Thank you to KUTV and Fresh Living for having me on for this quick discussion. I had a ton of fun and hope to be visiting again very soon.

 

*Article credit to KUTV (see original post)

(KUTV) Salt Lake City – Founder of YES! Women’s Network, Sheila J. Davis, joined Kari & Dave on Fresh Living to talk about the purpose of YES! Women’s Network, the upcoming Mom’s Conference in Logan, and 3 Powerful Secrets to the Joy of You.

Sheila writes, “Women gladly take on the role of daughter, friend, wife, mother, and others that we love. This is a huge part of who we are and it’s a very important part. It changes us each time we come to a new stage in life and it’s wonderful! However, the average woman spends less than an hour and a half on themselves each week! That’s about 17 minutes a day. 51% of women say they don’t even do that. How can we be our best if that’s all we do for ourselves? To be the best at all of the things we love being, we must also be our very best self and find the joy of it. You know the saying: “Mom’s mood rules the house…” Well, what if mom felt the joy within herself every day?”

“There are 3 Powerful Secrets that can help women accomplish finding the JOY of being who they are in everyday life. When I told my daughter, who is not yet a mother about these secrets, she said, “Oh mom, everyone knows that.” I told her that yes, we all know these secrets, but we have put them so far down on the list of things we need to do that we have actually forgotten that we know them and that they are important. It’s time to bring the secrets back into the light. The first Powerful Secret we have forgotten is YOU. The little girl inside of you with the big dreams is still there, the dreams you had when you were a teenager are still there, the activities that you love doing when your life became about everything and everyone else is still there, and it’s okay to let YOU out.”

“It was like in that movie The Run Away Bride, she didn’t know what kind of eggs she liked because she just started eating and enjoying the kind of eggs that her boyfriends liked. She didn’t take the time to really find out what she truly enjoyed. Once she took just a few minutes to try different things and allow herself to listen to herself she was able to learn something about herself that she had not known or that she had forgotten. We make certain dinners for our families because we know they love that meal, we go out to eat at places that our friends or husbands love, we watch movies that our children like, etc. We do this because we love our family and it’s what we do and it’s important. So, outside of these decisions we have to make for those we love and support, what do we truly love and what do we truly find joy in each day for ourselves?”

The first step in finding the JOY of being YOU may sound simple, and yet it will surprise you how hard it is. The first step is YOU. Simply put, it’s time to stand up and introduce yourself to you again. Do this by re-reading old journals, thinking back to when you were little and what you wanted to do when you grew up, writing down lists of things that you forgot you loved or that you did, and one of the most important is putting you first every day. Set a morning routine that will work for you. I know what it’s like when you have 5 babies at home. You’re thinking: ‘There is no way I have time for myself in the morning.’ Well, there is, but it may seem hard at first. Get up just 15 minutes earlier and do something for yourself. It could be to wash your face so you feel refreshed, it could be to have a cup of hot chocolate in the quite of the morning, it could be to read for 10 minutes from a favorite book, it could be anything that you love or that could help you spend just 15 minutes with yourself in the morning. Which, by the way, will give you an additional hour and a half, thus doubling the time you’ve probably been spending doing something for yourself each week.”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen a HUGE shift in the response to sales funnels through the 2017 year. It’s time you learned about the 2018 sales funnel path if you want to succeed with the big guys.

 

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You know how the old sales funnel has a huge opening at the top and we are supposed to get as many prospects in that opening as we possibly can in the hopes that a few will trickle down and give us money.  We have been doing this by providing seemingly free content when in fact we are asking a lot… we are asking for access to their private email inbox.

Well, this isn’t working anymore for good reason. Here’s why and how you can get your funnels working again with even more qualified prospects than ever who are ready and willing with credit cards out and wallets open.

Have you noticed that prospects are even harder to reach? They don’t want to give their email address to anyone, even for some amazing free stuff. This makes it harder to use the old style of sales funnel.

Prospects are far more careful about what they buy and whom they buy it from than ever. They are smart and they have figured out that they don’t want to give their email to just anyone. They are even hesitant to leave comments or engage on social media because of sleazy sales folks and trolls

WHY?

Well, I have a few theories that I’d like for you to consider.

#1 AMWAY (aka MLM aka Network Marketing)

That’s right… let’s go back to the days of Amway. At least those of us who are old enough to anyway. Hey, age brings wisdom! This is nothing to be ashamed of.

Back in the days of Amway people were all frenzied about the way they did sales. People they knew were getting rich… or so they made it seem.

Your friends would contact you and ask you to go to dinner with them at a wealthy friends house. Then they took you their uplines uplines upline leader who was living like a king and queen. You marveled at all they had accomplished and at how fine everything was. Then they gave you, and the other 50 people who had been invited, the schpeal about how they made their millions selling this amazing product.

Well, that only actually worked for the select few. Most people, like my parents, just lost money or made very little and maybe even lost a few friends. It’s not just Amway that did this, there are loads of other businesses that started doing this type of multi-level marketing sales.

Have you heard of Network Marketers?

Over the years this way of selling has evolved and now people are calling it “network marketing”. You’ll see them all the time in your news feed on Facebook. They are selling teeth whitening, weight loss items, patches, and other things that you won’t know anything about until you say “ME” in the comments.

They are asking vague questions like, “Who wants to earn an extra $1,000 this weekend? If so, say me in the comments.” or “What would you do with an extra $500 this weekend?” or even “I have an extra $1,000 to give away to 5 people today! Who want’s it?” They comment on your resounding “ME!” in the comments and say, “I’ll message you!” and you get all excited. Then they bombard you with a huge copy/paste “book” about how you can sell what they are selling and made the money in no time at all. It’s all very deceptive.

If you’re like me, you don’t even friend these people and if you are friends with them when they start spamming your feed you unfollow or even unfriend them.

Am I right? Are you one of these people? (There is a better way!!! Keep reading!)

#2 BOTTOMLESS SALES PAGES

Yep, I know… I’m a digital marketer and I’m now going to totally bash my own industry and what I’ve been doing for the last few years. I also know that my industry has to change and will change in 2018. Just watch… you can say you learned it here!

Have you found yourself thinking you’d get something (by entering your email) because it looked super interesting, looked like it could help, it was free, and “what the heck I can read/watch it later? so you gave them your email and then totally forgot about it until you unsubscribed because you were spammed to death?

Me too! This could lead to what is known as SOS (Shiney Object Syndrom) where you sign up for a bunch of free stuff while searching for an answer to a problem you’re having and you end up subscribed to about 50 spammers.

Do you even open them?

How many emails do you have that are unopened and free stuff that isn’t even downloaded? I have tons and tons! Thank heavens I didn’t print them all out, I probably saved an entire forest!

The problem is that it doesn’t end there! It keeps going, doesn’t it?

You immediately get redirected to a thank you page that is a mile long (have you scrolled to the bottom of one of these lately?) and you are being told to BUY NOW and this is the LAST TIME you’ll see this page ever and if you don’t buy this thing now for $7 you’ll basically be a complete failure.

Somewhere on that long page there is a small little line that says something like, “no thanks, I hate succeeding, I don’t want to make money, just give me the free thing so I can slink away back into failure…”

The fact is, and you know this even though you’re going to pay the $7 anyway, that this is NOT the last thing they want to sell you and that the next page will be just as long, just as hyped up, and once again you’ll be made to feel you’ll fail unless you now add another $40 to your purchase for this one more thing that will make all of your dreams come true.

GUESS WHAT?!

You DO NOT have to have 10,000 people on your list or coming into the top of your very wide sales funnel to make 500 sales.

What if I told you that you could make 500 sales with only 600 people on your list or less?

2018 SALES FUNNEL in TWO STEPS

There are only two things you’ll need to do in 2018 to have huge success and really make your prospects love you so much that they will buy whatever you offer them.

Are you ready?

STEP #1 – BE AUTHENTIC

Yep, that’s right. Prospects are so sick and tired of sleazy sales tactics, of being sold to over and over, and of not being told the entire story right up front.

Prospects don’t give away their emails so easily anymore or they are making up emails just for the “spammers” they get a free gift from.

The amazing clients that are out there waiting for you want to hear from YOU and they want to be told the truth right up front!

If you write an ebook about the top 10 things someone should do to be successful, there is no need to create a landing page with a follow up upsell page telling them “more” about the 10 things or giving them the template so they can do the 10 things.

Just give it to them!

Over the next 10 days or 10 weeks give them one of the tips and expound on it. Why should they use it? What results have others had? Show examples of how it works.

Then at the end of giving it to them either on Facebook Live, Video or post on LinkedIn, Twitter post with an image, however, you decide to share it, that’s when you ask for their email or for them to come join your group. But they can have nothing to fear, even if they don’t yet want to give you an email they can see the next one by following you.

Once prospects see that you are authentic, that you really know what you’re talking about and you’re not afraid of giving value, they are much more likely to trust you and to give you their email, money, and time.

STEP #2 – INTEGRITY & SINCERITY

Keep it going! Don’t stop with just giving a little and then making them pay for everything else.

Let’s take Brendon Buchard as an example.

Brandon gives away so much value you simply cannot stop yourself from giving him money. It’s kind of like “paying after the fact” really.

His book High Performance Habits gives you everything you need to know to become a high performer. He even gives you the downloads and templates he uses.

He shares stories of how he has helped others. The exact questions he asks and what to do when they are answered. He holds nothing back.

It’s the same with his paid courses. Once you do get to the point where you are buying into his membership he holds nothing back. Literally, without ever speaking with Brendon I feel like he is personally coaching me.

The value he gives is crazy valuable!

DOES IT WORK? YES!!

Why can you give your prospects everything and still make money and is anyone else doing it? YES! They are! I did it for a few months earlier this year and will be doing it more and more. Also, it’s not just working for me, there are some bigger names than myself doing this too. WATCH and see!

It’s simple.

First off, they are going to find so much value in listening to your videos or reading your blog posts that they can’t help themselves but buy when you’re ready to sell to them. They already know what you are doing is working for them and so they won’t even hesitate to buy from you.

Second, only the prospects who really want what you have to offer are going to contact you. Why have 9,500 people on your list who don’t want what you really have to sell? Why have that many people who don’t qualify to be your paying clients? The ones who truly know, like, and trust you are the only ones that really matter and the only ones you want on your list, following you on Facebook, or in your client roaster.

Third, once you tell them how to do what you’re so good at doing they will realize that they need your help. They are experts at what they do, but you are the expert at what you do. The prospects who can do it on their own wouldn’t hire you anyway, the prospects who don’t have the money yet will continue to learn from you and do it themselves until they do have the money, and the prospects who are really ready for success with your help will reach out even if you never ask them to reach out.

Fourth, as you teach those who can’t afford to work with you for free they will be earning money to be able to work with you! You’ll be changing lives without getting an email! How awesome would that feel?

Sales Funnels are changing!

The simple fact is that sales funnels for 2018 are changing FAST and you don’t have to work so hard to get prospects.

There is no need to create loads of sales pages anymore or have hundreds of thousands on your list. All you need is a social media account, a blog, and a website where they can find you. Certainly, you’ll want a way for prospects to give you their email, but from now on you’ll only have prospects on your list who truly believe in you.

  • Imagine the open rate when you have 9,500 people who love you as opposed to 9,500 people who aren’t quite sure why they signed up in the first place?
  • Imagine selling to 9,500 people, not to only 500.
  • Imagine your prospects sharing your content without you even asking!
  • Imagine prospects contacting you before you even say anything about what you are selling.

Try it and let me know how it works for you! Join my group at https://facebook.com/groups/yeswomensnetwork and tell me what you’ll be sharing with your tribe. Maybe I’ll even be one of your next prospects.

CONSIDER THIS:

I’ve worked with hundreds of online coaches over the last few years. Many of these can boast they have tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands on their list. What they don’t tell you is that 80-90% of these aren’t even qualified to hire them or you, they have a very low open rate, a very large percentage have unsubscribed but they still show on the list because they haven’t been removed even though they cannot be sent an email legally, and/or they would never buy from the coach they just signed up for the free stuff.

There’s nothing wrong with these coaches or their lists in 2017 and before. They followed the rules to got loads of prospects in the funnel and then weeded them out to the few who would buy. That’s the old way of doing things.

But, this will no longer work. When asking someone how many people they have on their list ask what their open rate is, how many of those are actual paying clients, how many are unsubscribed or unconfirmed, how often do they email their list, and how many unsubscribes they get on a regular basis. If they don’t have a clean list with a 70% or more open rate… reconsider. These questions will tell you about the quality of their list. You may be surprised.

2018 is the year of the quality list, not the large list.

Join us for more live training in the group: https://facebook.com/groups/yeswomensnetwork

How are you feeling about the new sales funnel strategies for 2018? Have you had time to process Part 1? If not CLICK HERE and watch or read this info first so that this training will help you even more. This is the GOLD of sales funnels!

 

HUGE Thank you to Shine Events for being our sponsor for this live training! Be sure to check out the upcoming events and like their Facebook page.

 

Time to find out the HOW to do it!

Techie Gremlins got ahold of this video and it can’t be downloaded. So it goes… you’ll need to watch it on the page. Just click the image to view it on FB.

#1 Find Out What They Want

Before you find out what they want you’ll need to know WHO they are! If you don’t already know who your ideal client is then CLICK HERE to do this exercise. I cannot stress enough about why this is vital to the success of everything you do.

There are several ways to find out what your tribe wants to hear from you and January is literally the BEST time to be looking! Here are some ideas:

  • Social Media: Right now your prospects are posting all about their desires for 2018. Go through posts, pages, and groups, look at the posts/comments. You’ll see right away what they want for 2018 and learn very quickly what they want. If you can help them with it that’s a great place to start! This is how I knew that sales funnels were a huge thing on a lot of my ideal client’s lists. I thought I wouldn’t need to do more training about this, but learned very quickly that I was wrong.
  • Do a ton of free discovery calls! Get your ideal client and prospects on the phone and literally point blank ask them what they want. Those you talk to may not be interested right then in hiring you right away.  However, they will tell you what they are planning and tell you how you can help.
  • Check out what events are coming up and if your prospects are going. How? Simple! Go on FB and ASK and then look at upcoming events. You’ll be able to see who is going and who is interested.
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY… LISTEN to what your prospects are saying. When you go ask on social media or when you get them on the phone just listen. Listening and not selling to them will help you learn more than you can imagine. They WANT to tell you what they need. It makes them feel better. If you give them a few tips that they can use right away at the same time, all the better! Have them follow up with a testimonial for you.
  • Look at the list of “words” people are posting as their word for 2018. These words can be used for your sales pages, on blog posts, in the names of your services, on your website, and everywhere! Your prospects will be looking for them, thinking about them, and living them on a daily basis.

How Do You Create a Funnel?

Funnels in 2017 and before all were similar to this: Opt-in page | Thank you / Upsell Page | Thank you / Upsell Page | Thank you / Upsell Page. BUT this won’t work any longer because prospects are conditioned to know that this is what you’re doing. They know that your free thing is just the beginning and it’s possible it won’t be worth giving their email away. Here’s what to do instead:

  • Share valuable information on social media via VIDEO, blog, or vlog. I highly suggest this is done on FB LIVE which works the best in my experience. FB is promoting video above everything else, especially live video. Add it to your story so it sends a notification to your followers. Be sure to notify your prospects when you’ll be going live so they can set aside the time and get excited. Remember that if you just go live without notifying people it can take up to 4 minutes for followers to jump on live.
  • It’s important that you get your prospects to follow you (personally and your business page) and get them into a group where you can speak with them. This is true for Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter Lists. You’ll also want them to follow your boards on Pinterest. (Each platform has it’s own way of notifications so determine what your best way is to share your message.)
  • Getting emails is still important! You’ll just have to go about it in a different way. 1) Offer a download to go along with your free training 2) Ask for it when they join your group 3) Invite them to join an email only challenge, etc. Be sure they know that you value their inbox and you will only send them what they want.
  • Invite them to click reply to any of your emails and share their thoughts with you. Let them know that by being on your list they also have access to you. This is super valuable! Don’t reply to PMs, send them to the groups or invite them to join your email list to get answers.
  • Start a membership that is low cost and dump a ton of value there. Share what’s going on in the membership in your group and on social to invite new members. Invite members to invite their friends to join them for accountability. Be sure to offer monthly and annual plans. (More in the video about why)
  • Get them on the phone to share the big value and to get them to hire you or buy your services on the higher level. Once you have shown them that you really know what you’re doing they will want to hire you. They don’t have time to learn your skill, they have to be able to provide their own services. They want to hire you to do it for them!

What’ IN the Funnel?

  • Free training – Suggested done by live video when possible
  • Free group where they can interact with you and others who have worked with you
  • Share loads of value, answer questions, find out more about what they want and how you can help
  • Show them you know what you’re doing by sharing valuable information on social, on your site, and in your membership
  • Ask them to invite their friends
  • Create a course that has everything they want in it and turn it into a membership for residual income
  • Find places to speak and share your message on other people’s platforms
  • Blog posts (including video) *Make your blog posts go VIRAL using THIS tool!
  • Be a guest on podcasts, blogs, radio, FB live, and anywhere your prospects could see you
  • Create or participate in an E-zine
  • Do your own podcast
  • Find sponsorships where you can show your support of other businesses where your prospects hang out
  • Create sponsorships for your business so others can help support what you’re doing

I hope you found these ideas helpful! I’d love to hear from you about how the new sales funnels are working for you.

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Double the Traffic Each Day

So far, we have seen our website traffic double every single day (for 5 days) since starting our FB Live Training series! Plus we have more prospects than ever reaching out via private messages and emails asking how they can help, participate, or even hire us to work with them.

Ask Me!

I know these steps will work so if you find they aren’t let’s chat! I’d love to see how I can better help you find your success and be sure that my training is top notch.

 

A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR: Julie May, owner of Shine Events! Be sure to check them out and sign up for the upcoming event in Vernal Utah. It’s all about being prepared for anything. Join more than 500 people, hear me speak, hear Julie May speak and so many more amazing presenters and vendors about how to prepare yourself for the future and your security.

The world can be a dangerous place and it’s time to get prepared. There are so many different areas of our life where we need to be aware and cautious.

JOIN LIVE OR VIA LIVE STREAM

Join us for the Vernal Preparedness Expo on January 27th, 2018 to learn more and to meet us live! If you can’t make it, be sure to follow our page on FACEBOOK where we will be doing live streaming all day and sharing more tips with you throughout the entire day.

If you can’t make it also, be sure to join our group and ask questions you want us to be sure to cover in our live coverage that day or leave us a comment below. In the meantime, here are some tips from one of our speakers that we wanted to be sure to share with you.

Eric Boettcher | Survivalist | Author

Eric is award-winning triple book author and survivalist who has mastered the skills and techniques for thriving in the harshest of situations through his minimalist approach to survival. Full-time outdoorsman survivalist athlete who is also well known at abc4, Good Things Utah, Fox 31 Denver, K104, KCMJ, Cabela’s, Sportsmans Warehouse, Recreation Outlet, Bob Wards, QuickFire for his supreme survival classes. You will never look at your environment the same.

Eric shared these tips on his website about how to be prepared in your car. Especially in the winter or high heat, we need to be sure we are safe if we find ourselves stranded in our vehicle. Survival is proactive. Think ahead and you’ll be okay.

Eric says, “Your car is where you’re the most vulnerable.  Your may have your 72-Hour Kits in your house but you get in your car and guess what, that may be where you end up for quite some time or even have to spend the night.”

Tips on how to be prepared in your car:

  • Have a map – a physical map that you can use. Often times when we are in our cars we may be in a place where the GPS or Phone Coverage may not be able to help, so be sure you have a local map with you.
  • Have a compass so you can use the map. Consider a globe compass because flat compasses could get stuck. Again your phone may not be able to help if you do not have coverage.
  • 2 gallons of water that is ready to go to give you time to find water. A water filter for when you do find water. Have items that can be used to gather water as well.
  • Have food that you put in your car before you leave and then remove to a temperature controlled area after. No matter how long you’re going to be gone, be sure to take food with you. Be careful of the hotter temperatures during the summer where food could go bad and in the winter when it could get frozen.
  • Turn on your hazard lights right away.
  • Have a towel or some other form of cloth that is torn into 3 sections and hang them out of the window, to show the SOS sign. Using the 3 pieces shows that there is a problem where just one towel hanging out may not attract attention.
  • Put out as many SOS signs as you can in many different places. If surrounded by dirt make it large and put it in the dirt and use rocks or other materials so it can be seen from far away.
  • Tell someone where you’re doing and the time frame you’ll be gone. Have them check in with you through your journey to be sure you’re okay and you keep them posted.

There are tons more ideas you learn at the Vernal Preparedness Expo, on Eric’s website or in Eric’s Book.

 

Do you have other ideas on how we can be prepared? We welcome your comments!

Today on KUTV I spoke with Brooke and Caitlin about success. Is it achievable? How do you know you have reached it? Is it possible? How do you manage success every day? They were great fun to chat with! Watch the video HERE on KUTV.

Here’s my own story of success..

In July of 2017 I sat at my desk with a successful career as a digital marketer and online speaker/trainer. I had started as an entrepreneur in 2011 as a virtual assistant working with real estate agents. From there my skills and my business had grown into something that I truly enjoyed doing. Digital marketing along with branding, websites, sales funnels, and basically flipping online businesses was as thrilling to me as racing around a race track is for Indy drivers. I had found a bit of success. Yet…

As I sat there at my desk thinking over the last 5 years it hit me! I had basically created a job for myself. I was my boss and my boss didn’t give me any vacation time and if I wasn’t working I wasn’t getting paid. The name of my business was my name and if I wanted to retire… well, let’s just say that wasn’t going to happen.

Was this what success felt like?

This realization made me step back and take a 30,000-foot view of my business and my life. This is something I do in my own business every quarter and something I have all of my clients do as well.

“Success grows with you and you grow with Success!” – Sheila J Davis

It was true that I had worked with and helped thousands of virtual assistants build their businesses through my academy. I found true joy in working with them.

I loved my clients and enjoyed flipping their businesses. Working with them to create a powerful brand, improving or building their websites for increased revenue, showing them how to automate their business and creating sales funnels that are powerful and effective.

 

Somehow I felt empty.

Something was missing. It wasn’t just about money, it was about the impact and influence I had on the world. On the women specifically that I felt needed my help to achieve their success.

“If your bucket is empty, and there is a hole at the bottom, it’s time for change.” – Sheila J Davis

I knew something had to change, I just had no idea how fast and how amazing the process would be!

 

Time For a Mentor!

Over the next two months, I went on a journey to find where my success was and how to reach it. I worked with a brilliant and amazing mentor, Brooks Gibbs. He can tell you that my journey to find what success was to me was painful and incredible at the same time.

What Brooks helped me realize was that my passion to help and serve single women, military wives, and women who found themselves in a situation of, “Oh Crap! Now what?!” was possible!

Thanks to his guidance, patience, and willingness to help me serve my purpose in life I had discovered what success was to me! It was creating a network where women could find trusted resources, build relationships, network with each other, and even where I could create a non-profit to provide even more.

Truth be told, we have only just started and we have a long way to go. There is so much more! I’m thrilled, however, that my journey has lead me to where I am today!

 

YES! Women’s Network was born!

 

OFFICIAL LAUNCH!

For our official launch, we are having an online summit that 7 months ago I didn’t think was possible! After taking October through part of February off basically due to health and life happening, we are thrilled to have created such an amazing launch!

With my two fantastic new partners, Julie May (COO & Event Planner) and Leisa Watkins (Partner & Marketing Strategist) and the help of our amazing team Tracy Medeiros (Project Manager), Melania Macias (Administrative Support Specialist), and Cindy Cloninger (Graphic Designer and Virtual Assistant), the network is ready to officially launch and change the world!

 

 

We hand-picked 12 outstanding speakers who are at the top of their game when it comes to success. They can help you raise your game and raise your profits! Seriously, who doesn’t want that!

Despite their busy schedules, each of these speakers said Yes! to sharing at this event and they are sure to teach some of their best stuff. We don’t want you to go through the same mistakes and setbacks they experienced and learned from.  They can teach you strategies and tweaks, that when properly applied, can make all the difference.

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” – John Rohn

 

Are you ready to discover your success?

We are here to help! Trust me… these are the coaches, CEOs, entrepreneurs, authors, speakers, and sheer brilliance that will help you discover your success in your life and/or in your business!

 

Discover Your Success 12 Expert Speakers

 

I challenge you to Discover Your Success with us April 11-13.

Will we see you there? **HINT for one of the big prizes… invite your friends and find ways you can enjoy the summit together! Be prepared to take pictures and share your AHA moments to have more chances to win!!

 

 

If you’re out with your kids and something breaks or snaps, you find a way to patch it together for the moment. The wrong tools work in a pinch but they’re not a long-term solution. The “putting out fires” approach can become a slippery slope if we reason “I’ll do it just this once” and before long crisis management is our daily mode of operating.

Now that you have a new business you’re the boss. You make a vow to Always Be Prepared. Down the road, you’re feeling frustrated about how things are going – actually Not going. Determined to unravel this mystery, you analyze your activity and make a life-changing discovery.

In your quest to “always be prepared” you went overboard. Looking back, you realize you signed up for WAY too many mailing lists and bought multiple programs that were “a good idea at the time”. The abundance of information has created more confusion than clarity.

Your new revelation was written in neon lights, at least in your mind. You have been using the wrong tools!

It’s the same as making simple household repairs. If you use a wrench, when you need pliers, you can’t get the job done.

Using the Right Tools

Use the Right Tools

Now that you’ve figured out what’s wrong, How do you fix it? You wonder if anyone else has the same struggles since people only seem to share their victories. Instead of trying to figure this out on your own you need a community – other women who’ve been where you are and have come out on the other side.

Introducing Yes! Women’s Network – the brainchild of Sheila J. Davis.

The mission of the network is to support women on the journey to “Discover the JOY of Being You.”

This network was created to support women on their journeys by providing growth, education, inspiration, and community – all in one place.

You may feel alone but you’re not. Your sisters are waiting to meet you.

Remember, we’re stronger together!

Welcome to your new Home!

Yes! Women’s Network

Be sure to say hello when you get to the network. I’m Pamela if you’d like to chat, drop me a note!

 

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Your community helps you thrive. When you were little did grownups ask what you wanted to be when you grew up? I and many others heard the same question. We got it at school, on the playground, in neighborhood stores, and other places throughout our community.

Early on, the adults who spent the most time with you noticed you were skilled in an area and steered you that way. As you matured, you discovered you had multiple interests but knew your natural talent was driving you towards your “grown-up” job. After following the plan for completing your degree and landing a job, you began new your career.

Making A Change

A few years later and you’re stuck in a rut. Your career is okay, but something is missing. You used to love it, now it’s monotonous and unfulfilling. Thinking about doing it for another 20 years fills you with anxiety. Something has to change!

After some soul-searching, you decide to start a business. Your skills are in-demand skills. You know you can help people.  Your goal – build a successful, profitable, business within one year.

You are excited at the prospect of using your skills to serve others. Spending more time with your children is the biggest bonus of this new venture.

 

finding your community

Finding Your Way

 

Need Direction

While working hard to become an entrepreneur, things have stalled – nothing is working. You’ve invested tons of hours doing research, bought coaching programs to help and put forth a consistent effort. But, it feels like you’re going in circles.

Always proactive you designed your exit plan eight months ago. It turns out your new supervisor is a micromanager, your employee morale is low – you want out ASAP!

You don’t know which way to go. Now you’re discouraged and thinking, “Now what?”

Next step

Wondering

 

Finding A Community

Figuring things out by yourself hasn’t worked. Tired and feeling alone, you’re craving a place to bounce your ideas and get constructive input – you wonder if it even exists?

Don’t despair – the Yes! Women’s Network was created to support you and other women – business owners or not.

Yes! Women’s Network embraces women at the different stages of their lives. It gives them a spot to gather – get support through education, inspiration, giving and the community.

Exhale, then join us at Yes! Women’s Network. We’re waiting for you!

If you’d like to chat or need any help you can find me here.

Pamela

Whether you’re saving for a family vacation or you want to buy your first house or you just want to increase your savings, you’re not alone.  It’s more important than ever to have a financial plan in place. For some that may include turning their hobbies into cash. This can be easily done with the right resources and can be a lot of fun; no matter if you’re wanting just a little extra cash or if you want to turn it into a full-time business.

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More and more people are becoming entrepreneurs, especially in Utah. Utah is listed in the number one spot on CNBC’s America’s Top States for Business and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has Utah listed #1 for innovation and entrepreneurship and #2 in high-tech performance in 2017.

 

With the economy like it is and with so many people staying home more due to COVID-19, many people are spending less and becoming penny pinchers due to lack of income. We are finding that we aren’t able to have as much fun as we wanted five years ago.

There are a lot of very talented women who could turn their skills and/or hobbies into cash or into a real business. It’s not as hard as you think and there are loads of amazing free resources to help when you’re ready.

 

 

I quit my day job in 2011 when I found the need to be home with my children due to their health.  Now 7 years later I have been providing services for and mentoring and training hundreds of women all around the world on how to start, build and grow their own businesses from home. Many have started virtual assistant businesses, health. life, or fitness coaching businesses, and other businesses as well including small online shops.

 

The Internet is full of amazing people who are ready and willing to help. However,  there are some that just can’t be trusted. More than half of my clients over the last 7 years have told me horror stories of being ripped off by online providers. I myself have been taken advantage of a few times when I didn’t do my research. That’s why I want to help be a resource for women who want to find the right people to work with so I started YES! Women’s Network.

Aren’t sure where to start? Join YES! Women’s Network today for help getting started by meeting women who are already doing what you want to do.

There are a lot of ways you can turn hobbies and skills into cash; and it’s lots easier with trusted resources, free or low-cost training, and inspired connections.  The good news is… you’re in the right place!

Here are some ideas to get you thinking about how you could earn some extra cash:

#1 – Crafts

So many women are blessed with the gift of craftiness. Homemade creations are highly sought after personalized gifts. If you are crafty you could turn this into a surefire way to make money selling your goods. Homemade and vintage items are where many shoppers are turning for original creations. Especially if you are already selling your creations at local festivals and farmers’ markets. How many times I find items that I want to be able to buy more of and when I ask the owner if they are online and they say no. This surprises me! If you are crafty be sure to consider not only offline sales but online sales as well. Before you know it, your homemade creations, whatever they may be, could be the latest Internet craze.

#2 – Shopping

Do you like shopping? I’m not a fan of shopping and I avoid it at all costs, but my daughters love to shop. Becoming a personal shopper could save you money and make you money at the same time. There are so many busy men and women who would prefer to hire out their shopping. If you’re a great shopper you could help your clients with everything from making travel arrangements, finding hotels, buying personalized gifts, or even doing personal shopping like for groceries and household items. Personal shoppers could help their clients find clothing, pick up medicines from the pharmacy, or even just running errands. Personal shoppers could charge anywhere from $15 – $20 an hour or 10 to 15% of the total purchase according to paysale.com.  Just be sure you don’t shop for yourself while you’re shopping for your client or it would defeat the purpose.

#3 – Baking

Baking is a talent that so many busy men and women are envious of. Who doesn’t love a homemade fresh cookie or loaf of bread? Many entrepreneur friends of mine have said that having a personal chef is at the top of their bucket list. If you have this skill you may want to take advantage of it and share your talents with others while making some cash. I see on Facebook several times a week one of my friends selling her cinnamon rolls. She posts that she is going to make x number of pans, how much she wants for them, when they will be ready, and they sell out every week! The majority of people who don’t have time to bake are willing to pay for it, especially if they can pay online and pick it up on their way home. This could turn into catering small events like baby showers, weddings, family reunions, small office parties, or other gatherings. As long as you’re selling baked goods that don’t spoil (like cream pies, etc.) you don’t need a license to sell at most farmers’ markets, although some do require you meet their standards and guidelines to be accepted [source: mt.gov]. If you stick to one or two items and do them well — bread and muffins, for example — invest in a creative logo and packaging, and set up a plate of samples, your products should sell themselves.

#4 Pet Walking & Care

Do you love pets and just can’t get enough? Why not try doing dog walking and pet care? Instead of spending money to get your own why not have the freedom to care for other people’s pets? Most dog walkers charge between $10 and $18 per walk depending o the location and the number of dogs. Overnight dog sitting can be billed for even more according to Christine Rochelle in her article for aol.com.  It’s best to start your business with people who know and trust you. It’s a big responsibility to take care of someone’s pets. Once you have established a small list of clients you could ask them to recommend you to their friends and coworkers.

#5 Organizing and/or Cleaning

“I would pay someone to just come in here clean up and get me organized!” I’ve heard this many times from entrepreneurs who work 10-15-20 hours a day. Many of us spend our days sitting in front of a computer and simply don’t have time to clean out the garage, deep clean our kitchen, or take care of our yards. If this is something you enjoy doing, I can practically guarantee you that you can do this and make some pretty good money. I actually know several organizers personally who are doing pretty well. They are hired to take care of hopelessly unorganized people for a fee. The organizers I know will to and either helps their clients or actually do the work for them. Everything from cleaning out a disorganized closet to shopping and stocking their homes with things like linens, toiletries, and everyday items. Especially around the holidays when they also help with the putting up and taking down of decorations.

#6 Administrative, Writing, Editing, and others

This is how I first got started as a real estate virtual assistant! When I first needed to work from home I wanted to take the skills I had from the Corporate world to start my business. I loved working with real estate agents helping with their paperwork and I knew I could do it from anywhere as long as I had a phone and the internet. From there I grew my skills into being a speaker, digital marketer, coach, mentor, and creating this network. Now, my daughter does editing for many of my clients and I help with building online businesses. If you think about it, anything an administrative assistant does now can be done from anywhere except putting a piece of paper in a folder. An most offices are digital and filing in person isn’t needed. So, if you like writing there are businesses looking for you to help with their blogging. There are businesses looking for help with editing, marketing, data entry, editing websites, research, help with social media, graphic design, and many other administrative skills. There is a virtual assistant academy on YES! Women’s Network that will teach you what you need to know and other resources to get you started as well.

Other hobbies that could turn into cash:

  • Photography
  • Website Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Drawing
  • Music
  • Couponing
  • Blogging
  • Affiliate Marketing (selling other peoples products)
  • Mowing Lawns and Shoveling Driveways
  • Selling from our Garden
  • Canning
  • Garage Sale Flips
  • Tutoring
  • Teaching Classes
  • Decorating Homes
  • Running Errands for the Elderly
  • YouTube – Teach Lessons

Here are a few hobbies turned cash of clients and friends of mine. They are all having a lot of fun. Some are making more money and have turned into a real business than others, but all are making money from home which is super cool!

Lanmom Originals
Ridgetop Virtual Solutions
Pam Bennett
GigiGoes
Tiia Lin
Primary Wellness
The Happy Gal
Everflect
Paula’s Kitchen
Somer Lang
Scrap n’ Things
Love to Bake You Happy
Love You Dear Photography
New Mexico Farm House Designs
Build It Mom
Just One Elle
Romance Enhanced Consulting
1 Sister 2 Sister
Crafty Thrivin LLC
Beyond the Shaker
Hand Picked Daisy

Decide what you like to do and what you want to do then join YES! Women’s Network and let’s find a way you can turn that into cash!  Be sure to join our community and share your ideas with us so we can all pitch in and help you get started today.

Now that you’re on your way and determined to have a food storage… CONGRATULATIONS!! This is a BIG step and honestly, the rest is much easier. Knowing and understanding that this is important to have a food storage will get you so excited. When you start seeing 1, 2, 3 cans of food turn into several shelves of food… well, you’ll just get more excited.

So, what is the next step? You’ll need to find a smart place to store the food. This can be tricky if you have a small apartment or if you are going to be doing a lot of moving. It’s also tricky if you don’t have a lot of money.

How amazing would it be to build or buy shelving that’s perfect for food storage? But, most of us can’t do that, so we have to come up with smart and clever ways instead. Here are some things to consider and keep in mind:

Consider Temperature

This is very important as food will go bad and be useless or even cause harm if not done right. We don’t know when we will need the food storage so we need to plan on storing it for anywhere from 1 month to 2 years.

Heat, cold, dryness, and humidity could all ruin food.

I’ll admit I’m not an expert on this and since it’s so important, I’ve found this information on Family Survival Planning. Be sure to check out this article for even more on storing your food storage.

“If you live in an area that has four seasons, or very high temperatures and humidity, long term food storage can be difficult. If you live in an area where homes do not have basements, food storage must be kept somewhere in your home at a constant temperature (around 70°F). Cement basements are ideal because they are below ground level (for the most part) and therefore, maintain a pretty constant 50-60°F, which is ideal for long-term food storage. Lacking a basement, just know that the higher the temperatures, the shorter the shelf life of stored foods. But don’t let that stop you from getting prepared.

“If you live in a hot and humid area: For the best food storage conditions, a dehumidifier would be a good investment.

“If you live in a hot and dry area: Air conditioning is the most logical solution, but it takes electricity. Right? That’s ok as long as we have electricity. In the days before electricity, people dug root cellars in order to store their garden produce, jerky, and grains in a cooler environment. Is that a possibility for you?”

Find out more about Long Term Storage and Short Term Storage on their website.

Rotate It

 

Rotating your food will keep it fresh and keep your family comfortable with the food you have stored. Then if you don’t have money for groceries for a few months, you’ll already know how to use the food and you’ll know your family loves it.

The old restaurant rule always applies, FIFO, First In First Out. Knowing and planning to rotate your food will ensure that you’re storing it in a way that makes it easier.

Another great reason to rotate is to inspect your storage for signs of spoilage or signs of pet infestations. If cans are bulging or seeping liquid from the seal, they will need to be thrown away immediately. Those are almost sure signs of botulism poising, which could be life-threatening. For jars you’ll want to check to see if the lid seal is still intact by checking to see if it pops back up when you push down on the top.

When you bring home new food to add to your storage or when you take from your food storage to use it, you’ll be able to keep track of your inventory. It would show you how much your family is using, how long the items are on the shelf before they are used, and ensure you have stored the proper kinds of foods.

Remember that list you made of what you need? Be sure to keep that current during rotation. Every 3 months you’ll be able to adjust your purchases to match your families needs.

I’ve tried doing this each time I’ve gone to the store and it can be difficult. So, doing a family inventory about every 3 months is a good idea. If there is one food that you have never used in those 3 months, consider it. Would it be best to keep adding that particular food? Will your family use it? Is there a certain food you can never catch up on? Maybe you run out of it before you have more to add to it?

Another few tips about rotating:

  • Try new foods slowly to see if your family will use it
  • Be sure there are dates on everything, use a Sharpie (the tiny “use by” dates can fade, or be unreadable under certain conditions)
  • Store like things together similar to how the grocery stores do it, this saves searching time
  • Label your shelves if possible to make access, inventory and restocking easier
  • Put the heaviest items on the bottom shelves to prevent shelving falling over
  • Move items that are about to expire in the everyday cabinets to be used quickly
  • To rotate cans easier, use boxes with one row of cans so it’s easy to add to the back, or use tilted shelving where the front is lower so cans move down, Food Storage Made Easy has a great video and a downloadable plan for building a shelf like this
  • Use recipes in your weekly meal plans that include food from the food storage (If you’re storing dry milk be sure your family would drink it. Try mixing 1/2 regular gallon milk you buy with 1/2 gallon dry milk. This way your family gets used to the taste and it saves you money.)

Create and Find Clever Storage

My first food storage was under beds in the boxes they came in. I cut them in half so they were only one can high and slide them under. Dates written on the top, all I had to do was pull out the box, check the dates, add new cans to the back of the box, and take from the front.

I also built storage shelves with cinder blocks and Plywood.

We found a bunch of cinder blocks at a friends they weren’t using and then had the plywood cut at the hardware store where we bought them. Not great for floor to ceiling shelving, but it worked great for 3-4 shelves high in the garage.

Here is a great list of sites that have some super clever ways of storing food. Many of these can be done on a very small budget.

I’d love to see how you are storing your food storage! Leave a comment with a picture or idea below.

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Building a Food Storage On a Budget – Part 1

When I found myself single in 2010 I was very grateful for the food storage I had been building. I had 5 children and no income for 9 months. If it wasn’t for my food storage we would have gone hungry, not had laundry detergent and many other necessities that we needed.

I didn’t start out my adult life with a food storage but I did learn from watching my parents that it was important. We had always had a food storage growing up. There were many times in my youth where it was our main source of food. So, when I got out on my own I knew it was necessary to start one.

One day I was asked to teach a class about food storage at my church. I knew nothing about starting one or how to have one in a small apartment. There was also no internet at the time to go searching on to help me. I asked and learned from watching a very dear friend of mine who had nailed it. Her food storage was the envy of anyone who saw it and still is.

 

Lastly, another dear friend was an endless resource of knowledge. Kati Kiefer, founder of True Couponing. In 2009 Kati’s husband, James, received a large pay cut and they quickly found themselves in a difficult financial situation. Because of this Kati, with her degree in accounting, quickly figured out creative ways to reduce their monthly grocery bill from $600 to $200. Since then she has helped thousands of people do the same thing.

 

With these amazing women as examples in my life and a bit of research as well, I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge. I’ll share with you some of the best ideas for how to get started and how to do it on a budget. To make it more simple and easier to follow, I’ll break it into 3 different posts.

 

Where and How do I Start?

Starting is a lot easier than you think it will be.  Here’s the three-step plan to getting starting:

 

#1 Decide to Start with Intention

I know. I know. This is pretty obvious, right? Well, did you think to yourself when you saw the title of the post, saw a picture recently, or even while reading this post that you should start one? Did you do anything about it? Did you make a real decision? Did you tell your significant other or have a discussion about it with your family? Or did you just think, “humm… I should probably start a food storage.” Then the thought was quickly pushed to the back of your mind? If you’re like most people, that’s actually what happened.

Here’s how I decided to start and set my intention:

  • Have a family meeting and get my husband and children on board and helping
  • Clear a place for the storage by the end of January
  • Work out what we need in our 72-hour kits and complete them by February 15th
  • Create a list of food storage that our family needs to have for 1 month
  • Spend an extra $5/month to fill my pantry to double its current size
  • Spend an extra $10/month to add to my 3 month supply

These are just a few of the steps that I’m going to take now that I have decided. What about you? What are you going to do to get started?

HINT: It doesn’t have to look pretty! You don’t need a bunch of fancy shelving and containers. My first good storage was stored under my bed, in closets, and we even used it to make tables by stacking.

 

#2 Make an Action Plan

This is the part that so many of us get hung up on. I don’t know about you, but thinking of needing a food storage gives me anxiety! I immediately think of a wall of 5-gallon buckets with whole wheat in them or spending thousands of dollars on shelving and containers. Then I imagine coming in from the cold to try to find something to feed my crying babies and not knowing at all what to do with what I had. Am I alone?

Start with storing water and a water filtering plan. This is a must and shouldn’t be put off. Put this one at the top of your list. I’ll even challenge you to do this one thing before the end of the week.

One thing I learned very early from my friend 26 years ago was that I needed to store what my family would eat. First, go to a site like Provident Living and enter your families information. This will show what is recommended to have and in what amounts. THEN be sure to consider this list as a starting place to create your own real list depending on your own families tastes. She explained to me that if we never ate whole wheat it would be a bad idea to have it in storage.

My recommendation is to start with a 1-month supply and begin rotating this through your regular meals. This is a great first goal to set. You’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll get this done.

Next work on a 3-month supply, then 6-month, then 9-month, then 12. Before you know it you will have created a great system for storing and using your storage. Then if/when something unexpected happens you will be secure in knowing you have a store of food that your family will use.

 

#3 Track Additional Needs & Add

We need to be sure to store more than just food. What about medicine?  Do you have pets? We all use soap and other cleaning products so we need to be sure to store these as well.

Over the next 10 days or so, be sure to track what items you may need to store outside of food items.

Other things to consider are a generator for electricity, oil, gas, and things that you may need in case of a major disaster.

 

WARNING: If you are like me you will soon find that you have way too much information and quickly lose steam. This happens when we research a topic and sign up for every free list or download. Then we get bombarded with so much information our heads explode. So, I’ve saved you the trouble. Here are a few links to sites that I recommend.

 

MOST IMPORTANTLY do not sign up for every one of them or use every one of them as a resource. Chose ONE or TWO that you enjoy or find valuable. Once you have learned what you can from them chose another one or two to learn from next. Sometimes too much information can be overwhelming.

I’d love to hear from you! What food storage ideas work for you and your family?