VIDEO – Four Organizations with Free Tools to Help You Launch or Grow Your Business!

There are some organizations that I really wish that I had known about at the start of launching my business. Not only have these organizations played a significant role in helping people launch their businesses, but a number of these organizations have also played a part in helping businesses get to the 7-figure mark and beyond from my research.

The best part is, these organizations offer many of their resources for FREE!

And so I created a super short video to share these resources with you! 

You can also find out more information on the organizations I mention in the video at the sites below:

1) SCORE: A nonprofit supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that provides free local mentors, e-mentors, resources, and templates

https://www.score.org/ 

2) SBDC (Small Business Development Centers): An organization funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that provides aspiring and current small business owners with free consulting and low-cost training services

https://www. .gov/tools/local-assistance/sbdc

3) Apple Business Collection: A series of hands-on sessions for business owners and entrepreneurs to explore business tools and network with fellow colleagues

https://www.apple.com/today/collection/business-collection/

4) Facebook Community Boost: An event happening in major cities across the country featuring free business training and workshops for small businesses

https://www.facebook.com/business/m/community-boost

Please watch, like, and share this video with anyone you think this might be helpful for!

I truly hope that this video is a blessing to you!

Onwards and upwards!

Can you really handle success? Three tips to manage the success that’s coming your way.

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First of all, I’m going to tell you the answer is YES. You definitely can handle success. So many people are afraid to do so much, because they’re afraid of what might be on the other side, even if it’s success. Some of us are afraid to graduate from high school or from college. We’re afraid to date the right man or woman.  We’re afraid to get married. We’re afraid to start a job in a higher role than we’ve been in. We’re afraid to make too much money. We’re afraid to move to where we know would be great for us.  We’re afraid to save money. We’re afraid to buy a home. And the list goes on and on. But, can I tell you something. It’s okay to be afraid, but it’s important that you know that you can handle the success that’s on the other side of taking action towards walking in your purpose.

These past few weeks, I have had the blessing of speaking with business coaching clients who are almost overwhelmed with how many increased leads, sales, and profits they are making. We’re working on how they can manage that better. I’ve had the joy of supporting leadership coaching clients who now have friendships galore blossoming from their ability to more walk in their confidence and coaching clients who are also balancing blossoming romantic relationships along with their other endeavors as a result of their taking a chance on love. I actually closed the most sales I have ever closed in the history of my business last month. Great things are happening all around, but I definitely realized something in helping others manage their success and having to manage my own success.

I realized that being able to handle success means being as prepared as possible for it before it comes. 

Though this means different things to different people based on what your idea of success is, there are a few things that are pretty consistent across the board that you can do to do your part to be ready for the awesomeness that might be getting ready to come your way. 

 

1) Time Management

Are you managing your personal time or business time in a way that makes room for when success comes your way? Whether success to you means a relationship, or exercising regularly, or having increased prospects in your business, does your current schedule allow for space for future endeavors that are meaningful to you to be prioritized? If not, adjust your schedule, utilize time management tools, release what’s not an effective use of your time, and integrate more of what helps you move towards being successful.

 

2) Personal and Professional Development

When you get the increase in pay or the new house or the new relationship or the increased clientele, will you know what to do? Will you know how to manage your success? When I was in high school, I was speaking to bankers about understanding investing. When I was in college, I requested information about franchises I might start (though I may have had $5 in my savings account). In college, I printed out a large number of pages about credit management before I had a credit card. I was trying to get prepared for what my future vision might hold. If you’re trying to start a family or have an amazing family, you should be taking steps to grow as a parent, wife, or husband, for example. Lay the foundation right now for what you know can be your reality. Why wait?

 

3) Perspective

Are you a pessimist? In my opinion, that’s not going to help very much in your personal, professional, or entrepreneurial life. And there’s a difference between being a realist or a pessimist. To prepare for success, once you’re in it, you have to learn how to keep success going. That means you have to have vision, hope, and I would say, even faith, to keep pushing you forward. If you got to medical school and decided once you got there that you weren’t medical school material, can you imagine how that might negatively impact your ability to study through the night? If you got married and, all of a sudden, decided that this marriage was just not going to work no matter what you did, can you imagine how that might impact your marriage journey. So again, vision, hope, and faith, I believe, might be essential on the way to success and once you reach the success you’ve been hoping for. 

So do yourself a big favor. Since we already agree you’re going to be able to handle any success that comes your way, do your part to continue to prepare to receive it. You got this!

And remember, I believe in you!

If this post was helpful in any way, as always, definitely comment below or email me at daphne@daphnevalcin.com to let me know, and feel free to forward to family or friends who might benefit.

Photo credit: Atikh Bana on Unsplash

 

Video: Sometimes you just have to keep pushing

Every one of us has challenges that we work through on a daily basis, and in my experience, hearing that we’re not alone in the challenges we face on our personal, professional, or entrepreneurial journeys can truly be a blessing.

So I want you to hear it from me. You’re not alone. So many people are experiencing challenges, though in the midst of those challenges, there are also many people dynamically pushing through each and every one of them. And you certainly can too. I want you to know that when you want your vision bad enough, you have to keep pushing. Especially if that vision has something to do with your peace or joy, in the end, it’s totally worth the work you have to put in regularly to ensure you attain that vision.

Check out this video that’s less than 20 minutes long that features a bit of my testimony of being resilient in the face of challenges on the way to becoming a successful entrepreneur. It was actually a Facebook Live that has over 500 views, so I hope you find it as helpful as those who have already watched it.

In the video, I also give practical advice and encouragement when it comes to ensuring that you continue to keep pushing despite the challenges you might face now or in the future.

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Three amazing, free business resources to build a profitable business

Whether you’ve been in business for a while now or you’re just beginning, you may have come to the realization that finding resources to build up your business can be challenging and sometimes overwhelming.

On one end of the spectrum, many small business owners I know have been through a season in their businesses where it seems like they can’t find the right resources to grow their businesses, and on the other end of the spectrum, after being in business for a while, it can seem like there are way too many resources to sift through.

In an effort to share just a few high-quality resources that are full of amazing information on how to build a powerful business, I am sharing this list of resources that can support your business vision whether you haven’t yet made a profit or you’re running a multi-million dollar enterprise and looking to grow. Though the resources below are all associated with the U.S. Small Business Administration, they all offer unique information, tools, and insight on what it takes to be successful in business.

1 – SCORE

For 50 years, SCORE has helped small businesses launch, grow, and achieve their goals. This nonprofit’s work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and offers:

  • FREE in-person, email, or video-based business mentoring from experts in 62 industries,
  • FREE business tools, templates, and strategies through a comprehensive online database, and
  • Low-cost or free business workshops offered both online or in-person

How I recommend you use it: 

  • Spend ample time exploring every facet of this website.
  • Schedule a regularly occurring time to check out some of the webinars or online training available on the site as well, especially those related to areas of business that you believe are priorities for you.
  • One tool on this website that I believe can be a critical, helpful tool for your business are the mentors. I suggest spending time really researching any prospective mentor you connect with whether that’s the in-person mentor you’re assigned to or e-mentors available on the site for you to reach out to. Ensure the mentor you choose to work with long-term is one that you can connect with and that serves you best when it comes to your business growth. You’ll find individuals with decades of industry expertise who are all willing to support you and your business–a priceless tool that can be hard to find. Take advantage of it!

The SCORE website is: https://www.score.org/

2 – The Small Business Administration (SBA)

Check out the SBA website and you’ll find a plethora of resources associated with starting a business, managing a business, getting loans and grants, and contracting. You’ll find templates, presentations, explanations and more–so much so that one could probably spend months and months exploring the content on this site alone. It’s definitely a comprehensive resource, and if you’re in business, the more you understand business at its core, the more equipped you’ll be to be successful. Since 1953, the SBA “has also given out millions of loans, guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions, and other forms of assistance to small businesses” according to the SBA website.

How I recommend you use it: 

  • Spend ample time exploring every facet of this website.
  • Check out the media available on the website and schedule time to work through the resources there that are most critical to your business.
  • Under the “Local Assistance” tab, determine which local SBA Office(s) and Resource Partner(s) are most relevant to you and what support you need and take advantage of those in-person resources.
  • If you’re thinking about seeking business funds or becoming a contractor, review all resources under the “Loans & Grants” or “Contracting” sections and/or schedule time to get one-time or ongoing support from an SBA staff member.

The SBA website is: https://www.sba.gov/

3 – Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)

Hundreds of SBDCs are located throughout the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rica, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each center has advisors who provide aspiring small business owners and current small business owners with free and low-cost resources. According to the SBDC website, their areas of training and support include:

  • business plan development,
  • manufacturing assistance,
  • financial packaging and lending assistance,
  • exporting and importing support,
  • disaster recovery assistance,
  • procurement and contracting aid,
  • market research help,
  • 8(a) program support, and
  • healthcare guidance.

How I recommend you use it: 

  • Take advantage of the free training you can get from qualified, veteran experts in the areas above by scheduling time to meet with an SBDC representative. You can even use the meeting to help you think through what your areas of focus should be in your business as you seek to launch or grow. Ensure that whoever you choose to get support from is a good fit and that you feel that you are gaining practical insight and experiencing forward movement in your business through your sessions. Schedule time for ongoing support as part of your professional development as a business owner.
  • Another approach you can take is to take the time to analyze the areas of growth in your business, and then develop a plan to prioritize certain areas of development in your business so that when you reach out to an SBDC representative, you’ll maximize the value of your time with that individual.
  • Set aside time to implement the strategies and tools you gain from each session with your SBDC contact.

The SBDC website is: https://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/sbdc

There is an African proverb that states, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”  Why not take advantage of experts who are ready to support you as you move towards the dreams and goals that you hope to achieve in business? All of these resources were super helpful to me in my business, and I’m continuing to utilize them as I grow and expand my coaching practice. My hopes for you are that, at minimum, you take a look at each resource and see what might be helpful to you as an aspiring or current business owner if you haven’t already explored these sites. And hopefully, you’ll find them as valuable as I did!

As always, if you found this post helpful, please share it with colleagues, friends, and family who you think might benefit from it.

Also, feel free to comment below or email me at daphne@daphnevalcin.com with any thoughts you have on this post!

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Your dreams are in reach! – Motivation for the Month!

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Your dreams are in reach!

It has often been said that there are six degrees of separation between everyone in the world. 

That means, you most likely have someone in your inner circle or someone who is somehow connected to your inner circle who has what you need to achieve your dream.

Remember that.

That means, whatever you need can be a phone call (or two or three) away. Through a phone call or introduction, a stellar financial planner, a successful author, an inspiring motivational speaker, a mentor, an encourager, a spiritual guide, a great reference for a job or educational endeavor, a lawyer, a doctor, a successful actor — whomever or whatever you need — is probably closer than you think.

We often feel like success is so distant, when we have a choice to bring it closer. We have a choice to access those who have traveled a path we have yet to travel. We have a choice to find the resources we need online, within our communities, or in other sources to make our dreams come true. We have a choice to have a mindset where attaining the resources that we need to move forward on a dream or a goal is not an option.

Make that choice a reality. Take action, today.

Take time this month to DETERMINE WHAT YOU NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL, FIND OUT HOW TO GET IT, and TAKE ACTION towards your dreams and goals!

And once you’ve started moving forward, keep up the momentum!

Determine what step you will take today, what time-frame you will take it in, and what you need to do to implement that step. Then,continue that forward movement towards your dreams and goals!

I believe in you!

As always, please send me a note at daphne@daphnevalcin.com if this resonated with you, and feel free to share this post with family and friends!

Also, feel free to share with me via email what resources you will start to pursue today to move forward on your dream or goal! I’m excited to hear about it!

Getting past the clutter to discover great resources as an entrepreneur

Many of us have been there…hoping to start an awesome business venture, not knowing where to start, and discovering loads of webinars, programs, books, courses and more that seem like they can all help us to get to where we want to go. 
When I started my coaching business, I was spending time morning, day, and night immersing myself in all types of resources. I was listening to teleclasses while driving, while doing housework and while multi-tasking on other business tasks. I was reading. I was watching webinars. I was doing way too much, and I became overwhelmed.

Here are a few tips that helped me move past the clutter. I hope they’ll help you too!
1. Determine if a book, teleclass, one-time webinar, or webinar series is worth your time, especially if it’s free. Find out about what very specific content will be covered in the resource. For books, check out summaries and recommendations on book-selling websites. For free teleclasses, one-time webinars, or webinar series, ensure they are not mainly focusing on selling you a program. If you are 30 minutes into a call, for example, and haven’t received any practical tips, strategies, or resources, if you are pressed for time when it comes to moving your business forward, you may want to move on to the next resource.

2. Before you enroll in a course, whether is is for free or at a cost, check out the social proof associated with the program. Not only should you check out the testimonials on the business website associated with the program and any associated social media, but you should also check out reviews and ratings that come up when you Google the individual or business. You might be surprised at what you’ll find!

3. Results! Results! Results! Especially if you are investing in this resource, find out what results have come from those who have also invested in the resource. To do this strategically, first determine what specific results you’re looking for in your business. For example, you may want to increase your social media followers. You should find through your research on the book, teleclass, one-time webinar, webinar series, or program that those who have taken advantage of this resource have increased their followers after interacting with this resource (if that information is available). If the resource is associated with a person, ask for referrals who you can speak to before you make your final purchase.

4. Trust your gut. My mom has told me for years that this method works, and as an entrepreneur, I can vouch for the fact that it often does.  You’ll often know once you start reading a book, start listening to a teleclass, start watching a webinar, or start a consultation, if it’s best to keep going or move on to another resource. Listen to your inner heart as you delve deeper into the resource and be sure to determine if this resource is best for you.

In whatever your journey is as you find what works best for your business, I wish you nothing but success in the process! My hopes are that you, like me, can experience less overwhelm and more increase, as you build your business and find the best resources to make that growth happen!

Please share this with anyone who you think it might be helpful for, and as always, let me know if it was helpful by commenting below, liking this post, or sending me a quick note at daphne@daphnevalcin.com.
Your empowerment specialist,

Daphne L. Valcin

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