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What’s your story NAVIS

This wonderful “What’s Your Story” was written by Azra Ahmed on dawanda.com read the complete interview HERE

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Please tell us a bit about yourself:
Alona is a girl, Roma is a boy. More than that, we are a young married couple who struggle for a creative and beautiful life. We met each other 4 years ago in student accommodation in Poland, where Alona was attending her classes. Over the bridge (there are no borders between Poland and Germany) was Roma’s university. After a while we decided to move to Berlin and not so long ago, in November 2012, we finished our education and founded our own brand TheNavis.

How did you discover that you have creative tendencies?
The creative part of our duo is certainly Alona. She was always drawn to unusual, new and reliable things. When we got our first iPhone we decided to get a beautiful and comfortable sleeve for the device. We were not successful and after a certain time we came up with our own case. That is the beginning of our story.

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Where do you find your inspiration?
As you can recognize from our designs, we are addicted to geometrical figures. Roads, turns, cross roads and different forms surround us in our everyday life. At first glance, something that looks simple and boring can become unusual and practical. We think that’s it: “Beauty in simplicity”.

Do you have any role models/inspirations in the area of Design? If so, who and why?
We are pretty new to this field. However, on the internet you can find a lot of beautiful things and great designs within our sphere of activity. However, we are creating things we love, so there is no need for us to duplicate designs which are already successful.

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How did you come up with the ideas for the products in your DaWanda shop?
As mentioned earlier, the launch pad for our creative process was the purchase of an iPhone. We wanted it to be well-protected and comfortable to use. The essentials of simplicity, functionality, beauty and usability can be tracked throughout our collections. We do not want to stick to only Apple devices, therefore our sleeves are highly adaptive and can be crafted on request for almost every device the customer loves to use.

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Which materials do you use to create your products?
For our items we use only natural, renewable and sustainable materials. These are 100% merino wool felt and 100% vegetable tanned genuine leather. Even our packaging is made with eco-friendly, 100% recycöed paper. We think that natural materials not only provide the best quality, but are perfectly suitable for touch and smell.

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5THINGS

Why Most Start-Ups Fail

“Why don’t I have any clients?
I’ve tried everything and I’m still struggling to get the buyers I need to pay my bills”

If you’re asking this question, you are not alone.
Many new owners are working hard (and often burning out) trying to draw in customers,  when they aren’t getting the response they need we look at these five topics.

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If you’re not getting clients it’s possible that you are working hard but not WORKING SMART.  Make these next few topics a priority and watch your business change.

1. Reason one most start-ups fail: They don’t have an ideal customer persona. Businesses can get stuck hoping to attract ANYONE/EVERYONE and in turn getting NO ONE.

example: Just think about trying to sell a juice box to a group of people. You have an elderly woman worried about sugar intake, a child that wants something that tastes great, the soccer mom wants it packed with nutrients, the father wants it to be affordable, the teen only wants to drink it if his friends are… etc etc.  You might think that your product is for everyone but the way you go about marketing your product will change for each targeted persona.

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2. Not having a clear sales message.
I read some sales messages and can’t tell what the business is trying to get me to buy.  How can I stay interested if your business is too confusing for me to understand.

This example is from inc.com:
“We are a cloud-based intelligent sales automation software company whose products are designed to automatically prioritize sales leads thereby empowering sales representatives to reach their true potential and avoid the many pitfalls associated with multitasking.”

Make it more clear “Our software reveals which sales leads are most likely to buy.”

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3. Weak team members. You are only as strong as your weakest link.
There are strong owners with weak employees who can slow productivity, lose customers, cost money, waste time, and the list goes on.  Don’t let yourself be taken advantage of, be the owner and set the rules.  Too many weak employees are getting away with their behavior and over time it can get worse and worse.

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4. Unprofessional image.  Only put out content that properly reflects your brand.  If you are offering a high quality product, don’t post low quality photos online.  Facebook pages with pixilated photos, websites with broken links, blog posts with unforgivable grammar mistakes…to, too, two

Look pro to go pro and get advice from experts in the field if you aren’t sure about what works best for you.

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5. Not Advertising properly. This goes back to really knowing your target audience; how and where do they shop, who is making decisions with them, what language do they respond to?

Paying for newspaper ads with an audience that spends their day on a mobile device will do nothing for you, creating an online presence for a brand that targets an audience with high community involvement will send the wrong message. Accept that advertising takes either time or money and create strategies that work smart.

Sometimes it takes trial and error to find what works for your business, if what what you’re doing it’s working – try something different.

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If entrepreneurs truly want to succeed, they should be spending more time on sales and marketing and correspondingly less on product development. After all, what’s the use of having a terrific product if nobody knows about it or can figure out how to buy it?

What’s Your Story: Chained Exotics and Angels Spirit Divine

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Debbie Lefebvre last month to ask her a few questions about her growing businesses; find our interview below and all of her contact information at the bottom of the page.

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Tell me a bit about yourself
I am the sole Owner, Creator, Order Taker, Picture Taker, Shipper of Angels Spirit Divine and Chained Exotics.

I have enjoyed creating things since I was very young, I started with Knitting & Crocheting, then branched out to making Topsy Turvey Dolls and other things. Next came Square Dancing Costumes and Children’s Clothing. I have made Wedding Dresses and make a lot of my own clothes. I dabbled in cross stitch, and eventually branched out into making Aboriginal Jewelry and Leather Craft.

I love making Jewelry, I enjoy the creative side of all things. I have never been able to just make one thing and stick to it, I am always making something new, which you will see reflected in my business pages. There will always be a variety of things available.

Some of my passions are my Jewelry, French Beaded Flowers, Origami Kusudama Paper Flowers, Children’s Hair Accessories, I also do Wishing Wells for Weddings, Wedding flowers and much more.”

When did jewelry making start for you?
I’ve been making jewelry since I was 11 years old. It was always a passion of mine. Angels Spirit Divine has been registered for 5 years and Chained Exotics for 1 year., I chose to create two separate businesses because the products and target audiences are very different.

Tell me more about the separate businesses, they are both focused on jewelry making – why the separation?
At Angels Spirit Divine, I sell key chains, beaded flowers, origami paper flowers, buttons, figures, hair clips, rings, beaded jewelry etc

At Chained Exotics I create slave rings, nipple chains, anklets, waist chains, earrings, necklaces etc, all items are Chain related in some form.

With the possibility of adult content for Chained Exotics and the wide variety of products through Angels Spirit Divine, it makes the most sense to keep them separated and advertise differently.

Do you find advertising ‘adult content’ difficult?

*note that the chained exotics are not explicit at all.
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It is quite difficult building a client base for chained exotics, it can be hard to market. That is the advantage to selling online, there is the feeling of privacy that allows customers to request items that they really want. They can inbox or email me and know that our conversation is totally confidential, this gives them the opportunity to be more open about what they would like to purchase. It’s a nice opportunity to make custom orders (almost anything I create can be customized) I find the customers I do have, always come back for more.

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I can see why, the pieces are so interesting. I love the slave rings/nipple chains. Where does your inspiration come from?… for either business.
I create as I feel inspired. The concepts naturally come to me and I create items that I think my customers will enjoy. I have the most energy in the evenings and allow items to develop on their own. I like unusual and different things and this is reflected a lot in the creations that I make.

What is the feeling that you want your brands to evoke?
I think the feeling of my brand is beauty, sexuality, empowerment, and confidence.

Who is your support system?
I would have to say my main support is my Children and Family, they have always supported and been behind me all the way. They have also helped with creative ideas, which I like to use too, as they are from the younger generation. I am occasionally surprised with a gift or beads or something that I can use, it means so much to me to have their support.

I noticed that you have a facebook group and also a facebook page for Angels Spirit Divine, is there a reason for this?
I had created the group first. When I later created a Facebook Fan page to take advantage of the page features and to give my new customers a choice of which they could join, I found that most of my regular clients stayed with the group instead. Most of the people on my page are New fans, and it is steadily growing. Now I copy and duplicate onto both platforms to gain the best of both worlds.

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What would be your advice for entrepreneurs looking to start up a similar business?
Don’t give up and find a niche! Even when it looks like your business is slow or not moving, keep creating !! It will take off, it just takes time and finding the right people, networking is a big plus too.

You get face-to-face marketing at craft fairs, is there any way for you to predict which products will move and which will not?
You can never guess what items will be popular at each event. One year the beaded flowers will be the most popular and the next year it will be the paper flowers, or jewelry at the same event.   I am always open to taking orders online, no one misses out on an item they want.

Are there any upcoming new features that you are most excited about?
Yes, I have made it easier to receive payments. Accepting credit cards is made easy through paypal. I’m also looking to get the personal payment squares so that it will be easy to pay right at my booth during a show or event.

When is your busiest time of year?
The demand changes from season to season. There is always an interest during the end of school year for teacher gifts. The beaded and paper origami bouquets are big sellers for the wedding season, brides can keep the bouquets as a memento. The holidays (Christmas especially) are quite busy, I like to have pre made items as well as taking custom orders.

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Origami Kusudama Paper Flowers

I am looking forward to this July, I will be attending at the Napanee Country Jamboree, on July 11, 12 & 13th as one of the participating vendors. Link HERE to check it out.  I will have creations from Angels Spirit Divine as well as Chained Exotics at my booth. Come out and enjoy the wonderful country music and do a bit of shopping while your there. Do drop by and say Hi, I would love to meet you.

You can check out my Business Pages at these links, drop on by and share a like, and say hello, I will gladly return the favor. www.facebook.com/AngelsSpiritDivine
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I would like to say a Big Thank You to Catharine Snider from Direct Kingston, for the fun interview and photo session, as well I appreciate the many great things you had to say about Angel Spirit Divine and Chained Exotics.

Thanks Debbie

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What’s Your Story: Twirl Clothing Design

Promote Canadian art and look good doing it!

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For those of you who have not yet heard of Joanne Langlois and her latest project “Twirl Clothing Designs” you’ll want to get caught up. Creating more than just cool and comfortable clothes, Joanne has taken a trend to a whole new level.

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Follow our one-on-one interview below:

Tell me how this idea came about for you, how the idea developed.
I have always been inspired by Healther Hanes’ artwork, she’s been a long-time friend of mine who I’ve had the pleasure of working with on other projects. We wrote two children’s books together based on her artwork. One day the light-bulb went on for me, to showcase artwork and make it something that you can wear and take with you, it was something different.

What is the price range like for the pieces?
Many of the leggings are $90, dresses come in different styles from short and long and range from $80-$290. Not everyone can afford a Heather Hanes original, hopefully this will make art accessible to more people.

Where did you begin in taking this idea and making it a reality?
Heather was kind enough to allow me the freedom to use her pieces. It was last year that we started with shirts but when I held them in my hand, I was unhappy with the quality… physically and ethically. I made the change to a Montreal based company that prints the fabrics. The items are cut and sewn in Kingston. Twirl Clothing Design is proudly local.

Is that where the business will stay or do you have plans to expand? Would you like to take this concept global?
I would like to see this spread Canadian wide. I would like to introduce other Canadian artists and feature their work by creating custom pieces using their work. I would like to see our items in several provinces, we recently took our leggings to a yoga show in Toronto and they were a hit.

I love the leggings! And yoga clothes are very popular, does this make your demographic a young group?
I have customers of all ages, I do find the younger students will gravitate towards the leggings where the women in their 30s – 50s will find the dresses more appealing. Our line has a variety of styles for all ages.

I am surprised how popular you’ve become in such a short amount of time, tell me about that.
It can seem overwhelming with how the organic momentum is taking off. I am so grateful to everyone who has supported me and helped to spread the work. I try to focus on staying on track and listening for feedback.

Who has supported you the post along this journey?
Heather has been a huge support system and of course my husband has been just wonderful.

What piece of advice would you give to young entrepreneurs who are trying to make their business dreams a reality?
Go with your passion and do what you have to to make it happen. Surround yourself with like-minded people who believe in you, and above all – believe in yourself.

Are there names that you can drop for individuals who helped with your marketing, photography, logo, etc?
Suzy Lamont and Tayler Simon have taken wonderful photos for me. Lindey Fair, Anna Greenwood, and Olivia Coughtrey (design consultant).

Last Question: What is something that you look forward to in Kingston during the summers?
Buskers, I always enjoy seeing the talented buskers in town.

Thank you so very much to Joanne for meeting with me, you can connect with her on twitter and facebook…
Look out for her website that will be launching this September (14 theories)
Find her CKWS debut HERE: http://www.ckwstv.com/2014/04/11/twirl-clothing/
Kingston Region Article as well: http://www.kingstonregion.com/news-story/4482410-ethical-and-wearable-art/

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What’s your Story: The Youth Playhouse

The minute I sat down with Katie and Jackson, I could immediately feel the positive energy they had between them. After sitting down with them to talk about their latest project ‘The Youth Playhouse’, I was so anxious to spread the word.

More than just a ‘drama camp’; The Youth Playhouse is a summer program that offers its participants a set of tools that can be applied and developed into real acting skills. That’s right, this isn’t a week of busy-work, it’s the theory of performance taught for ages 7-12 by professions who have put their teachings into practice.

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The weeks I spent in band camp were some of the most memorable moments I have from my childhood, I think it is so important to support these organizations and keep opportunities for creativity alive.

Katie McDonald and Jackson Watt-Bowers, founders of The Youth Playhouse, keep family’s needs in mind by providing the option of attending one or two weeks of the program. It is encouraged that students participate in both weeks to gain all of the benefits and lessons. Week one will focus on introducing skill sets while the second week will be focused on developing those skills and putting them together into a one hour show for the last day of camp.

The program will take place at 206 Concession (downtown near memorial centre) and enrollment is on now. If you are interested in more information you can visit their website HERE and register while spaces last (limited spots)

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Read more from our short interview and scroll down for more resource links below:

Me: Have you done anything like this before?

Katie: Neither of us have run this specific camp before, we’ve been doing community theater for a long time [ in Kingston and surrounding areas ]. I’ve been involved in community theater since I was 8 so it’s one of the reasons we wanted to provide this opportunity, there aren’t many things like this running nowadays.

Me: It’s true there aren’t, do you know why that is?

Katie: Many of the mentors I had growing up, they’ve moved on to bigger things. The mentorsI had when I was 8 have become professional actors now.

Jackson: We’ve been using them as resources and asking them as many questions as we can.

Me: Since this is your first year in operation, do you have an estimate of where this might go or do you feel like you’re going into this blind?

Jackson: We are a little bit blind; we don’t yet know how many students will attend. We do know that this is an ongoing program and what we find this summer will determine the direction we go the next summer, and so on. In the future more people will know about it and those who did attend will help spread the word.

Me: You’re offering $200 per child for each week or $350 per child for the two week session, this is a great price was it difficult to come to that decision?

Katie: We did look to other camps to compare such as Theatre Kingston and Not so Armature Armatures, these camps are small and run 4 days to a week-long only during specific dates. We chose to open our camp at an affordable price for several different weeks so that we could open up more opportunities for children to attend.

Me: What kind of activities do you have planned?

Jackson: We set it up into two week chunks so the first week will include improve and miming etc, the second week will be used to develop those skills into a show. The play will run on the last day of the week so it’s ideal for the students to attend both weeks but it’s an option to choose one or the other if they are unable to do both.

Me: Tell me about the advertising that you’re doing to get the word out there.

Katie: We are using social media we have our facebook page and twitter feed. We have posters and pamphlets all over Kingston to spread the word but we’re also really lucky to have such supportive contacts in the community. Businesses have spread the word, that always means a lot to us.

Me: I love your mission of providing applicable skills that are more than just playing games but giving children the opportunity to appreciate acting as an art.

Katie: I am really excited about sharing more professional skills. Even in drama class in highschools for example, the focus isn’t always on perfecting acting skills. When I was that age no one told me that this could be a viable career for me and now, I’ve been studying theatre. It’s important to show them that it will be hard work but it’s going to be so much fun at the same time. I once had an improve class where I was told “if you’re having fun, you’re not doing it right”

Group: *laughs*

I loved getting to know Katie and Jackson, I hope you’ll support their program by sharing it on social media.
More information below:

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Tweet them @Youth Playhouse

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What’s Your Story: FitAID Training

I’m so excited to post my first article for What’s Your Story Kingston!

This blog feature is a chance for us to get to know our local businesses on a personal level and connect with them as people, not companies.
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Dustin Gibson: owner of FitAID Training

Business: Personal Training Studio
Location: 206 Concession (near memorial centre)
Website: www.fitaidtraining.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/fitaidfitness

Although I’ve worked with Dustin on projects like his logo and online image, I haven’t gotten a chance to hear his personal story. I did get a chance to pick his brain during a 20 minute interview, and here it is below:

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When we met, we were both working at the same boxing gym… while you were managing/training I was working as an admin assistant.  How did you come to that point in time? Where did your love for fitness come from?

Since a young age, I’ve always been involved with sports and fitness. It was the time when I went on to college when I had to make the decision on where to go with my career. It was there that I found that Personal Training was a viable option to choose. Since I started out it was a long vision of mine to have my own gym facility. But being young and inexperienced, working for others was something that I had to do before branching out on my own.

How did you go from working for others to working for yourself?
What sparked that change?

From my experience working in the field, I came across many people who were running their own business, although they had some good points to them I also found some flaws (how they ran things or what they were doing with their clients). Through my own experience, classes, courses etc I have a large knowledge base to what works and what doesn’t, when I don’t’ see those important elements being applied in the field, it really stands out to me. When you don’t want to make the necessary changes to your business to make it better, it can be frustrating. During those specific moments I had the real desire to open my own business, to do what I thought was right, and of course make my own mistakes on the way.

Right, not mentioning any names…. What were some of the big mistakes that you saw that held a gym back from success?

Well, Things like being able to open your eyes to your current situation. For example; being too caught up in your vision and seeing only what you think is right and not seeing what is wrong. Things like spending more money than you make, these big mistakes have hindered potential success.

We just published a blog with the topic “do you need to spend money to make money?” You do need equipment to have a gym, how do you avoid spending too much while still making your facility appealing to customers?

It’s really important to lay out a list of what you would like to have. You will have a wish list of what you would love to have but you need to work within your means. If you’re starting small you aren’t a multimillion dollar corporation. I chose to make a list of what I’d like to have, then put the items in order of priority to slowly build upon equipment as more clientele came in.

With your continuing education in the fiend and building upon expertise, how do you communicate that to your clients to stand apart from your ‘competitors’ who have just completed a weekend course, or worse, don’t have proper knowledge at all? Do you find it difficult to compete with the flooded market or are your clients asking the right questions to sort through the BS?

The problem with personal training is that it’s not a regulated field. There are many people out there who spend 4 years getting a proper education and others who spend little time on a weekend course, these are not the same things. There are people out there promoting themselves as ‘experts’ in the field who don’t have the proper training or education to back it up. It’s difficult for the average person to distinguish who is highly educated and who is not. It’s hard for individuals to market themselves and show that they do know what they’re doing. I always tell people to do proper research on their potential trainers, they are investing their money and time in people who are changing their LIFE.

More on getting yourself out there, I know that your business is new to Kingston, how are you going about advertising in Kingston and targeting your ideal market?

What I offer applies to a wide demographic; seniors who are looking to get rid of some extra weight to students who are in need of proper sports training. I find having such a large demographic can make marketing difficult because what works for some groups will not appeal to others. I do find that just reaching out to folks to answer their questions, it works best for me. To create that connection and relationship with the community and have clients approach me when they are ready to make that change.

You’re a sole proprietorship, as am I… I like to make all the decisions, I don’t mind collaborating with other experts, but being on my own allows me to go into the direction that I want to go. How do you feel about owning on your own? Is this something you would recommend or do you wish you joined with another trainer to ease the financial burden?

For people starting up, it’s tough to get rolling in the beginning. It costs money to get started, and in training, you need to build up clientele. In my situation, I had a small following and I found it to be of benefit to get a space for myself. Not everyone is so fortunate to have traffic coming through to help with that starting out. Like I said, I’ve had the experience working with others who had trouble listening to feedback and making changes. But now, working on my own, I can make all the ‘right’ decisions and see the growth that comes from that.

Was there anyone who gave you advice that really helped bring you success in business, a mentor who guided you or showed you the ropes?

Through the times I worked in the field, I really learnt the most from others’ mistakes. Seeing decisions that jeopardized others’ success taught me more than anything I learnt in school. Many people I worked for were quite successful, so there were positive habits to learn from as well.

Are there any mistakes that you made, that you would like to share, that you learnt the most from? Is there something that you would never do again, or are you cautious in the steps you take?

The biggest thing that I was not guilty of, but others might be cautious of, is ensuring that you make a plan before getting started. Even if you aren’t planning to land investors, things like a business plan are valuable; a plan lays a path that draws you in the right direction. I see a lot of people who put the cart before the horse and get out to start the business without a direction to go in, at that point you just lose money trying to catch up to mistakes in a poor foundation.

Do you feel like social media has taken the “professionalism” out of business? Do you find it has made things easier or harder for owners nowadays?

It is a big part of advertising and marketing, especially trainers without a physical space. Social media is how they find clients, they go online. Now we have access to our clients at all times. This is the direction that we’ve gone. It’s so important to be involved with the audience on the computer. That being said, there are so many platforms, that it feels like you could have someone working for you full time to take care of that properly.

I really appreciate you taking the time to sit down and talk with me today. I have one last question for you Dustin, what is your favourite summer activity in Kingston?

I am a big fan of kayaking in the water during the summers, heading down to Ahoy Rentals and taking the kayak out for an hour or two is one of my favourite things to do. There are many things that I enjoy in Kingston though; it’s a wonderful place to be.

If you would like more information on the services that Dustin offers, you can contact him directly at 613-929-9794.

For any business owners who would like to be featured on ‘What’s your story Kingston’ please contact Catharine at catharine.snider@yahoo.ca

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How to feel the rush of accomplishment

That moment when you think

“That wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be”

The feeling of accomplishment… knowing there was a moment when you didn’t want to follow through – but you did anyway

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When you stood apart from the crowd to learn more, do more, experience life.

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You trusted yourself, and didn’t let yourself down.

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Whether it’s a workout, asking for a raise, leaving the negativity in your life, or taking steps towards your dream… Just get out there and do it

It’s probably not as bad as you think it could be.

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3 Proven ways to avoid the ‘work-from-home’ slump

Can you relate to this?i You wake up and shuffle to your computer, check messages, toast a bagel, finish your coffee, and before you know it – it’s past noon and you feel like you haven’t gotten anything accomplished.

Maybe your morning has different elements like dog walking and packing lunches but you can still relate to that feeling of putting in hours of work without the satisfaction of progress at the end of the day, I know i’ve been there. 

Here are three proven tips to stay motivated and productive while working from home:

  1. Get Dressed! You wouldn’t go into an office with fluffy pink slippers on, keep the same dress code for your home office.  You might not need high heels and pencil skirts but putting on “work clothes” will set your mind in the right place.  Getting ready for your day will show your business the respect it deserves.
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  2. STOP SURFING! When you sit down for your work time (which you might want to schedule into your day) don’t get sucked into those huffington post headlines; they’re dangerous. You can waste valuable work time surfing news feeds and websites so make a plan… and stick with it.
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  3. Stop Multi-tasking. Wait. What? I’ll say it again… Stop multi-tasking.  When you’re working on task one for your to-do list and you get a fantastic idea that strikes you in the moment, write it down. Avoid the bunny hop from one project to another to another to… it’s dinner time and nothing is finished. Complete a task before sitting down and starting another.
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Grow a solid foundation on Facebook – WITHOUT THE STRESS

Here is my tip for growing a memorable reputation on Facebook, something you buisness owners might really want to do. 

Know where your business is at and work within your means to avoid becoming overwhelmed.

Here’s what I mean: If you aren’t seeing many results on facebook and you are spending your time worrying about what day of the week or time of day to post, you’re just causing yourself more stress than you need.  Start focusing on WHAT you put up to create meaningful (and hopefully viral) content that people will naturally gravitate towards.

When you are looking to share content to your audience look at HOW you are displaying it to them:
  • Could your idea be better displayed with a photo?
  • Is there someone who has already shared this idea clearly who you could link to?
  • Are you providing easy to follow steps when calling your audience to action?
  • Are you ideas easy to read, relatable, and clear?

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Steps for making a facebook page that people can’t stay away from:

  • Make it Attractive – branded cover photo and profile image that shows your brand style
  • Make it Informative – is all of your information updated, will people understand what you’re about
  • Update it Regularly – make sure you’re getting content out there (but don’t annoy your audience with hourly posts)
  • Keep it Different – use diverse content that does more than promote your services
  • Find Appropriate Content – if your facebook post is more than a few sentences long, make it a blog post instead
  • Engage with your audience and topics related to your industry
  • Use insights to find out what your audience most enjoys and when they want to hear about it
  • Promote offers and events that your audience will enjoy
  • Ask for feedback – check to see what your competition is up to

Anyone can make a facebook page for business but following the steps above you can stand out from the crowd.  If any topics discussed were not clear or you need help making a content schedule, do not hesitate to contact me at catharine.snider@yahoo.ca

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Don’t Ask Yo Mamma!

My Familyfam mothers day

My mum, Louise, is one of the coolest chicks on the planet. She is so gorgeous, so fun, very natural and she really looks after me by sending me job postings or sharing my latest project on her facebook page.

  • Do I ask my mom for feedback on business projects? Of course I do!!
  • Do I take her advice as the ‘be all end all’? Never!

This isn’t because she doesn’t have valuable advice, it’s because she has a biased opinion that can’t be trusted. When you want to know what the public thinks of your latest idea, you have to ask the public. You need to get feedback from a person who isn’t afraid to tell you that you suck. Find a stranger, find an expert in the field, get collective feedback that works. Some consultants (such as myself) will even give educated feedback for free, just ask!

Family can have great insight but they also want to support you no matter what.

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mom and me