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business guidance by women business coach erin garcia

5 things you should know about my blog.

  1. My blogs are not advice

  2. I don't write blogs so you'll blindly follow me

  3. I'm not a business guru or marketing hero, I'm a coach

  4. It's hard for me to write a blog and it's not why you think

  5. It is my intention that my blog be inspiring and insightful

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How Business Owners Create Self Distrust

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Majority of women business owners aren’t aware of how they create self distrust. Nor are we aware of how this distrust effects our business. Find out 5 ways women are creating distrust and unaware of it.

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Law of Attraction for Business

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5 quick ideas for using the Law of Attraction in your business   1.  Go through your calendar Mark down potential client appointments on specific days and times. 2.  Use the Law of Attraction in your passwords You’re logging into sites all the time, so use that time to attract new clients.  For example, “3newclients” or “thankufor10newclients” or “$2000thismonth.” 3.  Write the Universe Thank You letters   Thank the Universe for future things it’s going to bring you.  Dear Universe, thank your for the 5 new clients in November.  Write down whatever it is you want to attract in the next couple months.  Make one every month and make it part of your routine. 4.  Create a Gratitude Log When you log your gratitude you stay in a positive mindset and people hire positive people.  Write it down, whether small or grand. Just keep your log and keep your positivity because…

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6 Tips: Find Your Online Voice

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guest post from Abby M. Herman, Write Solutions   From website copy to social media posts to video content, we are inundated with information every day. It’s hard for business owners to stand out. Developing a clear, distinctive voice can help capture your ideal audience and keep them coming back for more. But what is voice? I mean we’re talking about written content, right? Voice isn’t just about what you sound like when you speak. Voice is how your personality comes through in what you write—and what you say—online. It’s who you are and it’s something your readers should be able to recognize when they read your content (or listen to a video blog). Think about the friends whose company you enjoy. Your friend Maria is analytical and thinks things through—telling a story, with little deviation, from beginning to end. And Jessica speaks from her heart, which sometimes involves an…

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Make Blogging Easier

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A few ideas to make blogging easier for women business owners. 1. Clarify The Why Knowing why you’re blogging makes it easier to do.  Often times we begin things because we heard from “others” that it’s important for our business, yet we don’t often take the time to clarify why we’re really doing it. Knowing it’s important is not a powerful enough reason to get us started.  So, take some time and ask yourself a few questions to determine your why for blogging. – Why am I blogging? – What is the goal of blogging, what do I believe blogging will result in? – What will I personally gain from writing blogs? – What might my business gain from writing blogs? – What might others gain from reading my blog posts? 2. Talk It Out I find that I prefer to talk rather than type or write so I have…

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Passion To Profit

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Four steps to help you turn your passions into a profitable business and a value to others. Step 1: List and Review List all of your passions, skills, talents, knowledge and experience – include any hobbies too. – EDUCATION: degrees, certifications, trainings attended, etc. – LIFE EXPERIENCE: parenting, living on a budget, traveling, etc – CAREER/WORK EXPERIENCE: where have you worked? – SKILLS: organizing, selling, project planning, writing, card making etc. Step 2: Decide What to use to Generate Income in your Business You may not want to use all of your passions to generate income. Pick the ones you LOVE and start with those. Plus, there are going to be some skills and experiences that just fit more naturally with others and some that just don’t really go together. You also want to be sure to check-in with yourself and ask yourself, “Is this something I would enjoy talking about…

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What is Authenticity?

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For me authenticity means original, unique, one of a kind, not copied, nor counterfeit. It means being and doing for your soul and not for your ego. I don’t believe authenticity is something you discover or uncover but rather something you create.  It is you being the artist of you. You are the canvas upon which you create your masterpiece, you are the wood in which you carve yourself, you are the clay in which you sculpt you. You are the art, the medium and the artist all in one. Authenticity therefore is like an artist’s masterpiece that is the artist itself and will never be completed but ever changing. When a sculptor sits with their clay, they have an idea of what they will create but as they go, that idea develops, morphs, changes and often becomes something entirely different than what they had started out believing it would be. It…

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Not Every Woman Starts Her Own Business

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So, here’s the truth.. Not every woman I work with starts her own business. Yep, it’s true. I work with women who have fabulous ideas for businesses they want to start. They have big dreams and are filled with excitement. BUT — as we work together they come to know more about themselves as well as what being in business for yourself is all about and sometimes they discover that being an entrepreneur isn’t for them OR that right now is not the right time in their lives to start a business. Just recently I worked with two women who have had this experience. After spending eight weeks focused on identifying their ideal client, what packages they wanted to offer and working on clarifying what their brand will be, they realized some things that has them choosing something other than starting their own business. Here’s what they discovered and what…

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Self Care for Women Business Owners

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Self-care is much like home care and car care.  It is necessary to keep you running smoothly physically, mentally and spiritually. There are things we all do to take care of our home: cleaning, repairing, etc. There are things we do to take care of our cars: changing the oil, filling the tank, rotating tires, etc. We even have things we do to take care of our families: buying groceries, picking things up for hubby or the kids, attending the kids sports events, etc. None of these are thought of as luxuries, more likely they are just the things that “keeping things running” or “need to be done” activities. This can also be true of self care. Self care is not about luxury or self indulgence. It’s not about deserving or not deserving it. It’s not something you work up to or earn. No, self care is what keeps you running.…

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Business Owners Health Hack the Busy Spiral

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Guest Blog By: Yvette Peterson – The Tribal Mama Are you caught in the Busy Spiral? I find so many business owners wearing “very busy” like a badge of honor but end up finding themselves caught in a downward spiral which ends in being run down, getting sick or losing focus and concentration during their workday. Just to make it clear – busy does not necessarily equal productive. How do you hack through The Busy Spiral to find the most productive you? Well, crazy as it may seem the answer is adding more things to your busy schedule. Here are my top four life additions that will help you to get the most out of your workday: REST Contrary to what we used to believe, scientific research has now shown that the brain is anything but inactive during rest times. That’s why often the best idea you’ve had all day…

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What is Financial Self-Care?

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Guest Blog By: Kelsa Dickey, Fiscal Fitness   As a Financial Coach, I talk to people about their financial wellness. Over the years I have found that many of us make choices that are simply not good for our financial health. Kind of like when we eat junk food knowing it’s not good for our physical health. Sometimes we just can’t help ourselves. If we could take a minute before making a decision about our the money we could make ourselves a lot healthier financially. I like to call it financial self-care and here are some reasons why it’s important: Set financial goals. I don’t ask my clients to set goals just to have a reason to bother them. Having a goal is good for your health. You’re not looking back at the mistakes you’ve made. Instead you’re looking toward a brighter future. Take your time. Have you ever bought…

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Contracts & Agreements are Essential

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Contracts of Understanding and Financial Agreements are essential business tools. They  not only provide structure to your business — they also save your relationships. Without a clearly defined and agreed upon contract or agreement misunderstandings can develop. Your expectations of your clients and their expectations of you can fail to match and all sorts of problems can occur. Proper contracts and agreements provide a reference point for discussions should situations change. Client relationships can be tricky at the best of times. It’s important to do all you can to clarify and agree on the detailed expectations and obligations. Of course a detailed contract will rarely save the loss of relationship or a break of trust, but in such situations it’s helpful not to be faced with added problems of court, lawyers and attorneys. (Especially without having the back-up of decent contract.) Formal signed agreements or contracts are so useful for – attracting…

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Review, Renew, Revamp & Re-engergize

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Here are a few important things women business owners need to take a look revamping periodically. The most important piece to review is your Ideal Client. As businesses grow, they change. Getting clear on who your ideal client is makes marketing easier and more effective. Take some time to review what you’ve learned about your ideal client over the last six months and update your client profile/avatar. Then, start implementing the knowledge you’ve gained about your clients into your marketing and monitor the results. Revamp your Service Offerings, Packages, Programs and Products. Now that you’re clearer on who your ideal client is, it’s time to review your service offerings, packages, programs and products. Are these serving the needs/wants/challenges you’ve learned your clients have? Are you delivering them through a method that works for your client and in a time frame that gains them the most benefit? Revise Your Client/Customer Agreements…

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Keep Your Facebook Image Fresh

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Just a couple ideas to keep your Facebook business page fresh and inviting. Announce An Upcoming Event you’re hosting Be sure to include a “click here to register” in your image and have the link to register in the description of the image. This way when they click your cover image, they will see the link to register. Showcase A Testimonial Grab your best testimonial, add your client’s photo (with their written permission) and showcase their positive experience with your service or product. If you’re highlighting a product testimonial, have an image of the product, too. Focus On A Client Challenge Your clients all have challenges where you help them find solutions. Take one of those challenges and offer the top three solutions or even just the top solution. Heck, you could update your cover image every week for a month offering a new solution each week. (Do you think people…

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Creating an Engaging Blog Post

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Guest Blog By: Anne McAuley, McAuley Freelance   Creating an engaging blog post is a great way to showcase your business. The latest Google update made it even more important to be adding content to websites. The sites with useful content being added on a regular basis will rank higher in search engine results. Where do you get started? Listen to your clients. If they’re asking the same questions over and over, that’s a great topic for a blog post. Your blog should answer questions people are asking about your industry or area of expertise. Being engaging will keep readers coming back for more. Here are Tips for Creating an Engaging Blog Post: Identify Your Target Market You have to know who you are trying to reach before you can select a topic to write. For example, I know I have a following of business owners and freelance writers so…

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Get Noticed and Become Unforgettable On Pinterest

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Guest Blog By Tabitha Dumas, TabithaDumas.com As an image and influence consultant, I love teaching Pinterest classes for women business owners and entrepreneurs with the goal of helping them “get noticed and become unforgettable.” The first thing I always say is that Pinterest can do many things for you, but it will almost certainly NOT directly increase your sales. “If Pinterest won’t put more money into my bank account, what’s it good for?” Pinterest IS a great place for you to mention special offers, point people to your blog or website and showcase your expertise—all of which can eventually drive sales. I like to remind these women, however, that social media is not “sales media.” It’s meant for you to stay connected to your ideal client by sharing information, adding value and keeping a conversation going. Here are ten tips for using Pinterest to elevate your image and expand your…

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Keep Your Goals Fresh

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If your business goals are sort of getting that “boring” feeling and you’re looking for ways to REFRESH your goals –here are a couple ideas. Make A New Tracking Form: Change the colors, the order, etc OR if you don’t have a tracking form, create one. Tracking your business progress can be hugely motivating. Plus it’s important to see how far you’ve come and not just look at how far you still have to go. Find An App: I recently found “my fitness pal” which is making it more fun to keep track of my nutrition intake and see my weight “release-ment” progress. There are apps for keeping track of your budgets, mileage, taxes –heck, there seems to be an app for everything. Make A Vision Board: Collect images that showcase what life/business will look like once you’ve accomplished your goals. Get creative. If you want to attract 30 new clients create…

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Coaching Session Sneak Peek

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  For those women who are curious what a coaching session looks and sounds like — Here ya go. Here’s a transcript from part of a recent business coaching session I had with a client. This client was struggling as she felt she did not know who her ideal client was nor was she feeling creative enough to create packages/programs/products to sell. As we started coaching she said “well, I want to work with clients like me. Moms who are where I was.” This lead us through this next serious of questions, answers, reflective feedback, block identification and idea generating. COACH ERIN: So then, if you’re clients are where you were than tell me.. what was it you were experiencing then. CLIENT:  Well, I can tell you what I struggled with. I struggled with understand WHY things were going the way they were going in my life. I struggled with “control” issues. I…

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Make It Happen

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  Here’s a few ideas to make it happen. 1. Team Up With A Partner: Find someone who is working on a similar goal or project and set up times when you will work on things together or get together to brainstorm. Often working with someone else will make it more fun & keep your creativity going too. 2. Break It Down: Take a look at your goals and break them down into smaller bite-sized pieces (often these can be “tasks”). Then focus on completing one task at a time. Often we can overwhelm ourselves if we look at the entire goal/project at one time. Yet, when we break them down into tasks it becomes more manageable. 3. Keep Your Ta-Da List: Much like a TO-DO list but instead of writing down all the things you still need to do, this list is for all things you have done. It’s…

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Habits of Financially Successful People

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  Guest Blogger, Kelsa Dickey – Fiscal Fitness Thomas Powell said, “Successful people do what successful people do, and failures do what failures do and if the failures did what the successful do, the failures would be successful.” It only makes sense, then, that we should mimic the habits of successful people. Fake it ’til ya make it! “ Therefore, I compiled a list of habits financially successful people execute brilliantly. 1. They set financial goals- both short and long-term! They have goals (or at least a vision) for next month, next year, next decade, and even the next stage of their life. 2. They spend their time productively managing money, not worrying or stressing and certainly not ignoring it. 3. When making financial decisions, they take their time, do their research, and make informed, calculated and logical decisions. Once they determine the best option, they act swiftly and confidently. 4. They…

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Month End Reports Matter

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How many of you have a “month end report?” Something that tells you what you accomplished this month or what progress you made? I started a daily tracking sheet and it is working awesome. I also have a monthly tracking form that I’ve had for a few years now. Together these two forms give me a great perspective on what I accomplished, what the results were and help me see where I can make adjustments for the next month. It has been a huge help for me to keep my perspective in reality and not in fear or self doubt. This month I was “thinking” about the days I missed drinking my water intake amount. I was “worried” about the days I didn’t get my exercise in. I was “concerned” that the Facebook algorithm changes were affecting my page engagement. THEN I did my month end report and guess what??? I…

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During my Clarity Creator, Erin was able to take what I felt was disorganized thinking or a brain dump, and pull out key information, providing clarity.  We spent much of our time combing through client intake processes, examining what happens first, second, third etc. We also clarified who my clients are, and talked about building service packages. I gained a lot of clarity!

My session felt very comfortable and exceeded my expectations. If you’re thinking of working with Coach Erin, I would definitely encourage you to do so. The little time I've spent with Erin has been valuable and solidified my desire and decision to proceed further with coaching.

- Bridget Jablonski : Phoenix, AZ

email: erin@ecoacherin.com        phone: (602) 499-4825