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(video) 3 Great PayPal Features Every Entrepreneur Should Try
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(video) 7 Must Have Mobile Gadgets
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Domain Registration and Web Hosting Help for New Entrepreneurs
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Perfect for Podcasting: The Snowball Microphone
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Fire Start Her Business Workshop – Make Money Doing What You Love Online
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How to Make Your Website Pop: Essential Pictures, Programs and Plugins
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Expand Your Brand – Great Tools to Use (video)
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Web Entrepreneur Fav #10: FreeConferenceCall.com Works for Me
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Web Entrepreneur Fav #7: Using MadMimi to Create Pretty Professional Newsletters
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Web Entrepreneur Fav #5: Wow Them With Attention Grabbing Stock Photos

(video) 3 Great PayPal Features Every Entrepreneur Should Try

If you use PayPal to handle your online invoicing and sales transactions, today I’d like to share 3 essential Paypal features worth setting up and/or checking.

#1 – Upgrade to a Business Account, so you can take advantage of PayPal’s extensive collection of payment tools for entrepreneurs and business owners.

#2 – Get Your own PayPal.Me link; its a personal link that you can quickly share with anyone so they can send money to your PayPal account in seconds.

#3 – Check Your PayPal reports to track your annual and monthly financial summaries; this is a great way to manage your funds and be mindful of your slow / peak periods along with your best selling offers.

Enjoy the video above and be sure to watch my Triple X Success Virtual Workshop for an extended list of PayPal features you should try along with SistaSense marketing and sales solutions.


(video) 7 Must Have Mobile Gadgets

Every entrepreneur needs to have a few GO To gadgets that you can grab when you need to work on the run. Watch the video above so I can share a few of my favorites with you.

If you haven’t already done so, follow me on periscope @sistasense for more GREAT Fire and Focus sessions.

And if you want to get event more Fire and Focus, be sure to grab my 28 days of Fire and Focus Challenge for action steps you can use RIGHT NOW to grow your business.

Domain Registration and Web Hosting Help for New Entrepreneurs

Are you starting your business online? Do you have questions about getting hosting, registering your domain name? Or whether or not you should get a FREE hosting plan vs a premium plan that you pay for? Review some of my startup answers below.

What’s the difference between a domain name & hosting?
Your domain name is a unique address that identifies your website like www.yoursmallbusiness.com. Your web hosting is the space online where you will store your website data, which includes your html pages, blog, pictures, media files and other important information.

What service should you use for domain registration and hosting?
I use and recommend HostMonster, which offers quality low cost hosting plans starting at as little as $3.95 per month. Their services include unlimited space, a free domain name on registration and 24/7 customer support. Best of all, you can host multiple websites under one hosting plan; you just need separate domain names for each site. You can sign up to HM through me at HostMonster.SistaSense.com.

Is it possible to get started for free?
Free is possible. I built my first sites for free on blogger, but truth be told, everything comes with a price. You can create a website for free using popular services like Blogger.com, WordPress.com or Weebly.com. Most of these free hosting plans offer professional template designs that are relatively easy for beginners to work with. They are all great on the surface, but come with limitations.

For starters your domain name will include the name of your host company like mybusiness.blogger.com or mybusiness.weebly.com. For potential customers this is an automatic giveaway that your web business is built on a free site, which can be a turn off. In exchange for free services you give your host provider permission to market their business on your site. Free sites almost always feature logos and links that promote the host company as a way to help them get more business through you.

They give you free hosting in exchange for free marketing, but how do they make any money? Free hosting providers make money by charging for premium services like removing their links from your site, adding custom domain names and providing you with special features to make your site look and function better. These plans all start off free, but eventually you will find yourself spending money on premium services, site enhancements or the costs related to transferring your free site over to a paid self-hosted service like Hostmonster.

Content control is the biggest concern when it comes to free hosting. While you will always maintain ownership of your content, free hosting services can suspend or delete your content at any time without notice. Deletion only happens in extreme cases if your website content violated their terms of service policy, but it’s worth mentioning because many people have unfortunately lost websites with years worth of content this way. Paid self-hosting is the best option if you are serious about starting a business and want complete control over your content, branding and design.


This is an excerpt of my StartHerUp Guide on how to make, market and monetize your online business website.

Perfect for Podcasting: The Snowball Microphone

For the past three years my Logitech USB headsets have served me well with respect to audio recordings, webcam videos, and even Skype calls. Just the same, I’ve always wanted to find a quality micro-phone that I didn’t have to keep on my head. I hate the look of bulky headphones flopping to one side in my videos and I love the flexibility of moving around with-out the limitations of a microphone cord. After watching a few YouTube videos I discovered the solution to my problem was the Snowball professional USB micro-phone. It has crystal clear sound quality. It is ideal for podcasting. It is easy to use with no additional software needed.

For your Tech Needs my Recommend Tool of the Day: Blue Microphones Snowball Plug & Play USB Microphone Black Bundle with Pop Filter and Studio Headphones

Fire Start Her Business Workshop – Make Money Doing What You Love Online

 

Fire Start Her Business SistaSense Workshop is my latest creation! This past weekend I had the pleasure of hosting my first local workshop here in Greenville North Carolina sponsored by Herlene Ankar WhatUSay Productions and Miller Motte College. Guess what? I recorded it and it is online just for you.

INSIDE THIS WEB WORKSHOP WE COVERED:
– The SistaSense System to Turning Passion into Profit
– 7 SistaSense Money Makers to Know and Love
– How to Find Passion Projects that can fit Your Personality
– Best Free and Low Cost Web Tools to Use
– How to Set Your Money Markers & Create a Plan of Action
– S.M.A.R.T. Ways to Help Customers Find You


Click here
to get your access pass and watch this 90 minute workshop online.

How to Make Your Website Pop: Essential Pictures, Programs and Plugins

sistasense-biztips03Most aspiring entrepreneurs know to go get a logo designed when they are ready to actualize the vision. Some take things a step further by getting professional glam shots and product photos taken to really give their website and branding a polished look. As you begin blogging, creating promotional banners, flyers, social profile graphics and digital content you will also need to invest in stock photos; royalty-free professional graphics that you can use on your website and in your marketing. For low cost, high quality images I use and recommend:

Examples of Some Stock Photos I Have Purchased

As a graphics designer I am always looking for stock photos for my personal projects and those of my web clients – for eBook Covers, Flyers, Banners, Websites, etc…. Here are some examples:

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As a designer I often use the Adobe Photoshop Suite to edit images and create graphics. Adobe software programs can be expensive. As an alternative you can sign up for the Adobe Creative cloud to access their editing software online at a lower cost. Pixlr.com and Canva.com are two of my favorite free online editors; you can use these for most of your basic editing needs. For projects that require a more professional touch, review my design services over at Graphics.SistaSense.com.

Beyond pictures and programs, eventually you will find yourself entering the wonderful world of WordPress Plugins; applications you can install on to your website to enhance or add additional features. To start with I recommend the All in One SEO Plugin for search engine optimization, Contact Form 7 for emails and Speak Pipe for Voice Messaging.

FYI* I am Dollar Photo Club Ambassador, so if you do choose to sign up through me I will make a small commission. I ONLY recommend those services that I use and absolutely love, so I hope you enjoy using DPC too. Let me know what you think.

You can review more of my WordPress setup, blogging and plugin in suggestions over at GoBlog.SistaSense.com.

Expand Your Brand – Great Tools to Use (video)

This is a quick video that I created during my January Mastermind Weekend sharing some of my favorite tips and tools to help you expand your brand.

If you would like to review my 12 Favorite web tools, click here.

And I would love to tell you more about my Fire Starter Circle Mastermind group, review the latest sessions.

Web Entrepreneur Fav #10: FreeConferenceCall.com Works for Me

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When it comes to ‘free things’ folks are often inclined to believe that you get what you pay for, but in the case of FreeConferenceCall.com I think you actually get so much more. Free Conference Call is the leading conference call service provider offering free conference calling with a full suite of collaboration tools. This is one of my favorite go to sources for scheduling and recording sessions with clients and even hosting group training sessions with the SistaSense Community. If you are looking for a no-cost solution to hosting and recording your conference calls this is it. Get your own FreeConferenceCall number today. Its well worth it.

What’s 12 Days of Favs? It is my spin on the 12 Days of Christmas (smile). For 12 days each December on SistaSense I share some of my favorite web business tools plus marketing and sales tips for online entrepreneurs.

Daily Deal: Since we are already talking about calls, are you interested in scheduling a clarity call with me to go over your web business projects and questions. Schedule a 30 or 60 minute session with me at callme.sistasense.com.

Reminder: If you frequently shop online try eBates; it’s my favorite place to get cash back on online purchases.

Browse my: 12 Favs | Deals | Web Tools | Biz Tips | Subscribe for Updates

Web Entrepreneur Fav #7: Using MadMimi to Create Pretty Professional Newsletters

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I know of and have used quite a few email marketing platforms online (icontact, aweber, mailchimp,etc). For the most part I personally use and recommend MadMiMi to clients because I love the design options, functionality, customer support and ease of use. Using MadMimi I can quickly create pretty professional newsletters and sign up forms. And the MadMimi interface is very user friendly, which makes it appealing to both novice and experienced email marketers. Try it for yourself and see if it becomes one of your favorites too.

You might also like to watch my 90 minute training video on Using Madmimi to Setup Sign Up Forms, Newsletters, Lists. In the video I show you the steps to:

  • Creating Segmented Lists
  • Creating and Brand Customizing Your Posts
  • Connecting Your Blog RSS Feed to Posts
  • Setting Up Sign Up Forms
  • Different Ways to Use Sign Up / Opt In Forms
  • Creative Types of Email Newsletters You Can Send Out
  • Easily Social Share Email Updates on Twitter + Other Platforms
  • And More

You might also like this great tip article posted on MadMimi – Five Lessons Learned Through Email Experimentation.

What’s 12 Days of Favs? It is my spin on the 12 Days of Christmas (smile). For 12 days each December on SistaSense I share some of my favorite web business tools plus marketing and sales tips for online entrepreneurs.

Daily Deal: Are you ready to PowerUp Your Business? Inside my 8 Part PowerUp series I will share my best strategies for creating information products and landing pages, enhancing your blog and building your list by using great tools like MadMimi.

Reminder: If you frequently shop online try eBates; it’s my favorite place to get cash back on online purchases.

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Web Entrepreneur Fav #5: Wow Them With Attention Grabbing Stock Photos

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Are the quality of your photos affecting your profit potential? In my 10 plus years working as a freelance web designer, blogger and mentor to women entrepreneurs I’ve learned how important it is to have quality stock photos. Using professional pictures for eBook Covers, blog content, flyers, banners and just about everything that I do helps me wow them and keep folks coming back for more.

BigStockPhoto is currently my favorite go to source for low cost, high quality stock photos. I often get one of their ‘pay for credit’ packages, but you can also use their coupon to get a reduced rate on their subscription packages, which is a great deal.

What’s 12 Days of Favs? It is my spin on the 12 Days of Christmas (smile). For 12 days each December on SistaSense I share some of my favorite web business tools plus marketing and sales tips for online entrepreneurs.

Daily Deal: Do you need an eBook Cover, Logo, Flyer, banner or new graphics for your social media profiles? Browse my graphics design services to find a solution that just might be perfect for your next project.

Reminder: If you frequently shop online try eBates; it’s my favorite place to get cash back on online purchases.

Browse my: 12 Favs | Deals | Web Tools | Biz Tips | Subscribe for Updates

 

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