Love Sees the Vision

The percentage of Americans who can see themselves starting a business in 2015 is 51% up from 42% back in 2013. – 2015 Amway Global Entrepreneurship Report

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The March issue of Money magazine focused on Being Your Own Boss; as the number of people doing so (and wanting to) have increased greatly after the banking industry collapsed (an excellent read). I’ve taken the plunge; I’m self-employed (a.k.a. an entrepreneur) because I was ready to take the jump by having the Faith that my parachute will open. I’m in the planning and development stages for my Lovin Self website for the sale of my Essential Bath Salts (Cashmere PetalsFresh Peonies, Warm Orchid & Calming Lemongrass) and Soothing Bath Teas (The Nile, Exotic Amber, & Cleopatra), of which all 7 of those luxurious aromas are ready for customers to enjoy, and I’m WORKING toward and PRAYING that my website will be ready to launch at month end.

I’m READY now, yet there is SO MUCH that goes into launching a website. For example, the SSL Certificate that protects your customers’ sensitive information over the Internet is extremely important, and equally important is having the right person to do the job. The Privacy & Returns policy must be on point, because people are entrusting you with their vital information, and that is something a good business owner can’t take lightly. Another checklist item is making sure that the SEO, which stands for “search engine optimization,” is in place and operating. Applying SEO aspects to your webpage “is the process of getting traffic from the ‘free,’ ‘organic,’ ‘editorial,’ or ‘natural’ search results on search engines, this cost is very important to the traffic that flows to your website.”

Having said all of that, I am very proud of what LovinSelf.com is shaping up to look like; especially, our monthly newsletter being created by my AMAZING & AWESOME editor Melissa Swenka who rocks every time and keeps me sounding intellectually savvy. My web developer and I are still working on improving and ironing out minor glitches.

The great news is that my 2BMe – “To Know Me… Is To Love Me… Just Because” – jewelry collection will be featured on my website, and in production, hopefully, before Mother’s Day. As an additional part of the 2BMe line, I will be offering silver-plated necklaces and bracelets for purchase, once we launch, with bracelet sizes 7 inches for ‘Tweens and 8 inches and 10 inches for bigger wrists.

Oops… I’m getting sidetracked… 

Getting back to the March issue of Money magazine, because I’m a new entrepreneur myself, I feel like they could have done more in depth reporting on the “Ultimate Guide To Flying Solo” because startups are on the rise, and many Americans are taking that leap of Faith and launching their own business.

If you are still uncertain or don’t know what to do or where to begin, reading as much as you can on the subject (I suggest starting with Steve Harvey‘s book Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success) is an excellent way to start. But, most importantly, whatever your idea might be, do your research, research, research.

Money magazine recommends the following:

Step 1 – Figure out if your brilliant idea is a viable business – How many people want your product/service (your idea).

Step 2 – Put some real numbers on your idea – Figure out what to charge potential customers.

Step 3 – Plot out how to fund your launch – It does take money, but not millions, to launch your idea.

Step 4Protect your own financial future – We have to stop blaming Wall Street, “Corporate,” or the Banks when we continue working in their businesses; you have the power create your own. Ditch their rules and regulations by figuring out how to solve the problem and not be a part of it. You need to find YOUR solution and TAKE THE JUMP.

Step 5 – Make the most of Year One – Focus, plan, and continue to execute. Learn from life’s lessons and failures, and then regroup and be consistent.

My recommendation for Step 6 – NEVER GIVE UP!! Make determination, passion, and confidence your best friends.

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Love Tells You, You Can

The word NO is not a part of my vocabulary . . . because there is always a solution!

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#HappyHumpDay!!! Today is a time to rejoice, be grateful, and, if you have not done so already, make your plans for the weekend. Yippy!!! I am truly thrilled and excited that I am working for SELF, because the stress and all my awesome talent are now being funneled into my business. Plus, I get to stay up late, be a grown-up, and watch movies like Too Big To Fail on repeat, like 5 times. This movie is the cousin to The Big Short, which I watched a zillion times. Why? It’s mind-blowing to me that the “people who Wall Street screwed” (homeowners), who made them very wealthy, are the same people who were forced (they did not have a say-so in the decision) to bail them out. That’s not Democracy, that’s called Capitalism, which has fueled my PASSION relentlessly. I am truly grateful that those two amazing movies have confirmed my desire to ALWAYS WORK FOR SELF.

Any who, I’m getting sidetracked…

I came across this awesome song while watching Billions on Showtime; another hit series!!! What drew me to Joss Stone‘s song were her lyrics . . .

Don’t tell me that I won’t, I can
Don’t tell me that I’m not, I am
Don’t tell me that my master plan
Ain’t coming through, yeah
Don’t tell me that I won’t, I will
Don’t tell me how to think, I feel
Don’t tell me ’cause I know what’s real
What I can do

If you don’t learn anything else in life, please learn one of life’s valuable lessons: You are the architect of your life and dreams. Only you can make improvements, or changes, in our life. You can get help from others, but you are the conductor of your train and you have to get it to run. I truly believe that God created the Internet so ordinary people can make a difference in their own lives. Millionaires become Billionaires because they figure out ways to always reinvent themselves that garner more wealth based on an IDEA. All it takes is an idea and, sometimes, without any capital, the Internet (I have yet to figure that one out). However, I continue to forge ahead, stay focused, and execute, execute, execute!

You can do it . . . you just need to take that first step toward your future!

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