What a week it has been with no power, but we made it. However, for some (like my sister) in the flood zone who just had to evacuate her home for the second time and all the people who are still suffering without power or worse yet very little food and water it isn’t over yet. They are in my thoughts and prayers!

Thank goodness her and her family are safe here with us and we have electricity again, so we can all do our best to try and get back to some sense of normalcy. There is still a lot of clean up to do and hopefully her home won’t sustain any more damage from the flood waters.

Right now, we have nine people, six dogs and five cats in the house and while we’re bound to get on each other’s nerves at least a little bit the important thing is that we’re all safe and together. Wish us luck!

I must say, I don’t enjoy these mandatory vacations. Being completely cut off is a very scary and frustrating thing. Even though they say it’s possible to run your business on mobile devices this isn’t always easy especially when you have no power for a week and most of the cell towers in your area are out. On a good day, I could send and receive random texts but it was spotty at best.

I am just now sorting through all the emails and messages I received. Doing my best to respond to all the wonderful people, customers and subscribers (like you) who reached out to check on me and my family during the storm. I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support. I’m so thankful. There just aren’t words to express my gratitude.

Until now I really hadn’t thought much about how my business would survive a disaster. Thank goodness, I’ve been doing this for so long that I have certain systems in place to make sure that my income didn’t suffer too much, but this long stretch of not being able to actively participate in my business hurt financially for sure.

It also showed me where my weaknesses are, so as I get back to work I can do my best to fix the areas that are weak and improve my existing systems so if something like this ever happens again my business won’t suffer.

Have you ever thought about what would happen to your business if disaster struck?

As I was sifting through my email I noticed one from Susanne Myers of Piggy Makes Bank. Her and her business partner Tracy Roberts were in the path of Hurricane Irma too. In the email, she mentioned a blog post she wrote titled “Is Your Business Ready to Weather the Storm?” that I want to share with you today.

You can read it here.

It’s about a lot more than making it through a hurricane like we just did or any other type disaster, whether it’s a health crisis or a natural catastrophe there are things you can do to ensure your business will keep working for you until you’re back on your feet. I hope you find it as helpful as I did and that you take some time to think about what would happen to your business if disaster struck.

One of the ways they are keeping their business strong and consistently driving traffic to their website is by offering free content that people like you and I can use to make our jobs easier. It's a GREAT shortcut that most online publishers don’t take advantage of partly because they have NO idea it’s possible to use pre-written content as their own, but we know different 😉

Nicole Dean from Coach Glue is always telling me load those articles up into you blog as drafts and the next time you need to write a quick post, you’re ready and it’s true. It's nice because you can use them as your starting point to create something completely unique and as she likes to say “totally awesome” to feed your readers!

I hope you've gotten some good ideas that will help you make your business stronger and if you're in need of great (FREE) PLR content you can use on your blog, here is a whole page full.

It really will help you spend less time in front of your computer, so the next time you get your hands on a great pack of PLR articles don’t waste any time uploading them to your blog as drafts so you're ready when ever you need to post!

Thank you for reading. I appreciate you and I hope you have a great day. Did I mention how wonderful it is to have electricity again 😀 I'm so glad to be back online!

Until later,
Lisa M Cope

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Happiness is a choice! All you have to do is choose it! 💖 Sometimes we forget 😇

Have you ever met someone that always seems happy and wondered what their secret was? Some people just seem to ooze joy! I always feel extremely blessed when I meet one of those people because their happiness is contagious.

I was speaking with a nice gentleman that works at my local grocery store one day. He is one of those eternally happy people, so I asked him “what’s your secret to happiness?” His response was simple and profound. I choose to be, he said! That response hit me like a ton of bricks and it serves as a constant reminder that happiness really is a choice.

Since that talk I have discovered that happy people aren’t held captive by their circumstances. They don’t seek happiness in relationships with other people or the possessions they acquire. They understand that once you stop chasing the societies definition of happiness, you’ll begin to see that the choice to be happy has been right in front of you all along.

You may be thinking; what does this have to do with growing my business?

Well, I recently read this article and watched the video below on Entrepreneur.com and in it Gretchen Rubin author of the Happiness Project talks about how becoming self-aware can lead you to success as an entrepreneur and it got me thinking that success (whatever we think it might be) isn’t the goal. Happiness is!

Here is that video ~ Enjoy

When we go into business we often think, success is the goal. For example, I want to make X amount of dollars or have X number of clients. We think “I will be happy when I’m driving my dream car, when I am married, when I’m living in a house on the beach or when my business hits its first million” and there is nothing wrong with that. But the truth is, you’re happy when you finally make the decision to be happy. Once you do that everything else will follow including business success.

Final thoughts sometimes knowing that happiness is a choice isn’t enough it requires a conscience decision to be happy every day. So, consider this your reminder that it really is a choice. One that only you can make!

What will you choose? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Thank you for reading,
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Hello and welcome to this week’s Monday Minutes. Each week in this series I am going to share simple tips and advice that you can implement quickly to help your business become more successful.

Monday Minutes

This week’s tip all about using social media to
attract more customers!

There is little doubt that many online users spend a lot of their time on social media sites. How does this affect you as a marketer? Well, when used correctly social media has the potential to more than double the number of marketing leads when compared to traditional methods.

Why, because people love to share information especially when it comes to things they’ve bought and used. Who doesn’t like to go around telling their friends to go see a great movie? This concept easily applies to anyone who is selling products or services both online and offline.

For instance, Amazon has a huge influence on what products people buy by allowing their customers to leave reviews and feedback on their purchases. The majority of people will read through these comments and allow it to influence their buying decision.

This same principle applies to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. When people are sharing, liking and tweeting about great products the seller will enjoy a nice boost in sales. The opposite is true if a product gets a bad review. Sales will dip and may even stop all together. So, which one sounds better to you?

It is important for anyone selling products or offering a service today to have social media presence. This way customers can post and share feedback and comments about your products. By offering high quality products and providing great customer service via social media you can easily gain attention for your products and services online.

Look at Twitter for example and watch how active it becomes when people start retweeting about events that are making news. While your products may not be headline news your Twitter followers can (and most of the time gladly will) help spread the news about what you have to offer and why they like it!

Keep in mind as you post that people love to do research online for just about everything they plan to do or buy. If they happen to find your company along with posts and comments about how great your products and services are then you will naturally see an increase in new customers.

If you haven’t given much thought to using sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram it’s never to late to start incorporating them into your marketing plan. After all they are free to use and once you get a nice following you can use your influence to generate more leads and more sales for your business so it’s a win all around!

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Hello and welcome to this week’s Monday Minutes. Each week in this series I am going to share simple tips and advice that you can implement quickly to help your business become more successful.

Monday Minutes

This week’s tip all about Email Frequency!
Exactly when should you mail your list?

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a number or a schedule you could follow? While it would be great if there was research that suggested that mailing every 3 days will get you the best results, unfortunately there's no such thing and there’s a very good reason for that.

Every market, every niche, every audience and every person is different. While you’ll never make everyone on your list happy, there is a lot you can do to make almost any email frequency work.

First the ground work

You never want to have too much time lapse in between emails, or your readers will forget who you are. Anything less than once a month isn't good. In fact, for most business models and in most any market you don’t want to mail less than twice a month.

On the other hand, you don’t want to send more than one email per day on average. Yes, you may have days when you have a good reason to send multiple emails, but on a weekly or bi-weekly average, you don’t want to email more than once a day.

Figuring out when to mail

Start by looking at what you’re doing right now. Then figure out how often you want to mail.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Will you grow a closer connection with your subscribers by emailing more often?
  • Do you want to drive more traffic back to your site by emailing them links frequently?
  • Do you want to grow your income by making more frequent email offers?

Once you know where you’re at and where you want to be, you can make a plan for getting from point A to point B!

What you don’t want to do is to go straight from emailing once every few months to daily emails. It will cause your readers to click the spam button faster than a speeding bullet. Instead, start to gradually increase the frequency of the email you send and let your readers know you have more to share with them. Continue to add additional mailings until you're up to the goal you have in mind.

Find a good reason to mail

If you feel the need to mail more often then find a good reason. Explain to your readers why you’re mailing them daily. For example, if you usually publish a weekly newsletter with the occasional promotional email in between, running a 15 or 30 day challenge for your readers is a great excuse to hit their inbox daily without seeming pushy or making them feel like you're spammer.

Audience feedback

Always listen to your audience feedback on email frequency. Just keep in mind there will always be some complainers and take them with a grain of salt. If you receive complaints from multiple people regarding the same thing then you may want to rethink your strategy.

Lastly, look at data like open rates, clicks and unsubscribes to get a better feel for what frequency is working best for you and your audience.


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Hello and welcome to this week’s Monday Minutes. Each week in this series I am going to share simple tips and advice that you can implement quickly to help your business become more successful.

Monday Minutes

This week’s tip all about plugging those pesky (money stealing) leaks in your sales funnel.

This week we’re going to dig a little deeper into the topic of sales funnels and talk about why they leak and what you can do to fix it.  For a business owner with a solid funnel in place, it’s easy to look at the number of subscribers at each level of the funnel and predict relatively accurately what the sales are going to be from day to day or week to week.

However, if you have a funnel in place and your numbers aren’t looking good, chances are your funnel has a hole. Maybe even two or three, where subscribers are falling through the cracks. The good news is that once you learn how to spot the leaks, they’re easy enough to fix.

Why Your Funnels Leak—And What to Do About It

Leaky funnels are usually caused by one (or more) of the four common problems:

- Slow or no traffic 

 The very heart of your sales funnel is traffic. Without visitors to your blog or opt-in pages, you’ll have no subscribers. Without subscribers, you’ll have low (or no) sales and without sales, you’ll have no business. Yet this is where many of us struggle. How can you get more eyes on your content and more subscribers into your funnel?

 The fix for getting more traffic

 Traffic generation is an entire industry of its own, but here are some tips: Use good SEO to encourage search engines to rank your content well. Be present and active in the places where your ideal consumer hangs out, whether that’s on social media, in niche forums, or at live events. Use paid ads to drive targeted traffic to highly relevant pages. Recruit JV (joint venture) partners and affiliates to promote your offers. Buy solo ads in related email newsletters.

- The follow-up

This is a leaky funnel mistake that a lot of new entrepreneurs make. They spend a lot  of time and energy setting up a great squeeze page and driving traffic to it, they deliver the goods to their new subscribers, and then nothing. No follow up emails, no offers. Nothing – crickets- silence!

- The follow-up fix

Before you spend time building that opt-in page or offer, be sure you have a back-end product funnel to promote and a series of emails in place to send to those subscribers you so carefully collected. If you don’t it will end up costing you money instead of making it.

The call-to-action

This happens most typically at the top of the funnel. Your blog posts, social media content, podcasts, YouTube videos. Everything that you offer for free must have a call-to-action (CTA), or it’s dead end content and a waste of your time and energy. Your call-to-action can be as simple as “Subscribe to my newsletter for this free report” or “Follow me on Facebook for great tips,” but it must be there.

 - The CTA fix

Every time you write a blog post or an email, think to yourself, “What do I want my readers to do when they’re done reading/listening/watching this?” That becomes your call to action.

- Not making offers

When you’re just starting out, this can be a problem. You know you need to build a mailing list, but with nothing to offer them, what’s the point? The truth is, there are plenty of ways to make money in your funnel even if you don’t have your own product to sell. You just have to get creative!


- The offer fix

When you don’t have your own products to sell you can promote affiliate offers. No matter what industry you’re in, there are a variety of tools and products your readers need. Find those tools, sign up for the affiliate programs, and recommend them to your readers. Not only will your readers thank you for pointing them in the right direction, but you’ll earn a tidy commission, too.

Now that you know how to spot a leaky sales funnel you can fix it with a few tweaks and some attention to your follow-up systems. Once you plug those holes you should see an increase your profits in no time!

Need a little help with your sales funnel?

Download this free  Sales Funnel Checklist and use it to plan out your funnel.

If you want an easy to follow detailed plan for building out or plugging leaks in your sales funnel then I recommend this Sales Funnel Planner. You can print it out and use it yourself, use it with your clients and you can even sell it from inside your own sales funnel.

If you like this post please comment, share and fill out the short form on this page to subscribe to my list so I can send you even more tips, information and blog updates that will help you grow your business online!

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