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Every February I like to take a break from talking about emotional eating and focus on another passion of mine, owning my own business. Every week this month I’m going to be giving you advice around starting and growing your own business.

Have no interest in starting your own business? No worries. Not only will most of my tips apply to you kicking ass at your corporate job, I’m also going to talk about how to love the job you have. So make sure to pay close attention, you’re going to get a lot out of this too.

Today I’m going to walk you through the basics and where to start if you have nothing but a great idea.

Step 1. How are you going to make money? Are you going to sell information on your site like a coaching package, a group program or an e-book? Are you going to sell a physical product like candles, makeup or fancy underwear? Are you going to sell ad space? Just having a blog where you talk about your feelings will not make you money. You must have something to sell.

Step 2. Create a website. Make sure it’s not ugly. Even if you have a brick and mortar company, having a website is key. Do not build a website without exploring Step 3. A personal plea: don’t put up an ugly website just so you “have something up”. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but as my friend and co-host of LIVE FREE Sonoma, Nisha Moodley says, if you come out to the world as Walmart, you will never be Chanel. There are a lot of great website templates out there, especially on Etsy. Make sure your fonts are consistent, your colors match (just choose three) and make sure your photos don’t suck. Professional photos go a long way.

Step 3. Learn marketing. When I started my business I thought I was going to be a full time coach. Nope. I currently spend 90% of my time being a marketer, and 10% being a coach. Being great at your craft is a big part of being successful, but if you can’t get people to know who you are, or effectively connect with them, then you’re screwed. I learned everything I know from Marie Forleo who has a free training available right now that you MUST watch. Your business will honestly fail fast if you don’t master what she is teaching here.

Step 4. Build a mailing list. This needs to be your number one priority. No list, no money. I build my list by having a place on my site where people can get a free e-book called, “I know what to do but I’m just not doing it.” You can download it at SarahJenks.com if you haven’t done so already to get an example of what I’m talking about. When people enter their name and email to get my book, they are put on my mailing list (I use Office Autopilot, but I started with MailChimp). I spend a lot of time getting people to download my e-book by posting it on social media and guest posting on websites such as Huffington Post, the Daily Love and MindBodyGreen. I then send out my weekly coaching articles (like this) to my list every week so you know I love and care about you.

Step 5. Periodically ask for money. It’s not enough to put out a post once a week about a random topic, you have to ask people to buy something from you once in a while. Tell them your candles are on sale, mention that you have 3 spots open in your coaching practice, publicize a group program.

Step 6. Be interesting. I know SO MANY entrepreneurs that spend all of their time working and have absolutely no life. I can totally relate to going down that rabbit hole, but I know from experience that when you actually (not just pretend to) have an awesome life, many more people are going to want to buy your stuff. I am so passionate about this business tactic that I created an entire retreat around it called LIVE FREE. You can get on the list to hear about our next one here.

Step 7. Cut yourself some slack. I’m so grateful that I now have a successful business that allows me to do what I love, have a great life and now, and take off 9 months to focus on me and my little guy who is arriving in a few weeks! But it wasn’t always like this. I spent years figuring everything out, living off of credit and wondering if it would ever get easier. Honestly, it wasn’t until I got really serious about marketing and spent as much time as I could with Marie that things finally started to click. Do yourself a favor and watch her free training. She’s a riot, whip smart and will save you a lot of heartache.

In the comments below I want to know:

1. What’s your business? Or What business do you want to start?
2. Which of these steps do you know you need to focus on?
3. Do you have any tips for the newbies?

I can’t wait to jam with you on this.

Love,

Sarah

49 Comments

  1. Jennie · February 6, 2014 at 10:43 am · Reply

    I love the tips for starting a business even though I’m in a very different profession (a college professor). I’d love to talk about a slightly different perspective. My partner is currently in the process of starting his own business (winemaking). So your tips certainly are valuable to him and I’ll pass them on as I am able. But there is a fine line that I feel like I’m currently walking with him and my relationship to the business. What is my role as cheerleader? As devil’s advocate? How far do I push? When do I step back? I am extremely lucky because I’ve found my dream job and live it every day, but he’s exploring with all the trials and tribulations that go hand-in-hand with starting a private business. There are probably many women who are in the same position–maybe with friends and relatives too–who would benefit from discussing this.

    • Sarah Jenks · February 6, 2014 at 6:45 pm · Reply

      Oh Jennie, I can totally relate! This is a balancing act I play with Jonathan ALL THE TIME. I find that you are most helpful as his wife, not business advisor or partner. Focus on building his confidence, trusting him, asking him questions and cheering him. Trust that he will succeed and fail, and succeed again and he will need you there as his wife every step of the way.

  2. The Famous Ashley Grant · February 6, 2014 at 10:52 am · Reply

    My business is a freelance writing and photography company. I need to focus on putting together my list. I also need to get better about asking for money. I am often so afraid to ask for what I know I am worth. My only tip for newbies is don’t wait to start your dream business. Although I’ve still got a ways to go in my business, I’m grateful everyday that I finally started it and am working towards my goals!

    • Sarah Jenks · February 6, 2014 at 6:47 pm · Reply

      Amazing advice!! And I love that you want to focus on building your list and asking for money. Start with committing to one week a month (like always the first, or third) and you’ll get used to it after a while. Remember, these people NEED you. You are not forcing them to pay you.

  3. Claudine · February 6, 2014 at 10:53 am · Reply

    Sarah, yes! You taught me these tactics 2 years ago…I remember you even helping me upload my list on mailchimp :) THANK YOU! Though there is one thing I have not been doing, even though you emphasize the importance… marketing. So, thank you for sharing this article and I can not wait to watch Marie’s video.

    • Sarah Jenks · February 6, 2014 at 6:47 pm · Reply

      You’re welcome my dear! I so believe in you and your company. I’ve loved seeing you grow and I know this is only the beginning.

    • Alyssa · February 6, 2014 at 7:24 pm · Reply

      Claudine – I’m sure Marie’s video has lots of great marketing tips (I can’t wait to check it out myself!) I work in PR/marketing and would be happy to brainstorm some marketing ideas for your business, if you’re interested. Feel free to email me :) schneiak@gmail.com.

  4. Melissa Rodriguez · February 6, 2014 at 11:05 am · Reply

    Sarah,

    Loved this article! I’ve pretty much done steps 1 through 3. I’ve started my health coaching business and I have the website completed, as well as program packages and consultations. I’ve even marketed to tap into the brides to be, as 3 more people I know this month have all gotten engaged! The thing I need to work on is building my mailing list and asking for paying clients. My target market though is somewhat difficult. Everyone wants and likes freebies, but nobody is willing to pay for the real deal!! I have to edit my site to formulate the February promotion. I haven’t been able to yet.

    For any newbie looking to get into this, as tough as this may sound, you have to have a story or a reason and passion behind what you’re doing! I constantly get asked “well what makes you an expert” and I answer honestly, “I’m not an expert, but I’ve been where you are!”. It’s my best icebreaker!

    • Sarah Jenks · February 6, 2014 at 6:50 pm · Reply

      Love this Melissa.

      And try this: ” I AM an expert because I’ve been where you are.”

      And there are always people out there who want to pay you, you just have to go find them, don’t waste your time pleasing people who only want free stuff. If they aren’t willing to make the investment in themselves, they aren’t worth you investing in them.

    • Jodi Rogozinski · February 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm · Reply

      This really resonated with me. My story is the backing of my business, Getting 2 I Do, just like I think it can be for so many in the field of “helping” others. I love what you wrote Sarah “I AM an expert because I have walked in your shoes.”

      I am so eager to help those out there who have been in my shoes and I know so many that have, that are, or that will be but I haven’t been able to turn them into paying clients. They seem to become “fearful” when they realize they will have to really dig deep.

      I am looking forward to more posts Sarah and continuing to grow one day at a time.

  5. Daria Zvirgzde · February 6, 2014 at 11:21 am · Reply

    Sarah, you are my savior! Thank you so much, your post came right in time. I have recently started my business, it’s called Tune Up with Daria Zvirgzde. It is about helping women wake up with passion and live with mean. I teach how to holistically tune up their lives, covering three core spheres: self-love & self-care + healthy choices every day + strengths-based life. The idea is that it is not enough to improve just one sphere of your life to be happy and complete. You might start living healthier, but if there is no self-love, it will not last. You will always find the reasons to choose someone or something over your healthy life choices in the long run. You might feel fulfilled because you are doing OK at your job. You might even be proud of yourself that you’ve progressed compared to the past you. But if what you are doing is not something you are meant to do in this world, if you do not actually use your natural strengths and talents, you will always spend your life like a hamster on a wheel, never reaching that divine happiness of living on a mission with passion. So, I believe that only holistically upgrading within the three spheres of your life, you can live happy, complete and full with yourself. It is all about being self-sufficient, full…
    I have enrolled in Marie’s BSchool this year, I am so excited to have it started. And I know I need to focus on all the steps you provided above, because I am a newbie. But I am ready for all the work, because I do believe that having my own coaching business is the way I am supposed to live this life to the full.

    • Sarah Jenks · February 6, 2014 at 6:51 pm · Reply

      Daria, I just love your biz and what you stand for. Go make things happen!! So happy you’re in B-School already. xox

      • Daria Zvirgzde · February 7, 2014 at 1:14 am · Reply

        Sarah, thank you for your kind words! And special thanks for being so real, so down to the Earth, so reachable, open and sincere to all of us here. It is rare out there. Thank you for being a star, but still close to people. I wish you the best of luck with your business (which I am truly inspired by) and of course all the best in your family and becoming the sweetest mom.

  6. Amanda · February 6, 2014 at 12:15 pm · Reply

    Sarah
    What a great post. I am a new Life Coach still in my first year. I really need to work on the last 3.
    I don’t cut myself much slack. I am currently working on making things a little more simple for myself. My tip to anybody who wants to start their own thing is Start! :)
    You are amazing!

    • Sarah Jenks · February 6, 2014 at 6:52 pm · Reply

      Thanks Amanda! Slack is key, this takes time and strategy. Simple is KEY.

  7. Sara Mazenko · February 6, 2014 at 12:26 pm · Reply

    Love B-School. Love you. And love that your little one is coming so soon! As for your list, I most need to work on marketing. I’m super timid with it and haven’t found my groove just yet. I’m launching a new website and brand spanking new program in the next few months and obviously this one is KEY! Also key: Every day I’m falling more in love with the program I’m creating which makes planning & executing the marketing fun & joyful instead of pushy and salesy.

    Aside from B-school, are there any other books or courses you recommend?

    XOXOXOXO

    • Sarah Jenks · February 6, 2014 at 6:53 pm · Reply

      Woo woo! Falling in love with your program is so huge, so happy that’s happening for you. I actually dont have any other books or courses to recommend. I just spent a lot of time following people who inspire me and trying to deduce what they do that makes me love them so much. Like a detective:).

  8. Laura Rieckmann · February 6, 2014 at 12:30 pm · Reply

    Hi Sarah!

    I’m just starting out as a health coach who focuses on realistic, creative solutions for busy women. I really need to focus on getting a website started and building my list. Right now I’m taking Rebecca Tracey’s Uncage Your Business course to help me get clear and get going. I really appreciate your focus on helping people get their business started. These are great tips! I will definitely be watching for more :) Thank you so much!

    • Sarah Jenks · February 6, 2014 at 6:55 pm · Reply

      Good luck with everything Laura! Keep us posted on how things build for you.

  9. Kelli Preston · February 6, 2014 at 12:42 pm · Reply

    Sarah- this is a a great post. I am eager to see more this February. Knowing your business rags-to-riches story I am so interested to read some of your nuggets of knowledge. I have a health coaching and skin care business that recently transitioned from brick and mortar to exclusively online due to the birth of ma fella. I am hoping to provide a blog as well as services and products for ladies looking to strike a balance in health and new mama hood. I truly love what I do, but I am feeling stuck on how build a thriving business doing it, so any inspiration and tips are greatly appreciated.

    Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your son! Giddy up for an amazing ride :)

  10. Laura Thompson Brady · February 6, 2014 at 12:44 pm · Reply

    Hey Sarah!

    I love this post and this opportunity to connect with other entrepreneurs in your circle. I launched my business, http://www.TheNourishedHome.com in 2011 where I help mamas from around the world experience family life as the joyful, soul-stirring adventure it’s meant to be. I LOVE what I do AND I need to cut myself some slack.

    I’m in the middle of a large transition with my business. I recently completed my Ph.D. in Human Development & Family Studies and I feel like I’m relaunching my business and life now that I can devote all of my working hours to The Nourished Home. This is at once thrilling and terrifying.

    I’m feeling a lot of pressure and trying to remind myself to take baby steps as I continue to grow the foundation of this business… I’m also beginning a new collaborative project with a dear friend and colleague so I’m trying to stay clear about only focusing on the most important tasks to grow both endeavors without burying myself in my work. Sarah, my feeling is that the early years of building a business is the hard work we must put in so that we can take the beautiful time you’re going to take with your son after he’s born. I sometimes wonder if I’m missing something about these early years of building a business, and how much time and effort we really need to put in during this stage of the game. I need a master strategist, I think. I’d love to hear your insights!

    My suggestion for the newbies: Be real. Be vulnerable. Be a courageous leader even if you don’t have droves of followers yet. Never forget that you’re called to take this creative entrepreneurial journey because you’re a mission-driven woman that MUST do this work. If you’re crazy enough to get into this gig (wink) you have a message that must be shared with the world. Relax into your fears, trust that your mission is greater than your fears, AND be super smart about following savvy business strategies, step-by-step, as Sarah suggests here. Sending love to you all and wishing you an abundant and joyful 2014!

    • Sarah Jenks · February 13, 2014 at 11:52 am · Reply

      Laura,

      It does take a lot of work, my advice is to focus. Maybe having two businesses is too much right now. it’s better to add something when the other can coast. Get clear on your goals, avoid email and facebook and do the most important task first thing in the day. The beginning should be ALL about building your list. xoxo

      • Laura Thompson Brady · February 13, 2014 at 12:42 pm · Reply

        Sarah, thanks so much for this feedback! The message I’m getting from the universe is SIMPLIFY… I’m meditating on what that actually looks like with my goals moving forward. And I do agree that list building is of the utmost importance right now. The other message I’m getting is DISCIPLINE. This part can be a challenge but turning off e-mail and facebook makes so much sense. Thank you, Sarah. Sending my best to you!

  11. Erin cadd · February 6, 2014 at 1:42 pm · Reply

    I giant to start an Interior Design Coaching business. I think I DEFO need to start with step 1. Because I’m not sure on the how or what I will offer. I’ve been thinking about it a lot latetly, and then you posted about being professionally pregnant and Rebecca McLoughlin!
    (It totally made me think of your story about how you and Nisha Moodley met…. :)
    Melissa Rodriguez, I love your answer to people, I could easily say the same thing: “I’m not an expert, but I’ve been where you are!!”
    When I narrow down step 1 and the what/how, then I can start to put together my website. Those 2 things feels like a lot. I’m trying to do it one little step at a time.
    Thank you Sarah! We are so lucky to have your fierce love and encouragement in our lives.

  12. Elizabeth · February 6, 2014 at 2:34 pm · Reply

    Hi Sarah, these are wonderful tips!

    I have a new business in the planning and creation phases right now built around concepts derived from my blog and experience going from indebted, job-quitting, low earning potential to owning a business, working for fantastic companies, learning a ton, a six-figure salary, and six-figure (positive ;) ) net worth. People love this content, it’s tested and works. If it weren’t for all the happy folks who’ve seen value, trust me, I’d rather sleep in on Saturdays in my PJs, but this is the work I can’t NOT do! It’s just too darn fun.

    I’m excited to put content together to show everyone how I got here and help them get to their “here.”

    For me, transformation started by taking a leap of faith and trusting it would work out. I think in general, the most prepared and gutsy will figure it all out, and most of our planning and prep is already “done”, we’ve just got to put motion behind the devotion.

    I’m in the process of building all of these tips you’ve included into my life and new business, but “be interesting” has been my focus as of late…in fact, I interestingly went sky diving recently and plan to lease a fun zippy sports car in addition to my boring reliable and paid off mom-car, because I realized that…I financial can, with no recourse. Imagine that?! You see, when I transitioned before, I was all about “securing my nut”, which means, saving my pennies and working really really hard so I wasn’t broke, indebted, and apt to quit a job without a plan again. But when I realized that “hey wait a minute” moment, I realized that I never knew what I wanted to do when I “arrived” at my goals. Now that I’m here, it’s a complete BLAST figuring it out. I’m here to show the world that there is life and fun and continued success after workaholic-ism :).

    Biggest tip to the newbies: get your house (heart, head, and home) in order first, but you’ll never “be perfectly ready” because you’ll find that it really is easier to start a business than you would think, but look out for #1 above and plan to make money and know how to grow to YOUR specific desired growth level. There is a reason why companies like GE went from electronics to technology, two very distinct industries and products. Be adaptable in your business–money flows where you create the most value.

    Happy living!
    -Elizabeth

    • Sarah Jenks · February 13, 2014 at 11:55 am · Reply

      Love this Elizabeth!

  13. Dana · February 6, 2014 at 4:09 pm · Reply

    Hey Sarah!

    Thank you SO much for this post :) I feel like we’re kindred spirits! I’ve also gone through Marie’s B-School and am currently a student at IIN. I am SO inspired by you and hope to be able to afford going on your LIVE FREE retreat next fall :)

    Last year as I went through B-School, I created my business-YogaBabe. I knew that I had so much to offer the world (especially women struggling with body image) and I just felt like I NEEDED to take B-School. It really helped me form what I have today and launch my site. I’ve done so much so far, but I still could be doing so much more and making this business what it has the potential to be. As of right now, I’m getting ready to launch an e-course called Get the Glow…which combines all of my knowledge from IIN and health coaching, yoga teacher training, and my own life experiences. In many ways, it’s similar to the mindset of Live More Weigh Less because I focus on our “primary foods” to get us to a place where we actually are loving our bodies.

    I know that I really need to focus on marketing! This is my number one. I can’t wait to go through B-School again and really create some change and get this site rocking!

    Thank you for being such an inspiration to me, Sarah, and I just know we’re meant to meet one day!! Hopefully in Sonoma ;)

    xoxo
    Dana

    • Sarah Jenks · February 13, 2014 at 11:57 am · Reply

      Amazing Dana, and YES I really hope you’ll join us in Sonoma this year.

  14. Kendra Jewell · February 6, 2014 at 5:33 pm · Reply

    Hello Sarah,

    The business that I want to start is a training program which guides young married women towards organizing their home and lifestyles so that they can recognize and express their natural talents to our world… The step that I need to focus on is Marketing; it’s the most intimidating but vital to really sharing my knowledge with the world making my impact… I am a newbie myself and I’d like to share that once you believe in yourself and start creating, the Universe will conspire to help you every step of the way!
    See you all in BSchool,

    Kendra Jewell

  15. Akirah · February 6, 2014 at 5:55 pm · Reply

    I’m a breakup coach and writer in the first year of starting my practice. One thing I would add to this list…that I think you are alluding to by sharing Marie’s new training…is to invest in yourself. I cannot tell you how invaluable it is to have a business coach who holds me accountable to my goals and answers my questions about these new things I’m doing! Starting a business can be scary, but having a coach can really help when it’s time to face your fears.

  16. Alyssa · February 6, 2014 at 7:32 pm · Reply

    Sarah – thanks for these tips! I’m in the beginning stages of starting my business but I’ve been wanting to start my own event planning company for AGES! And I’m beginning to develop a business plan and really try and make this dream a reality. I worry that trying to sell a service like this is going to be much harder than selling a specific type of product. Not only that, but I don’t have the money to leave my current full-time job and focus on my business 100%. Any tips on how to keep my full-time job while also starting this new adventure?

    Can’t wait to watch Marie’s training and hear more tips from you!

    • Sarah Jenks · February 13, 2014 at 11:59 am · Reply

      Alyssa, I believe you will be hugely successful as an event planner! See where you can cut back on your hours a bit, and get some weekend gigs. You’ll be hustling for a while but carve out some time for yourself and eat well. It’ll be worth it!

  17. Sarah McDaniel · February 6, 2014 at 7:42 pm · Reply

    I JUST took the leap and went out on my own in the skincare/beauty industry and I specialize in eyebrow shaping! It was a step that was years in the making but I finally found the courage and determination to do it. Week 2 and I’m SO happy!! I’m so excited for this next year and I’m ready to invest in myself and my business. I have a real issue with tooting my own horn, but getting a website up and running will be the next step!

    I found you through MindBodyGreen, and you have been one of the biggest inspirations for me! Having this amazing online network of business women is such a wonderful asset! Thank you!

  18. Celine · February 7, 2014 at 10:53 am · Reply

    Hi Sarah, confession time.

    So I have been stalking your stuff for quite some time (I found you through Marie a few years back) I am a life long entrepreneur. My first business was when I was 10 years old, I made popcorn and pin cushions to sell door to door, how could people say no to that? I sold out! Then I moved on to a jewelry business before settling into a career in esthetics and have been operating my own award winning beauty health and wellness spa (Happy Day Spa) for the past 10 years.

    About 7 years ago I had my first child and then my second and everything changed. Running my brick and mortar business and being a mom I struggled to stay true to myself and not get sucked into the motherhood trap of giving to my kids, giving to my hubby, giving my friends and family, giving to my business and having nothing left to give to myself.

    Then one day when my second child was about 6 months old (2.5 years into motherhood) I was running errands and saw myself in the monitor of the security camera and I couldn’t believe my eyes. The woman I saw just wasn’t me anymore. I looked fat, tired, and miserable. I had been sucked into the motherhood trap and I decided right there to get out. First step was to make myself a priority again.

    I drastically changed my life. I lost over 50 pounds and have become a proud happy healthy hot mom! And passionate about helping other moms pull themselves out of the motherhood trap to become happy healthy hot moms too!

    In September with the support of my hubby and family I took a big risk to pursue creating an online coaching business for for my Happy Healthy Hot Mom Revolution. I hope to have my awesome website live online in just a few weeks and my first e-book ready to go at the same time.

    I admire your perspective and although I sometime have very different thought process and approach I really value what you do.

    Good luck with your new babe, get ready for a whole new world.
    Much love, Celine

    • Sarah Jenks · February 13, 2014 at 12:00 pm · Reply

      Celine, you are a total badass. I LOVE your new biz and know mothers everywhere really need this. You’re going to rock it. Sending you a big hug!

  19. Roslyn Tanner Evans · February 7, 2014 at 5:09 pm · Reply

    Hi Sarah, I’m at the other end of the spectrum. Enjoyed 30 years as a career coach, full time working mom and retirement wasn’t fulfilling. Was always looking for something new, to try, courses and I took a beading class and discovered a hidden talent. My passion and all my other skills catapulted me into creating a jewelry business at age 68. My artistic daughter jined me. Now at 74.6 I’ve transformed my business from live craft shows to an online business. We launched a new website in Nov and best of all, I’m loving social media.

    I just got that I need to think “Marketing” as number 1 use of my time. Not so easy for creatives and learning computer technology. Also want an opt-in to grow my list but not coming up with great idea.

    Advice to newbies- Go for it- its never too late and use professionals to guide you. It’s worth the money.

    • Sarah Jenks · February 13, 2014 at 12:03 pm · Reply

      Roslyn, you are incredible. Thank you for being here, I just love your story. Opt-in idea…

      “Where’d you get that!?” How to create jewelry everyone will covet. You can give them a little how – to and then once they fig out they don’t want to do it themselves, they can just buy from you!

  20. Dianna Jensen · February 9, 2014 at 12:24 am · Reply

    Sarah, thank you for all your advice. I love it. I’m currently in school at IIN and am trying to get my other business off the ground. I hand craft organic + wild, sustainable & fair trade skin care products. I will be launching my momma + baby care line and I don’t know if I’m in love with my website. I have lots to work on. I need to work on that, marketing, and being interesting because I’m so not! I spend most of my time with my children and plants. I can be painfully introverted, so I am going to cut myself some slack, take a deep breathe, and take it one step at a time. I love all your advice and am excited to check out Marie Forleo. Thanks Sarah! :)

  21. kate · February 9, 2014 at 8:28 pm · Reply

    Sarah! I love everything about this post. I have been struggling with marketing. I think i have 1. and 2. (would love anyone’s feedback) down…I don’t know how to integrate a mailing list/blog feed into my squarespace account and this post is prompting me to make that happen asap. I know I have a quality product and that people love it when they find me…I just need to get their attention. xoxo. I am so excited to see the dates for the Live Free retreat. I will see you in october!!!

    • Sarah Jenks · February 13, 2014 at 12:05 pm · Reply

      Kate, so excited youre going to join us in October! Def get your opt-in integrated asap. I work with lindsaymcguire.com and she’s great with this stuff. It always pays to pay!

      • Lindsay McGuire · February 13, 2014 at 8:32 pm · Reply

        Thanks for the shout-out Sarah! I would love to help any of you with your website needs.

        I first found Sarah and her blog when I was starting my own business. It’s easy to get caught up in work, work, work and have no life. Sarah’s weekly blog posts are so helpful for me to realize that my life is happening now and I need to really LIVE NOW!

        Marie is a great resource to get your business going. The first year I did all of Marie’s free videos and got everything up off the ground. The second year I was able to invest in myself and joined B-School. So worth the investment.

        As far as what I need to work on – Cutting myself some slack :)
        As a work-at-home mom with a baby girl and a 3-year-old boy things can get kind of crazy around here.

        Great post Sarah! I look forward to your new-mommy posts!

      • kate · February 15, 2014 at 2:30 pm · Reply

        I just tried to buy plane tickets…and jetblue is only booking until 10/25! dang. I can wait. I am not letting this year pass me by.

  22. Angelia Gordon · February 10, 2014 at 9:22 am · Reply

    I want to start a longarm quilting business. I don’t even own or barely know how to use a longarm arm. I just know I love quilts, fabric, and the beauty quilting brings to a quilt. I have no money or a plan just a dream. HELP!

    • Sarah Jenks · February 13, 2014 at 12:05 pm · Reply

      Angelia, go talk to someone who already does this. Ask them if you can spend some time with them, help them out and learn the biz.

    • Mauvis Miller · February 14, 2014 at 10:31 am · Reply

      Angelia,

      you should go to a sewing machine store and tell them your interested in a Long Arm quilter and have them show you the different models and pricing and they will do a demo for you and if you purchase it then it usually comes with free classes (where you meet other long arm quilters) also you can get all your questions answered by joining a Yahoo group, just search Long Arm quilters. I do embroidery myself, had just a Ellisimo Gold that was good for crafts but got into the business end of it and I upgraded to a 10 needle machine and learned more from joining a Yahoo group than from the store i bought the machine at. But i soak up any help from where i can get it. Good Luck!

  23. Mauvis Miller · February 11, 2014 at 12:18 pm · Reply

    I can relate to trying to do everything and realize that its all in the marketing. This sounds exciting, my mind is prepared to get on the 90% track and then do a much more clear approach on the coaching end, I would like more info on how to get this plan into action, what marketing techniques or website can help me get there, much appreciated!
    thanks
    Mauvis Miller

    • Sarah Jenks · February 13, 2014 at 12:06 pm · Reply

      Mauvis, check out Marie’s video training. Links in the article. She’s the expert:).

  24. Miello · February 24, 2014 at 4:32 am · Reply

    Hi Sarah, this was a wonderful post! I just discovered your site looking for kick butt About pages and found you through http://www.copingwithjane.com/how-to-write-a-killer-about-page/. Sweet! I launched my own business about 15 months ago making websites. I come from a marketing background, but putting websites together is something I’ve always enjoyed. What I’ve discovered is that of the various clients I’ve had, I really enjoy working with coaches. People with passions and energy to change the lives of others. Now I’m working on services to help coaches grow online with better messaging and productized services.

    Step 3 will be my focus for the coming months.

    My advice that I’ve been giving to my clients is to start with a minimal product and move forward. It’s very easy to get overwhelmed and build a huge to-do lists. And sometimes this slows people down from getting out in the market…where you truly learn. I started my web design business without even having a website. My minimal product was calling a few peeps that needed help and convincing them that I could do it. It’s never too early to start :)

    Thanks again, look forward to reading more on your thoughts of business

  25. Kristy Breen · February 27, 2014 at 12:55 pm · Reply

    Hi Sarah! I have a delimma. I am getting ready to invest in my business possibly change my whole niche. I have the opportunity to join b school or hire a wonderful one on one marketing and branding coach. Not sure where to invest. Can’t afford to do both. They would both be great. Sometimes I do better on on one with someone. I stay more focused. Antsy advice?

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