Welcome back to season two! Woohooo! We’re shifting gears this season and talking about tools and strategies to help your business grow. To kick things off we’re chatting with Sarah Li-Cain from High Fiving Dollars. Sarah is the mother of a two-year-old boy, wife, and a serious game changer within the PF community. Here’s the thing about Sarah, she only started blogging a little over a year ago, has been on over thirty podcasts, and is a highly recommended writer from PT Money, the founder of FinCon. Can’t get much better than that right? Sarah has some high goals for herself in the next year and I’m excited to share with you guys how she plans to get there and how she’s made it as a blogger.
Your origin story is important. Never take what you’ve learned in life for granted you gotta be able to apply your lessons learned into a story format that connects with your readers and is authentic AF.
The dark parts of your story have some of the most valuable information. Confront that darkness and share what you’ve learned.
If you build it they won’t come. Why? You can’t suddenly write an epic post and expect your website to get traffic. You need to promote, put in the work, and leverage other platforms to help brand and drive traffic to your website.
Guest Blogging will help you build authority. You can leverage other bloggers’ platforms to represent your voice and website. But it’s not about using that platform for recognition, it’s about making another blogger friend.
Set goals that will help you conquer your fears. Pitching to podcasts to be on as a guest helps you hone in on your message and help other audiences connect with you on a deeper level.
Stop viewing other bloggers and businesses as “competitors.” The blogger community isn’t about competing with one another it’s about building a community and helping them understand the value of other voices. Your blog won’t be for everyone, and that’s okay.
Affiliate marketing and AdSense isn’t for everyone. You don’t need to use advertising as a way to make money there are alternatives. Find the one that works with your mission. Some ideas:
Writing for other companies
Don’t deny yourself. This simply means if you’re good at something, if you have a talent for a certain niche, you need to pursue it.
Break past cultural barriers. Yes, we still live in a world where we are judged by what we look like. Best thing to do is just continue to be yourself.
All we need is to find a way to acknowledge our feelings and seek out a way to process them.
Who cares what anyone else thinks? Move on and up from the judgment of others. Talk about what you love, pursue your passion and seek ways to make it influential.
Imposter syndrome is a real thing. Gather with others who can support you and allow you to validate yourself.
Don’t write a story just to write something. Write purposefully.
Plug and play is lazy. Yes, there are exceptions, but a pitch isn’t about writing an email and sending out mass pitches that look exactly like everyone else’s. Customize. Customize. CUSTOMIZE.
LinkedIn is a great tool, just be careful how you present yourself. On the flip side, don’t pitch someone who literally does the exact same thing you do. Don’t be a doofus.
Pitching is about laying the foundation to a new relationship.
Get rid of emotional anxiety. You’re probably thinking, “how the hell do I do that?” EASY. You simply allow yourself to feel that anxiety. Get to know it, shake hands with it, and move on.
Three weeks ago I sat down to speak with my friend Eric Nisall, from Account Lancer. One of the greatest things about Eric lies in the fact he never holds back his bold and honest opinion. There’s nothing I or you will (or should) be able to do to hold him back. It’s this brash and honest mindset that so many of us in marketing and the entrepreneurship world hold ourselves back from doing.
In this episode Eric holds no bars and releases his true opinion on the entrepreneurship world. In short, he’s not a fan of the word, in length, listen to the podcast. Catch an audible glimpse into the mind of a guy bent on producing honest moments daily.
This week I’m sipping cocktails with Nadeera of Flower From Lover. Nadeera hails from
Russia and arrived in America just last year. The idea of placing flowers into a beautiful box filled with macrons started off as a hobby and today is blooming into a bustling business. Just recently Flower From Lover became the official floral sponsor of Miss Scottsdale, Miss Phoenix, and Miss Maricopa County. If that still doesn’t have you convinced on her level of skill, listen in as we discuss the boxes themselves and how Nadeera plans to grow.
If you’re interested in checking out more from Flower From Lover, you can visit them online at http://www.flowerfromlover.com, follow along on Instagram at @flower_from_lover, and find Nadeera on Facebook.
Here’s a video I did for Travel Foodie Mom where I discuss the Valentine’s Day Box I mentioned in the podcast.
Melanie started blogging about her debt in 2013 to keep herself accountable during the debt payoff process. In total, she had $81,000 in student loan debt. After paying the minimum towards her loans for five years, she graduated in May 2011 with $68,000 left. She paid off $68,000 in four and a half years, $30k of that in 2015, after doubling my income. As you may have guessed, her debt payoff process led to an entrepreneurial career filled with storytelling, writing, educating, public speaking, and inspiring young millennials along the way.
In my conversation with her on this episode of Monday Morning Mimosas we take it to the moment she graduated grad school worked crappy jobs and how she turned it all around to be the incredible female empowered entrepreneur she is today. Check out Melanie on deardebt.com, follow her on Twitter @deardebtblog, and enjoy more of her writing on rockstarfinance.com and CentSai.com.
This week Michelle Jackson and I chat it up. She’s self-employed, runs a sick entrepreneurs group on Facebook called the DONE society, writes a lot, Marches and stands up for her fellow women, and looks for a good time. In short, Michelle’s kicking major ass and I’m delighted to share my conversation with you.
Just before turning 16, Eva and her mom listened to the audiobook version of The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. This helped her realize that planning and budgeting your finances is interesting and can be fun – especially when you’re young and haven’t had time to make many financial mistakes yet! Today, Eva is 20 and as she continues her journey into adulthood her opportunities are endless.
In episode 2 of Monday Morning Mimosas we discuss the life of a ghost writer. The pitfalls, the exciting stories, and the celebrities involved. Listen in as Jennifer Lawhead, a private ghost writer, bares it all.
Excited to announce our second podcast guest on Monday Morning Mimosas! This Monday I’ll be sitting down with Jennifer Lawhead and learning more about the life of a ghost writer.
Jennifer believes the great work you are doing means nothing if the people you’re trying to reach don’t understand you. As a content consultant and ghostwriter, Jennifer helps clients translate that great work to the world so that it is heard and understood. With more than 12 years of marketing and writing experience, Jennifer has worked for some of the most prominent marketing firms in Phoenix, AZ. Her passion is in ghostwriting, helping thought leaders write long-form content so powerful it becomes a differentiator for their personal brand and their organization.
Take a deep dive with us Monday, December 12th at 9 AM EST as we release our second kick ass podcast. Until then…bottoms up and listen to Episode 1 with Chonce Maddox on SoundCloud.
I’m SUPER excited to announce the lovable and hard-working/ass-kicking Chonce Maddox as our first official guest on Monday Morning Mimosas. We’ll be discussing “How being a single mom has shaped me into who I am today” among many other things whilst surrounded by mimosas.
Chonce is a financial lifestyle blogger who openly discusses in hardships growing up poor, and after having her ADORABLE son Jordan, living on welfare while helping her family survive. She’s a first generation college student and runs a debt blog entitled My Debt Epiphany. “This blog not only allowed me to share my unique story, life lessons learned, and my perspective with others, it also opened up the door to a whole new life.”
I’m excited to discuss how she came to be the woman she is today, what helped her break the teen mom cycle, and how she accomplished so damn much being under 30. Stay tuned for December 5th‘s release and more updates throughout the month!