Monthly Archives: January 2011

New Beginnings – Monthly Review

January is coming to an end, and that means it’s time to wrap up our theme for this month.  At the end of each month I’ll post a review for you.  That way, if you’ve missed something you’ll be able to go back and read it, and if you didn’t miss anything you’ll be able to quickly review what you’ve learned so you can remember it and take action!

Here is the review for New Beginnings:

1)  What To Focus On In 2011 – Feeling overwhelmed by everything you need to do?  Choose one or two things to work on this year, and focus on those!

2)  Will You Live Your Dreams Or Will It Fade Like A Puff Of Smoke? If you don’t do anything, nothing will happen.  Do what you’ve always done, and you’ll have what you’ve always had.  This is why most people’s dreams will never see the light of day.  Will yours?

3)  How To Achieve More And See Bigger Results – It’s not about doing more, it’s about thinking bigger so you can accomplish bigger achievements and results.  Small thinking produces small results, and big thinking produces big results.

4)  The Road You Take Determines The Price You Pay – Whether you start a booklet business or you work a regular job, there is a price to pay.  But, one of these prices is much high than the other.

5)  The Three Myths Of Starting A Business And What It REALLY Takes To Get Rich Writing Booklets – Think you need alot of money, a website and some fancy equipment or an office before you can start your booklet publishing company?  Think again! The best thing about starting your own booklet adventure is that you can do it on a shoestring budget!  All you need is the determination to succeed and a willingness to learn, and you can do it!

6)  How To Easily Expand Your Product Line – If you’ve got just one product, you can easily create more!  Every product you create can easily be spun off to create something new.  Discover how to look beyond your product to see other possibilities.

7)  Where Do You Go From Here? Create a plan to follow so that you know what your next step is.  Look at what you want to accomplish, and work backward from there to figure out what you need to do.

It’s a wrap!  Our theme for February will be Keys To Building A Successful Business.  Stay tuned…..

To your riches!

Kim Hillman

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New Beginnings – Where Do You Go From Here?

Wherever you are in your booklet adventure, you’re trying to advance to the next level – whether that’s creating your first booklet, or creating new streams of income.  You know what you want, but how are you going to achieve it?

Your Roadmap

In business nothing happens without some kind of plan.  A plan is like a roadmap.  Just like a roadmap shows you all the cities, towns and points of interest you’ll go through in order to reach your destination, a plan for your business will show you all of the steps to take to reach your goal.

If you don’t have a plan, it’s like steering blindly in a blizzard.  You might know where you want to end up, but you can’t even tell if you’re on the right road.   You might be trying to get to Denver and end up in Tin Cup – a ghost town!

Make It Your Own

Some companies hire lawyers to draw up complex and lengthy business plans for them, but yours doesn’t need to be so formal or expensive. You just need to know what you want to accomplish, and then work backward from there to figure out the steps you need to take to reach your goal.

Your plan might resemble a list, or it might look like chart or web with your goal in the center and all of your steps listed around it – as if you had a brainstorming session and just wrote out things around your central goal.  There is no right or wrong way to create your plan.  The important thing is that it works for you.

Flexibility Is Key

Having a plan written down gives you something to refer to that is concrete.  It tells you what to do next.  It makes it easy for you to move from one step to the next without missing a beat.

Your plan should be flexible.  If something doesn’t work, you can change it.  If you get a new idea, you can add it.  The plan you create today can and should continue to evolve over time. Nobody’s plan is ever perfect or complete.  And, even if you only have a couple of ideas to write down, it’s better than nothing at all.  You’ll come up with more as you go along.

January is almost over.  If you don’t have a plan for what you want to accomplish by the end of December, NOW is the time to get it done.  Writing out a plan will help you think through the steps of what you need to do in order to reach your goals.  It will show you what to do next, and where you go from here.

To your riches!

Kim Hillman

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New Beginnings – How To Easily Expand Your Product Line

Are you at the point where you’re ready to begin expanding your business or your product line but you aren’t sure what to create next?  The answer is probably staring you right in the face!

When You’ve Got A Waiting Audience

If you’ve created at least one booklet, you’ve got a spring board for creating several other products.  Every product you create can be spun off in one way or another to create something new.

For example, you’ve created one booklet.  And, it’s done well.  But, one booklet can’t possibly cover everything there is to know about your topic.  Since your first booklet was well received in the marketplace, you’ve got a waiting audience. Why not create a second booklet?  And then a third?

Going Beyond Booklets

Booklets are not the only product you can create from your first booklet.  You might want to create a cd to compliment your booklet and sell the two together as an upgrade.  Or, you might write a full length book to sell to your audience.  Since you’ve whetted their appetite with your booklet, and they bought it, it’s a good bet they’ll buy your full length book as well.

You can also create online products to offer your market, such as e-books and e-booklets, and mp3’s.  You can duplicate your hard copy booklet into these products, and give your audience a choice as to how they prefer to receive their information.  This is an easy way to create a new product without any additional work.  But, of course, you can create new products to compliment your existing ones too!

If Dr. Phil Can Do It, So Can You

Wherever you are in your booklet adventure, whether standing at the starting line, or somewhere in the middle, you’ve probably got a few good ideas.  Think about those ideas one at a time, and ask yourself how much you can do with each one.    Imagine your idea after it has been created, and then ask yourself what else you can create from that product, or what else might compliment it.

Some ideas lend themselves to spin offs better than others.  But, even a product that doesn’t can still become the center of several other products that compliment it.

For example, several years ago Dr. Phil McGraw created a book about weight loss.  He said everything he had to say in that book about his topic, and when it was finished there was nothing more for him to write.  But, Dr. Phil didn’t stop there.  He created a cookbook to go along with his weightloss book, and then he created a nutritional guide for people to use in restaurants and grocery stores. These new products, although not exactly spin offs from his book, complimented it nicely and added more sales to Dr. Phil’s bottom line.

Before you begin your next project, think it through and ask yourself what else you can create from it.  When you do, you’ll find you can come up with an entire list of possible products you can create, and easily expand your product line!

To your riches!

Kim

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New Beginnings – The Three Myths of Starting A Business And What It REALLY Takes To Get Rich Writing Booklets

Would you like to get rich writing booklets?  Are you wondering what it really takes in order to do that?  Here’s the scoop!

Myth #1 – The Money Myth – BUSTED!!!

Maybe you’ve heard the old saying, “It takes money to make money.” Most people believe that in order to start a business you need to have alot of money in the bank.  In fact, many authors who would like to self publish, also mistakenly believe this myth.

While it’s true that some business start-ups do require thousands of dollars (such as when one goes into the franchise business), and while it’s also true that self publishing generally takes a fair amount of cash out of your pocket, booklet publishing can be done on a shoestring. With booklets, your wallet can breathe a sigh of relief!

Myth #2 – The Website Myth – BUSTED!!!

Ok.  So, you don’t need alot of money.  But, what about a website?  Just 20 years ago this would have been unthinkable!  Websites didn’t exist, yet millions of businesses flourished. How can this be?

Businesses do well for two main reasons.  First, they have a product somebody wants or needs.  And second, they know who those people are who want and need their products. It does no good to write a fantastic booklet if you have no idea who might read it.  And, if you know who might read it but your booklet is not of value to them, they won’t be interested.

Before websites existed, businesses flaunted their products in front of consumers in a variety of ways – via television, radio, billboards, sales calls, home parties, door to door selling and wearable advertising.  While most of these ideas will be out of reach for you financially and would make little sense pursuing even if you did have the budget to do it, the real take away here is the creativity and effort those businesses put forth to sell their products.

If a website is out of your budget at the moment, don’t despair.  You don’t need a website to make sales.  You just need a little creativity!  There are many avenues to making a sale.  A website is only one of them.  And it’s a good idea to learn as many of those avenues as you can, even if you do decide to create a website from the start.  The more ways you have of selling your booklet, the more ways you have for money to come to you!

MYTH #3 – THE OFFICE/EQUIPMENT MYTH – BUSTED!!!

How about some fancy equipment or a fancy office?  Do you think you need those before you can start making some real money?  Think again!  Your readers won’t know or care what kind of computer you have, nor whether you wrote your booklet from a corner office with a view in Manhattan, or your kitchen table with your laundry pile sitting next to you on the floor!

A fancy office, like a fancy car, is a symbol of prestige.  But, when you think about it, nobody wants to put more time in at the office.  In fact, since the home computer first came on the market, more people have left their fancy office in favor of working from home than ever before in history.  And, if you are working from home, even if it is from your kitchen table, there’s some guy in an office somewhere who envies YOU!

WHAT IT REALLY TAKES

Now that you know you don’t need a fancy office, special equipment, alot of money or even a website to get rich writing booklets, you’re probably wondering just what you DO need.

First, you need the determination to succeed.  As corny as that might sound to you, it’s true.  It doesn’t matter how big your vision is or how large you want your empire to be if you’re not willing to stay the course. So many people start a business and a year later they’ve quit.  Showing up to work every day really is 99% of the game.

Second, you need to be willing to learn.  Nobody knows everything there is to know about starting a business when they start.  But, anyone can learn what they need to know as they go.

When Oprah started out in television, she was a news reporter.  She learned as she went and started her own talk show.  She learned some more, and now has her own network.  It’s a process.

That’s it.  If you possess the determination to succeed and you’re willing to learn as you go, you can do it.  You can succeed and get rich writing booklets!

To your riches!

Kim Hillman

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New Beginnings: The Road You Take Determines The Price You Pay

Everything in life has a price attached to it.  When you make the decision to start your booklet adventure, you are choosing to pay the price that goes along with that decision.  Most people choose what they think is the easiest thing to do, but often they’re the ones who end up paying the highest price of all.

Two Choices

When it comes to making money there are only two choices.  You can either work for yourself, or you can work for someone else.  Each choice has its price. The vast majority of people will choose to work for someone else.  Why?  Because it seems to so much easier.  And, at the outset, it is.

Working for someone else is easier because it means you have less responsibility for making sure you get paid. A paycheck is automatic as long as you show up on time and do as you’re told.  And for many people, this is enough.  It’s all they want.  But, for some, it may as well be a death sentence.

Stifled

Some people are natural born entrepreneurs.  They see the start of a new business at the drop of a hat and the wheels start turning.  They can’t help it.  It’s just the way they’re wired.  They’re not thinking about finding a job.  They’re thinking about building an empire.

These people find themselves stifled in a regular day job.  They may take a job with the best of intentions, but they soon find they are miserable – often because they want to contribute to the company in ways that are not well received. For example, they may get ideas for new products, or better customer service policies, or for ways to save the company money, only to have those ideas shot down by their superiors who either feel threatened by the ideas, or prefer things to remain as they are.

The entrepreneur at heart will lose a little more of their life each day that they remain employed by someone else.  They are paying a far heavier price, in terms of their happiness, and peace, and probably their income by staying where they are rather than taking the high road and making a go of it on their own.

Which Price Will You Pay?

Working for someone else can exact its toll in many ways.  While a paycheck may be guaranteed for as long as you are employed, you have no guarantee of any long term employment. Layoffs, mergers, closures and bankruptcies happen.  Job security is a thing of the past. Also, Paychecks get cut,  Co-workers can be nasty, and superiors can be arrogant.  Add to that the fact that for the hours you work for them they own you, and it’s a pretty hefty price to pay.

But what about the entrepreneurial road?  What about starting your booklet adventure?  Is there a price to pay for that?  Yes.  There is a price for everything in life.  But, the price isn’t nearly as steep as it is with the alternative, and there are many perks.

First of all, when you begin your booklet adventure, you’re making the decision to take your destiny into your own hands. And while that can seem like a scary thing, the truth is it’s LIBERATING!  You control how much money you make, not some supervisor or boss.  No more begging for a raise!

Also, as the sole owner of your own booklet publishing company, you’ll wear many different hats in the beginning – everything from mail room clerk to CEO.  But, in time that will change as your business grows.

As an added perk, you’ll become an author, which will make you a celebrity.  You don’t get that working for peanuts over at XYZ! And while you may not get sick leave or vacation time, you won’t need it.  Instead of one or two weeks off, you can take one or two MONTHS off if you want to.  And you’ll also have the freedom to take some extra time for lunch, or just work half a day without having to ask permission from anyone.  And best of all, you’ll get to do what you LOVE – write – and get PAID for it!

There is a price to be paid for starting your booklet adventure, but considering the alternative, in terms of your financial stability and long term happiness taking the high road is the only way to go!  Why not start your booklet adventure today!

To your riches!

Kim Hillman

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New Beginnings – How To Achieve More And See Bigger Results

Have you been getting the results you desire from your business?  If not, your thinking may be the root of the problem.

What Matters

Everything you do, or will ever do in your business, begins with an idea.  That idea is just a spark which will kindle a fire.  It may be just a small camp fire, or it may be a wild fire.  That fire is your vision, your dream, your thinking.

The spark – your idea – is just a momentary thought.  It’s when you’re thinking, “Hey…..what if I……” and then you finish the sentence with whatever sparked that thought.  Maybe it’s about creating a booklet, or maybe it’s about creating a mega empire.  It doesn’t matter.  What matters is what happens next.

Two Types Of People

Once that original spark has occurred, you need to give it some more thought time.  You need to spend some time imagining different possibilities, and seeing in your mind the things you desire to happen from that idea. Some people do this automatically.  They come up with a spark of an idea and they can’t help but take it as far as they can go.  Within minutes their idea has grown from a spark to a wild fire.  These people are the creative types.

Other people are more methodical.  They get an idea, and they have to think about that idea just as it is before they can imagine any other possibilities or results from that idea.  Their process is slower, but they’re careful to think things through.  These people are the analytical types.

Kindle That Spark

Everyone leans to one side or the other, but we all have some of both the creative and the analytical.  This is a good thing because you need both in order to succeed in your booklet adventure.  Your creative side will come up with the ideas, and your analytical side will help you think things through to make sure you don’t miss a step.

The important thing is not to stop with a spark.  You must kindle it.  You need to nurture that spark and give it some thought – both creative and analytical – so that it can grow into a vision worthy of your time. If your thinking is small, your vision will be small and your results will be small.  But, if you’re thinking is big, your vision and results will be big.

It’s not important to always hit the mark, but the fact is, bigger thinking will produce bigger results. Spend some time TODAY thinking about your booklet adventure and what you truly want from it.  You can do this no matter where you are in the game.  This is the time for a fresh start, so whatever your vision is, freshen it up and make it bigger.  Stretch your thinking.  You’ll achieve some things now, some later, and some may never come to pass.  But, you’ll definitely achieve more and see bigger results!

To your riches!

Kim Hillman

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New Beginnings – Will You Live Your Dream Or Will It Fade Like A Puff Of Smoke?

Today, as we continue with our theme of new beginnings, I want to address those of you who are sitting on the fence.  You’ve thought about writing a booklet, but you haven’t done it yet and you’re not sure if you can do it.  It’s an exciting proposition, but it also seems big and scary.  Such is the stuff the adventures are made of!

A Big Step

Beginning your booklet adventure is a big step.  It’s something new and you can’t be certain how everything will turn out.  But, one thing is certain.  If you don’t do anything, nothing will happen. You will continue on just as you always have, and you will never realize that dream that you’ve seen so clearly for so long – the dream of becoming an author, the dream of being financially secure, the dream of being able to live your life on your terms.

Begin your adventure and suddenly, the gears start turning, things begin to happen and change occurs.  No, it won’t all be a bed of roses.  Like all adventures, there will be some unpleasantness.  But, you’ll learn to weather the storms of your adventure just as you do now in your life.  And most of it will be exciting and wonderful.  But, if you don’t begin your adventure, your dream will fade like a puff of smoke.

It’s Easier Than You Think

All well and good, you say, but there is much to consider.  After all, you have to come up with a topic.  You have to be able to sell your booklet.  You have to know how to run a business.  Phooey!!!  You already have a topic in mind, you just haven’t decided to move forward.  And, if you’re really stuck, there are previous posts right here on this blog to help you!

As for selling your booklet, again, the blog will be of tremendous help.  Of course, at some point you will need to get out on that ledge and jump, but once you do you’ll find it exhilerating and you’ll want to do it again! And running a business isn’t really so difficult – especially when you’re just starting out.  It’s just you and your first booklet.  It’s very simple.  And as your business grows, so will your experience.

Now You Must Choose

Most people’s dreams will remain nothing but dreams.  They will never become reality because most people think that they will need to move heaven and earth in order for their dream to come true. They get some idea in their head that it will be too difficult for them before they even try, and they become overwhelmed.

If you’ve been thinking about writing that first booklet and you’re on the fence, NOW is your chance to make something happen.  You can choose to step into a new adventure – your booklet adventure – and live your dream, or you can choose to let it go and your life will stay just as it is.  It’s up to you.

I hope you’ll choose to live your dream.  Once you do, the only regret you’ll have is that you didn’t start sooner!

To your riches!

Kim Hillman

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