10 Business Owner Snow Day Activites

I live in North Carolina and needless to say when it snows things get closed! Currently, Winter Storm Inga is ravaging the South East and she will probably be here until the weekend. Since I am a fulltime business owner, I am always thinking about MAXIMIZING my time. I figured you might need some help to get your business a Snow Day Boost. Here are 10 Things you can do today to use your time wisely and simultaneously enhance your business. 

1. ORGANIZE YOUR EMAIL

It seems simple say check your email, but cleaning it up may be an entirely different issue. Create folders for important people, organizations, events, and topics to make it easier to find information. 

2. UNSUBSCRIBE

Like many people you have probably subscribed to dozens of email lists and newsletters. However, you end up inundated with a plethora of messages every day. You can remedy this by going through each email and unsubscrinbibg6, or use Unroll.me. Just a few clicks can help you eliminate hundreds of emails. 
3. FAQ LIST

If you are in Business then you know the top questions people ask about your product or service. Take your snow day and write out the questions and answers. Then add this list to your website, create a PDF that can be sent to potential clients, and make the PDF downloadable. If you want to go one step further, create a graphic for each Q&A and use it on Facebook and Instagram to educate potential customers and followers. 

4. RATE SHEET

People will always want to know how much your product or service is. Take time to create a Rate Sheet that lists the name, price, and description of your service.
5. WEBINAR

If you are stuck inside, you might as well #LearnSomething. There are plenty of places that can provide you between 30-60 minutes of information you need to grow your business. Check out:

Small Business Administration 

Internal Revenue Service

SCORE

Skillshare

Teachable
6. PODCAST

Its not as hard to start a micropodcast as you may think. You can start by creating your script with talking points and downloading Anchor.fm. You can literally use your phone to get started right now. Check out mine at www.anchor.fm/ladybizness

7. VIDEO

Creating a great video that explains who you are can be a great way to spend the day. Write a list things people want to know about your background, mission, vision, and the clients you serve, products you offer, and why people should spend with you. Try to keep each video under 1 minute to enable you to share to Instagram. Make longer videos and create a series to upload on YouTube. 
8. GO LIVE

Guess what? If it’s snowing in your city that means it snowing in more than one place and you have an opportunity to reach an audience that would otherwise be occupied. Use the day to GO LIVE and share a new product or service. You can also answer questions provided by your live audience. 
9. BLOG

Create short blog posts and graphics to visuallt articulate your message to your audience. Schedule your posts for the next month. You can also syndicate your blog using Bloglovin
10. SHARE

This is a great time to share throwbacks of your successes, testimonials from customers, new products, and upcoming events. If you already have events schedule post content like videos, photos, and helpful information. Then ask people to share your content!
Let me know which one you like the best and make a suggestion for other activities. #StayFocused and stay warm.
PS

If you need another great thing you can do on this Snow Day, get my book, The #90DayFocus Your Action Plan for Success! 

XOXO 

CHISA 

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4 Types of People to Accept Advice From 

Out Accept Advice. These two words can be very scary for many people. They can also prove to be detrimental to others.

When you counsel people regularly you encounter people who know they need help,  but have been scorned by bad advice, which in turn, means they don’t want advice. You also encounter people who want to take advice from any and everyone, which is not helpful if those providing the advise have no experience with what you need help with. Finally, you encounter people who listen, but take little to no action. Those people are the ones that claim they want results, but they tens to blame the advisor for the lack of results,  when it’s really their fault for not following through.

So, now that we know the issues, Here are three types of people you should take advise from.

1. THE EXPERIENCED


Someone who has done exactly what you are trying to do. These people have already done the leg work for you. They know the pitfalls and have the connections that can make your path easier. The experienced may not always want to share, but you can always ask. Just know what with experience comes a fee. However, that fee is a small expense in return for the investment of time that you will save.

2. THE WISE

There are plenty of people who don’t necessarily know every detail about what you want to accomplish, but they do have an understanding of how business works. The actual principles do not really change that much, but the technology does. No matter what, there are basic that need to be applied to business and The Wise are typically relationship driven people that navigate easily because of the trust they have built over time.

3. THE FOCUSED 


Having a target in mind with and end goal is a skill. It is very easy to get distracted, but the focused do not want to hear about all the bells and whistles. They want to make sure the task to achieve the goal is completed. These people will sacrifice comfort to ensure completion. Having a person like this in your arsenal will always be a gut check that minimizes distraction.

4. THE SUPPORTER


When you are starting a business you need someone you can bounce ideas off of. This person wants to see you succeed and they will listen and provide suggestions. They do not need to have experience with the type of business you want to do, but they are your litmus test for the general public. The Supporter knows what they like and provides the feel good fuzzies you need.  In addition, The Supporter needs to tell you when he/she does not like something and provide alternatives to make your product or service better.

Starting a business can be scary, but finding the right mix of advisors/mentors will only enhance your business. The end goal is for you to have a viable business. If you found this to be helpful please share it, like, and comment.

You can also book a 1 on 1 Business Coaching Session with me or get a copy of my book, The 90 Day Focus: Your Action Plan for Success.

XOXO

Chisa 

Time Management = Respect

#TimeManagement is how you respect yourself! I am a self proclaimed #TimelineKillah! That phrase has several meanings so let me explain.

1. I meet my timelines to ensure great service and products for my clients

2. I make my own timelines to ensure a level of Security for #TheBag

3. I drop dope events, pics,  and videos that people love to share and make the timeline go crazy (Jeezy Voice)

Either definition still leads to the same conclusion. For me to #thrive, not just survive, things have to be done in a season and timeframe that is most suitable. You have to give your #vision a fighting chance. Time is the only commodity that we can not get more of. When you respect your time, you are honoring yourself and giving your gifts room to grow and telling the #universe that it can give you more because you can handle it. 

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People often ask me, how can you do so much? The answer is always time. I Take time to #Plan, #Prep, and take #Action. I make sure I have downtime to #recharge. I make sure I have #networking time to meet new people. I make sure I have party time to shake that load off. And most importantly is #PrayedUp time to honor where my help cometh! 

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Here are a few apps to help you become a #TimelineKillah too!

Acuity is my fave because it helps others to schedule time with you. In addition, it really helps me to see what time I really have to set individual appointments with clients instead of sending a million emails back and forth. 

Asana is great if you are collaborating with others. 

Online-StopWatch this is one of my faves when I want to work with a specific amount of time and keep my productivity in line. 

Toggl is great if you are working a project with multiple components and you n3ed to keep it together. 

ToDoIst is great if you are a list person and like to visually see what you have accomplished. It’s better than writing on a random piece of paper that you won’t be able to find. 

#GetTheBook Bit.ly/90DayFocusBook Bit.ly/90DayFocusBook #lifelessons #ParablesByLadyBizness #loa #ChisaPennixBrown #Focused #CutTheCheck #DollarsMatter #CoinCollector #90DayFocus #Motivation #Affirmation #instagood 
Please share your favorite apps with me. If you feel like this is great info, feel free to share it, like it, and leave a comment! 

XOXO

Chisa 
 

Glow Getter Photo Shoot is Back! 

AIts 1st Quarter 2018 and its time to upgrade your brand! The easiest and most fun way to do it is to get your makeup done, take a photo, and do it with a group of Glow Getters!

Meet us at Revolution Mill in the private studio of David Spencer of Emagworks and take some of the best photos of your life. Each person will receive 5 edited photos..you read it right, 5 edited photos.
Plus Makeup by Cierra Graham of Grahams of Glam, which will include your eyes, brows, and lashes!

And if that is not enough Lady Bizness will be throwing in the All New Shimmer Marketing Package which includes social media promotion on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and the Lady Bizness Website!
All of that for only $100. All fees are Nonrefundable & Fully Transferable
Be a Model for a Day and Show Us what You Got!
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#Register now at 

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Oversaturated vs Intimidated 

Everyday someone wants to start a business and everyday someone does. Also, everyday someone who wants to start doesn’t because someone else is doing what they want to do.

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So, is the market #oversaturated or are you just intimidated by someone else’s #success?
Personally, that shit #motivates me on so many levels. I want to keep the #hustle alive because its mine and there will never be another like me. I told you that this is the year of #OPPORTUNITY! But, if you keep being scared to start…that Opportunity will still be there, just not for you!

This year is your chance to create the life you want. Be Inspired by what others are doing and create your own lane.

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Book your 1 on 1 Business Coaching Session today. 

If you aren’t ready yet then at least enjoy this Dope Playlist I created called, “That Glow Tho“.

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Monetize Your Ideas is Back! 

THE GREENSBORO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FUND PRESENTS

MONETIZE YOUR IDEAS

Create a Business offering Services & Products Online.

LEARN ABOUT

E-books

Podcasts

Blogs

Webinars

Magazines

T-shirt Lines

There are plenty of ways to increase your bottom line & Monetize Your Ideas.

This interactive workshop will help you find the tools, best online practices & marketing options.

MON. FEB 19, 2018

6-8 PM

The Artist Bloc 1020 West Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27403

 

The Artist Bloc, “Where Creative Minds Meet”, is a fine arts gallery, coffeehouse and retail art supply store.  We strive to cultivate an environment that serves as a place for the arts community to gather, work, and socialize.  In addition to the retail component, we host several events including film screenings, children’s art classes, poetry readings, live performances and a weekly event we call “Paint N Sipp”, in which a professional artist guides our guest in creating an unique painting while indulging in our collection of wines. 

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This event is free and open to the public

Presented by Chisa Pennix-Brown, MBA CEO of Lady Bizness NC’s #1 Small Business Facilitator

Sponsored by GTCC

https://gcdfmonetize.eventbrite.com

Top 10 Goals for 2018

She’s baaaaack! It’s #GiveItToThePeople time and I’ve been on hiatus, but now it’s time to really take over the 2018 THE YEAR OF #OPPORTUNITY! I’ve got some #goals to accomplish this YEAR!

1. Travel more! – Just got back from the #Bahamas and visited #Savannah GA for the first time. I know travel is an investment in your soul. Taking in the culture, history, and cuisine of a ne w place is amazing. Shout out to Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas for opening my eyes to a great way to travel internationally.  

2. Increase my #income by providing opportunities for others to do so as well. I’ve already sold more vendor spaces to my events in a record time than ever before. When you have a product / service that people value, it’s not hard. Such as our #BrownGirlsWinning Summit! 

3. #Collaborate more. I am always looking for More great people and events that I can work with. I truly want to expand to areas that others aren’t. Asking the organizations you really want to work with will open so many doors.  Look for more people that compliment your business and reach out to them. You would be surprised at who wants to work with you.

The GCDF ACCESS NETWORKING event sparked a relationship with Peggy Barron and now she just opened her new venue, Office Evolution. Now, our first event of 2018, More Money, More Business will be at her location. 

A simple message in Instagram started a relationship that was 2 years in the making with The Artists Bloc. And now we are bringing Monetize Your Ideas to their venue. 

4. #Sponsors are a must! Sponsors enable your vision to be larger. Living in Greensboro can be great, but often times the events I want to attend skip over this area. It’s not that there are better people or facilities, sometimes it’s just easier for big names to go to the Capital or the Queen City. Money and the right attitude can change that. Sponsorships allow me to bring in great events, people, and even more variety to #NC.

5. Speak more! Personally, I want to increase my speaking engagements and you should too. There is an audience that wants to hear your expertise 
I teach a lot, but speaking and sharing my book are a priority this year. I’m starting out by doing the UNCG Entrepreneurial Journeys series, which is something I’ve wanted to do for 3 years!

My book, The #90DayFocus wasn’t something I just wrote to say, Hey I’m an author. I truly want to help people make changes that enhance their lives. This book has done so much for my mindset and it deserves to be on more shelves, hands, and hearts. 

6. Increase my writing frequency. I want to write more ebooks and write for other blogs and businesses. There are so many people that need the perspective of someone who has been there and done that. There are so many people that need the perspective of someone who has been there and done that. My first ebook of the year is a Rebrand of “The Top 10 To Do’s for a Glow Getter Brand!” 

 

7. Increase my Going Live Video Time. At one time, I was addicted to going live, but then everyone and their momma started to do it, so I fell back and fine tuned other areas of my business. This year we are going to take a more proactive role in the arena of going live and posting video from events like #TheBizness Radio Show on my YouTube channel. 


8. #Minication life! This vacation has taught me more about myself and my husband than ever before. I am so grateful to be in a position to be able to reduce my stress and appreciate my mate by just going away. This is a part of #SelfCare that is needed.

9. Change my diet. Not go on a diet…a change in diet! Unless you’re already super healthy,  this is probably something you can identify with. I have no goal weight, just to feel better and be healthier.  I’m probably never going to be a #vegan, but I am ready to make some changes to see how they affect my body. I haven’t eaten pork in over 25 years. We stopped actively eating beef last year. I have had beef 3 times in the last year including once last week, just to see if I really missed steak…and the answer is no. So, next, we are going to cut out chicken for at least 1 month to see how we like it. I’m going #pescatarian. 

10. Be even more consistent. I love to have things run smoothly and that is a fact. I am going to hire an assistant and put myself of a real schedule. Being an #entrepreneur or full time #businessowner, in my case, means that you create your own schedule. I have allowed certain things to slip through the cracks in the past and those days are over. Consistency a key to success and me and her are going to be Best Friends! 

Ok…so, those are my top 10 goals for 2018. I believe that writing them down and then sharing them creates a level of commitment. No resolutions, just GOALS! 

Let me know some of your goals and let’s hold each other accountable! Share this message if it has helped you and feel free to give me some tips on going pescatarian, vegan recipes, or even great minication spots! 

More Money, More Business 

The Greensboro Community Development Fund Presents

More Money, More Business 

This interactive panel will discuss the tools needed to get More Money for your Business!

Our panel of Financial Professionals will guide entrepreneurs and business owners on the path needed to 

-Build Capital to Sustain & Grow 

-Seek Grants for Nonprofits

-Improve Personal Relationships with Money

-Create Economic Development in NC

Monday, January 31, 2018 6-8 pm 

Office Evolution

806 Green Valley Rd Suite 200

Greensboro, NC 27408

6-6:15 pm Registration & Networking

6:15-7:15 pm Financial Expert Panel

7:15-8 pm Networking & Office Tours

POWERED BY LADY BIZNESS

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 

www.gcdfjan.eventbrite.com

Are you ready to start your business in 2018? 

Are you ready to start your business in 2018? Let NC’s #1 Small Business Facilitator, Chisa Pennix-Brown help you get the info you need. The free classes start back at Guilford Technical Community College Small Business Center Tuesdays from 6-8 pm at the Greensboro Public Library located at 219 N. Church Street, Greensboro, NC 27401.

JAN 16 How to Start a Business 

JAN 18 Financing Your Small Business 

JAN 23 How to Write a Business Plan 

JAN 30 Marketing Your Business 

Direct Registration WWW.SBC.GTCC.EDU

Plus, visit WWW.LADYBIZNESS.COM/EVENTS to see other classes, workshops and events are happening in the Land of #LadyBizness! 

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Holiday Networking with the Greensboro Community Development Fund

ITS TIME TO CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESS IN 2017! 

WHAT’S NEW?

This month we are celebrate Success at the Nussbaum Center. The GCDF ACCESS NETWORKING has been great and we want to let you know the awesome changes for 2018! Plus we want you to BRAG ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS! We are going to record testimonials and share them with our fans.  

Meet us from 6-8 pm at 1451 S. Elm Eugene St.Greensboro NC 27406 with the Greensboro Community Development Fund Director Wilson Lester and find out how your business can get the Access to Capital that it need. 

Register now www.GCDFDEC.eventbrite.com.

GCDF ACCESS NETWORKING 

An evening information exchange with an educational component, coupled with curated communal networking for the movers and shakers in the Triad.

Access is defined as the freedom or ability to obtain or make use of something. The Access Networking Series is here to provide tangible learning, connections, and economic development to new and existing businesses in the Piedmont Triad area. Our goal is to coalesce resource partners, consultants, for profit and nonprofit organizations in the Triad.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Existing Businesses that Want to Grow.

Existing Businesses that need Guidance in Specific Areas.

New Businesses that Need Direction.

People Considering a Business and Want to Explore Options.

Anyone that feels STUCK in their business.

 

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?

If you realize that you need help to gain traction, start, grow, and maintain your nonprofit this is the place for you to be. The Consultants can provide you with the guidance you need and set appointments to help your organization.  

Plus…this event is Free & Open to the Public.

Please share this event with all your business contacts, clients, and those interested in Amplifying their business relationships.

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