Mindset For Entrepreneurship

When you’re marketing things, mindset is at least 80% of the game. We could quibble about the number all day, but eventually we’d have to agree: mindset is a big part of marketing.

But what is really meant by this term?

Well, I mean the ways that you think, feel, and act in relation to things in the world. And in that case, mindset is a woefully inept term to describe this idea! However, it’s the colloquial word for what I’m talking about. So, bear with me.

By mindset, I mean what most people would describe as your personality and the ways you mentally and physically interact with the world. Most people just think about the states and what it feels like, etc. I think this is really only half the issue. The other half is how that causes you to act. Our thinking, feeling, and behavioral systems are all interconnected into one system: the human being, i.e. you and me.

How does mindset affect Internet marketing?

Internet marketing is one of the few areas of life that is only limited by the amount of work you’re willing to put in and the market’s response to it. Which is pretty cool; however, this also means that you’re your own worst enemy. Therefore, to succeed at Internet marketing, you’ve got to get your head right.

Until you “get your wits about you”, it can be very difficult to make Internet marketing work for you. This is why I say that mindset is paramount to your success. You stand in your way far more than other marketers or issues do. “How are you blocking yourself?” is an important question to consider.

How do you do this? How do you “get your wits about you?”

The easiest way to get your thinking right is to get a coach or therapist to help you overcome all of your blocks one at a time in a way tailored specifically to you.

I think this is a great approach if you have the time and the money. Most people do not. A great second option is to look into training programs, audios, videos, courses, classes, eBooks, traditional books, etc.

Definitely, you want to go to a live event or find someone to work with one-on-one first, but if this is not an option, non-live programs can be amazingly helpful.

But regardless of how you approach this, it’s all going to be the same basic process: focus on the end goal, make sure it’s ideal for you, determine how to best get there, and then make a plan to get there (and overcome blocks as they arise).

The Benefits Of Offering A Free Membership

You can truly expand your business fast if you offer a full-fledged and valuable membership site free to your prospects and customers. This is a killer way to build your email list and to really get close to your audience. You see this happening in a micro way with Facebook groups, and how small business owners are using them to build community.

Let’s look at the many benefits of offering a totally free membership.

Grow Your Business

People like free stuff so if you offer a free membership community for your audience, they’re going to jump on it. This is especially true if you already have a following and customers. They like to feel as if they’re VIPs and in the know.

Build a Community of Fans

When you have customers, they may or may not buy from you again. They might not remember to look for you, so it’s not even that likely they’ll buy from you again – unless the price is right and they happen to see a new advertisement or mention of you. If they’re a member of your community, they’ll see it.

Identify New Target Markets

Something interesting happens in a private community among like-minded individuals. They start sharing about other things. They share their lives in an intimate way with the other members. It starts feeling like a safe place to share. When they share, you learn about more ideas and products you may want to create, or lookalike audiences you can target.

Build Your Brand

Having a popular membership site will help you build your brand because more people will know who you are. Give your members the incentive to promote your membership too. For example, give them points for getting people to sign up and for sharing that they can use toward products. That will help you build your list free.

Promote Paid Products

Since they are getting the membership free, you can promote all your paid products to them when they’re using your platform. Since they’re not on Facebook, LinkedIn, or another platform, all the distractions are gone and they’re going to be more likely to take advantage of your offers.

Offer Paid Upgrades

Even if you have a free membership site, it doesn’t mean you can’t offer a more exclusive one that offers more time with you – such as one-on-one video conferencing or something each week. If your free membership is hopping, people are going to want to find out about the exclusive options too.

Build Your Email List

Everyone who gets in your membership is being signed up to your email list. Because it is such a high-value offer, they’re not really going to think anything about giving their email to be part of a membership. It’s easy.

Setting Goals For Your Online Business

The need for goals

Reaching our goals helps us to believe in ourselves and setting goals is a great way to fuel our ambitions. It isn’t just about creating a plan for our success in life, it’s also to give us the inspiration we need to reach out and reap more than we ever thought possible. Goals focus our acquiring of knowledge and help us to set our time and resources in an order to get the very best for our situations.

In this article we’ll discuss:

Guidance in your niche selection
What are niche goal projections and outcomes?
Are you busy or productive
Ninja productivity hack revealed
Video – Goal projections and outcomes

Guidance in your niche selection

What do you like to do? What are your habits, hobbies, or passions? There are a number of niche choices within any main topic when you break it down.

An example could be Baseball which is a very broad term with lots of competition. If we break that down there are many niche selections to choose from within that keyword: baseball teams, major or minor league, kids, uniforms, statistics, jerseys, caps, equipment, collectables, magazines, etc.

All of these baseball niche can be fine selections to build a website around and can be quite profitable. I have an entrepreneur friend that has a number of sites, one of which is a website about football snack helmets, which has been doing well for a few years now.

What are niche goal projections and outcomes?

A projected outcome of your goals within your chosen niche.

Niche – The topic or category that you’ve chosen for your site.

Goal – The end result that you are seeking.

Projection – An estimation of when the end result will occur,

for example:

First commission sale within 30 days.

>>>>By writing an article per day for 30 days.

First page ranking with my targeted keyword within 30 days.

>>>>By writing posts three times a week for four weeks, with each having an internal link to my targeted keyword page.

What exactly are you going to do to reach your goal? Or what are you willing to give up in exchange for the desired goal? Maybe turn off the TV for a few hours each day, or trade in some wasted time for, that same time being spent to reach your goals.

The law of sowing and reaping

There is a time for sowing and a time for reaping. The time spent sowing, or creating the business can be for years depending on the project and the desired result. Once the sowing time is up, the reaping time can start and be indefinite.

There are many tasks that need to be done with any set goal and each one takes time and effort to complete. I’ve heard that “excellence is a commitment to completion”, so we need to be good finishers of each task and reach our goals.

The time spent sowing can be less depending on the effort given to it. If we sow little we will reap little also. If we are building a website and posting to it once a week it will take quite a while longer to reach our goals of filling it up with quality content, as opposed to posting 3-4 times per week.

Are you busy or productive?

The definition for:

Busy – actively involved in doing something, or having a lot of things to do.

Productive – achieving or producing a significant amount or result.

Are we busy doing many things without a proper order or timely, continuous task completion?

Example: spending hours on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter and also additional hours on other things without making posting quality content for our viewers our #1 priority.

It’s easy at times to get involved or over-involved in a project that ends up taking a lot more time than we thought but aside from that we’ll be more productive and reach our goals quicker if we properly structure our time and always make posting fresh quality content a priority.

Create clear niche images

We need to do some internal and external research and visually see some other website businesses within our niche. This will give a look at how the other niche sites are presenting themselves and their products. The internal research is making a list, over a couple or few days, of things that we love to do, or what are we passionate about. It’s best to select a niche that you would like to spend a lot of time and energy on, not one that you’ll get bored with or become disinterested with. We can also choose to create a nice affiliate website setup to inform about and promote products, or have a non-profit or personal site (.org). Many website owners have multiple sites.

Create a vision board

Do you have any wall space at home to devote to a vision board? They’re great to increase motivation and energize your efforts as you pursue goals.

Take a nice area of wall space and fill it up with goal related images and headlines and pictures that inspire every time you look at it. See, visualize, and feel the goal being reached as you look at the board and are inspired to move forward and achieve. Keep on adding and replacing inspiring images and text to keep it fresh, in sight and also in your mind.

Websites like Pinterest are great for creating vision boards and one can create as many boards as they want for fun, or to keep private.

Ninja Productivity Tip

I guess it doesn’t matter what type of business that you are promoting but all have dozens of tasks that need to be done continually and properly. Many have multiple internet businesses and always have a list of things that need to be done asap. Well here’s a great tip I’ve used and recommend to you.

Plan ahead and:

Remove all distractions or find a place where you can be uninterrupted.
Choose only one thing to focus on completely for an hour and set a timer.
Stop when the timer goes off and leave it for the next time. Don’t think about it anymore.
Take a short walk or take a non-sitting break, unless you’ve been using a standing desk. Lying flat on your back might feel good too.
Start the next task and repeat the process.

If a little more than 60 minutes is needed go ahead and finish the task before taking a break. If it needs much more time to complete put it away until next time. After you’ve powered through a focused hour and taken a break to refresh, you can set the timer for another 60 minutes and continue where you left off or move to another task.