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How to Make Progress on Your Business When You Have a Full Time Job

You’ve decided to start a business while working your 9-5, and although you feel really passionate and driven, when you get home from work, you’re not exactly sure what you “should” be doing. This is a place many new entrepreneurs find themselves in while they struggle to balance their full-time gig with their side hustle. While there is no formula to follow, here are some guidelines that will give you clarity on how to move forward. 4 Questions to Help You Create a Plan to Grow Your Side-Business Question 1:  How much time do I realistically have each day? Even though you may technically have five hours after work that you could be spending on your business, it’s not a very realistic number when you factor in family, dinner, or just time to unwind. For you, one hour a day might be the most you can do, and given that you already have so much on your plate, that’s okay. Small, consistent actions on a regular basis are more impactful than irregular binge-working sessions. When you’re aware of how much time you have, you’ll have more clarity on what you can realistically achieve and feel less like you’re spinning your wheels. Questions 2: Where do I want to be in 30, 60, or 90 days? The best way to figure out what you should be doing every day to truly move your business forward is to figure out where you want your business to go. If you’re someone who likes a goal that is more immediate, you may want to look just 30 days into the future, and if...

How To Build A Business To Succeed

The other day I was chatting with a friend of mine who is the owner of a rapidly growing business.  We were chatting about ways to bring some sanity back into her life, because some aspects of her business were getting out of hand. At one point, my friend, who had recently interviewed Tara Gentile, said: “It’s amazing!  Tara has SO much going on, but when we talked, she sounded so relaxed, almost carefree, sharing with me all the projects she’s working on.  HOW does she do it?” Indeed, Tara has A LOT going on: Membership community KickStart Labs Speaking engagements Her own events Coaching & mastermind program 10ThousandFeet Apprenticeship program CreativeLive workshops And much-much more How does she manage it all and do it with so much ease? If you ask me, there are 3 things that totally set Tara apart from anyone I have ever worked with: When you speak with her, she listens.  Truly listens.  She hears nuggets that most people don’t notice. She connects those ideas in such a way that it opens completely new (and, more often than not, lucrative) horizons for you. Though she claims not to be super organized, she is incredibly methodical.  She approaches creating programs like a fine artist, who perfects her master piece over time—brush stroke by brush stroke—until it’s flawless. The result—mind-blowing success stories from her clients and a business that doesn’t take over her entire life. So, today I wanted to put Tara on the spot and have her share some of her behind-the-scenes secrets. Natasha:  Tara, one of the things I noticed is that you are...

I Could Have Avoided My Flopped Launch

Growing up in USSR, where owning a business was out of the question and individualism, creativity and being distinct weren’t praised, I had no appropriate business role models to learn from. So, the first two years of building my own business were a steep learning curve.  After a while my individual practice picked up, which was certainly an achievement. However, I knew that selling my services one-to-one would not be enough to achieve my financial goals. That’s when I first started thinking of creating a leverage income product.  A few weeks later I opened the virtual doors to my first group program.  I was giddy with excitement.  When only 2 people joined, I was absolutely heartbroken. I felt totally helpless. I wanted to make greater impact with my work.  I had a grandiose vision of where I wanted to be.  But there was a huge gap between where I was and where I wanted to be in the future that I couldn’t bridge. That’s when I discovered Tara Gentile’s 10ThousandFeet.  The timing couldn’t have been better.  It was exactly what I needed—the 10.000 feet view of my business. After 3 moths in the program I emerged with unprecedented clarity of how to bring the vision for my business to life and meet my financial goals. Fast forward another 3 months and the launch of my new group program.  My goal was 10 participants…, 25 would blow my mind.  When I closed the cart two weeks later I had 42 amazing business owners who had joined the program. I had 21 times as many participants for a program that was...

5 Essentials for Your Systematic Success

Ecstatic highs and frustrating lows are an integral part of our lives as entrepreneurs.  Unfortunately, these awesome rises and scary crashes can cause us to lose perspective. So today I’m sharing with you a really powerful framework for understanding what it means to have a business that’s systematically successful.  1.  Systematically Success Business Owners Know It’ll All Work Out You’ve made the leap and started your own business. The fairytale you were imagining while lying wide-awake at night and talking yourself into making the decision might not have come true yet.  That instant success you were dreaming off hasn’t quite happened. Maybe you’re dealing with prospects who haven’t taken you up on offers, failed launches, or schedules messed up by a sick child. What makes it even worse are all those cheerful social media updates from business owners who brag about their wins and seem to have everything under control. Annoying, isn’t it? In a weak moment those get to me, too.  Believe me, I have plenty of those moments :). But then I remind myself that comparing my inner insecurities with the outer picture of someone’s success is like comparing apples and oranges. Besides, nobody has it easy. The fact of the matter is that it’s challenging in the beginning because you need to validate your idea by having a steady stream of clients. As your business starts picking up, you face the pressure of learning how to manage the growth. Once you have an established business, the stakes are so much higher. Having a systematically successful business requires being resilient enough to handle these challenges. If you...

Interview with Katya Barry

Meet Katya Barry. Through her 14+ years of combined experience in international sales and marketing — training and development for a family-run electronics company in Russia, luxury car manufacturer BMW in the UK, pretty laungiree Triumph, language gurus at Berlitz and Inlingua in Germany — she’s lived and worked in 3 countries and received cross-cultural, educational, and technical training. She’s also worked with international clients on a daily basis as a university lecturer in organizational behavior, as entrepreneur, coach, and consultant. Now, Katya is on a mission to share her ultimate road map to going global. Learn more about the Foreignation course here, a 6-week online adventure, that will teach you how to seize control of your business, skillfully reach out to foreign clients, and truly become globally recognized as the world leader in your...

Interview with Anne Samoilov

Anne Samoilov is my all time favorite launch strategist and mentor. I met with Anne to ask a few burning questions on launching as well as to discuss her own launch of her flagship program Fearless Launching*. Here are some questions you can find answers to in this interview: I have a new offering (course, e-book, new service, website, etc.) that I want to launch.  Where do I start? When do I need to start planning my launch?  Is there a checklist to work with to make sure I take care of the all moving parts of my launch? I am a solopreneur and I don’t have much of a budget for my launch.  How do I ensure that I don’t over overextend myself physically or financially during a launch? Curios about Anne’s program? Here is my earlier review of Fearless Launching.  I’ll be more than happy to answer any questions if you want to find out the inside scoop. You may also head over to this FAQ page and get your answers directly from Anne.   Don’t leave without your Launch Toolkit to help you launch your next idea without an ounce of fear and with 100% confidence and class. It gives you tools and templates you need to create a launch that will wow your audience and bring in the profits and exposure your brand deserves. Here is what you get in this free toolkit: The First 10 Steps To Plan Your Launch: a workbook-slash-guide to help you plan the first 10 steps of your launch. Project Breakdown Template: an easy-to-use but extremely effective template to help...