Welcome to Leave the Corporate World Behind

Leave The Corporate World Behind

Hello! I am Adrienne Dupree. I am an author a full-time entrepreneur and have an ecommerce business.  Specifically, I am an online and affiliate marketer. I am a former Program Manager that left the corporate world  behind in October 2015.

My book, Leave The Corporate World Behind, chronicles the stories of online marketers who have left corporate America and now have a full-time online marketing business. It also includes part-time online marketers who still work in corporate America. I am also a contributing author to What Is Your Why? and Positioning Yourself as an Expert: How Savvy Entrepreneurs Become Credible Authorities.

Welcome to Leave The Corporate World Behind. My mission is to teach people in corporate America who want to get out of the rat race how to start an online internet marketing business. The goal of this online marketing business is to replace their income. It will also allow them to control their own destiny and stop trading time for dollars.

Leave The Corporate World Behind has developed various products that can assist you in developing a successful business. How To Create An Amazon Store is step-by-step video training will show how to create your own Amazon aStore that is fully integrated into your WordPress site. How To Create A Sidebar Widget is video training that will show you step by step how to create your own image for your sidebar widget. You can create sidebar widgets that can be used to promote your own products or affiliate products. Top WP Plugins For Business is a product that I created with Connie Ragen Green that introduces the top 20 WordPress plugins for your online business.  The 15 Day Analytics Challenge provides an introduction to Google Analytics, gives you step-by-step instructions on how to set up your Google Analytics account as well as step-by-step instructions on how to run the various reports. And lastly, Affiliate Niche Site will teach you how to set up your own affiliate niche sites for another stream of income.

I added selling physical products on Amazon to my business 2 years ago. If you are interested in this business model, check out How To Get Started With Amazon FBA. You can even sign up for a free e-course.

Leave The Corporate World Behind will equip you with the tools and knowledge that you need to get started online whether you have a technical background or not. Leave The Corporate World Behind can help you to start realizing your dreams of controlling your own destiny and developing a successful online business. Even if you have to start part-time, I can help you because I know how to juggle a demanding corporate career and an online business.

How To Create Videos From Blog Posts Using Free Tools

How To Create Videos From Blog PostsTo get more bang for your buck with your blog posts, you should be repurposing them. One way to repurpose them is to create videos from them. Now before, you totally dismiss this, this can be done easily with tools you already have or free tools.  Siyed Balkhi shows you how to create videos from blog posts using free tools in just 6 steps.

6 Steps On How To Create Videos From Blog Posts

Create Videos From Blog Posts Step #1 – Outline Your Storyboard

Create Videos From Blog Posts Step #2 –  Select Free Images to Enhance Your Slides

Create Videos From Blog Posts Step # –  Build a Slideshow in Google Slides

Create Videos From Blog Posts Step #4 –  Convert Your Slideshow to a Video File With Online Convert

Create Videos From Blog Posts Step #5 –  Add Music to Your Video

Create Videos From Blog Posts Step #6 – Upload Your Video to Social Media

When I create videos, I do not use all of these free tools because I already have some paid tools. In step #2, I definitely learned about some new places to get royalty-free images. I already knew about Pexels but did not know about Unsplash and Stock Up. I would also check out Pixabay. Always check the terms of use of a picture before you use it.

Step #3 states to create your slideshow in Google Slides which is free. If you have Microsoft Office, you can also use PowerPoint. If you are a MAC person, then you can use KeyNote.

Step #4 shows you how to convert your slideshow into a video file using a free tool on the web that converts it to a MP4. If you are using PowerPoint, then you can do this right from PowerPoint. I use Camtasia to record my PowerPoint slides.

Step #5 shows you how you can add royalty free music to your video using free video editing software. Once again, I would use Camtasia since I already have it. However, this article listed 2 royalty-free music sites that were new to me. I have never heard of Bensound nor HookSounds.

Lastly, this article tells you to upload your video to social media sites such as Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn. You should also share on Twitter and Medium. As you can see, you can create this type of content even if you don’t have a lot of paid tools. Try this out and leave me a comment with a link to your video.

SEO Blog Improvement Tips

SEO Blog Improvement TipsIf you have a website, then you need to be concerned with Search Engine Optimization or SEO. According to Wikipedia.com, SEO is the process of manipulating the visibility of a website or a web page in search engine. Many people shy away from SEO because they believe they are not technical enough to improve SEO on their website, but that is not true. As seen below, you do not have to be that technical to make some great improvements. Neil Patel has some great SEO blog improvement tips. Below are 14 tips:

1.    Improve your page loading speed

2.    Produce high quality content

3.    Optimize your images

4.    Break up your content with header tags

5.    Start blogging

6.    Use outbound links

7.    Add more than text

8.    Make sure your site is readable

9.    Fix any broken links

10.                  Optimize your site for mobile devices

11.                  Properly format your page

12.                  Provide appropriate contact information

13.                  Encourage sharing on social media

14.                  Use keywords

I will elaborate on some of these SEO blog improvement tips.

SEO Blog Improvement Tip #3

You should include at least one image in your blog post. A lot of time, the image is very big that is inserted into your site. One way to optimize the image and decrease the time it takes your site to load is to use a WordPress plugin that optimizes and compresses your images. I use WPSmush.

SEO Blog Improvement Tip #9

Once you have been blogging awhile, you will experience broken links. This is caused by links in your blog posts that are no longer functional as well as broken links in comments. It is bad to have broken links on your site, but you need an automated way to find these links. I use the WordPress plugin Broken Link Checker. This plugin monitors your links and will send you an email when broken links are detected.

SEO Blog Improvement Tip #13

When people read your blog posts, you want to make it easy for them to share your post on social media. Use a WordPress plugin that displays a social media bar on your website.

SEO Blog Improvement Tip #14

I use Yoast SEO that helps with keywords. It also helps with readability.

As you can see, adding these SEO blog improvement tips are easy. Many of them can be done by using a WordPress plugin.

How To Increase Blog Traffic

Increase Blog TrafficIf you have a blog, then your goal is to consistently create new content to post on your blog. This content can be your own content, Private Label Rights (PLR) or curated content. Now that you have all this content on your blog, you want people to read it. Here are 6 tips to increase blog traffic.

Brendan M. Egan of Simple SEO Group wrote a blog post that describes how to get people to read your blog posts. He believes the following 6 tips will increase blog traffic:

  • Increase Blog Traffic Tip #1 – Avoid promotion
  • Increase Blog Traffic Tip #2 – Use Visuals
  • Increase Blog Traffic Tip #3 – Use examples
  • Increase Blog Traffic Tip #4 – Personalize your posts
  • Increase Blog Traffic Tip #5 – Format properly
  • Increase Blog Traffic Tip #6 – Have a means of getting readers

Overall, I agree with this post except for Tip #1, Avoid Promotion. Brendan Egan states the following:

“The first, and maybe most important, rule of blogging is to avoid promotion. Whether that is self promotion, promotion of an affiliated brand, or promotion of some guy off the street willing to pay you for a mention in a blog post.”

I do believe just like Brendan Egan that you should make sure your posts have great content, but I don’t believe that you should never include promotional information in your post. If there is a product that you are promoting as an affiliate, it may make sense to create a product review blog post. You can describe what you like about the product, what you don’t like about the product or even how you have used the product. This is too much information to include in an email to your prospects.

Also, you may be talking about a topic in a blog post that would be enhanced by mentioning a product that is complimentary to the topic. This could be a paid product or even a free one. These are just two reasons why I disagree with Tip #1.

Tip #6 states  ways to get more readers. You should let your email subscribers now about your blog posts. This is something that I do not do on a consistent basis but should. Make sure you are sharing your blog posts on social sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.  You can also get even more sharing by using JustRetweet.

Also, make sure you are paying attention to Search Engine Optimization or SEO. I do this by using the Yoast SEO WordPress plugin. Lastly, don’t forget about syndication. You can syndicate your blog post on Medium and LinkedIn by sharing your story.

As you can see, there are many ways you can increase blog traffic. Some of these may resonate with you and some may not. I encourage you to try this out. Which one of these methods do you already use and which ones will you try? Leave a comment and let me know.



3 Ways to Keep Your Blog Full of Content

Blog Content

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We all know content makes the web go round and a blog is a great platform for delivering content and growing traffic. But setting up a blog is only part of the battle. You still have to fill it with useful content on an ongoing basis. This article will teach you 3 blog content tips.

When you master these three things, you’ll be able to create a steady stream of content without working so hard.

Blog Content Tip #1-  Plan Your Content

If you take the approach that you’ll blog when you sit at your computer and decide to blog, you’ve probably found yourself staring at a blank screen more than once. Or you wandered off to Facebook or Instagram and hoped that inspiration would soon strike. And then what? A lot of wasted time.

A lot of people think that content planning is time consuming, but in reality it ensures that you create a cohesive content marketing plan that is more likely to make you money and saves you plenty of time in the process.

If you take the time to plan your content for the coming month, a couple of things happen:

  • You’ll be able to sit down and just create content when you’re ready or you can assign those topics to your guest contributors.
  • You can create a plan shaped around your product launches or affiliate products you want to promote. In short, you can more effectively make your content make money for you.

You should consider using a Blogging Calendar or Planner.

 Blog Content Tip #2 – Systemize Your Content Creation

Establishing routines for your content creation benefit you in many ways. Establishing routines doesn’t mean you’re going to spit out boring robotic content. It just means you can get a lot more done in a lot less time. You can determine what types of content you will include on your blog and where you can get ideas for your blog.

Blog Content Tip #3 –  Don’t Create All Your Content Yourself

A common approach to a blog is to center everything around the blog post owner. The logic is that all content is created by the owner because they are the expert and their readers expect no less from them.  This approach has appeal because you can create a great brand based on your personality and quickly build up a loyal following, but the long term drawbacks can certainly outweigh those benefits.

Some of those drawbacks are it is a lot of work for you, it is a lot of pressure on you personally to always deliver and you have no exit strategy. I am not suggesting that you should set up an impersonal business with a ton of content just flying out there to see what sticks. You can still benefit from being the central person in your business, but you also want to effectively leverage the work of others in delivering knowledge to your target market. Once you get help blogging, you have the ability to get more leads, more time for profit-generating activities and more variety for your readers.

Once you have a system in place, keeping your blog filled with useful and engaging content doesn’t have to be complicated. It begins with regular planning, establishing routines and getting help with your content. There are plenty of talented people out there. Leverage their skills for a win-win proposition for everyone.

To learn more about blogging, check out the 6 Figure Blogging Report. This free report teaches you how to make more money with your blog.

Secrets For Creating A Social Media Giveaway

Social Media GiveawayDo you use social media in your business? These days, it is imperative that you have an online presence and you pay attention to social media. No longer can you just post content to your blog and email your list. You must also incorporate social media. More than likely you have a giveaway on your landing page or your blog. But, you should also be creating social media giveaways. Here are 11 secrets to creating a social media giveaway.

Ivan Hamlin wrote How To Create A Successful Social Media Giveaway where he revealed the 11 secrets of creating a successful social media giveaway. The 11 secrets are:

  1. Set a measurable goal
  2. Go beyond traditional marketing
  3. What are you giving away?
  4. Use alternatives like coupons
  5. The right marketing
  6. Reach out to bloggers
  7. Constant promotion is the key
  8. Keep the audience hopeful
  9. Credibility is important
  10. Do announce the winners
  11. Get the winners to share their experience

Not only do you want to market your giveaway but you want others to do it as well. You could create incentives so people will share your giveaway. Another way is to get influencers to market it as well. Reaching out to bloggers in your niche is a great way to market your social media giveaway. You want to find bloggers that are in your niche and get them to market your contest. Here are 3 tools that you can use for finding bloggers in your niche are:

  1. Alltop
  2. FollowerWonk
  3. Google Search

These days, you can not ignore social media and it is a great way to engage more with your customers and grow your list. Think about what you could give away that would be of interest on social media. You want to think of something that could potentially go viral. What are you going to give away and how will you market it?

7 Ways Online Entrepreneurs Can Make Money With Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate MarketingOne of the best ways to start making money as an online entrepreneur is with affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is recommending products to your audience and getting paid a commission or referral fee if they buy something. You can recommend digital products as well as physical products. Typically, the commission for digital products is higher and can be as high as 50%. One thing to keep in mind is to make sure you only recommend things that you believe in. I do this by only recommending things I actually use or recommending products from people that I trust. You don’t want to lose credibility by recommending junk. Here are 7 ways you can make money with affiliate marketing.

Affiliate Marketing #1 –  JVZoo

JVZoo is a marketing platform for digital products. They make it easy for sellers to promote, list and sell their products. It is also a great place for affiliate marketers to find some great digital products to promote. Most of the products on JVZoo are related to online marketing. It is free to become an affiliate on JVZoo.  You have access to JVZoo’s Product Library where you can search for products to promote. Once you find a product that you would like to promote, you request permission from the product creator.

Affiliate Marketing #2 – Clickbank

ClickBank also sells digital products and you can promote the products as an affiliate. Unlike JVZoo ClickBank has products in all type of niches not just online marketing. Also, there are thousands of products to choose. Unlike JVZoo, you do not have to get permission from the product owner to promote their product. I use a program called CBEngine that helps me sift through the thousands of offers and finds the best choices for the niche I want to promote. To learn more, check out this article How To Find Profitable Products On ClickBank.

Affiliate Marketing #3 –  WarriorPlus

WarriorPlus is another digital product platform for buying and selling products related to online business. The digital products are eBooks, online courses, information products, access to paid membership sites and software. The products are related to internet/online marketing or the business niche.There is a search engine so that you can search for the products that you want to promote. You do have to apply to become an affiliate of the products you want to promote.

Affiliate Marketing #4 –  Become An Affiliate Products You Buy

You can also become an affiliate for products that you buy. Not everyone uses JVZoo, ClickBank or WarriorPlus for their affiliate programs. I use Nanacast for my affiliate marketing program. If you purchase a product that you benefited from, you may want to contact the product owner and ask if you can be an affiliate. This will make you a great affiliate because it is something that you actually used.

Affiliate Marketing #5 –  Amazon Associates

Did you know that you can recommend things on Amazon and get paid a commission? You can through the Amazon Associates program. You create links to products on Amazon. When customers click through those links and buy products from Amazon, you earn referral fees. The fees are much but the referral fee percentage increases as your sales increase. The good thing about this program is that when someone purchases through your link, they are cookied into you for 24 hours. That means that you receive referral credit for anything else that they buy on Amazon within 24 hours.

Affiliate Marketing #6 –  Amazon Influencer

Amazon now has a new program called the Amazon Influencer Program. This program is an extension of the Amazon Associates program for social media influencers. With this program you get your own page on Amazon with a URL to showcase the products you recommend to your followers. You can join this program with a qualifying YouTube, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook account.

Affiliate Marketing #7 –  Affiliate Niche Sites

The last way you can make money with affiliate marketing is to create an affiliate niche site. An affiliate niche site is a website that you build that is around a particular niche. You typically will have reviews, videos and content related to the niche on the site. I have created the Affiliate Niche Site Online Course that teaches you step-by-step how to create your own affiliate niche site using WordPress.

Now that you know 7 ways you can find affiliate marketing products you also need to know how to promote them. Check out 9 ways you can promote your affiliate marketing deals. To find out even more about affiliate marketing, download your complimentary Affiliate Marketing Resource Guide.

3 Ways To Promote Your Blog Post For Free

Promote Your Blog Post For FreeOne thing that can be a challenge is getting more traffic to your blog. You are producing great content and you need a way for more people to see it. There are many ways to drive paid traffic to your blog post, but there are also some ways to promote your blog post for free. Just Retweet, CommentLuv and Medium are three ways to promote your blog posts for free.

Promote Your Blog Post For Free #1 – Just Retweet

JustRetweet is a free social media sharing platform that can help you get more retweets, Facebook likes and Google+ shares. It works on a credit system. You give people credits for sharing your content and you get credits for sharing other people’s content. This has really helped me get more Twitter followers. For more information on JustRetweet, check out my blog post on JustRetweet.

Promote Your Blog Post For Free #2 – CommentLuv

CommentLuv is a free WordPress plugin that encourages you readers to leave comments on your blog posts. When you have this plugin installed, the latest blog post of your commenter is included at the bottom of their comment. This is a great way to get your readers to engage more with your content.

There is also a paid version of CommentLuv. The person commenting can choose from up the last 10 blog posts to leave at the bottom of their comment. They can also include their Twitter username.

Promote Your Blog Post For Free #3 – Medium

Medium is an online publishing platform where you can share your blog posts. This is great because you have the opportunity to reach a new audience. Medium has a great feature that makes it very easy to upload your blog posts. You can import your blog posts by submitting its URL.

As you can see, these 3 ways are a great to promote your blog post for free. I use all of these ways myself. If you implement these tactics, you will definitely get more traffic to your blog posts.

7 Ways To Monetize Your Blog

Monetize Your BlogIf you are an online marketer, the first thing you must have is a blog. As my mentor says, “your blog is your home on the internet”. She is exactly right. This is the place where you get to show the world what you are about. I suggest that you have a hosted WordPress blog which means you must purchase a domain name and hosting.

Once your blog is established, you want to start to monetize it. You need to make money if this is going to be a business. Zac Johnson wrote an article on Forbes.com called “Seven Ways To Generate Money Using Your Website Or Blog Content” He outlined the following ways to monetize your blog:

  1. Affiliate Marketing
  2. Google AdSense
  3. Native Advertising
  4. Selling Ad Space
  5. Creating An Online Course
  6. Selling Your Own Products Or Services
  7. Selling Your Website Or Blog For Multiple Earnings

Monetize Your Blog #1 – Affiliate Marketing

With affiliate marketing, you are recommending other people’s products and you receive a commission when someone buys. You are given a link that is unique to you that you can send to your list or share on social media. This is one of the best ways t start earning money because you don’t have to have your own products. This is one of the things that I do on a regular basis. I share affiliate products with my list, include affiliate links in my blog posts and short reports and share affiliate links on social media. I am very picky about what I promote. I only promote things that I believe in. If you want to learn more about affiliate marketing, then I recommend Really Simple Affiliate Marketing. This course teaches you the skills you need to become an affiliate marketer.

Monetize Your Blog #2 – Google AdSense

Another way you can monetize your blog is Google AdSense. Google AdSense is an advertising program that allows you to display advertisements on your own site. You get paid a commission on a pay-per-click basis for every time someone clicks the ad. I do not monetize my blog using Google AdSense.

Monetize Your Blog #3 – Native Advertising

With native advertising, people advertise on your site. Just like Google AdSense, you are usually paid when someone visiting your site clicks on the ad. In order for this to be effective, you need to have quite a bit of traffic coming to your site. I do not monetize my blog with native advertising.

Monetize Your Blog #4 – Selling Ad Space

You can sell ad space on your blog directly. In this case, you are getting all of the money. However, you must do the work to find people willing to advertise on your blog. You will have to disclose your blog traffic and the demographics of the people who visit your site. If you have installed Google Analytics, then it will be easy to disclose these facts.

Monetize Your Blog #5 – Creating An Online Course

If you know how to teach someone how to do something, then you may want t to create an online course. For instance, I know Google Analytics and this is something you need to know if order to understand the traffic you get to your site. I created the 15 Day Analytics Challenge that teaches you how to install Google Analytics on your blog and analyze the most important reports you need in just 15 days. I also created a course to teach people how to create affiliate niche sites. Think of the things that you know how to do that many others don’t and create an online course.

Monetize Your Blog #6 – Selling Your Own Products Or Services

Once you start a blog or a business, you become successful at some point. To share this with others, you can coach or consult people or create a product. One part of my business is to sell physical products on Amazon. One thing that I have become good at is how to analyze products at trade shows to determine if they would be profitable on Amazon. Once I did these various times, I created a product, Trade Shows For Amazon FBA Sellers.

I also teach others how to sell on Amazon. I have a 4 week Jump Start program as well as a more intense 6-week course. Once you are good at something, you should consider teaching it to others. I was hesitant at first because there were already a lot of other people teaching my subject. Your course will be different and the way you teach it may make it finally click for some.

Monetize Your Blog #7- Sell Your Blog

The last way to monetize your blog is to sell it. There are sites available where you can advertise that your blog is for sell. Also, there are auction sites.

As you can see, there are many ways to monetize your blog. In the beginning, I would just pick two. Also, all of these ways may not resonate with you. I shared with you the way I monetize my blog and I do not use all 7 ways. Pick the ways that you feel comfortable doing.

How to Position Yourself as an Expert

position yourself as an expertOne of the best ways to improve your value is to become an expert. Positioning yourself as an expert requires knowledge, skill and perseverance. If you don’t have those things right now, you can develop them as you move to position yourself as an expert. So don’t worry if you’re not there yet; you can get there.

Determine Who Your Audience Is

Knowing who you want to work with and help is very important, because you will be able to create better services, products, information and education for them if you know who they are.

Decide upon a Niche

Once you know your audience you can narrow down your focus to one problem your audience has. That is your niche. If you can solve a major problem that your audience has, you’re golden.

Develop Your Brand

Once you figure out who your audience is, and what your niche is, you can start developing a brand. Is the brand going to be you, or is the brand going to be the solution? One will always require your presence, and another might be sellable. It’s up to you.

Get A Website Created

You can’t present yourself as an expert with an amateurish website. It needs to be professional, and unless your expertise is web design it’s not likely you can do this for yourself. Make sure you get a hosted WordPress site.

Set Up Your Social Media Profiles

As you brand yourself, you’ll need to set up each of your social media profiles so that your brand works throughout the internet. While each social media site has its own personality, yours should show through.

Start Blogging and Getting Your Ideas Out There

Even as your website is being perfected, you can blog to show your expertise. Write your blog directly to your audience to educate them about their problems so that you can start offering your solutions.

Make Videos

Creating “how to” and informational videos and posting them on Facebook Live or YouTube is a great way to position yourself as an expert.

Write eBooks and Short Reports

A short report is a good introduction to organizing information to educate your audience about their problems and your solutions. As you gather more material, you’ll eventually have enough to put together an eBook without too much work.

Publish on Kindle

You can publish your book and sell it via Kindle for free. It’s a great way to get new customers.

Publish a Paper Book

Once you’ve successfully published a Kindle book, you might want to take it a step further as you get a large following and publish a paper book. You can do this with print on demand via CreateSpace and Amazon.

Attend Live and Online Events

Networking at live and online events will help you get used to the idea of being at these events so that eventually you can present at them. It will also help you build relationships.

Present at Live and Online Events

With your books you have a platform for your message, and you can now take that and speak at live events, both online and offline.

Get Active on Social Media

Don’t just set up social media profiles and be invisible. You want to participate, share your knowledge and connect with others so you can build relationships.

Keep Going

Don’t stop; keep going. Each thing that you do will build on the next thing, and before you know it you’re positioned as an expert and the sky is the limit.

Becoming an expert is a process. At first you will feel as if you’ll never make it, but everything you do builds on the next thing and eventually it will snowball to true success. Once it happens, part of you will feel as if it happened overnight, but in truth everything you did above built on the next thing and finally people started seeing you as an expert.

Position Yourself As An Expert

Position Yourself As An Expert will teach you how to get started, specialize, and grow your credibility in your chosen niche to Increase your income as you build your business as an entrepreneur. With this training, you will learn how to begin to position yourself as an expert in a variety of ways.

Are You An Entrepreneur or A Salesman?

SalesmanIf you are an entrepreneur you are pretty proud of the fact that you work for yourself. You create your own destiny and beat to your own drum. You generate your own income and gather your own customers. I want to ask you a question? Are you a entrepreneur first or a salesman? More than likely, you will say that you are an entrepreneur. Not many people want to think of themselves as a salesman. We get this picture of a sleazy used car salesman.

I hate to break this to you but first and foremost you are a salesman. That is your primary job. I read an article in Success Magazine called  “Top Priority – You wear many hats, but sales is the most important” by Anthony Iannarino that reiterated this fact.

Anthony’s article had 4 main points:

  1. The First Mistake – Entrepreneurs don’t recognize that growing a business is all about sales
  2. Customer Acquisition is King – You may wear many hats but sales has to come first
  3. Make Time To Sell – You have to delegate other tasks
  4. Build A Sales Process

As I look at my own entrepreneurial journey, I realize that I have not always made these four points a priority. We tend to like to create things but then don’t put enough effort into selling them. I love the idea of creating information products but really don’t like the sales page creation process. Entrepreneurs always want to grow their businesses and they do a lot of things that they think will grow their business. Not too often will we say, I really have to concentrate on sales or I love writing my sales page.

If you create the greatest product but no one knows, then you might as well not have spent the time to create the product. You need to have your target market in mind when you create the product. Also, make sure that your product will solve a problem that they have.

As an entrepreneur, you are used to doing everything especially in the beginning. As you grow, you need to start delegating some tasks. This will probably be hard because you will want to control everything.  The first tasks you should delegate are non-income producing tasks such as administrative tasks. A virtual assistant can be a godsend. Also, you should hire someone to perform your technical work. This was hard for me. I love tech work and I know how to do it; however, that was not the best use of my time.

Lastly, you need to build a sales process. If you have had some success in the past with sales, then create a process based on that. In the article by Anthony Iannarino these are the steps he states must be done:

  • Identify the activities that open relationships with your prospective clients
  • Research how to nail down your dream clients
  • Find out what prospective clients need in order to move forward with you
  • Know the final steps that win deals

As you can see, being an entrepreneur requires many skills but the most important one if you want to stay in business is being a salesman. If you need help writing sales copy for your information products, then you should take the Really Simple Sales Copy course. This course is a four module training that will teach you the skills you need to become an effective direct response copywriter.