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Who are You Talking To?

Have you ever found yourself talking and no one is listening? You think you have a great message, but then crickets? 

You craft your message, and get no response.
You post your blog, but no one even reads it.
You send out an offer, and you do not even get one nibble. 

You are passionate. 
You are focused.
You are wanting to serve. 

So what the hell is wrong? 

Your message is simply too watered down. You are desperate,trying to please everyone and get some action in your business - but instead it is causing the opposite effect. No one is listening, because your message is simply not in their language.  So it does not "land" anywhere.

Desperation is NOT a good look! 

How do you fix that, believe it or not - I am going to give you my secret weapon! 

This works about 89% of the time, and it is going to work for you too. Take a moment, and reflect. Imagine where you were 5 years ago in your life. Think about one of the biggest obstacles you were working through and answer yourself these questions: 
(ok maybe it was 6 years ago, let's not get stuck there ... )

  1. What obstacle were you working to overcome? 
  2. What did you need at that time? 
  3. What was missing in your life? 
  4. What tools did you use to work through this challenge? 
  5. How does this relate to the message in your business today? 

I work through this exercise with at least half of my clients, and it just about always seems to return an eye opener. So why 5 years? That is just enough time to have worked through a problem, have detached from the turmoil or pain, and feel strong about the decision you made whereas you feel confident sharing this gift with others. 

PS- This is how Virtually Empowered was born! I looked at my coaching business and what was missing. I did not know how to build an online business at the time, I tried to do it all alone. I built Virtually Empowered around everything I wish I had when I started as a coach.
 

Now don't kick yourself too hard if it does not come up right away, sometimes it is like the after effects of an earthquake that gives a softer need for attention, a gentle rumble. 

Take note not just today, but the next few days and see what surfaces.

Then share it with me! (leave your comments below or email me!  Still feeling stuck, and you could use some help? Schedule a call with me and let's see what we can come up with together! 

Lotsa XO,
Amanda



 

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10 Ways to Build An Email List

While social media marketing is the latest marketing frontier, email lists remain the best way to communicate with your customers. Email provides the best ROI in terms of selling to your customers, even beating popular social platforms. Before you can explore email marketing, though,you need to build an email list. Here are some ideas to help you get started and keep your list growing.

 1. Create great email content

Content is always number one. If you want to build a dedicated audience that respond to your pitches, you have to give them valuable content in return. A large part of building an email list is making promises; your content is where you deliver on those promises. If you do a good enough job, people will be eager to join your list and stick around.

 

2. Build a website

There are two reason websites are very important to your email list: 1. Your website is a great place to promote your email list, and 2. Your website is a place for leads to gather and learn more about your business. Without a website, you’re probably going to have a hard time getting people to sign up for your list.

 

3. Promote your email list on your website

If your email list is your main focus, your website should be funneling leads toward a call-to-action to provide their email. Even if it isn’t your main focus, there should be a CTA somewhere that allows visitors to easily join your email list. That way, when you promote your website, you’ll also be promoting your email list.

 

4. Create great website content

While you’re working on your website, be sure to hold that website content to the same standard as your email content. This is especially important if you have a blog. Your audience will respond to valuable content wherever it is. They’ll also walk away if they sense you’re just trying to sell them something. Give them a reason to trust your email list.

 

5. Build a social media account

If you don’t already have at least one social media account, you probably shouldn’t be worrying about an email list just yet. At any rate, be sure to include CTAs for your email list (or whatever your email list is offering) on your social media profiles.

 

6. Create great social media content

Are you detecting a theme yet? Your social media content, website content, and email list content should not only all be great, but they should work together to build your audience and move your leads toward conversion.

 

7. Advertise on social media

Good old advertisements still works, you just have to know how to use them. Facebook ads are particularly useful since Facebook is great at targeting your audience, but other social platforms can be useful as well. Just create ads that let people know what your email list can provide to them.

 

8. Make an offer

You can offer discounts and deals, but some of the best offers are things you can provide for no cost other than your time. People will join email lists that promise them exclusive information, ebooks, and other resources that you can create for free. The key is to know what your audience actually wants (hint: they don’t want your product, they want the benefits of your product).

 

9. Hold a contest

People love free stuff and, as long as the entry fee is low, they’ll enter a contest for a chance to obtain said free stuff. Since you’ll only be asking them for their email address, the entry fee is essentially zero. Just be sure to offer a prize that gets your audience’s attention.

 

10. Get out of the office

While digital marketing is certainly the way to go these days, face-to-face marketing still works. If you see any offline events that interest you, consider attending and networking while you’re there. It’s more work for what will probably be a smaller number of leads, but the quality of those leads will be far higher than any anonymous email address. At the end of the day, quality makes more sales than quantity. 

I know sometimes it is easy to be bogged down by the day to day tasks, that it can feel like this is just adding more things to your to do list. If you feel that you could benefit from a "done for you" service - I would love to hear your comments below. 

I am in the midst of building a full 30 day list building product where we do ALL the work for you. It is something that I know my clients will really love, because who does not want an amazing email list? 

I have been gathering tips and tools over the last 2 months and about to launch in the fall. Tell me in the comments below if this is something that would interest you and if you don't want to miss out on my early bird special, make sure you sign up for my newsletter below. 

XO, 

Amanda

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My secret to kicking fear in the bootie!

How many times has fear crept up on you and left you paralyzed? 

I bet you have said to yourself at one time or another something along these lines:

  • It just was not meant to be (AKA- I failed and I give up) 
  • This always happens to me (AKA - I failed and I give up) 
  • I did not really want to do it anyway (AKA- I failed and don't want you to know how bad I wanted it) 
  • I will do it next week (AKA- If I do it today- I might fail and I am not prepared to deal with failure) 
  • This is just my luck (AKA- If I act like I expect nothing of myself, I can never fail or disappoint myself) 

Have I hit home yet? Guess what- YOU ARE NOT ALONE! 

Half of the reasons we do not get ahead and accomplish our goals is because we did not mentally prepare and get out mind into the right place. I am sure you are wondering now, well..

How the heck do I do that? 

I thought you would never ask! I have taken on this nifty trick that has gotten me through some of the scariest decisions I have ever made and it is something that I want for you as well. 

This is a 2 part process so let's start with Step 1

1. Let go of the need to be CERTAIN of the outcome. According to Tony Robbins, and a test he often recommends called the Six Human Needs one of the most common highest needs is a desire for certainty. I know first hand about this because it is what keep me in a career I hated for nearly 20 years.  In working with law and finance for 20 years, it fought against every grain of my being as I am someone who thrives in helping others and being of service. Fear of the unknown and leaving this career and my steady paycheck is what had me feeling trapped and burdened by the unknown possibilities. As I gradually began to embrace new challenges, and small victories where I allowed change and uncertainty into my life is when I started to feel alive and truly step into my deepest and truest self. 

2. Define the outcome if no action is taken. Take a moment and look at your problem. Imagine something that you want to do but that you are scared to move forward on.

  1. Now imagine that no action was taken or that you never tried.
  2. What are the results of remaining status quo and how will it negatively impact your life?
  3. What is the worst case scenario if you NEVER do it? 
  4. How will that hurt you and what will it affect? 
  5. Who else is impacted by this decision in your life? 
  6. By not trying, how will it affect them? 
  7. If you see yourself in 5 years, in the same place and did not take the initiative to make that move, how do you think you will feel when looking back? 
  8. What will that affect have on your life in 5 years? 
  9. How will others around you be impacted in five years? 
  10. How do you feel this in your body now that you are stuck and not moving through where you need to be? 

Make this exercise as VIVID AND BOLD as you can. The uglier and more deep you go with it the greater impact you will have. The key is we are often more motivated by pain than pleasure. So using this as your focal point to push through where you are stuck, can take the shift away from fear as your goal becomes to avoid pain. The pain of not trying ends up to be far worse than simply trying something and not succeeding. 

Remember to fail forward and embrace failure. It means that you tried and got out of your comfort zone! 

What will you try TODAY that you have been putting off? 

If you need help with making this boldly unbearable, and build a plan towards execution- shoot me a message and we can certainly chat!  

Virtually Yours- 

Amanda Scocozzo, CPC, Business Strategist

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6 Tools Guaranteed to Stop Procrastination & Overwhelm

Are you feeling overwhelmed and not sure what to do next?

Forgetting important dates or appointments? 

Most of the tasks business owners procrastinate on aren’t difficult to do at all. We have the talent and skills to accomplish them. We just avoid doing them for one reason or another. When you commit to doing them, you complete them without any complaints. When you commit, you're focused. Your decisions drive you, and you know what you need to do to make it happen, and you just do it.

It’s remarkable how many tasks we procrastinate on that we could get done in a small amount of time.

These 6 tools will surely help you stop procrastinating:

1. Focus booster

As cliche as that sounds, it does precisely what the name implies. This app uses the principles of the infamous Pomodoro method for those who feel submerged by daily tasks. It was specifically created to improve your focus and eliminate any anxiety you might have with time.

2. Remember The Milk

RTM provides you with all the functionality you’d need, with regards to helping you to stop procrastinating on finishing the job.

This tool is available as a web-based software, but you can also access it through various mobile devices running on iOS, Android, or BlackBerry’s operating system. Besides that, you can also integrate it with several different online services such as your Gmail accounts, Google Calendar, MS Outlook, Evernote, or even Twitter. Many don't know this, but yes, you can add tasks via your Twitter account(s).

3. MyLifeOrganized (MLO)

If you are having difficulty managing all your business and personal plans, then MLO is the way to go. MLO helps you organize your to-do lists and plan your (life's) goals. This task management system helps you target what you should be focusing on to achieve your objectives. It creates to-do lists automatically for you, with actions according to priority for your urgent attention. This automation allows you to track your progress methodically.

4. Toggl

Toggl is a tool the helps you track the time you spend on projects. Toggl is an excellent alternative to time-sheets which allows you to track time spent on various projects. Stopping procrastination starts with being clear on exactly how much time you spend on your tasks and analyze your management.

5. Mind42

Mindmapping is a great technique used to prevent procrastination.  Mind42 is one of the best free mindmapping apps out there. Mind42 helps you get more organized by helping you organize your ideas,  thereby attaining clarity on the tasks at hand.

6. Focus at will

Increase your attention span.  This incredible app gets in your head (so to speak) and uses music to boost your productivity, which is anti-procrastination. Increasing your attention span by up to 400% is possible!

If you're not using one of the hundreds of apps and tools out there, you're missing out on the opportunity to stop procrastinating. With so many of these tools to choose from, how do you know which ones to download and use? This, of course, depends on your needs.

What are you procrastinating on? Do you think any of these tools can help you stop 

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Top 6 Online Appointment Schedulers

Online meeting scheduling tools accommodate useful, efficient, and profitable solutions for consulting and professional service companies.  They allow them to manage their customer, vendor, and prospect communications.

Out of the hundreds of tools that seem to whiz through my social streams and inbox, these are the tools I know I’m going to use the most this year. 

This article lists 6 of the top 6 online appointment schedulers available that provide online appointment scheduling, accompanied by some real-life examples. 

1. ScheduleOnce

ScheduleOnce is a powerful and easy-to-use meeting and appointment scheduling software that runs well with private calendars to promote competitiveness, boost customer fulfillment and save time. Whether you are organizing group meetings or interviews for yourself or accepting bookings in your enterprise, ScheduleOnce can adjust and calibrate to your needs. ScheduleOnce offers a broad range of affordable plans and also provides a free plan that anyone can use. 

Critique for ScheduleOnce originates mostly from users noting feature limitations. No (public) issues with the customer service, account management, nor software functionality exist. 

2. Calendly

Calendly is another application that relies solely on Google. Signing requires an active Google account and Calendly syncs also with Google's Calendar. Once an invitee has accepted a meeting request, it will add the session to your guest’s Google, iCloud, or Outlook calendar immediately

Calendly saves session types, so you can easily duplicate weekly or monthly appointments, keeping your preferences for length of the meeting and open time-slots intact without modifying your default settings for your new appointments. While Calendly works excellently for scheduling a meeting with individuals or organization members, its custom events links work ideal for distributing events with clients and customers, too. 

3. Timetrade

TimeTrade is one of the most honest scheduling platforms on the market. It doesn’t ask for much data about you, your users, or your appointments, and there aren’t many actions to take through to setup. While it's not the most charming or most flexible software, TimeTrade is astonishingly easy to use. 

Much of the frustration that comes forth in customer feedback had to do with TimeTrade’s primary setup as a scheduler with individual links for each kind of one-on-one meeting a user creates. 

4. YouCanBook.Me

The amount of settings available in the free version is quite astonishing, almost too much functionality if you can live with a “Powered for FREE by YouCanBook.Me  button at the bottom of your page, there is no need to upgrade to a paid package. The initial task you’ll need to carry out is to link your Google account. 

Sometimes the interface is not perfect, but I can live with that. They could make integrations a bit easier. The default templates on the free account are not attractive. Most are also utterly useless with regards to functionality and layout. To get even the least bit of customization, you need a paid plan. 

5. Acuity 

Acuity Scheduling is a compelling online meeting scheduling application that enables your customers and workers to schedule appointments and meetings. Up to 12 staff employees can log in and use the group calendar to enable all to see who is free and to work around each other's agenda. The program is easy and instinctive to use for both staff and clients. 

Acuity does have an extremely limited CRM (Customer Relationship Management). Exceeding a basic client list, meeting verification email, and text/email reminders, Acuity provides no relationship with or significant insight into your business’ clientele. Acuity suggests strengthening its use with an outside party. 

6. Appointy 

Appointy is incredibly easy to use, even for one new to meeting booking applications or afraid of being flooded by the software’s multiple functions. Anyone who's familiar with Google Calendar or other Google apps will have an exceptionally easy time understanding how to maintain the application, with its clickable calendar and comparable layout. 

Appointy has various grammatical and connection issues. While these are insignificant within the GUI itself, there are multiple times when it can make communication complex, especially when communicating with the team and communicating technical issues. At times, it can even make using the documentation harder than it needs to be.

Now that you have the right tool, you need the right team behind you to support your business. At Virtually Empowered,  Your Virtual Assistant will help you to set up your calendar and find the fit that best meets the needs of your business.

 

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The Impact of the Colors of Your Website

Have you ever thought about what the colors on your website mean? 

Color holds tremendous power over our moods and emotions. Let us get familiarized with the context of this article. Since color is universal, you would surely need to know where you should use these color suggestions that will be discussed in this article. When, where, why and how should the use of color be implemented? We'll be talking mainly about the color design of a site, which involves the tint of headline type, backgrounds, hero graphics, buttons, borders, and popups.

Color psychology is the science of how color affects human behavior. There is a lack scientific data to prove every claim, but that alone is no reason to disregard the intense and unarguable effect that color has on individuals.  Using the right color is the right way to go. However, color is a complicated thing. It needs to be employed in the right way, at the right time, and for the proper purpose, and with the right audience.

Here are some color tips and tricks that will increase your site conversions:

1. Women tend to stay away from gray, orange, and brown. They prefer purple, blue, and green. The sociological contrast between color preferences is a study unto itself. 

Most people assume that the most loved color among females is the color pink. That is far from true. Merely a minute amount of women chooses pink as their preferred color. Therefore, while pink may insinuate womanhood in color psychology, this does not imply that pink is expressly pleasing to all or even most women. Use colors other than pink. As mentioned earlier in this section, try blue, purple, and green and you will enhance the attraction to your e-commerce website to potential female buyers. That may also, in turn, increase your conversions.

2. If men are your target audience, you should stay away from purple, orange, and brown. Rather, use green, blue, and black. These colors are typically correlated with males.

3. Blue: one of the most commonly used colors, with good reason. Many like blue. It is a color of trust, peace, order, and loyalty. Blue induces tranquillity and peace. It's often characterized as calm, serene, safe, and orderly. There is a mutual understanding of the psychological influences blue has on people. Blue's subtle yet powerful message of honesty and serenity is valid. Use blue to your advantage on your site and capture pages.

Hint: The world’s biggest social network is blue. This company's core values are transparency and trust. This choice of colors is probably not an accident.

4. Yellow serves as a warning. This might be why yellow is used for, traffic signals, and wet floor signs. It seems odd, though, that some psychologists argue that yellow is the color of happiness. 

5. The color green is perfect for environmental and outdoor products. Possibly the most natural color connection is green. Green is an inherently chromatic symbol for nature itself

6. Orange can create a sense of haste or desire. Orange can also be used as the “fun” color. It helps to incite physical activity, engagement, and determination. This can be the reason why orange is used massively by sports teams and children’s merchandise companies.

7. Black combines a sense of extravagance and value. The more mysterious the tone, the more lux it seems. Black exudes elegance, sophistication, power, which is exactly what luxury stylists and high-end e-commerce website want you to experience.

8. Use bright colors to highlight your call to action on your site. In strict testing conditions, the best colors for calls to action are bright primary and secondary colors – red, green, orange, yellow.

9. Don’t underestimate white. However, color theorists cannot agree on whether white is even a color or not. It actually shouldn't matter whether it is or not. What's interesting is that the liberal use of white space is a powerful design feature. Take, for example, one of the most popular websites in the world: Google.

The world wide web is an unusually colorful place, and there is a lot that can be achieved by using color in general in the right way, at a determined time, with a targeted audience, and for the right purpose.

So, the bottom line is: use the right colors, and you win.

What color scheme does your website have? Have you noticed anything that may coincide with what was covered in this article? 

If you need help with your Website Makeover, the design team at Virtually Empowered will not only find the right colors to attract your audience, but create a unique brand that makes your business stand out on it's own.

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7 Tips to Organize Your Inbox

When using your email appropriately, it can be an incredibly useful tool of communication.

We may feel a bit overwhelmed by the volume of mail that we receive and need to answer. Nevertheless, there are several ways to organize your inbox so that you're more productive. Let's explore strategies for doing so, so that you can get on with the real work at hand:

 

1. Don't be afraid to delete

Take action on every email you read. Don't save it or move it into a folder to deal with at a later time. If you're unable to take immediate action on your mail, have someone else take care of it and delete it. You don't need to respond to every email, and there is no reason to save it for later. 

2. Setup rules, filters, or labels

All updated email software and online email services have rules, filters, or some form of labeling system that enables you to transfer and otherwise organize all incoming email. Use these options to organize and prioritize your email and get to what's most urgent first.

3. Automatic replies, FAQs, and canned responses

Have you ever used the same response repeatedly? If you have, please try building a list of your most common responses that you can easily copy and paste. Copy-pasting your replies will save you at least 5 minutes per email response, depending on the depth of the support needed.

4. Keep it simple

People over complicate things many times with regards to their email by creating scores of folders to help them organize their emails. They every so often forget to keep their email organization simple. If there's no way of getting around your need for creating folders for storing emails, then use the rules to separate your messages into the folders. Folders can save hundreds of hours you may be spending thinking about and organizing each of the e-mails you receive. 

5. Unsubscribe from mailing lists

Although you set a goal for subscribing to the various newsletters or other email lists, these are more of a huge distraction to you than you would like to admit. It's junk in its purest form. Unsubscribe from any lists that you have not frequently been reading. 

6. It's your email, not your calendar or to-do list

A person’s inbox, for both personal and business use, is full because they are treating it as if it's a calendar or to-do list. Your email is not intended for this. Use a separate application or use text document to save the list of tasks you need to carry out or that keep track of your calendar of events. 

7. Use groups

Should you email the same people frequently, set up a group or email alias. It's called a Distribution List in Outlook, for instance. This will not only save you time, but you'll also set yourself up for easy deleting tactics.

If you find that none of this helps, or you simply do not have the time to do it and still are dealing with mountains of emails, your Virtual Assistant at  Virtually Empowered will waive their magic wand and take care of it all for you and more!

 

 

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6 Things to Get Started After You Become a Coach

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6 Things to Get Started After You Become a Coach

Ok! So you had a dream right?

You wanted to serve others and live from your heart!

Your dream was to contribute in a positive way to the world and make it a better place.

You have loads of ideas that you cannot wait to implement! 

You followed your heart and passion with a deep desire to succeed and dove head first into any book, article, youtube video, online course, and certification you could get your hands on! 

It is time, you are ready to get your hands dirty, share your knowledge, and fill your heart with the joy of helping others. You experience an inner knowing from within, that others need you and you have the ability to impact lives to make a positive change. There are people everywhere that you should connect with. 

You are bursting inside to share your knowledge with others! 

Where do you begin? 

 

I am sure as you are surrounded by people "who have made it", Facebook in particular - you are feeling frustrated and maybe even a little embarrassed not knowing where to start or even how to ask for help.

It seems like these coaches are popping up everywhere with courses explaining how they made $10,000 in their first 30 days. Are you sick of those ads yet? I know I am, I am seeing them everywhere. 

So what happens then? You take yet another course, that maybe you do not apply yourself to fully - either because you don't have the time OR you do not know how to implement the technical aspect of the plan. One way or the other - you burn out, get overwhelmed and give up. 

If they are not paying you, it is a hobby not a business. So where do you get started?

 

1. Practice .. Practice ... Practice

  • I cannot emphasize this enough.  Get used to working with others and finding out how you relate to different personalities.  
  • Even if when you are starting out - you do it for free, this practice is not just a gift you them but a lesson for YOU.
  • Use this time to overcome your fears, develop your voice, and create your Signature Plan
  • FYI - The Signature Plan that you offer, will not resonate unless you know WHO you are speaking to and WHAT you offer them - this is where the PRACTICE comes in.

Practice is a gift not just for others, but for YOU.

3. Be Real - People can see bullshit a mile away, so do yourself a favor and just be you. 

  • Your pain points are your gifts 
  • Remember to deliver how you grew because of them 
  • Share parts of you, those vulnerable scary parts - because someone out there is going through the same thing and needs your message.

 

4. When is too much? Finding the balance between oversharing and providing value

  • Take a moment and breathe if you are going through something, but as the light begins to open up this is when it is safe to share. You want to find the balance between sharing to help others grow, and others seeing you in your chaos.
  • Do a check in with yourself, if your energy is still unclear - this is not the time to share. Give it a moment and sit with it - the lesson is not going anywhere.

4.  Know Your Audience  - This is where it all begins. I know you might be sick of hearing "Find Your Niche", but trust me, without it- you will find yourself spinning your wheels. I am so passionate about your voice and message being clear, I am offering a complimentary call - no strings attached - because it means that much to me. 

Let's Create Magic Together, Call Me! 

If you are stuck, and struggling to narrow down your audience - schedule a call today www.virtuallyempowered.com  

5. Be Consistent - You do not need to fit in a box, or do what everyone else is doing - actually Please Don't!! But - whatever direction and plan you have stick with it, you never know who is watching.

  • Consistency breeds confidence
  • Confidence breeds certainty
  • Certainty breeds empowerment 

6. Be Seen - Get out there and get in front of people. Here are some ideas:

  • Periscope / Facebook Live
  • Deliver value in communities/Facebook groups
  • Build a local community in your town - library, wellness center, business center, schools 
  • Go where your audience is and engage them 
  • Offer free opt-ins to build your tribe - Downloads, Video Series, Free Call 
  • Guest speaker on podcasts
  • Guest Writer on blogs 
  • Establish yourself as an expert. 

Now get out there, try it, and let me know how you did! 

 

 

 

 

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10 Best Practices to Create Engaging Social Media Content

Hours spent examining, dissecting, and ultimately producing compelling content to help you achieve whatever content marketing goal you may have. You will most likely need to contribute just as much time (if not more) promoting your content than producing it... 

...but are you doing it effectively and efficiently?

1. Headlines are everything
Write sensational headlines that help your social media posts to be more profitable on social media. You can also write a new headline particularly for distributing your content on the social media platform of your choice. 

2. Embrace the visual
Don't only share a branded “featured image” attached to your post, but also, share individual image concepts for each main point in your content. Share it when you frequently post them to your social media account.

3. Choose right platform
It is highly essential to get acquainted with the major social media platform(s) your target audience uses, but repetition and just “dumping” content across all channels is not ideal.

4. Use customization options provided on the platform
Use the customizable post options on each form of social media. Customization mainly includes the headline. Every marketer and social media user are fighting to grab the user’s attention. Therefore, the more optimized your post is for a certain platform, the more powerful your social media advertisement will be.

5. Share at the right time
For supreme engagement, the content you are distributing must reach as many individuals as possible. This allows you to go where the crowd is and when they are online and active.

6. Don’t be afraid to post multiple times
With various images and multiple titles for your posts, you can connect with your fans without them even recognizing a link is pointing to the same content you posted before. 

7. Ask relevant questions
Encourage social media users to connect with you. Doing so increases the chance of engaging with your content. 

8. Nothing is free
Paid Social traffic is mainstream, which means that you can pay ads that push your content into their social media news feeds, where visibility is ensured.

9. Leverage communities for exposure
Become an engaged member of related communities. This enables you to create exposure to your content to a targeted following of social media. LinkedIn alone has more than a million users!

10. Leverage and learn from other content creators
There are groups such as Viral Content Buzz, Social Buzz Club, Triberr and whose sole objective is to bring content creators together and enhance your social media advertisement.

Social media are powerful (mainly free) tools available to the public. Nevertheless, most content marketers neglect to use them to their full potential. By using one, several or even all of these 10 best practices to promote your content, you will be equipped to multiply your traffic website from social media.

Always be Yourself

For more information with regards to promoting your blog content, creating a social media strategy, and building a consistent message: visit http://www.virtuallyempowered.com/social-media-marketing to take your social media presence to the next level.

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Tips of Having a Positive Online Presence

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Tips of Having a Positive Online Presence

There іѕ nоthіng mоrе іmроrtаnt for an entrepreneur than to аttrасt and rеtаіn сuѕtоmеrѕ. While dіffеrеnt еntrерrеnеurѕ fоllоw different mаrkеtіng strategies tо рut their buѕіnеѕѕ аhеаd оf thеіr рееrѕ, there is nothing but rеwаrdіng and appreciated thаn thе benefits of dеvеlоріng a dіѕtіnсtіvе оnlіnе рrеѕеnсе fоr a grоwth-оrіеntеd buѕіnеѕѕ.

With thе аvаіlаbіlіtу оf thе Intеrnеt, іt іѕ nоw роѕѕіblе fоr еntrерrеnеurѕ and marketers to reach mіllіоnѕ оf роtеntіаl сuѕtоmеrѕ easily. Thіѕ form of marketing nоt only еxtеndѕ thе reach of traditional fоrmѕ оf marketing, but іѕ аlѕо mеаnѕ that the internet can become a platform of іntеrасtіng wіth сuѕtоmеrѕ, gіvіng nеw meaning tо tесhnіԛuеѕ for buѕіnеѕѕ рrоmоtіоn, аnd аllоwіng сuѕtоmеrѕ tо complete transactions ѕаfеlу and ԛuісklу.

Here are ѕоmе tірѕ for уоu tо develop thе internet presence оf уоur business:

Thеrе іѕ nоthіng bеttеr thаn having a wеbѕіtе (рrоfеѕѕіоnаllу dеѕіgnеd аnd орtіmіzеd) thаt іѕ uрdаtеd rеgulаrlу wіth relevant, fresh, and unique content.  Your brand is more than a pretty design, it is a consistent message that you are delivery to capture your target audience.

Onсе you have developed a wеbѕіtе, it іѕ іdеаl to promote іt thrоugh a wide rаngе of offline аѕ well аѕ оnlіnе tооlѕ аnd рlаtfоrmѕ. Submіttіng уоur website tо search еngіnеѕ ѕuсh as Google and Yahoo! and еmіnеnt wеb dіrесtоrіеѕ іѕ juѕt thе fіrѕt step аhеаd.

A business іѕ nоt juѕt аbоut аttrасtіng customers, іt іѕ аlѕо аbоut еvоkіng attention оf customers аnd kееріng thеm соmіng bасk tо make futurе рurсhаѕеѕ. Lіkеwіѕе, the оnlіnе presence оf a website ѕhоuld always bе соmрlеmеntеd with rеgulаr nеwѕlеttеrѕ, emails nоtіfуіng customers оf nеw products/sales/discounts еtс.

A big mаjоrіtу of today's tесh-ѕаvvу сuѕtоmеrѕ аrе uѕіng social mеdіа tо іntеrасt wіth реорlе оf ѕіmіlаr іntеrеѕtѕ. Thіѕ оbvіоuѕlу mеаnѕ entrepreneurs who wаnt tо аttrасt сuѕtоmеrѕ and highlight the unіԛuе ѕеllіng рrороѕіtіоn оf thеіr buѕіnеѕѕ ѕhоuld mаkе uѕе оf ѕосіаl mеdіа platforms tо еxtеnd thеіr reach to еxрlоrе new сuѕtоmеrѕ аnd mаrkеtѕ.

One of the biggest mistakes ..........

One оf thе biggest mistakes соmmіttеd by mоѕt wеbѕіtе оwnеrѕ and mаrkеtеrѕ іѕ that they gіvе so muсh thought tо the customers оr thе ѕеаrсh engine spiders thаt thеу nеglесt thе оthеr. A good website еmрhаѕіzеѕ оn kееріng in vіеw thе еxресtаtіоnѕ оf іtѕ vіѕіtоrѕ аnd ѕеаrсh engines to рrоѕреr іn the ѕhоrt as wеll аѕ thе lоng run.

A smart entrepreneur is .... 

Tо ѕum uр, a ѕmаrt еntrерrеnеur рlауѕ the multірlе roles оf аn оwnеr, mаnаgеr, аnd mаrkеtеr who hаvе thе expertise on hоw to соnnесt wіth еxіѕtіng and роtеntіаl сuѕtоmеrѕ оf hіѕ buѕіnеѕѕ. Thе ѕtаkеѕ аrе surely hіgh but сrеаtіng thе rіght mаrkеtіng ѕtrаtеgіеѕ аnd investing timely in thе rіght channels can surely hаvе a positive effect оn thе grоwth аnd developmental prospects оf hіѕ оr her buѕіnеѕѕ.

It can feel overwhelming ... 

Being all three roles can sometimes feel overwhelming, and cloud what is a true priority. Entrepreneurship can sometimes be a lonely world with a lot of unanswered questions. One of the benefits I remember when working in my corporate law position, was our round table discussions before a decision was made. The power of bouncing ideas and hearing others thoughts allowed us to cover all of our options, and be sure that we did our best to not overlook any needs.

At Vіrtuаllу Emроwеrеd, wе рrоvіdе buѕіnеѕѕ coaching аnd professional vіrtuаl support with your own personal dream team. There is a constant flow and collaboration that allows us to work together and produce the best work while each individually operating at our zone of genius and giving our clients back the gift of time.

Wе serve оur сlіеntѕ globally wіth аn орроrtunіtу to wоrk vіrtuаllу thrоugh Skype аnd оthеr Vіrtuаl Onlіnе Platforms.

To bе sure, hеrе is оur соntасt dеtаіl: Virtually Emроwеrеd if we can help in any way.

Amanda Scocozzo, C.P.C.  

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Tор 10 Tips tо Mаіntаіn a Wоrk/Lіfе Balance Aѕ a Sоlорrеnеur

In this аgе оf dіgіtаl tесhnоlоgу аnd grоwіng есоnоmу, еvеrуоnе wоrkѕ hard to be able tо асhіеvе ѕuссеѕѕ іn their careers and buѕіnеѕѕеѕ. They ѕреnt most of thеіr tіmе working, doing mееtіngѕ, negotiating, wrіtіng рrороѕаlѕ, аnd ѕо on, tо reach all thе gоаlѕ that thеу have set fоr thеmѕеlvеѕ аnd for their businesses.

Everyone wаntѕ to give thеіr families gооd аnd соmfоrtаblе lіfе and for them tо dо thаt they have to gеt a jоb аnd реrfоrm wеll. There’s nоthіng wrоng with wаntіng to work hard, but becoming a wоrkаhоlіс іѕ a dіffеrеnt issue. These dауѕ, ѕо many рrоfеѕѕіоnаlѕ hаvе become such wоrkаhоlісѕ thаt thеу’vе forgotten how tо lіvе a nоrmаl and ѕtrеѕѕ-frее life. Yеѕ, іt’ѕ ѕuсh a fulfillment to gеt rесоgnіzеd іn your wоrkрlасе, but іt’ѕ a ріtу that уоu hаvе nо lіfе аftеr wоrkіng hours. Aѕ a wоrkіng рrоfеѕѕіоnаl, уоu hаvе tо learn the value оf work-life balance. It’s not truе thаt, іn order tо bесоmе ѕuссеѕѕful іn your саrееr, уоu have tо соmрrоmіѕе your реrѕоnаl life. If уоu rеаllу wаnt to lіvе a hарру, соntеntеd, successful, and ѕtrеѕѕ-frее life, уоu only have tо master оnе thіng: BALANCE. If уоu knоw hоw tо apply bаlаnсе in уоur career аnd реrѕоnаl lіfе, then уоu knоw how tо wоrk ѕmаrtеr nоt juѕt hаrdеr.

Thеу say knоwіng уоur priorities, hаvіng gооd time management, and hаvіng ѕtrоng drіvе tо rеасh аll оf уоur gоаlѕ are аll thе things that уоu ѕhоuld dо іn оrdеr tо achieve wоrk-lіfе balance. Yеѕ, thеѕе аrе all important in having a wеll-bаlаnсеd life. But аѕіdе frоm thеѕе common оr usual tірѕ, there аrе mоrе thіngѕ thаt уоu саn do tо аvоіd еxреrіеnсіng job burnоut аnd hаvе аn extra time tо dо оthеr асtіvіtіеѕ. Whеn уоu run уоur own business, hаvіng a реrѕоnаl lіfе tends tо get рlасеd оn thе bасk burnеr, аnd not just when уоu’rе fіrѕt ѕtаrtіng оut. Cultіvаtіng a bаlаnсе bеtwееn runnіng уоur business аnd lіvіng уоur life is еѕѕеntіаl tо thе health of your company. Without tіmе tо rеlаx аnd ѕосіаlіzе, уоu mау mіѕѕ opportunities for the kіnd оf сrеаtіvе grоwth that lеаdѕ tо trulу successful business ideas. Hеrе аrе top 10 tірѕ tо mаіntаіn a wоrk/lіfе balance as a ѕоlорrеnеur:

Refocus Your Prіоrіtіеѕ

Each of you have yоur own priorities. In thе wоrkрlасе, ѕоmе реорlе focuses оn gеttіng a lоt оf bеnеfіtѕ frоm dоіng a jоb well. Their main рrіоrіtу is to еаrn mоnеу, mоrе money, and gеt a promotion. If this is thе mаіn rеаѕоn whу уоu аrе spending most оf уоur time in thе оffісе оr in уоur business, thеn you are lеаdіng іntо a wrоng path. Nо matter hоw hаrd you wоrk, оr how much time you invest in уоur jоb оr career, іf your іntеntіоn оr purpose іѕ nоt good, іt wіll еvеntuаllу lеаd tо failure аnd jоb burnоut.

Make Yоur Cаrееr Yоur Frіеnd

Yоu сhоѕе tо venture іntо thе buѕіnеѕѕ оr fіеld уоu’rе іn nоw bесаuѕе іt’ѕ whеrе уоur ѕkіllѕ fіt аnd уоu love to dо іt, rіght? Thіѕ may sound аѕ an оld сlісhé, but it’s оnе thіng еvеrуоnе ѕhоuld always rеmеmbеr: dоіng whаt you lоvе will never fееl lіkе wоrk. Thе reason mаnу employees or workers hate thеіr jоbѕ іѕ bесаuѕе thеу trеаt іt as thеіr еnеmу. They dоn’t еnjоу dоіng іt and they complain еvеrу tіmе things аrеn’t gоіng their way. If уоu don’t lіkе thіѕ exhausting аnd ѕtrеѕѕful lіfеѕtуlе, then уоu ѕhоuld treat уоur jоb as уоur frіеnd. Sееk оut tаѕkѕ аnd discover new thіngѕ. Enjоу еvеrуthіng about іt bесаuѕе if уоu do, уоu wіll nеvеr fееl tіrеd and ѕtrеѕѕ.

Commit tо Sосіаlіzіng

Whеn ѕеttіng рlаnѕ to ѕее friends and lоvеd оnеѕ, уоu may bе tеmрtеd tо lеt wоrk dictate уоur lеvеl of соmmіtmеnt. “I’ll ѕее hоw muсh I get done” tеndѕ tо bе thе answer оf many entrepreneurs when asked tо соmmіt to a ѕосіаl event more than a few hоurѕ in thе futurе. Fоrсе yourself tо gіvе a fіrm “уеѕ,” thеn ѕtаnd bу thаt соmmіtmеnt. Treating fun, nоn-wоrk еvеntѕ like іmроrtаnt арроіntmеntѕ ensures thаt уоu’ll ѕhоw uр аnd gеt ѕоmе аll-іmроrtаnt fасе time wіth реорlе bеѕіdеѕ уоur tеаm аnd сlіеntѕ.

Dоn’t Let Wоrk Dісtаtе Your Lеvеl оf Cоmmіtmеnt

Sоmе реорlе dереnd thеіr lеvеl оf commitment tо the аmоunt оf wоrk thаt they’ve ассоmрlіѕhеd. Thіѕ should not be thе саѕе. Aѕ a professional, you must learn tо set ѕоmе boundaries between wоrk and ѕосіаl life. Yоur job іѕ nоt fоrеvеr, but your rеlаtіоnѕhірѕ wіth реорlе аnd thіngѕ wіll last a lifetime. Dоn’t give all оf уоur tіmе tо уоur сlіеntѕ or сuѕtоmеrѕ. Yоur fаmіlу аnd friends аlѕо dеѕеrvе аt lеаѕt some оf your precious tіmе.

Mаkе a Prасtісе оf Unрluggіng

You need tо buіld іn unіntеrruрtеd thinking tо уоur dау, аwау from technology аnd thе еxресtаtіоn of іmmеdіаtе rеѕроnѕе. “Lеаvе FOMO [fear оf mіѕѕіng out] at thе bеdrооm door”. “Dоn't brіng your ѕmаrtрhоnе tо bеd and trу аnd impose an оссаѕіоnаl tесh moratorium. Yоur brаіnѕ need rеѕріtе tо produce іnnоvаtіvе іdеаѕ.”

Rеѕресt Yоur “Mе” Time

Rеѕресt your рrіvаtе tіmе іn thе ѕаmе wау уоu rеѕресt уоur сlіеntѕ оr со-wоrkеrѕ tіmе. If уоu ѕеt a tіmе fоr yourself оr for уоur fаmіlу, trу your bеѕt nоt to tаkе hоmе work. Gіvе уоurѕеlf еnоugh time tо rеѕt аnd ѕlеер. You nееd іt іn оrdеr tо bесоmе mоrе рrоduсtіvе аnd fосuѕ іn thіngѕ that уоu dо.

Outsource Whеrеvеr Yоu Cаn

Dоn’t bе аfrаіd to rеlіnԛuіѕh control now аnd again аѕ іt wіll рау dіvіdеndѕ in preserving your ѕаnіtу. If you can’t dеlеgаtе buѕіnеѕѕ dесіѕіоnѕ tо аnуоnе, uѕе a vіrtuаl аѕѕіѕtаnt to tаkе care of ѕоmе of уоur еvеrуdау аdmіn.

Dо Less

You don’t hаvе to dо еvеrуthіng аt once, and уоu сеrtаіnlу dоn’t have to gеt еvеrуthіng fіnіѕhеd tоdау. Bу setting ѕmаll, асhіеvаblе gоаlѕ (lіkе finishing twо іmроrtаnt іtеmѕ instead оf ѕеvеn оr eight), you’ll gеt more dоnе bу dоіng lеѕѕ. Wіth fеwеr tаѕkѕ tо fосuѕ оn each dау, уоu’ll be able tо gіvе each jоb thе undіvіdеd attention іt dеѕеrvеѕ. Thе quality оf your wоrk wіll іmрrоvе аnd you’ll fееl less burnt out.

Mаnаgе Yоur Wоrk/Lіfе Bаlаnсе

Aѕk any solopreneur what thе mаіn challenges are and it іѕ pretty ѕаfе to say thаt оnе оf thе tор ones wіll be thе dіffісultіеѕ іn mаnаgіng wоrk-lіfе bаlаnсе - mаnу wіll ѕау іt іѕ impossible tо achieve аѕ a ѕоlорrеnеur іn the early ѕtаgеѕ оf ѕеttіng uр a new buѕіnеѕѕ! Hоwеvеr, it іѕ important tо trу аnd gеt some kіnd of bаlаnсе, particularly іf уоu are working from hоmе. Onе оf thе best wауѕ оf achieving thаt ѕераrаtіоn bеtwееn hоmе аnd wоrk life іѕ to create daily асtіvіtу ѕсhеdulеѕ аnd rituals, аnd stick to thеm! Work оut a routine thаt includes designated реrіоdѕ оf tіmе fоr buѕіnеѕѕ, with drinks аnd lunch breaks slotted іntо thе dаіlу ѕсhеdulе. Also, buіld in ѕоmе time for a ԛuісk walk outside just to gеt ѕоmе frеѕh air, ѕоmе реrѕресtіvе, аnd tо kеер уоur bоdу functioning рrореrlу. Mаkе ѕurе that уоu do not spend еvеrу evening аt уоur dеѕk or wоrktаblе, juѕt bесаuѕе you аrе wоrkіng from hоmе. Enѕurе you buіld in quality fаmіlу time into your dаіlу routine, іnсludіng lеіѕurе tіmе wіth friends, and mаіntаіn thоѕе rеlаtіоnѕhірѕ wіth уоur friends, fаmіlу and colleagues. It wіll ensure you maintain perspective durіng thе buѕу, ѕtrеѕѕful еаrlу days оf ѕоlорrеnеur ѕhір аnd building a nеw buѕіnеѕѕ.

Take Vасаtіоnѕ

Sоlорrеnеurѕ may nоt have аѕѕіgnеd vасаtіоn dауѕ, but thаt dоеѕn’t mеаn уоu dоn’t dеѕеrvе a brеаk! Check іn wіth уоur rеgulаrlу еmрlоуеd friends and bе ѕurе you’re tаkіng a similar аmоunt of dауѕ оff еасh уеаr.

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Are You Maximizing Your Online Presence?

I am sure like many other entrepreneurs out there, social media has fallen off your radar from time to time. Of course there are so many other things in the day to day life of an entrepreneur, how can you possibly get it all done? 

Sure ... You have good intentions! 

But, do you really know what it takes to build an online presence?

Are you reaching your target audience? 

Are you even using the right social media platform to connect with your ideal client? 

Who has time for all that? Especially when you are trying to run a business and maintain your day to day services.

So OF COURSE it falls off the radar! 

Virtually Empowered is designed to fully support your business with your very own personal Dream Team! We cover all of your virtual business needs including Social Media, Product Launches, Marketing, Web Design, Logo and Graphic Design and so much more! 

This month, for the first time EVER, we are running a promotion

May Media Madness

Be sure to schedule your free consultation to take advantage of this offer by following the link above. 

 

 

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Have you burnt yourself out by trying to do it all?

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Have you burnt yourself out by trying to do it all?

I bet like most entrepreneurs, you envisioned things MUCH different right.

Sure you knew there would be busy days, and long nights - that is to be expected. It is part of the growing process. After all, it is YOUR baby, so why would you just pass it off onto someone else. 

I am glad you asked! 

There is a such thing as taking on more than you can handle. In order to flourish, at some point, you need to let go. How long do you think you can maintain these 16-18 hour days, no sleep, no food, and not seeing daylight? I know this is NOT what you had in mind when you decided to start your business. 

Start with the little things 

Yes, I said it start to let go. What I always ask my clients when they come on board is where is your energy? When do you feel like you are coming ALIVE! Anything less than that, start delegating. Sure maybe you cannot do it all at once, but what are the tasks that you have simply been avoiding because you cannot even bear to think about it. Does it feel like it pains your soul to even imagine just one more day, with this sitting on your to-do list. 

Start there!

What was that one thing that just makes you feel like you are dying inside? If you took that off your plate, and the little magical elves came in and ROCKED IT OUT - what would be possible for you on this brand new day knowing that is off your plate? 

FOCUS on what you LOVE

Let's keep it simple and straight forward. I bet you did not know it could be this easy! When you get rid of the things that are depleting your energy, and you stop complaining and do something about it, your energy becomes revived because you took control of the situation, got productive, and got it done! 

My clients say ... 

There are a few things I hear time and time again, and so that you know you are not alone,. I will share with you the things I have found most of clients LEAST enjoy: 

Are you surprised? 

These are some of the most common tasks we manage, in addition to my number one assignment which is product launches. Working with heart centered entrepreneurs, I have found with some much passion in heart doing what they love, their energy is depleted by doing some of the day to day tasks that are needed to maintain a business. 

Doesn't it help to know, you are not alone! 

I have seen my clients businesses grow quicker than they imagined, when they had the time to focus and dedicate themselves to where their heart and passion lies. For me, it feels good knowing I support my clients as their business partner with a full team standing behind them.

I am curious, what is the number thing that gets in your way that is depleting your energy. Comment below!!

Amanda Scocozzo - Certified Life & Business Coach

Virtually Empowered

 

 

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10 Ways Hiring a Virtual Assistant Can Save You Money

Everyone is looking to save and get the biggest bang for their buck, right? How much of your own time have you spent developing staff, and training them only to soon discover they do not meet your business needs?

Possibly you have things you need help with but it is simply not enough to bring someone on board. So rather than hiring someone, important tasks you need done are getting pushed to the side. 

Time and time again, I am told how much more people are saving by hiring a Virtual Assistant, let me share with you why, 

1. Having a Virtual Assistant saves cost on office utility and phone bills - That is right! By having a smaller staff you can utilize a smaller work-space, less equipment, less software to manage and less talking time- (We know how long winded those calls can be sometimes) 

2. Less Course training you need to take on for you or your staff. My famous motto is you cannot be everything to everybody. To run a successful flourishing business, there is alot to learn and that is why Virtually Empowered offers a Full Service Team. Combined we have a wide variety of skills, which means our Specialists provide optimum service in an efficient manner. 

3. Virtual Assistants provide business experience to support you on your business plan and collaborate together to design the most efficient processes without you having to waste your own valuable time researching it yourself. 

4. We are prepared with minimal notice to take on large projects. As an existing client, when a large project comes up we are here to support you with minimal transition. This alleviates the need to re-train and hire on site staff.  We have the ability to be flexible to meet Your business needs. 

5. No extra costs to factor in. The rate is what you pay for your package and that is it. There is no need to factor in vacation pay, health insurance, sick time, or taxes. (BUT .. we do love Chocolate!!) 

6. We do not take up any room. This means on your lease renewal you can maintain a smaller office space and even SAVE money. 

7. Even when it snows we are working. How many times have you had to close your office due to bad weather and fall behind on your work. Since we won't be coming into the office, we maintain a timely schedule. No traffic, No snow storms. We are simply here and ready.

8. No hiring fee when temporary coverage is needed. Have you ever had a project that needed assistance. Do you know the fees that temporary agency charge!! We simply customize the budget hours for your project needs. Put that money right into your team, rather than an agency that has no input on your work.

9.Virtual Assistants do not require overtime.  We are hired to complete the tasks at hand within the agreed budget. At Virtually Empowered our policy is when you have utilized 80% of your retainer, we contact you to authorize any time over the permitted amount of needed. We also are sure to prioritize the highest needs of the business to remain within budget whenever possible. There are no surprises here.  

10. Fire Your Business Coach This might sound drastic. Virtually Empowered is unique. Because the CEO, Amanda Scocozzo, C.P.C. is a certified transformational coach which has launched her own successful coaching practice, her clients enjoy the benefits of combined coaching and virtual assistance through a strategic business approach.  This leads directly into the team implementation. It saves you both time and money! 

Did you know that Amanda is committed to offering support to new clients by introducing a Complimentary Business Strategy Session

 

Amanda Scocozzo, C.P.C.

www.virtuallyempowered.com

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How Does Hiring A Virtual Assistant Free Up Your Time?

We have all been there right? Is your brain known for coming up with random ideas in the shower that never come to the table? When was the last time you TRULY had nothing to do? That does not happen when you are an Entrepreneur. 

I have spent over 20 years working in a corporate position where I managed five departments on and off site as a project manager. My head was spinning and I was overwhelmed. I did not know where to turn and never saw a light at the end of the tunnel. So what did I do? I decided to become a coach when I left. 

Sure, I managed my own time, but it was just as challenging and learning how to do EVERYTHING on my own was not easy. I had a business coach, but that just gave me MORE work to do. It was feeling like I could not catch a break. 

When I thought about my own struggles building my business alone, I knew that there had to be an alternative. Suddenly it came to me that my kick-ass skills as a project manager combined with my heart being a transformational coach, would lead me to support my clients as a Business Strategist while developing a full team of Virtual Professionals. 

My secret sauce is creating a balanced business blueprint for my clients to see their plan of action outlined. We work as a team where I operate not only as a coach but a project manager to make sure not only that My Team of virtual assistants are fully supporting you, but that you are on track with your own plans. 

What my clients have been saying is they don't need a coach anymore! They are saving all the money they spent on coaching and bringing it back into their business to develop systems that they have been procrastinating on. 

What would You do with an extra ten hours a week? 

If you would like to chat, and explore how it may help you, I would love to talk!

Amanda Scocozzo, CPC
Certified Transformational Coach & Business Strategist 

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