Use Outsourcing as a Way to Expand Your 2016 Income

As an entrepreneur, you’re going to be faced with having to wear many hats.

It’s up to you to make sure that your business thrives. But trying to do every task yourself can be a mistake.

By outsourcing, you stand to gain more for your business than you’ll spend on the money it takes to pay for the outsourcing.

You’ll be able to hire professionals who can do the task faster and easier.Saul Maraney

This not only saves you time, but it takes the stress off of you since you won’t have to do it all yourself.

You end up gaining more productivity because you’re freed up to focus on other areas of the business that only you can handle.

Plus, by outsourcing, you’ll experience faster business growth because you won’t have to wait until you complete each step of a project.

Aspects of Your WAH Business You Can Outsource:

Many tasks involved in running a business are time drains.

You should outsource these tasks so that your time is freed up to concentrate on growing the business.

You can outsource the writing for starters.

Whether you’re a good writer or not is irrelevant.

Writing has the potential to take up a lot of time – and if you have dozens of writing projects you need to complete, you can spend many hours simply developing content that you have to have.

These are hours you could spend on something else. It’s faster and even cheaper to hire a writer.

Some entrepreneurs worry about the cost effectiveness of hiring someone to write their content for them.

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But if you tally up what your time is worth and what you can potentially make per hour versus outsourcing the work, you’ll see that you come out ahead.

Use a writer to write your eBook materials, to write your reports, your articles, your product descriptions and more.

Whatever you need written, hire someone else to do it.

You’ll also want to outsource your graphics.

It takes time to design the graphics that you’ll use in your business.

Even if you have experience in this field, you still might not be able to afford to spend the time it takes to create the graphics that you’ll use.

Instead of tying up hours of your time designing them yourself, hire someone to create your graphics.

You’ll use graphics for sales pages, banners and buttons, and social media images.

You’ll need logos, blog graphics, headers, add to cart buttons and the list goes on.

Every time you need something new, you don’t want to have to stop what you’re working on to create it.

That can slow a project down. Instead, assign it to a graphics designer and keep on moving ahead with a project.Saul Maraney

Research is something else that you’ll want to outsource.

Looking up the information that you need can be a huge time drain.

You’ll need to find facts and reliable sources.

You’ll want to read articles and sites that can give depth perspective.

When you’re spending time researching, it can take multiple hours and in some cases even days.

You can’t afford to do that yourself because while you’re spending time researching, everything else that you need to take care of grinds to a halt.

Setting up a site is another area you want to outsource.

Despite some sites’ step-by-step setup guides, it’s still going to cost you valuable time.

Setting up a site can easily be a day or two project for you versus a couple of hours if you hire it out.

Tech details are something that you want to pay a professional to do, especially if you’re brand new.

You can dig around behind the scenes on a site, mess up a simple code and crash everything.

Rather than trying to figure out the tech stuff, just let someone else take it on and save yourself the stress.

When you work at home, you’re going to have to deal with customer service.

The good, the bad and the really ugly come out when dealing with customers.

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Not only can this drain your time, but there can be a lot of stress involved with handling the customer service side of any business.

Instead of letting that take up your time, outsource it to a virtual assistant (VA).

You can also use a VA to help with SEO, your email marketing campaign, your social media, or to work on your blog.

A VA can send information to clients while you’re busy or out of the office.

Many VAs specialize in different areas. You can find ones that have experience in whatever field you need.

Where to Find the Best Freelancers:

It’s true that with the Internet, anyone can put up a site and claim that they offer great freelancing services.

Rather than trying to navigate the sea of possibly inexperienced freelancers, you want to go to the sites where professional, experienced freelancers are known to frequent.

Not only that, but by going to these sites, you’ll often get help from others like yourself who have used the services before and they’ll offer helpful recommendations.

You can go to places like Elance.

When you go onto Elance, they have numerous freelancers that you can pick from to hire.

You would need to go to the site and list the job that you want to hire someone to do.

Elance will take what you’ve posted and then give you a list of freelancers that fit the parameters of the job.

Once you have a list of people that Elance suggests or who bid on your project, you can look over these applicants and see what kind of proposal they’re offering.

These proposals will often vary according to time to complete the task as well as the amount of money.Saul Maraney

When you look over the applicant proposals, you’ll be able to see what kind of work they’ve done in the past and whether they have experience with what you’re looking for.

You’ll also be able to see what the applicant’s client satisfaction ratio is.

Once you choose an applicant, you’ll pay Elance directly and the funds go into escrow.

The site has the ability to use hourly time tracking if you’ve chosen an hourly project.

Once the job is completed to your satisfaction, you release the funds from escrow and Elance handles paying the applicant from those funds.

Another place to find freelancers is on the Warrior Forum.

You’ll find these under threads like “warriors for hire” and others.

With the Warrior Forum, the people there are usually very experienced in what they do, especially with Internet marketing and other specific niches.

You can find copywriters, ghostwriters, freelance writers, tech gurus, virtual assistants, graphic designers and more on Warrior Forum.

Another place you’ll want to check out is Fiverr.

Some entrepreneurs shy away from the site, thinking that paying someone $5 means that the product will be low quality – but that’s not the case.

What the $5 means is not necessarily that you’ll only pay $5.

For example, some of the writers on the site charge $5 per certain word count.

So if the provider says $5 per 200 words and you need a 600 word article, you’ll actually pay $15.

Plus, you can find a whole wealth of categories on Fiverr – including proofreading, SEO content, design services and more.

They have portfolios and feedback that make it easy to hire someone with confidence.Saul Maraney

How to Post a Project for a Freelance Ghostwriter:

When you have a job that you want to hire a freelance ghostwriter to do, there’s some information that you’ll have to share so that you can make sure you’re both on the same page with the project.

Make sure that you’re clear on what you want the style to be.

A ghostwriter can write an article and sound comfortable and breezy like he’s talking to a friend.

Or, he can write an article and sound formal.

The style that you want is up to you, but the ghostwriter has to be clear on what you’re going for.

You’ll also want to cover the topic.

With this, you’ll want to be specific.

You could end up with material that’s not what you wanted if you’re not clear.

For example, if you need a few articles about the topic of genetically altered foods and you’re thinking of them in a positive light, you need to tell that to the ghostwriter.

Otherwise, you could end up with articles that talk about all the cons involving genetically modified foods.

It can also be helpful if the ghostwriter knows the audience you’re gearing the article toward.

An article on driving will be slanted differently for someone who’s in their 70s versus a brand new teenage driver.

The more information you give the ghostwriter, the more the material will sound like you wrote it in your own voice.

It’s imperative that you cover deadlines.

If you post a project and you don’t talk about the deadline, you might end up getting it long after you need it.

If it’s a rush deadline, tell the ghostwriter that up front. Many of them are willing to do a rush project for an additional fee.Saul Maraney

Cover the cost of the project up front.

State clearly what the job pays and don’t be the kind of client who wants to add to the scope of the project after you’ve outlined what’s involved.

If you need research done, mention that.

Most ghostwriters are skilled at research and that can be included in the parameters of the work project.

Sometimes, when new entrepreneurs post a project, they come across as pushy or demanding and then don’t understand why ghostwriters are reluctant to work with them.

Don’t treat the potential ghostwriter like you’re gifting them with a project.

It’s a mutually beneficial deal. Plus, if they do a good job, you’ll want to hire them again and again in the future.

Hiring a Freelance Graphic Designer:

There will be times during the course of your business that you’re going to want to outsource some of your tasks to a graphic designer.

It’s not cost effective to have one on staff – especially if your business is still in the early days.

But it is cost effective for you to hire a freelance one on an as needed basis.

Know that just because someone says they’re a graphic designer doesn’t mean they’re actually any good at it.Saul Maraney

Since the graphics will be representing a portion of your business, you want to hire someone who knows what he’s doing.

Graphic designers can handle a multitude of tasks.

They can design headers for your business sites.

They can also create the header for your blogs, for your social media sites and more.

If you’re working on creating some information products like eBooks, graphic designers can create your ecovers.

While you can create ecovers yourself, if you don’t really understand how graphic design works, then your ecovers will look second rate, which in turn screams unprofessional to potential clients.

It’s always better to outsource your graphic design needs than to try and complete them yourself.

Also, if you’re going to build minisites, you’ll want a graphic designer’s skills behind it.

Minisites get a lot of traffic specific visits and you want these visitors to see a page that looks well designed and draws them in.

When you find some freelance graphic designers you think you could work with, the first thing that you’ll want to do is to get a look at their portfolio.

This will contain work that they’ve done for other clients or it might showcase their abilities.

Analyze their portfolios.

Not every graphic designer will have experience in the area that you’re looking for.Saul Maraney

It’s always best to hire one who knows what you’re talking about.

It makes the jobs easier on both of you.

For example, if you’re looking for ecovers, hire a graphic designer with experience in that area or one who’s willing to create a mock up to show you so that you can be sure he knows how to make one that’s what you’re looking for.

Most designers will give you a mockup free of charge. Before you hire the freelance graphic designer, make sure that know what your style is and also cover how long you expect the job to take.

If you need it in two weeks and the designer is booked and can’t start for a month, that won’t work for you.

Make sure that you and the designer both know the value of the job. You want an agreement spelled out before the work begins.

Find the Right Virtual Assistant for the Job:

There are tons of virtual assistants that you can hire to help you with whatever task needs completing.

But not every VA has the expertise or quality of work to be able to handle the project.

A VA that has the attitude of, “I can do any job even if I’ve never done it before” is probably thinking more highly of his or her abilities than they should.

For example, a VA who has never done an email campaign won’t understand the purpose behind it or how to gear it toward a specific audience.Saul Maraney

A VA who’s successful in one area won’t necessarily be in another.

That’s why it’s important that you find out what the VA is capable of handling up front.

If you’re a marketer who has niche specific work, then look for a VA who has had experience in that field before.

It will make it easier if she understands all the buzz words associated with the type of job you need.

You can ask to see the VA’s portfolio or check out their client list if it’s available.

Some VAs will share prior projects they’ve worked on for different clients while others won’t.

Anyone can create a portfolio and claim experience. You want to know for sure they’ve had this experience.Saul Maraney

Some virtual assistants will specialize in administrative jobs and that may not be what you’re looking for.

It’s okay to ask for references and, depending on the nature of what you want the VA to do, it’s probably a wise step to take.

You can find a Virtual Assistant by going to forum sites such as Warrior Forum or job sites like Elance, Intelligent Office, eaHelp, Fiverr, or Fancy Hands.

In order to work well with a VA, you have to know exactly what you expect with hiring her.

You spell out what you need done and have a list of what you want accomplished.

Make sure you have open and often communication and don’t expect a VA to do a job you haven’t equipped her to do.

She can’t do her job if she doesn’t have all of the information.

Saul Maraney

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Saul Maraney is a full time Internet Marketer and proud father of 3 young kids. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa and has been involved in Online Marketing since 2007. He promotes Internet Marketing products to people on his list (with whom he has built a close relationship) that he has personally reviewed and uses in his own online business. He also always rewards people that take action and loves to help as many people as possible with their Internet Marketing business. For more information on Saul, please visit: http://www.saulmaraney.com

How to Know If It’s Time to Make the Leap to Full Time Work at Home

Those of us with full time jobs usually spend more of our waking hours at work than anywhere else.

It’s important to get ahead with your company, and working long hours is the way to achieve it in today’s world.

That may be your cup of tea, but it isn’t for everyone.

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If you’ve spent long months or years at a job where you’re getting nowhere and would like to make the leap from working away from home to working at home, there are some ways to know when it’s time.

One of the most gut-wrenching ways to know it’s time to make the leap is that you dread going to work.

It’s an awful feeling to get up each morning and drudge through the day, wishing you were anywhere but there.

Eventually, that dread can take an emotional and even a physical toll on you.

Depression, stress, anxiety and loss of self-esteem can occur when you stay in a job longer than you should.

You may have simply lost the passion you once held for your job, but still enjoy the company of your co-workers and boss. Saul Maraney

But, if you’ve lost the passion, you need to reassess your career path before you begin to dislike everything about the job.

Working too many hours, bringing work home and coming home in a bad mood can take a toll on your relationships.

When your job begins to affect your personal life, don’t wait until the damage is too much to repair to make a change.

When you see the writing on the wall that there’s no chance for advancement within the company, it’s time to think about a job change.

Or, you may experience frustration when you realize that you know more than your boss.

If you can’t rely on your company’s upper management to recognize the difference, it’s time for a switch.

There are so many opportunities today to work from home, be your own boss and be in charge of the income you make.

People are doing it every day by setting up online businesses – first, to provide a supplemental income and then giving them the opportunity to quit a job and work from home on a permanent basis.

If you’ve tried everything to make a career or job work out, but haven’t seen any positive changes from your efforts, it may be time to take the bull by the horns and move on to something else.

Research the many ways you can turn your career around by working online and then decide which path is best for you.

Saul Maraney

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Saul Maraney is a full time Internet Marketer and proud father of 3 young kids. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa and has been involved in Online Marketing since 2007. He promotes Internet Marketing products to people on his list (with whom he has built a close relationship) that he has personally reviewed and uses in his own online business. He also always rewards people that take action and loves to help as many people as possible with their Internet Marketing business. For more information on Saul, please visit: http://www.saulmaraney.com

Has the Internet Becoming Saturated with WAH Hopefuls?

Many people have the belief that there are no more opportunities on the Internet for those who want to work-at-home, but that’s a myth rather than a fact.

Even with the incredible amount of websites selling everything from soup to nuts, there’s plenty of room for the innovative entrepreneur.Saul Maraney

In fact, the amount of commerce out there makes it easier for others to establish a successful online business.

Come up with a strategy in a niche you enjoy and offer a unique product or service and your business will thrive.

Competition makes it tougher to break in to a niche, but the right strategy and a dogged determination to work at home and be your own boss – and lots of hard work – can make it happen for you.

Millions of websites and blogs are created each year – and still, the Internet and all that it promises is only in its infancy.

It’s an industry that will keep growing for generations to come and you can find a way to work at home and make a passive and/or residual income.

Setting up an Internet business is low in cost and easy to enter. The trick is to find a niche that you excel in and brainstorm to come up with a strategy that others have failed to incorporate.

Saul MaraneyBeware of the so-called Internet gurus who attempt to pull you in to a marketing niche that you’re not familiar with.

There’s no well-kept-secret that they’re about to tell you.

Being an online success simply means that you pursue a niche that’s missing in the present online marketplace.

Don’t quit your job right away – even if you begin to bring in the bucks right away with your website or blog.

Build your online business in your spare time and be sure that it’s going to provide the income you need and desire before you drop everything in pursuit of your work-at-home dream.

And, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Have several websites and blogs.

As your traffic grows, you’ll know which areas to devote most of your time and effort to. Saul Maraney

There are so many possibilities to expand on the Internet. You learn as you go.

You’ll learn which apps to download and incorporate that will make your business run smoother and more efficiently.

And, you’ll participate in forums, podcasts and other venues that will get your brand out there.

The bottom line is that the Internet is ever-expanding and if you have a strong desire to run your own business and work-at-home, the opportunities do exist and will for a long time to come.

Saul Maraney

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Saul Maraney is a full time Internet Marketer and proud father of 3 young kids. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa and has been involved in Online Marketing since 2007. He promotes Internet Marketing products to people on his list (with whom he has built a close relationship) that he has personally reviewed and uses in his own online business. He also always rewards people that take action and loves to help as many people as possible with their Internet Marketing business. For more information on Saul, please visit: http://www.saulmaraney.com

Pruning vs. Growing Your Business in the Coming Year

When you focus on something, it means that you’re paying attention. But with the way we praise multi-tasking today, we’ve learned to give things our divided attention.

That’s bad in relationships and it’s bad in business. What happens when we get too many irons in the fire is that we become scattered. We’re trying to do too many different things at once and we end up not doing any of them well.

There is a fine balance. You don’t want to become so focused on one task that you overlook other ways to make money. There’s a way that you can streamline your business so that you’re able to do what you choose and do it well.

Do You Feel Like You’re Always Working Yet Going Nowhere?

This feeling is a symptom. It’s your internal radar trying to let you know that you’re too scattered. You’re all over the place with your business and it’s not going to get any better if you don’t make some changes.

Something that can cause you to feel like you’re always working and getting nowhere is having too many niches. You’re involved in so many different ideas that you can’t give your full attention to any of them.

There’s just not enough time, not enough money and not enough of you to go around for all of the niches that you want to be part of. Instead of being part of fifteen different niches that are struggling and stressing you out and causing you to work hard with little in return, cut back to a couple of niches that you can devote yourself to and watch them take off.

Obviously, you need a strategy in business. You have to have a workable plan in order to bring in a steady income. But a problem (or multiple problems) can arise when you have too many strategies.

You might be an entrepreneur who wants to be involved with affiliate marketing. This isn’t a bad thing and it can turn into a steady income stream. But this is an area of marketing that takes time to build and you have to put some effort into it.

If you could devote yourself solely to affiliate marketing, you could make a decent amount of money with it. What happens is people add to it. They turn around and add info product creations.

Maybe that’s you. You’ve seen people earn money with their own product creations and you decide that you want a piece of that pie. So you create a product and you put it out there.

So now, you have both the affiliate marketing and the product creation to keep up with. You feel like this may not be enough, and you might as well add coaching to the mix.

So you throw that in. You offer your advice to other people so that you can teach them to do what you’ve done. Now with three streams of income, things are getting a little hectic.

You might reach the point where you’re forced to choose between putting out the latest product creation update or investing the time you do have in the coaching side of your business.

And don’t forget – there’s the affiliate marketing, too. You start to feel some pressure when you realize that you could make even more money if you offer services.

Someone comes along and they don’t know how to create a product from start to finish and launch it, so you’ll do that for them and they can just pay you. Or, what about a joint venture?

You could get involved in that. Before you know it, you have several opportunities and they’re all good ones, but now – because you’re so busy giving a little of yourself to each area, stretching yourself thin – none of them are the success that you’d hoped they’d become.

Each area of your business needs your full attention and planning. They have to be nurtured. Handling business endeavors using a drive-by method doesn’t work well.

Are You Stuck in One Online Business That’s Holding You Back?

There’s no doubt that you can make money with an online business. Unfortunately, too many entrepreneurs lose sight of the fact that building any business takes some time to get off the ground.

If you decide that you want to become an affiliate marketer, you can make a steady income and that income can be pretty good. But it’s not going to happen quickly.

Depending on which business you promote products for, it can take awhile to get paid from these companies. That’s because the people that you promote for get their money from the manufacturer or seller first.

Then they settle everything 60-90 days later. So if you expected that you would hang your affiliate marketing shingle one week and then get paid the next, you’ll be disappointed.

Not only does it take time to get paid from the promotions, but it’s going to take you time to build traffic for your site. You won’t get any traction right out of the gate.

You have to build it – and that’s where patience and motivation will keep you going even when you don’t see results. You don’t want to put all of your hopes and dreams of making money into one online business – especially if you start with affiliate marketing.

Instead, what you can do to bring in money faster is you can promote info products. When you do this, you get a return on your efforts faster because the hold back time to settle payment isn’t as long of a wait – in fact, in many cases, it’s instant.

The good news is that you don’t even have to step outside your chosen niche to make this additional income. If you’re in the weight loss niche, you can choose to promote weight loss info products or health products.

It can be things for whatever niche you’re already involved in. Maybe you’re someone who is already doing an info product and you want to bring in more money.

In that case, what you can do is to look to do promotions for people or brands who already have the traction to move the product. Make sure the offers complement the ones you’re developing so that your audience always sees the relevancy in your promotion.

Learn the Art of Following Through:

Some people will start a business project, get it partially done and walk away. This happens sometimes because they might feel as if they lack the knowledge of how to finish it.

Other times, people will start a project and then quit it because something new catches their attention that seems more enticing. Whatever the reason, if you’re not careful, you can end up with dozens of half started business projects.

It’s important that you follow through with what you start because unfinished tasks can weigh on your subconscious mind. You first need to be able to clearly identify what it is that you’re hoping to accomplish with the project you’ve chosen to spend your time and energy on.

This definition gives you a goal to work toward and it helps you keep your motivation level high so that you can push forward when you want to give up. Know up front what it’s going to take to complete the project.

If you know ahead of time that it’s going to take long hours and you won’t see fast results, this will help you keep going. You might not be able to see the end result quickly, but you’ll have that mental image of what it will be already set in your mind.

This allows you to maintain focus. Make sure that your strategy for follow through includes having the right tools and the right knowledge to get the job done. Buy what you have to have to complete the task and bring in outside help if you have to.

For example, if you can create the info product, but you can’t do the graphics, you either have to learn how to do it yourself or you have to hire someone to do it for you.

If taking the time to learn it yourself will keep you from following through because you already have so much going on that you can’t take the time to study anything new, then you’re better off paying someone else.

Being an entrepreneur often means that you don’t have someone waiting in the wings to tell you when you have to get a project done. You have to learn the art of follow through by assigning due dates to each step of the project.

This helps give you accountability and keeps you on track so that you do finish. With follow through, you have to learn to recognize when enough is enough. You don’t want to overdo a project.

Some people will constantly tweak a project. They keep finding one more thing they want to change or fix. When that happens, the project doesn’t get finished because you don’t ever let it go.

Ask yourself two questions to help you figure out if the job is complete or not. Did you do it to the best of your abilities? Did you accomplish what you set out to do? If you can say yes to both of those, then it’s completed and you need to move on.

How to Have Multiple Business Branches the Right Way:

There’s nothing wrong with having several different branches in your business. But branches have to be added on, you can’t simply try to grow them all at once or the foundation of your business won’t be able to sustain them.

The right way to have multiple branches is by building them slowly. You always want to start out with the one that’s going to be the money maker. You need this one so that you can live on the income and take care of your bills while you build up the other branches.

So choose the branch that brings in the money first. What this will mean for most people is something like service providing. When you provide a service to someone else, they pay you faster than if you’re trying to create something.

If you provide services for someone else, that also gives you the money to invest back in your own business. This helps keep your business growing. After you have a steady stream of income that can sustain you, that’s when you can have the financial flexibility to start adding on to your business.

But don’t add more than one thing at a time. You can start by doing something like creating an info product. You can work on this while you’re providing a service to someone else in the meantime.

Work on your first info product and get it available to the public. That will start to sell, but while interest is growing in that product, you should be busy creating another info product.

In the beginning, you might have to do all of the work involved with the product creation yourself. As this branch of your business grows stronger, however, you can start to outsource some of the work.

You keep creating info products and adding them to your branch until this area is doing well for you financially. When it’s steady and thriving, then you move on to another branch, such as coaching or ad revenue.

Work that branch until it’s a success as well. By taking the time to focus on a single branch at a time, you avoid spreading yourself too thin. You’re able to concentrate and nurture each branch toward success.

Set Up a Business That You Have Time For:

When you want to be an entrepreneur, you have to know the value of time management. Without it, your business might not make it. If you ask some people what time management is, they’ll answer that it means managing your time wisely.

While that’s part of, that’s a small part. Time management is more than knowing when to do something and scheduling a slot for it in your day. It’s knowing that the task you’re planning to do is an investment.

You’re putting hours into something and hoping to get a return on that effort. When you set up a business that you have time for, you can have the kind of returns that you’re looking to receive.

Don’t plan to cram your day full of to-do tasks associated with your business. That’s not time management. Time management for an entrepreneur means that you block out enough time for each project so that it has the best opportunity to be a success.

You have to have the time set aside to make sure that project takes off and thrives once you’re done. You don’t gain in business by rushing through your projects.

If you have so much going on that you can’t afford to allocate enough time to each project, then you have to scale back. It’s better to let stuff go and have one or two projects be successful than it is to have a dozen mediocre projects or failures.

When you give a project the dedicated hours that it needs, you actually improve your time management through effectiveness rather than lose time. You’ll discover that you’re more efficient the more time you’re able to give a project.

It’s far better for you to spend 4 hours of your day working to create value for one of your business branches than it is to rush through half an hour on multiple projects or spend half an hour trying to get through some tasks for each task.

It’s harder to focus like that and harder to give 100% of your effort. Plus, if you do that, you’ll end up scatterbrained and feeling as if you’re not really accomplishing anything anyway.

Remember that with all businesses, there will come a time for pruning in order for new growth to take place. You want to make sure you’re doing all that you can to allow for your business to be able to thrive.

If at any time, you realize that you need to cut back, consider whether or not it will be a temporary move, setting something on the backburner, or if you’re going to get rid of it for good. Sometimes it can ease your mind to lighten your load.

© Copyright – Saul Maraney – http://www.saulmaraney.com – All Rights Reserved

Saul Maraney is a full time Internet Marketer and proud father of 3 young kids. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa and has been involved in Online Marketing since 2007. He promotes Internet Marketing products to people on his list (with whom he has built a close relationship) that he has personally reviewed and uses in his own online business. He also always rewards people that take action and loves to help as many people as possible with their Internet Marketing business. For more information on Saul, please visit: http://www.saulmaraney.com

Mastering Your Mindset for 2016

You want success, but you’re not sure what the key is to getting there. It’s actually quite simple. It’s your mindset. Your mindset is the attitude that you have toward something.

And your mindset is the deciding factor in whether or not you’ll actually achieve the success that you’re looking for. You can have a negative or a positive mindset.

People who have negative atitudes usually see the reasons why something can’t be achieved and these people are self-limiting when it comes to success. But people with positive mindsets see the problems in a task and look for ways to adapt around or through the problem to come up with a solution that works.

Mindset matters because with the right mindset, you’ll be able to tap into the potential that you have for success. Everyone has this potential, but not everyone reaches for it. Those who do will experience personal and professional growth.

Have a Clear Focus in Mind for Your Goals:

If you ask people what they want, many of them will simply say they want to be successful. But if you ask them how they plan to achieve this success, they won’t have actionable goals.

If you have random milestones that are too broad, you won’t be able to reach those goals. For example, if you have a bunch of goals like wanting to be successful financially, wanting your business to grow, wanting to be able to level up in your business, those goals are so broad, so all over the place, that you won’t be able to reach them.

Goals have to be broken down into actionable steps. They can’t be so broad that they’re one-size-fits all. Those types of goals don’t give you a road map. They’re just contributing to your confusion and overwhelm.

If you say you want to make an extra $40,000 this year, that’s fine – but what are the steps that you’re going to take to get there. You don’t make $40K overnight. You make it by taking the smaller steps that lead you to that goal.

You need to define these smaller steps that end up feeding into your larger goal. So instead of having a goal of making more money overall, set a goal of how much money you need to make each day or each week to meet that ultimate goal.

If you want to make an extra $40K, then you would need to bring in about $3,333 a month. Break that down by how much you would need to bring in a week, which is about $833 or about $119 a day.

That’s what you focus your goal on because when you make that $119 a day, it feeds into the weekly goal which feeds into the ultimate goal. And it’s not so overwhelming.

If you have streams of income right now that aren’t moving you toward your goal, then you have to come up with a way to increase that income. You can offer an information eBook.

You can set up paid tutorials or start a members’ only forum. What you can’t do is sit down and think about your goal, plan it and then do nothing to move toward it.

Wishful thinking or hoping doesn’t lead to changes or results. When you set actionable goals, it allows you to have a clear focus and helps you have the mindset to reach them.

You need deliberate goals in order to have a sense of direction. It allows you to lead your life rather than to be led. Plus, when you have actionable goals, it lets you keep track of your success.

If you know that you have to make $119 a day and one day you make twice that, then you’re ahead of the week’s goal. And that will help if you have a shortcoming on another day.

You need to first determine what it is that you want. You can’t set goals until you know what you want. These goals should matter or mean something to you. They should be goals that you’re driven toward.

The most successful people have an underlying motivation to their goals. They want to be successful but many of them have a “because” in there. Such as “I want to be successful because I want to be able to spend more time with my family.”

Some people have an underlying motivation to be successful because they know what it’s like to struggle and they don’t want to live the rest of their life that way. Your goals should be narrowed down to specifics.

Name exactly what you want. Break the issues down so that you can keep track of the goals in smaller, actionable steps. It’s important that you have these goals outlined with a way to track them.

Use deadlines for yourself. If you know you want to make that $3,333 in a month, then this allows you to be able to break down when you know you have to have a product ready – or take a step to get something out that will work toward bringing in that money.

These goals should be ones that are within your reach. If one of your goals is to make a billion dollars in a year, odds are really high that’s not an achievable goal. So don’t set yourself up to fail right out of the gate with a goal that you won’t be able to accomplish because it’s not realistic.

When you create your goals, make sure that your mindset is positive. Don’t set self-defeating goals. An example of this would be a positive goal of “increase mailing list by 25%” rather than the goal that has a negative spin such as “find a way to make up for subscribers who are unsubscribing.”

Once you’ve created the goals that are going to move you in the direction that you want to go, you’ll want to reinforce them. Look over them once a day. Put them in front of you to remind yourself that even if you don’t see huge changes overnight, these changes are happening as you reach these actionable goals.

Isolate Yourself from Negativity:

You might have heard how negativity is a bad thing when it comes to having the right mindset for success. It’s true. Negativity is one of the biggest things that can derail any attempt at success.

The reason that negativity can keep you stuck, holding you back from obtaining goals and changing any part of your life, is because negativity wipes out motivation.

It’s hard to feel motivated about anything when your head is full of negative messaged. What happens is that you’re fired up, ready to charge ahead with reaching success, when along comes someone who says that you don’t have the talent, the knowledge, the money, the support or the courage to make it happen.

Before you know it, that negativity has seeped all the way into your inner mind and you find that the self doubts are multiplying. You begin to believe they’re right.

You don’t have the talent. You don’t have the knowledge and the next thing you know, you’re not even trying to move forward any more. When negativity destroys your motivation, it destroys your confidence.

It’s not a matter of whether or not you’re going to encounter this negative response, but when. Because many people just have a damaging outlook and they spread that negativity.

It’s second nature to them, but it doesn’t have to be accepted by you. You can reject their negativity. Who’s destructive in your life? First, it’s usually always going to be family.

Under the well-meaning guise of trying to be helpful and not wanting to see you get hurt or fail, they’re going to try to persuade you that what you’re trying to do can’t be done.

Next, it will be your friends. Many of your friends probably have their lives already mapped out right through their retirement years and you can bet it doesn’t involve stepping out and running their own business.

Friends often play it safe and so they want you to do the same. It’s true that being an entrepreneur means there will be some risk. There will be long hours. There will be trial and error.

But that’s not a bad thing. It’s just part of the process and you can’t let friends influence you to give up. You’ll find on your entrepreneurial journey that there are even some fellow marketers who are negative.

These people whine about how difficult it is. They point out the pitfalls, they talk about the downside and it seems like they do nothing but discourage others and themselves.

They’re almost constantly griping about stuff and comparing themselves and you to success stories. They’ll even point out how they and you will never reach that same level of success.

If you really want to be a success, you have to isolate yourself from negativity. If you don’t, eventually, you will start to believe this negative feedback. As a result, your motivation will either suffer or disappear altogether and eventually, you’ll give up.

What you need to do is to surround yourself with people who are positive. People who look forward to challenges and see setbacks as opportunities to learn from rather than as signs to give up.

Being around positive people will be a support team for you and help you keep your motivation high when you do reach places that are hard as you try to build your career.

Learn How to Motivate Yourself with Mantras:

Motivation is something that we all have with certain tasks, but it’s not always a given. The truth is that many of us can have our motivation wane. When motivation dwindles, it can be difficult to push yourself to do anything much less have the desire to strive for success.

Motivation goes hand in hand with achieving success, but you can’t always expect motivation to come from outside sources and you shouldn’t rely on that anyway.

Outside sources, such as a friend who cheers you onward and helps you feel inspired, might not motivate you the next time. What gave you a burst of incentive one day might not be available the next and that’s why it’s so important that you learn how to encourage yourself.

When you feel motivated, you’ll be able to find the willpower to keep on reaching for your goals. And when it’s within you, you can tap into a well of enthusiasm that will keep you going regardless of what you come up against.

The key to self motivation is to find a mantra that you can use. Mantras are words or phrases that you can repeat to yourself. What these mantras can do is they can help you keep a confident outlook.

Your mindset will be focused on the positives, which in turn help your motivation. In our subconscious minds, we’re not geared toward the positive. We’re not automatically geared toward success.

The brain and the body both want the path of least resistance because it’s a survival technique. We walk away from the things we view as mentally or physically difficult or frightening, especially if it makes us feel stressed.

With being an entrepreneur, your subconscious mind is one of your best tools to being successful. But if your subconscious is fixated on the negative or what hasn’t worked for you in the past, this can be a stumbling block.

Fortunately, your subconscious can be retrained to think differently, to have a success mindset – and the way to do that is with mantras. By using mantras, you’ll also feel better emotionally.

What you have to do is to pick a mantra that’s geared specifically toward success. Success mantras help you to be mindful of the positives in your life every day and it creates a mindset of gratitude.

Mantras can change your perspective and help keep you motivated through to an optimistic attitude. You can use mantras for , such as “My goal for success today is_____” or “I have the ability to succeed.” Mantras not only strengthen your outlook, but they also help you feel stronger and have a better self-esteem.

Spend Time Reading the Best Success Mindset Books:

Your mindset can change your life. It can give you the success that you crave by helping you stay motivated to reach your goals. Sometimes though, if you’re stuck in a rut of always thinking a certain way, which is known as having a fixed mindset, then you can struggle to overcome that.

There are tools that you can use to reach the right mindset. These are also tools that you can use to help you maintain your motivation. These tools are books that focus on having the right mindset for success.

They cover problem areas and show you how you can overcome things. You don’t have to devour the books in one sitting, but you can digest a little of the books each day and you’ll notice a difference.

One of these books is Time Warrior: How to Defeat Procrastination, People-Pleasing, Self-Doubt, Over-Commitment, Broken Promises and Chaos by Steve Chandler.

This book can help you find motivation by showing you how to push past the fear and self-doubt that strikes many entrepreneurs. It covers helpful things like how you can handle life when you’re overwhelmed and how to succeed with your goals.

He also covers how you can live in the moment and take action. There’s a part in there that talks about failure and why it’s not necessarily a bad thing. You’ll learn how to see problems in a new light and how to overcome the things that prevent most people from being successful.

Another book you’ll find helpful is E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout. In this book, the author covers nine experiments authors can use to help shake themselves out of misinformed thinking.

This helps free the subconscious from rigid thinking that prevents motivation and success from occurring. There’s also The Power of Story: Change Your Story, Change Your Destiny in Business and in Life by Jim Loehr.

In the book, the author covers the assumptions that we make about ourselves and how these assumptions are essentially our story. But when the story that you tell about yourself to yourself is faulty, it can affect your mindset and how you achieve success.

The book touches on the pessimist as well as the optimist mindset and how the little voice inside your head can influence your life. He teaches how you can retrain your way of thinking to write your story with a successful slant.

© Copyright – Saul Maraney – http://www.saulmaraney.com – All Rights Reserved

Saul Maraney is a full time Internet Marketer and proud father of 3 young kids. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa and has been involved in Online Marketing since 2007. He promotes Internet Marketing products to people on his list (with whom he has built a close relationship) that he has personally reviewed and uses in his own online business. He also always rewards people that take action and loves to help as many people as possible with their Internet Marketing business. For more information on Saul, please visit: http://www.saulmaraney.com

Have You Been Spinning Your Wheels With Online Marketing?

You may have tried hard to make a go of online marketing and just can’t get to the point where you can say you’ve reached true success. While online marketing isn’t complicated, it is a process which you have to learn – and keep learning.

Technology today is ever-changing and unless you keep up, you’ll be lost or not taking advantage of all the developments that come along constantly to help you succeed. If you have a mindset that you’ll keep on doing what you’ve always done and refuse to learn or change, it can cause you to stand still. In the online marketing world – that’s not good.

Or, you may be implementing every new strategy that comes along and still get no traction in your online business. The problem may not be the strategy or how you use it – but you may be trying too many new things rather than concentrating on the business models that can serve you best.

Another reason marketers find themselves spinning their wheels is fear. When you’re afraid to do a podcast or interview – or even a video for your followers – you’re lessening the impact you could be having on your online business.

You may be new in online marketing and think money can be made overnight and all you have to do is set up a program, then visit your computer once in awhile to see how much money is rolling into your account.

That, of course, isn’t true. Online marketing takes tons of effort and if you don’t plan to make the commitment to hard work, you’ll be spinning your wheels. With online marketing you’ve got to be a teacher, marketer, entrepreneur and student – all rolled into one.

Many online marketers make the mistake of continuing to do things as they’ve always done them, even though they may have had complaints about the product or service. Refusing to look at problems within the business will get you nowhere but moving backwards.

You may feel that you’re spinning your wheels when everything is going as it should. Give yourself and your business enough time to make a mark in the marketing world and don’t get impatient if you don’t see the big bucks appear in your account right away.

Black hat gurus may promise overnight success, but it just doesn’t happen that way with online marketing. Keep learning, working hard and coming up with new and innovative ideas and you’re bound to be successful.

© Copyright – Saul Maraney – http://www.saulmaraney.com – All Rights Reserved

Saul Maraney is a full time Internet Marketer and proud father of 3 young kids. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa and has been involved in Online Marketing since 2007. He promotes Internet Marketing products to people on his list (with whom he has built a close relationship) that he has personally reviewed and uses in his own online business. He also always rewards people that take action and loves to help as many people as possible with their Internet Marketing business. For more information on Saul, please visit: http://www.saulmaraney.com

 

Customer Engagement Tips for 2016

When you have customer engagement, you’ll grow your business with social proof, but more than that, you’ll be able to design your business in a way so that it caters to the needs of your audience.

It used to be that you could engage your audience by sending out an email, but that’s all changed. Customers aren’t interested in a one sided relationship anymore.

You can’t just have an online presence. You have to be interactive. You need to engage – and if you think this something that only small businesses do, you’d be mistaken.

Big businesses have learned that social proof matters and they’re engaging with their fans. It’s especially important if you’re a solo entrepreneur who doesn’t have the same branding as a big company does on a global scale.

Where to Engage Your Audience:

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to engage with your audience online. Depending on the social media platform that you’re using, how that engagement takes place might differ.

If you’re using Facebook, then you need to have a variety of posts. One mistake that entrepreneurs make is to post the same kind of stuff day in and day out. You need to shake things up a bit so they don’t grow stale.

People don’t want to see the same things all the time in the same format. By switching it up, you can see what kind of posts your audience reacts to the most. Use posts of videos, photos, links, pose questions and more to draw your audience in.

You can create quizzes, share articles and other content that’s related. You can also do things like asking the audience to caption a photo or have a throwback post.

That’s where you post a picture from years past – like funny 80s clothing or old technology to stir up the conversation. Make sure that you post consistently and that you when you do, you’re available to interact with the audience.

There’s nothing worse than a drive-by poster. Use a Pinterest account to interact with your audience. You can do things like holding a contest where everyone has to share a photo of something.

You can offer prizes and other perks to increase interest. Use the site to offer consumers deals where, by sharing what you pin, they can have access to some type of discount.

Have more than one board because this lets you have more content and the ability to share more topics, which offers a wider range of appeal to your audience.

Re-pin what your audience posts. This causes consumers to submit topics and feel like they’re part of the inner circle. Twitter makes if pretty easy to engage with an audience fast.

Make your Twitter account personable. Don’t use a fake profile or avatar. Talk about things that you’re passionate about and share pictures. Talk back to others.

Respond, thank people, and share their news to give back. Your audience will feel connected to you. When sharing content that’s not yours, don’t just pass it along, say something even it’s just “love this” and don’t use all the 140 characters.

This allows people ease of use for when they pass it on. Get involved in chats that your audience is part of. Keep your sentences short. It’s okay and even eye-catching to not have the sentences on the same line. Use hashtags (#) and @mentions to engage your audience.

If you use Instagram, keep your attention on the personality behind your business rather than the selling. Make sure that you take advantage of re-gramming a post.

That’s where you will repost something your audience shared. Make sure you acknowledge where the original post came from. Don’t ever share things just to share them – make sure you support or are intrigued by the idea.

Use videos and offer promotions such as telling the audience if they comment, they’re eligible to win a particular prize. Keep an eye on the influencers on Instagram and engage with them.

This helps build your audience, too. Take advantage of the hashtags like #follow or use the emotion ones like #happy. Interact with the audience by commenting on the conversations they’re in.

How Often Should You Post and Interact?

People handle social media in two ways. They either bombard the site or they use it every now and then. You must be consistent with whichever social media method you use.

But being consistent doesn’t mean posting so often that people get sick and tired of seeing your stuff. There’s a fine line between sharing and spamming and you don’t want to cross that line by not understanding how social media should work.

It’s true that you should post frequently. No one can get to know you and you can’t engage with your audience if you’re never around. At the very least, you should post something every day – and those posts should be done often enough so that you build a relationship.

How often you should post is going to depend on which site you’re using. If you’re using Pinterest, it’s okay to spread out your posts up to 4 times a day. Just don’t do one giant post.

Post in the morning, once in the afternoon, once in the evening and once at night. Each time you post, you can engage with your audience. For Twitter, don’t post more than three times each day.

You’ll actually find that your audience starts to grow tired of seeing your content if you post more often than that unless it’s highly useful or reevant. Instagram analytics don’t really show that audience engagement lessens with multiple posting as long as you interact.

Facebook interaction should be done once in the morning and once in the evening, minimum. If you post all day long, it looks like you spend all your time there, and you don’t want to give that impression as a leading expert.

You can engage more often if you use Google+ because this site actually sees audience engagement boosts when you post more often. Still, you want to spread it out through the day and stick to about 3 times each day.

What to Post for Increased Engagement:

You might sometimes feel like you don’t have a lot to say on social media. Maybe that’s why you haven’t posted as much as you should. But coming up with something to post is a lot easier than you think.

When you do post, make sure that you post something with a picture. Studies have shown that if there’s an image with whatever you post, it gets a higher response rate and people tend to share pictures more than other types of posts.

People love to be inspired – and a great way to engage with your audience is to share quotes that inspire them. You can use ones that have a special meaning to you.

When you run across something that you really like, save it to your computer in a folder so that you’ll also have a supply of inspiring quotes on hand to share. These quotes can range from business inspiration to personal motivation to quotes that make people stop and think about life in general.

The good news is that when they see that quote later, more often than not, they’ll remember that you’re the one who shared it before. If you think that you have trouble knowing what to say on social media, keep in mind that other people do, too.

They might see a post they really like but won’t comment on it because they’re too shy or don’t know what to say. You can stir up more engagement by asking questions on your social media sites.

People will answer questions because it’s more of a group effort. When they see others responding to the question, they’ll jump in. It’s okay to share posts about new products that you like or even your own products.

Just make sure that you don’t let the post come across as a pushy sales post. Instead of hawking the product, you can post it and say something like you just finished working on it and you’re so excited.

Then it comes across as you letting them see behind the scenes rather than you turning into a sales person. Share personal stuff, too. This doesn’t mean that you showcase embarrassing things or any family drama.

It means sharing a picture of your garden or your vacation. You can share the latest antics of your cat or dog – or an event that you attended. What this does is it makes you come across as a human being rather than a business – and people connect more when they feel like they see the person behind the brand.

Reward Your Audience for Engaging:

When you reward your audience for engaging, it helps build loyalty. People love to be rewarded. They love to get something that they weren’t expecting. It helps them feel appreciated.

When people feel appreciated by someone, it makes them feel as if they know you and that you’re someone they can build an online relationship with. It’s easy to find ways to make sure you regularly reward your audience.

You don’t want to do it so often that people only show up and only interact because they think you’re giving something away every time. But you want to do it often enough so that it makes a difference.

Small giveaways throughout the month are appropriate with bigger giveaways spaced out through the year like a grand prize. You can arrange it so that when someone in your audience comments on something that you’ve posted that get access to information or maybe a beta version of a product before anyone else does.

If someone shares one of your posts, you can reward them with the same deal. What this does is it creates a kind of street team of loyal followers who will gladly promote you to other people on their own social media sites.

People love to have the chance to win prizes too and you’ll see your engagement soar when you offer specific prizes. Gift cards are extremely popular. You can offer coffee store gift cards, bookstore gift cards, ones to restaurants or Amazon gift cards.

Some people will use Rafflecopter to handle the entries in any type of contest they have. But that’s not the best course to take because you can have people sharing just the link to the Rafflecopter widget.

That means that it won’t increase views or interaction. It also means that people who don’t have the slightest interest in you or your brand will enter the contest multiple times in hopes of winning.

What you want to do is to pay attention to the people on your social media who actively engage with you. When you see this, reach out to them and offer them some exclusive perks.

Maybe you can give them some new software you created or a special report that’s usually only available in your membership forum. There are endless ways you can go above and beyond with your audience!

Use Data to Make Your Engagement Soar:

Knowing when to post something on social media is just as important as knowing what to post. You don’t want to spend time and energy focused on creating engaging posts only to have them disappear unnoticed into the cyber void of social media.

This void is what occurs when interest and engagement is at its lowest point – your audience is offline, sleeping or doing other things. If you know when those times are, then you can avoid it.

You can also make your posts more audience specific if you learn who they are. Posts that are directed to a narrower audience will hit their target more than a broad, all inclusive post will.

It’s just a fact of life that not everyone is going to be interested in what you have to say. So why not gear your interaction toward the people who do want to hear what it is you share?

You can use data to make sure that you’re posting during the times that your audience is most active. By posting during these times, what you post will end up at the top of their feed rather than buried at the bottom.

For example, if you use Twitter and you tweet during the week, you don’t want to tweet first thing in the morning. Most people don’t hop right on. They take care of a few things first, then check their social media.

So you would want to put your tweet out there in the mid morning. You would also not want to engage in posts on Twitter late at night because that’s when the site is the least active and your tweet could end up getting missed by your target audience.

This information can also help you redefine your marketing campaigns when you do those. By knowing when and what to post, you can create content that’s tailor made and hits the mark.

Most social media sites have analytic tools that you can use. Plus, there are outside ones that you can use to check on how well your posts are performing. You can use Facebook insights to see what demographic was interacting with your page.

You might see something that shows that 65% of your demographic were women while 35% were men. You’ll also be able to see age and relationship, language and the size of their household.

You’ll be able to ascertain how often your audience is active on the Facebook site. If you check out page insights, you’ll see the number of people who shared your posts or engaged on your page.

All of this information and research into your social media experience can help you build a rabid fan base of people who not only like what you share and teach, but feel compelled to get others onboard, too.

© Copyright – Saul Maraney – http://www.saulmaraney.com – All Rights Reserved

Saul Maraney is a full time Internet Marketer and proud father of 3 young kids. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa and has been involved in Online Marketing since 2007. He promotes Internet Marketing products to people on his list (with whom he has built a close relationship) that he has personally reviewed and uses in his own online business. He also always rewards people that take action and loves to help as many people as possible with their Internet Marketing business. For more information on Saul, please visit: http://www.saulmaraney.com

Analyze Your Previous Efforts as an Entrepreneur

When you become an entrepreneur, you have a strong desire to succeed.

If the desire to succeed was all that was needed, then the world be filled with nothing but success stories.

But desire alone won’t keep you from failing and you may have experienced countless failures on your entrepreneurial journey.

What you need to do is to take a step back and look at what you’ve been doing that hasn’t worked for you.

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Once you can identify what’s not working and what you’re struggling with, you can then find success by making changes. You need to understand what’s gone wrong despite your best efforts.

Fear of Failure:

Did you know that it’s not failure that keeps people from trying? The world is full of examples of people who failed multiple times and yet ultimately found success. There’s something worse than failing – and that’s fear of failure because often, fear of failure keeps you from even trying anything at all.

There are some solid reasons behind having a fear of failure. No one disputes that. You might be hesitant to put yourself out there because you’re afraid that people are going to laugh at you or your business idea.

Remember that people laughed at Henry Ford, too – and yet he became a well-known success story. You might be concerned that you’ll end up failing and be humiliated. There are countless numbers of online success stories.

890950754There are gurus everywhere online who share their failures with their mailing list and talk about it on their website. They do this because failure was part of the journey, it wasn’t the end of the journey.

You can overcome a fear of failure by learning to recognize it for what it is. Failure is never the end unless you give up. It’s a stepping stone that many people have walked on to reach the success that they dream of having.

Sometimes a fear of failure comes because we’re afraid to make mistakes. But making mistakes is how you reach your goals – simply because you’re not perfect. There’s yet to be a single fail-proof human being on the Earth.

Instead of fearing failure, embrace it.

Saul MaraneyUse it as something that you can learn from. Cut off the negative sound byte in your mind. This is what plays in your head telling you that you’re right to be afraid of failure, that you’re not good enough, that you’re not smart enough, that you’re not talented enough, or not educated enough.

It’s this sound byte that has a loop so that it will play on forever as long as you allow it. Negative thoughts of what you can’t accomplish become reality. Kick the glass-is-empty mindset to the curb and replace it with one that’s optimistic.

If you can’t bring yourself to say that you’ll succeed, then simply say you’re willing to try. That’s all it takes. One step forward. Identify what it is about the fear of failure that’s holding you back.

Is it the scorn of others?

The thought of pouring your heart into something and not making it a reality?

Fear has been identified as False Evidence Appearing Real. We often have a habit of creating worst case scenarios in our minds that never come to fruition.

Let go of the fear of failure and go after what you want.

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Frustration with Technical Tasks:

It’s easy to get frustrated when you come across a technical task that you don’t know how to do. When you’re ready to move forward and get stuck by a lack of know-how, it can start that negative chatter running through your head again.

But keep in mind that no one has all of the knowledge they need to do everything. None of us are born knowing what we need to do.

We learn as we grow and the same holds true when it comes to being an entrepreneur.

You might not know how to set up a blog and if you’ve never done it before, it’s understandable that you wouldn’t know how to get started.

But in today’s age, the Internet gives us a world of knowledge right at our fingertips.

Saul MaraneyIf you don’t know how to set up a blog, you can pull up a video on how to do it and then follow the instructions step by step until you’re finished.

Some people already know how to build a blog, but they don’t know how to set up call-to-action buttons or how to add a shopping cart.

All of this type of information can easily be found in video tutorials.

You can take the time to go through the video and pause it at each step as you implement the task.

And there are hundreds of videos out there that address every technical task question you might have.

You can also join entrepreneurial forums and post a question when you need help with a specific task.

Many of these forums are filled with people who have already traveled the path that you’re now on.

These people freely share the knowledge that they have with others.

Saul MaraneyIf you’re trying to work with software and can’t quite grasp it, you can also look this up with videos.

You can also go to a search engine, type in the name of the software and add the word manual after it.

There are often PDF manuals for software available that will walk you through whatever it is that you need to do.

You’ll learn as you go along.

Months down the road, you’ll be amazed at what you’ve learned and then you’ll be in a position to help someone else when they have a question about a task.

But keep in mind that there will always be a technical task that you might not know how to do because learning should never stop when you’re an entrepreneur.

You want your business to succeed and that means growth.

Saul MaraneyAny time there’s growth with a business, there will be new things you have to handle. Give technical tasks a shot and if you get stuck, you can also go on a marketing forum and simply ask a very specific question telling people where you got stuck, so they can help.

Complacency Issues:

You’ve heard the story about how if you put a frog in a pot of boiling water, he’ll jump right out. But if you put a frog in water and slowly turn up the heat, he’ll boil to death.

While this is a myth, it’s also a metaphor for life and shines the light on how you need to take charge to prevent complacency from setting in.

Complacency means that you’re content with where you’re at in life and with what you’re doing.

You’ve found your comfort zone and you’re sticking with it.

Saul MaraneyBeing complacent is not a good thing because what it does is keep you stuck exactly where you are.

When you’re complacent, you don’t try to learn and improve your skills or your business.

You don’t aim for growth and you don’t try new things that can help your success.

What happens then is that it can become easy to lose your purpose for your business.

It can also be easy for a lack of inner leadership to develop and things just fall by the wayside.

The problem that arises most often when people reach a level of complacency is that they don’t want to make the effort to do anything to change their lot in life, but they want to bring in more money.

Complacency and the desire to make more money aren’t compatible. If you want more money, you don’t get to be satisfied with the status quo. Since money isn’t going to rush toward you when you’re complacent, you have to do something about it.

You have to be proactive. You have to do something to change your mindset so you develop a hunger for success. What this means is that you have to gain more knowledge.

When you’ve reached a certain skillset, nothing is ever going to change if you don’t level up. You have to learn new things and you need to do it consistently to keep on growing and earning money.

That means that you’re going to have to put more effort into your business. Some people think that once they’ve reached a certain level in business, it will always stay that way.

They think they’ll always make the money and that the money will just grow without them having to do anything to make that happen. That’s not true. Money is brought in based on your efforts, so it’s time to adopt new habits of learning and trying new ideas.

Envy of the Competition:

When you’re resentful that your competition has what you’d like to have, or accomplishes what you’d like to do, that’s envy. While it can be natural at times to feel envious, when you envy the competition, you can end up doing a lot of harm to yourself if you don’t let it go.

Envy arises because we worry about the entrepreneurial experts. They’re so polished. They know just what to say. Hundreds, if not thousands of people seem to hang on to their every word.

Every idea they churn out seems to turn into a money maker and when you see these experts and their booming business, you resent that you don’t have that, too. But what you’re not realizing is that no expert’s success story was readymade.

They didn’t simply get up one morning and put on an aura of success. They build their success just like everyone else does. A piece at a time. When you look at an expert, you don’t see the rough road they walked to get where they are.

You don’t see the times when they struggled. Or the times they were afraid. You don’t see when they worried about the next move or the money flow. You don’t know what they went through to get where they are.

When you envy the competition, what happens is you’re setting yourself up in the comparison game and no one ever wins that. It’s played on a concept where there will always be someone who’s better in business than you are.

But there will also be someone who’s worse than you. Comparison is a measuring stick that will ensure that you come up short. It’s the key to berating yourself and it creates low self esteem.

You might not realize that when most people compare themselves to the competition, they never choose to compare themselves to someone who’s failing. They always choose the experts – the huge success stories.

What you need to realize is that how they become a success isn’t the exact same business model that’s going to work for you anyway. If you do compare yourself to the competition, only do it to create the determination to be better than they are and not to make yourself afraid or to feel bad about yourself.

You don’t want to become a lemming and follow whatever the competition is doing. There are enough lemmings. Enough carbon copies. Choose to be an original and bring what’s unique about yourself and your business to the masses.

When you do that, when you choose to create a business that’s all you and you’ll find your own success story. You’ll become the person that others look to with envy because you’ve followed (and achieved) your dreams.

Overload with Excitement Over Options:

In today’s world, when you start a business, it can be easy to become overloaded with excitement. It happens often because there are countless options available. One of the things that entrepreneurs have to be on guard against is shiny new object syndrome.

This is what happens when there are so many ideas that you want to try them, all so you hop from one idea to the next. It always feels like the newest idea is going to be great.

We find a new technique, new software, new tools and we chase after them. The beginning of something is always exciting because it holds the promise of success. It’s what we’ve always been waiting for – this new idea or tool – so we have to do it or have it.

The problem with so many options is that it can cause you take off down various paths and end up preventing you from actually accomplishing anything at all. It’s a lack of attention and focus that can derail your business if you’re not careful.

Because when you’re chasing the newest idea, you’re not spending time on your business. You’re not focusing on the things that matter with it. When you experience shiny new object syndrome, it can make you a jack of all trades and a master of none.

You’re so busy chasing whatever is new and comes along that you don’t complete the tasks that you should do in order to make your business a success. So what happens is you lose time and money on things that are wrong for your business.

You can get caught up in information overload, too – just like you can with shiny new object syndrome. When you have information overload, there’s too much data for you to take it all in.

It’s hard to know what to process and how to make a choice when there’s too much information. If you have shiny new object syndrome, you might be able to start a hundred projects, but you won’t follow through with any of them.

You’ll end up getting about halfway done and then something new will come along and off you go again. With information overload, you can end up feeling paralyzed and unsure of what decisions to make, so in the end, you don’t make a decision at all.

You can stop both of these from happening. With shiny new object syndrome, when something new comes along, always ask yourself if you have something that needs to be finished.

If there’s something waiting for you to work on, don’t get involved in another project until the other one is completed. With information overload, only take in the information you need to complete your task. Focus on one portion of information at a time. Remember that it’s better to do one thing well than to do a dozen things poorly.

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Saul Maraney is a full time Internet Marketer and proud father of 3 young kids. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa and has been involved in Online Marketing since 2007. He promotes Internet Marketing products to people on his list (with whom he has built a close relationship) that he has personally reviewed and uses in his own online business. He also always rewards people that take action and loves to help as many people as possible with their Internet Marketing business. For more information on Saul, please visit: http://www.saulmaraney.com