Thursday, December 31, 2015

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Methodology Coach" Amina Chandler

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Amina Chandler, a Freelance Educator, Coach, and Mentor has cultivated her talent with opening her warm heart to inspire and motivate. Amina offer private classes to Professionals understanding our students are a reflection of us. Amina has launched her online boutique featuring her apparel for professionals "I am my Brand✔️"

TheBOSSNetwork: What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?

Amina Chandler: I started very young in my career as an educator. I had to learn to NOT take things so personal and don't teach wearing my feelings on my sleeve and adapt to change.

BN: What inspired you to break into your particular industry? 

AC: Standing behind the chair for over 10 years I knew then it was my time to pass the torch.

BN: How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?

AC: Glad you asked me that. Balance is how I function and create an environment conducive for learning. I enjoy my off time and when it's time to work I do just that.

BN: What is an inspirational quote that you live by?

AC: "When people show you who they are,believe them." - Maya Angelou 

BN:  Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?

AC: Influential: Mikki Taylor Mentor: John Amico

BN: What are your "must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong?

AC:1.A sound mind 2.Positive Attitude 3.Tiffany&Co Bracelets 

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?

AC: Being able to overcome obstacles.Stand strong and tall. Walk into a room and your presence changes the atmosphere and always showing humility.




Connect with Amina Chandle on Instagram @aminachandler2 Twitter @amina chandler  and Facebook Amina Taylor



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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The Wellness Expert" Rhonda Thomas

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Rhonda Thomas, of RhonsWay, a health and wellness consulting company, is the author of the “Soul Combining for a Slimmer Healthier You” Rhonda is a graduate of The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and holds a B.A. in Social work and a Master’s in Inner City Studies. She has been featured twice in national publications for her work in direct sells and she is living her passion for helping others by traveling throughout the U.S. and coaching and inspiring parents, teachers & students on how to live healthier and happier lives.

TheBOSSNetwork:What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?
       

Rhonda Thomas:The FEAR of losing that J.O.B.-"Just over Broke" paycheck.There are several instances when I felt the FEAR of success unconsciously started to sabotage my career. I’ve since built the confidence in my abilities to move forward and toward what I know I’m destined to become.      
 

BN: What inspired you to break into your particular industry?

RT: I have always been into health. It became my life's calling as I realized that more and more people in my immediate family were coming down with health ailments such as fatal Heart Attacks (I lost my Father and two of my brothers).I also realized that we as African Americans could benefit from being educated on why certain foods that have been a part of our culture for 100's of years, are also those things that are adversely impacting our health.  My goal is to help people to THINK about the choices that they make when it comes to food and their families.

BN: How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?
     
RT:I believe in the concept of working hard in order to play hard.That is why I throw so 
much into my business of helping people so that I can travel, see the world and speak from experience when I say that "Life is for living". 
  
BN: What is an inspirational quote that you live by?
 

RT:  "Your parents did the best they could with what they knew,when they knew better they did better?" - Maya Angelou
 
 
BN:  Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?


RT: My Mary Kay training and the African American women I associated with as a Director had the largest impact on who I am today.I was able to see what was possible for someone like me from women that inspired me.I also was a big fan of Anthony Robbins and Les Brown since the age of 18,two extraordinary motivational speakers that have a gift of speaking the truth into existence.       
 
BN: What are your must-haves to keep your career or business going strong?


RT: I must surround myself with positive uplifting people and I must take the time to center myself.

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?

RT: Living my authentic life on my terms is a BOSS move!  Feeling the freedom in running my own business as well as changing lives by interacting with others to help them THINK and move towards Happy makes me feel like a BOSS!





Connect with Rhonda Thomas, on Twitter  @Rhonsway and FaceBook  Rhonda Thomas learn more about her products and services at Www.rhonsway.com


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Thursday, December 17, 2015

3 Tips to Avoid The Biggest Mistake I Made as An Entrepreneur By: Nicole Roberts Jones

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Everybody makes mistakes when starting something new, however I did not realize how BIG of a mistake I had made until 17 years into my business. By that 17th year,my business looked very successful;




 I had 10 chapters of my youth program in 10 states and it was growing
 I had an 100% full coaching client roster, so I ...
 Wrote & released my first book with the goal of continuing to give women the tools to take up the slack form my inability to take on another coaching client.Well when my book started to get popular...
 I started getting invitations to speak at women’s conferences, seminars and retreats all over the country. 

I was doing the exact thing I had started my business to do, matter of fact that I KNEW I was born to do!  However I was only generating $13,000 a year.  I wasn’t generating ANY profit! 

What happened in that moment?  I realized if I wanted to something different, then I would need to do something different.  I realized I needed help, so I hired a coach.  Now I have to tell you my coach rocked my world in my first coaching session, when she said,“Nicole didn’t you tell me you were a adjunct professor at USC and at Boston University teaching program development and you also told me you had a consulting practice where you with schools, businesses and government officials building programs, RIGHT?  Well the same way you developed new programs, new revenue streams for them, go do that FOR YOU!”  OH MY GOODNESS!  Just those words from that first session with my coach changed the trajectory of my business and really MY LIFE!

Immediately, I did just as my coach suggested and I developed my first online program.  That first program generated $10,000 in 60 days!  Soon I figured out a system to not just develop that program, but the next and the next and the next that moved the revenue I was generating in my business from $13,000 to over $200,000 within a year.   So here are the 3 things I learned in that moment that made the shift in my business;

1) Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket.  I learned working with my coach, that I was only relying on one on one coaching to generate money in my business.  What I recognized is when you are only selling time for dollars, you can only serve so many people and what I learned next is....

2) Develop Multiple Streams Of Income.  I read an article in Forbes magazine that said, “8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail.  A whopping 80% crash and burn.” and one of the main reasons stated in the article was entrepreneurs “inability to nail a profitable business model with proven revenue streams.”  It was the step by step system I developed in that moment that allowed me to develop multiple revenue streams easily! Matter of fact it is that same system that I developed for me that I now use to coach other entrepreneurs, authors, speakers and coaches to create multiple income streams in their business.  It amazes me how so many business owners fail to take their expertise, their message and monetize it in order to generate additional revenue streams and actually in so doing create a platform to serve more clients with their genius.  

3) You Must Have a Month-to-Month Strategy.  There is a saying,“when you fail to plan, you plan to fail” and for years I was failing to plan. I had no real month-to-month strategy as to how I would generate revenue. Once I began to develop products and therefore multiple ways to my ideal client, the natural next step to allow that money to continue to grow was to design a clear strategy. It was from actually having a plan that I finally began to generate predictable profit in my business.


What I learned at this profound moment in my business is that when you monetize the message in you, then move it into a profitable product platform and then develop strategy around it, you start truly achieving revenue in your business.  You see an increase in your income while simultaneously increasing the number of people you are able to serve and the impact you are making in the world.   


To learn more about how you can UP-LEVEL your revenue and serve more people in your business check out my FREE online training The 4 Steps to Make your Brand Bankable –>

Follow Nicole Roberts JonesTwitter at @NRobertsJones and visit her website at www.nicolerobertsjones.com/bankable-brand/ 
                      

3 Things That Are a Must in Reaching Your 2016 Goals By: Priscilla Q. Williams

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 The New Year is always a time to reflect over your past goals and accomplishments. This is also a time to re-evaluate if you need to do somethings differently. If there were goals you set at the beginning of the year, but didn’t reach them then I’m sure your brain is working hard to see what needs to be done next. Before you start working on your 2016 goals I want to share with you 3 critical elements you must have in order to reach your New Year goals.  I have used these key elements myself and it has taken my life and my business to the next level. Let’s look at what those key simple strategies are. 


1. Building Strong Relationships
Relationships are extremely important in helping you reach success. The key to building relationships all comes down to you authentically connecting with people. If you are aiming to reach a really big goal, you must have relationships with key people to help you get where you need to go. You need others to help you reach your goals, because you can’t do this alone. Even if the work depends on you doing it all, it is vital that you have a mentor, coach or accountability partner in place. Having powerful relationships with like -minded individuals will help you shorten your learning curve and reach the goals you desire. The one important thing about relationships is making sure that the relationships are authentic. Don’t connect with someone because of what you think they can do for you. Build strong relationship based off of a true character connection, and how you and that person can help sharpen each other’s skills. 

2. Create a Strategy/Plan 
When you are setting goals it is very important to have a plan in place. There are many individuals who have an idea of what goals they want to reach, but don’t have a roadmap to get them there. Creating vision boards and writing down your goals is a great start, but make sure to work with someone to help you put that goals in place like a coach or a trainer. It is much harder to reach your goals alone. If want to lose weight but haven’t created a strategy to get to your ideal weight, then you are bound for failure. It will take time, money and effort to reach your goal. So hiring a trainer or joining a gym may be what you need to put that plan in place. The more you plan and make a conscious effort to carry that plan out major results are bound to show up for you. 

3. Major Determination 
When you are determined to reach your goals, you will not let anything or anyone stop you no matter what. Determination is one of the most important key factors. There will always be distractions to hold you back, but you have to remain focused no matter what. This year you may have not reached all of goals you set, but if you are determined you will go back to the drawing board and do somethings different. You must be so determined to reach your goals that you can literally see it come to fruition. Overall, go into the New Year 2016 with some new determination and a new mindset. Don’t carry what happened this year over into the new year. Lead the New Year with new found relationships, a strategy in place, and new found determination. With these key components I know you will reach your goals and find the success you so desire. Have a powerful and prosperous New Year!


Follow Priscilla Williams:  Twitter @p_williams1 and visit her website: priscillaqwilliams.com

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Intuitive Consultant" Avalaura Beharry

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Avalaura Beharry, is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work.  Additionally, she is a trained Reiki Master/Teacher, Certified Life Coach and Spiritual Counselor, Hypnotherapist, Holistic Aromatherapist and Yoga  passionately dedicates herself to mission-driven leaders and executives who dare to live their best lives. If now is the time for you to live a freedom-focused life and detox yourself from limiting beliefs to create an unrecognizable reality, Avalaura is who you’ve been waiting for.

TheBOSSNetwork: What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?

 Avalaura Beharry: One of my biggest obstacles was being a first generation entrepreneur with no guide, no plan and no real support. I had no idea how to be a successful business woman. I operated on a wing and a prayer for far too long. Until one day I woke up and realized people with far less talent were more successful than me because they had coaches, mentors and a plan for success. My business changed from that day forward.  

BN: What inspired you to break into your particular industry?

AV:I have done and continue to do the soul stirring, life altering inner work, I guide my clients to do. Once I dug deep, knew who I was, and discovered why I was here; I had no choice but to embrace my God given gifts and talents and answer my calling. Living a life of quiet desperation was far too painful. I had to create a life of passion and purpose. 

3. How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?

AV: Balance is for ballerinas. I operate within the harmony and flow of my life by surrendering to whatever is happening and choosing to be responsive vs unconsciously reacting. I practice what I preach by committing to daily self-care rituals including prayer, meditation, and gratitude that keeps me laser focused, energized, and grounded. If I’m not right, my business aint tight! 

BN: What is an inspirational quote that you live by?

AV: I am a quote-aholic. My social media is filled with daily quotes I live by. I adore anything Rumi. Here’s one of my favorites. "What matters is how quickly you do what your soul wants." - Rumi. 

BN: Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?

AV: There are countless individuals and family members that have encouraged me and contributed to my success. I have a strong success team that keeps me grounded, humbled and inspired. My spiritual teacher is my God sent. Without him, I would not be the powerhouse I am today.  

BN: What are your ?must-haves? to keep your career or business going strong?

AV: I must have my faith, my relationship with God, intuition, prayer, meditation, gratitude, love, laughter, vacations, relationships with people who lift me higher including, friends, family, mentors, coaches, amazing clients who trust me to guide them, my phone, my laptop and social media. 

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?

AV:I posted this quote on my social media recently. “Being a boss aint about ballin’ out every night. Being a boss is about putting people in position and changing people’s lives. Being a boss is about being a leader and serving your way to success.



Connect with Avalaura Beharry, on Twitter  @HealerAvalaura and learn more about her products and services at  http://www.Avalaura.com


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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The Business Strategist Darnyelle A. Jervey

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Darnyelle A. Jervey,  loves growing businesses. For the last 15 years, in one facet or another, she has helped thousands of companies grow.  As the Chief Business Optimization Strategist and CEO of the Delaware-based business optimization consulting firm,  Incredible One Enterprises, LLC, she has successfully helped uncompromising entrepreneurs and business owners experience financial and spiritual abundance in their lives because of their businesses. On average, her clients have grown their businesses by 50-600% in 12 months or less in working with her and her team.  She is a leading business optimization speaker and strategist who teaches business owners to grow their businesses by mastering brand messaging, marketing, sales and operations so that they profitably impact the world.  Jervey is an award-winning coach, speaker, consultant and strategist whose work has been featured in Essence, Success, Black Enterprise and O Magazines. She is a best selling author with 7 books to her credit, including her latest projects Burn the Box: 7 Fire Starter Strategies Leaders Can Leverage and Market Like a R.O.C.K. Star. In 2012, she was named Coach of the Year by Stiletto Woman Media and in 2013, she was recognized as a Small Business Champion by Small Business Trends.

TheBOSSNetwork: What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?

Darnyelle A. Jervey: The biggest obstacle was clarifying what I did and for whom.  A lot of people think that they can just hang their shingle and people will buy but it doesn’t work that way.  In the beginning, I offered a lot but out of desperation more than skill. Learning how to trust my gifts and honor them in the marketplace made a big difference and it was with the help of a coach that I got the clarity I needed. 

BN: What inspired you to break into your particular industry?

DJ: Sitting behind someone else’s desk is not what I was created for. I decided to leverage my gifting to solve a major marketplace problem because it’s essential and I am good at it. My experience in corporate and the non-profit sector is what gave me the courage to step out and start my own business. 

BN: How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance? 

DJ:I have a team; I operate my business with systems and I don’t give myself permission t just work. I became an entrepreneur and built a thriving business to continue to thriveSo, that means that I have to focus on operating in my strengths and surround myself with others who can do the same.  My company has employees and contractors, each with a specific skill set to run an area of the business. As the CEO and chief strategist, I stay in my lane.

BN: What is an inspirational quote that you live by?  


DJ: “When I stand before God at the end of my life I hope not to have a single bit of talent left saying, ‘I used everything you gave me.’” Irma Bombeck. and, “You can’t have a booming business when you have a busted life.”  Darnyelle A. Jervey

BN:Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?


DJ: All of my mentors are unsung heroes, they work in executive positions in Fortune 100 or 500 companies.  They’ve helped me to develop a business that aligns with my passion and purpose but also helped me to think strategically so that I consistently experience growth. In the marketplace, I admire many and have attended events or trainings from several people.

BN: What are your "must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong?


DJ: Prayer, a journal, a solid talented team, laughter, direction and just plain doing the work.

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS? 


DJ: A Boss is a person, in this case woman, who unapologetically positions herself to help others. She is a servant first.  And she knows that in serving, she positions herself to build wealth spiritually and financially. She makes non-negotiable decisions, she is confident in her gifts and talents and she inspires a team to help her get her work out into the world. She is kind, focused, resourceful and committed to excellence. 


Connect with Darnyelle A. Jervey on Twitter @darnyellejervey 

 and learn more about her products and services at www.IncredibleOneEnterprises.com


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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

BOSS Member Feature: Ask Kimberly Lifestyle-GLAM Book

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It’s Time to Start Living the Life You’ve Always dreamt of.  It all begins with an INTENTION…If you have big, bold, inspired intentions; then you are in the right place. The book GLAM will help you monitor & manage your day-to-day. By providing you intentional steps that hold you accountable for the destiny you truly desire and deserve.
Time to turn-up the volume and hold yourself accountable for your destiny.
As this year comes to an end, 2016 will be the beginning to a "BETTER YOU" Setting the precedent for anything new starts with SELF. GLAM not only brings you 12 months of Inspiration & Intention but, you can start- A New at the beginning of the year, middle of the year or end of the year.  It’s completely up to you.
THE INTENTION:
CLARITY & ACCOUNTABILITY- The clearer you are about how you want your destiny to be, the more likely you are to set the intention. If the intention is positive & proactive than the goal is achievable. The day-by-day journal is intended to help you better understand how your thoughts manifest your future.
"It doesn't matter how slow you go to reach your destiny, just as long as you don't STOP."
LIFESTYLE ENHANCEMENT PHILOSOPHY:
Live Everyday GLAM is DEFINING, VALUING, RESPECTING and MAGNIFYING the GLOW within YOU.
As a Lifestyle Expert & Lifestyle Soulpreneur Kimberly helps you to move your life forward to-find fulfillment, success, well-being and happiness. AKL can assist you to pinpoint the blocks or obstacles that are making you feel “stuck” and help you to move through them. AKL guides you through a life transition, such as refresh career, renew or begin a new relationship. Ask Kimberly Lifestyle #AKL supports your goal-setting, personal growth, and behavior modification. The guidance and mentoring helps individuals achieve their goals by improving different actions necessary to take control of future plans.
"Change is by Choice. Being Accountable is Intentional" Are You Ready to Magnify Your Destiny in 2016? Then Invest in YOU... #‎LiveLifeGLAM
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Until next time live FABULOUS... Ask Kimberly
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kimberly Clark, Lifestyle Expert, Soulpreneur and Speaker of Ask Kimberly Lifestyle (AKL). AKL encourages, empowers and elevates individuals to fulfilling their potential and manifest the most out of life. That’s right – by loving yourself FIRST and MANIFESTING your thinking; there is no limit to living everyday FABULOUS.
Kimberly’s passionate motivational speaking provides the drive and guidance her clients and audience need to improve their careers, relationships, and lives. GLAM "God's Love Always Magnifies" ™ goal is to guide women in manifesting the future they truly desire. Kimberly Clark a renowned Lifestyle Expert with over twenty years’ experience; Author, Lifestyle Enhancement Speaker and a featured Love and Lifestyle Advice Columnist on Soul Kisses TV, personifies the Pure Essence of Love. Kimberly's Soulpreneur Self-Love Empowerment Coaching is a life experience in itself. GLAM has nothing to do with beauty, but EVERYTHING to do with loving you first. Are You Ready to Live Life GLAM?


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How To Build Wealth When Starting From The Bottom

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Gail Perry-Mason, Financial Educator
A new year brings renewed energy to strive for one’s goals and dreams. And key to that pursuit is money. Many people spend their life trying to make money and never take the time to get educated financially on the tips to building wealth.
This past Saturday, we had the pleasure of attending the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the Citizenship Education Fund, Financial Empowerment Series, sponsored by Chevrolet, a free event to teach money management best practices. The Financial Empowerment Series took place at Rainbow PUSH headquarters in Chicago over the weekend. The Chicago workshop marked the end of a successful three-city tour that included Detroit and Atlanta.
Here are 5 financial tips shared from some of the events experts: 
The BOSS Network Founder and Glam University Founder
1. Get a budget you can stick to

If you find it hard to stay on track with your budget, keep it simple. Start with your take-home pay, which should already be reduced by the amount of your retirement contributions to your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored account 
2. Create a plan to get out of debt
Whether you’ve got a student loan or a $5,000 balance on your credit cards, don’t feel overwhelmed. As long as you stick to a budget that keeps you from going further in the red and follow a plan to pay down your debt, all it will take is time until you’ve paid it off. 
3. Make more money with a side-hustle
To get out of debt faster by making some extra cash on the side. With the holidays near there is a desire to spend more and save less. Pick up a part-time job for the holidays and use that cash to buy your Christmas gifts.
4. Have your saving automated from your bank
If you don’t have debt, take that financial goals chunk of your take-home pay, and put it toward savings and retirement. (Depending on your debt vs. savings vs. retirement savings and timeline, you may also want to work toward two or all three goals simultaneously.) 
5. Save for the future with a retirement plan
If you aren't sure where to start make sure to hire a financial planner. Your company may offer you free money in the form of a matching 401(k) contribution. Planning for your future is a sure fire way to create financial wealth.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Pushing Past Your Comfort Zone By: Priscilla Williams

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As a women’s life and purpose coach, I have seen firsthand one of the most damaging things you
can do in life. That devastating thing is staying in your comfort zone. I have seen so many women get comfortable in their career, business, relationships, and life in general. This can really be harmful to your growth and your stability. I have been a victim of complacency myself, and had to push past my own comfort zone. This can really be a scary thing, to step outside of the box and live the life you were created to live. I want to share with you 4 reasons you should push past your comfort zone and live out loud.

1. Feel the fear and do it anyway. This is really important, because if you are not afraid then your goals are not big enough. Everyone is afraid to move forward into something bold and powerful, but the strategy is not letting fear stop you no matter what. Feel the fear and do it afraid.

2.You will inspire others. Do you know that when you give yourself permission to play big in the world you give others permission to do the same? I know when I see others making bold moves, it inspires me to step my game up and show bigger in the world.

3.You will have no regrets. You never want to be in place where you wish you could have done some things different because of fear. If you don’t step up and step out, then you limit your chances of reaching your ultimate goal. Don’t wish you would have, when you can.

4, You will live in your truth. Pushing past your fears will help you walk in your true authentic life. The life you really want for yourself. You know you want to make more money, have better relationships, and experience the fullest of the creator. Knowing this is your truth, you have to own it and walk in it no matter what. Letting fear hold you back will make you live beneath who you really are. It’s your time to be YOU!

Ask yourself, when was the last time you wanted to try something new but shied away? Next time you feel like that do it anyway. You deserve to live life to the fullest, and find lasting success and happiness. Pushing past your comfort zone helps you find fulfillment, excitement in meaning in your life. I know firsthand what taking a risk will do for you. I never want to live my life with any regrets, because I was scared to step up. Know that you are worth every risk and every great thing you desire. If you want to see your goals fulfilled, be willing to let go of anything holding you back including your fears.



Follow Priscilla Williams:  Twitter @p_williams1 and visit her website: priscillaqwilliams.com

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Key to a Successful Holiday Season Going Mobile By Connie Certusi

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With free two-day delivery and endless options literally at our fingertips, the holiday shopping season takes on a new meaning. The internet has drastically changed the way we approach the holidays.Increasingly, consumers are turning to mobile devices to do on-the-go holiday shopping, buying gifts when and where it’s most convenient for them. For small business owners, this means you should prepare your website for the busy rush of holiday shoppers.

According to IBM’s annual benchmark report, mobile traffic and sales surged across the e-retail board last year, with 45 percent of all online traffic coming from smartphones and tablets. Retail sales on mobile devices also jumped 27.2 percent year-over-year in 2014.  As m-commerce continues to grow, small business owners have an opportunity to grow their business and increase their customer base. To get your website ready for mobile customers shopping online,

Follow these six tips:

1. Research, research, research – To better understand how your customers use their mobile devices, conduct research to find out their device preferences and browsing habits. What time of day do they typically visit your site? How much time do they spend there? Learning these things will help you better understand what your customers are looking for when they visit your website and how best to prepare the content and layout to ensure the best customer experience.

2. Optimize for mobile users – Take advantage of the growth in mobile phone usage in retail and optimize your website for these customers. People are more likely to return to a site if it’s mobile-friendly. A few simple improvements can result in significant benefits.First, make sure your website is responsive and device-agnostic, with the ability to automatically adjust to different screen sizes and mobile browsers. Second, a mobile website must load pages quickly and reliably to make the checkout process smoother and give customers more confidence in your site.Third, have addresses and other information auto-populate and use geolocation to auto-fill city, state, and zip code fields. Finally, make sure images are clear and easy-to-read.

3. Keep it simple – While convenient, navigating a website on a small touchscreen can be cumbersome, even frustrating at times. To make your site mobile-friendly, keep the design simple, using easy-to-read fonts and placing the most important information at the top of the page. Avoid having too many buttons or buttons too close together by using smart button placement.

4. Consider a third party – Running a web site isn’t a small task and can become a point of worry and stress for some small businesses. Consider bringing on a third-party service provider to help you with website optimization. That way you’re fully prepared for the busy holiday season.

5. Don’t forget to test – Once your research is done and your site improvements are complete, test your site from every device and with different browsers to make sure everything is working. Test to make sure the site is fast and responsive. Ensure the site is easy-to-use by testing the buttons and forms. It’s always better to over-prepare and prevent problems than to lose customers or potential revenue because of a technological malfunction.

6. Think beyond the holidays – It may require some upfront time and investment, but building and maintaining a mobile-friendly website will not only set up your business for a successful holiday season, but also for success the rest of the year. Build long-term shopper relationships by keeping the user experience a priority.

Don’t miss out on the holiday shopping frenzy by having a website that’s not conducive to mobile shoppers. Follow these simple and impactful tips to make your customers feel more comfortable transacting on your website from their mobile device.



Article written by Connie Certusi, executive vice president of Sage Business Solutions at Sage North America

CHICAGO: Join Us For A Free Money Matters Workshop Presented by Rainbow Push and Sponsored by Chevrolet

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Register to attend the www.rainbowpush.org FREE wealth building event in Chicago #PUSHMoneyMatters #FindNewRoads..The Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the Citizenship Education fund have partnered to bring the Financial Empowerment Series powered by Chevrolet to Chicago.

If you were waiting for a financial workshop worth your time, this is the one. This is a FREE one-day financial workshop that will inform and empower you, as top financial professionals will help you better understand your credit; investing; budgeting basics and wealth building.

Money Matters Financial Empowerment Series takes place on Saturday, December 5, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Chicago Rainbow PUSH Headquarters 930 E 50th St Chicago, IL. Free parking and lunch will be available.  Accelerate your financial success



PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOW: 

Saturday Morning Forum Featuring Rev. Jackson & Financial EmpowermentSpeakers
10am - 11:15am
Understanding Credit
11:30am - 12:15pm
Budgeting Basics-Breakout Session I
12:20pm - 1:05pm
Investing 101-Breakout Session II
12:20pm - 1:05pm
College Financing/Managing Student Loan Debt- Breakout Session III
12:20pm - 1:05pm
Chevy Empowerment Talk (Lunch Provided)
1:10 pm - 2:00 pm


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