? If you have a service, you want to feature testimonials. It’s the same if you have a product or a program that’s more on the digital side.

Here in Austin, we have Einstein Movers. They implement this strategy super well. 

They are, again, very clear on what they do. They’re leveraging social proof, which legitimizes their service even more. 

#6 STRENGTHEN YOUR CALL-TO-ACTION

The next step is to re-evaluate your calls to action. Most websites have super generic ones. They simply tell someone to get a quote, or sign up or use basic terms that everybody uses, instead of making it more conversational and action-oriented. 

Instead of saying, “Sign Up”, you can say something like, “Send me my free copy of…” Make sure that your CTAs are conversational and attention-grabbing.

#7 NERD OUT

The last strategy is I want you to nerd out! Start split-testing your website pages. Whether it’s your landing page, opt-in page, homepage or sales page – you want to start testing different variations of the same copy. Test a variation of CTAs or a variation of layouts to see what converts the best. 

You don’t have to go crazy. You can start simple, but leveraging tools like Crazy Egg or Hotjar will help you test out and decide which of these pages drives the most amount of sales.

It can do wonders for the number of people who will sign up to your email list. It will do wonders for the number of people who will write a review, book a consultation, or whatever it is that you’re trying to get your website visitors to do. 

So don’t skip out on this step. It is more work, yes, but I promise this is worthwhile. This step will help you grow your business and capture more clients. It is, of course, the whole point of having a website, right? It should be your best unpaid salesperson.

OVER TO YOU

I hope that you enjoyed the tips and resources that we’ve laid out in this post.

Hey by the way! I want to hear from you. What kind of products, programs, services are you selling on your website? 

I’d love to know because that way we can create more videos like this that will empower you, helping you close more sales from your website traffic.

‘Til the next post!

X,

Kim

Ready To Master Online Marketing?

It’s time to choose profitability over popularity and get needle-moving results.
Get started inside The Business Lounge.

How To Film Yourself

How To Film Yourself

BUSINESS STRATEGIES

How To Film Yourself –
A Tour Of My Video Studio
& Gear I Love

July 2nd

Kimberly Ann Jimenez,
Digital Strategist & Founder

It’s about time that I show you how I produce my videos for YouTube and The Business Lounge membership. I’ll also share a few tips and tricks about filming that I’ve learned along the way that will help you save a ton of time.

HOW TO FILM YOURSELF

#1 USE THE CAMERA YOU HAVE RIGHT NOW

When I was starting, I didn’t have all the fancy equipment I have now. I made the best of what I had at that time, which was my trusty phone and webcam. Those tools helped me get a few hundred subscribers on Youtube.

As I progressed, of course, I had to upgrade and invest in better quality tools. If you’re still starting, you don’t have to own the latest and most expensive camera or recording gear. Make the best out of what you have right now. 

The most important thing is to start. I’ve repeated this time and time in my blog and videos, and it still holds true. 

If you’re still starting, you don’t have to own the latest and most expensive camera or recording gear. Make the best out of what you have right now.

#2 LEVEL UP YOUR AUDIO

Audio is the most crucial aspect next to the image quality of a video. If you have the best-looking video, complete with all the cinematic shots and beautiful transitions, but have terrible audio that will completely throw off your entire video.

I tested several microphones to find which one is going to be the best for my voice. You have to understand that different mics are going to sound different for different people. So it’s about finding the one that works for you.

#3 USE NATURAL LIGHT IF YOU CAN

Lighting is everything, and the best light source available is literally free. Use natural light as much as you can. Schedule your filming around times of the day when natural light isn’t harsh.

It took me so many years to understand how cameras interpret light. And if you can use natural light, to begin with, that will go such a long way. As you level up and experiment with different looks and styles for your video, you can find lighting that works for you.

#4 KEEP IT AS SIMPLE AS POSSIBLE

Getting to know your equipment and keeping your process as simple as possible is essential. I bet you that there are a couple of hidden features with your tools that you didn’t know could save you so much time and energy. 

For me, investing in my production value and investing in my equipment is all about implementing a workflow. It used to take me over an hour to set up my entire studio. Then it takes me another hour to take it all down and set it aside because I don’t want to have my equipment out all the time. After all, I do use the space as my office as well.

If you have an effective workflow in place, you can set up your equipment in a way that allows you to sit down, press record, and get your videos out.

“What’s one thing you can do to create the most amount of content in the shortest amount of time?” This is the question I asked myself when I was planning my filming set up.

Now my workflow includes batch-filming in one day, uploading to my company’s drive, and giving instructions to my video editor. This process is what’s working with my team and me right now, but it’s always changing. 

 Again, implement a workflow that works best for you.

OVER TO YOU

So that’s how my team and I produce our videos right now. As I’ve mentioned, my setup is always changing, so maybe in the next version of this post, there’ll be new tools or new tips that I’ll be adding.

Question of the day: What kind of videos do you create for your business, non-profit, hobby channel? Please share it with us.

‘Til the next post!

 

X,

Kim

Ready To Master Online Marketing?

It’s time to choose profitability over popularity and get needle-moving results.
Get started inside The Business Lounge.

How To Monetize A Small Audience

How To Monetize A Small Audience

BUSINESS STRATEGIES

How To Monetize
A Small Audience

June 19th

Kimberly Ann Jimenez,
Digital Strategist & Founder

Are you just getting started with your online business? Or you’ve been at it for a while, but you still have a small audience? 

Maybe you haven’t paid attention to your social media in a while, and you’re wondering, “How can I make money right now?” That’s exactly what we’ll be diving into this post.

HOW TO MONETIZE A SMALL AUDIENCE

A little disclaimer: If your whole game of social media is to gain fame, popularity and build a fan base, that’s awesome. But this is not the post for you, my friend.

The tips that I’ll be sharing are for entrepreneurs and business owners who want to expand their reach, who want to build their brand, and who want to serve people and sell more of their products, programs, and services.

Let me quickly explain to you my mentality about making money online and why it matters. I want to be upfront with you about my experience and my stand. 

It’s crucial to choose profitability over popularity when it comes to monetizing your brand. I’ve said this repeatedly because that’s how passionate I am about being profitable regardless of whether you have a large or small audience. 

That mentality stems back from my background. I learned marketing and online business from the OGs in the industry – the gurus who have been doing this back when the internet wasn’t a big thing yet. 

I learned to provide value, build relationships, and to understand the psychology behind what makes someone want to buy something from you, whether it’s on or offline. Nowadays, I see that so many people aim to be super popular on platforms they don’t even own. 

Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s great to build awareness around your brand, but it shouldn’t be the end all be all of your business. It’s not sustainable.

Every good and serious business owner or entrepreneur needs to think about the most effective strategies to grow their business long term, no matter the economic situation.

“People don’t buy goods and services. People buy relations, stories, and magic.”

– Seth Godin

Seth Godin is one of the OG marketing gurus, and I love that quote. It’s essential to understand why people make their purchasing decisions. Most of the time, people buy based on their emotions, and they justify it with logic. 

So once you understand that you’ll realize that if you build an audience, even if it’s just 500 followers on Instagram. You build a relationship with those people, serve them well, and give them value, and they’re going to be inclined to say yes when I have something to sell.

The entire premise of monetizing a small audience is attracting people that care about what you have to offer to the point that that will pay for your goods and services. I know it sounds basic, but basic isn’t basic unless you don’t do it. 

The foundational principles of business will always yield the majority of results.

#1 KEEP ATTRACTING THE RIGHT PEOPLE BY HAVING A CLEAR MESSAGING

One of those principles is getting clear on your message by understanding what you’re selling and reverse engineering that process. 

For example, you’re an online coach for moms. You don’t have your offer and pricing ready. You still have to figure out how to position your know-how and prove to your audience that you can get them the results they want.

You can talk to your audiences via DMs or Skype Call. You can also create a short survey. Ask them about their challenges.

When you can prove to a group of people that you understand them and, more importantly, that you have the solution to their problem, it’s going to be so much easier to sell whatever you have to offer.

Here are three questions that will help guide you through this process.

What is my offer? List down as many ideas as you can.

Who is going to buy my offer? Give it a name if you must. It’s easier to think about your ideal client as an actual person.

How can I create content around my ideal client’s challenges? You have to show that you’re an expert in your field before your audience even has to think about doing business with you.

Remember that online marketing and being a brand online is all about sharing value. It’s about sharing your expertise, even if you’re not the face of your company.

Most of the time, we tend to think of our followers as just mere statistics, and their profiles are only codes, when, in fact, they are actual humans.

Think of it this way. If you’re in a room full of 50 people, raising their hands and saying they want to hear what you have to say – that’s already a lot. It’s a huge compliment and responsibility, so show up for them.

#2 CREATE A SHORT-TERM & A LONG-TERM PLAN

If you have laid what your product is, who your ideal client is, and what kind of content you’ll create, the next step is to create two different types of plans.

LONG-TERM

First, you’re going to create a long-term plan. What strategy should you implement that will benefit you in the long run? It’s showing up for your audience every week in whatever format makes sense for your brand. 

If a podcast and Youtube makes sense for you, be sure to publish at least one episode per week. Commit to showing up consistently.

Keep notes of your audience’s challenges and the questions they ask you. They have the potential to become ideas for content.

Continue to listen to your people so you’ll have a better understanding of what works and what doesn’t. And this is what a good entrepreneur does – listening and understanding.

People think there’s some magical secret sauce to entrepreneurship, but it’s simply listening, understanding, and providing solutions to your audience.

 When you have offers that people want to buy, you will be in business forever. If you continue to innovate, to give people what they truly want and need, you are set no matter what the current economic climate might be. You will always have the know-how to adjust and continue moving forward.

SHORT-TERM

For your short-term plan, the question to ask yourself is, “How am I going to monetize right now?” My friend, you need to build a funnel.

A funnel is a selling system. It is an intentional way of bringing a follower through becoming a lead and then becoming a customer. That’s all you need to do. 

We recently launched a new course in The Business Lounge Membership called, The Conversions Rx. Inside the course, I discussed the four stages of a customer’s journey.

The first stage is discovery. It’s how someone knows about your brand. He or she might be a new follower on social media, and they engaged with your post.

The second stage is consumption. This is the part where your follower is getting to know you by consuming your content. They get inspired or entertained, or you’re helping them achieve a particular result through your content.

The third stage is acquisition. In this stage, you’re acquiring them as a customer. They’ve said yes to pay you for your service, your product or your program. This stage is the most exciting for every entrepreneur out there.

Finally, the fourth stage is ascension. This is the stage where they purchase from you for the second time, or they become a super fan, and they share your stuff with their friends and family. Getting repeat customers is where the majority of brands get to scale and grow. 

The most basic way to get your audience to buy your offer is to put it out there. You don’t necessarily have to create a full-fledged funnel, especially when you’re still starting. A funnel is only necessary when you’re ready to generate evergreen sales day in and out without having to do a full promotion. 

For everyone starting, you want to monetize right now, so share your offer and do it more often. You don’t have to be pushy about your offer. You just need to let people know that you have something to sell. This is an advice I got from Kelly and Mike of the Membership Site Academy.

THE COMMON MISTAKE

Some business owners tend to think that their followers immediately know everything about them, especially about what they have for sale. They tend to believe that their followers can simply go to their website and hire them for their service or reach out in the DMs and get a free initial consultation. That’s not true all the time.

People are super busy. They’re not paying attention to every single thing that you do unless they’re super fans. Most of them are not in the ascension stage. They’re either in the discovery or consumption stage, so you have to keep talking about what you can do. Have simple conversations about your offers.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see me talk about our new courses in my Instagram Stories. You’ll see client testimonials on my Instagram feed or my Facebook Page. I show what my team and I are working on.

I don’t necessarily push our offers on our community, but I make sure to let them know that it’s available when they’re ready to take the next step.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you have to find your style of talking about your offer. You have to be promotional while building value at the same time.

#3 CREATE A “BABY FUNNEL”

Let’s dive deeper into creating a systematic way of bringing people into your world to purchase from you. You can do this in two different ways. Number one, you can build what I like to call a “baby funnel.” You need a page where you can send people to know more about your offer and give you their money online.

If you’re a service-based business, create a page where your potential clients can book a session with you and give you money in exchange. If you’re a product-based business, open a store on Shopify. It doesn’t have to be complicated.

If you have an online course or digital downloads, you want to have one page that clearly explains your product, and that details the benefits. Add an easy way for people to pay for that product and get access to it.

THE LEAD MAGNET APPROACH

You can also take the lead magnet approach. A lead magnet is an incentive for people to give you their information to send a follow-up email.

RELATED WATCH: Canva Tutorial: How To Design Gorgeous Lead Magnets And PDF’s In 2020

Create a checklist, a toolkit, or a webinar – any kind of incentive that people would be willing to get in exchange for their information. Then you can send them an offer via email. 

Turn your followers into email subscribers. Then send them an offer maybe once a week or every couple of weeks. You can communicate with them that way. Again, remember that this is an art too. Take this basic strategy and add your spin to it.

#4 BE SYSTEMATIC WITH YOUR FUNNEL

When you see some momentum with your baby funnel or lead magnet, then implement a system that will send more people to it.

Try experimenting with Instagram live every Friday. You come up with a topic that serves your people and then direct them to your lead magnet. You can try publishing a post on your Facebook Group about your lead magnet.

You want to experiment with your social channels and see what works in terms of formats and the frequency.

OVER TO YOU

All right. So let’s recap.

To monetize a small audience, you don’t need to have anything fancy. You just need to implement the basic business principles that will serve your audience right now. 

First, you need to have an offer that people care about. Second, you need to put time and energy into getting to know your audience. Of course, you want to attract the right audience, so it’s essential to have clear messaging. Make sure that you are speaking to the right people consistently. Third, you need to have your short-term and long-term plans in place. Build a baby funnel or create a lead magnet.

Alright! Here are the questions of the day. 

Are you feeling more encouraged about being able to monetize your audience?

Are you feeling totally overwhelmed? 

I want to hear from you, so leave a comment below.

‘Til the next post.

 

X,

Kim

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Profitability Over Popularity

Profitability Over Popularity

BUSINESS STRATEGIES

Profitability Over Popularity

May 26th

Kimberly Ann Jimenez,
Digital Strategist & Founder

You know how there are these moments in life that radically influence the direction you’re taking? Events, things someone might have said, or nuggets of wisdom you gathered along the way that profoundly impacted your success?

Today, I’m going to share some essential business principles at the core of everything that I do. It has saved me throughout the years and has also made me more money than I ever thought during the current climate.

Let’s start.

PROFITABILITY OVER POPULARITY

#1 NEVER BUILD YOUR BUSINESS ON SOMEONE ELSE’S BUSINESS

Any seasoned big-time entrepreneur can attest to this. You should never build your business on someone else’s.

My husband, Chris, and I talk about this all the time because when you’ve done entrepreneurship long enough, you make many friends. You see a lot of changes in the marketplace. You’ve experienced highs and lows.

I know it may sound like I’ve been in business for 20 years when it’s only been like nine and a half years. But building your business on someone else’s is a big no-no that I don’t think most people understand.

So what does it mean when you’re building your business on someone else’s? For example, you might have a client or an app or tool or gear that you’re selling, and your sales are dependent on how well someone else’s business is doing. If that’s your case, you’re in serious trouble.

I see this all the time, especially with content creators.

“Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!”

Now don’t get me wrong. I think most content creators are great at what they do, but more often than not, they’re underselling themselves. They’re undercutting their time and work by monetizing through one income channel, which is affiliate marketing.

A lot of creators use Amazon as their primary source of affiliate sales and commissions. Recently, Amazon has slashed affiliate commissions significantly substantially. That move will cripple creators and cause many issues when it comes to providing for their families and their livelihoods.

Here’s the thing. You shouldn’t rely on only one supplier, vendor, or one big client. The minute that your only supplier, vendor, or big client’s business isn’t doing well, or change their mind, will throw you off completely.

As a lot of people have said, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”

You should have multiple clients or multiple customers, purchasing your product for your business to be sustainable. It’s failure-proof, and doing so will 100% extend your brand’s long-term health and your company.

#2 PROFITABILITY OVER POPULARITY

This principle has been one of my guiding forces throughout my entire career. As entrepreneurs, we have to continually make the conscious decision to choose to be profitable rather than popular.

If you’ve worked or you’re currently working in the social media space, you understand the intricacies behind a company.

Some companies have a few followers on social media but are making a ton of money because they understand their target demographic and the power of conversion optimization. On the other hand, some companies have a substantial following but are barely able to make ends meet.

Often, I get messages from you guys saying, “I love your videos. Why don’t you have more subscribers?”

I sometimes get messages on Instagram saying, “I love the message that you’re sharing, but you need to have more followers.”

I think that those are well-intentioned messages and are compliments in a way, but they also let me know what success means to some people. It made me think about how distorted our idea of what profitability is and what it means to succeed.

During this crisis, I received messages from my audience and my entrepreneurial friends saying that they now understand what I’ve been preaching about being profitable over being popular.

There are so many people who are banking on having large audiences or a ton of exposure, and they’re not able to make it through this time because they’re not focused on profitability. It’s the core of every business, and every entrepreneur should understand it like business basics.

I’m not saying that having a lot of followers is a bad thing. I think it’s incredible if you’re able to leverage a huge audience, and they’re the right people. It’s incredible when your followers care about the products or the services that you have to offer, and you do an excellent job of converting them to clients.

Converting your massive following to clients is the goal. So you have to understand that while deepening the relationship with your audience is essential, it doesn’t mean that you have to focus only on the numbers.

I see it so many times in The Business Lounge community and with our private clients. Some of the members have less than 500 subscribers on their email list, but they’ve done the work and attracted the right audience. So they’ve had five-figure launches, like no big deal because they have the right people on their list.

So when we start looking at things from the lens of, “Is this going to move the needle in my business?” versus “How popular can I be? How can my perception grow?” we start shifting our mindsets, and our priorities change.

It’s excellent to explode on a platform, but it’s not going to serve you if you don’t have the business fundamentals down. If you don’t know how to turn a follower, a website visitor, or an email subscriber into a paying client, it isn’t beneficial.

OVER TO YOU

I want to challenge you to look at how you’re going to pivot your business in the crisis we’re in.

  • What will happen for eight weeks from now? Six months? Or a year from now?
  • What are the things that you’re going to learn from this period?

I hope that you choose profitability over-popularity. I hope that you decide to stay close to your core message and your mission and that you wish to serve with big-hearted generosity that you don’t hold back.

‘Til the next post!

X,
Kim

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5 Content Strategies To Stand Out During The Current Climate

5 Content Strategies To Stand Out During The Current Climate

BUSINESS STRATEGIES

5 Content Strategies To Stand Out During
The Current Climate

May 14th

Kimberly Ann Jimenez,
Digital Strategist & Founder

What are some of the best strategies that you can implement right now to make your content stand out? We’ll be talking all about that in this blog post.

Let’s dive right in.

5 Content Strategies To Stand Out During The Current Climate

#1 JUST DO IT

I love Nike’s slogan, “Just do it.” These days, people’s level of consumption on the internet is higher than ever before. 

YouTube consumption has gone up 75% during the current climate, which is mind-boggling. In countries that got hit the hardest like Italy, Facebook consumption went up over 70%. 

The high level of consumption right now presents a fantastic opportunity for entrepreneurs, creators, bloggers, podcasters, artists, and small business owners to get their message out. 

So instead of worrying about getting everything perfect and having all the best equipment before you can launch your podcast or Youtube channel or more content on social media, I want you to just do it.

Hit record. Hit publish. Be a leader at this time. Just start.

I know this sounds basic, but common sense isn’t always common practice. Launch messy. Get yourself out there and double down on consistency. 

People are looking for positivity at this time. They need a break from all of the bad news they see. Although sensationalism by the media is useful to some extent, most of the time, it can be overwhelming. It creates this spiral of negativity.

So instead of waiting until everything is perfect, just do it! Show up for your people and community. Create this sense of consistency where you’re educating, entertaining, or inspiring your audience.

Regardless of your business model or industry, leverage this time when so much attention is at the online space. Grow your audience and build your email list with online content, whether they’re videos, blog posts, social media posts, or free downloadables.

#2 USE THE WIFM METHOD

WIFM stands for “What’s In It For Me?”

Here’s the thing. People who consume content in whatever format it is, at the back of their mind, they’re always thinking about what’s in it for them. I see so many influencers on social media, especially those who are new; they make everything about them.

They’re almost always flexing their luxurious Instagram perfect lives. They might capture attention for a short span of time but at the end of the day, the intention behind those types of content is very self-serving. They’re selling this illusion of a perfect life.

People who are online famous regardless of what platform they’re using, they usually post content that’s not sustainable. Posting about their material wealth is not true content.

Your content needs to educate, entertain, or inspire, and I think this new generation of online entrepreneurs or influencers needs to understand that concept.

Your community should come first, so take the time to listen to them. Then create content that speaks to your community, that they care about, and that they’re searching for. If you can meet a need online, you’re well-positioned for growth, especially during this time where the situation is uncertain.

RELATED WATCH: Think Media episode with Gary Vaynerchuck Feature

#3 GET CREATIVE

Now is the time to show up like a pro and think outside the box. I always tell my members that you can’t grow a brand from behind your laptop. You’ve got to show up for your people. So that means creating content consistently.

It’s even better if you can show up live on Facebook, on YouTube, or Instagram. Create more content on your blog or publish an extra podcast episode – this all creates a snowball effect that’ll help you get momentum and grow faster.

Ask yourself this, “How can I jazz up my content?”

I’m loving how I’m seeing other creators in my similar niche do this. Pat Flynn has been doing this awesome live show on YouTube every morning, specifically talking about ways that you can generate income. It was such a creative, valuable, and helpful type of content.

So a couple of other ideas is, Hey, you can, you know, start your Instagram live show, or you could start creating more behind the scenes stories. Get creative! You got this.

#4 TELL PEOPLE HOW THEY CAN LEVERAGE YOUR EXISTING CONTENT

Honestly, I didn’t even think to do this until a couple of weeks ago. We asked our members in The Business Lounge for their feedback, and one of the things that they mentioned was that they love all the content that we’re creating, and it would be awesome if we created a guide on how they can leverage all of it.

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So if you’ve been creating content for a while and you’re looking for ways to level up, brainstorm ways on how you can compile your existing content.

The format will vary, of course. It could be creating a blog post where you’re compiling your Top 10 posts and giving people ideas of how they could be leveraging the content that you’ve already created.

Maybe you can create a YouTube video talking about all the previous episodes you’ve created and how to search for them on your channel.

You can also compile playlists on specific topics and then create a landing page on your site that guides people through those topics. The landing page will help them get educated and consume your content in a more streamlined way.

One of the ways that we’ve been able to do this on our site is through our Get Started Here page.

We have three different pages compiling all of our best resources on particular topics. Those pages have been active on our site for four years (and counting). It’s one of the pages that gets the most amount of traffic on our website, and I want you to steal the strategy maybe and get it done on your site too.

#5 LEVEL UP YOUR PRODUCTION

Now I know that the first strategy I talked about is all about just doing it. Just skipping through all the perfectionism and making it happen. However, there’s always room for improvement. So you’re continually balancing as a creator and as an entrepreneur.

You need to balance getting things done, even if they’re messy, but also leveling up, learning to be better. So leverage this time to level up your skillset and start taking your production value to the next level.

Get better equipment if you have to or learn how to use your tech more efficiently. Take a couple of courses on how to improve your photography skills or how to shoot better videos, or how to leverage content marketing to boost your conversions, whatever that might mean.

The end goal is to create a better experience for your users, but then also leverage that attention into growth for your brand. And this is the time to do that.

OVER TO YOU

So there you have it! Those are the five content strategies that you can deploy right now to stand out during this current climate.

Here’s the question of the day: how are you going to be leveling up your content strategy?

Let me know in the comment section below.

Your insight means so much to this community. I get comments all the time from you guys talking about how you’re getting so much inspiration from what other people in the community are sharing. So I love to hear from you over on the comment section.

That is all for me today. I hope you’re staying safe, staying sane, and staying profitable.

‘Til the next post!

X,
Kim

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8 Girl Boss Habits Every Entrepreneur Needs

8 Girl Boss Habits Every Entrepreneur Needs

BUSINESS STRATEGIES

8 Girl Boss Habits
Every Entrepreneur Needs

April 30th

Kimberly Ann Jimenez,
Digital Strategist & Founder

Ladies. It’s no secret that we’re literally taking the entrepreneurial world by storm. I’m so freaking proud of that! 

So today I wanted to talk to you about eight key habits that every female entrepreneur absolutely needs to incorporate into her strategy, her habits and her life in order to go where she wants faster.

Without further ado, let’s get into it.

8 GIRL BOSS HABITS EVERY ENTREPRENEUR NEEDS

One of the many things that I get asked over and over on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook is all about the habits I’ve developed over the past seven years as an entrepreneur.

And I’m very excited to share everything with you!

#1 TAKE YOUR HEALTH AS SERIOUSLY AS YOU TAKE YOUR WEALTH

Ladies, this one is a big one. I am very passionate about this topic because I feel like we’re wearing a billion different hats every day, especially as female entrepreneurs. 

I mean, think about it. 

It’s like we’re working three or four jobs, depending on how many responsibilities we have. We’re running our own companies as CEOs, being trendsetters and working hard to make it happen in a man’s world.

On top of that, we’re wives and/or mothers so we have to be nurturing our families, taking care of everyone and being the glue that holds everything together.

It is crazy. To say the least.

I’m not a mom yet but I can’t even begin to imagine what that’s going to be like. 

So it’s highly important that we take our health seriously and let’s start to actually think about it as a business strategy. 

Yeah, let that one sink in. I’m serious.

We need to start thinking about investing in our own wellbeing — our body, mind, and soul as a means to getting where we want to go a lot quicker in the culture that we live in. 

It’s so easy to push ourselves to the brink of burning out. Ladies (and gents too!) burnout is a real thing. I’ve been through it three or four times and it’s not pretty. It has actually cost me tens of thousands of dollars in lost opportunities.

So let’s put our CEO hats on and start really chartering our own health. Let’s start implementing small strategies that can help us get to where we want to go faster so that we can always perform at our best.

Make small deposits into the bank of your health, which will inevitably lead to more wealth.

Here are some practical applications…

DO MEAL PREP

You can absolutely do simple things like making sure that you’re eating hearty meals. That can be stressful and difficult to do, especially if you have a very chaotic life.

For me, one of the things that have been a game-changer has been using my Sundays to take one hour to do meal prep. I sit down and write a quick menu of exactly what I’m going to eat for the week to come. 

Keeping it consistent, right? Batching it completely.

I have pretty much the same breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day.

START YOUR DAY WITH A QUICK WORKOUT

Another thing that’s so important is starting your day with a quick workout. Even if you can’t take out 15 or 20 minutes to work out every single day, multitask girl! That is your best friend.

There are days where things are so chaotic for me. I’ll be like brushing my teeth while I do some squats. I’ll be getting dressed and making sure that I’m doing some leg stretches…you just want to make sure that you’re keeping your body active as much as possible. 

Lately, I’ve been loving 10 to 15-minute yoga segments. Sometimes I do it in the middle of my day when I’m taking a lunch break. I just stretch and recenter and that helps so much. 

#2 SLEEP YOUR WAY TO THE TOP

And it’s not in the way that you’re thinking! I literally mean take time to sleep, darling! 

Sleep is so critical and it’s a non-negotiable in my life.

I take my nine hours extremely seriously and you might say, “Well Kim, that’s easy for you ’cause you ain’t got no kids.” 

Well, guess what? The most powerful women in business understand the power of sleep. 

Take J-Lo, for example, she’s extremely busy. She’s a celebrity and a powerhouse entrepreneur, yet she still makes nine hours of sleep a non-negotiable. 

In her book, Thrive, Arianna Huffington talked about waking up in a pool of her own blood. That’s crazy. She was basically running her entire Huffington empire right from the ground up while she was also raising two little girls as a single mom. 

 She literally collapsed on her office floor from exhaustion, hit her head on the corner of her desk on her way down and woke up in a pool of her own blood. That is crazy. So in her book, wait, I looked down.

 In her book, she says the following…

“As I’ve gone around the world, speaking about the themes in the book, I’ve been thrilled to see first-hand evidence of a global awakening. More and more people of all ages and from all walks of life are coming to realize that there is more to life than climbing the ladder. That we are more than our resumes and that we don’t have to buy into the collective delusion that burnout is a necessary price we must pay for success.” 

So, of course, I’m going to make this super practical and the first thing I recommend is getting yourself some kind of wearable biometric watch.

I personally use the Garmin VIVIO Smart 4 and I love it. This watch tracks my sleep. It tracks how my stress levels are happening throughout the day, how much energy I have, and my steps, to name a few.

Girl, don’t forget to hack your circadian rhythm. What does this mean? Simply getting some direct sunlight for at least 10 minutes every single day, going to sleep at the same time and making sure that you have a solid sleep routine helps big time.

If you need some motivation to get in some Zs. Let me tell you this: have you seen what J-Lo looks like at 50?

Girl, that’s all the motivation on mean in my life to get in my nine hours of sleep. Cause if I can look even remotely close to what she looks like at her age? I’m down.

#3 PLAN LIKE YOUR SUCCESS DEPENDS ON IT 

‘Cause it does!

If you know anything about me, I love taking time to plan not just my yearly goals but also break them down into quarterly, monthly, weekly, and daily goals.

That’s a ton of goals, right? But really what it comes down to is planning ahead of time. What doesn’t get planned is not gonna get finished. You’ve heard that a million times and it’s so true. 

Every female entrepreneur that I know who has any level of success has harnessed the power of planning.

Getting things done is still critical in your business and balancing that with your personal life can be very challenging.

But if you take just 10 minutes every day at the end of your day to plan what you’re going to work on the next day, that can really build up to some amazing momentum.

#4 REST UP

The next habit I have for you is to rest, my darling. Sleep and rest are two very different things. 

What I mean by rest is to unplug and re-energize. Pour something back into your soul so that you can show up as your best self for your work and for your family.

When women are stressed, overworked, and burnt out, we just can’t show up as our best selves in the world. Being nurturers and then being very strong, powerful, smart, and strategic — the world needs those gifts. 

So it’s important that you don’t feel guilty about taking some time to unplug every single day. Maybe that means waking up a little bit earlier (as long as you have at least eight hours of sleep every night) or having time for yourself. 

One of the things that I find most women don’t have is a hobby. I used to be one of those women too. I wouldn’t have anything other than my business that I would obsess about, so it became this vicious cycle of just working all the time. If I wasn’t working, I was thinking about work.

I definitely don’t want that for you. 

Get a hobby. Do something that you truly enjoy. Do something that you can literally pour your heart into and that lights up your world.

#5 BE A READER

This next habit is absolutely critical. Make sure to read at least 10 pages every single day. 

Elon Musk credits building rocket ships to reading books. Warren Buffet reads 500 plus pages every single day and bill Gates makes it a point to read at least 50 books every year. 

So what do all three of these billionaires have in common? Outside of being men.

They’re all readers!

You totally need to incorporate this habit into your life if you want to up-level every single area of your business and your personal life. There is so much that we can learn through other people’s journeys.

Reading a book is literally like gathering all the wisdom from someone else’s life. The more you read, the more knowledge you’re going to accumulate.

I don’t have to sell you hard on this because you already know how important it is. And you can make it practical by simply reading 10 pages every single day. 

Now I have to give my husband, Chris, credit for this one. This is a habit that he helped me implement into my business. It has helped me so much because I do actually love reading. I’ve always been an avid reader but I’ve always felt like I never had enough time to read.

So one of the things I’ve learned through his book club called The VIP Book Club is that I can totally break down my books into 10 pages every day. And then most of the time I can read one whole book every single month.

This habit has been a game-changer in my business and is something I highly recommend that you implement too.

#6 TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR MONEY

I don’t know about you but money can be really scary sometimes, especially when you’re trying to grow a business and you have to handle both of your personal finances as well as your business’. It’s a lot.

Here’s the thing: if you take control of your money, not only will you feel a crazy sense of peace, you’ll also make wiser decisions as you grow your business and your personal wealth.

Some of my favorite apps to help you stay on track with your budget are Mint.com and Credit Karma

My husband and I use Mint.com to handle our personal and business finance. As for Credit Karma, we use it to keep tabs on our credit. These tools just help us make sure that our financial life is sparkling clean.

One more thought on the money thing…

With the advent of social media, I feel like there’s been a crazy barrage of people showing off their luxurious lifestyles.

The reality is that wealthy people don’t show off as much as the ones we see on Instagram because they don’t need to prove their worth to anyone else on the internet and you don’t either.

So the next time you feel a little bit tempted to live above your means, stop that nonsense.

It is so much more important to reinvest in your business so you’ll have a great safety net in case something goes wrong.

It’s wise to reinvest into an asset that’s going to make you more money than spending it all trying to look the part. That’s ridiculous.

Hey, I’m not saying that you can’t treat yourself to a beautiful Louis Vuitton bag. But one makes sure that you can pay for them in cash; two, make sure that it’s a smart investment in terms of where you’re at in your business; and three, use the Kim method

Whenever I’m tempted to buy something luxe and treat myself, I think about how much money am I going to get back on that piece.

Is it really going to give me $1,500  worth of joy (Marie Kondo style)? Or can I take that money, reinvest it into something like Facebook ads and make a hell of a lot more money?

Just food for thought.

#7 RUN YOUR LIFE LIKE A CEO

The next habit is to run your life like a boss and I mean this in the best way possible.

You run your business like a CEO, like the leader of your company and you need to run your life like a business too. 

It’s important to remember that your business is a reflection of who you are as a person. So if your personal life is chaotic and messy, your business will probably be too. 

You should be implementing the same strategies that you do your business into your life. For example, being super organized, making sure that you’re planning your weekends and your weekdays, and planning your meals.

Remember, don’t just run your business, run your life like a business too.

#8 IMPLEMENT A MORNING AND EVENING ROUTINE

I’m sure you’ve seen so many videos all about morning and evening routines already. Having morning and evening routines is critical.

What you do in the morning really sets the tone for your day.

If you have a good morning routine, you’ll show up as your best self at work and in your personal life. 

If you’re working from home as I do, that can be a huge challenge. So develop a simple morning routine. It doesn’t need to look like anyone else’s.

Make sure you also have an evening routine in place so that you can transition back and forth easily between your personal life and your business.

OVER TO YOU

There you have it! I hope these eight female entrepreneur tips are helpful. I hope that you’ll be implementing at least one of these habits into your life. 

And if you are, please let me know in the comments section below. I would love to hear from you. Which one of these habits will you be implementing into your daily life? Lemme know!

X,

Kim

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April 23rd

Kimberly Ann Jimenez,
Digital Strategist & Founder

It has been weeks since we’ve been in quarantine. So let me share one of the concepts that have helped my team and me to get through this difficult time.

I’M COUNTING ON YOU

We are blessed enough to see growth during this time, as most companies who leverage e-commerce have. But of course, just like any other company, this unprecedented time came with a lot of difficult decisions and intense, demanding work – from supporting our existing members to helping and leading our entire community through this crisis.

This week alone, we’ve recorded 17 lessons for our brand new course, a full workshop, and four new episodes for the blog. Batching on steroids, baby! 

And that’s on top of everything else we usually do to run the company (think internal reports, SM content, sales calls, team meetings, supporting 25,000 customers, etc.).

Add the craziness that is this current crisis and… yeah,” would be such an understatement.

Two weeks ago, I told my team during one of our meetings that we need to set boundaries from all the emotions that we’re seeing splattered all over social media if we were going to be of any use to our clients, our communities, and our families.

We set the goal to thrive through this crisis regardless of any obstacles that might come our way, and protecting our mindset was a critical part of that.

As leaders and entrepreneurs, we don’t have an option. It’s required of us to set clear boundaries that can shield our minds from toxic negativity. 

Maintaining an exceptionally high level of mental hygiene (crisis or not) is demanded of us daily. So if we’re going to continue being the creative, innovative creatures that will continue to drive the economy forward while everyone else is binge-watching Netflix on their couch, now, more than ever, we must tune out all the noise.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t perform at my best when I continually see negative threads on Facebook and Twitter. The barrage of updates makes me feel like there’s this cloud of negativity looming over my shoulders.

Can you relate?

The one constant thing that has helped me get through the biggest obstacles in my career has been social media distancing. My Creative Director, Pearl, coined this concept, and in our meeting, she said, 

We shouldn’t just be social distancing right now. We should also be social media distancing.

So much wisdom!

There are so many opportunities for people like you and me to rise even in this uncertain time. It’s our responsibility to be leaders through this time, and do what we do best, think differently.

In times of chaos, it’s up to us to band together and rise. 

So gather yourself, set clear boundaries, and get to work busting through any of the obstacles that you encounter or that you’ve been experiencing now. There is always a way to pivot and level up your business even in a time of crisis.

RELATED: 5 Business Strategies To Deploy In A Crisis

Remember, you don’t owe anybody your attention or energy. If there’s any content on social media that you’re going to consume, set a rule that it needs to fill up your soul, improve your skills or inspire you to go after your wildest dream.

Things will get back to normal soon. It’s people like you and me who will keep this economy going. 

I believe in you, and I hope that you’ll choose to step up and lead viciously with tons of love. 

Stay safe, stay sane, and stay profitable.

 

Xx,

Kim

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April 10th

Kimberly Ann Jimenez,
Digital Strategist & Founder

If you’ve ever wondered how content-creators level up, you’ve probably asked yourself questions like… how do they make time to create? And how do they attract a larger audience consistently? 

Content magic can only happen when the right mindset meets a dope strategy. And that’s what we’re going to dive into in this post.

What we’re about to dive into is a lesson coming straight from The Business Lounge‘s latest course, The Content Lab. If you’d like to learn more about our premium membership for online entrepreneurs, join our waitlist.

Without further ado, let’s get into the lesson.

9 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE CONTENT CREATORS

Content magic happens when mindset meets strategy.

This concept is so important. These days, I see so many content creators struggling to get ahead. They’re struggling to grow an audience and monetize that audience. If you’ve been through this, I feel you because I’ve gone through it too.

Often, it’s the mindset that we’re missing. We don’t put so much weight on understanding what we need to believe in, how we need to change our patterns to level up, and have our mindset meet our strategy. 

Without a great mindset, you’re never going to move to the next level. 

It doesn’t matter how amazing your strategy is. If you won’t follow through and you won’t stay consistent, ultimately, you won’t execute at the level that you want.

#1 THE MVP MINDSET

Highly effective content creators subscribe to the MVP mindset. MVP means Minimum Viable Product which is a widely used business term.

MVP is a product with enough features to satisfy early customers and provide feedback for future product development. I want you to apply the same concept with your content creation. 

You don’t need to start with a lot of frills, high-tech equipment, and insane production value. You only need a lot of value, and that alone is enough.

MVP also equates to the notion that done is better than perfect. Quality is important. We always want to level up as we grow, but we can’t allow perfectionism to paralyze us.

Lastly, it’s also understanding that different stages of business will insight higher levels of content creation. You don’t need to start with creating insane amounts of content and the most top, most perfect format available. Start with what you have and improve as you move along.

So here’s a good rule of thumb. If you’re in the Validate, Launch, or Hustle stage, I want you to subscribe to the MVP mindset. Your content doesn’t need to be perfect at the start.

If you’re in the Breakthrough, Profit, or Scale stage, I want you to level up by delegating most of the work you’ve been doing. You still need to stick to the MVP mindset, and then you can add the bells and whistles by delegating to your team and building that up as you become more and more profitable.

Side Note: Find out more about The Six Stages of Online Success HERE.

#2 PRACTICE ACTIVE PATIENCE

What is active patience? It’s showing up as your best professional self, putting in the effort, and training your company as an authentic media brand, but knowing full well that it will take time to see results and to grow.

So what does it look like in a practical sense? It means that you’re… 

  • Checking your analytics
  • Making sure that you’re putting out content that people like
  • Gathering feedback from your audience
  • Maybe collaborating with other brands
  • Getting yourself out there

But you’re not obsessing over the metrics. You’re not discouraged when it takes six months to see tangible results happen.

No one becomes successful overnight, and everyone that tells you otherwise, for sure, took them a year or more to get to where they are. Do the work and be patient. You’ll get there.

#3 DOUBLE DOWN ON CONSISTENCY

Amazing content creators are in it for the long run. They pick a schedule, and they stick to it. They set non-negotiable goals to create content consistently week in and out. 

They also realize that creating content and marketing their brand and company is as important as serving your clients. 

I see entrepreneurs focusing only on one side of their business. Maybe it’s servicing their clients, or creating more products, or focusing on product development when it’s essential to invest in marketing and education too. So make sure to strike a balance.

#4 GET INSPIRED ON PURPOSE

When you’re an effective content creator, you believe that there is an endless supply of content ideas out there. You think that you will never run out of things to say to help, inspire, motivate, or educate your audience. 

You’re also intentional about carving out time to fill your tank of inspiration. Reading books, having a good time entirely out of work, making sure you have some me-time, or studying other brands that also inspire you outside of your industry.

You train your mind to get ideas from environmental triggers. This is especially important if you want to stand out from the pack and if you are operating in a very heavily saturated market rate.

So you have to realize that your company is 100% a reflection of who you are, and no two people in the whole world experience life the same way that you do. That’s why it’s crucial to train your mind to spark ideas from everyday life and create content around it.

For example, you’re in the checkout line in the grocery store, and someone in front of you said something interesting, and you turn that into a lesson for your community.

Maybe you’re strolling around the mall, and you see a packaging that stood out to you, and you decide to use those colors to re-brand your blog.

So train your mind to allow your environment to inspire ideas for content, your branding, or your overall messaging. And it’s best to develop it early on.

#5 PLAN LIKE THERE’S NO TOMORROW

Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.

– Alan Lakein

This quote is so powerful. We can craft our future by planning in the present and that we can manipulate and leverage what tomorrow will look like if we take some time to plan it now. 

I love that we live in this world where we have the opportunity of leveraging content creation for free through the internet.

Competent content creators understand this opportunity, which is why they treat their brands like real media companies. They have content calendars, a list of post ideas, a content bank of 20+ long-form content ideas for their blogs, videos, and podcasts.

Side Note: Download our Content Calendar System HERE

#6 YOU’RE IN IT FOR THE LONG RUN

Effective content creators are in it for the long term. And that means that you’re strategically positioning yourself for the future. You also understand that long term value equates to long term profit. 

We’re businesses. We’re not just creating content for the sake of doing good in the world. It’s crucial to realize that the value you bestow upon your community will come back to you time and time again.

So if you’re setting yourself up for long term success, you want to think about long term value and content creation.

It also means that you need to be playing the consistency game because you know that the more consistent you are, the more profit you will make.

#7 YOU ARE A REBEL

You are a rebel, my friend! An effective content creator like you is continuously learning from other leaders in your industry. It’s essential to have that balance of learning from what other people are doing but then inserting your flavor into the mix.

I don’t want you to be a robot. I don’t want you to be a copy of what we do or what we teach. I want you to take what you learn in this post, leverage it, and add your twist.

You don’t let anyone find your path, but you accept guidance open heartedly.

#8 YOU KNOW YOUR NUMBERS

You understand what key metrics you need to look at, and you check them at least once per month. You must focus on your numbers.

  • How many followers are you getting?
  • Are people engaging with the content that you’re putting out?
  • What kind of content do they prefer? 
  • Can you put more of that content out? 

All those things are essential.

And finally, you’re all about goodwill, showing up and getting value, but you’re also aware that it has to lead to profits for something to be sustainable for your company.

So you want to look at the monetization aspect of content creation as much as we look at growth and implement strategies to increase the audience and position yourself as the go-to expert.

Don’t worry. If you don’t know what your key metrics should be, we’re going to talk about that in a later lesson.

#9 YOU PACE YOURSELF

The last habit is that you pace yourself like a champ. You’ve set a frequency that you can sustain when it comes to putting out content consistently, and you stick with it. 

I love this quote by Ryan Holmes. He says…

You can run a sprint or you can run a marathon, but you can’t sprint a marathon.

You can choose to sprint or run a marathon, but you can’t do both.

OVER TO YOU

I hope you find this very helpful. Please come over to our Mastermind Group and tell me which one of these nine habits you’re going to be implementing into your own content creation strategy. 

I would love to hear from you. 

X,

Kim

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March 31st

Kimberly Ann Jimenez,
Digital Strategist & Founder

Looking for ways to stay productive through quarantine?

These days, so many of us are working from home because of the current situation. I thought it would be a good idea to talk about the challenges and share three of my best tips to stay super focused.

Let’s get into it.

WORKING FROM HOME? 3 PRODUCTIVITY TIPS TO STAY FOCUSED

#1 HAVE A SOLID WORKDAY ROUTINE

Working from home might be a new thing for some of us, and it’s understandable to feel anxious or weird because it’s different. 

One of the biggest things that have helped me stay focused, as I was transitioning from corporate America into building my own company, was to have a solid morning routine. Wake up early, do your skincare routine, take a shower, eat a hearty breakfast, read a book – whatever it is that works for you, do it.

I also make it a habit to dress up every morning. I found out that working in my PJs or my sweat pants didn’t give me a solid starting point for the day. It made me feel like I never truly woke up. 

Now, I dress up, do my hair and makeup every day as if I was going to an office because I do have one. I have to act like a CEO. 

Having a solid workday startup routine changed the game for me mentally. It’s so much better than waking up, having breakfast while checking emails, not taking a shower, and not going to the gym or doing anything that’ll get my mind going.

#2 HAVE A DESIGNATED WORKSPACE

Having a designated workspace doesn’t mean that you need a dedicated office as I do.

When I first started in my business, I had a little corner in my bedroom. I made it work in my 400 square foot apartment was tiny. And then throughout the years, Chris and I got married, we moved in together, and I usually worked from our living room or our dining table – anywhere I can find a spot. 

Now, we’re lucky enough to both have dedicated offices. We also have a pretty significant meeting room where we have our virtual team meetings. It’s complete with the handy whiteboard that we can use to talk about projects and workflows.

We’re grateful to have a beautiful space now, but this is not how it used to be when we started. 

So if you’re working from your dining table or a corner in your bedroom with a tiny desk, or you have a full office, having a dedicated place where you can work every day makes a huge difference. It’ll help you get in the right mindset. 

I think there’s a couple of research studies about this. I read somewhere that it makes a difference for your brain to get in the habit of working from one dedicated space every day versus working on the couch one day, then working on the kitchen Island the next day and then maybe working in the bedroom. It throws things off.

#3 SET A PRODUCTIVITY SYSTEM

It’s crucial to set a productivity system. You can’t start working from home and expect things to fall into place. Usually, that’s what we do because we don’t feel like we have a solid plan.

Going to work every day gives us structure and a lot of accountability. But when you’re your boss, or you’re working from home, which for most of us is a new environment, it can be a real challenge. 

I strongly recommend that you surround yourself with productivity tools that are going to help you stay accountable. Two of my favorites are Trello and the Full Focus Planner.

So I start every single day by planning my day. I usually spend 15 to 20 minutes going over my tasks for the projects that I’m going to accomplish. At the end of the week, I’ll plan my upcoming week, and you can do the same thing. 

It doesn’t have to be time-consuming or overwhelming. It’s a matter of getting a system that works for you and one that you can implement intentionally.

OVER TO YOU

I hope these tips have been helpful. Watch our full productivity playlist here.

‘Til the next post!

X,

Kim

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March 27th

Kimberly Ann Jimenez,
Digital Strategist & Founder

The world has experienced some insane shifts over the past couple of weeks, and nothing’s quite sure yet.

Here in the US, we’ve felt a profound change to our daily lifestyle. We see the stock market crash. The current situation in different countries such as Italy has alarmed us. We’re concerned about our futures in a time of instability.

It’s essential to understand how to deal with this type of stressful situation, especially as entrepreneurs.

So, I’m sharing my top five business strategies that you need to be deploying right now in a time of crisis.

We’ve released this as a workshop for our community inside our paid membership, The Business Lounge. But we’re making it available to you here on the blog, our YouTube channel, and our podcast too.

For part one, we’re going to be talking about how to leverage this time to grow. We’re going to be looking at detailed examples of companies, freelancers, and content creators in multiple industries, whether they’re based locally and servicing a local community or not.

We’re going to look at how they’re positioning themselves as leaders in their respective space or leveraging the internet and the global economy to continue operating through this time of difficulties.

Pull out your pen and paper to prepare for this workshop because we’re going to dive right in.

Side note: This workshop is pitch-free. There’s zero incentive for us to create this outside of our membership. We simply want to help you change the way you approach difficult times. This workshop is power-packed with encouragement because we CAN do this. There’s so much hope and opportunities out there, and we’re going to help you leverage them.

TOP FIVE BUSINESS STRATEGIES TO DEPLOY DURING A CRISIS

Being challenged in life is inevitable. Being defeated is optional.

This quote by a pro tennis player and motivational speaker, Roger Crawford, hit home with me this week as I was going through my process of getting in the right mindset for dealing with change.

In times of crisis, there’s always growth. We can’t experience the best versions of ourselves if there are no challenges. 

Thankfully, most of us in The Business Lounge community are online business owners, and we’ve intentionally set ourselves for growth regardless of the state of the economy.

We’re probably experiencing a lesser change right now than most companies who operate in the physical space. But that’s not to say that as online business owners, we can’t leverage this situation to take care of our audiences and to look at our strengths and weaknesses.

What areas in our companies do we need to reposition? 

What can we be doing better?

How can we prepare for situations like we can’t operate our businesses online?

These are essential questions you should consider as you go through this process. 

PERSEVERANCE OVER PANIC

We are responsible for everything that happens in the world as humans, so we need to take account of how we respond to different situations.

A lot of times, we don’t understand how our decisions impact the economy. Of course, there’s a lot of justifiable panic and concern, but we shouldn’t unpack and live in fear, right. We have to choose perseverance over panic. 

We can’t allow fear to paralyze us because we, as entrepreneurs, are in charge of continuing to move the economy forward.

#1 GET IN THE RIGHT HEADSPACE

The first strategy to deploy in a crisis is to get in the right headspace. 

Breathe in, breathe out. 

Having an intense and acute sense of reality is only going to be possible if you’re in the right mindset.

It doesn’t matter how many strategies I teach or tips I throw your way if you’re not taking care of your mental health. If you don’t have the right attitude too, there’s nothing I can do for you, my friend. That’s the truth. 

Panicking is not healthy. It will only hinder you from performing optimally.

GRATITUDE FIRST & ALWAYS

So what are we going to do to get in the right headspace? Number one, we’re going to double down on gratitude. Let’s take a step back and think about the things that have helped us. 

For me, I rely on my faith during these times, and I take time to write every day. Reading the word is a part of my workday startup routine, and doing so helps me connect with the Higher Power. It gives me so much hope for the future.

I also meditate, and I love using the Calm app. Meditating 5 to 10 minutes for two or three times a day is beneficial. It helps to teach your body how to deal with stress.

Side note: Don’t forget to check out our FREE Mastermind Group on Facebook, where earlier this week, I shared some of the things I’ve been doing to keep my health in check. Some of our community members shared theirs too. Join the group and share yours!

HAVE A SELF-CARE TOOLKIT

This strategy is related to the first one. It’s crucial to be reminded that we are the number one asset in our companies, so we must take care of ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Make sure that you have a self-care toolkit. Move your body regularly because it helps keep your immune system on its tip-top shape. There are probably a billion home workouts available out there.

Check out Youtube tutorials or enroll in an online class. If you’re a fitness coach, feel free to leave your details in the comment section below. We’d love to connect you with people interested in your service.

GET OFF SOCIAL MEDIA IF IT GETS OVERWHELMING

Chris and I have made it a point to disconnect from all the hysteria. My team and I have deleted the apps on their phones. Some of them have removed themselves from Facebook and Twitter. 

In times like this, we need to consume information on our terms. We don’t have to watch all the updates about the virus. Health experts advise social distancing; it’s essential to do some form of social media distancing too. 

Disconnect from things that are not serving you well and only consume information from reliable sources.

#2 MAKE A CRISIS PLAN

A crisis plan should include the things that you should be taking care of and the things that you don’t need to engage with right now. This process is incredibly simple, but it’s so powerful and crucial.

Again, commit to persevering rather than panicking. Choosing to be resilient and understanding that you have everything it takes to succeed in any kind of economy is essential. You’ve got to believe in yourself and do the work. You’re more capable than you think.

So here are the three questions that I need you to ask yourself as you’re creating your crisis plan. 

Number one, where is the opportunity? As entrepreneurs, we’re innovators. We’re creators. We thrive off of solving problems. This question might be difficult for entrepreneurs in transportation, restaurants, or in the hospitality industry. But there’s always an opportunity to win in this current climate.

Number two, what’s already working? And how can we double down on profit-generating strategies? So if there’s a well-performing area in your company, continue to implement your current plan. What areas in your company are taking a hit? Once you figure it out, find ways to re-allocate your resources.

If, for example, you can’t operate during quarter two, use this time to plan and double down your strategies for quarters three and four.

Number three, what skills do I need to leverage? It’s crucial to have self-awareness during this time too. What are you good at that you can deploy now? 

For me, I’m good at conversion optimization. I’m skilled at turning existing traffic to actual customers, then into repeat customers, which leads to higher conversions, more leads, and eventually more sales. Whatever it is for you, I want you to double down on that skill and figure out what resources do you need to re-allocate in your company.

In a time of crisis, you need to be hyper strategic with your process and your thinking. I want you to reassess the way that you see your company and train your mind to operate at a higher level. We need to step it up.

Side note: If you’re looking for free resources to consume during this time, we have plenty of them in this blog and on our Youtube Channel. Whether you want to learn about social media marketing, about online business, it’s available here.

#3 PIVOT YOUR MARKETING

So much has happened since the lockdown began and I’m sure by now you’ve pivoted your marketing. I’m sure you’ve created content around different topics and if you haven’t, it’s not too late. 

However, this still applies to the rest of the year. It’s a great opportunity for you to look at what’s working and what’s not. Where is the opportunity right now?

In a previous episode on my YouTube channel, I talked about how the consumption on different platforms like YouTube and Facebook has gone up to 70%. It’s crazy how much attention people are giving to social media and that presents an incredible opportunity.

People are looking for opportunities to be distracted by, or take inspiration from, or learn a new skill so they can take a breather from the constant bombardment of information. 

This is the perfect time to pivot your marketing strategy and the first place to do that is to position yourself for growth.

When you double down on a particular platform that’s already worked for you or where your audience is, you can focus more on positioning yourself for growth.

Whatever that means for you, commit to it. Whether you’re going to educate yourself by signing up for online courses or learn new strategies, commit to being consistent about it.

BEING GENEROUS WITH YOUR COMMUNITY

We need to be here for our people. So think of ways you can add much more value and showcase your know-how before you ask your audience for anything in return. Support them and start leveraging that for momentum and growth.

If you need to figure out how to make quick cash, you can start selling things you already have in your home that you’re not using anymore. If you’re crafty, you can start selling online. If you’re good with digital art, you can begin taking in commissions.

Another thing you can do is apply for Virtual Assistant positions. There are still companies that are hiring, and if you’re willing to do some VA work on a part-time basis, that can be a great gig.

You can also take this time to start a YouTube channel, double down on affiliate marketing, maybe teach an online course if that’s something you’re interested in.

Don’t worry, my friend. There are plenty of opportunities for you to leverage the current situation to make money. Don’t box yourself in so much fear.

SHARE YOUR CRISIS PLAN

Once you have your crisis plan, make sure to share it with your family, friends, your business team, and your squad. You must keep the people in your life updated on what’s going on because they’re probably going to want to support you and help you through this time of growth. 

Maybe for you, that means telling your spouse what your plans are so he/she can take care of the kids while you do your online workshop. Maybe it’s asking your family to respect your work schedule so they won’t disturb you while you’re shooting your Youtube videos.

You’re going to need all the support that you could get. 

If you have a team, get in touch with them virtually and pour out your support. You need to be a model for what to do during this time. 

Chris and I had meetings with our team these past few days. We discussed all the challenges we’re facing, how to work through it, and how to support them.

Reassure your people that you have their back. Share your vision with them. Share how they can step into their roles and help position your company so you can reach your ultimate goal faster.

USE THE WIFM METHOD

Another one of my favorite strategies is the WIFM rule, which stands for What’s In It For Me?

Too often I see content creators put out content without thinking about what’s in it for the consumer. So if we’re creating content, we should think about how our content can add value – whether that’s inspiring people or educating, or simply entertaining them.

This is one way of standing out from the rest. It’s how you’re going to attract even more people into your community and change the relationship that you have with people who have just met you.

EXPOSURE AND DISCOVERABILITY

Now let’s talk about exposure and discoverability because this is crucial. Here are some practical questions to guide you as you’re mapping out your content strategy.

Number one, how can people find you? Leverage search engine optimization for your blog posts, podcasting, or Youtube videos.

Number two, is there a way that you can collaborate with others? You can leverage other people’s visibility and then optimize what you already have.

Last but not least, how can you launch something new? You can release a new segment on your podcast show or Youtube channel, for example. You can also interview some cool new people, so you’re hitting two birds with one stone – creating new content and leveraging other people’s audiences.

All of those things are questions that you can ask yourself to take things to the next level.

INFUSE YOUR CONTENT WITH YOUR PERSONALITY

This is another excellent strategy to think about as you’re looking for ways to reach a bigger audience and positioning yourself for growth mentality. It’s to infuse your content with your personality.

I know sometimes it’s hard to be yourself, especially when it comes to your content. The “work mode” version of myself is different from my everyday personality. So at first, I felt uncomfortable about adding a bit more of my character into my content. Then I realized that at the end of the day, people want to connect with humans.

No matter how valuable your content is, your audience will want to have a personal connection. So I challenge you, as I’ve challenged myself to start infusing your content with more personality.

What are some of your interests and your hobbies? How can you infuse that into the content you’re creating?

#4 KEEP LEARNING

Now is the right time to double down on your skills and expand your know-how. Tony Robbins said it best when he said this line.

When you’re not growing, you’re dying.

There are days when I feel like I’m plateauing, and it’s because I’ve stopped growing in one area of my life, whether that be emotionally, spiritually, physically, or intellectually. Self-improvement and self-growth are intrinsic parts of how you deal with change.

Remember, earners are learners. Use this time to learn more. It could be as simple as understanding how to create better content by watching Youtube videos or listening to podcasts or taking a new course or reading books.

When you invest in your know-how, it’s the only asset that can never be taken away from you for as long as you’re alive. You are investing in your mindset, skillset, the way that you perceive the world, the way you think, and how you operate.

For me, I’m doubling down on studying conversion optimization. It’s one of the few things that I jumped into action the minute this whole situation shifted. So now, I see a significant return on that investment.

If I lose all the things that I’ve built within this business, if the market changes and things take a different turn, I can take everything I’ve learned and invested in.

PROFITABILITY OVER POPULARITY

I’ve talked about choosing profitability over popularity at lengths here because it’s one of my favorite concepts.

Now is the time to think about the areas in your company (or brands) that bring in the most revenue. Why? And then, how can you position yourself to have multiple revenue streams and create sustainable growth?

It’s great to have revenue streams that depend on other people’s success and other people’s revenue in their own companies. But at the end of the day, you want to solidify the way that you generate income for yourself so that you can be in control.

RELATED READ: Profitability Over Popularity

Choosing to be profitable than to be popular is how you create sustainability. It’s how you build long-term growth.

#5 TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR FINANCES

The final strategy is all about taking charge of your finances. Understand where your money is coming from and where it’s going. I’m not saying that you have to cut all expenses and prepare for the worst.

Take the time to look at how you’re spending your money and how you can better invest it in and become a better steward of the resources you have. Then look at ways on how you can shift the way you invest your funds and resources.

For example, in the company, we’ve been looking at how we can double down on the platforms that are serving us in terms of advertising dollars. We pull out of the platforms that aren’t doing much for us. We also explore some of the platforms that might be a greater fit for us.

Right now, we’re exploring how we can leverage Pinterest and Youtube more in terms of ad spending. We’re also doubling down on our production value and investing in better equipment that allows us to create better content faster.

So take ownership of your finances because it’ll give you a greater sense of control and peace. When you’re paying attention to your money at least once a week, it will help you make way smarter decisions.

Keep track of your spending habits. Apps like Mint.com are super empowering.

OVER TO YOU

I hope you’ve picked up a lot of value from the first part of this workshop. I want you to stay positive. You got this. 

Remember, you have everything it takes to thrive in any circumstance.

I’m counting on you to lead. It is up to us entrepreneurs to keep the world moving forward to look at the opportunity when people see chaos and to serve and take care of our communities while we’re going through a crisis. 

I’m proud of you because you’re 10,000 steps ahead of everyone else. The fact that you’re here and you’ve decided to level up, to double down, to roll up your sleeves and do the work speaks volumes about the kind of entrepreneur that you are and the kind of leader or you’re becoming. 

So I just want to say thank you for being here. Let me know what questions you have in the comment section below. We’d love to address those. 

Until next time I want you to stay positive, stay calm, and remain profitable. I’ll see you in part two of this workshop.

 

X,

Kim

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3 Signs You Will Be SUCCESSFUL As An Online Entrepreneur (Or Just In Life!)

3 Signs You Will Be SUCCESSFUL As An Online Entrepreneur (Or Just In Life!)

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3 Signs You Will Be SUCCESSFUL As An Online Entrepreneur (Or Just In Life!)

March 5th

Kimberly Ann Jimenez,
Digital Strategist & Founder

How do you know you’re a successful online entrepreneur? 

In this post, we’re going to dive into the THREE SIGNS that you, my friend, is going to be a successful online entrepreneur.

3 SIGNS YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL AS AN ONLINE ENTREPRENEUR (OR JUST IN LIFE!)

#1 YOU HAVE A PLAN

The first sign that you’re going to be a successful online entrepreneur is that you have a plan. 

Now, don’t get it twisted.

Having a plan doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to have all of your stuff together. It means that you have clarity and that you have reverse-engineered the process of getting to the goal that you ultimately want to reach. 

There are so many incredible resources in this day and age that will help us gather everyone who has come before us and know about their experience, acquire their knowledge, and learn about all the different mistakes that they’ve made and the obstacles that they faced. 

Books, podcasts, blog posts, online courses, exclusive mentorship programs – there are so many ways to help you avoid making silly entrepreneurial mistakes. It would be best if you had a basic idea of where you’re going, and you want to leverage other people’s experiences.

I can’t tell you where I would be in my business if it weren’t for the hundreds of books I’ve read about business and marketing from incredible pioneers in different industries. Those people have done all the deep work that’s required to move forward in something like an online business.

So I encourage you to read biographies, take online courses, read tons of blogs, listen to podcast episodes, and watch videos so that you can gather as much information as you can. 

In the first place, there isn’t a handbook for entrepreneurship. There isn’t one specific journey that everyone goes through, so you must find a couple of people that maybe have built businesses in the same niche that you’re in or have built successful business models that are similar to what you want to do. 

Do your research. Have a plan.

#2 STARTING BEFORE YOU’RE READY

Steven Pressfield said in his book, Turning Pro.

Don’t prepare. Begin. Our enemy is not lack of preparation. The enemy is resistance, our chattering brain producing excuses. Start before you are ready.

I love this advice because it’s such a crucial concept. There is no perfect timing to start building your brand, or your company, or reaching for that big goal or milestone that you’ve been putting off. 

It’s all about diving into it, head first even if it’s scary. If you don’t have all the information or things are not perfect, just start.

There’s a saying that goes, “Ready, fire, aim,” that’s what we’re talking about right now. It’s jumping in and making informed decisions quickly. Don’t allow your analysis to paralyze you. Move forward, take the chance, dive in, and you will reap the rewards.

#3 YOU’RE COMMITTED TO CONSISTENCY

The last sign that you’re going to be a successful online entrepreneur is that you’re committed to consistency.

We hear over and over and over again that common sense isn’t always common practice. What this means is that you’re showing up day in and day out like a professional. Your company is no longer a hobby. It’s a calling. There is a nonnegotiable about serving your people, about reaching more clients, about putting out your message and doing it daily. 

Showing up like a pro and committing to consistency is one of the most important aspects of becoming a successful online entrepreneur. It means that you’re mature, that you’re ready to commit to the long haul, and that you’re doing this for the right reasons. 

So double down on your consistency. Commit to playing the long game because it’s going to serve you so much as you continue to build momentum, sharpen your skills, and reach more people.

CONSISTENCY IS LIKE A MUSCLE

Here’s a little bonus tip about consistency, my friend. It’s like a muscle. You don’t start your business, and all of a sudden you’re just remarkably consistent. It takes a lot of practice. It takes time to figure out your rhythm and workflow. You have to do a trial and error on how you can manage life and business and make it all work together. 

It’s a challenge, and we’re here to support you at every step. So don’t beat yourself up if you’re struggling with consistency.

RELATED WATCH: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome – The TWO Strategies I Use To Snap Out Of It

OVER TO YOU

To recap, here are the three signs that you’ll be a successful online entrepreneur. 

  1. You have a strategy and a plan.
  2. You start before you’re ready. 
  3. You’ve committed to consistency. 

If this post resonated with you, I’m inviting you to join us inside BSCHOOL. Marie Forleo is diving deeper into the core business principles that’ll serve you. 

You will learn things like how to find your ideal client avatar, how to put together your communication and marketing strategy, how to build a conversion-focused website, and so much more.

Plus, if you join BSCHOOL via our special link, you’ll get a bonus package that includes a full year to The Business Lounge and some additional awesome little perks. 

I hope to see you inside BSCHOOL, but regardless, thank you so much for being here. I’m so excited to serve you every single week here on the blog.

More in the next post!

 

X, 

Kim

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Self-Doubt For Good
& Start Your Business

February 24th

Kimberly Ann Jimenez,
Digital Strategist & Founder

Have you ever struggled with self-doubt? Or maybe you’ve felt like you’re not ready to jump into the entrepreneurial world?

If so, you’re going to love this Ask Kim episode because we’re talking all about confidence, your skillset, and knowing when you’re ready to get started. 

#ASKKIM: 3 WAYS TO DITCH SELF-DOUBT FOR GOOD & START YOUR BUSINESS

One of our lovely subscribers, Gray Smith, posted this question.

How can we assure people of the skills that we have (meaning certificates, testimonials, portfolios) but for those of us who have self-doubt that is so common in the modern West. How do we gain an accurate assessment of our skills that can help direct us towards the creation of a service-based business?

My friend, I love this question! I have three excellent principles that have helped me combat self-doubt as I’ve grown my business. 

Let me start with this. 

Every single person that you love and admire has experienced self-doubt at some point in their lives, and it doesn’t go away. You have to understand that as you continue growing and succeeding, self-doubt is something that lingers in the back of your mind. And so it’s all about learning how to manage it.

It’s so much better to have the right tools to manage self-doubt than trying to be perfect all the time and expect it not to creep in.

#1 GET PEOPLE RESULTS

The first thing that I learned that was super impactful for me was to focus on getting people results. Knowing when you’re ready to step into a business or hone your skillset is all about results. 

Can you help people? And even when you can deliver, you can still experience self-doubt. It all comes down to being aware that self-doubt is normal. It’s part of the process, especially if you’re a creator or an artist.

#2 THE COMPETENCE – CONFIDENCE LOOP

This principle is something I’ve learned from one of my mentors from afar, Brendon Burchard.

The more you hone in on your skills, the more competent you become at whatever you do. As you deliver, and you become more and more experienced, you gain more confidence.

Competence begets confidence and vice versa. So as you continue doing the work, you’ll become more confident, and you’ll get bigger and better results for your clients and your customers. 

The key is simply diving in and doing the work. Don’t be afraid of negative self-talk.

#3 FOCUS ON YOUR CLIENTS

This principle comes from the brilliant Marie Forleo. I learned this when I was starting. Her amazing Youtube Channel and program, BSchool, has given me so much insight and advice. 

Marie talked about how one of the strategies you can use when you have self-doubts is to focus on your clients instead of yourself. So focus on your clients and the people you serve instead of focusing on yourself and your own. 

Focus on your self worth instead of your lack of a particular resource. Anytime you doubt yourself, or you feel like you don’t have enough knowledge to do something or don’t have the required skills, focus on your people. Think about making a difference in their lives and giving them the results they need.

It would be best if you served genuinely and consistently. Doing so will lead to more success, and the more successful you become, the more confident you’ll be.

So if you’re worried about starting before you’re ready, it’s all about getting results. 

If you don’t have results yet, one of the things that I found served me a lot was working with people for free. It has helped me build my portfolio. I became better at what I did, and that alone has helped me develop my self-confidence. 

Now I’m not saying that just because I got people the results that they need, it doesn’t mean I don’t doubt myself from time to time. I’m not going to lie. There are still days when I wonder, “Am I cut out for this? Am I legit?” That pesky imposter syndrome comes up so many times for me. 

If you feel this way, please know that you’re not alone. Everybody goes through some rough patches. It’s normal.

OVER TO YOU

That’s it for today! If you want to dive deeper into these concepts, I’m inviting you to join Marie Forleo’s brand new free training series. It’s amazing!

She’s talking about five of the mistakes that most entrepreneurs make as they’re starting, growing, and rescaling their online businesses. I already went through the free training, and it’s fantastic. There was so much golden advice that you should leverage. 

It’s free. You don’t have to buy anything or enroll in Bschool. So I hope you go through the training as well.

That’s it for now! ‘Til the next episode!

 

X,

Kim

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3 Ideas That Has Helped Me Go From 11 Subscribers To 1M in Revenue – #StartedFromTheBottom

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3 Ideas That Helped Me Go From 11 Subscribers
To 1M in Revenue 
#StartedFromTheBottom

February 12th

Kimberly Ann Jimenez,
Digital Strategist & Founder

So a few months ago, I found this gem from the time we had 11 subscribers on our Youtube Channel.

*Started from the bottom now we’re here. Started from the bottom now, my whole team’s here.*

That 22-year-old version of me. Kim then was naive, inexperienced, and not confident at all. The first videos on the channel were brutal. 

Y’all, go back to the first couple of videos if you don’t believe me. They’re embarrassing, but I’ve kept them up for you because number one, they’re sentimental. Number two, you should see how other people started. My channel barely had any views and comments. My email list consisted of only three people, myself included. 

Back then, I thought that to make it online; I need to have a massive following. A thousand subscribers won’t cut it. I need to have hundreds of thousands of subscribers and a six-digit email list. 

Now that I’m running a seven-figure company (facts only, not a humblebrag, I swear), I’m grateful that my younger self wasn’t obsessed with followers and likes. I’m thankful that I  focused on being profitable over being famous. And this is a concept that I’ve talked about at length on my Youtube Channel, on Instagram and my other social media channels.

Here’s the deal-o: success has nothing to do with the number of followers on your Instagram account, or obsessing about the perfect feed, or posting the most insane content.

I’m not saying that those aren’t important, but instead, they don’t matter in the grand scheme of things because real success is about being resourceful.

It’s about focusing on what matters in your business, which are these three core principles: serving your audience in significant ways, making a bigger impact through your work, and also deploying profit-generating strategies. 

Now I can’t say that this was all my idea. My very first mentor, Marie Forleo, taught me about resourcefulness and how to build a profitable company even if you don’t have like a ton of time and money, a rich uncle, or any skills whatsoever. 

I stumbled on her work for the first time eight years ago, and she says that everything is figureoutable, and this principle stuck with me since then. Everything Marie teaches helped me build, not just one, but two successful companies. 

So in this post, I’m sharing THREE BIG IDEAS  that will help you focus on growth as the new year progresses. 

Let’s start!

3 Ideas That Helped Me Go From 11 Subscribers To 1M in Revenue 

#StartedFromTheBottom

#1 EVERYONE STARTS FROM THE BOTTOM

Every successful entrepreneur you love and admire has started from the bottom. There are no exceptions! Everyone started from the bottom. And if they didn’t, they worked their way up through some alternative means.

I’m serious when I tell you this: everyone goes through challenges. Everyone’s on a journey, and it’s not always easy, even if it seems like they’ve made it.

We’re all just trying to figure it out we go because no one has it all together! 

So if you’re feeling like you’re stuck, or you should be further along than you are right now, stop comparing yourself to everyone else. You’re on your journey, and if you continue to build momentum, all those little steps add up. It will start creating this “snowball effect” of momentum that’ll yield to a fantastic sustainable company in the long run. 

Don’t get discouraged. Even if you have three email subscribers like I did, keep sending your newsletters because it does pay off. 

Keep posting content even if it feels like you’re talking into the void.

#2 FOCUS ON PROFITABILITY OVER POPULARITY

I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but it’s essential to be reminded time and again that you should focus on profitability than popularity.

I want you to ask yourself these questions: What is the one thing you can do this year to serve your customers in more significant ways and focus on profit-generating strategies? 

What’s the one thing you can do that will boost your profits, and that will help you reach more people with your message, your services, and your products?

When you figure out the answer to those questions, fix your focus on that.

#3 IT’S ALL ABOUT CONNECTION

To win online, you need to value connections. It’s all about relationships, people! Not transactions.

Entrepreneurs like you and I often get caught up in numbers. It’s crucial to be profitable, but you want to focus on heart-centered connections as well.

You have to build and maintain excellent relationships with your customers because that will eventually lead to more profits in the long run. It costs so much more to acquire a new customer than to retain one, right?

So ask yourself this: how can you focus on building deeper connections with your audience? How can you leverage that relationship and build more trust? Most of the time that will require you to show up consistently and to come from a place of authentic generosity instead of expecting something in return. 

Balance the profitability aspect of being super generous and building relationships.

BE RELATABLE

The next layer of this concept is to build a communication strategy that allows you to be relatable. It would be best if you let your customers feel you care. Show them through your marketing strategy and your copy that you understand where they’re at and that you have a solution that will help them move forward in whatever area of life that might be.

OVER TO YOU

I hope those three big ideas helped you.

Just a quick recap: we talked about the importance of understanding that everyone starts from the bottom. So quit comparing yourself: number two, profitability over popularity all day, every day. And number three, winning online is about connection and relationships. 

So if you want to dive deeper into these big ideas this year, Marie has an incredible new workshop series for B-School 2020. I had to share her work with you because it’s made such a massive impact on my company.

The series is 100% free, which is fantastic, and the first video is live right now. 

Let me say this; the first video is so powerful. Marie will walk you through 6 amazing fundamental elements of a business. So even if you don’t sign up for B-School 2020, you should totally go through the free series. You’re going to leave with a clear understanding of the Six Pillars for launching and growing your business with a lot of class and smarts. And also, you’re going to learn why big-hearted creatives like you and I wired to succeed as modern entrepreneurs.

I promise you that alone is going to shift your mindset.

Plus! Marie has included a cool worksheet that is free for download so you can print it, fill it out, and put all the concepts together. We’re going through the entire worksheet together over on my free Facebook mastermind group, so if you’re interested and you want a little bit more support from me, definitely join that group.

Hey, if you have a business buddy or an entrepreneurial friend who might want to go through this training with you, why not invite them forward over this video to them? Go through the whole thing together and let me know in the comments section, what is the one insight that stood out to you most in this episode? 

I would love, love, love to hear from you.

 

X,

Kim

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