Author: Erika Freeman

Be Confident in Your Business and Always Ask for the Sale

Be Confident in Your Business and Always Ask for the Sale

Let’s state the obvious: you’re in business to earn money. Yes, you want to help others as well, but you want to make a profit with your business, am I right? In order to make a profit, you need to sell your products and services. But is it enough to just create products and wait for people to make a purchase? Not at all. I like to call that “wishful marketing” and it simply doesn’t work. That’s a very passive approach to running a business as opposed to a proactive approach, which includes finding people in your target market, forming a relationship with them, introducing them to your business, and then asking for the sale.

Find Your Confidence

It sure is discouraging when people say “no” when you ask for a meeting or for the sale but there’s also a popular thought in the sales community that you need to hear 100 no’s before you hear a yes. Your business and your services won’t appeal to everyone; or they might appeal to someone who doesn’t have the money to spend right now. That doesn’t mean your business idea is awful; it simply means you haven’t found the right people yet.

If you have put careful thought into what you want to offer your target audience and you have created coaching packages and/or services to meet those needs, be confident in telling people who you serve and how you do so.

  • Create introductory posts on Facebook – on your personal profile and business page – and give a short summary of who you are and what you do.
  • Spell out exactly who you’re seeking as your target market; think of those web pages you’ve seen with the specific title, “Who Should Work With Me.”
  • Create a Facebook Live series where you answer frequently asked questions as they relate specifically to your business.
  • Find a podcast or other interview opportunity where you can share your expertise with a larger/different audience. Interview scenarios often put people at ease because you’re having a simple conversation.

When the Time is Right, Ask for the Sale

Your customers will purchase from you when they know, like, and trust you, so coming on strong with heavy sales talk or pestering them like a used car salesperson will chase those promising customers away.

Instead, gently nudge these prospects down your sales funnel. If you have never heard of a sales funnel, it’s simply a visual representation of how you’ll guide prospects toward your higher-priced products. In this manner, you’ll have lower-priced items for sale for those who say they’re interested but don’t have the money. If they purchase your lower-priced item, they may find the money in the future for a higher-priced item, but only if they know about the other products/services you offer.

How do you ask for the sale? Here are some thoughts:

  • Include Calls-to-Action everywhere: at the end of every blog post; in your social media posts; within your eBook and other products. Invite your prospects to take the next logical step with you.
  • In your email marketing: don’t be afraid to tell your readers about new offers. Never assume someone knows what you’re up to; be proactive and proud of your accomplishments and shout it from the rooftops.
  • At the end of your one-on-one consultations: always ask if they are ready for the next step (i.e.: to make a purchase) or if you can follow up with them after a specific timeframe if they need time to think. If someone is on the fence, now is when you nurture this relationship so they remember YOU when they are finally ready to make a purchase.

At the end of the day, if you listen to what your audience needs, there’s no harm in making the offer and asking for the sale. If they say no, move on while nurturing the relationship.

3 Smart Business Investments You’re Probably Not Making

I get it. You’re a solo-preneur.

You’re proud of the fact that you handle everything in your business, that you’ve bootstrapped your business from the ground up, tackling every task that comes your way.

You built your first website, dove in and learned how to edit and upload videos to YouTube, figured out how to format your email newsletter, and even wrestled your shopping cart into submission.

But that feeling of pride that comes from doing the work yourself comes with a price. Too many small business owners are working too many hours, suffering from burnout and frustration—not because they’re not good at what they do, but simply because they’re unwilling to truly invest in their business.

They’re letting a scarcity mindset prevent them from taking the steps—and making the investments—that will have a massive impact on their business. And maybe you are, too.

Outsourcing

By far the biggest objection to outsourcing you’ll hear is “I can’t afford it.” Perhaps you’ve heard—or even said it. But the fact is, if you’re a serious business owner, you can’t afford not to outsource.

The time you free up by not doing those mundane, everyday tasks is time you’ll spend more profitably, by:

  • Creating new coaching programs.
  • Upping your content marketing game.
  • Recording video and audio content.
  • Connecting with your audience through email and blogging.
  • Working with clients either one on one or in a group setting.
  • Or just enjoying your life!

Outsourcing should never be looked at as an expense. In fact, if you’re not getting a return on your outsourcing investment, take a hard look at what you’re outsourcing and to whom, because there is likely plenty of room for improvement.

Automation

Most online business owners start out using low-cost tools with limited features. For example, you might be using PayPal exclusively for product sales, and manually adding buyers to your mailing list each time you receive a payment. While that’s an acceptable solution when time is easier to come by than money, you’ll quickly outgrow it. The problem is, too many entrepreneurs fail to recognize the benefits of true automation.

Not only is trying to “make do” with a pieced-together system costing you sales, but it costs actual dollars, too. You (or your VA) will spend extra time simply getting it all to work, rather than letting the tools do the heavy lifting.

Recognize when it’s time to up-level your marketing tools to include true funnel automation, and watch your income increase dramatically!

Coaching

It is possible to build your business solely on your own. You can pay attention to what others are doing and reverse engineer their systems. You can read books and blogs and maybe invest in a few carefully chosen training programs.

But there will come a time when your growth will flat line, and you’ll struggle to reach that next level. That’s when it’s time to invest in coaching. And yes, even coaches have (and need) coaches. A coach can help you see past your own blind spots, work through the blocks that are holding you back, and build a business you love—on your own terms.

Don’t be afraid to invest in your business. Wise investments such as coaching, automation, and outsourcing will pay for themselves many times over. If you’ve been looking for an awesome small business coach, I recommend https://upgradedlife.com

Small Business Strategies & Tips

Welcome to Business Mums Blog, the blog dedicated to helping you rock your business. I am a   Business owner and entrepreneur and I am here to help you achieve your dreams with your own personal business.

During the course of this blog you’re going to learn tips and strategies that can help you to skyrocket your profits while simultaneously improving your freedom.

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Will discuss marketing, advertising, Business ideas, online marketing, and other strategies for decreasing expenses, increasing profits, and delivering the lifestyle that you’ve always dreamed of.

Business ideas, online marketing, and other strategies for decrease in expenses, increasing profits, and delivering the lifestyle that you’ve always dreamed of.

We will start by hashing out your business purposes and then move into milestones and goals to help you achieve that mission and purpose.

We’ll discuss business coaching and how to find a good business coach and consultant. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email me and I will be happy to answer them.

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