Living on Purpose is a Choice

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Do you remember the first time you ever felt powerful and invincible? I do. And every time since then has only expounded and amplified on that state of mind and contentment. It’s a surreal belief of confidence and certainty. For me the only comparison I guess would be falling in love. There’s this aura of perfection and love that surrounds the other person while simultaneously sending waves of absolute wonderment and passion to the outside world as well. Every moment is unlimited potential, because you’re amazed that the next minute and the next hour and the next day, could be any more perfect and crystalline.

Each one of us has the same ability to connect to that state of mind of absolute certainty and attain our dreams. Because you know that you know what you know and that’s all that matters. That belief creates opportunities that arise for you to act on which then produces positive effects which justify your original belief that you can attain what it is that you want. As the cycle continues it naturally creates momentum and the journey strengthens. It’s your beliefs that lead you to do what you did the day before that ultimately leads you to a happier today and successful tomorrows.

I began pondering about this today and it just seems so simple. For me, when I got started, I just knew it was going to work, because it ‘had to’. No doubt about it. When I began my cleaning business, I was a single parent of two boys. I had zero. Nothing. No savings and no credit cards and no loans to fall back on. I also didn’t have any time to waste. What I did have were the cutest little boys that I loved more than anything. I made it happen because of the beliefs that worked for me and I didn’t stop at no and I didn’t take anything personal either. So, like this picture above, looking inside the tube, you gotta stay focused because, really, it’s a given. It’s a must. It’s an absolute certainty that you’ll end up on the other side looking back and know that you killed it and had a blast doing it too.

Everyone has their own reasons, their own dreams and their own path. The real ticket is to remember how powerful our beliefs are and to believe in your dreams with absolute clarity and conviction. The rest will all fall into place.

Mahalo a nui loa and e malama pono.

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❤ TGIF & Flower Lei Day

My general principle has always been more or less, this…is what worked for me, if you want to achieve this…then you can also do what I did…etc. But, instead of taking it personally from my boys that most people don’t want to clean and do that for a living (which completely simplifies and minimizes the whole business) but more like “Mom, you’re doing so great in business, just think about those things and try to help people start whatever business that they want, but help them along in the same way”. Ok, so after talking to my kids, who are so sweet, eloquent and brutally honest; mentioned that maybe I should write another book for starting your own business. Obviously, the idea has passed my thoughts a zillion times, but hearing it from my boys was like a wake up call. Kind of similar to the iPhones new app for an alarm if your alarm doesn’t go off 🙂 

So, looking at my brown and blue eyed angels, how could I not be inspired and grateful for being their mom and having such kind words of wisdom come my way?

I heard a tweet earlier today from @aplusk, which was actually a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, “Small minds discuss people. Average minds discuss events. Great minds discuss ideas.”  Thanks to the power of the flower, (Happy Lei Day, one more time May 1st) I am officially embarking on finishing that book I started for anyone interested in being an entrepreneur and will dedicate it to the brown and blue eyes that I adore.

I believe that most successful businesses understand the message that Eleanor was stating and embraced all it’s facets. Don’t be so grandiose and removed that you can’t relate with the finer details in life, such as the needs of the people that you serve. Also, be an active participant in society and stay afloat with current events and upcoming festivities for the masses at large and present your business accordingly. And finally, stretch your personal and professional goals and create landmarks that encourage creativity and crushes conformity. Liberating ourselves from our selves, is the biggest and yet most rewarding challenge that we can face. Such a great idea could only have come from Mrs. R.

Mahalo a nui loa and me ke aloha pau ole ❤

Starting Smart in Business

 

Start Right Start Smart

Start Right Start Smart

 

Creating an Inspiring & Supportive Team Starts with a Mentor!

These success stories went beyond these folks and their dreams. They didn’t start in the cleaning service business like I did, but they definitely showed their strength and tenacity for their own passions and pursued their entrepreneurial spirit!

 

 Maui’s Small Business Awards

The Maui Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2009 American Savings Bank Economic Update and U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Awards Luncheon at the Maui Beach Hotel on Friday, April 17, to pay tribute to business leaders who have made vital contributions to the community. 
 

 

Moms Making Money

SCORE Advice Helps Moms Start and Grow Their Home-Based Businesses
When Vivian Frankel was organizing a conference to help other stay-at-home mothers establish and grow their own home-based businesses in 2004, she made sure that counselor Jerry Earle of Los Angeles SCORE was on the agenda.

 

In 60 Seconds…
Whether they’re on the medal stand at the Olympics or standing in line for a hotdog at the recreation league cookout, great athletes always credit their coaches for instilling the discipline necessary to achieve a goal, offering helpful tips to sharpen their skills or providing encouragement during difficult times. Likewise, an entrepreneur can benefit from the wisdom and insights of an experienced business coach. Finding this unique individual is easier than you may think. 

0:60     Define What Do You Need Help With
A business coach can assist with things as specific as making sales presentations or as broad as developing a long-term growth plan for your business. Determine those areas in which you need the most help, and make a commitment to finding a qualified expert.

0:46     Consider Crossover Expertise
The ideal scenario is to have a coach with experience in your particular trade or industry. That may not be possible for some specialized businesses, or in certain geographic locations. Don’t worry; the basic tools and strategies for success transcend all types of businesses. If you want to add franchises to your carpet cleaning business, for example, a coach with a background in the restaurant industry can guide you through the process of evaluating potential markets and structuring contracts. 

0:34     Get an Objective Perspective 
Entrepreneurs count on friends and family members for many things, but don’t expect honest criticism to be among them. Your business coach should be someone who is fair, reasonable and interested in your success, but also willing to tell the truth, even if it’s not what you want to hear.

0:28     Find a Compatible Comfort Factor
Personalities don’t always click. You may discover that an otherwise perfect business coach is difficult to work with, or doesn’t fully understand your perspective. (For example, many female entrepreneurs prefer working a coach who is also a woman.) Your coach should be someone who earns your trust and confidence, not intimidates you into following his or her advice.

0:17     Where to Find It
If you have visited www.score.org, you’re already well on the way to finding the perfect business coach for your needs. SCORE has 389 chapter offices across the country where you can receive free, one-on-one counseling from experts who have done it all.

0:03     Take Advantage of Technology
You don’t even need to leave your home or office to work with a SCORE business coach. Just go to SCORE’s Web site, select “Ask SCORE” and identify the area(s) in which you would like some coaching. By browsing through the resumes of potential coaches, you’re sure to find one with the expertise and skills you’re looking for. An email to that coach is all it takes to launch a rewarding relationship that will benefit your small business.


Brought to you by SCORE “Counselors to America‘s Small Business.” Ask SCORE.

~Me ke aloha pau ole

 

Love Your Life & Make it Happen!

 

Be Happy

Be Happy

Each one of us are 100% responsible for everything in our life.

So, this very second, I hope everybody can find a place that makes them happy to visit and helps them gain a little clarity in their life.

Enjoy the ride 🙂 & live on purpose!

Profit Pipeline Strategies

 

Partner in Profit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow these tips to increase profits and grow your business.

Prioritize Your Leads
Classify your A, B and C leads in terms of the revenue they can produce. Each company needs large, medium and small clients. Always go after your large prospects first, but pursue small and medium clients simultaneously. Larger deals usually require more time and effort to close. In the interim, smaller customers can provide the cash flow you need to maintain and grow your business. The total gross revenue of your smaller clients may even be greater than that of your larger ones.

Pursue Profitable Industries
Do your research. Find out which industries have been labeled “recession-proof” and those that are growing in spite of the economy. There are numerous case studies available on this topic. A good indicator of growth is if an industry is hiring, rather than firing employees. Focus your business on these segments and make sure to diversify. If your products and services are tailored to a specific industry, try modifying or expanding your offerings. And, if your target audience has been negatively affected by the recession, find a way to market yourself to other segments.

Don’t Lower Your Prices
Price reduction is not an effective growth strategy. There will always be companies that offer the same services at lower prices. Instead, explain to clients what makes your offerings unique. Convince prospects that you can provide the best possible service in your market. Intelligent customers realize that they get what they pay for, so don’t rely on competitive pricing. Now more than ever, the key to closing a deal is quality and service. Make the customer feel like they’re getting more than they paid for, while charging all that your worth.


Another great article, 60-Second Guide to Sales Prospects, Brought to you by SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business.” Ask SCORE

Mahalo… 

 

No Regrets!

 

Pure bliss

Pure bliss

Being from Maui, I’ve absorbed what the meaning of the aloha spirit really means. You give more than you take, and you treat everyone like family, like your own ohana. We’re all connected and responsible for each other. It’s a loving way to live your life. It infuses creativity and vitality in your day to day and encourages gratitude.

 

That’s how I tried to treat my business; all my clients and employees were family. I also tried to challenge myself and exceed my business goals and take it to a new height.  It’s also like watching your children grow up and create their own rich life that far exceeds the dreams you dreamt for them.


As for myself, I made my own way in life the best I knew at the time, which is probably why I always want the best for everybody. Looking back I should ‘a, could ‘a, would ‘a, doesn’t matter. I’m a work in progress, we all are. If it wasn’t for the mistakes that I have made, I would not have persevered and conquered some of my hardest challenges. So, if I can show other people a path to accomplish their dreams by starting their own business and they learn to do it faster, better and more successful than I did, then right on, I’m stoked.

 

I just hope we all remember that it’s our belief in ourselves that brought us to this path of entrepreneurship in the first place. That same high level of confidence and self esteem will also propel us forward when we are faced with obstacles and negativity. So, when a client disagrees with your methods, argues for a cheaper rate, complains of poor service and generally treats you as if you’re less than, ho’omanao, remember your truth and inner promise to yourself that you won’t let anyone cause self-doubt. Trust your choices and your wisdom and assume that their negativity is like a sickness that consumes them. It is not your reality, or what consumes you, so carry on and let them go if you cannot compromise toward a solution. Live true and live without regret.

Aloooooohaaaa!

Creating Online Synergy with Your Cleaning Business

The Web provides a means for you to deliver valuable services to your customers that enriches your customers’ lives and saves them time. In doing so, you will increase customer loyalty. The Internet is primarily a social medium. The most effective and profitable web sites are those that foster community among their visitors.

It is crucial to understand that on the Internet, the user is in complete control. Hard selling will not work, and will probably antagonize your prospects. Profitable web sites are information rich, resourceful and intelligently maintained. They post articles, answer questions and control the display of their website that is relevant to their target market. Web sites that are organized with plenty of internal links make their important pages only a click or two away. Effective sites write content in a clean and modern style that can be quickly scanned by the eye.

You can reduce the cost of repetitive questions and requests from your target audience by allowing them to access information about your business from your web site. In doing so, you can be assured that your target audience is receiving information about all the services that your business offers, such as incorporating a FAQ (frequently asked questions) page to your site. Your site should also enable communication between yourself and the potential/existing client. Ideally, you should offer your customers the choice of submitting their inquiry by more than one method, e.g. by online form, comments section and email message. As you deepen the relationship with your audience via online newsletters, raffles and other marketing campaigns, you’ll develop a precise flow or direction for your web sites main purpose.

Utilizing a web designer or performing the layout yourself does not need to take months and thousands of dollars. Typically, a good business plan for your website should list and adhere to your company’s main objective and follow through on that throughout the web. Some businesses only want to build an email list for their newsletter and other promotional advertisements. Others want to create an atmosphere similar to a show room. They want you to feel like they’re right there with you every step of the way. Just decide on your hierarchy of priorities. Branding yourself and your business online can be an extremely lucrative endeavor when practiced responsibly.