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Look Guys, I am Sorry…

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I know that you have not heard from me lately. Many things have been happening in my life. I just moved and I am excited about the next 3 months.
I am packing (AGAIN) as we speak for my trip to Austin, TX.
This is the first time that I will be traveling alone in my life.
I didn’t want to go…
I am actually still afraid.
But one thing that I have learned over the years is that you have to do things, AFRAID.

I am going to a  LIVE EVENT with my company.
I have been building my business online for the last 5 months and I have had moderate results.
And I think I know why…I was missing one last step that all of the multi-millionaire earners tell you to do…
I never went to an event…
So now I am going and I am excited!!!
I have a neat camera and I will be sharing all kinds of videos and pictures with you guys when I come back.

Until Next Time,

Candace

P.S. If you are interested in building a business, while having a life at the same time by blogging, CLICK HERE!

The College Entrepreneur

Today I was walking through a college campus and I was reflecting on my college days. I was thinking about how easy my life would have been if I would have became a college entrepreneur.

When you go to college, most likely you will find an on campus job for extra money. But quickly you realize that the money isn’t enough for books, clothes, and/or activities that you would like to be apart of. So what do most students do?

  • Max Out their Student Loans
  • Open up Multiple Credit Cards
  • Borrow money from Mom and Dad
  • Get ANOTHER OFF CAMPUS JOB (uggh)

The first three options have you in the RED with someone else. Many college students are graduating with mountains of debt that the acquired from college. The last option lessens the amount of time that you should be focused on the very reason why you are in college…TO LEARN!!!!

Become a College Entrepreneur

Here are some benefits of becoming a college entrepreneur

Unlimited Networks: A college environment is an entrepreneurs dream! In every class, study group, dining hall, and dorm hallway you have access to different people every day!

Awesome Resources: College computer labs and facilities are equipped with the best software and equipment that you will need to grow your business. This is what your “Activity Fee” pays for, so USE IT!!!

Like Minds = Masterminds: You will be able to connect with others who may have a similar vision and are willing to collaborate with you, i.e. Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, the Google Boys.

Find Your Passion and Capitalize on It!

So what should I do? There are plenty of ways that you can generate income while in college that will not get in the way of your studies. If you like styling hair become an on campus stylist. If you are great and proof reading and editing, start your own proofreading business. Due some research on internet marketing, if you find the right company you can make money on auto pilot while you sleep!

Whatever avenue that you choose, consider being a college entrepreneur before borrowing money or overwhelming yourself with another job.

To Your Success,

The Life Architect

Become a Global Entrepreneur Without Leaving Home

These days starting an becoming a global entrepreneur from home has never been easier!

Whether you are an affiliate marketer, business manager, or writer, there are an infinite number of ways to make money leveraging the Internet.

While it does take some serious commitment and hard work (just like anything else worth succeeding at), more and more people are becoming their own boss by turning their passions into legitimate enterprises online.

What makes the Internet so attractive is that it will instantly allow you to participate in the global economy…without leaving your home.

What a cost effective way to reach millions of potential customers!
Not only can you tap into your local markets, putting your business online opens up the gateways to international commerce. Ever thought of selling your books in Italy, or servicing an international client who needs web design services?

It’s possible online and you don’t need any more than an internet connection and some basic knowledge to make it happen.

Find a Niche
The very first step is finding out who your target market is going to be. Who needs what you have to offer, and where do you find them online? There are a number of free tools that will help you determine your target audience. Use Google Analytics to find out who you are appealing to the most, and then cater your services and content to target those people directly. Another great tool is Google Global Market Finder. It can show you where there’s demand for your keywords – and your products.

Choose Your Platform
How will you deliver your content to your audience? If you have a physical product to sell, you may want to consider listing your business with sites like Amazon, eBay and Etsy. Google Product Search allows you to upload your products through the Google Merchant Center, with links back to your store. You may also want to sell directly from your blog or website.

Making Your Business Accessible
To make money in your online business, it’s important to be able to drive organic traffic to your site and convert visitors to buyers. Make sure your site is easy to navigate and your services, products and prices are displayed in the local currency. You also want to make it as easy as possible for your visitors to purchase from you. Giving your visitors the best experience possible while they are on your site is guaranteed to increase sales. Also, make sure visitors and customers can get in contact with you through a customer support platform that makes it simple for them to ask questions and get prompt responses.

Other details you’ll want to research are shopping carts and payment processors. How will people pay for your services? Does everyone have access to PayPal, or do you need to have other options, such as credit card or e-check payments. You’ll also need to think about shipping if you’re sending products overseas. If you create and sell digital products, customers can be redirected to a download page once their transaction is complete.

Go Social

Leveraging social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn is a great way to connect with customers and engage with potential prospects. There are a ton of new opportunities that come from utilizing social media platforms. Not only is it a great way to connect, you can drive leads, build your credibility and brand exposure, as well as find new partnership opportunities. Social media continues to prove to be a hotspot for networking, sharing ideas, and picking up advice.

Becoming a successful global entrepreneur does take some work, and there are no shortcuts for success. There will be many learning experiences, missteps and challenges, but if you do your research, develop a solid marketing plan, and put in the work, your business will flourish. Once you have a formula that works, stick to it and the payoff can be extraordinary. Becoming a global entrepreneur allows you to open up the gates of the Internet and welcome prospects from all over the world – without leaving your home.

Order, Order, Order!!!

Good Morning Everyone!!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was filled with reflection, analyzing and planning. Since I have the moniker,  The Life Architect, I should practice what I preach right? My main message is Design Your Life…Build Your Future. This is what I help people to do, all day every day. But I have a confession…I haven’t been following my own advice and message (yikes!). I have allowed life’s turns and twists sway me back and forth in different directions. It’s even evident in my blog posts! August and September has been a little hay wire, but I recognized it and now I am taking action and living a Designed Life. Now don’t get worried I will not be boring or unlike myself, I will simply have more structure. And structure is good!

For those of you who do not know, I am an entrepreneur, mother, life coach, social media strategist, etc. It seems like a lot but it only becomes overwhelming when I don’t have a system. I want to continue to provide all of you with quality content, so to do that my blog will be as follow:

  • Mondays-Marketing/Business/Entrepreneurship
  • Tuesdays-Relationships
  • Wednesdays-Spirituality
  • Thursdays-Health and Wellness
  • Fridays-Personal Development
  • Saturdays-Social Media
  • Sundays-The Art of Blogging

I look forward to sharing my experience, expertise, and thoughts in all of these areas! I will be setting up an email list so that we can stay connected. I will be launching my website soon and I want you all to be apart of it!!

Design Your Life…Build Your Future!

Making the Jump from Employee to Online Entrepreneur

Once you’ve made the decision to become your own boss, taking the next step from employee to online entrepreneur can be pretty intimidating.

As an employee you had a predictable, stable work schedule. You knew what to expect and had the support of other employees to accomplish daily tasks, but as an entrepreneur you are responsible for the success or failure of your own business.

But, you are also gaining freedom, flexibility and the opportunity to play by your own rules.

Thousands of people start their own business every year. Most are not successful, but many of them are. What can we learn from those who successfully made the leap from employee to entrepreneur?

1. Belief

Confidence is the driving factor that gets many new and inexperienced entrepreneurs through the learning curve of being their own boss. Simply believing that they can become successful on their own fuels their actions and guides their decisions.

To make money as an online entrepreneur, you have to be in it to succeed from the very beginning. There can be no doubt, no second-guessing. You have to have every intention of winning.

2. Viable Ideas

If you plan to make the jump from employee to online entrepreneur it is smart to have a plan and even smarter to have a plan that’s based on a viable idea. Do your research to ensure there is a market for what you want to pursue.

Having a viable business idea can be the difference in earning an online income quickly, or not at all. Having an idea that works makes it easier to tap into a ready made audience that can support your business plan.

3. Making a Slow Transition

There are many people who choose to make the leap from employee to online entrepreneur more gradually. Instead of jumping all in, they begin working from home part-time and gaining the experience and income they need to stay afloat until they can replace their paycheck at their current job.

While this can be stressful, and for some unrealistic; having the ability to fall back on a steady paycheck as you grow your business is the only option for many people.

However, if you are serious about getting rid of your 9-5, you make the sacrifice, and once your business begins to replace what you are making at your job, you can comfortably leave your job and become your own full time boss.

No matter how you choose to make the jump from employee to online entrepreneur, it begins with a decision and a plan. Be smart, take action, and have the confidence to go after the success you desire. Most people become entrepreneurs because they want to have more control over their lifestyle. They want more flexibility, more time, and more financial freedom. Whatever your reason is, the bottom line is that you will simply have to go for it!

Be Patient With the Process

 

“Why is it taking so long?”

“When will it be my turn?”

“Is this really worth the wait?”

Have you found yourself asking any of these questions in regards to your business, relationships, and/or image? If you are anything like me you have. We live in a “Microwave Society”, where we want to be able to put forth minimal time and see exponential results. Too often terms such as, “Overnight Success and Instant Millionaire are used and they perpetuate the “Hourglass Syndrome”, as I like to call it. Instead of paying close attention to the process of whatever goal you want to achieve, we pay more attention to the clock. We put so many unnecessary deadlines on ourselves that we develop anxiety and stress, which can be creativity killers.

Be Patient With the Process

I want to encourage everyone to be patient and learn to become a student of whatever it is that you are trying to excel in. It could be a new hobby, a new relationship, a new business, etc. Enjoy the process of discovery and mastery. Know that it is important to have goals and deadlines with somethings but make sure they are appropriate and necessary.

Today’s Mission: Be patient with the process and don’t forget to learn the valuable lessons along the way.

Gearing Up For Greatness

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Have you ever found your self excited packing for a vacation? You think about how much fun you are going to have and all of the people you are going to meet. However, you still don’t exactly know what is going to happen. But guess what…you want to be prepared for whatever may happen. That exhilarating feeling of anticipation and adventure is what DRIVES you to be prepared.

You want to make sure that no matter where you are or what you do, you will have all the necessary “things” so that you can have the best time possible. I know that there are some of you that are on the BRINK of phenomenal success that may be foreign to you. You may be an entrepreneur that has been putting everything into their dreams and visions. You may be an advocate for a cause and are dedicated to being apart of a movement. Or you could just be someone that is tired of just surviving through life and wants to live a life of purpose and design.

If you are in an “in between” season in your life but you are still able to smile and be positive…START PACKING FOR GREATNESS! Something amazing is about to happen in your life and you need to be prepared mentally, physically, and spiritually. There is nothing worse than embarking on the journey of a lifetime and not being prepared for it.

Set Your Mind…Design Your Life

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mind·set

 A fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person’s responses to and interpretations of situations.
Have you ever heard the saying, “Get Your Mind Right”? If you are like me than you probably have, several times. I always interpreted that as, “get your act together” or “get a hold of yourself”. As it turns out, that saying goes pretty deep. Our minds are the most powerful things that we possess. It is not just a organ or a muscle. It is what controls our own individual universe. Your universe is everything that exists (seen or unseen) in your life. Pretty heavy stuff, huh?
So now that we know how powerful the mind is, we can start to understand how important it is to have your mind set according to what it is that you want out of life. There are people who don’t want anything out of life, and for those people mindset isn’t important. However, most people want success, happiness, tranquility, power, wealth, etc., but have difficulty achieving these things. Nine times out of ten it is because their mindset isn’t in alignment with their life’s mission and vision.
Here are three steps that will help you start to create a paradigm shift.
  1. Identify Your Goals: They need to be specific, realistic, relevant, and have a target date
  2. Develop A Mission Statement: This is a detailed action statement as to how you are going to achieve your goals
  3. Train Your Mind: Buy books, watch videos, listen to audio, and attend seminars that will help you guide your mind towards your goals.

“Once your mind expands, it can never go back to it’s original state.”

The Empire of You

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Oprah, Robert Kiyosaki, Tyler Perry, Bill Gates, Ali Brown and the list goes on and on…. These are just a few examples of individuals who realized that they were worth more to the world if they followed their own authentic dreams. Many times we are afraid to put our most outrageous thoughts and ideas into action because we can’t imagine ourselves outside of being average. Most people who have a true entrepreneurial spirit find it difficult to work for someone. We dread the ride to work, we are mediocre at our jobs, we can not relate or adapt that 9-5 mentality, and we refuse to get involved in “water cooler ” chatter. If that sounds like you, more than likely you are an entrepreneur. You just haven’t took action yet!

Through  phenomenal outlets such as the internet and social media, people are walking away from law firms, medical practices, and corporate careers, to BAKE CUPCAKES!!!! It is true! The ability to reach thousands if not millions of people through the touch of a keyboard is giving people HOPE to follow their dreams and passions. And the best part is….they are becoming wealthy by default!!!

I encourage everyone who reads this, who isn’t already an entrepreneur to list 5 things that you always wanted to do. (Be bold, and imaginative) Start looking into how you can bring these ideas to life. Begin building your EMPIRE!!!!

I truly believe that if you define your purpose and passion and follow it, you will be prosperous!

Start Failing

“Start today, not tomorrow. If anything, you should have started yesterday. The earlier you start, the more time you have to mess up.” – Emil Motycka

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As a new entrepreneur, I am understanding and internalizing the importance of timing and positioning in business. Simply Put: Being at the right place, at the right time. It is imperative that when these two factors are in alignment you must take immediate action if you want to capitalize on an opportunity. Often times people will “sit” on multi- million dollar ideas due to fear of failure not realizing that failure is simply a lesson in how NOT to do something. If you never fail, you will never learn. If you never learn, you will never be great!

Today’s Action Challenge: START FAILING…TODAY!