There’s nothing easy about starting your own business. The road to success is a bumpy one indeed and you’re sure to encounter some problems along the way. There’s no need to worry, however, because every problem has a solution. Just like anything else, building your business is a process that takes a lot of work. We’re going to take a look at a few problems you’re likely to run into and how you can overcome them.

1. Developing a Business Plan

Before you even get started you need to develop a business plan. Your mission statement for what you want…


The entire point of copywriting is to boost sales. Even if you write copy with the objective of getting more newsletter sign-ups, the entire point is still to boost sales. But, how do you know if what you’re doing is working? You’re writing, and hiring, and writing some more — but do you even know if all the work you’re doing is paying off? The best way to know is to test, test, test. Here’s a list of things you need to test regularly.

  1. Your Headlines — How do you know a particular headline works over another? You conduct an…

It can be difficult sometimes to come up with a topic to blog about, but your life can also be your topic. It can even become your niche. Have you discovered you have a disease? Are you getting a divorce? Do you have a special needs child, or are you experiencing other turmoil in life that you are willing to blog about publically? If you are going through something difficult, you can bet that other people are also going through the same thing.

Bare Your Soul

If you are willing to bare all and learn as you blog, blogging about…


Every person on this earth has the capacity to be creative in some way. Some people are creative in the arts, others in business, and others in more ways than can be described here. The thing that you need to know about creativity is that everyone has the ability. It already exists inside you; you only need to figure out how to bring it out

1) Be More Mindful

There are a lot of things we do every day without even thinking. We get up, shower, brush our teeth and go about our lives mostly on autopilot. Try getting up…


The truth is, the more focused you are on success the more likely you are to experience it. Most of you have probably heard of “The Secret” where they espouse the idea that putting out positive thoughts into the universe, and even being very specific about those thoughts, will result in you getting what you want. While it’s not really that simple, having a success-focused mindset will help you achieve more success. But, if you’re not naturally predispositioned to think in terms of success, how can you develop a success-focused mindset?

Developing a success-focused mindset starts with developing three important…


As a contractor you’re likely to be working on many projects together simultaneously. You might have five to ten clients with various projects at different stages. But, is it better to focus on one project at a time or multitask? Well, the verdict is in about multitasking: study after study shows that people who think they are good at multitasking really aren’t.

Therefore, the real question should be: How do I handle multiple projects by multiple clients in an efficient manner?

* Set Up a Workable System — You’re going to need a project management system of some kind, whether…


Your competition delivers a similar product to yours, to the same audience as you do. Studying your competition will help you deliver a better product or service to your audience than if you don’t know anything about them. Your business will improve by the act of studying your competition.

How Are They Different from You?

No competition is going to be exactly the same as you. You are uniquely you and they are, too. Identify the ways in which your products and/or services differ. …


Marketing your business with online content is the ultimate way to bring traffic to your website. You can use articles, newsletters, blog posts, social media updates, FAQs and more to help bring traffic, but there are ways to do it so that you can grow your business the right way. Having a lot of followers isn’t indicative of success. Earning money is. So, if you want to grow your business you have to know which resources to leverage.

Content Is Still King

Everything revolves around content. Content is needed for every aspect of your business. If you create information products…


When you decide that you want to get a business coach, you need to ensure that you find the right coach for you. Nothing is worse than hiring the wrong coach because it can be a large expense and you want to get a return on any investment that you make in your business. Therefore, if you do the research you need to do before hiring a coach, you’ll save yourself a lot of problems and missteps.

Before hiring any coach, they’re going to have you go through a lot of questions to make sure you are right for them…


One the best ways to give your own business a boost is to check out your competition. Your competition, even if your business is more popular, can give you a lot of insight to your audience and how you can improve to make your business even more profitable. One way to do that is to analyze your competition’s social media efforts. Here’s how.

* Follow Them on All Social Media Accounts — See how they are using each social media account to give information to their audience and how they get more followers. …

Ana Lucia Novak

Former Digital Social Media Strategist & former Silicon Valley; Living in Ventura, California. Still into Gentle/Yin Yoga and daily walks with Priska, my cat.

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