Experience is a very long and expensive teacher. Want to shorten the learning curve? Book time with me. Frequently featured on Fox News, NBC, CBS and ABC as the Creative Marketing Expert for Fortune 500 Companies, Government Agencies, Universities & Law Firms. Clients include lawyers, law firms, executives, entrepreneurs, bloggers, business owners, creative artists, creative marketers, managers, business owners, marketers, beginners... and shortly you!
Fantastic question! First, a little about me and why I am qualified to answer. My father served 19 years of a 20 year sentence in prison where he passed and I had challenging background. I never met my birth mother and met my birth father at the age of 18. I've been on my own since I was 16 and have lived in the YWCA, homeless shelter's etc. I don't have any family support financial or otherwise. I haven't even had a call on a birthday, holiday, wedding day or even the birth of a child. I have a GED and now a Master's, built my first home before 30 and all while a single mom at the time. I worked very hard throughout my life and now I am retiring from a position at a Fortune 500 company after 10 years of service in my 30's. My husband has had challenges with his background and we opened a gym here in Atlanta for 8 months before closing and I also own several businesses online that focus on teaching part-time entrepreneurs how to convert their passion into profits. I have dozens of courses published on the world's largest destination for online courses including 3 best selling books on Amazon. Okay, now that ALL of that is out the way, here is my response.
Yes, I have begun working with local entrepreneurs and small business owners in Atlanta, GA to build their Internet properties and protect their reputations online and off. I help them create and develop "trust based marketing" through email, books and online and I am partnered with the #1 trusted marketer online to accomplish this and a group of over 10,000 offline business entrepreneurs.
Key things to avoid:
- excessively talking about your past
- blaming others for your current situation
- the old environment
Key things to do:
- Read (or listen to) Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People"
- Find a mentor/coach that you can share your goals with and get feedback
- Invest in small business and personal development classes online or at a center (most are free)
- Think outside the box
- Build a community online
- Transfer life skills into your business
- Understand the pricing structure for your business
- Set goals and create plans to achieve them
- Invest financially and reinvest back into your business
- Create a business and financial plan (on paper)
I could go on and on and would love to connect with your organization. A 15 minute chat to provide more clarity would be great! ~Montina
I started my first business selling a product that was imported from Ghana - African shea butter. I purchased it from a supplier and made over $12k in sales the first 20 days. I would suggest starting with Jim Cockrum's blog at http://www.silentjim.com. He teaches a ton about importing goods through his Proven Amazon and eBay courses. Even though you may want a standalone site I would definitely recommend his site to start with. He teaches a model of go where the people are instead of chasing them down.