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5 Things Only Online Business Owners Get

As an online entrepreneur, you know that running an online business comes with unique challenges and specific knowledge that people with a 9-5 or even a brick-and-mortar business simply won’t understand. While working from home is often marketed to the masses as living a glamorous lifestyle, you’re well aware of the reality, and sometimes you wish that your loved ones understood the truth, too. 5 Dilemmas that Only Online Business Owners Get 1. You can’t stop using words like conversion rate, opt-in form, autoresponder sequence, and freebie. When my husband asked me the other day what I was working on, I was tempted to give him a short answer: “Creating a landing page for my freebie and split testing two opt-in forms to see which one converts better.” But of course I knew better.    The jargon in the online business world can sound strange to the passerby, but they are words that are completely familiar to online entrepreneurs that are building their businesses. When you stop and think about it, it’s highly unlikely that you would be able to pepper these words into a conversation with your non-online entrepreneur neighbor and have them follow along. You might  find yourself explaining what an autoresponder sequence is and why it matters for thirty minutes and risk them avoiding you in the future! 2. You never stop tweaking your homepage. You may spend thousands of dollars on a redesign of your website, but you just can’t stop tweaking your homepage so it converts higher, is easier to navigate, and 100% represents your brand.  I am doing it exactly as we speak...

How to Prepare Your Online Business for Maternity Leave

You just found out that you are pregnant.  You are elated.  Afterall, this is something you’ve always wanted.  But once the excitement of bringing a little one into the world settles down, a slew of concerns begin to pop up. How will I manage the business when I have a newborn? When will I come back? How will my business change? These are just a few questions that may be running through your mind. The good news is that as long as the baby hasn’t already arrived, you still have time to prep so you can feel less stressed about the business and allocate your energy toward the new addition to your family. For this to work, it is essential that you have a team in place because as much as you may have been holding down the fort solo, it takes more than one person to build a business and raise a child. Here are some steps you can take before the baby arrives to set your business up for success while you’re away. Eight Steps to Prepare Your Online Business for Maternity Leave 1.  Block the time period you are planning on “being away.” Depending on a variety of factors, like your financial situation and upcoming projects, decide how long you’ll be “away” from the business. This doesn’t mean that you won’t be up-to-date on what’s happening, but it does mean the time period where you aren’t the sole reason things are still running smoothly. If this is your first child, you may want to consult other friends who have gone through a similar situation and ask...

Overcoming the “I-don’t-have-time-for-myself” Syndrome

by Sheila Shuster Have you ever caught yourself thinking that you just don’t have time for yourself?  You can make EVERYTHING a priority, but yourself? Left to my own devices I do that to myself as well. That’s why today I wanted to talk about our self-care system.  A simple routine we can start establishing today to prevent burnout tomorrow. What are those small steps we can start taking to take care of ourselves better? Here is a guest video from my friend and Systematic Success graduate Sheila Shuster answers that question and more… You’ll become more productive and feel better if you just… allow yourself to slow down. Tweet this! Back to You: What are your favorite self-care routines?   What works best for you?  Please leave a comment and let me know BIO: Sheila Shuster began her career in biotechnology and healthcare education. A series of losses and an enlightening experience with her dying father catapulted her in a new direction in 2009. She is now a professional speaker and coach, teaching skills that cultivate a natural calm and help people to discover their capacity to acclimate to change.  Sheila’s passion is to share what she has discovered in herself – that looking at life with relaxed attention changes what you see.  She enjoys hiking, music, cooking and travel. Sheila currently lives in Northeastern...

5 Key Practices to Keep Stress at Bay

My guest today is Nicole Jardim, women’s holistic health coach and founder of The Healthy Elements. In her interview Nicole touches on the anatomy of stress and gives recommendations on how we can keep stress at bay. More advice from Nicole Jardim There are a number of practices you can integrate into your life to prevent your body from having to manage chronic stress.  Instead of working harder you need to be working smarter.  My suggestions below are the perfect place to start. 1.  Practice saying “probably not or no”. Women are programmed to overcommit, overprovide and people please, often at the expense of our own health and our stress response and adrenal function. This week when someone asks you to do something that you know will stress you and your adrenals, practice saying “Probably not…(pause), but let me think about it.” No guilt allowed! You can take it further by creating a “yes and no list” for yourself. What are your absolute yes’s and no’s for this week? 2.  Prioritize your commitments. I want you to clear the decks. Make a list of all your activities, commitments and to-do’s and identify what you can stop doing. Before adding a new task or commitment, ask yourself this question: “Will doing this recharge my batteries or deplete them?” If the activity will deplete them, then either don’t do it or find a smarter way of doing it. 3.  Create systems in your business: Business to-do’s and tasks can sometimes seem never-ending. This usually causes feelings of overwhelm and defeatism and eventually leads to total burnout. The reason for this burnout...