I know it's been a while since I posted, and I am sorry!
The thing that has made a huge change for me is finally putting myself out there, but more consistently. Before I was making maybe 1 post a day on instagram. Now I post roughly three times a day on Facebook and two-three on IG daily. As I started to increase that, I found I was getting more people interacting with me.
I also decided to start a challenge that people needed to pay to be part of. I got six people in it, and 74 inquiries. That is so awesome! I was stoked with that number. It allowed me to get the people I want, and it got people talking to me. Something about offering a challenge made people more willing to chat. So it started conversations, which is awesome.
That is my big win right now. So, just put yourself out there, get consistent, and have fun. If you have questions, feel free to ask!
I have to say, most people don't realize that fear is what is stopping them from getting started on their dreams and goals. Usually we have some other excuse. For me it was time, lack of money, and feeling like I wasn't good enough to do it. Once I started working on my own personal development, and after speaking with numerous entrepreneurs, I realized that the common underlying theme was actually...FEAR.
Not necessarily just being afraid. It's more in depth than that. Fear of failure, fear of putting myself out there and failing, telling people I am going to do it and then failing. Those are some big drivers and they are all about thinking we will fail. I remember when I was little and played basketball. I didn't immediately know how to make a 3-pointer. I had to practice, and fail....A LOT, before I got pretty darn good at it. What makes owning a business any different? I am not saying that you will fail, or that you need to, but we learn from failures and we get better. In business, they might be small failures...but they feel like failure anyways.
For instance, maybe you got published in an article, but you didn't have a landing page and way to get people's info. Oops. Maybe you started with one idea and switched concepts and decided to go with something else. Darn. Maybe you got your first person into an email sequence, but your emails didn't go out correctly. Oops. All of these are failures and mistakes but they aren't deal breakers. Basically, it's ok to fail and being an entrepreneur means you except that possibility. Of course there are things you can do to help not fail, but small things might not always go perfectly, and that's ok. It actually makes you human and relatable.
So basically, don't be scared of failure, don't be scared in general, stop waiting and JUMP!
Starting a business is hard. It always looks easy because you see people succeeding, but it is really hard.
There is a mental component to being an entrepreneur. There are days I want to give up. There are days I feel great. What happens on those low days though? Let me tell you....
1. I can reach out to my tribe. Surround yourself with like minded individuals so you have people to talk to. You aren't in this alone, and having people to help pick you up is really important.
2. Personal development podcasts and books. Download audiobooks, podcasts, books, whatever it is and keep them handy. When you are driving to work, cooking, walking to coffee, whatever it is, put something on and let it help pick you up. Knowing you aren't alone comes in multiple formats, and in order to succeed you need to have multiple avenues to get "pick-me-ups".
I just spent the weekend with a group of 30+ like-minded entrepreneurs. We were all there to share and help each other. No one wants to get the other people to fail, we all want to help each other succeed. Have people to go to when you need it and you will be golden. If you don't have that tribe of people, feel free to reach out to me.
Find yourself spending way more time than is necessary doing your social media posts? Feel like hiring someone, but not sure you want to spend money on that? There is an easy way to post things to social media without actually spending hours a day or being on social media non-stop. The first tip is to schedule your facebook posts. It is more time efficient to schedule out your posts for a week or more, all at once, than to come on and post every day. There are third party applications that can help you with this, but there is also a way to do it just in facebook. This video shows you how to schedule a post in facebook in your groups.
Here is a video showing how to add sound to a video and how to remove sound using OpenShot video editor. The concept is the same in iMovie and Camtasia.
Here is a quick video using a free program called Open Shot and how to edit your videos. Let me know if you have questions. It is similar in iMovie and Camtasia.
Here are some tips and tricks for selfies. First...which picture do you like the best?
There are some subtle differences, but here is a video explaining!
First off, I am not endorsing Last Pass or getting anything for making this video. I actually have some gripes with Last Pass, but here is why you should be using it or another password manager!
I was talking to a small business owner yesterday and the subject of her website came up. She is paying over $100 a month, for a company to basically do nothing on her website. That's a waste of $1200 and when you are a small business, especially just getting started, that is a huge waste of money. What if I could help you get started on your site and you save $1000+ bucks a year, minus the initial setup?
To buy a domain or webpage site name is roughly $10/year. Then you need to host it somewhere, that's another $10/month (120 a year). That's $130. In 2000, making a website was not for everyone, it was complicated and time consuming. To make edits, you needed to contact someone and have them do it for you. That is the old way. Now, there are tons of sites that make everything super easy. In 5 clicks, you can post a video and some words, in just 5 easy steps. You can easily teach your staff how to post or you can do it. It's super easy these days, plus save money. So save money and gain control! As I was talking to my friends, we realized that I think people just don't know what options are out there and how easy they are now. If you want some help, let me know. I am happy to make some posts on this, and probably will in the future.
Take control and save money! It really can be explained in a way ANYONE can understand. You just need someone to show you! :)
A little video I made on the subject.
Until May 2018, I hadn't. Now, I do at least 2-3 a week. Granted, I did NOT get there overnight, but I finally am not scared of it anymore. I can't edit, I stumble on my words...but it's real. One of the big things I have learned in the past 7 months is that people like real. Unedited, raw, live videos are REAL and people can relate to that.
At first I couldn't figure out what I should be really doing a live video about. I started with some rehab exercises to help people, and did some answering people's questions in groups, and really just when something felt important to me. Now, I answer more of people's questions and things that happen in life that relate to my target audience. I am trying to grow my image naturally for a little bit so I don't have to sell myself as much. As I get more comfortable with doing live's, I found I care less about being perfect and if people fault me for using the wrong word, then are they really the people I want to attract in the first place? No. I want to attract people that like me, relate to me, think I am cute...whatever it is. I got a message the other day that made me smile and reminded me why I am doing what I am doing. I only need to attract certain people, not EVERYONE. We don't all get along with everyone, so let's not try to sell to everyone. We need to build connections. So now I have a board with a list of different topics I want to talk about. Some of them I talk about right away, others stay on the board until I feel like I need to say whatever it is.
Find a system that works for you, but the key is to get comfortable not being perfect. We are human, it's ok to make mistakes. Learn that, get comfortable with that, and things will start to get easier.
My name's Amanda and this is a blog about my adventure creating an online Physical Therapy based practice. I will share resources and updates on the process I am doing in order to hopefully give others an idea of where to start in the future.