July 20, 2010

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Welcome To Our Blog!

Savvy Entrepreneur

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Take some time to look around, there’s plenty of great complimentary training to assist you in building a savvy, sustainable business online.  

We’d love to hear from you about your thoughts on our new site, the information you’d like to receive and how we’ve helped you in your entrepreneurial journey! Click “play” below for a welcome message from Natasha!

To Your Continued Success,

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July 20, 2014

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How To Get Millions Of Visitors Every Year

In this video, learn the secret of how one site gets 3 million visitors every year and how you can apply the strategy to your own business.

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October 12, 2012

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Following The Black Sheep

Over the past couple of years, it’s become pretty apparent that I’m the “Black Sheep” of the industry.

I’m ok with it…

I thought you should know it, though.

(Just in case, you’re not into following a black sheep) ;   )

So here’s the deal.

As business owners, we have choices to make in how we conduct our business.  Here are some of those choices:

• Using Company or Product Trademark names in violation of Trademark law.

• Showing bank accounts (accurate or PhotoShopped)

• Buying “likes” and “comments” on Fiverr or other outsource sites, to increase your Edge Rank or “social” proof.

• Buying “likes” or “comments” to win contests

• Knowingly violate advertising platform policies because “it works”

• Teaching others to violate advertising platform policies because you can make money teaching people that stuff.

• Using “black hat” methods to beat search engine algorithms.

• Promoting systems that engage in deceptive advertising just because it’s the “in” thing to do (and you can get paid well)

• Telling only “part” of the story about a successful marketing strategy, because, the truth would not be nearly as “sexy”. (i.e, “Learn how I generated 1,000 leads on Facebook” but conveniently forgetting to mention that you paid $6,000 to get those leads).

• Quoting how much money you made in a month, but “leaving out” the amount of money that has to be paid out to affiliates, etc.

Now some of you may be completely shocked to learn that these are things that some of the leaders that you have followed have chosen to do.  But it’s true and you deserve to know the truth.

Many of them have made a lot of money in a short amount of time as a result of engaging in these practices.

They’ll tell you it’s just clever “marketing”.

Which is probably why Seth Godin wrote a book entitled “All Marketers Are Liars”.

Why am I telling you all of this?

Two very important reasons:

Objects in the mirror are much smaller than they appear.

In other words, you’re not getting the whole story a lot of the time.

I’ve seen a lot of very talented entrepreneurs getting extremely discouraged (and almost quitting) because they aren’t making money as fast as “So-and-So”. Expectations in our industry have gotten insanely unrealistic, and someone needs to speak out about it.  It’s exactly WHY online businesses, home businesses, network marketing businesses get a bad rep.  

I believe aspiring and beginning entrepreneurs should be told the truth about what it takes to succeed on or offline. That’s why you’ll never hear me promising success in a short amount of time or with very little effort.

It takes hard work- but the rewards are SO worth it!  (I’m living proof!)

My brutal honesty and unwillingness to engage in “sketchy” business practices has cost me quite a few sales, I’m sure.

But, I don’t care.

I have to be able to look at myself in the mirror and most importantly, I have to answer to God and I want to make Him proud.

I’m a rule follower.

If you’re looking for the promise of quick riches, I’m not your gal. I only teach sustainable business practices, so if you’re looking for the next “black hat” trick to cheat the system, I’m not your gal.

I’m picky as hell about what I promote, because I don’t want to steer my readers, customers and clients down the wrong path.  Rich and I have foregone a lot of opportunities to make a lot of money in a short amount of time, just because we know that products/services won’t deliver on their promises.

For me, slow, steady and acting in integrity wins the race.

With all of that said, if you’re looking for information that’s not full of BS and hype on how to build a sustainable business, I’ve put together a 4-video “tell-all” series that you need to watch.

In the 1st video you’ll learn the mistake I made that caused me to have to flush 18 months of business building down the drain.

In the 2nd video you’ll discover the big myth that could cost you your entire business.

In the 3rd video, I’ll help you get rid of the trash that is causing you to unknowingly sabotage your business and help you uncover the hidden gold you’ve been sitting on that you may have forgotten.

In the 4th video, you’ll learn how to build an authentic brand even if you’re brand new. You will also learn about the new course I just launched called Branded, which is my blueprint for building a sustainable business which allowed me to quit my full-time job as an attorney.

No fluff. No hype. No B.S.

Just good, solid, potentially life-altering information.

You can get all 4 videos here.

PS  I’d love to hear your thoughts, so comment below and make sure you share this article if you know someone who can benefit from what you’ve just learned : )

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October 8, 2012

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Wake Up And Smell The Hypocrisy

The winds of hypocrisy have been blowing for sometime now
in our niche, did you get caught up in it?

I’ve noticed quite a few “attraction marketing experts”
who have done exceptionally well at building their own brand, and attracting
prospects to them being, well, complete and utter hypocrites.

They implemented the principles of attraction marketing.

They led with value.

They built “You, Inc.” (a/k/a their own brand).

As a result they got a nice following (a/k/a “a list”).

Then they marketed their opportunity to that list, which propelled
them into the stratosphere in their primary company.

Now, the proud leader of a big downline, what do they teach
their downline about how to build a successful business?

They teach them to do what they SAY and not what they actually DID.

That’s ridiculous.

(not to mention extremely hypocritical)

The other option is, they build a fantastic, magnetic brand…
and then essentially tell their “followers”:

“Look, I created nifty website for you” that you can use to build your business
for just a low monthly fee.

Is that website how they became tremendously successful?

Nope.

But apparently, with these folks…

What’s good for the Goose is NOT good for the Gander.

Why?

They want you to buy their stuff (who cares if that’s not how they became successful, right?)

They want you to build their downline (who cares about building a real, sustainable business, right?)

Are you ok with that?

Tell you what, take a look at the leaders of any of these programs… Notice anything eerily similar about virtually all of them?

They have their OWN BRAND and their OWN LIST.

That’s why they’re making the big bucks.

The reason people buy from them is due in large part to their brand as Mr. or Mrs. Guru, not the product or business opportunity that they’re promoting.

So…..the $10 Million question is:

Why, do they do that Natasha?

Here it is, plain and simple:

1. They don’t make as much money as quickly if you do what they did.

Building a brand takes more time, then spamming the product or opportunity to whomever will listen.

They want the sales now, dammit.

Go sell their stuff, go build their downline….quit trying to be a real business owner for Pete’s sake!

2. They don’t think you’re as “clever” or “tenacious” as they are.

I mean, hell, they eat their Wheaties every morning, and drink superhero juice.

They’ve got the magic touch, and you….well….don’t.

They think there’s nooooooo possible way you could be as smart as they are. I mean, they were BORN to be Gurus.

You….well…weren’t.

You’re the “fan”, they’re the Guru. Just give them all of your money, and call it a day.

Stop the Insanity, Right Now.

There is no Guru-juice.

You have it within you, right now, to build a MAGNETIC brand.

You can DO what they DID.

You can have the results that they have.

You just need to get the real scoop on how to build a brand, so you can start building a list, growing a “following” and getting paid what you’re worth. (which is a lot!)

I’ve got a 4-part video series that can help you learn how to build your authentic brand even if you’re brand-spankin’ new.

Check it out right now

I’ll see YOU at the Top!

PS  I’d love to hear your thoughts, so comment below and make sure you share this article if you know someone who can benefit from what you’ve just learned : )

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September 25, 2012

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Your Brand Follows You Everywhere

Like it or not, your brand follows you EVERYWHERE..    This is especially true if you are building a “personal brand” online (i.e, branding YOURSELF).

Every single post you write on your blog.  Every single comment that you make on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube,  etc., very action that you take as a leader, is introducing people to your brand.

Depending on what you’re saying or doing, that could be good or bad…
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August 14, 2012

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How to “Rock” Your Results!

I have to admit I’m not exactly what you’d call an “outdoorsy” sort-of gal, unless snow skiing and laying out on the beach count. In fact, my one and only camping trip resulted in a massive rash, sunburn and blisters all over my face. Yikes!

(Rich now knows why I have refused to go camping for the previous 32 years of my life)

So if I’m not outdoorsy, what’s up with the rock?

Well, last week I was speaking at an event, and one of the things that all of the attendees were given, was a rock. It was quite the unusual “gift” for attendees, I mean, you usually only get a pen and a hotel pad!

The gift turned out to be life altering.

Stick with me….

The attendees were told to write their 5-year goals on one side of the rock. On the other side they had to write why they deserved to reach those goals.

Wow!

Many wrestled with their “monkeys” (emotional hang-ups), telling them that they didn’t “deserve” any of the goals. As the weekend progressed, breakthroughs were made that as a result of those rocks. These otherwise highly motivated entrepreneurs began to see that they DID deserve to reach their goals. That was a MAJOR step in the right direction.

I, on the other hand, as a speaker, did not get a rock that weekend, but I vowed to get one once I returned home.

When I got home, I went it search of the most perfect rock, and I found it. It’s the one in the picture at the top of this article. ; ) It was beautiful (so it would look great on my desk), smooth, and most importantly had plenty of space for me to write on it.

I brought it home and placed it on the kitchen table.

Countless times I just sat and stared at the rock, not wrestling with WHY I deserved to reach my goals, but what exactly my goals for the next 5 years were.

(shocking, I know, right?)

Let me explain…

For the previous 5 years, my big, pot ‘o gold, goal was to finally be able to spend more of my time helping aspiring entrepreneurs, as opposed to practicing law all day every day.

On August 1st that goal was met.

Now, that I have accomplished something that I felt was virtually impossible only 5 short years ago, I felt like my life was a blank canvas.

What picture did I want to paint over the next 5 years?

That rock made me think long and hard about where I was headed.

And to be honest, it freaked me out quite a bit to realize that I had no clue where I was headed. I felt like I was driving 90 down the expressway with no actual destination in mind.

How ridiculous is that?!?

For over a year, a colleague of mine kept telling me to write down my goals. For over a year, I told her “next week”.The reality was, I didn’t have “time” to make big goals, I just needed to keep taking action on my daily “to-do” lists.

Yet, as I stared at that rock, I felt like a fool.

How could I actually reach any major goals if I don’t set them?

Was I going to somehow get there “by accident”? Perhaps…

But I decided in that moment, that I would no longer live my life by default. I would live my life by design. I have decided to regularly set goals both large and small, that way I know exactly where I’m headed at any given moment.

Some of you may be thinking…. “aren’t you afraid of “not reaching a goal that you set?”

This may surprise you, but the answer is, “NO!”

I believe that I can reach any goal that I set for myself, and you can too!

So, my hurdle wasn’t a feeling like I didn’t deserve to achieve my goal, or even a fear of not achieving the goals.

The rock showed me that I needed to decide out of the limitless possibilities for my life, which goals I would achieve in the next 5 years.

As I wrote the words in permanent marker on that rock, I felt tremendous clarity…

The clarity was immediately followed by a rash of ideas of how to make those goals happen.

I want the same clarity for you!  So what are you waiting for?

Go play outside and find yourself a rock….it’ll change your life!

If you enjoyed this story or think that a friend could benefit from the lesson I shared, please SHARE this article.  Do you have any special methods of setting your goals? Did you try the “rock” exercise?  If so, I’d love to hear it, so please comment below!

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June 1, 2012

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How to Create a Personalized Signature

An important part of building “You, Inc” is allowing people to get to know you!  To do that, you should consider putting your personal touch on everything you do online.  One fun way to do that, is to customize your posts with your own personalized signature.

You may have been wondering how everyone gets those nifty customized signatures on the end of their blog post or emails.  If so, you’re in luck!

Check out this video where I walk you step by step through creating your own personalized signature for FREE and how to place it into your blog post.

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May 31, 2012

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A Crazy Shower Experience

 In today’s video, I am going to get a bit intimate.  That’s right…

I’m going to share an experience I had in a hotel shower that I will never forget.

This lesson is all about expectations.  In life and in business, many of the emotions we experience are a direct result of the expectations we have about certain events, people, or tasks.

This story is about a little historic hotel in Ely, Nevada named Hotel Nevada, where I had a shower that I won’t soon forget! Check it out!


 

If you enjoyed this story or think that a friend could benefit from the lesson I shared, please SHARE this video.  Have you had a similar expectation that was exceeded?  If so, I’d love to hear it, so please comment below!

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May 28, 2012

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Winning Life’s Great Balancing Act

Unlike Rich, who showed signs of being an entrepreneur at the tender age of 9, I never knew I had an entrepreneurial bone in my body until I was 26.

Since that time, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to truly succeed as an Internet entrepreneur.  One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned along the way is about the power of choices.

When I was young, I used to love reading Choose Your Own Adventure books.

In case you didn’t have the good fortune to read these books… as you read the story, you are given choices—for option 1, you turn to page 7 and for option 2, you turn to page 9, then you get to the bottom of that page and you’re given 2 or 3 more choices….

Every story is different because of the numerous choices that you get to make as the reader.

I’ve found that my life over the past nearly 6 years has been quite similar to a Choose Your Own Adventure book, especially since I’ve been pursuing my entrepreneurial ambitions while practicing law full-time.

I know there are many of you out there that are doing the juggling act that I’ve been doing over the years, and some of you have kids on top of a full-time job and your business.  Even if you don’t fall into this category, this lesson is universal, so listen up! ; )

Every single day you are presented with a multitude of choices.  Each choice you make takes you one step closer or one step further away from your entrepreneurial goals.

For example, if you’ve just completed a course on, say, blogging.  You then have a choice:

A.  Implement what you just learned

B.  Buy another course (Hey, you need to be an expert before you get started, right?)

C.  Watch TV/Visit with friends/Re-organize your sock drawer, etc. (“I’ll get back “on track” next week/month/year”)

D. Quit (“hey, this entrepreneur stuff is too hard!”)

Over the years, I’ve seen about 10% choose Option D.  60% of people choose Option C, and another 20% choose Option B.  Amazing only a tiny 10% choose Option A.

Guess who is making 99% of the money?

The people who choose Option A.

Why don’t more people choose Option A?

I really don’t know…. some may be deterred by that pesky monkey on their shoulder that tells them that they aren’t good enough to get started.

(My suggestion— kick that stupid monkey to the curb!)

Others simply lack the discipline necessary.  They fall prey to the “hype” in our industry that says you can make money with no effort.

(That’s all that is, by the way, hype!)

The truth of the matter is that it takes hard work and a lot of self-discipline to succeed as an Internet entrepreneur.

Presumably you started down the entrepreneurial path in order to reach a goal or achieve a dream, right?

So let me ask you a simple question…

Are Your Dreams/Goals Worth It?

If the answer to that question is “Yes!” then continue reading…

Our answer to that question is a resounding “YES!”

Rich and I have foregone many a social outing or trip just to work on our business. It’s why we are getting the results that we are. Regardless of what anyone tells you- when you’re just starting out, you can’t sit on the beach 24/7 and generate over 10,000 leads and become a top affiliate like we have.

It takes discipline and sacrifice.

But it’s sacrifice for the greater good…. every social outing I forego to work on our business means that another group of entrepreneurs is going to be equipped to reach their goals.  The more entrepreneurs that we help reach their goals, the closer we are to reaching our own.

Every TV show I miss, means that we are that much closer to living the dream lifestyle of building our online empire while travelling the world.

(Yes, I did say online empire—we’ve got enormous plans!) ; )

Your entrepreneurial future is truly in your hands and no one else’s.  With each decision you make, do a little “check” and ask yourself:

“Is this going to take me one step closer or one step further away from my goals”?

and then ask yourself

“Am I OK with that result?”

I ran across an amazing video recently that sums up this article perfectly.  Have a look and if you know of someone who could benefit from this article, please share it. 

 

If this article has resonated with you, we’d love to hear your thoughts and pearls of wisdom!

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May 24, 2012

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We Spent $4,138.58 On Advertising In March (Inside Scoop)

Ok, this video is something I wouldn’t normally share with anyone other than our private coaching clients, but I know that a lot of people are really hungry for the real scoop on how they can scale up their business through paid advertising without running up huge credit card bills, tapping into their savings or even worse, their retirement accounts.

If you’re brand new to the idea of building your business using the Internet, I command you to leave this post immediately and go wander around the Internet searching for answers for the next four years, then you should come back here and watch this video.

Now, this is the part where I say I’m just joking…ha ha, right? Uh, wrong! I mean it, get outta here so you can take the long windy road to success like we did. It’s simply not acceptable to me that you are so lucky to have stumbled upon this video that can potentially shave off years from your learning curve just by grasping the powerful concept in this video.

Now, if you’ve spent a respectable amount of time (6 months+) in front of your computer for 16 hours a day learning and implementing every lead generation strategy known to man, and you still have no idea how you’ll ever get to 50 leads a day, then you’re welcome to proceed to the next level of awareness by clicking on the play button below…trespassers will be prosecuted.

It’s important to mention that the sales numbers I shared in this video are just from our marketing efforts alone. They do not include any affiliate traffic or joint venture deal that we we put together. I’m pointing out this distinction because almost all of the time that you see people talking about how they did “$X” in two days, the number they provide is the sales number, while they conveniently leave out the fact that 50% or more of that money is going to be paid to someone else.

The reason I’m sharing this information is to demonstrate the power of having a properly crafted marketing funnel combined with your own products and services. This is the secret sauce that creates the “unfair advantage” for some online and is the only true way to earn 100% commissions on your efforts.

Click here for our 7-day crash course to learn how to attract a massive amount of red-hot prospects to your business.

To your success,

Rich Hazlett

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May 22, 2012

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“How Can I Shorten My Learning Curve If I’m New?”

 
 

Click here if you need a blueprint to help you attract red-hot prospects to your business.

To your success,

Rich Hazlett