Maybe it is the season or the economy or some other challenge, but every now and then there seems to be a need to jump-start our business and get us back into momentum.

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Getting back into momentum means it’s time to take positive action and not wait for things to happen. Here a ten ways to jump-start your business.

1. Throw a party or host a networking event.
It’s time to remind people what you’re all about. Invite your target market and showcase yourself and your products. Make it fun and informative – an event to remember. I’ve just recorded a Women Enjoying Success program about “Organizing a Successful and Fun Networking Event” – take a listen: Women Enjoying Success Radio – Networking Event

2. Get yourself a coach/mentor.
When in doubt, go the experts – the ones who have been there, done that and know how to help your business get back into momentum. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel – ask for advice!

3. Pick up the phone and start making calls.
There’s nothing like the personal touch. Making calls to past clients/customers to see how they are doing and how you can support their success is a power marketing and success tool.

4. Conduct a live seminar, webinar or teleconference.
Show off your talent! Schedule and hold a seminar, webinar or teleconference to spotlight your services or products. Invite your list and also promote it on the social networks.

5. Have a sale.
Who doesn’t love a sale! Offer a service or product at a discount for a specified period of time. If you are raising your prices, let your list know that they have a certain number of days to purchase at the current price before the price goes up.

6. Volunteer to be a speaker.
Organizations, associations and radio shows are always looking for interesting and qualified speakers to inform and educate.

7. Write a book, Ebook or Special Report.
Gather up those pens and pencils and start doing that writing you’ve been meaning to get around to doing. A new product will give you another reason to contact your list. A product also gives you instant credibility. If a book, Ebook or Special Report seems a bit overwhelming, begin a blog.

8. Get out and meet new people.
Is it time to get out and meet new people? If you’re networking at the same events with the same people, it’s time to see new faces. Don’t give up your current contacts but add some new ones to your network.

9. Partner with someone.
Is there someone in a compatible business or service with whom you can work to create a new product, article or seminar? You can promote to both of your lists and share the success. Word of caution: Be very selective with whom you partner.

10. Go back to the basics.
Is it time to go back to the basics? Should you consider a new and revised plan, different goals and/or a renewed way of conducting business? Ask yourself: “What was I doing that made my business successful in the first place?” Take time to write out a step-by-step plan for success. Make a commitment to consistently working your plan and to creating unstoppable momentum.

Well, what do you think? Is it time to get creative and think out of the box? The way to jump-start your business is to be consistently proactive. Your positive energy and enthusiasm will help create opportunities and win-win relationships. Keep your eye on the “prize” and don’t give up before payday.
 
 
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I believe women in business are very intuitive. As soon as we consciously choose to acknowledge and listen to our inner knowing, we can gain added insight into what is best for us. Intuition is our unconscious mind giving us powerful and insightful messages.

I can’t tell you the number of times I wished I had listened to my intuition, but ignored it. You know what I mean, that hunch or feeling that makes its way into your mind and you can’t seem to shake it. When making business decisions, I’ve found that feelings of intuition shouldn’t be dismissed.

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Dictionary.com defines intuition as: A direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension. With that definition in mind, let me ask you this: How many times have you ignored your “gut feelings” and then ended up regretting it?

Listen to your intuition. Those hunches and feelings can play an important role in professional life, especially when it comes to making smart decisions and wise choices. In business, I think of my intuitive hunches as “aha” moments – moments when I just know that I should stop and think before taking action.

Let’s explore some ways to tap into those intuitive business hunches:

1. Ask yourself open-ended questions.
When I’m feeling restless about committing to a project or spending money on new materials, I take pen and paper and write open-ended questions about what is concerning me. I usually write 3 – 5 questions.

Then, I sit quietly and think about the answers. I write answers as they begin to come into my mind. I’m not too concerned about whether they make perfect sense because I’m trying to get my thoughts down on paper.

I’ll walk away for awhile and maybe take a walk or get a bit to eat. When I go back to my questions and answers, I look for thought patterns – a recurring pattern that seems to run through all my answers. That thought pattern is my intuition speaking to me!

2. Do a pros and cons chart.
Make sure you are relaxed and can give this activity a solid block of time. At the top of a sheet of paper write the challenge you are working to solve. Draw a vertical line down the middle of my paper. On the left side write “Pros” and on the right side write “Cons.”

Now, take a few minutes to quietly think about the challenge and visualize an ideal solution. Quickly begin to write as many pros and cons to the ideal solution as you can within fifteen minutes. Stop after fifteen minutes and take a look at your answers. Can you make a comfortable and well thought out decision based on your pros and cons?

3. Listen to your inner voice.
When in doubt, stop and listen to the silence. Sit quietly, breathe evenly and listen to what your intuition is trying to tell you. Your intuition could be shouting to you, but if you are too busy to listen you could be missing out on the intuitive wisdom that lies deep inside of you.

I’ll say it again, we woman are very intuitive. I say let’s harness the power of our intuitive energy to support us in making wise business decisions and choices. I’m reminded of this quotation by actress Ingrid Bergman, “You must train your intuition – you must trust the small voice inside you which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide”
 
 
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Isn’t it a great feeling to walk into your office first thing in the morning and everything is clean, fresh and organized? In my opinion, an organized work environment creates a more peaceful and productive work environment. Here are some “clean desk” tips I’ve learned over the past years:

1. Straighten up your desk before you leave your office at the end of the workday. Your desk is generally the center of your work area and in fact, it may be the most important piece of furniture in the room. The items you have on your desk should contribute to the success of your business, not distract from doing business.

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2. I have a rule of thumb: File it and don’t pile it. Take the extra minute or two to clear your desk of those files that should be filed away. Piles of file folders balancing on the edge of a desk can be an accident waiting to happen – this goes for the space under your desk too.

3. Only keep things on your desk that important for doing business. Eliminate distractions and dust collectors. Eliminate those items that can fall over or off your desk – pencil/pen holders, knick-knacks, piles of paper, etc.

4. Create a system to handle “paper.” Invest in paper trays, incline file sorters or project folders – things that will help you be and feel more organized. Out of control piles of paper can become a time waster. The more clean space you have open on your desk, the more space you have to do meaningful work.

5. Handle mail right away. Unopened mail can become a leaning tower of paper and envelopes just waiting to fall onto the floor. Handle the mail as it arrives – act on what is important, file what needs to be saved and immediately shred what you do not need.

6. Keep important things within reach. If you use something more than a few times a day, then it is probably important enough to keep within reach. Make room for the productive and important items – pens, stapler, paper clips, manuals, etc. Place less important items away in cabinets, closets and drawers.

7. Look at your to-do list and determine what you’ll need to do business for the day. I’ve found that if I take out the files, books, and reports that I’ll need to use during the day, it saves me time and energy when I’m ready to use them. Seeing those items can also help me stay focused on the tasks I intend to complete before I leave the office.

To me, there is nothing more distracting than piles of paper, file folders and unfinished projects scattered around my desk. A clean desk provides me with more energy. During the workday I find myself less focused on the mess and more focused on moneymaking activities. Wouldn’t you agree that it is worth a few extra minutes to keep a clean desk?

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Women thinking of starting a business and those of us who’ve been in business for years, will want to sit back and relax for about twenty-five minutes and listen with pen and paper to business owner and entrepreneur Jessica Randolph of TooBusyGals.com as she discusses starting and growing a successful business. Jessica shares how developing her “entrepreneurial mindset” began with watching her grandmother and the valuable lessons she learned about customer service.

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I read Overcoming Underearning: A Simple Guide to a Richer Life by Barbara Stanny when it was first published in 2005 and am reading again. I was fascinated when I read that according to a survey by CareerPath.com in the early 2000′s, 55% of all Americans felt they were being underpaid. With that in mind, Barbara Stanny states that the purpose of her book is to keep us from becoming one of the “underpaid” statistics.

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Here are a few of the many pluses for reading and working this book:
Overcoming Underearning is written in such a way that it is part textbook, part workbook and part personal journal.
• The journal sections seem to be a combination self-study guide and bedside diary.
• At the end of each chapter there are chapter highlights that can be used as a wrap up and a review.
• There are many great quotations about success and money for us to use as motivation and affirmations.

Barbara Stanny takes us though a five-step plan for creating a richer and fuller financial life. She starts with an interesting and thought provoking “Underearning” quiz that will have you answering some thought provoking questions about money. This quiz is designed to help us begin thinking about and understanding the relationship we currently have with money and prosperity.

Personally, I found the section on the “Ten Traits of Underearners” to be especially insightful. I think you’ll be surprised with some of the traits and I’ll bet you’ll also have a few “aha’s” the way I did.

Overcoming Underearning is written so each chapter has worksheets to be completed before you go on to the next chapter. These worksheets are again thought provoking, insightful and well worth taking the time to read, study and work.

At the end of the book, you’ll find a Glossary of financial terms, a section of Recommended Resources and a page of positive money affirmations.

Barbara Stanny states that underearners have a “high tolerance for low pay.” Wouldn’t you agree that many of us seem to have developed a high tolerance for low pay? I’m going to recommend this book to any woman who believes she is not making the money she deserves and is ready to take positive action toward becoming more financially secure and independent.

Overcoming Underearning: A Simple Guide to a Richer Life by Barbara Stanny is a must read if you’re ready to begin increasing your earning potential. I recommend you make the time and commit to not only reading this book but to also diligently working the worksheets.
 
 
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