How To Start An Online Business In 4 Weeks

I’m going to give you tangible ways to get started but first I want you to know that your first “draft” isn’t permanent. Your product will evolve over time, your website design constantly be tweaked, and your business model will be developed further as you see what works for you and what doesn’t. 

You just have to START. Take action. Even if you’re only making baby steps, it’s time to get out of the dreaming phase and jump into the creation phase.

 
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Week 1:

1. Research your business idea.

How well can you help someone and fill a need or discomfort with your business idea? Research other products or services out there that try to fill this same need. What do you like about these products? What do you dislike about them? How can you do it better? How can you show your authenticity and set yourself apart from them?  

2. Establish your profitable messaging.

Your message is what sets you apart from others in your industry and attracts your ideal client to your brand. Your message is your story, your sales copy, the words that develop your readers’ trust and turn them into a loyal follower. 

3. Create your website or landing page.

I use Squarespace for my website (sales page, blog, and about me) and ClickFunnels to create sales funnels, landing pages for webinar registration pages, training videos, challenge registration pages, and to give away free PDFs in exchange for email addresses. Stressed just thinking about creating all of this for yourself? Check out how you can work directly with my Success Team HERE.

4. Add your about me page to your website.

Let visitors know who you are and how you’re here to make their lives easier! Be human, tell them about how you got started and about your journey. Add a professional headshot so that they can put a name to a face!

 

Week 2:

1. Add a blog page to your website.

Never thought of yourself as a blogger?! You have valuable information to share now! This is a space where you can start showing off your knowledge. Spend 3 days writing 3 actionable, helpful blog posts for your ideal client.

2. Create images to go with each blog post.

Not Photoshop savvy? That’s ok. You can adopt my design assistant HERE or Canva.com works great too! Research your favorite blogs to see how their images are designed. What makes you want to pin them to Pinterest? How could you make them better?

3. Enable the “Pin It” button on your website.

Visitors love pinning articles for later. Make it easy on them by having a one click Pin It button to share your content to their Pinterest peeps.

4. Upload your blog posts and insert your images.

Place the images about two to 5 paragraphs down. I like this photo placement so that there is a fun visual break between text.

5. PUBLISH THEM!

WHOOP WHOOP! 

 

Week 3:

1. Choose which social media platforms are right for you.

You don’t have to be on every single platform. In fact, I highly recommend that you choose a few to excel on! Here are my tips and tricks to start your business accounts and how to choose which ones are right for you. Through this article you will write your bio/about me section, set  your profile images, learn about using hashtags to your advantage, how to create a style guide to keep your accounts cohesive with your brand’s image, and more!

2. Once your accounts are created, go ahead and share your first three blog posts!

Pin your own image with a scroll stopping description, Tweet it out including a shortened bit.ly link, post it to your business FB page, make a post on Instagram with your image and a summary of your post and include the link in your bio. I like to tweet out and Pin a new blog post three times on the day I publish it. This is totally acceptable on Twitter and Pinterest! Instagram, not so much.

3. Use your social media accounts to attract your target audience.

Social media drives almost ALL of my website traffic. Social media managing can also be extremely time consuming and you can waste half of your day’s work on your platforms when you should have been creating more useful content for your readers. I recommend adopting my team HERE or developing a social media scheduling system that works for you.

 

Week 4:

1. Create your product.

What will you create first? Will you create an eBook, an online course, or a private coaching program? It doesn’t matter how you start, you simply need to START! Get your name out there, give them a way to work with you and share your message like your life depends on it!

2. Create your sales page.

This is your time to shine. You want your potential customers to feel like you are speaking directly to them, like you’re reading their minds and know exactly what they need. In order to accomplish this you will need to research the way they word their problems, which blogs they’re reading, and the tone of writing they enjoy (friendly, informative, nurturing, etc.). Look in Facebook groups in your niche, on blog comments, and on Twitter chats related to your product. Pay close attention to the questions they ask. Tell them how you understand their need and exactly how you’re going to fix it. I’ll help you write this irresistible page and my team will design it for you HERE.

 

I’ve created a free blueprint for you to market your new masterpiece to the masses!

In this workbook you will receive my 8 week marketing calendar that I go through when promoting a new product. I explain what types of content you should be sharing and how often. 

4 Reasons Why You Need To Start An Online Business In 2018 (and how to reach your revenue goals)

You’re afraid to put yourself out there, to put your name on something for the world to see. Failure is always a big fear when it comes to trying something new.

But, I want to tell you why now is the time to take the leap, to put your big girl shoes on and pounce on the online piece of the pie that belongs to YOU!

 
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As we get to know each other, you’ll see how opportunities aren’t an option in my mind.

Opportunities are your next open door and I’m not one to form a plan B. I go all in. Balls to the wall. And make it happen. I expect the same from my clients and the ones who adopt this mentality are the ones who experience success quickly.

No plan B?? You’re crazy!

Imagine that there’s no other door to go through except this door of opportunity. Deep down this is really the only door that you truly want to go through - and the only route you would take in a fearless world.

Your judgement is foggy and you’re unsure of yourself. You’ve gotten used to the limits that fear creates.

 
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It’s time to be the boss of fear. You’re managing your life now.

Put yourself in a mindset of not giving failure a chance, not taking no for an answer. When you allow yourself to eliminate limitations and engrave this new thought process in your mind, failure is never a product of your work. Your outcome may not always pan out exactly how you imagined, but that’s progress not failure. From there, you make educated adjustments.

Imperfection is not equivalent to failure.

In fact, imperfection is more interesting and more fruitful. In your imperfections you learn, you grow, and you achieve. Achievement and imperfection don’t go together? They actually go hand in hand. In your imperfection you are creative and make wrong turns that are oh so right. Your true self comes to the surface and that’s who we all want to see.

You have a creative idea and here is the door to opportunity open just for you. The opportunity to create time and financial freedom for yourself. The opportunity to use your experiences, your expertise, your skillset to make someone else’s life easier or better in some way.

There’s no better time than now. The systems and software are available to you. The strategies and processes have been established and researched thoroughly.

Here’s why you need to start an online business and pursue your passion in 2018:

1. The freedom to do something that you truly love doing

What makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning or what do you lay awake at night thinking about? That’s what you love. That’s what you should be pursuing daily. You deserve a life full of inspiration and joy. You may not be able to find a job pursuing your passion the way that you’d like but you can definitely create that job for yourself.

2. The freedom to work from wherever you’d like

Do you want to stay in your pajamas all day and work from the couch? I definitely do some days ;). Or, do you want to travel and have no obligation to a stationary office? Working from your laptop gives you the ultimate freedom - to go and do whatever, whenever, and wherever you want. Does staying at home with your children or working poolside in Cabo sound like heaven? Yes. You. Can.

3. The freedom of time

Time. Such a funny thing. It flies by and you can barely remember what you did 3 days ago. I’d hate for you to waste it. The freedom of time is one of my favorite benefits of owning my own online business. I don’t have to worry about waking up late for work if I slept restlessly the night before. If I’m inspired at 5 pm instead of 7 am, that’s when I work. If I want to do something fun on a Monday instead of working, I jump back in the grind on Tuesday without skipping a beat. If I want to take a week long vacation every single month, I can schedule my social media posts for that week well before I leave and no one would know I even left, unless they follow me on snapchat of course. Finally, my biggest sigh of relief, I don’t have to worry about taking off work for maternity leave or ever returning back. You want to create this freedom for yourself sooner rather than later. Time is too precious and it’s fading constantly. Who do you want to spend more time with? Maybe you just need a few extra hours to take care of yourself - to take a bubble bath, get your nails done every once in awhile, pick up a new workout routine. Whatever it may be, it’s worth it.

4. Financial freedom

Accomplishing this goal has never been at a closer reach. The opportunity to give yourself a constant raise is real and it’s right in front of you. You can start your online business and make $5K per month JUST STARTING OUT. The opportunities to create a raise for yourself are limitless. The numbers can be intimidating and you may think to yourself, “Yea right. That’s not me. Other people can do that, but not me.” You can. Every online business owner that you see are 100% normal human beings. They just wouldn’t take no for an answer and accepted imperfection as a chance for creativity and growth.

 

I won’t lie to you. It does take discipline. It does take a “not taking no for an answer” attitude. It takes consistency to build all 4 of these freedoms for yourself.

 
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How do you run a successful online business?

By using your strengths to build up someone else’s weakness. We’ve all been through different things, walked through different journeys, developed different skill sets and pursued different industries. 

Your knowledge may be drastically different from mine. I may not know the first thing about some of your expertise. If your strengths are my weakness then at some point I may really need you. If you think you’re not good at anything, you’re wrong. If we talked for only 15 minutes, I could probably tell you exactly how you could help someone else who is lacking in areas that you aren’t.

To reach your revenue goals in online business, package your best self into a product or service. A digital product - an online course, Ebook, PDF guide, webinar training series, etc. If you love to teach and interact with others on a deeper level, you could coach individuals and help them get through something that you’ve accomplished.

Remember, you’re the boss of your life, not fear.

Fear tells you that you don’t have time, money, skills, or that you simply couldn’t do it. But, you seriously CAN. Everything is already created for you, systems and strategies tested for you, just waiting for your taking.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Don’t miss your next door. It’s wide open and filled with opportunity for the months to come.

If you would like to work with me privately where I will show you exactly how to build your empire, click here to see what my team and I can do for you.

How to use Pinterest to Explode your Business

It's no secret that Pinterest is a powerful business tool.

Once you get Pinterest up and running, you need to have a few things set in place to really explode your business!

 
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Don't let potential clients leave your website without inviting them to take your relationship to the next natural phase.  Offer them more information and get them on your email list!

People visiting your website from Pinterest is considered a cold audience, new people you are soon to meet.  Show them you are an expert and build trust by sending them to blog posts instead of sales pages.

Capture their email list with a content upgrade or opt-in so they become your clients and customers instead of simply reading your post with the relationship ending there.

Pinterest will increase your visibility and drive traffic to your website. If the people visiting your website aren’t invited to take the next steps, your business isn’t benefiting you.

ALWAYS be certain to invite your guests to take the next step with you and direct them on how to further your relationship.  JUST increasing website traffic isn’t going to make you money in your business.

Grow your email list with all the website traffic Pinterest provides once you have it running properly.

What You Need to Use Pinterest for Business

If you would like me to set up and maintain your profitable Pinterest account and work with Brie Beeks privately where she will show you exactly how to build your empire, click here to see what we can do for you.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

 
  Jena, a former educator turned Pinterest Strategist, helps female entrepreneurs gain confidence in using Pinterest to increase their visibility and drive traffic to their website. She and her husband raise their daughters on the beach and riverbanks of Georgia and love to travel. Jena will be helping  you grow your business using not only Pinterest, but Facebook groups and Facebook ads.

Jena, a former educator turned Pinterest Strategist, helps female entrepreneurs gain confidence in using Pinterest to increase their visibility and drive traffic to their website. She and her husband raise their daughters on the beach and riverbanks of Georgia and love to travel. Jena will be helping  you grow your business using not only Pinterest, but Facebook groups and Facebook ads.

 

Common mistakes and how to avoid them

7 most common mistakes made when building your empire

Wouldn't you love it if someone told you how to avoid all the mistakes you've made over the last 5 years? 10 years even?

Some mistakes teach necessary lessons that have played a huge role in where you are today, but some situations only cost you time. People may argue that success happens in God’s perfect timing or the Universe’s timing and so that's why we go through so many obstacles to reach our goals. I believe that's true but...

Well, we were also created with brains to learn and seek counsel from those who have "been there, done that."  It's wise to learn from others’ mistakes, especially when you're starting a business and need to start making an income quickly.  

I have started 4 businesses in the last 5 years and every startup has been quicker and easier!

 
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I want to share the top 7 mistakes that I made when budding a business, and the mistakes I very often notice my clients making when they first come to me.

  1. Mistake #1 Being flaky.

    • Yes, I said flaky.  It's hard to be consistent! I hear you. I’ve been there. Consistency is key to your online business success. There are dozens of other influencers in your industry who are tweeting, posting in Facebook groups, hosting challenges, giving webinars, live streaming, etc. If you want to be the one that catches attention, stops their scrolling action because they MUST listen, you have to be consistent with your content and keep the value pouring out. A way to make this easier on yourself, and a way to attract a large crowd, is to run a series. Maybe you host a 31 day detox or 21 productivity practices to a more efficient life. The concept is that you outline your content for 21 or 31 days and deliver a piece of that content every single day until you’ve completed it! This works because your audience is expecting the next piece to the puzzle every single day and they’re ready to hang out with YOU because they’ve been anticipating it.

  2. Mistake #2 Not putting yourself out there.

    • Afraid of YouTube, giving webinar presentations, hosting a podcast, writing a blog for everyone to see or hosting a Facebook group where you're the leader? You need to bust through that block TODAY. You won't make it in the online business world unless you give it your all and your all means putting yourself out there even when you're nervous about it! Do what it takes and don't think twice about it.  You are going to be better and better at this the more you complete these types of tasks.

  3. Mistake #3 Limiting, negative mindset.

    • When you have a poverty, desperate, I’m -not -gonna -get any-clients -this - month mindset, success will be extremely hard for you to accomplish. It will be hard for you to work efficiently because your emotions won't have high energy. You'll definitely feel stressed, anxious and desperate. Those negative emotions will overflow into how you pitch your products. People can sense desperation and desperation portrays that you're not making sales and that your product must not be good enough to buy. BUT IT IS good enough! You just have to believe that, and go into every situation with the thought “I’m about to make 10 sales!” In order to make 10 sales you have to believe and know that you’re capable of making 10 sales!  You can do this!

  4. Mistake #4 Being impersonal in writing and speaking.

    • I used to write and speak as if I were a super professional know it all. I didn't create any meaningful relationships because my audience wasn't getting to know the real me. As soon as I started being my awkward self that says “freaking” all the time and “umm” because I'm human and absolutely want to talk to you guys without having a million talking bullet points, I've really gotten to know my audience. I receive emails back, Facebook messages, and more comments on my posts from people just engaging with me. Relationships are important for success because the connection sells. How are you making a connection?

  5. Mistake #5 Not outsourcing.

    • You may not be ready for this step yet and that’s ok! I wasn’t until about a year into my business. But I have to tell you, the sooner you outsource some of your to-do list, the more you can accomplish and the more money you will make. Delegating has allowed me to create more content for more in depth webinar workshops, to be really present with my daughter throughout the day instead of multitasking, and to just focus on the content and the message I want to get to you guys.  For example, spending hours designing PDFs is just something I do not like to do!  There may be something you would rather not do as well.  What would you love to outsource? 

  6. Mistake #6 Not investing in training to help move forward faster.

    • To stay ahead of the game you don't need to constantly be in catch up mode, correct? That doesn't add up. To stay ahead of the game, you have to quickly GET AHEAD and follow someone you admire to STAY AHEAD. (Or you could just work all day every single day and figure it out. You may experience burnout and not want to work on your biz at all. Been there.) After hustling on my own for nearly a year and working 10 hours a day without making more than $200 a month, I finally decided I needed to get AHEAD of the game and get out of catch-up mode. I hired my first business coach and after one month my income was up $500, then $1000!  I kept giving myself a PAY RAISE because someone was showing me where to spend my time, and all he best ways to get my message out there

  7. Mistake #7 Always consuming and comparing other’s content.

    • There is a lot of really good, free and paid content out there. But here's the thing, each and every day is one day that you could be closer to reaching your business goals. Every hour is one hour that you could have been creating your next sales funnel, webinar, online course, email sequence, etc. Use your time to take action! Commit to investing time into ONE training or ONE mentor’s advice and spend the rest of your time taking action for YOUR ideas and YOUR dream. Don't fall into the never ending cycle of fulfilling others’ dreams by sitting there inhaling their content all day every day. You have your own dreams to fulfill!

 

Like I said, some mistakes are necessary for growth….. but the 7 listed are things you can absolutely avoid to get a jump start on creating your empire.

If you would like to work with me privately where I will show you exactly how to build your empire, click here to see what my team and I can do for you.

All my best,

Brie Beeks

 

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5 Reasons You Should Host A Virtual Summit

In the spring of 2016, I noticed something was going on in my business. Everything was fine, but that was the problem. It was just fine. Ever since I had started teaching infopreneurship, my growth was quick, but over time, it was getting harder to grow my email list, find new leads and increase my exposure in my niche.

I was already doing all the traditional marketing methods you’re “supposed” to be doing: social media, podcast interviews, guest posting. They were working, but it took so long to see results.

What I wanted was a way to give my business a serious boost fast. That’s when I decided to host a virtual summit.

A virtual summit is an online conference. A host records interviews with industry experts which are then broadcast for a limited amount of time online for attendees to watch for free.  

I had heard about the benefits of hosting a virtual summit, which is why I decided to give it a try, but deep down, I still remained a tad skeptical. Would this really grow my business quickly like everyone says?

Well, friends, I’m here to tell you that I’m a virtual summit evangelist now!

At the beginning of August 2016, I hosted my annual Infopreneur Summit for the first time, and the ways in which it grew my business far exceeded my expectations.

In this post, I would like to share with you some of those benefits, and lay out 5 reasons that you should consider hosting a virtual summit to give your business a serious boost! 

 
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Reason #1: Grow Your Email List

During a virtual summit, you’ll be broadcasting your influencer interviews live to the attendees free for a limited time, but to get access to the links to watch these interviews, people must register (a.k.a. opt-in to your email list)! These free interviews act like a really high-value lead magnet, attracting your ideal audience members, and since you’ll have your entire lineup of guest speakers promoting your event, you’ll be driving tons of traffic to your virtual summit opt-in page at once.

During my first virtual summit, I was able to increase my email subscribers by 1,170!

Reason #2: Increase Membership in Your Online Community

It can be really hard to drive membership to your online community, can’t it? I was discovering that in 2016 as I had recently started my own Facebook group, the Infopreneur Community. Thankfully, the first Infopreneur Summit helped me solve this problem. By sending out an automatic email to every attendee who registered for the event, encouraging them to join my Facebook group, I was able to kickstart my online community in no time! I just had to make it very clear that inside the group they would be receiving real-time updates and information about the summit they would not want to miss.

The first Infopreneur Summit I hosted helped me grow my Facebook group by 355 members!

Reason #3: Earn Revenue

Virtual summits often get touted as simply an effective marketing tool, but they are so much more than that. By offering an All-Access Pass for sale, you can earn revenue while hosting your summit, too! Since you’ll only be broadcasting your interviews live for a short period of time, it’s likely some attendees will miss an interview they really wanted to see. By offering a membership site where paying clients can receive lifetime access to the summit interviews in an “All-Access Pass”, you can earn revenue from your event, and you can even afford to offer your guest speakers affiliate commissions for their referral sales!

I was able to earn over $4,000 in additional business revenue the week of my first virtual summit. 

Reason #4: Form Relationships with Influencers

Perhaps one of the greatest reasons of all that you should consider hosting your own virtual summit is the large number of relationships that you will form with influencers in your field. Cold emailing others in your niche with whom you’d like to connect can be awkward, but hosting your own virtual summit gives you a reason to collaborate. By offering them the chance to gain new exposure to a large audience through your event, you are creating value in their business. You can then leverage these relationships to form future business partnerships once your summit is over.

I forged 27 solid business relationships with influencers in my niche through my first virtual summit.

Reason #5: Seize New Opportunities for Exposure and Visibility

Hosting a virtual summit is one the best ways that you can get your name out there in your niche. You are getting exposure to a much wider audience at a fast rate, and just like a live in-person event, there’s a lot of buzz surrounding the summit which helps people to notice you. The benefit of all this added attention is the way it positions you as an authoritative voice in your field. Suddenly, everyone sees you as the ‘go-to’ expert, and with that label comes a plethora of new opportunities to be featured elsewhere: podcasts, guest posts, media outlets and more!

Since I hosted my first Infopreneur Summit, I have received substantially more opportunities for podcast interviews, guest posting, and more!

If these reasons for hosting your own virtual summit have piqued your interest, then I would encourage you to give it a try! Absolutely nothing I have done to market and grow my business was as effective in such a short period of time.

I’ve distilled the path I followed to launch my first Infopreneur Summit into an easy-to-follow 12-step process which I share in my Virtual Summit Set: a free package of materials including an ebook, planning worksheet, speaker checklist, and 3-day email course!

 

Click here to download the Virtual Summit Set free today, and learn how to launch your own virtual summit in just 90 days! 

Guest Post

Bailey Richert, Business Coach for Beginning + Budding Infopreneurs

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